Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pink Is The New Broadway -- Literally

Taking a break from her mini Comeback Concert Series, Britney Spears spent some time this weekend trying to enjoy some downtime by enjoying a manicure at a nail salon in Malibu, CA ... she showed up at the a salon wearing one of her longer wigs (and, for some godforsaken reason, it had streaks in it) and one of her signature trucker hats:

Photo credit: INF

Boo. What the hell is wrong with her? Britney seems incapable of going more than a few days without doing something ... ill-planned. Why would she choose to wear a trashy hat like this? A hat, mind you, that one would expect to see on the greasy head of an overweight truck driver at a flea market rather than on a former popstar who is struggling to get her career back. UGH ... sometimes, this girl just defies explanation. Britney is in Las Vegas today where she will be performing her last (scheduled) House of Blues show as The M+Ms tonight. Hopefully, she'll leave the trucker cap at home. [Source]

While Britney is doing her thing on the West Coast, the former love of her life, Kevin Federline, has been spending his time on the East side of the country ... homie showed up at the 133rd Kentucky Derby where he held court at the Stuff Magazine VIP Issue Party which was hosted by Taryn Manning (who was kind enough to pose for a pic with The Federline):

The Kentucky Derby always struck me as such a classy affair, one that even manages to lure Royal guests on occasion, so I'm not exactly sure what K-Fed was doing there in the first place. At least the boy is still getting work. It's a shame that rapping career never really took off ... I could really go for some Popozao right about now. [Source]

But I digress, the 133rd Kentucky Derby was held at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday where socialites, Royals and d-list celebs were all in attendance where they watched as Street Sense pulled ahead of the pack to win the big race. Here are some pics of some of the folks who came out to the Derby to watch the race, show off their elaborate hats or to just see and be seen:

Photo credit: Wireimage

A mile into the Kentucky Derby, all the other horses were motoring along in fourth gear when Street Sense kicked it into fifth. Then he zeroed in on his last challenger, Hard Spun, went wide, and burned up the final quarter-mile like a dragster. "After that," jockey Calvin Borel said, "it was just a matter of how far he'd win." Street Sense showed plenty of that Saturday by smartly picking his way through traffic, roaring from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win by 2 1/4 lengths. His final move was so powerful, it looked as though he might knock rival Any Given Saturday into the grandstand. "Street Sense came blowing through there and it was like a big old wave," jockey Garrett Gomez said. "He knocked my horse out from under me and knocked him off his feet again. "But that's the Kentucky Derby." Well, WOOT! WOOT! for Street Sense (and for everyone who bet on him/her)! Horse racing really isn't my thing but I am always so fascinated by the Kentucky Derby and its lasting effect on US culture. It is an important enough US event that Queen Elizabeth, II (who just happened to be in the neighborhood this week) decided to stop by ... that said, Joey FatOne was also in the hiz so that just shows you how far the gamut of celebrity is at an event like this. Larry Birkhead showed up with two dates (looking very much like he had just won the lottery -- which, in a sense, I guess he did) and Detroit homeboy Kid Rock brought along his latest chick, May Anderson, as well. It wasn't that long ago that we saw Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson at the Kentucky Derby (it was even featured in an ep of their MTV reality show The Newlyweds) and now we have a pic of Nick with his new love Vanessa Minnillo a couple of years later. Jess struck me as a Derby girl, Vanessa does not. I think her hat was poorly chosen, it looks limp and soggy rather than bold and fabulous. I dunno if I'll ever get to enjoy the Kentucky Derby firsthand but I think I'd like to some day ... just so I can experience the hubbub for myself. [Source]

Paris Hilton appears to be keeping herself pulled together despite the fact that she has just been sentenced to spend 45 days in a California correctional facility this summer. Here are pictures of Paris out with her parents Kathy and Richard Hilton yesterday doing a little lunching and antiquing one day after her jail sentence was handed down in court:

Photo credit: Splash News

Shop away those blues, Paris -- after all, what better way to get over the jailhouse blues than to spend in ordinate amounts of money? Something tells me that Paris is being advised (perhaps by her PR Svengali Elliot Mintz) that she should go about her life "as normal as possible" from now until she is to begin her sentence on June 5th. Add to that normality the support of her parents and you have the fine portrait of a socialite who is being unfairly targeted by the courts in an attempt to garner public sympathy -- or something like that. I dunno if this strategy will work but it's got to be better than Paris going out every night to party her nights away while she still can. Remember that her attorneys are planning to appeal her jail sentence and there is always the possibility that Paris will not actually serve out the complete 45 day sentence. It still remains to be seen what punishment Paris Hilton will actually be forced to endure ... but despite how "normal" she tries to look, you know the poor dear is prolly crapping her pants. [Source]

News of the World has released screencaptures of a shocking video that appears to show Lindsay Lohan engaged in some sort of questionable behavior ... which, if turns out to be punishable illegal behavior, might mean that Paris Hilton might be getting to serve out her jail term with an old friend. Here are the pics and the story from News of the World:

Sordid snaps of [Lindsay] snorting the drug and shoving it up a pal's nose were taken as she and two friends crammed into a club toilet during a wild night on the town. Then the Mean Girls star bragged to the others: "I'm going to New York tomorrow to f*** Jude Law." Now a friend of the 21-year-old actress says she is spiraling out of control since rehab and revealed that Lohan SNORTED 20 lines of cocaine in ONE night alone, STRIPPED down to a thong before inhaling the drug off a coffee table [and] BRAGGED of wild sex sessions with a host of celebrities including singer James Blunt and model Calum Best. The friend added: "Lindsay does not care who sees her do coke and where she does it." And she has not managed to stay off the booze either. She carries round a water bottle to try to fool everyone into thinking she is clean but she tips the water out and refills it with vodka and soda." But she was caught out by a secret film made as she snorted the Class A drug at the exclusive Teddy's nightclub in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. The video shows her arriving at 11pm and skulking round the toilets before creeping inside a cubicle. Wedged inside the loo with two friends, Lohan pulls a small bag of white powder from her jeans pocket. She dips her finger in and shoves the substance up one friend's nose before snorting some up her own. And this was filmed just 20 days after she proudly emerged from therapy. Wow! Now that's a story ... and you gotta admit, the photos do look incriminating (Click HERE to see the whole set). I have no idea if this story has any merit whatsoever but it is a very compelling and juicy story. I would hope that it isn't true and that Lindsay has cleaned up her act since going to rehab earlier this year ... but I'm not sure how much merit that belief has either. [Source]

Well now ... what have we here? Is Kylie Minogue finding comfort in the loving arms of a married man these days? Well, according to a story in the Daily Mail (accompanied by one photo of Kylie and the man in question standing nowhere near one another) she is ... and how:

Pop princess Kylie Minogue has been photographed on holiday with a married film director. The pint-sized star, who was recently given the all-clear following treatment for breast cancer, is seen posing with Alexander Dahm after he greeted her at a south American airport, according to reports. Onlookers told the Sunday Mirror newspaper that Kylie, who recently split from actor Olivier Martinez, was all smiles during the brief scene after she flew in to Chile from Argentine capital Buenos Aires last Wednesday morning. Shortly afterwards, the married dad-of-one whisked her away for a sunshine break in his native country in a hired black convertible car, the newspaper claims. It goes on to report how Kylie struck up a friendship with Dahm in January when they met on a film set in Acapulco, Mexico. His wife Laura, heavily pregnant with their second child, dismissed speculation of an affair, telling the Sunday Mirror that her husband has assured her it was a 'coincidence' that Kylie was in Chile at the same time as him. She told the newspaper: "Alexander and Kylie have struck up a friendship. But it's ridiculous to think there is some sort of affair going on. There isn't, they're only friends and I'm not worried." Kylie Minogue is no home-wrecker ... just because she's smiling and sharing a car with a man does not mean they are having an affair. Not only is Kylie the picture of propriety but she also has her pick of pretty much any eligible bachelor around. [Source]

While everyone is getting all excited over the new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, Adam Brody is keepin' it old skool by showing his lurve for the original 1989 Batman movie by rockin' a vintage movie t-shirt:

He is *so* hipster to be square. I just <3 him and his indie hotness!! [Source]

And finally, in other hotnessness, it's time for the Hot Dude of the Week ... let's all give a hearty welcome to Tyler:

Photo credit: All American Guys

Woot! Piercing blue eyes, nice arms and rockin' abs ... what more could one ask for on a lovely Sunday morning? I think Tyler is a great way to end the week (or kick off, depending on how you look at it) so I hope all y'all enjoy!! [Source]

Les News:
So ... yesterday was so fun, I can't even tell you. I have been hearing for months about how amazingly fun the new Broadway musical Legally Blonde is (even back when it was in previews in San Francisco) and I've been very anxious to check it out for myself. Yesterday, thanks to cajun boy in the city Brett (who is deff a new friend), David and I were able to catch the Saturday matinee performance of the show. And OMIGOD, you guys ... let me tell you, it is a really great show:

I must admit ... I was suspiciously curious to see how the powers that be would be able to turn a fun yet fluffy Reese Witherspoon movie into a serious Broadway show. You absolutely have to be inventive with the story, write catchy songs and cast the perfect people ... and I am happy to report that all of those objectives have been met. Laura Bell Bundy is the perfect Elle Woods ... bubbly and ditzy when she needs to be but bold and intelligent all the while -- and the girl can sing! The show very wisely uses 2 live dogs on stage (and if you're familiar with the movie you know which dogs I'm talking about) who are sooooo cute and so well-trained. They managed to illicit OOHs and AWWs every time they appeared on stage. There are a lot of great little "magic" tricks in the show (none that I want to spoil, but are "blink and you miss them" so if you get to see the show make sure you pay attention). Obvs the story has to be changed a bit from the movie version but the changes really work for the Broadway stage ... turning Elle's Greek sorority sisters into the show's Greek Chorus is absolutely brilliant! I loved the whole "Bend & Snap" number ... and the actress who played Brooke Wyndam, Nikki Snelson, was brills! You may recall that Ali Larter (pre-Heroes) played the role in the movie. The thing that struck me most about this show is how much it is geared for the new, younger theater audience. If Rent was the rock Broadway show that brought younger fans to Broadway in the 90s then Legally Blonde can be the pop Broadway show that will do the same this time around. The story is fluffy and cute but the inventive staging and great songwriting give it a theatrical validity. I kid you not, there is a song called OMIGOD, you guys (which is a recurring theme thruout the show) that got so stuck in David's head that he was singing it all night long ... now that's a great Broadway song. I dare anyone who sees this show to not have a good time ... it's impossible to not just sucked into all the fun.

After the performance, Brett and Kevin (who works for the show) brought David and me backstage to meet Laura Bell Bundy (you can check out her My Space music profile HERE) in her pink dressing room (she told us the exact color is Sleeping Beauty pink -- which is also Pepto Bismol pink as well) ... and she was so sweet and so fun to meet:

We also got to meet Orfeh, who plays Paulette in the show and who is so fabulous that she only needs one name, backstage as well. I think I love her. She was so kind and so sweet to us (and she is a Pink reader too!!!) ... we just had an absolute blast. If you get a kick out of Pink is the new Blog I'm fairly certain that you will love this show as well :)

I have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Ivan who I got to meet at the show and send much love to Julie and Kevin for taking such good care of David and me.

After our fun Broadway experience, David and I did a bit of shopping in Midtown before we met up with his sister Eden for an amazing Mexican dinner at Tio Pepe in the West Village.

But alas, my time here in NYC is over ... I leave for Detroit in a few hours but I am very excited to see my folks and all my friends :) Have a great Sunday y'all, I'll be comin' atcha from Detroit Rock City all week long. I am out.