Saturday, December 30, 2006

We Got Our Kicks In 2006

There was a lot of really great, fun, scandalous, insane, etc. stuff that happened this year ... I had a very difficult time going thru all the archives and selecting which things to talk about that represented the year for me. I'm sure I may be leaving off some things that many people may take issue with (ie. "why didn't you mention ____?") but I think I picked out the best things to remember 2006 -- at least in my mind ... and here they are ...

First off, I spent much of the year wondering what exactly was going on with Katie Holmes' pregnancy:


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Even after she allegedly gave birth ... I was still unsure what was going on ... but it was fun to speculate. This collage comes from the messageboard CPMCoG and was created by a poster called Newmy. [thanks JJ]

Brokeback Mountain looked to be the movie to beat at Oscar time:


But unfortch, my fave movie of the year failed to win the award for Best Picture. Altho the movie won much acclaim and other honors, fans (me included) were a bit upset that it didn't win the biggest enchilada:



This year, the incredible Tori Amos fansite (IMHO the best Tori Amos fansite ever ever ever) TheDent.com closed down for business ...


... but the spirit of the site lives on at UnDented.com:


Lil' Kim got sprung from prison:


And Kylie Minogue emerged first in Sri Lanka after going out of the public eye to endure chemo therapy for her breast cancer:


As the year progressed ... she looked healthier and happier ...


... and then triumphantly returned to the concert stage to finish the tour she had to end prematurely the previous year:


2007 promises to be a great one with a new Kylie album on the way.

Jared Leto proclaimed his hatred for blogs:


And then he went apeshizz and attacked little Elijah Wood:


Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan reunited as The SkeletwinsTM at a fashion show this year:


But then Lindsay became the target of much jealousy and hatred ... Brandon Davis, with Paris Hilton's consent, branded her a "firecrotch":


And then Lindsay got her ass chewed out by her boss in a hand-delivered letter that was widely circulated on the InterWeb:


And then she got robbed of over a million dollars worth of jewelry ...


... which turned out to be nothing more than a misplaced, overpriced purse.

This year, Lindsay also decided that she needed to cool off on the hard partying and revealed that she had been going to Alcoholics Anonymous for over a year:


It's been a crazy year for Lindsay ... but she's still alive so I guess she's doing ok.

As the year wrapped up we learned that Michael Richards was a crazy racist:


And we learned that Miss USA Tara Conner could cry herself out of trouble in order to keep her crown:


Which lead to a war of words between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump ... which is too ridiculous to even get into again.

2006 was a fun year ... I had a great time talking about it ... I hope you had a great time reading about it :)

The Year That Was Britney

Okay y'all ... I think you knew this was coming ... there was a lot of Britney Spears coverage on Pink is the new Blog this year (as has been my custom since I created the blog, I have always led with a Britney item if there was news to be had -- this year, there was a lot of news to be had) so there is a lot to go back and review. I did my best to whittle down the info otherwise this post would've had way too many pictures. Let's look back at the year in Spederline, which FINALLY ended up turning into the year of Britney -- single once again.

The year started out with Kevin Federline dropping his debut single PopoZ√£o (which by ALL accounts sucked ass) right at midnight NYE '06 and I think at that point I knew it was going to be an interesting year. Who could forget the amazing statue of Britney Spears, an ode to the Pro-Life movement, which was created by artist Daniel Edwards:


We definitely got to see a side of Britney that I think none of us were really interested in seeing ... little did we know that later on in the year we'd get to see a whole lot more and in the flesh -- yipes!

Right from the get go, Britney stole the headlines ... like when she was photographed driving a car with her infant son sitting on her lap:


Which then led to the photos of Sean Preston strapped into a car seat ... but then she took heat because he looked all bent in half and was unprotected from the California sun:


Which then led to her infamous trip to NYC where she almost dropped her baby onto the pavement right in front of the paparazzi's cameras:


She took a lot of flak from pretty much everybody (me included) and decided to go on Dateline to tell her side of the story:


Altho, her appearance on the news show didn't really do much to help the situation:


And she ended up looking even worse in many people's eyes.

There were a couple glimmers of hope this year ... after all the bad press she got for the way she was handling her baby she hired a male bodyguard who doubled as what I referred to as her "manny" (male nanny) named Perry Taylor. I hoped against hope he would be the one to save Britney from herself ... and from her husband Kevin Federline:


Unfortch, K-Fed wasn't having it and Perry Taylor was let go of the Spederline's employ. I still miss him.

Another glimmer of good news was that Britney was asked to be among the last celebrity guests on Will & Grace before the series ended this year:


Then she appeared, in all her pregnant nude glory, on the cover and within the pages of Harper's Bazaar magazine:


She darkened her hair and started a trend that was mimicked by others ... like Paris Hilton.

For his part, Kevin Federline was chugging along thinking he ruled the world ... he started this ridiculous trend of showing up on the WWE to wrestle:


Basically, he was doing anything he could to try and pimp his debut album. These lame tactics didn't work ... the album didn't sell and barely even made a dent on the charts.

At some point in the fall ... Britney decided she had had enough and she decided to clean up her act, get a haircut and divorce Kevin Federline:


You could hear the resounding cheer the world over ... Britney was finally free!

And poor Kevin had to get the news via txt msg that his freeloading days were dunzo ...


... at least, that's how the story goes.

Britney filed the paperwork:


Then Kevin filed a response:


And then left a personal message for Brit-Brit on a hotel bathroom window:


He's a classy, classy guy.

Britney made the world fall back in love with her ... she looked amazing as a surprise guest presenter at the American Music Awards:


And poor Kevin had to retreat back to the arms of his first babymama Shar Jackson:


But then Brit started hanging out with Paris Hilton, then she started showing her naked crotch and the world stopped loving her again. No matter, I still love her!

Britney gave us a few Letters of Truth this year ... speaking directly to her fans on her official website ... first, she proclaimed that she was no longer a student of Kabbalah:


Which meant that she fell out of Madonna's favor.

Then she kinda freaked out and started talking about tigers or some shizz ...


... and then she promised us that she would start wearing underwear again:


Britney will wrap up the year with a party at Pure here in Las Vegas:


And who knows ... perhaps there is more yet to come ...

... one can only hope.

Viva Las Gaygas! / No "Viva" For Saddam

So ... after spending all
day traveling yesterday and finally arriving in Las Vegas around midnight -- and then having to deal with an hour wait for my luggage (and having to deal with approximately 1,000 other travelers also vying for their luggage -- no lie) and then another hour wait in the longest taxi queue that I've ever seen in my entire life -- you'd think I'd be stressed out ... well, I'm not stressed out (at least not this morning) especially when I consider that David had even more to deal with on his trip to LV (basically a 2-hour delay that made him miss is connecting flight and then just making the last plane out of Houston on stand-by and then arriving around 2AM -- had he not made that last plane he'd've had to spend the night in the Houston airport).

But we're finally together ... we ordered room service and had a spectacular first night together. I've decided, since it's NYE weekend, that I'm going to be a little selfish and not spend as much time on the computer as I usually do ... so after this miniscule post, I'll have 2 Year-End Wrap-Up posts for today and that is it ... there is just too much in Las Vegas for the two of us to enjoy.

I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the execution of Saddam Hussein which happened at just before 6AM local time on December 30 in Northern Baghdad. I got word as I was traveling that he was executed and managed to watch video of his execution on CNN International when I arrived at our hotel ...

WARNING: THESE images may be graphic to some readers

Here is a bit of the report from Al Jazeera: Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, has been hanged, Iraqi officials have said. The execution took place shortly before 6am (03:00 GMT) on Saturday at an Iraqi military facility in northern Baghdad. Iraqi television later showed footage of Saddam being placed in a noose by hangmen, cutting away just before his execution. The 69-year-old appeared calm, chatting to his hangmen as they wrapped his neck in black cloth and steered him towards the gallows. Iraqi television later showed footage of his body. Saddam was convicted last month of the killings of 148 Shias after a failed assassination attempt in 1982. Late on Saturday, a defense lawyer said Saddam's body was flown on board a US plane to his family hometown of Tikrit for burial. Lawyer Bushra al-Khalil told Reuters the body of the former leader was now in Tikrit. Sources told Al Jazeera that Saddam would be buried at his family burial ground in the village of al-Oja near Tikrit on Sunday morning. Needless to say, there are many, many people out there who are celebrating this brand of justice. In Dearborn, MI (which has the largest concentration of Middle Eastern immigrants outside of the Middle East) there were numerous celebrations in response to Hussein's execution. It's a grim way to end the year but, I believe at least, justice has finally been served. [Source]

David is itching to get some gambling time under his belt and I'm looking forward to him winning me a lot of money so we best get to it ... tonight, we're going to see Prince per4orm at the Rio -- and I am very excited for that! Sooo ... the Year-End Wrap-Up posts are on the way ... have a great weekend, y'all!

I am OUT!