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Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder Take ‘The Vampire Diaries’ On Tour

In-store With the Vampires

Actors and on-screen brothers Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder made an in-store appearance at the Hot Topic at Sunset Place in Miami, FL yesterday as part of The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Mall Tour. Here are a few photos of Paul and Ian at yesterday’s event:


I understand the guys spent a lot of time meeting and greeting the fans who came out to see them. Other castmembers from The Vampire Diaries are touring elsewhere but it sounds like the place to be was in Miami yesterday to see the hot VD brothers ;)

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Mark Salling Releases ‘Pipe Dreams’ In Hollywood

The TV Guide

Last night my friend Darion and I were invited to attend Glee star Mark Salling‘s record release party hosted by Xomad & BlackBerry Lounge at MyHouse in Hollwyood, CA:


Not only were we treated to amazing food and drink all night long (grub which we were able to order using BlackBerry Messenger on our BlackBerry smartphones) but we were also treated to a live performance and meet & greet with Mark Salling himself. After the jump, check out some photos we snapped at last night’s event … More »

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Mariah Carey Launches Her New Xmas Album In NYC

It's beginning to sound a lot like Xmas

Mariah Carey, joined by her husband Nick Cannon and music producer/BFF Antonio LA Reid, made an in-person appearance in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center in NYC yesterday to launch her new album of holiday music titled Merry Christmas II You. Here are a couple photos of Mimi and her mens at yesterday’s event:

Mariah Carey showed off her new music and new curves last night as she showcased her second Christmas album Merry Christmas II You in New York. The singer was at the event with husband Nick Cannon, 30, who looked delighted to be standing up on stage with his wife. And in her tight blue dress and black heels, the singer looked more voluptuous than ever. With her blonde hair down around her shoulders, the 40-year-old couldn’t hide how much fuller her face has become over the past couple of months. The Honey star looked anything but shy though, looking her usual confident self as she smiled and joked with the crowd. Despite constant reports that Mariah’s weight gain is because she’s pregnant with her first child, neither she not Cannon will confirm or deny anything … At one point she posed for pictures with Anthony Reid, the Chairman of her label Def Jam, who claims that Mariah is just happy and looking forward to the holiday season. He says: ‘Mariah loves Christmas — and she probably spends way too much on it. She goes all out for this, so I hope that’s coming through in the music.’

There is no question, Mimi looks much healthier than we’ve seen her before but, to be honest, she’s looked this way for weeks now. I’m not quite so convinced that she is hiding a pregnancy, particularly because we should be able to see a baby bump by now. I understand women who undergo fertility treatments put on weight thru the process so that is likely what is going on with Mimi right now. Whatever the case may be on the personal front, she is moving full steam ahead on the professional front. Merry Christmas II You will be available for sale next month … ready or not, Xmas is practically here.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Attends The Opening Of The First Edible Schoolyard In Brooklyn, NY

I've never been SO JEALOUS of an apple before IN MY LIFE

The insanely hot Jake Gyllenhaal attended the official opening of Brooklyn, NY’s first ever Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 on Friday afternoon. Here are a few photos of Jake munching on an apple that was grown in the schoolyard and some deets about the program at P.S. 216:

P.S. 216 is giving its students a rare learning opportunity and a chance to pick up some culinary skills along the way. The Brooklyn school is the first New York affiliate of the “Edible Schoolyard Program.” The school will start offering gardening and cooking classes with the use of a garden and a state of the art kitchen. Christiane Baker of the Edible Schoolyard NYC said kids from kindergarten to fifth grade will learn how to grow their own produce and prepare nutritious meals using food from the garden. “We have the power to help eradicate the childhood obesity epidemic and it’s programs like Edible Schoolyard NYC that are working to do just that,” Baker said. Edible Schoolyard plans to expand the program in more than 25 schools in Brooklyn. The organization also plans to create an edible academy in each of the five boroughs.

Firstly, how amazing does this Edible Schoolyard sound? What an inventive way to teach kids that healthy eating can be fun. I love everything about this program and cannot wait for it to expand to the rest of the boroughs of NYC. Here’s hoping that programs like this can spread out across the US in an effort to teach kids healthy eating habits early on.

But let’s get back to Jake … I mean, are you kidding me with these photos? Is it just me or does Jakey poo make eating an apple look incredibly sexy? I mean … yeah … he’s not doing anything other than eating an apple just the the rest of us would but … there’s something about the way he does it. Le sigh. Le swooooon! After the jump, check out a couple photos of Jake posing with the children and city officials who came out for this opening event on Friday … More »

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Christina Aguilera Makes Her Way To Hawaii

Takes a holiday from her marriage woes

On Tuesday, it was reported that Christina Aguilera and hubby Jordan Bratman were dunzo … On Thursday, Xtina filed for divorce from Jordy — making the dunzoness officially official. Shortly thereafter, Xtina boarded a plan and flew her ass to Hawaii to escape all the break-up drama here on the main land so that she would attend an event opening for the Waikiki Edition Hotel in Honolulu, HI last night:

Just days after announcing she’s split with her husband, Jordan Bratman, Christina Aguilera has jetted off to Hawaii for the opening of the ultra luxurious and private Edition Hotel, Ian Schrager’s new Waikiki-based hotel in collaboration with Marriott. “She wanted to get away,” a source tells Life & Style. “Christina landed late last night and is traveling with her producer, Tricky Stewart,” says the source. “She has a packed weekend ahead of her, including yoga, surfing lessons, hikes, lunches, VIP dinners and cocktail parties.” The pop singer left for the sunny paradise hours after she filed for divorce from Jordan. She was last seen in public taking, Max, her son with Jordan, pumpkin-picking in West Hollywood on Oct. 14.

It sounds like Xtina made her way to Hawaii just hours after she and son Max Liron paid a very public visit to the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday morning (the same day that she filed for divorce). It looks like Xtina plans to stay as active as possible until the divorce biz cools down. In Hawaii, she can escape all the drama and can enjoy the relative peace and quiet that she couldn’t enjoy here in SoCal. It’s unclear how long Xtina plays to stay away but I wouldn’t’ count on her getting back to LA for a few days.

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Hilary Duff Releases & Signs Her Debut Novel

Are you ready for a "supernatural tale about destiny and soulmates"?

Back in May we learned that actress-turned-pop star Hilary Duff would be releasing her debut novel this Fall … and, at long last, the time is at hand. Hilary‘s book Elixir, which she co-authored with Elise Allen, is available in stores now and last night she made an in-person appearance at a Border’s in NYC to meet her fans and sign a few books. MTV got their hands on a review copy of Elixir and offer their thoughts on what the book has in store:

Co-authored by Elise Allen, “Elixir” is a supernatural tale about destiny and soulmates. Think of it as “The Time Traveler’s Wife” starring a much-more-grounded version of Serena van der Woodsen. Perhaps drawing from her own experience in the limelight, Hilary’s protagonist is 17-year-old Clea Raymond, a reluctant tabloid staple thanks to her parents’ high-profile careers (mom is a politician, dad is a renowned surgeon). From a young age, Clea’s dad nurtures her interest in photography, and by her teens, Clea is fielding dream photojournalism assignments under the pseudonym Alissa Grande (no one wants to hire a celebutante only interested in vanity projects, after all).

HMMM. You can read the rest of the MTV review of Elixir HERE. IMHO, Hil D‘s book is prolly just as good as Nicole Richie‘s new book Priceless and DEFFO better than the new book “written” by Mike The Situation Sorrentino. Whether or not this book sounds interesting to you, I’m sure it’ll be of some interest to Hilary‘s young fans … and anything that gets kids to read books is A-OK with me :D

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2010 New York Comic-Con, Day 2

Another day, Another dorkfest

A few more geek-minded celebs made their way out to Day 2 of New York Comic-Con going on this weekend in the Big Apple making the dreams and wishes of loyal fans come true. Day 2 included in-person appearances by hot ladies Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica as well as hotties Eric Bana and James Franco:


And for some strange reason, Corey Feldman — in his infamous Michael Jackson attire — was in attendance as well. I’m not sure I quite get the connection between Comic Book/Sci Fi awesomeness and Feldman‘s presence but I’m guessing there was an appearance fee included and, well, I’m certain Corey Feldman would never turn down such an offer. To be honest, I always found Feldman‘s MJ impersonation extremely weird … now that MJ has passed, I find it extremely weird AND creepy. But, despite the creep-factor that invariably shows up at these sorts of events, I’m certain the sheer awesomeness makes NYCC a total blast. Sigh. I’m there in spirit …

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2010 New York Comic-Con, Day 1

Geek out

Over the Summer, comic book fans flocked to San Diego Comic-Con to get their fix of geekness and now they have made their way to the Big Apple for another dose of geeky awesomeness. Here are a few photos from Day 1 of 2010 New York Comic-Con:


Altho all the really BIG geek news comes out of SDCC in July, I’m certain that NYCC will offer fans much to talk about. As you can see from just these photos from Day 1, there are quite a few geek gods to meet and press the flesh with at the convention. Looks like fun, yeah?

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Guillermo Del Toro Brings His Book Tour To LA

Film director, new TV producer and author Guillermo Del Toro — who released his second novel The Fall: Book Two of The Strain Trilogy last week — made an in-person appearance at the Barnes & Noble store at The Grove here in LA last night to discuss and then sign copies of his book. In his discussion of the second book of his trilogy with co-author Chuck Hogan, Del Toro maintained that he is focusing on completing the book trilogy before he starts thinking about the film adaptations:

Guillermo del Toro [was] at The Grove in Los Angeles [last night] for a few hours that began at 7 PM to sign copies of The Fall, the second installment of The Strain vampire trilogy novel that he wrote with Chuck Hogan (whose book Prince of Thieves was turned into The Town by Ben Affleck). Published last week, the book has already hit No. 8 on The New York Times bestseller list. That’s a slot higher on the list than his first book, The Strain … He said that while fans are most curious about his plans to direct an adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness with James Cameron for Universal, many implore him to make one more installment of Hellboy. “I tell them that convincing Ron Perlman is the difficult first step, because he just doesn’t have the same patience as he did when he was younger to sit through 7 hours of makeup, and to pump up like crazy and sprout horns.” … The question Hollywood is asking is when del Toro and Hogan will take their vampire series out for a film or miniseries deal. Del Toro said they are sticking to their plan of completing the final book before entertaining offers. “If I made a deal, I’d be thinking about an ending that would be a cinematic climax, one that adhered to MPAA standards and practices. And the most enjoyable part of writing this with Chuck has been not having any form of self-censorship, or any cap that you have when you’re writing a script.” When will they be done? “We finished the big outline six months ago. “We are both writing chapters. Chuck has 100 pages so far. I’ve done 70. But I’m not halfway through my process and I won’t be done with my side until the week before we start At the Mountains of Madness. I’m still hoping to shoot in June. We still have a big budget presentation for Universal, but I’m really hopeful. The stuff looks just great.”

Usually when one person takes on so many projects (especially of such diverse types), one or more of those projects end up sucking (as in the old adage, Jack of all trades – Master of none) … but that is SO not the case where Del Toro is concerned. His films are consistently stunning and his storytelling is really unmatched. I’m almost finished reading The Fall (I should have it read by tonight) and I can’t get enough. I was so impressed with the first book, The Strain, and this second book has just taken things further and into more exciting territory. To be honest, I had planned on attending last night’s booksigning but — and I’m not even kidding — I lost track of time because I was bizzy reading the book. If you are looking for a fantastic new spin on the vampire myth that is actually an excellent and quick read, you MUST read The Strain (book one) and The Fall (book two). I promise, you will love them!

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Nicole Richie Signs Books, Does ‘Good Morning America’

Plus read an excerpt from her new novel 'Priceless'

Nicole Richie made her way to NYC this week to do some promo for the release of her new novel Priceless, which we learned was coming our way back in June when we got our first look at the tome’s cover artwork, and made an in-person appearance at a Borders bookstore last night to sign a few copies for some of her fans:


Earlier today, Nicole made an appearance on ABC‘s Good Morning America to talk about the release of her new book. After the jump, check out video of Nicole‘s appearance on GMA this morning and read an excerpt from her just-released novel PricelessMore »

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