Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Adorable Dolphins...Awwwe!

Heather Was Dazed And Confused


I mentioned a couple of days ago that Heather Lockear had been arrested in Santa Barbara on suspicion of driving while impaired.


A witness called police after seeing a woman who they did not know was Heather, revving her engine loudly and repeatedly backing up over a pair of sunglasses in a parking lot.

It's being claimed that Heather was "driving erratically," left her car in the road and then stumbled through traffic. When police arrived, they found her car parked on a state highway blocking a lane into Montecito, a very wealthy area ( that's where Oprah lives) of Santa Barbara.

They are still awating test results to determine if drugs were a factor. Chances are, that's gonna be positive.

It's been rumored for a long time now that the reasons for Heather checking herself into the rehab center back in June were not for anxiety and depression but were for drugs and alcohol instead.

Let's hope she gets the help that she needs this time. It's pretty sad.






Photo credit: KM Press Group / Rex Features

Monday, September 29, 2008

Travis Released From Hospital

Travis Barker was released from the Doctors hospital in Augusta, Georgia today following a horrific plane crash that occured on September 19, that took the lives of 4 people and seriously injured Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein.

Travis who suffered severe burns on his torso and lower part of his body, is said to be traveling back hom to Los Angeles. A source told People magazine that Travis who is traveling by bus back to L.A. , will not not be getting on any more planes. The source said, "Trust me, [Barker] will never fly again — ever."

And who could blame him? It seems to me that the guy had already had a premonition about all of this to start with.

Another source said that Travis will continue treatment at a hospital in L.A. and that he just "wants to be home." They added, "He's not in good shape. It's still serious. It's very serious.”

TMZ reported that DJ AM, who was released a few days ago and is back in L.A. now, apparently went against doctors orders to pay his respects at a memorial service held today for Travis's assistant and good friend Chris Baker, who was killed in the crash.



In honor of Chris, friends and family wore Chris's favorite color green to the service which was held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood.

Travis and DJ AM are both expected to make a full recovery.

If you would like to make a donation to the memorial funds that were established for the benefit of Chris Baker and Charles Still's families, here is the info.

"Chris Baker Memorial Fund" and "Charles Still Memorial Fund"

Send to:
Memorial Fund
1840 South Milliken
Ontario, CA 91761


Photo credit: Travis- Charley Gallway / Getty Images, DJ AM & memorial service- National Photo Group

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Little Matilda Rose Will Be Taken Care Of


It is being reported that Heath Ledger's 2 year old daughter, Matilda Rose, will be taken care of after all.

At the time of his death, Heath had not updated his will to include his daughter Matilda. His original will had listed is parents and sisters as beneficiaries.

There had been rumors that Matilda's mom, Michelle Williams, was going to lodge a claim on behalf of her daughter but Heath's father Kim, has put that rumor to rest.


He said, "There is no claim. Our family has gifted everything to Matilda."

Heath's estate is believed to be worth more than $20 million dollars. If thats the case, Matilda should be well taken care of.



Scarlett and Ryan Say "I Do"

Hollywood Hills Life has learned that Scarlett Johannson, 23 , and Ryan Reynolds, 31 , were married on Saturday.

A rep for Ryan, Meredith O'Sullivan, confirmed that the couple were married in Canada.

They were married during a private ceramony at a wilderness resort outside of Vancouver.

The couple had announced their engagement in May.

We will probably be hearing a new song real soon by Alanis Morissette on the subject. She too, had once been engaged to Ryan. Alanis has been eating a lot of ice cream ever since the break-up.

It is the first marriage for both and we wish them well.


Heather Locklear Arrested?!


Heather Locklear of all people, was arrested on Saturday night in Santa Barbara.

She was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. Law enforcement officers say that alchohol was not a factor but they are conducting tests to determine if she was under the influence of drugs.

Heather was released on her own recognizance, without having to post bail.

Poor Ava. Both of her parents were arrested in the same year for pretty much the same thing.

Heather's ex husbnad and Ava's dad, Richie Sambora, was arrested in March and pleaded no contest to a DUI. Ava was driving in the car with her dad when this happened and had to witness daddy being hauled off by the cops.

At least this time, she wasn't driving in the car with her Heather, so she didn't have to see the same thing happen with mommy.

I think it's time for some family therapy. Wouldn't you say?

Heather checked herself into a medical center last June in Arizona for anxiety and depression. Maybe she took too much Valium before she drove yesterday???



Photo credit: Steve Granitz / WireImage

Saturday, September 27, 2008

R.I.P. Paul Newman


Hollywood legend Paul Newman passed away on Friday. He was 83 years old.

He died at home in Westport, Connencticut following a long battle with cancer.

Newman leaves behind his wife of 50 years, actress Joanne Woodward, and six children.


Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester, of Newman's Own Foundation, released this message in rememberance of Paul Newman, who among many things, was an enormously charitable man.

"Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all.

Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance.

An exceptional example is the legacy of Newman's Own. What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home, turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million.

While his philanthropic interests and donations were wide-ranging, he was especially committed to the thousands of children with life-threatening conditions served by the Hole in the Wall Camps, which he helped start over 20 years ago. He saw the Camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back, and raise a little hell. Today, there are 11 Camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Through the Camps, well over 135,000 children have had the chance to experience what childhood was meant to be.

In Paul's words: "I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it."

Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humor, and humanness. His legacy lives on in the charities he supported and the Hole in the Wall Camps, for which he cared so much.

We will miss our friend Paul Newman, but are lucky ourselves to have known such a remarkable person."




Friday, September 26, 2008

He Did It Again!

As I mentioned earlier today, Sacha Baron Cohen already pulled a prank backstage at the Iceberg show on Wednesday.

This time it happened on the runway during the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada show in Milan on Thursday, when Sasha's alter ego Bruno took to the catwalk, uninvited of course, wearing about 200 pounds of clothes and possibly a few blankets.

Check out the video.

You've got to admit that Cohen has got some GIANT cojones for doing what he does.


DJ AM Released From Hospital

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein was released from the hospital today and is on his way back home to Los Angeles.

A rep for AM made this statement: "Adam Goldstein has been released from Doctors Hospital. While he is deeply saddened by the events, he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends world wide. We ask that you continue to respect his privacy as he rests and heals and mourns the loss of his friends".

No word yet on Travis Barker.


Sacha AKA Bruno Invades Milan Shows

Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. He's left Borat at home and brought Bruno out to play for a while. In case you've never seen him in action, Bruno is his flamboyant Austrian fashionista character. Bruno is even funnier than Borat so this should be good.

While filming Cohen's upcoming movie titled "Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Male" on location this week in Milan, Cohen let Bruno loose in the same fashion that he did with Borat, by not letting the "innocent" in on his tricks. Bruno and his posse (camera crew) bypassed security using fake passes at the Iceberg show and freaked everyone out when he went totally mental while "interviewing" stylist, Paolo Gerani, 5 minutes before the show was to start. Bruno was thrashing about until Gerani was able to hold him, in order for a group of security to pounce on him.

Italian TV showed footage of Cohen dressed as Bruno, wearing head-to-toe velcro and a blonde wig, running around screaming and hurling himself at the clothes racks. The models were screaming as well. Damn it! I wish I could have been there to see it. Although I would have been laughing uncontrollably, at the same time I would have been thinking OH NO, the clothes! Save the clothes!

How fun would it be to walk in Sacha Baron Cohen's aka Bruno aka Borat aka Ali G shoes for a day?

Needless to say, he along with all of his aliases, are no longer welcome into any of the fashion houses. He later tried and failed to get into the Dsquared show on Thursday.

Click here to watch partial video of what went down. I'm still trying to get the rest of the footage.

You can hear an Italian woman yelling SA-KUR-E-TEE!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Uh Oh! Jen Is Drunk Dialing Now


There are rumors flowing around town that Jennifer Aniston has been drowning her sorrows over the break-up with John Mayer (he's so not worth it), in a few too many afternoon delights with her new beau, vino.

A friend says, "Jennifer reached out to John first. She had a few glasses of wine - then decided to throw caution to the wind and make the first move.

John was pleasantly surprised to hear from her. He says they’ve been in contact pretty much every day since and he’s really looking forward to seeing her again soon."

Mayer is said to have grown concerned over his ex’s wayward lifestyle and urged her to slow down. I doubt that but who knows?

A source told the Daily Mail that "Jennifer's friends are worried. She’s had a really tough time since the break-up and the more time goes on, she realizes how much John still means to her. Basically, she’s still in love with him and has had a really tough time letting go."

Jen's afternoon delights with vino may have actually started when she began dating Mayer.

The source also said, "Jen just needs to be careful about not being so needy and vulnerable when it comes to men. Unfortunately partying tends to bring that side out of her and she’s a lot more appealing to John when she parties less."

Either way, I'm sure that Mayer is totally elated about there being another reason for people to talk about him.


*UPDATE* Sharon Stone Saying She Didn't Lose Custody


I mentioned a few days ago that Sharon Stone had lost custody of her son Roan, per court documents that were released stating that fact. But Ms. Stone is saying it just ain't so.

Fox News online is reporting that they have confirmed with Sharon's lawyer, Martin Singer, that the actress went to court in hopes of gaining permission for Roan, 8 , to be enrolled in a school in the Los Angeles area (where she resides) rather than in Northern California, where he currently lives with his father and her ex-husband, newspaper executive Phil Bronstein.

The request was rejected and according to the court minute order dated Sept. 12, this was because Bronstein "can provide a more structured continuity, stable, secure and consistent home for the child."

The order is permanent unless there is a change of circumstance, meaning if Bronstein moves out of San Francisco.

I don't know about you, but to me it sounds like Sharon Stone lost custody of her son, no matter how they spin it.


Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

It's A Devil Wearing Prada


Models were falling down like dominos on the runway at the Prada show in Milan this week. Even Mz. Anna Wintour, Her Fashion Highness, was there to witness the faux pas. And a grande faux pas it twas.

Guests in the audience even had to help models back on their feet and you know, that's never a good thing.

I know the fabulous Miuccia Prada was being experimental and innovative with this new little look she's got going on involving nylon footies with sky-high heals, but trying to maneuver this look on the streets or on the runway, is like trying to walk on ice with blocks of wet ice on your feet.

Poor things must have been scared to death to walk back out there.

Who wants an angry Italian woman yelling at you anyway? Mama Mia!





Photo credit: AP and EPA

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What Would Rachel Save?

Even though I don't feel all warm and fuzzy about Rachel Zoe, I'm still watching the Rachel Zoe Project because lets face it, fashion is my weakness. So, I have to watch and I can't stop myself. I suppose you could compare it with a person being addicted to watching porn.

A good friend of mine insists that I would like Rachel because she's "nice," but I can't hang with anybody who uses the word "bananas" to describe something. Anything. I just can't.

So, back to why I'm still watching the show. This clip pretty much sums up why I watch. It feeds my addiction.

You know, watching the show last night did bring a question to mind though. If Rachel's house was on fire and she could only save one thing, would she save her career or would she save her marriage?

R.I.P. Roger.

Side note: Roger looks like a slightly better looking version of Todd Oldham, no?



Photo credit: Jillian Babbitt

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Flea Goes Back To School


Michael Balzary AKA Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has loaded up his backpack and headed back to school with all of the other 18 year olds, as the dopest freshman ever. Only he's not 18, he's 45. But still, the dopest freshman ever.

He's enrolled as an undergraduate visitor in USC's Thornton School of Music. Go Trojans! Flea can be seen around campus several days a week. How cool is that? I sat next to Flea today at lunch. Oh Yea? Well, I walked to class with him! Shut up! For reals man and he even let me borrow his pencil. No way, shuuuut up!

Flea gave an interview with an LA Times blogger. This is what he had to say about school, the Chili Peppers going on hiatus, his solo project and his long lost stuffed animal pants:

So you're taking classes at USC. What brought that on?

I’m glad my music education has developed the way that it has, but it’s so much fun to learn this stuff because I never knew anything. I played trumpet in the school bands. I learned things I liked to play on my trumpet but I didn’t learn why this note goes with this note and why it produces that sound. Or how to create tension in the composition. The Chili Peppers did that in our song structures but all based on emotion and intuition as opposed to knowing the math and academics of it. Knowing the structure is really fun.

What classes are you taking?

I'm taking three: theory, composition and jazz trumpet.

What are you studying in jazz trumpet?

In jazz trumpet, I’m improvising over jazz changes and getting comfortable with that. I’m also studying with a classical guy named Boyd Hood who plays with the L.A. Phil. But the jazz teacher at USC is named John Thomas. Right now he's having me transcribe a trumpet solo from Lee Morgan off the track “Party Time” from the album “The Procrastinator.”

Do you ever get any students who say, "Why are you here? You don’t need this, you’ve been in a successful band."

Well, not from people there, but people outside the school have looked at me like, what are you doing? Except for real musicians who understand. I think most people see it as being about commerce –- you only go to school to make money, and you already make money playing music so why would you go to school? It seems backwards but it makes perfect sense to me. My whole musical life has been an educational process and I’m just furthering my education and filling in the blanks. There’s stuff that I want to know that I don’t know.

So, are the Chili Peppers working on a new album?

No, we’re on a major hiatus. It's a two-year hiatus.

And that was very set? You said, 'Two years and then we’ll talk about starting again"?

Basically, yeah. We just needed two years. We had our noses to the grindstones so hard for so long. We needed to get away from it and get a fresh perspective on things.

At this point, do you guys have plans to get back together and record something else?

We’re just taking the two years off and seeing where we are at the end of that.

What about solo work for you?

I’ve been making a record at home and it’s nearly done. It’s mostly instrumental stuff but I have Patti Smith singing on it and the choir from the school but mostly it’s an instrumental record. I’m not sure how to describe it but a lot of people have described it as cinematic, like soundtrack music. It’s not really a commercial enterprise, it’s not going to be on rock radio or anything. The record is based on the character Helen Burns from "Jane Eyre." I love Charlotte Bronte and all of the Bronte sisters.

I've got to ask: Do you still have the stuffed animal pants?

Someone stole them. It’s so funny because for years I always lived in crappy little apartments but right when we got the money from signing with Warner Brothers I got to buy a house. I bought a nice house in Los Feliz that I was real excited about. I drove home and the first night at that house, someone broke into my car and stole my bass, my leather jacket and those stuffed animal pants out of my trunk. And I had lived in crappy neighborhoods for so long and never got robbed. As soon as I stepped up, someone took my stuff. I commissioned the girl who made them to make me another pair and I never saw the money or the pants again.


New Daddy Clay Aiken Says He's Gay

Clay Aiken has come out of the closet, so it appears. One could say that there has been lots of speculation about this for a while now.

PerezHilton posted this People magazine cover on his blog and People has neither confirmed nor denied the story. People's website does read "Come back Wednesday for the full scoop on Clay Aiken at 7 a.m. EDT."

I guess that says it all. Wonder what finally made him fess up? Being a single gay parent? Dunno, but it would probably be kind of hard to remain anonymously homosexual when you've got a kid running around the house.


People magazine cover courtesy of PerezHilton.com

Sharon Loses Custody Of Son

Sharon Stone, who seems to be having some bizarre behavior lately, has lost physical custody of her son Roan, who is 8 years old.

She had been sharing custody with her ex husband Phil Bronstein.

Court documents from a September 12, 2008 custody hearing state that her ex Bronstein "shall have permanent sole physical custody of child."

Sharon's pleas to the court of request for modification of custody were denied by the judge who noted that this order is permanent unless there is a change of circumstances.

The court felt that Sharon had failed to meet her "burden of proof." Translated into English means that she was supposed to get her shit together to prove that she was a capable mom and she didn't do it.

Maybe she's going through a mid-cougar-life crisis.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Emmy's Show A Big Stinker Plus We Don't Care Who You Are Voting For

The Emmy's were terribly terribly boring last night. I kept wandering in and out of the room because all I could think about was everything else I could be doing. It couldn't hold my attention. I don't think it could hold any one's attention.

I have to mention this before my head pops off and goes rolling down the street...

I am also SOOOOOO sick of certain celebrities, mostly actors, using any public platform possible to try to make themselves look more informed, serious, smart and more important than they actually are, by forcing us into listening to their "worthy" opinion on politics at the most inappropriate times. Give us a break.

Getting up to receive an award for their work as an actor should be simple enough. "I'd like to thank my family, my agent, my manager, my director, God-Jesus-Buddha-Mohammad-Cap'N Crunch, and my 1st grade teacher who saw something special in me just by the way I cut my construction paper and oh oh oh yes, my fans. I can't forget my fans."

If they wanted to add in thanking our Troops for always having our backs in order to ensure our over-all freedom as well as the freedom to be an actor in the first place, that would be appropriate.

And then they should blow some kisses and get off the stage. Easy, right? Appropriate, right?

The question is, what in the hell do politics have to do with someone winning an award for acting? The answer is...NOTHING.

An awards ceremony isn't a soapbox. That wouldn't be appropriate in any other professional work-related awards ceremony. Can you imagine? How weird and awkward would that be?

Probably just as weird and awkward as when they do it.

If certain celebrities feel that the general public is having problems with figuring out who to vote for in the next election , I've got a hunch that "the people" have a list of ways in which to get informed. Like by reading the newspaper, reading books, researching on the Internet, going to rallies, debating with friends and loved ones and turning on the news. I doubt that tuning into the Emmy's would be on that list.

Save it for swag week.