Monday, August 13, 2007

Star Search

Yesterday we learned that Kevin Federline had his lawyers serve Alli Sims, Britney Spears's cousin (etc.), with legal papers forcing her to submit to a deposition in his case for primary physical custody of his two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Cousin Alli, who was partying with Britney at a private houseparty in LA Saturday night, was met by Aaron Cohen of IMS-Security as she exited the party and was served with the papers -- of course, the drama was caught on film:

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Apparently, Alli was so shocked that she refused to touch the paperwork (JR Rotem, her new music producer, tried to step in and intervene on her behalf) and then crumpled into a crying mess once she got in her car. Either the shock of the ambush was too much for her to handle or she is GRAVELY concerned that she has information that could be extremely damaging to her meal ticket cousin Britney. Kevin's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, gave the following statement to Extra: Kevin is very serious about the case he's filed. I can tell you that we believe she [Alli] has been around the environment where the kids are ... she's been around and witness to many things. The deposition subpoena requires her to be cross examined by me in front of the court reporter and that's just one step in preparing our case. Yikes! She was right to cry. [Source]

Yesterday afternoon, tho, Cousin Alli found it possible to compose herself as she bravely ventured out into the world and managed to bring out the smiles:

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Tho she remained absolutely silent when asked about the legal papers that she was served with the night before. Incidentally, TMZ is alleging that this latest move on K-Fed's part (to depose Alli and Britney) may not be all about custody after all ... that he may using these tactics to try and squeeze more money out of his ex-wife: Sources connected with the custody battle between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline tell TMZ $$$$ may really be at the heart of the tussle over the kids. As we first reported, K-Fed is going back to court asking for more custody of the kids. Federline just agreed to a 50/50 split. Then, he turned around almost immediately and filed papers asking for 70/30. So why such a sudden change of heart? It's puzzling that Kevin is suddenly alarmed, given that he's had absolutely no contact with Spears for almost three months. In fact, we're told she's begging him to communicate because of parenting issues but he won't play ball ... Alli Sims, Britney's cousin, was served over the weekend. Kevin's lawyer wants to take her deposition. Now here's what's telling. Federline's lawyer also wants to take Britney's depo, but a source connected with Alli says the deposition notice Britney received is all financial -- in other words, the references are all about money, not the kids ... Oh, and by the way: Kev's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, is asking that Britney pay his legal fees for the hearing and preparation -- and that they're in the six figures. Could this matter get any more gross? I think it would be an amazing idea if Brangelina just stepped in and adopted both Sean P. and Jayden James so that they don't have to be stuck in the middle of this stupid tug-o-war. [Source]

Anyways, before things got nasty with all this legal maneuvering on Saturday night, Brit Brit and Alli were going about their business as usual. The duo paid a little visit to a friendly neighborhood drug store and Pink reader Heather just so happened to be there as well. Here is her account:

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I had a Britney sighting in the Valley. I went to Studio City for dinner and picked up some dessert at Studio Yogurt. As we exited the parking lot, we saw a slew of paparazzi come out of nowhere and turn into the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd. Before we got inside the store, a girl said out loud "I hope she is buying condoms." We drove into the parking lot and saw Britney walk from a black Mercedes into the store. She was wearing the same black Dior big black sunglasses that she wore on this week's Us magazine, an oversized white shirt, denim cut offs and a cowboy hat. Her cousin was with her, yelling over the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi "Where are the candles?" The sales guy pointed out the candles to them and the manager came out yelling for all of the paparazzi to get out. Britney's big bodyguard was very protective of her and we watched the flash bulbs go off as she exited. She drove off in the same black Mercedes that she just crashed into another car, the other day. The store clerks were yelling for everyone to leave her alone. She looked terrible and bloated with pimples on her chin. OUCH! It seems that Britters was interested in more than just candles, she also picked up some new reading material as well (you can see the book in her hand in the photos above): Gearing up for what could prove to be a bruising custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, Britney Spears apparently sought some spiritual enrichment this weekend – by shopping. While the exercise is hardly unusual for Spears, her purchase was: a book. Also, not just any book, but a $12.95 Hallmark gift volume, 50 Truths Worth Knowing, which she picked up, along with some candles, at a drug store in Los Angeles, photos reveal. As the pictures show, Spears went shopping with her "cousin," Alli Sims. The pop star's outfit? Shades, a fedora and boots with the price tag still attached. "If you like 'food for thought' you'll enjoy a veritable feast in 50 Truths Worth Knowing," is how the 216-page hardcover (with ribbon bookmark) is described on the Hallmark Web site. "A collection of fifty true-life experiences, this uplifting and unforgettable book offers convincing proof that the most important truths are often revealed in simple and surprising ways." I am just so intrigued by what goes on inside Britney Spears's head. What sort of thought process allows her to behave in this manner? I guess it's a good thing that she's reading ... maybe if she stayed home and read more she'd keep herself out of trubs. [Source]

OY, let's move on ... the LA Galaxy took on the New England Revolution on Sunday night at Gillete Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and pretty much everyone in attendance was amped to watch David Beckham take to the field once again, since he managed to play for a bit in the game vs. DC United last Thursday night ... unfortch, for some unknown reason, Becks had other plans. Pink reader Cassandra was at the game and she sent in this report on what went down (or, rather, what didn't go down) in last night's game:

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After driving five hours to see the famed David Beckham play soccer, my friends and I were greatly disappointed when David did not warm up with the team, and didn't even walk out on the field until five minutes before the game's 7:00 start. After signing a few autographs (during the playing of the National Anthem), Beckham walked to the bench and continued to sit there throughout the first half of the game. From our seats directly behind the LA Galaxy's team area, I was surprised to see him sitting by himself on the team's bleachers. He rarely interacted with his teammates, even when a poor call was made against them. Everyone seemed to be riled up, except for him. As the second half started and soon trickled to within five minutes of the game's ending, it was pretty clear to everyone that Beckham had had no intention of playing in the game. I had watched last Thursday night's game, and because things had seemed to go so well, we had all assumed yesterday night would have been his first "big" game of the season. To say the least, I was greatly disappointed, although the highlight of the evening for me, came when David's bodyguard (who was dressed in a suit, which I'm sure was quite warm considering it was 75 degrees out!) was struck with the soccer ball while he stood guard outside the Galaxy's team area =) Boo. I know I'd be very upset if I drove a considerable way in the hopes of watching David Beckham play some portion of the soccer game only to see him sitting on the bench for the whole game. The good news is that Becks is finally interacting with the fans and is actually acknowledging them. Up to this point, Becks has shied away from giving out too many autographs so as not to draw attention away from his team mates ... it's nice that he's at least gotten over that tactic. Becks and the boys will be back home in LA at the Home Depot Center in a rematch against DC United on Wednesday night ... at this point, who knows if he'll be playing or not so I guess we'll have to cross our fingers and hope for the best. [Source]

Here are a couple cute pics of Angelina Jolie taking her eldest son Maddox Jolie-Pitt out for a shopping excursion at a Borders bookstore in Chicago, IL over the weekend:

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It looks like Maddox has gone back to rockin' the mohawk look these days. I love that Angelina, one of the richest women in the world, is happy to take her kids to the museum or the bookstore just like any good mother would. It's hard to imagine that Kathy and Rick Hilton spent a lot of time taking their kids to bookstores when they were little and ... well, I think you see where I'm going with this. More books for Hollywood kids may ensure a safer tomorrow :) [Source]

Jake Gyllenhaal spent part of his weekend hanging out with his good buddy Chris Fischer running in the Chilmark 5k Road Race in Chilmark, MA:

His Jakeyness finished the run at #42 while Chris finished at #38. While I miss the days last summer when Jake was squeezing his bits into those amazing lyrca bike shorts, I'm glad to know that he's still keeping his physical fitness in mind. [Source]

Speaking of the physically fit, here are a couple more pictures of Jake's former shadow Matthew McConaughey enjoying a nice day at the beach this weekend:

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While I don't mind that Matthew loves to show off his hot bod, I wish he'd keep that rat tail on the d/l. Homie looks like he's on his way down to Margaritaville. [Source]

In other beach news, here are pictures of James Van Der Beek out with some chick is wife over the weekend showing off his not-quite-up-to-McConaughey-par bod:

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Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Even tho he's not rockin' the chiseled abs or the rock hard pecs there is something a bit sexy about Mr. Van Der Beek. Am I wrong ... or am I just in desperate need of some lurvin? [Source]

Here are a couple of non-descript, not fancy pics of Adam Brody hanging out in front of the ArcLight theater in LA on Saturday night:

Yeah, yeah ... I know they're not too exciting but with a dude like Adam Brody you don't need much more than this. He is really one of those guys who doesn't need to show off at all. [Source]

I think I've discovered the secret to a long and happy love life ... scrapbooking. Here are a couple pictures of Jennifer Love Hewitt dragging her boyfriend Ross McCall out for a little shopping jaunt at a scrapbooking store in LA this weekend:

As long as Ross indulges J. Love's needs in the scrapbooking department then I'm sure J. Love indulges Ross's other needs. Sounds like a win-win sitch to me. [Source]

Well now ... the formerly broken up Jesse Metcalfe and Nadine Coyle appear to have patched things up. Here are pics of Jesse and Nadine sucking face at a gas station over the weekend:

If memory serves, the couple was set to tie the knot earlier this year when something went awry and Nadine dumped him ... sending him straight into rehab for about 15 minutes. Jesse has been popping up all over the place at various hot spots partying his ass off so I'm not sure when exactly he had the time to reconcile with Nadine. But, things appear to be back on track for the lovebirds once again. I'm not really holding my breath that these two will tough it out for the long haul but here's hoping they give a it a good go. May I suggest scrapbooking classes? [Source]

Little sister Dannii Minogue is stepping out (again) from out of big sis Kylie's shadow and is finding new fame as a judge on the hit British TV show X-Factor and as the new face ... er, body ... of Next lingerie. Here is a pic of Dannii showing off her curves in her lingerie ad campaign:

Dannii gives an extensive interview HERE which is too long to post but offers up a bit of information regarding her new gig on X-Factor, what she thinks about the Spice Girls reunion, coping with her sister's illness and her crush on Simon Cowell (ew, yes, that Simon Cowell). While all of this new stuff in Dannii's career is all well and good I'm anxious for her to start making her own music again. Here's hoping this new bit of fame will help get her booty back in the recording studio very soon. [Source]

And finally, Jared Leto is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Malibu magazine ... here are a few pics:

Say what you will about Jared Leto, the man has got a sick bod. His band 30 Seconds to Mars is still touring in support of their last album A Beautiful Lie as the band will be making their South American debut in October. Oh and I hear that the complete series of My So-Called Life will finally be coming to DVD very soon. Woot! [Source]

Les News:
Yesterday was a pretty fun day ... and was a great way to round out a really fun weekend. I met up with Jim, Derek, Michael and his friend Frank for brunch at Aroma Cafe in Studio City before meeting up with Mike for an afternoon of hanging out in Woodland Hills. We trekked our way up there to check out the insanely ginormous Topanga Canyon Mall (which is roughly the size of Bolivia). We pretty much just walked around until we were tired and then split ... we did get a couple of boogie boards so that next time we go to the beach we can ride the waves instead of almost being drowned by them.

Mike and I parted ways so that he could meet up with some other friends and so that I could meet up with Adriana, my new friend Jordan, Jim, Derek and Davey at the ArcLight to see Stardust. And, because I always end up seeing celebs at the ArcLight I must report that Scott Speedman (Felicity) was hanging out with Jonathan Togo from CSI: Miami and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) was chillin with some dude at the concession stand -- to my knowledge, none of them went to see Stardust with us:

Okay ... so the movie basically rocked. Because I'm a fan of the book and because I know that movies based on books are never as good as the book is, I was prepared for the changes that would be made in the movie version. Except for the fact that things felt a little rushed near the end of the film, I think they did a great job of adapting Neil Gaiman's book into a fine movie. All the characters came to life just as I hoped they would ... and Michelle Pfeiffer was amazing as the witch Lamia. I think I was most impressed by newcomer Charlie Cox in the lead role of Tristan. He had that innocent look about him that showed hints of bravery as the movie progressed. Robert De Niro's character, Capt. Shakespeare, was really freakin' funny. I don't want to give too much away about his character for those of you who have yet to see the movie (the surprise is what makes it even funnier). Claire Danes always manages to charm me ... and the fact that she managed to eak out a passable British accent really did it for me. The movie has been called a fairytale for adults (ie. awesome date movie) and altho some critics say that things wrap up too nicely by the movie's end, I feel that the spirit of the book was absolutely honored. I loved it! I think many of you will love it too.

After the movie, the bunch of us hung around an grabbed a quick bite to eat at the ArcLight cafe:

And except for the fact that I wanted to stab Jordan in the neck every time he bit his fork with his teeth (which makes a sound that drives me crazy!!!!), we had a blast. ACTUALLY, it was really nice introducing Jordan to the friends (and his singing made up for the fork thing) ... I'm glad he made it out.

And so ... I think that's it. It's a new week ... have a happy Monday! I'm out.