Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rihanna Back in Barbados, "Doing Really Well"

She's been seen partying a lot lately, but these days, Rihanna is back to her native home in Barbados.

According to her father, Ronald Fenty, Rihanna arrived in Barbados Friday and is "doing really, really well."

"Things are good with her," Fenty says. "She is doing really, really well. She's back to herself again."

The singer, 21, was allegedly attacked back in February by then-boyfriend, R&B singer Chris Brown.

Brown will attend an arraignment Monday in Los Angeles, where he will plea to two felony charges of assault and making criminal threats.

Lily and Lindsay's Duet

Lindsay Lohan joined Lily "I'm Quitting Music" Allen onstage at her L.A. concert Thursday night for a sloppy, impromptu cover of Britney Spears "Womanizer."

It's actually hard to watch.

Check out a video of the karaoke nonsense here.

George Harrison Gets Hollywood Star

Beatles guitarist George Harrison, who died at age 58 in 2001, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 14.

Harrison is included in the The Beatles Hollywood star, but will now be second in the group (after John Lennon) to have his own.

Wife Olivia Harrison and son Dhani will attend the ceremony.

Rick Springfield Storms New York

Rick Springfield is best known for the infectious 1981 hit that forever changed the dance floor, but last night Poison Ivy discovered there's an entire catalog beyond "Jessie's Girl"!

And we love it!!!

Springfield, 59, stormed New York's Nokia Theatre for nearly two hours Friday, playing masterfully to some 1,100 sweaty, screaming moms with wandering hands.

"If I did that to a girl, I'd get arrested for sexual harassment!" Springfield joked, after a pretty serious grope from a fan.

The rocker belted jams like "Christina," "Don't Talk to Strangers," and "Wasted," and even climbed across foldable floor seats ("These are suicide chairs, I swear") to deliver an in-crowd performance.

Check out a video of Springfield's rocking take of the classic "Jessie's Girl," below. (He even breaks a string!)

[Photo by Jeanine Onischuck]



Friday, April 3, 2009

Want to Star in U2's "Spider-Man" Musical?

With less than a year before its February 2010 debut, producers are anxiously searching for cast members for Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, the musical soundtracked by U2's Bono and The Edge.

Their press release reads:
"Casting agents are now "seeking principals and understudies for the roles of ‘Peter Parker,’ ‘Mary Jane,’ and ‘Female Lead Villian.’ The production is looking for performers with dynamic rock/pop voices including those with experience in bands and as solo performers. Regardless of experience, anyone who thinks they might be qualified is encouraged to audition.”
Auditions kick off in six major cities April 9, so if you're interested, get moving!

Orlando, FL
Thursday, April 9

New York, NY
Monday, April 13

Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 18

Seattle, WA
Monday, April 20

Chicago, IL
Thursday, May 7

Austin, TX
Wednesday, May 27

Lauryn Hill, B.B. King, Black Eyed Peas to Play Montreux Jazz Festival

"Expect the unusual," says founder Claude Nobs, of the 43rd annual summer Montreux Jazz Festival July 3-18 in Geneva.

Nobs has kept his promise thus far, as he delivered a killer lineup this morning that included B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, the Black Eyed Peas, and MF Lauryn Hill!

We forgot about her for a minute!!!

Hill's last public appearance came in October 2008 at a book signing, but her last public performance was in August 2007 at a free concert in Brooklyn.

Cited to see what she'll be like, after all this time!!!

No Doubt to Kick Off Today Show Summer Series

NBC's1 14th annual summer concert series is notorious for bringing in the big names (see Coldplay, Bon Jovi, Miley Cyrus), but this year's lineup packs the biggest punch yet!!

Starting with No Doubt's first live concert in five years on May 1, the 18-week series will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Kings of Leon and many, many more!!!!

Check out a full list of performers on the Today Show website!

Jennifer Hudson Steps Out

A noticeably slimmer Jennifer Hudson rocks the TopShop store opening black carpet in New York Wednesday.

Cited about your April 10 Madison Square Garden show, J!!

Quote of the Day

"The best cure for a hangover is something one straight man can't do for another straight man."

-Ben Affleck tells Esquire

Temptations to Rock NCAA Final Four

Motown luminaries The Temptations will perform the national anthem at the NCAA Final Four championship game in Detroit Monday, with Michigan State challenging Connecticut and North Carolina playing Villanova.

The Grammy-award winning band is famous for hits like "My Girl," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Get Ready."

We are ready!!!!!

James Franco Getting Studious

Wowowowow.

James Franco arrives on the set of his latest flick, Howl, where he plays a bookish (and sexy) poet.

Looking a lot more studious than the last time we saw you, J!

Kate Beckinsale's Twin Daughter

We don't see a lot of Kate Beckinsale's only child, Lily Mo Sheen, but when we do, it's clear she's her mother's daughter!!!

Sheen, 9, Beckinsale, and hubby director Len Wiseman hit the Farmer's Market in Santa Monica Wednesday.

What a happy family!!!

Valentino Celebrates Documentary Debut

The tannest man in fashion debuted his documentary, "Valentino: The Last Emperor," in Los Angeles Wednesday.

"Emperor" is the story of Valentino's journey from the bottom to the top of haute couture, recession-proof of course, as we watch him travel by private jet to his chateau in Paris and vacation on his 152-foot yacht with full-time staff of 11.

Celebrating Valentino's journey with him were actresses Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as model Nicky Hilton and celebrity designer Rachel Zoe.

It's a tough life, but someone's gotta live it!

Keanu Reeves Channels Lindsay Lohan

Is Keanu Reeves the next Lindsay Lohan???

The actor hasn't had any big movies in years, swigs Coke and cigarettes, and waltzes around L.A. wearing oversized clothes!!

Oh yeah, shopping all day!

Jamie Foxx Stalked in Hotel Room

A man claiming to be one of Beyonce's producers tried to enter actor/musician Jamie Foxx's hotel room in Philadelphia March 22.

After Foxx realized that he didn't know the man, he shoved the man out, slammed the door and called police.

Scary!!

Willie Brown, 49, was arrested Tuesday, nine days after the incident, for allegedly stalking Foxx, making criminal threats, burglary, false imprisonment and harassment.

Elvis Costello Plots Summer Tour

Rock legend Elvis Costello has added a few stops to his one-month summer tour!!

Beginning May 2 in Memphis, the trek will pass through New York June 10, Bonnaroo June 13 and close out June 19 in Telluride, CO.

The tour is pegged to Costello's upcoming release, Secret, Profane Sugarcane, out June 2.

Check out a full list of dates here!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Zooey Peeved About Looking Like Katy

We all see the similarities between actress Zooey Deschanel and singer Katy Perry.

Unfortch, Deschanel isn't too pleased about them!!!

"It's a little bit annoying, to be totally blunt," Deschanel said recently. "The only similarity that we have is that we look a little bit alike."

Just a little bit???

U guys are MF twins!!

"To be honest, it's starting to get a bit bizarre," Deschanel adds. "I used to get, 'I heard you were out at such-and-such club drinking whiskey!' [when ] I was at home watching TV. I think we lead very different lives... It's sort of strange to be associated with someone that's doing such different stuff than me. It's weird."

Sex and the City Sequel to Premiere in May 2010

It's official!

The sequel to the Sex and the City film will hit theaters May 28, 2010, exactly two years after the original!!

The original Sex and the City movie, which converted the six-year HBO series to the big screen, grossed over $415 million worldwide.

Excited to see how this one does!!!

Lopez Congratulates Moss with a Kiss

What's all this???

Jennifer Lopez and Kate Moss pull a Madonna/Britney at Moss' clothing line launch at TopShop in New York yesterday.

We're sure hubby Marc Anthony, just a few feet away, didn't mind!

Backstreet Boys in the Studio


On the heels of their South American tour, the Backstreet Boys are back in the studio.

This time, they're speaking Spanish, getting hyped on sparkly shoes, and recording a song called "PDA" that sounds like a Jesse McCartney B-side.

Welcome back, boys!

Blair's Bun

Leighton Meester was snapped on the set of Gossip Girl in New York Wednesday, with her hair in an MF bun!

Unacceptable!!!

Is Blair going to rule the universe in sweats and sneaks, while she's at it??

Blair with a bun is almost as bad as Chuck smiling!

Quote of the Night

"If women look like her, that would be the perfect world. She doesn't need to change anything. Who likes stick skinny girls? Where's the flavor? Whoever likes those stick skinny girls never had sex before in their life."

-Dancing with the Stars' Gilles Marini on dancer Cheryl Burke's extra few pounds

Taylor Momsen Fronts a Rock Band?

This explains so much!!!

Unbeknownst to us, Taylor Momsen is the frontlady/singer/songwriter of rock band Pretty Reckless, and when this season of Gossip Girl wraps up, she's going on tour!

“I’m actually designing all of my costumes," says Momsen, who also plays a young designer on GG. "It’s a rock band, so there’s not costume changes but there’s definitely a look.”

Bumbershoot Lineup Includes Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Modest Mouse, De La Soul and Michael Franti & Spearhead are leading the lineup for 2009's Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival.

The Labor Day weekend event will take place September 5-7 at Seattle's City Center, and more acts will be added in coming months.

Don't forget to pick up your three-day pass at Bumbershoot.org! Single-day tickets go on sale July 21.

Megan Joy Axed on Idol

It happened about three weeks too late, but contestant Megan Joy was finally eliminated on American Idol last night!!

After being pulled into the bottom three with Anoop Desai and Allison Iraheta (the latter had no business being there after a better-than-Gwen "Don't Speak" Tuesday night), Joy was told that no matter how she sang, the judges weren't going to use their save for her.

We were euphoric!!

David Cook also showed up mid-episode for a song we've never heard but actually enjoyed ("Come Back to Me"), and Lady GaGa butchered a song we knew and usually enjoyed ("Poker Face").

We're so excited about no more awkward stage presence going forward!!

Santana to Begin Vegas Residency

Carlos Santana will begin a Las Vegas residency May 27 at the newly-revamped "Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Santana is pegged to play roughly 36 shows a year, through a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with concert promoters AEG Live.

Dubbed "The Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits," the stage will be designed by Frank the Plumber, who did production for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour.

"AEG Live set the standard for major residency shows in Vegas with Celine, Elton, Cher and Bette over at the Colosseum, and now we are setting the standard for rock and roll residencies with [Santana]," said John Meglen, president and co-CEO of AEG Live.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Semi Precious Weapons' Rock & Roll Rager

"You all look fucking fantastic," Semi Precious Weapons frontman Justin Tranter announced amid a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo Tuesday night.

"Luckily, no one looks better than me. If they did, I'd have them removed immediately."

The glam rocker was performing at the launch of his very own Vamp Collection, an extension of his existing jewelry line, Fetty. And he got by with the help of a ton of celebrity friends.

Rock band Cinema Bizarre (on tour with Lady GaGa, top) showed up for the show, along with America's Next Top Model cycle seven winner Caridee English. Project Runway season four winner Christian Siriano also came by, while Chet Cannon and Scott Herman from the Real World: Brooklyn chatted with Poison Ivy about their post-Real World plans.

Said Cannon:

"I want to do some music reporting, but I have to wait til my contract's up with MTV [one year from now]."

"I also want to start a blog but I'm too lazy," Cannon admitted, after we got on the subject of Poison Ivy.

Herman's agenda is slightly different, with the reality TV star hoping to get into professional modeling or acting once his contract is up.

"I want to be a professional actor," Herman said. "I want to be Captain America. I already have the shield at home."

Tranter certainly felt like Captain America by the end of the night.

"I'm feeling amazing," he told PI. "I feel like my brain threw up on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Ed Westwick Smiling on Gossip Girl Set

Smiles???

Chuck Bass doesn't smile!

Ed Westwick was spotted grinning on the set of Gossip Girl in New York Tuesday.

Let's hope this shot was taken in between scenes!

Cloris Unveils PETA Ad

Actress Cloris Leachman is the latest representative to join PETA's efforts against animal cruelty.

The funnylady hit New York's Times Square Tuesday to debut her new PETA ad, in which she wears a gown made entirely of lettuce and cabbage leaves!!!

We love u, C!

Natalie Cole Offered Kidney During Larry King Live

On a very touching episode of Larry King Live Tuesday, singer Natalie Cole disclosed that she is in need of a kidney, due to her ongoing battle with Hepatitis C, which caused both of her kidneys to fail.

Despite her health risk and dialysis treatments three times a week, Cole revealed she is still touring and playing shows.

Viewers touched by Cole's story began flooding CNN with e-mails, offering their kidneys to Cole, should they be a potential match.

"These are all e-mails from dozens of people offering to be tested to see if they can match, who want to give you a kidney," King told Cole on the air.

"There are some great human beings out there. That's all I can say," Cole replied.

Bow Wow Debuts Seventh Record

Bow Wow, just 22!, debuted his seventh record, New Jack City II, at J&R Music World in New York Tuesday.

The singer later performed a concert with Jermaine Dupri at Santos Party House for fans.

Says Bow Wow:

"To have seven album and be 22, that means a lot... And it's only right that I invite [the fans] and MySpace and everybody out here. I'm just happy to be a part of the whole situation."

Quote of the Night

"I didn't have that much conflict in my life over the last few months... I think I only cry in one episode."

-Lauren Conrad reflecting on Season Four of The Hills

Kate Moss Goes Vintage

Kate Moss, vintage designer???

The supermodel has launched a seventies-inspired clothing line today, consisting largely of summer dresses, sequined jackets and other items that Moss has conjured up while thrift store shopping.

The London-based line will be available at New York retailer Topshop starting April 2, and according to Moss, should do quite well:

"They've got Banana Republic and Gap at one end and Bloomingdale's at the other, but they haven't really got that quirky thing in the middle," she explains.

Lily Allen to Quit Music?

Lily Allen is poised to begin a U.S. tour tonight in San Diego, but after that, who knows!

Says the singer:

"After this album and tour I have a brand new business I am setting up, but I can't say what it is yet. I am definitely considering quitting music."

Is Allen being serious???

Or pulling an M.I.A.?

LuAnn de Lesseps Separates From Husband

Real Housewife of New York Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and husband Count Alexandre de Lesseps have separated after 16 years of marriage.

According to reports, the Count "sent [LuAnn] an e-mail saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva, and he was serious with her."

Ouch!

The couple has two children, Victoria, 14, and Noel, 12, together.

The former Countess' first book, Class with the Countess, will go on sale this May.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Josh Hartnett Resting After Being Hospitalized

Actor and Poison Ivy reader Josh Hartnett was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Sunday night for what is being reported as a "gastro-intestinal problem."

Says his rep:

"[Josh] was suffering from a flare-up of a gastro-intestinal problem that plagued him while he was starring in the West End of London during the production of Rain Man."

"He is under observation but is resting comfortably," the rep added.

Hartnett was complaining of severe stomach cramps Sunday night at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, and was transported via ambulance to the ER at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Wishing our friend a speedy recovery!

Quote of the Night

"I'm not engaged. If she is engaged we have a problem."

-Justin Timberlake dispelling rumors he is engaged to zero appeal Jessica Biel

Ed Westwick is Dressed to Kilt

Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick takes the runway at the 7th Annual "Dressed to Kilt" charity fashion show in New York Monday.

The event benefited Friends of Scotland, an organization which recognizes cultural connections between the U.S. and Scotland.

Looking and doing good, E!

Kendra Wilkinson to Launch Stripper Pole Line

Former Girl Next Door Kendra Wilkinson has figured out what she wants to do with the next phase of her life: strip!

"I'm coming out with my own stripper pole and stripper pole workout," Wilkinson revealed Saturday at the American Red Cross Red Tie Affair in Santa Monica.

"It's like Carmen Electra's, but mine is better," the most modest Girl Next Door continued. "Mine will connect to the ceiling, and you can spin on it and do all that stuff on it."

We gotta admit, this is kind of the perfect move for Wilkinson!

In fact, we wish she was doing instead of talking all those years on GND!!

New Default Alert

Looking slim, elegant and natural, Kim Kardashian smiles at Perez Hilton's 31st birthday party in Los Angeles Saturday night.

If you're on Facebook Kim, let's see a default!

The Return of Rancid

90's punk band Rancid will be releasing their first record in six years June 2, just a few days before kicking off their North American tour with Chicago-based Rise Against.

Let the Dominoes Fall is co-produced by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, and features the legendary Booker T. Jones on the track "Up To No Good."

Welcome back, boys!

Seth Rogen Wants to Fit the Part

Now that he's in every movie ever, Seth Rogen wants to fit the part!!

It's a shame he can't fit into his own tux though!

He's lost so much weight, he's practically swimming in those slacks!!

Rogen hit the Late Show with David Letterman Monday to promote his latest(s): Monsters vs. Aliens, Observe and Report and Funny People.

Don't go crazy with the weight, Seth. We like the old you!

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