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Thursday, January 10, 2008

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And the never-ending epic saga of the very troubled Britney Spears rolls on ... it turns out that rumors which claim that Finalpixx photog Adnan Ghalib had fallen out of favor with Britney Spears were widly exaggerated. It was believed that Brit Brit had cast Ghalib aside after their weekend escape to Santa Barbara, CA but it turns out that they are still very much friendly with one another. Late yesterday, rumors began to swirl that the Spears family is finally ready to take action in order to make Britney get professional medical attention, whether she liked it or not ... and then word came out that Britney was seen with Adnan at a small SoCal airport headed for who knows where. Some rumors claimed they was headed for Louisiana, some were sure that they were headed for NYC ... but it turns out that the couple didn't board a plane at all -- they drove down South in Brit's Escalade and fled together into Mexico. TMZ has the first video evidence to emerge of the couple South of the Border:

Britney Spears hoaxed us all out -- sending out the word she was winging her way to NYC, but HOLA ... she's in Mexico. Video has just surfaced showing Brit driving around Mexico with Adnan, her new BFF/paparazzo. This followed an elaborate fake-out involving Brit's people, tail numbers on a private jet ... the works.

Clearly, she is getting help from Ghalib in making these sorts of decisions. Now that she has lost all visitation rights to her children, she prolly thinks that she has nothing left to stay in town for. I'm a bit concerned that she has so easily slipped out of the country ... who knows how long she'll stay away. If she got wind that her family was planning to have her committed into a medical program against her will, she might stay away for quite some time:

TMZ has learned family members and professionals in Britney's life are working as a team to get her mental help -- either voluntarily or involuntarily -- for treatment of what appears to be a severe bipolar disorder. We're told it's going to happen one way or the other, and fast. So far, Britney refuses to commit herself voluntarily, but the team is persisting. Sources say they are considering "a number of options," some of which are "creative." The most extreme option -- going to court and getting an order forcing Britney into in-patient treatment. That would be the last ditch effort. If involuntary commitment is the only option, Brit must be picked up by cops -- again -- on a "5150," meaning she's a danger to herself or others. Then, while she's in the hospital, health care professionals can go to the County Public Guardian, who can then go to court and ask for what's called a "conservatorship." The conservator would then basically assume control of Brit's life. If the judge grants the conservatorship, Brit could be involuntarily committed to a mental hospital. Again, that's not the only option and various alternatives are being discussed right now.

Gawd, could this situation get any sadder? Now we have to consider that her mental health has now become a game of Cat and Mouse? Britney Spears has the resources to evade capture for as long as she likes ... who knows when, if ever, she'll return to LA, California or even the USA at this point. Where in the world will Britney Spears turn up next? [Source, Source]


Yay! I think that season 4 of Project Runway has finally hit its stride ... last night's creative challenge felt just right for the show and managed to show a bit more personality from some of the designers. It's about time things felt nice and normal from one of my fave shows ever ... and it's also about time they came up with an entirely creative and NEW challenge for the designers to sink their teeth into:

OMG ... prom dresses! I love it! A really great challenge is one that makes you say, "I can't believe they haven't thought of this before" cuz that's exactly what I was thinking at the start of the show. I had a feeling that kids were gonna be involved by the way the ep promos were played out but I never anticipated that they'd be making prom dresses. Right off the bat, Christian had to start bitching and moaning that he hated the challenge and he hated the idea that they had to work so closely with the young clients ... and I thought it was genius. It was absolute poetic justice that he got the most opinionated client, a designer in the making, to work with. I was hoping that the two of them would start scratching each other's eyes out. I love that the contestants offered their prom pictures for use on the show ... Kevin looked SO MUCH like a Jersey kid .. the hair, the tan, the earrings ... I actually kinda swooned a little bit (and I would've SOOOOO been all about it back in high school, let me tell you!). Christian's prom pic was hilarious (and I sincerely doubt he was named "Best Dressed" by anyone but himself -- and maybe his mother) ... as was Kit's Prom pic -- that girl is so trying to hide her OCness underneath all her "cool" new exterior. Seeing the contestants' Prom pictures really made them all feel more ... real. I now have an affinity for a few of them ... they are starting to feel like a cast of designers that I actually care about now. Right on cue, Ricky started crying for some damn reason midway thru the show ... I swear to the Lord above, if someone doesn't just slap in him the face really soon I might have to reach into my TV and slap him silly myself. WE GET IT! YOU'VE OVERCOME ADVERSITY! Stop effing crying already ... damn. In the end, I think I expected more from the Prom dresses over all ... I was pretty much aghast that Victorya won this challenge. Those fake jewels glued to her dress were HIDEOUS! I cannot believe that no one had a negative thing to say about them ... I am SO not a fan. I love me some Nina Garcia and I was hoping she was gonna rip Vic a new one but, alas, that's not what happened ... instead, Nina was prolly too enamored of Kevin's Prom picture to keep her wits about her (which, I can understand, so we still cool). I loved Chris's green dress .. it was beautiful, very Promy, very well designed -- and it had the best color of all the dresses. I was SHOCKED that it wasn't in the top 2. Sweet P's dress was very nice, I liked it as well but my money was on Chris. I was SOOOOOOOOO sad that Kevin got Aufed this week :( Who am I gonna look at lasciviously now? His dress wasn't great but I didn't think it was the worst ... I would've booted Ricky before Kevin -- that would've really given him something to cry about (and I knew that Christian was gonna be saved if only because he is the most personality-driven contestant on the show this season). But ... that's the way it goes. I'll miss the lad ... not only was he a hottie but he was a great designer too. Woot! I am so excited for the show again ... now that things are back on track I am back to being SUPER anxious to watch new eps ... happy days are here again. [Source]

Katie Holmes (with hubby Tom Cruise), Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and others were on hand at the Mann Village Theater here in LA last night for the Hollywood premiere of their new movie Mad Money. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News

Once again, Katie Holmes was looking stunning on the red carpet last night ... it appears that marriage seems to be agreeing with her. Perhaps I've been too hasty with all the picking on her and her marriage to Tom Cruise? Pshaw ... nah ... I think it's all still a wildly elaborate sham but that doesn't mean that I can't think the girl looks faboo from time to time. She clearly outshined her co-stars Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah, that's for sure. I must admit that the movie looks cute from the trailers that are playing on TV right now but I don't know that it's for me. Every time I see Diane Keaton in a movie I want it to be just like The First Wives Club ... but Katie is no Goldie Hawn and Queen L is no Bette Midler. If it's worth seeing, lemme know ... otherwise I think I'll take a pass. Oh and I have to say that creepy actor William Mapother really creeps me out every time he pops up somewhere ... and not because his creepy cousin is Tom Cruise (ahtho, that is a bit creepy) but because of his creepy role as Ethan Rom on Lost. Yikes. [Source]

Rumor has it that Pamela Anderson has gotten herself in a "family way" and will be giving birth to her 3rd child, presumably fathered by her latest husband Rick Solomon ... who she is still planning to divorce despite a last minute attempt at a reconciliation late last month. BUT ... a curious post on Pammy's official blog might be a hint that the reports of her pregnancy are wrong:

TMZ has learned the divorce between Pam Anderson and Rick Salomon is back on and Pam is pregnant! You'll recall Anderson filed for divorce last month, but called it off just days later. But sources tell TMZ she is now moving forward with the divorce, even though we know she's pregnant with his baby. Salomon has told friends he believes she is "acting crazy" because of the pregnancy and hopes she will settle back into the marriage. Interestingly, in her divorce petition, Anderson asked for spousal support but not child support.

Hmm ... but shortly after this news began to spread, Pamela posted a blogpost that stated simply, No. Who knows what she is saying No to ... her pregnancy, any chance of calling off the divorce again, whathaveyou. At this point, we have no idea what she means unless she clarifies ... or begins to show a baby bump. Man, is 2008 turning into the year of the Celebrity Baby already or what? [Source]

In sad news, Johnny Grant, the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood who is most famously known for presiding over the unveilings of celebrity stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has passed away at the age of 84:

Johnny Grant, the avuncular honorary mayor of Hollywood who traveled the world as Tinseltown's No. 1 cheerleader for more than a half-century, has died. He was 84. Grant died just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, apparently of natural causes, said Officer Jason Lee. Grant was found dead on a bed in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Lee said. Grant was perhaps best known as the jolly host alongside more than 500 celebrities he inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The lifelong bachelor lived in a 14th-floor suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Grant's mission in life was bringing the Tinseltown story to everyone. He hosted red carpet Oscar arrivals and Walk of Fame festivities, appeared in bit parts in movies, and produced Hollywood's annual Christmas Parade. "I feel I have been the luckiest guy in the world," he often said. "It's been a pretty good ride." Ana Martinez-Holler, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who has worked with Grant for 20 years, said he had had several recent health problems, including a broken bone in his back. "I had lunch with him today ... we had omelets together and he said he wasn't feeling good," she said Wednesday. "I saw him walk away after lunch, and that was the last time I saw him." "Hollywood won't be the same without him," she said ... Over the years, Grant chatted with Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton, and was a friend to several presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. He counted President Reagan as one of his closest friends ... He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, then came to Hollywood after his discharge, where he landed a small role playing a reporter in The Babe Ruth Story (1948), which starred William Bendix. He was lured to Hollywood, he once recalled, after seeing Mickey Rooney in the 1938 film Boys Town. "If that little guy can do it, so can I," he remembered telling himself. Grant also had a part in Irving Berlin's White Christmas (1954) with Bing Crosby and played himself in 1966's The Oscar ... The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce named Grant Hollywood's honorary mayor in 1980, a position he held for the rest of his life. The Associated Press Television and Radio Association honored Grant last March at the Mark Twain Awards in Universal City with a special award for his accomplishments. During the dozen or so Walk of Fame ceremonies the job called for him to preside over each year, he would gin up the crowd with laughter, jokes, handshakes and an occasional embarrassing moment ... During his 84th birthday last May, Grant said of all his accomplishments in Hollywood, he was most proud of three things: the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame and the Hollywood postmark. "We're not supposed to have one because we're not our own city," he said. "But I got it."

What an incredibly sad day for Hollywood. I never had the pleasure of meeting the man but I have always admired his tireless work on behalf of the "city" of Hollywood. It is very true, Tinseltown will never be the same now that he is gone. I find it strangely appropriate that Johnny Grant lived in the Roosevelt Hotel, which is right on Hollywood Blvd. It sounds like he may have passed into eternity quietly and peacefully in his own bed ... at least, that's what I hoped happened. He will be sorely missed :( [Source]

Sarah Jessica Parker was showing off her new hair 'do as she made her way out of a hair salon in the Meat Packing District of NYC this week:

Photo credit: Splash News

Maybe it's all the Sex and the City that I've been watching lately but I really don't like this look on her. She reminds me too much of Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn in Cruel Intentions for my taste (which is a look I didn't particularly care for on SMG either). Maybe she's trying to be the anti-Carrie Bradshaw until the movie comes out later this year? [Source]

And speaking of the Sex and the City movie, filming continues here on the West Coast as Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones was snapped shooting scenes with her Absolute Hunk boyfriend Smith Jerrod (played by the insanely hot Jason Lewis) in Malibu, CA this week:

Photo credit: Splash News

If it's one thing that can get Samantha Jones out of Manhattan and onto a beach in SoCal, it would be the promise of Smith Jerrod all squeezed into a wet suit. Ack ... I know, I know I'm trying to stay away from spoilerish stuff but these pics are fairly innocent ... no? They're obvs not in NYC so things must've changed a bit since we last left the Girls in the City. Okay ... I'm gonna shut up now and stop with all the speculation. We'll just be good boys and girls and wait until the movie comes out to find out what the heck is goin' on :) [Source]

Her Madonnaness continues to enjoy her Indian vacation with her hubby Guy Ritchie ... the couple was spotted visiting a few different religious sites in Mumbai yesterday and here are a few pics:

Madonna, dubbed the Queen of Pop, visited a synagogue, a church and a mosque on Wednesday in India's financial capital as part of a holiday with her family. The 49-year-old multiple-Grammy-award winner was accompanied by her film director husband Guy Ritchie and Australian author Gregory Roberts, whose bestselling autobiographical novel "Shantaram" is set in Mumbai. Dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans, shawl and boots, the pop star and her group, which included bodyguards, visited the 124-year-old Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in south Mumbai. After a meal at the plush Moshe's restaurant at upscale Cuffe Parade neighbourhood, Madonna and company visited the Afghan Church, which was built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War of 1838. This was followed by a quick look at the famous Haji Ali mosque, one of Mumbai's most popular landmarks. Madonna, Ritchie and their three children arrived in Mumbai Tuesday morning by chartered plane from the historic city of Udaipur in western India, where they spent New Year's Eve. On Tuesday, Madonna walked through narrow lanes in a slum and visited a flea market. She also met Bollywood star Suniel Shetty on Tuesday night. Around New Year's Eve, Madonna and family spent nearly a week in the desert state of Rajasthan, where they went for horse-riding trips and kite-flying.

See, even when she's on vacation Madonna is working ... there has to be something more going on with this trip other than a run-of-the-mill holiday. I wonder what she's got up her sleeve. [Source]

In Brazil, Rodrigo Santoro was spotted catching a few waves while hanging out with his girlfriend in Rio:

The man is just purdy ... I had to share. [Source]

Jessica Alba was spotted on a photoshoot here in LA wearing a bunch of different wigs ... and the same scowly face:

Photo credit: Splash News

Blonde is really not her color ... these wigs kinda make her look like a crazy person ... [Source]

... case in point, here are a few picture of a Blonde crazy person:

Photo credit: Splash News

Hmm. Amy Winehouse somehow must've gotten confused. I would've pegged her as the type of person to drink a bottle of peroxide ... not use it on her hair. I find that I am very disturbed by a beehiveless Amy Winehouse ... she might've been scary before but now she's just ... Yeesh! [Source]

Happy Day, Happy Day ... Pete Wentz has finally gotten rid of his foot cast:

All the emo girls out there can stop the mourning period ... their Petey Wetey is finally a whole man again. [Source]

Yesterday we saw pics of Brangelina chillin' at a place called Arris Pizza in Brad Pitt's hometown of Springfield, MO and today we get to see pics of Brangelina chillin' at the Springfield Chuck E. Cheese restaurant/fun center. Sadly, we've yet to see pics of Brad Pitt dressed in the Chuck E. Cheese costume (which was, apparently, one of his early jobs in showbiz) but these'll do for now:

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their posse recently returned to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. On January 4, the clan — including Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 19 months — popped by the local Chuck E. Cheese's. (The fast food-loving family dined on McDonald's the day after Christmas, and KFC later that week in New Orleans.) Along with Pitt's family (including several nieces and nephews), they feasted on pizza and played arcade games during the two-hour-plus visit. Pitt even doled out game tokens. "Brad was surrounded by a bunch of girls and boys," a fellow diner says in the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now. "Angelina was holding Shiloh. She was so cute!" The world travelers, who spent a few days in the Midwestern town (population: 150,000) before hitting the Critics' Choice Awards Monday, were cozy with each other and relaxed with his family. "They like Springfield because no one ever bothers them," says a source.

Clearly, the family is never bothered because folks are too bizzy snapping pics and sending them off to tabloids. Shoot, I can't blame them ... I'd lose my shizz if I ran into Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie like this. I just love how insanely normal this family tends to be ... feeding the kids junk/fast food is great ... cuz it's really normal. I love it! [Source]

Angels in Heaven rejoice ... er, or maybe notsomuch ... but in any case, it is my happy duty to report that estranged rockers Marilyn Manson and Twiggy Ramirez (founding members of the band Marilyn Manson) have put aside their differences and have reunited once again:

This from the official Marilyn Manson website:

The duo that started it all, are back together to finish where they left off. The two who co-wrote Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, and Holywood will be sharing the stage once again. Joining Manson and Twiggy onstage for the U.S. leg of the Rape of the World Tour will be Chris Vrenna, Rob Holliday, and Ginger Fish. Tim Skold has amicably split with Manson, but future collaborations aren’t being ruled out between the two. Expectations for the upcoming tour are best described by quoting one of Manson's most infamous lyrics, "Everyone will suffer now". Looks like the shit is gonna hit the FANS.

A reconciliation between MManson and estranged wife Dita Von Teese might never be in the cards but I always knew that these two would get back together some day. Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jordie White) joined the ranks of Nine Inch Nails while he was exiled from Marilyn Manson but it looks like all the bad blood between them is over. Isn't it such a special thing when heavy metal rockstars can get over their bullshizz and come together for the greater good of trying to shock the parents of young children? [Source]

A very pregs, very glowing Halle Berry is featured on the cover of the new issue of In Style magazine:

Apparently, Halle is enjoying her pregnancy so much that she's telling the world that she wants to stay pregs forever ... yeah, that's all well and good but we, the regular folk out there, want to see the goods so if she could just pop that little cutie out once and for all I think we'd all appreciate it very much. Thanks. [Source]

And finally, here are the rest of the pictures of La Diva Latina Jennifer Lopez herself from the new issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine:

Sexy, hot, gorge, blah, blah, blah ... I want to see baby bumps, damnit! Hmm ... either my biological clock is ticking like crazy or I'm just in a strange baby mood these days. [Source]

Les News:
Yay ... I'm happy to report that my health is improving bit by bit ... yesterday, I felt well enough to make an appointment and I didn't die or anything! I still have a persistent cough and I did have a hard time sleeping last night cuz my nose kept plugging up but ... the pain has pretty much stopped so ... I'm deffo on the mend. I have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Kate from Tulsa, OK who I got to meet yesterday :)

And just in time too ... I'm *scheduled* to do something very cool tomorrow and I was hoping to be well enough to make it ... at this point, I think it's a go and barring any unforeseen circumstances, I'm going to be visiting the Real World: Hollywood house early tomorrow afternoon. I'm not exactly sure what the setup will be but I'm supposed to get a tour of the house, the 20th Real World house, which has an eco-friendly Green theme to it. I am hoping to be able to snap some pics to share and, if allowed, I'll be uploading them directly to (so make sure you register with the password TRENT to gain access to the pics as soon as they are uploaded). I'm pretty excited ... I just hope everything goes well and as planned.

Not much on the agenda today ... I may go out and try and soak up some of the healing California sun for a bit ... I have to come up with questions for the new Real World cast so if you have a good one, send it to me please :)

And so ... that is all ... I'm out.



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