Thursday, May 31, 2007

Successful Living

With one day under her belt at the Promises Rehab Facility in Malibu, CA, Lindsay Lohan appears to be doing well ... at least according to her friends who are happily giving updates on the troubled starlet. According to friends of L. Lo who have been "in contact" with her since she admitted herself to rehab, Linds is doing very well at Promises ... going so far as to say that she even "happy" there:

Photo credit: X17

Maybe the second time's the charm for Lindsay Lohan, who a friend says is settling well into her rehab treatment. "She's happy where she is and is just taking time to herself to learn and be okay," stylist friend Nate Newell told PEOPLE at Wednesday's Los Angeles opening of the flagship Diesel store on Melrose Place. "I've been in touch with her and she likes it." After a weekend of partying following her DUI citation, Lohan checked into Promises treatment center in Malibu on Memorial Day. "She's so much in the public eye 24 hours a day that she's gotten so caught up," Newell explained of the factors contributing to Lohan's ongoing struggle. "I think she surrounds herself with good people generally, but all the pressure that she's around has created this alternate universe in a way and it's hard for her to stay grounded" ... "She's doing really, really well," he added. "She probably should be there and it will be the best for her. I think [now] she's ready for it." Lohan's next movie, Poor Things, was slated to begin filming on Thursday in Los Angeles, and at the actress's request, the project will find a way to ensure her continued involvement. "We are trying to rearrange the shooting schedule to facilitate her working at the end of the shoot to coincide with the completion of her rehabilitation," producers Rob Hickman and Shirley MacLaine said Wednesday "We wish her love and the blending of mind, body, and spirit." I think it's clear that Lindsay was in dire need of some time away from all the partying and the working and the partying ... but here's hoping that she really learns how to cope with her addictions. It's easier to walk the straight and narrow when you're inside a treatment facility under constant supervision ... it's a completely different matter once you're out on your own again. While Lindsay's friends are championing her happiness in rehab, her father Michael Lohan is alleging that Lindsay's problems are worse than we think ... this from the Daily Mail: [Lindsay's] estranged father Michael Lohan has made claims that the Mean Girls star suffers a number of addictions including alcohol and the painkiller OxyContin, according to reports. The drug, also know as Oxycodone, is regularly referred to in parts of America as 'hillbilly heroin' and has been linked to scores of deaths in the US. Michael, who recently served jail time for assault and driving while intoxicated, told E! Online: "I spoke to the people treating Lindsay, because I wanted to make sure she was getting the right care. And I'm satisfied they are doing the right thing for her, helping her detox from the painkillers and things. That's a very important step." Lindsay publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnik has not yet responded to the claims. If this is true, L. Lo is in pretty bad shape. I really hope that her current 30-day stint in rehab helps her get better but addictions like these require more than I fear Promises can offer. No one wants to see Lindsay sink any lower ... I'm really pulling for her to have a complete recovery -- some day. [Source, Source]

In other troubled Hollywood "It" Girl news, Paris Hilton has been a bizzy girl over the past couple of days. With only about 5 days left to go before she has to turn herself in to begin her jail sentence, it looks like Paris is trying to get as much accomplished as she can ... while she can. There will prolly be a big run on Paris Hilton stuff here on the blog over the next few days (especially if today's Paris-heavy post is any indication) but I guess it's what must be done since she's about to go away for a few weeks. Now, before we start pontificating on what a Paris-free world might be like, let's deal with the stuff at hand now. Here are pictures of Paris, with laptop in hand, making her way to a studio earlier this week to work on some of her music before heading off to do a photoshoot:

Photo credit: Splash News

Sad Paris doesn't look like she's having much fun. It looks as if she is trying to channel her pain into her art. While I'm all for musicians [sic] using their real-life experience in their work, I'm not sure the world is ready for a jailhouse ditty from Miss Hilton. I just don't see how she can make jail seem "hot". [Source]

Paris managed to perk herself up later on when she took herself to Pinkberry for some fake ice cream deliciousness:

Photo credit: Splash News

Yeah, I don't think they serve Pinkberry in jail so it's a good idea that's she's filling up now. If she's allowed any dessert at all she might have to make do with ... gasp ... generic ice cream served in a plastic cup ... with a wooden spoon! [Source]

After Paris filled herself up with the fake ice cream, she went out and picked up a couple of new things to pass the time ... a new guy and new reading material:

Photo credit: Splash News

I have no idea who the guy is but seeing as this will be Paris' last weekend of freedom for a while, he might be in for one lucky weekend (er, depending on one's perspective). Paris was also seen carrying around new script either because the books have become too challenging or Paris wants to start planning her big comeback project once she gets sprung from the slammer. [Source]

Speaking of the slammer, here is our first look at Miss Hilton's new jailhouse digs:

Jail bound, Paris Hilton, knows exactly what her new bedroom of 23 days will look like, after pictures were released of a typical cell at the prison where she'll be detained. The heiress, 26, begins her first stint in jail next Tuesday and will be penned in a 10x7 ft cell at the Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, California. Nicknamed the Lynwood Hilton, the rooms starkly contrast the plush hotel rooms the Simple Life star is accustomed to at her family's hotel chain. To keep her entertained will be a fixed small white stool and desk, bunk beds with single green vinyl mattress, a steel toilet and sink. It's not all bad though. She'll be glad to know the cell doors are painted ditzy pink, which should cheer her up no-end. Prison officials have already chosen Paris's a cell mate. Officials will stick like-with-like when they house her with an inmate who is serving a sentence for reckless driving ... The thought of being cooped up and losing her freedom is said to be affecting her greatly. Reports say Paris has stopped eating under the stress of her impending jail sentence. A source said: "Paris hasn't been eating at all and her parents and friends are beyond worried about her. She breaks down crying a lot because she just can't deal with the reality and the pressure of everything that is happening" ... And it seems some spoilt socialites will just never learn. In an unbelievable turn of events, Paris has bagged one final driving offence for the road before she's locked up. She was reportedly handed a parking ticket this week. Her vehicle was slapped with the fine as she was busy at her new painting hobby in a craft store. OY! Someone take the girl's keys away from her before she gets locked up for an even longer sentence ... er ... well ... nevermind. Yeah, this jail cell does not look comfy at all. At least the toilet looks clean. [Source]

In happier Hollywood "It" Girl news, Mischa Barton is alive and well:

With Lindsay in rehab and Paris going to jail, it's a good thing that Mischa didn't bite the big one ... we're already losing Hollywood "It" Girls left and right. [Source]

Last night Diesel expanded its global domination by one more flagship store in LA. Celebs of all types (including Callum Best, who supposedly flew into town to lend support to Lindsay in her time of need) came out for the opening party for the new Diesel Flagship Store on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, CA ... here are a few pics:

Photo credit: Wireimage

I was lucky enough to score an invite for this event last night and brought along Mike to enjoy the fun with me. I am a *huge* fan of Diesel so there was no way I was going to miss this party. Mike and I arrived kinda late because I had to drive Davey to LAX first but the party did not disappoint. The MisShapes DJed the party up until Hot Hot Heat performed a short set to close things out. The most surprising thing that I saw last night was how cozy Chloe Sevigny was with Constantine from American Idol. While Hot Hot Heat was performing, Chloe was rocking out, jumping on a chair while wearing her trademark white sunglasses. Constantine was right in front of her and she kept kneeling down to talk in his ear. After the band finished their set, they walked off together hand in hand. Soo strange. The party was well attended and packed ... we had a great time. My personal pics are down at the end of today's post. [Source]

Elsewhere in LA last night, members of "young Hollywood" came out in support of Senator Hillary Clinton at the (you guessed it) Young Hollywood Reception with Senator Hilary Clinton hosted by Brett Ratner at the Hillhaven Lodge. Here are a few pics:

Photo credit: Wireimage

It's always nice seeing young Hollywood gettin' involved in politics. Miss Michelle Trachtenberg was lookin' lovely in her little red dress. It's nice to see that director Kevin Smith has stopped stalking me for a change, opting to go the Hillary event instead of the Diesel event. I also have to note that he appears to be wearing the exact same clothing from the last 2 times I saw in around town. It's just nice to see Eric Dane, period. [Source]

In NYC, Jennifer Lopez made an appearance at Paul Simon's Children's Health Fund Gala last night where she warmed up the crowd before her undead hubby Marc Anthony took to the stage at the Hilton Hotel:

I opted to post only pictures of the beautiful Jennifer Lopez and none of Marc Anthony. You can thank me later. [Source]

For no apparent reason whatsoever, Adam Brody started running amok on the streets of Vienna, Austria with a friend of his earlier this week:

Even crazy the boy is still hawt! Woot! [Source]

Jude Law brought his swishy 'tude and his super tight jeans to the 2007 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix earlier this week in Monaco ... here are a couple of pics:

I don't know what got Jude to bust out the Oprah neck at the event but I must say that it is a good look for him. Jude was paling around with his friend Jonny Lee Miller at the race so I wonder if he had anything to do with Jude's 'tude. I can see how a man like JLM can get a guy all bent out of shape ;) [Source]

Here is a cute pic of Angelina Jolie taking little Zahara and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt to school earlier this week. It appears that mommy duty has gone back to Angelina while Brad Pitt is off in Montreal, Canada working his his new film:

Photo credit: INFdaily

You will recall that it was Brad who was dropping the kiddies off at school while Angelina was filming her new movie in Prague. It's amazing how Brangelina can manage to juggle working on multi-million dollar films with mundane tasks like dropping off and picking up the kids from school. They make it look so easy. I believe that Maddox was already at school when this pic was taken ... no word on where Shiloh Nouvel was ... [Source]

... AH ... she was bizzy appearing on the cover of the new issue of US Weekly:

Are you seriously kidding me? Look at those eyes. Look at those cheeks. Look at those lips. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt surely is the newborn savior of the Universe. [Source]

And finally, the fine folks who are bringing you the family fun-time movie Hostel II want to wing you away to Europe so that you can enjoy a Hostel-like vacay of your very own:

Now, there's no way in HELL that I would want to take a trip like this, no matter how innocent it may seem. After seeing Hostel, I doubt I'll ever set foot in a real hostel ... ever. But, if you're feeling lucky and you're up for it you can enter for a chance to win a trip of your own. I'm not sure what it may cost to enter (nor do I know what kind of "mobile spam" you might be signing up for to enter) so do so at your own risk -- OR click HERE to enter online. Good luck! [Source]

Les News:
Yesterday was supposed to be a fairly quiet day. The only thing on my agenda was a quick trip to LAX to drop off Davey so that he can fly off to Florida for the weekend. Late in the day I got an invite for the Diesel Flagship Store opening on Melrose Place and I knew that I couldn't miss it. Mike and I arrived at about 8:30 and really had a great time together. We immediately met Ross Mathews (the artist currently known as Ross the Intern) and his friend Kim upon arrival and ended up hanging out with them all night long. Ross and Kim promised to take Mike and me roller-skating with the trannys at the Moonlight Roller Rink sometime soon so I'm mentioning this publicly so that he will be FORCED to honor his offer :)

Here are a few pics that I snapped of Hot Hot Heat's performance along with some pics of some peeps I got to meet last night:

I have to give a huge shout-out to Pink readers Melissa (who is pictured above in the third pic), Vanessa (who promised to give her mom and fellow Pink reader a hug for me), Lauren, Billy, Shabi and Becca (who I ran into at Norm's Diner after the party). It was my pleasure meeting you all ... much love goes out to Jordan for taking such great care of Mike and me at the party.

So ... the stupid cable person from Time Warner is supposed to come out to fix my internet connection today but is supposed to arrive sometime between 8AM and 7PM so I'm pretty much stuck at home all day long until he/she decides to show up. Blech.

Ah well ... life is good ... I'm doing dinner tonight with Tony at some point after the cable person comes so it's all good. Hope y'all are having a great day. I am out.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Checkin' In/Checkin' Out

Britney Spears looks like she has just had the weight of the world lifted off her shoulders in these new pics of her in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. As we are all well aware, Britney posted a very long letter written to her fans on her official website yesterday and it looks like the process was a very uplifting and positive one for her:

Photo credit: Splash News

With fake hair extensions bouncing in the wind, Britney made her way out of a shop and bounded towards her Mini Cooper convertible. It's always so nice to see her looking so happy. Reading her heartfelt letter really gives one a better perspective on where her head is at these days. There are some who are discounting the sincerity of her latest treatise (saying that she is trying to explain away her actions) but I view it as a very positive step forward for her. Tho, it seems impractical for her to use her homepage as a means of communication with her fans ... I think it would be a great idea if she started writing a blog, don't you? [Source]

While Brit Brit was happily making her exit from that Bev Hills shop yesterday, Lindsay Lohan was (unhappily?) making her entrance at the Promises Rehab Facility in Malibu, CA. Chauffeured by her lawyer, Blair Berk, Lindsay checked herself into the rehab center to begin an reported 30-day program:

Photo credit: Splash News

A spokesperson for L. Lo released the following statement mere moments after Lindsay was admitted to Promises yesterday:

"Lindsay admitted herself to an intensive medical rehabilitation facility on Memorial Day. Because this is a medical matter, it is our hope that the press will appreciate the seriousness of the situation and respect the privacy of Lindsay as well as the other patients receiving treatment at the facility."

I sincerely hope that she is really taking this latest stint in rehab seriously. People magazine is reporting that Lindsay's closest friends are relieved that she has decided to go back into rehab calling her recent arrest for driving under the influence a "wake up call": Lindsay Lohan has checked into rehab for the second time this year – and friends and family say they hope the second time is the charm. "We're all happy that she is where she is," a friend of Lohan's tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "Everyone's just been waiting [for something tragic to happen]. All of us thought there would be something soon." After Lohan, 20, checked into the Promises treatment center in Malibu – where Britney Spears recently underwent rehab – those close to her greeted the news with a mix of relief, worry and guarded optimism. "We are all praying for her," says a Lohan relative, noting that Lohan's mother, Dina, 44, "is doing the best she can" ... On Tuesday her rep confirmed that the actress, who completed a monthlong substance-abuse treatment program in January, had admitted herself to "an intensive medical rehabilitation facility" on Memorial Day. This time friends say her commitment to getting better could prove more enduring. "The police intervening is a wake-up call," says one. "This could be the best thing for her. I think she'll have to do a real rehab this time, and not just a Hollywood rehab." Says another: "Everyone has tried to step in," says a good friend. "You can't make someone get help unless they want to." Those who know Lohan also say that any threat to her career will prompt her to take serious action. "She cares about her craft and about her career," says a source. "She wants to be a Jodie Foster, so when she does things that are affecting her progress, that makes her upset." At the rate that Lindsay is going these days, she's got a long way to go before she gets anywhere near "Jodie Foster stage" in her career. I guess, as always, time will tell if she really takes the opportunity to square her life away. Honestly, tho, I really believe that the only way that some privileged people learn how to clean up their acts is by suffering the consequences of real punishment. [Source]

So, in goes Lindsay and out comes Mischa Barton who was released late Monday night from Sherman Oaks Hospital where she was rushed to on Sunday after suffering an "adverse reaction to prescription medication" at a Memorial Day BBQ. Here are pics of Mischa as she made her way out of the hospital:

You know, if Mischa were just a wee bit cooler, girls all over the country would be wearing hospital gowns to parties and BBQs. [Source]

And speaking of that BBQ ... In Touch Weekly managed to get a hold of the email invite for the BBQ sent out by Nicole Richie and offers it up for all the world to see:

Nicole Richie sent an e-mail invitation to a Memorial Day party - which was both inflammatory and revealing. In addition to encouraging her friends to "celebrate our country by drinking massive amounts of beer," she ended the invitation with "there will be a scale at the front door. No girls over 100 pounds allowed in. Start starving yourself now." Nicole, who looked thinner than ever at the May 27 party, says she was trying to be funny when she wrote this. But Dr. Joyce Brothers, who does not treat Nicole, thinks she is "thumbing her nose at the people in rehab. It's a huge form of acting out." Also, of no laughing matter was the party itself, where according to an insider, Mischa Barton mixed too many drugs: "She was rolling around on the ground... and then suddenly she began screaming that she was dying." The insider adds that Mischa passed out and was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital. Mischa's rep denies she was abusing drugs or alcohol. Hahahahaha ... clearly the email was sent in jest to a group of friends who could appreciate Nicole's humor ... and just to make sure that people understand that Nicole was merely joking she went on KISS FM here in LA this morning to verify its humorous nature ... stating that she often creates invites to her various soirees in much the same manner. Nicole also went on to talk about Mischa's medical mishap (confirming that it was caused by mixing booze and antibiotics) and how she missed all the action because while Mischa was passing out (and while Lindsay breezed thru the BBQ for a quick second) she was off at the grocery store getting supplies. Among other issues discussed by Nicole on KISS FM this morning -- she says that she and Joel Madden are still together, she's going to be doing The Simple Life for at least 2 more seasons and just because she doesn't get photographed by the paparazzi for a few days doesn't mean she's in rehab. Well, I guess that clears up a lot. [Source]

Nicole's BFF Paris Hilton, who is about a week away from going to jail for 23 days, spent part of the day yesterday at a ceramics shop working on a heart-shaped project:

Photo credit: Splash News

No word on who the heart-thing is for (perhaps the warden?) but it's a good idea that Paris get her feet wet working on crafts, etc. She'll be bizzy making license plates very soon. [Source]

In other Paris-related (or should I say relations) news, her aunt (well, 1/2 aunt) Elizabeth Avenzino sent a hand-written letter to the New York Post in the hopes that she could get in contact with Paris herself so that they may become "friendly". Here is the full text of the letter (all spelling and grammatical errors are the author's alone):

To whom it may concern,

my name is Elizabeth Avenzino and I am the 1/2 Aunt to Paris Hilton. My father Laurence Avanzino is Paris' mother Kathys bilogoical father as well. I have not had contact with my 1/2 sister Kathy in quite some time. Im writting in regards to my niece going to prison because ironically im finishing up serving a 90 jail sentence for violation of a probation charge (possession of controlled substance). You can verify all of this by calling 1-877-744-8463 my inmate I.D. # is ___________. I figured the New York Post would get word to Paris and we could write eachother. This is no hoax and I would greatly appreciate any assistance in getting intouch with Paris, I don't have any motive-monetary- publicity or anything other than trying to lend a supportive role to Paris and let her realize everyone is capable of making mistakes. I have always admired her but never persued her or my other 1/2 niece & I would love to get know them. This prison sentence just seemed so coinci-dental. Please help me contact her. I don't want any fame or fortune -- just friendship & a chance to connect.

Please help Sincerely
Elizabeth Avanzino

There now ... Paris at least has one person she can write jailhouse letters to. Maybe 23 days in the bighouse won't be so bad after all.

Callum Best, Lindsay Lohan's latest romantic interest, is rumored to be making his way to the LA area so that he can lend his support to Lindsay in, this, her time of need ... the only thing is that Callum had a few things to take care of first before he could wing his way to the States, according to The Sun ... like, say, having a little party with a couple of his friends:

STRUTTING Casanova CALUM BEST is exposed today as a pathetic cocaine addict who gets his kicks from depraved orgies. In public, Calum loves to lap up the glamour at celebrity parties with Hollywood actress LINDSAY LOHAN on his arm. Away from the cameras the son of soccer legend GEORGE BEST leads a very different life involving hookers, drugs and kinky sex. Last night, as Calum prepared to confess his shame to Lindsay, a friend said: "His father George may have been hooked on booze and women, but Calum has fallen to truly sickening depths." Lust-crazed Calum -- secretly captured on film romping with TWO hookers at a hotel -- said: "I've been stupid. I regret all of it. Whether it's drink, drugs or women there comes a time when you think, 'I shouldn't be doing that.'" The TV Love Island hunk was videoed during a frenzy of drug-fuelled depravity lasting three hours. Sex toys and a cat-o'-nine-tails whip were used as he ... SNORTED lines of cocaine off a glass table while the naked vice girls looked on. LICKED the Class A drug off one hooker's body and let both women pleasure him at once -- before romping with each in turn. SHOUTED at one of them to "take a f*****g line" as drugs were laid out ... The romp was filmed after Calum said he was ready to settle down following a break in the Bahamas with lover Lindsay. His night of lust began last Wednesday at his regular nightclub haunt Chinawhite in London. He made a beeline for £1,000-a-night hooker Casey James, 23, who works for an escort agency. She was with a Brazilian pal — also a call girl. Calum -- who had slept with Casey before -- was invited back to Kensington's Rockwell Hotel just after 3.30am where he helped himself to wine. Then he dropped his pants as the girls -- who used a rolled-up banknote to snort coke off a glass table -- simultaneously pleasured him. Calum necked vodka and wine as he switched partners or romped with both. Gripped by lust he used his mobile phone to film a girl pleasuring him ... After nearly three hours the girls asked a complaining Calum to leave — only for him to demand they should "learn some manners". Yeah ... If this is at all anywhere near true, I'm not sure that Lindsay really needs this kind of support right about now. [Source]

Elsewhere in the UK, Victoria Beckham was spotted sporting a yellow ribbon securely fashioned to her Hermes bag at the airport as she was making her way back to Spain to be with her family:

There's no word what the yellow ribbon she is wearing is meant to signify tho I suspect it is robot-related in some manner. UPDATE: Pink reader Victoria (funny, huh?) gives me the heads up that the yellow ribbon is being worn in the UK in support of the family of Madeleine McCann who was kidnapped and is still missing. I must give props to everyone who is stepping up to help bring this little girl home to her parents ... and that includes Victoria Beckham :) [Source]

Playtime is over for Brad Pitt who had to leave his family back in Prague so that he could resume work on his new movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which is currently shooting in Montreal, Canada:

Photo credit: Splash News & ENewsBuzz

It's good seeing his sassy ass back to work ... especially since he's showing off his sassy ass in that fine suit of his. [Source, Source]

But as hot as Brad looks on the set of his new movie in his suit, Cristiano Ronaldo looks way hotter in his little suit as he vacations in Florida:

I said, Hot Damn! Cristiano has learned well from his soccer compatriot David Beckham on how to do sexy (it actually looks as if Cristiano is even wearing a pair of Becks' sunglasses). It appears that Mr. Ronaldo has an oral fixation of sorts ... not that I really mind seeing him sucking on his fingers. Uh ... yeah ... he's hot. [Source]

Music wiz Ne-Yo and Maroon 5 each paid a little visit to MTV's TRL earlier this week ... here are a few pics from their appearances:

Ne-Yo is so hot right now ... the boy is everywhere, working on hot tracks for pretty much everyone. He appears on Rihanna's fabulous new album and is getting the love and attention that he deserves. The man knows how to craft a hot song. Maroon 5 swung by the MTV studios to perform and promote their latest album. Love it! [Source]

Tori Amos kicked off her American Doll Posse World Tour in Rome, Italy this week (she even extended a special invite to Pope Benedict XVI himself) and Undented has a whole slew of pics and videos from the opening night set:

It is taking all my will power to keep from reading too much and from watching too much of this tour so early on. Tori will not be bringing this tour to the US until Fall of this year and I kinda want to be surprised when I finally do get to see the show. But, if you're interested in knowing pretty much everything there is to know about the Rome show you can visit Undented HERE and check out the setlist, pics and vids that were recorded at this show. [Source]

Hilary Duff has released the second video from her new album Dignity ... here is your first look at the video for Stranger:

It's not bad ... tho, I think I like With Love a bit more. There aren't as many belly dancing scenes as I expected but it is a cool vid ... see for yourself. [Source]

Kylie Minogue celebrated her birthday recently and spent it with none other than her best friend and little sister Dannii Minogue. Here are pictures of the lovely ladies going out for a night on the town in celebration of Kylie's birthday:

[Kylie and Dannii] were smiling broadly as they headed to the Rex Cinema in Soho together, with Kylie appearing to have moved on from the end of her four year relationship as she celebrated her 39th birthday. Earlier in the day Kylie's flat in Chelsea was inundated with presents and cards from friends and fans. What a lovely way to spend one's birthday. So cute. [Source]

And finally, in other Kylie news, Pink reader Brian sends in this great picture of the new H&M advertisement featuring Kylie in her beachwear line which has just been painted over the Madonna H&M ad in NYC:

I dunno why but for some reason I thought that Madonna ad would be up on that building forever. I guess easy come, easy go. Well, if Madge had to be replaced by someone else I'm glad that it was Kylie. [thanks Brian]

Les News:
Hallelujah and three cheers ... I am working from home today (and hopefully from now on). Jim managed to get his wireless connection to reach to my apartment across the courtyard so I'm able to get my work done from home again. Woot! Believe me, I am happy to be workin' in my pjs in the privacy of my own home again :)

Yesterday afternoon, Jim, Davey and I spent the afternoon at The Grove so that we could grab some food and then see a movie. Jim hadn't seen Pirates yet so that's what we decided on. I gotta say, the movie made a bit more sense the second time around but you really shouldn't have to see a movie twice to understand the complicated storyline. We had a blast ... it's good having Jim home again.

I have no plans for the rest of the week, which I kinda like. So yeah ... I guess that is all. I'm out.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Letter Of Truth: Britney Opens Up

In what is prolly Britney Spears' longest (8 paragraphs), most profound (and a Quote of the Month) Letter of Truth to date, Brit Brit opens up about her perspective on the things that have been happening in her life in recent months (both before and after her stint in rehab). Brit posted the following letter to her fans on her official website this morning and explains her side of the story:

Dear Fans,

I just wanted to reach out to all of you and explain some of the things that I have been faced with recently.

It's so funny how many stories are put out there about people. It's like we all want our side of the story out there as well, but at the end of the day only a few people care to hear what is really going on since the bad is always so much more interesting than the truth. I don't know why, but this is so weird to me. I used to be angry at the tabloids for printing horrible things about me, but now I try to just be numb to what I see. I saw Tyra Banks once get really upset and cry on her show because they made her look fat. We all want a certain image of ourselves out there, and at some point we all do really care what other people think or we wouldn't be here.

Recently, I was sent to a very humbling place called rehab. I truly hit rock bottom. Till this day I don't think that it was alcohol or depression. I was like a bad kid running around with ADD. I had a manager from a long time ago come in and try to direct me and my life after I got my divorce. I was so overwhelmed I think that I was in a little shock too. I didn't know who to go to. I realized how much energy and love I had put into my past relationship when it was gone because I genuinely did not know what to do with myself, and it made me so sad. I confess, I was so lost.

This letter is to not place blame on anyone, although I do see the world with a completely different set of eyes now. Being in that vulnerable state and taken to dinners and parties with friends and finding out later you paid for everything was a huge learning lesson for me. I think the whole problem was letting too many people into my life. You never know another persons intentions or what another person wants. I feel I was too open and looking for answers when I had it all to begin with. I have had to cut so many people out of my life. It is so sad, because if anyone is a family person ... it is me. When I was little I remember every night watching movies with my family and feeling so at peace. Dancing and singing all the time just like a little girl should. Now recently I find with my children that I want them to have that feeling all of the time. I am having to face a lot of things right now since I have children of my own. A lot of insecurities from when I was little are coming up again. It is like we are never good enough.

I know everyone thinks that I am playing the victim, but I am not and I hate what is going on right now so much. Maybe this is the reason for this letter ... to maybe allow people to look at me differently. It is like when you are a real woman and say what you feel and how you think things are supposed to be, that people just say you are a "bitch."

I feel like some of the people in my life made more of some issues than was necessary. I also feel like they knew I was beginning to use my brain for a change and cut some ties, so they wanted to be in more control of my life than me. I think it is actually normal for a young girl to go out after a huge divorce. I think it was a bigger issue because I had not gone out in such a long time. I am 25 and I do still have a lot to learn, and I am going to make mistakes everyday, and I am sure every mistake I make will probably be on CNN or Good Morning America. I am only human people and I love you for still loving me.

I am sitting here at home and it is 6:25 and both of my sons are asleep. I am truly blessed to have them in my life. Everyday is so surreal. Life in general is so surreal and crazy.

I just hope this letter made some of you think a little bit more of me and where I am coming from. I just want the same things in life that you want ... and that is to be happy. It is just so weird because everyone has their own perception of me and how they think I really am. It is so weird how stories are told. There is your side, my side, and the truth. Somebody has to figure it out. I guess we will never really understand or figure out life completely. That's God's job. I can't wait to meet him ... or her.

Love, Britney

Quote of the month...
It is ok to disagree with people regarding certain issues. You're not being true to yourself if you succumb to others opinions because you feel guilty.

This definitely has to be Britney's most heartfelt letter to date ... and it really reads as if she wrote it herself. If this letter is to be believed than Britney is really in a good place right now. She seems aware of her actions and the mistakes that she's made and even tho she says she's not blaming anyone for the things that she's done she kinda lays some of the blame on her "manager" who we know was Larry Rudolph. I'm sure there is plenty of blame to go around ... I'm just glad to know that she seems conscious of right and wrong (something I wasn't sure she was really truly aware of before her stint in rehab). I really hope this is a sign of things to come. If she stays grounded in her family and her work she's bound to keep her life on track. Good luck, Brit, as always ... I'll be rootin' for you ...

... just lay off on the stains and trashy jewelry, k? XO [Source]

L. Lo Gives Rehab Another Shot

It seems that Lindsay Lohan's latest brush with the law has elicited concern from people all over the globe ... including her fellow Hollywood "It" Girls. Britney Spears flagged down a paparazzo yesterday and inquired with him how Lindsay was doing. Could this latest incident have scared Britney Spears straight? Here are pictures of Brit Brit leaking thru her clothing (both in the front and in the back) showing off her new bling as she talked to the pap yesterday:

Photo credit: INFdaily & Mavrix

Now, I am all for Hollywood "It" Girl solidarity and I think it's great that Britney is concerned for Lindsay. If this incident can be a lesson to Hollywood "It" Girls everywhere than something positive can come of it. Something tells me, tho, that this prolly isn't the case. I'm not sure what it would take to get these wild girls to calm down ... maybe lobotomies? [Source, Source]

It appears that not even the threat of criminal prosecution can get Lindsay Lohan to calm her ways ... here are pictures of a whacked out Lindsay Lohan in the front seat of Samantha Ronson's car about 48 hours after she crashed her car and was arrested for driving under the influence ... you will note that the poor girl was even having trouble standing on her own two feet:

Photo credit: X17

Just 48 hours after being arrested over a car crash in Los Angeles, Lindsay Lohan proved it hasn't deterred her from hard partying. The 20-year-old was caught staggering out of exclusive LA nightclub Teddy's at 4.30am, and later passed out in the back of her chauffeur-driven car. Wearing a grey hooded jacket, Lohan was seen falling to her knees and needed the help of her driver to make it to the vehicle. Dang ... the girl looks an utter mess. I can't believe that her "friends" think it's a good idea to let her continue to party mere hours after she was arrested for drunk driving. It looks like she needs better friends. [Source]

In Touch Weekly is reporting that Lindsay is going back into a rehab program (she's scheduled to check in today) to try and straighten out ... it should come as no big surprise that she's headed for Britney Spears' old haunt, the Promises Rehab Facility in Malibu, CA:

Lindsay Lohan is on her way back into rehab, In Touch can exclusively reveal. After a wild weekend that saw her arrested for DUI early Saturday morning — and then passed out in a car just two days later — she's seeking treatment. "She finally realizes it's the right thing to do," a close friend of the 20-year-old actress tells In Touch exclusively. "She is going willingly." Lindsay is due to check into Promises in Malibu this afternoon (LA-time) In Touch has learned. That is the facility that Britney Spears entered after shaving her head. The Georgia Rule star's decision contrasts starkly from her behavior just last night at Teddy's nightclub. Insiders say Lindsay was partying as hard as ever at a 944 Magazine party and kept insisting she didn't care about the consequences of her arrest when cocaine was discovered in her wrecked Mercedes convertible. She was later photographed passed out in the front passenger seat of a car being driven by her friend, disc jockey Samantha Ronson. This will be Lindsay's second spell in rehab this year. She completed a 30-day course in the Wonderland rehab facility in Los Angeles on February 16.

It's just so sad to see her spiraling down like this ... I sincerely hope she gets the help she desperately needs. So sad.

Until L. Lo gets herself all straightened out at Promises, Pretty on the Outside is advising that these signs get put up all over LA in the meantime:

We wouldn't want anyone else to get hurt in the interim. [Source]

Paris Hilton is about 8 days away from having to surrender herself to an LA County jailhouse for 23-days but she didn't let that get in the way of her Memorial Day celebration. Paris threw a party for her closest friends yesterday, natch, and made sure to fly the Stars and Stripes outside her home:

She gets an A+ for model citizenship in my book. I still don't think any of this behavior will do much to reduce or eliminate her jail sentence. [Source]

Elsewhere on Memorial Day, Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted finding comfort wrapped in the warm embrace of her lover Max Snow while taking the time to puff on a ciggy:

See, not all Hollywood "It" Girls are wild. Strange as it may seem, MK actually one of the normal ones. Wait, did I just say that? [Source]

While love was blossoming with Mary-Kate and Max, the same cannot be said for Jessica Simpson and John Mayer. Johnica jetted down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in what appears to be an attempt to try and patch up their relationship ... if these pictures are any indication, it looks like they failed:

Photo credit: Flynet

It seems clear that the couple were having a serious heart-to-heart on the balcony of their ocean-view villa and that that conversation did not end well. It now appears that things are really, really dunzo for Jess and John. [Source]

Miss Japan was crowned the new Miss Universe for 2007 in Mexico City, Mexico last night ... amid some bit of controversy. Not only was the competition met with vigorous protests outside (Miss Sweden even pulled out of the competition altogether because many Swedes find the competition does not properly represent the modern woman) but Miss USA, Rachel Smith, was booed by the audience until she began speaking in Spanish -- LOL! Here are a couple pictures of the new Miss Universe, Riyo Mori:

A 20-year-old dancer from Japan was crowned Miss Universe 2007 on Monday night, marking only the second time her country has won the world beauty title. Dressed in a black, red and purple Japanese-style gown, Riyo Mori nervously grabbed the hands of first runner-up, Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil, just before the winner was announced. Then she threw her hands up and covered her mouth, overcome with emotion. But she gathered herself together enough to catch the diamond-and-pearl-studded headpiece valued at $250,000 as it slipped off her head when Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico crowned her. Mori immediately placed it back on her head ... "She is an amazing champion, an amazing woman and I hear that they go totally insane in Japan, so that's good," said Donald Trump, who co-owns the pageant with NBC. Miss USA Rachel Smith, who slipped and fell to the floor during the evening gown competition and was jeered by the Mexican audience during the interview phase, was the contest's fourth runner-up ... Smith was booed during her interview and several audience members chanted "Mexico! Mexico!" until she spoke in Spanish, saying "Buenas noches, Mexico. Muchas gracias!" which earned her applause. Mexico has a fierce rivalry with its northern neighbor ... Missing from this year's contest was Miss Sweden, whose country is one of the few to win the crown three times. Isabel Lestapier Winqvist, 20, dropped out because many Swedes say the competition does not represent the modern woman. Hours before the pageant began, dozens of protesters held a mock ceremony in downtown Mexico City that featured "Miss Marijuana," "Miss Sexual Health," "Miss Human Rights" and other candidates with obscenities written across their sashes. The group yelled "Neither ugly nor beautiful, should a woman be considered an object!" Pageant organizers say the Miss Universe contest carefully selects women who are intelligent, well-mannered and cultured. Hahahahahah ... it almost doesn't seem worth having the pageant anymore ... [Source]

... I mean, where is the fun?

Oooooh, there it is :)

Pete Doherty and Kate Moss have taken their love of Coke to new heights:

Photo credit: Splash News

Geeze ... the couple aren't even trying to hide it anymore. [Source]

Patti LaBelle recently celebrated her 63rd birthday at Love Night Club in Washington DC and was given a very special birthday surprise -- she got Jennifer Hudson to sing for her:

Photo credit: Splash News

J. Hud got a surprise of her own -- she got to watch Patti put down that wine like there was no tomorrow. Heh ... looks like a good time was had by all. Happy Birthday, Patti! [Source]

Can someone please tell me how many babies Salma Hayek is supposed to be having?

Can someone also tell me when the poor woman is due? She looks like she's ready to burst from pretty much every seam she's got. [Source]

Here are a few new pictures of David Beckham doing some routine soccer training ...

Photo credit: Splash News

... you know, just because. [Source]

Smashing Pumpkins returned to the stage after taking a few years off at the Pinkpop Music Festival in Landgraaf, The Netherlands yesterday to close out the 3 day festival ... here are pictures of Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan rockin' out on stage:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Those Papal robes do nothing to flatter Billy's figure. Billy-boy should rethink wearing anything tent-like on stage. [Source]

Rihanna was lookin' a might better during her performance at Dome 42 over the weekend ... here are a few hot pics of Rihanna performing her new hit song Umbrella:

So hot. Not only do I love this new song but I am totally loving her whole album Good Girl Gone Bad. Finally, she has gotten over that reggae-pop junk that she's been beatin' to death and has come up with some great pop music. I'm deff a new fan of her new stuff. [Source]

Here is a choppy vid of this Rihanna performance:

Do try and keep from getting seasick. Enjoy.

Here are the first official stills from the new Warner Bros. movie The Dark Knight which is currently shooting for a Summer '08 release. Director Christopher Nolan has revealed to USA Today that he is shooting 4 key scenes in the movie in IMAX big screen format:

All directors promise that their sequels will be bigger and flashier than the predecessors'. But Christopher Nolan doesn't mess around. The director's sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, will become the first feature film to be partly shot in the IMAX format, an expensive and cumbersome process that typically is the province of documentaries and short films. Nolan will shoot four action sequences — including the introduction of the Joker, played by Heath Ledger — on IMAX ... "There's simply nothing like seeing a movie that way," Nolan says. "It's more immersive for the audience. I wish I could shoot the entire thing this way." Typically, the feature films that play in IMAX theaters are simply stretched out to fill the enormous screens. That can dilute the picture quality and give the movie a wide, squat look. Shooting on IMAX, Nolan says, will have a twofold effect. The four scenes will fill the IMAX screens, some of which are eight stories high. And in traditional theaters, the scenes will appear more vivid (think high-definition television over standard) ... For Nolan, IMAX makes the moviegoing experience unique again. "You can't do this on any home theater," Nolan says. "Batman has some of the most extraordinary characters in pop culture. We wanted the Joker to have the grandest entrance possible. "I figured if you could take an IMAX camera to Mount Everest or outer space, you could use it in a feature movie." I love this idea. You can tell that Christopher Nolan is a true Batman connoisseur and that his love of the character (and mythos) is really guiding how the movies will turn out. And I couldn't be more pleased! I'm confident that he won't let this new Batman franchise go into the toilet like the last one did -- a pox on Joel Schumacher -- a pox! [Source]

And finally, the boys over at Oh La La have helped out the fabulous DNA magazine produce a sexy Parisian photoshoot for the current issue. Here are a few of the amazing photographs that were shot for DNA by photographer Fred Goudon:

Photo credit: Fred Goudon

Steph and Alek really have an eye for sexy styling, as these photos by Fred Goudon clearly show. Head on over to Oh La La to see other pics from this shoot ... make sure you check out THESE marginally NSFW images shot by photographer Pedro Virgil from the same issue of DNA. [Source]

Les News:
Blah ... my internet woes continue ... as my connection is still not functioning. I thought I had a better solution than hauling my cookies to the local cafe but it didn't really pan out at 6AM this morning so I had to come down to the cafe anyways. Ah well ... I'm sure it won't be long before my connection is fixed. I'll do my best to keep from losing my shizz in the meantime.

Yesterday evening, I met up with Mike for a quick cup of coffee at a place in Studio City called Aroma and we ended up staying for a couple of hours talking and shopping. This coffee house not only serves food but it also has a small book/gift shop right inside. And yeah ... that was pretty much my night. Without having a functioning internet connection at home I'm doing more reading and journal writing so at least something positive is coming from my technology woes.

So ... I guess that is all. I hope y'all aren't finding it too difficult to get back into the swing of things after the long weekend ... at least the week will be a short one. That is all ... I am out.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Father Knows Best?

Happy Memorial Day, y'all! I hope your day is going much better than my day is going. Right as I was about to post yesterday morning my Internet connection completely died. Fortunately, I had saved my entry before the connection died and I was able to post via my Blackberry. I figured the connection would get fixed at some point during the day but here I am the following day, working at a friendly neighborhood coffee shop because my connection is still dead. This may be where I have to work on the blog for the next few days ... depending on how fast Time Warner Cable can repair the problem. OY! But ... as always, there is goss to be had so let's get to it ...

Britney Spears, who is among the elite few Hollywood "It" Girls who has not had any trubs with the law, spent the weekend chillin' in and around Malibu, CA doing what she does best ... tanning and getting stains on her clothing:

Photo credit: Flynet

I swear ... that girl can be such a mess sometimes. I just don't understand how she is able to consistently get schmutz all over her clothes time and time again. Not only is she a messy eater (apparently) but she seems to have no problem going out in public lookin' all gross. Why do I love her so much? OY! [Source]

So ... the big story o' the moment is Lindsay Lohan and her arrest for drunk driving over the weekend. Pink reader Shema gave me the heads up that an industrious entrepreneur has already put pieces of Lindsay's car wreckage up on eBay for sale -- just what the most diehard L. Lo fan needs ... pieces of the car she wrecked when she was allegedly drunk driving:


Here are a couple pictures of the most famous curb/sidewalk in LA right now ... this is where Lindsay's car jumped the curb and crashed into the shrubbery early Saturday morning:

Photo credit: Mavrix

Thus far, Lindsay has been unavailable for comment on this latest incident but her father, Michael Lohan, is happily giving interviews. Daddy Lohan spoke with the Mad Dog & Billie Show on 99.9 MIX FM Toronto and had this to say:

Mad Dog – We know this has been a difficult weekend for you and your family.

Mike – Yes, more difficult for Lindsay then anyone I would believe ...

Billie – Now, have you spoken to Lindsay?

Mike – No, I've been trying to get in touch with her, but her assistant has said that her mother and lawyer don't feel it's the right time for me to talk to her.

Billie – I like your statement that you've made, you said, you wanted her to reach out so you could talk like father and daughter, and that she needed to get some support, and some friends around her that actually cared about Lindsay.

Mike – You know, people see Lindsay as the goose that laid their golden egg ... I mean, all they care about is what they can earn from and being with Lindsay – not what they can do for Lindsay in a holistic sense or spiritual sense. I've been saying this for years, and PLEASE I would like to clear one thing up, not in the history of Lindsay's career have I ever taken a penny, or wanted a penny from that girl, I've supported my family a 100 percent both financially and emotionally -- I just had a real problem when I saw through the divorce that other people were getting so much money, and before they took everything that Lindsay and my wife had THAT'S when, on principal only, I sued my wife for half of what she made.

Mad Dog – Lindsay with her DUI, they're talking about a usable amount of narcotics -- suspected to be cocaine in the car -- your battles with drugs and alcohol have been fairly well documented -- if you did have the opportunity to talk to your daughter what would you say to her?

Mike – It's a matter of being honest, I mean, we have to face our problems and be honest with ourselves and with people around us, we cant hide behind anything, because if we do, we're just masking what’s underneath. The saying that the truth sets you free is one that I've found to be very paramount, not only in my life, but in everyone’s life, and unfortunately there's so much deception and so much lies and the betrayals that have been put out there for the media for the wrong reasons they've enabled Lindsay to do what she’s doing and sugarcoat things, you can't, let someone to dig a hole for themselves and say 'Look, it's ok, we'll cover for you just don't do it again', and when it happens again, you say, 'We'll make it better don't worry about it just let us handle it'. What are they doing to help Lindsay?

Billie – What's better for her at this point, jail or rehab?

Mike – No, she needs a faith based rehab, not Wonderland, not Promises, not a high-end rehab that wants a name attached to their programs so that they can get publicity, I mean, between you and me, Wonderland and programs like that, are a joke.

Billie – Is it cuz they are $30,000 a day, and they have pools and Blackberry and it's like a resort ...

Mike – Yes! I mean, let's face it, most programs, even AA, base their programs on the 12 steps, it's faith based, God is the basis for it, but they don't get too deeply into it, they don't make it inveterate in their lives, I mean it's not, most of these facilities are tune up facilities, they go in there, get tuned up for 30 days go back out and do what they were doing.

Billie – Is it bugging you that you can't speak to your daughter and that your being made out to be the bad guy?

Mike – Well, I've got kinda used to it, but you know what, it's come to the point know that I see that, it doesn't matter what people think of me, I know the truth and God knows the truth, and people in my life that do matter -- they know the truth, and that includes Lindsay, my children and even my wife. They know what kind of a person I am and unfortunately, they let other people influence them for the wrong reasons and betray things that aren't true. I mean, I'll never say things that I haven't done, that I've done, but don't say things about me that aren't true, what goes around comes around, there is a law of reciprocity, you may not know it, but everyone in this case, that has lied or said something that has come between my family and I have destroyed their own lives.

Mad Dog – At the end of the day, we hope your daughter gets the help that she needs.

Mike – That's all I care about

Thank goodness that Michael Lohan is available for comment because I don't know what I would do without a thoughtful discussion like this. It just seems so suspect to me that Daddy Lohan is trying to convey an image of support and love for his daughter and yet he is giving out interviews left and right just so that he can give his $0.02. I think he's right, tho, about the rehab programs that he talked about. The places he mentioned don't really seem that concerned with curing the problem so much as offering a safe (and expensive) haven for celebs to chill out while the heat is on. It still remains to be seen what, if any, punishment will come from this DUI incident. I think it's gonna be really hard to get any serious charges to stick to Tef-Lohan. [Source]

In other Hollywood "It" Girl news, TMZ is reporting that Mischa Barton has been hospitalized here in LA due to an "averse reaction to medication" which other reports are alleging was an "overdose". There is NO REAL EVIDENCE that Mischa suffered an overdose. Here are pictures of Mischa with BFF Nicole Richie as they ran out for coffee drinks earlier in the day before Mischa suffered her medical emergency:

Photo credit: Big Pictures

TMZ has learned that actress Mischa Barton was rushed to the hospital this evening after suffering an adverse reaction to medication. Sources tell TMZ that the former "OC" star was at a friend's Memorial Day BBQ enjoying a few holiday cocktails when she began to feel extremely ill. Mischa, who has been quite sick with bronchitis since traveling to Cannes, London and Paris the past several weeks, apparently didn't get the memo -- you can't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics! The 21-year-old celeb was rushed to an undisclosed medical facility in Los Angeles, where we are told she is "resting comfortably." Yeah, it is never a dull moment with these Hollywood "It" Girls ... either they're crashing their cars, getting hauled off to jail or they're passing out at parties, you can always count on them for a good time. Get well soon, Mischa. [Source]

Another big story this Memorial Day Monday concerns the apparent break-up of the long-running supercouple of Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias ... word on the street is that they are dunzo, y'all:

IT'S GAME, set and match for ANNA KOURNIKOVA and heart-throb ENRIQUE IGLESIAS. Spanish crooner Enrique and Russian tennis beauty Anna have parted after five years together. He confessed: "We've split. I'm single now and it's OK. I don't mind being single." Enrique hinted KIDS were a factor. He said: "I'm not ready for children. I don't feel like taking on such a responsibility yet. But in the future I'd like two children." Only recently he revealed that he had no intention of marrying feisty blonde Anna because "it wouldn't make a difference". But now it seems his reluctance to commit was a sign the relationship was rocky ... Enrique coughed to the separation in Swedish capital Stockholm on Friday, where he was doing interviews. Anna, currently in the States, reacted by hitting the town in Vegas. Wow ... well, to tell the truth, I'm actually surprised that they lasted this long. I had a hard time believing that Anna would be contented with a dude like Enrique, especially since he's admitted himself that he has one, very important, shortcoming (saying, "I'd change my penis if I could. It's way, way, way too small."). Something tells me that neither one of these will will remain single for long. [Source, Source]

Paris Hilton has really been working overtime trying to make bookstores "hot" because she was spotted over the weekend at yet another freakin' bookstore. Here are pictures of Paris engaged in her most recent favorite pastime -- shopping for books:

Photo credit: INFdaily

Paris has added The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to her ever-growing library of new God-related books. I wonder if she realizes that she won't be able to bring all these new books with her to jail. Who knew that it would take a jail sentence to get Paris Hilton to start reading, you know, real books.. [Source]

Here are a few really cute pictures of Sheryl Crow spending a lovely weekend afternoon with her newly adopted son Wyatt in Malibu, CA:

Photo credit: Splash News

Motherhood seems to be agreeing with her. She looks so happy. I bet Sheryl will make a really cool mom. [Source]

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt turned one year old yesterday and her parents, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, threw the little princess a birthday party in Prague. Here are pictures from the soiree:

Photo credit: Splash News

Er, yeah ... they're not the best pics but at least we know that the golden child received a whole lotta balloons for her first birthday. [Source]

Here are really cute pictures of frontman Adam Levine hamming it up for the cameras as Maroon 5 performed on The Today Show earlier this morning for the show's Summer Concert Series:

Photo credit: Splash News

Hahahhahahah ... yeah, these pics are proof that white boys aren't the best dancers. [Source]

Here are pictures of Mischa Barton, in healthier days, featured in the new issue of French Elle magazine all dolled up as movie starlets from days of yore:

She looks amazing. I think I like the Louise Brooks look (the black bob) best of all. These pics are really hot. [Source]

Here are a few pics from day two of the Pinkpop Music Festival which is currently taking place in Landgraaf, The Netherlands:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Muse, Snow Patrol and Maximo Park were among the bands that performed yesterday. The festival ends tonight where Smashing Pumpkins will be closing the show. [Source]

Here are two of the international posters for the new Transformers movie that will open here in the US on July 4th:

I believe this is the first, clear look at what the Autobot and Decepticon leaders look like face-on. I'm lovin' Optimus Prime ... I'm still not sure about Megatron. I'll have to see what he looks like in action. [Source]

And finally, in other Transformers news, Hasbro has launched a website for the new Transformers toys, etc. that will be offered to coincide with the movie's release. Of all the items listed on the site I think I'm most intrigued by the Optimus Prime pillow -- that transforms from a truck to a robot:

I have no idea how this thing works (I suspect that velcro may be involved) but I think I love it. I may have to get one of these things for my couch. LOL! [Source]

Les News:
David, his friends Diana & Ikon and I all went out for an amazing brunch buffet at a place in the Valley hills called Castaway. The food lay-out was amazing ... they had everything from breakfast to sushi to the biggest chocolate fountain I've ever seen. We were able to eat until we were stuffed, all while enjoying a really cool view. It was a really nice way for us all to be together before David had to be dropped off at the airport. He made it home safe and sound last night so all is well on that front.

OY! I'm so stressed about this stupid internet problem. I am not looking forward to getting up at 6AM tomorrow in order to find a cafe with internet access ... but I guess we have to do what we have to do. I put in a service call with Time Warner and they're not even coming out until Thursday so ... I may have a notsofun week ahead.

Hopefully y'all are enjoying your Memorial Day Monday today ... I am going to do my best to enjoy the rest of mine. I am out.