Rihanna is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of NME magazine. In addition to posting with a sequined bird on her shoulder, Ri Ri explains to the mag that she — unlike other artists — is pretty opposed to using product placement in her music videos. Here is our first look at Rihanna‘s NME coverphoto and some excerpts from her interview:
Rihanna said in a recent interview with NME Magazine that she despises product placement in videos. Some people have said that Rihanna was having a sly dig at Lady GaGa and her blatant product placement in the video for Telephone. Rihanna said: “I don’t like things to be so commercial. I hate product placement in my videos. Videos should just tell the story of the song. With product placement, it becomes this big ad campaign. I just don’t like that. Sometimes we have to (use products in music videos), for whatever political reason, but it’s never my first choice.” She added: “The mystique I have kept has been because I don’t say a lot. There are a lot of rumours about me, every day it’s something new. I guess by not replying people never know what’s true and they never know what’s not true.”
Gotta love Rihanna for keepin’ it real. I’m not a big fan of product placement either … commercials should be commercials and product placement should stay in commercials. That being said, tho, I kinda like seeing products that I love featured in TV shows and/or movies that I also love. I only like being sold things when I already have them … does that make sense? In any event, while I think it’s good that Rihanna is so open about her beliefs on product placement she should be careful … she may live to eat her words when a company throws a big, fat check at her to feature one of their products in the future. After the jump, check out another photo of Rihanna within the pages of this new issue of NME magazine … More »
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New mom Sarah Michelle Gellar stepped with a friend this week to get her hair did at Anastasia salon in Beverly Hills, CA and decided to leave her baby girl Charlotte Grace at home (presumably with daddy Freddie Prinze, Jr.). Considering how much work it takes to care for a baby 24/7, I can’t say I blame SMG for venturing out babyless but I believe this is the first time we’ve seen her out and about in public sans baby since Charlotte was born last September:
I’m loving SMG‘s sassy new ‘do … it really suits her in that she-reminds-me-of-the-good-ol-Buffy-days … sigh. I bet she really enjoyed her day yesterday … not that Charlotte Grace is a burden but it must be nice to leave the baby-tending to the dad every once in a while. Come to think of it, I don’t think we’ve seen any photos of FPJ out and about with Charlotte just the two of them … HMMM. In any event, it’s always a pleasure to see SMG out in public. She looks fantastic, don’tcha think?
[Photo credit: WENN]
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Country-pop superstar Shania Twain will be making her way back to the limelight after many years away in a new reality TV series called Why Not? with Shania Twain that will debut on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Apparently, this new series will be a way for Shania to re-introduce herself to the public after many years out of the spotlight (and maybe as a way to introduce the new man in her life to the world) … tho it is unclear if there will be a musical component to the show. Here are the deets that we do know about Why Not? with Shania Twain:
First came heartbreak, then a second chance at love. Next up for country superstar Shania Twain? Her own TV series. Twain, 44, will star on Why Not? With Shania Twain, an hour-long series premiering on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. “The show will follow [Twain] as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures,” says a statement from the network. This won’t be Twain’s first foray in front of the camera since her marriage to Robert “Mutt” Lange fell apart in May 2008 over his relationship with her then-friend – and employee – Marie-Anne Thiébaud. The country singer has posted several personal videos on her Web site in recent months, chronicling her world travels, fun times with her son Eja, 8, and her blossoming romance with her boyfriend Frédéric, who is Thiébaud’s ex-husband. In February, Twain, who has recently been spotted in New York, posted a video – shot in Canada by Thiébaud – in which she visits a radio station, jokes about her junk-food cravings and the effect of the cold weather on her skin, and banters with her Swiss-born beau, whose French-inflected voice can be heard throughout. Last August, she posted a video travelogue documenting a skydiving trip in Florida, a camel-riding adventure in Egypt and a bike ride through a London park with Thiébaud, whom in an accompanying letter she called her “most constant companion.”
HMMM … I really hope this new show doesn’t feel like Wife Swap but, er, you know … but with Husbands. It’s still kinda weird to me that Shania decided to hook up with the ex-husband of the woman who her husband cheated with — especially since that woman was formerly her BFF. Maybe because the notion of the partner swap is so strange that this show is an attempt to make what went down seem more normal? Whatever the case may be, I can see how a show like this may appeal to viewers. I was a big Shania Twain fan back in the day but I’m not sure I really care anymore. I’ll prolly take a pass on this new TV show and wait for her to release new music. What do y’all think … is this something you’d want to watch? Does it even sound remotely interesting?
Earlier this week we saw photos of Madonna and her children in Malawi at an event where Maddy laid the first brick on the construction site of a new all girls school there and today we learn that her family visit to Malawi hasn’t quite finished just yet. Madonna brought her children back to The Home of Hope to visit the orphanage where she adopted her son David Banda. Here are a few photos from Maddy‘s visit to the Mchinji orphanage this week:
Their heads craning to peer through the gates, children were desperate to see inside The Home of Hope in Malawi today. They were hoping to catch a glimpse of Madonna, who was returning to the Mchinji Orphange where she adopted her youngest son in 2006. The global superstar and daughter Lourdes were surrounded by hordes of excited orphans on their visit. Madonna adopted David Banda from the orphanage when he was 18 months old despite opposition from his biological father Yohane Banda. Mr Banda complained the following year that he had only been allowed to see his son once since the adoption. But he has since changed his opposition to support the star, saying he can see the benefits for his son, now four. Madonna arrived in Malawi earlier this week for a week-long charity tour to inspect projects she established since her first visit in 2006. She has pumped millions into the impoverished southern African country, where four in ten people live on less than a dollar a day and the life expectancy is just 41. She funds six Malawian orphanages, which feed, clothe and educate 25,000 children. It is Madonna’s first visit to Malawi since she controversially adopted a second Malawian child, Mercy James, last year.
I expect these sojourns to Malawi will be, at least, an annual affair. Since half of her children come from the region, it seems to me that Madonna is making a huge effort to ensure that all of her children grow up with a strong appreciation for Malawi. It’s unclear how much longer the family plans to stay in Africa but I don’t think there is any rush to cut this visit short.
HBO‘s Waiting Sucks campaign to promote the upcoming third season of its hit show True Blood has released another promo photo to sate the thirst of rabid fans. First we got the coffee-themed poster, then we got the VILF poster … now we get a third poster to drum up some water-cooler buzz for the show:
Drink it up, fangbangers … we’ve still got about 2 months to go until True Blood season 3 debuts on June 13 on HBO. In the meantime, what do y’all think of this new poster? Fun, right?
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Rumors of an upcoming royal wedding have started to make the rounds now that the British Royal Family is reportedly making plans for an announcement concerning Prince William and, presumably, his longtime (on again-off again) girlfriend Kate Middleton this June. Could it be? Is it possible that Wills is finally ready to marry Kate?
Royal wedding speculation grew yesterday after claims that Buckingham Palace has ‘cleared its diary’ for a June announcement of an engagement between Prince William and Kate Middleton. According to well-connected former editor and author Tina Brown, aides plan to announce on either June 3 or 4 that a wedding will take place in November. Miss Brown was a personal friend of William’s mother Diana and has published a well-received biography of her. She said the hint had come from an anonymous – but impeccable – royal contact. ‘A high-placed source in royal circles tells me that two days in June have been mysteriously blocked out on the palace diaries – June 3 and 4,’ she wrote yesterday in a blog on her news website The Daily Beast. They suggest this is a likely date for the engagement announcement at last of the 27-year-old Prince William and his patient squeeze, 28-year-old Kate Middleton. If so, a wedding itself would probably follow in November, like the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who married at Westminster Abbey that cold, damp November day in 1947.’
Let’s not get all excited just yet … this is a rumor about an announcement that won’t be made for a few months now. Let’s save the congratulations for when and IF any such announcement is made. That being said, I would love for these two to get hitched. I bet they would have a lavish wedding that would rival that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana (Wills‘s parents). But, I’m getting ahead of myself … this rumor is far too unsubstantiated to be taken too seriously … well, just yet. I’m happy to be cautiously optimistic tho … we shall see. What do y’all think … are Prince William and Kate are ready to say I Do?
Lea Michelle, former Broadway player and current star of Glee, is the latest celeb to team up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to speak out for animal rights. Lea and her little furry friend Sailor are urging YOU not to wear fur of any kind … check out the clip:
Golden Globe nominee and vegetarian Lea Michele plays sassy songstress Rachel Berry in the hit television show Glee. One may find argyle sweaters, plaid skirts, and knee-highs in her wardrobe, but one thing you won’t see is fur. Lea’s latest extracurricular activity is helping animals by speaking out against the fur industry in her PSA for PETA.
OMG … this is the cutest little pooch! PETA has done a great job of signing up the perfect celebrity spokespeople for their campaigns. Celebs like Kellan Lutz, Dave Navarro and Lea Michele are big enough to inspire a loyal fanbase but aren’t too big to overshadow the message. I’m sure Lea will inspire many a Gleek to swear off fur forever. After the jump, check out Lea‘s PETA PSA in full … More »
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Earlier today we learned that Jessica Simpson, in support of her new TV series The Price of Beauty, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Marie Claire magazine. But, what is so special about this particular magazine cover is that Jess was photographed without make-up. And, to take things a bit further, the final photos were not airbrushed or re-touched in any way. Here is our first look at Jess‘s untouched and totally natural Marie Claire coverphoto:
Jessica Simpson graces the May cover of Marie Claire (on newsstands April 13) with absolutely no makeup or retouching. This was all done to help promote Jessica’s new initiative, “A Beautiful Me” – a program she is launching to encourage young women to love themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. The program launches at the close of her VH 1 series in May. Jessica is the magazine’s May guest beauty editor and embraces the new natural look with air-dried hair and no makeup. Jessica opens up to Marie Claire about herself:
“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. What other people think of me is not my business. If I’m in a mood to go out and feel hot and sexy, I want long hair that I can feel on my back. But I also like bed head.”
Jess is a brave woman to be going au naturale on the cover of a major magazine like this. She is a natural beauty, tho, so she can really pull it off. After the jump, check out two more untouched photos from Jessica‘s Marie Claire photospread … More »
Mariah Carey has made her way to the US territory of Puerto Rico in order to find some inspiration for her next album. Mimi brought along her pet poochs to holiday with her and shares this fun new photo of all of them surfin’ together:
Mariah Carey shows off her surfing skills as manages to balance on a board while holidaying in Puerto Rico. Joining her in the water were her three dogs, JJ, Cha Chan and Dolomite. But it seemed there just wasn’t enough room for all four of them – with one pooch seen in mid wipe-out. Mariah is taking inspiration in Puerto Rico where she is writing new material for her Christmas album, set for release with Mercury Records later this year.
Ugh! I can’t say that the notion of an Xmas album really appeals to me but Mimi does have one of the most successful modern Xmas singles around these days so I can’t say I blame her for trying to milk the Xmas market for some more gold. It looks like she is having a great time with her cute dogs. I guess Mariah Carey likes a healthy dose of play to go along with her hard work ;)
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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 »