Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Welcome To The Dollverse

The new site has posted the new, full-legnth trailer for the new Joss Whedon TV series Dollhouse which stars Eliza Dushku and is scheduled to debut on FOX midseason next year:

I'm impressed with what I see ... and I'm surprised to know that one of the dolls in the show is a dude. Interesting. The debut of this new show is still many months away but at least we know that it's gonna kick all ass when it finally debuts. [Source via ONTD!]

Bursting With Flavor

Warner Bros. Records sent me an advance copy of Alanis Morissette's new album Flavors of Entanglement, which I have been listening to for the past couple of days, and altho I don't normally do CD reviews, I do feel compelled to blog about my initial reactions to the album:

Because Alanis has a reputation for channeling all her negative energy into her art, I was kind of expecting an album full of miserable and sad/angry songs directed towards her ex-fiancée Ryan Reynolds who broke off their engagement last year and recently got engaged to Scarlett Johansson. I wouldn't have been surprised if Alanis hit back with another You Outta Know in retaliation. Actually, Flavors is a generally up-beat album with bits of electronica worked into her songwriting. Her usual enunciation is kept in tact but the faster tempo of the songs lend Alanis a new voice that I'm not all that used to. I like it tho, I really like the whole album. Only the songs Torch (I miss your smell/And Your Style/And your pure abiding way/Miss your approach to life/And your body in my bed) and Not As We (Day one, day one start over again/Step one, step one I'm barely making sense/For now I'm faking it 'til I'm pseudo making it/From scratch, begin again but this time I as I and not as We) seem to address the breakup with Ryan (Torch is especially heartbreakingly poignant -- a poignancy that I haven't heard since the demo version of her song Unsent from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). Giggling for No Reason seems to show that she's doing OK since the breakup (I can feel the bones are smiling in my body) but, in Moratorium she makes it kinda clear that she is not really looking to get into another relationship right away (I declare a moratorium on things relationship/I declare a respite from the toils of liaison/I do need a breather from the flavors of entanglement/I declare a full time-out from all things commitment). It'll take me a few more listens to form a full opinion of the album but I have to say, I'm happy that Alanis is back with some new tunes. I've not enjoyed an entire album like this in some time ... and that says a lot. Flavors is due for release on June 10. [Source]

Back In Action

Britney Spears didn't waste anytime getting back into the swing of the Hollywood nightlife upon her return from her quick Cosa Rican vacay last week. Here are pics of Brit Brit on the town with her billionaire BFF George Maloof after they dined together at Il Sole:

Photo credit: Splash News

Britney Spears wasted no time in getting back into the swing of things after she returned from her Costa Rican vacation on Monday evening. The pop star, 26, first got down to some important business: Spending time with her sons, Jayden, 1, and Preston, 2, who came to Spears's Studio City home for a visit early Tuesday. That evening, Spears joined pal George Maloof, who owns the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, for dessert at the West Hollywood Italian eatery Il Sole. Though the singer tried for a low-key entrance through the back of the restaurant, she was caught in the glare of paparazzi flashes.

Hanging with billionaires is much preferable to the days she'd spend in the company of those losers Adnan Ghalib and Sam Lutfi. Isn't it great that we don't ever have to think about those lowlifes anymore? I wonder what they're up to these days and who they're leeching off of now. Actually, I don't really care, to tell the truth. It is my sincere hope that I never have to utter the names of these two ever again. [Source]

Open For Business

Not to be outdone by Madonna, Sharon Stone gave the world a peek of her nether region (a la that infamous scene in her movie Basic Instinct) as she tried to disembark from a small motorboat that was delivering her to fashion designer Valentino's yacht in Cannes, France today:

Photo credit: X17
Click above to see larger, NSFW image

Now, I'm not exactly sure what can be seen in the larger, NSFW image but I do know that it's something I could prolly go a lifetime without ever having to see again. It's unclear if she's wearing something down there or if that's just the way she looks ... down there ... but in either case, it's not a very pretty picture. You'd think that Sharon Stone would be more careful when getting out of a boat while wearing a dress ... for all our sakes. [Source]

Now Showing: Madonna

Madonna shimmered and shined on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival today for the premiere of her documentary I Am Because We Are. Maddy was joined by her hubby Guy Ritchie and decided to wear a very see-thru dress while opting out of wearing any undergarments:

Photo credit: Splash News
Click above to see larger, uncensored images

HMMMM ... if I recall correctly, Madonna was more covered up back in the early 90s when she attended the Cannes Film Festival for her racy documentary Truth or Dare -- at the very least she wore a bra. I have to say, her mostly-exposed breasts are very distracting despite the fact that her new film, I Am Because We Are, has a very serious message and tone. I realize that Maddy is not afraid to show off her ... assets ... but I really think that this expose on her part is unintentional. Ah well ... it's not like we haven't seen her exposed breasts before, right? [Source]

The TV Guide: Soup-y Sales

Not much exciting news on the personal front today ... I did a lot of reading yesterday (I've been in reading mode this week) and zipped out to pick up a few more books at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA. That place may be my fave LA bookshop which even tho isn't big, is full of really great stuff. I end up spending a lot time (and subsequently, money) in that place :)

I was looking forward to seeing Indiana Jones last night only to learn that the showing is tonight instead ... so that's all I got on the agenda thus far. I fly out to NYC early tomorrow afternoon so I need to start packing at some point as well. I hate to leave all this beautiful sunshine but I hear it'll be warming up in NYC this Memorial Day weekend. I think I'm gonna try and see Legally Blonde: The Musical sometime this weekend since Laura Bell Bundy (Elle Woods) is leaving the show this summer. I *must* see her in the show at least one more time before her run ends.

But anyways ... that's all that's been going on with me ... and it's not much. I am very much looking forward to seeing David again :)

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Jouets Sont Nous

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt left their numerous children at home today as the couple paid a little shopping visit to a Toys 'R Us store in Cannes, France ... perhaps to pick up a few presents for Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt's birthday on May 27th? Here are a few pics:

Photo credit: Splash News

It's funny to see pics of this famous couple doing their own toy shopping but Brangelina does strike me as kind of parents that would insist on a hands-on approach to shopping for their kids. They'll prolly end up buying toys for all their kids, not just Shiloh cuz it's her birthday. I'm actually very surprised that Brangelina can even find anything in that store that they haven't already procured for their kiddies. What does one get for the golden child of the Brangelina brood? [Source]

Exiled Again

Liz Phair, one of my all-time favorite musicians, has announced that she will be performing a live concert of her entire debut album Exile in Guyville in honor of the 15th anniversary of the album's release. In fact, there was such demand for this live show at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC on June 25th that it sold out (on me) in 15 minutes earlier today! Fortunately, a second show was added for June 26th ... so I'll be able to attend this momentous concert after all:

As the icing on the cake atop the recent rash of rockers performing their landmark records track-for-track, Liz Phair will wield an acoustic guitar June 25, descend on New York City's Hiro Ballroom, and strum out her time-honored 1993 album Exile in Guyville in its entirety to celebrate its 15-year anniversary. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 21, but exact details have not been announced. New York fans will not be the only beneficiaries: Shows in San Francisco and Chicago will be announced in the coming weeks. As previously announced, Phair's Guyville will re-released via ATO records June 24 with additional tunes, including B-sides and previously unreleased demos, as well as a DVD on the indie rock scene in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, featuring interviews with Ira Glass of NPR's This American Life, actor John Cusack, producer Steve Albini, and members of Urge Overkill.

Exile in Guyville has to be among the most influential albums of the 90s and to be able to hear Liz Phair perform it in its entirety live and in person would be an honor. Many of her diehard "indie" fans have long-snubbed her for daring to take her music into the pop market but I have always remained a steadfast fan thruout her entire career. Her songwriting ability is amazing and cannot be diluted no matter how popular (or unpopular) her songs turn out. I am so happy that I will be able to attend this show ... now, if I could just figure out a way to see the first night's show as well I'd be over the moon! Additionally, Liz is planning a new album later on this year to be released on ATO Records. Some see this as a return to her indie roots, I see it as another opportunity to hear more music from the hugely-talented Liz Phair :) [Source]

Indiana Jones Does TRL

Before Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf made their appearance in Harlem for the BET co-sponsored NYC premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull yesterday, the man did manage to pay a visit to the MTV Studios in Times Square to make an appearance their appointed rounds on TRL ... here are a few pics from the show:

Photo credit: Wireimage

Harrison and Shia were on the show to promote the new movie, yada yada yada. The final push before the movie opens in theaters tomorrow has been going full steam ahead -- they really want to ensure that the movie does well in its opening weekend. I bought tickets to see Indiana Jones at 12:01 AM Wednesday which should've been earlier this morning but meant, in fact, late tonight. Apparently, the folks at the movie theater don't know how to tell time. At any rate, I didn't get to see the movie last night (much thanks goes out to Pink reader Camden who suggested I check in with the theater to make sure when exactly the showing would be taking place) but Jim and I are still planning to see it at midnight tonight. All this Indiana Jonesness better mean the movie is good ... or else ;) [Source]

Indiana Jones Comes To Harlem

Harrison Ford (along with his ladyfriend Calista Flockhart), Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Ashanti and others were on hand for the BET co-sponsored NYC premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which was held at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 yesterday afternoon ... here are a few pics:

Photo credit: Wireimage

You know, I've been noticing that a lot of folks have been courting BET lately when, in years past, they never did before. BET and especially their show 106 & Park is now as important to promoting movies and albums as MTV's TRL is. It always made sense that Mariah Carey would make promo appearances on BET (after all, she has a huge R&B audience) but for the first time ever, Madonna paid a visit to 106 & Park to promote the release of her new album Hard Candy ... and now Indiana Jones is courting the BET market as well. I love it! It appears that the BET audience is no longer being ignored and is just as important as MTV or any other entertainment network or show is. The youth market is a very important market to tap into ... at last Hollywood is finally realizing that networks like MTV aren't the only ones with a lock on that market. [Source]

Making HisHerstory


Last night the final results from this season's competition of Dancing with the Stars were announced on ABC and, for the first time in 5 seasons of the show (not since season one), a female competitor took home the top prize to become the Dancing with the Stars champ -- Congratulations Kristi Yamaguchi. Here are photos of the winner and her partner in jubilant celebration after being awarded the championship mirror ball trophy:

After five seasons of watching the men win Dancing with the Stars, Kristi Yamaguchi broke the curse and raised the mirror-ball trophy in triumph for the ladies. "I love it! I guess 'k' is a good initial to have," Yamaguchi gushed to host Tom Bergeron moments after she and partner Mark Ballas learned they had won. Not since General Hospital actress Kelly Monaco's win in season one has a female contestant been Dancing champ. And Yamaguchi pulled it with absolute perfection, scoring 10s for all three of her finale dances–a first in Dancing history. "I've had the experience of a lifetime," Yamaguchi told PEOPLE. It's great to know after having two kids and not competing for 16 years that I can still push myself." Yamaguchi's closest competitor, NFL star Jason Taylor, who was partnered with pro Edyta Sliwinska, was runner-up. Cristian de la Fuente and his partner Cheryl Burke finished in third place. With a perfect 90 out of 90 from the judges, Yamaguchi and Ballas also won the viewers' vote. Praised all season-long for her technical ability, Yamaguchi fell short when it came to showing more of her personality in the dances. But the gold medalist figure skater was the complete package during the two-night finale, showing off complicated lifts, flips and everything in between. She and Ballas headed into Tuesday night's third and final dance at the top the leader board, having scored perfect 10s for their previous two dances, the cha-cha face-off and their high-flying hip-hop flavored freestyle, which even blew away the usually conservative head judge Len Goodman. They completed their perfect set of scores with another set of 10s for their jive on Tuesday.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of DWTS but I did take a marginal interest in the show after I attended a taping of the show earlier this year when they had Kylie Minogue perform live in studio. My BFF Sarah is a big fan of the show so I've seen it a few times at her place as well. Even tho I didn't watch the show very often, I did keep hearing how well Kristi was performing thruout the competition and since she and I share the same birthday (July 12 - tho she is older than I am) I kinda felt a kinship with her. And can I just say, it's about damn time that a woman took home the DWTS prize again ... it's been way overdue. Much congrats to Kristi and Mark on their win, it sounds like it was well-deserved. [Source]

Setting A Good Example

The newest newlyweds in Hollywood, Jessica Alba and Cash Warren (who were married in a super-secret courthouse wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday), made their first public appearance as husband and wife at the Youth Mentoring Connection's annual Celebration of Mentoring Awards and Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night. Here are photos of happy couple smiling and applauding the honorees (ie. some of Hollywood's biggest influencers in media, fashion, sports and entertainment -- Cash, himself, was among the honorees) who were recognized for their work with mentoring youths at the event:

Photo credit: Wireimage

This from the event's press release: Honorees from the sports and entertainment industries include producer Cash Warren, NBA point guard Baron Davis and professional skateboarder Stacey Peralta. Debrah Constance, who founded "A Place Called Home" youth center in South LA will be honored as a true Community Hero. The organization will also be handing out its first Visionary Award to YMC Founding Board Member and President & CEO of Frederick's of Hollywood, Linda LoRe. LoRe, who founded the nonprofit organization with her brother Tony, has envisioned this level of success for the Youth Mentoring Connection since its inception seven years ago. "Youth Mentoring Connection is an opportunity for individuals to really make a difference in the life of a young person," states LoRe. "No matter where you come from or what profession you are in, these kids look to you to be a teacher, friend and mentor."

This sounds like an amazing event and I suspect that Cashica would've attended this ceremony even if Cash wasn't among the night's honorees. It's rare to see Jessica look this happy and ... smiley. She looks beautiful in pregnancy but she looks absolutely gorgeous when she adds a smile to her face. Much congrats to Cash for this recognition and much congrats to the happy couple on their nuptials. [Source]

Meet The Wentzs

People magazine has released the first photo taken from inside the private wedding of Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz which took place at the Simpson family home in Encino, CA over the weekend ... it is featured on the cover of the new issue of the mag which is due to hit newsstands on Friday ... check it out:

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz's weekend wedding may have looked like the ultimate rocker event – complete with 10,000 black magic roses, red-and-black décor and chandeliers dripping with crystals – but for the couple and their 150 guests, it felt more like a sweet fairy tale, PEOPLE reveals in its new issue. "She looked like a girl right out of a movie," the groom, 28, says about his new bride, 23, who wore an ivory lace Monique Lhuillier gown and a cathedral-length veil during the nondenominational ceremony officiated by her father, Joe Simpson.

I kinda love that Pete's first true love of his life, his dog Hemmingway, is as predominantly featured on the cover of the mag as his new bride is. And, uh, WTF? is up with that smaller inset pic of Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That's the pic that Papa Joe Simpson authorized to be released to show the world that Jessimo is still a happy couple?! It always seems like poor Jess has to try so hard to stand apart from her younger, more successful sister ... bless her heart. It seems to me that the order of importance goes something like this:

Hemmingway > Ashlee > Jessica

In any event, I am very anxious to see the rest of the Ashl33n wedding pics so I'll be hittin' up the newsstand come Friday morn. [Source]