Thursday, February 28, 2008

And Then There Were 3 ...

Mama Lynne Spears is back in SoCal this week after spending the last week or so back in Kentwood, LA where she was keeping an eye on her youngest (and very pregnant) daughter Jamie-Lynn Spears ... but her first visit wasn't to see her eldest (and very tragic but getting better) daughter Britney Spears -- her first visit was to the Federline manse in Tarzana, CA to spend some time with her grandyoung'ns Sean Preston and Jayden James. Here are a couple of supercute pics of Mama Lynne with the boys' nanny and the boys themselves rockin' a couple of new haircuts:

Photo credit: X17

First off, could these little boys look any cuter? The haircuts are to die for ... they are just too adorable for words. Secondly, my hat is off to Mama Lynne Spears for all the hard work she's been doing for her family in recent months. There is much criticism over the way she has handled things in her family's life (most recently, the decision to sell the story and first photos of JL's unplanned pregnancy to a tabloid magazine) but it can't be easy for her to have a handle on every single thing that happens in her family. She needs to be in Kentwood to look after JL, then she has to be in LA to look after Britney and her sons ... I bet it's very stressful. Whether you agree with her decisions or not, it seems clear that she really does have her family's best interests at heart. She seems committed to doing what she needs to do for her family ... I just hope all of her efforts are not for naught. [Source]

In Britney news, here is a picture of Britney posing with a group of kids that she spent some time with recently when she taught them a dance class at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, CA:

The picture is very cute and was taken during the time period that Britney was not allowed to see her own children ... you can tell she looks happy to be spending time with these kids. You can see the "good ol' Britney" in this pic ... if anything, it further fortifies my belief that she can get her life back to normal again one day :) [Source]


So ... the good news is that we got a brand new episode of Project Runway last night ... the bad news is that it was pretty much a throw-away ep that could have been absorbed into a real 2-hour season finale (like they've done in previous years) but was presented as its own stand-alone ep. The ep was good, I have to say, but prolonging the finale is driving me CRAZY! That being said ... I really did enjoy the ep .. partly because we got to see kiddie pics of the top 4 designers:

OMG ... I love Chritian's baby pics ... he looks so cute -- I'm not sure how I feel about the visor tho. Jillian looks pretty much the same ... it's too bad she wasn't a gothkid in high school or anything like that ... that would've been really cool. I was shocked to see Rami with hair. I think he looks much better with hair ... but it's unclear if he shaves his head because he likes the look or because he started to lose his hair. Chris ... ah, Chris ... I found it a bit funny that his baby pics are so old they are in black and white. He was a cutey tho ... and at least his image wasn't etched into stone tablets.

But anyways ... back to the ep ... the almost final showdown pitted Rami vs. Chris for the final spot of the competition and it really came as no surprise that Rami ended up winning the right to show at New York Fashion Week in competition (remember, the top 5 designers got to show at Bryant Park earlier this month but only 3 of them were in the final competition). Chris came up with some very inventive designs but, over all, Rami's designs were a bit better ... they were more worthy of the #3 spot:

C'mon Chris ... crushed velvet and human hair? I get that he was trying to be creative but if you have to describe your collection as "creepy" you're prolly not going to inspire many people to want to wear your clothes (and hello, he made Tim Gunn practically gag on air with all that human hair he had sewn into his clothes). Rami took a few risks too (well, maybe not risks so much as mistakes) but his craftsmanship was superb. I knew all along that he was going to be the third person. To be fair, Nina Garcia said some very nice things to Chris when she was offering her critique (that is, after she had to express how she was really feeling thru her facial expressions) saying that his designs were unique and creative. All in all, the whole ep was a big build-up for the next-to-last showdown ... and Rami proved he deserved to go to Bryant Park. [Source]

And so ... since Chris's full collection will not be shown on next week's finale ep of Project Runway, here is a short video clip that I shot at the Project Runway Finale Fashion Show in The Tent at Bryant Park earlier this month at New York Fashion Week of the final walk-thru of all of Chris's designs that showed that day:

To be completely honest, I wasn't grossed out by Chris's designs when they showed that day ... even with all that hair. I didn't like the crushed velvet pieces but over all, I liked the collection as a whole. He may have been my least fave of the 5 collections that showed that day but I was still impressed with what he showed.

In Madonna news, earlier this week we learned that Madonna's new album was given a title (Hard Candy) and a release date (April 29) and today we get to see what the official (yet tentative) tracklist for the album is by way of an Aussie radio DJ who was allowed to preview the album in its entirety ... check it out:

Here is a report from the DJ, Sonia, who got to check out the album:

As I write I'm in between having just listened to Madonna's yet-to-be-released album and actually interviewing her. I quite enjoyed the new album – lots of songs that are relationship-based and there's this one particular track which is a classic dance track. The first single "4 Minutes" has a great marching band feel to it – loved it! All the tracks have fantastic energy and there's not a single track on the album that's not a winner – brilliant stuff. The single will be released in late March and the album hits stores on the 29th of April. f you were listening this morning you may have picked up that I left half-an-hour before the end of the show (sorry Todd!) -- I had to rush over to Madonna's hotel to listen to the album. All up we spent around an hour with Madonna's PA who played us the whole 12 tracks.

Yay! Sounds like it's good stuff ... but we'll have to wait and judge for ourselves. As I've been saying ... I'm cautiously optimistic that the album will be amazing -- I'm concerned that it'll sound like a typical Timbaland album but still, I trust that Madonna is smart enough to not put out a generic-sounding album. [Source, thanks Kevin]

In baby news, the Daily Mail is reporting that Brad Pitt has confirmed that his wife girlfriend babymama Angelina Jolie is, indeed, pregs with twins ... er, at least that he was overheard telling someone that she is pregs with twins ... which is pretty much good enough for me so yay!

Angelina Jolie is pregnant with twins, her partner Brad Pitt has confirmed to friends. After weeks of silence on the subject, Jolie's rounded belly on the red carpet of the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday confirmed she was expecting. Coinciding with Jolie's bump debut, excited dad Pitt has begun telling friends about their impending arrivals, the Mail Online has learned. The couple are already adoptive parents to Cambodian Maddox, six; Ethiopian Zahara, three; and Vietnamese Pax Thien, four; and have a biological daughter Shiloh Nouvel, 21 months. In preparation for the birth this summer, Pitt has been rescheduling his work so he has enough time to spend with Jolie and the children. A friend of the couple tells the Mail Online: "Brad's been very quiet about this pregnancy so far but this was the weekend he decided to let the cat out of the bag. He's telling everybody close to him, because he's having to change around his work schedule to get ready for the birth. They're having twins, Angelina is healthy, and he's thrilled that he's going to be a father once again. They didn't exactly plan this pregnancy, but they wanted more children and Brad says Angelina was very willing to have them herself" ... The friend said: "They want to have these children in Los Angeles or New Orleans. I don't think Brad wants to isolate himself and the family again like he did when Shiloh was born. But he's also probably not going to take on a major acting role before the birth either, so he can focus on making sure Angelina is happy, healthy and comfortable." Pitt will have a tough time balancing his work schedule with family life this year - he's signed up to star in five films, as well as produce seven other movies. Jolie's pregnancy has ended recent reports the couple were planning to adopt another child to add their rapidly expanding brood.

While I'm sure that Brangelina is ecstatic to be expanding their family, I'm sure the kids they have already aren't necessarily as thrilled as they are. After all, 2 more babies means that the Brangelina inheritance gets cut into some more ... even tho that inheritance is ginormous, it still means less for the other kids. I wouldn't be surprised if the other kids started offing each other. If we hear of a "horrible tricycle accident" occurring at day care, I think we'll know what's really going on there. Yeah, Zahara ... I'm talking to you! [Source]

Here are a few pics of David Beckham at a press conference which was held at the Westin Chosun in Seoul, South Korea to promote the Morotola RAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition mobile phone:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Sleek and sexy combined with a stunning blend of elegance and high-performance which just reaches the pinnacle of ultra-premium cool ... yeah, and the phone ain't half bad either. [Source]

Mariah Carey is hard at work to promote her new single and video Touch My Body from her new album E=MC2 by making the rounds all over NYC this week ... here are a few pics from Mimi's visit to MTV's TRL yesterday (with her geeky vid co-star):

And here are a few pics of Mimi's visit to BET's 106 & Park (with only her bad self):

I think I liked her BET outfit much better than her MTV outfit (the red shoes do nothing for me). I quite like her new song but it took a few listens for me to get into it. The You Tube shout-out is a bit lame but the song is catchy ... I can't wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like. Janet Jackson released her new album this week, then Mariah releases her album in April right before Madonna releases her album ... it's gonna be an all-out diva war. I wonder who's gonna make it on top. [Source]

The weather here in SoCal has finally started heating up and I couldn't be more pleased. Temps. got into the 80s yesterday which meant that it was time to put away those hoodies and sweaters and time to unpack the t-shirts and shorts ... or in some cases, the short shorts:

Photo credit: Splash News

Clearly, Lindsay Lohan was looking for the first chance to wear as little as possible and yesterday was the day ... as she attended one of her AA meetings and then attended one of her court-mandated driving classes. She also made yesterday the day to start showing off her diamond encrusted LL ring. Hot! I'm so glad the warm weather has finally come to town ... not that I'm all that interested in seeing L. Lo wear short shorts ... I'm more looking forward to wearing short shorts of my own :) [Source]

Well now ... it would seem that Amy Winehouse is having no problem finding dudes to hang out with while her husband Blake Civil-Fielder rots in jail on the charge that he attempted to pervert justice. First, Amy was hanging out with some other guy named Blake ... and now she's hanging out with an even newer guy named Alex who looks like her Blake (only more clean-cut and, um, clean) and is the man responsible for creating her trademark beehive hairdo:

Photo credit: Splash News and Mr. Paparazzi

Amy Winehouse emerged from rehab earlier this month looking better than ever, but less than three weeks on it appears the star has resumed her destructive lifestyle. The 24-year-old singer's was back to her bizarre antics last night as she made a late night run for a sugar fix at her local store, later roaming around London's Camden with just one shoe on. She was joined by celebrity hairdresser Alex Foden, the man responsible for her trademark beehive, and earlier, she'd spent the evening with 'Good Blake' - also known as teetotal photographer Blake Wood. It comes amid reports the Rehab singer is back on drugs as she struggles to cope with the absence of husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who has been in Pentonville Prison since November. Amy, who recently five Grammy Awards, is also said to self-harming again and last night she was seen with fresh red marks on her upper arm.

Hmmm ... she is sure finding lots of fun ways (and lots of fun company) to help pass the time while her husband languishes in jail. I'm *sure* he'll be happy to know that his Amy is being well taken care of while he sits in jail. [Source, Source]

Alas ... married to a superfamous, superbuxom celebrity one day ...

... and roaming the streets alone the next day. Life can be so cruel. [Source]

Last week, Aaron Carter was arrested in Texas for reckless driving and marijuana possession ... this week we finally get to see his mug shot and hear the tale as told by the local news paper:

A pop star spent a night behind bars last week, courtesy of the taxpayers of Kimble County. Sheriff's Deputy Billy Hull stopped Aaron Carter, 20, on Interstate 10 about noon on Thursday, February 21. Carter was driving a gold, 2009 Cadillac Escalade, carrying two pit bulls as passengers, when he was stopped and ticketed for speeding. When Hull discovered marijuana in Carter's vehicle, he arrested and jailed the young man, charging him with possession of marijuana, less than two ounces. Carter was magistrated at 9 the next morning by County Judge Delbert Roberts, where he entered no plea to the Class B misdemeanor and was released on a $2,000 bond. He was whisked away from the county jail by Deputy Hull to retrieve his dogs at a prearranged meeting behind the City Offices. Animal Control officer Carolyn Moore delivered Carter's dogs to him there. Carter was spotted later at CarQuest purchasing a new battery for his Escalade and signing autographs for a few fans. According to Kimble County Sheriff Mike Chapman, Carter had been pulled over for speeding on the Interstate through Kimble County, about three months ago. During his stay in Junction, city and county law officers worked together to make sure Carter was escorted around town with as little fanfare as possible. Once outside the county jail, two individuals who were not with Carter when he was stopped, a young male friend of Carter's and a woman identified as Carter's publicist, were aggressive in attempting to screen Carter from being photographed ... Various reports were circulating that Carter was bound for a home in Austin or to visit his father in Atlanta. According to published reports, a statement released by the singer's manager to Entertainment Tonight, said: "On his way to Florida bringing his two dogs to live on a large ranch, Aaron Carter was detained in Texas by a trooper for exceeding the speed limit by 5 mph. A search revealed a small amount of marijuana, a misdemeanor in this state. He sincerely regrets any embarrassment this caused to his family, friends and fans."

And there you have it ... Aaron Carter's first brush with the law. Why do I have a hard time believing that it will be his last. [Source]

A whole bunch of Heroes are featured in the new issue of Empire magazine ... including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine:

Hee hee ... this mag is pretty much chock full of geek porn ... I can see the appeal :) [Source]

Hayden Panettiere is featured on the cover of the new issue of Seventeen magazine and in her interview she talks about why things didn't work out with her ex-boyfriend Stephen Coletti and what it feels like to be wanted by the police for standing up for what you believe in:

Hayden Panettiere is opening up about why she ended her romance with Laguna Beach alum Stephen Colletti. "I just knew I wanted to breathe," Panettiere, 18, says in the April issue of Seventeen. "I wanted to be single at the time. It just hit me like a ton of bricks: This is the time I need to be with myself. It takes such a secure person to be with someone like me—it takes so much confidence; it takes so much trust." Panettiere found a way to spend her time alone: campaigning for whales. A warrant was out for her arrest in Japan after she interfered in a dolphin hunt last year. "There's very little that scares me," she tells Seventeen. "I've always been a physical person. And I feel like a lot of time in this industry, a lot of people loan their face to a cause, which is great, but it doesn't do as much as getting out there and actually physically doing something." Panettiere doesn't apologize for being so outspoken. "I don't need to prove myself to anyone," she says. "I'm not that kind of person. I know myself much better now than I did [before]," she goes on. "And my opinions of things and my morals -- I am not as easily swayed as I used to be. And when you learn to accept yourself, the more you learn to be okay with yourself and know yourself, the easier it is to love somebody and allow them to love you."

Yeah, yeah, yeah ... this is all well and good but I think we really want to dirt. What is going on with Milo Ventimiglia? Will be hearing wedding bells soon? Could a baby be on the way? This is the stuff that we need, damnit! [Source]

Here is the full cover photo of the new issue of People magazine which features our very first look at Harlow Winter Madden posing with her mommy Nicole Richie:

PEOPLE has your first look at Nicole Richie and her daughter Harlow, born Jan. 11 in L.A. Richie, 26, and her boyfriend Joel Madden, 28, open up to PEOPLE about how parenthood has changed their lives – and the happy couple pose for an exclusive family photo album with their daughter (the latest issue of PEOPLE is on newsstands Friday). Says Richie of life with Harlow: "She gives life a whole new meaning and a whole new purpose."

Again, I love this pic ... I can't wait to see more. This is one of my favorite People magazine covers ... and, apparently, it's well loved by the folks at Best Week Ever, too. [Source]

And finally ... here's a little game ... can you guess who this celebrity is?

Click above to find out who it is

You may be surprised to find out that this celeb was once this innocent-looking back in school ... I know I was shocked to discover who it is. [Source]

Les News:
OMG ... yesterday was seriously the most gorgeous day ever ... the sun was shining, folks were in shorts everywhere you looked ... I got to drive my car with the windows and moon roof open which was just the best thing ever. I'm so loving SoCal right now :)

This evening, I'm having dinner with an old friend from Detroit who is in town this weekend ... and then David arrives from NYC later on tonight. I have tons of stuff to get to before he gets here ... so I'm out.

Have a great day!!!