Friday, March 14, 2008

Tat2BGone

With all the major changes going on in Britney Spears's life these days, you would expect that certain things in her life would be eradicated from sight ... unsavory friends users (bye bye, Sam Lutfi) and skeevy ex-boyfriends (so long, Adnan Ghalib). But Britters hasn't stopped there ... from the looks of this new picture of our dear Britney, she has also started having certain tattoos removed from her body as well:


BRITNEY SPEARS has had a tattoo removed - one that was a right pain in the neck. Her Hebrew ink etching - which she loved to show off when she was following trendy religion Kabbalah - is no longer there.

Even tho a tattoo is a bit harder to get rid of than a red Kabbalah string wrapped around one's wrist, it would seem that Britney is undaunted (if a bit lax) in removing all aspects of the religion from her life. Back in 2006, she was quoted on her official website as saying, "I no longer study Kaballah, my baby is my religion." I guess now she really means it. [Source]

Ghost Of You

Trent Reznor has put a call out to all Nine Inch Nails fans to become a part of the new Ghosts project that he has just launched. Phase I was made up of the actual music creation and release of said music by NIN at ghosts.nin.com. Phase II requires the involvement of fans to submit short films or videos of their own creation inspired by the music of Ghosts for review by Trent (and a team of some sort), which may be highlighted in some way on the official NIN website. Here is a screenshot of a new video released this week by Trent wherein he explains the this new phase of this project and the short explanatory text blurb that accompanies the video at the official NIN You Tube channel:


To expand the idea of the "Ghosts" project, we're inviting anyone and everyone to create visuals to accompany the album's music. In a few months, we'll be gathering the entries we feel are particularly exceptional and highlighting them. There are no rules to this - be as creative as you like. Create a music video, or a short film, or something completely abstract. Use only one track from the album, or use multiple tracks. Only one caveat: Incorporating copyrighted materials (clips from movies, music by other artists, etc) into your video might limit our ability to feature it in the future. To submit your video, join the Ghosts group HERE and add your video to the group. Good luck, and enjoy.

Click HERE to watch the video of Trent explaining all of this in his own words. Honestly, I couldn't've imagined that the Ghosts project could get any cooler but I suspect that Trent and his crew are going to receive a ton of amazing videos and films (tho, I'm sure, they're bound to get more horrible vids than exemplary vids). I can't wait to see how this venture turns out. [Source]

In other wonderful NIN news, the Tour section of NIN.com has been updated with the first official Nine Inch Nails live North American performance date of the year. According to the site, NIN is scheduled to perform at the Pemberton Festival in Pemberton, British Columbia on July 25. The rumors that NIN will headline Lollapalooza around the same time seem much more likely now. I expect that NIN will also head out on a new US tour at some point later on this year as well. [thanks Daryl]

The TV Guide: House Party

Yesterday afternoon I enlisted the help of mes amis to help me pick out a new Leica camera for me to use at events and stuff (mainly cuz I'd like my event pics to look a bit more professional and less amateurish) and they helped me pick out the perfect one for my needs. We late lunched and then worked for the rest of the afternoon before Darion, Jordan and his friend Helen met up with us for a party at Steph and Alek's friend Stuart's amazing home at the foot of the Hollywood Hills ... here are a few pics, courtesy of Darion, from the soiree:


The party was really swank but we ended up keeping mostly to ourselves. Unfortch for the single folks in our party, the mingling was kept to a minimum. We had fun nonetheless. After the shindig, we went back to S&A's place to watch (and dissect) Lost and that was that.

Tonight a few of us are getting together to go see Never Back Down and then ... who knows what after that. It's the weekend, y'all ... make it a good one!!!

Les News: Britney Wraps, Michelle Opens Up, Clooney To Be A Godfather?

Britney ... One More Time?

Pop tween phenom Miley Cyrus (aka the insanely popular Hannah Montana) likes talking to any news outlet who asks about how she won't end up like Britney Spears, despite the fact that both ladies got their start in the biz by working for Disney, both attained similar worldwide success at a young age and both Miley and Britney rocked practically the same exact look at the same point in their careers (Britney circa 1998, Miley circa now):


According to Miley, she won't follow the same dangerous trajectory as Britney Spears did saying, "Well, I'm aware that things can happen but I keep my friends and family superclose and that really helps."

And exactly what kind of friends does Miley Cyrus have? Funny you should wonder since she counts Jamie-Lynn Spears, Britney's unwed 16-year old and pregnant sister, as one of her besties ... who went and made Miley cry by getting knocked up at such a young age:

"When I first heard she was pregnant, I started crying. I was heartbroken to tell you the truth because she's my friend and I didn't want her life to change. But now she's actually getting really excited and even though it's a difficult situation, I'm happy for her now because she's happy that she made the choices she did."

Uh huh. Now, I'm not drawing any conclusions here ... I'm merely bringing all of this curious information and all of these curiously coincidental circumstances to light. It's always very dangerous for a person in the public eye to speak in absolutes (remember when Britney swore she was a virgin and then it came out that she was not a virgin at the time she made the statement?) so little Miss Miley should tread carefully here. If her career continues to soar to new heights she may find herself in the same sort of Britney Spears-esque predicaments even if she can't see it now ... and then her comments might come back to haunt her. If that happens, it just might break her fragile little Achey-Breaky Heart ... and then I'll have to cry :( [Source]

New World Order

Woot! Geffen Records has heard the cry of the masses (who seemed to have had an unfavorable opinion of the original artwork) and has decided to retool the cover artwork for Ashlee Simpson's new album Bittersweet World. Here is what the new album artwork looks like now:


It's not that much different from the original version (which you can see HERE) but it is an improvement, I think ... but I still think it could look better. [Source]

Lost: It's Gettin' All Topsy, Turvy In This Beyotch

ATTENTION: LOST SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Aww yeah, aww yeah ... Lost is SOOOO good right now! Things are progressing very nicely on and off the island (depending on what time frame we're talking about) and last night's ep was a great, confusing step forward (and backward) in the storyline. And can I just say, for the record, that I am *so* happy that all that time-traveling stuff has been, thus far, relegated to just that one ep (you know the one). I prefer my Lost time shifts to occur in flashbacks and flashforwards, the way they ought to be done:


Okay, in previews for last night's ep, we were promised that we'd find out who the "last members" of the Oceanic 6 would be. We deffo know that Sun is among the Oceanic 6 (along with Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid) but are we to assume that Sun's off-island newborn baby girl Ji Yeon is survivor #6? Or did Jin make it off the island, get counted among the Oceanic 6 and then die? See, this part is very confusing ... we did see Jin's gravestone at the end of the ep (and the dates on the stone weren't very clear about what was what ... more on this in a bit) but that doesn't mean that he's really dead ... it could've been a memorial marker for him off the island in the real world and he's just alive (with the other survivors?) back on the island. And if they are counting babies, then they should instead count Aaron (Kate's "son" who really belongs to Claire) as one of the Oceanic 6, since he survived the crash (in his real mother Claire's womb) and made it off the island with his "mother" Kate instead of counting the just off-island born baby Ji Yeon (that is, if they do count her at all ... AND we cannot forget that we know for sure that Ben also makes it off the island, whether or not he is counted among the 6 is still in question). But I'm getting ahead of myself ... let's get to everything in order. Our first hint that something was amiss on the ship was when we saw that woman, Regina, reading her book upside down ... I think at that point, most of us knew that something bad was gonna happen (and let's face it, the poor bedraggled woman looked like she was on the verge of a Britney Spears-esqe melt down). I wasn't the least bit surprised when Miss Crazy wrapped herself in chains and jumped into the ocean ... nor was the ship's crew surprised -- it looked like it was something they had seen before. Oh and I love how Desmond looks to be totally healed from all of his random time traveling just because he gave his lovermuffin Penny a call on Xmas eve -- LOL. Now, I have to confess that I knew that Jin's off-island scenes took place in the past -- his old skool Nokia phone and the reference to the Year of the Dragon (ie. the Year 2000) were the giveaways. The Sun scenes confused me since I didn't consider that the ep was showing both a flashback and a flashforward ... sneaky producers. We found out that the ship's Captain's name is Gault (according to Entertainment Weekly but I kept hearing Golden when I replayed it over and over to be sure) and the ship is called Kahana -- these names will prolly be significant at some point (a of yet, I haven't figured it out). The big shocker was supposed to be Michael's appearance on the ship ... except his name is Kevin Johnson ... so we'll have to wait until next week to find out what the hell is going on with him. I was more shocked by the revelation that Sun and Jin's scenes were not in the same time period ... and that Jin is allegedly dead. His gravestone had some dates and numbers on it:

1974, 11/27 = his birth date?
2004, 9/22 = his death date?

The 2004 date is weird because Oceanic Flight 815 is supposed to have crashed in September of 2004 ... does this mean that he is among the "dead" from the plane crash, according to the story told to the world by the Oceanic 6?

Also, there was another date listed on the left side of the gravestone:

1980, 3/20 = ????

I'm sure someone out there will able to figure these dates out or at least come up with a feasible explanation (it did occur to me that the 1980 date could be Sun's birthdate and her death date hasn't happened yet ... I dunno). Ahhhh, it's maddening ... and I love it! I want more, more, more! Next week's ep preview promises that SOMEONE. WILL. DIE. I can't wait to find out who ... and I really hope that A.) they can explain the whole Michael/Kevin Johnson thing to my satisfaction and B.) we will have absolute confirmation of who the damn Oceanic 6 is! [Source]

Candy Coated

People magazine just released the official cover artwork for Madonna's new album Hard Candy ... take a look:


Madonna has already claimed her new album, Hard Candy, will "kick your ass." Turns out, she wasn't kidding! Witness the cover of her upcoming album, due April 29, featuring the pop diva sporting, yep, a wrestling belt. Featuring production by Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills and an appearance by Justin Timberlake, Madonna's rep says the album's "about the juxtaposition of tough and sweetness."

It looks like I was right ... the fighter vibe is a huge theme for this new album. At first glance, I generally like this cover photo of Madonna but I could really do without the candy background, which seems too obvs for the album title. It's not bad tho. [Source]

Designing Women

Awwww shizz ... it is SO on, bitches! US Weekly is today releasing the first images of Heidi Montag's new clothing line, which will go on sale at Anchor Blue stores next month, mere days after Heidi's arch-nemesis Lauren LC Conrad held her first fashion show for her own clothing line at LA Fashion Week this past Tuesday night. Here are a few pics of Heidi's new clothing line:


The Hills star's clothes will appear in nationwide Anchor Blue stores starting this April. Montag's line includes dresses, tops, jeans, bags and jewelry all priced under $60. "Lauren's line is not necessarily something I would wear - she's trying a high-fashion thing, but it's a little overpriced," Montag tells Us. "Mine is fun and flirty for the everyday woman. Most people can't afford $200 for one dress. Throw on flats or heels, you're ready to go! When we were in school, I was the designer, and she was in, like, product development," Montag tells Us of former best friend Conrad. Montag is confident her frocks have the competitive edge over former roommate Conrad. The Lauren Conrad Collection hit stores last month. She has yet to publicly critique former best friend Montag's threads. [Lauren Conrad] had her first ever-fashion show in L.A. Tuesday night. There to cheer her on? Ex Brody Jenner and former foe Kristen Cavallari ... Of her runway show in L.A., Conrad tells Us: "The theme is Paris. I designed the whole line after I went there. I've been working so hard, but it's so exciting," [says Conrad].

OMG OMG OMG ... I *LOVE* this! It is so deliciously eeeeevil to not only take on LC on the fashion designing front but to make the announcement just MOMENTS after LC held her first fashion show. I'm at a loss ... this Heidi clothing thing is so well played ... the only thing better would've been if Heidi threw a surprise fashion show on the same night as LC's right across the street! Perfect timing for this announcement? Hellz yeah! The gauntlet has been thrown ... who will emerge as the Queen of the Runway? And, since we're keeping score, if you consider that Heidi has already launched her music career (albeit to questionable results) before launching this design career ... well, it would seem that she is one step ahead of LC in the fame game. [Source]

UPDATE: Er, apparently Whitney Port is the third person from The Hills to launch a clothing line. Now, I love me some Whitney but all these clothing lines are getting a bit out of hand. How long until Audrina Partridge announces her own line of leggings ... oh wait, Lindsay Lohan already beat her to that one ... Life & Style magazine reports that L. Lo is launching her own line of leggings. She was quoted by the mag as saying, "I'm doing my own leggings line! But it's a secret. It will be a while before it comes out, but I'm going to do it. I love leggings. They'll have designs. Some of them will have prints and some will have patterns." That's it, TOO MANY CLOTHING LINES!

BFF-U

Paris Hilton was on hand for an impromptu press conference at a luxury home in the Hollywood Hills yesterday to announce her new MTV competitive reality TV show in which interested contestants compete to become Paris Hilton's new BFF. Apparently, the position is hard to fill, hence the need for a reality show ... but, I digress. Here are a couple pics of Paris at yesterday's press conference:


Who wants to bask in the reflected glory of Paris Hilton? That's the challenge the ubiquitous socialite is throwing out to 20 men and women who will compete in an MTV reality show to be her new "BFF" (best friend forever). Hilton, 27, unveiled the series, with the working title "Paris Hilton's My New BFF," during a news conference at a luxury home high in the Hollywood Hills on Thursday. Production on the 10-episode series is slated to begin in Los Angeles at the end of May, with an air date scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2008. Wannabe members of Hilton's entourage must submit their details to a web site, ParisBFF.com, where online voters will decide their fate. The 20 finalists will move into a house with Hilton, and will learn from the master about "normal girl stuff," like fashion, parties and shopping. The winner, joining a long list of trusty sidekicks such as Dr. Watson, Tonto and Karl Rove, will get "an all-access pass to the VIP section of the VIP section," according to a statement. At least until the inevitable celebrity feud flares up, which Hilton joked would "probably" inspire a new reality series. She declined to detail how the winner would be chosen, and what exactly they would win. What is she looking for in a best friend? "Someone that I can just trust, someone who's not gonna stab me in the back like has happened a lot in this town, someone I can have fun with," said Hilton, who co-created the series with Michael Hirschorn and Stella Stolper, former executives at VH1, the cable channel sibling of MTV.

You know, I kinda scoffed at the idea of this show when I first heard about it but I have come to see the potential entertainment value of watching an elite group of desperate fame-mongers scratching each other's eyes out for the right to follow Paris Hilton around town ... that is, until she tires of them (ie. her contractual obligation to hang out with them runs out), casts them aside and then re-signs for a second season of the show. I ain't gonna lie, I'm deffo gonna be watching this show ... it can't be any worse than A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, right? [Source]

Gesundheit!

Allergy season is in full swing these days and not even big name celebs can escape the effects ... as is evident from these pics of Jason Bateman sneezing his poor head off outside a Mexican restaurant here in SoCal this week:


Photo credit: Splash News

Yikes! Somebody get this guy some Zyrtec before he pops his top! [Source]

West Bev. High Class Of '93: Where Are They Now?

Now that reports have begun to circulate about the resurrection of the insanely popular 90's drama Beverly Hills, 90210 (well, not a resurrection exactly ... they keep saying a "spin-off" of the original show is in the works for The CW network) it would seem that BH, 90210 alumni are starting to crawl out of the woodwork for a few more moments in the sun. First, we've been seeing Tori Spelling aka Donna Martin showing off a new baby bump as she has been promoting her new book, Stori Telling -- then Brian Austin Green aka David Silver scored a fairly significant role on the FOX show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- next we learned that Ian Ziering aka Steve Sanders was named the host of the new competitive dance show Your Mama Don't Dance on Lifetime (yes, Lifetime) -- then we learned that Gabrielle Carteris aka Andrea Zuckerman is suing the makers of her 2006 film, Past Tense, which she alleges is at fault for an on-set injury that left her partially paralyzed -- and we cannot forget that Jenny Garth aka Kelly Taylor gave it her best try at scoring some semblence fame again on ABC's Dancing with the Stars last season, only to piddle out and get expunged from the competition ... before Marie Osmond did. And today ... we have new pictures of Jason Priestly aka Brandon Walsh emerging from a lunch meeting on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA just because he was feeling a little left out from the rest of the 90210 gang and thought it would be a good idea to get his face out there:


Photo credit: Splash News

Hmmm ... it does seem curious that the West Beverly High class of 1993 has been emerging one by one lately, right around the time that talks start to swirl of a BH, 90210 revamp. The only ones missing from this class reunion are Shannen Doherty aka Brenda Walsh and Luke Perry aka Dylan McKay who have not been very successful getting their names/faces out there lately to coincide with this big news. Perhaps one (or both?) of them will have to rely on a liquor store robbery heist to cash in on all of this 90210 buzz. They better get a move on it ... it would totes suck if Joe E. Tata aka 'Peach Pit' Nat pushed over a gas station and beat them to the punch. [Source]

You Want A Codpiece Of He?

I imagine it is fairly difficult to improve on a hot man like Eric Bana but the costumier on his movie The Other Boelyn Girl decided to give it a shot anyways. Eric confesses to Page Six that he was a bit embarrassed by the fluffed size of his unit ... at first ... then he decided to make the best of it and get some good use out of it. By the looks of that thing poking out of his his robes, it looks like you could really have some fun with it:


Photo credit: Splash News

Was that a goblet in his pocket, or was he just really excited to be playing Henry VIII? Eric Bana might be sporting some impressive, um... hardware in the pictures above, but that's not really him under those tights. Not entirely, anyway. While shooting the new Natalie Portman-Scarlett Johansson period flick, The Other Boleyn Girl, it seems the actor was aided by a codpiece. "It was a rather large package," said the actor about the accessory (back in the day, when men wore tights, they accentuated their groins with codpieces). "I felt a bit embarrassed and wanted the costumer to eliminate them from my wardrobe. So, on the set I was a bit outrageous, balancing objects on it, including a coffee cup," the 39-year-old actor says. "She had compassion and reduced it so that only a demitasse cup could be accommodated." Scarlett has also commented on the piece in question, saying last year, "I won't get over that codpiece for a long time. We'd be ready to do a scene and I couldn't look at anything else."

Hahahahaha ... you know, even tho I *know* it's fake, I am also having a hard time getting it out of my head. La la la, la la, la la la ;) [Source]