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Friday, December 07, 2007

Delayed Gratification

Welp ... it was nice while it lasted ... I was really hoping that we would get to see more of Britney Spears in her hawt new red Xmas boots but it seems like she just can't seem to let go of her old, heavily-worn brown boots that she must love so much. Here are pics of Brit Brit out on the town with her new real estate agent (romantic interest?) Robert Edie ... and she's rockin' the same, tired old boots with the same tired old pink wig with the same tired old lookin' dog London:

Photo credit: X17

Poor thing ... that cute little pooch looks like he'd much rather be anywhere else than being carted around by our dear Britney. I wonder if we'll ever get to see those magical red boots again? [Source, Source]

Keira Knightley and James McAvoy were both in attendance at the Hollywood premiere of their new movie Atonement which was held last night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California ... here are a few pics from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News

From what I gather, Atonement is a period piece (which appears to be the only kind of movies that Keira Knightley will do these days) which revolves around passion, betrayal, redemption and eternal love ... you know, all the biggies. I'm not entirely sure that this movie is for me, exactly, but I do find the prospect of listening to James McAvoy's sexy accent for about 2 hours really appealing. This movie seems geared towards those weepy couples who like to cuddle in movie theaters for the holidays ... I think I'd rather go see National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets instead. That being said, I'm not all that opposed to seeing this movie ... maybe if some of y'all check it out and let me know it's worth seeing, I'll pony up the $12 ... but unless I get a really great offer, I think I might take a pass. [Source]

Yesterday, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced that British songstress Amy Winehouse received six Grammy Award nominations for her second album Back to Black. Amy was *so* excited by the news, according to her producer Mark Ronson, that she had to run out and pick up provisions for a big celebration:

Photo credit: Splash News

Amy Winehouse is still reeling from her recent woes – scrapping her U.K. tour and coping with her husband's incarceration. But singer and music producer Mark Ronson tells PEOPLE that his good friend is doing well and getting "psyched" for her six Grammy nominations. "She's good," says Ronson, 32, who produced much of Winehouse's record-of-the-year candidate, Back to Black. "I called her today because the record was something that we went through together ... Hopefully she will get into America so we can celebrate." (The singer's October pot bust in Norway could cause her visa difficulties. She's now appealing the charge.) Winehouse, 24, is also up for best new artist and song of the year for "Rehab." So what was her reaction? "Amy doesn't get excited about anything," Ronson explains. "She was never once excited while in the studio. And today she is just like, 'Yeah, Ronnie, chops, we got Grammy nominations.' That's her. But she is happy and psyched." I understand that she was *way* more psyched that her favorite junk snack foods were on sale because they had already passed their expiration dates. Bravo!! [Source]

Mel C, better known to the world as Sporty Spice, played an intimate acoustic show last night here in LA at The Mint in front of a sold out audience. Here are a few pics from the show, where the Sporty One was joined by her Spice friends Mel B and Vicki B. (along with His Hotness, David Beckham) for moral support:

Photo credit: Splash News

My friend Geo was also in the hiz last night and he tells me that Mel C's show was amazing. After she finished performing, Mel B and Vicki B jumped up on stage to show their support and then announced that they'd be running backstage for a bit to hang out with her ... which left Becks out in the crowd to meet and greet with the fans. OMG ... I know! Here are a few of Geo's personal pics, including the MONEY SHOT of him and a friend posing with the amazing David Beckham:

Geo also sends in THIS video of Mel C's performance that he shot at the show. OMG OMG OMG ... I am SO jealous! You know, I really wanted to go to this show but I couldn't make it because I had to pick up David from LAX around show time ... and, to be honest, I didn't anticipate that Posh and Becks might show up and mingle with the common folk at the show. Had I known, I'd've made other arrangements for my boo to get picked up for the airport (sorry David :) Honestly, tho, I am very happy that Geo got to meet Becks ... he is the biggest Spice Girls fan so it is much deserved. I'll see Geo tonight at the second LA Spice Girls show so I'm gonna have to have him explain in great detail what my hottie Becks smells like. Le sigh. [thanks Geo]

In the UK, Kylie Minogue met up with fellow Aussie Natalie Imbruglia at an exclusive dinner party event hosted by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel design house ... here are a few pics from last night's soirée:

If you overlook the semi-creepy factor that Karl Lagerfeld manages to infuse into any event that he shows up for, it really looks like it was a very nice affair. I just love Miss Kylie Minogue and I think it would be ACE if she ever decided to collaborate with Natalie Imbruglia on a project together. They are two of my fave Aussies ever ... and they look so hot together. Love them!! [Source, Source]

Larry Birkhead spent part of his week shopping for Xmas gifts for his little daughter Dannielynn Hope Marshall Smith Stern Birkhead at the trendy shops on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood. Here are pics of Larry blowin' his baby's hard-inherited money on gifts from Kitson:

Photo credit: Mavrix

Where else would one expect to find a father shopping for a baby daughter who is destined to grow up and become a quasi-Hollywood "It" Girl. I just hope he doesn't blow all her money before she gets the chance to grow up and blow it all herself. [Source]

Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson are spending some male bonding time together in Peru to do some good-natured charity work ... or something ... which, apparently, involves stripping down to their tighty whities and running around in public together:

Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson made unusual travel plans this holiday season – they're down in Peru this week, staying in cheap hotels, visiting an orphanage, and bathing in local irrigation ditches. Part of the trip was caught on video by a local TV show, which aired footage of the actors in their boxer shorts, taking a refreshing dip in a ditch, the Associated Press reports. They were also reportedly due to visit a local orphanage they support near Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital. At one point in the video, a local man asks the pair if they plan to visit Machu Picchu, the famed Incan site and Peru's greatest tourist attraction. Harrelson advises against giving the man their itinerary, but Wilson tells him they will indeed be there later in the week. The actors and longtime friends reportedly dodged the cameras at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport and have been staying in $50-a-night hotels. Unfortch for the bosom buddies, they weren't able to avoid the cameras that caught their near-nekkid frolicking. These pics would be a whole lot hotter if ... well ... there was more to look at (if you catch my meaning, Woody). Ah well ... I'll take what I can get ... click HERE to watch the video. [Source]

In other same-sex couple news, Jodie Foster was honored this week at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast where she received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. During her acceptance speech, Jodie publicly acknowledged and thanked her long-time partner Cydney Bernard for sticking with her thru all the "rotten and the bliss". I believe this is the first time that Jodie has publicly acknowledged her same-sex partner, with whom she shares 2 children, in public ... ever:

Jodie Foster gave a really moving and surprisingly candid speech when she received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast on Tuesday. Toward the end of her remarks, Jodie thanked those nearest and dearest to her. Among them was "my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss." Since she has always been so intensely private, I was surprised at the public acknowledgment of who I presume is Cydney Bernard, the woman who is widely reported to be her life partner. Yay! This is awesome news! It only takes small moments like this to help advance the visibility of gays in Hollywood significantly. I absolutely love Jodie Foster for doing something so simple as to thank her life partner at a public event like this ... it's a very important step for her, I think. [Source, Source]

People of the world rejoice! The first trailer for the Sex and the City movie has hit the InterWeb ... check it out:

It shames me to admit it (not really) but I am not among the throngs of folks clamoring for my first look at this new movie despite the fact that a great many folks have been waiting for this movie to happen for ages now. That being said, I did just recently use my 40% DVD box set coupon at Borders to pick up the DVD box set of the entire Sex and the City series so that I can watch the show and hopefully see what all that hub-bub is for myself. I admit, I'm intrigued to see if I'll love the show as much as most other people do ... I guess we'll see what comes of it. [Source]

In minorly related news, Manolo Blahnik shoes (which were made famous among the common folk thanks to shout outs from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City) has announced a new line of footwear made for men ... here are a few of the styles that every "It" boy will be hoping to find under the Xmas tree this season:

Ask most men what a slingback is, and you'll get a blank stare. Which makes sense. For years, the strappy shoe has lived in the women's department, far away from the sturdy soles and shiny wingtips of the men's floor. Well, guys, listen up. There's a man who wants you to put on a pair slingbacks. And they're blue suede, open-toed, and cost about as much as a flat screen TV. This week, Manolo Blahnik, the Spanish designer famous for making women swoon over $700 stilettos, announced he's putting out a line of men's shoes. Among the styles: Afiyet, the aforementioned blue suede number, and Bir, a sandal made of leopard-print leather. "There are some simple sandals in beautiful materials, and a few classics -- with a twist," Blahnik said in a statement. "I thought it was time to bring back some color into the male wardrobe." But many men, especially in the United States, may not want to do that. In a land where pink shirts and hair wax have only recently become acceptable, where some people still think metrosexual means homosexual, blue suede slingbacks and leopard print sandals are about as likely to catch on as men's eyeliner and the murse (aka, men's purse). "I wouldn't wear them. I can't imagine guys wearing them," said Tyler Thoreson, executive editor of "They're of limited appeal, I think. He's a master cobbler, and so you probably won't find a better made pair of shoes anywhere, but the style isn't going to be for everyone." Well, let's not be too hasty there ... sure, the sandals might be a big much but I don't think the suede shoes are horrible. I'd wear those green and black shoes ... with the right suit, they'd look really hot. I don't really have a thing for shoes (despite the fact that I have way too many pairs of shoes to wear in a lifetime) but I dunno ... I think I can appreciate the desire to own a pair of Manolo Blahniks. [Source]

Watch your mailboxes ... you might be receiving an Xmas card from the TomKat clan ...

... or, maybe not. Well no worries, you can see that the card is pretty boring as hell so you're not missing much. [Source]

Johnny Depp is featured on the cover of the new issue of Esquire magazine:

This is a great cover ... I like he's not wearing a million pieces of jewelry and that fug hat. He looks good all cleaned up and simply dressed. [Source]

Here are a few pics from Vicki B's photospread in the new issue of Elle magazine which also features her on the cover:

You may recall that Vicki B. terrorized the streets of Paris, France earlier this year for this photoshoot ... I can't say that the end result is all that great. I think the collage styling of the photos makes the pics work better ... too bad they're not as sexy as the magazine coverphoto is. [Source]

Eva Mendes would rather go nekkid than wear fur:

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No doubt about it, Eva Mendes is one of Hollywood's sexiest and coolest leading ladies. The red carpet siren is courted by the world's most sought-after designers, but one thing she'll never let them drape her in is fur. In fact, she'd rather go naked. That's why the talented beauty shed her clothes in peta2's sexiest anti-fur ad ever, alongside the tagline "Fur? I'd Rather Go Naked." Eva admits that she wasn't always aware of the ways animals are tortured and killed by the fur industry. She says, "I remember having my first premiere in New York City and being so naive that I didn't have a coat with me. My stylist sent me a fur wrap for the evening, and I ignorantly wore it." She continues, "PETA then wrote me a beautiful letter commenting on my less-than-educated choice. I was so impressed that I vowed to them and myself to never wear real fur on the red carpet or in my life again." Good for her ... fur sucks and I'm glad that Eva is advocating that folks seek out other alternatives to wearing animal fur. Click HERE to read Eva's interview with PETA. [Source]

And finally ... Pink reader Kevin gave me the head's up that Billboard magazine is reporting that the name of Madonna's new album has been released. It is, they report, going to be called Licorice. The only problem is that the information may have been gotten from a forum from an unofficial Madonna fan site ... clearly, fan sites aren't always a very reliable source for credible information:

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Billboard writes: Madonna has christened her final Warner Bros. studio album "Licorice," and will release the set in late April. The news was broken today (Dec. 6) on former Billboard editor Larry Flick's Sirius Satellite Radio show "OutQ." On the broadcast, Flick also aired two songs from the album, "Candy Shop" and "The Beat Goes On." Both cuts leaked online earlier this year. Unconfirmed reports from the fan site say Madonna previewed the album in recent days for Warner Bros. staff members in New York. Kanye West is said to guest on "The Beat Goes On," while an older unreleased tune, "The Devil Wouldn't Recognize You," appears in a new version.

Pink reader Kevin counters: I cannot believe Billboard would actually take info from a Madonna fansite forum seriously ... and report it as fact ... then picked up by other media outlets like PEOPLE magazine. BILLBOARD actually got this info from a madonna fansite forum ( a fan for many weeks has posted rumours and even did his own cover art work of Madonna's new album. This info reported is not an official release, [it is a] fan made cover ... by community member Robster ... which started all rumours about Licorice.

LOL. I tend to believe that this album title rumor is fake ... the name Licorice is a horrible name and I highly doubt Madge would choose it as the name of her new album. Could Billboard magazine really have fallen for such a blatantly fake report? [Source, thanks Kevin]

UPDATE: Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, has issued a statement denying the info in the Billboard report:

Sirius does not know what they are talking about. Wrong title, release date wrong, etc.


Les News:
Blah! Last night was supposed to be a nice reunion night for David and me (which is why I skipped the Mel C concert, the Instinct magazine party and Kylie Minogue night at Tiger Heat) but instead I ended up being home alone after David got stranded in Minneapolis :( Northwest Airlines decided that they couldn't let David on his connecting flight to LA from Minneapolis even tho the plane hadn't left the terminal yet ... David got to the counter, having bolted from his NYC flight (which was late, natch), in time to see the plane sitting at the gate only to be told that he wouldn’t be allowed on board. Basically, Northwest sucks. They did put him up in a nice hotel for the night ... but still ... booo.

I just got a txt that he just landed here in LA so he'll be here shortly. Tonight we're going to night two of the Spice Girls and then ... who knows what. I hope y'all have a great weekend ... stay dry, LA. I realize that you're not used to all this rain we're having but you won't melt ... I promise :) I'm out.



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