Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I'd Like To Thank Jake
by PopCultureWhore

Thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences, I can now thank Jake Gyllenhaal when I win my first Oscar and not sound like a complete stalker. Jake, Heath Ledger, Eric Bana and Keira Knightley were among the 120 actors, directors, producers, technicians and executives who were invited to join "the Academy." The group's 6,000 existing members will need these heavy hitting thespians to cast their votes next year, when "Snakes on a Plane" is sure to sweep all the major categories. But before these A-listers get too big for their britches, it should be known that freaky little gnome child Dakota Fanning was also extended an invite.

White Trash Running
By PopCultureWhore

I know you sluts probably love Matthew McConaughey, but something about him makes me want to hold him underwater and wipe that smug smirk off his face. He had a Fourth of July bash at his Malibu mansion this weekend, where Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal were among his guests. Don't go to the dark side, Jake!

Vanessa Cures the Breakup Blues
By PopCultureWhore

TMZ snapped these shots of Nick Lachey and MTV host Vanessa Minnillo outside of Nick's hotel after his Today's show performance this week. Personally I think Vanessa is kind of fug. She's hot in a college sorority girl kind of way, but I'm not feeling it otherwise. As least her competition is dumb as dirt. I don't know know where the hell this Jessica picture came from. It's very Christie Brinkley does Flashdance.

Big Brother Spoils Its Own Surprises
By SoapOperaWhore

I should have nothing to write about Big Brother until Thursday, but CBS has made their second major mistake of the season. First they accidentally released the list of twenty potential candidates for re-entry into the Big Brother house. Now they have not only revealed which houseguests have made it into the house, but several major twists. How did this happen? Someone accidentally turned on the live feeds for a few hours over the weekend. Who is in charge of their tech department? You would think that after the first slip up CBS would be extra careful. Apparently not.

Stop reading if you want to wait until Thursday to find out the cast of Big Brother: All Stars. . I have very little doubt in my mind that this is all true, but anything is subject to change until the show airs….even after it airs.

Who made it into the house?

1. Janelle
2. Kaysar
3. Danielle
4. Marcellas
5. James
6. Howie
7. Erika
8. Will
9. Jase
10. Nakomis
11. Diane
12. Alison
13. "Chicken" George
14. Mike "Boogie"

I have very strong feelings about this list. I am THRILLED that Janelle, Kaysar, Danielle, Marcellas, James, Howie, and Erika are in that house. Janelle, Kaysar, Danielle, and Marcellas are my favorite Big Brother houseguests. I'm hoping that all four of them go far. The rest of the list I'm ambivalent towards. I have so much excitement over my favorite houseguests that I just look at the rest as obstacles to their victory. Plus, the fewer people that I'm rooting for the more people there are for my favorites to pick off. That being said there are two people on this list that I have ZERO desire to watch for the next three months. Both of them have stupid nicknames. "Chicken" George and Mike "Boogie".

The only reason that George is even on that list is probably because the producers felt like they had to represent the first season. Why? It was boring, and it had completely different producers than seasons 2-6. I would rather pretend that that first season never happened. It nearly killed BB in the states. I would never have been able to watch my favorite players (Janelle, Danielle, Kaysar, James) scheme their way through the game.

Mike "Boogie" has an ego the size of the planet Earth. I couldn't stand him the first time around. I certainly won't be able to stand him this time. Could someone please tell him that he isn't an irresistible specimen of masculinity? Neither the female nor the gay male population has any interest in fawning over him. If there is any justice in this game he will be one of the first to be evicted, if not the first, but I have a feeling that might be too much to ask. He thinks that he is going to walk into that house and dominate the game. Doubtful. Has he seen the other players in action??? He might as well ask to be voted out.

Do you notice how many players there are? 14. The viewers at home have been told over and over again that there are going to be 6 viewers choice contestants and 6 producers picks. That adds up to 12, not 14. It wouldn't be Big Brother if there wasn't a twist. I imagine what happened is that there was a competition between the remaining contestants. I'm really curious to find out who got into the house and under what pretense. I bet Mike "Boogie" managed to win the competition because I can't imagine that the viewers or the producers would want him there. Since there are eight men it stands to reason that two men managed to win whatever competition was staged. My guess is that "Chicken" George was the winner of the second spot. If I'm incorrect then I have little faith in the minds that chose these two to compete again.

The twists did not end there. This week there are not one, but two head of households. I have read conflicting reports on the way that nominations are going to be handled. The first report I read was that each of the heads of households (HOHs) had to nominate two people that would lead to a double eviction, but the more digging that I do, the more I think that may not be true. The story that seems to have more validity is that the two HOHs will nominate two people, but they have to agree on who those nominations are going to be or they are the ones who will be nominated. I doubt that it is going to come to that or at least it won't if they have brains in their head. It's also unclear if this is a one-time situation or if this is a new wrinkle to the game.

Jase and Janelle are the HOHs this week. I don't know what the competition is, but thank God one of my people, Janelle, made it into a position of power. Jase is a moron, and I have no doubt that Janelle is going to be able to manipulate him into doing whatever she wants without him even realizing that he is being manipulated.

As for other rumblings in the house….

It appears that "Boogie" and Dr. Will are aligning. Big surprise. They were on season 2 together, and have been friends. I hope that Will is tricking "Boogie." That would make me very happy.

There are rumblings that Kaysar, James, and Janelle are being eyed as early targets. These are the people that I want in the house, but I can't say that I'm surprised that people want to get rid of them. Most importantly they are three of the best players in the house, but they had their shot last summer. It's easy to gang up on them because they have just been through the process. They are just going to have win most, if not all, of the competitions. God knows Janelle and James have it in them. The only reason that either one of them lasted as long as they did in BB6 was because of their ability to win challenges. Janelle, of course, has hit the ground running and won the first HOH competition. Unfortunately that glory has to be shared with Jase.

Alliance talk is also in full swing: Kaysar, Janelle, and James appear to be allied, but there is also talk that Jase, Howie, and Janelle are allied. If that is the case then I hope that Howie and Janelle are playing Jase, and actually aligned with Kaysar and James because I can't have my girl aligned with a moron like Jase.

I'm beyond excited for the season to start. These spoilers have only whetted my appetite for what is ahead.
Relive Donna Martin's Youth
By PopCultureWhore

Here’s your chance. For just $150 million, you can own the Spelling family’s Holmby Hills mansion. TMZ reports that Candy Spelling has quietly put the 56,000 square foot monstrosity on the market and has been laying off the home’s staff. Producer Aaron Spelling, who died on June 23, spent $47 million back in 1991 to purchase the land and build the existing house. It allegedly has an indoor bowling alley and “eBay rooms” where Candy stored her purchases from the online auction house.
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Posh’s Shades For Sale (Fashion Monitor Toronto)

Rush Avoids Viagra Charges (AP)

Stiller Inks TV Deal, Wife To Star (UPI)

Ebert In Stable Condition (Mercury News)

Ken Lay Bites the Dust (The New York Times)
It’s All Lies!!!
By PopCultureWhore

You can put the Pepto back in the medicine cabinet. Britney’s publicist has denied press reports that Brit and Kevin are returning for season two of “Chaotic.” Thank God, because I would’ve been forced to watch the unfolding horror, therefore ensuring that another sliver of my soul be handed over to the dark side.

Britney’s publicist, Leslie Sloan Zelnik, must be working overtime after PR lovely Tracey Nguyen penned an e-mail to Britney’s manager telling him to dump Zelnik and hire her. Nguyen slammed Zelnik for allowing Britney to appear disheveled and without the assistance of handlers on NBC’s Dateline. "I would NEVER allow any of my clients to do an interview, let alone such an important one as the one that Britney just did, without being there to make sure that the questions that were being asked were appropriate, and also to make sure that she looked her best on camera at all times,” she wrote in the e-mail intercepted by gossip columnist Lloyd Grove. Nguyen claimed she could help Britney’s career just like she’s helped Lil’ Kim’s reputation. The same Lil' Kim who just got out of the slammer after being convicted of perjury. Britney is still with Zelnik.
Are You On The List?
By PopCultureWhore

Public venues are so over. Social butterfly Amanda Demme, the brainchild behind NYC hotspot Bungalow 8 and former manager of Tropicana Bar and Teddy’s at L.A.’s Roosevelt Hotel, is taking her trade incognito. Demme, widow of “Blow” director Ted Demme, is looking to throw traveling private parties. The hostess would rent homes in exclusive areas and invite a select few, including underage party enthusiasts like Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton, to partake in her bashes.

Demme was recently axed from her gig at Tropicana and Teddy’s, a move detailed in a New York Times profile. “I have a lawyer who will deal with my hurt,” she told the paper. She was also sued by football player Terrell Davis, who said he was roughed up at an Emmy Awards after show party at Tropicana.

By PopCultureWhore

Let’s hope Kit is driving home. David Hasselhoff was allegedly thrown out of the Wimbledon tennis championships for crashing the tennis player’s private bar. "All I want is a drink, do you know who I am?” he is quoted as screaming. His flacks were quick to deny the claims. They would only cop to him being stopped at a checkpoint for having improper accreditation. The news comes after he was treated for a severed tendon he sustained after walking into a chandelier and cutting himself on the falling shards of glass. Was he wrestling with the chandelier? Knight Rider is currently hosting a UK talent show called, cleverly enough, “Got Talent.” In a crushing blow to thespians everywhere, that gig prevented him from playing Captain Hook in a PANTOMIME version of Peter Pan at the Wimbledon Theatre. Yeah, read it again. D-Hoff was going to be a freaking mime.
Tracksuits H&M Style
By PopCultureWhore

Madonna is the latest celeb to vamp it up for H&M. The shot below is apparently her and her dancers. Even that blond guy on the far left? I don’t remember him swinging from the rafters during “Jump” but impending heat stroke could’ve blurred my vision. As for H&M, I loved this place when I studied abroad in London in 2001, but haven’t really found much there since its debut in the states. That could be that I was 20 at the time and looking for tight little numbers only Europeans could love and now I have to feign an interest in professionalism, but save for a few spangly earrings I haven’t really been feeling it (or the long dressing room lines) lately.

She Took One Whole Bite
By PopCultureWhore

Lindsay Lohan rang in birthday number 20 at the Polaroid Beach House in Malibu on Sunday on a tabloid’s tab. Life & Style Magazine apparently shelled out $100,000 for exclusive rights to pictures from the event, which drew stars like Courtney Love, Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth, Jeremy Piven, and Eva Mendes. Lindsay looks a little drugged out (candle smoke, right?) but still rather tame in these birthday snaps from PopSugar. Flanked by every party girl’s favorite accessory, the crazy-haired hipster, she blew out the candles on a cake that featured her likeness in a Marilyn Monroe-esque pose.

Jump! Down on Jump Street!
By PopCultureWhore

Johnny Depp is game for re-creating his “21 Jump Street” character as an aging detective who doesn’t know when to quit. He tells the New York Daily News, "Now that would be interesting. To go back and play the same character that I played 20 years ago with a bunch of people talking behind his back, going, 'He's out of his mind. He's really old now. But he thinks that he's really young.' That I would love to do." And that I would love to see. Give it a little “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” vibe and shatter our childhood dreams of Johnny and his wispy bangs. Please?

Maybe Brad Pitt and Vince Vaughn could re-team for the effort. They were both guest stars on the series, with Brad playing a kid named Peter in a 1988 episode and Vince following suit a year later playing a character named Bill Peterson.

K-Fed: Master Trickster
By PopCultureWhore

K-Fed says his first single, PopoZao, was released as a joke to draw attention to himself. The marketing genius tells Contact Music that, "At first, when I put out PopoZao, people were kinda laughing at me. I did it on purpose so people would look at me exactly the way they did. "That way, when I come out with my real s**t, people are f**king blown away." That’s one of the more interesting excuses I’ve heard for releasing horrendous material, but somehow I don’t envision K-Fed and Slim Shady going head-to-head in a rap battle anytime soon. If there’s a contest for most stylish white socks-sandal combo, though, K-Fed’s got it in the bag.
Sheehan Tries Celeb Diet
By PopCultureWhore

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died fighting in Iraq, is embracing a celebrity diet of water, tea and juices in order to fit into a bikini for Labor Day fun on the Hamptons. Actually, the regimen is part of a “Troops Home Fast” hunger strike she started July 4 in front of the White House in opposition to the war. She plans to keep up the liquid only diet until Sept. 1, which is International Peace Day. Joining her on the crusade will be Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Willie Nelson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. They are not in it for the long haul, however, and will instead participate in a “rolling fast” over the next two months. Sarandon and Sean Penn seem intense enough for it and Willie Nelson could probably live on weed and a few hits of scotch for months, but I don’t know about Sharpton. You know he’ll be hiding some Doritos in that hair.

Ashley Judd Continues the Crazy
By PopCultureWhore

Growing up on a farm with Wynonna and Naomi Judd is apparently not the best way to foster emotional stability. Shocking! Ashley Judd tells Glamour magazine that she spent 47 days in a Texas crazy house to overcome lifelong emotional issues. "I needed help," she says. "I was in so much pain." She says her “chaotic” childhood forced her to overcompensate and be the perfect child, which eventually led her to horde newspapers and try to decipher CIA codes from their words and pictures! Or something. Actually, Ashley was visiting sister Wynonna at the Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas while Wy was there for food addiction when counselors smelled the crazy and asked Ashley if she’d also like to shell out the bucks for a little R&R. "They said, 'No one ever does an intervention on people like you. You look too good. You're too smart and together. But you (and Wynonna) come from the same family, so you come from the same wound.' No one had validated my pain before," Judd says. She says she coped by sleeping. Sleeping? No wonder no one validated your pain. You’re boring! Do drugs, assault paparazzi, steal one of your racecar driver husband’s cars for an alcohol fueled midnight drive in a cow pasture and then sob to someone on Primetime Live. Come on, you’re in the big leagues now kid!

Chad's a Druggie!
By PopCultureWhore

Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe’s breakup was due to Chad’s “substance abuse,” Hilary reveals in an interview with Vanity Fair. What?! Jesse from “Life Goes On” is tripping the light fantastic? I guess it might be a little difficult to watch your significant other win two Oscars while you’re only appearing on the occasional episode of “Medium” and “CSI” but what the hell? On the other hand, it’s kind of trashy for Hilary to spill the beans rather than letting Chad do it himself. "I don't want to make it seem like that's the sole reason; there were other factors. But that just kind of blew it open. It made me look at things a lot deeper. That's when you realize it's not going to work,” she tells the magazine. In typical Hollywood delusion speak, Hilary says she doesn’t look at her marriage as a failure, but “as 131/2 years of success.” I’m sure that’s how Brit describes those 12 magical hours she was Mrs. Alexander.