Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hail Angelina, Full Of Grace

In an age where celebrity is worshipped like a religion and celebrities are viewed as holier-than-thou entities (that is, until they fall from grace), it's no wonder that celebs are increasingly becoming the subject of "new art". Last year saw the creation of those infamous statues and busts of Britney Spears, Kate Moss and Hillary Clinton (!!!) ... this year, we get the Holy Mother Angelina Jolie painting from artist Kate Kretz:

Photo credit: Kate Kretz Click above to see full-size image

ANGELINA JOLIE has been immortalised as the Virgin Mary in a shocking new painting. The actress is portrayed as the mother of God while her adopted children MADDOX and ZAHARA and daughter SHILOH are her cherubs. The picture aims to confront issues regarding celebrity worship. The title, Blessed Art Thou, is taken from a line in the Catholic prayer Hail Mary ... The painting is going on display at the Art Miami Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Centre from January 5 to 8. The artist, Kate Kretz, chronicles the painting's creation on her blog and posts this further information on the piece: This painting addresses the celebrity worship cycle. The title, "Blessed Art Thou", is taken from a line in the Catholic prayer "Hail Mary": " ... blessed art thou among women". Our culture is deifying celebrities, but in the bible, it is the meek who are blessed, so the title presents a question for the viewer to ponder. I chose a setting where the cycle begins: psychologically oppressive environments like this one are one of the feeding sources for the consumer, hungry for "information" about the celebrity's private life. I am interested in the psychological ramifications of celebrity worship, particularly as they relate to class. It's an interesting piece. One has to wonder if any of this attention would be garnered if the subject were anyone else ... but that's the thing about art -- the inspiration to paint the subject seems so obvious after it's created. I like the juxtaposition of the deity figures hovering above, what looks to be, a Wal-Mart-like store -- where magazines that deify celebrities are readily available at each check-out. [Source, Source]

As far as celebrity yard sales auctions go, I must say that I find myself intrigued (altho it is a little sad) that Whitney Houston is putting a bunch of her personal items on the auction block to raise money to pay for unpaid storage fees ... sounds like hubby Bobby Brown has been lax in paying off those bills of hers. I'm not sure who would be interested in buying this crap but ... if Britney Spears' homework can sell then so can these lovely items:

Photo credit: Splash News

Few people can sing like Whitney Houston. But next week, anyone with some spare cash can dress like the Grammy winner, right down to one of her black velvet bustiers, and croon into one of her microphones. Those items and more than 300 others from a 1999 world tour, including grand pianos, drum kits and a forklift, will be auctioned Tuesday in an effort to cover unpaid storage fees on the gear and clothing, said Jeffrey Campisi, a lawyer for Speed of Sound, a company that has been tending to the equipment. The tour gear, which includes speakers, amplifiers and a vintage barber chair along with designer clothes, has been stored in Irvington since the tour, Campisi said. Speed of Sound went to court in May after not receiving payments from Houston's company, Nippy Inc., for a year. The company is now owed $175,000 to $200,000, Campisi said Wednesday. He couldn't estimate what the auction might bring, but said any excess money will go to Nippy. Uh ... Whitney Houston's company is called Nippy, Inc.? Um, why? Anyways ... I'm getting off topic ... yeah, so far, all of this junk looks really bad. I think that Tori Spelling even had some better stuff to sell at her yard sale (incidentally, I got Sarah a pair of Tori's socks and a couple of autographed items from the sale). Of these four outfits pictured, only the first one looks like something Whitney wore ... the others look too big. Are they absolutely sure they're selling Whitney Houston's junk and not Kirstie Alley's? [Source]

Jessica Alba is really causing a stir amongst the bloggers with these new bikini pictures:

Photo credit: Mavrix

And even tho this sort of thing really isn't my thing, even I can see the appeal. [Source]

Now this sort of thing is more my thing ...

Photo credit: Splash News

... hey, as long as Reichen Lehmkuhl and Lance Bass continue to go to the beach I'll just have to keep posting the pics ... it's like a personal rule, or something. [Source]

Awww ... check out this really sweet picture of Paris Hilton lovin' up on her (I believe) on-again boyfriend Stavros Niarchos down in Australia earlier this week:

C'mon, you gotta admit ... they really make a cute couple together. [Source]

Ewww ... check out these really gross pictures of Brandon Davis defiling a beach in Hawaii with his icky man-boobs:

Photo credit: Flynet

Is it really necessary for him to play with his nipples? Or to even exist? Blech! [Source]

Jennifer Aniston was rollin' solo this New Year's Eve ... well, in that she didn't have anyone to kiss at the stroke of midnight. She wasn't really all by herself on NYE, she managed to tag along with her best, best friend (her BBF, if you will) Courteney Cox-Arquette and her hubby David Arquette down in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:

Photo credit: Flynet

It was nice of the Cox-Arquettes to take in the singular Aniston. Poor Jen ... always lookin' for love in all the wrong places and comin' up short :( [Source]

Hania Barton, little sister to Mischa Barton, got her mega party on this past New Year's Eve here in LA ... here are a few snaps of the lesser Barton partaking of what looks to be some funny candy (empahsis on the E) captured as only The Cobrasnake can:

Photo credit: The Cobrasnake

Actually, who knows what that white stuff crushed on her tongue really is but that bottle of water seems to be a clue (I threw in the cracked lips pic just for grossness' sake). It's so unfair that Mischa got the Hollywood "It" Girl looks, I don't really blame Hania for indulging in whatever she can get her hands on to numb the pain. [Source]

Here are a few photos from Kylie Minogue's New Year's Eve Comeback concert at London's Wembley Arena on Sunday night:

Yeah, yeah I know ... we've already seen her Showgirl Homecoming costumes from her shows in Australia but Londoners love their Kylie and I'm just exceedingly jealous that I'm missing out on all the fun. I just love seeing Kylie on stage. [Source]

Star magazine is reporting that Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz are dunzo ... I'm not sure I totally believe it yet but here's the report:

Photo credit: Splash News

This Christmas season, Justin Timberlake spent his holiday at home in Tennessee, surrounded by his close-knit family, including mom (and onetime manager) Lynn, stepfather Paul Harness and his three younger half-brothers. Cameron Diaz, his girlfriend since 2003, went skiing in Vail, Colo., with her family Separate vacations? At this time of year? What's the reason? Sources say the glamorous due broke up and went their separate ways after a serious discussion that ended with Justin deciding that his days with Cam were numbered. "They had been planning to be together in Tennessee with his folks," says a source. "But he came out alone and she stayed in L.A." And on Dec. 23, as he partied with friends in Senses nightclub in Memphis, the source says, Justin told fellow revelers: "Me and Cameron? We're done." He also confided to those friends that "the breakup is for keeps!" I don't really believe these things until the people involved confirm the news but ... well, these days you just never know. Not that I'm glad they may have broken up or anything (I actually have no probs with these two together), but it would be interesting if Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were both single again at the same time. [Source]

Tobey Maguire and his babymama Jennifer Meyer are showing off their new babygirl Ruby Sweetheart Maguire in the pages of the new issue of US magazine:

All together now ... AWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Head on over to the US magazine website to see more pictures of the happy family. [Source]

Woot! I am getting SO excited for the new season of 24 which has its 2-night, 4-hour season premiere on January 14th and 15th ... and this new promo picture of Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brien is just stoking my fire:

Is this a new, sexier day for Chloe? Will she be mackin' on the dudes while she works tirelessly with Jack Bauer to save the world, again, from another seemingly insurmountable disaster? GAWD, I hope so! Let the countdown begin ... Day 6 starts in just 11 days ... cue the 24 countdown clock (bleep, bloop, bleep, bloop). [Source]

Speaking of 24ness -- Elisha Cuthbert is featured in the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine:

She looks really cute in these pics ... a little Marilyn Monroeness going on I think. Who knows of Elisha will appear again in this new season of 24 as Kim Bauer but I know that, as a long-time fan of 24, I could use another storyline involving a cougar trap or some other useless subplot to distract from the real drama. [Source]

Gisele Bundchen is on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of French Vogue magazine:

She's lookin' especially bony in these photos. That's a whole lotta elbows, hips and knobby knees goin' on there. [Source]

And finally, here are a few photos from the upcoming Scrubs musical episode which is set to air on NBC on January 18th:

Eh ... it sounds cute and I may check it out outta curiosity’s sake (especially since the music was written by the guys who wrote the music for Avenue Q) but ... no musical episoded sitcom will be able to compare to the amazing Once More With Feeling -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode. Le sigh ... I miss Buffy (actually, so do a lot of peeps) ... but at least Spike TV is airing the entire Star Trek Voyager series now so my geeky side can be sated for a while longer. Yeah, that is info that I prolly shouldn't be sharing with the world. [Source]

Les News:
David and I survived our harrowing trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles last night ... for only being a 40-minute flight we had a lot to contend with. I shant get into the gory details (some things are better left unsaid) but must exclaim an emphatic HALLELUJAH! that we are finally home.

I think David and I are going to chill out this eve with a movie ... we've been running around for so long now that it's veg time.

Happy Hump Day -- our first of '07, y'all ... I am out!