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Monday, March 17, 2008

"Death And Life Have Determined Appointments ..."

"... Riches and honors depend upon heaven."

So says this Chinese proverb tattooed in Mandarin Chinese (according to down the side of David Beckham's left side ribcage which was revealed this weekend at the LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas friendly soccer match ... behold:

MMMM ... the tattoo is pretty sexy but he seems to be going a bit overboard with all the new ink. I don't mind all the new tats so much right now ... but if he ends up getting Thug 4 Life tattooed on his stomach then we're gonna hafta be dunzo! [Source]


4 Minutes To Save Your Hair

Sunsilk has announced that it will debut a portion of Madonna's new single 4 Minutes in a new commercial for their products today ... but I have the commercial for your viewing pleasure here:

This commercial features only the instrumental music from the song but I think it turned out pretty good nonetheless. With minimal effort on her part, Madge has managed to make her first single a huge money maker already :)


The TV Guide: Playing Ketchup

I understand that yesterday was a beautiful day here in sunny SoCal ... unfortch, I wasn't able to partake since I was holed up all day working on various things that needed taking care of :( Ah well, the weather is only gonna get better from here on out so I have *no* cause for complaint. Last night, I met up with Le GangTM for a nice family dinner at Ketchup ... Darion brought Cameron along, Steph and Alek (of course) were together and that meant that I had Kirsten all to myself:

We pretty much ate and ate and ate until we nearly passed out ... and then we had dessert. The whole evening was really very cool ... as usual. After dinner, I somehow got sucked into watching Oprah's The Big Give with S&A. I dunno, the folks who are competing on that show don't seem all that genuine when they try to help the less fortunate. I can see how it will be easy to eliminate contestants as the weeks progress.

Tonight, I have the extreme fortune to be able to attend a premiere screening of the new Ryan Phillippe/Channing Tatum movie Stop-Loss. Because this is such a major event for me, I'm bringing along Steph to shoot pics of the event. I'm not entirely sure if I'll get to press the flesh with Ryan or Channing but, rest assured, I'm gonna do my best. Woot!

Another Monday is upon us ... please remember to party safe today for St. Patrick's Day! Have a good one!!!

PS: Today is the one year anniversary that me and my friend Mike met so I'd like to send out some public lurve to my good ol' buddy:

I can't believe it's been a year already ... Mike has become such a good friend to me, it feels like we've been buds forever. I'm sure this is but the first of many friendship anniversaries to come :)


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King Takes Queen

Showtime has allowed Pink is the new Blog to share, in its entirety (altho slightly edited), the first episode of The Tudors for your viewing pleasure:

The unedited episode will debut on Showtime on Sunday March 30 but why wait ... you can watch the whole thing right now, right HERE. Enjoy!!


We're Just One Week Away has the first look at Britney Spears on the set of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother ... check it out:

We've all been talking about it and now here's your first look at Britney Spears as a receptionist on How I Met Your Mother. Looking slim and sexy (from the shoulders up at least) Britney was reportedly on her best behavior last week while she filmed her cameo, although co-star Neil Patrick Harris said she seemed "fragile but professional." Ah, just how every actress dreams of being labeled.

Wow ... what a difference a week makes. Last Monday we heard that Britney Spears would be guest starring on an upcoming ep of How I Met Your Mother and today we have the first picture from the ep, scheduled to air on CBS next Monday, March 24. Hurray for Hollywood ... Britney Spears just might manage a successful comeback after all. [Source]

UPDATE: People magazine also has a preview pic of Britney on the set of How I Met Your Mother, check it out:

Yay! She looks so good! I am soooooo excited!!



Celebs of varying importance came out to the Scandinavian Style Mansion over the weekend to partake in the high-end celeb swag fest which is known for attracting all sorts of famous freeloaders. This soiree was originally supposed to be hosted by Britney Spears but her hosting duties were squashed by that pesky mental breakdown thing she suffered a little while ago ... Lindsay Lohan stepped in to host in her place. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals:

Photo credit: Splash News and Wireimage

Oh look! Cousin Alli Sims decided to wear a particularly horrendous dress so that she could represent the absent Britney Spears. I'm sure Brit Brit just loves it when Cousin Alli, hungry for any and all attention possible, uses her name to get into swanky parties. I always find it so interesting that rich celebs like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are always so quick to show up to gifting events like this. I feel a bit guilty whenever McDonald's gives me one too many sweet and sour packets when I order Chicken McNuggets. Alas, I guess this is how the rich stay rich ... they spend their money as little as possible. [Source, Source]


Thomas Jane Busted For DUI!

And just who, pray tell, is Thomas Jane, you ask? Thomas Jane (née Thomas Elliot) is the semi-sexy actor who starred in the most recent movie adaptation of The Punisher comic books and is married to Medium star Patricia Arquette. TMZ reports that Mr. Jane was nabbed this morning on suspicion that he was driving while under the influence of alcohol:

TMZ has learned "The Punisher" star Thomas Jane was busted early this morning for DUI. Jane, whose real name is Thomas Elliot, was nabbed in Kern County, Calif. by CHP officers. He has been charged with DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level above .08% -- both misdemeanors. CHP tells TMZ Jane was stopped in a late-model Maserati for driving at "an extremely high rate of speed" on I-5. We're told he failed several field sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer. Cops also say he was also driving with a suspended license. A cooperative Jane was taken to the pokey and he's already out. His arraignment is set for April 9th.

Boo. Another day, another celeb DUI. It is such a sad comment on the times when this sort of news isn't even shocking anymore ... these days, it's basically a matter of "who is it now?" Folks, don't drink and drive ... no matter what the celebs may think, it's deffo not cool to risk the live of others just because you don't know how to call a cab. [Source]


Ashton Kutcher Does V Man Magazine

Ashton Kutcher is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new Spring/Summer issue of V Man magazine. Here are a few pics of Ashton, shot by famed photographer Mario Testino, wherein he is made to look like an animatronic humanoid who is undergoing some routine maintenance to keep up his appearance ... basically, how Victoria Beckham spends her Thursday nights:

And because there is a shot of Ashton posing in a skimpy pair of white Calvin Klein undies, we might as well take a closer look at what Demi Moore is all aflutter over:

Now, I'm not one to look a gift bulge in the mouth (quiet, you) but this one ain't all that special. I mean, as far as packages go this one looks a'ight and really holds no cause for complaint but it's far from David Beckham stuffed in Armani Underwear proportions. I think it might be necessary to have the men present their underwear-less goods for further inspection to see which one wins the battle of the bulge. In the name of fairness, it seems like the only right thing to do. [Source]


The Last Chapter

At long last the new movie Chapter 27, which stars Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, is finally set for an imminent release in theaters. The film is scheduled to open in limited release this Friday March 21 with a more wide release to follow. As you may recall, Jared had to pack on the pounds for the role of Mark David Chapman so he is almost unrecognizable in the new movie poster for the film:

You may also recall that it was during the filming of this movie that rumors began to circulate that Jared and Lindsay had sparked up a romantic relationship (which now seems like eons ago). While it pains me to say that I don't think that this very serious film will be the right vehicle for L. Lo's acting prowess to shine thru, I wouldn't be surprised if Jared Leto ended up garnering accolades for his performance. It's uncanny how creepily disturbing he comes across in just the movie trailer:

You can tell from the trailer that this is the kind of movie where the creepy tension builds over the course of the film until it reaches its violent end. I'm actually a big fan of Leto's acting skillz, he tends to give really great performances in his movies ... it remains to be seen if Lindsay's involvement in the film will be detrimental to the overall effect of this dramatic film but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. [Source, Source]


The Right Stuff For New Orleans

Brad Pitt joined forces with former president Bill Clinton and a slew of volunteers from the Make It Right 9 project in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, LA yesterday to break ground on the site where they plan to build affordable homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here are a few pics of Brad, Bill and a bunch of hopeful, like-minded volunteers at yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony:

Photo credit: Splash News

Former President Bill Clinton met with actor Brad Pitt and hundreds of volunteers in the Lower 9th Ward on Sunday at the site where a foundation headed by Pitt plans to begin building affordable homes for Hurricane Katrina victims. "We hope to see a huge change here in the next six months," Pitt told a group of residents as he posed with them for pictures Sunday and signed autographs. Pitt and Clinton walked a street as hundreds of volunteers on either side, wielding shovels and rakes, prepared the land for homes. For hours, they cleared overgrown grass and weeds that were covering street drains and sidewalks. The Lower 9th Ward was one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in New Orleans when Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, causing the city's levee system to fail with devastating flooding. "We're working to get the grounds ready so construction can begin," said Anne Bouthilette, a 20-year-old sophomore history major at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn ... "It is only fitting that we culminate a weekend focused on youth service by turning words into action," Clinton said in a prepared statement Sunday. A brass band played in the background as Clinton and Pitt shook hands and chatted with volunteers. Bouthilette said this was her first visit to New Orleans, and she was enjoying the opportunity to help with the city's recovery. "There's a pressing need for people to come down here and do work," she said. "There are still so many things that need to be done. Everybody can do something." Bouthilette was one of about 600 college students in New Orleans for the Clinton Global Initiative University, a three-day program that began Friday and was designed to challenge college students and universities to tackle global problems with practical, innovative solutions. The event wrapped Sunday with the volunteer effort in the Lower 9th Ward, at the site where Pitt and his Make It Right Foundation are building homes using environmentally friendly materials such as cisterns and solar panels for residents who lost their homes in the storm. Side-by-side Pitt and Clinton broke ground with shovels after their mingling with the volunteers.

It's truly heartbreaking that we are *still* dealing with the aftereffects from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina all this time since the storm destroyed the area. I find it unfathomable that these sorts of relief efforts have to be carried out by concerned private citizens rather than by our government who clearly feel that their focus needs to be someplace else. I know that many people scoff and take a negative view of celebrity philanthropy but I, for one, commend folks like Brad Pitt for putting their money where their mouth is. It really feels that if volunteers like these don't take up these causes and work towards a better future, areas like the Lower 9th Ward might continue to languish if they are forced to wait for the government to step in and take action. [Source]

In related news, Angelina Jolie found herself with sole custody of her entire brood of children Sunday afternoon while Brad was bizzy working with Bill Clinton and various volunteers at the Make It Right 9 ground-breaking ceremony. She decided to take all of her children (including her ever-growing baby bump) out for a stroll to a corner convenience store to stock up on junk food. Here are a few cute pics of mama duck Angelina and her little ones (Maddox, Zahara, Pax Thien and Shiloh Nouvel) following in kind:

Photo credit: Splash News

OMG ... the sight of mama Angelina with all of her kiddies is just too cute for words. I love that Brangelina have no qualms with letting their kids enjoy unhealthy snacks like Chee-tos (which appear to be the junk food of choice for discerning celebrity children ... just ask the Spederline boys). While I'm not at all surprised that Brangelina continue to work at expanding the size of their family, you have to wonder when they are going to stop. Their family of 6 is reportedly going to become a family of 8 (if the twins rumor is to be believed) but something tells me that they aren't going to stop until they reach double-digits. Hahahahaha ... they do make an adorable family -- now. It'll be very interesting to see what this brood will look and act like once they begin to reach adolescence. My money says that little Zahara will emerge as the Queen Bee of the family once as she continues to grow and assert her dominance. [Source]


The Wizard, And Oz

Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia was on hand at the Wizard Comic Book Convention here in Los Angeles, CA over the weekend to promote the release of his new movie Pathology that is finally being released in theaters after having its release date delayed a bit. Here are a few pics of Milo at the convention this weekend:

Photo credit: Splash News

Some of you may remember seeing the trailer for Pathology, which also stars Alyssa Milano, in movie theaters last year and may have wondered what happened with the release date. The movie was pushed back to this year and is now set for release in theaters on April 18th. And since April 18th is still a while away, click HERE to watch a very R-rated movie trailer for the movie which is deffo NSFW yet well worth your time nonetheless. Woot!

Additionally, Seth Green (who is most beloved for playing the werewolf character Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was also in the hiz at the Wizard Comic Book Convention this weekend doing some promo work of his own ... here are a few pics of Seth actin' as goofy as can be:

Photo credit: Splash News

It's always great seeing ex-Buffyverse folks out and about at events. As y'all should know by now, the principal cast members of BtVS (including Seth Green) will be gathering at the Arc Light this Thursday night to participate in a reunion/panel discussion of the show hosted by the Paley Center. Any Buffy fan knows that this gathering will be a monumental feat since Sarah Michelle Gellar has also agreed to appear at this Thursday's event. It turns out that a very good friend of mine managed to scrounge up one of the coveted golden tickets for this event so, barring any cataclysmic occurance that might impinge my presence, I will be at this Buffy Reunion event. It goes without saying that I am *dying* from excitement. As it stands now, here is a list of the confirmed actors who are scheduled to appear at the event this Thursday: Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Seth Green (Oz), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), James Marsters (Spike), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers) and creator Joss Whedon (and there still may be more panelists to be added to the bill). I realize that a vast majority of Buffy fans will not be able to attend this once in a lifetime event but I understand that the event *may* be released on DVD at some point in the future. Rest assured, I will do everything in my power to share as much of the experience as I can with all y'all ... again I say, Woot! Woot!


Boys Better

On Saturday, I posted pics of Gossip Girls Blake Lively and Leighton Meester on the NYC streets set of their show actin' all chummy with one another as they filmed new eps of their show together. I joked that the girls might not be as friendly with one another as they would like us to believe ... today, I have pics of a couple of the Gossip guys paling around with each other as they shot scenes for the new eps ... here are pics of Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick doing their thing on the set late last week:

Photo credit: Splash News

I highly doubt that there is really any room for rivalry between these guys ... clearly Chace is the hunky heartthrob between these two (tho, he might have some competition in Cutie McCutester Penn Badgley) ... afterall, you don't see JC Chasez wanting to hang out with Ed Westwick now, do you? It seems like it's been AGES since we've had a new ep of Gossip Girl so I'm glad to see that new eps are being made right now. To be honest, I don't care if the cast members are the best of friends or if they secretly all hate one another ... all I want are new eps of the insanely infectious show. Give us the goss! [Source]


Candy List

First we learned that the name of Madonna's new album would be Hard Candy, then we got our first look at the tentative tracklisting for the album, then came the cover artwork and now we have the official confirmation of the final tracklisting for the album ... check it out:

The scan of the back cover of the album isn't that clear so here is the tracklisting typed out:

01. Candy Shop
02. 4 Minutes
03. Give It 2 Me
04. Heartbeat
05. Miles Away
06. She's Not Me
07. Incredible
08. Beat Goes One
09. Dance 2Night
10. Spanish Lesson
11. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
12. Voices

It turns out that the tentative tracklist we saw a few weeks ago turned out to be the actual final tracklist. Thus far, no new songs have made their way to the Interweb but if promo copies of the album are being circulated already then I'm sure it won't be long before the songs do leak. We're getting closer ... I'm *so* dying to hear what Madge's new collabo with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland will sound like. I'm keeping optimistic that I'll dig it ... but it still remains to be seen. [Source]


Top O' The Mornin' To Ya

Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all! Today is the one day out of the year where everyone is Irish and we (of legal drinking age, that is) all have license to enjoy the wonders of alcoholic spirits at some point during the day without any sort of guilt. While many folks use the opportunity to drink from morning til night, others choose to relegate their celebrations to a pint or two of their favorite ale ... or to not drink at all and just wear as much green as possible. However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, please make sure you do so safely and responsibly ... and make sure you pinch any and everyone who is not wearing green today:

May the luck of the Irish touch you all and may this St. Patrick's Day be the best one yet for each and every one of you! [Source]



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