Month: August 2009

Accolades Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks Wins Second Daytime Emmy Award for The Tyra Banks Show


The Tyra Banks Show took home its second Daytime Emmy for outstanding informative talk show at Sunday’s 36th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

It was only last year that the newbie talk show host, who told the world to “Kiss my fat ass!” won her first Emmy.

“You’ve got to move and I’ve totally redone my show from skin and guts — how it looks, feels all the way down to content, because of the changing generation,” Banks said.

At the podium, the model mogul gushed, “I love daytime television. I learned the birds and the bees from watching [General Hospital’s] Luke and Laura. I learned my ABCs, 1-2-3 from Sesame Street. This [Emmy] is for the women out there that do not feel beautiful … that do not have time to do their makeup … This is for you guys.”

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James Blake Sports Venus & Serena Williams

James Blake and Venus Williams Kick-Off US Open at Heineken’s Official Player Party in NY

Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss

Tennis pros James Blake and Venus Williams were among the celebs at Heineken’s USTA US Open Official Player Party at Skyline Studios in New York on Friday.

Proving to be a party early bird, Blake was there before the action was in full swing and we even spied him making a beeline for the door way before midnight.

Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgely and Matthew Settle and stylist Keino Benjamin were among the non-tennis revelers, but sadly Blake Lively sat this one out.

Noticeably missing from the party was Venus’ other and arguably better half Serena Williams and French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Ok, so maybe only we were looking for Tsonga. But conspicuously present was Vince Offer, the ShamWow pitchman, who played Wii Tennis with his date.

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Fashion Ga Ga Movies

Ga Ga: Andre Leon Talley in The September Issue

Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley is of course one of our favorite fashion editors, but his screen time in The September Issue, the docudrama about the making of the 2008 Fall issue, makes us love him even more!

From his admittance that he took up tennis because Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour told him to “lose weight,” to his unapologetic appetite for designer accoutrements like a Louis Vuitton towel and water box, Mr. Talley makes us want to not only take up tennis but rush right out and see The September Issue.

September Issue is due in theaters on August 28.

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Newsy ObamaNation

Barack Obama Packs Summer Reading List for Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

Obama Vacation

The Obamas descended upon Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday for the last hurrah of summer and the President has packed along an ecclectic summer reading list.

White House spokesman Bill Burton revealed to reporters on Monday the five books on President Barack Obama‘s reading agenda during his week-long vacation:

“The Way Home” by George Pelecanos
“Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman
“Lush Life” by Richard Price
“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf
“John Adams” by David McCullough

However, the President did everything besides read on his first day on the island. On Monday, he worked out at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, played tennis with wife Michelle Obama, then played golf at Farm Neck Golf Club.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s Death Ruled A Homicide

mjThe LA coroner’s office has ruled Michael Jackson‘s death as a homicide citing “lethal levels” of an anesthetic.

Conrad Murray, one of Jackson’s many doctors, told police he had been treating the singer for insomnia for six weeks and had been administering the drug propofol.

Murray says he had feared Jackson was forming an addiciton to the anesthetic and had begun lowering the dosage and administering a mixture of the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam. Yet on the night Jackson died, Murray had relented to the singer’s requests for the drug and finally gave him 25 milligrams of propofol.

In addition to continuing the investigation into Dr. Murray, authorities have also subpoenaed the medical records of Dr. Arnold Klein, Dr. Allan Metzger, Dr. David Adams, Dr. David Slavitt, who conducted the independent medical examination of Jackson for Anschutz Entertainment Group, Dr. Randy Rosen and nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee and Dr. Mark Tadrissi, who stored medical records with Adams.

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