Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Shape Of My <3

Now, I'm not trying to say that I'm a trend-setter or anything but ...


... I think Nicole Richie <3s me :) [Source]

The Four Horsewomen Of The Apocalypse

First, LC and Heidi agree on the same political party, then they agree on the same events and NOW they're both appearing on the same cover for Rolling Stone magazine?!?!?


Yep, it's about that time for Armageddon to come rolling right along. [Source]

Annie, Get Your Gum

Norwegian popstress Annie (the woman who brought us the INSANELY hooky track Chewing Gum a couple of years ago) is back with a new album of infectious music, titled Don't Stop, which is due out this July ... but we won't have to be waiting that long for our first taste of her new old sound. Here is Annie's music video for her song I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me:


Stereogum reports that this time around, Annie and producer Richard X worked up a cover of Stacey Q's megahit Two of Hearts and that folks like Girls Aloud, Franz Ferdinand and Datarock may show up on her new album. Yummo! I absolutely love everything that Annie puts out ... the woman seems to know what kind of music really speaks to my soul. Brilliant pop is always welcome on my iPod. I can't wait to hear more :) [Source]

LG And In Charge

Hollywood's usual suspects made their way out to the Pacific Design Center here in West Hollywood, CA last night for the LG Electronics launch of the Scarlet HD TV Series ... which basically means -- free booze, free food and kickass giftbags. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

HMMM ... LC and Heidi at the same event? They agree on politics and now parties ... one more sign that the girls are in cahoots and I'm sure the world will come to a crashing end. Madden brothers Joel and Benji provided the DJ tunes at last night's affair which I hear was a smashing success. You can always count on Young Hollywood to come out for fun events like this ... whenever there are electronics involved, you best believe Hollywood's elite class of freeloaders will ready to par-tay. [Source]

The Hills: Happy Crappy Housewarming

ATTENTION: THE HILLS SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Meh ... this week's ep of The Hills was another snoozer for me ... nothing really all that exciting took place. The girls hosted their first party in their new home (which isn't anywhere near the Hills of Hollywood ... it's a very nice house nestled in the San Fernando Valley). The big event was Stephen's arrival ... but I was more interested in Justin Bobby's haircut:


The girls' housewarming party looked really tame ... not one single person puked in the pool or anything ... what gives? All the hoopla about Stephen's return was all for naught. The only thing that LC got from his return was closure ... I think she is finally over the boy (which is sure to break Lo's little black heart). Justin Bobby got himself a haircut (and presumably a shower) which tidied him up a bit ... he ain't lookin' too bad, I must admit. Poor Audrina ... forced to live in the servant's quarters out back of the house ... I'm pretty sure she won't be putting up with that for much longer. I bet Heidi could use a new roommate -- wouldn't that be scandalous? Man, I hope something exciting happens soon ... I'm starting to lose interest. Things are much more exciting on Gossip Girl ... which was infinitely more entertaining this week than last week. Georgina Sparks rules, y'all!!! The Hills better step it up. [Source]

The TV Guide: No Time To Breathe

Oy! I've been running around my place all morning trying to take care of last minute shizz, while writing blogposts, before I have to jet for the airport. I'm on my way to NYC for a week so I'll be comin' atcha from the East Coast all week long. I have a few very cool things on the agenda, one event I'm very *excited* for but I don't want to jinx anything. It'll be great to be back in the city again, I hear it's cooler there than it is here in SoCal but I think I can put my shorts away for a week in the Big Apple.

So ... I have a few posts coming your way for the rest of the afternoon, I am just about on my way.

Les News: Rosie Sticks Up For Miley, KylieX2008 Is Coming, Hulk Hogan Is Gross

Pink Reader Juan Carlos Wins It All

Congratulations are in order for Pink reader Juan Carlos for winning Madonna's entire CD catalog in the latest PITNB giveaway ... I asked for folks interested in entering the contest to submit photos either dressed up like Madonna, recreating one of Madonna's album covers or with Madonna herself and Juan Carlos's photo (a recreation of the cover artwork for Hard Candy) was judged to be the best of the bunch:


It was so hard to choose one singular winner ... there were SO MANY amazing entries ... but only one person could win the big prize -- so much congrats, JC!!!

That being said, I really loved Pink reader Leah's photo submission (she, too, recreated the cover of Madonna's just released album Hard Candy) so I will be sending her a prize as well (she wins an iTunes copy of the Deluxe Version of Hard Candy). And, just for fun, here are 3 other photo submissions who I'd like to feature as honorable mentions ... from Pink readers Mark, Matthew and Paola:


I think you'll agree that all of these entries are very fun, very creative. Thank you all so much for participating ... Madonna's new album Hard Candy is OUT IN STORES TODAY ... make sure you pick up your copies!!!!

War Crimes

Hilary Duff, her sister Haylie Duff and luminaries like Montell Williams, Marisa Tomei and others were on hand for the NYC premiere of her new movie War, Inc. which made its debut at the Borough of Manhattan Community College for the Tribeca Film Festival last night ... here are a few pics from the red carpet:


Photo credit: Splash News

War, Inc. is Hilary's first "grown-up" movie wherein she doesn't play a Disney character or isn't courting a teen audience. You may recall this is the movie where she drops a scorpion down the front of her pants and has a kind gentleman fish it out for her. I smell an Oscar!!! Actually, I'm reserving judgment until I see the finished product myself ... but if her Eastern European accent is any indication of the film's merit, well, I'm not really holding my breath for an award-winner.

BUT ANYWAYS ... Hilary's very steady boyfriend, NY Islander Mike Comrie, was also in the hiz last night to support his lady ... and the feeling is mutual. Hilary has confessed that the sport of hockey is her latest obsession. Um, yeah. Here are pics of Hila-rie making their way into and then out of the War, Inc. premiere last night:


Photo credit: Splash News

Hilary Duff can put away her Hockey for Dummies book. She's a full-on fan now, thanks to boyfriend Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders. "[Hockey] has kind of been a new obsession," Duff told PEOPLE at Monday night's premiere of her new film, War, Inc. "When I'm in New York, I'm going to hockey games a lot." And Comrie returns the favor. "He sits through days of press, of me doing interviews, like one after another after another, and doesn't complain about it," said Duff (who stars alongside John Cusack and Marisa Tomei in the offbeat political satire). "He was a good sport today." The 27-year-old Comrie also joined Duff – wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana dress and Christian Louboutin pumps – at her premiere, part of the Tribeca Film Festival. "It's fun to get all dressed up," said the 20-year-old. "I feel like I haven't done it in a long time." After the screening, the two chatted with moviegoers before heading over to Meatpacking District hotspot Tenjune for the after-party.

Ack ... they are so cute, I want to puke on my shoes. Well, at least they're happy together ... Hilary and Mike have been going steady for quite some time now, which is a very good thing. They do make a very cute couple so I can't really be mad at them. As long as Mike continues to stay in line, I'm sure they'll be very happy together for a very long time. [Source]

This Ain't A Crime Scene, It's A Drug Possession Bust

Gary Dourdan, star of CSI: and all around-TMZ hater, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession last night in Palm Springs, CA after police found him asleep in his car ... TMZ reports. Gary got busted with a whole slew of the biggies which means he might actually have to pay for his crime:


"CSI's" Gary Dourdan was busted in Palm Springs yesterday on suspicion of possessing heroin, cocaine and ecstasy and prescription drugs. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the actor was asleep in his car at 5:21 AM when they approached the vehicle and made the bust. We're told Dourdan was taken to Palm Springs jail where he posted $5,000 and bailed out.

OUCH! Homie is in big trubs, yo! We'll see if any of the harsh drug charges stick cuz you know, he's a celeb and stuff. [Source]

Tour De Force: NIN Announce Pre-Sales

The official Nine Inch Nails website was updated last night with new information concerning upcoming ticket pre-sales for NIN US tour dates later on this year. The first city to go on pre-sale, tomorrow, will be Lexington, KY. It sounds like ticket pre-sales will be cheaper on NIN.com than they will be at Ticketmaster, etc. and ticket distribution will be handled in the same way that pre-sales for the NIN fan club have been handled in years past ... here is the full text of the latest bit of information released on the site:


Presales for the upcoming tour are about to begin. Presales for the Lexington, KY show will open on Wednesday, with many more shows starting up early next week. We've been working very hard to get the best tickets in the hands of the fans, bypassing scalpers, ticket resellers, and ticketing agencies... This has been a difficult process to bring together outside of The Spiral, and frankly, it's a work in progress. The presale system you'll be using for this tour does everything we set out to do, but as of right now ticket purchasing requires a few more steps than we'd prefer. You can expect a more streamlined system for future tours, but for now, here's what to expect:

First, you'll need to be a nin.com member to access presales. If you haven't already, register for free at remix.nin.com (click "register" once you're at the site), or log in with your Spiral username/password (Spiral members: If you've changed your Spiral password since November 2007, you may need to use your old password to login).

Then, subscribe to the news feed, or keep an eye on nin.com for presale announcements. The first announcement, regarding the Lexington show, will go up tomorrow.

When you purchase presale tickets, you'll need to enter your legal name exactly as it appears on your identification. When you arrive at the show, there will be a designated entrance for nin.com presale ticket holders. Present your ID at the entrance and you'll receive your personalized ticket, which will have your name on it (no tickets will be sent out in advance). You'll then have to enter the venue immediately. This process is an effort to ensure that our presale tickets are purchased only by fans who are attending the show, and are useless to scalpers and ticket brokers.

More specific presale information will be posted tomorrow and in the coming days.

P.S. - purchasing presale tickets from nin.com will generally be less expensive than from public outlets.


While I'm not *entirely* jazzed about the notion that ticket pre-sales will be open to everyone (mostly because it seems to defeat the purpose of even doing pre-sales) I have to respect the band for being so democratic with their fans. Opening up ticket sales to real fans (and taking the necessary steps to ensure that real fans actually get the tickets rather than have ticket scalpers snap them up instead) shows NIN's commitment to their loyal fanbase. I am *very much* looking forward to seeing NIN on this tour (hopefully a few times) and will do my best to try and update my site when new NIN tour information gets posted online. [Source]

Falling Into Christopher Rice

Last month I attended a book reading and signing hosted by author Christopher Rice on the release day of his latest book Blind Fall. It was at that in-store appearance that I was able to chat with Christopher for a bit ... but because he had many folks to talk to that night, we made plans to have a sit down interview after he completed his 16-city book tour:


About 2 weeks ago, Christopher and I met up for our interview at a coffee shop here in Hollywood but because of loud noise that was going on around us due to construction in the area, Christopher decided to move the interview to his home which was nearby. I think it was very cool of Christopher to open up his home to me so that we could have our interview in relative silence (and with only his kitty Cotton to keep us company). Here is an MP3 of my short interview with Christopher Rice:


It was really very incredible to see the place where Christopher does most of his writing and to get to talk to the man in his home environment. It's not every day that I get invited into the home of people I respect and admire so our interview afternoon was a huge treat for me:


Blind Fall really read to me like a bit of a departure from his earlier work. But, in retrospect, it is easy to see the commonality in his work when taken in as a whole. I really enjoyed reading Blind Fall and would happily recommend it to fans of his work and to fans of mystery novels in general. I was very surprised by how the book turned out ... the ending was one that I didn't see coming. Christopher is a very talented writer and I very much look forward to reading his books for years to come. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I do.

Trolling For Men

The very single Lance Bass (according to his My Space profile status) inspired a near riot as he emerged from Hollywood hot spot Villa last night when he stopped to sign a few autographs and pose for a few photos:


Photo credit: Splash News

Lance seemed to be enjoying the melee as he pushed himself thru the thick crowd of eager admirers ... which is understandable since he's been boyfriendless for a few weeks now. I'd love to see him settle with a new man already ... it's really Tearin' Up My Heart to think of him spending nights alone, lonely and Ben Thigpenless. [Source]

Proud To Be An American

Pamela Anderson, the very ardent animal rights supporter and active member of PETA who spent part of her weekend in Washington DC as a guest at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, has just announced that she has become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America ... here is a screenshot from the latest blogpost (taken from an article in the Washington Post) on her official website along with a portion of the text:


Pamela Anderson—in her first visit to Washington since becoming a U.S. citizen—will make a personal appeal to her new government to replace a profusion of outdated animal tests with modern technology that is already widely used in Europe. In the shadow of the nation’s capitol, Anderson will hand-deliver a PETA science report—the impetus for a recent front-page Washington Post story—condemning the failure of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use sophisticated, non-animal test methods in place of animal tests ... "Being a citizen excites me not just because I can vote, but because I can crack the whip on Capitol Hill to defend animals," says Anderson.

Pamela Anderson has finally cast off the shackles of her Canadianness in order to become a full-fledged citizen of the US of A ... so I suppose congrats are in order for our friends to the North. Meh, we'll take her ... at the very least she will be one more vote for the animal-friendly lobby here in the US and we could really use her income tax revenue. God bless America!! [Source]

Made In Manhattan

McDreamy hotness Patrick Dempsey and his costar Michelle Monaghan were joined by guests galore at the NYC premiere of their new movie My Best Friend's Wedding Made of Honor at the Zeigfeld Theater last night ... here are a few pics of the happy co-stars:


Photo credit: Splash News

Okay, so the first time I saw a trailer for this movie was way back around Xmas time when I was home for the holidays back in Detroit and I went out to see 27 Dresses with Sarah, her mom Nina, her aunts Gina and Lisa and her grandmother (yes, it was a gals night out, if you must know). Every single chick in that theater (and, yes, htere were a lot of chicks in that theater) swooned and laughed at the trailer for Made of Honor ... it was then that I knew that I'd be seeing the movie, most probably with Sarah and her family. Now, I'm not sure when I'll be home in Detroit again so I dunno if I'll actually get to see the movie with Sarah but I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be seeing it anyways. I'm not really big into the chick flicks but this one has Patrick Dempsey so, duhvs, I'll be seeing it. I'm sure it won't be that difficult to get some members of Le GangTM to come out with me ... who knows, maybe Sarah will make a special trip out to LA to come along. [Source]

Another Turn On The Couch

Tom Cruise is lookin' to get his name and face back into the public consciousness these days and there is no greater platform to do that with than on Oprah Winfrey's couch ... altho, this time around, it appears the couch acutally belongs to Tom Cruise. Here is a promo photo, released by Harpo Productions Inc., of Tom and Oprah at his home in Telluride, CO this past Friday where their new interview was taped:


This interview is scheduled to air on The Oprah Winfrey Show this Friday (May 2) ... but Tom will be appearing live on Oprah's show next Monday (May 5) to celebrate his 25 years in films since his breakout role in Risky Business. If the man ain't leapin' on couches in the first interview, he very likely will be doing so in his second appearance on the show. It's a shame that Tom has really toned down his Cruiseaziness in the last few months ... he isn't nearly as interesting now that he appears relatively sane again. Eh, I'll prolly tune in anyways just in case the man decides to flip out at the last second. [Source]

Gold Rush

It's time for a Dannii Minogue update, you know cuz it's been about 24 hours since our last update and she does seem to be the belle of Aussie Fashion Week this year. Yesterday we saw pics of the divine Miss M on the red carpet at the MAC Cosmetics Gold Fever Party and today, Pink reader Kate sends in some photos from Dannii's performance at the after party for the Gold Fever event ... check 'em out:


Dannii just rules. While her older sister Kylie Minogue gets the lion's share of the attention, it shouldn't be forgotten that Dannii is a pretty great performer herself. It's really great seeing her in performance mode ... I hope to one day be able to see her perform live with my very own eyes. But, considering it's taken me about 20 years to be able to see Kylie perform live, well, I might have a ways to go. [Source, thanks Kate]

Soooo ... I guess I'll have to make do with the photos ... like these of Dannii at a fashion show last night:


Photo credit: Splash News

She is a doll. I totally <3 her!!!

Common Ground

Surely the end of the world is upon us ... could it POSSIBLY be that sworn and bitter enemies Lauren LC Conrad and Heidi Montag actually agree on something??? Well, it's not that they would actually admit their commonality (certainly, LC would never do such a thing) but this weekend at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington DC, LC kinda accidentally confirmed that she and Heidi are on the same side ... politically, at least. Earlier this month, Heidi very vocally and happily endorsed Republican John McCain as her presidential choice, revealing to the world that she is a Republican (McCain, in his sad out of touch manner, happily accepted her endorsement because, really, he has been having a hard time counting celebs among his cache of supporters and an MTV reality star prolly sounds better than nothing). When LC was asked the same question, she refused to answer saying that her choice is a private one that isn't meant to be shared. BUT, the wily folks at New York magazine caught LC in the act of inadvertently publicly endorsing the Republican party when she thought no one was looking:


We'll admit, it never would have even occurred to us to ask Hills star Lauren Conrad about her personal politics if her arch-nemesis, Heidi Montag, hadn't come out earlier this month as a McCain supporter. After that, we didn't really have a choice. When we saw Conrad at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday, we asked her who would have her vote. "You know what? I believe in a private ballot," she said. "I've done several things to, like, encourage people to vote. But I think when you go in and endorse somebody it kind of affects how people look at you or look at candidates." That's disappointing. But luckily, asking questions is not the only trick up our reporting sleeve. During emcee Craig Ferguson's speech, he said: "I'm a new American so I'm trying to decide which party to vote for." We sensed an opportunity coming. "Should I vote for the Republicans?" he asked. We seized the moment and craned our necks in Conrad's direction. She clapped wildly. "Or the Democrats?" Ferguson asked. Conrad immediately placed her hands on the table and wrinkled her nose to her friend. Aha! What clinched the issue was when, moments later, she totally did not laugh at one of Ferguson's best lines: "What should President Bush do after this? I don't know, maybe get a job with more vacation." OMG, Heidi and Lauren are both Republicans and are rooting for John McCain. They agree on something!

HMMMMMMM ... I smell a rat. If LC and Heidi agree on political parties, what else do you think they agree on? Could it be that the bitter enemies are really very close friends who are playing us all for fools by making us believe that they hate one another so that we stay interested in their every move in the hopes that some dramatic and bitchy fight might one day ensue? Nah. They can't be that clever ... or can they? Is my world crashing in around me? Is everything that I hold dear and true falling to pieces right before my eyes? Man ... the next thing you're gonna tell me is that both of their fashion lines are made in the same Indonesian sweat shop overseas ... by the same tiny fingers of the same children who are forced to work themselves to death for pennies a day :( [Source]

A Peek Into The Future

Pretty On the Outside wonders what the future may hold for little Miss Miley Cyrus, considering the promotion choices that she and her parents/handlers have been making thus far in her career ... could this be the portrait of Miley Cyrus circa 2010?


Ain't it always the innocent, pious ones that end up falling furthest from their pedestals? It just breaks my heart, my achey breaky heart. [Source]

Down With Scarlett

Yahoo! Music has the world premiere of Scarlett Johansson's first music video for her new single Falling Down, which is a Tom Waits cover from her new album Anywhere I Lay My Head ... and here it is in full for your viewing pleasure:


Ten points if you can find Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie in the vid. Enjoy!!