Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Knocked Up/Knocked Down

News of Jamie-Lynn Spears's pregnancy spread around the world and across the InterWeb late yesterday afternoon/early evening causing shock and awe to everyone who read the news. It seemed inconceivable to pretty much everyone that Britney Spears's seemingly pristine little sister would ever get caught up in a mess like this ... and yet, the reports of her unplanned pregnancy were almost immediately confirmed by multiple sources as soon as the story broke. OK! magazine (whose website has been mostly down and inaccessible since the story broke elsewhere on the web yesterday) scored the huge story from Spears matriarch Lynne Spears herself but it was the industriousness of the gang at ONTD! that leaked the story to the InterWeb first, before any other source (which no other news outlet is even mentioning). And so ... 2007 ends with a bang, courtesy of the Family Spears (natch), and 2008 will begin with all eyes on little 16-year old JL Spears and her growing baby bump. Here are a few pics of the parents-to-be, just to give you a sense of what constitutes parents these days:

Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way — and it's not Britney's. Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star and sister of Britney, told OK! magazine that she’s pregnant and that the father is her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge. "It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," she said. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he." Spears is 12 weeks along and initially kept the news to herself when she learned of the pregnancy from an at-home test and subsequent doctor visit, she told the celebrity magazine, which hits stands in New York on Wednesday and the rest of the country by Friday. What message does she want to send to other teens about premarital sex? "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait," she told the magazine. "But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in." After she found out from a doctor that she was pregnant, she said, "I took two weeks to myself where I didn't tell anybody. Only one of my friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone's opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends. I was scared, but I had to do what was right for me," she said. Spears broke the news to her mother, Lynne, just before Thanksgiving, the magazine reported. "She was very upset because it wasn't what she expected at all," Spears said. "A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive." Lynne Spears, already grandmother to Britney's young sons, told the magazine: "I didn't believe it because Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious. She's never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby." She said her actress daughter, the telegenic heroine of her popular Nickelodeon series, has known Aldridge for years and began dating him in high school. But in a recent interview with The Associated Press, Spears said she had no steady boyfriend. "I kind of just keep my options open," she said. "I have a bunch of friends that I always hang out with, a bunch of guy friends." She declined to talk about her older sister. Spears spoke to the AP shortly before Thanksgiving, the day she told OK! she informed her mother about the pregnancy ... Jamie Lynn plans to raise the baby in her home state of Louisiana — "so it can have a normal family life." I'm so surprised that OK! magazine has, thus far, dropped the ball on this story ... everyone is talking about it except for them. Their site has been inoperable since the story broke. Hopefully it'll be functional soon, just in case there are any other tidbits that have yet to be reported from JL's interview. Click HERE for the link to the OK! magazine story. [Source, Source]

So we've heard from JL in her OK! magazine interview but we've yet to hear from daddy-to-be Casey Aldridge himself (altho, his mother Joyce Aldridge has already released a statement of her own) ... so the question becomes -- What kind of daddy will the 19-year old turn out to be? What will he have to say about being a 19-year old man getting a 16-year old girl pregnant?

Photo credit: Splash News

On the plus side, he's a cutie ... so it's clear how he was able to, literally, charm the pants off of little Jamie-Lynn Spears. I just hope the next thing we hear is that Casey is planning on releasing a rap album ... cuz that would be so dope. [Source]

As news spread like wild-fire yesterday evening, Jamie Lynn was spotted by Page Six in NYC last night, seemingly unaware that her news had been unleashed, taking in a movie. JL went out to see the new indie movie Juno which, coincidentally, tells the story of a young girl facing her own unplanned pregnancy:

We didn't raise an eyebrow yesterday when we spotted Jamie Lynn Spears and mom Lynne in New York City taking in teen pregnancy flick Juno. Now, OK! magazine reports that the 16-year-old is with child (and she's made up her mind: she's keeping her baby). Hmmm ... maybe it would've been a better idea to see this movie before she got pregs? Hindsight is so 20/20. [Source]

Back in LA, Britney Spears was caught unawares last night as she went about her usual whateverthehellitisshedoes routine when she was queried by the paparazzi what she thought of Jamie-Lynn's pregnancy and Britney scoffed that her sister wasn't pregnant and tried to laugh it off. Here are a few pics from Britney's clueless shopping spree in Malibu, CA last night:

Photo credit: X17

TMZ was with the popwreck tonight while she did some late night shopping at the Lisa Kline store on Robertson Blvd. As she left the store, she told the waiting throng of paparazzi and fans, "My sister's not pregnant!" ... We overheard Brit Brit make the confusing statement as she left the private shopping session at the boutique around 9:00 PM last night. Next time she hits up a gas station, someone might want to hand her this week's OK! mag. That's your sister on the cover, Brit. Oh snap! Even Brit Brit was left out of the loop on this shocking Spears story. Sources claim that Britney is a "wreck" over the news but something tells me that she will be there to offer her support to her little sister ... especially now that they having something new in common. [Source]

Here is video of Britney Spears claiming that her sister is not pregs ... showing that she was clearly out of the loop:

D'oh! and LOL!

News for Lynne Spears keeps getting worse. A new book penned by Mama Lynne about her parenting skills, which was due for release in early 2008, has been "delayed indefinitely" by the publisher:

Lynne Spears's book about raising her famous daughters Britney and Jamie Lynn has been put on hold, the publisher confirms to PEOPLE. "The book is delayed indefinitely. It's delayed, not cancelled," says a spokeswoman for Thomas Nelson, which publishes inspirational books and Bibles. It had been scheduled for a spring 2008 release and was put on hold last week, says the rep ... "We are standing behind Lynn at this time and understand that she needs time with her family – we support that," says the spokeswoman. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Could it be that the book has been "put on hold" because some might not view Lynne Spears a proper authority on raising children, especially in light of how two of her own turned out? Hmm. Perhaps if the book ever does come out it'll take the form of a What Not To Do sort of guide. Well, since the book looks like it ain't gonna happen I guess it was wise of Mama Lynne to work out the deal with OK! magazine for her daughter's story. TMZ has the deets on how the whole deal went down:
TMZ has learned that Jamie Lynn Spears was not paid for this week's magazine interview ... yet. We're told the money will change hands down the road -- when the baby is born. Just how did the deal go down? Rewind. Sources close to Britney's family tell TMZ it all started when Britney melted down on an OK! Magazine photo shoot. Britney's mom, Lynne, read the article (who didn't?!) and called OK! personally to thank them "for handling it so well." She stayed in touch with OK!, and called them this week when she learned that news of Jamie's pregnancy was about to break. Her only requirement? Keep Britney out of it. This is about Jamie Lynn. "She trusted them to do it in a way that would be sympathetic to her daughter," our source says. We're told Jamie and mom did not want money, but OK! has agreed to pay $1 million to the younger Spears for a photo shoot when the child is born ... Another interesting note: We hear Jamie is further along than the 12 weeks she says in the mag's article. Expect a spring baby. Also expect to hear about this story for some time to come ... a mess this big won't settle down quietly any time soon. [Source]

Alright, let's move on ... there are, after all, other famous people who have also been knocked up and have announcements to make. Lily Allen has announced that she is with child as well but I doubt many people heard her announcement over the din that exploded over Jamie-Lynn's big news. Here is a pic of Lily puffin' on a cig in early December, hopefully before she found out about her pregnancy:

Lily Allen announced today that she is "thrilled" to be pregnant with her first child. The 'Smile' singer recently discovered that she and her boyfriend Ed Simons, of The Chemical Brothers, were expecting a baby, and revealed the news to her close family. Her spokesman said today: "I am pleased to confirm that Lily and Ed are expecting their first baby. The health of Lily and her child is their paramount concern. As the pregnancy is at such an early stage the couple will be making no further comment, but they are obviously thrilled by the news" ... The 22-year-old was pictured two weeks ago puffing on a cigarette, but her spokesperson insists she wasn't aware she was pregnant at the time. She has long expressed hopes of being a mother, despite her young age, as she is very family-focused. Well congrats all around! Apparently, Lily is planning on releasing one more album before she retires for good to raise "chickens and pigs" ... and hopefully her new baby. I'm sure that Lily's pregnancy is just another case of a young, successful woman making the conscious choice to have a baby and not merely another unplanned pregnancy due to unsafe sex practices ... right? [Source]

I am happy to report that Amy Winehouse is not pregnant (altho, at this point ... who really knows) but she was arrested for attempting to pervert justice in the same criminal case that led to her husband's arrest and subsequent incarceration a few weeks ago ... and she didn't go quietly. Here are pics of the police station where Amy was processed and booked and of Amy after she was released on bail:

Photo credit: Mr. Paparazzi

Psychiatrists were called in to calm a 'screaming and sobbing' Amy Winehouse before she was arrested last night over an alleged £200,000 plot to fix her husband's assault trial. The hysterical singer broke down sobbing and psychiatrists and lawyers turned up at her home in nearby Bow to calm her before she faced serious questions from the police in connection with the case. At one point her date with police was almost called off because she wasn't deemed mentally fit. But the singer was eventually calm enough to be driven to the station by minders and taken in via a back entrance at around 5.30pm. Another report said that the police has been warned to "tread carefully" because of her brittle psychological state. And that they had been trying to interview the elusive star since November, but she had so far been "unavailable". The singer arrived at Shoreditch Police Station in east London yesterday to be "arrested by appointment", before being formally interviewed, fingerprinted and DNA tested. She was questioned for two-and-a quarter hours before being released on bail and escorted home by her mother Janis, and father Mitch. Then at 4am she was spotted out with pals in Camden. Whew! Well it's a good thing that her psychological break-down, her questioning, her arrest and release could all be wrapped up in time for Amy to make her usual 4am drink date. Can you think of anything else more disturbing? [Source]

Wait a minute, don't answer that question until you take a gander at these pics of Michael Lohan at the 2nd Annual Times Square Nativity Extravaganza in NYC yesterday dressed up as the father of Jesus Christ:

Photo credit: Wireimage

I have no words. I'm really at a loss. Maybe they should've had Jamie-Lynn Spears play the Virgin Mary ... oh wait, nevermind. [Source]

Xtina Aguilera celebrated her birthday in LA last night by stepping out on the town with her hubby Jordan Bratman and her incubating baby which is due to pop out from her loins at any moment now ... here are a couple of pics:

Photo credit: INFdaily

Married ... then pregnant ... can you imagine? Maybe Xtina should be the one writing parenting books. [Source]

Here are a few pretty gross pics of Prince William and his lady love Kate Middleton carrying a few dead birds that they apparently shot and killed before settling down behind the bushes to suck face for a bit ... you know, like any other run-of-the-mill date:

It is a dedicated girlfriend indeed who trudges through icy fields picking up the carcasses of birds for her boyfriend. That was Kate Middleton yesterday as she joined Prince William on a pheasant shoot in Windsor Great Park. The prince's 25-year- old girlfriend helped him collect the birds he had shot and throw them into a game cart. She was rewarded for her efforts with an affectionate stroke of the head as William snuggled up for a kiss. According to friends, the couple - who split up in late spring but got back together again six weeks later - are more in love than ever ... An onlooker said: "It wasn't clear whether Kate was actually shooting, but she had no qualms about joining in to pick up the pheasants. Afterwards, they cuddled up together, Kate snuggling her head into William's neck as he put his arm around her. They really couldn't have been closer." Blah. If she can put up with Wills's gross need to kill animals for sport than they are prolly meant to be together forever. They get a poop sandwich from me. [Source]

What's this ... Jessica Alba actually smiling for the paparazzi in between attempts to hide her face behind a flimsy piece of paper?

Photo credit: Splash News

Could it be that she's actually warming up to the notion of having her picture taken? I wouldn't hold your breath just yet ... even still, she does look pretty happy in this pic. [Source]

Heidi Montag is featured on the cover of the new issue of US Weekly magazine wherein she tells her story about why she called off her wedding to Spencer Pratt ... wait, for real?

When we last left The Hills, Heidi Montag announced she needed time "to think" alone and then walked out on fiancĂ© Spencer Pratt. The season finale ended with fans wondering what was next for the couple most viewers love to hate. In an exclusive interview in the new Us Weekly on newsstands today, an often tense Montag and Pratt explain why their engagement ended, and claim they are still together – but with no plans to wed. Says Montag,"We're just going back to being boyfriend and girlfriend..." as Pratt interjects without mockery, "...when our relationship was flawless." So where is Montag's engagement ring? "I turned it into a pendant," she says. "It wasn't my dream ring. I don't like what it represents. I might sell it" ... Meanwhile, Pratt says he's sorry: "I need to accept that Heidi wants her princess wedding and that she is the boss." Montag, for her part, doesn't sound ready to give up quite yet: "I have a high tolerance for pain. I've lived with Spencer." I'm sorry but nothing that Speidi does looks, sounds or feels genuine ... not that I really mind, quite honestly. This calling off of the wedding feels like a dramatic way to extend their 15 minutes of fame so that they can continue to be included in future episodes of The Hills ... or until they get their own show (most probably called The Valley). It is very clear to pretty much everyone that Heidi and Spencer make a great team, they were made for one another. This kinda feels like just another chapter in their master plan to extend their fame for as long as they can. I have no doubt that this will not spell the end of Speidi by any means. [Source]

Ashlee Simpson has unleashed a new music video for her new Timbaland-produced song Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya):

While I applaud Ashlee for expanding her musical horizons and coming back with a new sound for her new album, I'm really on the fence about how I feel about this new sound. It might take me a few listens to really get into the song ... but I'm curious to hear what the rest of her material sounds like. I'm really glad you can't hear Timbaland at all on the track but that doesn't mean his Oohs and Ahhs won't show up elsewhere on her album. I'm anxious to hear the rest of her music ... I just hope that it makes me want to La La. [Source]

Ashlee's boyfriend Pete Wentz has posted a new pic of himself on the set of the new Cobra Starship video for their song The City is at War dressed up as a cop ... behold:

A mullet and a porn 'stache? Is it wrong that I'd still hit it? [Source]

The Forrester family from the CBS Daytime Drama The Bold and the Beautiful would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Xmas:

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Much love to Cindy from Daytime Dial for sharing this awesome Xmas card she received from the cast themselves. [Source]

And finally ... I have to send out GADS of BIRTHDAY LURVE to our very own Jake "Jakey Poo" Gyllenhaal who turns 27 years old today:

Even tho there hasn't been much Jakiness to get all excited about in the past few months (is he still with Reese Witherspoon or has that sham ended?) we can still revel in his insane hawtness and help the boy celebrate his birthday properly. I suggest that all the Jakey fans out there print out their fave pic of him and lick whatever part of him they like as a vicarious birthday gift to him ... and as a gift to themselves as well. I guess I can be a sport and print out this photo of Jake ... but which part of his bod to lick? That is the question. Happy Birthday, Jakey Poo!

Les News:
I spent all of yesterday haning out with my folks here at their home ... mainly cuz I was a bit wiped out from traveling but also because my parents and I never get to spend that much time together when I visit. Either they go out or I go out ... yesterday was a nice bonding day.

I spent most of last night watching TV in between reading my back issues of The New Yorker (which I have vowed to carry around with me until they are read from cover to cover). I swear, I love that magazine to death ... it feels like I'm feeding my brain every time I finish one of their amazing articles or stories.

Today, I must venture out of the house and brave the Michigan cold. I'm having dinner with Megan and then I'm doing cosmos with VLB (who I owe a few cosmos to since she's been on my butt to get into Sex and the City for YEARS now and I finally get what she's been talking about).

And so ... that is all for now ... don't go getting pregs, y'all ... ya hear? I'm out.