Before I worked at The Frisky, I did several years’ time in the weird — very weird — world of gossip magazines and tabloid websites. I know, I know, hard to believe there was life before The Frisky! But! I worked for several strange and sundry places (Us Weekly, OK! and TMZ among them) that make their money selling the American public on the latest news on the Kardashians, Hiltons and Lohans — or whomever else might happen to capture the public imagination at the moment. And because I spent some time in that world, I picked up a few things about how celebrity gets bought and sold and perpetuated. And in the spirit of the holidays, and because sharing is caring, I’m going to tell you, really, how the celebrity industrial complex manufactures your daily dose of craptacular celeb news, paparazzi shots and insider scoops. Keep reading »
Back when Beyonce announced her pregnancy at the MTV VMAs at the end of August, the singer was said to be three months along, putting her due date towards the end of February. In the video I posted on Monday, Beyonce holds up that day’s newspaper dated for September 23 and says that she’s six months pregnant, making her further along in her pregnancy than initially suspected. Now the tabloids are crowing that Bey is due at Christmastime. Except that’s wrong too, because it’s based on the common misestimation (I’m guilty of this myself) that a pregnancy is nine months long, when it’s actually 10. If Beyonce was six months pregnant at the end of September, that means she was 24 weeks along, with another 16 weeks to go; that means Babyonce is due at the end of January. Then again, I’m pretty sure Beyonce and husband Jay-Z don’t really want any of us to know when she’s due and could be leaking the conflicting information themselves to throw us off the trail. Who knows? Maybe Babyonce won’t be chillin’ in her Swarovski crystal-encrusted basinet until April. Or maybe she popped out a month ago and is napping as we speak. Or maybe we should all stop playing armchair gynecologist and just wait and see. But send your gift soon, just incase. [WWTDD]
Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber‘s “All I Want For Christmas” duet debuted last night during the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center. The best I can say about it is “feel good Christmas music” with a questionably appropriate music video.
Now, Mariah Carey is Mariah Carey. High notes and shaking her spray-tanned booty is what she’s about. It is the way of the world. I think her short-short-short Santa outfit in her “All I Want For Christmas” music video with Justin Bieber pushes the line of good taste. But hey, this is a grown woman obsessed with rainbows, stuffed animals and butterflies that we’re talking about.
No, my discomfort with the “All I Want For Christmas” music video is the flirtation between Mariah and Justin Bieber. Keep reading »
“I know it’s gonna surprise a lot of people to hear this … but Doug [Hutchinson] was legitimately concerned about some of the sexual content and how people might not be able to separate who he is as a person from the character he was playing.”
– Director Richard O’ Sullivan on Doug Hutchinson‘s moral and ethical reservations about starring in the “The Genesis of Lincoln,” a film about a director who has “a strange and scandalous relationship with the teenage pop star he casts.” Hmmm. The storyline sounds vaguely familiar. Some parts hit a little too close to home. I suppose he doesn’t want to be typecast for the rest of his career as “the lecherous dude who has a thing for teenage girls.” Ick. [ONTD]