This week, I learned there’s an artist called Popa Chubby. Ha! While we’re not gonna take him for a spin, there is plenty of stuff that’ll keep you up for the work day! After the jump, Seabear hugs it out, The Whigs give us a party, Neon Trees grow, and Gin Wigmore is on the rocks. Keep reading »
Last night some new playas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You know what that means … former hotties in leather. Or, in this case, dread locks and polyester bell-bottoms. After the jump, which inductees I would Shun, Shag, and Marry. [Rock Hall] Keep reading »
I stayed up way past my bed time last night to watch Jessica Simpson
‘s new VH1 show, “The Price of Beauty
.” I didn’t have high hopes for the show in the first place (more on that later), but it ended up being kinda terrible in a way I hadn’t expected: “The Price of Beauty” is ostensibly about Simpson and her friends, CaCee Cobb and Ken Paves, traveling to different countries to learn about what they consider beautiful.
But instead, “The Price of Beauty” was a rather embarrassing display about rude American tourists who make inappropriate jokes and shriek, squeal and squirm when offered strange food. When Miss American Pie Jessica Simpson burst into a fit of sniggering giggles while meditating in a Buddhist temple with a Thai monk, I covered my eyes with my hands and winced. Keep reading »
After “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland,” we can be pretty sure that 3-D movies are here to stay. One that’s now in the works: “In the Beginning,” which will basically be a live-action telling of the book of Genesis. I’m wondering if the snake in the Garden of Eden will pop out and appear to be slithering around the audience’s head? Anyway, New York Magazine reports that David Cunningham will be directing the flick, which is strange because he only has one movie under his belt and it was a true stinker—hardly work that warrants being trusted with a $30-million epic. But they’ve figured out why he might have been chosen—he is the son of Loren Cunningham, who founded Youth With a Mission, which has 16,000 missionaries across the globe and trains another 25,000 a year. Perhaps they’ll be using this network to promote the flick? Apparently, there are lots of religious movies in the works, after the success of “The Passion of the Christ.” But will religious folks enjoy the good book in 3-D form? [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
It’s been raining for four days straight here in New York, and I am officially sick of staying in and watching television. And yet, there are so many exciting boob tube happenings this week that I’m looking forward to. From the premiere of Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty” and “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life” to fresh episodes of “Lost” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” here are the shows to watch this week. Keep reading »
I haven’t felt this excited about a historical epic film since watching trailers for 2000′s “Gladiator,” which I saw twice in theaters and dozens of times on DVD after that. And it’s no surprise the latest version of “Robin Hood” reminds me of “Gladiator” because it stars Russell Crowe and was directed by Ridley Scott. Although I really enjoy “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and have been known to say “Damned English oak” in my best Morgan Freeman Moorish accent, I know Scott’s version of this “rob from the rich to give to the poor” tale is going to be so much better. Robin’s love interest, the Lady Marian, is played by Cate Blanchett, and even she gets in on some of the action as Robin and his gang battle against the despotic sheriff and ineffective new king. Marian isn’t running around trying to keep the sheriff from raping her as in “Prince of Thieves,” and we don’t have to witness any hokey romance between Robin and her. Plus, special effects are way better than they were in the ’90s, and Scott is a master at capturing fight and battle scenes. “Robin Hood” hits theaters May 14. Keep reading »
It’s no secret that I have a rather low threshold for Rich Kids, especially Celebrity Rich Kids, who don’t get their elbows particularly dirty building up their resumes like the rest of us. A few months ago, I wrote a post grousing about how Ivanka Trump wrote a business advice book called The Trump Card; I found this super-obnoxious considering her life couldn’t be more different than those of the regular folks reading her book. Ivanka even admitted on “The View” that Anna Wintour offered her a job at Vogue upon graduation.
Last night Ivanka appeared with her dad, Donald, on “Celebrity Apprentice.” And I had the realization that I’d be eminently less annoyed with Ivanka if she undid some of her father’s damage. I’d like her to start with the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions. Keep reading »
“It probably saved my job. It was a defining moment. Like, ‘She’s serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel.’ I mean, what crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who is 20 and probably cosmetically enhanced? I looked a little pasty. But hey, at least I didn’t wet myself!”
—”American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi in the April issue of Women’s Health talking about putting on a bikini and doing a duet with “Bikini Girl” last season. Yeah, it would’ve been totally awkward if she’d wet herself. Ew. [People] Keep reading »