Thursday, November 29, 2007

Angels & Airways

As if Britney Spears wasn't capable of garnering any more attention (mostly negative attention, mind you) just by going out to pick up some coffee in her PJs (or some other heinous outfit), comes the new report that Brit Brit has taken to engaging in the 5-Finger Discount when she embarks on her daily shopping excursions. Does Britters have a Winona Rider complex? Does she really have sticky fingers or this just another desperate cry for attention? Here are new pics of Britney doing some "shopping" at her friendly neighborhood Target and Barnes & Noble stores this week:

Photo credit: X17

Shortly before 1 a.m. on November 18, Britney Spears entered the X-rated Hustler Store in West Hollywood. Spears loaded up on naughty skivvies and headed to the fitting rooms. But store employees "told her they don't allow people to try on underwear," a source at the scene says. "She was really upset." Adds the source: "She looked out of it. There was nothing going on behind her eyes." At that point, Spears threw a fit, and took off her own underwear before trying on a pair of boyshorts (with "Barely Legal' stitched across the rear end) in the middle of the store while 15 other customers looked on. An eyewitness tells Us, "The employees kept saying 'Don't change out here!' She's just like, 'Well, I couldn't take them in the fitting room!' It was like dealing with a child." Spears' tantrum only continued. "The staff told her she had to pay, and she rolled her eyes, but paid with a credit card," the source tells Us. As payback, "on her way out, she went up to a mannequin, snatched the wig off the head, and stole it!" Yep ... the shoplifting is deffo a new cry for attention. Clearly the stripping off of underwear in plain sight of anyone with eyes is just your run-of-the-mill, everyday Britney BehaviorTM. I bet she thinks the cops pictured above are shadowing her to offer protection but I'm guess they're just trying to make sure she doesn't lift anything from the stores she shops at. Um, do you suppose it might be time for Miss Spears to start thinking about entering a new rehab program? It sounds like she's about due for another stint. [Source]


Even tho I was flying home from NYC at the time that Project Runway was airing, I knew that I wouldn't be able to go to bed without watching the ep beforehand. The promos for this week's ep promised a challenge that had "never been done before" so I was expecting something really challenging, really entertaining. You can imagine my disappointment with what we actually got. I still love the show very much but, again just like the debut challenge of the season, I was very unimpressed by last night's supposed challenge:

I guess I don't really understand the complexities of the seeming impossibility of designing men's clothing ... but it seems to me that designers at this level should be able to know how to make a pair of pants and a dress shirt. I was just really surprised that not only were some designers incapable of making a properly finished product but some weren't even able to complete an improperly finished product. Carmen absolutely deserved to go home ... in fact, she should've been flogged on her way out. I guess I didn't realize that Project Runway had never had an entire challenge devoted to designing men's clothing but I was really not impressed at all. Add to that, Tiki Barber was pretty boring as hell. Not only did the designers have to make men's clothing but they had to make boring-looking men's clothing that could be worn on the Today Show. I just think last night's ep really dropped the ball ... so far, I'm not all that jazzed about this 4th season. I always wondered what it would be like when Project Runway ran out of really cool challenges ... I guess now I know. I just hope things get better next week. I absolutely see why Jack won, his outfit looked like it came from Banana Republic or Gap ... I really preferred Kevin's design because it looked very fashionable and it had great color. Heidi Klum was right, it was a design that would've worked well on David Beckham ... they should've gotten him for the show instead of Tiki, he would've really made the show more interesting. I'm pretty sure that Carmen had much more to offer the competition but if she couldn't even finish a men's outfit then I guess she doesn't deserve to stick around and get the chance to shine. I'm glad Christian didn't get on my nerves too much ... Ricky and his crying are gettin' real old. Please start to Wow me Project Runway ... quit playing games with my heart. [Source]

Last night, Victoria's Secret took over Virgin America Flight #317 from NYC to LA and turned the entire plane into a mid-air Fashion Show and Pajama Party. I was one of the lucky folks allowed to fly the Virgin airways with the Victoria's Secret Angels ... here are a few pics from yesterday's one-of-kinda experience:

Photo credit: Bob Riha, Jr.

VS Angels Miranda Kerr and Selita Ebanks played host to the in-flight Fashion Show and PJ Party and made sure that we all had an amazing time. Virgin America is the official "Airline of
the Angels" and the plane used for yesterday's event was the very same plane that jetted the VS Angels to LA last week for the big party at the Kodak Theater (which will air on CBS on December 4th). I jumped at the chance to be on this one-of-a-kind experience ... and will post more deets at the end of this post. [Source]

David Beckham and the LA Galaxy have left the sunny shores of Australia and has made their way up to spend some time with the kiwis in New Zealand. Here are a few pics of Becks getting a traditional New Zealand welcome upon his arrival:

David Beckham got up close and personal with a number of women in New Zealand yesterday, but wife Victoria needn't worry, they were just saying hello. The England player pressed noses with a number of Maoris – a traditional greeting known as a hongi – after arriving at Wellington airport with his LA Galaxy teammates. Around 500 people - many of them teenage girls - gathered to see the star who is in town for a friendly game against local side Wellington Phoenix. The entire LA Galaxy team were then treated to a traditional Maori powhiri and Beckham said he was honoured at the reception. "I have always wanted to see it face-to-face. I would love to stand in front of the All Blacks and see them do it." Said the 32-year-old. "It's just nice to be able to visit a country and be given a welcome like doesn't happen every day." He added. "The love and the passion we've been shown by the people has been incredible so far." ... Organisers of the match against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday hope to break the all-time record for a soccer crowd in New Zealand, the 31,000 mark set in 1982 when New Zealand played Kuwait on the way to that year's World Cup finals. Lawd have mercy! I think I'm gonna hafta get in on this Maori way of greeting people ... that way when I eventually get to meet Mr. Goldenballs himself, I'll be able to rub my nose on him in this manner. Le sigh. [Source]

Kristen Bell and her Heroes co-star Ali Larter were among the celebs at a very strange event last night for the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup which was held at Tiffany & Co. in NYC ... uh, yeah. Here are a few pics:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Yeah, I don't really understand the connection but an event is an event, I suppose. Ali looked really chic in her grey dress while Kristen looked a bit frumpy in her little red number. At the very least, Kristen should've worked that outfit a bit more instead of just standing there with her slumped shoulders. Maybe she was confused by the marriage of NASCAR and Tiffany's and just didn't know what to do on the red carpet? Weird. [Source]

In other Kristin news, Life and Style magazine is reporting that Kirstin Cavallari and her boyfriend of some months, Nick Zano, have broken up ... just in time for Xmas. Word on the street is that they are dunzo:

There will be no kissing under the mistletoe for Kristin Cavallari and Nick Zano this Christmas. "They broke up," a friend of Kristin's reveals exclusively to Life & Style. "She moved out of their house. They're going in separate directions." Kristin, 20, just moved in with Nick, 29, this summer. So what happened? "It wasn’t working out," explains the friend. "She was bored, and I think she realized she was better off keeping her options open." In other words, Kristin missed the single life. "She used to be the It girl, and now she sees all of these other girls who would normally be in her shadow stealing the spotlight," says the friend. "I think she wants back in on the scene. So get ready, Hollywood — here comes Kristin Cavallari again! Living together put a real damper on things," says a friend. Hmmm ... I suppose I can understand how the living together sitch could put a strain on their relationship ... and it's not that I'm happy that they're broken up but it would be very nice to see her out and about again. Wouldn't it rule if she made a cameo on The Hills? [Source]

Altho this new report from Life and Style claims that Kristin and Nick have broken up, KC was seen this week with Nick as she made her way to a salon in Beverly Hills ... are they really broken up or are they now just friends?

I guess we won't really know for sure what is going on with these two until one of them is seen with a new person. Perhaps Nick is happy to drive Kristin around on all of her errands until she finds a new boy to take over his responsibilities. [Source]

In other break-up news of sorts, Entertainment Weekly has sniffed out the identity of the mysterious Roxy who showed up on this week's ep of The Hills as the personal lackey to the evil She-Spencer. It turns out that she is none other than Roxy Olin who plays Michelle on the ABC show Brothers and Sisters ... and, evidently, she is already over being on Team Heidi:

Despite blogosphere reports that actress Roxy Olin (Brothers & Sisters) will serve as Heidi Montag's maid of honor in an upcoming episode of MTV's The Hills, the Hollywood Insider has learned that the famous daughter of Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig won't be donning a Nicole Miller frock after all. According to Wettig, Roxy only appeared in one episode of the reality show and though "they wanted her to do another one, she's going to try to stay out of it." Wettig continues, "Roxy appeared as a favor.... She met Heidi but Roxy went to high school with (Hills' co-star) Spencer Pratt so that's the connection. I'm pretty sure she's not going to do any more. They kind of pigeonhole you into stuff there." How is it that a working Hollywood actress thought it would be a good idea to agree to not only appear on a faux-reality show but to appear on the show as a bratty, condescending busy body who sticks her nose into other people's business. Her agent should be fired. I don't think it's in anyone's best career interests to align themselves in any way, shape or form with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. [Source]

In nice and happy news (despite the look on his face), Joel Madden was snapped making a coffee run for his babymama Nicole Richie in LA this week:

Photo credit: Splash News

I bet that Joel really loves running these sorts of errands for his pregs lady. Joel is such a great nurturer ... I know that he's very much looking forward to taking very good care of his growing family. [Source]

Morrissey seems to have publicly put both of his feet into his mouth in a new interview where he openly complains that he no longer wants to live in England because it has been taken over by "immigrants". It's a shame ... I never would've pegged the Mozzer, who is the son of immigrant parents, as a racist:

The pop singer Morrissey claims he can no longer live in a Britain he believes lost to an "immigration explosion". The former frontman of the Smiths, who is now based in Rome, claimed England was just 'a memory now'. The 48-year-old added: "Other countries have held on to their basic identity yet it seems to me that England was thrown away. The change in England is so rapid compared to the change in any other country. If you walk through Knightsbridge on any bland day of the week you won't hear an English accent. You'll hear every accent under the sun apart from the British accent. The British identity is very attractive, I grew up into it and I find it quaint and very amusing." Morrissey, who has sung of his love for English culture and can count Tory leader David Cameron as a fan, is the son of an Irish immigrant family which settled in Manchester ... Morrissey's comments were made in interviews with the music magazine NME ... Tim Jonze, the reporter who conducted the interview, said: "Morrissey has had a stormy relationship with this magazine and its readers over the last three decades. He might once have been the voice of a generation but given his comments in these two interviews, he's certainly not speaking for us now." It's such a shame to hear these sorts of comments come from a man whose music I love and respect. It's sad enough to hear these sorts of things from uneducated, ignorant people (in this country and abroad) but to hear them from one of my fave musicians is very disheartening. We are all immigrants, he should really remember that. [Source]

In happy news, Kylie Minogue has announced that she will be hitting the road on a new tour next year. The announcement was made on her official website yesterday evening:

Kylie is to tour Europe with a brand new show in 2008! Inspired by her new album 'X' (released this week), Kylie and her creative team have devised a new show that she describes herself as "fresh, exhilarating and innovative". The new show will be a totally different concept to previous Minogue spectaculars, which have seen her fuse her remarkable creativity with groundbreaking technology to become one of the most respected live performers of our time. Kylie's 2008 tour opens in Paris on May 6 and progresses throughout Europe, reaching the UK on June 26 when she plays at Belfast's Odyssey. The tour then continues with dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London, concluding at London's 02 Arena ... Kylie said today: "I am putting together a show that is going to be a new and exciting experience for both the audience and myself. The eclectic mix of sounds on 'X' is affording me an opportunity to explore and develop a new live show that will be fresh, exhilarating and innovative. After two celebratory tours, 'X' will be a look to the future but will definitely include favourites alongside the new. I can't wait to share it with you next year! See you soon!" OMG! As much as I would love for Kylie to bring her show to the US, I realize that that may never happen ... so I'm gonna have to get my butt overseas to see her for myself. I was really hoping that Kylie would be doing a tour next year ... so I can start planning a trip for David and me to see her on stage ... at long last :) WEEEE! Click HERE for a full list of tour dates and info on how to get tickets. [Source]

In other tour news, OK! magazine got a sneak peek at some of Roberto Cavalli's design sketches for costumes he whipped up for the upcoming Spice Girls Reunion Tour ... take a look:

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is the man the reunited Spice Girls have turned to outfit them for when they hit the road this winter for their The Return of the Spice Girls tour. As the sketch shows, expect the Spices' getups to be sparkly and sexy, just like much of Cavalli's famous clothes, and fitting right in with the image the Spice Girls' going-for-glam image. "I have known Victoria Beckham for a long time," explains Roberto. "And I have always admired her style and personality. When we talked about the worldwide tour, The Return of the Spice Girls, she put forward the idea of me creating all their costumes to which I immediately agreed. When I met them, I immediately understood the reason why the world went crazy for their unique brand of girl power as they are an irresistible mix of energy, pure joy, humor and a spicy dash of glamour. I'm sure their strength will take us by storm again," the designer added. Yes, their strength and their amazing costumes will surely take the world by storm ... cuz the live singing is severely lacking. Oh, who am I kidding? I'm really excited to see the Spices live on stage for the first time ever. The tour kicks off in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 2 but I'll be at the two LA shows on December 5 and 7. Holla! [Source]

Here is the cover artwork for the live CD and DVD releases of the Rufus Wainwright doing his Judy Garland shows this past year. The CD is titled Rufus
Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
while the DVD is titled Rufus! Rufus! Rufus!
Does Judy! Judy! Judy! Live At The London Palladium

Honestly, the artwork is not what I expected it to be ... I thought it would be more campy and less futuristic. Nonetheless, I can't wait to get my hands on both of them. I got to see his last performance at the Hollywood Bowl this past September and I have been anxiously awaiting these releases. Click HERE to get the CD and click HERE to get the DVD. [Source, Source]

Here are a few very pretty, yet unknown photos of Kristen Bell:

Some of the pics are really cheesy but she does look good. I miss her as Veronica Mars but her new stint on Heroes is the best thing she's done for her career so far. [Source]

And finally, Mischa Barton is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Arena magazine:

I can't help but think of Gossip Girl's Blake Lively whenever I see Mischa Barton anymore ... which is kinda funny because Blake done stole Mischa's career right from under her. That being said, I really like these hipster-esque pics of Mischa. It's a look that works for her, I think. [Source]

Les News:
So, yesterday was my last day in NYC and I did my best to make the most of it. I managed to take a nice walk thru SoHo before I had to make my way to the airport to get the party started. Victoria's Secret and Virgin America got the festivities going while we were still on the ground as food and free PJs were distributed at the boarding gate for our flight:

But once we got in the air, things were put into overdrive. The pink lighted plane was all decked out for the party, with a huge gift bag with fun stuff on each seat. I can't even begin to tell you how cool the plane itself was ... touch-screen everything, state of the art, really effing cool. I was able to chat with folks in other seats with the little keyboard that was attached to my seat. Lauren who blogs for StereoHyped and her sister Tia were also on the flight with me so we had a lot of fun enjoying everything that VS and VA had to offer.

Here is a video of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show that took place while we were 30,000 feet above middle-America on Virgin America Flight #317:

It was such a fun experience, I feel so lucky that I was able to partake. I have to send out lots of love to Chet for helping me make it onto the plane and Britta who really went out of her way to take care of every person on that plane. It was really a special event ... and a very cool way to get from NYC to LA :)

I'm so wiped from my long week away ... I plan on doing nothing for a few days, tho, I must get a haircut STAT cuz I'm really hating how long my hair has gotten. I hope y'all are having a great Thursday ... I'm out.