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Oh Britney. I get the sense that she's trying too hard to not appear as if she's trying too hard. Yeah, that or she just loves the attention. Despite all her craziness I am still very excited to see what (if anything) she pulls off at the True Colors Concert stop here in LA this Saturday night (that is, if she actually performs as rumors insist). Despite what Rosie O'Donnell blogged on her site, I still think that Brit will be a go for the show this weekend -- OY, I can't wait to see what she wears ... and I will have a full report! [Source, Source]
Despite the fact that Paris Hilton will be appearing live on CNN tonight in an interview on Larry King Live, People magazine was actually the media outlet that scored the first interview (and photoshoot) with Paris on the day of her release from jail. Here is the cover of this week's issue, with Paris on the cover, and a few excerpts from the interview:
"Thank God I'm free!" These were the words of Paris Hilton, smiling and fluffing her newly replaced blonde hair extensions Tuesday at her grandfather's Bel Air mansion, just hours after her release from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif. In an exclusive interview and photo shoot with PEOPLE, Hilton, 26, gave a candid glimpse into her 23 days in jail – including her explanation of the medical problems that led to her brief transfer to house arrest, and what she says she's learned from her experience. "I was basically in the fetal position, basically in hysterics," Hilton says of her first sleepless nights in jail. As for her fellow inmates, she adds, "All of the inmates were very supportive. There were girls next to me. We could talk through the vents and they were just really sweet." From what I understand, People paid around $300,000 for the photoshoot only because Time Inc. (People's parent company) has a policy against paying for interviews. Uh huh. Anyways, in the interview Paris reveals what was going on with the mysterious illness that caused the LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to release her from jail prematurely (and without Judge Michael Sauer's consent) because he feared for her life, saying: "The doctors were observing me while I was there. They explained to Sheriff [Lee] Baca that they thought I was having severe anxiety, panic attacks, claustrophobia ... I was basically in the fetal position, basically in hysterics." Paris Hilton also claims that jail has really changed her life and that she plans on proving her detractors wrong, saying: "They're wrong and they don't know me. I'm a good person. I'm a compassionate person. I have a big heart. I'm sincere, and they'll see." While I have no idea what goodness, compassion, big heartedness and sincerity have to do with Paris's plans to give up her hard-partying ways, I guess we'll find out in due time. [Source]
In fact ... we'll get to hear all about it tonight when Paris Hilton sits down for an entire hour to talk with Larry King Live on CNN:
While People technically got the first interview (in print, which we won't be able to read in full until the issue hits newsstands later on this week), Larry King Live will afford us our first chance to hear Paris Hilton talk about her sobering ordeal live. Granted, Larry King isn't the toughest of interviewers, I'm still intrigued to hear if Paris can successfully pull off an entire hour interview on her own. Will she reveal anything new? Will she be making any shocking announcements? Will she be showing off any prison tattoos? I can't wait to see for myself. [Source]
Since People magazine scored the first print interview and photoshoot and CNN scored the first live interview, US Weekly was left with the decision to publish this week's issue completely sans Paris Hilton information -- proudly toting their 100% Paris Free stance on the cover of their magazine this week. While I'm sure they are hoping to look like the more "reserved" publication (going to print, instead, with their usual fare of Celebrity Babies) to me it sounds more like sour grapes. Does anyone really believe that US Weekly is trying to set a higher standard for tabloid journalism? LOL! The insanely hilarious website PrettyontheOutside.com isn't going Paris Free this week at all and is, instead, churning out lots of fun stuff to entertain ourselves with as Paris Mania sweeps the world. Here is a spoof of the sketch and letter that Paris Hilton gave to TMZ's Harvey Levin upon her release from jail yesterday:
Click HERE to see other spoof pages from Paris's sketchbook. Despite her best efforts (er, well actually, despite her lip service) Paris will continue to be a punch line of sorts no matter what she says and does ... so even if she goes all saintly (which is still unlikely) we'll still have fun stuff to laugh at. [Source]
One last bit of fun Parisness, Pink reader Corie sends in this hilarious photo from a Jiffy Lube in Albuquerque, NM:
Hahhahahaha ... with all this crazy shizz ever stop? I sincerely hope not. [thanks Corie]
Alright, moving on ... BET threw its big party The BET Awards last night here in LA and managed to bring out all the superdivas and divos for an event that honored the Supreme Diva, Diana Ross, a couple of Dreamgirls, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, among others. Here are a few pics from the show last night:
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Dreamgirls stars Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson led the way at Tuesday's Black Entertainment Television Awards in Los Angeles. Hudson, 25, kicked off the three-hour ceremony with a duet of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with Jennifer Holliday, who made the song famous on Broadway almost three decades ago. The Oscar winner snagged the best actress trophy ("I can't believe I'm still winning awards!" she said) and best new artist award. Beyonce, 25, who led the nominees with six nods, picked up awards for best female R&B artist and video of the year for "Irreplaceable." She also performed a show-stopping rendition of her dance anthem "Get Me Bodied" – followed by her Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland singing "Like This" with cameos from Eve, Michelle Williams and Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles. Later in the evening Diana Ross was given the lifetime achievement award, and urged younger performers to "keep it classy" ... The late James Brown, who died in December, also received a tribute, when Public Enemy performed "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)." The night's other big winners included Ne-Yo (best male R&B artist) Gnarls Barkley (best group) and Forest Whitaker (best actor). Um, not only did Beyonce show up lookin' like C3PO from Star Wars but homegirl also gave a performance very much like the one that Kylie Minogue gave nightly two tours ago (check out Kylie's original performance HERE, Beyonce's performance HERE). I would've thought that Beyonce was better than passing off badly copied performances of stuff we've already seen before ... but I digress ... [Source, thanks Shawna]
... a much more stunning performance can be seen here where Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday perform the show-opening duet of And I'm Telling You from Dreamgirls:
That's a whole lotta no no no's and ha ha ha's goin' on betwixt those two. J. Hol really put some stank on her performance (and I'm pretty sure she suffered a minor seizure at one point while she was singing). That is one hot performance right there.
Here are a few pics from the press room backstage at the BET Awards:
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Toccara, Lil' Kim, Ashanti ... even Flava Flav ... everyone looked amazing at this awards show! BET really put it down this year and in case you missed it the awards show will re-air on BET this Friday night and Sunday night at 8PM. Click HERE for the full list of 2007 BET Awards Winners. [Source]
Well now ... it appears that the newest addition to the Jolie-Pitt clan is becoming quite the little show-off. Always one to point out the paps (making sure that they can photograph his best side), little Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt is now putting on attention-grabbing shows ... and something tells me that Princess Zahara Jolie-Pitt ain't havin' it:
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See, I bet Zahara thought that Shiloh Nouvel was going to be her main source of competition and she prolly never counted on the fact that Pax might give her a run for her money. Interestingly enough, both Maddox and Zahara (the eldest children) have no middle names to speak of (well, ok, while they may have middle names they aren't used very often which is a clear sign of unlove) and Shiloh and Pax (the youngest/newest children) do ... could that be a determiner of the new pecking order? All I know is I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Zahara ended up whoopin' that little boy's ass. [Source]
Madonna sneaked her way into NYC this week to meet up with her babydaddy Carlos Leon, do a couple of errands and then sneak back out of NYC almost as quickly as she arrived. Here are a few pics of Maddy's bizzy day in NYC:
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I'm not sure but I believe that Madge was in town to take care of some biz pertaining to her new album. I love when Madonna walks around with her guitar like she's a "real" musician. It's cute. [Source]
Here are a couple new pictures of Lindsay Lohan taking a hike with some friends and trainers in Malibu, CA as she spends some time away from the Promises Rehab Facility. Never fear tho, despite the fact that L. Lo is spending some time away from the facility, she has pledged to spend more time in rehab to make sure she gets all better. And by the looks of these photos, Lindsay appears to be gettin' real healthy, real fast:
Photo credit: X17
I love it! She looks so normal. While I may have my doubts about Paris's jailhouse rehabilitation I have higher hopes for Lindsay. You gotta admit, she really appears to be taking her stint in rehab seriously. Keep on keepin' on, Linds! [Source]
Newly single Alanis Morissette spent part of her weekend partying with Matthew McConaughey, Matthew's new chick Whatsherface and Woody Harrelson ... and while I'm glad to see that Alanis isn't letting her break-up with Ryan Reynolds keep her down, I'm not sure how I feel about Matthew McConaughey sniffing around her:
I heart Alanis and I want her to be happy ... I just hope that playboys Matthew and Woody are just friends and that she doesn't go gettin' involved with either of them. They are just another jaded, angry girl album waiting to happen. [Source, thanks Eduardo]
Here are a couple pictures of George Clooney showin' off his hot bod on his little speedboat as he vacations at his villa at Lake Como, Italy:
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Guess who's bringing SaggyBack. [Source]
Nikki Blonsky, from the new movie Hairspray, and the Jersey Boys (Steve Gouveia, John Hickman, Jarrod Spector and Jeremy Kushnier) were all on hand to take part in the San Francisco Pride events that took place last weekend ... here are a few pics:
The Jersey Boys took part in the Pride Parade and Nikki performed a couple of songs from Hairspray. The NYC Pride Parade didn't get anyone this cool ... and Broadway is in NYC. [Source]
Here are a few pics from Kelly Clarkson's performances on ABC's Good Morning America and CBS's The Early Show yesterday in celebration of the release of her new album My December:
Photo credit: Splash News
I've been listening to My December for the past couple of days and while it hasn't grabbed me like Breakaway has, I must admit that I quite like it. You gotta give Kelly props for standing up for what she's believes in despite all the drama she's gotten from her record company. I would hope that she could be rewarded for her integrity but I fear she's in the wrong business for that to happen. [Source]
And finally, here are a couple pictures from the Sinead O'Connor album signing that took place in NYC yesterday as she promoted the release of her new album Theology:
Photo credit: Splash News
Sinead's new album has a markedly Christian feel to it, which may turn off some long time fans. But, as a long time fan myself, I love Sinead's voice so much that I don't care what she's singing about. I'm just glad that she keeps releasing new music. [Source]
- Peace the Spork Out goes to Liz Claiborne, the illustrious fashion designer died yesterday at the age of 78.
- Rosie O'Donnell tries to explain away the photo of her daughter wearing bullets.
- Bon Jovi beats the White Stripes to the top of the Billboard Top 200 Album chart with their first #1 debut in almost 20 years.
- Tom Sizemore has his prison sentence reduced to 4 1/2 months.
- Takeru Kobayashi, the hot dog eating champ of the universe, has been diagnosed with Arthritic Jaw.
- The WWE has released 5 text messages sent by Chris Benoit in an attempt to curb speculation that his murder-suicide was due to steroid abuse.
- All-American Rejects begin work on their next album.
- The NJ Superintendent makes a public apology for the censoring of a gay kiss in a high school yearbook; calls the incident a "homophobic moment".
- THIS is what I call double-fisting.
- Hilary Duff does Shape magazine.
- The Olsen Twins spend a night out being the Olsen twins.
- LA County Sheriff Lee Baca is still feelin' the heat from his Paris Hilton early release faux pas.
- Tobey Maguire is 32, Lorrie Morgan is 48 and Vera Wang is 58 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Siouxsie Sioux's solo album, Mantaray, will be released on Sept. 10, 2007. Click HERE for the album's full tracklisting.
- Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan readies a new solo album himself, titled Hourglass.
- The Mozzer gets sick, quits show.
- Carrie Underwood and Kevin Eubanks are PETA's Sexiest Vegetarians.
The long flight home was uneventful ... but watching TV on Jet Blue is kinda like watching TV at home except I'm not allowed to sprawl out and the naps are never as enjoyable. But I'm home again!
Tonight, Tom and I are going to a Transformers pre-premiere event before we make our way to the LA Film Festival screening of Once More With Feeling, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode:
I've seen the ep many, many times but never in a public sing-a-long setting like this ... so I'm very excited! Hopefully I'll have fun pics to share tomorrow!
Okie ... I have stuff to take care of so ... I guess that is all. I'm out.