Tuesday, March 06, 2007

If We Took A Holiday

News broke over the weekend that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have begun the official process of adopting another child into their family, this one from Vietnam. While Brad was busy taking care of the kiddies (even taking little Shiloh Nouvel to work with him one day), Angelina was off somewhere doing ... something. I half-expected her to return to New Orleans with a new baby in tow but thus far -- there's no new baby yet. Angelina has reunited with her current family and she, Brad and their girls were spotted walking the streets of New Orleans once again:

Photo credit: Splash News

I wonder how long it will be before Ang and Brad bring home their new bundle of joy ... I wonder how long it will be before Zahara starts resenting that one as well? [Source]


Last night's ep of 24 was pretty tame by this season's standards ... last week's ep left us with a great cliffhanger but I felt that this week's ep didn't really carry the momentum. Nonetheless, it was a good ep ... which introduced a whole bunch of new complications to infuriate me:

Enter Vice President Noah Daniels ... a VP who is completely diametrically opposed politically to President Wayne Palmer. While there are many things in the world of 24 that I can blithely just accept, stuff like this bugs the crap out of me. You get the sense that the Prez and the VP do not agree on anything and prolly don't really like one another. While this sort of thing actually does happen in real life (building a balanced ticket of candidates in order to win the White House), I find that none of the Presidents and VPs in 24 world ever get along. This season, it actually feels like our own government (with the exception of President Palmer) are just as bad as the bad guys themselves. While this sort of thing happens often in 24 it just feels more immediate this time around. But anyways ... you gotta love how Jack Bauer doesn't give a crap about the sovereignty of any country that dares to have an embassy on US soil. Last year he pissed off the Chinese and this year it's the Russians. I fully expect that next season he will head over to the British embassy and just pee on the walls for fun. There wasn't much more meat this week ... Tom Lennox turns out to be a pretty decent guy -- we'll see if he buckles under the pressure of the VP. I'm intrigued by next week's ep ... the preview alludes to a relationship between former First Lady Martha Logan and former Presidential Secret Serviceman Aaron Pierce. Woot! They were my fave clandestine couple from last season. [Source]


Now Heroes ... tho sometimes slow in parts ... never fails to introduce tiny little surprises to keep things interesting. I gotta say I was *not* impressed by the long-awaited introduction of the mysterious Mr. Linderman (altho, I do like that Malcolm McDowell is playing his character) but overall I liked last night's ep ... talk about your cliffhangers, huh?

All along we were led to believe that Nathan Petrelli was a dirty politician but it turns out that he is, in fact, working with the FBI against Linderman -- nice touch. I was very surprised that Mohinder was able to figure out that Sylar was actually Sylar ... I thought for sure he'd figure out a way to neutralize him at least for a few eps ... I should've known that Sylar couldn't be so easily contained. Candice (who is the new Eden) as a shape-shifter is a nice addition ... she is soooo Mystique from X-Men it's a bit bothersome but I can accept her role. Hiro finally got his sword and his powers -- now we have to wait and see what he does with them. Claire's story bored me ... but you knew she'd end up in NYC somehow. We all know that Peter Petrelli will not die at Sylar's hand (right!?) but the cliffhanger was a great way to tide us over until the show returns on April 23. Yeah, yeah ... I hate when TV shows take a vacation but I'm willing to cut Heroes some slack. It's been the best new show of the year and I'm sure it'll continue to kick ass until the season ends. [Source]

Gerard Butler, Rodrigo Santoro and others were on hand for the Hollywood premiere of their new movie 300 last night ... here are some pictures from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News

I am very excited to see this movie ... the buzz about it has been pretty crazy. It seems like everyone is saying how amazing it is ... stunning or the "best ever" even but I am trying to stay away from reading too many of those reviews. It looks good on the surface but you never know ... it could turn out to be another Troy or Alexander. There are plans to see this movie when it opens on Friday when I get to Detroit this weekend ... it should be a fun time. Oh ... and I have no idea why Kevin Zegers was showin' off his bod at the movie premiere but I'm not exactly complaining either. [Source]

Check out these cute pictures of Nicole Kidman and her hubby Keith Urban as they vacation on a yacht in the Caribbean earlier this week:

It really looks like Nicole was having a grand time dancing on that pole. She and Keith look so happy together ... and people think they're breaking up. I really hope they don't -- they make a really great couple. [Source]

Sarah Michelle Gellar is on a vacation of her own ... here she is relaxing in a hot tub (and hamming it up for the paps) down in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:

Hmmm ... No sign of Freddie Prinze, Jr. But I'm sure everythign is A-OK. [Source]

Also on vacation, this time down in Hawaii, is Kirsten Dunst ... who, apparently, likes to smoke and read Carl Sagan books:

Photo credit: Flynet

She also likes to have hello with just one finger. Nice. [Source]

In other middle finger news, Joss Stone also let the bird fly earlier this week in London:

Photo credit: Big Pictures

But she, somehow, makes the gesture for Fuck You look so cute. [Source]

Robert Downey, Jr. has begun his training sessions so that he can bulk up (and perhaps slim down a bit?) in order to fit into his Iron Man costume ... here are pics of Rob trying to hang with his trainer:

Photo credit: Celebrity Babylon

Yeah, it looks like he's got a looooong way to go before he becomes Iron Man. [Source]

In case you were wondering, MC Hammer (or is it just Hammer these days, I can never remember) is not dead ... in fact, he is busy filming a new video ... and here are a couple of pictures from the set in Santa Monica, CA:

Photo credit: Splash News

From the looks of all those flag-covered coffins and cross-marked graves, I bet the video will be very upbeat. I'm actually surprised he didn't wear his infamous Hammer pants. [Source]

Pink reader Jesse was at the bar that got raided for underage drinking in North Carolina ... which led to the arrest of Jason Wahler the other night. Here is a picture of Jason gettin' his party on mere moments before the po po busted in and ruined his night:

Jesse reveals that a few of his buddies provided Jason with some "shots and stuff" before the arrest and also reveals that the bar Rumors is a very bad place for underage drinking. Ah well ... perhaps Jason has finally learned his lesson ... but I somehow doubt that this will be his last run-in with the police. [thanks Jesse]

Katie Holmes managed to sneak away from her happy home to run an errand on her own ... imagine that. Here are pictures of Katie on her way somewhere with a crudely drawn sketch in hand:

Photo credit: Flynet

We know that Katie idolizes Victoria Beckham (who designs clothing of her own) so maybe she's just trying to prepare a portfolio so that she can work with Posh when she and the rest of the Beckham brood move to LA. But ... instead of sketching clothing designs she should be drawing up escape plans ... oh, whatever ... [Source]

What's this? Michelle Trachtenberg picking up a copy of Rolling Stone magazine at her neighborhood newsstand?

Photo credit: Celebrity Babylon

Why, I wonder what could have piqued her interest in buying that particular magazine? [Source]

Newly sprung from jail Bobby Brown was spotted out with his family this week, including his soon-to-be ex-wife Whitney Houston at Mr. Chow ... he was also chillin' with rap star Da Brat and his daughter Bobbi Christina ...

Photo credit: Mavrix

... yeah, I can't explain it either. [Source]

Here is a picture of Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell from the NAACP Image Awards that took place over the weekend:

Yeah, we really DO NOT NEED a Tyra-Kate and Naomi Oslen. [Source]

NBC has a 7 1/2 minute vid of the new Spider-Man 3 movie streaming on its website until 9PM ET tonight ... here are a few screencaptures from the vid:

About 30 seconds of this new footage aired during a commercial break in Heroes last night. The vid is presented in HD so I highly suggest you check it out before it goes away. The bulk of the footage is of a fight between Peter Parker and Harry Osborn (Green Goblin II) which is highly entertaining (especially how the fight ends). We also get out first "official" glimpse of Venom. The movie is still about 2 months away from release but this 7+ minutes of footage is worth checking out now. [Source]

And finally, Bjork talks to Pitchfork for the first time about her new album Volta where, in this installment of her interview (to be continued over the course of the next few weeks), she discusses the rhythm of the album:

... [W]ith this [album], it was different because I knew more emotionally what I wanted. And because I'd done two or three projects in a row that were quite serious, maybe I just needed to get that out of my system or something. So all I wanted to do for this album was just to have fun and do something that was full-bodied and really up. I actually did the whole album, and it wasn't until the last two or three months where the only jigsaw that hadn't been solved was the rhythms. We had done a lot of experiments with rhythms but I just threw them all away because it was like every time we did something really clever with drum programming beats, it was just too pretentious for this album, it just didn't stick. For some reason, for me it was maybe a little bit nostalgic going back to 1992, where you had really simple 808 and 909 really lo-fi drum machines, not doing anything fancy but really basic, almost like rave stuff or trance stuff, and then really, really acoustic drums. So there are a couple of tracks on this album which are actually programs, with many programming hours spent, and you listen to it, and it sounds like kettle drums or something. She continues to talk at length about the rhythmic feel of the album. If this portion of the interview is any indication, the future installments should be just as extensive. I love hearing Bjork talk about how she makes music ... it sounds so complex and yet, she makes it appear so simple. She is such a genius. I can't wait to hear the album for myself. [Source]

Les News:
Can I just say how much I love the weather in Southern California right now? It's already so warm (borderline hot) and so lovely. It's good to be home ... at least for a little while.

I am happy to report that I finished all of my laundry yesterday ... it's pretty much all folded and put away (tho, now I have to make room for my new acquisitions in my already packed closets) which I'm sure is very exciting information. I toyed with the idea of going to a movie last night but I just didn't feel up for it. I *must* see Zodiac this week ... so we'll see when that happens.

Um ... yeah ... I guess that's about it. I am ... out.