Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Preggie Tales

Confirmed! Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have finally publicly confirmed that they are having a baby together. In an ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, scheduled to air on Thursday and Friday mornings' Good Morning America and then again on 20/20 on Friday night, Nic/Joel announce the news that she is, indeed, 4 months pregs with his baby:


In an exclusive television interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Nicole Richie confirms for the first time she is pregnant with Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden's baby. "Yes, I am. We are. I'm almost four months," Richie told Sawyer. Richie, who is the adopted daughter of musician Lionel Richie, is a favorite paparazzi target and subject of gossip magazines, which have speculated endlessly about her pregnancy, her weight, drug use and relationships with other celebrities. Richie was arrested on Dec. 12 on charges of driving under the influence, after she was allegedly spotted driving the wrong way down a highway in Burbank, Calif. The police said she admitted that she'd smoked marijuana and took the prescription painkiller Vicodin. Richie pleaded guilty last Friday, and was sentenced to four days in jail, which she has until Sept. 28 to serve ... "I have a responsibility and it's something that I did wrong, and if I could personally apologize to every single person that has lost a loved one from drunk driving I would," Richie says about her recent guilty plea. "And unfortunately, I can't, but this is my way of paying my dues and taking responsibility and being an adult." In light of all the negative news in Nicole's life right now (you know, with that whole jail thing she's got goin' on) it's nice that she has some happy news to share with the world. I can't imagine what she must be going thru right now, dealing with the prospect of serving a 4-day jail sentence while being pregs but I'm sure she's very much looking forward to getting the whole ugly ordeal over with so she can focus on her new baby. I guess I sorta saw this coming but hearing the official confirmation is a bit ... strange. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are going to be parents, y'all. Wow. Congrats all around :) [Source]

I Know Who Made A Really, Really Bad Movie

The day that I thought would never come, the day that I dreamed about for AGES, has finally come ... at long last, the absolute and total death of Spederline has come upon us. Yesterday morn, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's legal representatives met in court to finalize their divorce ... tho, the matter of child custody is still not totally decided upon. Truth be told in light of everything else going on in Britney's life, the moment isn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Here are pictures of Britney's no-nonsense lawyer Laura Wasser (who has no time to stop for photos) making her way into the courthouse yesterday, along with the Spederline signatures on the final divorce decree and a couple pics of Britney as a matrimonially free woman:


Photo credit: Splash News & INFdaily

Troubled star Britney Spears is officially single again after her divorce from Kevin Federline is finally complete. "They are divorced," the pop star's attorney, Laura Wasser, said Monday after a Superior Court hearing. "Everything is finalized." The former pop star gave him a peek at what he is missing by wearing a very revealing vest during her latest outing in Los Angeles. Court Commissioner Scott Gordon signed orders for dissolution of marriage, an alimony agreement and child custody. The financial agreement will not be made public unless there is an enforcement issue, Wasser said. The child custody order was tentatively sealed, pending an Aug. 14 hearing. "The best interests of the children could be harmed" if the arrangement were not sealed, Gordon said ... Wasser said: "I think she's okay with the terms. I think both of them would prefer to have more custody, and that can be worked out down the line." Since February, Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, have shared joint custody of their two sons, 22-month-old Sean Preston and 10-month-old Jayden James. However, a source tells Us magazine Federline may still fight for full custody of the children in light of Spears recent wild antics. An insider said: "[Federline's] attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan...has been watching and monitoring Britney's behavior very closely. There is a clause in the divorce so either parent can seek full custody and it is very possible that you will see Kaplan seeking full custody for Kevin as early as this week. The source continued: "Kevin is extremely concerned with Britney's erratic behavior and he needs to make sure his kids are protected. Britney has not met the benchmarks for sobriety that [were] outlined in the agreement." So, while Britney is free from K-Fed in a married sense she will still have the rest of her life to contend with him when it comes to their children. Blah. When I imagined Britney coming to her senses and getting rid of Kevin (something I started dreaming about around the time they started dating, actually) I hoped that Britney would be enjoying a booming career with a least a couple new hit albums under her belt. Even tho she's finally free of him now, she is a long way away from having a booming career. I suppose it's best that she take one step at a time ... I just hope they continue to be steps in the right direction. [Source, Source]

In other Spears-related news, Alli Sims (Britney's sometime personal assistant and supposed cousin) is stepping up her bid for fame. Last week we were teased that her new "official site" was "coming soon" and, at long last, it has finally gone live at AlliSims.com:


Um. No. A quick visit to her site reveals that she has high aspirations to be a singer (you can hear her singing the song On My Own from Les Miserables ... badly) and upon further inspection, you can learn more about this fascinating woman in her biography -- which beings: The first thing to know about me is that I'm a Southern girl through and through. That's right, y'all ... she's country just like her cousin Britney! If you want more, you're gonna have to check out the site for yourself. You have yourself a good ol' time at AlliSims.com, ya hear? [Source]

While Cousin Alli is hard at work trying to make a name for herself, Heroes phenom Hayden Panettiere is hard at work trying to fish something out from inside the backside of her jeans on the set of her show:


I really hope that she did just lose something in there ... cuz if she's diggin' in there like there's no tomorrow for some other reason ... well, I think it's prolly a good idea that she get that thing checked out by a medical professional. [Source]

In other hard at work news, here are new pictures of Kylie Minogue as she leaves the set of the Dr. Who Xmas special that she has been filming recently:


Photo credit: Splash News

She makes a sexy little maid, don't you think? I cannot wait to see how this Xmas special turns out. [Source]

Tyra Banks has returned from parts unknown, where she has been hard at work on her most favoritest project ever, to make a huge splash in New York City. Tyra has packed up her talk show and moved shop to the Big Apple and she wants everyone in Manhattan to know about it:


I know that NYC is capable of handling all kinds of fierceness but I'm not sure it's quite ready for Tyra's brand of fabooness. I just hope they can manage. [Source]

Elsewhere in NYC yesterday, Laura Bell, the star of the Broadway hit Legally Blonde: The Musical played the second of her 3 shows at Birdland nightclub where she performed tracks off her kickass Country music album Longing for a Place Already Gone. Here are a couple pics from last night's show:


Photo credit: Wireimage

Wee! I am so excited that she is doing these shows because I will be in NYC to catch her next (last?) solo performance at Birdland. While I love her in the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, I am very anxious to hear her sang the hell out of her really fun Country album. I know, I know ... I am not a Country music fan but her album is way fun. I have a few things to take care of in NYC later on this month and one of them is to catch Laura Bell's next Birdland show on August 20th. In other Laura Bell news, iTunes is giving away free downloads of the song Omigod You Guys HERE from her hit Broadway show Legally Blonde: The Musical. These free download deals usually only last a week so get it while you can. I love the whole Original Broadway Cast Recording but you can't say no to a free song. [Source]

What's this?! Could this be the first picture of Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon together in close proximity since news broke that they were dating and then not-dating? Does this mean that they are dating again? And how come they've managed to elude being photographed together in the past?


Photo credit: Flynet

This from TMZ: Hotties under the radar, elusive Reese Witherspoon and spandex man Jake Gyllenhaal, were caught in a rare moment outside Jake's Hollywood Hills home, where Reese picked up the hot piece. The highly unpublic duo wore his n' her sunglasses -- but could not escape the glare of a paparazzo who snapped them. The sexy duo then sped toward Reese's Brentwood home. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not my Jakey poo. Not again. Curses!!! A pox on you, Reese Witherspoon, and your ability to snag the hottest men in Hollywood with your feminine wiles!!!! [Source]

In less infuriating (yet more creepy) celeb couple news, here are a few pictures of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes gettin' all amorous at the dinner table as they dined with friends at a restaurant in Germany (where the couple have relocated to so that Tom could resume work on his new movie Valkyrie):


Photo credit: INFdaily

I don't know that I will *ever* understand these two. ICK. [Source]

You know that old adage about the couple that togas together? Well apparently, it holds true because things appear to be going very well for lovebirds Reichen Lehmkuhl and Ryan Barry. Here are a couple pics of Ry-Chen from a recent toga party in the Hamptons and then at the Out Lounge party at Splash nightclub in New York where the boys were snapped sippin' Evian all night long:


This *must* be the longest relationship that Reichen has ever been involved in ... er, if you overlook that little marriage he had with Amazing Race parter Chip which pretty much ended as soon as they won the million bucks -- or the who-knows-how-long clandestine romance with Lance Bass ... this love-affair with Ryan seems way more grounded. [Source, Source, thanks Pablo]

Additionally, things appear to be coming along very nicely between Lance Bass and Pedro Andrade ... well, I think. Actor Alan Cumming is the latest guest photographer featured on RoidRage.com and among his other Polaroid pics from the LifeBall in Vienna, Austria earlier this year are these 2 cute pics of Landro getting to know one another on a bus:


Photo credit: Roid Rage

Let's try and not notice that Lance appears to be wearing way too much make-up for his own good in these pics and just focus on the birth of their love for one another. RoidRage.com members can access all of Alan Cummings's Polaroid pics HERE. [Source]

Saturday Night Live cutie Andy Samberg paid a little visit to MTV's TRL yesterday to promote his new movie Hot Rod ...


Photo credit: Wireimage

... and while I have ZERO interest in seeing his terrrrrible-looking movie, I see no reason why we can't just enjoy these pictures anyways. I've already had my fill of horrrrible movies to last me a long time (I'll explain further at the end of today's post). [Source]

The patriarch of the TLC reality show Little People, Big World, one Matthew Roloff, was arrested for drunk driving last week and managed to keep it a secret until now. Here is Daddy Roloff's mugshot and an account of what went down:


Matthew Roloff, the father of the family featured on the reality television show "Little People, Big World" was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants on June 19. The Washington County Sheriff's Office released the information Monday. At about 11:53 p.m. on June 19, a Washington County Sheriff's deputy spotted a white 2005 Chevrolet van traveling west on Northwest Union Road near Northwest Cornelius Pass Road in an unincorporated area of Washington County, according to the sheriff's office. The van, driven by Roloff, 45, of Helvetia, Ore., was swerving. He was pulled over and failed the field sobriety test. Roloff refused a breath test and was taken to the Washington County Jail. He was cited for DUI, refusing the breath test, and failure to drive within the lane. After he was cited, Roloff was released. While this is only marginally interesting on a pop culture level (after all, who isn't getting arrested for drunk driving) I mention this because David's friends Diana and Ikon from San Diego came up for a visit a couple of months ago and got us all interested in watching this show. I don't know that I ever watched anything on TLC before so I was fascinated. We spent the night watching a marathon of the show while trying to find the Roloff kids' My Space profiles and taking the Which Roloff Kid Are You? personality test. Sigh. If nice folks like the Roloffs can succumb to the pressures of drunk driving than what hope is left for the rest of us? [Source, thanks Tierney]

Kiera Knightley is the new face of the Chanel fragrance Coco Mademoiselle and here is our first look at her ad campaign:


Smells like a winner to me! [Source]

Yesterday we saw one of David Beckham's ads for the new Motorola RAZR2 and today we get a few new ones too:


While I prefer my Becks wearing less clothing overall, I must admit that he looks pretty good in this suit. These ads are popping up all over LA and I'm sure the RAZR2 will be as well. [Source]

And finally ... here are a few more Lindsay Lohan for Jill Stuart ads that she looks very nice in ...


... because after seeing her new movie last night, I wanted to be able to say something positive about the poor girl today. [Source]

Les News:
I got to spend much of yesterday afternoon hanging out with Jim who has been out of town for almost 2 months. We had lunch at The Grove (where Jim picked up his very own iPhone -- woot!) and then made an unsuccessful trip to the Beverly Center. Incidentally, my new California driver's license came in the mail yesterday as well ... only a week after I passed the test. I spent much of the rest of the day reading a biography on Queen Elizabeth I (exciting, I know) and then got the crazy idea to go see Lindsay Lohan's new movie I Know Who Killed Me. The previews made it look like a good movie and I figured I'd check it out before it got pulled from the theaters. Yeah, I wish I had waited until it got pulled because as much as I hoped I would love it ... I gotta admit, it was exceedingly bad -- in a Just My Luck sort of way ... but worse:


Geeze, I don't even know where to begin. As bad as the acting was and as bad as the writing was ... I think I took issue with the fact that the premise was just awful. The movie tries to make you believe that Lindsay's character Aubrey escapes the hands of a serial killer except she insists that she is really a girl named Dakota. You're supposed to think she's crazy ... until they reveal the twist -- the girls are really stigmatic twins! No shit, that's the bull they're trying to feed people. It's kinda like Lindsay's breakout movie The Parent Trap but in a not good at all way. I must give Lindsay's character Dakota some bit of credit tho ... no matter how scary things got in the end, it was never too much for a one handed, one legged stigmatic twin girl to handle all by herself. Tho, if it wasn't for the last minute cameo by Woodsy Owl, the evil man's plot might've never had been foiled. If you find yourself blessed with not knowing what the hell I'm talking about because you haven't seen the movie, then count yourself among the lucky masses.

I will be contacting my lawyer so that I can sue for my money back. Man, I really wanted the movie to be good so that there'd be some light in Lindsay's dark life right now ... sadly, it sucks hardcore. Her father, Michael Lohan, even told In Touch Weekly that he ain't even gonna go see it -- and he's trying to get close enough to her so that he can touch her money again!

Ah well ... at least I went.

Tonight I'm meeting up with Mike and Darion for a thing which, I'm hoping, will be infinitely more fun! I'll have the deets tomorrow. And that is all ... I'm out.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Home Is Where The <3 Is

Britney Spears spent the day doing a bit of shopping, antiquing actually ... but when night began to descend on tinsel town she opted to go undercover in order to avoid notice from the adoring public. Taking a page from the hugely successful playbook of the King of Pop himself, Britters thought it would be a great idea to mask her face as she tooled around in her car:


Photo credit: Flynet

Hey, these days ... I'm all for Britney Spears covering up as much as possible because, when left to her own devices, she tends to get a little carried away with all the not-covering-up ... [Source]

... take, for example, this candid shot of Britney posing with a dancer (I think) backstage in NYC this past February back when she was in a, ahem, cheeky mood:


Click above to see the uncensored, semi-NSFW image

Words fail. Tho, I might suggest that one might take care to make sure that one's butt cheeks aren't quite so ashy when baring them for the cameras. Could no one spare a dollop of lotion for the poor man? [Source]

OH ... and just as a minor note, Spederline are finally officially DUNZO! R.I.P.

Stardust, the new movie starring Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer (among others) that is based on the book by Neil Gaiman, had its Hollywood premiere yesterday at the Paramount Studios lot here in LA. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

I cannot express how thrilled I am that, 1.) this movie got made in the first place, 2.) that so many great actors were cast in the film and 3.) more people will become familiar with Neil Gaiman's work. I've mentioned Neil on the blog many times before and must reiterate that he is among my favorite authors. I've read everything that he's published (and a few that remain unpublished) and have never been disappointed. I feel compelled to urge y'all to read Stardust before checking it out in theaters when it comes out on August 10th. The book has already been published in regular paperback format (with a new cover to go along with the movie) but *I* would suggest picking up the illustrated version of the book, which lends itself nicely to the story. I hope that hordes of people run out to see Stardust because if this movie is successful then I'm sure Hollywood will start beating down Neil's door to make more of his books into movies. As if the fact that Neil is one of Tori Amos's best friends wasn't proof enough, check out his blog HERE to get a feel for just how cool the man is. [Source]

After 46 preview shows and 5,464 regular performances spanning the course of 13 years, Walt Disney's first crack at transforming one of their animated tales into a Broadway musical has ended its run. Beauty and the Beast took its last bow at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in NYC last night, bringing down the curtain for one last time on the Tale as old as Time. Here is a pic from the show's final curtain call:


After a 13-year run, the first Disney musical to arrive on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, play[ed] its final performance July 29. The closure will allow the latest Disney offering, The Little Mermaid, to make its home at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this fall ... In a previous statement, Disney Theatrical producer Thomas Schumacher said, "For many theatergoers, Beauty and the Beast has been their first introduction to the magic of Broadway musicals. That's a wonderful legacy for all of us at Disney Theatrical Productions, and we're so proud of the show's record-breaking run on Broadway, throughout the country and around the world. Though the Broadway production is coming to a close, through our relationship with Music Theatre International (MTI), Beauty and the Beast will continue to live on in regional and high school productions around the world." Composer Alan Menken added, "Beauty and the Beast has meant so much to me, both in remembering the joy of creating the animated film and seeing how audiences have embraced it on Broadway for all of these years. I have had the pleasure of watching so many diverse and talented performers sing these roles in the past 13 years. While it saddens me to say goodbye to Beauty and the Beast, I am excited to watch The Little Mermaid take shape as a Broadway musical, and to be a part of its exciting journey to the stage." Beauty and the Beast, the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history, is "the classic love story of Belle, a young woman in a small, provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped in a spell placed on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken and he will be transformed back to his former self. But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity." Donny Osmond joined the cast as Gaston for the final performances, trying to instill a bit of big name recognition to help send off the show on a high. Beauty and the Beast holds a special place in my heart because it is something that I share with my very good friend Sherri -- which is a story too long and complicated to get into. David and I got to see the show one last time a few months ago (it was the first Broadway show he saw as a child) and, altho there was some nostalgia, we both agreed that it was time for the show to end. Soon, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will be welcoming the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid -- which I'm sure will be chock full of stage magic ... but, in the meantime, I'll be pouring one out for the classic (if, by today's Broadway standards, cheesy) Beauty and the Beast. [Source]

The Home Depot Center, home of the LA Galaxy, played host to Family Day for the Galaxy players and, natch, David Beckham (injury and all) and his entire brood came out for the event. Her are a bunch of cute pics of Becks, Vicki B. and their sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz enjoying the fun California sun yesterday afternoon:


Photo credit: Splash News and Big Pictures

Yes, thus far it appears that all the Beckhams are fitting in nicely here in the US. They strike me as a very happy, very unified family. That DADDY 23 jersey that Brooklyn is wearing is so precious, I could puke on my shoes. School will be starting soon for the Beckham lads, so it won't be long before Vicki B. will be hauling the kids to school ... hopefully by then, Becks will be bizzy, you know, actually playing soccer with his team. [Source]

One last bit of Becksness ... here is a new promo shot of David Beckham wearing the new Motorola RAZR2 on a chain around his neck:


What better way for Motorola to not only compete with the iPhone but to introduce the next generation of their hugely successful RAZR mobile phone ... by using David Beckham's half-nekkid bod. Yeah, I'll take two. [Source]

Vanessa Carlton, who has been on hiatus for a bit, is back with a new album on the horizon and a new single, Nolita Fairytale, on the radio. Here are a few pics from the set of her new music video:


Photo credit: Splash News

Erik and I were huge fans of her previous work ... to the point that he can expertly mimic the entire dance routine from her video for White Houses (please don't tell him I told you) ... that I know I count myself among those who are anxious to hear what her new material sounds like. Vanessa played a one night showcase concert here in LA last week and managed to get Stevie Nicks to come out and sing a duet with her. That's pretty hot. I'm not sure when exactly her new album is set to drop but I'm gonna be keepin' my eye out for it. [Source]

Speaking of new material, Kelly Osbourne has got herself a whole new bag these days ... er, or should I say a whole new body. Here are fairly shocking and heavily Photoshopped promo pictures of Kelly all dolled for her upcoming stint in the West End production of Chicago The Musical:


Her mother famously spent a fortune on surgery to get a body a woman in her 50s would die for. Now Sharon Osbourne's daughter Kelly also looks to be half the girl she used to be - though at least she has the airbrush rather than the knife to thank. This image of Kelly, 22, was released yesterday to publicise her new role as Mama Morton in the West End show Chicago. However, it raised eyebrows among those who have seen her in the flesh recently. Put bluntly - as proven in these recent paparazzi shots of Kelly taken in New York - there a lot more flesh in real life than appears in these size zero publicity shots. James Facey, an airbrushing expert with 25 years of experience, said: "This a really extreme case of retouching. The paparazzi shot was taken of her seven weeks ago. It would be impossible to lose so much weight in so little time." Mr Facey, who has won UK Commercial Photographer of the Year, went on: "This looks like a combination of a very tightly fitting corset and an extensive amount of photoshop. You can tell from the thickness of her upper arms alone that everything has been shrunk. In cases like this, to make things easier for the photoshop artists, a body double is even used and the person's head is placed on top. But if this is her body, then it has been stretched and thinned and there has been a large amount of retouching around the waist and arms. On her face, she has had the least amount of work done - mostly just make-up and lighting. She is also probably wearing a wig ... "I would say the only part of this that is really Kelly is her bust area. She has never looked this good, ever. She looks to be a size eight in the PR shots. No basque can do that amount of work. Perhaps she was wearing a size ten basque and had that shrunk using photoshop." Miss Osbourne will join the cast at the Cambridge Theatre on 10 September in what will be her first professional theatrical role. Yeah, well, all Photoshopping aside, I think Kelly looks great. I suppose if Ashlee Simpson can handle a stint on the West End stage then it shouldn't be too terrible for Kelly. [Source]

Pete Doherty appears to still be taking his drug rehab seriously ... here is a pic of Pete showing off a patch that has been applied to his stomach:


Photo credit: Big Pictures

I honestly doubt that this is a nicotine patch (otherwise, he'd prolly be sucking on it) so either he got knifed in the gut or he's trying to ween himself off something else. I was unaware that they made heroin patches. [Source]

UPDATE: Pink reader Hannah informs me that THIS is what is going on with Pete's patch.

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, always happy to court controversy, are featured in an episode of The Simple Life wearing blackface. Anything to get people to watch their show, I suppose:


The blonde hotel heiress was transformed into a black woman for an episode of the Fox drama The Simple Life Goes To Camp. It was a similar transformation for co-star Nicole Richie. Her makeover followed a court appearance on Friday for driving while under the influence of drugs ... Appearing alongside the "celebutantes" in the latest episode of the drama camp is award-winning actress Sally Kirkland. Um ... what else is there to say? Oh yeah, The Simple Life has been canceled. [Source]

While Lindsay Lohan lies low somewhere here in LA as she awaits her next court date for her latest DUI arrest, Jill Stuart has released a few new promo pics from their Fall ad campaign that feature the troubled Hollywood "It" Girl ... and here they are:


Nothing sells expensive watches like a spokes model who gets hauled off to jail for drunk driving, I guess. [Source]

In other Lindsay news, she is featured on the cover of the new issue of POP magazine:


If there are any other companies out there with images of Lindsay that they are planning to use, I'd suggest releasing them now ... once she gets locked away behind bars I think her stock is going to take a bit of a dip. [Source]

FHM has teased in their new issue that Hayden Panettiere is going to be featured in their next issue:


Hopefully she'll be mostly clothed. Call me a prude, but I just want to keep as much innocence among the Hollywood "It" Girl as possible these days. Hayden, I'm counting on you. [Source]

And finally, my dear Adriana has released her latest comic feature for gURL.com:


I love her comics! Click HERE to read her latest one but make sure you check out all of her previous comic as well. The one about her period is really fun! [Source]

Les News:
Yesterday afternoon I met up with Kirsten, Darion and Mike for dinner at Rambutan in Silver Lake as a sort of send off dinner since Kirsten is leaving for OZ in a couple of days. The four of us have gotten pretty close these last few weeks and we wanted to get together one last time before Kiki heads off to Melbourne, Mike heads off to Las Vegas and I head off to Detroit (Darion will stay here in LA holding down the fort). We pretty much ate our faces off ... and then made our way to Home in Los Feliz for dessert:


People, LA has got some great food joints, let me tell you. We had a very nice night just hanging out together (despite the attack of the Crack).

Upon arriving at my apartment building I was shocked to discover that Jim returned home from his travels! It seems like he's been gone forever but at long last he is home. We're planning on a lunch and shopping excursion this afternoon.

I hope this is a Happy Monday for all y'all. I am out.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

"All Is Well"

Well, I have good news for the Britney Spears faithful and I have bad news. First, the good news ... Britney is continuing work on her new music video for the as-of-yet unknown first single from her new album -- having taken a bit of a break since she began shooting scenes for the video last week (which, you recall, led to a semi-disastrous expose in this week's OK! magazine) -- which means that she is still moving forward full-steam ahead with her much anticipated music comeback. The bad news is that this is how her work is commencing ... here are pictures from the set of Britney's new music video:


Now, I love the girl to death, prolly more than most people do, but I am SO not impressed with the whole stripper vibe she's got going on here. Isn't it bad enough that she has to contend with all the negative reports on her life without her having to stoop to portraying herself in this manner just for a music video? This is the image that she wants the world (including Child Protective Services) to see of her? It's not even that sexy. It seems clear that Lindsay Lohan's new movie, I Know Who Killed Me wherein she plays a stripper, is set to bomb at the box office this weekend so I don't know that it's wise for Britney to be emulating her right now. I'm sorry, while I'm glad that she's moving ahead with her career comeback I think it's a bad idea to take it down this path. [Source, thanks JR]

In other Britney news, she has been spotted in the company of a new gentleman caller who doesn't appear to be in the bodyguarding business. Here are pictures of Brit Brit and her new dude as they made their way into a place called Club One in Hollywood, CA last night:


Photo credit: X17

Eh, she's done worse in the dude department ... but I don't know that she's done much worse in the dress department. Fringe? Is she serious? Well, at least there don't seem to be any discernable stains on the damn thing so ... that's a plus. [Source]

Blah. My fingernail grip on my lurve for Britters feels like it's slipping away.

Let's move on ... Paris Hilton is apparently hard at work on a video of her own, tho it's unclear if it's a music video that she's working on. Here are pics of a gussied up Paris (carrying around her newest dog acquisition) making her grand exit from David LaChapelle's studio yesterday afternoon:


Photo credit: Splash News

Maybe it's a video for charity that she's working on or something ... cuz she's in such a charity-way these days ... [Source]

... take for example her latest collabo with the trendy West Hollywood boutique Kitson. Paris is set to launch her new clothing line and for the mere price of $1,00. you can jump to the front of the line to not only meet Miss Hilton but to have her personally style you as well:


The ad clearly states that a percentage of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Children's Hospital ... and, truth be told, I must confess that I am a wee bit impressed that she's at least doing this much. I will happily give her props for whatever charitable contributions she engages in because something (no matter how small) is better than nothing. [Source]

David Beckham spent another soccer game sitting on the bench as he watched the LA Galaxy get beaten by team Chivas in SuperLiga play yesterday afternoon. Apparently Becks's ankle is still giving him problems because, altho he dressed up in his team warm-up uniform, he didn't play at all in the game:


Photo credit: Splash News

Playing in front of drum-pounding, horn-blowing fans that made it seem like a home game, Chivas became the first Mexican team to win a SuperLiga tournament game. Francisco Rodriguez and Omar Bravo scored to give Chivas a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy with David Beckham watching from the sideline Saturday night. "We've always felt very much at home in Los Angeles and we've always been welcomed very warmly," Chivas coach Jose De La Torre said in Spanish. The victory moved Mexico's most popular club team into first place in Group A with four points and dropped the Galaxy to second place with three ... The Galaxy (1-1-0) will play at FC Dallas (0-0-2) on Tuesday, seeking to clinch a semifinal berth. Beckham's status for that game is questionable. Chivas (1-0-1) will play Pachuca (0-1-1) in Colorado. Beckham joined his teammates on the bus to the Los Angeles Coliseum. But the only action he saw came in the 23rd minute, when he got off the bench and lightly kicked an out-of-bounds ball back onto the field. He has been limited because of a left ankle injury that has caused him to miss two consecutive games, including the Galaxy's 2-1 victory over Pachuca in its SuperLiga opener Tuesday. Beckham watched that win from a private suite with family members. "He definitely wanted to come to the game and be on the bench," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said. Afterward, Beckham was accompanied by security as he walked past waiting reporters with his eyes forward. He has played just 16 minutes, including four minutes of stoppage time, in one game since joining the Galaxy on July 13. Beckham hasn't been able to train with the team since he arrived. "He wants to be on the field, he's frustrated, he wants to play and to a certain extent, he feels like he's letting people down," Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said. "But the closest he was going to get was on the bench. He was excited and animated. He wants this team to win and I think you saw that." Poor Becks. It must be insanely frustrating to come into a situation where the whole world is watching to see how well you fit in with your new team (and to see you in action up close and personal) and you find yourself relegated to the sidelines due to an injury. In the end, it's best if he rests up and heals himself instead of injuring himself further ... but I ain't gonna lie, I'm also anxious to see him take to the field to show us all just how good he is. The next Galaxy home game is well into August, I'm really hoping that he'll be in playing shape by then. [Source]

Sophie Ellis-Bextor was the guest performer at London's faboo G-A-Y nightclub last night ... here are a few pics from her performance:


I am *so* in love with her latest album Trip The Light Fantastic that I wish there was some way I might be able to see her life for myself some day. It's extremely frustrating for US fans of Britpop acts because we are totally cut off from them ... Boo! [Source]

Elsewhere in London, a diminutive man was spotted trying to make a clandestine exit from China White nightclub last night in the pouring rain ...


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... his handlers were instructed that not a single drop of rain was to touch his Purpleness or they would have to suffer the consequences. There were only two umbrellas on hand to ensure that the little man did not have to suffer the indignity of getting wet so the handlers had their hands full making sure he stayed completely dry. The female guests in attendance were left to their own devices, umbrella-less and abandoned, to try and make their way to the car without getting wet. LOL. [Source]

John Favreau and George Michael Robert Downey, Jr. made their way down to San Diego for the 2007 Comic Con event in order to unveil a few secrets from their upcoming movie adaptation of Iron Man ... here are a few pics:


Photo credit: Splash News

While the Iron Man suit unveiling and the Q&A looked/sounded interesting, the real draw, I think, was the extended trailer that was shown to the convention attendees. Click HERE to watch the semi-longish video presented at Comic Con yesterday afternoon. [Source]

Additionally, the official movie site for the Iron Man movie has gone live at IronManMovie.com:


Geeks, rejoice! 2008 looks like it's gonna be a doozy! [Source, Source]

In other comic-book to movie adaptation news, the folks at Marvel are going to give the Hulk another go at the big screen treatment. You may recall that Ang Lee valiantly tried to bring the big green man to the silver screen and failed miserably ... here is our first look at the new incarnation of Hulk who is bound for movie theaters next Summer:


Thankfully, he looks less like Shrek this time around. I'm bummed that Aussie hotness Eric Bana will not be playing the role of Dr. Bruce Banner this time around again but I suppose it makes sense to stay away from everything that had anything to do with the first movie. [Source]

And finally, it's time for the Hot Dude(s) of the Week ... this week we get not one but TWO hot dudes gettin' all rough and physical with one another in a friendly game of football. Let's say hello to Bryan and John:


Photo credit: All American Guys

Call me crazy, but I just love it when guys like Bryan and John decide to get all manly and play sports while wearing as little clothing as possible. All football should be played topless, don't you think? I know I'd be more willing to plunk down the bucks to go to more sporting events if this shirtless thing took off :) [Source]

Les News:
So, as soon as I finished blogging yesterday, I sat my butt down in my fave chair and vowed not to get up until I finished the rest of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While I still had a bit of the book to finish, I was enjoying myself so much that the time flew right by and I finally completed reading the series. I'm sure anyone who has read the book knows that I am going to say that I loved it entirely:


Now, I want to make sure that I don't spoil anything in the book for those of you who have yet to read it so I'm going to write out my short review below and those of you who want to read it will have to highlight the area with your cursor to see the text ... those of you who have yet to finish the book should get to readin' so that you can stop worrying about having the plot be ruined and finally know how the saga ends. Highlight the area below to read my thoughts on the book:

Alright ... overall, I felt that this book was the easiest to read. Because I had read all the previous books, I was able to be sucked into the story immediately and the pages just flew by as I ravenously tried to get to the end. I loved how JK Rowling kept throwing in little reminders and shoutouts to the previous books as the plotline for this book unfurled (I noticed this first as Harry kept pulling things out of his trunk that first appeared in earlier books ... this convention really continued thruout the rest of the book). I absolutely knew that Severus Snape would turn out to be a good guy in the end. As much as we were being led to believe that he had double-crossed Albus Dumbledore (by seemingly killing him in the last book), I knew that there would be a good explanation in the end. On this account, I was not surprised. I was very surprised that none of the Big 3 characters died at the end. I wasn't sure if Harry Potter was going to survive when I started the book but when so much was made about how he would have to die in order to defeat Voldemort then I knew that JK would explain a way for him to survive or come back from death in the end. That being said, I was sure either Hermoine or Ron was going to die at some point. I was also surprised (and quite liked) that we found out that Albus Dumbledore wasn't absolutely perfect. I loved that the man had flaws and that those flaws ended up helping Harry with his quest in the end. And in the end, I found the final defeat of Voldemort to be extremely anticlimactic. When I think back to the first really big battle between Harry and Voldemort in, I believe, Goblet of Fire and I compare it to the final battle in Deathly Hallows ... well, I think I expected more. It kinda was over just too quickly for me.

I dunno how I feel about the epilogue. I understand that JK Rowling had that final chapter written for years (way before she wrote this last book) and that she had a clear vision of how Harry Potter's story would end. It all just seemed so nicely wrapped up for me ... but I guess, like all fairytales, everyone does live happily everafter. I know that JK has said that she will revisit the world of Harry Potter in the future and I think I can envision a whole new series that follows Albus Severus Potter's tenure at Hogwart's ... tho, I think I'd prefer a series devoted to Lily Potter instead.


Again, I am just so impressed with the world that JK Rowling gave to us as readers ... I am very much looking forward to her next bout of literary genius. Additionally, Potter fans might want to pick up the new collector's issue of Entertainment Weekly ... there is a lot of Harry Potter info that fills in some blanks that might've been forgotten and provides a bunch of really interesting information (like, for example, the fact that JK Rowling is now richer than the Queen of England) as well.

Okay ... so after I finished reading last night, I met up with Mike for a great dinner at The Stinking Rose and then we made our way to Hot Dog for a fun night out. Unfortch, there wasn't hardly anything fun about hanging out at Hot Dog at all. It was too lame for words and hugely disappointing.

Tonight will be much better, I'm meeting up with Kirsten, Darion and Mike for dinner at Rambutan as a little send off since Kirsten is going back home to Australia for a couple of weeks. I hope y'all have been having a great weekend! I'm out.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

D'Oh-MG!

Hmmm ... what hasn't been said about the latest Hollywood "It" Girl to be sentenced to serve jail time that hasn't been covered already all day yesterday? Essentially, the facts are that Nicole Richie copped a plea that resulted in her being sentenced to serve 5 days in County or City jail (her choice) by September 28th (which actually turns out to be only 4 days since she got credit for 1 day already) for her second DUI offense in 4 years. There really ain't much to add but something about the severity of this development just makes me feel like I should at least mention it again ... I dunno, I've just spent so many years talking about the daily ins and outs of all the crazy celebs in Hollywood -- usually in a fun manner -- and now it seems like we've reached a point where all there is to talk about anymore is who's going to jail or rehab and what the causes are. At any rate, here is one of the courtroom sketches from Nicole's court hearing yesterday morning:


I can't help but feel the effects of this change in celebrity watching. Don't get me wrong, I know full well that celebs have been getting away with murder (as it were) for years without having to suffer the consequences and that all these DUI arrests and failed stints in rehab are nothing new at all. But with the emergence of the ever-present, unblinking eye of the Internet (via bloggers especially) there seems to be a sea change that makes all those clandestine crimes come to light in such a way that punishment has to come down on the once untouchable celebrity. I'm convinced that 10 years ago (maybe even 5 years ago) we would've never heard about all these DUI incidents that have occurred in the past year -- and surely there would've been no jail sentences. Now, we've got celebs going to jail left and right ... it's strange. No ... it's sad -- when the topic of conversation goes from poor fashion choices one day to legnths of jail sentences the next, there is obvs something wrong with the world. I wonder what the outcome of OJ Simpson's murder trial would've been if TMZ were around to disseminate every minutia of detail (EXCLUSIVE! OJ GET JUICED -- KATO KALIN SPILLS ALL TO TMZ) from day one? Yeah, pardon the pontification but I've just been thinking about how strange it is that both Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie (with Lindsay Lohan not far behind) have been sentenced to serve jail time when just a couple of years ago it seemed unfathomable to me that any of these ladies would ever be held accountable for anything. [Source]

In other courtroom drama, Dina Lohan brought along her elderly mother to court yesterday for the child custody and support hearing she is involved in with her estranged ex-hubby Michael Lohan. Something tells me that Grandma has been itchin' to get in on the action for some time now. What? Lindsay and Dina shouldn't be the only ones to get in on the fun:


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Regarding her troubled daughter, Dina was pretty conservative on the information she doled out to the reporters hounding her for details. All she would say is that Lindsay is "safe ... she is okay". But a family friend was more generous with the details saying that Lindsay is still in LA and that she hasn't lost any work due to her recent troubles. I really hope that Lindsay is getting the help she needs and that she really takes the time she has now to seriously consider where she wants her life to go ... August 24 is going to come really quickly and it might not be long after her next court date that she finds herself locked away behind bars. [Source]

In non-judicial, very undramatic news ... David Beckham was spotted feeding his coffee addiction at his favorite Coffee Bean coffee shop yesterday morning:


Yeah, I realize that these pictures aren't all that exciting ... but it's Becks and I'm still trying to level off my excitement that he is living here in LA now. Le sigh. [Source]

In slightly more interesting news, Lauren LC Conrad and Brody Jenner have been spending quite a lot of time together again these days ... here are pictures of BC as they made their way out together from the opening party for the newest LA hot spot Opera:


While I'm not entirely sure they've fully gotten back together, they really do look awfully friendly towards one another. It's always nice to hang on to your friends with benefits. I suppose all of this fraternizing that is going on between these two will make more sense when we get to see the upcoming new season of The Hills. [Source]

Lance Bass is in a celebratin' mood these days ... homie is happily marking the anniversary of his coming out of the closet -- which I love! Here is the full text of Lance's latest blog post on his My Space profile marking the occasion:


Happy Anniversary!!!!!....

TO ME!!!!!!!

So it was a year ago that I decided to let the world know who I really am... and I swear it has been the most amazing experience. Scary at times, but in the end the best thing I have ever done. I want to thank everyone that has been so supportive and showing that this world has and will continue to change in the right direction. With the election coming up, it is even more important that we stand up for what we believe in and be heard. Environment, war, civil rights, education ... the list goes on and on. I encourage everyone to learn more this year about ALL the issues that need attention. Some of you will actively be heard and support some issues, and others will just be educated -- in the end all that matters is we all are going to have a hand in changing this world for the better!

Also as an Anniversary gift for me ... think about doing this ...

If you are having trouble being yourself, and are scared to tell someone you are gay--- find that loyal friend, family member, or even hotline and tell someone. All it takes is to tell one person and the ball starts rolling. You will get great advice and be so much happier. Or, if you have always wanted to ask that family member or friend if they were gay... do it now ... in a very positive and private way, tell them it is ok and you will always be there no matter what. Sometimes its easier for someone to just flat out ask you. To build the courage to say it sometimes takes years.

It's 2007 people, there is no reason we should not be exactly who we want to be- sexual preference, profession, religion, etc. Just respect the fact that everyone is different and live your own lives the way you want! It's good to be alive and we can do and achieve anything we want!

So go do something positive, nice, fun, or just laugh ... it doesn’t affect just you ... it catches on!

Have a good one!! LB


What a great message for Lance to put out on this happy occasion. I'm sure there are many people that will laugh or poke fun at his post but I choose to celebrate his happiness and his sentiments. There is absolutely no good reason why everyone shouldn't enjoy the same happiness no matter who they are. Kudos to Lance for taking the time to make his thoughts on the matter public so that perhaps at least one person can take his advice and hopefully change their life for the better. Happy Anniversary, Lance! [Source]

Pretty much every person will geek-like tendencies is down in San Diego this weekend for the 2007 Comic Con going on right now. Each year, Comic Con highlights the upcoming projects in comics, TV, movies, toys, etc. in such grand fashion that it is not to be missed. That being said, I annually chose to skip out on the Con because the thought of having to tussle with the hordes of fanatics kinda doesn't sound very fun to me (plus, I've never been one to fancy dressing up in costume). But I'm sure that a great many people are having the times of their lives since more and more big name celebs (well, "big" might be stretching it a bit) are making their way to Comic Con to court the eager fan. Here are a few pics of some of the celebs who showed up to Comic Con already this year:


Honestly, if Christian Bale, Heath Ledger or Maggie Gyllenhaal had been added to the ticket this year, I might've gone down at least for one day. I am very anxious for any new information on their new movie The Dark Knight ... but, as I understand it, there really wasn't much offered on the movie at Comic Con this year. [Source]

In fact, all the new The Dark Knight info happened online yesterday instead. The ball got rolling at Comic Con but it exploded on the Interweb. One lucky person received an interesting dollar bill which led to a website (whysoserious.com) which led to a game, which led to the first teaser trailer for the new movie:


As soon as the site was discovered, rabid fans got to deciphering the clues which led to the final prize of the teaser trailer ...


... which you can watch in full here:


Er, you really can't see anything but at least we get to hear what Heath Ledger sounds like as The Joker and this far in advance of the movie's release, I'm quite happy with all the fun tidbits we've gotten on the movie so far. [Source, Source, Source, Source, thanks Rob]

In other comics-to-movies news, here are pictures of the car that Tony Stark aka Iron Man will be driving in the new Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow:


I also threw in a new poster of Iron Man that has been released at Comic Con this year. While this Audi might not be as sexy as, say, the Batmobile I wouldn't mind having one of my own :) [Source, Source]

Here is our first look at the new poster artwork for the new Tim Burton directed movie version of Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp:


As you may or may not know, Sweeney Todd tells the take of a serial killer barber who loves to murder his victims with a straight razor and who's girlfriend loves to turn the murdered bodies into meat pies -- which of course has been turned into a hit musical and will find new life as a big screen adaptation ... perfect for a new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collabo, I think. [Source]

And finally, it's time for this week's batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers -- Angi sends in a pic of her 15-year old son on the happy occasion that he got his driver's permit -- Dani sends in a pic taken by her BFF Grace from her 18th birthday party -- Meghan and Amy send in a pic with their pink mugs from their recent trip to El Salvador -- Halley and Rachael who have been living in Paris, France on an exchange program from the University of Washington send in a pic from their recent trip to the Dead Sea in Israel -- fellow Detroiter Amanda who is now living in Boston, MA sends in a cute pic of her puggle Jersey:


Congrats, love and thanks to you all for your fun pictures. As always, it is so much fun receiving all of these amazing pictures from all over the globe on a weekly basis. Altho I get so many and cannot possibly post them all, I do look at and save each and everyone of them for possible blog inclusion. A few industrious Pink readers have started posting their pictures in the comments on my My Space profile -- which I think is a great idea :) Thank you sooo much for taking the time to include PITNB in your fun activities :) XOXO

Les News:
I am SO CLOSE to finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and if it wasn't for my Friday night plans with Darion then I'd've surely finished it last night ... but I had to put the book down for a bit so that I could meet up with Darion and his friends Angela and Shelby for a night for food and movie merriment. First we went out for dinner at a place called Pueblo Viejo which wasn't all that great but was certainly passable (and, we suspect, is a haven for Scientologists ... but the less said on that matter, the better) and then we made our way to the Arc Light to see The Simpsons Movie. We got there a little early so we made our way to the bar to get sufficiently sauced before showtime (photos below). As we made our way to our theater we noticed that we were walking right behind Adam Brody and Benjamin McKenzie who were also going to see The Simpsons Movie as well (we ended up being about 3 rows in front of them):


And it is will EXTREME PLEASURE that I can report that The Simpsons Movie rocks balls! It is really, really great. All Simpsons fans can take heart that this movie will not fail to entertain. They whipped out every trick in the book to create a movie-going experience that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. The whole audience pretty much laughed out loud at every joke, one after the other for the duration of the movie. I really don't want to spoil any of the surprises but I will say that there were 3 very surprising things that happen or are shown in this movie that would never get shown on the TV show. I will never look at Bart Simpson the same ever again. The one thing missing from the movie was a cameo from Kang and Kodos, the aliens -- pretty much everyone else who ever showed up in Springfield is in the movie, why not those two? But honestly, as far as complaints go, this ain't nuthin' ... go see this movie and laugh your ass off. It's really that fun.

Here are a few pics that we took last night at the Arc Light bar:


Angela and Darion kinda get all creey-weird when they're together ... Shelby and I tried not to notice. I became the floating head in the group shot ... but really, it was only cuz I was trying to nuzzle up against Shelby and Darion. I had so much fun with Darion's friends that I hope to, one day, steal them away from him so that they'll be ALLL MINE!

Tonight Mike and I have plans to drive down to the Real OC for dinner and whathaveyou ... but not before I finish my book. So, I'm out.