Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jimmy Chamberlin Leaves Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain has left the band, according to a statement on their official site Friday.

Singer Billy Corgan is now the only original member, and he plans to "continue to write and record as Smashing Pumpkins," the post says.

Is Billy really that hard to get along with???

Chris Brown/Rihanna Attack Recreated for PSA

Chris Brown's alleged February 8 attack on girlfriend Rihanna has been recreated by two actors as part of a public service announcement for DoSomething.org.

The video urges people who are mad after watching the dispute, which is largely based on detectives' notes, to "Do something about it."

You can watch the video here.

New Default Alert

So what if she's pumping gas??

The gal looks glamorous!

Vanessa Hudgens pumps it up and earns herself a new Facebook default while boyfriend Zac Efron waits in the car.

[Insert joke about Vanessa wearing the pants in the relationship.]

Quote of the Day

"They did have me shave my back for Knocked Up. Judd Apatow said, 'People are not ready for a hairy back in a sex scene. We're just not there yet as a society.'"

-Seth Rogen tells Playboy

Duffy Does Hong Kong

The lovely Duffy performs at the Asia World Arena in Hong Kong Friday.

Lots of tours...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Rufus Wainwright Opera Launches in Manchester

Singer Rufus Wainwright launched his first ever opera, Prima Donna, at the Manchester Palace Theatre in England Thursday.

Prima is the story of a "faded operatic soprano about to return to the stage after a six year lay-off," that was initially commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but was ultimately denied because Wainwright refused to translate the script from French to English.

Says Wainwright:

"When I started writing the opera it was in French and it takes place in Paris. It made sense - I was brought up in Montreal and I can speak French. The music started to reflect the language. But the Met wanted to commission an American work."

Way to stick to your guns!

Obama Apologizes for Special Olympics Joke

On last night's Tonight Show, President Barack Obama compared his poor bowling skills to that of an athlete with disabilities.

"It was like the Special Olympics or something," Obama said, citing a recent score of 129.

Realizing what he had said, Obama immediately phoned chairman of the Special Olympics Tim Shriver after the show and apologized for his words.

"He apologized in a way I think was very moving... very sincere," said Shriver on Good Morning America Friday.

"Words hurt, words do matter," Shriver added. "[But] he thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world."

John Legend Takes Munich

John Legend performs amid a neon light show in Munich, Germany Friday.

Kinda awesome!

Vanessa Williams Back in the Studio

Vanessa Williams, who's become more known for her role as tyrant Wilhemina Slater on Ugly Betty than anything else these days, is back in the studio!

She's getting ready to release her first record in four years: The Real Thing, which will meld jazz, salsa, pop and R&B, and be released June 2.

"I had been wanting to do a Latin-flavored album since I played a ballroom dancer in the movie Dance With Me," says Williams.

Well u did it!

New Default Alert

Oh, Drew.

You're so hip!

Drew Barrymore leaves a sushi bar in Hollywood Thursday.

If the girl's on Facbeook, this should be her default!

Welcome to Cougar Town

Looking good, CC!

Courteney Cox, 44, films a scene from her upcoming show Cougar Town Thursday, where the bombshell plays a newly divorced 40 year-old mom with a 17 year-old son.

Hopefully this show will live longer than Dirt!

Who the F is this?

Her name is Helena Mattsson.

Mattsson, 24, is a Swedish actress who will star in the upcoming Disney comic book flick, The Surrogates.

Here she is, looking gorgeous at the 3rd Annual Avant Garde Fashion Show in Hollywood Thursday!

Hope to see a lot more of u, H!

Britney Finally Gets Restraining Order Against Adnan

Britney Spears has finally been granted a restraining order against ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Bout time!

Britney's father Jamie Spears has been working since January to restrain Ghalib, Britney's former business manager Sam Lufti and her attorney Jon Eardley from communicating with her, following bouts of bizarre behavior and incidents of hospitalization over the last year.

The restraining order's good til 2012. 

Hallelujah!

Quote of the Day

"He's been in touch a little. The apologies come, and he was like, 'I made a big mistake.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah. I know. Go ahead and say what you need to say to feel better and to sleep at night."

-Dita Von Teese to Marilyn Manson 

50 Cent Announces Fall Out Boy Tour Dates, Role in Sylvester Stallone Movie

It's a big week for 50 Cent!

First, the rapper announced the five dates he'll be performing on the Fall Out Boy tour (April 14 in Denver, April 17 in Grand Prairie, TX, April 18 in Houston, April 24 in Charlotte and April 25 in Columbia, MD), citing his "chance to bring my music not only to hip-hop fans, but to a broader music audience."

Then, 50 announced that he'll be replacing Forest Whitaker in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables!

Says Stallone:

"Trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent a.k.a. Curtis Jackson is a good one."

Got it!

Mariah and Nick Want World's Most Expensive Home

What economy???

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have placed an offer on Fleur de Lys, the world's most expensive estate, valued at $125 million. 

The Beverly Hills mansion boasts 15 bedrooms, 41,000 square feet, gold-leaf crown moldings, two kitchens, a lavish garden and a 50-seat screening room!

Just a quiet home for two!!!

Simon and Garfunkel to Reunite for Tour

60s rock duo Simon and Garfunkel are reportedly reuniting for a tour of Asia and Australia this spring.

Rehearsals will take place May in New York, an unnamed source has revealed, and the tour will begin shortly after during June in New Zealand.

While no official statement has been released, Simon's manager Jeff Kramer hinted at a tour last month following Simon and Garfunkel's three-song stand at the Beacon Theatre.

Said Kramer:

"Our plan to work together is coming together... but nothing has been confirmed."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kanye Charged with Three Misdemeanors

Kanye West has been charged with three misdemeanors in connection to his September 11 camera-throwing incident at LAX: vandalism, battery, and grand theft.

West's manager, Don Crowley, was also charged with vandalism, two counts of battery and two counts of grand theft.

Both men's arraignment is scheduled for April 14.

Michelle Obama's Pep Talk

Alicia Keys, Fran Drescher and BET Holdings, Inc. CEO Debra Lee get pep-talked by First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday. 

Too cute!

Obama chatted with the women before they visited local D.C. high schools to lecture students about career goals and achieving their dreams in honor of Women's History Month.

U go, girls!

Liev, Naomi and Alexander's Dog Day

Haha!

Liev Schreiber steps in something questionable in a New York park Wednesday, only to be rescued by wife Naomi Watts.

Then the two walk it off with one of our favorite babies, Alexander Schreiber!

Cutest family ever!

Leona Lewis Earns $1 Million for Birthday Party Performance

Leona Lewis is having the best day ever!

The 23-year-old performed seven songs at the birthday party of billionaire John Caudell's 21 year-old daughter Wednesday night, and earned herself a $1 million paycheck!!

Not bad!!!

Caudell owns Phones4U, one of the largest independent mobile phone retailers in the UK, and has a history of hiring singers to perform at his special events. Two years ago, he paid Diana Ross $250,000 to sing at his girlfriend's 40th birthday party.

We'd love to see who performs if and when they get married!

Billy & Elton???

Alexis Grace Voted Off Idol

American Idol hopeful Alexis Grace was eliminated last night, after a truly awful rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" Tuesday.

As brutal as the performance was, we easily think Megan Joy or Kris Allen deserved to leave first!

Let's get it right, America!

VH1 Relaunches Behind the Music

VH1 will be reviving its hit documentary series Behind the Music, airing at least 10 episodes of the 90s program, which faded out in recent years.

Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland will be featured in upcoming episodes, along with other artists the network is interested in profiling.

Says VH1 executive VP of original programming Jeff Olde:

"We always hear about the show, even now. It's amazing how much affection viewers have for it."

Quote of the Day

"It's my dream to open a Dunkin' Donuts. You can't beat the coffee."

-The Office's John Krasinski, who lives in DD-less Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson Dies

Actress Natasha Richardson has died following a tragic skiing accident Monday that left her in critical condition. She is survived by hubsand Liam Neeson, mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joely Richardson.

Neeson's publicist Alan Nierob has released a statement:

"Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

Introducing The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Bravo's latest series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, introduces us to five Italian women, a ton of bronzer and cosmetic surgeries we never even thought possible.

In other words, the best Housewives yet!

Check out profiles of the gals here.

Robin Thicke Record Due This Fall

Robin Thicke will be releasing a new record this fall, one he describes has a "crazy new sound."

Says Thicke:

"I've got about 15 new [songs]... And the sound I'm getting is brand new for me. It's great."

Thicke is working with Kanye's producer Jeffrey Bahsker and the Surf Krew, a production group he calls "a young Neptunes."

Cited to see what you come up with, R!

Who Do We Have Here???

Dayum!!!

Paul Walker's still got it!

The actor, 35, hit the Fast & Furious European premiere in Germany Tuesday.

Still single and still hot!!

Lou Pearlman Wants a Reality Show

Lou Pearlman, the man responsible for the success of 90's pop acts like Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is plotting a reality show from the confines of his jail cell!

The show will supposedly follow Florida rock band Biteboy, and feature "Lou's disembodied voice on a speakerphone," says Tyler Gray, who interviewed Pearlman about the plot.

"[It'll be] like 'Making the Band' meets 'Charlie's Angels' meets 'Bernie Madoff,'" Gray explains.

Sounds nuts!

Clive Talks Duplicity

It's a great day to be a New Yorker!!!!

Clive Owen stopped by the Apple Store SoHo Tuesday to talk about his latest flick, Duplicity, co-starring Julia Roberts.

Says Owen:

"I went crazy for the script. I was going through a phase where I was turning everything down. This gem landed. I finished the last page and called my agent. It was a rare gem."

Gossip Girl Gets Raunchy

OMFG.

The latest issue of Rolling Stone is offering up a steamy package of Gossip Girl photos, including a cover of an ice cream-sharing Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, and cast image of everyone together in bed. 

Too bad these things never happen on the show!

Quote of the Day

"Let's say I date a guy who really does nothing but damage me. And you've spent time, you've spent effort, and you've put everything into trying to make that work. And it didn't. So you write a song about it. It was worth everything if you write a song about it."

-Taylor Swift tells the new issue of Allure

In Paradise with the Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers perform at Paradise Island in the Bahamas Sunday.

Anywhere Joe Jonas hangs out is paradise!

Madonna Plotting Greatest Hits Record

Madonna is releasing a greatest hits record this fall that will also feature new songs!

Manager Guy Oseary revealed the news via his Twitter Tuesday.

Blogged Oseary:

"Working on Madonna's greatest hits album. Any tracks that you think MUST be on?"

Which tunes do u want to hear???

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kristen Stewart Romps it Up

Kristen Stewart owns a dress!

The Twilight actress ditched her hoody for the premiere of her latest film, Adventureland, in Hollywood Monday.

Looking good, K!

Nate and Chuck, All in One Scene?

Leighton Meester is the luckiest girl in the land!

The actress doesn't even pause to switch jackets before kissing besties Nate (Chace Crawford, top), and Chuck (Ed Westwick, bottom).

Which of the boys got the sloppy seconds??

Tyra Gives New York Top Model Hopefuls Another Shot

Tyra Banks is giving America's Next Top Model hopefuls at the New York City tryouts that turned into riots another shot!

Says Banks:

"To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition -- we'll update you on our plans very soon."
   
Way to recover, T!

Julia Channels Olivia Palermo

We had to do a double-take when we saw Julia Roberts at the New York premiere of Duplicity Monday!

The curls, the blonde, even the face!!!

The woman looks identical to The City's Olivia Palermo!!

P.S. Who saw the finale last night???

Natasha Richardson Not Expected to Survive after Skiing Accident

Natasha Richardson is critically injured and not expected to survive after a skiing accident Monday in Canada, the New York Times is reporting.

The actress, 45, tragically tumbled down the bottom of a beginners' slope during a ski lesson near Montreal, and was reportedly not wearing a helmet.

Richardson walked away from the accident unscathed, but it was the internal brain damage that caused her critical injury.

The actress is the wife of actor Liam Neeson, daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister of Joely Richardson.

50 Cent to Release Two Albums in '09

50 Cent has a busy year planned!

In addition to touring with Fall Out Boy, the rapper plans to release two albums in '09, an idea he got from Eminem.

"The new announcement is that I'm dropping two albums," 50 told MTV News. "I've had an opportunity to record since I thought I was releasing an album in December."

Two records!

Damn!

Surely there will be room for at least one song about emo touring!

Who the F is this?

His name is Eric Winter.

He's the MF model from Britney Spears' "Curious" perfume commercial!!

Winter, 32, has a recurring role on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, and will appear in the upcoming film The Ugly Truth, alongside Katherine Heigl.

Can't wait to see more of u, E!!

Lily Allen Takes Dublin

Lily Allen performs at the 02 Academy in Dublin, Ireland Monday.

It looks like she's having a nice, rare moment of serenity!!

Ed Westwick is One Scarf Away From Burberry Sponsorship

A special celebration honoring Burberry creative director Christopher Baily in New York Monday brought out the designer's biggest fan: Ed Westwick!

We'd like to believe there's a Burberry bedspread and window treatment in Ed's Chelsea apartment with GG co-star Chace Crawford!

When are you going to make Chuck the MF spokesperson already???

Kate Moss, Art Enthusiast

Kate Moss digs art!

The model attended a private exhibition of Andy Warhol's work at the Big Palace in Paris Monday.

I think she's smiling...

With teeth!

Heath Ledger to Release Two Posthumous Music Videos

Two music videos directed by Heath Ledger before his unexpected death in January 2008 will be released this year.

The videos are for Modest Mouse's "King Rat," and Grace Woodroofe's cover of David Bowie's "Quicksand."  

Says Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock:

"My fiance and some of us in the band went out on a boat with [Ledger] and his family and friends and talked about the idea. The idea sort of dropped, but then he just sent me an email saying that he wanted to do it."

Quote of the Day

"Some people are just born stars. You either have it or you haven't, and I was definitely born one. Even as a kid I always had eyes on me, like bees on honey. I was always outrageous and I was always very smart."

-The very confident Lady GaGa

System of a Down Drummer Purchases 1st Ever Superman Comic Book

System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, who apparently doubles as a comic book dealer, has bought the first ever Superman comic book for $317,200.

"It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books," says Dolmayan, who purchased the book on behalf of an unidentified client. 

The original owner, who purchased the book during the 1950s in a thrift store, paid 35 cents.

Not a bad investment!

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