Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The March On Lynwood

For the most part, I'm pretty certain that Britney Spears is a pretty good sport who tends to appreciate a good joke, even when leveled against her. After all, you can't go thru all the cruiseazy shizz she's been thru and not have a good sense of humor (I mean, Hello, she married Kevin Federline didn't she?). We've even seen her have her own little fun thru various postings on her official website or ridiculous impromptu "interviews" she gives to the paparazzi. But, it seems that Britney doesn't find all the jokes about her to be funny ... in fact, she apparently takes great offense if you imply that she is crazy -- and then post that implication on a huge billboard. Here are 3 images that have been blown up to billboard proporion in Clearwater, FL which advertise 93.3 FLZ FM radio's morning show ... and which caused Britney Spears to sick her lawyers on the offending radio station:

Britney Spears is threatening legal action against a Florida radio station that used a bald-headed photo of the pop star on billboards that appear to call her sanity into question. In a June 14 letter to Clear Channel Communications lawyer Donna Schneider, Spears's counsel claims that the billboards promoting the MJ Morning Show were "outrageous to the extreme" and demanded their removal ... The three outdoor advertisements ... pair a paparazzi photo of a bald, snarling Spears with a picture of WFLZ morning show host Todd Schnitt (who uses the air name MJ Kelli). They are headlined, "Total Nut Jobs," "Shock Therapy," and "Certifiable." According to the star's lawyer, Spears's "likeness has a multi-million-dollar value for authorized commercial exploitations" and, as a result, she is entitled to "very substantial damages" from Clear Channel. The MJ Morning Show airs on several stations across Florida. The Spears billboards, which first appeared in April, advertised the program in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Clearwater. It will be very interesting to see what the radio station and/or its parent company Clear Channel will do in response. It doesn't seem to me that they necessarily did anything wrong, especially if they properly licensed the Britney photo ... but I'm sure Britney's peeps have got a valid argument in there somewhere. In the end, I'm betting the radio station will pull the billboards (the course of least resistance) but in the end it appears that Britney's peeps shot themselves in the foot. By making a big deal about these billboards in Florida now the rest of the world is in on the joke. Click HERE to read the full text of the letters sent to Clear Channel by Britney's legal representatives. [Source, thanks Maria]

UPDATE: The billboards have already been taken down.

I received an email blast late yesterday afternoon giving me the head's up that a "peaceful protest" was going down at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, CA where Paris Hilton is currently being jailed. Apparently, the movement to try and get Paris sprung early from jail is still very much alive and well, despite the fact that she is due for release in under a week's time. But anyways ... here is the full text of the message that showed up in my inbox yesterday afternoon:


A silent and PEACEFUL protest has been scheduled to take place on TUESDAY, June 19, 2007 at 1PM Pacific Time in front of Century Regional Detention Facility on Alameda Street in Lynwood, CA where Paris Hilton currently resides in the custody of the County. The protest will consist of fans and supporters standing in solidarity to show Paris that we stand behind her through this very rough period that she is currently experiencing.

There is a 3 dollar parking charge for those who are driving to Lynwood for the protest. People who are planning to take part should bring water or the non-alcoholic beverage of their choice and any supportive signs, shirts, etc. This will be a peaceful protest, playing Paris Hilton's music and walking and talking.

Some signs can be created and exhibited and all Free Paris T-shirts (professional or homemade) can be brought to the protest by participants. We are trying to organize about 200 T-shirts to provide. The best FREE PARIS T-shirt will be honored.

Scheduled to attend this peaceful protest are cast members from "The Simple Life", many Fox and E! network executives, as well as many fans and friends of Paris Hilton.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

Free Paris!

You may verify this info by contacting Ms. Hilton's
management team.

You've gotta give it up to the Free Paris people for remaining steadfast in their convictions (as it were). As we are well aware, previous attempts to protest the "injustice" leveled against Paris Hilton have been less than successful, usually resulting in only a handful of participants. Hopefully this latest protest will merit more attention ... or something. Good luck, y'all! I'll be there in spirit! [Source]

In other troubled Hollywood "It" Girl news, Lindsay Lohan has decided to call off her 21st Birthday Bash (scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks and which was to be sponsored by Svedka Vodka) in order to focus on her full rehabilitation. It would seem that L. Lo is actually learning a thing or two at the Promises Rehab Facility in Malibu, CA:

Here is the statement released by Lindsay's people regarding the party cancellation:

"Lindsay will not be having the birthday party at PURE and is focusing on her recovery 100 percent."

Here is the statement released by Pure nightclub in response:

"We support Lindsay and wish her the best as she is taking care of personal matters at this time. Due to the unique circumstances, as of this afternoon Lindsay's birthday party at PURE Nightclub has been canceled. We think the world of her and look forward to working with her in the future."

And, it turns out, they will be working with her in the future. Despite the fact that Lindsay has already signed a contract with and has been paid by the nightclub, Pure is letting her out of her commitment because she has promised to host a different event at the club sometime in the future. Hmm. In any event, I think it's great that Lindsay has decided to put her health before her party habits because it is much smarter to skip out on a 21st birthday blow-out in order to, hopefully, have many more birthdays to celebrate in the long run. [Source]

In more positive news, here are a few new sexy photos of Lindsay Lohan that were snapped by famed photographer Bryan Adams:

Yeah, I believe it is the very same aging rock star Bryan Adams of Summer of '69 fame (you may recall that Lindsay and her mother Dina Lohan are, oddly enough, friends of Bryan) ... which kinda changes the tone of this positive news to somewhat kinda gross news, especially when you consider how Lindsay is posing for Mr. Adams. Oh dear. In case you're interested, the full set of pics from this photoshoot can be seen HERE. [Source]

Oh lord ... here we go again ... there is new speculation that Katie Holmes is pregs again after the release a few suspicious photos from her visit to Madrid this past Sunday (for Becks's final soccer game with Real Madrid) but then almost as soon as her alleged burgeoning bump was spotted it disappeared again. Are we in for another year of the amazing inflating/deflating Katie Holmes baby bump all over again?

Photo credit: Big Pictures

Baby bump or unflattering dress? That is the question. While in Spain to celebrate David Beckham's last game with Real Madrid, Katie Holmes set tongues wagging after she appeared to have a bump under her clinging mini-dress. But just days later Holmes, who is in South of France with husband Tom Cruise to attend the wedding of Australian media mogul James Packer, wore a figure-hugging cream dress that looked noticeably bump free. And when she took baby Suri for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, the sleek and stylish cut of her bathing suit revealed no bump whatsoever ... Still, some sources insist she is pregnant. According to The Sun, one said: "Katie and Tom are thrilled to be having another baby on the way. She's glowing with happiness." For humanity's sake, I sincerely hope she is not pregs again. I'm not sure we're quite ready to take on another Suri-like creature -- one is quite enough. We still don't know the full magnitude of the first one. I think it's best to let sleeping robotic babies lie ... securely packed away in their boxes. [Source]

David and Victoria Beckham are already on the move again after Becks's stunning victory for Real Madrid on Sunday. Here are pictures of the Beckhams as they made their way thru Heathrow airport in London, England reportedly bound for Singapore:

I would imagine that they are on their way to Singapore to enjoy some vacation time before they have to return home to pack up their shizz and move it all the way to their new home in Los Angeles, CA. I believe it is quite hot in Singapore and the chance is very high that Becks will be forced to strip down to one of his lovely little speedos for a nice dip in the water. Oh and I'm doing my best to not mention that fugly yellow thing on his head because I love him too much to make fun of him even tho I really, really want to. I'll just focus on that speedo instead. [Source]

Well now ... just a few days ago there were reports that Justin Timberlake was feeling the pressure from his new honey bunny Jessica Biel while on tour in Europe and that he sent her back home to LA so that he can focus on providing his fans with great shows without his being distracted. But, it would seem that is not actually the case. Mere moments after JT arrived in Stockholm, Sweden his stalker lover Jessica Biel touched down in Stockholm as well:

Photo credit: Splash News

Now, either she's there with his consent or she's turned into a certifiable, shock-therapy needin' nut job very overzealous admirer. One would hope that she's in town in compliance with his wishes but I guess one can never be too sure. [Source]

Larry Birkhead is lookin' to move into Anna Nicole Smith's LA home with his daughter Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead but not before he does a little housekeeping. Here are pictures of Larry packin' up and shippin' out all of Anna Nicole's old, unwanted items over the weekend:

Photo credit: Mavrix

As you can see, Larry apparently has no use for leopard print furniture, unused pill bottles and Howard K. Stern. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole lot of junk was sent off to the city dump. Just think, all of Bobby Trendy's hard work down the drain. [Source]

Here are a couple of really cute pictures of Michelle Williams out for a little stroll with her little girl Matilda in NYC earlier this week:

Photo credit: Splash News

It would seem that little Matilda is already over the whole "famous" thing. She looks utterly unimpressed and jaded. She will, most assuredly, be a huge Hollywood star. [Source]

Fergie Ferg paid a little visit to MTV's TRL this week to show off another one of her fugly-ass outfits:

This atrocious polyester pants with matching suspenders ensemble looked wretched on Carol Brady back in the 70's and it looks just as ridiculous on Fergie today. Is there no hope for the woman? [Source]

Bjork, Belinda Carlisle, Iggy Pop and the Osbournes were among the celebs who were in attendance at the Mojo magazine Honours List Awards which celebrates musical achievement ... blah blah blah. Amy Winehouse, Joy Division and Arcade Fire were among the event's honorees:

Amy Winehouse joined Ike Turner, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne in the roll-call of winners at the Mojo awards. Winehouse won Song of the Year for her hit Rehab. The 23-year-old has carved out a reputation for hell-raising - and she found herself in good company at the Mojo Honours List ceremony. She was one of the few young winners on a night which honoured the elder statesmen of the music business and proved to be a celebration of rock'n'roll excess. The most controversial accolade was the bestowal of the Mojo Legend honour on Ike Turner. The 75-year-old remains notorious for his turbulent relationship with former wife and singing partner Tina ... Iggy Pop and the Stooges received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ozzy Osbourne was crowned Mojo Icon and Alice Cooper was named Mojo Hero. Slade received the Mojo Vision Award and The Doors were inducted into the Mojo Hall of Fame. The award for Outstanding Contribution to Music went to Joy Division. There were also wins for Bjork (Mojo Inspiration Award) and Echo and the Bunnymen (Mojo Maverick) ... Arcade Fire were named Best Live Act and Seastick Steve beat a host of younger names to win Best Breakthrough Act. It's a rare awards event that honors the new, old and dead all in the same setting. Well, I guess I should send out much congrats to all the winners of these illustrious awards. One can never have too many paperweights, I suppose. [Source]

Here are a couple of cute pics of Hilary Duff at her Much Music Video Awards afterparty at the Ultra Supper Club in Toronto, CA on Sunday night:

Photo credit: INFdaily

From what I understand, the party was a fun time. Hilary looked great in her sparkly little black dress. [Source]

Here are a few pictures of Maggie Gyllenhaal (who takes over the role of Rachel Dawes from Katie Holmes) and Aaron Eckhart (who plays Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent [who eventually becomes Two-Face]) on the Chicago set of The Dark Knight:

I must admit, I'm surprised at how much information the filmmakers are releasing so far in advance of the movie's release. Even tho these photos were taken by a fan and weren't released by the studio, there has been quite a bit of information already revealed officially. We know what the Joker will look like, we know what the new Batsuit will look like and we know what the Batcycle Batpod will look like ... and the movie doesn't get released until July 18, 2008! I hope they do save some stuff for revelation in the actual movie. That being said, I really love all of the leaky stuff. I think it's great to watch a movie being made from the very get-go. [Source]

In other Dark Knight news, the site IBelieveInHarveyDentToo.com no longer features the graffitied Harvey Dent poster, nor does it show the picture of the Joker. If you go to the site, all you'll find is a black background with the words Page Not Found. But, if you put your cursor on the page and highlight the whole page (press CTRL + A) you'll get this:

The whole page is filled with Ha ha Has. Love it. Make sure you keep checking back at the page, in case the Joker posts anything else. [Source]

UPDATE: Pink reader Sergio has discovered that there are random letters hidden in the Ha Ha Has that probably spell out a hidden message ... has anyone figured it out? which I have determined reads: see YOu In DECeMbER

Here is the latest movie poster for Transformers:

I'm not sure if I love it. Shia LeBeouf lovingly embracing Megan Fox looks badly Photoshopped into the pic. But I am excited to see it already! I just found out that a friend of mine appears in the film :) [Source]

And finally, here is the latest poster artwork for the upcoming Jessica Alba/Dane Cook comedy Good Luck Chuck:

LOL! All I can say is, thank GAWD Dane Cook is wearing underwear. [Source]

Les News:
Blah ... I ended up getting kinda ill last night so my plans to go out were squashed at the last minute. I ended up vegging on the couch ... but I did manage to finish the final season of Angel. So now, I've finally watched the complete series of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in full. I think I should get a cookie. Now, all I have to do is watch both shows all over again alternating episodes so that I can watch all of the Buffyverse eps in the order they were meant to be seen ... er, someday ... maybe.

Or maybe I should buy a bike and get out more. Hmm.

Anyways, I'm feeling better today so my plans to hang out with Mike and his sister tonight should still be a go. I also decided to take a quick little trip later on in the week to see my boo for a few days. Even tho my plan is spend a bulk of the summer here in LA further acclimating myself to my new home, I still need to make time to visit David.

So yeah ... I guess that's it. Have a great Tuesday. I'm out.