Monday, April 14, 2008

Kylie Minogue Does German Vogue

The Kylieness doesn't stop today ... here are new photos of Kylie on the cover and in the pages of the May issue of German Vogue magazine:


It's hard to believe that Kylie will be celebrating her 40th birthday next month but here she is in all her beautiful glory. These photos are really stunning ... as we'd naturally expect from Miss Minogue. [Source]

Guess Who Got A Little Carried Away At The Tattoo Parlor

Can you guess which musical celeb is proudly showing off a whole arm sleeve of new tattoos these days from the photos below?


If you look carefully and are familiar with the celeb's previous tattoo (which is hidden among the new tats) you should be able to figure it out. If you're still not sure, click HERE to find out who it is. The work looks impressive but I'm even more taken with how much ink the man got in such a short amount of time. Yowch! [Source]

And The Winner Is ...

Much congrats goes out to Pink reader Michael whose photo submission was chosen as the winner in the Pink is the new Kylie Giveaway. Michael sends in a photo from his Easter holiday in London, England last year where he was able to Kylie: The Exhibition which was on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Michael, with the help of his wiley boyfriend, was able to snap a pic with the outfit that Kylie wore in her hugely successful music video for Can't Get You Out Of My Head:


Much thanks to everyone who sent in their entries, it was very difficult to choose a winner. Michael will be receiving a Kylie X prize pack made up of the UK Enhanced CD single of 2 Hearts along with a few Kylie stickers, postcards, a poster and the US copy of her album X (which includes the bonus All I See remix featuring Mims) courtesy of Astralwerks/Capitol Records. I have a few more fun contests in the works so be on the look out for those soon ... and again, much congrats and love goes out to Michael for playing along.

The TV Guide: Takin' It Easy

So ... yeah, there ain't much to report on the personal front today ... in fact, there really ain't much to report on period today. I'm not sure if the goss gods are angry with us or what but doesn't it seem like there hasn't been all that much to talk about lately? Despite the fact that US Weekly is "confirming" the news that Ashlee Simpson is pregnant (which comes hot on the heels of the announcement of her engagement to boyfriend Pete Wentz) isn't all that exciting. Maybe if the mag offered some bit of actual proof of this confirmation then it'd be a bit more salient (UPDATE: Pete Wentz has publicly denied this report). At any rate, things in the goss world seem to be a bit slow these days. Have the Hollywood "It" Girls finally run out of scandalous ways to entertain us? Nicole Richie is all settled down with a baby, Lindsay Lohan has remained true to her sobriety and Britney Spears has managed to stop acting crazy ... hell, even Paris Hilton has slowed her roll by getting into a new relationship with the very stable Benji Madden. Has the whole world lost its head?

I'm sure thing will get interesting again at some point ... we seem to have been on a wild ride for many months now, it's sure to get going again. Summer is just around the corner ... all that hot weather is sure to get the celebs all riled up.

On my end, I'm still trying to decompress from my weekend in Vegas. It's nice to be home, I tells ya. I have a fun meeting with the guy doing my taxes tonight ... which I'm SO looking forward to ... so I'm not sure if my night will involve any bit of fun at all. The weather is great tho, I'm deffo going to have to spend some time outside today. I hope all y'all are having a great Monday ... altho it's a quiet one, it's deffo a beautiful one.

Les News: Ashlee Pregs? Toni Cancels, Madonna Schedules A Show

Work Out And About

Besties Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow spent part of their weekend hanging out together at Maddy's London home (which is, apparently, why Gwyneth couldn't make it to the OZ premiere of her new movie Iron Man) before deciding to make the long trek to the gym together to do some working out together (ie. Madonna prolly mader her come with). Here are a few pics of the BFFs as they made their way to and from Madonna's private gym -- which is only 20 yards from her front door:


Photo credit: Splash News

Yeah, I'm not really sure why any of this is really all that interesting except for the fact that even famous friends like to get in some work-out time together just like regular folk. I can't think of anything more unappealing than having to go to the gym with a friend but I suppose it takes work for Madonna to remain the Queen of Pop at the ripe age of 50. I dunno why Gwyneth has to get sucked into having to work out with Madge ... she's far from reaching middle age. Oh who am I kidding, I'd take my ass to the gym every single day if I got to hang out with Madonna ... and suddenly, I see the appeal. [Source]

Iron Man Premieres Down Under

Robert Downey, Jr. was joined by his director and friend Jon Favreau along with folks like Naomi Watts and Liev Shrieber for the Sydney premiere of the big screen adaptation of Iron Man which took place today in OZ (which works out to be last night for those of us on this side of the planet) ... here are a few pics from the premiere's red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

Iron Man leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow was otherwise occupied back in London so she wasn't able to attend the premiere but there were enough awesome Aussies in attendance to make for a fun premiere. I am SO excited for the release of this movie. It seems like ages ago that we first heard that Iron Man went into production and now we are less than a month away from its release. While I have to say that Batman: The Dark Knight is my #1 must-see movie of the year, I would prolly put Iron Man at #2. From everything I've seen of the movie thus far, it looks like it's going to be really fun and really over-the-top. The movie opens on May 2 here in the US, I've already made my plans to be in the theater on opening weekend ... and by the time that David reads this post, he'll know he's got opening weekend plans, too. Woot!! [Source]

The Galaxy Falls Again

Sad news for LA Galaxy fans again today ... after a grueling soccer match under the scorching SoCal sun in Carson, CA yesterday, the Galaxy lost another match -- this time to Toronto FC -- with a final score of 3-2. Despite the fact that the Galaxy came from behind to tie up the game, Toronto substitute Jeff Cunningham managed to score a last second goal in the 88th minute to steal away final victory. Here are pics of Becks on the field at yesterday's game and a few pics of Vicki B. chillin' in the Beckham family's box seat with her young'ns and her new BFF Kate Beckinsale:


Substitute Jeff Cunningham got to rest for much of the hot afternoon, so he had some spark left late in the game. Cunningham won a duel with a defender, then beat goalie Steve Cronin in the 88th minute to give Toronto FC a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday. Cunningham and the Galaxy's Greg Vanney were fighting for the ball just outside the box, and Vanney went down. Left all alone, Cunningham made Cronin commit, then coolly kicked the ball past him. "It was probably a 50-50 ball," Cunningham said of his skirmish to control the ball. "At that stage of the game, I thought that might be our last opportunity. Thankfully I was able to win the battle." Cunningham came on to replace Danny Dichio in the 65th minute. Dichio scored Toronto's first goal, and Jarrod Smith the second as they never trailed. "I thought he [Cunningham] would bring a breath of fresh air," Toronto coach John Carver said. "On both sides, the legs were getting tired." Landon Donovan scored twice to bring Los Angeles from behind before Cunningham gave Toronto the final edge. The victory was the first for this season for Toronto (1-2), which came into MLS as an expansion team in 2007, and first ever over the Galaxy (1-2). "We're trying to build something and things don't happen overnight," Carver said. David Beckham made a number of fine passes to set up opportunities, but none led to a score. He was ineffective on several free kicks. His shot from 29 yards in the 83rd minute brought a gasp from the crowd, but just missed to the left. "We lost our [discipline] in the second half, some of it to the heat, but the majority of it by giving the ball away," Beckham said. "That's when the problems started. Then they started passing the ball around us and they created chances."

It must be rough for Becks to have to keep coming up with ways to explain new losses. I'm sure reporters make a beeline for Becks after each game, win or lose, so that they can get a quote from him ... I'm sure it's not easy always having to speak for the entire team. I have to admit, it's a bit disheartening to have all these losses from a team led by the illustrious David Beckham. In the end, I'm not really all that torn up about the Galaxy's losing streak since I'll still be a fan regardless but I can understand the frustration of folks who expect the world from a player like our dear Becks. You can't really feel all that bad for Becks either ... I'm sure he plays mostly for the love of the game (along with the megamillions that come with his contract) so he surely must get satisfaction from just being out there on the soccer pitch. Winning isn't everything ... it can't be, otherwise he'd prolly have retired by now. [Source, Source]

Ashton Kutcher Does Details Magazine

Ashton Kutcher is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine, due out on newsstands next week, in a photospread that was shot by famed photographer Steven Klein. Details posted a preview of his coverstory online along with video of a Q&A interview with Ashton and some behind the scenes footage of the photoshoot. The coverstory includes a regaling of his accomplishments thus far (including his biggest accomplishment of all -- marrying Demi Moore), reveals how Ashton's appearance on SNL just this past weekend came to be, shows a bit of his Kabbalah side, how he decided to settle down with Demi and explains what he has to offer his step-children:


It's almost dark now. The sun's descent catches Kutcher off guard. He jumps up from the couch, crosses the office to a cabinet, removes a 1999 Pauillac, uncorks it, bows his head, and mumbles a prayer. It is Friday, the start of the Jewish Sabbath. He brings the bottle and two glasses back to the table, then takes some water and pours it into the wine bottle, explaining that water is mercy and wine is judgment. "You have to have mercy before judgment," he says.

What?

He can't help explaining. It's complicated, and Kutcher's 20-minute discourse on practicing the Kabbalah is an extremely long 20 minutes. He's not saying he's right. He's not even saying that he actually follows the Kabbalah. He insists that his beliefs are a combination of prairie wisdom gleaned during his Iowa childhood and New Age Hollywood metaphysics. "I'll use whatever works," he says. "I'm not a follower of this or that religious leader. More wars are started because of religious leaders, and people are following and they don't know why ... That is religiosity. That is what turns people into robots." Kutcher has never been a follower. His decision at 27 to settle down with then-42-year-old Demi Moore, aside from being a major moment in cougar history, was a serious departure from the Hollywood-player book. "I've literally just been voted the world's most eligible bachelor and I'm like, I'm going off the market," Kutcher says. "I've found the one. If I had thought about it I would have been like, Nah, nah. But what can you do? When you're in that deep, you can't think." Kutcher, who before that had dated starlets, including Brittany Murphy and January Jones, met Moore in New York in 2003. "She was the first person who would call me on my shit," he says. "She didn't need me. She straight up didn't need me. She wanted me, but she didn't need me, so she could put it on the line." But the transition—going from being all up in da club with Diddy one day to eating grilled cheese with a bunch of preteens the next—that must have been hard? "Not really," he says: He was blessed with a great step-dad, Mark Portwood, whom his mother married when Kutcher was 13, and believes that he learned from Mark how to be a good step-dad to Moore's three daughters with Bruce Willis. "I'm able to give them things their parents can't give them, because it's a different relationship," Kutcher says. "I don't have all the past" ... There is a knock at the door. Kutcher stands up. "It's Demi," his assistant shouts. "The one call you always take," he says. On the phone, he tells his wife he's running late. "I'm just a chatterbox today," he explains. Demi says something. "Okay, okay, okay," Kutcher says, nodding. He hangs up, goes over to a bureau, and gathers his car keys and cell phone, saying, almost to himself, "She says she's tired of sharing me. I have to go home now."


Aww ... I love it ... you can almost hear the whip cracking on little ol' Ashton. You know what ... whatevs, the couple sound like they are really happy (despite not looking so happy when they get photographed together) and if he has to run off to be with his wife at a moment's notice then I think he should run off to be with her. I cannot even imagine the strains on the relationship of a very public couple like this ... they have to do what they have to do for the sake of their marriage. Being whipped isn't necessarily a bad thing ... especially when that whip is being wielded by Demi Moore. [Source]

Sneak Preview

Kylie Minogue has released a You Tube vid clip of an acoustic performance of her current US single All I See which was filmed during rehearsals for her upcoming X Tour 2008 ... check it out:


Kylie has a strict no-lip syncing policy when she tours so this gives us a pretty nice preview of what she has in store for us when she hits the road next month. I'll have to wait until July to see her live for myself and I have *no idea* how I'm going to stay away from tour spoilers in the mean time. [Source]

The Great Walk Gets Underway

Dannii Minogue has embarked on her long journey to help fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John raise money for cancer research on The Great Walk to Beijing and has posted a few photos from her first day of her trek. Here are a few pics from Dannii's official My Space profile and a portion of her accompanying blogpost:


Well...This Is It. I am embarking on a life-changing journey that involves Cancer - but this is the first one I have chosen! I have had family and many friends who have survived this disease, and two dear friends that I have lost. Cancer seems to be more and more a part of everyone's life. Why? - I want to scream as loud as I can. Everyone taking part in The Great Walk to Beijing is on a personal mission - survivors, medics and others like me who have seen in close quarters, this devastating illness ... Two flights from Melbourne I end up at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Beijing. After checking in and meeting a few of the team, we hear a famous Jamaican called AJ singing in the lobby ... but opera! It wasn't exactly what I was expecting to hear on my first visit to China ... but it was "a yes from me" - this guy moves us with his vocal ability. I ask him if he will join us on the walk, come meet Olivia and sing for her too. Apparently the wheels are in motion for AJ to meet us on the wall - so before I have even made my first sponsored steps, I have recruited a random ... Our first flight lands in Xian. We touch down briefly enough to reboard a flight to Jiayuguan. We are now in Western China in a desert city that seems positively deserted. After two days of non-stop travel, I am over air transport and can't wait to get my walking boots on and 'Get physical'! Love and Dim Sum from Disco Dannii in China x

I am so glad that Dannii is going to be posting photos from her Great Walk experience because I am very much looking forward to seeing how the trek progresses. In case you missed it before, I blogged about Dannii's participation in The Great Walk to Beijing in order to raise money for the creation of cancer treatment and research centers around the world (an endeavor spearheaded by Olivia Newton-John). I have happily donated money to support Dannii's involvement and I sincerely hope that as many of y'all as possible will also donate money for her efforts. If you are so inclined, you can click HERE to sponsor Dannii's Great Walk to Beijing and you can click HERE to learn more about the event itself. Keep up the amazing work, Dannii ... we're all rooting for your success!! [Source]

Daniel Craig Is A Flasher

This weekend saw the UK premiere of the new movie Flashbacks of a Fool at Empire Leicester Square in London where celebs like Daniel Craig, Rupert Everett and Claudia Schiffer were joined by others for the event. Now, I don't know much about this movie other than the fact that Daniel Craig stars in the movie and also appears nekkid in the flick ... which we have a taste of in this screenshot made available by The Sun:


DANIEL CRAIG has no problem with getting his kit off for movies. The Bond star is seen in bed with two women in the opening scene of his new movie, Flashbacks of a Fool. And female fans will get to see plenty of the muscle Daniel has put on for his 007 role. "Getting naked on screen has never bothered me," he laughed. "I've kind of made a career out of it. I work out, because that's what I do now. It's part of my job. I've always worked out to keep fit but if I know I've got to take my top off, I stop eating cakes. I keep myself as physically fit as possible because of what I've got to do in the movies, but I still end up as the walking wounded for the best part of six months when I'm making the Bond movies." Flashbacks of a Fool stars the 40-year-old actor as Joe Scott, a fading movie star, whose addiction to drink, drugs and women has sent his career into a downward spiral.

Well, as long as Daniel has no problem getting nekkid on film then I surely have no problem with his getting nekkid on film. Previously Craig appeared semi-nude in the last James Bond film, Casino Royale, and fully frontally nekkid in the 1998 film Love Is the Devil. I say the nekkider the better :) [Source]

The Downward Spiral

The official Nine Inch Nails website was updated this weekend with photos of the hardcopy discs of their latest online-only release Ghosts I-IV (my copy arrived in the mail this weekend as well) and some new information on how NIN plans to handle their online presence. Previously, fan club members of The Spiral were allowed access to concert presales, exclusive content, etc. for a fee ... according to the latest update, those same amenities will be available for all NIN fans for free starting next month. Here is a pic of what the Ghosts I-IV discs look like (possibly in the hands of Trent Reznor) and a photo of the latest incarnation of Nine Inch Nails plotting their next move:


We have been busy preparing a much-improved online experience for nin.com, which we will begin to unveil next month. The new nin.com will incorporate much of the interactivity and benefits presently offered on The Spiral, but a paid membership will no longer be required. A free nin.com account will be all that is needed to access the features of the new site, and The Spiral in its current form will no longer remain active. As we get closer to the upgrade, we'll be making more information available to existing Spiral members to better prepare for the transition to the new site. Ticket pre-sales will still be available on the new site -- all nin.com members will have the opportunity to pre-purchase great seats on a per-show basis. Details will be forthcoming with ample time before on-sale dates. For right now, you can become a nin.com member by registering at remix.nin.com -- if you're a Spiral member, your existing username and password will be preserved on the new site, as it is on the remix site. We're very excited to begin offering a wide range of improved interactivity to all nine inch nails fans, all for free.

On the one hand, I think it's really great of NIN to offer all of the same amenities to all NIN fans free of charge ... but as a Spiral member myself, I do feel a bit slighted by the fact that our online community is now going to be given away for free when we previously had to pay for it. It makes sense tho ... Trent has found great success with bringing his music directly to the fans without having to deal with a record label middleman ... so why wouldn't he also want to make the entire NIN online fan experience available to all fans alike -- for free. I'm encouraged by this new concept of giving things away for free ... as long as the music and the access keeps comin' there really is no cause for complaint. [Source]

Vicki B. Gets Dumped

Apparently Vicki B. has worn out her welcome here in the US in just under a year from her arrival to our fair country. Upscale boutiques Fred Segal and Kitson have decided to pull her dVb denim line from their stores due to poor sales and a total lack of promotion for the product on her part. Er, this news can't be good for her plans to become a huge fashion mogul:


Victoria Beckham's fashion range is being dumped from American shops following poor sales. Fred Segal and Kitson have dropped Posh Spice's DVB denim range, with the latter blaming Beckham's reluctance to promote them a key factor. Kitson's owner Fraser Ross explains to the News Of The World, "We asked her PR people so many times for her to appear but she didn't. Celebrity lines are no different from an album or music tour. They have to be promoted to sell."

I couldn't find any info on how her clothing line is doing in the rest of the world but it seems that the dVb lifestyle just isn't taking off here in the States. I'm sure the stores would be able to sell a few more pairs of jeans if VB did come in to do some in person promotion but I don't think that even doing that will save the line. This is really bad news. I am really counting on Vicki B. finding success as a fashion designer ... that would be the only way to ensure that she stays away from making music again. [Source]