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Coachella Day 3: Gorillaz In Da Mist

That's all folks

And so … the 3-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come to another close. For Day 3 yesterday, acts like Thom Yorke (of Radiohead fame), Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes), Little Boots and Sly Stone rocked the fest while the British “animated” band Gorillaz closed out the weekend with their headline set. Here are some photos from the Coachella stage yesterday and some deets about the overall festival, which — for 2010 — is already dunzo!

The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is playing to sellout crowds this weekend and shattering attendance records, festival officials said. The Goldenvoice-promoted festival, now in its 11th year, is drawing a record 75,000 people per day to the Empire Polo Club in the desert community of Indio, up nearly 15,000 from last year’s daily average. But the record attendance and a later curfew — 1 a.m. instead of midnight — weren’t the only new wrinkles in the festival. Promoters found themselves worrying about the eruption of an Icelandic volcano and its massive ash cloud, which halted flights in and out of Britain and northern Europe. A festival spokeswoman said seven artists were grounded in Britain, including Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which had been on tour in Europe. British rock bands the Cribs and Frightened Rabbit were among those unable to get to the U.S. for the festival. “We would have taken any slot, any time, just to play this festival,” said Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison. “If you’re playing to people who’ve come to see you at a club show, the battle has been won.” The band had a prime Friday afternoon slot, and was counting on Coachella to increase its standing in the U.S. “This is bad for us on all levels,” Hutchison said. “We were about to head out on a U.S. tour, and this would have been a good way to get a few more fans on board.” Getting to Coachella wasn’t easy, even for those in Southern California. Traffic was at a near-standstill for much of Friday afternoon, as the four-mile route from the 10 Freeway to the venue was at a crawl throughout the day. Once they parked, fans spoke of hour-plus waits to get into the gates. Henry Conklin, a 19-year-old New York University student, said his friend paid a woman $40 to cut in line. Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed reports that a small number of ticketless fans had jumped the gate, but police made only 12 arrests Friday, and all were alcohol- or drug-related. Despite the increase in attendance, the arrest number was on pace to be down slightly from last year, when 69 arrests were made throughout the weekend. Police were also adjusting to the later curfew. After Goldenvoice was slapped with more than $50,000 in fines last year when headliner Paul McCartney played past the midnight deadline, the company won approval to extend Friday and Saturday curfew to 1 a.m. As a compromise, the department said Goldenvoice’s country-music Stagecoach festival will end at 11 p.m. rather than midnight next weekend. Even with longer hours and five stages of music, many festivalgoers had to strain for a glimpse of the more hotly anticipated acts. Up-and-coming rock group Yeasayer and beloved electronic act La Roux were performing at one of Coachella’s three tent-covered side stages, which overflowed in the afternoon heat, keeping many fans 30 or more feet away from snaring a glimpse of the artists. Yet the mood on the grounds was far from tense. Attendees were eager to brave the heat and lines for a Friday-night headlining set from one of music’s biggest stars, hip-hop artist Jay-Z. He had an unbilled, A-list surprise guest in tow — his pop-star wife, Beyonce.

And that, my good friends, is that. Coachella 2010 is already in the books and the countdown has begun for next year’s music fest. It’s crazy how things like this tend to come and go in the blink of an eye. Even still, it just does not sound all that fun to fight the growing crowds in the desert just to stand around and watch a shortened concert performance from a great distance. I bet most of the fun is just being there but, yeah, if I’m gonna see a band play … I want to actually see the band play. In any event, Day 3 was well-attended by music fans and celebs alike. After the jump, check out some photos of some of the roving celebs who attended the Coachella festival yesterday … More »

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Melissa & Tammy Etheridge Are Dunzo!

Their 9-year relationship comes to a sad end

Sad news to pass along today … after 9 years together as a couple, Melissa Etheridge and her wife Tammy (Lynn Michaels) Etheridge have announced that they have separated. The official statement released by the couple does not list a reason for the split but needless to say, after everything the couple has been thru and after years of building a family together, the news is extremely sad. They’re dunzo, y’all:

Melissa and Tammy Etheridge have ended their nearly nine-year relationship. “Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated,” Melissa’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. The former couple add in a statement: “We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period.” Melissa, 48, and Tammy (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels) exchanged vows in Malibu in September 2003. Tammy, 35, gave birth to their children – son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose – in 2006, after Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Etheridge is also the mother of two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with former partner Julie Cypher.

While this news is extremely sad, it does go to show that even couples who appear to have everything going for them and appear to be rock solid may not be as perfect as it seems. Any time a couple with children splits the news is sad but these two, ugh, they just seemed so happy together. The couple may announce some day what caused the split but I’m hoping it wasn’t a matter of infidelity … that would just be too cruel. But, alas, I suppose we should pour one out for Melissa and Tammy. Let’s hope this break-up is for the best in the long run.

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Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy Are Dunzo!

They announced their split on Twitter

In out-of-the-blue break-up news, longtime couple Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy have decided to end their relationship. And how, pray tell, did they announce their split? Not via press release, not via publicist, not via traditional print media … no, instead, the couple each tweeted their own message on Twitter to announce to the world that they are dunzo:


This is what Jim Carrey tweeted:

Jenny and I have just ended our 5yr relationship. I’m grateful 4 the many blessings we’ve shared and I wish her the very best! S’okay! ?;^>

And this is what Jenny McCarthy tweeted at about the same exact time:

Im so grateful for the years Jim and I had together. I will stay committed to Jane and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart.

I suppose Jim was trying to be a funny-man in his tweet but it seems a sort of flippant way to announce a break-up, don’tcha think? Tho, Jenny‘s tweet sounds pretty sterile … and mebbe now we better understand why they broke-up — they were incompatible tweeters? Whatever the case may be, they are dunzo now … oddly out-of-the-blue. Personally, I think it’s Jim‘s loss … I always thought he was a damn lucky guy to be lovin’ up on Jenny. In any event, I wish them both well … break-ups are never easy so I hope they will each make it thru a’ight.

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Did ‘One Life To Live’ Get Too Gay For Daytime TV?

ABC admits the ‘OLTL’ gay storyline did not "appeal" to their audience

The folks at ABC are finally going on the record as to why the ground-breaking same-sex storyline featured on the daytime drama One Life to Live was axed 3 months before it was meant to run its course. OLTL featured a very open, very honest love story between two male characters named Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish (played by Brett Claywell and Scott Evans respectively). A few weeks ago, an announcement was made that the couple’s storyline would be hastily wrapped up and that the couple would be leaving the soap for good. ABC tried to downplay the move in light of the fact that it has already been decided that One Life to Live will end at the finish of this season and all of the storylines will have to be wrapped). But, in a statement released to TV Guide, ABC has admitted that the real reason the Kyle & Oliver storyline was axed was because the too gay storyline did not “appeal” to the US daytime audience:

One Life to Live’s landmark same-sex duo, Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) and Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), will abruptly exit the soap next week, amidst speculation that ABC dumped them due to complaints from homophobic viewers. The guys’ final scenes together air April 12, when Fish, who’s a cop, goes to court and wins custody of baby Sierra Rose. Kyle, a doctor, is seen just once more after that, on April 16, confirming some huge DNA news to Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier). None of the OLTL brass has been talking on the record about this controversial termination, which came three months before Claywell’s contract was due to expire. Claywell at least got official word from the show the day before the news broke. Evans, who is considered a recurring player and therefore not entitled to official notice, had to hear about his axing via Twitter. At first, ABC tried to play down the double firing in a press statement that trumpeted the Kish story for its boldness and its GLAAD awards, claiming that the couple did indeed resonate with the audience, and making it seem as if their story had simply played itself out and come to a natural conclusion. But, finally, we have some honesty and a little bit more clarity! In an exclusive statement to TV Guide Magazine, ABC Daytime PR chief Jori Petersen now says “The Kish story did not have the appeal we hoped it would. We are going to spend our time on stories that have a more favorable reaction from our audience.” Naturally, the situation has the Kishinistas apoplectic. “It’s the most angry and vocal fan reaction to a firing I’ve ever seen and a lot of it is coming from straight women,” says Jamey Giddens, editorial director of the popular Daytime Confidential Web site. “This goes far beyond the response we got when Days of Our Lives fired Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn.” Gay media, which applauded OLTL for its realistic and passionate depiction of men in love, is handling things way better than the fans. “Kish brought a lot of attention and energy to OLTL, so this is not a smart move from either a business or a karmic point of view,” observes AfterElton.com editor Michael Jensen. “Still, we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. ABC made history here. The network deserves credit for making a lot of progress.” Claywell seconds that emotion: “Pulling the story off the air is like taking two steps back but I don’t fault ABC,” the actor says. “The fact they let us tell this story at all is what’s important, and if I had to lose my job to get this on TV, then I’m proud of that. I’m just kinda sad and really sorry that there’s still so much fear and ignorance in our society. Maybe five years from now, this won’t happen to two other actors portraying this kind of story.” Claywell suspects the writing was on the wall back on December 30, 2009 when OLTL showed Kyle and Fish in the throes of lusty sex, a first for gay males on a daytime soap (if you don’t count that down-low guy and the psychotic hermaphrodite on Passions). ABC chose not to promote the event in advance, as if hoping not to alarm or infuriate viewers. “I was definitely hurt by that,” Claywell says. “We should have gotten a lot more attention for those groundbreaking scenes. For them to not tell anybody that we were about to make history makes me think the wheels were already in emotion to get rid of us” … The firing will leave CBS’ As the World Turns as the only soap with vital gay characters right now, and that has AfterElton’s Jensen noting a disconnect. “Isn’t the goal of the soaps—and really all programming—to lure younger viewers?” he asks. “Well, it’s the younger viewers who are just fine about seeing gay people on TV. They are much more tolerant than older viewers. They live in a world where diversity is increasing and is an accepted part of life.” Jensen adds that gay fans feel a sense of ownership when it comes to gay characters. “We have so few good representations out there that you become attached to the ones that do exist,” he says. “Obviously, we can’t demand that OLTL keep gay characters on its canvas. It’s their show, not ours. But we sure have a right to say ‘If you have no gay characters then you’re not doing your job when it comes to reflecting reality.’”

I don’t watch OLTL but I understand that while this honest love story was being told, another storyline was unfolding that involved fake same-sex relationship orchestrated to win an election … or some nonsense like that. I’m sure that confusion didn’t help matters. In the end, soap operas mainly appeal to an older audience that is not as accepting of new things as a younger audience might be. This is why the longest running daytime dramas revolved around age-old storylines that aren’t at all revolutionary … soap operas rarely rock the boat. I’ve been watching The Young and the Restless for years and while some gay characters are featured, they are never in the forefront, never central characters and their love affairs are never highlighted in any real way (The Bold and the Beautiful, which revolves around the world of fashion design, does not currently feature ANY gay characters at all). It does not surprise me that soap operas are dying … one by one. If they will not evolve and grow then they will surely all die out. In the end, I feel it’s for the best. The end of stagnant soap operas that choose to ignore a large segment of the population will only make way for more TV shows that feature the inclusion of all types of TV characters. I do commend One Life to Live for making a go of the Kish storyline. At the very least, daytime TV viewers got to see that same-sex love is really no different than heterosexual love. Love is love.

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Sandra Bullock Prepares Divorce Papers, Jesse James Quits Rehab

Ironclad prenup ensures he gets NOTHING from her

RadarOnline is reporting today that there is a lot of movement on the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James front … movement that could mean the official end of the couple’s marriage. According to the site, Sandra has finally decided to initiate divorce proceedings and soon-to-be ex-hubby Jesse James is not happy about it:

Sandra Bullock has prepared divorce papers, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. The Oscar-winning star is ready to proceed against husband Jesse James in the wake of his cheating scandal. Jesse has recently been linked to four other women and as RadarOnline.com first reported, he confessed to Sandra that there were seven other women during their marriage. He checked into Sierra Tucson in Arizona to receive treatment for sex addiction, as reported exclusively by RadarOnline.com. But Sandra never asked him to get help, and she is still reeling from the fact that he habitually cheated on her throughout the marriage, sources tell RadarOnline.com. She’s been through stages of shock and anger and has been deliberating her next move according a source close to the situation. Things got worse in the last few days when Jesse left rehab after Sandra wouldn’t take one of his phone calls. She is surrounded by security and is concerned that he will try to get face to face with her. “Her attitude toward Jesse hasn’t softened since she found out he was cheating on her,” the source said. “She’s been betrayed and cheated on and she’s not getting over that.” Jesse’s lawyer described him as a “broken man” who desperately wants to put his marriage back together.

Because Sandra would not reportedly have any contact with Jesse while he was in rehab, he decided to quit and leave the facility. Radar also reports that because of the couple’s ironclad prenuptial agreement, Jesse will walk away from his marriage to Sandra with NOTHING … as it should be. Here’s a run down of all of these developments:

Jesse James bolted from Sierra Tucson rehab after Sandra Bullock refused to take his phone call, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. Jesse desperately wants to put the marriage back together and his lawyer recently described him as a “broken man.” He went into rehab for sex addiction treatment on his own, without Sandra requesting he get help. But when she refused to take his call, he took off, a source familiar with the situation told RadarOnline.com exclusively. And that has Bullock worried – because she doesn’t want to see him and she doesn’t want him trying to get face-to-face. But Bullock has a top security company, the source said, and it would be very difficult for James to get near her if she doesn’t want him around … Star Magazine first reported Jesse left rehab and was staying with a friend. RadarOnline.com learned the trigger that caused Jesse to go AWOL was his inability to get Sandra to do what he wants.

Regarding the prenup:

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James have a prenuptial agreement that specifies he gets no money in a divorce if he cheats during the marriage, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. While James is financially successful on his own, Bullock is Hollywood’s top actress after her Oscar victory and commands top paychecks. Her fortune is far bigger than his, sources tell RadarOnline.com. “If she divorces Jesse and proves he was cheating, which won’t be hard, Sandra won’t have to pay Jesse anything,” a source familiar with the situation told RadarOnline.com. As RadarOnline.com was first to report, Jesse has already privately confessed his infidelity to Sandra. He has been linked to four women and told his wife that there are seven women in total.

While we should deffo take all of this information with a huge grain of salt, I suspect there is some truth in all of this. I cannot imagine a scenario where Sandra would take Jesse back. He doesn’t strike me as the sort of person who would stay committed to a rehab program so it also makes sense that he would quit treatment as soon as he realized it wasn’t scoring him any points with his estranged wife. As difficult as this whole mess is, I know that Sandra Bullock will be fine. She just needs to take the first steps to take control of her future. I really feel for her in all of this. But, again, I know she will be just fine.

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Is Sandra Bullock Ready To Move Out On Jesse James?

Cut & Run

After coming out of hiding for the first time in weeks this past Thursday, it would appear that Sandra Bullock may finally be ready to move on with her life … by moving out on cheating hubby Jesse James. TMZ reports that a large moving truck showed up at Sandra‘s home with Jesse and moved some things out of the house. While neither Sandra nor James were anywhere to be seen, some things were definitely removed from the home and taken away:

A moving van was spotted Friday afternoon in front of the home of Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. Here’s what went down — we’re told the van pulled up at around 6:45 PM and stayed for about an hour. Two movers moved out a couch, a love seat and tons of boxes. A man and a woman arrived to the place in a separate car along with the moving van. When they arrived, the movers took something out of the van and put it into the other car. The man and woman packed a few things into their car as well. Jesse’s mom’s car was parked out at the house for most of the day, but wasn’t there while the movers did their thing.

Considering the circumstances between the estranged couple, it’s even likelier that Sandra is having James moved OUT of her home instead of she being the one moving. There has been some talk that Sandra might stay with Jesse, that she might be willing to work out their problems (something, I’m sure, Jesse would like to see happen … which is why, I’m convinced, he is seeking treatment in an Arizona rehab facility right now). I, personally, hope that she just gets rid of him. It’s almost fairly certain that he cheated on her with one woman (and reportedly with as many as 4 women total) and that is enough for her to be rid of him. I’m sure none of this is easy for her … but a little pain now might save her a world of suffering down the road.

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Confirmed: Fox Announces The End Of ‘24’

Dunzo! for reals

Earlier this month we learned the bittersweet news that the Fox network was seriously considering ending the long running hit TV drama 24 (which, in all honesty, revolutionized the hour-long action drama on television) but at that time, no decision about ending the show was made. Since then, we heard a rumor that NBC was interested in picking up the show if Fox decided to end it but no other concrete information about that report has come to light (and, in fact, you’ll read that Kiefer Sutherland admits the NBC plan was never really a viable option). But, just as expected, Fox announced concretely late yesterday that the current season of 24 will be the show’s last. The show is officially dunzo. Here is some press release information issued by Fox late yesterday:

In a joint decision made by 24’s star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer’s last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of “Day Eight” air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the countdown to the series’ climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show’s run: “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.” Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon said, “Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show’s amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support.” “24 is so much more than just a TV show – it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history,” said Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added, “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they’ve put into 24 over the years. It’s truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days.” “We are so grateful to Kiefer and Howard who have really poured their hearts and souls into making this show over the past eight seasons,” commented Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television. “To everyone who contributed to this iconic series over its amazing run, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your incredible work.” Added Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, “I’m so proud to have been a part of 24, which has become such a cultural phenomenon. And to Kiefer and Howard and everyone who has worked on the show, many thanks.” Now in its eighth season with Kiefer Sutherland starring as the heroic Jack Bauer, the inventive and suspenseful 24 has been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of seven seasons, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the English lexicon. Premiering November 6, 2001, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time. Subsequent seasons combined the show’s unique and trend-setting format while delivering compelling new elements and attracting talented actors and guest stars, including the Emmy Award-winning Cherry Jones (President Allison Taylor). The series also currently stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O’Brian), Anil Kapoor (Omar Hassan), Annie Wersching (Renee Walker), Katee Sackhoff (Dana Walsh), Mykelti Williamson (Brian Hastings), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Cole Ortiz), Chris Diamantopoulos (Rob Weiss) and John Boyd (Arlo Glass). The first six seasons were set in Los Angeles, and following the strike-induced delay of Season Seven, “24: Redemption,” a two-hour film bridging Seasons Six and Seven, was set in Africa. Washington, D.C. was the setting for Season Seven, and the final season of 24 finds Jack Bauer thwarting a terrorist attack in New York. At the conclusion of Season Eight, 24 will have a produced a total of 194 episodes (including “24: Redemption”), making it one of the longest-running action television shows in history.

As I mentioned before … the time for the show to end has come. The last couple of seasons have not been great and I would much rather see a show I love end gracefully rather than in a long, drawn-out way that might completely ruin all the great memories of a great show. Even as we mourn the death of a show like 24, we can take comfort in the fact that plans are deffo in the works to move the franchise to the big screen. This may be the end of 24 on the small screen but there is great hope for a string of big-budget films in the near future. After the jump, read a short interview that 24 star Kiefer Sutherland gave to TV Guide regarding the end of the show … More »

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‘The Hills’ Is Dunzo!

The end is nigh

MTV has issued a press release announcement that Season 7 of The Hills, which will begin airing on April 27, will be the LAST season of the series. After 4 years of mostly successful and marginally entertaining drama, MTV has decided to put an end to the pop culture phenomenon known as The Hills. At last, it’s dunzo, y’all!

Over the past 4 years “The Hills” revolutionized reality television and became a pop culture phenomenon. MTV will now redefine how the reality drama all ends in Season 6. The last 12 episodes EVER of “The Hills” will conclude like no other show before. How will it end? What will be revealed? Who will return? How will they say goodbye? The drama begins on Tuesday, April 27th as “The Hills: Final Season” premieres at 10pm ET/PT followed by “The City” at 10:30pm ET/PT on MTV. “We are lucky and honored to have worked with this cast and tell their stories for this long, and we are grateful to the many dedicated fans who have stuck with us over the years. We owe it to those fans, the cast and the show to go out on a high note. And this season will deliver on that goal in terms of drama, story, real emotion and an organic culmination of this saga,” said Tony DiSanto, President of Programming, MTV … Viewers wanting more can head over to http://TheHills.MTV.com to watch full episodes, browse through exclusive cast photo flipbooks and get the latest gossip on the Remote Control blog. Since its premiere in 2006, “The Hills” has been a phenomenal performer on MTV. The previous season ranked as the #3 original cable series of 4Q09 and was a top 10 original series for 2009 among F12-34. The Hills dominated its Tuesday time period, ranking #1 versus all television competition among both P12-34 and F12-34. The series is MTV’s most DVR’d series, averaging a 52% bump when Live+7 ratings are factored in. “The Hills” is created by Adam DiVello. Adam DiVello, Liz Gateley and Sara Mast serve as executive producers. Catherine K. Whyte is MTV’s executive-in-charge of production.

Once upon a time, The Hills was THE show that set the pop culture benchmark for water-cooler buzz but in recent years, it has delved into insipid, scripted and completely unbelievable nonsense that has all but ruined the fun the show used to offer. In all honestly, the show started getting really bad even when Lauren LC Conrad was the star protagonist … but once the focus shifted to other, less likable characters (and you know who I’m talking about) the fun spirit of the show was abandoned in lieu of nasty, really unsavory and totally fabricated drama. I was pretty much over the show by the time Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt got “married” for the third time on the show. The show has been over for a while now … at last, MTV has acknowledged that fact. Peace the Spork Out, Hills … when you were great, you were really fun … but the time has really come for you to be dead and gone.

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Lindsay Lohan Faces Banishment From India

They don't want her either

In January we got our first look at a new documentary that seeks to highlight the horrors of child trafficking — which features Lindsay Lohan in India as the celebrity spokesperson — after she traveled abroad late last year to film her portions of the doc. You may recall that Lindsay falsely claimed that she personally helped save the lives of 40 children “in one day”, which sparked ire among the organizations that are truly trying to save children from trafficking because they felt she was trivializing the situation by making bold-faced lies about her involvement. Now the Indian government is taking note of Lindsay‘s illegal actions in their country … and they are considering banning her from ever entering their country again:

Hollywood actress and model Lindsay Lohan could be blacklisted by the Indian government following her trip to the country last December when she falsely claimed she had rescued 40 child workers. Her comments, which highlighted the plight of child labourers, ruffled feathers in India and alerted officials who discovered she had broken the country’s visa rules by travelling as a tourist while working on a BBC documentary. The Mean Girls star had arrived in India to film an expose of child labour and trafficking of women which was later broadcast on BBC3, but she provoked a row when she claimed to have personally rescued 40 children. In a series of updates on the social networking site Twitter, she boasted of her role in a daring raid on a child labour sweatshop and claimed the experience had changed her life. “Over 40 children saved so far … Within one day’s work … This is what life is about … Doing THIS is a life worth living!!!” she said. She later contrasted the superficiality of celebrity life with the satisfaction of social activism. “Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can be changing the world one child at a time … hope everyone can see that,” she said. But according to activists leading the raids, Ms Lohan did not arrive in India until after the raids had been completed and the children had been rescued. Some of them had been ‘sold’ by their parents for £25 and were working 17 hours per day for as little as £3 a month. Activists involved in the raids criticised her comments and accused her of trivialising the issue of child trafficking. Now she may not be able to visit India again after officials looked at her case and found she had failed to apply for a work visa for her trip. Senior civil servants in New Delhi are now studying the case and will rule on whether her name will be added to an immigration blacklist.

While I feel that Lindsay‘s heart is in the right place, I think it would be for the best if she stays away from involving herself in this kind of very important work. I can appreciate that she wants to help but her very nature seems to only serve to endanger and ruin the good work being done here. There is no way she is educated enough on the facts to really speak with any sort of authority and by involving herself illegally, she is seriously undermining the good work being done by the real heroes. To be honest … it’s prolly for the best if she is never allowed near India again. She really should stick with what does best … tho, I’m not really sure that is, honestly. In any event, Lindsay Lohan should deffo leave the life-saving to other, more qualified, folks.

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Sandra Bullock & Jesse James Are Dunzo!

Blind Sided

Dang!! Talk about your blind sides … a report of infidelity on the part of Sandra Bullock‘s husband Jesse James has quickly turned to something more substantial in a very short period of time. Just days after Sandra was flying high on cloud 9 after winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress came an allegation from a tattoo model named Michelle Bombshell McGee that James cheated on his wife with McGee. Allegations like this are nothing new and shouldn’t be automatically believed … but first, Sandra decided to NOT attend the London premiere of The Blind Side this week (presumably because she didn’t want to answer questions about the allegations concerning her husband cheating on her while she was off filming this movie) and it was revealed late yesterday that Sandra moved out of the home she shared with Jesse and his children (from another woman) just before McGee‘s allegations went public. Where there’s smoke … there is usually fire. It really looks like Sandra and Jesse are dunzo:

From In Touch magazine: When Sandra Bullock thanked her bad-boy husband, Jesse James, as she accepted her best actress Oscar for The Blind Side, she may not have known that while she was away shooting the film, Jesse was carrying on a steamy affair with a tattoo model. While Jesse has had an 11-month affair, including five weeks of sex, with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, she believed he and Sandra were no longer together. “I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man,” Michelle tells In Touch in an exclusive interview. “He gave me the impression they were separated.” For weeks, while Sandra was in Atlanta shooting The Blind Side, Michelle had sex at least once a week with the Monster Garage star. Far from a one-night stand, his relationship with Michelle was intimate and highly charged. Michelle even says she called Jesse, who didn’t wear underwear or condoms, by a special pet name, Vanilla Gorilla, because he was so “well-endowed.”

From the Chicago Tribune: Sandra Bullock canceled her appearance at the London premiere of “The Blind Side” days after Internet reports alleged she was having trouble in her marriage and that she had left the couple’s Southern California home. Calls and e-mails to representatives for Bullock and her husband, celebrity motorcycle builder Jesse James, weren’t immediately answered. The 45-year-old actress said in a statement by Warner Bros. UK that she cannot attend next Tuesday’s premiere for “unforeseen personal reasons.” She canceled her appearance almost two weeks after winning an Oscar for her performance in the movie. Bullock went on to apologize for canceling her commitment and to thank people for their support of the film, which has made nearly $253 million domestically. She and James were married in July 2005.

From People magazine: Sandra Bullock and Jesse James are not living under the same roof right now. The actress left the Southern California house she shares with James just days before a report of infidelity by her husband surfaced, a source tells PEOPLE.

If you add it all up … … it sounds like James might’ve been tipped off that the allegations were coming out so he told Bullock who decided to move out of their home and cancel her appearance at the UK premiere of the biggest film of her career all before McGee’s allegations went public. This is so sad. It’s such a shame that Sandra would be going thru this in her personal life right when her professional life has hit an all-time high. I guess people can’t really have it all. It remains to be seen what Sandra’s next move will be … but if this allegation of cheating is true (and it kinda smells like it is true), I find it very hard to believe that she will stay married to Jesse. Ugh … what a sad, disappointing mess ;(

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