Yesterday was my first full day here in Detroit Rock City and I managed to make the most out of it considering how little I really wanted to do. Sarah and I spent the whole day together and then Mark joined us for the rest of the night. Sarah and I made our way into downtown Detroit because I had to pick up a pair of Michigan Mittens from GOODS Detroit shop on Woodward & Kirby. I learned about the mittens in the new issue of Hour Detroit magazine and HAD to get a pair. As you may know, the State of Michigan looks like a mitten and growing up, that is what we would call it — The Mitten State. Can you believe that I have never seen or even heard of mittens that feature a map of Michigan on them? Anyways, yeah, I picked up a few fun Detroit souvenirs at GOODS Detroit (great little independently owned shop very near the Detroit Institute of Arts) which I highly recommend for fun Detroit/Michigan inspired gifts. Afterward, we popped into Good Girls go to Paris Crepes for some snacky snacks and ate our faces off:
This morning, we awoke to the first snow of the year. It was only a light dusting but I hear a big snow storm is on the way for the weekend. Eeep! I’m well acquainted with Detroit Snow Storms … it could be nothing or it could be severe. I guess we won’t know ’til it hits … right around the time my plane is scheduled to leave for LA. Who knows, I might get snowed in for an extra day.
Tonight, Sarah, Mark and I have decided to see the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Joe Louis Arena and then later on, I’m planning on a fun night of dancing with my good friend Sergio. It may be cold but I’m trying to make the most of it. I hope all y’all have a GREAT weekend! Happy Friday!!
PS: You can order the Michigan Mittens online HERE.
For weeks, The Oprah Winfrey Show has been teasing a big trip to Australia for an entire audience full of fans and while the audience members arrived in Oz earlier this week, Oprah Winfrey herself only just got there yesterday. Believe it or not, this visit to Australia is Oprah‘s first ever … and she, apparently, plans to make the most of her visit:
Finally fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting Australia, talk show host Oprah Winfrey is savouring every moment of her trip. The media mogul is touring around the country as part of her ‘Ultimate Australian Adventure’ for an upcoming episode of her show. In it’s 25th and final season, Oprah surprised her studio audience earlier this year with a fully-paid 8-day trip Down Under as part of the final. The plane taking the 300 lucky viewers was initially supposed to be flown by John Travolta but the recent birth of his son Benjamin led them travel on a plane flown by a non-celebrity pilot. Oprah, 56, travelled on her private jet with her constant companion and best friend Gayle King in tow. Yesterday Oprah visited Uluru (Ayers Rock) where she met with the natives and took a liking to two Anangu Aboriginal children. Completely unaware that they were being hoisted up by a billionaire, the two youngsters seemed in awe with all of the attention and fanfare that travels with Ms Winfrey. Oprah has immersed herself in the culture and even cuddled up to a baby koala bear called Elvis during a trip to Hamilton Island Wildlife Part in Whitsundays. After viewing the rock she addressed a media pack that had gathered at the site. ‘I think the word awesome applies… it strikes awe in your soul when you see it,’ she said. She said she will definitely visit the rock again. ‘Me being here is a way of paying respects to the Aboriginal people and showing respect for the land and their culture and all that this rock means to them and the continent and to the world,’ she said. Two episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be filmed at the Sydney Opera House next week, with about 12,000 Australians expected to watch the filming live. A third episode will feature her guests’ travel experiences at some of Australia’s top tourist destinations. Oprah later took time out to dance on the beach with Aussie chef Curtis Stone who was cooking up some traditional Australian fare – a barbecue of course.
I absolutely cannot believe that Oprah has never been to Oz before … but, it sounds like her first visit is going to be AMAZING! I am dying to get my buns down to Australia and I know I’ll get there hopefully some time soon … but I’m deffo gonna wait until Her Oprahness leaves ;) Aussies, Oprah Winfrey is all yours for now … what do you plan to do with her?
Posted under: Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey
In October we got our first look at Michelle Williams in costume as Marilyn Monroe. In November we got our second (and, IMHO, better) look at Michelle as Marilyn. Today we get our first look at Michelle‘s co-star Emma Watson in her role in their film My Week with Marilyn … behold:
Film chieftain Harvey Weinstein wants to take Emma Watson under his wing and mould a big post-Harry Potter screen career for her. The studio boss was getting all excited (professionally!) over Emma after seeing her on the set of My Week With Marilyn (where she gets seduced by leading man Eddie Redmayne), and then watching the footage of Simon Curtis’s film. Emma, back in London for additional filming on the final part of Deathly Hallows, donned a wig over her gamine hairstyle to play the small but important role of Lucy, an assistant in the wardrobe department at Pinewood studios in 1956. The film’s based on a memoir by Colin Clark, who was Laurence Olivier’s assistant on the movie and who, during an intense period of filming, became Marilyn Monroe’s confidant. But he flirted with Lucy as much as possible in between takes. Clark described Lucy as ‘one of the prettiest little girls I have ever seen in my life… slim as a wand, curly brown hair, huge brown eyes and a wide cheeky grin.’ Harvey told me: ‘For ten years she has been this schoolgirl in the Harry Potter films and now you see her as a woman for the first time. ‘She has an elegance about her – she looks like Jean Shrimpton! – plus she has a gift for comedy and drama, and we’re just starting to see her range. I feel we’re going to work together a lot in the future.’ He was speaking before a screening in New York for the film Blue Valentine, which features powerful performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, who portrays Monroe on My Week With Marilyn. The latter’s director Simon Curtis called Emma a ‘proper actress’. Curtis cast Daniel Radcliffe in his first role when he played David Copperfield in 1999. ‘It’s great to have given Emma her first job after Harry Potter,’ he added.
I am really excited to see Emma Watson in her first post-Harry Potter role. As I’ve said numerous times, I think she is a fantastic actress and I’m very confident that she and her Harry Potter cohorts (Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint) will have long, successful careers in film. I must say, tho, that I’ve gotten so used to Emma‘s cute short ‘do that she looks kinda funny to me with long hair again. Still … I cannot wait to see this film.
Back in February, after her disastrous single Louboutins failed to catch fire on the airwaves, Jennifer Lopez got dumped by her record label … which threatened the release of her new album titled Love? At the end of March, we learned that Def Jam Records gave J. Lo a new record contract and it seemed like the release of her album was imminent … then … nothing … for months. It is now mid-December and we are finally hearing about Love? again. J. Lo debuted the official album cover artwork for Love? on a 10 Most Fascinating People Barbara Walters special that aired on ABC last night … and here it is:
While I am underwhelmed by the album cover, I am curious to hear it. I’m hoping that Love? has been entirely revamped because if it’s full of the same Louboutins crap, it’s gonna be a failure methinks. But, whatever the album sounds like, it’s scheduled for release next year (reportedly January or February) and we will soon be hearing the songs Good Hit and Take Care soon. After the jump, watch video of Jennifer Lopez‘s appearance on the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 special that aired last night and hear J. Lo talk about her new album … More »
Things got very scary for Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Wales in London, England last night when their chauffeured car (complete with police escort) was attacked by student protesters. Chanting things like, CHOP OFF THEIR HEADS!, the protesters hurled rocks and paint at the royal limousine … very obviously scaring Prince Charles and Camilla:
Things turned ugly Thursday as the Rolls-Royce carrying England’s future king Prince Charles and his wife Camilla drove into a group of protestors. CBS News … reports that some of the student demonstrators shouted “off with their heads,” smashed a window, and splattered the royals’ car with paint. The prince’s police escort quickly came to the rescue and the couple – unharmed, but clearly shocked – arrived safely at a gala variety show in central London. Charles and Camilla put a brave face on as they emerged from the car, quickly picking up their ceremonial duties and shaking hands with a few well wishers before heading into the theater. “They were whisked right through to hospitality where Camilla had a rather stiff brandy to calm her nerves,” reveals CBS News contributor Neil Sean, who reports frequently on the royal family and attended the Royal Variety Show. Police say the prince’s car, and his security detail, were caught off guard by a fast-moving group of protesters who converged on the area of the theater at short notice. Regardless of where they came from and how long they had been there, the violent group’s ability to come within inches of the man next in line to sit on the throne will doubtless prompt a review of security plans for the wedding of Charles’ son, Prince William, being planned for this summer … Earlier Thursday, thousands of students demonstrated in central London against a government move to enable the country’s universities to triple tuition fees – to 14,000 dollars per year. Sporadic pushing and shoving with the police gradually escalated, with officers on horseback brought in to break up the crowds. As night fell, it turned violent. Some demonstrators lit fires, others attacked government buildings. But it’s the attack on the royal car that’s grabbing the headlines this morning.
Wow! These student protests have been going on in London for some time now … but only recently have they started to turn violent. This successful attack on members of the Royal Family are very shocking to me. It is unfathomable that they British police force let the next King of England get that close to such violence. While I do not believe the lives of Charles and Camilla were in any actual danger, the violent nature of the attack on their car is pretty stunning. After the jump, check out some photos of Charles and Camilla‘s damaged Rolls Royce and find out how they spent the remainder of their evening after this attack … More »
Back in October we got to see a new promo photo from the upcoming Marvel Comics film Thor on the cover of an issue of Empire magazine and today we learn that that photo is being used as the film’s first official teaser poster:
While I really love this photo and think it makes for a GREAT poster, I’m kinda bummed that the first teaser poster features a photo that was released 2 months ago. If you consider that we got to see the first movie trailer all the way back in July, you’d think the folks at Marvel would have NEW promo stuff to use by now. In any event, Thor is one of my MUST SEE movies for 2011 so I’m just excited to see any promo materials, to be honest. Still, I am hoping we’ll get to see something new some time soon ;)
Posted under: 'Thor'
When last we saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift together in the same proximity, the pair were all cutesy smiles on the cover of US Weekly magazine. Yesterday, Jake and Taylor coupled up again in SoCal … but Jakey poo was not too keen on anyone seeing them together. It turns out that Jake called the cops on some paparazzi who were trying to photograph them together — Yikes!
Jake Gyllenhaal turned the cops on paparazzi trailing him and Taylor Swift in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 9. LAPD was quick to respond to Gyllenhaal’s call with patrol car and reportedly even a helicopter. Gyllenhaal and Swift were cruising in an Audi Q7 when the incident happened. According to an x17.com photog trailing the couple Gyllenhaal “didn’t want anyone to get a shot of him and Taylor together.” Swift, 20, and Gyllenhaal, 29, feature together on the cover of the current issue of Us Weekly, taking an afternoon stroll in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in New York City, in what appears to be a posed shot for which they were probably paid handsomely.
Okay … I get that celebs sometimes get tired of being photographed but I think it would be much safer if Jake would just focus on driving his car rather than yelling at anyone in any other car while driving. Besides, if he’s so ashamed of being seen with Taylor, why is hanging out with her in the first place? I keed, I keed. It would appear that these hangout sessions between Jakey and Taylor aren’t going away anytime soon … which totally bums me out.
[Photo credit: X17; Source]
Miley Cyrus is 18, y’all …. and that means she is growin’ up. It also means that she is ready to experiment with new things on camera … for example, TMZ managed to get hold of a video recorded around Miley‘s recent 18th birthday that clearly shows her smoking something from a water bong (a device usually associated with marijuana use). Now, it’s not unusual for kids her age to experiment with things … but it is kinda unusual for a celebrity of her magnitude to be DUMB enough to experiment with drug paraphernalia on camera:
Miley Cyrus celebrated her 18th birthday by experimenting with a bong and catching a case of the giggles. The video was shot during a party at Miley’s L.A. area home 5 days after her 18th birthday. According to a source connected with Miley … the smoke filling the bong is a natural herb called Salvia which has psychedelic qualities. Possession of salvia is legal in California. As for the video … the source tells us it was shot by one of Miley’s friends — and theory is that someone stole or copied the video from that friend’s camera.
Yeah … I’m not sure I’m buying this “Salvia” business … but it is possible. NPR just did a story on the popularity of the legal herb among teens and young adults. What makes me personally suspicious that marijuana is being smoked in this bong is the very prominent appearance of breakfast cereal in the video (the Bush song playing the background is another red flag). Munchies are also usually associated with weed. BUT, whatever the Hell Miley is smokin’, she’s an idiot for doing so ON CAMERA! It’s clear she trusts the friend recording her and mebbe it wasn’t her friend who leaked the video … but in this day and age, if you do something like this on camera … it’s going to make its way to the Internets … and the Internets never forget. Head over to TMZ HERE to watch Miley smoke on this bong and judge for yourself. Is this a troublesome video for Miss Cyrus … or is she just being Miley?
Posted under: Miley Cyrus
The upcoming sequel film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is due to hit theaters next July, has just released its first teaser trailer … and from the looks of it, Transformers 3 may actually turn out to be a decent flick:
I really, REALLY hated everything about the last film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen … so, to be honest, I hadn’t held much hope that this third installment in the franchise would be worth seeing. This teaser trailer changes my mind completely. I can’t think of another teaser trailer that so thoroughly charmed me from beginning to end. Remember that NASA mission to the moon back in 1969? Yeah, Transformers: Dark of the Moon plans to completely change everything that we thought we knew about that mission. Check out the teaser trailer in full, after the jump … More »