Mariah Carey’s New Album Takes Product Shilling To The Next Level

Mariah Carey’s next album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, hits shelves on September 15th. And it’ll be a lot bigger than your traditional CD. The album will come bundled with a 34-page magazine made by the folks at Elle. The ad section of the book, which covered the costs for this endeavor, will be home to lifestyle ads that reflect Mariah’s taste—Elizabeth Arden, Angel Champagne, Carmen Steffens, Le Métier de Beauté, and the Bahamas Board of Tourism. A second section of the magazine will contain articles all about Mariah, with “VIP Access to Her Sexy Love Life,” “Amazing Closet,” and “Recording Rituals.” The third part of the book will be your traditional liner notes, full of lyrics and images. The entire booklet will also be available in digital form, and an abridged version will be tucked into 500,000 copies of Elle’s October issue.

Sure, this is the first cross-platform collaboration of its kind. But isn’t this shill-fest taking things way too far?
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Kristin Cavallari Caught Reading A “Hills” Script

We already knew “The Hills” was fake from that time Lauren Conrad told the ladies on “The View” that Spencer wasn’t on the other end of her apology phone call. Oh, and from that other time when L.C. wrote a book based on her experience on “The Hills,” and the characters weren’t sure if what they were going through was real or set up. But now, the show’s producers are totally slacking and not even trying to hide the fakery. Yesterday, a paparazzi photographer caught Kristin Cavallari flat-out reading through a “Hills” script with a producer before filming a clearly set-up romance between her and Justin Bobby. C’mon MTV, just so I don’t have to feel excessively guilty when I watch the next season, can’t you play pretend and at least attempt to cover up the phony reality? [NY Post] Keep reading »

A Gay Sherlock Holmes Movie?


Personally, I’m pretty excited about Guy Ritchie‘s upcoming “Sherlock Holmes” flick, starring Roberty Downey Jr. and Jude Law. From the preview, it looks pretty intense and I’m into the ninja thing that Sherlock has going on. But I became even more intrigued when Robert Downey Jr., said in an interview this week that in the movie, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are gay lovers. Downey Jr., who plays Sherlock, said that he and Dr. Watson (aka Jude) are “…two men who happen to be roommates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It’s bad-ass.” [Metro UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Lady Gaga Says She’s Not A Feminist

  • Lady Gaga told an interviewer she is not a feminist because, “I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars.” [Daily Beast]—Dang, Gaga, didn’t you read about that study that found feminists don’t actually hate men?
  • When I was a starry-eyed little girl, I wanted to be a doctor someday. The paint company Dutch Boy has other ideas: their homepage teases girly color selections under a banner reading, “Because she wants to be a princess when she grows up.” [Jezebel]—Oh, princess crapola, when will you die?
  • Police beat protesters outside a Sudanese court today, who had gathered to support Lubna Hussein, a female journalist who is on trial for violating Islamic law for wearing pants in public. Hussein, a former U.N. worker, has already received 10 lashes from police and paid a fine, but is facing 40 additional lashes. [Wall Street Journal]—If you are looking for something to be grateful for today, you’ve found your answer.

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Beyonce, Lady Gaga, And Britney Spears Top The MTV VMA Nominations

My pubescent pop-culture adrenaline soared to dangerous heights for MTV’s Video Music Awards back in high school. And still, it’s fun to see who made the cut. So get your ballots ready, cause the nominations are in! “Single lady” Beyoncé and Lady Gaga each have nine nominations, tying for the top spot. Britney Spears has the third-highest number of nominations—she reeled in seven. We’ll have to wait until September 13, when Russell Brand hosts the show for the second year in a row, to see who walks home with the most moon men. Maybe they should start making a moon woman? [MTV] Keep reading »

“The Sopranos” May Be The Next HBO Show Turned Into A Movie

I’m not going to lie, I actually loved the “Sex and The City” movie. It gave fans like me another dose of Carrie and the girls, who we’ve missed so intensely since the show’s finale. (And, of course, I’m holding my breath until the “SATC” sequel.) But now it seems that every popular HBO show is being considered for a movie version. Jeremy Piven already spilled the beans that he’s working on bringing Ari, Vince, and the rest of the “Entourage” crew to the big screen. Now word’s out about a possible “Sopranos” flick. Seriously?! [NY Daily News]
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Stephenie Meyer Accused Of Plagiarizing Parts Of “Breaking Dawn”

These days, everyone and their mother is reading and writing about vampires. And apparently Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and lesser-known scribe Jordan Scott have “similar” vampy storylines. Scott is claiming that Meyer plagiarized main bits of Breaking Dawn from her novel The Nocturne, which was released in 2006. So what’s the beef?
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No Critic Screenings For “G.I. Joe.” Does That Mean It Sucks?

The other weekend, I was at the New Jersey Shore, soaking up some sun on the beach, when a helicopter flew out over the water. All of a sudden, a rope ladder dropped from it, and a military dude climbed down. Everyone on the beach watched in awe—we all thought we were about to witness some kind of dramatic rescue. Until the guy unfurled a “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra” banner. There weren’t that many people on this specific beach, so I imagined that this helicopter, and probably many like it, had been going from beach to beach along the Eastern and Western seaboards to spread the word about the flick, which stars hottie Channing Tatum, sharp-dresser Sienna Miller, and Amelia’s new boyfriend Joseph Gordon-Levitt. [See you opening night, JGL! -- Editor] “Sheesh, they’re pumping a lot of resources into this movie,” I thought.

So I was kind of shocked when Paramount studios announced that they wouldn’t be holding screenings of “G.I. Joe” so that critics could check it out and review it. [AP via Google News] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Holy Inappropriateness!

La Toya Jackson and Christian Audigier had a meal at Mr. Chow’s recently. And I can’t help but wonder whether La Toya will ever dress appropriately. But I have to thank her for covering up that bare midriff, even if she’s only using her hand. No one over the age of 25 should feel comfortable exposing that much skin at a restaurant. [Beverly Hills, 8/3/09] Keep reading »

Paris Hilton’s Ex-Manager To Publish A Tell-All Book

Jason Moore, Paris Hilton‘s former manager, takes credit for turning “this blond piece of clay into a global icon.” And now, he’s pitching a book to publishers called Controlling Chaos, that describes exactly how he “sculpted” Paris into a superstar. He claims that the tome is a “business” book, but we bet Jason is going to be a lot more interesting than your average business writer because Paris, in her infinite wisdom, never made him sign a confidentiality agreement. Oops! Keep reading »

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