Thursday, March 08, 2007

What's Yer Sign?

Kevin Federline's tour as Goodwill Ambassador continues this week in the LA area after his return from his quick trip to Sin City with his children. Kevin paid estranged wife Britney Spears another visit as she gets treatment at the Promises Rehab Facility. Here are pictures of K-Fed as they made his way into the facility in Malibu, CA:

Photo credit: Splash News

With all of these good deeds and model behavior he's got goin' on these days you'd think he'd be campaigning for sainthood. It's not hard to believe that he still cares for Britney but it's also not hard to see that his best behavior is doing wonders for his image. I'm not sure that a Spederline reconciliation is what this world needs but I gotta give the man props for stepping up and doing the right thing while Britney suffers thru this difficult time in her life. It remains to be seen what will come of all his recent goodwill towards Britney ... let's just hope for the best and not fear the worst ... just yet. [Source]

Apparently, K-Fed isn't the only person who wants to help out Britney these days ... apparently she is also getting offers of help from a couple of surprisingly unlikely folks: After conjuring up no fewer than five No. 1 hits for Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado in the past eight months, top producer Timbaland may now be turning his attention to a new project: Britney Spears. The hitmaker tells EW he would like to work with the troubled star, who — at press time — was enrolled in a 30-day-minimum rehab program at Promises Malibu, an inpatient treatment center in Southern California. "I feel her pain, it really bothers me," says the influential beatsmith, his voice cracking with emotion. "I'm the type of person who tries to save the world. I just want to take her away, go overseas, and work [it] out." And if the pair decide to team up, there could be another unexpected guest. Timbaland reveals to EW that his "best friend" and Spears' ex, Justin Timberlake, would be willing to reunite with Britney in the studio. (Representatives for Spears' and Timberlake's label, Jive, could not be reached for comment.) Says Timbaland: "I asked Justin, 'How would you feel about me working with Britney?' I had to ask him that. I said, 'Would you do it with me?'" According to Timbaland, the singer said he would. "She's just gotta be serious." Wow ... now that would be hella incredible if it really worked out this way. I have contended since news first broke that Britney was divorcing Kevin and would be working towards reviving her career that a Timbaland/JT collabo would be a huge success. I sincerely hope she does clean up her act and does get serious enough to make this offer a reality.


Yep ... I think I've pretty much had it with Lost for this season. I *really* wanted to like this season and I think I did my best to cut the show all sorts of slack but they've pretty much lost me (pardon the pun). There is a fundamental magical element that has been lost and no matter what they try to do to get it back it just doesn't seem to be working on me any longer. Last night's ep should've had enough new info to keep me happy ... instead, it barely kept me awake:

Screencaptures courtesy of Lost Media

We finally got to find out who the creepy eye patch dude that we glimpsed earlier this season is ... he's a crazy Russian, big whoop. They did nothing to develop him at all ... the same goes for the mysterious black lady we saw at the end of last season on the docks. She turned out to be his partner at his shack but she's dead now so who freaking cares?!? The flashbacks are getting increasingly lame. Even Hurley's flashback last week (which I also didn't care for) was at least funny ... Sayid's flashback was total snoozeville. Again with the mysterious animals showing up on the island. Sayid's cat joins Kate's horse on the island of misfits -- and I don't care. I had some hope that the new computer that Locke was fiddling with would provide something of interest (and I really thought the chess game [which reminded me a lot of the tic tac toe game from War Games] would come thru here) but in the end ... he entered the number 77 just like he was told and the whole place blew up ... and then it was time for bed. I'm sure there are still many people out there who are still invested in this show ... I don't think I'm one of them any more. I've committed myself to watching the rest of the season ... and I'll still do the best I can with my recapped observations but ... I don't know that my heart will be in it any longer. C'mon Lost ... give me something to care about again! [Source]

TMZ is reporting that former Prison Break star Lane Garrison has finally been formally charged in the fatal accident he was involved in late last year. The LA County District Attorney has decided to charge the troubled actor with vehicular manslaughter:

TMZ has learned that Lane Garrison will be charged today with vehicular manslaughter, a felony. Garrison was at the wheel last December when he plowed into a tree in Beverly Hills. Vahagn Setian, a 17-year-old high school student who was a passenger in the car, was killed. The Los Angeles County District Attorney will also charge Garrison with driving under the influence. He will also be charged with providing alcohol to a minor. Garrison's lawyer, Harland Braun, tells TMZ his client has arranged with the D.A. to voluntarily surrender to the court at 1:30 PM. We're told the D.A. will ask for $200,000 bail. We're told Garrison's blood-alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit. Significantly, the D.A. is not alleging Garrison acted with "gross negligence." That's important because the enhancement of gross negligence would increase the maximum prison time. If Lane is convicted and punished to the full extent of the law (which usually never happens in Hollywood) he could face up to 6 years in prison. Now isn't that ironic? [Source]

In other burning Hollywood news, Lindsay Lohan (our favorite little "firecrotch" as she's been dubbed by greasy Brandon Davis and BFF Paris Hilton) has decided to lose her signature red hair color (once again) and go back to being blonde:

Photo credit: Splash News

Personally, I like my L. Lo with the red hair she was born with but she can rock the blonde hair pretty a'ight. [Source, Source]

In other hair color changing news, Jennifer Lopez also decided to lighten up her hair a bit, tho not as drastically as Lindsay. J. Lo is now a red head:

Photo credit: Splash News

And so ... the circle of life continues. [Source]

Genesis have decided that they simply cannot let The Police have all the 80s-band-reunion fun this year (nor let them solely enjoy all the profits) and have decided to launch a little reunion tour of their own. Here are pictures of the members of Genesis minus Peter Gabriel at the press conference yesterday to announce the tour:

Photo credit: Splash News

The rock band Genesis will tour for the first time in 15 years this summer, but without former front man Peter Gabriel, the group said on Wednesday. The European and North American tour will feature vocalist and drummer Phil Collins, keyboard player Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford, reviving the lineup that reached its peak success in the 1980s. Gabriel, a vocalist and flutist who helped found the British in 1966, will not participate, though Collins left open the possibility that Gabriel might participate in future projects. "It's not like it's a party that we're holding that Peter didn't come to," Collins told a news conference, declining to explain further. Genesis will tour Europe this summer, including a free concert at the Circus Maximus in Rome, and the band might participate on July 7 in former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's "Live Earth" event, which is occurring in cities around the world. The North American leg of the "Turn it on Again" tour will start September 7 in Toronto and finish at Hollywood Bowl on October 12. The tour coincides with the Rhino Records release of three boxed sets of material from the band's 13 studio albums. Rhino is part of Warner Music Group. Of course the tour is coinciding with a box set ... that is how you make more moolah. Personally, I've never been a big Genesis fan myself (I'm more a Phil Collins solo man) but I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who are elated with this news. It's a bummer that Peter Gabriel has to be such a poopy-face about this reunion ... it's never quite the same when a band reunites with a missing member ... Steve Perry-less Journey, I'm talking to you! [Source]

Hmmm ... I'm not sure how much stock I'm putting in the renewed rumors of a burgeoning relationship between currently filming co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon (and not just because of my intense ... appreciation for Jake and his talents) but the rumor mill is starting up again ... and where there's smoke ...

Photo credit: Flynet

According to OK! Magazine, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have been spotted hopping between each other's homes and hotel rooms! Reese, who separated from husband Ryan Phillippe on October 30, is seen in this photo taken two short weeks later, laughing and playing with Jake -- not appearing to be in any post-marital despair. By the way, she's not pregnant -- it's part of the movie. Apparently, reps for both actors could not be reached for comment ... which of course means they're hiding something. Actually, I'm just kidding ... I don't know that I believe this story ... yet ... but I can see how Reese might fall for our dear Jakey poo. [Source]

In other Gyllenhaal news, here is a cute picture of Maggie G, Peter Sarsgaard and their little baby girl Ramona out for a stroll on the cold and snowy streets of NYC:

I'm sure Maggie and Peter are thrilled to show their baby girl what snow looks and feels like but I'm sure she really could care less. [Source]

Here are pictures of Prince William and his betrothed girlfriend Kate Middleton as they heat things up on the slopes earlier this week:

BESOTTED Kate Middleton beamed with delight yesterday as boyfriend Prince William lovingly held her in his arms. The couple -- on holiday in Switzerland -- embraced for more than a minute. Then the future King gave his sweetheart a gentle kiss in a rare public show of affection. The Prince seemed keen to show the world just how he felt about his long-term girlfriend ... [Says a source, ] "Throughout lunch Kate gazed at William and had a permanent smile fixed across her face." It was the fourth day of the couple's week-long holiday with pals on the slopes of the Matterhorn. But while best pal Thomas van Straubenzee has hit the nightclubs with bad boy Guy Pelly, Wills has been happy to stay in with Kate at their £15,000-a-week chalet. Yesterday bookie William Hill stopped taking bets on whether the couple would get engaged -- saying it was a certainty -- and predicted they would wed next year. Punters had flocked to have a flutter after The Sun's royal photographer Arthur Edwards revealed Wills, 24, had told him he planned to marry Kate, 25. I think it's pretty much a done deal that these two are headed for holy matrimony together ... it's probably all been planned out to the final detail already. It must be a good feeling knowing that the future king of England is hot for your bod. Well done, Kate. [Source]

Yesterday the new Nine Inch Nails video for their single Survivalism was leaked to fan club members by way of a USB flash drive that was found at a recent concert stop in London. The video has a distinct voyeuristic theme (which reminded me a bit of the Pearl Station of the Dharma Initiative from Lost):

I was very surprised to see that a gay couple were featured in the clip. The video has a sinister ending where only the gay couple and the band are, apparently, assaulted by the storm troopers who bust their way into the apartment building that is being surveyed on video. Click HERE to watch the vid for yourself. I love that Trent Reznor is down with the gays :) [Source, thanks LDF and Doug]

Dolce and Gabbana have decided to pull one of their ads from this season's campaign after it was criticized for depicting a scene of "fantasy rape". Here is the ad in question:

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the duo behind the popular design label D&G, are withdrawing their ad from circulation after protests erupted in Italy and Spain. The ad, which women's rights groups call a "fantasy rape," features a lone woman in a prone position being held down by a shirt-less man while a group of men looks on. While D&G is known for their racy ad campaigns, many women's groups think this photo has gone too far and that it promotes violence against women. n the U.S, the ad ran in the March issue of Esquire and it prompted this response from Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women: "...the idea that even a stylized image of rape appeals to a broad readership of men is disturbing." Dolce & Gabbana insist that the ad was never meant to be controversial and that it represented an erotic dream; a sexual game. I, for one, am very surprised that this somewhat puritanical attitude has surfaced over this particular image. It never once occurred to me that something violent was taking place in this image ... like many fashion ads, bodies are just posed like mannequins. I can see where the image might illicit, what I believe is, an overreaction but to go so far as to pull the ad seems ridiculous in my mind. And not for nothing but, I have always found it difficult to sense any sort of sexual tension between the males and females depicted in D&G ads. Remember, this is only my opinion, I am not endorsing anything. [Source]

Gerard Butler, the star of the new movie 300, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Men's Health magazine:

I admit that I have been previously unaware of Gerard Butler before hearing about the movie 300 but ... I am intrigued. These pics are great and all ... but I'm really hoping the movie turns out to be as good as all the hype. [Source]

In other hot mag news, Chris Evans is featured in the new issue of Boston magazine:

Personally, I feel he's wearing too much clothing but I can deal. I had no idea that Boston had its own magazine ... but if they keep putting hotties like Chris Evans on the cover, I might become a fan. [Source]

Avril Lavigne is on the covers of both Seventeen and Billboard magazines this month ...

... that way she can show off both of her emotions -- giddy and bitchy. Against my better judgment, I downloaded her new song Girlfriend from iTunes and find it utterly cutesy, annoying and disgusting ... which, of course, means I love it! The line where she proclaims herself a "motherfucking Princess" makes her sound like a complete beyotch ... which is why I hate myself for like it so much. [Source, Source]

And finally, here is some production art of Venom from the new movie Spider-Man 3:

All this foreplay is really getting me excited for the movie. Bring it on! [Source, thanks Marc]

Les News:
Yesterday Jim and I finally got to hang out together after not really having had much time to even see one another for quite some time. We went out for sushi before going to see Zodiac together:

Overall, I liked the movie but there were distinct problems with it that I had a hard time getting over. For one, I had no idea that the late 1960s-early 1970s were so archaic. With the way the period was presented, it was surprising that they even knew what electricity was. I found Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey, Jr. charming (at first) and Mark Ruffalo annoying (again, at first ... he grew on me as the movie progressed) but as the movie dragged on ... my opinion changed. The movie is long ... way too long, in my opinion. The movie is also broken up into 3 distinct parts (like, mini-movies) -- the killings, the police investigation and then Jake's character's obsession with solving the case. Mid-way thru the "second movie" I started to get bored ... by the time things wrapped up, I was way bored and annoyed (I noticed that many people started to leave at about the 2 hour and 20 minute mark). I didn't much care for Chloe Sevingy (who played Jan Brady) or her character ... she seemed thrown into the mix just to give Jake another problem to deal with. There were major flaws but I did like the movie overall. It started out great and held my attention for most of the time ... all they needed to do was shave about 45 mins. off and it would've been perfect.

So yeah ... that was my day. Today I have to finish packing because I'm taking the red eye to Detroit tonight ... I'll be there 'til Tuesday (hush, hush) hanging with my moms and my peeps. I hear there's a plan to go to Necto in Ann Arbor tomorrow night ... sounds fun. I am out.