Monday, April 28, 2008

Lourdes Is A Wannabe

I guess it's true what they say, the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. Check out this picture of Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon rockin' a pair of Buddy Holly-type glasses as she made her way out of the Kabbalah Center in NYC this weekend lookin' very much like her mother Madonna did when she wore the same kind of glasses back in the day:


In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Maddy dug those glasses out of her closet and let Lola wear them herself ... it's remarkable how similar both mother and daughter look. Granted Madonna was much older than Lola was when her photo was taken, there is no mistaking that Lourdes is deffo Madonna's child. [Source]

The Circle Of Life

Former teen heartthrob Jason Priestly teamed up with current teen hearttrob Chace Crawford for a little video game action at Nintendo's block party this past Friday in NYC's Rockefeller Center ... by the looks of the photo, Jason emerged victorious over Chace in their friendly game of Mario Kart Wii but in a side-by-side comparison, it's clear who the real winner is:


Ah yes ... the sands of time can be so cruel ... once-upon-a-time Jason Priestly was the one that all the girls screamed for and now, well, that simply isn't the case. Now it's Chace's time in the limelight so it was nice of him to let Jason win a video game or two. I hope Chace enjoys his time in the sun ... it won't be long until he's in the other seat, playing against younger heartthrobs celebrating his video game wins with jubliant glee. Hopefully he'll get to keep his hair longer than Jason has, tho ... that's at least one thing he can work to aspire to. [Source]

Golden Girl

Dannii Minogue looked stunning on the red carpet at the MAC Cosmetics Gold Fever Party in Sydney, Australia last night ... here are a few pics of Miss Dannii glittering on the carpet, ready to kick off the Australian Fashion Week festivities:


I believe that Dannii also performed at the event but I've yet to find photos of her performance. She really looks fabulous in that glittering gold outfit ... Woot!!! [Source]

The Hotness

Welp, another Coachella is in the books as the music festival drew to a close last night. I think it's safe to say that this year's Coachella Music Fest was among the most successful yet ... scoring last minute addition Prince to the line-up really ratcheted up the hype for the 3-day festival and had pretty much everyone talking about it this year. Yesterday, acts like Justice, The Cool Kids, Roger Waters, Spiritualized and more played out the final day of the fest ... which managed to put concert-goes thru the paces of having to deal with the scorching heat. Some attendees needed to take a break for minute, shedding their clothes in an attempt to cool off ... like Shia LaBeouf, for example:


Yes, it got hot, indeed. Again, I must say that I really feel like I missed out on a great weekend this time around. From everything I've seen, it looks like this year's Coachella Music Festival was deffo a good time. Ah well, maybe next year. [Source]

Kathy & Steve Are Dunzo!

Sad news for Kathy Griffin these days ... apparently she has broken off all romantic ties with her extremely wealthy boyfriend, Apple tycoon Steve Wozniak, after many months of seemingly happy bliss. Kathy spilled the beans of her failed relationship while on the red carpet at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend:


Kathy Griffin has split from billionaire Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. "He is an awesome guy, but I have to say he is in the friends category now," Griffin, 47, told Usmagazine.com at the GLAAD Awards in L.A. Saturday. "As a matter of fact," she added, "I got an email last week from him, and he is going to marry someone else... I think he might be married. I don't really know that for sure, though." She insisted there are no hard feelings: He even appears on the upcoming season of her Bravo reality show. "He is really cute and funny on it," she said, adding, "He's totally a life-long friend."

Whaaaa? They broke up AND he's already married or at least engaged to someone else already? Damn, that sucks. Poor Kathy ... I shudder to think about the things she had to do to that man's nekkid body and then it turns out that she doesn't even get to end up enjoying any of the fruits of his wealth! AND THEN some new chick swoops in and marries the guy, ensuring a very nice future for her and her bank account? Bummer. I'm sure Kathy's keeping her chin up tho ... I mean, I'm sure another eligible billionaire will be along any day now to fill the void. [Source]

The TV Guide: A Short Respite

This weekend with David was a really fun one ... I always have a great time when he's here in town with me. It meant a lot that we were able to attend our friend Gillian's wedding together as a couple. As much as I hate getting dressed up in suits and stuff, I love doing so when I'm with him. He always looks so sharp and does a great job of lookin' fly, so I don't really mind dressing up with him. Yesterday afternoon, David and I had a late lunch at the Pho Cafe in Silverlake and then we hung out for a bit in Los Feliz and in Griffith Park. We drove up to the observatory and hung out there for a bit. We had a really great day. David flew back to NYC last night and I will be joining him tomorrow. I leave for NYC tomorrow afternoon for the rest of the week. This latest trip will be a very fun one ... there are a few very cool things on the agenda AND Darion will be flying out to NYC as well. He will be there for the weekend and will be crashing with David and me so it promises to be a very fun time.

As usual, I have a few things to take care of today, lots of cleaning and packing to do. The weather is still pretty hot today but I understand it will cool considerably by mid-week ... hopefully it won't be too cold on the East Coast by the time I get there.

Les News: Amy To Become A Baby Mama, Brit Returns To HIMYM, Ange Swells

On Second Thought ...

Yesterday I posted a few pics of David Beckham showing off his new facial hair during the LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA soccer match on Saturday night and I came upon one more photo of hairy Becks which has me rethinking my position on his new look ... there is something about this photo that looks much better than the rest:


The look does age him a bit but it's not entirely as heinous as I previously thought. The shaved head doesn't really help the look much but at least it's better than those God-awful corn rows that he used to sport a few years ago. I'm really on the fence about these chin pubes ... should they stay or should they go? At least he looks a lot hotter than Salma Hayek does. [Source]

Me-YOWCH!

Whoa ... what the eff is going on with Heather Locklear's face these days? I came upon new photos of Heather on the Hawaiian set of her new movie Flirting with 40 and was completely unaware that it was actually Heather Locklear. Her face was so puffed up that she looked exactly like that crazy woman, Jocelyn Wildenstein, who has had plastic surgery done to her face so that she could look like a tiger. It wasn't until I saw a few more pics that I realized that it was really her:


Photo credit: Splash News

EEK! I guess you can blame the bad photos on poor angles or whatever (since there are other photos from the same day where Heather looks more like Heather and less like the crazy cat-lady) but the resemblance is pretty uncanny ... and extremely disturbing. Blech. [Source]

GLAAD Tidings

The 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held at the Kodak Theater over the weekend where special honorees Janet Jackson and Rufus Wainwright were presented awards in addition to a couple of pretty big ABC TV shows that also won awards for outstanding achievement in GLBT visibility. Here are a few pics from Saturday night's red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

Two ABC series were in repeats — as winners — at the annual awards honoring good work in media presentations of gays and lesbians. "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" received awards for outstanding drama and comedy series during the 19th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre on Saturday night. Both shows, which feature openly gay or transsexual regular characters, received the same awards last year from GLAAD. On "Brothers & Sisters," Matthew Rhys plays Kevin, a lawyer sibling whose dating life is frequently depicted on the drama. "Ugly Betty" features Marc St. James, the flamboyantly gay assistant played by Michael Urie, as well as Alexis Meade, the transsexual editor played by Rebecca Romijn. Other winners included Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" for outstanding reality program, Janet Jackson for the Vanguard Award and Rufus Wainwright for the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, in honor of the late casting director who fought homophobia in the entertainment industry. According to GLAAD, the awards honor individuals and projects in media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The awards are split into four ceremonies, held in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco in March, April and May.

What an incredible awards show. To think that for 19 years, awards have been handed out to brave people and companies that have taken up the mantle of portraying GLBT people in a positive light ... which is no small task. If you consider that gay jokes are very present in most comedies and that you hardly ever hear anyone speak up on behalf of gay people whenever someone makes those kinds of jokes, well, it's very easy for that sort of behavior to be accepted as the norm. I love that very popular TV shows like Ugly Betty and Brothers and Sisters integrate gay characters so fully into their storylines without explanation and without comment so that Middle America can see them as regular characters, the way it should be. I thing ABC should be commended for their commitment to positive GLBT visibility. And I really look forward to the day when awards shows like the GLAAD Media Awards are no longer required to exist because positive GLBT visibility will just be an everyday, run-of-the-mill occurrence. [Source, Source]

Geri's Got The Write Stuff

Look out Madonna ... Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is lookin' to conquer your territory. No, no ... not in music (heh, as if that were even possible) but in the children's book arena. Geri's first kid's book, Ugenina Lavender, will hit bookshelves in the UK later on this week and The Sun has our first look at what's in store. Here are pics of Geri posing with her book and her characters Ugenia Lavender ("She is like my inner kid, although she is not completely me. She has catchphrases like 'Ingenius' or 'Inspirational'."), Bronte ("Ugenia's friend and a cross between Hermione from Harry Potter -- that kind of real swot -- and a friend of mine called Anna Kate, who likes everything to be just so. But she's also very kind.") and Trevor ("He is a little bit thick and chunky but has a heart of gold and probably lives on a housing estate. There is a little bit in him of a boy up the street when I was a kid -- we used to climb trees together."):


"YES, I think that's it now," says Geri Halliwell. The singer is clutching a mug of tea and standing in the kitchen of her London home as she talks frankly about the Spice Girls and their recent reunion tour. "We've done it and I wouldn't want to go back, although I wouldn’t say it was definitely the last one ...." So there. Exactly ten years after she quit the band that made her name, Ginger Spice looks set to finally hang up her platform boots and Union Jack dress. Here, in her large open-plan house with its wooden floorboards and view of a leafy garden the size of a small park, Geri is well advanced with other, very different plans. She has become a children's author and today reveals how she has based her quirky new characters on her own days as a schoolgirl. She also explains why she has become a National Reading Ambassador for The Sun as part of the National Year Of Reading. "I'd love it if the average person who doesn't necessarily buy books could discover the delights of discovering a good story," she says proudly of her new role. Geri's infectious enthusiasm is currently focused on the project she has been working on in her upstairs office for the past four years. On Friday she publishes her first children's book, Ugenia Lavender -- one of a planned series of six titles aimed at the over-sevens. She is, it is fair to say, very excited about the project. "I know there is prejudice against celebrity authors but if you read my stories you'll know they're not ghost written -- only I could be that bonkers!" she says, self-mockingly. Her cartoon heroine, Ugenia, is clearly a mini Geri, with a swinging bob of clipped ginger hair, a smattering of freckles and a confident, mischievous smile. She is the child of a dinosaur expert and a breakfast telly presenter. The first story paints her as a classic misfit, struggling to find friends at a new school and suffering at the hands of a bully. "Ugenia is definitely a part of me. She's like my inner brat," Geri confesses, adding that the story is loosely based on her own experiences growing up in Watford, Herts ... Geri describes each plot twist in her new book with gleeful detail. "I try and put heart into it," she says. "I think people can feel it when it's real." We are interrupted as Bluebell, Geri's 23-month-old daughter by former boyfriend Sacha Gervasi, toddles into the room carrying a piece of burst pink balloon. Geri is quickly on her knees on the floor playing with her. "I'm a single-parent mother," she says matter-of-factly. "I'm a statistic. I'm like half of Britain. I'm more privileged than most so it would be an insult and hideous to compare myself to those who are really struggling, but I guess I’m like most working mothers in that I have to juggle everything."

Geri really talks at length about the inspiration for this new book series in the Sun article ... which even offers a chance to read the first chapter HERE. I dunno if there is a market for stuff like this but I'm sure she'll sell a few books. I guess it's nice that Geri is able to turn a passion of hers into a real project like this ... and if Madonna can sell kids books then why can't Geri ... tho, I suspect that someone like JK Rowling doesn't have much to worry about. [Source, Source]

A Little Bit Country, A Lotta Bit Rock N' Roll

Country singer Kenny Chesney suffered a painful injury while on stage at a concert in South Carolina this weekend and managed to fight thru the pain so as not to disappoint his assembled audience. It turns out that Kenny had bones in his foot crushed and he *still* managed to put on a concert for his fans ... that's about the most rock and roll thing I think I've ever heard a country performer do. He gets my respect. Pink reader Courtney was in the hiz for Kenny's fateful concert (Pink reader Sydney was there as well) and she sends in her photos from the show of Kenny fighting thru the pain on stage:


Country crooner Kenny Chesney sustained an injury at a Columbia, South Carolina concert Saturday night – but the show went on despite his pain. Bones in the 40-year-old's foot were crushed due to an equipment malfunction as his performance began, CMT reported. Chesney's foot was stuck for about 30 seconds between the stage and a lift that elevated him to the stage at Williams-Brice Stadium, according to CMT. The singer was limping and holding his knee, CMT reported. After the show, doctors from the University of South Carolina cut off Chesney's boot to minimize damage. "I took one look at those fans, and there was no way I wasn't going on," Chesney said in a statement. "Sometimes the energy and the adrenalin pull you through." He added, "They had come to rock, and there was no way I was sending them home with anything less than the best of what me and my guys came to do – put it all out there and give them back at least as good as they gave us."

Props to Kenny for being such a rockstar. If my foot got crushed on stage I don't know that I'd want to perform on stage but he had no problem coming thru for his fans. I may not be a fan of his particular type of music but I say again, he's got my respect as a performer, 100%. Rock on Kenny, you rule!! [Source, thanks Courtney]

Knight-ly News

A few new posters for Batman: The Dark Knight were released over the weekend ... the first came by way of the viral website Why So Serious? which has been having fans running all over the place in order to participate in one of the movie's viral campaigns. The other two come by way of a Christian Bale fansite ... check them out:


The poster artwork is very ominous ... and I understand that a new trailer may be released online this week once participants of the online game figure out the clues and unlock the trailer online. While I think the viral stuff is very cool, I don't have the patience to be an active participant. I love reading about all the fun stuff that folks have been doing tho ... the interactivity really seems to be working for the film (not that promotion of any Batman movie really needs gimmicks to get the job done). I'm weary of seeing any more footage from the movie so long before the movie will be released ... but that doesn't mean I won't watch ... and that's prolly the point. [Source, Source]

UPDATE: Here are 3 more Batman: The Dark Knight posters which have been released to the international market:


These international posters are much cooler than the domestic ones that were just released. Love them!! [Source via ONTD!]

Role Reversal

Here are a couple of amazing photos of our dear Britney Spears lookin' as sweet as can be in a cute little blue dress and nice white shoes (no boots!!!!) as she made her way out of a recording studio in SoCal this weekend:


Photo credit: X17

Not only is Brit Brit lookin' fine and not at all a mess (she even managed to tame her weave), I must remind you that these trips to the recording studio and to the vocal coach bode very well for a new album of material very soon (I'm hoping for a Fall release). What difference a year makes ... why, exactly one year ago today, Britney was routinely flashing her panties (thankfully, she was finally wearing panties again). It's good to be on Team Britney again. [Source]

On the Jamie Lynn Spears front, Mama Lynne Spears has been spending time with little JL in their hometown of Kentwood, LA where the pair have been stocking up on baby essentials to prepare for the arrival of the newest member of the Spears family:


Photo credit: Finalpixx

Awww yeah ... I know of a certain little young'n who is gonna get about a spoilt as as a young'n can be from the baby aisle at Wal-Mart. Some children are just born lucky. Isn't it so odd that just a few months ago, JL was the last hope of the Spears family as Britney seemed mired in her own destruction and now the roles are reversed. Britney is on the upswing while JL is ... well ... not. I much prefer for both Spears sisters to get their lives in order but I am happy that Britney is doing so well again. JL will be fine as a 16 year old mother ... sometimes you just can't run away from your destiny. [Source]

She's Just Being Miley

So the big story that erupted over the weekend concerns that "scandalous" Vanity Fair photo of a "topless" Miley Cyrus (she was never really topless, a blanket was wrapped around an undergarment that kept her top covered at all times) and the ensuing hoopla that has been generated by Camp Miley. First, the offending photograph was leaked to the InterWeb (by way of Entertainment Tonight) and amid the gasps of outrage, Miley's people put out a statement of apology and embarrassment over the controversial photograph (ie. of Miley Cyrus showing her bare back wrapped only in a blanket). Then Vanity Fair decided that it needed to defend itself by releasing the article and interview that is to be published with "the photo" which makes clear that at no time was Miley Cyrus forced or cajoed to do anything at the photoshoot that she or her parents (who were on set at all times) thought was questionable in the least (VF even released behind the scenes photos from the shoot of a smiley Miley in between takes with that "dirty" blanket still wrapped around her). The whole thing is really ridiculous but will surely 1.) give Miley Cyrus a whole lotta publicity and 2.) sell a lot of magazines for Vanity Fair. It's a win-win for both parties, which seems to me to be exactly the point:


Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old star of "Hannah Montana," said she is "embarrassed" by a provocative photo spread shot by famed photographer Annie Liebovitz that is appearing in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," she said in a statement released today. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about" ... In one of the photos, Cyrus is shown from the side, with most of her back bare, clutching what appears to be a satin sheet loosely around herself. The Disney Channel, after learning of the Vanity Fair photo spread and article also issued a statement critical of the magazine. "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines," the statement said. Cyrus also recently apologized for a series of personal photos that circulated on the Internet last week in which she bared her midriff and her bra. "The pictures of me on the Internet were silly, inappropriate shots. I appreciate all the support of my fans, and hope they understand that along the way I am going to make mistakes and I am not perfect," she said in a statement to People.

Vanity Fair issued a statement of their own (on behalf of the magazine and Annie Liebovitz) to The New York Times:

"Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley."

Click HERE to read the entire Vanity Fair article where Miley even talks about how she felt the photos looked "artsy" when she took them ... it is only now that she feels otherwise. While I agree that no 15-year old girl should be photographed to LOOK topless for any magazine, arty or not, I absolutely do not place the blame on the magazine. Mama and Pappy Cyrus were right there on set with their daughter, letting the photoshoot take place, approving the photos as each was shot and giving the final approval for which photos could be published. It seems to me that all the stupid uproar over Miley's "scandalous" My Space photos (which seem to pop up every other week of her kissing her friends and posing in her skivvies) has heightened the Terror Alert level of her conservative and Christian fanbase which is what led to a quick disavowal of these "artsy" photographs. I'm really annoyed by the piousness ... if the Cyrus family wants to put their daughter on the public stage and sell her music, her likeness and her persona then they shouldn't be all that surprised at the lengths that they must go to to rake in those millions. If they'd rather cling to their morality then they should really rethink their promotion tactics and might want to reconsider a career in showbiz for their 15-year old daughter. Personally, I'm not at all interested in anything having to do with Miley Cyrus but this latest stunt just really irks me. Before people start criticizing the magazine for any part in this I contend that the blame should first be placed at the feet of Camp Miley ... but I'm sure the Wal-Mart contingent will find it easier to demonize a big magazine like Vanity Fair rather than the innocent Hannah Montana. [Source, Source]