Monday, March 10, 2008

BREAKING: Britney Spears To Return To TV

OMG ... I am dying y'all! I just found out from a source that Britney Spears is scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother. I was just informed that Britney showed up at the FOX Studios lot this morning with only her agent in tow to sit down with the cast of the show for the episode read-thru. I'm told she was "really funny", "very professional" and that the character might become a recurring character on the show. Additionally, most of her scenes are with the Ted Mosby character played by Josh Radnor. This episode of How I Met Your Mother is the third of the new eps that have been written since the show came back from the Writer's Strike hiatus, the first new ep airs next week and it has been confirmed that Britney's ep will air on March 24.


Soooo ... unless something happens and the whole thing falls thru, we should be seeing Brit Brit back on the small screen very soon! OMG I'm dying!!! I can't think of a more positive move on Brit Brit's part ... How I Met Your Mother is the *perfect* show for her to prove that she's still got it -- they should rename it How I Met Your Mama for the occasion. I am so exciting ... I can barely stand it :)

UPDATE: Regarding the news that Alicia Siverstone was scheduled to also guest star on HIMYM, I'm hearing that her people have decided to have her pull out of doing so in order to not be overshadowed by Britney's appearance. I love Alicia ... I'd love to see her on the show as well ... but I'm SUPERDUPERSTOKED that our dear Britney is making this guest appearance :)

The TV Guide: Le GangTM Makes Its First Public Appearance

Yesterday had to be one of the funnest Sundays that I was able enjoy for some time now. Because my new blogging style frees me up a bit from having to sit at my computer for the first 4-6 hours of every day, I was able to do something yesterday afternoon that I haven't been able to do with my LA friends since I moved here ... I was able to go to brunch! Mike organized the outing and a whole mess of us got together at Toast on Third St. to brunch together. Steph and Alek (my new bosom buddies) came out, as did Jordan's friend Kiki (who we instantly loved) and even our long-lost Paul came out to hang with us (sadly, sans Corey who wasn't feeling well). We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather yesterday ... sunny and 80 ... you can't beat that. After brunch, I was persuaded by mes amis to join them by the pool for some maxin' and relaxin' ... Darion and Kirsten came with and we had a lovely day together ... here are a few pics:


After we sunned for a bit by the pool, I came home to work for a bit while Darion and Steph went for a hike at Runyon Canyon (where the pic of the two hotties came from) then a few of us met for movie and dinner at Prizzi's Piazza. The day was wonderful ... er, except for that movie that we ended up seeing. The popular vote was for Penelope and that's what we saw:


Unfortch for us the movie was pretty unwatchable. Without exaggerating too much, it had to be in the top 8 of all time bad movies I've ever seen. The movie, which tells the tale of a girl cursed with a pig nose, has a fairytale feel about it which should've been enough license for them to do the story properly ... that wasn't the case. There were minor problems (like you couldn't tell where or when the story took place) and major problems (Reese Witherspoon as a gruff streetwise-talking tough chick is even more unbelievable than the girl with the pig nose) which had me cringing the whole time (add to that ... the damn pig nose didn't even look that real! As the focal point of the entire movie, they could've made it look better, I thought). As the story started wrapping up, I had to exclaim out loud how DUMB the whole thing was ... I'm sorry, I couldn't contain myself :( I can't say a good thing about any of the acting performances ... they were all pretty bad IMHO. I was bummed that the movie was so painful to watch ... the only thing I can think is that it got made solely because Reese produced it. I simply cannot recommend it at all. I will end on a positive note ... the soundtrack was very good. I really liked the music used in the movie ... that was all I liked.

But, bad movies and bad club nights cannot cast a shadow on the amazing weekend I had with all of my friends (oh, and the Chick-Fil-A helped too). I just love them all ... I know some really great people and I'm so happy to have them in my life.

Les News: Jaason Comes Out, Christian Laughs, Rami Talks

Exchange Marks The Hot

Let's bring the SexyBack for a quick minute ... in recent weeks I've become strangely obsessed intrigued by the new Spring/Summer ad campaign that Armani|Exchange is running in their print ads and in their stores right now (if you've been to a mall recently, you may know what I'm talking about) . A|X is featuring with a Brazilian model named Miro Moreira in their new campaign and I have become an admirer. Here are a couple pics of Miro from this new campaign:


I'm not quite sure what it is exactly that I'm responding to from this model (tho I have a sneaking suspicion what it might be) but there is something about the whole look of the campaign that really resonates with me. Made In Brazil got a hold of some behind the scenes video and images from Miro's A|X photoshoot and shares them HERE. Mr. Moreira is deffo a crazyhot model but I think I like him better with the sunglasses on ... they give him more of a mysterious look. Dayum, seeing Brazilian models like this reminds me that I need to book a trip to Rio. [Source, Source]

"Numbers Do Not Lie"

Rocker and possible future LifeLock spokes person Courtney Love is firing back at reports that she is, according to TMZ, "simply delusional" and "bipolar". After Courtney Love reported a case of identity theft to the police late last week, TMZ posted an item claiming that law enforcement officials believe that C. Love's identity theft claims are non-existent ... well, that they only exist in her mind. In retaliation, Courtney then posted another one of her famous, rambling and barely English blog posts on her official My Space profile in order to make the case that she is not crazy. Here is the TMZ report and the full text of C. Love's retaliatory post so that you can determine who you think is the whackjob:


Reports surfaced over the weekend that Courtney Love went to the LAPD to report she's the victim of a massive identity theft. But sources tell TMZ Courtney is simply (and possibly medically) delusional. According to The Sun, Courtney claimed the identity thieves got 188 credit cards in her name, stole checks and bought cars. We've confirmed Love did make the trek to the Van Nuys division of the LAPD to make a report last week, but sources tell us they are not taking it seriously, one source adding, "it never happened." We're told mentally, Courtney has been on the rocks. We found out she's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder -- this could explain Courtney's latest blogs which are impossible to decipher. Bottom line -- we're told law enforcement thinks the identity fraud is in Courtney's mind.

And here is Courtney's response:

seriously?

As for being taken SERIOUSLY,l i personally have NOTHING to do with it, NUMBERS do not lie, i simply turned in the printouts i got from my child's, my own and my deceased husbands social security numbers and Ficos.

call me names all day ,but its the NUMBERS ,not my persona. If i get "Lifelock" i will post this information for your bemusement, no actually i wont, cos why should i cater to your fantasies, You cant accept numbers? Then i guess your really a lonely sad animalistic hungry motherfucker who cannot manifest any of your own desires.

God people are batshit. And im not the one who is.

and i hear now i am "Bi Polar" uhhhh...thats more nuts than I will ever be.

I may be Eccentric, i certainly speak my mind and am slow to put out a record i need to mean the world to ME, and im sur ei am quite Nuerotic but "Bi Polar" .
Thats just slander.I shoot straight from the hip and spellcheck has NOTHING to do with REALITY

gotta go its fucking late and we wrote yet another magical song tonight.

nam myoho renge kyo and may all impediments create JOY in you.

I find this whole thing so offensive because until Kurts social security number was checked noone took it seriously, but hey here is the Experian with 188 visas on it,
thats not Bi Polar, that is reality .

Yeah im so BORED illjust fucking go through forensic , legal and financial TORMENT like what? 7 out of 10 Americans already are for the Thrill of it.I dont have ANYTHING to do at ALL.

You lurkers have TONS of time on your hands , all dying to be Perez and never getting to be Perez, cos your boring, you go find Kurts social an dgive it a whirl.

Christ you people do not give up, get out of my way , ive got work allweek, and cops and feds and forensics and lawyers, and so offer you no further comment here.

Numbers Do Not Lie.


Um, yeah. To be fair, a rambling, ill-written post like this does not prove that a person suffers from bipolar disorder ... then again, it doesn't really help make the case against it either. I should also mention that the words "nam myoho renge kyo" are not just jibberish (like most of the other English words she uses in this post) but are actually part of a Buddhist chant that, when repeated, is meant "to attain absolute happiness, and have actual proof of this practice to oneself and others of the validity of the Lotus Sutra." Now, I would never want to wish any sort of mental malady on any person and I sincerely hope that C. Love does not, in fact, suffer from bipolar disorder (after all, hasn't Britney Spears milked that well dry already?) but I do like that she appears to be a wee bit ... shall we say, unstable? Reading her blogposts are actually fun for me ... tho they would be easier to decipher if I had a crazy-to-English dictionary to refer to. [Source, Source]

Etta Girl

First it was reported that Beyonce would be playing the role of blues legend Etta James in a new movie entitled Cadillac Records (which tells the story of Chicago-based record company Chess Records and the activities of its major stars), then it was reported that Etta herself would be coaching Beyonce in her role on the set of the film and now Page Six gives us our first look at Beyonce on the movie set dressed in her role as Etta James ... check it out:


Beyoncé debuted her retro 'do today on the set of Cadillac Records, where she plays legendary soul singer Etta James. Last month Etta spoke to PageSix.com about the hurdles Beyoncé would have to clear to walk a mile in her gold heels. "Etta James ain't been no angel!" she said at the time. "I don't think she looks like me, but that's all right. They can fix that up," Etta told us. And by the looks of things, Beyoncé is slipping into the role just fine.

Well now ... it looks like they "fixed that up" quite nicely. All it took was a short blonde wig to get the look right. I think it's interesting that Beyonce has been cast in the role of Etta James ... not that Etta is at all like the character of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls but I suspect that Beyonce will end up playing that same character in this new movie. I dunno, maybe it's the period pieceness of the films that make me expect the similarities (or maybe it's my lack of faith in Beyonce's acting). Xtina Aguilera has said numerous times that she is a really big fan of Etta James (I believe they even sang a duet together) so it would've been interesting if she had gotten the role of Etta in Cadillac Records instead. She may not look much like Etta James either but, then again, they could've "fixed that up", too. [Source]

Viva La Vie Boheme!

Woot! Here is some great news for all the Rent fans out there. Despite the fact that the Broadway run of the hit musical Rent is scheduled to end on June 1, 2008 the show will still live on in a new nationwide tour across the US. Even better news than that ... it has been announced that Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp (the originators of the lead Roger and Mark roles on Broadway) will be on the new tour, set to begin in 2009:

Rent stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp will reprise their original Broadway (and film) roles in a 2009 national tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Jonathan Larson musical, which will launch in January. Producers Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon announced the casting. A current non-Equity national tour plays through June 2008. Pascal and Rapp originated the roles of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen at the New York Theatre Workshop, on Broadway, and in London, and re-created their roles in the 2005 movie version of the musical. Pascal and Rapp returned to Rent on Broadway for a limited engagement in the summer of 2007. The Broadway musical ends its 11-year run June 1 at the Nederlander Theatre. Seller stated, "Adam and Anthony didn't just play Roger and Mark. To millions of Rent fans they are Roger and Mark. Adam and Anthony are to Rent what Joel Grey was to Cabaret and Zero Mostel was to Fiddler on the Roof. It's a great time to offer fans all over America the unique chance to see them in their signature roles" ... A full tour route and additional casting will be announced shortly. For more information on the show, visit siteforrent.com.

Again, I say -- Woot! Additionally, Adam Pascal posted a little blurb confirming this awesome news on his official website ... here is what he posted:


Hey everyone, so now that it's official I am happy to announce that Anthony and I will be doing the Final Rent Tour, beginning Jan of 09...We are very excited to close this chapter of our Rent experience in a way that will bring it to thousands of people who never got the chance to see us on Broadway!
Hope to see you there.


This is such great news. I was very fortunate enough to get to see Adam and Anthony reprise their roles on Broadway last year when the duo returned to the Great White Way for a limited engagement in the show. I was *sure* it would be the last time that both Adam and Anthony would play the roles of Roger and Mark together ... oh what little faith I had. As incredibly bummed as I am that the Broadway run is nearly dunzo for good, I am very much looking forward to the new touring version of Rent which will feature these amazing players. I know there are hordes of Rent fans who were never able to make it to NYC to see them on Broadway and now they have a chance to see them possibly perform in their hometowns. I know I'll do everything I can to get out to see the new tour when it hits the road next year. The show holds such a special place in my heart ... I hope it never goes away. [Source, thanks Beth]

Good Mourning?

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were seen whooping it up this weekend in Sin City as they played host at LAX Nightclub inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Friday night ... here are a few pics:


Photo credit: Wireimage

Earlier last week, Speidi flew up to Colorado for the memorial service of Heidi's step brother who passed away after a freak work accident. I cannot imagine how difficult it is for someone to lose a close family member like that but I guess it's good to see that the couple is taking the tragedy in stride. I will not pretend to know what Heidi and her family are going thru right now ... I can only hope that they are able to heal quickly from their loss and carry on as best they can. It would seem that Speidi are doing just that. [Source]

Golfing With The Frenemy

Here's a pretty picture for you ... check out these photos of Papa Jamie Spears (father and conservator of Britney Spears) enjoying a lovely game of golf with his ex-son-in-law (and the father of his grandchildren Sean Preston and Jayden James) Kevin Federline in Tarzana, CA this weekend:


Photo credit: X17

The Spears family has stayed in close contact with K-Fed ever since Spederline broke up (mainly because they were estranged from Britney and needed to stay friendly with The Federline in order to see their grand young'ns) so these pics should really come as no surprise (especially since both men have been actively working towards Britney's rehabilitation lately) but there is something ... skeevy ... about seeing the two of them together like this. I'm not sure what it is exactly ... like they are in cahoots or something. I suppose it's possible that the two men spent part of their time on the golf course trying to figure how to better help Brit Brit with her probs right now and it's entirely possible that they didn't talk about Britney at all (which still isn't a bad thing necessarily). I dunno ... it's one thing to see these two together when the kids are involved (ie. when these two get together to spend time with the kids) but seeing them run around like bachelors kinda rubs me the wrong way ... especially when you consider that one man has control of Britney's kids and the other has control of Britney's person and assets. [Source]

Rumor Has It, Clooney Won't Have It

George Clooney is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Esquire magazine wherein he allows himself to be Googled by the interviewer and then he addresses the reports and rumors that come up in the search and provides answers for the magazine ... which is a very interesting way to give an interview, I think. Here is the cover of the new issue of Esquire with George on the cover:


What do you do when Donald Trump pokes fun at your height and Fabio threatens to beat you up? If you're George Clooney, you take it all in stride – and make a couple jokes, of course. The Michael Clayton star, 46, agreed to a good-natured Googling session in the April issue of Esquire magazine, and in it he's asked about a laundry list of recent rumors about him – including his reported run-in with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter pitchman Fabio. When asked about his alleged feud with Fabio last fall (in which the model said he could beat Clooney up), the actor responds, "Yeah, that's probably true. He's a big guy. There is a moment when you are actually in the argument and you're thinking, 'If I do get beaten down by Fabio, that will be far worse than the pain. I wouldn't shake that." Also found in the magazine's Web search:

• When Esquire discovers a Web site that calls Clooney "gay, gay, gay," the good-natured actor quips, "No, I'm gay, gay. The third gay – that was pushing it."

• Donald Trump's recent "short guy" comments about Clooney. George, who is 5 feet 11inches tall, responds, "I saw Donald Trump on Larry King and he was saying, 'Clooney is a very short guy. I mean he's a tiny guy.' I've met Donald Trump once, and I was sitting at a table. He came over, shook my hand, and walked away. I guess I looked about three foot five sitting at that table."

• They also surface a quote from Rupert Everett criticizing Clooney's Ocean's movies as a "cancer," to which Clooney replies: "Where did that come from? You kind of go, Dude, weren't you in Dunston Checks in?"


Hahahhaha ... I love George Clooney. He strikes me as one of the downest guys in Hollywood. He seems pretty no nonsense and doesn't at all appear to me to be a shit-talker. It's very easy for folks to take pot shots at him because he is one of the biggest names in Hollywood (altho for what exactly, I'm not entirely sure) and I imagine it would be easy for him to fire back. Instead, he seems to just brush off his shoulders, laugh a little and move on. I can see how George Clooney is good people. And for the record, I think he could hold his own in a fight against Fabio. [Source]

Who, Can It Be Now?

Jim Carrey and Steve Carell were joined by other celebs of varying importance at the Hollywood premiere of their new movie Horton Hears A Who based on the famed and beloved children's book written by Dr. Seuss. Here are a few pics from the premiere's red carpet which was held at The Mann Village theater in Westwood, CA:


Okay ... so I really hated the big screen, live action adaptations of the Dr. Seuss classics How the Grinch Stole Xmas and The Cat in the Hat but, I gotta say, I'm pretty on board with this movie adaptation. I think it was a very wise choice that this new movie be made in animated form rather than live action form. And even tho I've lost all interest in Jim Carrey years ago, I think I might be OK with seeing a movie that features only his voice. Steve Carell is a funny guy so I think they might be able to do the movie justice. Horton Hears A Who was one of the first books I learned to read and I just loved it ... I hope they do my book right otherwise I might have to go postal on someone.

In strange news, TMZ is reporting that an abortion protest (of all things) broke out inside the theater at the Horton Hears A Who premiere ... which isn't only crazy but insanely inappropriate for the audience in attendance:

All hell broke loose at the Hollywood premiere of "Horton Hears a Who!" today when a group of pro-lifers infiltrated the screening, then chanted anti-abortion slogans after the flick. The theme of the movie is based on the motto: "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small." So the pro-lifers thought it was a good idea to use this theme to their advantage -- even though their complicated message was falling mostly on the ears of children. The stars in attendance included Victoria Beckham and her three kids, Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, Steve Carell and all 12 contestants from "American Idol." After the chanting ended, the group put red tape over their mouths that said "Life" on them, and paraded around the event. Shouts of protest were returned by some in attendance, including, "This is a kid's premiere," "How dare you," and "Do you really care that much about this?"

Ack. The fact that anyone is even talking about this crazy protest means that these whackjobs achieved their goal ... media attention. It seems entirely insane that this sort of demonstration would break out at a kid's film but it is the craziness which helped the protestors achieve their goal. I'm all for peaceful protest and speaking out for what you believe in (even if I don't believe in it myself) but this has to be the most absurd thing I've ever heard of. Methinks that these pro-lifers need to get lives ... period. [Source]

Shia LePuff

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star Shia LaBeouf was papped at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC this week lookin' a bit worse for the wear upon arrival. Here are a few pics of Shia lookin' none to pleased at being photographed at such an inopportune time:


Photo credit: Splash News

As you can see in the last pic, Shia is also an avid smoker ... which is such a shame because smoking is such a nasty, potentially deadly, habit. I really like Shia and I think he has such a promising career in front of him ... I just hope he wises up and kicks the smoking habit so that he can enjoy the fruits of his labor. [Source]