Sunday, May 11, 2008

You Can Never Get Too Much Of The Hills

The season 3 finale of The Hills will air tomorrow night at 10PM on MTV ... but in the meantime, here are a couple of really amazing parodies of The Hills that I can't stop watching and rewatching:



I just can't tell which one I like more ... I love them both. What do you think? [thanks Tamar and Jen]

Desperately Seeking Britney

Um ... any chance any of y'all know, recognize or remember the name of this sad person who was caught roaming the streets of West Hollywood, CA looking in vain for what miniscule smidge of notoriety she once had?


Photo credit: Splash News

She was someone's cousin, I think. She spent all of her time trying desperately to ride the coattails of her more famous family member (hoping to have her own reality show, at some point), which entailed her standing idly by while her sick cousin was being used and abused by extremely exploitive people in her life. Yeah, I dunno why she is still showing her face around town but I wish she'd go back to wherever the hell she came from before she came to LA to participate in the tragic exploitation of her very famous and rich cousin. [Source]

Hate To Say I Told You So

Bad news for Warner Bros. Studios and the Wachowski Brothers at the box office this weekend ... their $100+ million dollar "summer blockbuster" Speed Racer looks to be on track to become one of the huge box office failures of the summer movie season. When a movie costs around $100 million dollars to make and around $80 million dollars to promote and it only pulls in around $20 million dollars on its opening weekend, I think you've got major cause for concern:


The summer of 2008 is only two weeks old, and it already has its first flop. Speed Racer, the Wachowski Brothers' kaleidoscopic retelling of the classic cartoon series, got stuck in neutral this weekend, grossing a mere $20.2 million, according to Sunday's estimates — a disastrous sum for a movie that cost well in excess of $100 mil and that Warner Bros. had considered one of its major summer tentpoles ... Speed Racer (No. 2), which banked less than half of what many in Hollywood had originally expected it would earn over the course of its premiere weekend. Leaked word that the film was tracking poorly coupled with particularly weak reviews made this outcome visible from way down the road ... But that doesn't mitigate the damage. The movie is a wreck on the level of recent memorable summer failures like Kingdom of Heaven (which opened with $19.6 mil) and Poseidon ($22.2 mil) — at the domestic box office, at least. Overseas, well, that's another (possibly sadder) story. While would-be blockbusters that fail domestically usually have a chance to recoup their costs in foreign multiplexes (the aforementioned Kingdom of Heaven and Poseidon both did just that), there are reports that Speed Racer may have gotten a flat tire at the international box office as well; the dust still has to settle before we know the full story there. In the meantime, one has to wonder where the movie — which stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, and Matthew Fox — goes from here ... Worse still, Speed Racer could even fall to third place when this weekend's final numbers are unveiled on Monday. That's because its total is a mere $200,000 ahead of the initial No. 3 finisher, What Happens in Vegas, which banked an estimated $20 mil.

Ouch! But to be honest, I am not at all surprised. I saw the film at a midnight screening this past Thursday night and was HUGELY disappointed in how the movie turned out. There really wasn't a single thing that I liked about the movie at all. The awkward spirit of the cartoon was totally lost on the big screen adaptation ... [Source]

... if the movie had turned out more like this ...


... then it prolly would've done much, much better. There is something about the way the original cartoon was presented that gave it its appeal ... none of that was saved for the movie. I will go back to watching Speed Racer cartoons (you can watch Part II of this episode The Trick Race HERE and Part III HERE) and will try and forget all about this horrible CGI mess.

PS: I'm not interested in THIS bullshizz either. From here on out, it's only old skool Speed Racer for me.

The TV Guide: Honorable Mention

Yesterday afternoon was an insanely beautiful day that I couldn't wait to get out of my apartment so that I could enjoy the great weather. Unfortch, my place is still a shambles but there's plenty of time to clean up when the weather gets gloomy again. I met up with Steph and Alek in the late afternoon to hang out by their pool, drive around in their convertible and head over to The Grove to shop (ie. ogle the shirtless guy who stands in front of the Abercrombie & Fitch store) and see a movie ... here are a few pics from our afternoon/evening together:


You'll be happy to know that we did not buy the Kanye West-esque glasses, we only put them on for the photo. At first we talked about going to see What Happens In Vegas but in the end, decided to go see Made of Honor instead:


Fortunately, we made the right decision. Made of Honor is so cute, even tho it's basically the same best friend falling in love with best friend at the last minute storyline, this movie was handled very well. The storyline never slowed to boring pontification and the characters were actually engaging. Hello, Patrick Dempsey was also shirtless for about 40% of the movie, so that worked in its favor as well. Fans of movies like 27 Dresses will most likely really enjoy this movie too. It makes for a very cute date movie as well.

Tonight, Darion and I are going to see Wicked again ... I bought tickets for tonight's performance because it was announced as Megan Hilty's last performance as Glinda the Good before she leaves the show for 9 to 5. It turns out that her run has been extended to the end of the month so it won't be her last performance ... even still, we're both very much looking forward to see her in the role as Glinda one last time before she leaves the show for good.

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Hot Dude Of The Week: John

Woooo! It's time for the Hot Dude of the Week ... and this time around I thought it'd be nice to check out the Hot Dude from a bit of a different angle. We usually get to see the Dudes from the front but we don't always get to see them from the back ... so this week's Hot Dude, John, is meant to be enjoyed solely from the back:


Photo credit: All American Guys

Coming or going, it's always a treat to feast our eyes on the Weekend Hotness ... and I *really* appreciate that John decided to wear white undies which tend to almost disappear once wet. MMM MMM ... I'm not sure which sort of pics I prefer -- the fronts or the backs -- thankfully, I don't have to choose ... we can enjoy both :) [Source]

It's Never Too Early To Start Planning A Coup

BFFs 4Ever Lauren LC Conrad and Lauren Lo Bosworth spent part of their weekend shopping at The Grove together just days before the extended third season of The Hills airs its finale episode on Monday May 12. Here are pics of the ladies hanging out at The Grove plotting discussing how things might go down on the just announced 4th season of The Hills:


Photo credit: Splash News

Miss Lo has only been on The Hills as a regular castmember in the extended portion of season 3 but she has already asserted enough control to move into the #2 position (squeezing Audrina out) on Team LC. It makes sense, LC and Lo go waaay back to the Laguna Beach days (and even before that) so they've got a bond that is very tough to crack. Now that LC and Lo are living together, there ain't no way anyone else is going to be able to infiltrate their new union. Lo has always been one of my favorite "characters" so I'm pleased to know that she'll be around for season 4 ... but first, we'll have to tune in tomorrow night to see how the drama from this season will wrap up. Will Audrina finally move out and away from LC now that Lo has stepped in to take her place? And if so, what does that mean for the upcoming season? Will Audrina entirely move over to Team Heidi? HMMMMM. I can't wait to find out. [Source]

Hot To Fox Trot

So, I just gotta know ... is it at all possible for Chris Evans to look bad at all? Here are pics of Chris making his way home in the wee hours of the morning after a long night of partying at Foxtail nightclub last night lookin' as cute as can be:


Photo credit: Splash News

I don't know that I've ever seen the man look bad ... like, ever. Hee hee, not that I'm complaining :) [Source]

UPDATE: Apparently, Laura Prepon would agree. [thanks Melissa]

Amy's Got A New Fix

In other new couples news, an emaciated and mostly nekkid Amy Winehouse spent part of her weekend hanging out and getting all close with ... some random guy ... who happened to be in her close vicinity and had no problem offering her a lap to sit on:


Photo credit: Splash News

I'm not sure if Amy spent any of her precious free-time in the company of her incarcerated husband Blake Civil-Fielder (who has been sitting in jail for the past few months on charges that he attempted to pervert justice) but she didn't seem to spend a lot of time missing him. Bless. [Source]

Jen & John's Pool Party

Well lookie, lookie ... guess which new Hollywood couple were at it again Saturday afternoon after they were reunited in Miami, FL. Jennifer Aniston just wrapped filming the Miami scenes for her new movie Marley & Me and her new beau John Mayer just happened to be back in town to help celebrate with her. Apparently, John (who was most recently deflecting the "Jennifer Aniston" question in NYC after the last time they were photographed cozying up to one another 2 weeks ago) hopped the first plane available when Jen put out the call. Here are a whole slew of new photos of Jen and John canoodling by the pool at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel yesterday afternoon:


Photo credit: Splash News

Not content to just cozy up next to the pool, the lovebirds decided to go for a dip ... they also decided to keep the amorousness going as well:


Photo credit: Splash News

Yeah, these two are VERY touchy feely ... they couple were spotted kissing and hugging in and out of the pool all afternoon long. Once they were finished with all the PDAing outside (and prolly after they realized that they were being photographed), the happy couple decided to take the show back to Jen's hotel room ... walking together while still embracing one another:


Photo credit: Splash News

It *has* to be lurve, ya'll. These two deffo have the air of new couplyness about them. Personally, I think they make a really cute couple and would love to see them take the relationship public ... tho, I suspect they will remain mum on the deets of their new love mainly because Jen is a very private person and John likes to eff with the press too much. At any rate, I'm sending out much congrats to the happy couple on finding lurve together. Long live Mayerston. [Source]