Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Mall Rats

You know, I figured it would only be a matter of time until the tabloids started openly attacking Britney Spears by way of her children. Whether or not the negative reports on her mothering skills are true or not (and sadly, they very well could be) isn't even the point ... I just knew the time would come when Sean Preston and Jayden James would be splashed across magazine covers with some incendiary headline ... like "Help Us!" ... and it appears that time has come. US Weekly and Life & Style magazine are releasing competing cover stories on Britney's alleged poor mothering skills -- you will note that each issue has similar pictures of the boys, each uses the word "help" in the headline and each alleges that the boys are in "danger" -- the magazine stories look so similar you'd think the same person might've spilled to both magazines (ahem, Shannon Funk -- ex-assistant/nanny perhaps?):

From US Weekly: Britney Spears has publicly battled with her mother and ex-husband Kevin Federline (their divorce became final on July 30), but the latest crisis in the singer's life involves her children, Sean Preston, 22 months, and Jayden, 11 months. Sources tell Us Weekly that Spears' friends and family have become concerned about the pop star's mothering skills. Case in point: The tooth fairy may be making early visits to 22-month-old Sean. "He's having dental problems because Britney just shoves a bottle of juice in his mouth all the time to stop him from crying," a family insider tells Us. Another source says that, in April, Spears "asked an L.A. dentist if he would whiten her kid's teeth!" The dentist refused. The bizarre behavior doesn't stop there. Spears and her kids became high-end squatters July 22, when they toured -- then took over for several hours -- a Pacific Palisades home, on the market for $6.5 million. Upon arrival, her bodyguard removed the FOR SALE sign, then went to her Beverly Hills home to fetch some of their belongings. The result was a home seller's nightmare, with Spears and her kids trashing the house before money exchanged hands. "She ate tacos on the bedroom floor!" a source says of the home. "She got crumbs and grease everywhere. She let her babies and her dog roam the floor. She left the bed a mess -- I don't know what's wrong with her.”

From Life & Style: After a trip to the Jacuzzi at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel on July 26, Britney Spears expected to enjoy her relaxation. Instead, she found herself in another near disaster involving her babies. Her bodyguard, Julio "JC" Camera -- who was carrying 22-month-old Sean Preston -- got into a fight with photographers, one of whom bumped into JC and Sean. The terrified baby started crying and JC handed him to Brit before throwing the lensman to the ground and "punching him in the face," according to the police report. Jayden James, 10 months, was with another bodyguard and witnessed the violence, but neither he nor Sean Preston was injured. Still, notes a Brit insider, Sean was shaken. The trip caused controversy, because Brit, claims an insider, apparently violated her custody agreement with ex Kevin Federline by taking the kids out of LA without his permission. Kevin was horrified by what happened, says the Britney insider. On July 30, Kev and Britney finalized their divorce and extended their 50-50 custody agreement. But insiders say Kevin, 29, will fight for sole custody, and Brit's lawyer notes, "Both of them would prefer to have more custody, and that can be worked out down the line." But if Brit continues her bizarre behavior, she could lose the children to Kevin forever.

Only the US Weekly story has any new information to report ... and I gotta admit, as shocking as the tooth whitening claim is, I can honestly believe it. Something just smells believable about the claim. You gotta wonder who the "family insider" is that leaked these details. I'm sure there were a select few folks allowed inside with Britney as she toured her potential new home and yet the tacos on the floor thing got out. Blah, in the end the whole situation sounds really sad ... even if these reports aren't 100% true you've gotta wonder what parts are true ... cuz you know there has to be a gain of truth in there somewhere. I just don't even know what to say anymore ... I want to believe the best of Britney ... but I don't know what to base that hope on anymore. [Source, Source]

Last night American Eagle Outfitters hosted a premiere screening event of their new short film series titled It's A Mall World at the Arc Light theater here in LA. The series is made up of 13 short film vignettes that will air with the new season of The Real World: Australia on MTV (which debuts in a couple of weeks) and then can be seen at It's A Mall World was produced by Russ Cundiff, written by Adam Green and directed by Milo Ventimiglia. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News & Wireimage

The series stars Dianna Agron, Amanda Loncar, Sam Huntington and others and follows a group of kids who work at a mall together ... and all the fun that comes along with it. Many of Milo's Heroes co-stars were in the hiz last night to show their support for his directorial debut ... and I, too, was *extremely* fortunate enough to attend last night's screening, so I brought long Mike and Darion with me. We were shown 9 of the 13 episodes which were all very cute, very funny. We'll be able to see them all as they debut with new eps of The Real World this season. The premiere and after party were sooo sick! Much more on that at the end of today's post. [Source, Source]

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony continue to peddle their new destined-for-the-dollar-theater masterpiece El Cantante as they hosted another premiere for the movie last night at the Director's Guild of America Theatre here in LA. Here are some pics from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News

Hmm ... well, this premiere was kinda light on celeb guests -- I think Eva Longoria was the only person of note there besides J. Lo and Marc -- but I'm sure it's a very good movie nonetheless. Oh, who am I kidding ... I don't know that El Cantante will be as horrrrible as I Know Who Killed Me but I'm not taking any chances. I fell for Gigli the first time ... I'm gonna play it smart this time and not even bother :) [Source]

So the big news yesterday evening was the announcement by ABC that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden confirmed to Diane Sawyer that Nicole is 4 months pregnant and that they will be parents together. Today there aren't really any new details that weren't reported yesterday but I'm sure there'll be a few more tidbits when Nicole's interview begins airing on tomorrow's Good Morning America:

After much speculation, celebrity socialite Nicole Richie has finally confirmed she is pregnant by her boyfriend, singer Joel Madden of the rock band Good Charlotte. "We are. I'm almost four months," said Richie, 25, in an interview with American host Diane Sawyer. The waif-like daughter of singer Lionel Richie pleaded guilty on Friday to driving under the influence of drugs and was sentenced to four days in jail. She has been ordered to serve her time by the end of September and put on three years probation. "I have a responsibility and it's something that I did wrong, and if I could personally apologise to every single person that has lost a loved one from drunk driving I would," Richie said. "Unfortunately I can't, but this is my way of paying my dues and taking responsibility and being an adult." Because of a 2003 DUI conviction, Richie had faced a mandatory sentence of up to a year in jail if found guilty in a trial but instead submitted her plea. Yeah, by and large this is the same info we got yesterday but I didn't know that Nicole faced 3 years in jail if she had been found guilty at trial. No wonder she decided to plea her way down to a 4-day sentence. It sounds like she is really remorseful of her actions and, especially now, understands the dangers of drunk driving. Hopefully she (and ultimately Paris Hilton) will serve as a reminder that drunk driving isn't worth the risk of going to jail ... or worse. [Source]

While all the news about Nic/Joel and their new baby was spreading across the InterWeb yesterday evening, Hilary Duff was bizzy performing at the Saddledome for her Dignity Tour in Calgary, Canada. Here are a few pictures of Hilary shakin' what her mama gave her on stage last night:

All's I got to say is ... Wow. She looks great in that outfit. While I doubt that Hilary will be sending baby gifts to her ex-boyfriend and his new babymama, I'm sure she's happy for them nonetheless. [Source]

Here are a few really cute pictures of Katie and Suri Holmes-Cruise out for a little stroll in Berlin, Germany yesterday afternoon. The ladies decided to spend the afternoon together while hubby/daddy Tom Cruise was bizzy working on his new movie Valkyrie:

Photo credit: Celebrity Babylon

By the looks of it, Suri sure got pooped out pretty fast ... but damn, with the way that Katie is making the poor little thing walk all over the place on her own little two feet, it's no wonder the little lamb passed the eff out. All kidding aside .. I must reiterate that that baby-like creature is cute as hell. [Source]

Yikes! What the hell happened to Courtney Love? I know that she has been talking about losing weight ... but by the looks of these pictures, she might've taken things a bit too far:

Photo credit: Splash News

Gah! She looks like both SkeletwinsTM in one! Someone needs to tell her that the "scary skinny" trend was over a couple of years ago ... if she really wants to keep up with the Hollywood "It" Girls she's gonna need to, instead, go to either rehab or jail. [Source]

Since Pete Doherty screwed up things royally with Kate Moss (most probably for good this time) he's been talking shit about their relationship left and right -- even claiming that he's the one who dumped her ... and he bleached his hair. Natch. Something tells me that Kate as *finally* wised her ass up and that PeteMoss might really be dunzo for good this time:

PETE DOHERTY yesterday revealed his strife-torn romance with KATE MOSS "became like the Vietnam war". The junkie rocker, who has dyed his hair peroxide blond, said: "I was always dodging bullets. The last six weeks of our relationship were bad. We had one massive bust-up and it carried on from there." Pete, 28, spoke to The Sun to set the record straight about last month’s split with 33-year-old Kate. He denied he had begged the supermodel to take him back, saying: "I left HER." He added: "Why would I beg to have her back? Why would she come back? She hasn't spoken to me" ... Talking about the causes of his split from Kate, Pete denied he had two-timed her. He said: "Obviously there has been the stuff about me cheating but that was after a bad period of arguments. I didn't cheat on her. In the past when we talked about what would happen if she caught me cheating, I'd say, 'I bet you'd chop my bits off.' But she'd say, 'No, I'd never speak to you again' -- like my dad doesn't -- as she knows that would hurt me. That's what she's done." Pete also denied spilling the pair's sex secrets. He said: "I would never talk about Kate in bed." He is now trying to figure how to pay off debts of £180,000 now he is no longer with the mega-rich model ... Meanwhile Kate has been going out with pals including actor Rhys Ifans. They were seen laughing at a pub in Kingston, South West London. And a 20-strong group is flying out with the model to a villa in Marbella, Spain. A source said: "She's going with one intention — to have a wild, messy party and forget about Pete." Kate has also been having Turkish baths to "cleanse" herself of Pete's grubby influence on her life. I don't know that all the water in Turkey would be able to cleanse Kate of Pete's grubbiness but good on her for trying. Truth be told, I never thought these two would break up ... I figured they'd be together until death. I suppose the bright spot in this messy breakup is that no one had to die (Pete) for them to be dunzo. [Source]

Newlyweds Jodie Sweetin (of Full House fame) and Cody Herpin (which strikes me as a very unfortunate last name) showcased their lurve for one another at Area nightclub earlier this week:

Nothing says marital bliss like a good old fashioned lap dance with your spouse. This should ensure at least 3 months of happily ever after. [Source]

For no reason whatsoever, here are a few pictures of Jason Bateman (currently working with Will Smith in is new movie John Hancock) and his sister Justine Bateman (of Family Ties fame) making her way thru LAX airport:

Photo credit: Splash News

I don't know if Justine has got any new projects in the works these days but I'm really glad to see Jason is still a working actor. You gotta love a world that would give a Bateman another chance at success. There definitely should be more Batemanness in Hollywood these days. [Source]

Here are a few pics from a recent photoshoot with Brazilian model Pedro Andrade ...

... just so we can be reminded how lucky a dude Lance Bass is. [thanks Vanessa]

And speaking of Lucky ... Sarah Michelle Gellar is on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Lucky magazine:

I dunno why SMG is so washed out in that second pic but she still looks lovely. [Source]

And finally, High School Musical and Hairspray heartthrob Zac Efron is this month's Cosmo Girl:

Er, I meant to say is on the cover of this month's Cosmo Girl. Bona fide Cosmo Girls would never wear that much make-up foundation ;) [Source]

Les News:
So ... let me tell you about my amazingly fun night. I got the invite to last night's premiere of It's A Mall World a couple of weeks ago but because I wasn't sure when I'd be flying out to Detroit, I wasn't sure if I could make it. Once my travel plans were settled I determined that I could make it ... so I asked Darion and Mike to come with. I knew that we'd get to meet the dreamy Milo Ventimiglia at the event (and y'all know what a huge Heroes fan I am) so we were all pretty excited ... little did we know that we would get to hang out with some of the coolest celebs around! Not only did most of the cast of Heroes turn out to support their boy Milo but we got to meet Mercedes McNab (who played Harmony on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel), Natalie Maines (of the amazing Dixie Chicks), Johnny Whitworth (from one of my fave movies of all time Empire Records) and more!!! Here are a few pics of some of the folks we got to meet last night:

I shit you not ... every time we turned around one of us was squealing OMG! Look who it is!!! When I spotted Mercedes I nudged Darion and we proceeded to embarrass ourselves in front of her, accosting her for a cheesy picture. We had to apologize to her later for geeking all over her (but people, c'mon ... she is the only character in the Buffyverse who appeared in the pilot episode of Buffy, thruout the entire duration of both Buffy and Angel and all the way to the final ep of Angel). Fortunately for me she reads the blog so she knows I'm not, like, a psycho or anything ... I think. I am happy to report that she and her friend and co-star Joleigh Fioreavanti will be featured in the new movie Hatchet, which opens on September 7th. Darion and I both pinky-swore with Mercedes and Joleigh that we would see the movie together (Mike insists that pinky-swears are legally binding so we'll have to make good on our promise ... not that I would ever want to lie to Mercedes McNab!!!) I was thrilled to be able to personally thank Natalie Maines for all the nice things she said about Pink is the new Blog on the concert stage on at the end of the last Dixie Chicks tour. She was so amazingly sweet ... she also turned me on to Planet Unicorn, for which I will be forever grateful. But the coolest part of the night was getting to meet, talk to and hang out with Milo Ventimiglia. He has got to be the most genuine, down to Earth person I've ever met. His good friend Dino (who is now my good friend Dino) managed to pull Milo away from the throng of well-wishers who came out to support him so that we could say a brief hello ... what actually happened was that we all got along like old friends. It was really a thrill just to get to say hello to him ... finding out that he is as cool a guy as I hoped he'd be was just the coolest thing ever.

I also got to meet and hang out with some amazing Pink readers and friends last night:

Yeah, I can't say enough great things about how much fun we had together. Much love goes out to Russ for the amazing invite ... I don't know that I can ever thank you enough!!!

So yeah ... that was my amazing night :)

This afternoon, Jim and I are planning a sojourn to the beach ... before I come home and pack for Detroit. Hope y'all are having an amazing day! I'm out.

PS: Dino -- sorry about the 10:45 thing ... my snooze button is evil!

PPS: Click HERE to find out about the amazing Glen Hanson drawn Golden Girls t-shirt I wore last night that recieved lots of compliments.