Over many seasons of “American Idol,” contestants and viewers alike became familiar with the sometimes incoherent ramblings of Paula Abdul. Now that she’s decided to leave the show, producers have come up with a creative solution on how to replace her. Contestants auditioning for the next season of “American Idol” will not only have to get over stage fright, but they’ll need to stop themselves from being starstruck. For the auditions, Paula will be replaced by a rotating cadre of actual celebrities, a new star in each of the seven cities. Yesterday, we found out Victoria Beckham would be one of the guest judges. Now Katy Perry is in. Producers are scrambling to find five more. [E! Online]
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are leaving their home state and taking a road trip to Long Island. On October 16, they’ll be speaking for an evening at a theater in Westbury. It’ll cost $30 to $50 for folks to buy a ticket—but don’t worry, a pitcher of sangria comes with the admission price to make the evening slightly more tolerable. But, uh, Live Nation did leave one very important detail out of their ad … Danielle Staub won’t be at the event! I find this to be utter blasphemy. Spending money to see the “Real Housewives” without Danielle is like buying a dog after it was a puppy––it’s just not as much fun. [LiveNation] Keep reading »
The Movie: “Paper Heart” The Trailer: Charlyne Yi doesn’t believe in love and so she travels around America interviewing real people, trying to find out what the big deal is. Then in walks Michael Cera who develops real life feelings for Charlyne and their budding romance is captured on film by the documentary crew (who are actually actors). It’s not really clear how much of the movie is documentary and how much is part of the script penned by Yi and director Nick Jasenovec. As Entertainment Weekly says, “The movie’s hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another — an arresting notion of the heart that’s much more than paper-deep.” [EW] The Hitch: So, so excited. Not just for the hipster love connection, or the spillover cast from “Knocked Up,” but also for the Applebee’s and hot wings girl, I have a feeling that I have much to learn from her.
The Movie: “Julie and Julia” The Trailer: A movie based on a book based on two women’s parallel lives, “Julie and Julia” was inspired by Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name. Julie (Amy Adams) needs inspiration for her blog and decides to recreate all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie’s story runs parallel to Julia Child’s (played by Meryl Streep), based on her posthumously released autobiography, detailing her years learning to cook at Cordon Bleu in post-WWII Paris. And though both characters have refreshingly healthy marriages, this is not a romantic comedy, which is pretty new for director Nora Ephron.
The Hitch: Finally! So excited for this movie! Meryl Streep perfects the role of Julia Child and you have to love movies about bloggers…especially when there’s a year-long menu of amazing food involved. Both women took private cooking lessons before the movie started filming and of the foodie experience Amy Adams says, ”Ooooh, butter! I didn’t eat nearly enough butter before this movie!” [EW]
The Movie: “G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra” The Trailer: Apparently the movie isn’t based on the animated series, but instead on the comic books which came out in 1982. And producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (of “Transformers” fame) wants to stress that it’s not about American foreign policy, “It’s about a team of skilled operatives fighting an evil organization that’s trying to take over the world. There are no politics in it at all.” Huh. Okay. There is also no character named Joe in the movie, as the name was the 1940′s military version of John Doe. The good guys consist of Duke (Channing Tatum), Hawk (Dennis Quaid), and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) while the bad guys are played by Baroness (Sienna Miller) and Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The Hitch: I was going to write this one off as another macho explosive movie, actually I’m still going to do that but my curiosity peaked when I heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing the masked villain, because that could be amazing. Paramount didn’t let any reviewers catch the movie before it came out, but it’s up in the air whether that means it sucks or not.
There may be a few things men don’t understand about women, but seriously, despite being the “simpler” sex, there are still lots of things we don’t get about them (scratchy sheets, anyone?). After the jump, 10 things about men that confound and boggle. Keep reading »
So if that commercial for the Western Bacon Thickburger didn’t convince you, this advertisement surely will: Padma Lakshmi is really,really sexy. It’s for her jewelry line and was shot last spring by legendary fashion photographer, Steven Meisel. As is plenty obvious, Lakshmi is in the buff and “dressed” only in gold necklaces and gemstones from her collection. The ad will be featured in magazines this fall and will also be seen on her website, PadmaLakshmi.com. The jewels are sold online at Bergdorf Goodman stores nationwide. Nude model/designer not included. Do we like? [WWD]
“My mom started asking when I was 12, ‘Is there anything you want to tell me?’ I then told her I was bisexual. And she said, ‘You’re so trendy, but you are not bisexual, you are gay.’ She cut to the chase. What can I say?
Another day, another Gwyneth Paltrow GOOP edition chock-full of sage advice. This time she addresses the beauty realm, and here’s a synopsis of the tips: Make a body scrub by mixing Turbinado (that’s sugar that comes from the first pressing of the sugar cane), olive oil and coarsely ground coffee, the latter of which Miss Paltrow does not, repeat, does not ever drink. Soften skin with oatmeal and honey before rubbing it with aloe vera juice to reduce redness, and reduce puffy morning eyes by placing chilled spoons over your lids or use cotton pads soaked in cold milk. Prevent wrinkles by doing daily facial exercises like sticking your tongue out as far as you can while keeping your eyes wide for 30 seconds. Apply a boatload of coconut oil after a bath to goop up your skin, which we can assure you is the story behind her seriously oily legs on “Letterman” recently.
I’m so confused, y’all. Last night’s episode was all about the feud brewing between Sheree and Kim, and the one simmering between Kim, Lisa and NeNe. And I can’t tell who is lying, who’s acting extra for the cameras, and who really should be friends. After the jump, I recap what went down in The ATL when “The Real Housewives” tried to discuss their drama. Keep reading »