Monday, April 30, 2007

ecorazzi: WHERE IT'S AT!

Well, well, well, fellow Celebrity Hijinx readers - I have some wonderful news to share with you all!!! As of today, I am a contributing editor at ecorazzi, the latest in green gossip!!! I, of course, will still be posting here all the time! THIS IS MY HOME. ecorazzi is such a cool site though, and I hope that all of you will go and show them some support!!!

Here's the 411, STR8 from the ecorazzi blog:

"Celebrity gossip and news is a hot industry in today’s social market. People the world-over are fascinated with their favorite stars; what they’re doing, what they’re wearing, and who they’re dating.

We often overlook, however, how some people are using their fame as a vehicle to highlight and educate on issues important to them. Ecorazzi exists as a conduit to report on the latest celebrity gossip as it pertains to activism and inspiring change. The word eco is in our name, but more than the environment is supported by those in the spotlight. We also highlight humanitarian efforts, beneficial campaigns, fundraisers and acts of good. In the spirit of fair play, we’re quick to point how who’s slacking and who’s deserving of recognition.

Got a tip you might be interested in sharing with us? Know something juicy about a naughty/good celebrity? Want to team up on an issue or product? Let us know!"

Also, if you want to read my post, click here!

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If I Could Turn Back Time

Cher Doll Black Label™ Designed by Bob Mackie, Cher doll sets the world on fire in an iconic, original ensemble from her 1989 music video. Featuring beautiful detailing with authentic face sculpt and Cher's true-to-life cascading curly back hair. A must-have Barbie® Collector doll! Fashion designed especially for the ModelMuse™ Barbie® doll body. Not for use with other dolls.

Please, Dear Baby Jesus, This is Cheray. Please don't let any children buy or be exposed to this.


Crazy Ass Betch

So, this clip is from Conan O'brien, on Friday night. Man, oh man, I love me some Conan, but Tyra is straight-up coockoo! She must have drank 15 cups of coffee with a side of crazy.

A Rose is A Rose

Sources have identified Roseanne Barr as the top contender to replace Rosie O'Donnell on The View. Other contenders include Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathie Lee Gifford and Connie Chung.

"They're missing strong personalities on that show, and that's what they're going to need if they want to keep it going," an ABC staffer close to the situation told the Post. "It's going to be hard for them to follow Rosie," says an industry insider. "Roseanne could be the only one capable of pulling it off."

I'm not sure who is in charge of deciding who would be a good replacement, but, and I'm sure Dino will agree, I would love to see Roseanne on The View. Hopefully, she will have some sort of angry blow-up and bite Elisabeth Hasselbeck's head off.

Birthday ALARM

Actress Kirsten Dunst is 25.

Singer Willie Nelson is 74.
Singer Bobby Vee is 64.
Actor Perry King is 59.
Singer Merrill Osmond of The Osmonds is 54.
Director Jane Campion is 53.
Actor Adrian Pasdar (Heroes ) is 42.
Rapper Turbo B of Snap is 40.
Singer Akon is 34.
Singer Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is 34.
Actor Johnny Galecki (Roseanne ) is 32.
Rapper Lloyd Banks is 25.

FUN FACT: On this day in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to appear on television during the World Fair's opening ceremonies broadcast.

Friday, April 27, 2007

THINK BIG: A Controversial Acceptance

Amy Sorrell, a 30 year-old English teacher from Woodburn, Indiana faced losing her teaching job after a student newspaper published an editorial advocating tolerance of gays. Sorrell, who had been an English and journalism instructor at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School, was placed on paid leave March 19, two months after an editorial advocating tolerance of homosexuals ran in Woodlan's student newspaper, The Tomahawk. Sorrell had been the newspaper's adviser. School officials in the conservative northern Indiana community about 10 miles east of Fort Wayne said Sorrell did not comply with an agreement to alert the principal about controversial articles.

Sorrell reached an agreement that allows her to be transferred to another high school to teach English, said her attorney, Patrick Proctor. The agreement she signed includes a written reprimand that says she neglected her duties as a teacher and was insubordinate in refusing to obey school officials' orders. Sorrell said she is "very proud" of Megan Chase, the student who wrote the editorial calling for tolerance and acceptance of gays, and the Tomahawk's other writers and editors. But she said she could not financially afford to fight the school district over her discipline. [source]

As a teacher she should've followed the rules, but isn't it sad that "tolerence" and "acceptance" are considered controversial topics? I mean you can promote tolerence and acceptance of gay humans without talking about anal beads and strap-ons. Really, I wish I had the money to fight the school district for her. Although if I were her, I'd probably want to get the hell out of there anyway.

Jay Brannan - Body's A Temple

Questionable Quotes: Irony Edition

Lindsay Lohan's driver(John Zagata) after smashing into Tony Bennett's daughter's car:
'Don't you know who I am? I represent Lindsay Lohan! How dare you get in my way!' "

Ego much? Even her driver can't drive.

MTV Chooses The 'Big S'

MTV announced today that comedian Sarah Silverman will host this year's MTV Movie Awards. The show, which will be broadcast live for the first time ever, will be held on Sunday, June 3, in Universal City and produced by "Survivor" superstar Mark Burnett.

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Mood Music: Björk is Back

Björk opened her music box and revealed its latest treasure: Volta, the Icelandic powerhouse's forthcoming album, due out May 7 on One Little Indian/Atlantic.

The record was produced by Björk herself, and features a globe-trotting all-star cast of contributors, including Timbaland, Antony, Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, percussionist Chris Corsano, African collective Konono N°1, kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, Chinese pipa player Min Xiao-Fen, and a ten-piece Icelandic brass section.

A few weeks ago in New York City, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy sat down with Björk for her first interview about the new album. (Full disclosure: Stosuy is a friend of Matthew Barney, Björk's partner.) During their lengthy chat, Björk opened up about the politics and sonics of Volta, her relationships with her collaborators, and her plans for the future.

In the first part of a series that will continue over the course of the coming weeks, Björk talks about the rhythms of Volta: how they're different from the rhythms of her previous work, and how a trip to tsunami-stricken Indonesia inspired the life-force behind the beats.

Pitchfork: On your last album, Medulla, you focused on the human voice. This album has more of a percussive feel. Were you consciously trying to focus on percussion on this album?

Björk: I guess it was really different from how I usually work. Because at least with Homogenic, Vespertine, and Medulla, if there was a starting point, it was rhythms. I don't know why, maybe because it's the thing that I don't do. With Homogenic, I would start with a programmer, just to do distorted rock beats. And we did, I think, 100 just one bar things. And by the time I had written enough songs, I would just sit down, and then I could just sort of call it, 'okay, for the chorus of this song, like beat 73, and for the verse, number two' or whatever. And for Vespertine, I had just gotten my first laptop, and it was very much about the static universe of the internet, and all the beats clicking and everything whispered. So that would be the starting point. And obviously, Medulla was a vocal album.

But with this one, it was different because I knew more emotionally what I wanted. And because I'd done two or three projects in a row that were quite serious, maybe I just needed to get that out of my system or something. So all I wanted to do for this album was just to have fun and do something that was full-bodied and really up.

I actually did the whole album, and it wasn't until the last two or three months where the only jigsaw that hadn't been solved was the rhythms. We had done a lot of experiments with rhythms but I just threw them all away because it was like every time we did something really clever with drum programming beats, it was just too pretentious for this album, it just didn't stick.
For some reason, for me it was maybe a little bit nostalgic going back to 1992, where you had really simple 808 and 909 really lo-fi drum machines, not doing anything fancy but really basic, almost like rave stuff or trance stuff, and then really, really acoustic drums. So there are a couple of tracks on this album which are actually programs, with many programming hours spent, and you listen to it, and it sounds like kettle drums or something.

Pitchfork: Marching--both the rhythm of feet and the concept of marching itself--seems to play a big part in this record. What's the significance of marching?

Björk: I just wanted to get rhythmic again. Medulla was my way of pulling out of that, refusing to be categorized as 'Oh what rhythm is she going to do next?' Just feeling the pressure of all these young drum programmers or producers or whatever you call them contacting me, like, who was going to be the flavor of the month. It had become this kind of fashion statement, it just wasn't right.

I mean, I do love one-upmanship sometimes, like when you see kids breakdancing and who can do the best tricks. It's common, it's in our nature as animals, like the birds of paradise who've got the best feathers and that sort of stuff. But it's fun when it's impulsive and it's about fun. When it becomes clever, when it becomes more of a left-brain, who can mathematically out-do the other, it's not so fun anymore. And maybe I just sort of pulled out and did a whole vocal album.

But I definitely missed my rhythms. I mean, I love rhythms. I started an all-girl punk band when I was 14 and I was the drummer, not the singer. I'm very, very, very picky when it comes to rhythms. So it was fun to approach it from another angle on this one.

And I'd be lying if I didn't say it was some sort of reaction to the state of the world today. I mean, I went in January over a year ago to Indonesia, to the area where the tsunami hit the worst. Just seeing a village of 300,000 people and 180,000 died, and people were still there digging people out and the smell of corpses and bone. The tsunami kind of scraped houses away, you could still see the floor, and the people I was with found their mom's favorite dress kind of in the mud and it was just like, outrageous.

I mean, the human race, we are a tribe, let's face it, and let's stop all this religious bullshit. I think everybody, or at least a lot of my friends, are just so exhausted with this whole self-importance of religious people. Just drop it. We're all fucking animals, so let's just make some universal tribal beat. We're pagan. Let's just march. [photo by Erez Sabag]

Video: Bjork: Hidden Place [from the Vespertine LP]

and this is one of my personal favorite videos of all time... All is Full of Love


Birthday ALARM

Singer Kate Pierson of The B-52's is 59.

Announcer Casey Kasem is 75.
Actor Douglas Sheehan (Knots Landing) is 58.
Guitarist Ace Frehley (Kiss) is 56.
Singer Sheena Easton is 48.
Actor James Le Gros (Ally McBeal) is 45.
Singer Mica Paris is 38.
Singer-guitarist Travis Meeks of Days of the New is 28.
Singer-guitarist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is 23.

FUN FACT: On this day in 1978, former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

One Quelle Surprise Blind Vice

Here I go again: another damn Vice ‘bout yet another limp-wristed Hollywood hubby. And I use the antigay terminology only because it’s deserved in this sitch. Fey Ray had it all. Beautiful woman. Gorgeous friends, hangers-on and so forth—all the accompanying high-life accoutrements that strangely just seem to come to heterosexual couples playing house, so rarely the gay ones, save Ellen ‘n’ Portia.

Fey-stud also had such nice teeth (I know, I have a thing with sparkling molars and incisors, so please forgive me). But he also had a penchant for little boys—nothing underage, mind you—something his gal was actually okay with! Still. It wasn’t enough. A once-in-a-while little fagola fling (even with his baby’s blessings) just wasn’t enough for F.R., so he just had to go and bust things up with his gorgeous honey, so stupid-ola. I say dumbo time ‘cause Fey actually is one of those rare creatures who is bisexual. So many folks say they are just to get more headlines (or cash). Why does Anne Heche come to mind right about now? Never mind, back to Fey.

So, Mr. R. had a regular dude on the side. F.R.’s gal knew all along—and she still tried to keep the relationship going okay between her and her man (what some women will put up with!). Didn’t work. Fey needed his tumescent nooky time too much. But get this: As soon as Fey busted up with his gal, he also busted up with his guy. Didn’t want people thinking he was gay, or anything. Oy vey. I think my straight girlfriends are correct: Men—and not just the hetero ones—are dumber than Tom Cruise in love. It ain't: Could it be: Brad Pitt?

The Next Don Imus

In case you have forgotten about Don Imus's recent outbursts, it's time to dig into the past of other radio personalities we despise.

Let’s start at the top of the list: Rush Limbaugh. Turns out one of Limbaugh’s lackeys made a little ditty called “Barack the Magic Negro” that’s about Barack Obama and sung to the tune of ”Puff the Magic Dragon.”

But the singer/songwriter, Mr. Paul Shanklin, isn’t done with his uproarious social commentary yet. He also sings the song in the “voice” of Al Sharpton. In case you're a little slow, a white guy mimicking black guy voice.

Que: Stampeding Crowds

Aussies Don't Like The Dogfather

Turns our the Aussies are not a big fan of Snoop Dogg and he won't be visiting Australia anytime soon. He was denied entry, because of his criminal record. The Dogfather was due to host the MTV Australia Music Video Awards this week.

The country's Immigration Minister said, "He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country."

The Dogfather has 28 days to appeal the decision. Last February he overstayed his visa in Australia by two days and was given an official warning.

The 'What The Hell' News of The Day

A photo released by police shows a horse standing next to a sleeping man in the foyer of a bank in the east German village of Wiesenburg on Monday.

The s**t faced man tried to rest with his horse in the bank's entrance, when passers-by called the police.

The horse's owner, identified only as Wolfgang H., had a bit too much to drink the night before and decided to sleep it off inside the bank's heated foyer. Ya, a bit too much, my ass.

The 40-year-old machinist told Bild newspaper he had had "a few beers" with a friend in Wiesenburg, and decided to hit the hay in the bank on his way home.

When a customer came across the horse and sleeping rider in the bank at 4:15 a.m. Monday, he called police, who then came and woke the owner up and sent him on his way. I wonder if he rode the horse home?

Dang, I have had some rough nights, but this takes the cake. I'm buying my tickets to Wiesenburg, Germany right now.

A Skinny Bitch is a Confused Bitch

Goddamn. Mo'nique is tha shit. Have you see The Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School? You must.

There are ten commandments of Charm School, each of which correspond to a challenge or lesson learned in an upcoming episode. The first episode, which lasted 90 minutes, covered the first two commandments. Each episode thereafter will cover one commandment until the end of the series.

Check Thyself Before Thou Wreck Thyself
Thou Shalt Goeth, Girl
Thou Shalt Show Some Class
Thou Shalt Work What Thou Art Working With
Thou Shalt Spit Mad Game With Style
Thou Shalt Mind Thy Money
Thou Shalt Payeth It Back
Thou Shalt Represent
Unless Thou Can Play, Thou Wilt Be Played
Thou Shalt Be Fully Fabulous

If you haven't seen this shit, you are missing out. The clip up there is from Queens of Comedy. That this is the funniest shit I've heard in 14 counties.

The 1-Click Award

Click on the image above,
and the 2006 Web Creative Award goes to...
Who judges this s***?

Birthday ALARM

Carol Burnett turns 74
Melania Trump
turns 37
Jordana Brewster
turns 27
Ms. Dynamite
turns 26
Jessica Lynch
turns 24

***Interesting (and rather long) Fact of the Day****

On April 26, 1986, a disaster occurred at reactor no. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, which has been widely regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. Due to high power demand, after a brief clean-up, Chernobyl continued to operate until December 2000. People continue to work at the Chernobyl plant until the reactor units 1, 2, and 3 are totally decommissioned, which is expected to take years. The remains of the reactor unit 4 will remain radioactive for some time. The town Slavutych was built shortly after the disaster purposely to host personnel of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families, evacuated from the abandoned city of Prypyat. Since the remaining units of the nuclear power plant were shut down, the city faces significant social problems and an uncertain future. Until then, approximately 9,000 people or about half of the adult population worked at the plant.

YOUR 15 MINUTES: You Know You’re A Redneck When…

Forget taking a limousine to the prom. One high school senior drove his date in a 1992 green John Deere 8760 tractor. "A few people made bets with me that I wouldn't do it," said Levi Rue, a senior at New Rockford-Sheyenne High School. "I guess I won them." Rue suggested the idea to his date, Alissa Bachmeier, last Thursday, two days before the prom. She wasn't sure, worried about her dress getting dirty. But after Rue showed her pictures of the tractor and promised to make sure it was immaculate, Bachmeier agreed. "I cleaned it up pretty good," he said. Bachmeier wore a lime green prom dress that nearly matched the tractor. Rue said they drove around town and to his grandmother's house to show her the unusual chariot. "We got quite a few people who stopped and looked and stared and waved," he said.

Fancy. Note: this is exactly why you should never let your daughter go to prom with someone named Levi.

Your YouTube Fix: Whycomemybabycan'tgetthedresstoshowoffherjunk.

Stereotypes aside, this is hilarious:

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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What Happened to Mary-Jane?

At the Spider Man photo call in Madrid, Kirsten Dunst, looked um, pretty, and not scary at all.

Drastic Plastic: Not In A Good Way

Poor Dino. He sent me an email this morning telling me to "hold it down" for him today and I totally didn't do that. In fact, even with all of his meetings he held it way farther down than I usually do on a non-meeting day. Poor Heidi Montag, she's having an even more stressful time than Dino. I don't know much about her except that she's on some stupid show and just got the worst nosejob ever. Her after photos looks like befores. Nose: Boobs:woops. She has ToriSpelling-itis. All the surgery in the world can't fix it.

Sanajaya = Weed Lover!

I knew Sanjaya celebrated 420!

The National Enquirer has unearthed legal records that show that Sanjaya's mother was sent to jail for running an indoor pot-growing operation out of her garage.

Malakar's American-born mother, Jillian Blyth, was busted in Pierce County, Wash., in February 2005 after neighbors reported smelling marijuana and noticed a large
vent on the garage roof, according to court records. Cops discovered 310 marijuana plants, growing lights -- and Sanjaya's then 17-year-old sister Shyamali.
Shyamali told officers that her mom was at another location in nearby Federal Way, Washington, and when the cops got there, they found a second marijuana-growing operation.

Sanjaya's mom pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance. She faced up to five years behind bars, butwas sentenced to just 30 days.

While his mom - seen rooting for her son in the "Idol" audience in a low-cut T-shirt emblazoned "Momjaya" - was in jail, Sanjaya lived with an aunt.

Momjaya then growing 310 marijuana plants, and now dressing all slutty, DAMN,
just another reason to love Sanjaya!

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Justin + Guinness - Heterosexuality = My Wet Dream

Justin Timberlake's secret to a knock-out performance? Guinness.

The pop star, who wowed audiences at Belfast's Odyssey Arena during the opening night of his European tour, revealed he'd been on the booze before taking to the stage.

He told the crowd: "I've had four of five Guinness before I came on - I love that s***."
The star, a bachelor since his split from Cameron Diaz, also guzzled shots of tequila.
Still, Timberlake didn't miss a beat.

The 10,000 strong crowd cheered on as Timberlake danced and sang his way through his long list of hits, including Senorita, Cry Me a River and SexyBack.

Five Guinnesses is enough to make me a little warm inside. It would also cause me to want Justin's little warm one inside me as well.


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Birthday ALARM

Actor Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) is 37.

Actor Al Pacino is 67.
Bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 62.
Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA is 62.
Actress Talia Shire is 61.
Actor Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile ) is 60.
Keyboardist Michael Brown of The Left Banke is 58.
Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 53.
Actor Hank Azaria (The Simpsons ) is 43.
Singer Andy Bell of Erasure is 43.
Bassist Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction is 42.
Early Show host Jane Clayson is 40.
Actress Gina Torres (I Think I Love My Wife) is 38 .
Actress Renee Zellweger is 38.
Actor Jason Wiles (Third Watch) is 37.
Singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is 27.

FUN FACT: On this day in 1993, 300,000 gay, lesbian, transgender, and allied activists marched on Washington, DC demanding freedom from discrimination.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Think Big: Segregation in 2007?

I’m going to be honest with you – I try to ‘think big’ and I consider myself a rather open-minded individual that embraces diversity and culture. However, I work in an office and drive home to my little condo in my little luxury car and then go on vacations to little resorts. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the culture (or lack thereof) in your own life that you miss some things along the way. Fortunately, my job allows me to travel to places in this country that I probably wouldn’t visit on my own and see/hear/taste things that I probably normally wouldn’t, but this article still left me shocked and disappointed:

First integrated prom for rural Georgia high school - April 23, 2007

ASHBURN, Georgia (AP) -- For the first time, the faces of students at the Turner County High School prom were both white and black. Each year, in spite of integration, the school's white students had raised money for their own unofficial prom and black students did the same to throw their own separate party, an annual ritual that divided the southern Georgia peanut-farming county anew each spring. That all changed Saturday as horse-drawn carriages and stretch limousines carried young couples around the downtown streets to a single prom.

"I couldn't be more proud of these young people," said Ray Jordan, the county's school superintendent. "The changes needed to come from the student body." At the start of the school year, Turner County's four senior class officers had told principal Chad Stone they wanted an official prom and they wanted everyone invited. Stone spent $5,000 of his discretionary fund to put together the county's first school-sponsored prom. Another $5,000 came from supporters after news stories about the plan spread across the nation. "Tonight, it's a fresh start," said James Hall, the black senior class president who led the charge for the integrated prom. The rural county seat of 4,000 people has been in need of uplifting news. Although a candy packaging plant employs hundreds, as does the up-and-down peanut industry, many of the better paying jobs are in larger towns in the region. The high school is one of the few things that give Ashburn a sense of community. "The school is making changes -- and they're long overdue," said Aniesha Gipson, who became the county's first solo homecoming queen last fall as it abandoned the practice of crowning separate white and black queens.

Still, traditions die hard. Only about two-thirds of the school's 160 upper-class students purchased tickets for the prom, blacks still easily outnumbered whites at the dance, and many whites still attended their own private party a week earlier. "Last weekend was more like tradition. It wasn't racist, or prejudice," said Calvin Catom, a white senior who attended both parties. "This weekend is about the whole school getting together and having a party." Few other white students would comment about the dance, telling reporters gathered outside the gym that school officials told them not to talk to the media. "This is history, baby, this is history," said Noriega McKeller, a 19-year-old senior. "Somebody had to do it. Why couldn't it be us?"

Race is still a struggle in this country but I had NO idea things like segregated proms still existed. I mean it’s 2007 – I can’t believe the ACLU wasn’t on this years ago. The adminstrators and community members should be ashamed it took them this long to make progress. I'm ashamed I wasn't more aware. Had I known this existed in the 90’s when I was in school I probably would’ve been in Georgia protesting for the integrated prom and donating gowns or something.

Couture du Jour: Ugly Jean-tini

One part mom jean
One part raver jean
Shake over ice and

Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with a twist
Sell at Patricia Field
Described as: A sexed up hipster look. Comfy heavy denim with a little stretch and a big flare- squeezes you in, and shows off the curves- creating the sexiest jeans you will ever wear (yeah, if you happen to be a raving mom). There are just too many bad designers with even worse ideas. I always thought they had some kind of stringent employment criteria for that job... like starting with a strong, fabulous sense of fashion. This is NOT bringing sexy back. [thanks, b]

Celebrity Clone: Attack of the Fug...I mean Ferg...

Blu Cantrell is starting to look a little Fergalicious with that hair n' stuff. They will never be cuter than that puppy Blu has wrapped up like a little baby on the red carpet. Bangs like that automatically lower one's IQ.

Holy Shit: See If You Can Wrap Your Brain Around This Mess

Paris Hilton's rep is hitting back at Shanna Moakler, calling her actions "childish" and "mean-spirited" after Shanna posted contact information for Paris online over the weekend.

"This woman is simply desperate for press and attention," said Elliot Mintz, he who orchestrates Paris' damage control. "Shanna deliberately posted Paris's phone number and e-mail address on her Web site. It was an unprovoked invasion upon Paris's privacy, which immediately caused her to change her contact information. It was a childish, mean-spirited thing to do. And we are not going to dignify such an action with any additional comment."

The drama started over the weekend, when Shanna wrote a blog (titled, "Put This In Your Pipe and Smoke It") on her MySpace page:

"I posted this blog back in January to let you all know that my accounts were hacked. ... and since there are 2 little girls with to much time on their hands and no one to love like to share my 'hacked' info as well. ive tried to disassociate myself from both these parties for some time now and like a fungus they wont go away."

The posting then listed what she claimed were the e-mail address and phone number for Paris and e-mail addresses for Lindsay Lohan.

By Sunday, the post had been pulled from Shanna's page, however she put up another missive saying, "There are numerous reasons why i posted my last blog and I stand behind every single one of them."

Here's the part that confuses me... you'd think that Shanna Moakler would have her hands full with three children and a rocky relationship with Travis from Blink 182. Where does someone like that find time to sit around on Myspace? I mean, I have a day job which means I basically have 8 hours a day to paruse Myspace and start shit. Leave the Myspace drama to those with full time jobs, Shanna.

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Birthday ALARM

Actor Eric Balfour (Conviction ) is 30.

Actress Shirley MacLaine is 73.
Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 65.
Actor Eric Bogosian is 54.
Actor Michael O'Keefe (Roseanne ) is 52.
Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 43.
Actor Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond,Amistad) is 43.
Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 40.
Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 39.
Actress Melinda Clarke (The O.C. ) is 38.
Singer Kelly Clarkson (American Idol ) is 25.

FUN FACT: On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's "Midnight Special." It was his recording debut.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Worst Duet Ever

Last week, Ryan Seacrest said on this week's huge "Idol Gives Back" show, two legendary performers will duet. TMZ reports those two performers will be Celine Dion and Elvis.

The story is that an Elvis impersonator will duet "If I Can Dream" with Celine and then a virtual Elvis will be put in for the TV audience.

Is this some sort of hoax? The only way I would ever even consider watching
American Idol again is if Sanjaya comes back.


Spice Girls Church Reunion

When I dream about a Spice Girls reunion, which is often, I dream about platform shoes, wild costumes and the five girls dancing around on stage - NOT dully dressed women together at a church. Alas, Ginger Spice had Bluebell Madonna (her baby spice) baptized over the weekend causing an almost-reunion of the girl band. Unfortunately, Scary Spice was too busy trying to jackhammer her way into Eddie Murphy's bank account to attend. So with 4 out of 5 of them in the same church together, does this bring us closer to the long overdue reunion?

For fun, here's a little Then N' Now
This is what the girls used to look like:This is what they look like now: Please, you know they were making fun of Scary's fat bidonk in the parking lot: PS. Baby Spice is actually having a baby. At first I thought she was just really fat.

What Happened to the Iceman?

What the flip happened to Val Kilmer? TMZ caught the actor
in Echo Park, near LA, filming "Columbus Day".

Is it me or does he look like a Seal Lion? Maybe it's the flippers...

Scientologist = Conehead

Small Town, USA: A Fancy Wedding

Green Think: Celebrity Deathmatch - Karl Rove vs. All That's Logical

On the eve of Earth Day, Laurie David and Sheryl Crow decided to take their case of Global Warming to the top. While at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night, the two were introduced to Karl Rove. What transpired was nothing less than lunacy and venom from the White House adviser. I present to you a snippet of David’s account in her own words,

“We asked Mr. Rove if he would consider taking a fresh look at the science of global warming. Much to our dismay, he immediately got combative. And it went downhill from there. We reminded the senior White House advisor that the US leads the world in global warming pollution and we are doing the least about it. Anger flaring, Mr. Rove immediately regurgitated the official Administration position on global warming which is that the US spends more on researching the causes than any other country.

We felt compelled to remind him that the research is done and the results are in ( Mr. Rove exploded with even more venom. Like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum, Mr. Rove launched into a series of illogical arguments regarding China not doing enough thus neither should we. (Since when do we follow China’s lead?)

In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, ‘Don’t touch me.’ How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unphased, Sheryl abruptly responded, ‘You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.’ Karl then quipped, ‘I don’t work for you, I work for the American people.’ To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, ‘We are the American people.’”

What a pompous ass. Instead of an intelligent conversation, we found an individual suddenly stuck in a corner having to answer some hard questions. Poor little Rove. His manners and “representation” are about as good as his rapping.

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Birthday ALARM

Actor Scott Bairstow (Party of Five ) is 37.

Actor David Birney is 68.
Actor Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man) is 68.
Actress Blair Brown is 59.
Actress Joyce DeWitt (Three's Company) is 58.
Actor James Russo is 54.
Director Michael Moore is 53.
Actress Judy Davis is 52.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 47.
Comedian George Lopez is 46.
Actress Melina Kanakaredes (Providence) is 40.
Country guitarist Tim Womack of Sons of the Desert is 39.

FUN FACT: On this day in 1988, Pink Floyd's album Dark Side Of The Moon, after spending the record total of 741 consecutive weeks (over 14 years) on the Billboard 200, left the charts for its first time ever.

Friday, April 20, 2007

One Stalled Comeback Blind Vice

Thelma Turnip is looking rather like, well, a turnip these days. Hardly the secret, really, as T2's puss-ravaging lifestyle has left her cover-ready looks a little worse for the wear these past few years. Not even my Aunt Martha in Texas is surprised to see T.T. looking like a slightly younger version of Barbara Bush at myriad H-town events. But Thelma-doll's looks ain't exactly the point of this item—it's her career, which everyone from the fruit sprayer at Gelson's to CAA honchos is debating whether or not is salvageable. My guess? No way.

Why? Because the top spinmeisters in town (ya know, the crowd that's known for darling little campaigns such as convincing the American public that Eddie Murphy is a "Good Samaritan" because he gave a peeyem ride to a transvestite) are turning down T.T. right 'n' leery left. Jeez, that says somethin', I'm tellin' ya. "She's not ready," one of T-town's premier Machiavellian types told me after she had been asked to raise Ms. Turnip's chances for a professional resurgence. When pressed, the wizard at reinventing fallen entertainment idols told me Ms. Turnip is still—you guessed it—not exactly cleaned up, as everyone currently thinks. Hey, I used to be addicted to that crap, I know how tough it is—good luck, Thelma! We're prayin' for ya, you gonzo g-friend! It ain't: It could be: Pam Anderson and Britney Spears are my first guesses. Jenna Jameson and Whitney Houston are round two. Ooooor Lindsay Lohan.

FUN FACTS: Happy 4/20

Myth #1
Marijuana's harms have been proved scientifically. In the 1960s and 1970s, many people believed that marijuana was harmless. Today we know that marijuana is much more dangerous than previously believed.

In 1972, after reviewing the scientific evidence, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers had been grossly overstated. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies of humans, animals, and cell cultures. None reveal any findings dramatically different from those described by the National Commission in 1972. In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research, editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that 'the smoking of cannabis,
even long term, is not harmful to health.'

Myth #2
Marijuana has no medicinal value. Safer, more effective drugs are available, including a synthetic version of THC, marijuana's primary active ingredient, which is marketed in the United States under the name Marinol.

Marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. There is also appreciable evidence that marijuana reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. A synthetic THC capsule is available by prescription, but it is not as effective as smoked marijuana for many patients. Pure THC may also produce more unpleasant psychoactive side effects than smoked marijuana. Many people use marijuana as a medicine today, despite its illegality. In doing so, they risk arrest and imprisonment.

Myth #3
Marijuana is highly addictive. Long-term marijuana users experience physical dependence and withdrawal, and often need professional drug treatment to break their marijuana habits.

Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally. A small minority of Americans - less than 1 percent - smoke marijuana on a daily or near daily basis. An even smaller minority develop dependence on marijuana. Some people who smoke marijuana heavily and frequently stop without difficulty. Others seek help from drug treatment professionals. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence. If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all,
they are remarkably mild.

Myth #4
Marijuana is a gateway drug. Even if marijuana itself causes minimal harm, it is a dangerous substance because it leads to the use of 'harder drugs' like heroin, LSD, and cocaine.

Marijuana does not cause people to use hard drugs. What the gateway theory presents as a causal explanation is a statistical association between common and uncommon drugs, an association that changes over time as different drugs increase and decrease in prevalence. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States today. Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have also used marijuana. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug. Indeed, for the large majority of people, marijuana is a terminus rather than a gateway drug.

Myth #5
There are also many apocryphal urban legends attempting to explain the origin of the term. Two of the most common of these are that 420 refers to the number of active ingredients in cannabis, or that it is police dispatch code for cannabis. In actual fact there are around 315 active chemicals in cannabis, varying depending on the exact plant used, and 420 has never been verified as the police dispatch code for anything in any locale.

It is widely accepted that in 1971, a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, calling themselves "The Waldos", used to meet every day after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana at the Louis Pasteur statue. The term became part of their group's salute, "420 Louis," and it eventually caught on more widely. Many cannabis user continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.

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Corporate Love

A recent survey conducted by Outlaw Consulting, a San Francisco research firm, concluded that Generation Y trendsetters are more drawn to brands that speak to them in a "straightforward and stripped-down way, use plain packaging, and avoid excess. Outlaw surveyed 100 of what it calls its 'most forward trendsetter panelists' in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami, asking them which companies they most respected, and why," Ransom reports. "The sample mostly targeted the first wave of Gen Y consumers, aged 21-27. The goal was to compile a 'Trust Index' of brands that evoke 'deeply positively feelings' among the trendsetters."

The Most Trusted 15 brands named by the trendsetters in the survey were:

1. Apple
2. Trader Joe's
3. Jet Blue
4. In-N-Out Burger
5. Ben & Jerry's
6. Whole Foods
7. Adidas
8. American Apparel
9. Target
10. H & M clothing stores
11. Levi's
12. Volkswagen
13. Converse
14. Vitamin Water
15. Red Stripe Jamaican beer

The survey was conducted in late 2006, before Jet Blue got loads of bad publicity when one of its planes sat on the tarmac for several hours and wouldn't allow passengers to leave the plane. You know that one incident might bump it under Red Stripe beer, unless the 100 surveyers were drinking Red Stripe beer at the time and missed the scandal. I'm a little sad because I just realized that I'm on the ass-end of the age bracket for this survey which might explain why I don't drive a volkswagen, wear levis/converse or drink Red Stripe. Apple is still my favorite and it would be followed by Harris Teeter (greatest grocery store of all-time), Nordstrom, Target, Tivo, Trader Joe's (in VA because of the wine) and Ketel One vodka. Maybe. I haven't thoroughly thought through this. [thanks dan]

YOUR 15 MINUTES: Another Un-Smooth Criminal

A truck loaded with cocaine flipped after taking a curve too fast, spilling nearly a ton of the drug across a Colombian highway. Police said the drugs were hidden in the truck’s walls and roof, which ripped open Thursday when the vehicle overturned in Medellin, 155 miles north of the capital, Bogota. The driver escaped injury but was quickly arrested. Police said the cocaine was destined for the northern port of Uraba, a major exit point for Colombia’s massive drug smuggling industry. Whoops! Must've been good stuff. Don't they have some kind of Colombian drug smuggler manual that lets them know they shouldn't try the product while they're delivering in order to avoid incidents like this. You know Colombian police currently have the cocaine on the way to the northern port of Uraba, a major exit point for Colombia’s massive drug smuggling industry.

Green Think: You Can Save Sooo Much!

Whole Foods is asking you to participate in their Whole Earth Weigh-in: 30 Way in 30 Days. It’s all part of Earth month and they want you to measure and reduce that carbon footprint of yours.
In fact, they’ve even asked some celebs what they think about the program.

Lauren Bush wants in, also saying, “The thing I always try to do beyond recycling when I can, and also turn of the water and lights when I’m not using them. But the biggest thing, which is now becoming more accessible in food and in other industries, is to buy green and become a conscious consumer!”

Sandra Bernhard looked through all of the 30 eco-tips (pdf) that Whole Foods recommends and chose her fave. It’s #19, Switch to Organics.

Finally, Vanessa Carlton pulled out all of the stops and offered up tips of her own! Saying:

  • I always turn lights off when I leave a room.
  • Unplug chargers when not using them.
  • When possible I bring a cloth bag to the grocery store.
  • Also, take the subway!!!! It’s quicker than a cab and you’ll sit there knowing you are saving our planet little by little.
  • If you get espresso to go, always forgo the top and paper ring. If you add those up everyday you end up saving sooo much paper.
  • In general I try to buy paper products that look brownish and hearty. Like oatmeal. Crisp white paper is a thing of the past.
  • Whole foods is my food haven. I always buy organic. They carry great cleaning products too. I trust their sources totally.
I wouldn't trust Vanessa Carlton's grammer skills, but whatever. Everyone can't be green and smart.

THINK BIG: Hate Has Wings

"Day of Silence" tensions, combined with the recent fever over violence at Virginia Tech, lead to lockdown at Indiana High School: "The Day of Truth at New Castle Chrysler High School coincided with a national Day of Silence aimed to support gay, bisexual and transgender students. 'People were in their shirts for it, people were in their shirts against it, and it just caused a lot of drama that I didn't think was needed,' said student Kayla Boyles."

Tommie Barnes, mother of a freshman, said she also was concerned about potential conflict over today's planned Day of Truth rebuttal to the Day of Silence. That also coincides with a national observance, this one planned by the Alliance Defense Fund. Its day is devoted to countering the "homosexual agenda" and presenting an "opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective," according to the fund's Web site.

If you don't know what the Day of Truth is, well you're lucky. This marks the third year of the Day of Truth, which was established to counter the promotion of the "homosexual agenda" and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.

Mighty Christian of them, wouldn't you say? I say hate has wings, and religion is the air upon which it floats.

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Birthday ALARM

Actor Joey Lawrence (Blossom,Brotherly Love ) is 31.

Actor George Takei (Star Trek ) is 70.
Singer Johnny Tillotson is 68.
Actor Ryan O'Neal is 66.
Keyboardist Craig Frost of Grand Funk Railroad is 59.
Actor Gregory Itzin (24 ) is 59.
Actress Jessica Lange is 58.
Actor Clint Howard is 48.
Actor Crispin Glover is 43.
Country singer Wade Hayes is 38.
Actress Carmen Electra is 35.
Bassist-keyboardist Marty Crandall of The Shins is 32.

FUN FACT: On this day in 1986, professional basketball player Michael Jordan set an all-time record for points in a NBA playoff game with 63 against the Boston Celtics.