Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Shining

Not to be outdone by Chace Crawford's embarrassing high school pics, Pink reader Mel sends in a couple of high school era photos of Audrina Patridge from The Hills:


Yikes! Couldn't anyone inform the poor girl that her forehead was so reflective in the first pic? Mean! I really don't fancy Audrina as a blonde ... she looks much better with dark hair ... I hope she keeps it that way ;) [thanks Mel]

They Just Keep On Comin'

Pink reader Kristen gave me the head's up on a site that was full of a bunch of Chace Crawford candid and old skool pics so I feel it's my duty to share some of the wealth with all y'all. Here are a couple pics of Chace from his high school days:


Hi, eyebrows. While these pics are cute and a bit embarrassing, I think I still prefer seeing the pics of Chace lookin' all trashed and stuff:


You just *know* that he's a fun guy to party with. I can't wait for the candid pics of his partying with JC Chasez to leak to the InterWeb :) [thanks Kristen]

The Dark Knight Does Empire Magazine

Empire magazine is featuring both Batman and The Joker on 2-dfferent collector's covers of their newest issue which just hit newsstands. Actually, there is a third limited edition cover which features a Jokerified Batman cover. Here are a few scans from the mag:


The accompanying photos are all pics that we've seen before but they're worth checking out again. We are just a little over a month and a half away from the release of The Dark Knight (due for release on July 18) and I'm really, really very excited. I was amped for Sex and the City but I was a bit worried it wouldn't be as good as I hoped (thankfully, I was wrong ... it turned out even better) but I *know* that The Dark Knight is gonna be awesome. Wee!!! [Source via Source]

Old Becks Teaches New Tricks

David Beckham has made his way to the tropics this weekend, spending some time in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad where he has been training young local soccer players at the Centre of Excellence at Marvin Lee Stadium. Here are a few pics of Becks showin' the kids how it's done:


Photo credit: Splash News

You know what would make photos like these a lot more interesting? A lot less clothing. But hey, at least Becks is taking the time to work out with some very lucky kids ... I guess that's sexy enough. [Source]

The TV Guide: Strangers, Interrupted

Yesterday was kinda chill ... I had made plans to hang out with Jim since we haven't been able to do so in a while with all of his "working" and luckily his hubby Derek was able to hang out as well. We had grand plans for dinner and a movie so we met up at Pink Taco to get our margarita on and stuff our faces. We planned on seeing the 10pm showing of The Strangers at Century City but the damn thing sold out on us. So, we hauled ass to the Arc Light in Sherman Oaks only to discover it was sold out there as well. By that time, we were pretty much over it ...

... but, Jim and I are going to see the damn movie this afternoon in Burbank so all's not lost.

Tonight, Darion's Birthday celebration, part deux, takes place in WeHo. There will be more dranking and lots of dancing at Cherry Pop so it shall be fun ... expect fun pics. I hope all y'all's weekends are coming along nicely ... it's warm and sunny here in SoCal -- Woot!!

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PITNB Readers: Sex, A Graduation & Becks

Here is this week's batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers -- Tamar sends in a pic from the opening day of the Sex and the City Movie in Israel, you may recall that I met her sister Erika on Thursday night on the eve of the movie's opening here in the US -- TJ sends in a pic from his recent graduation day at Rutgers University -- Rachel sends in a pic of her Pink is the new 35 cookie bouquet that was given to her for her birthday by her BFF -- Phoenix and Julie, my ladies from Detroit, send in a cute pic on the night they say Kanye West's Glow in the Dark Tour in Detroit Rock City -- Melissa sends in a pic of a bunch of ladies from the University of Texas who happened to run into David Beckham as they made their way home from this year's South Central Regional's Competition:


Holllla! Thank you all so much for another batch of fun pics. It looks like it was a great week for all y'all ... much, much love goes out to you all for taking the time to share your good times with all of us. Keep the fun pix coming, I love them all :) xoxo

Siouxsie Sioux Does Vice Magazine

The utterly fabulous Siouxsie Sioux was interviewed by Vice magazine sometime after she completed her US tour earlier this year. Here are a couple pictures from her spread and excerpts from her interview:


When Siouxsie Sioux climbed onstage at the 100 Club in September 1976 with a band made up of nonmusician buddies—Marco Pirroni, Steven Severin, and Sid Vicious—she probably wasn't thinking about world tours with roadies, lighting rigs, and costume changes 30 years down the line. From all accounts she mostly shrieked the Lord's Prayer over a walloping din created by the guys while dodging loogies. Ah, but fate has its own plans. Sixteen Siouxsie and the Banshees albums, ten Creatures albums, and an insane number of singles (big hits! "Hong Kong Garden," "Dear Prudence," "Cities and Dust," "Peek-a-Boo," "Israel," etc.) later, she's on the road to everywhere with a solo album, Mantaray, and still making 'em hurt with her glittery dark-glam voodoo thing. After a recent US tour, Vice gave her a call in France.

How do you like the US these days?

I really enjoyed America this time. We did pretty much all-new material and some choice oldies, and the response was great. A lot of old regulars, but definitely younger fans coming. The last show we played was Orange County, California, and there were all these really young kids, their mums with them, obviously. There was one girl of nine or ten, she knew all the words.

I could see children loving a Siouxsie Sioux concert, sure.

My catsuits were going down a storm, I think. I really landed them with my Emma Peel look.

Do you think of the new solo album as a continuation of your work with the Banshees and the Creatures?

Lyrically this album is more direct than the others. I've been going through a lot of changes personally. Also, over the years I've seen many aspects of the pop world, the music industry, and life as well.

You're so full-on live. Do you do all those singerly things to protect your voice?

When you've done a lot of touring, it's tough on the vocal cords. The one thing I have learned more recently is doing exercises before I go on stage.

Have you ever gotten up there and nothing came out?

In the past, sure. I've gone onstage knowing I had laryngitis, the worst feeling in the world. In the early days we'd play five or six nights in a row, traveling as well. The voice can't take that kind of punishment. I would always dream of being a backing musician and not having to take the spotlight. There are also singers out there where it's pretty much on one level. They don’t really push up or down or around. It's all midrange.

I have to say, your live performance is a revelation. You look like you’re going through some kind of transformation.

I love touring and playing live. To be able to really go for it and not have any restraints, physical or otherwise. And the subtleties as well, all the control of it. It's so liberating.

Technology worries you?

Well, we're talking about a generation that has grown up with computers. My big worry is that the need to connect with the actual is slowly getting eroded.

How is it being 50?

I'm enjoying it. There are a lot of things where I say, "Oh, that makes sense now." And then I can finally forget about them.


Siouxsie is one of the coolest women on Earth. A lot is made of Madonna's fabulosity but Siouxsie Sioux manages to stay under the radar with her fierceness. She is so talented, I just love absolutely everything she puts out. I'm so glad that she continues to make music because her brand of artistry feels like a dying art form. I treasure my catalog of Siouxsie and the Banshees and Creatures music ... it's the kind of library of song that will last forever -- at least for me. I hope her latest solo album isn't the last ... I'd love to be able to enjoy another 50 years of music from Siouxsie Sioux. Click HERE to read the full Vice magazine interview. [Source]

LaToya Jackson's First Birthday Party ... Ever

LaToya Jackson, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, grew up never allowed to celebrate holidays (like Xmas) and milestone events (like birthdays), made her way to Las Vegas, NV this week to enjoy her very first birthday party ever at Privé nightclub with her brother Jackie and friend RuPaul. Here are pics of an ecstatic (and perhaps tipsy) LaToya on the Privé red carpet last night as she made her way into her birthday party:


Photo credit: Splash News

And here are a couple photos of LaToya with her brother, Ru and the first birthday cake she's ever had ... like, ever:


Photo credit: Wireimage

The way I understand it, Toy arrived just before midnight, posing for pictures with fans as she made her way inside. At just about 1:30 AM Privé presented her with her first birthday cake ever, a lemon and cream creation topped with sparklers. It was at that point that Latoya jumped up on the couch with her glass of Yellow Label Veuve Clicquot and got her groove on in celebration ... and then the party wrapped after 2 AM -- short and sweet. You know, LaToya has to be one of my fave Jacksons -- she's right up there with Janet for me. I've always commended her for finding the strength to break away from her father's tight, controlling (and abusive) grip ... even if it made her a Jackson outcast for so many years. I really wish more people could hear her music because her stuff is really quite good. If you take some of Janet's sexiness and mix it up with a bit of Michael's craziness (and don't forget the family nose) and you've got LaToya Jackson, bitches! Happy Birthday, Toy ... I hope your first birthday party was all you dreamed it would be.

Guy Talk

Hugh Jackman stepped out for a morning swim at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia early Saturday with an unknown, yet sexy male friend ... here are a few pics:


It's not clear who this mysterious and hawt dude is but one thing's for sure, they really do make a handsome pair of manly men. [Source]

Get It While It Gives

The official music video for Madonna's new song Give It 2 Me (featuring Pharrell) has made its way to the InterWeb, check it out ...


... while you can. Enjoy!! [Source]

UPDATE: Rats! Pulled already. Well, to make up for it, here are pics of Maddy lookin' faboo as she stepped out on the town for dinner at Nobu in London last night:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

I'm sure the Give It 2 Me vid will be online again soon ...

UPDATE 2: It's back.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Enter For Your Chance To Party With PITNB

Reminder: Don't forget to get your entries submitted for your chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Hollywood to party with me and my friends on June 11 at my Relaunch Party for the new Pink is the new Blog redesign:


Thanks to sponsorship from Nestea and Nikon COOLPIX, we're gonna be throwing a bit of a Hollywood bash here in LA and I want one lucky Pink reader and a guest to enjoy an all expenses paid trip to LA for the relaunch party as well as a Nikon COOLPIX s600 digital camera. Additionally, the winner will be able to blog about the party afterwards on the contest page. Five runner-ups from the SoCal area will be selected to attend the shindig to party with us as well. All the contest rules and requirements can be found at PinkVIPBlogger.com so please make sure you check out the page to make sure you're eligible to win ... and then send in those entries and come party with me and my friends :) [Source]

Casey-Lynn Buy A House

Here is our first look at the new humble abode in Kentwood, LA that has just been procured by unwed eminent parents Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge where the couple are reportedly planning to raise their burgeoning family:


Photo credit: INFdaily

My my, that's a mighty nice piece of land if I ever did see one. Why, a young fertile couple could raise a mess o' young'ns on a farm like this. There's room to raise livestock, room to drive ATVs and there's even a spot right behind the barn that looks perfect for a moonshine still! It's perfect!! [Source]

Angelina Jolie Does Vanity Fair Magazine

The still pregs Angelina Jolie is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine. In the accompanying interview, Angelina talks about her pregnancy, her international family and her stance on nannies. Here is Ange's cover and a portion of her VF interview:


Angelina Jolie on being pregnant:
"I love it. It makes me feel like a woman. It makes me feel that all the things about my body are suddenly there for a reason. It makes you feel round and supple, and to have a little life inside you is amazing. Also, I’m fortunate. I think some women have a different experience depending on their partner. I think that affects it. I happen to be with somebody who finds pregnancy very sexy. So that makes me feel very sexy."

Angelina Jolie on her international family:
"When I was growing up I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn’t have parents. It's not a humanitarian thing, because I don't see it as a sacrifice. It's a gift. We're all lucky to have each other. I look at Shiloh—because, obviously, physically, she is the one that looks like Brad and I when we were little—and say, 'If these were our brothers and sisters, how much would we have known by the time we were six that it took into our 30s and 40s to figure out?' I suppose I'm giving them the childhood I always wished I had."

Angelina Jolie on nannies:
"We don’t ever have anybody spend the night. We may have to adjust that when the next one comes. But we do have ladies that work with us, and they're also from different cultures and back-grounds. One lady’s a Vietnamese teacher—wonderful. One is of Congolese descent from Belgium. Another is from the States and is really creative and does art programs."


The full text of Angelina's interview with Vanity Fair will not be posted online until Monday (I suspect she'll still be pregs by then as well) but you can click HERE to read the rest of the excerpted interview at Vanity Fair's website now. [Source]

Broken

After erroneously reporting that Angelina Jolie gave birth to her twins, going so far as to report the names of the alleged newborns (ISLA MARCHELINE and AMELIE JANE), it seems that Entertainment Tonight is having a few problems with their website:


I wonder whatever could be the problem. [Source]

"Friends" Chris Brown & Rihanna Are Dunzo!

Despite the fact that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been denying that they are in a romantic relationship, I think it is my duty to report that the couple are quite possibly dunzo after all. Whether they are dunzo as friends or as lovers is up for debate but Pink reader Crystal sends in a report that the couple had a big fight backstage last night, essentially ending their relationship:


Photo credit: INFdaily

Last night Kanye West played his Glow in the Dark tour in Edmonton, Canada (which was amazing). Chris Brown was in the city as well and during Rihanna's opening act he came on stage and danced with her. Anyways, the story is that backstage Chris and Rihanna got into huge fight and broke up. It was even reported that she was throwing pieces of a piano at him.

LOL! I don't usually post rumors like this but I really like the image of Rihanna chucking pieces of piano at Chris Brown. Who knows if they actually broke up (or were even "together" in the first place) or if this was just a lover's spat but it's a funny story nonetheless. Hee hee. [thanks Crystal]

Lost: No Place Like ???

ATTENTION: LOST SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Okay ... so Lost ... depending on who you are you either found last night's 2-hour season finale epically awesome, painfully boring or you don't watch the show and you're tired of hearing everyone talk about it. I find myself somewhere in between the first two batches of folks. While I didn't find the ep "epic" (in fact, I didn't even think it was the best Lost season finale we've seen) I wouldn't at all call it boring or at all disappointing. I expected to be more wowed by the major advancements in the story line (hello, explosions and disappearances) but I really wasn't knocked off my chair at all. I did hungrily feast on all the answers to many of the big questions that we got ... and I really did love the reunification scene between two of our favorite separated lovers:


I did love how the ep started in the same place that the season started last Fall ... Jack and Kate in the "present" talking about the death of someone they know and arguing about having to go back to the island. The name Jeremy Bentham got tossed around all ep long, which was meant to keep us guessing as to who they were talking about. For a minute, I thought it might turn out to be an entirely new character -- I was happy that it did not turn out to be a new character :) My friend Mark, who is a student of philosophy, immediately recognized the name and texted me THIS site which explains who he was and what he stood for (the bit about his preserved body is also very cool/creepy, I think). The big shocker at the end was that John Locke turned out to be Bentham ... which means he eventually gets off the island, visits Jack and Kate (and maybe others) in an attempt to get them to return to the island and is killed somewhere along the way. I was bummed that hottie badguy Keemy died so quickly (even tho he didn't die the first time I thought he died, he did die way too fast the second real time he died). I was also freaked out at how Walt looks now. The kid is totally unrecognizable. He absolutely transformed from the cute kid we knew into a pubescent heeby-jeeby stage kid who kinda scares me. I bet we'll be seeing more of him ... unfortch, not so much more of his father Michael who was killed in the boat explosion. Harold Perrineau has already given an interview to TV Guide stating that his character was, indeed, killed off last night. It remains to be seen if Jin died in the explosion as well ... he was running off the boat before the bomb went off ... and we know if Sawyer can swim all the way back to the island the so could Jin (tho, he might have a prob if the island disappeared before he managed to get there). Oh yeah, the island disappeared. We saw Ben go down a shaft into a very cold room with a big wheel (prolly full of that "negatively charged exotic matter" stuff that was mentioned in the Orchid video) and then a bright light (the same light that we saw at the end of season 2 when Desmond turned the key after not pressing the button) and then the island poofed away. Since whoever moves the island can't stay, that must be the point where Ben zapped himself into the desert. The Sun in the future (present) thing with Widmore is a set up for future eps as is Claire's appearance in Kate's dream (we heard backwards talking as well ... also, Sawyer whispered something to Kate before he jumped out of the airplane -- all of these things will come to light very soon). Happily Penny was the one that found Desmond and the rest of the folks on the helicopter ... that was a nice treat. So we know that Desmond is also "out in the world" like the Oceanic 6 ... I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him. We're also bound to learn what "really bad things" happened on the island after the survivors left and, of course, we'll see more of Locke -- even if he does die at some point. After all, all of the folks who left the island (including the corpse Locke/Bentham) have to go back to make things right. All in all, I liked the ep -- it didn't rock my work but it was very satisfying. [Source]

I'm looking forward to Season 4 (which won't air until January 2009) which, hopefully, will turn out a lot like this Photoshop manip made by ONTD! member destroyernova:


LOLOLOLOL!

One last thing, in case you missed it ... the following "commercial" aired in the last ad segment before the ep ended:


It looks like a new Lost viral game is about to be played at San Diego Comic Con this summer.

Yeah ... so what did you think?

The TV Guide: Coloring And The City

Woot! Okay, so last night I was able attend a charity screening of the Sex and the City movie which has hosted by SKYY Vodka (the official vodka of the movie) which benefitted AIDS Project Los Angeles (and raised $20,000 for the organization in last night's event). Not only was I and the other attendees able to see the movie early but we were also treated to a little Q&A session after the film with Kristen Davis (Charlotte) and Michael Patrick King (the producer/writer of the SaTC series and the writer/director of the movie). But, before I get to that ... let's talk a bit about the movie itself:


SaTC faithful, you're gonna love this film. I've been getting emails from international readers all week long about how much those folks are loving the film (which opened in places like Israel and London earlier this week) but I kinda remained hesitant to get all that excited before seeing the film for myself. I can now honestly say that the movie rocks balls -- it has everything that fans will be looking for -- I mean everything. Inside jokes, nods to the series, laughs, tears, anger, shoes, hot bags, shoes, fashion, shoes ... well, you get my point. Do not be late for the movie ... the opening credits give a nice recap of the series and catches us up a bit before the movie gets underway. We learn some new info about our fave characters (including Mr. Big's full name) and we are reminded of some of the fun things about the show that we may have taken for granted (the outfit that Carrie wears in the opening sequence of the series makes a cameo -- I actually squealed). Let me assure you, true fans of the show will LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. I was very surprised that The New York Times gave the movie such a scathing review ... but this is also the publication that decided that Heidi Montag is a feminist hero. Entertainment Weekly gives a much more fair review (which you shouldn't read if you don't want to be spoiled.

I will say that Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job in the role of Carrie's personal assistant Louise but I was left wanting more. This was the first role that J. Hud has done since winning the Academy Award for Dreamgirls and her part kinda felt squished into the story. If they had cast an unknown in the role, I don't think I would've felt the same ... the character would've just faded into the background like all of the amazing purses, shoes, dresses and men did (and, hello, there is alot of nekkid man flesh in this movie -- the shower scene is sooo hot! Thank you Michael Patrick King). Honestly, this is the only negative I could find in the movie. Is it the perfect movie? Mebbe not for everyone but I think it deffo is for SaTC fans. It felt like an entire new season in one sitting ... I can't wait to see it again, honestly.

Okay ... so Kristen Davis and Michael Patrick King were the special guests at last night's screening ... KD did the "green" thing and arrived in a hawt-looking BMW Hydrogen 7, which is the world's first hydrogen-powered car for everyday use. She and MPK answered some questions after the movie and then hung out for a bit at the SKYY Vodka cocktail reception afterwards:


Lisa Kudrow and Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) were among the celebs who came out for the party. I was able to record the full Q&A session with MPK and Kristen Davis ... which you can listen to here:


I would recommend NOT listening if you've not seen the movie yet ... there are some spoilers.

And ... on my way out of the screening, I ran into a bunch of Pink readers who had just arrived for the midnight screening of the movie:


Much love goes out to Erika, Elana and Rachel (and extra love goes out to Tamar who couldn't be with us cuz she's chillin' in Israel right now) ... it was great meeting you all.

OY ... so that's it ... take my advice, GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

PS: The title of this post will make sense after you see the movie :)

Les News: K-Fed Loses A Kid, 50 Loses A House, A Hanson Gains A Baby

Just What The World Needs

Celebs like Leighton Meester, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rachel Bilson and Nicolette Sheridan made their way out to West Hollywood, CA yesterday for the grand opening event of a new Chanel concept boutique on trendy Robertson Blvd. Here are a few pics from yesterday's red carpet:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

SLEEK, airy and abbreviated. The new Chanel store is as expertly packaged as the trendy shopping row it inhabits: West Hollywood's Robertson Boulevard. The boutique, which opens Friday, is the first in a new breed of smaller shops for the company that zero in on the season's trends and the neighborhood, a spokeswoman said. The concept behind the mini store -- designed by Peter Marino, who is also responsible for Chanel's stunning Rodeo Drive revamp -- is to present a tightly edited selection of the season's pieces, including ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, accessories and cosmetics, similar to what a shrewd fashion editor might handpick for a photo shoot, said Barbara Cirkva, president of Chanel's fashion division. Merchandisers may focus on a certain color scheme or a trendy silhouette or handbag within the larger collections. With Chanel's arrival on Robertson, the street's days as a quaint indie boutique district are officially over. (D&G and Ralph Lauren are poised to open soon.) But it's still the row du jour for young starlets and wannabes looking to get "caught" by the paparazzi. Chanel denies that the new outpost is an attempt to appeal to a younger crowd, but the trendy location and smaller scope do suggest otherwise. The 5,395-square-foot, two-story boutique includes a huge landscaped courtyard bordering the main floor. Up the polished black concrete staircase is a smaller space featuring pieces from the ready-to-wear collection with sliding glass doors opening onto a terrace. As on Rodeo, the color scheme is classic Chanel black and white, and original artwork was commissioned -- this time from Robert Greene, who created two oil works on vellum, collaged onto aluminum panels. Pieces from the latest haute couture collection will be on display, and the store will carry a limited-edition line of four eye-catching nail polish shades: Melrose (a shocking pink), Rodeo Drive (soft purple), L.A. Sunrise (primary yellow) and L.A. Sunset (warm tangerine). The bright hues make up the Robertson Collection, sell for $25 each and are exclusive to the new location.

I believe the "concept" is a high fashion version of a mini-mart ... you know, for those days when you need to pick up a $2,500 dollar purse but you don't have time to trudge all the way to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Sounds genius to me. [Source]

The Talented Mr. Crawford

Just like those "scandalous" My Space photos of Miley Cyrus that continue to make their way to the InterWeb, it seems like we will continue to enjoy new candid photos of Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford actin' a fool with his girls on various drunken outings around NYC as the weeks go by. Here are a couple new photos of Chace doing interesting things with a bottle of beer on one of his Girls Gone Wild nights out:


Wow! I knew that Chace was talented ... I just didn't know exactly how talented he really is. The second photo really reminds me of THIS scene from Madonna's Truth or Dare :) [Source]

Transformers Invade Bethlehem

Pink reader Nina gave me the head's up that filming is just about to get underway at the Bethlehem Steel factory site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the sequel to last summer's blockbuster movie Transformers. Here is a pic of the site and a portion of a report from a local PA media outlet:


Explosions, blazing lights and even military helicopters will all be part of making a Hollywood movie about giant, shape-shifting robots -- but, as the Bethlehem neighbors of the "Transformers 2" movie set will find out next week, it might not involve much sleep. The movie's crew will be turning the former Bethlehem Steel site into a nighttime war zone from 4 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor John Callahan said Wednesday. The filming will continue the following two nights during the same hours. Notices were sent to neighbors and nearby business owners Tuesday warning them about the upcoming noise, glare and road closures that will come along with the filming of one of the movie's opening scenes, which will feature the computer-generated robots alongside Steel's instantly-recognizable blast furnaces. "It is essentially going to be a simulated war," Callahan said. "Overall, it's a great thing for the city," he said, citing the economic impact from the roughly 200 crew members staying in hotels and buying supplies. At the same time, city officials know the filming might be an inconvenience for anyone trying to sleep through director Michael Bay's pyrotechnic displays. Callahan said officials want to make sure residents know what's going on so they won't call police with worries or complaints about the noise ... The Bethlehem scene will be set in a fictional Chinese city. The movie's crew has already recruited dozens of local residents of Asian descent to work as extras. Members of the movie crew appeared to be building part of the set Wednesday at the western edge of the blast furnaces. Also on Wednesday, dozens of trucks carrying filming equipment rolled into a parking lot at the nearby Steel Ice Center. "It's pretty thrilling that they're going to be right here," said Nancy Hudson of Bethlehem, the ice rink's receptionist, adding that she and her family are "big fans of Optimus Prime" -- the heroic Transformers leader who changes into a tractor-trailer. "Right now, we're all kind of looking out and wondering what's going to happen --…and hoping that they have people watching their equipment," Hudson said, alluding to the pricey lights and other filmmaking supplies. In fact, security is tight on the movie set, the Bethlehem Steel site and even the ice rink's parking lot. When a Morning Call reporter checked out the parking lot Wednesday afternoon, a security guard with a badge featuring the "Transformers" logo politely asked him to move along ... Asked where other curious onlookers might get a glimpse of the action, Callahan declined to offer any suggestions. "We're not necessarily encouraging people to come out," he said, but he acknowledged that people are excited to see the filming and will probably find some good vantage points at a safe distance. "It's like the fireworks," Callahan said. "We don't tell people where to go to watch the fireworks, but they seem to figure it out."

Woot! This does sound exciting. You may recall that portions of the finale scene in last year's Transformers movie were shot in downtown Detroit, MI so I totally understand how much fun this must be for the folks in Bethlehem, PA. If any of ya'll manage to snap any cool pics, feel free to send them in for sharing on the blog. I can't believe we're already at the start of a new Transformers movie ... it seems like just yesterday that we heard production began on the first movie. [Source, thanks Nina]

Angelina Jolie Does Not Give Birth

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Angelina Jolie has given birth to her twins in France -- tho exactly when isn't entirely clear, posting this simple bit of information on their website:

ET breaks news that ANGELINA JOLIE has had her twins!
Details coming soon!



Thus far, only US Weekly has jumped on board to run with the story, citing both ET and "French media outlets" (the latter claim the twins were born last Sunday):

Angelina Jolie has welcomed twins, a source close to the actress tells Entertainment Tonight. French media reports have also surfaced, claiming Jolie, 32, was with beau Brad Pitt, 44, when she gave birth at a Catholic clinic in France's Aix-en-Provence this past Sunday. Her rep has not confirmed those reports.

I tend to not believe things like this until People magazine confirms but there is a sense of immediacy that kinda makes me think this report may be true ... but who knows. Could the Brangelina twins really be 5 days old already? My guess is that if Ange really did give birth then it must've *just* happened ... right? Until we get official confirmation, I'd hold off on sending out your congratulatory gifts to the new French Brangelina manse. [Source, Source]

UPDATE: ET added a bit more info:

A source close to the actress confirms that she has given birth to twins in France. "Babies are great and so is mom," we're told.

ET is also hearing that the names are ISLA (pronounced eye-la) MARCHELINE (after Angie's mom) and AMELIE JANE (after Brad's mom) JOLIE-PITT.


HMMMM ... ET has the names already? Either they will have the total scoop or total egg on their face.


UPDATE 2: Looks like it's ET with egg on its face, People magazine has received official confirmation from Brangelina's rep that Ange has NOT GIVEN BIRTH to her babies yet:

Contrary to a flurry of recent reports that Angelina Jolie has delivered her twins, PEOPLE can confirm it is not true.

"Angelina has not given birth. She is fine, enjoying her home and her family in France," a rep for the actress tells PEOPLE.


See? This is why I don't believe it 'til I hear it from People. You may recall that Angelina announced that she was due to give birth in August ... soooo ... there you have it.

Hot Tranny Mess

Star magazine has scrounged up this old photo of a Hollywood actor (who has a big movie opening in theaters this weekend) which BEGS the question ... can you guess who it is?


I think the answer might surprise you. Click HERE to find out who it is. [Source]

A Little Bit "Country"

YEEEEEEEHAW, Bitches! "Country" girl Jessica Simpson has made her way back to SoCal after spending some time in Nashville, TN working on her new Country Music album, the first single of which was recently released online (click HERE to hear it if you haven't already and are so inclined). Here are a few pics of the young filly with her BFF Ken Paves upon arrival at LAX airport yesterday:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

See, you can tell that Jessica has gone "country" cuz she's wearing that nifty "cowboy" hat. See what she's doing here? She's letting the world know that she's a "country girl" with a "country" album by wearing a "country" hat. I knew that many folks might be confused by all of this so I thought it would be prudent to sorta spell it out for y'all. Oh, and you're welcome. [Source]

Lost: The Alternative

ATTENTION: LOST SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Okay ... so this isn't my full Lost recap from last night's 2-hour season finale (that will come later on in the day, I'm actually still processing) BUT the following portion will be EXTREMELY SPOILERISH if you've yet to watch last night's ep so I suggest you come back to this after you watch the ep for yourself ... if you've seen last night's ep, then read (and click) on ...











The big shocker at the end of the ep was the revelation of who is in the coffin. If you recall, the season premiere of Lost this year showed Jack in a flashforward to the relative present attending a funeral -- but we never knew who was in the coffin until the very last frame of last night's finale. If you watched last night then you know who was in the coffin ... but two alternate endings were shot to keep the secret (in case someone on set leaked the information) so below are screencaps from the two alternate endings ... which reveal two different people in the coffin:


Click above to find out who's in the box

To be clear, the person we saw in the coffin last night is the real "dead person". These two screencaps are from fake, alternate endings intended to throw off spoilers which were shot in an attempt to keep the secret from leaking to the InterWeb. I thought it would be fun to post these alternate ending scenes. Click HERE to watch video of these alternate scene reveals which aried this morning on Good Morning America. [Source]

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Plan B

First it was Eva Longoria workin' at a Wendy's in Corpus Christi, TX and now it's Heidi Klum doin' fast food duty at a McDonald's in Munich, Germany ...


Photo credit: Wireimage

... could it be that some of the Hollywood elite are securing jobs on the side just in case the whole celeb thing doesn't work out? Just wondering. [Source]

Constant Craving

Tori Spelling, who is mere moments away from birthing her new baby, who just signed a deal to appear on the 90210 spinoff show for The CW and who has had her Oxygen reality show Tori & Dean: Inn Love retooled (because her Inn isn't doing so well) so that the focus is on her home life (but won't feature her family), was spotted indulging one of her cravings with at Pink's Hot Dogs here in LA this week ... here are a few unflattering photos:


Photo credit: Splash News

To be clear ... the unflattery has everything to do with the hot dogs and nothing else but the hot dogs. It's really very hard to make hot dogs sexy, you know? I kinda have to admit that I'm kinda intrigued to see how she will manage stepping into Donna Martin's shoes on 90210 again ... as long as she leaves the hot dogs at home. [Source]

You Don't Mess With The Zohan Premieres

Adam Sandler, who was all gussied up in his favorite jeans, t-shirt and baseball cap, was joined by some friends and colleagues at the LA premiere of his new movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA last night ... here are a few pics from the red carpet:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

First things first ... I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this movie since the first time I saw the trailer in movie theaters. Adam Sandler films are generally hit or miss (usually miss) but everything that I've seen from this movie thus far looks outrageously funny. Second, I am geeked beyond belief that Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life) is featured in the film as Mrs. Greenhouse. Now, I have no idea how much of the movie she will appear in but I'd happily pay the $12 bucks just to catch a glimpse of her. Clearly, this movie has got it all ... what more could you ask for? Zohan opens in theaters on June 6. [Source]

The TV Guide: Darion Gets Old(er)

Last night, Eric, Mike, Jordan and I joined Darion for a quiet birthday dinner at Katsuya in Hollywood. I'm not sure any of us had eaten there before (tho, I'm quite familiar with Katsu-Ya in Studio City) so we weren't sure whether to expect good food or just a lot of hype. Thankfully we were met with really delicious food. Here are a few pics from last night's festivities:


I kinda fell in love with the rock shrimp tempura roll (quote of the night goes to Jordan who, after popping one of the delish pieces of rock shrimp into his mouth, uttered: "Oh. It just gave me a boner!"). Yeah we pretty much ate our faces off ... we kinda stuffed ourselves so much that we weren't in the mood for much else afterwards. Part deux of Darion's birthday celebration picks up again this Saturday night with drinking and dancing to come.

Tonight, I'm going to a special screening of the Sex and the City Movie which is sponsored by SKYY Vodka and will be hosted by Kristin Davis. I'm very anxious to finally see this movie!!!!!!!!!!! But in the meantime, I have a lot of cleaning to do. I'm kinda over living in squalor so I'm gonna start pitching, donating and putting things away. Fun.

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Vicki B: The Model Strikes Again

In what seems to be an unceasing string of ridiculous Marc Jacobs ad campaigns that feature Victoria Beckham, here are but the latest photos from said campaign:


I think these photos would have worked better in the context of the earlier photos had they been released around the same time. At this point, the pics don't look avant garde or even all that interesting anymore. OOOH, VB is wearing a freaky dress and she's still got that thing on her head. I'm kinda over it. Isn't it time for Marc Jacobs to release a new ridic campaign to pimp his wares? [Source]

Potter Fans, Rejoice! A Sorta Prequel Is On The Way

JK Rowling has announced on her official website that she will be auctioning off an 800-page short story which kinda sorta is a prequel to the first Harry Potter book and will benefit the English PEN and the Dyslexia Action organizations. Because this short-story, or prologue if you will, is bound to fetch an exorbitant sum at auction, it will be published in a collection of short stories later on in the year. Here is the full text of JK's website announcement:


Thursday 29 May 2008
Waterstones Charity Auction

A few months ago a number of authors were invited to handwrite cards for auction by Waterstones, on June 10, all proceeds to go to English PEN, the writers' association, and the Dyslexia Society.

After playing around with a number of different ideas I decided to write a short (for me!) excerpt from a prequel to the Potter series. It is about 800 words long and the action takes place around 3 years before Harry is born.

Although I did feel a bit like a relapsing addict as I sat down to write - the words poured from my pen with frightening ease - I am NOT working on a prequel. Indeed, I've written that clearly at the bottom of the card itself. I just thought that this was the best way to make money for two extremely worthwhile charities.

The good news for Potter fans who will not be able to bid at the auction is that you will be able to read the short story (along with amazing contributions from Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard, Irvine Welsh, Sebastian Faulks, Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child, Nick Hornby, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Appignanesi, Richard Ford, and Michael Rosen) by purchasing a book of facsimiles, which will be available in August. The proceeds from this book, too, will go to the charities.


I'm sure there are a great number of Harry Potter fans salivating at the notion of the release of another 800 words from the pen of JK Rowling. Whether it is presented as a prologue or a prequel to the wildly successful Harry Potter saga, I'm sure it's gonna fly of the shelves as if it were just the latest installment. The woman can basically print her own money at this point. I'm just happy that kids, once again, have a book to look forward to reading :) I'm even more thrilled that my fave contemporary author Neil Gaiman is included in this collection! [Source, Source]

Pete To Ashlee: Bee My Bride?

Now that we've sufficiently digested the news that newlyweds Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are having a baby together, here is a bit more Ashl33n "news" to check out. Apparently, Pete commissioned a very special gift for his new bride and presented her with a 26" X 47" X 36" bee made entirely of standard Lego bricks. Um, yeah. According to the Lego artist who created this wedding gift for Ashlee on Pete's behalf, the bee was commissioned because "it is romantic". What? Here's the bee:


Photo credit: Splash News

This is Pete Wentz's unusual wedding present for his bride Ashlee Simpson - a giant Lego bumblebee. Pete commissioned artist Nathan Sawaya to make the "Lego Bee" which measures 26ins by 47ins by 36ins and is made from about 18,000 standard Lego bricks. New York based Nathan said: "I was commissioned to create a bee. Why a bee? Because it is romantic of course. In Hindu myth, Kama, the god of love, has a bow and arrows, and the bow string is made up of bees. In the ancient Greek world the bee symbolized the soul because they migrated in swarms. And the Roman god of love, Cupid, is often pictured with bees or being stung. I made this bee for a boy who wanted to give his girl a special wedding gift. They are a fun couple as evidenced by their Alice in Wonderland themed wedding." For more information on Sawaya and his work, visit www.brickartist.com

I can only imagine what Ashlee's face looked like when she opened her gift, "Oh! A bee?" I can only imagine what Pete's face looked like when he heard that the guy who created his private wedding gift is blabbing to the media, "Oh! An a-hole!" [Source]

The Jackson 3

Michael Jackson wasn't the only member of the strange family to emerge last week for designer Christian Audigier's 50th Birthday celebration ... his children Prince Michael, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael Jackson, II (better known as Blanket) also emerged from hiding to show their faces in public. Here is a pic of the latest generation of the Jacksons making a rare appearance at a Las Vegas bookstore last week while their odd father Michael Jackson shopping nearby in the music section of the store hidden behind scarves covering his face:


They appear to be absolutely normal, and utterly unremarkable. There is nothing about the girl, with her flowing brown hair and fine, pretty features, or her two handsome brothers which would merit a second glance. But, on closer inspection, there is perhaps just something in the way which the older of the two boys is looking, in eager glee at his surroundings which lets you know that he is enjoying a moment of rare freedom. For these are the rarely seen children of Michael Jackson ... Last week ... Prince, Paris and Prince Michael were pictured visiting a Las Vegas bookstore. They browsed through children's books, while their father stayed in the music section. He was, as usual, covered up with a scarf and hood. The resemblance between Prince and Paris, the older two, is striking - both have the same colouring and delicate bone structure. Six-year-old Prince Michael - known as "Blanket" - is much darker than his two older siblings. It was Blanket, or course, who was dangled off a hotel balcony as a newborn by his father, who later said: "He enjoyed it. He started to respond by going 'eeee'." So what of these three motherless children? What is the truth about their extraordinary lives? And what kind of a father is Michael Jackson - if he is indeed their father at all? Those close to Jackson say he started a family in an effort to banish the demons of his own childhood ... Others ... insist that the children are very happy. Bryan Monroe, of Ebony magazine, met Jackson and his youngest child last year, and said: "Blanket was not masked - he just walked into the hotel room and shook hands. He sat down and watched cartoons. I was struck by the father-son relationship that appeared to be very authentic." Is Jackson, though, their biological father? He has always insisted that he is, even though Rowe has remarked: "Michael knows the truth. He has to come clean." Their fair skins would seem to back her up, but Professor Steve Jones, an expert in genetics from UCL, says it is possible that they are indeed his biological offspring. He said: "If Michael Jackson had, say 500 children with Debbie Rowe, you would expect some of them to be very white and some to be very dark. On average, they should be somewhere in between, and that is what you have here." Whatever the truth, the three of them are his life.

It is hard to determine if Jacko really is the father of these children ... they don't really look like him ... at all. Had they been born with penciled in eyebrows and plastic noses I think it would be much easier to believe his paternity. Well, no matter where these kiddies came from, they are in his care now and one can only hope that they can manage to live happy lives ... at least they're allowed to go out in public without having to wear masks, that's progress. [Source]

Still Rockin' The Vote

In 1990, Madonna (clad only in a pair of combat boots, a red bra & thong and an American flag) helped launch the Rock the Vote campaign to inspire young folks to get out and vote in this country ... and 18 years later that campaign is still going strong, as Xtina Aguilera joins the cause -- with her 4-month old baby son Max Liron to help lead the charge:


Remember when Madonna, draped in the American flag, appeared in a vamping public service announcement for a nascent organization called Rock the Vote? Now, almost two decades later, Christina Aguilera is kicking off the new campaign for the group, but the one wearing the flag is her infant son, Max Liron Bratman. In the new broadcast ad, set to debut later this summer, Aguilera sings a lullaby of "America the Beautiful" to her son, who was born in January. The Grammy winner said she didn't think twice about putting her son in the spot because it's "inevitable that he will be subjected to some amount of press," so it might as well be channeled into a good cause. "This election in particular is such an exciting and historical one, and so I was proud to have my son and I stand together for such a powerful moment and message in time," the 27-year-old star said. Rock the Vote turns 18 this year. Its executive director, Heather Smith, said that more than 850,000 users had downloaded voter registration forms from the group's website this year.

Ahh memories. Can you even believe that the Madonna that we know today is the same controversial figure that we knew back then? But anyways, kudos to Xtina for stepping up and responsibly taking part in such an important campaign. This country would be so much different if young people actually realized the power that they could wield if they actually took the time to vote. I'm convinced that we would've been spared the last 8 years of GWBullshizz if young voters had just bothered to vote in the 2000 and 2004 elections. But that is water under the bridge, we must now look forward to the Presidential election later on this year and work towards getting 18-24 year olds to help ensure that we elect the right person as President of our country. Madonna and Xtina may have different tactics for inspiring young people to get out and vote but I applaud them (and all the other Rock the Vote supporters) for actively trying to make a difference. [Source]

The State Of New York Plans To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Altho the state of New York doesn't yet allow same-sex marriages to be conducted in their territory, it is working towards becoming the first state that does not allow same-sex marriage to fully recognize same-sex marriages that take place in other States (and countries) within their borders. On May 14, Governor David A. Paterson issued a directive that all state agencies are to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada:


In a directive issued on May 14, the governor's legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere "should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union." The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses. In a videotaped message given to gay community leaders at a dinner on May 17, Mr. Paterson described the move as "a strong step toward marriage equality." And people on both sides of the issue said it moved the state closer to fully legalizing same-sex unions in this state. "Very shortly, there will be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, and probably thousands and thousands and thousands of gay people who have their marriages recognized by the state," said Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, a Democrat who represents the Upper West Side and has pushed for legalization of gay unions. Massachusetts and California are the only states that have legalized gay marriage, while others, including New Jersey and Vermont, allow civil unions. Forty-one states have laws limiting marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Legal experts said Mr. Paterson's decision would make New York the only state that did not itself allow gay marriage but fully recognized same-sex unions entered into elsewhere. The directive is the strongest signal yet that Mr. Paterson, who developed strong ties to the gay community as a legislator, plans to push aggressively to legalize same-sex unions as governor. His predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, introduced a bill last year that would have legalized gay marriage, but even as he submitted it, doubted that it would pass. The Democratic-dominated Assembly passed the measure, but the Republican-led Senate has refused to call a vote on it. Short of an act by the Legislature, the directive ordered by Mr. Paterson is the one of the strongest statements a state can make in favor of gay unions. "Basically we've done everything we can do on marriage legislatively at this point," said Sean Patrick Maloney, a senior adviser to Mr. Paterson. "But there are tools in our tool kit on the executive side, and this is one." ... Gay rights advocates ... applauded Mr. Paterson, saying the broad directive would make it clear that gay couples wed in other states were entitled to all of the benefits of marriage in New York and relieve them of the burden of challenging or suing individual agencies. "He saw no reason to stand in the way of making sure these couples benefit from the rights and protections that come with marriage," said Susan Sommer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, a group that advocates for gay rights. "It shouldn't be the burden of each lesbian or gay couple to have to advocate before an agency every time a new issue comes up."

Woot! Absent the fact that this directive should be the policy of every single state in the US, I applaud the Governor of New York for taking a bold stance on, what is essentially, common sense. Of course a couple that is legally married in one state should be fully recognized in every other state. Our country is built on the principles of equality and justice and this latest effort on New York's part is merely a reflection of those principles. If you think about it, all the gays have to do is get married in California and then split their time in New York to live out completely fulfilling lives ... at least to start. I'm convinced that the rest of the country will eventually come to realize that discrimination is wrong and that all US citizens should be afforded the same rights to marry. But, in the meantime, California and New York will do just fine in carrying on the traditions that this country is supposed to stand for. [Source]

Cap In A Box

David Beckham, who achieved the distinction of having 100 caps in his soccer career last March, was awarded a golden cap trophy in honor of that achievement in a friendly international match at Wembley Stadium this weekend that pitted the England team against the USA team (incidentally, Becks played for the English in the match). Here are pics of Becks receiving his trophy from soccer great Sir Bobby Charlton before the game took place:


Superstar footballer David Beckham is no stranger to cameras. But he clearly wasn't ready for his close-up. Before his appearance for England at Wembley in a friendly international against the USA game he was presented with a boxed memento of his landmark 100th appearance for England before the game - a gold cap. Beckham was clearly delighted at his achievement, but as the player stood still for his close-up, he held the elaborate presentation case, complete with engraved plaque, the wrong way round. Instead of displaying the lovingly crafted mahogany presentation box, and the embroidered cap to the snappers, a dozy Beckham kept it facing his chest, ensuring that no one could actually see it. Clearly he was caught up in the moment, as he paraded the trophy presented to him by former Manchester United great Sir Bobby Charlton ... The landmark 100th appearance took place against France last March - before the game. In March, the footballer told of his joy at reaching his footballing milestone. He said: "To go over the 100 mark is a proud moment. To be up there with Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Peter Shilton, I'm honoured to be in that company." Beckham later took to the field wearing a pair of commemorative pair of his Adidas Predator football boots. They were embroidered with the England and USA flags to mark his 101st appearance for his country. He played a pivotal part in England's 2-0 win over the USA ...

Awww ... what a nice trophy-thing ... I'm sure it'll look very nice on the Beckham mantle. [Source]

While the trophy presentation was the crux of the pre-game entertainment in this England vs. USA friendly, I find that the pre-game warm-up session was much more entertaining. Pink reader Shannon was in the hiz for this match and she sends in a few pics of Becksie stretched into all sorts of warm-up positions:


Le Sigh. Le Yum! Who needs a trophy presentation (or an entire soccer game, for that matter) when we could just enjoy 90 minutes of David Beckham doing warm-up stretches? [thanks Shannon]

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ashl33n Come Clean

On Monday April 14, 2008 Pete Wentz spoke exclusively to MTV News, via email in regards to the burgeoning rumors that he and his then just announced fiancée Ashlee Simpson were expecting their first child together, and this is what was said:

In an e-mail to MTV News, Wentz denied reports that surfaced Monday (April 14) on the Web sites of OK! magazine and Us Weekly that he and Simpson, 23, are expecting their first child. "There is a witch hunt for people to be pregnant whenever they get engaged in Hollywood," he wrote. "This is all news to me. I can't wait for the story about how I'm really in a gay relationship and this is all just a cover. ... I mean really, this is crazy. ... I mean we're engaged, that's true, and happy about it." Asked again if he was denying reports that Simpson is pregnant, Wentz, 28, replied, "Yeah."

Then tonight, Wednesday May 28, 2008 the newly christened Mr. and Mrs. Wentz posted the following statement on Pete's official website FriendsorEnemies.com:

This just in from our favorite newlyweds:

"While many have speculated about this, we wanted to wait until after the first trimester to officially confirm that we are expecting our first child. This is truly the most joyous time in our lives and we are excited to share the happy news and start our family."

- Pete and Ashlee Wentz


Which means that Pete either lied to MTV News (which is totally fair and reasonable if he was trying to keep the news quiet) or there is some funny math going on here regarding "trimesters". My contention that he and Ashlee were not expecting a child was based solely on his denial that they were not. I suppose congrats are in order ... at last, Papa Joe Simpson is going to be able to sell the exclusive rights to everything having to do with this child to the highest bidder. It is a joyous day after all.

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Quote of the century goes to ONTD! member thirstyneway who posted the following comment once this confirmation went online:

that baby is gonna be born with eye makeup on :O

Total Win! Best.Comment.Ever

Amy Sucks At Housekeeping; Her Vacuum Doesn't Suck At All

The always whacky Amy Winehouse has been spending her downtime engaged in the serious work of housekeeping ... clearly adhering to the old adage, Cleanliness is next to Godliness, Amy wants to make sure that she does her hygienic best to keep her humble abode as clean as possible ...


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

... and FAILS by astronomical proportions. Does she know that the vacuum cleaner has to be turned on to actually suck the dirt out of the carpet? Does she know that said vacuum needs to be plugged in before it can be turned on before it can suck up the dirt from the carpet? Does anyone want to clue her in or should we just sit by and keep watching the tragedy continue to unfold? [Source]

You Gotta Hand It To Becks

Have you ever been jealous of a hand before? How about this hand:


C'mon, I can't be the only one ... right? [Source]

Inappropriate Attire

Here are a few photos of Mariah Carey on the pitcher's mound at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan this week where she was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Yomiuri Giants vs. the Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball game as was previously reported:


Photo credit: Wireimage

It turns out that Mimi (and hubby Nick Cannon) made their way to Japan for more than just this baseball game ... the newlyweds are in town to make an appearance at the MTV Music Video Awards Japan which will take place this Saturday, May 31. Since she wore skimpy clothing and high heels to the baseball game she'll prolly end up wearing cleats and polyester to the Japanese VMAs, right? [Source]

Mr. Fantastic

Reichen Lehmkuhl is featured in the new issue of Fantastics magazine in a photospread shot by my good French friends Steph and Alek of OhLaLaMag.com. Here are some of the hot pics of Reichen that are featured in the latest issue:


If some of these pics look familiar you might recall that David and I were invited to this photoshoot where we were on hand to be "photographers' assistants" for the shoot. Even tho we were on hand to watch as the photos were being shot it's still very cool to see what the final product looks like ... in print. [Source]

The TV Guide: Grounded

Well ... I made my way back home to LA safe and sound after an afternoon/evening of flying and am, once again, home, sweet, home -- er, or should I say mess, sweet, mess. The magical fairies that I hoped would come and clean my apartment while I was away must've been on vacay cuz I'm steeped in laundry and piles of junk everywhere I look. Calgon, take me away! Hee hee, it's all good tho ... my traveling days are on hiatus for at least a month so I have plenty of time to get this place in ship-shape ... I guess we'll see how long it takes me to get all of my housekeeping done.

This afternoon I have an appointment in town and tonight a bunch of us are getting together for a birthday dinner with Darion. I think he turns 39 today or something. It will be great to meet up with Le GangTM again -- it's actually been a while since we've all been able to get together like this.

The temp. is coolish here but sunny ... and, as always, it's great to be home :)

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Happy Birthday, Kylie Minogue

Birthday Lurve goes out this fine day to the amazing Kylie Minogue who is celebrating her 40th birthday today. Here are a few pics of Kylie thru the years from childhood to womanhood which span the course of her blockbuster career:


There aren't many celebs that I feel an actually affinity for like Kylie. Despite the fact that I've never met the woman, I am utterly and completely convinced that she is just as sweet and kind as I imagine her to be from watching her as a fan thruout the years. I distinctly remember picking up the cassette tape of her debut album back in 1988 (mostly because I was intrigued by the blonde with the big smile, the poofy hair spilling out of the top of her hat and the totally 80's sunglasses pin on her blouse -- yes, I sometimes judge albums by their covers) and falling in love with her poppy sound and campy lyrics. I should be so lucky, indeed. I have been a huge fan of Kylie from 88 on, frequently checking the import bins at my fave record shop (the now defunct Harmony House in Detroit) in the days before the Internet made procuring import music as easy as procuring any domestic release. I am anxiously awaiting my chance to see Kylie Minogue live on stage (finally) in London this summer ... but in the meantime, I wanted to send out birthday wishes and all my love to her today. Happy Birthday, Kyles! XOXO [Source]

Put Your Hands Up For Detroit ... Red Wings

My D-Town girl Kristen Bell (who we all know and love from things like Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl and Forgetting Sarah Marshall) has come out to publicly proclaim that she is rooting for our hometown hockey team the Detroit Red Wings in the quest for the Stanley Cup this year -- and I feel it is my duty to proclaim my lurve for her. Not that the Wings need any sort of celebrity endorsements to get the job done but I kinda love that KB has come out in support of our boys in a new interview with NHL.com. Here are a couple pics of Kristen making her way thru an NY airport this week:


Photo credit: INFdaily

NHL.com recently caught up with Bell and discussed her affection for the Red Wings. Here's what the actress had to say:

NHL.com: Why are you rooting for Detroit and why do you think they will win?
KB: I am rooting for Detroit BECAUSE I think they will win! Just kidding. I grew up in Detroit and have always been a huge Wings fan. They have heart, skill, class and the best color combination known to man. That is why they will win.

NHL.com: Do you remember your first hockey game, or the beginning of your interest in the sport?
KB: I was 14 years old and kind of a tomboy-- and all the guys I was friends with loved the Wings. They always wanted to play street hockey too – and I did whatever they did. I broke both my wrists -- at the same time --playing street hockey with them.

NHL.com: What is your favorite hockey memory?
KB: My parents submitted a picture of me, in my catholic school uniform, with my arms around the Stanley Cup. It ended up on the ticket for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Colorado in 1996.

NHL.com: If you could meet any hockey player, who would you meet and why?
KB: Chris Osgood was my first crush. Brad Pitt be damned, he had nothing on Osgood's rookie skill and sad eyes. There was actually a day in high school when I wrote on a name tag 'Mrs. Osgood' and wore it the whole day. I really thought we were perfect for each other. I'd love to meet him and probably apologize that things never worked out.

NHL.com: Have you ever been to a Stanley Cup Playoff game before?
KB: You bet your bottom dollar I have.

NHL.com: What is the city of Detroit like during playoffs?
KB: It's electrifying. It's called Hockeytown.

NHL.com: What do you like most about the Stanley Cup Playoff hockey atmosphere?
KB: I like that it gets crazy -- everybody seems to be rooting for the same thing. In a city filled with diversity, we seem to band together when it comes to the Wings.

NHL.com: If you had the Stanley Cup for one day, what would you do with it?
KB: I would start by eating an entire box of Fruity Pebbles out of it. Then I'd take an afternoon sponge bath in it. Then I'd retro fit it with handles and make it into a Stanley Cup handbag.

NHL.com: Are your friends and family watching the Final?
KB: Absolutely. It's all they will talk about!

NHL.com: What projects are you currently working on?
KB: I am currently employed filming a movie in New York and Rome called "When in Rome," although all my focus is on how I can sneak off set to check out how my Wings are scoring.


That.Is.My.Girl.Y'all! Kristen Bell has won all of my lurve and repect for keepin' it real and holding it down for her hometown boys. I just wish other folks who hail from the Motor City would speak up on Detroit's behalf every now and again. That's my home, y'all, and I love it. Holla! [Source]