Friday, August 31, 2007

Track And Treat

Happy Day! Oh, Happy Day! Britney Spears's new song Gimme More hit the airwaves and the InterWeb all at about the same time yesterday afternoon (5pm PT/8pm ET) and then proceeded to spread like wildfire (click HERE to hear it if, by some crazy chance, you've yet to hear it). I'm fairly certain that not many people had faith that her new music would be any good (Mona Lisa, anyone?) but I had complete faith that the new stuff would rule. Despite all the crazy drama that has been going on in her personal life, she has been wisely paired with very talented folks that would ensure that her new music would be hot. At the time of posting, Britney's official personal website at BritneySpears.com has not been updated or changed at all ... but her official label website at Britney.com has been changed a bit with a simple flash ani that plays a loop of the chorus of Gimme More, with the promise of a new site soon. Her new album, it has been announced and the title of which we're still not privy to, will be released on November 13th:


Britney Spears's long-awaited comeback single, "Gimme More," has finally arrived, and Jive records tells PEOPLE exclusively that the album is scheduled for a Nov. 13 release. The club-friendly dance track officially premiered Thursday night on New York radio station Z-100's Web site ... "The track that leaked is off of Britney Spears's forthcoming album. The song is "Gimme More," produced by Danja, [and is] written by Nathaniel "Danjahands" Hills, James Washington, Keri Hilson, Marcella Araica," a Jive Records spokesperson told PEOPLE. The song features the pop star's signature breathy vocals, melodic electronic bleeps over a driving beat and a catchy hook that's is true to the song's title. Spears opens the sexy and sassy tune by defiantly saying, "It's Britney, bitch", and producer Hills ends it in a shout out, saying, "Bet you didn't see this coming." On Wednesday, news of the single's imminent release, which comes from the singer's fifth studio album, was reported by Entertainment Weekly. The song is hot and very infectious. I think it's the perfect song to launch her much awaited (and prayed for) comeback. [Source]

Britney, for her part, has played it cool as a cucumber in recent days. She spent her week going about her business, obvs making sure to get to the tanning salon, in front of the cameras but also spent part of her time behind the scenes making preparations for her upcoming 2007 MTV VMAs performance scheduled to take place on Sunday September 9th at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. A source close to Illusionist Criss Angel has spilled all the deets about his involvement with Britney's VMAs performance to the New York Daily News:


Photo credit: X17

The paparazzi magnet plans to appear Sept. 9 on the MTV Video Music Awards, where "Mindfreak" magician Criss Angel will use his best illusions to try to conjure up a comeback for her. Angel will guide Spears in and out of a series of mirrors, making it seem as though she vanishes and then reappears several times, a source told the Daily News yesterday. Other dancers in the complicated number are being called upon to harness up for simulated flight, the source said. Aww, rats. I was kinda hoping that he was going to saw her in half or something classic like that. Well, this performance sounds like it's going to be a lot more complicated than the routine she worked up for her House of Blues tour earlier this year. Today, Britney is making her way to Las Vegas so that she can host the opening party at the new club LAX at the Luxor Hotel and Casino tonight. While Britney will be hosting, DJ AM will be spinning the tracks (he owns the club) and I'm pretty sure that Gimme More may get a spin or two. Grr ... I wish I could be in Vegas tonight for the opening ... but it's all good, David and I will be in Vegas next weekend for the entire VMA weekend so I'll just have to bide my time. I gotta say, it feels amazing to have good things to say about Britney Spears again. It kinda feels like the good ol' days all over again. [Source]

One last bit of Spearsness before we move on ... while Britney is heading for Vegas to party at LAX the nightclub, her mother and little sister Lynne and Jamie Lynn Spears were heading to LAX the airport to fly off in another direction. Here are pics of JL and mama Lynne making their way thru LAX airport, presumably on their way home to Louisiana for the long Labor Day weekend:


It is hugely unfortunate that the fractured family cannot enjoy all this good news that is going on in Britney's life. Even tho there are happy things to focus on right now, the specter of Brit's chaotic and damaging previous year still manages to show its effects. I hope that, some day, Britney can finally make peace with her family. I'm really hoping for her to have an amazing musical comeback ... but if she were to heal the rift with her family, let them back into her life in a manner where they can be a positive influence on her (and her decision-making process), then I'd be sure that a hugely successful comeback would be imminent. At this point, I'm just hoping that Britney doesn't do anything that could hinder her positive progress ... hoping and praying, ya'll. [Source]

Dang, it's interesting that it takes the emotional whirlwind that is Britney Spears to get me to prayin'.

It has been 10 years since the world was robbed of Princess Diana and today her family, friends and admirers convened in London to celebrate and commemorate her life on the sad anniversary of her death. Here are a few pics of the Royal Family coming together in order to honor Diana's memory at a chapel outside of Buckingham Palace this morning:


Royals and celebrities joined Princes William and Harry to honor their mother Princess Diana on Friday, the 10th anniversary of her death in a high-speed limousine crash in Paris. Hundreds of mourners lined the streets outside a chapel near Buckingham Palace where the Queen, Diana's ex-husband Prince Charles, her brother Charles Spencer and other royals and celebrities gathered for the memorial service. Paying their own tribute, members of the public attached flowers, photographs and messages to the gates of Kensington Palace, her London residence, although in far fewer numbers than a decade ago. Then a vast outpouring of grief stunned Britain almost as much as her death whereas now, many Britons feel the public display of sorrow 10 years ago was over-the-top. Both Princes William and Harry addressed the 500-strong congregation, recalling their mother's warmth and charisma. "William and I can separate life into two parts. There were those years when we were blessed with the physical presence beside us of both our mother and father," Harry said. "And then there are the 10 years since our mother's death. When she was alive we completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life, laughter, fun and folly. She was our guardian, friend and protector." "She will always be remembered for her amazing public work. But behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world" ... "I loved the princess before her death and even more after," said mourner Dominique de Fontenay. "She did great things for the people and was glamorous, and a symbol of modernity." Prince Charles' second wife, Camilla, with whom he had an affair while still married to Diana and whom Diana referred to as "The Rottweiler," did not attend the memorial service to avoid controversy, although she was invited ... Among the absentees at the service was Dodi's father, Egyptian-born Mohammed al-Fayed. Al-Fayed, owner of the luxury London store Harrods, accuses Britain's royal family of ordering the couple's murder to prevent them from marrying. Despite comprehensive police inquiries ruling out foul play, some Britons share al-Fayed's suspicions that the deaths were not an accident. An official inquest into the deaths will begin on October 2, propelling Diana into the headlines once again. Yikes! Well, without getting into all the nasty conspiracy theories right now, let's just remember that Princess Diana was an amazing woman, full of charity and love, who was taken from the world way before her time. It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since she died. I remember hearing about her car accident late in the evening of Saturday August 30, 1997 just as I was meeting up with my friends at City Club in downtown Detroit and then returning home in the early hours of Sunday August 31st to the news that Diana had died. I was sure she'd manage to survive her injuries ... but it wasn't meant to be. Her sons, William and Harry, grew up to be strong, handsome men who I'm sure she'd be extremely proud of (even despite the scandalous photos, rumors and controversies which she herself was very familiar with thruout her life) and I hope that they are able to find some solace today in the fact that they do not mourn their mother alone. [Source]

Welp ... the bad news is in ... it is being reported that David Beckham will be out of commission for up to 8 weeks (tho, self-proclaimed fast-healer Becks is hoping to recover somewhere between 4-6 weeks) due to the injuries he sustained in the LA Galaxy vs. Pachuca game earlier this week. Here's another look at Becks's painful collision (poor Goldenballs) and a few pictures of Becks and co. leaving the hospital outfitted with a new brace on his already injured left ankle and on his newly injured right knee:


Photo credit: Big Pictures & Splash News

Time to mend it like Beckham. David Beckham, the British soccer import who seems to have spent more time on the trainer's table than the field, will now be out for about six weeks with a sprained ligament in his knee, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday. The midfielder, who previously nursed an injured ankle that cost him playing time, got the bad news after he underwent an MRI exam and was evaluated by the Galaxy's team physician. Beckham now begins rehab on the knee. During the 30th minute of play in the Galaxy vs. CF Pachuca Superliga final at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday evening, Beckham suffered a fierce tackle on the left corner of the field. He went down hard and stayed down. With the score tied 1-1, Beckham hobbled back onto the grass in the second half of overtime play. "I had to get back out there to cheer on the lads as much as I could," he said after the game. The Galaxy later lost in a penalty-kick shoot-out. Poor Becks ... he just had a really shitty Wednesday night all around. Becks called in to the Ryan Seacrest morning show on KISS FM here in LA this morning to break the news himself to the LA Galaxy fans. He sounded really upset over having to sit out for another 4-8 weeks but was hopeful that he'd be back in action by the end of the season. He also confirmed to Ryan that he and Vicki B. are planning to make a new baby next year and the told the listeners about how happy his family is to be living in the US and in LA in particular. Boo. With all this recuperation "free time" in his future I guess he'll have plenty of time to work on that baby project with Posh ... a thought that I will now try to quickly excise from my brain. Heal fast, Becksie poo. [Source, Source]

Well, these cute pictures of pregs Nicole Richie and doting Joel Madden lookin' all sweet and in lurve in Central Park in NYC earlier this week aren't the best way to stop thinking about babies but ... oh, what the hell ... they're too cute to not post:


Photo credit: Wireimage

It is so nice seeing Joel so fiercely protective of Nicole and his incubating baby. It is plainly obvious that he is very excited to become a dad. I can't wait for that little baby's arrival ... it's gonna be cute as hell seeing Joel walk around with his child in a baby sling covered with skulls and brass knuckles. [Source]

Ew. Here are pictures of Mel B. sucking face with her new(ish) hubby in their car outside of Koi here in LA this week:


Photo credit: Splash News

Blah. Mel B. already has one baby conceived by gross means, does she really need another one? [Source]

The Heroes world tour rolls on as the Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimigilia, Adrian Pasdar and Jack Coleman contingent swoops into London to promote the season 1 DVD release and season 2 premiere of their hit show Heroes:


Photo credit: Wireimage

For some strange reason, Hayden decided to dress up like her mother. What happened to the chic look she unveiled in Paris, France? This mom make-up/dress combo is a big nooooo. The guys look great in their suits, Milo especially. I think Milo looks amazing in every suit I've seen him in ... I'm just waiting to see what he looks like in his birthday suit, too. [Source]

Here are a few more pics of these Heroes elsewhere on their world tour, tho it's unclear exactly where they were. I would imagine that they were in some Bavarian country where bratwurst is consumed in heavy amounts and warm beer is imbibed in elaborate steins:


While the lederhosen on men isn't quite as sexy as, say, the Scottish kilt, as far as ethnic garb goes -- this ain't a half-bad look. Now Hayden the Milkmaid looks much better in this outfit ... even Milo seems impressed with her ... look (hey, eyes forward, buddy). Bassd scho! [Source]

Ryan Reynolds is a people person ... he is one celeb who never shies away from pressing the flesh with his adoring fans. Here are a few pics of Ryan saying hello to a few dozen admirers in NYC this week ...


Photo credit: Splash News

... and then practically getting mauled by the crush of all that lurve. Le sigh. I wouldn't mind getting in all that action myself :) [Source]

Lauren LC Conrad and her posse which consists of Lo, Audrina and whoever else shares her dislike for Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag (Speidi) spent some time enjoying the rays and the waves at the beach this week. Here are a few pics of Team LC chillin' at a beach in Malibu, CA:


Photo credit: INFdaily

Yikes! It looks like Audrina is really going to town on that bottle of Patron tequila ... I wonder if Justin Bobby is continuing to make her feel blue these days. Drink it up, sister ... I'm sure it's really fun living in LC's cold shadow. [Source]

Britney Spears isn't the only pop starlet who is making a comeback these days. Canadian phenom Skye Sweetnam is ready to unleash her new album upon the world (actually, she already reintroduced herself earlier this year by appearing on Tim Armstrong's new single Into Action -- click HERE to hear it for yourself) and played a warm-up show of sorts at Lee's Palace in Toronto, CA last night ... here are a couple pics from last night's show:


Skye told the crowd that her new album, Sound Soldier, would be released in October and that the song Human will be the first single (tho, I'm hearing that her song Music is my Boyfriend is an amazing song and prolly should be released as the single instead). I've not heard any of the new music myself (yet) but I understand from folks who have heard it that it's much different from her earlier sound. Tangled Up in Me was a big hit for Skye (it was used all over the place during the first season of Laguna Beach -- ah, Kristin and Stephen) and I recall that Erik and I loved playing her cd during our various Michigan road trips. It's great to have her back ... I *love* Into Action so I'm sure I'll be loving the rest of her new stuff too ... stay tuned!! [Source]

Here is our first look at the new promo artwork for the upcoming 4th season of Desperate Housewives:


I dunno how I feel about the flames ... the artwork looks very Witches of Eastwick (Witches of Wisteria Lane, perhaps?) to me -- a bit dated. I loved the laundromat artwork that they used before. This one is just ... eh. [Source]

And finally ... can you guess which Hollywood actor married to a woman many years his elder opted for the stunningly horrendous manpris-look while on the set of his new movie in NYC this week?


Photo credit: Splash News
Click above to find out who it is

No, those feet do not belong to Paris Hilton ... it's a dude ... with bad taste. Can you guess who it is? [Source]

Les News:
Yesterday was a pretty chill day (chill as in uneventful, not temperature-wise -- it was hot as balls yesterday) so I stayed in for the most part, only venturing out to Pasadena when the sun went down in the evening. I was planning on seeing Superbad last night but found out that my local AMC was showing Rob Zombie's Halloween remake at midnight so I opted to see that instead. OY! As much as staying up until 3AM on a night before I had to wake up at 6AM sounded like a really bad idea, my desire to see the movie won out. Thankfully, the movie was damn good enough to make me not regret my decision:


Alright, let's get the bad stuff out of the way first -- there are parts of the film that are a little ridiculous (the opening scene was just bad [almost unwatchable -- it had me worried] and the bit where young Michael Meyers was sitting on the porch as the song Love Hurts played in the background was outright stupid [stooooooooopid! Rob what were you thinking?]) and there are portions of the film where Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis is extremely cheesy but, thankfully, those bits of the movie do not overshadow the rest of the film. Whereas the original John Carpenter version is focused on the character of Laurie Strode, this remake is more focused on Michael Meyers. The childhood scenes go on for a bit and really give a good picture of how Michael Meyers came to be as effed up as he was. His love of masks, apparently, started early on in his childhood ... which is a nice bit of info that was added to the story. The spirit and integrity of the original film is honored and there are a lot of little nods embedded in this new remake for fans of the original to enjoy. You'll never guess who plays the character of Annie Brackett (the sex-crazed daughter of the Haddonfield, IL Sheriff) ... highlight the next line if you want to find out:

Annie is played by Danielle Harris who played Jamie Lloyd, the little girl in the Halloween 4 (The Return of Michael Myers) and 5 (The Revenge of Michael Myers) sequels

There is a lot more gore and a lot more boobs in this version, but it's very Rob Zombie. Many of the iconic scenes, gags and lines are included in this version ... along with the absolutely essential music. While I feel that the original Halloween and Halloween 2 are absolute masterpieces, I think this remake is fairly entertaining. Rob Zombie has said that he wants absolutely nothing to do with any future sequels to his remake (he even changed the ending of the film to try and ensure there are no further sequels) which I can really respect. Tho, I'm sure the studio will have something else altogether in mind should this movie make any money.

Fans of Halloween will prolly enjoy this remake ... if you've not seen the original, there are a few scenes which mimic the original that you might find funny when they are supposed to be scary (there was a lot of laughter in the audience, which I assumed came from kids who hadn't seen the original). The famous lines where Laurie says to Dr. Loomis, That really was the boogeyman. and he replies, As a matter of fact... that was. were kept for the remake ... tho it garnered more laughs than was prolly intended.

Tonight I'm meeting up with Darion and the gang to go see something called Invasion! The Musical and then ... dancing perhaps? Another weekend already ... have a good one! I'm out.