Sunday, July 30, 2006

Nicole Richie - The New Karen Carpenter?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lionel Richie, father of rapidly shrinking, size-zero Nicole Richie, says he's hurt by media chatter about his daughter's weight loss. In an interview broadcast in the US, with Access Hollywood he claims:

"I'll be honest with you, it hurts me more than it hurts her,"
"I must tell you, I'm the basket case."

Richie says he has talked to his daughter about her weight.

"Of course, I mean, what are fathers for if you can't point the finger every once in awhile,"

"I think the good part of it is she is aware of it. ... She has heard this all of her life from me, so this just a continuation of the reminder."

Lionel for God's sake reminding Nicole and pointing the finger once in a while, is obviously not enough.

She's collapsed recently from mal-nutrition and your daughter is wasting away in front of your eyes!

Lordy! Isn't it time you got down off the ceiling and staged an intervention?!

More About Nicole's weight

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Tori Spelling - Plumbs New Depths

What's a girl to do when you've been cut out of your father's will by your own mother?

Well, in Tori spelling's case, you sell off your jewelry and then horror of horror's you are forced to auction your clothes on eBay!

Is she's really this broke? Or just trying to shame her mother Candy, into forking over some more of her father's estate. Either way it's pretty tacky! Let's hope Candy sticks to her guns and teaches the grasping, ungrateful princess a lesson.

Check out Tori's auction and see just how far she's sunk

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Mel Gibson- Drunken Hate Filled Loser

Mel Gibson has apologised for his ghastly behaviour following an arrest for drunk driving:

"After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the L.A. County sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person."

"Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry."

"I have battled the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health."

What he hasn't apologised for is his truly appalling anti semetic remarks? This isn't the first time that Mel has ben accused of being anti semetic and his outburst to arresting officers would seem to confirm the rumours.(read the full hideous transcript here)

Mel was said to have muttered the words “I’m fucked” on being arrested. I sincerely hope so! In this day and age it is simply not acceptable to fuel hate against anybody.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

You Were Never Fuglier - Barbra Streisand

Oh my God! What the hell happened to Babs! You're not looking so "Evegreen" here honey. These pictures taken of her inspecting the building site of her new home, are truly frightening, it looks like it's Babs who needs the major renovations.

Now let's be honest, she's never been the prettiest of gals but really! There's no excuse for looking like this. She's going to start frightening small children if she doesn't do something soon . Judging by the size of her she's eaten a few already!

I may be the first to mock those who go too far with plastic surgery but there are certain people who could do with a little bit of work doing, or in this case a whole lot of work!

Babs sort it out! You look a fright!

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Call Her Miss Dross

I was just listening to a mash up of Diana Ross "Love Child" and Ultra Nate "Free" (hear it here) and it occurred to me that Miss Ross has probably been remixed and mashed up more than any other artist and there’s a reason. Everyone is desperate to hear Diana do something decent and if she won’t record it herself, then they are going to try and create it. God forbid she does any more dross like her ghastly duet with Westlife last year.

What’s the problem? Miss Ross is the greatest Pop Diva of all time. I spit on Mariah Scarey, Whitney is trash in comparison and who the hell is Madge next to Miss Ross, every minute of every day there is a camp old queen somewhere in the world lip synching to “Aint no mountain high enough” or “Stop in the name of love” Why can’t someone get her into the studio and produce her a decent comeback album! It worked for Cher for Gods sake! And lord knows Miss Ross has a gay following the size of a small continent and you know how loyal we gays are? Just ask afore mentioned Cher!

It’s not even as if she looks like crap or can’t sing anymore? Although the dodgy frizz she calls hair could do with taming and she needs to get out of the taffeta and sequin ball gown rut she got stuck in about 1986 but in the main, even at 62, she’s still got it.

Now Miss Ross has had a hard time of late, a spell in prison for drunk driving , her airport fracas, cancelled Supremes tour, the unfortunate Lil Kim incident, a broken marriage etc. etc. but hey! Everyone loves a comeback queen and now is the time for her to have a come-back as big as her hair!

So someone give William Orbit, Joey Negro, or whoever the latest wunderkind producer/mixer is, a call and tell them to get Miss Ross into a studio where she belongs and her music back onto the worlds dance floors!

See Diana at The Nick TV land awards 2006 showing
she's still got it! and a bit of Classic Diana "Chain reaction"

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

David Beckham

The I Definately Would - Hunk of The Month

Thick and Thin have been spending time abourd Robert Cavalli's yacht and apparently Posh is desperate to conceive again and no wonder! David is looking hotter than ever as these sexy shots of him tanned and in his white speedos show.

Now thats what you call golden balls!

Just when you thought he could'nt get any sexier we see pictures like these! The man just gets better and better, now if he'd just dump the twiglet of a withering wife he has in tow we'd all be very happy indeed!


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Madge Never Looked Better!

Well we have to hand it to Madonna whether it's conical bras, riding habits or nothing at all, we always love Madonna's outfits but her new Osama Bin laden/Mother Theresa look beats them all!

She should definately stick to this one!

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You Tube Favourites - Dame Janet Baker

You Tube is a bloggers dream especially when you can't be bothered to post much! Normally I only post my own You Tube videos but as there are some gems on there I thought I'd post my favourite each month.This months You Tube favourite is a clip of Dame Janet Baker (with the help of French & Saunders) giving a superb operatic rendition of.... Well click and see!

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George's Indiscretions Cost Him Dear

Following on from George Michaels little episode on Hampstead Heath it looked like his marriage to long time partner Kenny was off when a source claimed “They are reassessing their relationship at the moment so there are no immediate plans. Things are very much up in the air.” Hmm I wonder why?!

So it came as somewhat of a surprise to learn that just a day later George is claiming it’s all back on?

So why does Kenny put up with George’s recent behaviour?

Well there might be a clue in an interview George just gave to a London radio station…."We had a lovely tenth anniversary party. My present to him was a million quid so I think I should get away with so-called fooling around with 'Bernard Manning'. I've no idea who that guy was but thank-you very much, whoever he was."

Surely a hotel room and an escort would have cost him less!

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Bitter Candy

How has Candy Spelling reacted to what she sees, as daughter Tori’s treachery toward her and her late father Aarons memory. Well According to Us magazine the grieving widow has cut her out of her late husbands will, all $500 millon of it.

Poor Tori is really paying the price of that nasty interview she gave just days after her fathers death and apparently the poor little rich girl is now reduced to pawn shops and selling her jewelery to make ends meet. (as this pictures show)

It doesn’t look like anything will be coming out of Candy’s famous present wrapping room, for Tori any time soon!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

George Michael - Cruising For A Press Bruising

Some people really dont learn do they? George Michael was caught by the News of the World cruising Hampstead Heath last night. Needless to say he's front page news today!
So what did George have to say? Well according to The News of the Screws....

In a sweat, the ashen-faced singer declared: "Are you gay? No? Then f*** off! This is my culture!" Then he claimed: "I'm not doing anything illegal. The police don't even come up here any more. "I'm a free man, I can do whatever I want. I'm not harming anyone."

Not hurting anyone? Lordy! What about your long term partner? I don't supposed he's that thrilled especially as you'd just left his house!

Being a caring sort of person I was all set to forgive George his latest lapse, that was untill I saw what he pulled on the heath! Good grief George surely you can do a bit better than that! I'm sure you were stoned again but really no hash in the world could make that palatable!

Isn't it time you subscribed to a discrete escort service and laid off the weed?

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Kylies Back!

Kylies back! and continuing with her Showgirl Tour. The tour was interrupted last year after her breast cancer diagnosis. I was lucky enough to catch her (the night the show was filmed) last time and she was absolutely fantastic!

Tickets for the first two UK concerts sold out in minutes, but more dates have been announced. So if you didnt get to see her last time make sure you dont miss out this time. The tour starts in Australia in November, and hits the UK in January 2007.

Welcome back Kylie!

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Naomi's Greatest Hits

Well well well! it's been quite a week for little Miss temper tantrum Naomi Campbell.

No sooner had we named her Rank & Bile car crash of the month for her ongoing domestic (help) violence. When Miss Campbell goes on yet another rampage!

Firstly, just one day later, presumably incensed at her car crash of the month coverage, she went ballistic on board her boyfriend, Prince Badr Jafar's yacht. Apparently a local chef prepared a meal that wasn't to madam's liking and she proceeded to vent her fury on copious amounts of crockery and glassware, before moving on to destroy soft funishings, antiques, lamps, and furniture to the tune of $55,000!

But Naomi hadn't finished yet, as today it emerged that the Super Model was arrested recently for causing a breach of the peace after neighbours complained about her screaming abuse, at 3am, outside of Prince Badr Jafar's London residence, after her now ex boyfriend, (no surprise there!) refused her entry.

Lordy! Naomi you really have excelled yourself this week! She's certainly not going to find people rushing to fill the post of either maid or boyfriend anytime soon. But hey! You can't say she isn't entertaining!

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You Were Never Fuglier - Paula Abdul

Gravity has not been kind to Miss Abdul and neither it would appear has her plastic surgeon, who has given her, quite possibly, the worst boob job in Hollywood. You could drive a truck through that cleavage!

Mind you Paula's not exactly helping herself by putting her botched up boobs on display and lets face it at her age every woman could do with a bit of shoring up.

So Paula go get yourself a bra and while your at it, burn that monstrous frock!

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TomKitten Suri Is Real.....Maybe?

Apparently The TomKitten is real! Yes someone has actually seen Suri cruise! Tabloids and internet sites have been rife with conspiracies claiming that Suri is a publicity stunt/hoax or even an alien. Her birth certificate has been scrutinised and claims made that its a fake and the tabloid press are all asking. where's Suri?

It's 3 months since she landed/was born and now at last King of Queens actress Leah Remini claims to have seen Suri, in Us magazine she claimed , "She's a newborn and normal size!" really descriptive there Leah! And what does she mean normal size? What, as opposed to giant alien size? And just to prove Tom and Katie are the parents she goes on to say Suri has "dark, straight hair and dark eyes," Hmm I think we coulda guessed that one! This is presumably to scotch the rumours that in fact the baby is green and looks like E.T.!

So will this put the rumours to rest? Given that Leah is also a member of the scientology cult and is the only person claiming to have seen Suri in 3 months my guess is probably not!

TomKat better come up with something better than this if they are gonna scotch the rumours!

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Crack Cocaine - Blame It On The Boogie

Victor Willis the policeman in Village people has been caught after six months on the run and an appearance on America’s Most Wanted. He was wanted for possession of crack, cocaine and a loaded gun and for evading arrest.

What does Victor have to say for himself? Well apparently it’s all the fault of "the excesses of the disco era that many artists like me found difficult to shake almost 30 years later."

Hmm disco can be blamed for many things, worst amongst them, The Ethel Merman Disco Album, Flares and Xanadu (possibly the worst film ever made) but crack cocaine addiction!

So next time your up on charges of possessing class A, just remember it’s not your fault and blame it on Sister Sledge or even better The Village People.

Altogether now Y. M. C(lass). A.!

See victor and the rest of Village People in action Singing Go West

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Few Of My Favourite Things - Ann Miller's Hair

No not raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens! This monthly random post is about some of my favourite things. Some I'm passionate about others just tickle my fancy and make me laugh.

Ann Miller was a minor MGM movie Star mostly famous for tap dancing and singing her way through the kind of musicals that the major stars turned down. Her crowning achievement was probably Kiss me Kate but whilst her mark in the annals of Hollywood history may be small her hair was huge! Lacquered within an inch of its life it practically had a career of its own and was certainly deserving of separate, if not star billing!

Like Ann herself her hair achieved its own kind of immortality, in the stage show Forbidden Broadway, one of the performers does an impression of Ann set to the music of That’s entertainment it contains the classic lines:

I guess I really showed them
When I killed L. B. Mayer
By hitting him with my hair

A Dominick Dunne’s mini series also once listed an un-named baddie in the credits as “Man with the Ann Miller hair!”

It isn’t just the size of the hair that fascinates me it’s the helmet like immobility; it has to be set with super glue, as it simply never moves.

A dear departed friend of mine once told me a story relayed to him by a TV stylist who once did Ann’s hair for a TV show. Apparently the hapless guy suggested Ann being “more mature” might want to try something a little softer. After giving him a look that could stop a Sherman tank in its tracks Miss Miller replied.

“Listen buster! I wanna be able to go out there and tap for two hours in a tornado and the hair doesn’t move! Got it? Now get the damn lacquer honey!”

Long after Ann has been forgotten her hair will live on as a true Hollywood legend.

Ann Miller’s hair we salute you!

See Ann's hair in action below in a clip from The Loveboat

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Paris Hilton - The Ego Has Landed

Parasite Hilton whilst recently in London, gave an interview to the Sunday Times. In which described herself as a workaholic and a successful businesswoman. I know bless her! A dodgy perfume launch, one reality show and a much hyped single, hardly Donald Trump!

Miss Hilton’s ego didn’t end there either; apparently Paris claims... “I think every decade has an iconic blonde — like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana — and right now, I’m that icon.” !

Hmm now pardon me! But does she really think she’s up there with Marilyn and Diana? If she’d said Zsa Zsa Gabor and Vanna White then possibly? But Diana and Marilyn? Lordy! Is there no end to her ego?

Hmm it did occur to me that Diana and Marilyn became icons, because their lives were cut tragically short. Maybe she's right? She should defiantely aspire to be more like them!

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Some of what I'm reading this Month

Katharine the Great: A Lifetime of Secrets Revealed... (1907-1950)
By Darwin Porter
Darwin Porter’s Hepburn biography Katharine the Great is subtitled A lifetime of secrets revealed. Well that’s not strictly true actually it’s half a lifetime of secrets revealed as despite running to a lengthy 500+ pages it still only charts Hepburn’s life up to 1950. The second instalment is due later and if its anything like as juicy as the first part I can’t wait.

I like to think I know most of “old” Hollywood’s gossip and rumours but Darwin Porter reveals stories and liaisons I had never heard of. Hepburn’s relationships with amongst others Claudette Colbert, Judy Garland, and Marlene Dietrich, which were just rumours, are given real depth and substance, whilst the long held myth that her one true love was Spencer Tracy, is blown apart, in fact he had a penchant for younger men.

Whilst some of the book is obviously just gossip, it’s the first time anyone has come close to an all round honest portrait of Hepburn. Something her heavily edited and sugar sweet autobiography never did. Do I believe all of it? No. But then Did I believe any of her autobiography? No. The truth probably lies somewhere in between and in the meantime while we try and guess the truth, Porter’s book is certainly the most entertaining read of the lot.
If you want a good gossipy read this is the one for you.
**** Stars
Buy Katharine the Great: A Lifetime of Secrets at Amazon

All American Boy
By William J. Mann
William J Mann is one of my favourite authors I absolutely loved his biography of Billy Haines (Wisecracker) and his non fiction work Behind the Screen, about the lives of gay Hollywood pioneers. I also am a fan of his fiction in particular his novels Midnight in Savanah and The Biograph Girl. Which the author himself has informed me has been optioned for a film. So I was really looking forward to his new novel All American Boy. I have to say I was disappointed though beautifully written and thought provoking I just didn’t warm to the characters in particular the “hero” Wally Day.

The themes of the book, confronting our fears and facing our past to move forward were well handled and the premise that Wally though only 14 when he entered into a relationship with an older man was, in a way, the abuser rather than the abused was an interesting part of the story but with such un-likeable characters and somewhat implausible sub plots the book made somewhat heavy going. A shame as I’m normally such a fan.

Interestingly William is about to publish his own biography of Katherine Hepburn. I look forward to comparing the two.
** Stars
Buy All American Boy at Amazon

Son of a Witch: A Novel
By Gregory Maguire
Those of you who read my review of Wicked by Gregory Maguire will know how much I loved it so I approached the sequel, Son of a Witch with some trepidation as all too often second novels can be a huge disappointment. I needn’t have worried; Maguire has once again woven magic out of the hackneyed story of Oz and turned in a gem. Whilst the wicked witch is dead he son continues on from where she left off and pleasingly leaves enough un answered questions to ensure a third novel as well.

Brilliant stuff. Highly recommended.
**** Stars
Buy Son of a Witch: A Novel at Amazon

* Star-Dont put this book down, throw it as hard as you can out of the nearest window.
** Stars-Yawn.... bit of a dud
*** Stars-Not bad, but no masterpiece
**** Stars-A Ripping yarn definately worth killing a few hours with
***** Stars-Couldnt put it down! an instant classic

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Car Crash of The Month - Naomi Campbell

Kidnapping And Battery - A day In The Life Of Naomi Campbell! Yes Campbell is in the soup again, as yet another ex-employee sues her. Amanda Brack, of Fort Lauderdale, accused Campbell of assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress! Wow! False imprisonment that’s a new one for Naomi!

The two met in Paris in a nightclub ladies' room where Campbell was upset about a "costume malfunction."? He said Brack helped and impressed the model, who then asked Brack to work for her. Brack's lawsuit says, "Shortly after being hired, defendant Campbell initiated a series of verbal and physical and emotional attacks against (Brack) such that plaintiff suffered both physical and emotional injuries."

McCarthy said Campbell assaulted his client in several incidents that occurred in 2005 in Brazil, Morocco and in Campbell's apartment in Manhattan. Way to go Naomi! Abuse on 3 continents. She must be out of jewel encrusted blackberrys (Naomi’s weapon of choice) by now!

This isn't the first time Naomi has battered the hired help, back in April she was led away in handcuffs (and a fetching white poncho) as another employee accused her of hurling her phone at her and there have been two other law suits from disgruntled ex-employees all alledging Miss Campbell's violent streak. How long before the supermodel ends up behind bars?

Good grief! Who does she think she is? You'd think coming from lowly beginings in Streatham she'd have had alittle more empathy with her maids? After all there but for the grace of God and some good genes.....

Someone get this girl some anger management counselling!

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Mischa Barton Learns To Act - Finally!

Britsh born Mischa Barton, the stunning but dumb as a box of hair, star of The O.C. has just enrolled for acting lessons at London’s R.A.D.A. ( see picture of her arriving for her first day) Mischa who has just finished filming in London, was advised to go there by her London director Sir Richard Attenborough…Hmm I wonder why?

Maybe Mischa wasn't holding her own against heavyweight co-stars ShirleyMacLaine and Pete Posthlewaite?

What a shame she didn’t enrol before she joined the O.C she might have spared us that cringe making death scene that recently ended the last season!

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Tabloid Hypocrisy At Diana Death Pics

Well the British press have themselves in a tizz about Italian Magazine Chi which has published a picture of Diana at her death scene. William and Harry have been dragged out to make a statement condemning the picture and the tabloids continue to froth at the mouth.

I have to say I think it’s a bit rich The Sun whilst condemning the picture chose to re print it with just Diana’s face obscured if that isn’t titillation I don’t know what is! I also have to say having seen the picture it’s fairly innocuous. I have seen other pictures from the scene which are far more grisly and shocking and whether we like it or not our natural instinct and curiosity is to want to see even if you are appalled at the pictures themselves or our own morbid fascination.

I can understand the family’s anger but not the posturing of the tabloids who have made money out of the memory of Diana ever since her death and no doubt this little news item will sell a whole load more papers as well. Incidentally the picture has been available to view on the find a death website for a very long time and were also shown by TV company CBS in America but nobody created a stir about that?

View the offending picture if you wish at Towlerroad

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