Monday, May 05, 2008

Who?

Here's a fun little game to round out the afternoon ... can you guess who is the mysterious couple featured in these photos? I realize it may be difficult to render an accurate guess, what with the chick hiding underneath that big pink hat and the dude masking is face with his sunglasses, but go ahead and give it a shot anyways:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

At first, I thought that the couple might be the jet-setting couple made up of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt but I don't recall there ever being a circumstance where either of them shied away from mugging for the cameras. Like, it's never, ever happened before. Is this a new Hollywood power couple trying to keep their fame on the downlow? I guess only time will tell. [Source]

Horsing Around

After spending part of his weekend getting made into a bona fide hero at his military award ceremony, Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William got together to play a bit of polo together:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

While you and your brother might be happy playing a game of Grand Theft Auto IV on your Xbox, the Princes seem interested in more ... traditional sporting events. Whatevs, it's not easy making polo look hawt and yet, Wills and Harry have made it so. [Source]

French Fly

Madonna has made her way to Paris, France ahead her second Hard Candy Promo Show which is due to take place at Olympia Hall tomorrow night ... here are pics of her Madgesty making her arrival at Le Bourget airport in France earlier this morning:


Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

Interesting, both Kylie and Madonna are doing shows in Paris tomorrow night. I wonder if the head-to-head showdown was planned ahead of time? In any regard, it sounds like Paris is gonna be rockin' tomorrow night ... I hope the poor city can handle it. [Source]

Brangelina Do The South Of France

Brangelina have been making the most of their relocation to the South of France ... the family spent the entire weekend engaged in various forms of play and entertainment ... here are a few pics of some of their weekend activities and a short run-down of how they have been keeping bizzy:


Photo credit: Splash News

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took to the skies this weekend, whisking daughter Zahara off for a helicopter ride around France Saturday. The couple – who are hunkering down in St Jean Cap Ferrat at the historic villa owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – appeared to be house hunting, sources say, exploring four possible properties.


Photo credit: Splash News

The next day, the expectant parents and their entire brood (daughters Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 1, and sons Maddox, 6, and Pax, 4) stayed closer to home, visiting Bono's waterfront home at Eze, France, about 15 minutes from Allen's luxury compound. While their weekend may sound glamorous, one local source insists that, when it comes to daily life inside the villa, they're just like any other family on vacation. "They're doing everything you and I might be doing," said the source. "Eating, taking naps and swimming in the pool." Later this month, the pregnant Jolie is scheduled to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for two films, Kung Fu Panda and The Changeling.

Yeah, I don't recall my family trips involving helicopter rides and playdates with rock stars so I don't know that this weekend sounds like "everything you and I might be doing". That being said, they are prolly the most famous celebrity family on the planet, quite frankly, I'm a bit disappointed when all they do is go to Toys R Us or to regular movie theaters. It really sounds like the fam is really enjoying everything that their fabulous life has to offer. It's always a great sight to see the entire family out and about and having fun. [Source]

Britney Hits The Motherlode ... Again

Britney Spears won't be making her grand return to CBS's How I Met Your Mother until the episode airs next Monday night but here is our first look at one of the scenes she has already filmed for the show:


It wasn't tough for Britney Spears to decide to reprise her role as ditzy receptionist Abby on CBS' How I Met Your Mother. "I had such a great experience the last time I was on the show that I couldn't wait to come back," the singer said in a statement Monday. "I was really looking forward to working with this cast and crew again. "Everyone was so nice," she added. "Abby is going to have a lot of fun!" This time around, Spears' lovable but ditzy Abby no longer pines for Ted (Josh Radnor). She falls for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). According to a CBS release, the "couple" — who don matching V-neck baby blue sweaters — go to the show's local hangout bar to "flaunt their new relationship in Ted's face."

To be honest, Britney could show up in the ep reading from the phone book and it would make headlines. CBS is really very smart to bring Britney back for one more guest spot ... mere weeks after she won the show its highest ratings ever. It's still stunning that Britney Spears is in such high demand again that she is being courted to save TV shows. What can't Britney Spears do? [Source]

Mrs. Cannon Does Vibe Magazine

The newly married Mariah Carey is showing off her new beach-ready bikini bod on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vibe magazine. Nick Cannon really hit the jackpot by getting Mimi to walk down the aisle with him, that's for sure (btw, I'm still having a hard time accepting the fact that Mariah and Nick are married). Here are a few of Mimi's Vibe photos and a portion of the Editor's Letter that attempts to lavish praise upon the record-breaking chanteuse:


People forget, because Mariah is so pretty and so about hair and boobs and antics, that she is a songwriter who will go down in history as one of the best, one of the most prolific, and one of the most successful. The sales and radio records she's breaking are mammoth, and crucial too—because with every one she topples, it's clearer that Miss Carey is the true People's Choice. She writes and sings music that people sing to themselves, music that we move our bodies to. She is redefining—in these complicated cultural times, times in which niches are nich-ier than ever, times in which even the sale of creative content is in question—what it is to be popular (believed, embraced, or perpetuated by ordinary people). She's buttah fly, for sure.

Man, oh, man ... these photos are hot. Surely there will be folks out there who will claim that Mariah has been Photoshopped to death in these photos but I tend to think that this is really what her hot bod looks like. She really looks amazing. [Source]

Additionally, here is our first look at the new Bahaman home that Mariah Carey just purchased on Windermere Island where she married actor Nick Cannon last week:


Photo credit: Splash News

It's a really phat pad ... my guess is that Mimi and Nick will be staying hidden for for a while, until they are ready to reemerge back into the world as happy newlyweds.

The TV Guide: Xanadu It Again

Yesterday afternoon, Darion and I went to see Xanadu on Broadway (me for the second time, Darion for the first) and we had the time of our lives. The weather is just absolutely PERFECT in NYC these days so it really just added to the fun. I had forgotten how insanely funny the show is ... it's so well written, so well directed and so well played ... it really is one of my fave Broadway shows. I cannot express how much fun the show really is ... you'll simply have to see it for yourself -- I promise you won't be disappointed :) After the performance, we got brought backstage to chat and take pictures with Xanadu leads Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson ... here are a few photos:


We also got to chat for a little bit with the amazing actresses Mary Testa and Jackie Hoffman who play Muses Melpomene and Calliope respectively. They are really both insanely funny in the show, it was a thrill to meet them both. Additionally, while backstage we kinda ran into the very shirtless Kyle Dean Massy (who plays the Muse Thalia as well as a Siren, Young Danny, an '80s singer and Cyclops) which was a nice treat as well :) All the players were so kind and complimentary about the blog so it was just a really nice experience. I MUST see the show again, natch, but next time I plan to be on stage! I can't wait.

Much, much love goes out to Jim for orchestrating the VIP treatment for Darion and me, we had an absolute blast and we owe it all to him. xoxo

After our afternoon of theater, we met up with David and his sister Eden and her new male friend for dinner at Frederick's in the West Village. Despite a couple of unpleasant run-ins with the other patrons and dealing with understaffing at the restaurant, we had a nice time together -- the food was really delish:


So yeah ... our weekend was over as quickly as it began. Darion and I have a couple more days left in the city before we fly back to LA tomorrow evening.

Happy Cinco De Mayo, ya'll!! Drink a margarita for me!!

Scarlett & Ryan Are Gettin' Hitched!

US Weekly is reporting that Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, who have been dating for about a year now, have announced that they are engaged to be married. The news comes by way of official confirmation from a rep speaking on behalf of the happy couple:


Photo credit: Splash News

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are making it official! Johansson, 23, and Reynolds, 31, who have been dating since Spring 2007, are engaged, their rep confirms to Usmagazine.com. Reynolds was engaged to singer Alanis Morissette. They split in February 2007 after four years together. Johansson was previously dating to Josh Hartnett. In February, it was reported that the actress was seen shopping for wedding dresses at a Monique Lhuillier boutique in L.A. with her mother and sister. But her rep told Us, "A family member is getting married, not her. She is not engaged."

To be honest, I had no idea that the couple were dating as far back as last Spring. I knew that Ryan and Alanis broke-up in February of 2007 but I didn't know that he was hooking up with Scarlett so soon after they broke up ... maybe that's why they broke up? At any rate, I suppose congrats are in order for the happy couple ... to be honest, I never really saw these two together as a couple ... I hope things work out better for them than they did for Alanis and Ryan. [Source]

Les News: Iron Man Rules The Box Office, Prince Becomes An Author, Madonna Rules The UK Charts

Blake Lively Does Vanity Fair

In slightly less controversial photos than those of the not that innocent Miley Cyrus, Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is featured in a Vanity Fair photospread while wearing an "array of haute couture creations" ... behold:


Blake does look amazing in these outfits but hasn't the American in Paris thing been done to death already? Vanity Fair is known for pushing the limits and offering its readers something they might not've been expecting (see the aforementioned Miley Cyrus VF photos) ... something other than a photo of the latest "It" girl wearing a "33-pound Swarovski-crystal-encrusted satin gown by Dior features 6,000 sequins—handstitched with gold thread" for example. Still, the pics are lovely. I'd like to see Blake do something more avant garde next time, tho ... she really shouldn't be playing second fiddle to Hannah Montana. [Source]

Distance Makes The <3 Grow Fonder

Here are new photos taken over the weekend of Jennifer Aniston sunbathing by her lonesome in Miami, FL (well, she was with a girlfriend but I was referring to her lack of male companionship) and John Mayer roaming the streets of NYC by his lonesome ...


Photo credit: Splash News

... there is still some debate over whether or not Jen and John are actually ... involved ... or not but I'm of the mind that they are -- or at least were ... involved. I gotta say, I really like the sight of these two together. I think they make a very nice couple and I would be happy to see them carry on with one another ... cuz, you know, I have say in their private lives ;) [Source]

The Ugly Truth

News broke over the weekend that Lindsay Lohan has been added as a last minute addition to the season finale episode of Ugly Betty ... she will join Naomi Campbell and *possibly* other guest stars on the final ep of the season. Here are pics of Lindsay on set along with photos of Naomi and Ugly Betty star America Ferrera suited up in softball garb (which, I imagine, will factor heavily in the storyline) for the finale ep:


Troubled party girl Lindsay Lohan is attempting to revive her floundering career with a guest appearance on US television comedy Ugly Betty. The 21-year-old actress plays a schoolmate of America Ferrera's character Betty Suarez in a flashback scene for the show's season finale. Lohan began shooting her scenes over the weekend and is also expected to appear in five episodes of the popular series next season. "Lindsay was on time and actually arrived to set early," a source told People magazine. "She did a good job." The star, who completed a stint in rehab in September, has previously said she is serious about getting her career back on track after box office disappointments I Know Who Killed Me and Georgia Rule. In February she said: "Right now I just want to find a great script, a great role. I was so used to working and working and working, and for a good few months there was nothing for me to do. Now I know what it's like to be an out-of-work actor, and how much it scares me." As well as her television role, Lindsay is also recording a new album and will costar in an upcoming Jack Black movie, Ye Olde Times. She is also lined up to play one of Charles Manson's cult followers, Nancy Pitman, in the movie Manson Girls.

OMG! I love it! Lindsay isn't even playing herself ... the promise of future guest appearances on the show is sure to give her acting career a shot in the arm. Is it wrong that I really want her new movie Manson Girls to be kinda like Mean Girls but with, you know, all that killing? Yeah, so wrong, I guess. Do you realize that with Britney all sane again, Lindsay all sober and working again and Paris all dating one guy at a time again that the Hollywood "It" Girls appear to be growing up and maturing? Yeah, that's an eerie thought. No worries, tho, the new batch of Hollywood "It" Girls to start running around wild (Miley, Vanessa, Zahara) should be bringing the crazy drama soon enough. [Source]

Hero Harry Gets A Heavy Medal

Prince Harry, along with 170 other servicepeople, was honored by the British government for his military service in Afghanistan this past Winter and his family (including his big brother Prince William) and friends were on hand to bear witness at his award ceremony ... as well as his on-again/off-again/apparently on-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who was also in the hiz to watch Harry get his campaign medal. Here are a few photos from Harry's award ceremony:


If there were any doubts about the status of Prince Harry's on-again, off-again relationship with Cheslsy Davy, this should clear things up. The 22-year-old student – who split with her royal beau briefly last November – was a special guest as Harry received an army honor Monday. As Davy looked on proudly, Harry, 23, was handed a campaign medal for his service in Helmand province, Afghanistan – a tour that ended prematurely in February, when his top-secret presence there was revealed by some members of the media. (He served 10 weeks of a planned four-month tour of duty.) The blonde Zimbabwean sat with Prince William, 25, a fellow lieutenant in the Blues and Royals, to watch the ceremony led by Harry's aunt, Princess Anne, in the less-than-glamorous surroundings of his Combermere Barracks in Windsor, Berkshire. (Prince Charles was also in the crowd, along with the families of around 170 servicepeople all being honored.) Harry – who has been dubbed "Hero Harry" in the British press – blushed slightly as he chatted with Anne while she pinned the medal on his left lapel. The prince and the other members of the unit then followed the band of the Blues and Royals for a march through the streets of Windsor, where they attended a church service to remember their colleagues who had fallen during the six-month campaign. Harry, who was promoted to lieutenant (from his rank of second lieutenant) when he came home, was seen in a navy blue beret, eyes straight ahead as he marched past a several-hundred-strong crowd all clapping in appreciation. After the hour-long service, Harry left the Holy Trinity Church with Davy at his side. Davy – in a cream-colored jacket and brown skirt – looked demure and serious as she and Harry stepped into a waiting gray Jaguar limo and headed back to the barracks for a reception with the servicepeople and their families.

Yeah, yeah ... it's never hard to win the girlfriend back when you've become a very public military hero. You'd think that being a Prince in the English monarchy would be enough but, it would seem that Miss Davy requires a little more from the dudes she likes to date. Whatevs, these two have been together (for the most part) for a very long time ... I suspect they will remain together for some time. Just like Kate Middleton seems destined to marry Prince Wills, Chelsy seems also destined to be wed to Hero Harry ... as long as he keeps managed to impress her, that is. [Source]

Madonna Does 106 & Park

Legendary popstress Madonna made her very first visit to BET's TRL-like show 106 & Park last week and here are a few photos from her appearance on the show with hosts Terrence and Rocsi and a portion from the BET blog recounting the ep:


She's like a fine bottle of wine; she gets better as time progresses. Not only is she one of the BADDEST entertainers in the business, but she's also one of the BEST! International superstar, Madonna stopped by BET's 106 & Park to promote her new album, Hard Candy and BOY was it a sight to see. While Madonna chopped it up with Terrance and Rocsi, we all (mainly me) stood there in AMAZEMENT as this cougar (a term for extremely attractive older women) displayed an effortless cool like NO OTHER. Yea I sound like a groupie right now, but I dare you to catch an in person glimpse of this blonde bombshell and act too cool for school ... I DARE YOU! There really isn't more to say, except I am now OFFICIALLY in love!

While I agree that Madonna is an "extremely attractive older woman" I think the term "cougar" really refers to an older woman who has a penchant for bedding much younger men ... which isn't really the way I'd describe her anymore. In any regard, it's great seeing Madonna hit up BET finally ... I suspect this won't be her last visit to the network. [Source, Source]

From Kentwood, LA To LA, California

This weekend, Britney Spears returned to her hometown of Kentwood, LA to attend her little sister Jamie Lynn's baby shower ... it was Brit Brit's first visit home to Kentwood in a little over a year (due to a prolonged estrangement with her parents). People magazine reports that the baby shower was a quiet, family affair. But, alas, Britney's stay in Kentwood had to be a brief one since she is due on the set of CBS's How I Met Your Mother today to film scenes for the show's season finale which will air next Monday, May 12. Here are pics of Britney boarding a private jet with her parents Lynne and Jamie Spears:


Photo credit: Splash News

It was a family affair Saturday as mom-to-be Jamie Lynn Spears was feted with an intimate baby shower in Kentwood, La. About 30 guests were invited – including big sis Britney – to Kentwood for a ladies-only, catered celebration for the 17-year-old at the family's Serenity mansion. (Spears hadn't been back to her hometown since her aunt's funeral early last year.) "Jamie Lynn opened every gift," says a source, adding that mom Lynne and fiancĂ©e Casey Aldridge's mother lent a hand. "We all sat in a circle and she opened gifts and thanked every person. It was just a good old-fashioned baby shower." In March, the Zoey 101 star registered for baby booty at Babies "R" Us. Though sheriff's deputies were posted at the gate and paparazzi circled in helicopters, "it was a normal shower," says the source. "A wonderful, sweet occasion."

I just love it. There isn't much more to add to this story ... Britney and her family appear to be have mended their fences and they all seem very happy to support and love one another in every circumstance. It's just amazing what a turn-around Britney has managed to pull off in recent months. I've always contended that the key to her salvation would be a happy reconciliation with her family. I'm just thrilled that it finally came to be. Next up, Britney returns to primetime TV again next week. Love.It. [Source]

The "Midas" Touch

Kylie Minogue was honored in Paris today with the French government's highest cultural award, the Order of Arts and Letters, ahead of the kick-off of her new KylieX2008 tour which gets underway in Paris tomorrow:


France on Monday awarded Kylie Minogue its highest cultural honour in a Paris ceremony at which the country's culture minister praised the Australian singer for her battle against breast cancer. Christine Albanel gave Minogue, who kicks off a European concert tour in Paris on Tuesday, the Order of Arts and Letters and told her she was a "Midas of the international music scene who turns everything she touches into gold." "I want to publicly salute the courage you showed by revealing publicly that you had breast cancer," Albanel said. "Doctors now even go as far as saying there is a 'Kylie effect' that encourages young women to have regular checks." Minogue, who attended the ceremony along with her parents, said she had "fallen in love with France" since her first visit here. Past recipients of the French award include singers Bob Dylan and David Bowie and Hollywood stars George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis. Minogue was in December decorated in the British Queen Elizabeth II's New Year Honours List. The singer was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the annual list.

Here are a couple photos of Kylie waving to her assembled fans from the balcony of the French Culture Ministry just after her award ceremony and a couple as she exited the building:


Photo credit: Splash News

Woot! Much congrats and love to Kylie on this latest accomplishment. She is truly an inspiration and is obvs much-loved by the entire world ... even the US (trust me, there are legions of Kylie fans here even if the country as a whole has yet to take notice). I am *very* excited for the first news from tomorrow's kick-off KylieX2008 show in Paris ... spoilers or no, I will not be able to stay away from the first press photos that will be released from the show. Again, I say, Woot!! [Source]

You Gotta Blame Someone

Vicki B. seems to be really p-oed that her range of high end jeans aren't selling very well in the US and had to be shipped off to discount retailers ... so, VB is placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of the clothing manufacturer, Rock & Republic, for the shoddy sales because CLEARLY she believes that she is not at fault for the failure. Therefore, VB has launched a lawsuit against R&R for "loss of earnings" after she broke off her business relationship with the company:


Victoria Beckham is suing the Los Angeles fashion label that made her own-brand jeans. The Spice Girl is believed to be claiming Rock & Republic owe her as much as £50million for "loss of earnings" following her split with the trendy clothing company. The pop star signed up with the fashion label to make her jeans, which sold for more than £200 a pair, in September 2004. But she parted ways with the label two years later amid rumours of rows with designer and owner Michael Ball. The normally publicity-hungry wife of England footballer David Beckham was reportedly criticised for not participating in enough PR opportunities. A High Court listing shows that Beckham Brand Ltd, a company set up by Victoria and David to deal with their activities in the world of fashion, filed a claim against Rock & Republic last month. There are no further details available because the claim form has not yet been served on Rock & Republic, but Victoria is reportedly seeking the payout as compensation for lost earnings as she believes the jeans were more profitable than previously thought. News of the legal case follows recent claims that Victoria, 34, has not been doing enough to publicise her latest dVb denimwear line. Sales have reportedly been so poor in the US that a number of key retailers are expected to drop the range next season. Kitson, a favourite boutique of LA celebrities, was among the stores rumoured to be planning to axe the label, with owner Fraser Ross speaking to the Press about the disappointing performance. Victoria and David Beckham set up Beckham Brand to deal with their clothing ranges in May 2004, but records show that last year's accounts for the London-based business are overdue. A spokesman for Victoria said: "We wouldn't be able to comment on it. It is a legal matter." Rock & Republic also refused to comment.

Yeeek. This is a bit embarrassing. It's bad enough that the dVb line isn't selling well here in the US but to make an even bigger deal out of the sitch by launching an apparent multi-million dollar lawsuit against the manufacturer seems like a misstep to me. I tend to think the high price is what is turning off customers ... I suppose the problem could partially be the design. At any rate, I'm sure this won't be the last we'll hear about this lawsuit. I wonder what VB's next move in the fashion world will be now. [Source]

Halo 27

As was expected, Nine Inch Nails has made a new album, entitled The Slip, available for FREE DOWNLOAD on their official website to their fans "as a thank you ... for ... continued support". Here is the official cover artwork for this new, free, album and the full text description of the release:


as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via nin.com.

the music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. your link will include all options - all free. all downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.

for those of you interested in physical products, fear not. we plan to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in july. details coming soon.

01. 999,999
02. 1,000,000
03. letting you
04. discipline
05. echoplex
06. head down
07. lights in the sky
08. corona radiata
09. the four of us are dying
10. demon seed

length: 43:45

we encourage you to remix it,
share it with your friends,
post it on your blog,
play it on your podcast,
give it to strangers,
etc.

©2008 NIN


If you are a NIN fan, I encourage you to download this new album post haste. If you are not a NIN fan, I also encourage you to download this album as soon as you can, listen to it and I suspect you might become a new fan. NIN rulz the world. [Source]