Friday, September 07, 2007

A Picture Is Worth 1k Words

While everyone on Earth is making their way to Las Vegas this weekend for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards (I'll by flying out later on this afternoon), Britney Spears decided to get in a wee bit more shopping before she heads off to Sin City. For some strange reason, Britney felt it imperative that she swing by a posh pet store on her way out of town:

Photo credit: Splash News

She brought along her fave accessory (Cousin Alli), a new purse (Versace) and some asthma medicine. Yep, that sounds about right. Everyone is all a-twitter over Britney's MTV VMAs performance this weekend ... I'm just hoping that I'll get to run into her and be able to say hello before she stains whatever dress she's wearing ... a difficult task, I'm aware. We'll see if I'm successful! [Source]

Daniel Radcliffe was on hand for the Hollywood premiere of his new movie December Boys at the Director's Guild of America building on Sunset Blvd. last night ... here are a few pics from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Incidentally, Kirsten, Darion and I were also in the hiz at the premiere last night. It was the second time that I saw the movie (I'll post a few thoughts at the end of this post) and I gotta say, I think I loved it even more this time around. We were all excited at the prospect of getting to meet Danny Boy but, alas, it wasn't meant to be. Daniel showed up for the red carpet, gave a brief intro (yes, he was that miniscule behind the podium in this pic) and then bolted for the door. There was a nice reception afterwards but Daniel was GONE. Boo. Ah well, I guess I'll have to meet Harry Potter at another time. [Source]

Fashion Week rolls on in NYC ... here are a few pics of the hawt fashionistas who showed up for the Fashion Rocks event at Radio City Music Hall last night:

My girl Michelle Trachtenberg was lookin' hot in her white dress and I gotta give Tyra Banks props for her bravery. The woman never shies away from taking fashion risks ... the hair seems a bit much but I think it works on her. With a few exceptions, all the hot Hollywood "It" Girls turned out for the event (Lindsay Lohan was otherwise occupied) which, annually, ends up being one of the biggest Fashion Week events of the season. [Source]

Speaking of "Hollywood 'It' Girls", "big" and "Fashion Rocks", mommy-to-be Nicole Richie was also in attendance at the FR event last night ... showing off her burgeoning baby bump in as fashionable a way as possible:

Ah ... do you remember the days when Nicole would do the sideways pose for the photographers and she would disappear entirely? Who'd've ever thought that she'd, one day, become an ever-plumping baby incubator. My, how times have changed. [Source]

One last bit from the Fashion Rocks event, Jennifer Lopez was among the musicians who performed at the show last night ... here are a few pics from her performance:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Madonna must be finished with her dance platform (the one that she used CONSTANTLY while promoting Confessions on the Dancefloor) because she bequeathed it to J. Lo for this dramatic performance. I'm pleased that Jenny Lo is workin' hard to show us that she's back on the scene again ... she's been sorely missed ... and she needs to keep on workin'. [Source]

Well Hallelujah! Michael Lohan has finally gotten his greatest wish! Lindsay Lohan was successful in fending of her mother so that she could receive a visit from her long-estranged father, allowing him in her presence for the first time in ages. Here is a pic of the daughter/father reunion in Utah this week:

Photo credit: X17

Lindsay Lohan's estranged father Michael visited her in rehab this week, marking the first time they have seen each other since he left prison in March. Michael met Lindsay at Utah's Cirque Lodge treatment center, where she is recovering after two scandalous DUI's. The meeting was reportedly "emotional." Lindsay supposedly asked to see Michael, a recovering drug addict who spent two years in a New York prison for DUI and other disorderly behavior charges ... Dina and her two other kids Cody and Ali have visited Lindsay in rehab, but there were rumors Dina was not allowing Michael to do the same. Michael told "Extra" earlier this month, "She is trying to keep me from Lindsay as well as all my kids." ... Michael, who reportedly had to get permission from his probation officer to visit Lindsay, may stay in Utah until Saturday. Sources say Lindsay is set to leave rehab in about two weeks. Welp, I guess all that prayin' that Michael Lohan has been doing in front of the cameras has finally paid off. It's unclear whether or not he will be permanently unbanished from Lindsay's sight but it's a good sign that this family may begin to start healing. Some cue the L. Lo song Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father) ... [Source]

In other L. Lo news, there are rumors going around that she has met and is dating a new guy she is rehabbing with in Utah. Remember all those pics of Lindsay river rafting and hiking? Yeah, well, the guy who was always pictured right behind her is supposedly the guy she's involved with ...

Photo credit: Splash News

... BUT, Lindsay's publicist is denying the report ... which prolly means it's true: The Mean Girls star has been undergoing therapy at the Cirque Lodge rehab facility in Utah for over a month, and sources claim Lohan has met a new boyfriend there. One insider claims the actress, who recently split from British model Calum Best, has been cooing about her new romance in letters she has been writing to friends. In one, she reportedly wrote, "I met a guy. Super sweet and caring." But Lohan went on to suggest the romance is doomed, adding, "He's got someone, and I don't want to come between any relationship. I'd hate to be the other woman." But Lohan's representative insists the actress hasn't written any letters about a rumored romance. I mean ... c'mon ... semi-hot guy (well, guy at least) + Lindsay Lohan has got to = true love. I totally believe they're doing it in between day trips away from the rehab facility. Psh ... and you prolly thought she was actually spending her time reading those books she was pictured with. [Source]

Jake Gyllenhaal has made his way to Canada for the Toronto Film Festival this week to do promo work for his new movie Rendition. Here are a few pics of Jakey poo at the airport earlier this week:

Photo credit: Flynet

I find it utterly fascinating that Jake doesn't have to do anything to look amazingly hot. He just stands there and looks good. Le sigh. [Source]

David Beckham and his wife Vicki B. have released new artwork for their new fragrance Intimately Beckham: Night:

Er ... I get that we're supposed to believe that Vicks is in the throws of complete ecstasy in this pic but I just don't buy it. She looks more mannequin-like than ever before. Her head and arms look ready to be screwed off ... and 98% of Becks is totally hidden. Boo! I think they need to scrap this artwork and release something more Becksified. [Source]

Alright ... let's get to those Vanessa Hudgens pics that are burning up the InterWeb these days. I must admit, when I first say the nekkid pic of lil' Vanessa I was convinced that it wasn't her ... it wasn't until her people confirmed that the pics were real that I honestly believed it. There is no way in hell I could post the nekkid pic, even with stars all over it, if only because she's the sweet and innocent High School Musical girl! Now ... if nekkid pics of Zac Efron ever came out, well, that's a different story ;) Here are the other pics of Vanessa (the PG-13 ones) that were taken at the same time that the nudie pic was taken (btw, it's not difficult to find the actual nudie pic if you really want to see it):

In a statement to TMZ, Hudgens' rep says, "This was a photo which was taken privately. It is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public." The National Enquirer was the first to report of the photo's existence, and it has since surfaced on various blogs across the net. [Source, Source]

So now the questions become ... Was any of this planned? Will Vanessa get the axe from squeaky clean Disney as a result of the leakage of these photos? Will she be replaced in future installments of High School Musical?

Some cynics have suggested the scandal was engineered to widen the teen's appeal from her young fanbase. If that proves true, it may backfire, with Disney executives reportedly considering axing her from the planned third 'High School Musical' film. Hudgens portrayed sweet-voiced Gabriella, the brainy love interest of Efron's basketball star, in the first two Disney Channel movies. Vanessa's people are saying that she has not be fired from Disney and hasn't suffered any fallout from Disney ... so far: [T]he Internet is abuzz with rumors that Disney has parted ways with Zac's on and off-screen girlfriend and has decided to replace her with The Cheetah Girls' Adrienne Bailon in the mega-franchise. But Zanessa fans can breathe a sigh of relief — for now anyway. "Oh my, that story is so 100 percent not true," Vanessa's rep tells In Touch. "Vanessa's not an 'employee' of Disney, there's nothing to be fired from." Hmm ... well, we'll see about that. I find it hard to believe that Disney will be able to reconcile their family-friendly HSM franchise (which appeals to a target audience of about 8 years old) with the explicit photos of the main female franchise star in the long run. My money says she's out. I really doubt this photo leak was orchestrated by Vanessa or her people in order to generate buzz about her ... unless she wanted out of her contract with Disney ... Hmmm. Whatevs, I'm not gonna go down the conspiracy road ... let's just see how this stuff turns out in the end. [Source]

Here is a pic of Angelina Jolie's CGI nude scene in her movie Beowulf:

Please do try to control your laughter. This has to be the most ridiculous-looking image manip I've ever seen. Her head isn't even pasted on her "nude" body properly. Hahahahaha ... I hope they get this little problem fixed before the movie comes out. I'm not too big a fan of the nekkid boobies but in Angelina's case, I think I'd like to see the real deal ;) [Source]

Here is a shocking picture of Pete Doherty allegedly putting a tiny, homemade crack pipe up to his cat's mouth so that it can take a hit:

JUNKIE Pete Doherty is snapped appearing to give his kitten crack — from a mini-pipe he made specially for it. Sickened pals who leaked the picture claimed the warped rocker regularly gets the pet smashed. They said it PASSES OUT with its paws in the air, suffers MOOD SWINGS and even thinks it can FLY. One added: "In Pete's mind it is the only one who understands him now." The Babyshambles frontman's cat Dinger — named after a slang term for a syringe — had five kittens in April. The friend said: "One in particular has borne the brunt of his drug abuse. Pete thinks it's hilarious to get it wasted. He even made a special mini-crack pipe out of a bottle so it can get the maximum hit. But the kitten is starting to get really bad withdrawal symptoms. It has lost some of its balance and takes huge risks jumping over things that are too high. It thinks it can fly. It's really distressing to see." ... Last night the RSPCA said of the kitten picture: "It is hard to launch an investigation into possible abuse from just a photograph. There needs to be more evidence." Will someone please lock up this nutjob? I honestly don't care what he does to his own body, he really deserves what he gets, but to abuse a poor animal like this is disgusting :( He really should be put away for a good long time ... not only for his sake but for the sake of others. [Source]

And finally, MTV invited me to the live taping of Celebrity Rap Superstar yesterday so I made the trek out to Culver City to check it out. I ran into my boys Three 6 Mafia and also got to see Hugh Hefner (with Holly) and LC and Audrina as well. Here are a few pics from the taping:

You couldn't pay my ass to get up on stage to rap on TV but it's fun to watch. I am really rooting for Sebastian Bach and Shar Jackson ... they are both really good in their own way. There are other contestants that are utterly unwatchable tho ... it's hilarious. LC and Audrina were there to support Jason Whaler (who survived elimination this week even tho he really effed up last week) which I think is hilarious. They bolted right after Jason's performance. Here is a short video of Hugh Hefner straining to hear the judge's critiques of girlfriend Kendra's performance:

I gotta say, overall, the show is really fun. I might have to go back and check out more live tapings as the competition gets whittled down. Click HERE to check out MTV's official blog Remote Control to get more behind the scenes scoop from the show.

Les News:
Whew! Yesterday was a bizzy day ... I had an appointment at 2, then the taping at 4 and the premiere at 7 ... I was running around like mad yesterday. After the MTV taping I grabbed a quick bite to eat at Baja Fresh and ran into my homie Ben who is also on his way to Vegas this weekend. I met up with Darion and Kirsten for the December Boys premiere, which we all thoroughly enjoyed:

I am really anxious to see how this movie will be received. It is just a really sweet story about 4 orphan boys who come to discover that they comprise a family all their own. Daniel Radcliffe's performance is really amazing. He falls into roles with such ease, he is so believable no matter what character he plays. This movie will really show the world that he's capable of more than just being Harry Potter. The movie was shot beautifully in Australia and has scene after scene of the glorious Australian coast. There is much symbolism in the film, most of which I picked up watching it this second time. I don't know how else to describe it than to say that it is just really sweet ... in a nice way. The ending is a bit of a tear-jerker (I admit I welled up a bit) but overall, it's very uplifting and not at all depressing.

So yeah ... that was my bizzy day. Next up, a very bizzy weekend. I'm meeting David in Vegas this afternoon where we're gonna do our best to take in all the VMA stuff going on around town. That said, the next few days will be pretty much VMAs central here on the blog. I'll do my best to keep my eye to the ground for any big news that might happen elsewhere but my focus will be on all the LV haps going on around town this weekend (ie. lots of pics, I hope). Please bear with me for the next few days ... things will be back to normal next week (after 9/11, since I don't blog on that day). Have a great weekend ... and I'm gonna do my best to bring as much of the VMAs experience to all ya'll so we can share it all together.

I am out!!!