Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chace Crawford Does GQ Magazine

The oh-so purdy Chace Crawford is featured in the new issue of GQ magazine modeling various khaki pieces which are perfect for the upcoming summer months ... here are his photos:

It should be noted that none of the other male castmembers from Gossip Girl are featured anywhere else in the magazine ... at all. I'm sure it won't be long before Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick gang up and kick Chace's purdy ass ;) [Source]

A Dollface Only A Mother Could Love

Yesterday we saw pics of the new Heroes action figures (which I have since learned from Pink reader Sofia can be ordered HERE for $20 each and will start shipping on June 10) and today we have photos of two Ugly Betty dolls (one cloth and one plastic) which are also available for order (HERE, at a prettier penny) from doll designer Madame Alexander:

It's unclear if these dolls are actual authorized by ABC or the Ugly Betty producers (the site merely states that the dolls are "based on the smart, hardworking, and savvy character from the Emmy award-winning TV show, Ugly Betty") but they're pretty cute, if you ask me. The site also offers dolls based on the characters from Wicked, Legally Blonde: The Musical and our nation's First Ladies. I'm sure I know what kind of fantasies can be concocted using these dolls ... and I don't think I want to know. [Source]

No Sex Appeal?

Say it ain't so? No lurve for the Sex and the City movie from Time Out New York?

I mean, I get that it's a very New York thing to be jaded and act all "too-cool for school" but c'mon, hating on SaTC just because it's wildly popular seems a bit childish to me. I guess I can see the appeal of taking the indie way out and refusing to join the love chorus that almost everyone on Earth is singing for Carrie Bradshaw and her SaTC cohorts but ... it kinda feels like sour grapes to me.

That being said, had I not seen the light and jumped on the bandwagon after falling in love with the series mere months ago myself, I might be heralding this magazine cover as the only source of sanity among the fray of blindly-devoted mags. I guess I'm just happy not to be choking on the hateorade this time around. [Source]

Every Story Has Two Sides

After reading the report from US Weekly on Jessica Simpson drowning her tears in booze at Mexicali in Studio City, CA today a Pink reader who wishes to remain anonymous felt compelled to send in an email to give another side of the story (apparently, the true side). In all fairness, I feel it's worth posting the eye witness account from someone who claims to have seen Jessica Simpson at Mexicali Cocina Cantina on that fateful night and totally refutes the US Weekly report:

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Just wanted to let you know that I work at Mexicali (I've actually waited on you before) and I was there the entire time Jessica was on Saturday night. She was NOT drunk, nor did she seem upset at all. She looked amazing - and she was simply having a good time with her friends. As for her mother picking her up-she often has someone drive her home, even after 1 margarita, because she is responsible and chooses not to drink and drive, which in this town she should be commended for- not chastised. She is always sweet and polite, as are her friends, so I feel like I should defend her.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a tabloid magazine would concoct a wildly inaccurate story but I am pretty amazed that the entire report now sounds totally fabricated. I absolutely agree with this Pink reader that people should be commended for making the responsible choice to not drink and drive. I really appreciate this person taking the time to write in and give their side of the story. Jessica may be having a rough time of things in the romance department these days but there's really no reason to outright lie about something like this. Jess, your next margarita is on me :)

That's Entertainment

Celebrities of all sorts (including a few ever-present castmembers from Gossip Girl) were on hand at The Bowery Hotel for the Entertainment Weekly/Vavoom Upfront Party in NYC last night. Here are a few pics of Eliza Dushku of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, Zachary Quinto from Heroes, Laura Bell Bundy from Legally Blonde: The Musical and the aforementioned Gossip kids Blake Lively, Michelle Trachtenberg and Chace Crawford:

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See ... what did I tell you? The cast of Gossip Girl are *everywhere* these days ... and because there are so many of them, they can split up and reconvene in different configurations depending on the event. Tho, it appears that everyone wants Chace Crawford to show up on their red carpet (no wonder the other Gossip guys allegedly hate his guts). I love seeing Eliza Dushku out and about ... I'm very excited for her new Joss Whedon produced series Dollhouse to debut, tho I understand it's being shelved as a mid-season replacement. I can't fretnone ... the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a mid-season replacement and look how well that show did ;) Zachary was lookin' fierce and Laura Bell was lookin' cute ... which reminds me, I need to see her in Legally Blonde one more time before she leaves the show this summer. If any of ya'll have been thinking of seeing the show make sure you do so before Laura leaves the show -- she is the original Elle Woods on Broadway and is not to be missed :) [Source]

The TV Guide: Gettin' Stuff Done

Yesterday was a pretty chill day for me ... I spent the day writing and then spent the late afternoon chillin' with Steph and Alek before I had to meet up with Jim for dinner. I have a couple of big project that I'm working on behind the scenes and these guys have been helping me with some of the specifics. It's not anything I want to talk about just yet but beans will be spilled very soon :)

This afternoon I have an appointment to take care of and then other meetings this evening. The weather got real nice over the past few days so I'm gonna try to get out and enjoy it while I can. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are today.

Les News: Mimi Gets A Wedding Reception, Nina Moves To Marie Claire, Twins Confirmed

Why So Shy-a?

One might expect that the coverboy for the June issue of GQ magazine, who is also prepping for a full-fledged media promo blitz for his new movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, wouldn't be running and hiding from the paparazzi as he made his way into a promo event ... but that wasn't the case for Shia LaBeouf who was trying to disappear inside his flannel shirt as hey made his way into the MTV Studios in Times Square, NYC this week:

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Let's just chalk it up to his quirky nature and not to the possibility that he was trying to be a little butthole. Anyways, yesterday we got our first look at Shia's GQ cover and today we get to see the photos that accompany his coverstory, wherein he talks about, oh you know - this and that, including his love of guns and his new BFF Steven Spielberg:

Shia LaBeouf, who in a couple of huge weekends last year transformed from a likably quick-witted teen actor best known for his work on the Disney Channel into a likably quick-witted 21-year-old action hero and franchise star, jumps into the back of his new Ford F-150 and reaches for his rifle. This isn't a movie set. It has taken us exactly thirty-six minutes to get from first hello to here, a gun-club parking lot thirty miles north of Los Angeles, and that's a real shotgun he's hefting. It seems like a good idea, for many reasons, to watch his every move. Which is how I spot the rest of the equipment scattered around his flatbed. "Dude, why do you have five toilet seats?" LaBeouf sets down his gun and launches into one of his trademark bursts of high-metabolic enthusiasm: "Me and my friends, as an art project, we decided, you know: What canvas has not been really, like, messed with? So we started this toilet-seat collection." Apparently, while other twentysomething Hollywood types busy themselves with checking in to and out of rehab, LaBeouf and his entourage—the same gang of friends he's had since his boyhood in Echo Park, a largely working-class Latino neighborhood that's home to Dodger Stadium—spend their weekends whittling toilet seats and spray-painting them with sayings like pooperazzi and high end for your rear end. Sport shooting hadn't been my idea, nor was it some studio scheme to show the tough side of the boy in the blockbuster. LaBeouf insisted on it: He's taken up the pursuit recently, and as we wait for a ride from the parking lot up to the range, he explains the appeal. "Believe it or not, it's a good date," he says. "I bring girls up here sometimes; it's kind of—it's very invigorating for them." ... "One time Steven told me to come to his house ready to go skeet shooting," says LaBeouf. "I get there and stick my head in to ask if he's ready—and this is classic Spielberg—he says, 'Nope, Shia. I'm trapped!'" LaBeouf then starts playing both parts—concerned protégé and faraway mentor:

"You're trapped? Steven, what are you talking about?"

"I'm trapped back here. Follow my voice."

"Where are you?"

"Over here ... Here ... Here!"

LaBeouf kept following the calls until he got to the director's office. And there was the master himself: shoes off, socks on, dressed in shooting gear, but sitting behind a computer, stuck on the fifteenth level of a first-person shooter called BioShock. "This is like months to get to this level, and he can't get past this one little mysterious spider god, and he's losing his mind. He's like, 'I can't do it, Shia! I can't do it.'" LaBeouf, who got into acting at age 12 partly because he wanted to make enough money to buy himself a Sega Genesis, had found himself a soul mate. And Spielberg, for his part, had clearly settled on a new favorite on-screen avatar.

Aww ... that's a cute story. And if Shia LaBeouf is this tight with Steven Speilberg, well, I think he can count on a pretty fortuitous future in films to look forward to. As I've said before, I've been very impressed with Shia and his movies thus far ... he seems like a dope kid ... I just hope he doesn't let all that fame stuff go to his head and he stays a dope kid. Hangin' with Mr. Spielberg might go a long way in keeping him on the right track. [Source]

Sometimes A Kiss Is Just A BLECH!

You know, as much as Amy Winehouse kinda grosses me the hell out, for some strange reason I cannot stop paying attention to her insane antics (which makes me part of the problem, I realize, but I'm not really paying attention in order to glorify her so much as I'm pretty much horrified by her). Yesterday we saw pictures of the charming houseguest who thought it would be a good idea to break into and then pass out in her garage and today we have a few LOVELY photos of Amy getting a goodnight smooch (and possibly a communicable disease) from her best bud Pete Doherty, behold:

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In a scene that recalls the famous face-off moment in Alien vs Predator, these equally scary creatures were spotted pressed up against each other last night. And it's hard to decide which scene is more terrifying. Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty — two of the most infamous and easily the messiest musicians of our time — moved in for a goodbye kiss outside Amy Winehouse's Camden pad. Their hardcore lifestyles were literally written all over their faces, as a close-up photo revealed pimples and scars, as well as a full set of dirty fingernails. Pete was at Amy's place to continue partying after playing a "freedom" gig with his band Babyshambles, to celebrate his recent release from prison. Pete, 29, who wore a suit and his trademark trilby hat for the gig at The Forum in Kentish Town, thanked "everyone who wrote a letter over the last month" ... Unconventional to the last, Pete left the gig upside down in the back of a car — looking like he was inventing a new yoga move ... It was all back to Amy's for another riotous night, as the singer returned home to continue the party.

I wonder what Amy's hubby Blake Civil-Fielder thinks of all of Amy's most recent shenanigans ... that is, if he's able to get word of her antics from inside his jail cell. I'm sure Blake would have no problem with his wife cozying up to these questionably hygienic gentleman (both the passed out garage guy and Mr. Doherty) like any understanding husband (who is currently separated from his wife because of his incarceration on charges of attempting to pervert justice) would be. After all, he might be cozying up to a few questionably hygienic folks in the big house himself. It is so hard to not envy these wealthy rockers and their fabulous lives, isn't it? [Source]

Gossip Comes To TRL

Fresh from their appearance at Lincoln Center in NYC yesterday morning for The CW upfronts event, the really tanned Penn Badgley and his co-star Leighton Meester (who had yet to change her outfit) made their way to MTV Studios in Time Square for an appearance on MTV's TRL ...

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... before they changed their outfits for their onscreen appearance on the show. Here are a few pics of the happy duo on yesterday's ep of TRL:

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My, my ... these Gossip kids have been keeping themselves very bizzy these days. It's almost as if every time you turn around there is one or more Gossip castmember showing up at this or that event. Penn and Leighton were pimping the upcoming season finale of the show as well as talking about the possibilities that might come in season 2. HMMM ... I wonder where these Gossip folks might turn up next.

The Skinny On Colin Farrell

Yikes! Irish heartthrob Colin Farrell, who has been undercover for some time now, has finally emerged and is showing off his super-thin new look. Apparently, Farrell dropped all of his hunky weight for his new movie Triage wherein he plays a war photographer ... but it's still very shocking to see the once burly Irishman lookin' like a Olsen twin:

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NO MOVIE role is too big, or small, for COLIN FARRELL. The Irish actor has shed the pounds to play a war photographer in his latest movie, Triage. However he's lost so much weight - believed to be three stone - that friends are worried about his health. Colin was pictured here on a break from filming in Spain looking gaunt and withdrawn, a far cry from his usual appearance. Though he's no stranger to changing his appearance for movie roles. He bulked up play the role of Alexander in the Oliver Stone movie and was at the peak of physical condition in S.W.A.T.

These photos of Colin bring to mind the image of the insanely hawt Christian Bale after he slimmed down to skeletal proportions for his movie The Machinist a few years ago. Ack, it's still really creepy to see ... that suit jacket just hangs on his frame ... it can't be healthy to lose this much weight so quickly. I hope he wraps filming Triage very soon cuz this man looks in dire need of a hamburger ... or 5. [Source]

Unlucky In Lurve

Poor Jessica Simpson. That girl just cannot catch a break when it comes to finding true love. US Weekly is reporting that Jess was seen drowning her sorrows at Mexicali Cocina Cantina with her former assistant and current BFF CaCee Cobb on May 10th ... right around the time that photos came out of her ex-boyfriend John Mayer getting extremely amorous with Jennifer Aniston down in Miami, FL ... poor thing:

The new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands Friday, reports that Jessica Simpson got good and drunk as John Mayer, the guy who broke her heart, went public with his new relationship with Jennifer Aniston last week. The 27-year-old singer was so out of it after a four-hour session of drinking at L.A.'s Mexicali Cocina Cantina on May 10 – which started at the pre-happy hour of 4 p.m. with BFF CaCee Cobb and her beau Donald Faison – that she was reduced to leaving her Range Rover in the parking lot and calling her mom Tina for a ride home, Us reports (for good measure, CaCee Cobb threw up under the table) ... Across the country, Mayer and Aniston went public with their relationship – holding hands and kissing affectionately at the Marley & Me cast party in Miami.

As if the photos of Mayerton sparking up a new romance weren't bad enough, at the time, Jessica wasn't even aware that her most current boyfriend Tony Romo was off partying with his boys in Chicago, IL and was overheard telling everyone in earshot that he and Jessica were dunzo ... well, surely she's heard about that by now ... which means the folks at Mexicali Cocina Cantina better clear a table for Jessica (and a bucket for CaCee) cuz I suspect there may some more boozin' to come ... especially when you consider that her younger (and more successful) sister Ashlee Simpson is rumored to be getting married to Pete Wentz this weekend. OY! Bless her broken heart. [Source]

The CW: Upfronts & Center

All the TV networks are all abuzz for upfronts this week (the time of the year when television network executives meet with the press and with major advertisers to discuss and sell advertisements for the next TV season) and not one is more "abuzz" than The CW is. Gossip Girl was a HUGE success for the network this season (so obvs it will deffo be coming back for season 2) and nostalgic fans are very much looking forward to the as yet untitled Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off series that is scheduled to debut this Fall ... so clearly, The CW is ready to party. Here are pics of the main ladies on Gossip Girl (Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Michelle Trachtenberg and Taylor Momsen) making their arrival at The CW upfronts event which was held at Lincoln Center in NYC yesterday morning:

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That other girl on GG (the homely one who wears the hot pink Dr. Marten's boots and is mackin' hardcore on Nate played by Chace Crawford) was also at yesterday's upfronts but I haven't decided if I like her yet. I mean, first she tried to mess with Serena and Dan's relationship and now she's trying to move in on Blair's man -- hello, I just can't decide if I hate her or love her ... but I'm getting off point. Anyways, all the Gossip ladies looked very lovely on the green carpet. I'm intrigued by Leighton Meester's purse ... which is an interesting design but doesn't look very practical (unless it doubles as a weapon and then, omg it's cool as hell).

The Gossip guys were also in the hiz yesterday morning for The CW upfronts ... you will note that Penn Badgley is rockin' a serious tan ...

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... why, it looks as if Penn had *just* returned from the Mayan Riviera of Mexico where he may have been on vacation with one of his Gossip Girl co-stars, doesn't it? Chace Crawford is just rockin' his usual dreamy perfection, Ed Westwick is rockin' too much make-up while Connor Paolo could've rocked a little more make-up. See, the Gossip boys really could benefit from taking beauty lessons from the Gossip girls on how to look fabulous on the carpet ... or, they could just ask Chace for beauty tips.

Incidentally, Lori Loughlin and Jennie Garth were also at The CW upfronts yesterday morning to represent for the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off series that everyone is all ga-ga for:

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I think some of the unknown castmembers from the show were also at the event but I don't know them enough to recognize them ... yet. This series has the potential to be a huge hit but it could also be a horrible failure ... I guess we'll have to see. It's encouraging that Jennie Garth is returning as Kelly Taylor ... but I dunno that I can buy her in the role of a guidance counselor. I just hope that Tori Spelling returns as Donna Martin -- a plastic boobed, overly botoxed uptight Beverly Hills mom who is bitter and boozy after her divorce from David Silver. Hmmm ... I guess this new series does have a lot of potential after all.

Great Scott!

Here are a few really cute pics of actor Scott Speedman taking his bike out for a ride and then of him chillin' out on a bench with a pair of headphones this past weekend. The pics may not be all that exciting but I've always been a Speedman fan (going back to the Felicity days) and he's one of those hottie actors that doesn't usually get enough media coverage so I thought I'd show him some lurve:

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Something about the man just screams "regular guy". You never hear about him getting into trouble or causing drama ... he just strikes me as an überchill guy who works in the biz, keeps his nose out of trubs and doesn't want to cause a scene. I wonder what his secret is ....?

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Aaaaah! I see. Well, I guess you can't hate the guy for enjoying some herbal refreshment every once-in-a-while ... and by "herbal refreshment", I mean tobacco ... yeah, tobacco ;) Do your thing Scott, you're obvs doing something right.

A Tiny Bump In The Road

OK ... so maybe driving isn't really her strong suit. Britney Spears was involved in, yet another, eensy weensy vehicular accident on Sunset Blvd. this week when she kinda sorta rear-ended a Ford Explorer with her white Mercedes of death. Here are a few pics of Brit's latest fender bender:

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The good news is that no one was injured ... it's also good that she didn't flee the scene of the crime without talking to the other party (you may recall that Britney was involved in a hit and run with another car in a parking lot last year ... which hounded her for months afterwards). Now, it's perfectly normal for these sorts of things to happen -- they can really happen to anyone. There is no cause for concern ... this is not the return of "crazy Britney" it's just a minor traffic infraction ... yeah ... that's it ... nothing more to worry about ... I'm sure. [Source]