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Homer Simpson Does ‘TV Guide’

5 collectible covers

In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons, TV Guide is releasing 5 collectible covers of their mag each with a different coverphoto of Simpson patriarch Homer J. Simpson. Here is one of his collectible covers:

In celebration of “The Simpsons” 20th anniversary, TV GUIDE MAGAZINE has issued five collectible covers hitting newsstands Thursday, December 3 and on sale for two weeks. Each of the five issues features a unique Homer Simpson illustration on the cover, along with three additional full-page illustrations on the inside pages, for a total of 20 Homers – representing an unforgettable Homer moment from each of the past 20 seasons.

The five collectible TV GUIDE MAGAZINE cover illustrations featuring Homer Simpsons are:

01. I Am Furious Yellow (from Season 13, aired April 28th 2002)
02. Colonel Homer (from Season 3, aired March 26th, 1992)
03. King-Size Homer (from Season 7, aired November 5th, 1995)
04. Mr. Plow (from Season 4, aired November 19th, 1992)
05. Homer The Great (from Season 6, aired January 8th, 1995)

TV GUIDE MAGAZINE editors’ picks of the Top 20 episodes include:

#1: “Homer’s Phobia” (original airdate 2/16/97)
Plot: Homer (Dan Castellaneta) gay-panics when he realized his new friend, John (John Waters) “prefers the company of men.”

#10: “Homer The Great” (original airdate 1/8/95)
Plot: Homer is revealed to be the Chosen One, a foretold savior of his lodge’s order.

At #20: “Lisa V. Malibu Stacy (original airdate 2/17/94)
Plot: Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is crushed when the new Malibu Stacy is a bubblehead who says things like “Don’t ask me, I’m just a girl!”

Man … there are so many amazing eps of The Simpsons, I’d be hard-pressed to be able to compile a list of my faves … which is why I’m very curious to see what the editors of TV Guide come up with. The various Homer Simpsons featured on these collectible covers to bring to mind many of my fave eps. After the jump, check out the other 4 covers of TV Guide which all feature HomerMore »

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Scarlett Johansson Does ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ Magazine, Again

"I’ve always found women have power in numbers."

Scarlett Johansson, who was featured on the January 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine earlier this year, is once again featured on the cover of HB for their January 2010 issue. In her coverstory interview, ScarJo talks about the charity work she did in Africa this year and reveals the apprehension she felt when she first started giving aid. Here is Scarlett‘s Harper’s Bazaar coverphoto and some excerpts from her interview:

Scarlett Johansson was “apprehensive” about doing charity work in Africa. The 25-year-old actress was nervous when she recently travelled to Rwanda to support several women’s charities – which help improve the lives of females in the poverty-hit region – because she had been warned she might be disturbed by what she saw. She said: “I had a bit of apprehension walking into the first hospital. But I soon realised you’re standing before people. They might be very ill but they’re just people like everyone else. Suddenly you’re not aware of how you’re feeling, how you’re going to look. If you let your guard down and stop being aware of yourself, you’re able to really connect with people.” During her work with charity Red, the blonde beauty was amazed by how positive the women she visited were and how strong their bond was with each other. She told Harper’s Bazaar magazine : “I’ve always found women have power in numbers. We draw strength from the support of other women.” The curvaceous actress has since posed in sexy animal-print outfits for a photo shoot in Harper’s Bazaar magazine to raise awareness of the cause.

I love this idea of coupling a magazine coverstory with spreading awareness of ScarJo‘s charity work … it’s a great way to get the message out to more people, without them even realizing it. After the jump, check out a few photos from Scarlett‘s Harpers’s Bazaar photospread and read a few more excerpts from her interview … More »

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Britney Spears Receives A New BMW For Her Birthday

Plus check out another photo from her 'Elle' magazine photospread

As you may recall, Britney Spears celebrated her 28th birthday this past Wednesday (December 2) and we know that she spent her day with her agent/beau Jason Trawick but what we didn’t know was that among her birthday gifts this year was a brand new BMW car! I’ve already done lost track of all of her motor vehicles but this latest whip has to be about her 10th car, seriously:

A new white BMW convertible with a ribbon on it and balloons inside was sent to the singer’s Calabasas home, where she threw a birthday party on Wednesday, December 2. Turning 28 years old on Wednesday, December 2, Britney Spears got a special present delivered to her Calabasas home, which was a new white BMW convertible with a ribbon on it and balloons inside. No word though on who sent her the gift. Throwing a private party, the birthday girl was joined by her boyfriend Jason Trawick, her father Jamie Spears, and her young sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, whom she has with then-husband Kevin Federline. Her mother Lynne Spears and sister Jamie Lynn Spears were nowhere to be seen though. Over all, there were around 20 people who helped Britney celebrating her big day, including some close friends and dancers. Britney, as reported by E! News, “was in good spirits,” and “dressed sexily, in a blue velvet blazer, shorts and fishnet stockings.” She was later on presented with a birthday cake. “It was really mellow,” says a source.

Now that sounds like a damn fine birthday party, huh? I suspect we’ll be seeing photos of Britney tooling around SoCal in her new toy very soon. We know how much she loves to drive ;)

Additionally, you may also know that Britney is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Elle magazine and today we get to see one more photo from her spread — after the jump … More »

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Kevin Federline & Family Does Australian ‘OK!’ Magazine

"I'm totally happy for [Britney]"

Remember how I earlier said that the presence of Britney Spears‘s cute little boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James, make any photoshoot worthwhile? Yeah, well, I was preparing you for this … Kevin Federline and the boys are featured in the new issue of Australian OK! magazine wherein he talks about how happy he is that Britney is in love again. What is most interesting about this interview is that it is the closest thing we’ve gotten thus far to an official confirmation that Britney and her agent/beau Jason Trawick are dating. Here is a cute pic of the boys with K-Fed in his new issue of Aussie OK! and some excerpts from his interview:

Are you happy to see Britney in love again?
Yeah, I’m totally happy for her. That’s all I want… you want your children’s mother to be happy. It’s great.

Are Preston and Jayden showing signs of being little rappers of performers?
They love dancing it’s in their blood. It’s so funny they’ll go around the house and they try to breakdance. They imitate their mother a lot because they’ve been to the shows it’s really funny to watch. I mean they’re kids and they’re like a sponge it’s interesting to watch them come into their own little characters.

You’ve done a lot in your 31 years including dancing for Michael Jackson. What’s your proudest achievement?
For me my children are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Unless you have children you don’t really know. When my daughter was born that was it, I knew that I was gonna have more children. I just knew it. My parents had raised me so well and my whole life completely changed whenever I had children.

When did you first notice the weight creeping up?
A couple of years ago I could tell my metabolism was slowing down and it’s just like my stomach was growing and growing on a daily basis (laughs). Getting’ out of control. We were in Miami a couple of months ago and they [paparazzi] got a picture of me with my shirt off at the pool and when I saw that I was just like, WOW.

Ugh … as grossed out as I am that K-Fed is getting any attention from the press (granted, due to the fame of his children) I think it is nice to see these little boys lookin’ so cute and happy. You can tell these photos were shot on K-Fed‘s recent trip to Australia cuz the boys are rockin’ their buzz hair cuts. It turns out that K-Fed‘s ladyfriend Victoria Prince also mooched her way into this OK! magazine piece. After the jump, check out a photo of K-Fed and his new family … More »

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More Photos Of Britney Spears In ‘Elle’ Magazine

Wanna shag?

Yesterday we got our first look at Britney Spears on the cover of the new issue of Elle magazine (after we got a sneak preview of the mag’s photospread on Tuesday) and today we get to see a few photos from the spread along with the alt cover of the mag that subscribers will be receiving in their mailboxes when the mag arrives:

A decade after her titillating debut in pigtails and a plaid Catholic school skirt, we find ourselves cheering on Britney Spears once again. There have been, of course, speed bumps in recent years—a divorce, feuds with family, a very public breakdown—but the past 12 months have witnessed a cautious yet emphatic comeback. With Circus, her triumphant 2008 album and subsequent world tour, Britney reasserted herself as a pop music ringleader, firmly in control of the spectacle. The album is the star’s fifth to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—making her the youngest woman to accomplish that feat. And the nearly yearlong tour, with its elaborate $50 million extravaganza featuring DSquared2 costumes (nine outfit changes a night, including Britney as a trapeze artist, a magician’s assistant, and, somewhat perplexingly, a policewoman), was among the highestgrossing concert tours in the United States last year, rivaling those of U2 and Bruce Springsteen. With another greatest-hits record freshly arrived (and a new single, “3,” which raced up the Billboard chart), we see flashes of vintage Brit, the one we love—blond, happy, and back on top. This is no small turnabout. Rare is the artist who can pirouette from teen idolhood to a discerning adult audience; not even Madonna, Britney’s idol, had to do that. But Britney was a teen pop princess who knew how to build an image (the virginal temptress) and sell it through videos (her 1999 breakout “…Baby One More Time”) that nimbly walked the line between sweetness and provocation. Now, at 28, her sound is grittier (as in the throbby 2008 hit “Womanizer”) and her lyrics reveal a confident sexuality. Britney may have sung “I’m not that innocent” on her 2000 single “Oops!…I Did It Again,” but today, there’s no argument, with frank lyrics such as those on “3”: “Merrier the more/ Triple fun that way/ Twister on the floor.” The new track represents Spears’ rekindled partnership with the reclusive Swedish producer Max Martin (Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”; Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”), who wrote “…Baby One More Time” but hadn’t worked with the singer in more than seven years.

It turns out that Britney didn’t give Elle a proper interview but the new issue will have a coverstory article that will chronicle Britney‘s great 2009. The mag will also include a bunch of amazing photos that were shot before Britney embarked on her first ever Aussie tour earlier this month. After the jump, check out a few of those photos … More »

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Britney Spears Does ‘Elle’ Magazine

The birthday girl shares her coverphoto with her sons

Yesterday we got a sneak peek at Britney Spears‘s photospread for the new issue of Elle magazine and I thought it would be only fitting to share her Elle coverphoto today — on her birthday!!

Aww … I love how Britney is sharing her cover with her boys Sean Preston and Jayden James. They all look so adorable. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics … I also can’t wait to read the coverstory interview. For now, let’s just continue to send our Birthday Lurve to our dear Britney!! She’s had a great year this year, I think … here’s hoping the best is yet to come for her!!


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

Models thrifty fashions with style

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who recently hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, is featured in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine in a segment wherein he models stylish outfits that are fairly inexpensive. The gist of the article piece is that because money is tight all over, men have resorted to shopping at thriftier clothiers … but they can still look good doing so:

Remember 2006? When you dropped $300 at the club for a $30 bottle of vodka? When you weren’t really hip-hop if you weren’t cruising on a yacht, making it rain? When designers were casually declaring that America was over, that it was all about Dubai (or Moscow or Shanghai)? When that was something worth aspiring to? Now cut to 2009. While scaling back on restaurants and vacations can feel like a sacrifice, you might’ve noticed that clothes shopping on a budget feels more like an opportunity. Walk by the display windows of Club Monaco and you’ll spot mannequins fully styled in cuffed jeans and cover-ready bow ties. Or if you happened to be in SoHo on one particular morning this past October, you would have noticed a line of shoppers snaking down Broadway. They weren’t queuing up for concert tickets or Robert Pattinson but for a chance to get into the gently priced Japanese clothing emporium Uniqlo, where +J, a collection designed by Jil Sander, was about to hit shelves. Low-priced retailers are now selling everything the pulled-together guy needs, and they’re doing it in a way that doesn’t feel cheap. As Patrick Robinson, Gap’s executive vice president of design since 2007, says, “I went through each category—from tees to leather jackets to khakis—and created a product that looks, feels, and acts like something that costs ten times more. I’m hearing from people who used to wear $200 or $300 jeans that our $59 pair fits better.” Whether it’s a chunky knit from FCUK or a skinny tie from the superhyped British import Topman, the clothes you can afford right now are the clothes you actually want to wear … And consider that Swedish fast-fashion behemoth H&M is on track to post double-digit sales growth for 2009—this in a year when flat is the new up. It’s probably naive to say that the way we shop is undergoing a fundamental or permanent change; like all things, consumer habits run in cycles. But the new crop of budget-minded retailers offers refreshing proof that when the going gets tough, the tough get stylish.

True style does not come from a high end fashion label … it comes from the ability to pick and choose articles of clothing that work well with one another and look good on, no matter what size or shape you are. JGL looks absolutely killer in these outfits and you would never guess that they come from “budget” designers. To be honest, JGL would look stunning in rags if he wore them … some people have “it” and some people don’t. Joseph Gordon-Levitt deffo has “it”.


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Meredith Baxter Comes Out Of The Closet

The 'Family Ties' mom opens up about her private life

Congrats and love goes out to Meredith Baxter (formerly Birney), the actress who famously played Elyse Keaton for many years on the 80′s sitcom Family Ties, who has decided to come out of the closet and reveal herself as a gay mom in the pages of the new issue of People magazine:

Most people know Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton, everyone’s favorite mom from the hit ’80s sitcom Family Ties. But now the actress reveals to PEOPLE that she’s ready for the world to see her in a different – and surprising – way: “I’m a lesbian mom,” she says. Before Baxter, 62, first started dating women seven years ago, the thought of being gay “had never crossed my mind,” she tells PEOPLE. Having been in three failed marriages to men (most famously to actor David Birney), she says of her many difficult years before coming out, “I was never comfortable with myself.” But she’s quick to add, “That doesn’t mean I was questioning.” Now in a four-year relationship with building contractor Nancy Locke – the couple have lived together for two years – the actress, who continues to act and run a skincare company, says, “I feel like I’m being honest for the first time.” Baxter was open about her new-found identity almost immediately with her five kids. Her son Peter’s reaction, like that of his siblings, was both reassuring and supportive. “I just couldn’t stop smiling,” says Peter, 25, “because she finally figured it out.”

What a great day … I’m sure Meredith feels as if the weight of the world has been lifted off her shoulders. I could not be happier for her … that she feels comfortable enough to share this news with the world proves that she is a very happy place in her life. She is very lucky to have the love and support of her family … and the love and support of a partner who loves her. Family Ties was one of my fave TV shows in the 80′s and I always thought it would be cool to have Elyse Keaton as a mom. Now I’m certain that is it is very cool to have Meredith Baxter as a mom ;)

Meredith Baxter also gave an interview to The Advocate, after the jump, check out some excerpts from her first interview with the GLBT press … More »

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First Look: Britney Spears For ‘Elle’ Magazine

'Entertainment Tonight' previews her upcoming photospread

Last month there were rumors of a secret photoshoot for Elle magazine featuring living legend (you can look but don’t touch) Britney Spears and last night Entertainment Tonight gave us our first look at the photos from that shoot. Here are a couple of screencaps that show our dear Britney wearing a beautiful white wedding dress as she posed with her young sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, by the pool:

As you can see, Brit‘s boys are wearing cute little tuxedos for this shoot to compliment their mama’s white dress. I understand that other photos will feature Britney in a gilded birdcage or something like that? Whatever the case may be, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Britney in a magazine photospread so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the photos from this spread. Beautiful!!


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Neve Campbell Talks To ‘Blackbook Magazine’ About ‘Scream 4’

"Being the next Jamie would be fine!"

BlackBook magazine has posted a new interview online with Neve Campbell wherein she talks at some length about the much-anticipated upcoming sequel film Scream 4 as well as her other work (Party of Five and, yes, the very LOL-worthy Wild Things). As you may recall, that we learned back in July that Courteney and David Arquette signed on to appear in Scream 4 and then in September we learned that Neve Campbell, THE Scream star, finally agreed to sign on for the film as well. Now she’s talkin’ about the upcoming film … and more:

Ontario-born actress Neve Campbell first found fame on Fox’s Party of Five before perfecting her little “girl lost in horror, blood and gore act” in The Craft, playing a teen witch even though she was in her early 20s at the time. Looking perennially younger than she actually is, Neve moved on to even greater fame amongst a new generation of slasher flick fans as Sidney Prescott in the Scream trilogy, the most successful psychological horror genre films of all time. Thrillingly, the four are due to reunite for Scream 4 which is scheduled to start filming in the spring. Campbell has lived, almost secretly, in London for the last five years with her actor husband John Light, a Brit. Indeed: these days the 36 year-old actress is such a fully paid-up Anglophile, even Madonna and Gwyneth would be impressed. Maybe even shown up.

You seem to be very settled living in London these days. Would you consider yourself an Anglophile?
Absolutely! I’ve lived in leafy Islington for five years now. I lived in LA for 13 years, but it just didn’t suit me. I’m from Toronto and I’m really used to a city I can walk around in, I guess. After I saw Crash, I realized: it’s true. People only really meet in LA when they get out of their cars. It’s a very isolating city. I have to be a little careful in London with the attention of the paparazzi. But on the whole, people are very respectful.

Do you ever feel drawn to horror films due to your legacy in them?
I’m very thankful for the Scream movies. They were fantastic for my career. Do I fear being pigeonholed for making this genre of movie? Not really. I’ve had a good ride, career-wise.

So you don’t think you are in any danger of becoming the next Jamie Lee Curtis of the shock-horror world?
Being the next Jamie would be fine! (laughs) In fact, we start shooting Scream 4 in mid-April. I’m so happy that those of us still “alive” from 1, 2 and 3 like David (Arquette) and Courtney (Cox) have already signed up to take part.

Did you all stay in touch after the trilogy had wrapped?
Oh, yes. Completely. I haven’t spoken to them in a while. I’m sure it took a while to convince them to take part [in the picture], especially because they’re now a very happy family ,and of course, it was a long journey for them. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and a lot like going back to summer camp.

What else can you tell us about Scream 4?
I’m pretty sure at this stage that Wes [Craven] is back on board to direct and Kevin [Willamson] is definitely writing it…so it is going to be great.

So you haven’t been sent a script yet, then?
No. Not yet. They had to wait for us all to sign on. I suppose that’s the way these days!

What’s the key to playing Sidney?
Physically speaking, it’s all about working the bob! And the only way I can achieve that properly every day on set is through Tara Smith hair products. Seriously, if Tara didn’t cut and style my hair in an amazing girly way to re-create the Sidney look, I wouldn’t have a starting point [for the character]. I’m not kidding. Hers are the only products I can use without killing my hair and skin, as they are 100% organic and free of chemicals.

You sound like a big fan!
Honestly, your readers should try them and get the Sidney bob to hold for when the film comes out next year! Once I’ve got the hairstyle, the character of Sidney definitely comes back to me.

Work-wise, what’s next for you before shooting Scream in the Spring?
Well, I’m always trying to find a great new scam to avoid the dark, damp British winters if I can! So, I’ve just signed up to do a movie in Sydney, Australia starting in December.

OK, so granted there still ain’t much (well, anything) to talk about as far as Scream 4 is concerned but the fact that we are hearing anything at all about the film is very exciting. I am SO excited for this new sequel film … which, I understand, may be the start of a whole new trilogy of films :) But, yes, Neve had other things to talk about with BlackBook … including the new film she’s about to start filming. After the jump, read the rest of Neve‘s BlackBook interview to see what else she has to say these days … More »

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