December 27, 2005
THE LAST MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORHey lovers,I loved you all like lovers...well, not you that gave me the Canal Street Gift Card for X-Mas.
Well I have good news and bad news.The good news is that I was/am/will always be fabulous and because of Hollyhood Blogazine so are you.The bad news is that this is my last week posting on HollyHood.Yes folks it's the end of my brainchild...a place that was part blog and part magazine that covered topics from Hollywood to the hood and at the same time columns on living glam(not to mention it was also gay friendly).
This blog originally was started to prove to a nasty reader of my other blog(which is also nearing retirement),that people indeed wanted to hear about the things that I wrote about.
I'm retiring to move on to some really great ventures and I thank you all for reading,commenting and just stopping by.
Sure it was "just a blog" to everybody else but to me it was creating something from scratch.It was writing,researching,and punching up articles and finding interesting pics that people would find hot.
I get an incredible amount of daily hits and I would like all of those hits to find other great blogs such as mines(though it'll be hard...lol) here are a few:
rod 2.0 beta
Crunk & Disorderly
Inciting A Riot
young black and fabulous
and many many others that specialize in pop culture.
So, enjoy this final edition of Hollyhood Blogazine...it's been a pleasure.
Remember to see the glam in everything and everyone...including Bobby Brown.
Thanks for visiting my hood..it's been fabulous.Now,you ain't got to go home...but your ass can't stay here.Actually you can come back as long as this blog is up...I have months of archives.Have a great 06' and make it as fab as you can dream.
Byeeeeee and smooches!
HAVE U SEEN & HEARD???50 Cent performed during his show at Belle Centre in Montreal, Canada on Monday (December 19). Check out pictures from Abaca.
Mad rhymin' about goin' 104 on Interstate 684 - there's just no stopping DMX... on the highway, or in the courtroom. And he still can't vote. Watch a clip from TMZ.com.
P$C are out with the video to their new single 'Do Ya Thing', from the album '25 To Life'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
8Ball and MJG, Chris Brown, Daddy Yankee, David Banner, Juelz Santana, Keyshia Cole, Lil Flip, Pitbull, Queen Latifah, Remy Ma, Sean Paul, Trina, Twista, Ying Yang Twins, and Young Buck were on hand for BET's '106 & Park' taping for their New Year's Eve broadcast on December 16th at BET Studios in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs and his 'Making the Band 3' Girls visited 'Total Request Live' on Tuesday (December 20) at MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic & GettyImages
Jennifer Lopez was photographed on Thursday (December 22) at East 11th St in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Ricky Martin was photographed working out on the beach with a male friend on holiday on St. Barthelemey in the French Caribbean on Saturday (December 24). Check out pictures here
The Fugees performed during their 'Fugees Reunion Tour 2005' stop at the POPB in Paris, France on December 12th. Abenaa opened the show. Check out pictures from Abaca
Beyonce Knowles was on the phone with Ryan Seacrest of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on December 9th. The singer talked about the group's Wal-Mart commercial filmed at her mother's home in Houston and her dad's overacting in it, her upcoming films, plans to record her sophomore solo album around May, and her True Star Gold fragrance. She also responded to gossip she's about to get married soon and that she's about to become a mother soon. Listen to the interview here.
Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige visited 'Total Request Live' on Wednesday (December 21) at MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages & Wire Image
'Today' show's David Gregory talked with Anita Baker about her new CD of Christmas music. Then, Baker performed 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' from her release. Watch the segment, aired Tuesday (December 20), at MSN.com.
Keyshia Cole is out with the live video to 'I Should Have Cheated'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Ciara performed at the Bank Atlantic Center on Wednesday (December 21) in Sunrise, Florida. Check out pictures from GettyImages and LFI.
December 26, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/27OPRAH GETS GROUNDED
Oprah Winfrey's private GulfStream jet was forced to return to California's Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after its windshield cracked because it hit a bird, officials said. Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham were not injured, though the bird apparently was. As was the plane, which will remain grounded until its windshield can be repaired, Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman John Ahlman tells the Associated Press. The collision occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday just after take off. "This is not a totally unusual thing," Ahlman said of the cracked windshield. "We see these things pretty frequently."
THE GOSSIP POTS ARE BOILING ABOUT RACHAEL RAY
LONG before Rachael Ray became Oprah Winfrey’s favorite cook and a star on the Food Network, she was a deadbeat who had to leave Pace University because she squandered her tuition money, according to a well-placed source.
Ray dropped out of college and returned to her family in the Adirondacks, in the process leaving behind angry creditors, some of whom “were threatening her,” a family insider told PAGE SIX.read more
RAPPERS ON TV THIS WEEK
With about every show in reruns this week, rap acts on television for the week are virtually all on Saturday for New Year's Eve, though on Tuesday, Rev Run of Run-DMC appears on 'Daily Download'. MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square features performances by Kanye West, Common, and Young Jeezy, and an appearance by Rev Run and his family. New Year's Eve Live with Regis Philbin (FOX) features Nick Cannon. New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (NBC) features Sean 'Diddy' Combs.
Aspiring rapper and Britney Spears' husband Kevin Federline has launched his official website, featuring a preview of his music and a message to visitors. K-Fed writes, "Hey Everyone. I don't think we've ever been formally introduced. My name is Kevin Federline. I'm 6 feet tall, have brown hair and brown eyes. I enjoy horseback riding, long walks on the beach and the wind whipping through my hair. Ha ha ha. On a more serious note, there's going to be a lot more information and updates on here in the coming weeks and I think this will provide you with the opportunity to get to know who I really am. Anyway, thanks for checking out my site and be sure to come back often. You can click here to join my email list and also check me out on MySpace. Kevin." Check it out at KevinFederline.com.
MORE WOES FOR FOXY
Reuters reports that Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson on Friday ordered Foxy Brown handcuffed to her seat in court until she apologized for sticking out her tongue during a hearing stemming from the rapper's 2004 arrest on assault charges. Read more.
MARY J. IS NO LEGEND
ContactMusic.com reports that Mary J. Blige doesn't want to be referred to as a "legend". She said, "They've been trying to call me a legend since my second album when I was 22. It's cool to be labelled as an inspiration by new singers as it means people are still talking about me. But legendary is for Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin. Call me a legend a 60 and I might be comfortable with it."
Mary J. Blige told OK! magazine what was her best Christmas memory. "It was when I got a doll called Dancerella," she revealed. "I think I was seven years old, and we realy wanted these Dancerella dolls, and my mother got them for us." As for her Christmas plans for today, she said, "Everyone cooks and we pray over food and we eat and we talk and that's it. Nothing heavy."
CIARA GETS MISTY WHEN IT COMES TO KATRINA
OK! magazine caught up with Ciara in a Q&A and asked the singer if Hurricane Katrina had a greater effect on her because she grew up in the South. "It was very, very emotional for me," Ciara said. "I remember doing one interview and couldn't really make it through it. It's realy, and no matter what, I'm a citizen of the United States, and this is what's happening to the country as a whole, not just New Orleans - we're all one"
OPRAH PLAYS MATCHMAKER
What did Oprah Winfrey get her best friend, Gayle King, for the holidays? Apparently, a man.
A source close to the best buds say that the queen of talk has hooked King up with none other than one of her other pals, gospel star BeBe Winans.
"Gayle and BeBe have known each other forever. But Oprah figured that since both are divorced and looking to date, why not date each other?" the source tells us.
After King spends time with her kids and ex-husband in Connecticut, she and Winans will meet up with Winfrey and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, at the talk-show host's Santa Barbara estate, where they plan to ring in the New Year together.
MAHER TO MAKE HONEST WOMAN OUT OF KARRINE STEFFANS
Is Bill Maher ready to give up his bachelor status? Several friends of HBO's resident political pundit say that Maher could be on the verge of proposing to his girlfriend Karrine Steffans.
Steffans, the (shall we say) sexually generous dancer who penned the best-selling memoir "Confessions of a Video Vixen," met Maher in April, and the two have been dating ever since.
Maher has been adamant that he'd never get married and vowed never to date seriously again after being sued last year for $9 million in palimony by an ex-girlfriend, flight attendant Coco Johnson. But he and his new girlfriend were recently spotted shopping for rings at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills, and there has even been talk of the couple writing a sex-and-relationship book together.
FRIENDS WORRY ABOUT SHRINKING RICHIE
Even Paris Hilton — yes, Paris Hilton! — is worried about Nicole Richie. "Paris has told me, 'Yes, I'm concerned about her,'" a friend of the hotel heiress tells Star. "They grew up together and she doesn't want anything terrible to happen to her!"And Paris isn't the only one. "Everyone has noticed her weight loss," a close friend of the skinny starlet tells Star. "But it's a subject you don't talk about with Nicole. It's not like she doesn't know what people are saying. She sees the magazine headlines — she says she's always been skinny, except right after she got out of rehab (in 2003). But that's not true. Look at pictures of her when she was 16 — she's chunky. This is not her normal weight."In fact, Richie, 24, looks scarily thin after losing about 30 pounds in the last year and a half. She's been partying at an alarming rate, and to cap it off, she just broke up with ex-fiancé Adam Goldstein (a.k.a. DJ AM), 32, whom she had hoped to marry in the new year.
LOOKIN FOR MORE K-FED NEWS?
Britney Spears is furious that hubby Kevin Federline is recklessly spending her money to record his debut CD, which he hopes will kick-start his rap career.A source close to the couple estimates that Kevin, 27, has already spent over $1 million of his wife's loot with no end in sight."Kevin's like a runaway freight train when it comes to blowing Britney's money," the source said.Britney, 24, has already built Kevin a $400,000 music studio in their Malibu mansion. He used her money to fly in several music producers and each recording session with them costs $40,000. The source also said he has hired a musician at $5,000 a day and is forking out $4,000 to buy the beat or melody for each track.Kevin's spending infuriates Britney, says the source. But she's even more annoyed that she has practically been banned from his recording sessions.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FOR THE CHEAP AND CHICLiving in NYC,it's considered taboo in my circles to not go out and be seen partying your ass off at some overcrowded V.I.P. room at some overcrowded over priced over-rated club.
Since I was 16 years old,I have been out clubhopping and getting drunk on New Year's Eve.Crazy?Maybe,but I have had so much fun on that night that it should have been illegal(quiet as kept..a lot of times it was).
Now that I'm 25 and have done the New Years Eve thing in Sydney,Los Angeles,New Orleans,Paris and of course NYC,I have this whole "been there and done that" attitude going on.This year I will be doing it up very simple...8 of me and my friends(well 4 of us and our guests) will be going to my winter place in Vermont for an elegant dining experience,drinks,some classic movies,a little jacuzzying(yes it's a verb now),and a pajama jam.It's simple,it's classy,it's not too expensive,and it's intimate...the total opposite of my New Years' past.If you're looking to spend New Year's Eve simplified,inexpensive and with little planning then here are some ideas for you.
This is a great party for girlfriends,(or 2 snaps..."girlfriends") or for a few couples you love spending time with.Here's how to:
Create a theme for the evening.(movies,card games,naked twister,etc...)
Determine how many people you can invite by assessing your accommodations. If additional bedding is needed, break out blow-up mattresses.
Advise guests to bring PJs and hold off on dessert.
Make the start time around 9pm so friends can have an early dinner elsewhere and still show up with enough energy for some fun.
Serve a buffet of mini desserts such as truffles, tiny fruit tarts, small cookies and one-bite brownies. Include a sparkling wine as well as regular and decaf coffee. And of course some bubble for the midnight drink.
Create a bedtime gift bag for each guest that includes soap, a toothbrush, mini toothpaste and some slippers. (Costco)
Stock up on items for an easy and light breakfast: scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, pastries and coffee.
Encourage friends to change into their jammies the minute they arrive.
Girlfriends' Spa Night
Gather the girls and turn over your New Year's leaf with a healthy, rejuvenating evening of pampering...for the happily single divas of the world.
Keep the guest list small and manageable.
Serve light,elegant snacks such as salmon pâté atop cucumber wheels, crudités with a yogurt dip, skewers of prosciutto and cantaloupe, chicken salad in endive leaves and bonbons or chocolate-dipped strawberries or some hot wings and chili dogs...do you. Splurge ‑- literally and figuratively ‑- and let the champagne flow freely.
Burn soothing scented candles in each room.
Create spa stations... Design a facial table complete with home dermabrasion kits and masks, facial cleanser, moisturizer, enough facecloths for all guests and hair bands for pulling back long hair. Add a mani-pedi area. Consider hiring a manicurist to do each guest's fingers or toes, or ask a talented friend to do the honors. Be sure to include nail polish remover, cotton balls, a selection of nail polishes, clippers and files, toe separators, foot cream, a few soaking tubs, hand towels and flip-flops.
Play fun music and watch movies with sexy men in them or chick flix...or if you're freaky like me and my girls...a little gay porn.
Invite each guest to write a letter that outlines all of the things she wants to get rid of in the coming year and then burn them. It'll definitely set a promising tone for the evening and the year.
How about having a New Years Day Brunch...
Spread the word to friends right away about your brunch.Have your home set up with a warming decor and plenty of food.
Prepare recipes that can be made in advance: a large vegetable fritatta that can be served at room temperature, sausage links and silver dollar size pancakes (warm both, covered, in the oven) with hot maple syrup, good strong coffee and plenty of orange juice.
Set up a buffet in the living room or dining room and create extracomfy sitting areas with floor pillows.
Make a toast to a fabulous new year!
YOU GIVE CRAPPY GIFTSWith the end of the holidays upon us,the stores are again crowded with shoppers looking to return the gifts that loved ones waited on line for hours in those very stores for our ungrateful asses.I've compiled a list for those of you that think you give the best gifts.
7 WAYS TO FIND OUT IF YOU GIVE CRAPPY GIFTS
People are more excited about the reciept than the gift.
Last Christmas you recieved more than 4 gifts you gave other people.
The store you bought the gifts in went out of business on the 26th.
Your kids asked Santa for a gift card.
You think an IPOD is a shirt with a little alligator on it.
If instead of hearing "thank you" after giving a gift, you hear..."well,it's the thought that counts"
If you've ever bought any of these "designer" brands: Channel,Hucci,Roach, D-OAR,Baby fat,or Nada. Instead of Chanel,Gucci,Coach,Dior,Baby Phat, and Prada.
HEALTH AND FITNESS...CELEB WORKOUTS 1Have you ever watched your favorite athlete, model or actor in a movie and wished you had a body just like theirs? Unfortunately, you don't have a professional trainer who spends hours a day getting you into shape and a dietitian who plans every morsel of food you put into your mouth.
So does that mean it's hopeless? Definitely not.
With a few adjustments to your fitness and diet routine, you too can get the look you desire.
After the extra LBS that we gain after all this holiday eating...(doesn't it feel like you've been holiday eating all year???) the search for the perfect diet and exercise program becomes priority.
Everyday this week I'll give you a different celeb routine.Today's star is the sexy....
After Fight Club was released, Brad Pitt became the envy of a great number of men. His tight, muscular body was coveted, and many people sought a workout that would produce similar results. His workout was characterized by beating one muscle group up each day, then giving it the rest of the week to recover. This is very beneficial for adding muscle mass, as muscles grow during rest periods and not during the actual time in the gym.
In order to promote growth, though, you have to give your muscles a reason to grow stronger, and annihilating one group per day with numerous sets and exercises will do the trick.
Finally, at the end of the week, he finished off with a good cardio workout. This put his body in fat-burning mode, which served to shed any extra padding that covered his muscles, giving him that chiseled look.
Here are the exercises that made up his workout. Perform 3 sets of each exercise, taking approximately 60 seconds to rest between each set. Use a weight that is challenging enough that you can successfully complete 15 reps (with the exception of pushups and pullups), but be fatigued on the last rep. However, it must still be light enough for you to maintain proper form. If there is an exercise you're not sure how to do..investigate it...I can't do everythang..my name ain't Holiday Google.
Monday -- Chest
Nautilus chest press
Nautilus incline press
Pec deck machine (chest fly)
Tuesday -- Back
Wednesday -- Shoulders
Arnold dumbbell press (like a military press, but start the action with palms facing in and end the action with palms facing out)
Thursday -- Biceps/Triceps
Nautilus curl machine
EZ cable curls
Friday -- Cardio
Walking or (preferably) running on the treadmill for 45 minutes at 65% to 75% of your maximum heart rate
Saturday/Sunday -- Rest
Give yourself a few weeks to a few months on one of these programs and you will see noticeable improvements in both your condition and your appearance. Depending on which celebrity or athlete you emulate, your choice of exercises will be significantly different.
Just be sure to give 100% in all your workouts and then ensure proper rest, as these are the two key factors you need to see optimal results.
December 23, 2005
HAVE U SEEN??CIARA ON THE COVER OF VIVICA FOX'S NEW MAGAZINE JOLIE
BOBBY BROWN CO-HOSTING THE WENDY WILLIAMS PARTY ENTITLED DONS AND DIVAS
THE OTHER CO-HOST, MARY J BLIGE AND HUBBIE AT DONS AND DIVAS
MOMMY TO BE, GWEN STEFANI AND HUBBIE GAVIN CHILLIN IN MIAMI ON THURS.
VICTORIA BECKHAM A.K.A. POSH SPICE ON HER WAY TO ELTON JOHN'S WEDDING RECEPTION
HEALTH AND BEAUTYEXFOLIATION...IT'S NOT A WOMAN'S WORD ANYMORE...RIPPED FROM ASK MEN.
Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells to reveal and expose "younger," fresher skin. The shedding process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and helps reduce acne breakouts. It's usually the first step in cleaning your face, to be followed by washing your face with soap (preferably one with hypoallergenic properties) and finally, moisturizing.
The skin on your face is quite different from that of a woman's. It contains larger pores, whiskers, more collagen and elastin (fibrous proteins that help hold everything together), a denser supply of blood vessels, and it produces more sweat. Put all these factors together and a guy's face can attract a fair amount of dirt.
So, the most important component of any good facial exfoliation routine is the cleanser/foamer. Brands that sell top-notch affordable cleansers include Clinique, 4Voo.com, Baxter of California, and Nivea for Men.
Most of these products contain some combination of granulated pumice, sea salts, fruit seeds, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, and beta hydroxy acid, all of which serve to loosen and slough off dead skin cells. Some even aid in the formation of collagen.
To get the most out of your exfoliating cleanser -- and to help work it into a good lather -- you should use one of the following methods of application.
Exfoliating gloves: Okay, these reusable nylon gloves are more suitable for women, but they work. Just put them on and gently rub the cleanser around your face. The gloves' massaging motion will also improve circulation and open pores. Just keep in mind the fact that you use them on the down low...
Sponge: An abrasive sponge, or loofa (a sponge made from the dried fibrous part of the loofa plant), works the same way as gloves, but it has the advantage of whipping the exfoliating cleanser into a richer lather that gets deeper into the pores and the skin's upper layers.
Exfoliating mask: This is a plaster-like concoction that goes on your face as a liquid goop, hardens, and then peels off to remove dead skin cells, dirt, whiteheads, etc. It can be pricey (not to mention girlie), but its thoroughness more than makes up for it.
Pumice soap: This is an inexpensive exfoliation classic -- it's a bar soap that includes granulated volcanic ash that really scrubs hard. The only disadvantage is that pumice soaps require a fair amount of scrubbing to get a good lather going.
Note: However you choose to exfoliate, don't forget to moisturize. Exfoliating can dry out already dry skin, but a moisturizer will help stabilize your skin and "feed" the new, young skin you've exposed.
December 22, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12 /23THE FUGEES SING THE WOES OF BEING FAMOUS
In the latest issue of Essence magazine, Lauryn Hill says her decision to retreat from the music business stemmed from it becoming a "very toxic situation" for her.
"I discovered people could only acknowledge red and blue and I was somewhere between. I was purple," she told the magazine. “And when I can't be whole, I have a problem. I was like, 'I've got to get out of here.’”
Her three-year hiatus, she says, was spent "away from all social interaction," including the absence of music and television. "It was a very introspective and complicated time because I had to really confront my fears," she said. Read more
PRICES WERE SLASHED AND CUT AT B.I.G. PARTY..NO MY BAD,PEOPLE WERE SLASHED AND CUT
The Associated Press reports three people were stabbed early Wednesday at a Manhattan club that was hosting a record-release party for a new collection of duets featuring slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. Detectives also were investigating a shooting near the club, named Exit, that occurred around the same time. It was unclear if the two incidents were related. Read more.
'Top Of The Pops' reports that 50 Cent is rather lax on rules in raising his young son. "My son is nine years old and I play my video game with him," the G-Unit mainman said. "We turn on the music and turn down the volume of the TV because there's a lot of swearing in the game." He added, "My son watches R-rated films all the time, with me present so I can explain what he's seeing. Now, if you leave him by himself, he's going to assume the wrong thing." Read more.
LANCE BASS THE OPENLY OUT OF THE CLOSET LOVER OF....CHRISTMAS, WAS ON ET RECENTLY READY TO SPREAD HIS LOVE
'Entertainment Tonight' paid Lance Bass a visit at the *NSYNC star's home, where he showed off his 'Dr. Seuss' themed Christmas decorations. Watch a video clip, featuring Bass making holiday treats with a mystery man, here.
To help promote her forthcoming album, instead of just picking her first single and shooting a video for it, Pink has chosen two songs and shot videos for both, figuring that she'll decide later. "We're getting down to the wire," she admitted to MTV News. "I think there's a hole in the world right now and there's a certain thing that needs to fill it, but I just haven't decided which hole to fill." Read more.
STEFANI WON'T HOLLABACK BUT THAT BABY WILL
People magazine reports that No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani announced she and hubby Gavin Rossdale of Institute are expecting their first child together on Wednesday night during a concert in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, her final U.S. tour stop. Read more.
CONGRATZ TO MARIAH...SHE'S GOT MORE "HITS" THAN WHITNEY
According to MariahDaily.com and Billboard.com, 'Don't Forget About Us' is Mariah's 17th song to reach the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. Mariah has more #1's than any other female artist and is only behind The Beatles (who have 20 #1's) in the overall tally. This week will mark 76 cumulative weeks for Mariah at the #1 spot on the Hot 100. She is only 4 weeks behind Elvis Presley who holds the all-time record."
ELTON EXTENDS OLIVE BRANCH TO MADONNA
ELTON John tried to end his feud with Madonna by inviting her to sing at the bachelor party for him and his husband, David Furnish, Monday night. But John told his guests, "Madonna, the miserable cow, wouldn't do it. David asked her three times." Bryan Adams and the Scissor Sisters performed for the likes of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Elizabeth Hurley and Kid Rock. Madge's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, told PAGE SIX, "Madonna wishes Elton all the best, and hopes married life will make him a happier person."
THE RETURN OF FUTURAMA
Is Futurama coming back to the small screen? Well, I damn well hope so, and so does show creator Matt Groening. TV Squad reports that since the DVD sales for the super fantastic series from the creator of The Simpsons is selling so well on DVD, it might be ressurected in that same fashion as Family Guy.
A SIMPSON ON WISTERIA LANE...NO NOT THAT SIMPSON..YOU WHITE GIRLS ARE SAFE
Jessica Simpson is rumoured to be making a guest appearance on 'Desperate Housewives'.The screen beauty - who recently announced her split from husband Nick Lachey - is allegedly being lined-up for one or two episodes of the hit US drama. An insider told MSN: "There's talk of her being on an episode or two." The sexy star has also been spotted having lunch with the show's Eva Longoria at Los Angeles eatery Cha Cha Cha. An onlooker said Jessica told Eva: "Thanks for making me laugh. You know how much I need that right now." Representatives for 'Desperate Housewives' have so far denied Jessica is being lined up for a guest slot.
December 19, 2005
HAVE U SEEN??iFilm has video of Kanye West's passionate demand for Grammy respect of his sophomore album 'Late Registration' to MTV News. Watch it here.
A Toni Braxton fansite...yes she still has fans...view here..
(someone begged me to post it so I hope somebody cares..besides you E...lol)
David Banner is out with the video to his new single 'Touching', featuring Jazze Pha, from the album 'Certified'. Watch it online at AOL.com.
Hear Mary J. Blige's new CD Breakthrough on MTV.COM
WHAT TO GET THE DIVA IN YOUR LIFEDiva Vodka is a wheat-based vodka that is triple distilled and filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and then filtered through precious gems like diamonds, emerald and rubies. The bottle contains a glass tube filled with crystals that can be used as a garnish. The 48 crystals in each bottle include cubic zircona, smoky topaz, pink tourmaline, amethyst, citrine and peridot. What is more interesting is that the crystals in each bottle are hand-prepared and each person has a favorite color and puts this at the bottom of the column so that the bottle can be traced back to the individual. If you want to get really fancy they also offer a service where they will fill the tube with precious gems. The basic version sells for around $60.
The Daily Telgraph reports that the world's most expensive face cream has just gone on sale in Britain. The new product, The Essence comes from the fine folks at Creme de la Mer who have a long history of expensive skin creams. The Esssence costs $2,654. The treatment lasts three weeks and is supposed to go on under the Creme de la Mer face cream. When used twice per year, it promises to reduce lines and minimize pores. Over 100 have already been sold at Harrods. It comes in three vials in a magnetized box and contains a variety of exotic ingredients including sea parsley and essence of narcissus.
The new limited-edition Juicy Couture Sidekick II
WHAT TO GET YOUR FAVE STAR FOR X-MASThe holidays are here again and it's the time that we celebrate,Kwanzaa,Hanakaa, and the birth of Jesus...and Donna Karan,Armani,and Mattel.
Well whatever you celebrate..these next few days have been known for years as the most glamorest time of the year and therefore it is only appropriate(when has my ass ever been appropriate right?)that we look into what is on some of the wishlists of Hollyhood's finest.
Just a simple 6 pack of coke.
A gift certificate at his fave attorney's office.
Bobby and Whitney
A cd full of "hits"...skip the cd just the cover will do.
A Swarvski Crystal candy dish...filled with chocolate covered anti-biotics.
A topic that doesn't include Top Models for her talk show.
A pre-nup eraser.
The unconditional love of Bush.
The "What's Happenin' " DVD set...hey hey Hey
Vince Vaughn,Christina Aguilera's new hubby,Ciara...and World Peace.
The world...with a big pretty bow on it...oh and a job for her best friend Gayle.
December 18, 2005
SIGNS YOUR PARTNER WILL BE GOOD IN BEDHE TOLD YOU "COOCHIE EATER IS MY MIDDLE NAME" AND IT REALLY IS.
SHE CAN SWALLOW A CUCUMBER AND BRING IT BACK WITHOUT HER TEETH EVER TOUCHING IT
HE CAN LICK HIS OWN EYEBROWS
SHE USED TO BE IN THE CIRCUS...AS A CONTORTIONIST, AFTER BEING A SWORD SWALLOWER BECAME TOO EASY
HE HAS THE MAP OF A VAGINA TATOOED ON HIMSELF
SHE STOLE,BEAT,ABUSED,HUMILIATED AND CHEATED ON ALL OF HER EXES...AND THEY STILL CALL HER FOR HOOK UPS
IF HE HUGS YOU TIGHTLY AND YOU ORGASM
WHEN GADGETS GO GLAMThe Doze Alert slips behind your ear and monitors your head position. When it senses that you're nodding off, it shrieks into your ear, preventing you from falling asleep at the wheel.
You can order one direct from the official site today for roughly $40.
Microsoft Fingerprint Reader restricts access to your PC and specific applications on it to you -- or someone who cuts your finger off.
The Fingerprint Reader is available for purchase on Microsoft.com.
Danby's Countertop Dishwasher can handle up to four table settings, but is only 17 inches high.Find a list of retailers at Danby.com
Brookstone's SongCube stereo can store up to 80 gigs' worth of music(20,000 songs) -- uploaded from your PC or ripped directly off CDs.
You can order it from Brookstone today for $699
Light sensors ensure that the LEDs on the front of the Brightfeet slippers will only illuminate when you need them to. Like when you're stumbling around in the dark about to kick the cat in the head.
Brightfeet slippers for men and women retail online for around $40
Turn this LCD tv on and it shows through the mirror that it's built into; turn it off, and it doesn't. The Seura Television Mirror starts at around $3,000 (U.S.). Check Seura.com.
MODEL CITIZEN----REPOST FROM JUNE 23MODEL CITIZEN will be when I shine a spotlight on those ab-fab models that I feel deserve my/our attention.Get ready guys,girls,and confused, this should be a smokin hot weekly feature.
Today's model is A.J. Samonte from Nyack,NY.
Shoe 10 1/2
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/18....WEEKEND EDITIONFOXY BROWN ALWAYS TRYING TO ONE UP LIL KIM..KIM GOES TO JAIL FOXY GOTTA GO DEAF...JUST A JOKE
An emotional Foxy Brown revealed Thursday that her recent hearing loss was diagnosed in May while working on her upcoming album, and she plans on having surgery to restore her hearing at the beginning of next year.
"I ask only for your continued prayers and compassion as I embrace the blessings of my journey," she told reporters at a press conference held at BET’s New York production studio. By her side were supporters including Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons and new attorney Joseph Fleming. ((view clip))
FANTASIA DOES SHORTENED COURT TIME
Fantasia, a High Point native who now owns a home in southeast Charlotte, was chosen Wednesday to serve on a Mecklenburg County Superior Court jury in a motor vehicle negligence case.
Testimony took less than a day, and Judge W. David Lee sent jurors out to deliberate late Wednesday, said Charles Keller, a court system administrator. But when it became apparent that deliberations would continue into Thursday, lawyers agreed that Barrino was free to go.
But during Fantasia's time at the courthouse, other jurors and court officials took full advantage of her presence.
"People recognized her right away," Keller told the Associated Press. "Jurors started coming up to her taking pictures with their camera phones and getting autographs. She's just really nice, down to earth. Not at all what you'd expect."
LOU RAWLS BATTLES FOR HIS LIFE
"Don't count me out, brother," singer Lou Rawls said from his room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "There's been many people who have been diagnosed with this kind of thing, and they're still jumpin' and pumpin'."
What the world-renown singer was referring to was the fact that he's being treated for lung cancer and brain cancer, conditions that his estranged wife says are dire.((Read More))
MARY J. CO-SIGNS WITH KANYE'S FEELINGS
Mary J. Blige is a happier person than she was, but she doesn't think America's changed at all when it comes to race relations. "The blacker you are, the worse it is for you," she tells The Guardian. "If you're mixed, you've got a shot. If you cater to what white America wants you to do and how they want you to look, you can survive. But if you want to be yourself, and try to do things that fit you, and your skin, nobody cares about that. At the end of the day, white America dominates and rules. And it's racist." Read more.
THE WOES OF BEING RAY-J
"It has been hard being Brandy's brother," Ray J admitted, during our interview at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. "I look at it like this-it just makes me stronger and makes me more powerful at the end of the day. But I felt like, damn, there is a place in the music game for me but I just got to find out who I am musically. So now it's time for me to get serious about my music and go out there and show them what I'm made of."
BUSTA WANTS US TO TOUCH IT
Busta Rhymes is out with the video to his new single 'Touch It', from his forthcoming album 'The Big Bang', due out early next year. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
JAY-Z IS GOING BI...COASTAL
EVER since Tao opened in Vegas, more and more Manhattan hot spots are looking to branch out to Sin City. High-priced Japanese eatery Megu, Jay-Z's sports club 40/40, the Old Homestead, One and Crobar are all eyeing a desert outpost. "Vegas is definitely the spot where everyone wants to be," says Ron Berkowitz, president of Berk Communications, who is handling those places' expansion. "But it does not stop there, Megu is opening two more spots in Manhattan in 2006, and Crobar and the 40/40 Club are expanding to Los Angeles in the fall of 2006. The New York restaurant and night-life scene is taking over in these big cities."
GUESS WHO...CUZ I HAVE NO IDEA
WHICH A-list actress throws a punch like a prizefighter? When the sexy thesp caught her wealthy boyfriend bugging out on cocaine and booze in a room at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, the couple got into a vicious argument that led to the actress slugging her boyfriend in the face, causing him to fall and chip his tooth on a table. But they soon reconciled and spent the day driving around L.A. looking for a good cosmetic dentist?
WHICH Hollywood actor and his wife stiffed the staff at a historic downtown hotel with no tips whatsoever after living there more than a month? He was in town working on a play and she reportedly drove the staff nuts with her diva demands before they packed up and left without tipping.
MR. J-LO IS BEING BLACKMAILED
DID a brazen thief steal Marc Anthony's computer? Detectives from the NYPD's Computer Investigation & Technology Unit were reportedly dispatched to the Latin crooner's office in Manhattan this month, according to police sources. The burglar is reportedly demanding $1 million for the computer's safe return, which could mean the salsa king has embarrassing files in his hard drive - or maybe salacious snapshots of his bootylicious wife, Jennifer Lopez, or his sexy ex-wife, Dayanara Torres. A rep for Anthony had no comment.
Tina Fey "reported" during her 'Weekend Update' report last night on 'Saturday Night Live: "Ashlee Simpson collapsed after a performance in Tokyo Thursday. Simpson spent Friday in the hospital while her show that night went on as scheduled without her."
December 17, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/16USHER SAYS TO KEEP THE GAYS AWAY FROM HIS PRECIOUS BODY
Recently, Kanye West came out and spoke up for homosexuals saying that the hip-hop community needed to wake up and show some respect. Usher may have missed that memo. In the latest issue of Complex magazine the singer was asked if there were ever any homosexual activity at his famous orgy parties and the superstar responded, "There was women on women but never man on man. Shit, nowhere near that! No one I ever roll with or ever would have roll with would get down like that." READ MORE
MORE ON THE HOMO...PHOBE
Usher is quoted in Star magazine on how to pick up women. "Buy her a drink," the singer advises. "Talk to her about whatever it is that she wants to talk about. As long as you keep her laughing, you got it."
THE PRESSURES OF BEING A QUEEN..NO, NOT USHER
Being a major creative force in R&B and hip hop, Mary J. Blige feels a certain level of responsibility and pressure each time she goes into the studio to record. "I actually feel responsible to myself, to make sure that I am being real and honest and I owe it to so many people to see that I am not stuck," Mary tells Vibe.com. "The music is changing and I learned to be inspired by the fact that music is changing. And you plug into that by listening to those that come after you." Read more.
LUDACRIS SAYS JESSICA COULD USE MORE ASSESTS
Despite Jessica Simpson's hard work to shape up for Daisy Duke shorts in 'The Dukes of Hazzard', Ludacris tells 'Total Request Live' he's not impressed with the newly single singer's backside. "Jessica Simpson is flawless except for one thing - I would get her a bunch of little butt shots," he said. "She needs the injections in the behind." Luda added, "Okay, I take it back, she need a new man for Christmas. I'm a Jessica Simpson fan, don't take it the wrong way at all."
QUEER FACTOR..THE MICHAEL JACKSON REALITY SHOW
TMZ.com reports that the Jackson family could take part in a new reality program. Jermaine and LaToya reportedly say they're ready to take part, and Michael Jackson is included on the show's pilot via home video clips. "It would be exciting, but I don't know whether Michael would be involved... it's not likely, but we just don't know," said Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman. Read more.
NICK AIN'T FEELING THE SINGLE LIFE
Sources tell the National Enquirer's Mike Walker that 98 Degrees star Nick Lachey was caught off guard days after announcing a split from Jessica Simpson at a friend's dinner party when a female guest sidled up behind him, grabbed his butt and purred, "Hey, Nick, want to try something totally different? I'm tall, my boobs are small... and I'm a brunette. How about it?" Nick flashed an angry face as he turned and responded, "Look, I'm not interested, okay?... I'm sick of all this!" Lachey then told his host he wasn't feeling well and left.
JAY LENO...ON ASHLEY SIMPSON
Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, "In a recent interview in Cosmo, Ashlee Simpson says she has amazing breasts. This is what she said about it -- she says, 'They're not too big, they're not too small, they're just perfect.' And unlike her singing, they're real."
NO MORE 70'S..THAT SHIT LASTED WAAAAY LONGER THAN I THOUGHT
That 70s Show, which has been a Fox staple since 1998, has been canceled. The show will air through the end of the season.
Apparently, the show stars -- like Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Mila Kunis -- were asking for too much moolah.
MARIAH AND DICK...THEY BELONG TOGETHER
Continuing her comeback that already includes last Thursday's eight Grammy nominations, Mariah Carey will perform live from Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve – the first time in the 34-year history of the year-end special that a singer has performed from Times Square, the network said.
December 14, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/14..QUICK BITESBEYONCE'S APPETITE FOR LOVE
I have no wedding plans, Beyonce told AP Television News last weekend, denying recent rumors that a possible 2006 trip to the altar with boyfriend Jay-Z was in the works for next year.
No, I'm not rushing," she continued. "I'm 24 years old!"
Beyonce spoke with reporters Sunday at the Los Angeles-area Lakewood Robinsons-May store as a crowd of about 3,000 came out to see the singer plug her second signature fragrance, Tommy Hilfiger's True Star Gold.
"I had True Star originally," she said. "And it was a reflection of my true self, of Beyonce. It was really private, and not overbearing. And this is True Star Gold. Gold is my favorite color, and it, basically, is a reflection of 'Sasha,' who is my personality on the stage. You can see in all the ads: I have the hair blowin', the fierce makeup, the smoky eyes, the mic. It's more sexy. It's more outgoing. It's the type of fragrance you would wear if you had a hot date or you're going out, having a 'Sex and the City' night with your girlfriends."
But back to the Jay-Z wedding rumors. The former Destiny's Child member was asked why these recent reports of a wedding were so widespread all of a sudden.
"They've been saying it about every celebrity forever," she replied, shaking her head. "It's not personal. They just do it to everyone.'
Meanwhile, Beyonce says she’s looking forward to spending the holidays chowing down on her mama's good cooking.
'I'm trying to watch my weight because I know when I get home I'm gonna probably gain five pounds, because I'm gonna eat that food five days in a row," she laughs. "I always eat it for a week after she cooks it. I can't wait."
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER...
An up-and-coming rapper from Ohio, who went by the name Mr. Pit, died on November 19 after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a pen gun. Mr. Pit, real name Steven Zorn, was celebrating an impending record deal with friends on November 18, when -- in a drunken state -- took out a pen guy a friend had given him days earlier and placed it to his head. Believing the gun was jammed and would not fire, the rapper clicked it three times, before the .25-caliber bullet was released from the chamber, fatally wounding him. Read more
TYRA'S FRENCH SURPRISE
Tyra Banks claims her first kiss was like having a slug thrust into hermouth.The sexy model said her first snog - at 13 - was the most disgustingexperience she has ever endured.She confessed on her TV show 'The Tyra Banks Show': "He tried to kiss me in the movies and he put his tongue in my mouth. It felt like a worm, like a slug in my mouth!."It was the most disgusting feeling in the world! And I was like, 'I don'tlike to kiss like that,' pretending that I kiss all the time, I just don'tlike it like that ... I couldn't look at him after that and a week later hedumped me."The beauty was later left stunned when her childhood kisser walked on stagein a surprise appearance.The surprised star said: "Oh my god, I can't believe it! You know, you brokemy heart!"
IT'S A BIRD IT'S A PLANE...NO IT'S TROJAN MAN
NEW Superman Brandon Routh is giving movie chiefs a mighty headache — with his supersize LUNCHBOX.
Hollywood executives have ordered the makers of Superman Returns to cover up the rookie actor’s blockbuster bulge.READ MORE
Kanye West and Shakira are among those performing at MTV's New Year's Eve bash.
Sanaa Lathan - who'll be on the cover of Essence's March issue - was complaining the other day about the mag's allegedly "tabloid-like measures" in grilling her over unsubstantiated Internet rumors of an affair and love child with Denzel Washington.
"She said she was extremely disappointed by Essence. She would expect this behavior from a tabloid, not a magazine that is supposed to celebrate black women," said a source.
December 13, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/13X-MAS MUSIC..FREE
Listen to your favorite holiday albums from now until January 2nd on AOL Music. Full-length albums featured including Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas', Destiny's Child's '8 Days Of Christmas', Faith Evans' 'A Faithful Christmas', Anita Baker's 'Christmas Fantasy', and dozens more. Check it out here.
JOHN LEGEND IS SINGLE SEXY AND LOOKING
John Legend tells The Mirror he's "young, free and single" and looking for love, though not with a fanatic. "It's off-putting when someone idolizes me," he said. "It wouldn't be the best in a relationship - the power dynamic would be all wrong." The 26-year-old Grammy nominee added, "My ideal woman has to be smart, confident, sexy - which is about your attitude and how you look and carry yourself. She has to be a good person. Eventually I'm going to want to get married and have children, so I have to be with someone I feel good about raising my kids." Read more.
HOLLYHOOD STARS ON TV THIS WEEK
R&B acts on television this week include Chris Brown, who performs on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Tuesday; Alicia Keys, who performs on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Wednesday; and Anthony Hamilton, who performs on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Thursday.
Rap acts on television this week include Ludacris, who visits 'Total Request Live' on Tuesday; Cypress Hill, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday; and Fort Minor, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Wednesday.
People magazine reports that Lindsay Lohan's parents Michael and Dina Lohan settled their contentious divorce earlier today, according to both sides' attorneys. "Dina and the children are delighted that this chapter in their lives is finally over," Dina's attorney, Robert S. Cohen, told the magazine. "And it is over." Michael's attorney, John DiMascio, Jr., Michael said on Monday, "I'm happy with the agreement and look forward to the opportunity to rebuild my relationship with my children." Read more
Irish actor Colin Farrell, 29, has entered a rehab facility, his publicist Danica Smith said in a written statement Monday, the Associated Press reports. The hard-partying star (whose film The New World opens on Christmas Day) is being treated for exhaustion and dependency on prescription medication, which was prescribed after a back injury, says his rep.
ARNOLD THE REAL TERMINATOR...SORT OF
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has refused to spare the life of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. "After studying the evidence, searching the history, listening to the arguments and wrestling with the profound consequences, I could find no justification for granting clemency," Schwarzenegger said in a statement, less than 12 hours before the execution. "The facts do not justify overturning the jury's verdict or the decisions of the courts in this case."
HAVE U SEEN??PHARELL AND HIS GIRLFRIEND....
DENNIS RODMAN'S LAST ATTEMPT AT STARDOM
NICOLE RICHIE PETTING HER PUSSY...LET'S HOPE THIS ONE DOESN'T HAVE FLEAS..OR LET'S HOPE THIS ONE DOESN'T SHED ON THE COUCH...LET'S HOPE THIS ONE DOESN'T SCRATCH...LOL
December 12, 2005
GOSSIP TO GO 12/12REVIEW OF FLOETRY'S LATEST SET
Gary Jackson of the Hollywood Reporter was on hand for Floetry's hour-plus set at the Roxy on November 30th. Jackson writes that the duo "blended insightful lyrics, solid stage presence, a tight band and intricate vocal weavings to satisfy their fawning audience." Read more.
TYRESE TREATS GUEST TO HIS ALTER EGO
Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson launched his new recording studio Headquarter Entertainment with a celebrity-filled bash at the Hollywood-based production house. Located in the Edmonds Entertainment Building, Headquarter Entertainment is not only a recording studio, but a production company that is producing the soundtrack to Gibson's upcoming Focus Features film 'Waist Deep' among other projects.
During the grand opening, Gibson showcased music from his 'Alter Ego' album--a double-CD set where Gibson sings on one disk and raps under his alias Black Ty on the other. Eddie Murphy & Johnny Gill were among the guests.
TOP MODEL WANNABE MAKES FILM DEBUT
America's Next Top Model finalist Mercedes Scelba-Shorte has landed a leading role in the upcoming 'X-Men 3' movie. The model is in final negotiations to play the role of M in the sequel, which is being directed by Bret Ratner.
CAN'T SAY NAMES
Rumors are abound that a certain R&B darling is suffering from a terrible bout with depression. The buzz is that said singer has been admitted to the hospital several times in the last two months, depressed about her struggling music career and some shoddy developments with her business affairs. Apparently her stress-relieving bad habit hasn’t helped her cope with her most recent emotional misery.I'm not sure who it is but I hope they don't just sit around drnkin' BRANDY all night.
BEYONCE DEFENDS DADDY KNOWLES
Entertainmentwise.com reports that Destiny's Child star Beyonce Knowles has responded to claims that her father Matthew Knowles, who recently lost his position at Sanctuary Urban Records, is pushy and self serving. "I never felt that I was being dragged into the business," she said. "I always loved music and never felt pushed beyond my own ambitions to succeed. I never had to sing or earn money for my family because we lived very well. We had a nice house, nice cars. I only sang because I loved it."
MARY J. BLIGE REVIEW
Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian reviewed Mary J. Blige's new album 'The Breakthrough', giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Sullivan says that "to criticise 'The Breakthrough' is to reckon without the stunning power of her voice. Blige may be celebrating no more drama in her life, but when she wants to, she can still sing like a drama queen. These are The 'Breakthrough's high points." She added, "The lyrics may be wet, but she sings with cool conviction, not wasting a note, and certainly not indulging in Dionesque hit-that-crescendo rubbish." Read more.
The Daily Star reports that Jessica Simpson is thinking about doing another reality show, which would follow her life as a single woman following her split with Nick Lachey. "Her fans saw every moment of her marriage in 'Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica', so it makes sense that they should see the aftermath," a source said.
NO BAD BLOOD FOR J-LO
The Mirror reports that Jennifer Lopez sent ex-fiance Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner a gift basket to celebrate the birth of their baby daughter Violet, born on December 1st. "Even though Jennifer is now married to Marc Anthony, she still wanted to wish Ben and Jen all the best," a source said. "She'll always have a special place in her heart for Ben."
December 11, 2005
R.I.P. RICHARD PRYOROne of the funniest and most influential comedians in history died on Saturday.Richard Pryor will be missed and forever remembered as fearless,thought provoking and of course funny as fucking hell.
Here are a few quotes from Richard Pryor:
ON RACISM AND RACE
I live in racist America and I'm uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do, and I can make a living from it. You can't do much better than that.
I went to Zimbabwe... I know how white people feel in America now, relaxed! Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren't coming after me!
I went through every phone book in Africa, and I didn't find one goddamned Pryor!
Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings... and lawyers.
I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right.
I couldn't stop. I put the pipe down. It jumped back in my hand.
[ Richard Pryor as a TV preacher] People are always asking me, "Reverend; if you need money so bad, why don't you sell one of your houses, or cars or get rid of some of that jewelry?" And I always reply, "Are you crazy!" [looks at the phone bank] How much money have we raised so far? None! OK, this is a message for all you white people out there. Part of the money we raise tonight will go to the Back to Africa movement and... [every phone rings]
I like makin' love myself, and I can make love for about three minutes. I do about three minutes of serious fuckin', then I need eight hours sleep! And a bowl of Wheaties!
There are two billion chinese people livin' in China. That's how you know someone's doing some serious fucking...
Richard asking a man in prison a question(stand up skit):
Richard: Why'd you kill everyone in your house?
Prisoner: Cuz they was home.
TALES OF GLAM??IT's not bad being a dog - especially if your owner is Beyonce Knowles. We hear the curvaceous crooner is toting her pint-sized Shih Tzu, Munchy, in a $650 dog carrier from Emre. The posh porta-pup was a gift from the folks at Park East Animal Hospital, who wanted their famous client to travel in style. Other celebs sporting the fancy bags include actress Milla Jovovich, who has five of them, and Britney Spears, who picked up a silver-ornamented Emre bag for son Preston's diapers.
HOLLYWOOD'S nastiest divorce - the split between Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin - has become ridiculous. In the latest batch of court papers, Baldwin accuses Basinger of influencing their daughter, Ireland, with specially made chocolate bars that carry manipulative messages on their wrappers. One reads: "To my daughter Ireland, who gave me the strength, courage and tenacity to stand up for myself ... Mom." Baldwin claims, "The false message she continues to send our daughter is that she needs protection from her father."
SEEN AROUND TOWN
SKELETAL couture king Karl Lagerfeld eating a double strip steak and vegetables while dining with a "good-looking young man" at Strip House ... NICKY Hilton smoking a cigarette while avoiding the rain under the awning at Da Silvano after singing "Happy Birthday" to a pal ... AMY Sacco launching her dainty afternoon tea service at Bette with Iman, Irina Pantaeva and a beaming Bette Sacco, Amy's mom for whom the restaurant is named.
Mariah Carey has help drinking some fluids while signing copies of her album The Emancipation of Mimi in London. She also told fans that she no longer drives because she was "always too distracted returning the radio to another station and putting on lip gloss".
December 07, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/7MARY J. BLIGE IS OK
OK! magazine spoke with Mary J. Blige in a Q&A and asked the singer about her new material. "The album that's about to be released is called 'Reminisce," she said. "My other new album, 'The Breakthrough', is coming out soon. 'Reminisce' is the album of all the songs that people love from Mary J. Blige plus two new songs. We're releasing one of everybody's all-time favorites. We've never done a video for it, there's never been a single. This is what my fans and I have been through. It's like a retrospective before 'The Breakthrough'. I did a cover with U2 - I just did 'One' with them - and that's going on the album. It's incredible - and I never say that about anything. Bono's on it - it's incredible!"
EXECS SAYS FANTASIA LACKS CLASS
Sources tell the National Enquirer's Mike Walker that 'Dreamgirls' film execs were literally blown away by Fantasia Barrino and voted to award her the star role — but studio mogul David Geffen overruled them because he didn't think the 'American Idol' champ had the class or style to pull it off. Instead, the role went to another 'Idol', Jennifer Hudson.
DIDDY DOES GOOD
The Associated Press reports Sean 'Diddy' Combs made a surprise visit to Chris Evert's charity tennis tournament to meet a teenage cancer patient. For Chalon Keen, 17, of Sunrise, who has been fighting for two years a cancer that creates tumors in her muscle cells, Saturday's visit was a dream come true. Read more
NEW SUIT FOR JAY-Z
1Wrestling.com has learned that former WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against Jay-Z alleging trademark infringement for unauthorized use of the "Diamond Cutter" sign that Page has used commercially since 1996. Read more.
MARIAH WANTS TO BE A HILTON
Mariah Carey tells The Mirror she's planning an extended stay in the UK next year. "I want to buy a hotel," she said. "Somewhere small and intimate. I could live there while I'm here and when I go back to the States other people could stay. There's a place in Chelsea with only 10 rooms that sounds fabulous. I could have a Mimi Suite which would be really girly. There'd be a salon, too. I trained at beauty school so I know how important a good manicure is." Read more.
JUSTIN IS TOLD TO MAN UP
Justin Timberlake's high voice has made the singer millions, but the *NSYNC star's pitch isn't pleasing film bosses, according to The Sun. "He was dejected after the casting bosses rejected him," a source revealed. “At first they refused to tell him why they had reached their decisions, in case it hurt him. But he wanted to know if he needed more acting experience. And they eventually confessed they rejected him because he sounded more like a 12-year-old boy than an action hero. He needs a deep, dreamy voice like George Clooney if he is to be a big-screen sex symbol. So he has been doing voice exercises day and night in a bid to develop a deep voice." Read more.
BUCK COPPED A PLEA?
HAS 50 Cent protégé Young Buck copped a plea? The G-Unit rapper (real name: David Darnell Brown) accused of stabbing another attendee at last year's Vibe Awards has hammered out a deal with L.A. County prosecutors, his defense lawyer Scott Leemon told The Post's David K. Li. The DA wouldn't confirm the deal, and Leemon would only say the assault charge was "favorably resolved" for his client. Young Buck allegedly stabbed a man who sucker-punched his buddy Dr. Dre. Stay tuned: The rap artist's next court date in L.A. is set for Dec. 12, when more details might emerge.
ANGELA BASSET EXPECTING TWINS..WELL SORT OF
Extra TV is reporting that Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance are expecting twins through a surrogate mother, who's about to give birth any time. Bassett, 47, will next be seen in the film "Akeelah and the Bee," opposite her "Boyz N the Hood" co-star Laurence Fishburne.
MARY J . WILL STAR AS JAZZ GREAT
MTV/Paramount has announced that Mary J. Blige will star as the late vocalist Nina Simone in a feature film about her rise to stardom and her relationship with Paris-based manager Clifton Henderson. Most known for her civil rights anthems "Mississippi Goddam" (written in response to the murder of Medgar Evers) and "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," Simone made music on her own terms, defying categorization by swirling R&B with jazz and blues. In 1974, the chanteuse went into exile, eventually ending up in Paris, where she died in 2003.
THE RETURN OF MOESHA
Brandy is coming back to series television, courtesy of a new WB comedy pilot written by the creator of "Girlfriends," Mara Brock Akil. The pilot will star Brandy as a 25-year-old New Yorker who moves to Los Angeles for a new gig as an entertainment editor. Brandy’s last series television stint was a five-year run on UPN’s "Moesha." Her TV resume also includes the 1997 musical "Cinderella," in which she played the title character.
THE DRAMA THAT IS BRITNEY
THINGS seem to be going from bad to worse in the Britney Spears/Kevin Federline marriage.
Spears, who kicked her under-employed, party-loving hubby out of her Malibu abode last week, is now said to be "furious" with her man and "wants to punish him," according to a well-informed source.
A spy in Spears' camp told PAGE SIX, "She is trying to repossess the $200,000 Ferrari she bought him. She is sick and tired of his partying ways and the constant flow of complete drug addicts coming in and out of her house."
The fight that led to Spears booting Federline from their home reportedly began over his having his "weedman" — or pot dealer — over to the house and hanging around their newborn son, Sean Preston.
After she kicked Federline out on Thursday, Spears went out dancing at Los Angeles hot spot LAX.
Federline, for his part, didn't seem to mind the sudden freedom. He spent the weekend partying with pals in Las Vegas — presumably on Spears' dime.
According to our sources, Federline and "an entourage" danced away until 4:30 a.m. at Tao while Mike Tyson and Joy Bryant looked on.
RUPAUL TURNING TRICKS??
THE hookers may be gone from the Meatpacking District, but the police are still on the lookout - as RuPaul found out last week. The trannie actor was shooting his latest movie, "Whitepaddy," on West 13th Street. According to our production source: "Since it's a small-budget indie film, we weren't using any lights for the scene. Ru was on his knees simulating [oral sex] on someone in plain view when a cop pulled over." The officer was quickly set straight.
December 02, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 11/2CRY ME A RIVER JUSTIN
World Entertainment News Network reports that Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. turned down a request by Justin Timberlake to collaborate with the *NSYNC star on his second solo album, blaming Jive Records. "Justin's my boy. We got a lot of history together, we got Grammys off his album," Pharrell said. "We'll always be cool but his record label upset me so I'm not going to be on his next project. I told him not to worry - he could win more Grammys with his own solo work." Read more.
GET SHOT AND DIE TRYIN'
While police in the Pittsburgh area have backed away from claims that a shooting death at a movie theater was linked to its showing of 50 Cent's new movie, authorities in Syracuse, New York believe that a recent increase in shootings appears to be linked to a fight between rival gangs that occurred after both groups saw the movie.READ MORE
Jennifer Garner gave birth to a bouncing baby girl yesterday - and Jen and hubby Ben Affleck are tickled pink, er, Violet. Reps for Garner and Affleck, both 33, confirmed the couple welcomed the newborn into the world at 6:26 p.m., and E! News reported she was named Violet. "Mother, father and baby are doing great," said their publicist, Ken Sunshine. It's the first child for Garner and Affleck, who wed in June.
KATIE COURIC TO GO FROM MORNING COFFEE TO EVENING STABBINGS
EXPECT CBS to announce that Katie Couric will take over as anchor of "CBS Evening News" any day now. The Los Angeles Times reports, "CBS News President Sean McManus has been doggedly courting Couric to switch networks" and take Dan Rather's old slot. Her $13-million-a-year contract with NBC doesn't expire until May. Sources also say "Good Morning America" co-host Charlie Gibson will get the anchor chair of the late Peter Jennings at ABC's "World News Tonight." And, finally, look for Shelley Ross, the sidelined former exec producer of "GMA" and "Primetime Live," to replace Rick Kaplan as head of anemic MSNBC.
OUR FAVE D-LISTER MAY GET HUBBY BACK
CHRISTMAS season has kicked off with a bit of good news. Our favorite comic, Kathy Griffin, is working things out with hubby Matt Moline. The two showed up together the other night at Malibu Rum's "Light Up Your Holidays" event at Pig 'N Whistle in Los Angeles, where Griffin told Mario Lavandeira of Perezhilton.com: "Matt and I are like Pam [Anderson] and Tommy Lee . . . We'll [bleep] pigs. We'll do anything . . . We're trying to make it work." Congratulations! Catch Kathy and Matt in New York when they host the Malibu Rum party at the Mercury Bar on Ninth Avenue Dec. 8.
HIT THE ROAD JACK...
BRITNEY Spears' marital problems are getting worse. The pop tart and her husband, Kevin Federline, got into a big fight after flying from N.Y.-to-L.A. Federline packed a bag and is staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel. To celebrate her freedom, Spears went out with two girlfriends and the Maloof brothers, who own the Palms Casino/Hotel in Las Vegas. The group went to club LAX, where they danced and partied till the wee hours. Just two weeks ago, PAGE SIX reported the couple's brawling over Federline's profligate spending and perpetual partying. A rep for Spears declined comment.
TRACY MORGAN GETS SECOND CHANCE AT SITCOM...YOU CAN BREATHE AGAIN PEOPLE
Tracy Morgan is starring in an untitled comedy pilot for NBC written by his former 'Saturday Night Live" co-star Tina Fey. The story will star Morgan as a hotshot comedy star featured in an "SNL"-type sketch show called "Friday Night Bits." Fey, who also serves as "SNL's" head writer, will executive produce the pilot along with "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels.
MY REAL LIFE BUDDY,JESSE MARTIN WANTS TO BE MARVIN GAYE...LET'S GET IT ON THEN
Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin says he would love to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic someday. "I'd love to play Marvin Gaye. I've been sort of chasing it for a really, really long time," Martin said, according to Contact Music. "If I'm really lucky, and everybody keeps a kind thought in their heads for me, I just may get to do it."
And when he's not chilling with me in SoHo or Tribeca,he can be seen in the movie adaptation of the musical he starred in,RENT.