There is a little bit of this and a little bit of that going on today in the world of gossip. To start with we are going to be seeing a lot of Mariah Carey in the near future as she gets set to release her new album “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” at the end of August. Tonight she will premiere her new video “Obsessed” on “America’s Got Talent”. There is already hubbub about this video, first off it was leaked on the internet, but all copies have been removed. Secondly in the video Mariah is dressed up and looks eerily like Eminem and some are saying this is a response to his song “Bagpipes from Bagdad” where he talks about Mariah and their relationship from years back and why is she obsessed with him. Now Mariah and husband Nick Cannon both deny that the song/video has anything to do with Eminem but really could it be a coincidence? I guess we will just have to wait and see for ourselves once the video is out. You can also see Mariah on the “Today Show” in the Toyota concert series on August 28th. Also performing during the month will be Flo Rida and Natasha Bedingfield.
Renee Zellweger will be reprising her role as Bridget Jones for the third time. Typically Zellweger has gained 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones and this time will be no different. She says although the first two days of eating anything she wants is great the up and down on her body takes its toll and is very difficult. The premise for this 3rd movie sounds fun…Bridget is almost 40 and is in full baby mode and wants to have one before it is too late. You know a lot of good comedy can surely come from that topic. Filming is expected to take place at the end of the year. That should be plenty of time to start packing on the pounds.
Another old time favorite is back and looking fabulous for the release of her new album. Whitney Houston was in London for a party in her honor to unveil her new album, “I Look to You” which will be available September 1. Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music and long time friend was at her side, and played 9 tracks from the album which still is being worked on. Whitney had some big names collaborating with her on this album. She had help from, Alicia Keys, R Kelly, Diane Warren, Stargate and a duet with Akon for the song ”Like I Never Left”.
Brad Paisley is headed to the White House with Alison Krause to perform for the Obama’s, members of Congress and the White House staff. The main reason for their visit is actually to help Michelle Obama with an educational workshop she has put in place for middle school and high school students to help encourage arts and arts education. Last month her focus was on Jazz and in the fall her next workshop will focus on Classical music. The concert is actually just a bonus.
Limp Bizkit fans are in for a special treat from the band. Together for the first time in the states in 8 years the guys are going to be giving tickets away free for a concert event in Las Vegas on July 18th. The concert will take place at the Pearl Concert Theatre which is in the Palms Casino Resort. Fans will receive 2 tickets but it is on a first come first serve basis so you can imagine it is going to be pretty crazy. I wouldn’t be surprised if people are already waiting in line. In addition to the free tickets, fans will get a free t-shirt that was designed exclusively for that show. The band is also allowing fans to design the concert by picking their favorites songs and voting, and the songs that win will be the ones that are sung at the concert. You can vote at pickrset.com/bands/limpbizkit .How cool is that? What an amazing experience if you are one of the chosen few to actually make it in. Good Luck and have fun!!
The Michael Jackson memorial service at the Staples Center was quite an event. I am happy to say with all those people and celebrities the setting seemed just right. It was a somber yet lovely ceremony. It was a day to remember Michael and appreciate all he has given to the world. He has touched us all in some way. You really got to see the more human side of MJ and forget about some of the crazy stuff. Brooke Shields (who looked so beautiful) spoke about their friendship and dispelled any question that it was anything other than two famous kids feeling comfortable around each other and just being kids. Magic Johnson talked about the time he learned that Michael Jackson loved Kentucky Fried Chicken. If that doesn’t help normalize MJ what does? The service started with Mariah Carey singing “I’ll Be There” which led to many more magical music moments. Usher sang “Gone to Soon” and he barely held it together in the end as he sang to Michael. Stevie Wonder sang “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” which was a song he wrote about the death of his wife and then led into “They Won’t Go When I Go”. An 8 month pregnant Jennifer Hudson sang MJ’s song “Will You Be There” and she did such a heartfelt amazing job. John Meyer contributed an instrumental version of Michael’s “Human Nature”, which was another brilliant performance. Jermaine Jackson even got on stage and sang, “Smile” which was a song from Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”. Jermaine has such a beautiful voice and it was good to hear him sing after so many years. It was hard to watch though because at times he could barely make it through.
For me, the part that really got me was when the singers from his planned concert got together and sang “We Are the World/Heal the World”. Everyone gathered on stage and started to sing with them, including Michael’s 3 children. I found it so touching to watch them sing the words to the song. Then at the end Marlon Jackson gave a very heartfelt speech. He had a difficult time also getting through it but his words were powerful. At one point he said, “We would never never understand what he endured, not being able to walk across the street without a crowd gathering around him, being judged, ridiculed. How much pain can one take? Maybe now Michael they will leave you alone.” That is just so true. Lastly and most unexpectedly, Paris, Michael’s 11 year old daughter, got a turn to speak. Through her tears she said,” Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. I just wanted to say I love him so much.” I admit I was bawling my eyes out. What a sweet sweet girl. I think what was so surprising is here is this girl who has literally been hidden from the public and then she chooses to speak out to millions of people around the world. What a brave girl and one who loved her father very very much.
In other news, it has been confirmed that Steve McNair’s girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi is the one who shot McNair and then shot herself. The police have concluded that Kazemi shot McNair in the head the first time while he was asleep on the couch, and then she proceeded to shoot him twice in the chest and a final time in the head. Ironically Kazemi was arrested for a DUI 2 days prior to the shooting and McNair made her bail. Her last week was one filled with stress and despair mostly over financial worries plus police think she may have thought McNair was seeing another woman. Kazemi’s family however feel very confident that Sahel thought she was truly going to be moving in with McNair and was even getting ready to sell her furniture. Mechelle McNair, Steve’s wife, says that she had never heard of this girl and there are still no records of an impending divorce. Again, another very sad story.
Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death on July 4th alongside his 20 year old girlfriend Saleh Kazemi, who was shot once in the head. This is a tragic story, especially considering McNair is married with 4 sons. At this point the police are calling the shooting a homicide but so far have no suspects in custody. It seemed that McNair was serious with the girlfriend according the Kazemi’s sister who said her sister was planning to marry McNair. Neighbors often saw Kazemi getting dropped off at her apartment in a limousine early in the morning and she also has a 2007 Cadillac Escalade that is in her name as well as McNair’s. Although there is no record showing that he was getting a divorce his $3 million home is on the market in Nashville. At this point it is unclear how much his wife knew. As you can imagine she is quite distraught over the whole situation. McNair was a very generous person, personally helping victims from Hurricane Katrina and helping pay for children to go to football camps, plus his amazing 13 year football career makes the thought of homicide unimaginable. McNair played in 4 Pro Bowls as well as he played for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.
A surprising announcement from Sarah Palin who said she is resigning from her position as Governor of Alaska later in the month. Some are speculating that she may run for a seat on the Senate or even the Presidency in 2012. She says, “You can effect change from the outside and I can too.” She also says her son Trig, who is one and has Down’s syndrome, needs her at home.
In Michael Jackson news there will be a public memorial service held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. All tickets were awarded via a lottery drawing. There are 17,500 tickets available and that includes tickets for the Nokia theatre which will be set up to simulcast the service. The police are expecting huge crowds and are urging people to stay home and watch it on TV. They want to try and contain and control the crowds as much as possible if that is even possible. We all know that Michael is famous worldwide but it seems that the Brit’s were really huge fans and as many as 1 millions of them are coming to LA to pay their respects to the King of Pop. It has been confirmed that Jennifer Hudson,Mariah Carey,John Mayer, Lionel Rithcie, Smokey Robinson, Usher and STevei Wonder will be some of the celebrities to be performing at the service on Tuesday.
This weekend both Madonna and Beyonce paid to tribute to Michael Jackson in their own way during their concerts. Beyonce sang her hit “Halo” and inserted Michaels name and it was just beautiful and touching. Madonna who was actually performing in London at the O2 arena, where Michael was scheduled to perform his 50 concerts, had a Michael Jackson impersonator dancing around and she said some kind words about her friends.
Also making a change to her concert this weekend, Britney Spears added a new song to her Circus Tour performance. She added a new song “Mannequin” to her show in Paris on Sunday night.
Eminem is back and he just can’t stop rapping about people in his new music. First it was Kim Kardashian Jessica Simpson, and Sarah Palin in “We Made You”. In his latest song, “Bagpipes from Baghdad” he sings about Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey and Cannon is NOT happy about it. Eminem and Carey did date briefly about 8 years ago and Cannon writes on his blog that Eminem “is still obsessed with my wife, the same female who wouldn’t let him get to second base from 8 years ago.” Then it really starts to get ugly when Cannon calls Eminem “racially insensitive” as well as an “old school Caucasian con man”. You really have to wonder what Eminem was thinking when he not only wrote the song but made it so everyone could hear it. It does seem to be a bit much and makes one think that he did step over the line and no wonder Nick Cannon is fuming over the song. There are definitely fighting words in that song. You be the judge, but it is very difficult to listen to and made me cringe. One might say take it with a grain of salt, it is Eminem after all, but it is pretty descriptive and to be quite honest pretty insulting. Sorry Mariah that out of nowhere you have to deal with this but lucky for you your hubby is willing to fight for your honor.
And speaking of back at it…Justin Timberlake was on SNL again this weekend and seriously the guy just needs to be regular, he is so funny. He did a follow up video with Andy Samberg to their “Dick in a Box” from last time for this show. This time a “lovely” video for Mother’s Day called “Motherlover”…oh sooo funny! The video also stars Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson as the mothers and one might just say disrespectful and inappropriate, but its SNL so it works just fine. Justin also does a skit where he jokes about Britney Spears and when they were dating. It was a funny show and Justin is just so talented. A not so funny performance happened for Amy Winehouse Friday night in St. Lucia, where she attempted to sing at the Jazz festival there. Oh Amy…what a train wreck…she forgot lyrics, lost her place and basically just stumbled through her song. You could almost feel her frustration as she threw up her arms at one point, and looked over at her dancers as if she had given up and couldn’t go on. Lucky for Amy (and the audience) there was a torrential storm that caused the rest of the show to be cancelled. Amy has been actually living in St. Lucia for the past several months and the concert was really her way to thank the locals for all their hospitality. Maybe just send them a thank you note next time.
Why does it seem that everywhere we look we see and hear from Kim Kardashian? Well the latest and greatest from the newly blond celeb is that she has revealed that step dad Bruce Jenner, has recently had a face lift. In fact this facelift was done to actually correct a partial facelift and a nose job that was botched that Bruce had done many years ago and had never been happy with the results. Now however he has had a doctor make the changes and fix the issues from the first time around and everyone, most especially Bruce, seems very happy with the results. In fact, Bruce who will turn 60 this year looks like he is in his 40’s. He looks great. The story actually was talked about and came up on the family’s reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Yes, it is hard to keep those things private with camera crews in your home all the time. You can check out the show on E! and if you just can’t get enough of the Kardashian sisters, Khloe and Kourtney are getting their own reality show and are heading down to Miami to open their new Dash Boutique. You can catch the new show in August and I am sure sister Kim will be showing up for some visits.
You have got to love Coldplay…listen to what the band is doing for their fans during these hard times. They just announced that for every fan that attends there “Vida la Vida” summer concert on the North America leg of their tour, they will receive a free live album from the band. How awesome is that? And for those unable to attend the concert they can download 9 songs from “LeftRightLeftRightLeft” at the bands official Coldplay website. The band said in a statement that “Playing live is what we love. This album is a thank you to our fans – the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen.
There is a big celebration planned for this Sunday to honor and celebrate singing legend and activist Pete Seeger, who is turning 90. For those of you who don’t know him you will once I share a few of his famous songs. He is famous for, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, as well as “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn!Turn! Turn!”. The celebration that will be held at Madison Square Garden will be a 4 hour concert event with performers such as Emmy Lou Harris, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder plus many more are scheduled to perform. The event is a benefit to help raise money for Seeger’s charity, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which helps preserve the river from all the pollution. Seeger himself is scheduled to sing one of his songs but he is not sharing which one he will be doing. Although turning 90, Seeger has not slowed down, he performed at President Obama’s inauguration, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last month, and he just released a new album. It should be a special night for a special man.
David Blaine is handing out “how to survive starvation advice” to Mia Farrow, who is now on day 5 of her hunger strike, to raise awareness for the Darfur situation. If you remember, Blaine went 44 days without food while he hung out over the Thames River in London. So his advice for Farrow…drink 4 liters of water a day and after 6 days you will stop feeling hungry. Well she is almost there, let’s hope he is right. Farrow is said to be very weak already and spends most of her time in bed. Her goal is to not eat for 3 weeks.
IT seems to be true love for Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey who if you can believe it are celebrating their one year anniversary. That is pretty big in Hollywood, don’t you think? The two celebrated in Las Vegas this week at the Palms Casino Resort. Nick surprised Mariah with a video that he put together of the couple’s first year together. It brought Mariah to tears. After the video, Nick told Mariah and all their friends that had been invited to their anniversary celebration that, “this is the most amazing person in the world. I dedicate my life to her daily, and together this union is gonna last forever. She is my rock.” Awww…love him! Congratulations guys, I hope it does last forever.
Love is still in the air for Nick Cannon and his wife Mariah Carey. Nick is quite the romantic and pulled out a lavish yet intimate 40 birthday party celebration in Barbados for Mariah and 11 of their close friends. The couple flew to Barbados in a private jet, and then had the party at the swanky Whispers on the Bay restaurant. Nick had the restaurant filled with hundreds of balloons and there was plenty of Dom Perignon to go around. People from the restaurant said that the couple were very lovey dovey with one another and were also very nice and down to earth to the restaurant employees. The couple was seen playing together on the beach and talking a romantic walk together. How sweet. Mariah has been working really hard on a new album and Nick just wanted her to have fun and relax. Nice job Nick sounds like mission accomplished!
I have to say I think Britney Spears is really back this time. She has been working really hard on her Circus tour and she is also the new face of Candies’ shoes. She has new ads coming out for the line that are available at Kohl’s and let me tell you she looks amazing. She has gotten her body in amazing shape and she is flaunting it. Check out her behind the scenes photo shoot for Candies and see if you agree.
So really, what is our world coming to when the longest running comedy, “The Simpsons” will be our new postage stamp? I guess the U.S. Postal Service wants us laughing as they increase postage yet again and this time to 44 cents a stamp. A spokesman for the USPS says that “The Simpsons are American Icons. We are excited about it and we think America will be too.” I would be more excited if they weren’t raising their prices. How about this though…out of more than 50,000 suggestions for who/what should be on the next stamp they chose “The Simpsons.” That is just a little funny to me even if the show has been on the air for 20 years. Don’t get me wrong, I love Marge, Homer and Bart Simpson but on our nations postage stamps??
OK, and this whole John Mayer and Jennifer Anniston break up is starting to get really ugly. And although I appreciate the drama, I just didn’t expect it from him. John gave an earful to a crowd of 3000 who were on the Mayercraft Carrier 2, that John was on to debut his new song, “Heartbreak Warfare”. Think this is about his breakup with Anniston?? He told the crowd some very unkind things about his ex including, “its miserable being around someone who’s negative.” He also shared with the crowd that Anniston is “obsessive – compulsive” and that “she isn’t down at all about their split”. He also got a bit crazy talking about Perez Hilton (who is not a big Anniston fan) and how he made out with him and how he would have sex with him “just to prove a point”. Kind of odd behavior from the star. You can read all about it in the new issue of US Magazine. I am sure the article is going to cause quite a stir.