Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The PDA's Out Of The Bag

Britney Spears was able to spend some good old fashioned, down home court sanctioned quality time with her two sons Sean Preston and Jayden James this week. It's only Wednesday and it looks like Brit decided to have her one-day-per-week already since she prolly believes that she will successfully win back more custody time with her children at the upcoming custody court hearing that will take place this Friday. While I'm not sure I entirely agree with her confidence, I am glad that she has something to look forward to. Here are pics of Britters with her boys on their playdate yesterday afternoon:

Photo credit: X17

The pics were taken at her newest Beverly Hills home, far from the blazing fires that continue to rage near her other home in Malibu, CA. She has not been included in the photos but the court-ordered parenting coach/monitor was also present for the playdate. TMZ reported yesterday that the parenting coach submitted a less than stellar report on Britney's parenting skills (saying that the coach was unable to teach Britney anything about parenting because Britters didn't want to listen to her) which, no doubt, will come up at the hearing this Friday ... which I'm sure Britney believes she's got in the bag. Tsk, tsk. [Source]

It's at times like these that Britney really needs to rely on her closest allies, the ones who have been trusted enough to be allowed inside her inner circle ... but when it comes to Britney Spears, you really can't trust anyone. Earlier this year, Brit Brit was betrayed by her former assistant Shannon Funk after she was allowed inside Brit's inner circle only to turn around and sell her secrets to the tabloids. Now, Life and Style is reporting that Britney's new friend Sam (the shady-lookin' dude who all of the sudden started hanging out with her) is in the process of trying to sell some of Britney's private diaries for the firm bargain price of $2 million bucks:

Shortly after Britney Spears' disastrous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, one of her closest confidants, Sam Lutfi, reached out to a U.K. daily tabloid. But Sam wasn't trying to do VMA damage control and rescue Britney's career. "Sam e-mailed the tabloid saying he had Britney's diaries," an insider close to the situation tells Life & Style. "They contain Britney's deepest feelings at the most troubling time of her life. Sam also said he had e-mails and firsthand insight into Britney's life. He said the information was sensational and that he already had offers in excess of $1 million." And Sam was upping the price tag — to a staggering $2 million. "The tabloid flew a reporter to Los Angeles to continue negotiations," says the insider with knowledge of the dealings. "Sam wouldn't back down on the price. It was $2 million or nothing. Sam said it had to be worth it because he was risking everything." Many of the details in the diaries -- as well as the private e-mails between Britney and her family -- are shocking. In one diary entry, written during her marriage to Kevin Federline, Britney railed at her mother, saying Lynne should go away because she just wants more and more from Britney. The diaries also go into graphic detail about Britney's drug use while she was with Kevin, as well as her feelings about being sent to rehab. "The diary contains entries about how her drug use spiraled out of control," says the insider. Sam, who's been by Britney's side consistently in recent weeks as the pop star tries to regain custody of her sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, denies trying to sell Britney’s diaries. "No, I didn’t," he tells Life & Style. "Britney doesn't have any diaries." But insiders insist that's not the case and say Sam also offered the U.K. tabloid personal e-mails between Britney and her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears, during the height of their feud. "One was from Jamie to Britney asking her to find God. He also wrote about how he'd battled addiction and how he blamed himself for Britney's predicament," says the insider. "Another was from Lynne after Britney fled rehab earlier this year and subsequently lashed out at her mother for sending her there." Life and Style contends that the deal was almost done but the British tabloid backed out when cash was required up front. Honestly, I don't know that I entirely believe this report ... I find it hard to believe that Britney would keep such dangerous diaries in her own hand but she really isn't known for making the best decisions these days. There is something about this dude, tho, that seems awfully shady. He seemed to show up outta nowhere. I sincerely hope Britney got her new assistant all tied down with confidentiality agreements because you never know when she might decide to turn on her and sell her secrets as well. [Source]

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! In extremely upsetting news, it would seem that the much talked-about-yet-proofless romantic relationship between Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal appears to have some validity. Yesterday, a photo of Reese and Jake surfaced that showed the pair holding hands as they made their way thru LAX airport upon their arrival from Rome, Italy (where they were promoting their new movie Rendition at the Rome Film Festival all weekend). Today, more photos of Gyllenspoon have surfaced showing the couple lookin' awfully couplely as they took in the sights around Rome. Boo. If these pics are to be believed, then Gyllenspoon really are getting it on together:

There has been much speculation about their relationship and now Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have finally come out as a couple. The pair met on set of the upcoming movie Rendition and have now taken their romance public - they were spotted holding hands and canoodling during a romantic trip to Rome. Witherspoon, 31, whose divorce from former husband Ryan Phillippe was finalised this month, had previously denied a romance with the Brokeback Mountain star. The pair first began dating around March this year, although they were careful to avoid being photographed together. However, Reese, who has two children Ava, 8, and Deacon, 3, called the romance off in June, according to reports. Now it's clear their love affair is most definitely back on. Additionally, Pink reader Yoshi witnessed first hand the canoodling that Gyllenspoon engaged in at the airport earlier this week, writing: Just want to let you know that I saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon at the LAX airport last night (around 5pm..??). I was coming in from a flight from Cabo San Lucas. We went through customs (Thomas Bradley International) and waited at the baggage claim. They were at the baggage claim next to us (they came off of a Lufthansa flight maybe..???). They were hugging and kissing. He was holding her as they were waiting for their luggage; kissed her on the forehead. Very cute. She's very short! Unfortunately, there are no pictures allowed to be taken in the customs area otherwise I would've. They were about 10 feet away. Everyone else was being courteous as well, as I didn't see anyone trying to take pictures of or with them. And that, folks, is that. According to the reports, the couple broke up over the summer and then recently got back together ... clearly Reese came to her senses. [Source]

On yesterday's episode of the Ellen show, Reese talked with Ellen DeGeneres about Halloween stuff and other such uninteresting nonsense and managed to stay pretty mum when the topic turned to the rumored relationship with Jake:

Reese would only go so far as to call Jake "cute" and "great" and that's about it. Hmm ... now that the couple is pretty out of the closet, I wonder if we're going to see more pics of the pair canoodling in public. I sure hope my heart can take it :( [Source]

Alright ... let's move on ... last night Lion's Gate Films threw a premiere party for the 4th installment of their hugely successful Saw franchise at Mann's Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood ... here are a couple of pics of Tobin Bell who plays Jigsaw on the red carpet:

Photo credit: Wireimage

To be quite honest, one of the things I look forward to come Halloween time each year is the latest installment of the Saw movie franchise. I was pretty sure that the franchise had come to an end since the Jigsaw serial killer ended up dying in the last movie. Apparently, I was wrong ... the game continues. I will be in Detroit Rock City this weekend but I hope to find some time so that I can make it out to see this movie in theaters. I'm very curious to see if this Saw sequel is truly the best one of all. [Source]

American Idol Carrie Underwood released her sophomore album yesterday entitled Carnival and she made the rounds in NYC to promote the album's release. Here are pics from Carrie's performance on Good Morning America yesterday morning:

Photo credit: Splash News

Firstly, Carrie looks amazing. I don't know that I've ever seen the girl take a bad photo -- ever. Secondly, despite the fact that I'm not a big country music fan, I have to give props and throw some major lurve her way since she comes from Checotah, Oklahoma and I gots mad love for all my Okies down there. I, like pretty much every one else on Earth, really like her song Before He Cheats which managed to race up the charts about 2 years after her last album was released ... and I might be interested in checking out her new album as well. I understand she doesn't like being compared to Shania Twain but I might like her in the same way that I like Shania. How can you not love a little country filly who knows how to rock leather pants? [Source]

Lance Bass can now add the title of author to his ever-expanding resume (which already includes singer, actor and Broadway crooner) with the release of his first book, a memoir entitled Out of Sync that he promoted in NYC last night:

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Lance signed a few books at Barnes and Noble before making an appearance at his book release party at AZZA afterwards. Andrew from Queerty and Kenneth from Kenneth in the 212 were both in the hiz for Lance's book launch party ... which was, unfortunately, not well attended. As far as I can tell, Debbie Gibson was the most famous person there. Shame. Lance will be signing his book in these here parts of LA on November 1 at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove. It'd be nice if a whole lotta people besides Debbie Gibson showed up for that little event. [Source]

One last bit of Lanceness, homie paid a little visit to Tyra Banks couch on her show recently and ended up getting cajoled into swapping spit with the supermodel on live taped TV:

Tyra also managed to turn every topic he was booked to talk about on the show (ie. his book, his coming out, etc.) back to her (cuz he shamelessly does that sort of thing often). You gotta love Tyra ... especially if you're a gay man (hence Lance's willingness to make out with her on TV) ... it's like a law or something. [Source]

Lance's former boyfriend, Reichen Lehmkuhl and Reichen's current boyfriend Ryan Barry showed up at a pre-Halloween party showin' off just what Lance has been missing. Here are a couple of pics from Reichen's official My Space profile:

Ry-Chen are a couple of really hot dudes which, of course, means that they would make really ugly women ... tho, I should admit, Ryan has still got some hot gams. [Source]

Jennifer Lopez also hit the television airwaves this week as she performed two songs (current single Do It Well and former hit Let's Get Loud) on last night's ep of Dancing with the Stars ...

... and, as you can plainly see, she brought along her loose-fitting, flowy dresses to hide the burgeoning baby bump that she refuses to publicly acknowledge. I hope she gets over his practice before the baby (babies?) arrive(s) cuz if she continues to pretend it (they) doesn't (don't) exist then it's (they're) prolly gonna get a complex. Isn't it bad enough that Darc Anthony is the father? [Source]

Vicki B., America's favorite robot/footballer's wife, has made her way to the Land of the Rising Sun to promote the Spice Girls reunion tour as she made an appearance of her own on Japanese TV recently. VB was a guest on the show Smap Smap which is hosted by Takuya Kimura and Goro Inagaki, aka Hikaru and Yuga of the Japanese chart group Smap. Here are a few screencaps from Posh's appearance:

In addition to looking as if she was stoned out of her mind, Vicki B. revealed to the talk show hosts that her beautiful husband David Beckham sends her a single yellow rose every single day and has done so since he started the tradition at their 1999 wedding. Couldn't you just die? That has to be the most romantic, most committed tradition I've ever heard of. So Becks is cute and romantic ... why am I not surprised. [Source]

Elsewere in Japan, the Backstreet Boys gave an impromptu performance at a press conference at VenusFort in Tokyo, Japan where they are promoting their new album Unbreakable ... here are a few pics:

Photo credit: Wireimage

I love how BSB won't give up the performing life no matter how out of vogue boybands are these days. Now that 'NSync has no chance of ever reforming (since I doubt JT will ever want to share the limelight ever again) they are deffo the biggest boyband that most people don't care about anymore ;) [Source]

Back here Stateside, Mariah Carey was on hand for the official launch of her new fragrance M by Mariah Carey at Macy's department store in NYC yesterday ... here are a few pics from the lavish event:

Photo credit: Splash News

Mimi used the event clear up the rumors going around that she is in a feud with Diddy since he just released a fragrance of his own, telling Extra: "I have no feud with Diddy. He knows I love him." Whew! There's a relief. Mariah also confirmed the reports that her new album has been pushed back to a 2008 release date and revealed that she still has 3 songs to write for the album. I dunno that he world really needs another celebrity fragrance (that said, I've been able to sample the perfume and it smells pretty good ... way better than Britney Spears Curious and Shania Twain Starlight) but the world can always use some more Mimi. [Source]

Here are a few pics of Morrissey's performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City last night ...

Photo credit: Splash News

... please try to enjoy them, I'm still bitter that I missed seeing him when he was here in LA for a week :( [Source]

In sad news, Pete Doherty has dumped his new girlfriend/fiancée Irina Lazareanu after only being together for a few weeks:

Pete Doherty has called off his romance with model Irina Lazareanu after a furious row and is hoping to win back his ex Kate Moss, according to reports. The pair began dating just weeks after his high-profile split from the supermodel and friends revealed they quickly became engaged. But the Babyshambles frontman, who emerged from court in triumph today after a judge removed the remaining term a drug treatment order, had grown tired of the whirlwind romance. Irina joined Pete at a gig at Glasgow's Barfly on Sunday, but the pair split the following night after a firey argument. A friend revealed: "Irina has been following him around since the moment she caught his eye. He got engaged in a moment of madness when he was off his head before he checked into rehab and has been questioning his sanity ever since." I think the drugs wore off and Pete finally realized that she wasn't Kate Moss. [Source]

Designer Marc Jacobs is very proud of his hot new body since getting rid of his really unhot, gross former body. Here is a pic of Marc proudly showing off his assets in the photo publication Visionaire 52:

Not too shabby. Head on over to Made in Brazil to see the uncensored NSFW version of the pic. [Source]

And finally ... here are the winners of the Hairspray Halloween Costume contest -- meet Pink readers Amy as the garden gnome, Rahul as the white tiger who attacked Roy Horn of Sigfried and Roy, Jess and one of the creepy twins from Stephen King's The Shining and Michael a liberal hippie with his lesbian mother:

These four were randomly selected from all eligible entries and will each receive an official Hairspray Halloween costume of their choice from Much congrats and thanks for playing!

Les News:
I got a whole mess of stuff taken care of yesterday in preparation for my trip to Detroit. I have a few more things to take care of today before I meet up with my friend David for the Sia concert tonight.

And I guess that's about it ... life's in a bit of a holding pattern until I get back home to Detroit ... have a great Wednesday, y'all. I'm out.