Saturday, March 31, 2007

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Well now, isn't this a nice sight to behold ... Britney Spears went out on the town last night, as she is wont to do these days, but instead of trolling around night clubs, strip joints or house parties in the The Valley, she spent a nice night out with a friend at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. Here are pictures of a very content, very happy-looking Britney enjoying the b-ball game last night night:


Doth mine eyes deceive me? Doesn't she look like the good ol' Britney Spears that we all know a love from back in the day? Look at that smile ... she looks great! Her hair looks great too ... sure, we know it's a wig but it looks so natural, much more natural than the wigs she's been seen wearing lately. You can tell she's happy ... it's a nice sight to behold, indeed. Here's hoping that Britney is about to embark on a new, very positive, chapter in her life. [Source]

Yesterday afternoon parts of the Hollywood Hills caught fire and sent plumes of brown smoke into the air. I had just picked up Jim from the airport and was driving over Laurel Canyon road when I saw the huge plumes of smoke coming up over the hill. I had no idea where it was coming from but as I kept driving the smoke kept getting bigger and bigger. It turns out that the brushfire broke out very near the famed Hollywood sign and near the Warner Bros. studios lot in Burbank ... it turns out the fire was set by 2 kids from Illinois who were screwing around:


Photo credit: Splash News

A wildfire that authorities say was ignited by two teenagers tore through the brush-covered hills surrounding the famous Hollywood sign Friday, putting a scare into the city but doing little damage other than coating the area in a thick blanket of smoke. The fire was relatively small - only 150 acres - but it attracted attention as smoke roiled into the sky behind the sign. At the height of the blaze, dozens of people gathered at the foot of the hills to take pictures of the landmark surrounded by smoke. "If it burns, we would be losing an icon," said Russ Mitchell, a Los Angeles resident. The fire began shortly before 1 p.m. next to the Oakwood Toluca Hills, a corporate housing complex northwest of downtown, and spread rapidly up the hillside before being contained about three hours later. Authorities said two boys, ages 16 and 17, from Illinois later walked into a police station and acknowledged causing the fire. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters the two, who were visiting Los Angeles with their parents, had been staying at the Oakwood complex. Both boys were later booked for investigation of reckless setting of a fire, said Ron Myers, a fire department spokesman. They were released to their parents, and the case will be sent to county prosecutors Monday for possible charges, Myers said. One building at the Oakwood housing complex, a popular place among aspiring child actors and other entertainment professionals, was evacuated at the request of firefighters ... Some 200 firefighters and five helicopters battled the flames. There were no reports of structural damage. "I don't know the exact last date we've seen a fire in this particular area but the hills are prone to fires throughout the year," said Myers, the fire department spokesman. "This is just a little bit earlier than what we normally see." Yeah, yesterday was a pretty freaky day. I went to The Grove to pick up a few things and everyone was just standing around watching the smoke billow higher and fill the bright blue sky. Even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was at The Grove (I almost bumped into him, actually) tho he didn't seemed too concerned about the fire, he was just walking around talking to his people. I've gotta say, he looks really old in person ... he was also wearing a lot of face make-up and was rockin' a pretty terrible hair dye job. After I finished at The Grove, I went over to the Beverly Center and I actually came face-to-face with Jennifer Hudson herself! I was talking on the phone and ran into her in the parking structure and I *completely froze*! I didn't know what to say, I was so surprised ... but it was her with a friend. She wasn't all glammed up or nothing ... just looked very normal. I wish I wasn't on the phone because I might've at least said hello to her ... but yeah, that was my typical day in LA yesterday. I'm really glad the fire was put out successfully and no one was hurt. [Source]

Courtney Love continues to enjoy her Hawaiian vacation on the island of Maui ... here are more pictures of C. Love enjoying herself on the beach ...


Photo credit: Splash News & Flynet

Now, the bird on the shoulder I can forgive ... I can even forgive the flappy excess skin on her stomach -- after all, losing 44 lbs. takes its toll on a body. But I absolutely cannot overlook the fact that Courtney Love, rocker extraordinaire, is wearing a scrunchie in her hair! I am just appalled! [Source, Source]

Here are a couple of great pictures from the set of the new movie Iron Man which stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts ...


... it would seem that Pepper is puttin' the moves on Tony. The movie isn't scheduled for release until 2008 but it looks like they're hard at work already. I'm anxious to see what the Iron Man suit will look like. If the poster is any indication, it's gonna look rad. [Source]

If there's one thing that the Hilton family knows all about ... it's class. No matter what they do, they do it in style. Take for example, Nicky Hilton showing off the eating etiquette that she learned in charm school:


Photo credit: Splash News

Tres bien! That is so hot. [Source]

Speaking of hot, here are pictures of Carson Daly rockin' his spandex attire on the streets of SoCal as he takes a little break from his bike riding routine:


Photo credit: Splash News

It looks like Carson put on a little healthy weight ... he doesn't look as skeletally-thin as usual. I'm not too big on the spandex ensemble but I ain't mad at him for wearing it. [Source]

Ruh-ro! It seems that another former child actor has gotten himself in trubs with the law. Brian Bonsall, who played Andy -- the youngest member of the Keaton family on the 80s sitcom Family Ties and who later played Alexander Rozhenko the son of Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation, has been arrested for physically assaulting his girlfriend in Boulder, CO:


The Daily Camera is reporting a former "Family Ties" child star was arrested this week on suspicion of domestic violence. According to the article, Brian Bonsall, 25, faces possible charges of felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor false imprisonment. Bonsall's girlfriend told police he poured an alcoholic drink in her face as she slept, put her in a choke hold and threw her onto a bed several times when she tried to leave. Bonsall remains at the Boulder County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond and is expected to be formally charged Tuesday. His girlfriend, Lindsay Dunavan, called police at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday to the apartment she shares with Bonsall at 2800 Balsam Ave. When officers arrived, Bonsall said he threw his girlfriend down in self-defense because she came at him with a steak knife and cut his arm and face. Dunavan, 26, denied slashing Bonsall. Police initially arrested the couple but "un-arrested" Dunavan about an hour later, according to a police report ... it became questionable whether enough probable cause existed to arrest Dunavan after further investigation, and officers were looking at Bonsall as the "prominent aggressor" in the case. Bonsall was arrested in 2004 on suspicion of drinking and driving after police say he suddenly stopped his gray SUV near the intersection of Broadway and College Avenue as a passenger stuck his head out the window and vomited. When police asked how much Bonsall, who was driving, had been drinking, he replied, "Plenty" – half a pint of Jim Beam, the officer's report said. His driver's license previously had been revoked for an alcohol offense in 2001. Bonsall's arrest history also includes two allegations of failure to appear in court for underage drinking in Broomfield and Boulder counties, according to police records. The Daily Camera also reports his name also appears in four other Boulder Police reports involving allegations of domestic violence and assault from 2002 and 2004, but no arrests were made ... His latest police report stated he is unemployed. OUCH! What a sad story ... it sounds like little Andy Keaton has been having a rough few years lately. [Source]

Pink reader Pia sent along a site shows us what some of our favorite soccer players looked like as kiddies ... now, I'm not the biggest soccer fan in the world -- I hardly know any soccer players at all -- but the ones I know and like turned out to be pretty damn cute little kids back in the day:


It's amazing ... Brooklyn Beckham, the eldest Beckham child, looks exactly like his dad David did when he was a kid. Cristiano Ronaldo looks exactly the same as he did when he was a little kid and Wayne Rooney has always had a big head ... hee hee, at least he grew into his ears and eyes. Cute! [Source, thanks Pia]

Here's a fun game ... can you guess which celeb was seen walking the streets of LA with their nips at full attention?


Click above to find out who it is
Photo credit: Mavrix

Heh ... at least it's a guy for a change. Good luck! [Source]

Here is this week's batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers -- Danielle, Sherri and Yvonne send in a great pic from Danielle's recent cancer remission party last week. Danielle continues to do well and I thank her for keeping us informed of her progress -- Sara and Alexis send in a couple of great pictures from their Pink Day at gymnastics practice at Kenney's Gymnastics Academy team in Raleigh, NC -- Elly and Margaret send in a picture from atop Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa last December -- Jordan and her Tri-Delta Sorority sisters on Spring Break from the University of Central Florida in Orlando -- Kelly sends in a supercute picture of her daughter Grayce and their puppy Remi:


Thank you all so much for the amazing pictures. I love them all ... I am very touched, again, that so many people continue to send in their photos. It means so much to me ... thank you again again :) XOXO

And finally ... do angels really exist? Check out this picture and decide for yourself:


Still not convinced? Read THIS article on the pic above. I'm not sure that I necessarily believe it but ... you just never know. [Source]

Les News:
So yeah ... I pretty much explained what I did yesterday afternoon earlier on in the blog ... but last night I met up with my new friend Mike for dinner and conversation. Mike and I met when David and I went to PopStarz two weeks ago and we decided to get together for food and eats last night. We really hit it off ... lots of great conversation. After dinner we met up with Jim and Davey at PopStarz for dancing ... unfortch, we didn't do much dancing at all. The DJ wasn't great so we ended up just hanging out and talking for the rest of the night. I did get to meet a few Pink readers ...


I have to give a shout out to Yin (pictured above) & her boyfriend Chaz, Chris (who says I must give a shout to Marisa), roomies James & Art and Andrew (who says it's essential that I give a huge shout out to Nicole). It was great meeting you all :)

Yeah ... I slept in really late this morning ... apologies for the lateness ... it is the weekend after all and my "no alarm clocks on the weekend" policy is in full effect.

Holla! I'm out!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Settling Down

The day that I thought would never come has finally come ... well, has finally come close to finally coming -- Britney Spears is only moments away from completely unfettering herself from The Federline. Yesterday afternoon, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline and their legal representatives sat down for a 5-hour marathon session where they hammered out the final details of their divorce. While I'm a teeny bit surprised that Britney actually decided to go thru with the divorce (after all, it would have been completely plausible and not entirely unexpected if she decided to give her marriage to K-Fed another shot ... especially after he gave her his support as she dealt with her rehab problem last month), I'm not at all surprised that Britney's legal team unwaivered in their commitment to uphold the stringent parameters of the Spederline prenuptial agreement. Here are pictures of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline as they left her lawyer's office in Century City yesterday afternoon:

Images Removed By Request
Photo credit: Flynet

From People: "The parties signed a global settlement on all issues of their marriage and the custody of the children," Michael Sands, a spokesman for Federline's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan, tells PEOPLE ... During a smoke break downstairs, Spears talked with Federline for 15 minutes, Sands said. The terms were not revealed. A judge will still have to sign off on the agreement. From TMZ: Sources say that under the terms, K-Fed will walk away with around $1 million (In case you're wondering, Spears' lawyer, Laura Wasser, drafted and airtight pre-nup). As for their two kids, we're told Britney and Kevin will have joint custody, sharing physical custody 50/50. The divorce will be final, with a judge's signature, very soon. Britney and K-Fed settled their score after meeting face to face with their lawyers for hours Thursday afternoon. This is very interesting ... I wonder what kind of a fight Kevin put up. He had a bit of ammunition in his arsenal and yet it appears that he still caved in and went along with the terms of the prenup. $1 million bucks ain't nuthin' to sneeze at and yet ... it just feels like he lost. [Source, Source]

After spending much of her afternoon working out the legal details of her divorce, Britney found herself in a celebratory mood ... here are pictures of a jubilant Brit Brit as she made her way into Bridge Restaurant and Lounge last night to get her party on:


Photo credit: Splash News

Yeah, that's a pretty big smile she's got on her face, it's a good thing she went in for teeth whitening earlier this week. [Source]

So there you have it folks ... one of the final nails in the Spederline coffin has been securely hammered into place ... it shouldn't be long now ...


Spederline is finally dead.

In other legal news, Paris Hilton finds herself in a heap of trubs and this time it appears that she might not be able to talk her way out of it. What will it take for Paris to learn that she cannot continue to defy the law and still get away with it? Perhaps a cool 90-day stint in jail will clue her in:


Paris Hilton has been found in violation of the terms of her probation and faces a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Hilton, 26, was spotted Feb. 27 speeding down Sunset Boulevard around 11 p.m. without her headlights on, says L.A. Sheriff's spokesman Oscar Butao. After pulling over her 2007 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible, officers found Hilton was driving with a suspended license – the result of her DUI arrest last September ... Hilton's rep and attorney were not immediately available for comment. Previously, Hilton's spokesman Elliot Mintz told the Associated Press that she was unaware that her license had been suspended. "When Paris called me [after she was pulled over], she asked if her license was suspended," Mintz said. "If that's the case, she and I are unaware of it." But Nick Velasquez, spokesman for the City Attorney's Office, said Thursday: "We have sufficient evidence to prove that Hilton had knowledge of the suspension, and yet continued to drive." So lemme get this straight ... the best defense Paris Hilton and Elliot Mintz could come up with was, "I didn't know"? LOL! I'm not totally convinced that Paris Hilton will do any jail time over this (or any other incident for that matter) but the prospect that she might is a bit satisfying. It seems that the only way she will learn her lesson to obey the law is to be punished. I find it hard to believe that Miss Hilton has any concept of punishment ... perhaps this will be her opportunity to finally learn the lesson that her family probably never taught her ... I guess we'll find out on April 17 when the first hearing concerning this matter will take place. [Source]

Academy Award winning actresses Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron and others were on hand for the Hollywood premiere of Hilary's new movie The Reaping last night ... here are pictures from the red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

First, let me say that I think The Reaping is just the kind of looks-so-bad-it-might-be-good movie that I love to watch. If memory serves, they were playing the trailer for this movie in theaters last summer ... so its release date must've been pushed back (not necessarily a good sign). At any rate, I am all about these Biblical-Horror films (like The Exorcist, The Omen, Stigmata, etc.) so this sort of flick is right up my alley ... what I don't understand is why 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is starring in it. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, what could possess an actress of that caliber to take on a film like this? I don't get it ... but I somehow doubt that her acting prowess will save the movie if the story sucks. In any regard, bring on the plagues! Let's see if Hilary Swank can save our souls! [Source]

David Beckham unveiled the latest in a long line of new hair-dos last night when he showed up at the 2007 Sport Industry Awards in London -- and this one looked suspiciously like his wife Victoria's latest hair-do ... take a look:


Photo credit: Splash News

Boo! David Beckham may be hot but this hair-do does nothing for him ... it just makes him look wrong and I think I hate it ... [Source]

... fortunately, by the end of the night, it appears that Becks started hating it too because at some point he whipped out his emergency stash of hair product and righted the wrong that he committed:


Photo credit: Splash News

See guys ... this is why it's imperatively important that you always carry an extra tub of hair goop in your manbag for just such an emergency. Only you can prevent bad hair days. [Source]

In other Beckham news, it looks like the family has begun to prepare for their big move to the United States later on this year. Here are pictures of a couple of movers moving furniture out of Becks' Spanish office yesterday afternoon:


Photo credit: Splash News

Woot! It won't be long now until the movers start packing up their household items as well. Despite the fact that the Beckhams appear to be having a hard time finding a place to live when they get here, I'm confident that everything will be sorted out soon. I'd be happy to let David Beckham stay with me for a little while until he gets his living situation all sorted out. I don't have much room for children or robots, so it'll have to be just him. It's the least I could do :) [Source]

Courtney Love is becoming a brand new woman and she wants the whole world to know it. Posting a message on the fansite Moon Washed Rose, Court (the name she uses to post on the site) reveals that she has lost 44 lbs., she plans on losing 11 more lbs. before she's finished and that she has gotten a new nose job to undo her last "nose-jobby" nose job. Here are pictures of C. Love showin' off her slimmer bod and her "old nose" as she vacays in Hawaii this week:


Photo credit: Splash News

Courtney Love got the Internet buzzing Wednesday when she appeared dramatically slimmed down in a batch of beach photos – and now she says she's lost 44 pounds. In a posting on Love's Web site, Moonwashedrose.com, she writes under the name "court" that she "lost 44 pounds with 6 more maybe 11 more to go." A rep for the onetime Hole singer confirms that Love indeed wrote the post and says Love is following a macrobiotic diet, eating lots of vegetables and fish, and doing yoga and exercise to meet her weight-loss goals. Love also writes openly about having had a nose job, saying that she has her "old nose" back. "I hated that nosejobby nose, it was like a little beak," she writes. Now, she says, she had had her nose "fixed." "[It] looks like the one god gave me so im happy not to have crazy lips and a crazy teensy unnatural little nose." She adds, "All i care about is that my self esteem is [limitless] and intact, and that nothing and no situation effects my self esteem." She looks great and she sounds great. It's a wonder what the cessation of drug use can do for one's healthy demeanor. Courtney once told Billboard magazine, "Drugs make you an asshole." and I have to concur. Here's hoping that Courtney holds on to this new positive outlook on life and leaves her former asshole-self behind. [Source]

Pink reader Theresa came upon the set of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, starring Nicolas Cage and John Voight, which is filming in Washington DC right now and sends in a pic to share with us. Here is her picture from the set which is shooting in front of the US Chamber and White House this week ... along with a couple other pictures from a different DC location:


Photo credit: Theresa & Splash News

I kinda hate to admit this publicly, but I am a huge fan of the first National Treasure movie ... but I swear, it's not my fault. At the time the movie came out, I was dating the brother of one of the principal actors in the original film and I was teaching my US History and American Government classes at ULS and well ... I think I unwillingly got caught up in my own hype. Truth be told ... the movie is pretty good. It was the US version of the DaVinci Code before that movie even came out. I must admit that I am a *wee* bit excited that they are making a sequel ... the fact that Helen Mirren has signed on to play Nic Cage's mother in this new film only intensifies my interest. I can't be the only person out there nerdy enough to like this movie, right? Right? Anyone? [Source, thanks Theresa]

Things must be going well for Kylie Minogue because she is still in Stockholm, Sweden looking happy as can be:


Photo credit: Big Pictures

You may recall that Kylie flew in to Stockholm to meet up with the Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant to discuss a possible collaboration on her new album. The fact that she is still in town is very encouraging ... perhaps they are working on new music as we speak. Wee! [Source]

Hmm ... I wonder why Jake Gyllenhaal was lookin' all scowly yesterday afternoon as he walked the streets of LA?


Maybe he's upset that he hasn't been featured on Pink is the new Blog in a few days. Well, we can't have a sad Jakey poo, now can we? Smile Jake ... I still heart you! [Source]

In other hot dudeness, here are pictures of Ryan Gosling as he arrived at LAX airport yesterday afternoon ...


... yeah, no real reason for posting the pics other than the simple hotness. [Source]

Media Take Out is reporting an interesting rumor going around that Aubrey O'Day, from the group Danity Kane, may be walking around with a bun in the oven ... and that that bun may have been put in her oven by none other than Aubrey's boss Diddy, himself. Here are a couple of very interesting photos of Aubrey, taken only a few of months apart, that show a drastic change in her appearance:


The group Danity Kane could be caught up in an explosive new scandal. MediaTakeOut.com spoke exclusively to a Bad Boy insider who believes that group member Aubrey O'Day may be pregnant. According to the insider, whispers of an Aubrey pregnancy have been widespread among the Bad Boy staff. The tipster explains, "People here are always gossiping, so at first I didn't listen to them. But I swear ... now Aubrey is beginning to show" ... [P]ictures appear to corroborate what our tipster is saying. By looking at the pics, it's obvious that the blond singer gained a significant amount of weight in the last few months. And if that wasn't enough of a bombshell, the Bad Boy tipster had more. According to the insider - the father of the child may be none other than Sean "Diddy" Combs. The tipster told MediaTakeOut.com, "Everyone knows she had something going on with [Diddy]. It makes a lot of sense that he would be the father." But the tipster adds, "I really hope Diddy didn't [get her pregnant], because this could turn into a real mess ... imagine if she sued for [sexual] harassment." This scandal could make the latest chapter in Diddy's baby mama drama. While it's not clear exactly how many children the Bad Boy founder has fathered, he currently acknowledges 5 children from 3 different women (3 from Kim Porter, 1 from Misa Hylton, and 1 from Sarah Chapman). There are at least two other women claiming to have given birth to Diddy's children. While merely relying on pictures to prove a pregnancy is a bit weak ... you gotta admit that the story is at the very least plausible (and, yes, extremely salacious). Aubrey does look a bit bigger than she did just last January ... and you would think that saying that she is starting to look a lot like Pamela Anderson would be a compliment -- but it is not. If this "Bad Boy insider" turns out to be right then I wouldn't be shocked at all. I would feel bad for Kim Porter, who just gave birth to Diddy's latest children. Hmm ... I wonder what this bodes for Danity Kane's sophomore album? [Source, Source]

And finally, it looks like Madonna is back in NYC on a somewhat more permanent basis ... one of her M by Madonna H&M ads has been painted onto a building in SoHo right next to the iconic DKNY painted ad:


I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be painting that ad on that building if it wasn't meant to stay there for some time. It should come as no surprise that I love it ... what a perfect place for a larger than life Madonna portrait to hang. [Source]

Les News:
I had planned on venturing out into the world yesterday but that plan never really came to fruition. I ended up spending the afternoon writing and watching DVDs. I'm sure this sounds incredibly boring but I can assure you, I am really loving this alone time right now. I'll be leaving LA again next week for a bit of time so I'm trying to just enjoy my environs while I still can. I'm pretty sure I'll be going out today ... Jim arrives from NYC this afternoon so I'm sure there'll be something going on tonight.

The weekend is here ... I hope y'all have a great one :) I'm out.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Razzle Dazzle

Britney Spears caused a stir yesterday afternoon when she was spotted making a return trip to the Century City Medical Center ... the same medical center she visited on Sunday afternoon. Apparently, Britney went back to see the same dentist who treated her tooth ache over the weekend. This time around, Britters went back for a tooth whitening procedure. This isn't actually too bizarre ... except for the fact that she opted to clean her teeth rather than stay and visit with her children:


Photo credit: Splash News

Britney Spears' kids (and their nanny) visited for a bit on Wednesday, but their mommy soon ducked out, leaving them at her Beverly Hills home to go to the dentist. Sean, 1 1/2, and Jayden, 6 months, hung out at mom's house on Tuesday and were driven back to Kevin Federline's Tarzana home at 7:30 p.m. by a bodyguard in a white Yukon ... A bodyguard returned the kids (and nanny, natch), to Spears, 25, at around noon Wednesday. But the dentally challenged pop star quickly popped out for more than two hours, leaving the kids home with the nanny. What could be more important than time with the kids? Getting her teeth whitened. Well, duh! Of course her teeth are more important than her kids. [Source]

ATTENTION: LOST SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Many people contend that last week's Locke-centric episode was the best ep of the season so far ... but I must disagree. I believe last night's episode, which revolved around the Newsome Twosome Nikki and Paulo, was the season's best ep. It was the cleverest, most interesting episode I've seen all season long ... hearkening back to the early days of Lost when the viewer was totally engrossed in each and every episode. I knew it wouldn't be long before this season's new cast members would get an ep of their own ... who'd of guessed it might be their last:


Screencaptures courtesy of Lost Media

Where to begin? I really loved this ep ... it had all the confusion and intrigue that the show used to give us each week. I loved how we didn't know what the last thing that Nikki whispered was until the very last scene -- classic Lost! This ep, especially, reminded me of the awesome ep last season that showed us what happened to the Tailies after they crashed on the other side of the island. This ep took the same approach to telling the story of Nikki and Paulo -- brills! When the ep began the first thing I thought was, "Oh good, the useless new girl is finally getting some screen-time." It didn't occur to me that the ep would heavily feature Paulo as well but I suppose I should've known -- they come as a pair. When she made the joke to the old director about "what happens to the guest star" on a TV show I actually laughed out loud. I didn't necessarily believe that she would actually die in the show's cold open (i.e. the portion of the show that airs before the credits begin) but it struck me that this is something that Lost would do ... so I tried not to focus on her assumed death. I loved the way they interjected Nikki and Paulo into the show's history ... it was nice seeing bitchy Shannon and hot Boone again, it was interesting to see that Nikki had a relationship of sorts with Artz (er, before he blew up) and I'm so glad we got to see the guy get sucked into the turbine engine again -- that is my fave part of the pilot episode. The bit about how Paulo wasn't dumb enough to climb into the other airplane was hilarious ... the whole way they handled their history on the island was very clever. The question remains tho ... are they really dead? We know they're paralyzed and have been buried alive but will they suffocate and die? If you consider what Locke told Paulo, that things never stay buried on the island, then one can assume that they will be uncovered and saved. But it would be soooo JJ Abrams to kill off the 2 new characters in their starring ep. They did come as a pair, like Shannon and Boone and they're both dead. Also remember that Rodrigo Santoro told Brazilian Rolling Stone magazine that his character would die before the end of season 3: Rodrigo gave an interview to the Brazilian Rolling Stone magazine and said that his character will die before the end of the third season ... "It's not that I don't give a s**t to the series, it's wonderful to have the opportunity to do this. Actually I'd like to participate more in Lost, but I'm more engaged in participating in movies now." He also said: "If they have some dazzling idea for me to come back in the future, there's a chance [I do]". His last scenes in Lost will be shot this month. So ... at the very least he has or will Peace the Spork Out very soon. I think it's safe to say that both Nikki and Paulo are pretty generally reviled amongst most Lost fans ... but it's a shame that their episode turned out to be the most Lost-like ep of the season. As soon as I get a chance to like them ... they die. You know, that happens a lot on this island. Great ep! I'm glad I watched it. [Source, thanks Amy]

Will Ferrell, Jon Heder and others were on hand in Hollywood last night for the premiere of their new movie Blades of Glory. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

The fact that figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill (who both make cameos in the film) showed up for the premiere is awesome. We don't get enough Brian Boitano on the red carpet these days. The movie opens in theaters tomorrow but I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening last week and I gotta admit, the movie is pretty damn funny. If for no other reason, you must check out the movie to watch the chemistry between Will Farrell and Jon Heder as they skate together on the ice ... it's magical. [Source]

Well now ... what have we here? For about 3 consecutive days now, Naomi Campbell and Gerard Butler have been seen sneaking around together. They have been taking great pains to not be photographed right next to one another but they have been seen exiting the same places together ... even exiting the same vehicles together ...


Photo credit: Splash News

... which of course means that they are secretly dating and are possibly engaged. Well, ok ... maybe not ... but they have been spending an awful lot of time together which means something is up. I'll have to keep my eye on these two to see if anything of substance really develops. [Source]

Jennifer Lopez went back to her roots yesterday as she made a public appearance for a record signing in her hometown ... the Bronx:


Photo credit: Splash News

You gotta respect the woman for keepin' it real and not forgetting where she came from. Don't be fooled by the rocks that she's got, indeed. [Source]

Darren Hayes (formerly of Savage Garden) is back with some new solo material which he showcased at an amazing New York City concert last night at Joe's Pub. Unfortch, I could not be in NYC for his performance but my good friend Jim was able to attend the show -- even getting to meet Darren himself afterwards. Here are some pictures from the show and Jim's email to me about his experience:


The concert was amazing! Darren has a way of interacting with the audience that makes you feel like you are his best friend; he shares the most intimate, energetic, blissful, and painful experiences of his life through his music. His first single to be released Step Into the Light features the lyric "I've never been in love before" which paves they way into the emotional and personal journey of his new album. His dance singles are incredible, one in which he mixes Rock me Amadeus -- a excellent throwback into the 80's synth revolution. But perhaps my favorite was How to Build a Time Machine -- the title alone gives me tingles. Words, another track from his new album, ripped my heart out in a way that only he could. But the absolute best was Me Myself and I which, let me tell you, has to be played in every dance club come the release in August. One of my favorite moments was when Darren was speaking to the audience and accidentally introduced the wrong song. "Forgive me, I don't have my glasses on. I have glasses now ... and I'm gay." This is met by thunderous applause, followed by "Yes, I look quite nice in glasses." The evening was purely orgasmic, followed by Vicki and I meeting Darren. He was sooooo sweet and his husband Richard is adorable. Let me tell you, this album is going to be Insatiable. And can I just brag once more, I hugged Darren Hayes tonight!!!! :) I am so glad that Jim got to go to this show ... he is a huge Darren Hayes fan. Darren plays another night at Joe's Pub in NYC tonight but it's already sold out. Head on over to his official My Space page for his other upcoming dates. [thanks Jim]

Heather Mills has hit the ground running in her campaign to win this year's competition of Dancing with the Stars and if you think that she doesn't have a chance at winning then you'd be wrong ... she's got a few tricks hidden up her sleeve ...


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... er, or up her pants leg rather. It appears that she has many tools in her arsenal and that she won't go down with out a fight. My best friend Sarah is rooting for Ian Ziering to win it all (actually, he's got a great shot being teamed up with 2-time winner Cheryl Burke) but I'm rootin' for Heather to win. She doesn't have many fans out there right now so she needs all the support she can get. I'm pulling for her ... and I'm not pulling your leg, either. [Source]

Um ... as if Kimberly Stewart didn't have enough problems already -- must we be subjected to her horrifying receding hairline?


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Is that hair even real? It looks glued on ... to the center of her scalp. No wonder the poor dear wears bangs all the time ... I'd cover that forehead up too. Blech! [Source]

Kelly Clarkson is spending some time down in Hawaii enjoying the sand, surf and everything else the beach has to offer. But what I don't understand is why is she fully dressed for the occasion?


Photo credit: Splash News

Who goes to the beach wearing a full length black dress? Either she's afraid to sunburn or she's hiding something. Hmm ... [Source]

Anna Nicole Smith has been immortalized in doll form ... which is being auctioned off on eBay right now:


Photo credit: Splash News

The doll, whose current bid is at $200, was inspired by Anna Nicole Smith as a tribute to her and features her trademark beauty mark (which was "inspired" by Marilyn Monroe) complete with a "sexy figure with large bust":


Missing from the doll are Anna Nicole's classic tattoos (the ones on her ankle were my faves). ANS fans might not want to miss this opportunity to own an idealized version of Anna Nicole. Get your bids in now! [Source]

The US Postal Service is trying to lessen the sting of another postage price hike (from $.39 to $.41) by introducing a new set of fun stamps ... and allowing the public to vote on their favorite stamp of the bunch. Here are the Star Wars stamps that will be on sale May 26th ... one of which will be chosen by voters as the fan favorite:


This is only the second time that the USPS is allowing the public to vote on which stamp goes into special production (you may remember that the public was asked to cast their vote for either the "young Elvis" or the "old Elvis"). While I like that the Postal Service is offering these fun stamps, I'd much prefer if they did so without having to charge us more to mail letters. See ... this is why email is so much better than snail mail. [Source]

Brody Jenner is featured in the new issue of CosmoGirl magazine ... and is also featured in a short video of behind the scenes footage from his photoshoot:


It's easy to not pay attention to what he's talking about with all that shirtlessness he's got going on. Head on over to The Big, Bad Blog to see the pictures from his CosmoGirl photoshoot. [Source, Source]

Abercrombie & Fitch has unveiled it's new Summer line of clothing ... and a couple of their new male models:


Unfortch, this is pretty much all we get. Ever since A&F caved to public pressure and stopped publishing their sexy catalog (which featured more nekkid folk than clothing) they have steadily lessened the number of pictures that they release at all. The website used to feature computer wallpapers and photos to augment the cancelled catalog but now ... they don't even offer that anymore. How do they expect people to want to buy their clothing if they stop featuring hot models not wearing their clothing in the first place. It makes no sense. [Source]

And finally ... I have to send a huge birthday shout-out to my dear friend Mike G. back in Detroit who is celebrating his birthday today. Mike would absolutely MURDER me if I mentioned his age so I'll just say that he's another year older today and leave it at that. See Mike, I do <3 you :)


The gang is getting together this weekend back in Detroit for Mike's birfday celebration but I, unfortch, will not be able to attend. But I'm sending all my Birthday Lurve to Mike G. and my sincerest wish that he gets exactly what he wants for his birthday ... yeah, he'd also murder me if posted what that was ;)

Happy Birthday, Mikey! XOXO

Les News:
Lessee ... what did I do yesterday? Oh, that's right ... I did absolutely nothing yesterday. The only time I left my apartment yesterday was to do a few loads of laundry and that was pretty much it.

It's so quiet here without a baby running around all over the place. Actually, truth be told ... I kinda miss having little Z running around. She is absolutely the most adorable baby on Earth.

No plans for today or tomorrow ... I think I'm just gonna chill out, write, read.

And that is all ... I'm out.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Busted Eyed Pea

Black Eyed Peas member Taboo (the artist I formerly only knew as "one of the other guys" in BEP) was arrested last night for driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his car outside of LA ... unlike yesterday's Laguna Beach-related arrest for drunk driving, tho, there were no injuries in this incident:


Taboo, a member of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, was arrested on DUI charges last night after he crashed his car about 20 miles east of Los Angeles. According to police, Taboo aka Jaime Luis Gomez, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a prescribed medication without a prescription, and driving under the influence. Taboo was booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Industry Station's jail at 1:51 PM and released a few hours later on $5,000 bail.

Now, is anyone really surprised that man that goes by the name "Taboo" was caught with weed? And enough already with all the DUIs ... if this becomes the new celebrity trend (like small dogs and big purses) then I'm never gonna leave my house. [Source]

Kissed Off

Kylie Minogue thought she was being sneaky when she jetted out of London yesterday to parts she believed were unknown ... but it turns out that she had an appointment with a couple of music producers who may be working with her on her new album. Here are pictures of Kylie as she arrived at Heathrow Airport in London and then as she exits her super secret meeting with producers in Stockholm, Sweden:


Photo credit: Big Pictures

Kylie's clandestine meeting was with none other than famed producers Bloodshy & Avant who have previously worked with Madonna and Britney Spears (they are the ones responsible for her massive hit Toxic). I don't recall if Kylie has ever worked with them before (outside of remix work) but I do hope that she does invite them to work with her on her album. There are a lot of people out there who are dying to work with Kylie (and there are rumors that she may be working with Timbaland ... but then again, there are always rumors that involve Timbaland) and I can only imagine what surprises she's got up her sleeve. I can't wait. [Source, Source]

Jennifer Lopez released her new Spanish language album Como Ama Una Mujer this week and threw herself a little party to celebrate ...


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... she showed up doing her best Stevie Nicks impersonation ... which really does nothing for her. J. Lo looks best when she dresses like J. Lo. [Source]

Jenny from the Block also showed up at MTV studios yesterday to do more promo work for the album ... she taped an appearance on Mi TRL for the new MTV TR3S channel and also appeared on the regular ol' TRL which is being co-hosted this week with Miss Hilary Duff:


Jennifer looked *much* better in this outfit ... I don't know what she was thinking with that black mess of a dress. In Hilary news, she talked a bit to People magazine about the awkwardness of running into her ex-boyfriend Joel Madden of Good Charlotte when they both appeared on TRL earlier this week: "I just did TRL today and Joel was there, and it was the first time we'd seen each other and it was so, like, nerve-racking," Duff, 19, told PEOPLE Monday at the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. "I knew that he was going to be there and he knew. It is what it is." But Duff, who dated Madden, 28, for nearly two and a half years, was realistic about the situation. "I mean, what am I going to do?" she said. "It's life" ... So was their run-in awkward? "It was a little strange at first, but I wish nothing but good for him and I know that he wishes the same for me," Duff told PEOPLE. "I'm happy and he's happy and I think that's all that counts." [Source]

Joel, for his part, also talks to People magazine and says that he did "right" by Hilary and their break-up: Though Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden and Hilary Duff split last November, the tattooed rocker hasn't spoken a word publicly about the breakup – until now. "I kind of ignored it and tried to just continue to live my life," Madden, 28, tells PEOPLE. "People can say or think whatever they want ...so in my reality, it's kind of irrelevant. I'm always the kind of person that does the right thing and keeps my side of the street clean." He also confirms what Duff, 19, recently told PEOPLE about how she and Madden keep in touch and have a "great relationship." "Every girl I've ever dated I have respect for, and I always try to leave them in good terms," says Madden. "I don't see the necessity to be friends with anyone you've dated but definitely out of respect of the time, you have to be kind of respectful and that's what I try to do." Since then, he's been dating Nicole Richie, 25. "I don't really talk about her at all but I will say I am really happy and everything's really good for me right now," Madden says. See ... peeps can break-up from a long term relationship and still act like adults. It's great to hear that both Hilary and Joel are doing well ... moving on ... living life. It's refreshing that there wasn't any of that "he said/she said" crap on My Space drama that usually accompanies these sorts of break-ups.

Donatella Versace made an appearance at Harrod's Department store in London, England this week to launch Versace perfume ... here are a couple photos from the event:


Photo credit: Splash News

OH and as Donatella was doing promo for this new Versace product she revealed in a press release that her daughter Allegra is finally seeking treatment for her eating disorder: Allegra Versace, the 20-year-old daughter of fashion designer Donatella Versace and niece of the late Gianni Versace, is in treatment for anorexia, her mother confirmed Tuesday. "Our daughter, Allegra, has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease, for many years," Donatella Versace and Allegra's father, estranged husband Paul Beck, said in a statement released by spokesman Robert Zimmerman, the Associated Press reports. "She is receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome this illness and is responding well. As parents, we are doing our best to protect our daughter. However, due to numerous media reports, we want to let everyone know that we appreciate their concern for Allegra, and we ask that her privacy be respected at this time," the statement reads. Versace, 51, first confirmed the news to TV's The Insider on Tuesday after continued speculation about her daughter's increasingly skeletal appearance. Well, it's a good thing that Versace has a new product to promote otherwise that poor girl would prolly still not be getting the help that she desperately needs. [Source]

Paris Hilton has hooked herself a new man ... here she is canoodling with her new hunk of man beef Josh Henderson in front of Koi here in LA yesterday evening:


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I am utterly amazed that she keeps getting these guys to want to date her ... where does she find 20-something year old dudes who have no access to TV, magazines, Internet and porn rental shops? [Source]

Here is our first look at Johnny Depp on the set of his new movie (based on the musical) Sweeny Todd all dolled up in costume:


Finally! A reason to wear his Edward Scissorhands wig again! Seriously, tho, I am very excited at the prospect of Johnny Depp teaming up again with director Tim Burton on this film. Just the thought of those two working together again makes my inner Goth child weep bitter tears of sadness and malaise. [Source]

Hunks of beef Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones spent some time hanging out together this week in Hollywood ... doing the usual man things ... exchanging work-out tips, mackin' on the ladies or whatever 2 dudes do when they hang out ... here are a couple pictures of the man friends together:


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Woo-wee ... Jason Statham is just hot no matter what he's doing or who he's with. I can even ignore the hideous footwear that he's wearing. Now, you know a man is really hot if you can forgive mandals. [Source]

Kenny Chesney celebrated his 39th birthday in Nashville, TN last weekend at a little place called the Tin Roof. Pink readers Laura-Becca and Reagan were lucky enough to attend his little birthday soiree ... along with Kenny's friends Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Kix Brooks from Brooks and Dunn, Jewel, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and others. Here are a few pictures sent in by Laura-Becca (the first 3 pics) and Reagan (the 4th pic):


The most famous bar band in the world got together Monday night on Demonbreun Street, played for more than three hours and then disbanded. The occasion was Kenny Chesney's 39th birthday party, the venue was the funky little Tin Roof, and the scene was surreal. Chesney leaked word to his fan club members online, and by midday the Tin Roof was Nashville's top tourist destination ... When the show got going at 6:30 p.m., Chesney and his band ran through a relatively normal set list, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. By night's end, the band had gone beyond Chesney's material and into Rolling Stones, U2 and John Mellencamp covers, all to the screeching delight of the shoulder-to-shoulder audience. There was Chesney, onstage with Kix Brooks, singing "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone." There was Chesney, onstage with Gretchen Wilson, singing "Hurts So Good." There was Chesney, onstage with Wilson and John Rich and Jewel and Montgomery Gentry, singing "Sweet Home Alabama." And with much of that crew, plus 3 Doors Down lead singer Brad Arnold, doing the Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" ... As is the case with many of Chesney's "Keg in the Closet" tours of college bars, the singer chose to be decidedly informal for the Nashville show. Instead of a cowboy hat and form-fitting stage-wear, he wore a St. Louis Cardinals ball cap, a white T-shirt and baggy shorts ... "This is going to be a big night," he told the crowd. "I've got so many friends coming to sing tonight." And it was, and he did, and they did. Only in Nashville. You gotta love it when celebs like to rub elbows with the common folk ... Country peeps are just like that, I suppose. Sounds like a fun party ... Happy Birthday, Kenny! [thanks Laura and Reagan]

So ... last night on the FX show Dirt, Courtney Cox-Arquette and Jennifer Aniston reunited on the small screen for the much hyped same-sex kiss that was orchestrated for the season finale to try and squeeze a few more ratings numbers out of the show ... and, well, here it is:


ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. What a let down. The ladies stood nose to nose and pressed their faces together ... kinda like when 6th graders try and kiss like adults. In case you missed it, you can watch the passionless interaction for yourself:


Do try and stay awake for the entire clip. Boo. [Source]

Marilyn Manson is talking about his new album EAT ME, DRINK ME to Rolling Stone magazine (in an article that he posted on his official website) ... and from the sounds of it, this new album was borne of the painful depression of his failed marriage to Dita Von Teese:


Marilyn Manson sits in the front room of his home in San Fernando Valley, drinking from a bottle of rose-tinted absinthe. The house feels dark and unwelcoming - his estranged wife, model Dita Von Teese, has recently moved out - and Manson apologizes for the disarray. Without the makeup that he usually wears in public, and dressed casually in black, Manson pours himself into a couch and explains the turmoil that's plagued him for much of the past year - and ultimately led him to restart his musical career with a new album, EAT ME, DRINK ME, due in June. The songs, he says, "are clearly written to seduce somebody," though he is hesitant to divulge whom. "I don't want people to think the record is some kind of exploitation of my personal life," says Manson. "At the same time, it also represents exactly who I am and what I feel" ... "Halfway through last year I was in such a black hole of depression," he says. "I couldn't make anything, I couldn't do anything. I lost hope." At the time, Manson's mother was diagnosed with a mental illness and, he says, "I got trapped in one of the classic rock & roll cliches of having people that work for me rob me behind my back." He had no interest in making music, and the film project he was focused on - Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll based on the twisted life of Lewis Carroll - became a psychological burden. Manson says he was finally uplifted by a close friend's morbid gesture of devotion. "She picked up a butcher's knife and said, 'Here, you can stab me,'" he says. "When someone was willing to drown with me, I really didn't want to drown anymore." This theme is depicted in the six-minute epic "If I Was Your Vampire," which Manson wrote on Christmas. "That song is the new 'Bela Lugosi's Dead,'" says Manson. "It's the all-time gothic anthem" ... "Suddenly," he says, "I felt liberated. I'd write a song, walk two doors down the hall and record it right then." Manson's lyrics, which were recorded over tracks by Tim Skold (who joined Manson's band in 2002 as bassist), came quickly. "I was writing out of desperation and hope," he says. "The record came out in a rush - like an open wound - and I went with it" ... "I really wanted to be a singer on this album," he says. "This is very earnest and uncalculated and raw, in the sense that I know I'm fucked up, and I'm really not ashamed of it." Huh. And here I thought the album was supposed to be an accompaniment to his movie and not just an outlet for his pain. I'm not sure that I totally believe this new, heartfelt sounding Manson. All of his previous albums have had clear themes and concepts ... that this one is "raw and uncalculated" is intriguing but it still remains to be seen, er, heard what the music actually sounds like. A "depressed" and "dark" Marilyn Manson doesn't seem like much of a depature to me. [Source]

Rose McGowan is featured in the new issue of Interview magazine and here are her sexy pics:


She looks hot pretty much in every pic she takes ... add a half-nekkid dude and you've got gold! [Source]

Here is the final cover artwork for the final Harry Potter book The Deathly Hallows:


Eh. [Source]

Since I was on baby duty for the past 5 days I seemed to have missed the release of the final Spider-Man 3 trailer ... so in case you missed it too, you can watch it online as well:


The trailer is only different from the previous trailer in the last few moments ... we get a couple more scenes of Spidey vs. Venom. The shots are quick so you can't really get a good look at Venom but ... he doesn't look as cool as he does in the production artwork. But there's no cause for concern ... right? [Source, thanks Jeff]

Here are a couple of new posters for the new live-action movie Transformers:


Optimus Prime vs. Megatron ... not bad. And if you think about it, it looks like they're about to kiss just like Courtney and Jen. [Source]

Woot! It's about damn time! Project Runway is finally casting for the 4th season! Open calls for designers who want to be on the show happen this weekend in LA and next week in NYC, Miami and Chicago:


Finally ... I've been missing my Project Runway like crazy. If you think you've got what it takes to be on the show ... get your ass out there and try out. If any of ya'll end up going to the casting calls, send in your pics and I'll try and post 'em! Good luck! [Source]

And finally, Ginch Gonch has been named the official underwear sponser for the White Party Palm Springs this year:


Yeah, I'm not really about the White Party ... I'm pretty much only about the pics :) Enjoy! [Source]

Les News:
Whew! Tracey and Zakiya have already arrived safe and sound back in Detroit after flying out of Burbank yesterday afternoon ... but before they left I had to snap a few more pics to round out our fun weekend:


When Tracey and I saw that little swimsuit at the store we just had to get it for little Miss Z ... she looks like she belongs in a Marc Jacobs ad. Tracey, Z and I were all pretty much wiped after our bizzy weekend ... as you can tell from the last 2 pics. I really had a great time with them over the past 5 days. Babies are exhausting and I am just amazed that Tracey is able to take care of that little girl all by herself. My hat is off to her ... she is truly an amazing mom. I miss then already.

I have NO PLANS for the rest of the week ... I think I'm just going to chill out and do nothing. Wee! I'm out.