Archive for November 2008

Reese Witherspoon talks Christmas

Reese Witherspoon isn’t a Grinch but the star of the Christmas comedy “Four Christmas” is not in the holiday spirit.

“I’m just not getting into the spirit of it. After I get done with this tour I’m going to definitely start doing the Christmas shopping, the whole thing,” she told the BBC.

She filmed the movie before Christmas last year, then took a break and came back with her own things to add, particularly the baby humor. The scenes of the baby getting sick featured in the trailer are from personal experience, in fact.

“I know what it feels like to be thrown up on or doing all that kind of stuff. I thought it would be quite funny because my character’s so scared of children,” Witherspoon said. “I never knew anything about kids until I had my own. I’d never even held a baby until I had my own baby so I totally understood where she was coming from.”

As a mom, she claims to be a little strict, particularly about presents.

“I think kids do best when they only have a couple of things that they really enjoy. I try and stay away from the gluttony of things. They don’t appreciate it as much. When they only get one or two things they really like it,” she said. One indulgence her kids have taken advantage of is dressing up her Oscar.

“At Christmas time they put a little hat on him and a little scarf so he doesn’t get cold,” she said.

Star Trek v. Star Wars

Oh folks, you know you want to geek out with me. Plus, it has a good combination of John Williams’ music with the Shakespearean voice of Jean Luc Picard.

Check out Star Wars Vs. Star Trek – DMP Edition:

WTF? Dude, come on. Star Trek would totally win. Just give them time to build an ion shield or do something to the warp core.

Pink’s new video: ‘Sober’

Pink premiered “Sober,” the second single from her latest album “Funhouse” at the American Music Awards last Sunday and now the video has hit YouTube:

Other than some weird self-sex, pretty damned good. I give her extra credit for honest song-writing.

Check out the lyrics:
I don’t wanna be the girl who laughs the loudest
Or the girl who never wants to be alone
I don’t wanna be that call at four o’clock in the morning
‘Cause I’m the only one you know in the world that won’t be home

Aahh, the sun is blinding
I stayed up again
Oohh, I am finding
That’s not the way I want my story to end

I’m safe
Up high
Nothing can touch me
But why do I feel this party’s over?
No pain
You’re my protection
But how do I feel this good sober?

I don’t wanna be the girl who has to fill the silence…
The quiet scares me ’cause it screams the truth
Please don’t tell me that we had that conversation
When I won’t remember, save your breath, ’cause what’s the use?

Aahh, the night is calling
And it whispers to me softly, “come and play”
Aahh, I am falling
And if I let myself go, I’m the only one to blame

I’m safe
Up high
Nothing can touch me
But why do I feel this party’s over?
No pain
You’re like perfection
But how do I feel this good sober?

I’m comin’ down
Comin’ down
Comin’ down
Spinnin’ round
Spinnin’ round
Spinnin’ round
Looking for myself.. Sober

Comin’ down
Comin’ down
Comin’ down
Spinnin’ round
Spinnin’ round
Spinnin’ round
Looking for myself.. Sober

When it’s good, then it’s good, it’s so good, ’till it goes bad
Till you’re trying to find the you that you once had
I have hurt myself, cried,
Never again
Broken down in agony
And just trying to find a friend

I’m safe
Up high
Nothing can touch me
But why do I feel this party’s over?
No pain
You’re like perfection
But how do I feel this good sober?

I’m safe
Up high
Nothing can touch me
But why do I feel this party’s over?
No pain
You’re like perfection
But how do I feel this good sober?

How do I feel this good sober?

Taylor Swift think she’s pretty lucky

It’s not quite “you like me, you really like me” but after being voted Favorite Country Female at the American Music Awards this week, Taylor Swift has announced she’s the “luckiest girl in the world” on her MySpace blog.

“I’m thankful that, even when it’s raining, I’ve got people to count on,” said the singer, 18.

“All the signings and meet and greets and concerts and faces were running through my head as I ran up the stairs to go accept an award you (fans) won for me,” she continues. “I’ve always wanted an American Music Award, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have you out there doing these things for me.”

Among the other things she’s thankful for is her family and the chance to spend the holidays with them (everyone all together now: awwww).

“I’m also thankful for my mom’s incredible, quirky, obnoxiously loud side of the family,” she writes. “They’re all women, and they all gather together at Thanksgiving and join forces to create the loudest possible holiday ever.”

‘X Factor’ factors in Miley and Britney

The X Factor is one of the few UK reality shows that doesn’t have a US counterpart, though I doubt that’ll last for long. Produced by Simon Cowell, it’s the typical music talent contest in a vein very similar to the many others out there and launched the career of Leona Lewis.

It also hosts performances of pop stars from around the world and two American performers took the stage recently.

First up, the new teen queen Miley Cyrus singing her “Seven Things I Hate About You” and doing a pretty good job of it:

And now the former teen queen scrambling to claw her way back to the throne (I’ll give her props for a tolerable performance but “Womanizer” is one of the most irritating songs I’ve heard in years and damned if it is always on when I turn on the radio):

Sanchez and Winters get hitched

“Without a Trace” star Roselyn Sanchez and actor Eric Winter tied the knot Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

About 250 guests, including Eva Longoria Parker, witnessed the vows, says the Associated Press. The wedding was a culmination of a four-day celebration that included Puerto Rican fare, Cattleya orchids and rum-infused signature drinks.

Sanchez, 35, and Winter, 32, got engaged last December while on vacation. After two years of dating, Winter sprang for a 4.3-carat engagement ring by Michael Barin.

Sanchez, who hails from Puerto Rico, wore a princess-style dress with hand-embroidered pearls and diamonds by Venezuelan designer Angel Sanchez. Winter donned a Calvin Klein suit.

Sanchez is currently on the silver screen of CBS’s “Without a Trace” and has been ranked among the world’s sexiest women by Maxim and Stuff magazines.

In addition to her work on CBS’s Without a Trace, Sanchez has been ranked among the world’s sexiest women by Stuff and Maxim magazines.

Winter last appeared in primetime as ADA Ben Talbot on the dear departed “Moonlight” and his other credits include “Days of Our Lives” and Jason McCallister on “Brothers and Sisters.”

Paltrow and Martin’s marriage gone cold?

Rumor is that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, about to celebrate their fifth anniversary on Dec. 5, are headed for a divorce.

While Coldplay wrapped up its U.S. tour Wednesday night and instead of welcoming her husband home to London, Paltrow headed to Miami and the home of billionaire Kabbalah practitioner Jeff Soffer.

Gossip started about Paltrow and Soffer when she showed up at the opening of Soffer’s Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami two weeks ago.

“Gwyneth has confided to friends she and Chris are taking a break,” a source claimed. “Jeff is crazy about her.”

On Monday, Paltrow’s spokesman, Stephen Huvane, called revived rumors of marriage trouble “rubbish … stemming from the fact that she will not make any public appearances with her husband.”

“We’re just friends,” Soffer said earlier this week. “Ms. Paltrow has a very sound marriage to Chris Martin.”

Hate to be a cynic, but with tales of celebrity marriage woes, the unfortunate reality is that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

A-Rod and Madonna make public debut

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez tried for the best of both worlds this Thanksgiving. He split the holiday between his soon-to-be-ex-wife and kids in Miami and soon-to-be hook up Madonna at her house nearby.

A-Rod had brunch with Madge’s manager, Guy Oseary, then to Cynthia’s house for time with daughters, Natasha, 4, and 7-month-old Ella.

Around 4 p.m., Rodriguez sped off in his black Porsche to Star Island, where Madonna has a home.

Sources say he is staying there while he’s in town, and witnesses saw his car parked there overnight.

The two made a public debut the night before turkey day at Madonna’s concert at Dolphin Stadium.

As Madonna completed her second song, Rodriguez handed her a bottle of water.

“It was easy for him to hand it off because he was sitting in the front row,” a witness told E! News. “He was all excited watching her perform.”

Walters: ‘The View’ girls are gal pals

Forget the screaming harpy act, “The View” women get along just fine, says Barbara Walters. The current daytime talk show contingent includes Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

“I don’t know of any five women who get along as well as we do,” Walters said in an Associated Press interview. “We see each other off-camera. Whoopi is having a big Christmas party for everybody. Last week, Whoopi, Joy and I had dinner together” (only illness kept Hasselbeck and Shepherd away).

The conservative Hasselbeck and liberal Behar “love sparring,” with never any hard feelings. I, however, cannot stand the shrill, ignorant, irritating shrieking a pox upon the national soul.

“We’re happy,” Walters said, pointing to the high ratings. “and the show’s success reflects that.”

Hmm, so how do you explain Rosie O’Donnell, Babs?

Whitney will not always love Bobby Brown

Whitney Houston’s love is her love and not Bobby Brown’s love. The singer’s publicist has adamantly denied reports in Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times that the divorced couple were spotted having an intimate dinner in Georgia

Publicist Nancy Seltzer called the report “a complete fabrication.”

Houston and Brown were married 14 years and have a daughter, Bobbi Kristina. As every good gossip monger remembers, the marriage featured allegations of abuse, adultery, drug abuse, arrests and crazy trips for African baptisms.

The 45-year-old singer romantically linked to 27-year-old singer/rapper Ray J. Her comeback album is set for release before Christmas and the last thing she needs is to go back to that time in her life. Just catch You Tube clips of “Being Bobby Brown” for refreshers on why that’s so, ‘kay Whitney?

Bollywood actor shaken by bombings

The crazy bombing attacks in Mumbai have not left Bollywood unscathed. Legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is so scared by the terror attacks that he is now sleeping with a loaded gun under his pillow.

For those who spent the Thanksgiving holiday in a tryptophan-induced coma, more than 100 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a series of coordinated terror attacks since Wednesday night. The attacks were centered on mostly tourist destinations and the terrorists singled out Westerners. Large numbers of tourists and other locals have also been taken hostage by the militants.

The veteran actor watched the news of the attacks on TV from the safety of his home – but said he is taking no chances with gunmen still running riot in the city.

“As the events of the terrorist attack unfolded in front of me, I did something for the first time and one that I had hoped never ever to be in a situation to do,” he wrote in his online blog. “Before retiring for the night, I pulled out my licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under my pillow, for a very disturbed sleep.”

As someone with close friends in the area, you and me both, Amitabh, you and me both.

Getting Rick Rolled for the holidays

Oh, Rick Astley! Gotta love a man who can embrace an Internet joke and turn it into an appearance at the U.S. holiday classic. In between Miley Cyrus and the Cartoon Network floats of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the nation got Rick Rolled by the legend himself.

Check it out below:

Kieran Culkin hooks up with hottie Emma Stone

Kieran Culkin, brother of MacAulay Culkin and saner of the duo, has been linked with actress Emma Stone, co-star of his new movie “Paper Man.” And, um, he’s definitely dating up the foodchain.

According to the New York Post’s PageSix column, Culkin and Stone have been spending more and more time together off-set. One source said they’ve been visiting the Backyard Bar in the Montauk area of the Big Apple, where the movie is being filmed, “almost every night”.

“They seem to get along well and have spent time there, just the two of them,” said the source. “(They are) closing down the bar in the wee hours of the morning.”

BBC may crack down on language thanks to Ross

Jonathan Ross is a bad, bad, bad, bad boy. The British TV and radio host is currently on a 12-week suspension until January for a prank gone awry. When he comes back, there were will less “bad language” director of BBC Vision Jana Bennett told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Ross had agreed to cut back on the kind of obscene talk that got him into trouble with comic Russell Brand over a sexually-explicit prank call to actor Andrew Sachs.

The BBC allows the use of many four-letter words that are forbidden in the U.S. However, Bennett said at the Media Festival in Manchester, “We have actually been pushing back a bit on language. It is possible that some language alienates some audiences unnecessarily.”

Good lord, BBC, please do not follow in America’s footsteps. We’re prudish enough for the whole world.

Phelps brings GF home for the holidays

Olympic darling Michael Phelps brought his darling home for the holidays. Phelps brought his Las Vegas cocktail waitress girlfriend, Caroline “Caz” Pal, 26, with him to Baltimore for Thanksgiving.

The two met after his record-setting performance in Beijing last summer. Pal works at the Palms Casino Resort’s Moon Nightclub.

“She’s there (in Maryland) meeting his family for the first time,” a source close to Pal told PEOPLE.

Phelps is spending time in Vegas working on his poker game.

Rumor is he’s hoping to participate in the 2009 World Series of Poker. He recently made it to the final table of the Caesars Palace Poker Classic.

“It was fun!” he told PEOPLE after the tournament. “It’s just like a game that I could become better at and use some of my competitiveness at the poker table.”

Speidi not quite married

The devil’s in the details, Speidi.

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt sold exclusive rights to their wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to US Weekly. But what they failed to mention is that the ceremony isn’t exactly legal.

“We had a beautiful ceremony here…officiated by a minister and photographed by the hotel photographer. We’ve never been happier,” the newly whatevers said in a statement released Wednesday by the magazine. “And, like other elopements that happen outside the country, we’ll take care of the legal details when we get home.”

Although marriages entered into by the book in Mexico are legally recognized in the United States (but you have to petition within 10 days to make it legal in California), Montag and Pratt didn’t do everything they needed, according to E! News.

A rep for the One & Only Palmilla resort, where they opted to walk down the aisle, said that in Mexico couples are required to undergo blood tests, provide birth certificates and fill out the required paperwork at least two business days prior to the ceremony. However, paparazzi spotted the couple leaving Los Angeles last Wednesday, meaning they were in Mexico less than a day before the ceremony.

MTV, which said yesterday that it wished Montag and Pratt the best and couldn’t wait to “share their special moment with The Hills fans later this season,” confirmed Friday that footage of the vow swap will be featured on a fifth-season episode of the series from whence the couple sprang.

“MTV is currently filming Heidi and Spencer in Mexico, as we were expecting to capture them on vacation,” said The Hills executive producer Liz Gateley. “Fans will be able to see the exclusive footage from the ceremony in an upcoming episode, and we will continue to follow the newlyweds’ relationship as it plays out in real life.”

No word on when the legal ceremony will take place.

Ramsay admits to meeting alleged mistress

So, the family man is looking a little less family friendly. The Daily Mail is reporting that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay made a grovelling apology to wife Tana Ramsay and admitted to meeting alleged mistress Sarah Symonds four times.

Symonds has claimed that it was far more than four times. She insists she’s been sleeping with Ramsay for seven years. She also says she had regular phone sex sessions that last for hours. Symonds said she can prove they’ve had sex because she can identify an intimate scar on his body, reported the Daily Mirror.

The couple, who have been married for 12 years and have four children together, appeared hand-in-hand, in a show of marital solidarity.

A source told The Mirror that Ramsay said: “I’m so sorry I’ve put Tana through this.

“I’ve apologized to her and I feel absolutely dreadful. She really doesn’t deserve all this grief.”

The source added: “He is so remorseful over putting her and the kid through such an ordeal. He’s also very angry . He says a lot of it is complete b******’.

Wentz talks baby talk

The Jungle Book was obviously the inspiration for “Mowgli” the middle name of the newborn son of Pete Wentz and wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and the Fall Out Boy singer told Ryan Seacrest that the two of them bonded over the book early in their relationship:

“The Jungle Book was something that me and Ashlee bonded over. It’s a cool name,” the father of Bronx Mowgli Wentz, born last week, told Seacrest on his radio Tuesday.

The story behind his first name, however, remains a mystery.

“We came up with the idea Bronx. We’ve been throwing [ideas] back and forth a while,” Wentz said. “It’s kind of cool to just leave the narrative what it is. People are stoked or pissed or whatever. And you’re like, you know what: I don’t think anyone really has the real story.”

When Seacrest asked whether the name, whose initials work out to BMW, was actually a joke, Wentz insisted: “No, no, no, it definitely is his name, but I don’t think anybody knows what the real story is of why or how.”

The new dad also said that Ashlee, 24, handled the birth better than he did.

“Right before she went into labor, I was like, ‘Oh, my god, I think I’m having a heart attack,’ ” he says. “My heart started beating real fast. You see your wife is in all this pain. And I don’t know what’s happening right now. She took care of me and made sure I was okay and then went into labor. That’s why she’s a saint.”

Jolie denies pregnancy reports

Angelina Jolie is denying reports of a pregnancy with her seventh child.

In Touch Weekly claims Jolie has a bun in the oven. The magazine, which broke the news of Jolie’s second pregnancy with twins Knox and Vivienne, said she’s three months along.

In an “exclusive” report, which hit news stands Wednesday, In Touch Weekly states: “An excited Angie can’t stop talking about the new baby. So why doesn’t Brad seem thrilled?”

They claim the actress announced the happy news to a waiter in a London restaurant after he tried to pour her an alcoholic drink.

The star’s representative, Geyer Kosinski, refuted the reports, telling the claims are “not true.”

Brangelina have three adopted children and three biological children, with twins Vivienne and Knox just four months old.

In recent weeks Jolie has given countless interviews about her desire to expand their family.

At the launch of the DVD for Kung Fu Panda last week she told reporters: “Anything could happen. We’re open to anything, we love kids and we’re having a great time.

“It’s chaos in our house, but it’s so much fun. We’ll definitely have more.”

And she added that she couldn’t be happier with Pitt.

“He’s the best daddy and we have fun, so whenever it gets hard we can just look at each other and find a way to laugh about and just appreciate that they’re only little once, and we should enjoy every minute.”

HIMYM star expecting

Cobie Smulders and actor Taran Killam will soon be able to tell their own “How I Met Your Mother” story.

The CBS sitcom star is expecting her first child with Killam. Smulders is due in late spring.

She met Kilmm through a mutual friend, and they worked together on HIMYM.

Co-star Alyson Hannigan announced her pregnancy earlier this fall, so it’ll be a tired, noisy set this spring.