In August of 2008 we got our first look at the official mascots for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games and, as usual, they were a very cute little sight to see. Today we get to meet the official mascots for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and, I’m sorry to say, prepare to be HORRIFIED by the scary creepiness of Wenlock and Mandeville:
Moulded from steel left over from the last girder on the Olympic stadium, London’s 2012 mascots are neither cuddly nor cute but organisers say the gleaming one-eyed metallic forms will strike a chord with children. As the covers were removed by two pupils in front of wide-eyed classmates and LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe at an east London school a mere javelin throw away from what will be the heart of the Games in two years, Wenlock and Mandeville, as they will be known, were introduced to the world. It was the culmination of an 18-month project to come up with an enduring image for the Games and a merchandising gimmick that will keep the cash tills ringing as 2012 target 16 millions pounds in revenue from Games memorabilia. While modern and slightly obscure, LOCOG say the mascots recognise Britain’s Olympic heritage. Wenlock is named after the village of Much Wenlock where Pierre de Coubertin visited in 1890 and where his idea for a modern Olympics was born while Mandeville is aclled after the Stoke Mandeville Hospital where the Paralympic movement began shortly after World War II. Asked to describe exactly what his creations are, designer Grant Hunter of London-based firm Iris, said they were “magical beings” that would become “multi-dimensional” mascots aimed at capturing the imagination of children across the world. A group of invited journalists were given a sneak preview of an animated film based on a story by award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo who was commissioned by London 2012. It shows the two steel nuggets being sculpted by the grandfather and then how they spring to life in the hands of two children before morphing into various sporting poses. The film was screened by the BBC’s One Show later on Wednesday — the official launch of the mascots 2012 chiefs hope will rank favourably alongside the likes of Moscow’s Misha, Barcelona’s Cubist-inspired Cobi and Atlanta’s unpopular Izzy. Rather hard to describe, Wenlock and Mandeville both have one large eye, representing a camera lens so they can record what they see, cannot speak, don’t smile and have features borrowed from London’s iconic taxis. “The mascot will help us engage with children which is what I believe passionately in,” London organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe told Reuters as human-sized versions of the eye-catching mascots danced in the school playground. “The message we were getting was that children didn’t want fluffy toys, they didn’t want them to be human but thy did want them rooted in an interesting story. “By linking young people to the values of sport, Wenlock and Mandeville will help inspire kids to strive to be the best they can be” … To appeal to a generation of children brought up with electronic gizmos, Wenlock and Mandeville, look as though they are related to computer game character Sonic the Hedgehog and will even have their own place on Facebook and Twitter.
These hideous creatures have to be, without a doubt, the scariest of all Olympic mascots of all time and — quite possibly — the living physical embodiment of what nightmares are made of. I can’t even believe these monstrosities will be forced upon us when the Summer Olympic Games move to London in 2012. I mean, WTF!? were they thinking? I’m scared, y’all … now that we’ve seen these ghastly one-eyed things, they cannot be unseen or forgotten. I literally have no words … help?
Mark Salling, who plays bad boy crooner Puck on Fox‘s hit series Glee, is featured in the new issue of GQ magazine wherein he models some of the hottest Summer looks for the coming season. Here are some of the photos from Mark‘s GQ photospread and the accompanying blurby article:
On Glee, Mark Salling plays a high school badass who refers to the glee club as “homo explosion” (and then can’t help but join in on the geeked-out fun). This wasn’t exactly the kind of music Salling expected to make when he moved from Dallas to Hollywood eight years ago with his acoustic guitar strapped to his back, searching for a record deal. When asked if he’ll get to perform any of his original tunes when the Glee kids go on tour this summer—they’re playing sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, among other venues—he says, laughing, “I think Fox would probably shit a brick over that.”
Click HERE to read the rest of this article and see the full set of photos from the GQ spread. Mark Salling is deffo one of the main reasons I’m a Glee fan, his broodiness is a real draw. I’m really excited to see Salling and the rest of the Glee cast on stage tonight in concert. I doubt he’ll be this loosely dressed but … I’ll take what I can get.
[Photo credit: Peggy Sirota/GQ; Source]
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Last September we saw some pretty cool artwork that re-imagined the Disney Princesses as twisted, more sinister creatures … today we get to see some of those same princesses re-imagined as sexy comic book vixens. Here are a few illustrations created by Marvel Comics artist J. Scott Campbell that feature the Disney Princesses as you’ve never seen them before:
Dang, these ladies are hawt!! This sexy side of the Princesses reminds me of the artwork we saw last October of the sexy Disney Princes. If ever the Walt Disney company wanted to win new male fans, I think they be smart to hire Campbell to help them in that endeavor. These Disney Princesses are crazy sexy … which is kinda cool, no?
Ashton Kutcher, who was either in a cheeky mood or a pissy one, decided to throw up his two middle fingers in salute to the photogs who were snapping photos on the Pasadena, CA set of his new movie:
It seems unlike him to be so annoyed with the attention he draws from the media, considering how much he likes to share as much of his life with the world as possible, it’s not often that we see him lookin’ so pissed. It’s possible that he is just playing around in these photo but I dunno … could the strain of all of his oversharing be finally getting to him?
[Photo credit: Splash News]
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Jake Shears, frontman of Scissor Sisters, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the French gay magazine Têtu. As you may recall, Scissor Sisters are about to release their new album Night Work and just this week we got our first look at the new music video for their single Fire with Fire. This appearance in Têtu (which is French for stubborn) is to promote the new Sisters album by pandering to the gays by exploiting Jake‘s hawtness which he always seems happy to flaunt:
The online version of this Têtu coverstory on Jake is in French and my French is tres rusty … thankfully, the photos in the accompanying photospread are in a language that anyone can understand. Check ‘em out, after the jump … More »
I have to send out all of my Birthay Lurve to my dear friend Emma whose birthday we celebrated last night at an amazingly fun karaoke SURPRISE party! I couldn’t really say anything at all about anything here on the blog because Em reads religiously (well, maybe not religiously but enough that any hint on the blog would’ve tipped her off). I had tickets to see Massive Attack and was gonna hit up her party afterward but I decided celebrating with her was more important than the concert. Her boyfriend Josh managed to get us all together at Rosen Music Studio in Korea Town ahead of her arrival for the surprise:
She was completely shocked and surprised, everything went off without a hitch! After the jump, check out some of our fun photos from last night’s party and find out which songs I performed for Emma. Anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT do karaoke … but the spirit moved me and, well, read on … More »
Filming continues in Miami Beach, FL on the second season of MTV‘s Jersey Shore and it looks like castmember Nicole Snooki Polizzi has managed to find herself a new love interest. As you may recall, Snooki recently dumped her boyfriend after she came to the conclusion that he was only using her to further his own fame (can you imagine?!). But this week, Snooki was spotted in the company of a new special someone that might turn out to be the man of her dreams:
As you may recall, last month we saw that Snooki met another new man in Miami … but that encounter didn’t really turn out so well for her. Perhaps this lemur will turn out to be the perfect companion for her. Tho, I gotta say … diaper or no diaper, I don’t know that I’d want my face that close to any lemur’s ass. Ew.
In other Jersey Shore-related news, a new toy is about to hit the market that will let YOU build your own Guido to play with! Check it out, after the jump … More »
Yesterday we saw photos of Zac Efron making his return to Vancouver, British Columbia where he has been recalled to film a few reshoots for his upcoming new film Charlie St. Cloud. Today we get to see a few photos of Zac on set lookin’ a bit worse for the wear. As you can see in these photos, Zac will be sportin’ a few faux bloody boo boos in his new film:
While we cannot get a good look at his pretend injuries, I’m sure they are integral to the film. It’s a shame that the weather was cloudy and rainy in Vancouver when these photos were snapped cuz I was hopin’ that Zac might be reshooting a few shirtless scenes this week. I mean, yeah, the only way I’m gonna even come close to paying attention to a Zac Efron film is if there is flesh to be seen. Is that so wrong?
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
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Lindsay Lohan‘s days as a free woman are reportedly over … the ruling judge overseeing her DUI probation sentence has just issued a bench warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court today as scheduled. As you may recall, Lindsay decided to fly off to the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival this week instead of preparing for her upcoming court appearance. After she claims to have lost her passport in France (thereby keeping her from returning home to SoCal in time for her court appearance), Lindsay reportedly boarded a plane today to return home to LA (UPDATE: It turns out that Lindsay did NOT board a plane and is still in France). TMZ is reporting that the US Customs Office confirmed to them that L. Lo WILL be detained upon arrival in the US now that there is a warrant out for her arrest. Um, yeah:
A judge in Beverly Hills has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of actress Lindsay Lohan who failed to show up for a mandatory court hearing Thursday morning. Lohan, in France for the Cannes Film Festival, could not make it back in time because her passport was stolen, her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said. Holley told reporters that Lohan tried to board a plane Tuesday but was turned back at the airport because her passport was stolen. The actress filled out a police report in Cannes and has since obtained another passport, Holley said. Lohan has completed 10 out of her 13 required alcohol education classes, Holley said, adding that her client has an excellent progress report. “Does she reschedule at times? Yes. Is she late sometimes? Yes. But she makes all of that time up,” she said. “This is a young woman who is complying with the conditons of her probation and could not be here because of something outside of her control,” Holley added. Lohan was spotted partying on a yacht in Cannes Wednesday night. Holley said the 23-year-old actress would return to Los Angeles on Friday. Thursday morning’s hearing was related to Lohan’s 2007 no contest plea to driving under the influence. Upon issuing the bench warrant, Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel set bail at $100,000 and planned to ask for the following conditions for Lohan’s release: that she not be allowed to drink alcohol until she attends a court hearing; that she be fitted with a device to measure the presence of alcohol in the body; and that undergo random, once-per-week drug and/or alcohol testing until she completes the terms of her probation. Lohan’s probation was extended for a year in October after she missed some alcohol education classes while making a movie in Texas. Issuing a bench warrant is standard practice when a person misses a court date, but they are usually put on hold for a few days to give the person another opportunity to come to court, according to Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Lindsay Lohan’s last moments of freedom are going to be on the airplane ride home … this according to a rep for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who spoke with TMZ. The rep says, “Anyone who enters the country who has an active warrant in the law enforcement database will be detained by their office and local authorities will be called.” Law enforcement sources in L.A. tell us either the Los Angeles Airport police or the LAPD would then take Lindsay into custody and book her.
To be honest, I find it hard to believe that Lindsay will see the inside of a jail cell over any of this. The judge in this case seems to enjoy bending over backwards to make things as easy as possible for Lindsay to do whatever the hell she likes. It’s this kind of kid glove treatment that will ensure that Lindsay will NOT change her behavior at all. Do I believe she has learned anything from the court-mandated alcohol education classes? Not at all. Do I believe that she will engage in dangerous behavior that will likely endanger herself and others who happen to get in her way? Yes, I do. We shall see how this latest drama will play out over the next few days but I’m confident it will all blow over and just go down as another blip in Lindsay Lohan‘s troubled life.
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