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A ‘Moonlit’ Night

The TV Guide

Last night David and I met up with our friends Josh and Emma for a fun Happy Hour at Marix in West Hollywood, CA before we made our way to Book Soup to attend a book-signing event there for our dear friend and author Christopher Rice:


It was really great to see so many folks come out to support our boy last night. He gave a stunning reading of his newly released book The Moonlit Earth before he signed books for everyone in attendance. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped at last night’s event … More »

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Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Her New Body By Weight Watchers

Wow!!

Last week it was announced that Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to be the new spokesperson for Weight Watchers and at an in-person appearance event in NYC last Thursday, J. Hud revealed her new look to the assembled press … and da-yum, does she look good!

The secret behind Jennifer Hudson’s amazing body after baby? Weight Watchers. In fact, the new mom revealed she’s the new spokesperson for the company today. “With Weight Watchers I am enjoying the weight loss because I’m doing it the right way I feel empowered with what I’ve learned, everything from portion control to what foods will help keep me satisfied,” said the 28-year-old singer-actress. “It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet.” The Oscar-winning actress who has a 7-month-old son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., with her fiancé David Otunga, 28, also likes how the diet fits into her busy lifestyle. “I can follow the plan no matter where I am, still enjoy my favorite foods and even use the iPhone app to track my points,” she said. Hudson is no stranger to publicly discussing her weight: After being called “the big girl” as a contestant on “American Idol,” the singer transformed her body for her Oscar winning turn as Effie in “Dreamgirls” by packing on more than 20 lbs. with a diet of “cakes and cookies and lots of friend food,” she told PEOPLE. She later lost the weight for the premiere of the film. Past celebrities who have represented Weight Watchers include Jenny McCarthy, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Lynn Redgrave.

Wow … she really does look fantastic! I can’t think of a more fitting, more beautiful spokesperson for Weight Watchers. If sticking to the program can make J. Hud look this good, I’m certain that a whole host of people out there will turn to the service to try and better manage their weight as well. To be honest, I’ve always thought that Jennifer Hudson was a beauty but … know she’s a bona fide knock out!

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‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ Releases A First Movie Trailer

Also gets promoed at WonderCon 2010

Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter were among the stars who attended WonderCon 2010 in San Francisco, CA this weekend to promote their wares to the fans in attendance at the annual comic book, science fiction, and motion picture convention. This year, Milla and Ali were on hand to promote their upcoming sequel film Resident Evil: Afterlife which is due to hit theaters this September … behold:


As you might expect from these sorts of fan conventions, the ladies were there to talk up their new movie, answer very specific questions from the audience and just look hot for the fans. There were also there to introduce the first movie trailer for this new Resident Evil film — which YOU can watch in full, after the jump … More »

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Discusses Her Break-Up With Jamie Kennedy

Also promotes the release of her new book

Jennifer Love Hewitt is on the promo trail to hype up support for her new book The Day I Shot Cupid: Hello, My Name Is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I’m a Love-aholic. Because she is opening herself up to the press, she must answer the inevitable questions surrounding her recent break-up with her boyfriend of a year Jamie Kennedy. J. Love spoke with USA Today about her break-up, here are excerpts from her interview:

Q: Your book is coming out at the same time that the breakup of your year-long relationship with Kennedy is in the news. What’s that like?
A: It’s not the ideal situation, but the thing I’m really happy about is that I never say in the book that I know how to find perfect love or how to be in the perfect relationship. I’m thrust back into the dating world as the book is coming out, so I feel more than ever that people will know I’m kind of with them in the trenches.

Q: Is it hard still having to work with him on the show? (Kennedy plays a professor who can hear but not see ghosts.)
A: It’s fine. Everyone’s a grown-up. It just is what it is.

Q: How does it feel to be single again?
A: It’s what life handed me, and I’m OK with it. I know wholeheartedly that I’m a really good partner. I think I’m a really good girlfriend, and I think that I could be a really good wife. I know that I love being able to give my love out to someone. I know there is somebody great out there for me.

The rest of the USA Today interview, which you can read HERE, goes on to discuss her book (which is wholly uninteresting to me but may be to some of you). I’m not sure I’m totally on board with J. Love‘s claim that she is “a really good partner” but, then again, what else is she gonna say? I just feel bad for Jamie … it must be really hard for him to deal with a break-up that comes attached to a promo tour for his ex-girlfriend’s book on relationships. J. Love was lookin’ all smiles and happy as can be at a book launch party at Avenue in NYC last night. After the jump, check out a couple photos from last night’s event … More »

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Jay-Z & Beyoncé Break Ground On The New Home Of The New Jersey Nets

"What I stand here and represent is hope for Brooklyn, New York City"

Seven years ago, Jay-Z promised that he would help bring the New Jersey Nets basketball team back to NY and late last week, he finally got around to start making good on that promise. Jay was joined by his wife Beyoncé and a few dignitaries at a ground-breaking ceremony in Brooklyn, NY on the site of the future home of the New Jersey Nets. Here are a few photos and some deets from the event:

It’s been seven years since Jay-Z announced he was bringing the New Jersey Nets back home to New York during his 2003 “Fade To Black Concert” at Madison Square Garden. On Thursday (March 11), Nets co-owner Hov, an assortment of New York politicians and executives from the Nets came to Brooklyn for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the team’s future home, the Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band led the way into the press conference, which took place at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards. Jay walked in with Beyoncé, standing out in a crowd that included the Reverend Al Sharpton, New York Governor David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg … During the conference, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz also hinted he wanted Jay-Z to convince LeBron James to play for the Nets when he goes into free agency this summer. The Jiggaman innocently shook his head no as if he didn’t know what he was talking about and put his hands up. Sharpton said he came to the press conference for one reason only: “Jay-Z promised me if I came I would have the opportunity to sit next to Beyoncé,” he joked. “And you see where they are sitting me,” he continued, noting that B was sitting in the crowd, not with the people such as himself who were speaking. Sharpton, also a Brooklyn native, noted that the first black major league baseball player, Jackie Robinson, took the field in Brooklyn, and now the borough’s team has a black co-owner. “We’ve gone from Jackie to Jay-Z,” Sharpton said. “Where we cannot only play the game but own the game.” Finally, Hov himself came to the podium. “What I stand here and represent is hope for Brooklyn, New York City. I’m a son of Brooklyn, I’m from Marcy projects.” Jay said. “I think about growing up in Brooklyn in the Marcy projects and shooting jump shots, thinking I can make it to the NBA. Now I stand here as an owner of team that’s coming back to Brooklyn. The pride in that, and bringing that dream so much closer for people, brings me so much pride I get a little nervous about it. But I’m very happy, very excited about this day. And we did it again Brooklyn — shout out to [Notorious] B.I.G.” After the conference, Jay-Z and company officially broke ground, breaking out the hard hats and lightly shoveling dirt. The confetti rained down. “It was a long process,” Jay said after the ceremony, with his “Empire State of Mind” playing in the background. “It’s a sensitive one. I’m from the people. I’m for the people. I could never be opposed to the side of the people. But this project, when you look at the numbers at the end of the day, was so overwhelmingly in favor of the people: the job creation, the housing that’s being built. It was difficult; you had to tread through that process lightly. But we’re here, it’s a fantastic day and it’s a celebration. It’s a beautiful day in Brooklyn and the hope that’s represented — on a small scale — is the same I felt when I saw Obama run for president: That we can be a part of something so grand.”

First Beyoncé puts her name on a cosmetology school to help troubled youth turn their lives around and now Jay-Z is lending a hand to get the NJ Nets back to NY. It really looks as if B-Jay are becoming quite the entrepreneurial philanthropists. I wonder where else these two will pop up … and under what circumstances. Are B-Jay out to take on Brangelina as the saviors of the world? Stay tuned!

[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]

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Dolly Parton Opens Her Own Store In Nashville

Get your Dolly fix at Trinkets & Treasures

Dolly Parton, Country music icon and all around down home DIVA, made an in-person appearance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of her very own store called Trinkets & Treasures which opened for business in Nashville, TN late last week. Here are a few photos of Dolly doing her thang at the official store opening last Friday:

Country music legend Dolly Parton was on hand Friday to celebrate the opening of her first Nashville store. The official ribbon cutting was held at Noon Friday outside Trinkets & Treasures, located on Second Avenue. The store sells all things Dolly, from magnets, mugs and t-shirts to jewelry, musical instruments and novelty items. “We have some fun junk and really nice wonderful pieces,” Parton explained. “I approved most of the stuff that comes through here and I’m going to get a discount on it too.” After the official business, Dolly took time to meet some of the hundreds of fans who attended the grand opening celebration. The store, located on 126 Second Avenue North, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

OMG … LOVE the shirt and I LOVE Dolly Parton!! I can only imagine what wonderfully tacky items are available for sale at this new shop! I’m a huge fan of “fun junk” (much to David’s chagrin, believe me) and this new store sounds really cool! It’s a shame I don’t have any trips to Nashville in my foreseeable future but I hope to get there someday … what I wouldn’t give for a Dolly Parton-approved trinket to treasure ;)

[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]

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The PaleyFest 2010 Presents ‘Cougar Town’

The cast comes meOUTw for a chat

Yesterday we saw a few photos from the PaleyFest panel discussion featuring the cast of Dexter, which was hosted by the Paley Center for Media here in LA, and today we get to see a few photos from last night’s PaleyFest discussion featuring the cast of Cougar Town. Like the Dexter panel, last night’s Cougar Town event was held at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA and featured members of the principal cast on stage … live and in person:


As you can see, all of our Cougar faves here in the hiz last night … including Ms. Thang Courteney Cox-Arquette. I believe only Busy Philips was the only main player not in attendance at last night’s event. I’ve yet to find info about what was discussed during last night’s panel discussion but with a new show like this, I doubt anything of any seriousness was revealed. Because Dexter has a history and because of the way the last season ended, there was a lot of opportunity for spoilery info to be revealed. With Cougar Town, I’m guessing the talk was mainly about storylines may get wrapped up by season’s end and what the show hopes to accomplish in season’s to come. Still, it would’ve been very cool to see these stars in person. Cougar Town is one of my fave shows right now … I’m happy to see that it is doing so well.

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Beyoncé Opens Her Own Cosmetology Center

A place to Pat yo' weave, laides ... pat, pat yo' weave

Superstar Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles were on hand at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Brooklyn, NY yesterday to officially open the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center which will operate at The Phoenix House — a residential substance abuse treatment center to help troubled young people turn their lives around. Here is a photo of the newly opened center and some deets about the ceremony yesterday:

The president of Brooklyn has declared Beyonce an official Brooklynite. Borough President Marty Markowitz said Beyonce is a Brooklynite by marriage and by moxie. Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, is from Brooklyn. The superstar visited the New York City borough Friday for the opening of the Beyonce Cosmetology Center at a residential substance abuse treatment center. The Phoenix House offers programs for residents in carpentry, building maintenance, computer technology and culinary arts. Beyonce said she thought it also should have more programs geared toward women. She said her mother’s Houston salon helped so many people feel good about themselves and better their lives. Beyonce first spent time at Phoenix House when preparing for the role of Etta James in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records.

While I certain the haters will have something snarky to say about Beyoncé opening up a beauty school but I think it’s really fantastic that she would want to be a part of such an important place for troubled people. Beyoncé is a role model to so many people … here, she can also be an inspiration for rehabilitated folks to turn their lives around. After the jump, check out a few photos of B, mama T and others at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Phoenix House yesterday … More »

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The PaleyFest 2010 Presents ‘Dexter’

Live and in person

The Paley Center for Media here in Los Angeles hosted a special night of their annual PaleyFest in honor of the amazing Showtime series Dexter last night. Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Julie Benz and more came out to the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA to participate in the on-stage panel last night and everyone was lookin’ fine. Here is a group shot of the Dexter stars who came out for the PaleyFest event last night and some POSSIBLY SPOILERY deets from their discussion … read on at your own peril:

Is it September yet? With six months standing between now and the season five premiere of Dexter, I tried to pry some serious scoop out of Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter and the rest of the gang—begging didn’t work, and neither did bribing!—and while they were tightlipped, I did manage to learn a thing or two about what’s to come while moderating the show panel at Paley Fest Thursday night. We also learned how Michael’s health is now, and watched him and his real-life wife Jennifer answer a question about their marriage for the first time. Spoiler Alert! If you have still haven’t seen the Dexter season four finale, please look no further. All of what you’ll see after the jump will definitely ruin it for you. Here are the highlights you Dexter fans need to know …

After the jump, read some of the spoilery deets that were discussed last night (courtesy of E!) and see a bunch of really fun photos of the individual castmembers in attendance last night … More »

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The Stars Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Invade Hollywood

Tea Time comes early

Last night the principal stars of the new movie version of Alice In Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, surprised fans online and in person by appearing at a fan event sponsored by Disney and My Space at the Hollywood and Highland Complex in Hollywood, CA to preview the film and the film’s soundtrack. As you might imagine, Johnny Depp (who plays The Mad Hatter in Wonderland) garnered the biggest cheers from the crowd when he was brought out on stage:

The anticipation is building for the release of Tim Burton’s fantastical Alice in Wonderland and fans of the movie were treated to a sneak preview of the film AND a special surprise appearance from Johnny Depp Friday night in Hollywood. Looking dashing in his trademark tinted glasses and a scarf, Johnny Depp was greeted by deafening screams as he stood on stage at the Alice in Wonderland Fan Event at the Hollywood and Highland complex. Depp plays the Mad Hatter in the film and he was joined by director Tim Burton and fellow co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Matt Lucas and Anne Hathaway. Sponsored by MySpace, the event featured performances from four featured artists who performed their songs from the soundtrack “Almost Alice.” Rocking out to a packed audience, 3OH!3, Metro Station, Kerli and Never Shout Never ramped up the anticipation for the appearance of the film’s stars. The 3D fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland hits theaters on March 5.

Disney had been hyping last night’s event all day long on Twitter … to be honest, had I known the event would feature the stars in person, I might’ve braved the rain to attend myself. After the jump, check out photos of some of the other Wonderland stars on stage last night … More »

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