Monday, April 30, 2007

Wiggin' Out

This is the week that the naysayers will be proven wrong ... this is the glorious week that Britney Spears returns to the performance stage to show the world that she's still got what it takes to be a successful popstar! Er, well, maybe that's going a little too far. It has been ages since Britney has performed publicly so she may be a little rusty. In any regard, this is gonna be her week ... one way or another. BUT, before she hits the various House of Blues stages in Southern California and Las Vegas later on this week, Britney spent the weekend doing her thang ... you know, like getting pulled over by the cops and getting off without a ticket (natch):

Britney Spears was pulled over by Beverly Hills police for allegedly speeding but was let off with a warning, authorities say. The pop star was driving along Sunset Boulevard when she was stopped at 8:45 p.m. Friday. "She was pulled over for speeding," Beverly Hills police Sgt. Mike Foxen tells PEOPLE. "She was warned about her speed and let go. She was not cited." The look on her face is PRICELESS! [Source]

Britney has also been spending a lot of time at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood (I think she sleeps there) and in the recording studio where she is working with JR Rotem (at least they can still work together professionally even tho that disastrous relationship never went anywhere). In between all this work, Britters has been blowing off steam (and other things) by driving around town with her top down (on the car ... well, this time at least) and doing a little shopping ... in somewhat questionable clothing:

Photo credit: Flynet

See, I don't know if it's very wise to be cruising down the freeway with the top down on your car if you wear a wig ... just as easily as your hat can fly off (and poor Britney's hat did fly right off) so can your wig. I also don't know if it's a good idea to go out in public wearing this much fishnet (and I *really* don't know if it's a good idea to start messing around with Howie Day). Is this look even allowed by the law? I really hope she doesn't wear this ... ensemble ... on stage at any of her performances. Man, I really want her to have a great set of successful performances this week. The poor girl could really use the boost. I've got my fingers crossed for her ... she can do it ... I really hope she can. [Source, Source]

It turns out that Victoria Beckham only spent one single day here in LA (flying in to sign the paperwork on the purchase of the new Beckham manse) and has already departed back for home. But, that doesn't mean that there wasn't any time to do a bit of shopping before she jetted off. Here are pictures of Posh doing a bit of shopping Saturday afternoon:

Photo credit: Splash News

VB deplaned wearing an awful entirely too stretchy outfit and then changed into this garish red little number. She threw around some dough and bought up a bunch of stuff and then made her way to LAX for the long flight home (wearing a third, striped outfit). One things for certain, Posh knows her biz and she knows how to get it all done as quickly as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if she started flying in weekly to oversee the work that is sure to be done on her new home. Can you imagine all the Lycra that is sure to follow? [Source]

While Posh was bizzy flying into and out of LA, David Beckham was bizzy tending to the children and then jetting off on his own to play soccer with his Real Madrid team ... proudly showing off his newly golden locks and his pimpin' Louis Vuitton luggage:

Photo credit: PolFoto

Who says the metrosexual is dead? Surely not Becks ... you take that sassy new 'do and couple it with that adeptly knotted scarf and the LV carryon roller bag and you've got the perfect example of the metrosexual male ... tho, he is only a handbag away from crossing the line but, shoot, Becks could even make that look work. He couldn't make it masculine, mind you, but he can make it work! [Source]

In other blonde news, here are pictures of Laura Bell Bundy celebrating at the Broadway opening night after party last night for the new musical Legally Blonde:

Photo credit: Wireimage

I have been hearing some really great things about this show from Pink readers who have seen it when it was previewing in San Francisco. I absolutely love the movie, starring Reese Witherspoon, but I'm having a tough time picturing it as a musical. A story that is so light, fluffy and pink has to be accompanied by the perfect sort of music ... and from what I understand, this show has it all (that said, I really hope that they kept the line from the movie, Whoever said that orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed, intact). I will definitely have to check out this show very soon. David and I already have a very bizzy schedule this week in NYC but maybe we'll find the time. [Source]

In formerly blonde news, it looks like Madonna has tired of her blonde ambition and has settled on a new look ... here she is, the strawberry girl:

Photo credit: Splash News

I haven't decided if I love it or not. I really liked the short, blonde bob (which only turned out to be a wig) that she rocked a few months ago (around the time she shot the video for Jump) but I'm not sure about this cut and color. Maybe it's just the picture, but the new 'do makes her look older. Hmm ... I'm gonna have to see if it grows on me. [Source, Source]

Oh Boy! You're never gonna guess which aging 80s popstar, who has already had quite a few run-ins with the law (on various drug charges, one of which resulted in a very public and freakin' hilarious punishment of community service), was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attempting to "kidnap" a male escort. Okay ... maybe it's not so hard to guess that it's Boy George:

Boy George is on bail while police investigate allegations that he kidnapped a male escort and chained him to a wall in his London home. Auden Carlsen, 28, claimed he was grabbed by the singer and another man and chained up after the star invited him to his house in Shoreditch to pose for photographs. Mr Carlsen claimed he met the former Culture Club star on the website Gaydar, and agreed to go to his flat at midnight as a £400 photographic model. He denied he was working as an escort. But the Norwegian said he feared for his life when Boy George pounced on him and tied him up. "I was convinced I was going to die," he said. "George handcuffed me to a hook by the bed as they held me down." He alleges that Boy George, whose hits include Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?, produced a box of whips and sex toys and told him: "Now you'll get what you deserve." Mr Carlsen claims he escaped by pulling the hook from the wall and fleeing to a nearby newsagent's at 6.30am on Saturday, from where he alerted the police ... [Says a Scotland Yard spokesperson:] "Hackney CID is investigating and a man in his forties has been arrested in connection with the allegation. He was taken to an east London police station but has subsequently been bailed to return on a date in July." The 45-year-old singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was unavailable for comment. Harrowing! Is it wrong that I can totally see this scary scenario actually happening in the manner described by Mr. Escort Man? Let this be a lesson to you, folks ... if Boy George (or George Michael or Gary Glitter or Michael Jackson, for that matter) ever invites you his place in the wee hours of the morning for a "photoshoot" you'd be wise to politely decline. [Source]

Yesterday we saw pics of the happily married Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her new movie Suburban Girl ... today we have pics of the couple on the red carpet for the Tribeca premiere of her other new movie The Air I Breathe:

Sadly, I don't think that FPJ has any movies premiering at Tribeca (or anywhere else for that matter) but it's good of him to be there for SMG at her numerous movie premieres.. [Source]

Additionally, the other Vampire Slayer of note, Eliza Dushku, is also premiering a movie of her own at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here are pictures of Eliza on the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie Noble Son:

See, vampires aren't the only ones that are immortal. I love seeing BtVS cast members staying employed. [Source]

SIDEBAR: Are any of y'all reading the Season 8 Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics? I am loving them (really loving Giant Dawn, Vengeful Amy, Xander Xander) but notsomuch loving how short they are :( The cliffhanger endings are really fun but I find myself wanting more. Thankfully, the writing and storylines feel very true to the Buffyverse so I am very pleased on that account. If you are a fan of the show and haven't picked up the comics yet, I urge you to do so ... they really are keeping the spirit of the show alive.

Tori Amos and Bjork are featured in a new album review article in The New Yorker (online only, I'm afraid ... I'm reading the new print issue of magazine right now but there is no sign of the article in print) -- it turns out that I just haven't received the most recent issue, David has it and the article is in the print edition. Both artists and albums get very good reviews, natch ... and the article is accompanied by a really great picture of Tori:

"American Doll Posse" is aggressive and, occasionally, overstated; Amos fans who have complained that they haven’t heard from "the real Tori" in a while will be relieved. In the past three years, Amos has released only one complete album, "The Beekeeper" (2005), which buried her natural vigor under music that occasionally incorporated gospel and R. & B. but in the end was lax and weirdly docile. "American Doll Posse" returns to her music of the nineties: fired-up songs centered on the piano, her robust singing, a rhythm section, and loud guitar playing more indebted to the seventies than to the ohs. The album title refers to characters that Amos created for the record: Pip, Tori, Clyde, Santa, and Isabel. These women appear on the cover, five Amoses digitally manipulated to occupy a single space. The one called Tori has long, straight red hair and bangs, wears a floor-length dark skirt, and holds a chicken. (The concept owes much to the work of the artist Cindy Sherman.) If you do some research, you can figure out which character sings which track, but this is unnecessary. Amos has always played a variety of characters in her songs; it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that her work is concerned primarily with how different women experience the world. (Amos once said in a television interview that she was elected homecoming queen simply because she had made an effort to talk to all the girls in her high school) ... Amos's anger is appealing, especially when she's parsing gender stereotypes. She takes on the acronym MILF—a term that "Tori" decides she likes—and a more ageless insult, "fat slut," which becomes a character in a song of the same name. I absolutely agree with this review, I absolutely believe that long-time fans will recognize that American Doll Posse is a return to form of sorts. While I really love much of The Beekeeper, I agree that the Rhythm & Blues/Gospel sound really didn't grab me all that well (and I don't know that I ever truly came on board with the "chica-chica-chicas" on the song Cars & Guitars). I really love ADP as a whole and there are a lot of songs that I really love individually (Bouncing Off Clouds, Secret Spell, Body and Soul, Girl Disappearing). I'm really excited to hear how some of this stuff sounds live. The article also includes some really great things about Bjork and her album Volta as well ... click HERE to read it in its entirety. [Source]

REMEMBER: Today is your last day to submit your entry to win a free copy of American Doll Posse in the Pink is the new Blog cd giveaway contest. Click HERE for all the deets.

Pink readers P. and Andre gave me the head's up on Lance Bass' new man candy. Apparently, his name is Mark and he's a web designer from NYC. Here is a screen shot of his profile on Connexion (for those of you without Connexion log-ins):

His profile states that he is a 34-year old, single Bisexual who flips burgers for a living. Yep, sounds like a catch to me. He is a fan of Tori Amos so he gets points there. Actually, by the looks of his site, he's a very proficient web designer (who possibly flips burgers on the side?). Lance has publicly stated that he is having "the best time of his life" now that he's dating ... I guess web designers really do it for him ;) [Source, Source, thanks P. and Andre]

UPDATE: Pink reader Jacqueline has stumbled upon the boy's My Space profile:

Yes, web designers like this would tend to do it for me too :) [Source]

And finally ... last night I caught a new Venom-specific commercial for Spider-Man 3 which showed the clearest shots of Venom that I've seen so far ... here are a few caps:

I'm impressed. The movie opens this week and I can't wait! The long wait is almost finally over ... Woot!!!!!

Les News:
Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time hanging out with Mike around town. We had a great late brunch at LuLu's (where I got to meet Pink reader Veronica) and then we spent some time chillin' at The Grove. The new Barney's Co-Op is all ready for the new Kate Moss fashions that are set for release tomorrow and while the Topshop in London will have the actual Kate Moss appearing in the store window, The Grove Barney's has to make do with a substitute:

But you really can't tell the difference.

Our trip to Barney's was really cool because we saw Michelle Stafford (who plays Phillis on The Young and the Restless) trying on shoes. I dunno what my deal was but I just couldn't go over to talk to her while she was trying on footwear. Tho, in retrospect I should've ... she's had a rough time of it lately, what with Dru's shocking demise on the show ;)

I also got to meet a couple of other Pink readers while we were at The Grove:

Ginger and Gina were so cute ... I'm glad they sent me this picture to share. It was my pleasure meeting you guys :)

So that was pretty much my Sunday ... I have a plane to catch in a couple of hours so I must be off. I'll be comin' atcha from the East Side for the rest of the week. After a few days in NYC I'll be back in Detroit for a week.

That is all ... I am out.