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Chace Crawford Does ‘Los Angeles Confidential’ Magazine

Talks about playing a drug dealer in his upcoming new film

Last Friday Chace Crawford got busted in Texas for misdemeanor marijuana possession but today we get to see him on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine. In his coverstory interview, Chace talks about how much of a departure it was for him to play a marijuana drug dealer in his upcoming new film Twelve and then ends the interview by disclosing his plan to drive out to Texas (his home State) in order to clear his head … which is, apparently, when he went home and got busted for pot possession. Oh, the irony. Here is Chace‘s Los Angeles Confidential coverphoto and some excerpts from his interview:

LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL: You lived here when you went to Pepperdine University. Now you’re based in New York for Gossip Girl; do you like coming back to LA?
CHACE CRAWFORD: I love being in LA. New York and LA are polar opposites. I’m a Dallas boy, so for the weather, LA is where it’s at. I think the New York winters may end up driving me back out to the West Coast. What makes Hollywood Hollywood is the weather. The sun kind of hits you different out here, so every time I come here it’s rejuvenating.

LAC: In your film Twelve, out this July, you play a young drug dealer. Why was this a role you wanted to take on?
CC: It’s a complete departure for me. The character grew up with the privilege and the money, but his father is running the family’s bankrupt business, and his mom was stricken with cancer and battled that and died. So he’s almost forced to sell marijuana, and he doesn’t even know what he’s doing. He’s in over his head. It’s good for me because it’s a heroic figure, but it’s a pretty tragic, dark, melodramatic movie.

LAC: Turning to Gossip Girl, you and Serena finally really got together this season. When you and Blake saw the script, did you have a sense of, Yay, finally?
CC: I think it was almost more like, On to the next one. They’ve given her 15 game-player boyfriends, and they’ve given me everyone in the cast. It’s funny because in a certain sense our characters are very similar, and it kind of just makes sense. I was also pumped because Blake and I are good friends, and it’s just fun; we have a blast working together.

LAC: You live in a world where you are constantly in the public eye and dealing with the paparazzi. How do you handle it?
CC: In the minefield of cell-phone cameras, iPhone cameras and TMZ, it’s all so instantaneous now. It’s not worth trying to walk on eggshells and cut corners, so you either live a certain lifestyle or you don’t and hang out with certain people or you don’t. I’m single in New York, and [my castmates and I] are all in our mid-twenties, so it’s not feasible to say we’re not going to go out and have fun. It’s just how you do it and how you conduct yourself. It annoys me because you start to develop a certain kind of paranoia, and it’s a subconscious thing. I hate that. You sort of have to work through it and deal with it because it’s inevitable. And most of the time the stuff that’s said is 80 to 90 percent false.

LAC: What’s next for you?
CC: I’m kind of playing it by ear. I think I might drive the car out to Texas this weekend. Just sort of hit the road and clear the head. And relax.

Man … this interview would be so much less interesting if Chace hadn’t gotten arrested for drug possession. Maybe it’s just me but you can read all sorts of things into the answers he gives in this interview … things that pan out in his arrest last Friday. But, for a celeb like Chace, misdemeanor marijuana possession ain’t no thang … he’ll be just fine. And speaking of fine, check out some photos from Chace‘s LA Confidential photoshoot, after the jump … More »

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Fun With ‘Skymall’

The TV Guide

David and I made it to Albany, NY late last night after a full day of flying. As I mentioned previously, we made our way to the East coast to attend his cousin Scott’s wedding in Massachusetts today and Albany was the closest city for us to fly into to stay for the night. We’ll be driving down to Mass. this afternoon only to return late tonight to rest before we fly back to LA tomorrow.

Now, because we were flying all day yesterday, our entertainment options were severely limited … which is why I can always count on the Skymall magazine to entertain:


I’m telling you … you find the most AMAZING inventions in the Skymall … like bouncy sperm shoes (note the logo on the shoes), the potty rock (which I suspect was originally called the Shit Stone before censors got to have their say), various pieces of furniture for your pets to defecate in OR be locked up in and … well … I don’t even know what that last photo is. Good times, y’all … good times.

So yeah … today will be chock full of wedding fun! Hope YOU have a fantastic Saturday … wee!!

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Prince Does ‘Ebony’ Magazine

12 hours in the life of Prince Rodgers Nelson

His Purple Majesty Prince is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Ebony magazine … here is our first look a Prince‘s latest magazine cover along with a short synopsis of what his Ebony coverstory is all about:

Entering the world of Prince Rogers Nelson is like slipping into the altered reality of The Matrix. After Ebony recently spent 12 hours with the icon, we learned that he is as deliberate as he is mysterious and deeply loyal of those in his inner circle but fiercely guarded and suspicious of most others, at least at first interaction. Prince has definitely carved out his own rules and makes no bones about it. That’s what truly makes him who he really is while remaining true to himself. He has also been very fortunate to work with some of the best musical artists, Sheila E., for example, and intriguing crooners, Vanity, in the business. This renegade artist seems a juxtaposition of opposites—he is a pop star, an icon no doubt, but one who is an example of extreme musical aptitude. Let’s face it, he has been ever since his first album, For You—which he produced, arranged and wrote. It was released when he was just 20. He is equally profoundly curious about everything—people and how they think, self-expression, the creative process—and ultimately, the oneness of humankind. For three decades, this creative visionary has been challenging himself and us to think differently about who we are and how we engage. He is unquestionably a musical genius with a flair for only the best.

HMMM … this new Ebony coverstory sounds really intriguing. This little blurb does much to tease the feature without really telling us anything. I have to admit, I’m not a big Ebony magazine reader … but this is one issue I simply must get my hands on. I’m really hoping the article talks about the release of new Prince music but even if it doesn’t, I’m really interested in reading what 12 hours hangin’ out with Prince is like. I’ve been such a huge Prince fan for so long, I can’t get enough. I am really looking forward to reading this new article … are you?

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Bethenny Frankel Shows Off Her Post-Baby Bod

One Hot Mama

Real Housewives of NYC star Bethenny Frankel may have just given birth about 3 weeks ago but she’s already back in bathing suit shape ready to take on the coming Summer months. US Weekly magazine is featuring new photos of Bethenny showing off her post-baby bod in the new issue of their mag, on newsstands this week … here’s a first look:

What baby weight? Just three weeks after giving birth to daughter Bryn, Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel is back to a size-4 swimsuit! In the new issue of Us Weekly, Frankel, 39, reveals how she’s already lost 29 of the 35 pounds she gained while pregnant with Bryn, born May 8. “I don’t believe in diets,” says the chef and author of Naturally Thin, who wed Bryn’s dad Jason Hoppy March 28. Frankel stayed active while carrying Bryn, alternating yoga with 45-minute walks three times a week, and practiced portion control with a vegetarian diet. Still healing since Bryn’s C-section birth, the 122-pound star has decreased her walks to 30 minutes and continues to eat low-fat fare. A sample day’s menu: a muffin and fruit for breakfast, a veggie sandwich and soup at lunch and BBQ chicken and a half a sweet potato for dinner. Frankel admits to Us, “I’m still wearing maternity clothes, because they’re comfortable.” Still, she says, “I”m excited to get into my Louboutins again. No more swollen feet!”

Dang, she looks good, don’t she? I am so happy for Bethenny … she truly is on top of the world. With a new hubby, a beautiful new baby and a bright successful future ahead, she finally has all of the things she’s been looking for for so long. It’s really cool to see how far she’s come in just the past year. She’s always been my fave NYC housewife and I think it’s about time she’s come into her own. You’re lookin’ good, girl … own it!!

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Xavier Samuel Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

'Twilight's new vampire models a few suits

There’s a new vampire on the Twilight block and his name is Riley … in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Riley is played by newcomer Xavier Samuel (who also has a new movie titled Anonymous which is about to be released in theaters). You may recall that we’ve previously seen photos of Xavier filming scenes for Eclipse in Vancouver, British Columbia with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard (who has been cast to play vampire Victoria in the film) as well as photos of Xavier just hangin’ out in Vancouver in between filming days. Today we get to see a few photos of Xavier Samuel in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine modeling a few affordable suits as well as some excerpts from his short interview with the mag:

You’re on the poster for the new Twilight film, Eclipse. How did this happen?
I did the audition from Sydney. I put the audition down on tape and sent it over.

Actors are always putting themselves on tape. But they never actually get the role that way!
I’ve been doing that for quite a while—doing these auditions from Australia and sending them out. I don’t know whose desk they land on, or if anyone even watches them. To hear back was a surprise. I flew to Vancouver on a maybe. It was me and four other guys. And I was shooting before I knew it.

Were you a fan of the Twilight series? Tell the truth.
I watched the first film on the plane, on the way over to Vancouver. Then I went straight to the bookstore.

Funny. You play Riley, a hungry newborn vampire out on a rampage. Full disclosure: I read the book, and Riley’s only on one page.
Yes, I was flipping through the book, thinking: Where’s Riley? He’s whittled down to one line. But in the film, we venture into the world of Riley and watch him assembling this newborn army. It’s more action-packed. And it gives me something more to do, thankfully.

Do you get to inflict much damage on the world?
There was no neck biting. I threw a vampire off of a burning car. I also threw a massive log with one hand. The log was attached to a hydraulic system. It made me look really strong.

Is it hard to be the new kid in a franchise like this?
It is a bit like the first day of school. But I felt like part of the family.

Most of your scenes are with Bryce Dallas Howard—who plays the villain, Victoria. She was also new to the Twilight family. Did that help?
We bonded quite early. We just kind of hit it off from the very beginning, rehearsed a lot of stuff, and talked about this almost Lady Macbeth kind of relationship.

You’re intellectualizing Twilight.
You see that Shakespeare reference I just made? [laughs] But she manipulates him in that way.

I’m impressed. How was the green-screen work? Obviously you’re not fighting wolves.
The director would yell Action! and this guy puts a stick in your face. That stick is the wolf. They didn’t teach that at drama school. I must have been sick that day.

Considering the way rabid Twilight fans like to “eat up” new manflesh in these Twilight films, I’m thinking Xavier is about to win himself a whole slew of new fans. I hope the poor lad is ready for all of that love. At least we know the boy can dress … he looks pretty good in this suit. After the jump, check out a couple more photos from Xavier‘s GQ photospread … More »

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Kristen Stewart Does British ‘Elle’ Magazine

"I had, like, the perfect upbringing."

Kristen Stewart, who stars in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opening in theaters on June 30, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of British Elle magazine. In her coverstory interview, K. Stew explains how thankful she is for the “perfect upbringing” she got from her family (and alludes to how thankful she is NOT have turned out like Lindsay Lohan). Kristen also reveals why she tends to look so miserable in most of her photos. Here is our first look at Kristen Stewart‘s British Elle magazine cover and some snippets from her accompanying coverstory interview:

“My family are amazing. I had, like, the perfect upbringing. It sucks for people like Lindsay [Lohan], but it’s not her fault that she’s so off the rails – and she’s smart, very smart.” Twilight saga star Kristen Stewart tells UK ELLE Magazine’s July issue why she’s thankful for her solid family life.

Our hearts bleed for the gorgeous, rich and celebrity-dating film stars sometimes. Like poor Kristen Stewart, who’s revealed she’s miserable because of the bad vibes, man. Speaking in the new issue of Elle Magazine, the Twilight teen said: “People say that I’m miserable all the time. It’s not that I’m miserable, it’s just that somebody’s yelling at me. I literally, sometimes, have to keep myself from crying…It’s a physical reaction to the energy that’s thrown at you.”

You can always count on Kristen Stewart to provide entertaining sound bytes in most of her interviews. I can’t say I blame her for being thankful that she didn’t turn out like Lindsay Lohan. K. Stew is pretty much on top of the world, L. Lo is trying to find interesting ways to show off her court-ordered SCRAM alcohol-monitoring bracelet … If I were Kristen, I’d be thankful, too. After the jump, check out a behind the scenes video shot by Elle on the Beverly Hills, CA set of Kristen‘s photoshoot — Kristen talks a bit about her “sense of style” in her own, awkward way … More »

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Jake Shears Does ‘Attitude’ Magazine

Reveals how the new Scissor Sisters album was saved

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, who bared his hawt bod on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Têtu magazine last month, is once again showin’ off his hawtness on the cover of the new issue of Attitude magazine this month. Unfortch, the Attitude website does not feature any photos from his photoshoot nor does it feature his coverstory interivew … thankfully, Spinner posted a new article that explains how Jake managed to save the new Scissor Sisters album from ruination … on the advice of Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant:

“We were excited about new directions and new things and we took the music to one of our friends that we have entrusted our music to in the past and it was sort of met with a resounding, ‘Weh, it’s all right,’” Sisters matriarch Ana Matronic tells Spinner. “When you get a tepid reaction like that, it definitely makes you examine what you’ve been doing and scratch your head a little bit.” Shears didn’t have a lot of time for scratching his head. He’d already been pulling double duty, working on the SS album and a musical version of Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City.’ The answer was to find himself, again, by getting out of town … While Shears was cutting loose in Germany, he found what he needed to reignite his creativity after a conversation with sometime Berlin resident Neil Tennant. The Pet Shop Boys singer suggested Shears call up the band’s old pal — and Madonna producer — Stuart Price. “Neil said, ‘Why don’t you just call Stuart and see what’s going on?’ At that point, I think Jake was just looking for a really good friend and a good sounding board to bounce off ideas,” Matronic says … “[Jake] was so excited and Stuart was so excited. Stuart said to Jake, ‘I would drop everything to make a record with you guys.’ So that next weekend, Stuart and Babydaddy were out in Berlin and then a week or two after that, I went to London to work in the studio with them,” she explains of the writing sessions that resulted in their real third album, ‘Night Works,’ which is due June 29. “It was all just this great creative explosion, all caused by Neil Tennant.” The new version of the album, a glittering, 80′s-influenced dance-floor pop explosion sat more than well with the friends they played the first version to. “People jumped up and down and clapped like little kids,” Matronic says, laughing. “[It] was really exciting.”

I’m of the mind that Stuart Price is a genius producer. He worked his magic for Madonna (Confessions on the Dancefloor is Maddy‘s best album of the past 10 years) and also worked his magic on Kylie Minogue‘s upcoming new album Aphrodite, due out in stores next month (incidentally, Kylie hooked up with Stuart on the advice of Jake Shears after they hooked up for the new Scissor Sisters album Night Work). I am a huge fan of Stuart‘s sound and I cannot wait to hear the new SS album as well as Kylie‘s album. I’m also looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos from Jake‘s Attitude magazine photospread … I can’t help but wonder if he wears these leather pants in all of the photos ;)

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‘GQ’ Names Prince Harry The Coolest Of The Cool

Robert Pattinson comes in second

GQ magazine has compiled a list of the 50 Coolest Men under the age of 38 and have decided that Prince Harry of Wales is the coolest of the bunch. To be honest, I’m not all that impressed with the Top 10 picks selected for this list but anything list that puts Harry on top is a list that I wholeheartedly agree with:

Prince Harry has been crowned king of cool in a list compiled by GQ magazine. The sandy-haired royal beat the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Horrors singer Faris Badwan and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson to take the title. The magazine took 37 and a half to be the cut-off age in considering the coolest men. It took into account an ‘enviable sense of savoir faire, a talent for transforming the mundane into the extraordinary, or just a really edgy haircut’ to qualify, it said. Harry, 25, who is described as ‘soldier, ambassador, polo player, playboy’, turned his image around after a few youthful gaffes with his stint in Afghanistan, according to GQ. His big brother, Prince William, failed to make the rundown of young movers and shakers. Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders makes the top 10. ‘Wry, self-deprecating and often soul-searchingly existential, the drummer is indie music’s online answer to Jerry Seinfeld,’ the magazine said. Despite his personal troubles and fall from grace last year, golf pro Tiger Woods was also placed in the top 40. Youngest on the list is Albert Cocker – son of former Pulp star Jarvis – who is just seven. The magazine predicts he is ‘heading for big things with the in-crowd’. The list appears in the July issue of GQ, on sale from Thursday.

LOL! Despite the silliness of trying to compile an accurate list of who is “cool” (especially considering the ridiculous parameters that went into the decision-making process) I think the magazine is right to put Prince Harry on top. That being said, the fact that Tiger Woods is listed as one of the “coolest” men is complete bullshizz. Even if you give him “cool” cred for the rampant cheating he did on his wife with those countless bimbos (which I absolutely DO NOT GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR), he surely should lose all of his “cool” points for the mere fact that the idiot got caught. Total fail. Here is the GQ list of the Top 10 Coolest Men Under 38:

01. Prince Harry
02. Robert Pattinson
03. Reggie Love
04. Dizzee Rascal
05. Jason Schwartzman
06. Usain Bolt
07. Ryan McGinley
08. Dustin Lance Black
09. Matt Helders
10. Wells Tower
11. Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse)
12. Jack White
13. Jon Favreau
14. Roger Federer
15. Andre Saraiva

Interesting list, no? What do you think? Did GQ get this list right? Is there anyone who you think deserves to be listed in this Top 10?

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M.I.A. Does ‘Nylon’ Magazine

"I thought being different was a bad thing."

On Monday we got to see M.I.A. on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Complex magazine … today, we get to see her gracing the cover and pages of the June/July issue of Nylon magazine. Here is M.I.A.‘s Nylon coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:

On her mistrust of Google:
“Anybody who is called the government is right. And anybody who isn’t called the government is not right… And you know, all governments are connected to Google, and all governments can shift their search engines so only what they want you to see comes up… I want kids to be aware of this digital circumstance… Everyone on the Internet is like, “Oh my God, come and join Facebook!” They’re all so optimistic… and really, everyone is fucking you up behind the screens. And I don’t like that. It makes it difficult for me to interact with my fans knowing that. Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you’re on there, you have to know that.”

On her film school interview:
“I said, ‘If you don’t accept me, you’re going to change my life completely, because I’m going to go outside and get on the bus and I’ll be a crackhead prostitute and go to jail. And three years from now, I’ll come out of jail and make the best film.”

On her teenage years in Los Angeles:
I was always going out to LA because my cousin lived there, and she knew all the Bloods and Crips. So I was hanging out with her, having crazy times, and then I’d come back and be like, ‘I hung out with Tupac last week!’ and nobody knew who he was!”

On her unique sound:
“I thought being different was a bad thing, but then I realized it was just different because it hadn’t been done before.”

On doing commercials:
“Coca Cola wanted me to be their face, so of course I said no, and then Pepsi came to me and I said no again. But eventually, one day, I’m going to lose the battle and just be like, ‘Fuck it,’ and say yes… But I want to be able to be like, ‘Yeah, I made a sacrifice, but at least I have about 10 other people behind me who are worth it and who are going to benefit from all that money.”

On Paper Planes:
“Everyone was like, ‘You need to edit [the gunshots] out. They said, ‘You need something that’s going to get on the radio.’”

M.I.A.‘s full interview can only be read in the print edition of Nylon but these excerpts give you a pretty good feel for what’s on M.I.A.‘s mind these days. After the jump, check out a few photos from M.I.A.‘s Nylon photospread — they are not to be missed … More »

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Meet Bryn Casey Frankel-Hoppy

Bethenny & baby

Earlier this month we learned that Real Housewife of NYC Bethenny Frankel gave birth to a baby girl she named Bryn Casey (just in time for Mother’s Day) and today, courtesy of People magazine, we get to meet the little darling. Here is our first look at Bryn Casey with proud/happy momma Bethany Frankel:

Even though her daughter is only 2½ weeks old, Bethenny Frankel can already see one similarity between her newborn and herself. “She has my E.T. toes,” says Frankel, pointing to Bryn Casey Hoppy‘s little pink feet. “They are so long!” Frankel, the star of Real Life Housewives of New York City, always tells it like it is — even when discussing her baby’s early delivery on Saturday, May 8. Waking Jason Hoppy up around 6 a.m. some five weeks before their first child was due to tell him her water broke, Frankel immediately called the doctor and told her husband to pack their bags. In his excitement, Hoppy instead started ringing up a few friends. “Her water broke — we’re having a baby!” he announced. A laboring Frankel countered: “We don’t have a baby. We have a puddle.” Looking back, she laughs, “I told him to get a pen and paper and get organized!” The couple rushed to the hospital. “All I wanted was a bagel and the doctor [told me] I couldn’t eat,” she recalls. “And for two days, I couldn’t.” After some 30 hours of labor, doctors recommended a c-section to deliver baby Bryn. “She came out like a little doll,” Frankel, 39, says of seeing her daughter for the first time. “It was amazing.”

This People article, which goes on HERE, reveals that Bryn‘s name was chosen in honor of daddy Jason Hoppy‘s late brother Bryan who was tragically killed in a car accident 19 years ago. I can’t think of a more beautiful way to honor the memory of a loved one. Bryn is such a beautiful little baby … Bethenny looks OVER the moon!! Congrats and love goes out to the Frankel-Hoppy family once more on the happy birth of their beautiful daughter. Ain’t she just the most precious little thing?

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