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Monthly Archives September 2008

FASHION WEEK: The Simmons Sisters, Bow Wow, Kelly Osbourne, & Betty’s Nephew Attend Betsey Johnson Show

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has arrived in New York's Bryant Park and Blindie was front and center (actually behind front row), where we spotted a few celebrities at the Betsey Johnson fashion show on Tuesday. Here's a list of the celebs we glanced at in the fashion tents for the whimsical Betsey Johnson show, where she celebrated 30 years in business--complete with a cartwheel: Angela & Vanessa Simmons: Rev. Run's daughters were dressed to the nines and got a lot less paparazzi flashes at their table. Bow Wow: He was canoodling and whispering in his girlfriend Angela's ear Kelly Osbourne: She's super cute and actually a lot tinier in person! Mark Indelicato: The Ugly Betty star was sitting at the end of the runway, looking chic in a blue scarf. Nigel Barker & Miss J. Alexander: They were seated at different tables--and Miss Jay stole the show with his "Rock the Vote" shirt, complete with gimicky buttons! Amy Lee: The Evanescence lead singer sat with Kelly Osbourne in the front row tables. Victoria Silvstedt: The Playboy centerfold takes the prize for having the best posture, blondest mane, and most pumped up lips!
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Will Smith As Captain America?

Are the rumors true? Has Will Smith been approached to play the patriotic superhero Captain America? “I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America,’” actor Derek Luke slipped during an interview with MTV. “Just shows you how times have changed.” With films like Independence Day (1996) I, Robot (2004), and Hancock (2008) under his belt, Smith has long since proven himself as a highly-bankable action star, making Hollywood history with eight straight movies to rake in more than $100 million in July. Although Marvel has denied to Ain't It Cool News that Smith has been approached, Blindie is still hoping that "times have changed." And if we don't get to see a black man in the White House, at least we can see one as an American superhero. PHOTO: AP; MARVEL COMICS
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Ga Ga: The Williams Sisters Versus The Manning Brothers in Double Stuf Oreos Commercial

In a new TV spot for Double Stuf Oreos, tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams announce their decision to join the Double Stuf Racing League—"a fierce competition to see who's fastest to twist, lick and dunk their Oreo cookie!" In the commercial, NFL brothers Eli and Peyton Manning rival the Williams sisters in their press conference--convinced that they are copycats! Here's the hilarious, cheeky transcript between the dueling sports siblings: Venus: "My sister and I are proud to announce that we've decided to chase the dream and become two-sport athletes." Serena: "We've joined the Double Stuf Racing League!" Peyton: "My brother and I like to announce that this is a great idea--when we thought of it, like a year ago." Serena: "Well my sister and I would like to announce that you guys are going down!" Eli: "My brother and I like to announce that Oooohhhh, we're scared!" Venus: "My sister and I would like to announce that you should be!" Peyton: "My brother and I like to announce that it's on like Donkey Kong!" Eli: "And stop copying us!"
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Janelle Monae Dubbed ‘Girlie Grace Jones’ in GQ Newcomer Spread

Featured in the latest issue of GQ, quirky singer Janelle Monae says of signing with Diddy, "I wanted to work with someone who'd get excited then leave me alone creatively." The Atlanta native's debut EP, Metropolis: The Chase, is also called an "explosion of retrofuturistic funk, a bombastic one-woman sci-fi rock opera," by the magazine, which also compliments her on having "the looks of a girlie Grace Jones." Of her style, which she has picked up from studying footage of James Brown, Buddy Holly, Mick Jagger and Judy Garland, the 23-year-old says, "I just learned how to let my own inner whatever-it-is come out."
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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: McCain vs. Obama in the Ultimate Convention Speech Off

The nomination acceptance speeches for both Barack Obama & John McCain were telling moments for their race for the White House. Obama shattered expectations with an oratory masterpiece, while McCain managed to survive the night with the support of two crutches: his POW biography and sassy VP pick Sarah Palin. When Obama's moment came, he wiped the GOP's character attacks of him off the map: Celebrity? Patriotism? Toughness? All arguments revealed to be nothing more than child’s play--the retorts in this speech were so delicious!!! After a solid Joe Biden VP pick, a successful DNC, and Obama’s game changing speech, the Republicans had to make a desperate move in order to compete…that’s where VP pick Sarah Palin came in. This pro-life, moose hunting, hockey mom-ing, miss congeniality-winning, right wing firecracker came out with venom for Obama, electrifying her base with an effective, substance free, biting performance. She gave the cowboy hat-wearing GOPs an early climax at the convention...and McCain put them to sleep afterwards. (Click in for ENTIRE column!!!)
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Spielberg Squashes Beef Between Lee And Eastwood

When two Hollywood directors squabble, it takes an even bigger director to settle their differences. Steven Spielberg has mediated a truce between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood after Lee publicly chided Eastwood for failing to include black actors in his two World War II films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. It seemed like the two directors were going to have a long-running feud after Eastwood answered Lee's complaints with, "a guy like him should shut his face," which prompted Lee to shoot back, "The man is not my father and we're not on a plantation, either." Lee expresses regret over the whole incident, "I'm sorry it sort of escalated to where it did and, as far as I am concerned, it is over and done with." “Here’s the story. Game 3. LA. Staples Center. Lakers-Celtics. I’m going to the bathroom, and Spielberg’s sitting there with Eddie Murphy and Jeffrey Katzenberg," Lee told Access Hollywood of how Spielberg facilitated the squashing. "And Katzenberg was getting on me about leaving Clint alone," Lee continued. "I said, ‘Steven, let me talk to you for a second.’ So we talked, I conveyed a message, and he said, ‘I’ll call Clint in the morning.’ And it’s hunky-dory. He said he was gonna make a call, he made it, squashed.” PHOTO: AP
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Golf’s LPGA Rethinks English Only Rule

After announcing plans last month to fine and suspend players who cannot speak English, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is backing off on implementing the new policy. The LPGA said it wanted the foreign players to "communicate with our core audiences in English" so they could "know that effective communication in English is vital to LPGA business and the success of our members." But after receiving backlash from human rights groups, sponsors, and government officials opposed to such a xenophobic policy, the LPGA is rethinking its approach. With a membership of 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea, Asians would be especially targeted. LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said in a statement, "After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the business opportunities for every tour player." PHOTO: AP
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Monthly Archives September 2008

FASHION WEEK: The Simmons Sisters, Bow Wow, Kelly Osbourne, & Betty’s Nephew Attend Betsey Johnson Show

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has arrived in New York's Bryant Park and Blindie was front and center (actually behind front row), where we spotted a few celebrities at the Betsey Johnson fashion show on Tuesday. Here's a list of the celebs we glanced at in the fashion tents for the whimsical Betsey Johnson show, where she celebrated 30 years in business--complete with a cartwheel: Angela & Vanessa Simmons: Rev. Run's daughters were dressed to the nines and got a lot less paparazzi flashes at their table. Bow Wow: He was canoodling and whispering in his girlfriend Angela's ear Kelly Osbourne: She's super cute and actually a lot tinier in person! Mark Indelicato: The Ugly Betty star was sitting at the end of the runway, looking chic in a blue scarf. Nigel Barker & Miss J. Alexander: They were seated at different tables--and Miss Jay stole the show with his "Rock the Vote" shirt, complete with gimicky buttons! Amy Lee: The Evanescence lead singer sat with Kelly Osbourne in the front row tables. Victoria Silvstedt: The Playboy centerfold takes the prize for having the best posture, blondest mane, and most pumped up lips!
Read More

Will Smith As Captain America?

Are the rumors true? Has Will Smith been approached to play the patriotic superhero Captain America? “I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America,’” actor Derek Luke slipped during an interview with MTV. “Just shows you how times have changed.” With films like Independence Day (1996) I, Robot (2004), and Hancock (2008) under his belt, Smith has long since proven himself as a highly-bankable action star, making Hollywood history with eight straight movies to rake in more than $100 million in July. Although Marvel has denied to Ain't It Cool News that Smith has been approached, Blindie is still hoping that "times have changed." And if we don't get to see a black man in the White House, at least we can see one as an American superhero. PHOTO: AP; MARVEL COMICS
Read More

Ga Ga: The Williams Sisters Versus The Manning Brothers in Double Stuf Oreos Commercial

In a new TV spot for Double Stuf Oreos, tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams announce their decision to join the Double Stuf Racing League—"a fierce competition to see who's fastest to twist, lick and dunk their Oreo cookie!" In the commercial, NFL brothers Eli and Peyton Manning rival the Williams sisters in their press conference--convinced that they are copycats! Here's the hilarious, cheeky transcript between the dueling sports siblings: Venus: "My sister and I are proud to announce that we've decided to chase the dream and become two-sport athletes." Serena: "We've joined the Double Stuf Racing League!" Peyton: "My brother and I like to announce that this is a great idea--when we thought of it, like a year ago." Serena: "Well my sister and I would like to announce that you guys are going down!" Eli: "My brother and I like to announce that Oooohhhh, we're scared!" Venus: "My sister and I would like to announce that you should be!" Peyton: "My brother and I like to announce that it's on like Donkey Kong!" Eli: "And stop copying us!"
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Janelle Monae Dubbed ‘Girlie Grace Jones’ in GQ Newcomer Spread

Featured in the latest issue of GQ, quirky singer Janelle Monae says of signing with Diddy, "I wanted to work with someone who'd get excited then leave me alone creatively." The Atlanta native's debut EP, Metropolis: The Chase, is also called an "explosion of retrofuturistic funk, a bombastic one-woman sci-fi rock opera," by the magazine, which also compliments her on having "the looks of a girlie Grace Jones." Of her style, which she has picked up from studying footage of James Brown, Buddy Holly, Mick Jagger and Judy Garland, the 23-year-old says, "I just learned how to let my own inner whatever-it-is come out."
Read More

Confessions of an ObamaVoter: McCain vs. Obama in the Ultimate Convention Speech Off

The nomination acceptance speeches for both Barack Obama & John McCain were telling moments for their race for the White House. Obama shattered expectations with an oratory masterpiece, while McCain managed to survive the night with the support of two crutches: his POW biography and sassy VP pick Sarah Palin. When Obama's moment came, he wiped the GOP's character attacks of him off the map: Celebrity? Patriotism? Toughness? All arguments revealed to be nothing more than child’s play--the retorts in this speech were so delicious!!! After a solid Joe Biden VP pick, a successful DNC, and Obama’s game changing speech, the Republicans had to make a desperate move in order to compete…that’s where VP pick Sarah Palin came in. This pro-life, moose hunting, hockey mom-ing, miss congeniality-winning, right wing firecracker came out with venom for Obama, electrifying her base with an effective, substance free, biting performance. She gave the cowboy hat-wearing GOPs an early climax at the convention...and McCain put them to sleep afterwards. (Click in for ENTIRE column!!!)
Read More

Spielberg Squashes Beef Between Lee And Eastwood

When two Hollywood directors squabble, it takes an even bigger director to settle their differences. Steven Spielberg has mediated a truce between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood after Lee publicly chided Eastwood for failing to include black actors in his two World War II films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. It seemed like the two directors were going to have a long-running feud after Eastwood answered Lee's complaints with, "a guy like him should shut his face," which prompted Lee to shoot back, "The man is not my father and we're not on a plantation, either." Lee expresses regret over the whole incident, "I'm sorry it sort of escalated to where it did and, as far as I am concerned, it is over and done with." “Here’s the story. Game 3. LA. Staples Center. Lakers-Celtics. I’m going to the bathroom, and Spielberg’s sitting there with Eddie Murphy and Jeffrey Katzenberg," Lee told Access Hollywood of how Spielberg facilitated the squashing. "And Katzenberg was getting on me about leaving Clint alone," Lee continued. "I said, ‘Steven, let me talk to you for a second.’ So we talked, I conveyed a message, and he said, ‘I’ll call Clint in the morning.’ And it’s hunky-dory. He said he was gonna make a call, he made it, squashed.” PHOTO: AP
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Golf’s LPGA Rethinks English Only Rule

After announcing plans last month to fine and suspend players who cannot speak English, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is backing off on implementing the new policy. The LPGA said it wanted the foreign players to "communicate with our core audiences in English" so they could "know that effective communication in English is vital to LPGA business and the success of our members." But after receiving backlash from human rights groups, sponsors, and government officials opposed to such a xenophobic policy, the LPGA is rethinking its approach. With a membership of 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea, Asians would be especially targeted. LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said in a statement, "After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the business opportunities for every tour player." PHOTO: AP
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