Green Day vs. Wal-Mart

Green Day is taking issue with the worlds largest retailer, Wal-Mart. IT seems that even though Green Day currently has the most popular CD, the retailer has refused to carry it because of its parental advisory sticker, which is their policy. Wal–Mart feels that the bands can issue different versions of their CD’s and Wal–Mart chooses to sell CDs that have been edited for appropriate language and content. Green Day feels that there is nothing “dirty” in their CD and have refused to censor it. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says, he feels like he is back “in 1953 or something” So even though their new album “21st Century Breakdown” sold over 215,000 copies in less than a week and is at the top of the charts, they are standing strong in regards to censorship. So if you want their album you will have to find it somewhere else. The band, although disappointed in the message that Wal-Mart is sending to others and being able to express themselves, Green Day will not let it get them down. The group begins their summer tour in Seattle on July 3.

Just days ago I wrote about the impending divorce of Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn…well it seems that the case has been dismissed yet again.  This is the second time the couple has been on their way to divorce court but have decided to call it off. The couple has been married for 13 years and has two children, daughter Dylan Frances who is 18, and Hopper Jack who is 15.  Penn is currently in Cannes as a juror for the film festival. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens this time.

Fact or fiction…it seems that Rihanna has been spotted kissing a new man, rapper Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The rapper has said that the two are friends and have been hanging out but that they are not dating. Ok, but how do you explain all the kissing that was going on between the two who were honored at Island Def Jam’s Spring Collection music preview on Wednesday night? Maybe it is just too early to say what is going on here, but it looks like maybe the start of something beautiful.

Kelly Clarkson is making news again about her weight gain.  She is definitely up and down, and at the moment she seems to be up…a lot. The star is saying she is happy with her curves and thinks that being curvy is also being a good role model for her fans. Clarkson is starting to worry about her health though, a fitness expert says she seems to be about 35 pounds overweight for her frame. So Kelly is starting to think about making some changes for that reason.

It is baby season on the Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”. Two of the housewives are pregnant and you know that has to be good for ratings. Teresa Guidice is expecting baby # 4. She already has 3 girls, ages 3, 4, and 8, and she spends thousands of dollars to have all 3 girls in matching clothes  not only with each other but mommy as well. Jacqueline Laurita, is the other housewife, who dealt with a fertility specialist all last season and now she  is also pregnant and is due in June. She has 2 children, a daughter 17 and son age 6.      

Sex and the City Star Gets Engaged

The big news this morning seems to be that ‘Sex and the City “actress, Cynthia Nixon and her girlfriend of 5 years, Christine Marinoni, got engaged. Nixon has 2 children, Samantha 12 and Charles 6 from a previous relationship with photographer, Danny Mozes. The 2 actually announced their engagement during a gay rights rally that they were attending in New York City. The 2 hope to be able to eventually legalize their marriage in New York and say they will wait for legislation to pass the gay marriage act. A vote is actually set to happen soon, but at this point still needs more support from congress.

Two couples are dispelling rumors of an alleged relationship. First is Natalie Portman is saying that her and Sean Penn are not dating but are just friends and colleagues only. “Star Magazine” has claimed that the two were “making out” and the “New York Post” said that the two are been seen “cavorting”. Penn and his wife of 13 years, Robin Wright Penn are currently separated. I guess we will just have to wait and see. The other couple denying couple rumors are Bradley Cooper, who stars with Heather Graham in the new movie “The Hangover” and Jennifer Aniston.  Cooper says they have met several times but that is all. He does joke that his mom heard the rumors as well and would actually be very happy if they were indeed true. Cooper was married to Jennifer Esposito for 4 months back in 2007. And speaking of dispelling rumors…it looks like LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were spotted together again this weekend at the Lakes games at the Staples Centre in Los Angles. There were also rumors about these two who are both married to others but it seemed like things had calmed down. Now however it looks like they have resurfaced. Rimes was wearing her wedding ring in the pictures that were taken and Cibrian has said that he wants to focus on his marriage and family. Again we will just have to wait and see what happens.

IT is just 2 days away…the “American Idol” season finale…who will be the winner, Adam Lambert or Kris Allen? There is a star studded group of performers to entertain us while we wait for the final songs during the 2 night finale.  Keith Urban, Carlos Santana, Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Ritchie, Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper are all scheduled to perform along with Idol alums, David Cook and Carrie Underwood. It should be an exciting two nights. And that is about it in the world of gossip for today

Bill O’Reilly Loves A Good Fight

Bill O’Reilly is back in the news and he is fighting mad. I know, big surprise. He has found his latest Hollywood victim to attack and that actor is Sean Penn. O’Reilly is so outraged by Penn’s political views he has publicly said he will not see any of his movies. In no way is he paying out his $10 to support any project that Penn is involved in. And in fact with all the squabbles and disagreements he has had with the stars over the years, Sean Penn is the only one he feels mostly strongly about and he is boycotting all of his movies and projects. O’ Reilly cannot understand why Penn would “give aid and comfort to people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran’s President), Hugo Chavez and Saddam Hussein, when he was alive”.  Like Bill says it is his right and his choice and he is not telling anyone to do the same but this is just how he feels about it. O’Reilly feels that someone has to be the watchdog over the Hollywood celebs that use their star power as a forum to share their beliefs. In the past O’Reilly has clashed with both Bruce Springsteen and George Clooney as well. He calls the celebs out and wants to just know what they are doing. That is what he did with George Clooney when it came to some information about some 9/11 Charities and Bruce for talking politics at his concerts. There must be some folks out there who approve of Bill and this policing actions because his show “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News is about to mark its 100th consecutive month for being the #1 rated cable news show. I agree, if you love the yelling and listening to Bill talk over everyone this is a great show.

Grey’s Anatomy and Katherine Heigl are giving me a headache. The latest reports that have surfaced are now saying that she wants to stay on the hit show if Shonda Rhimes the creator will have her. Stay, go stay, go…make up your mind already. I swear these actors who want out of their contracts to seek other opportunities drive me crazy. And now Izzie, Heigls character, is dealing with cancer that has only a 5% survival rate. Hmmm…will she live or die? I don’t know and she says neither does she at this point. All I know is that I am a big fan but please don’t take us down this depressing road. We love our Grey’s friends and want a 1 hour getaway to enjoy them not a depressing tear jerker wracked with cancer and chemo.

And on a lighter note what could be happier news then New Kids on the Block announcing dates for their summer tour. The US leg of the tour will kick off in Atlanta on May 28th and girls are you ready for this? The guys will have some special VIP packages available where you will be able to not only go backstage but have BBQ’s with the boys. Does it get any better than that??? IF you are so inclined there all seem to be a few seats left on the cruise the boys will be working on that leaves for the Bahamas on May 15th.  So get ready America, the New Kids are here again.

The Three Stooges and More

The Three Stooges are coming back to the big screen and you will never guess who will be playing the 3 funny guys. Sean Penn has already signed on to play Larry, and Jim Carrey could possibly be playing Curly and Benicio del Toro is a possibility to play Moe. Not exactly the 3 men I would have thought to play those guys. Hey, don’t get me wrong, they are all amazing actors and Jim Carrey for sure would make a hilarious Curly, but Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro seems a bit serious to play Moe and  Larry. But hey, I am not casting director. The Farrelly brothers who definitely know their comedy have been working on the concept with MGM for awhile now. They feel with the economy the way it is that Americans are ready for a bit of slapstick and who better to deliver just that, then an updated version of the Three Stooges. Production will be starting soon with a release date to hopefully come in 2010.

Good news for 17 year old Shawn Johnson, who has been dancing her heart out on this, seasons Dancing With The Stars. Robert O’Ryan, who has been stalking the young gymnast, was arrested on Tuesday morning. He was found attempting to break onto the set of DWTS. The Los Angeles police said the man was seen “scaling a fence outside CBS studios” just prior to the taping of the show. Thank goodness they caught him when they did because the police found 2 loaded guns in his car as well as duct tape and zip ties which are materials that are typically used for kidnappings.  Love letters and other information on Shawn were found, as well as all of O’Ryans belongings which he had all packed up in his car. It seems that he had permantely left his Florida home to find Shawn, who he believed was “speaking to him personally through the television” and ESP.  HE is currently being held on $35,000 bail. Like I said that was a close call. I bet Shawn and her family can all sleep a lot easier tonight. Love those happy endings!!

Brett Michael’s fans brace yourself….the cover for his new book as been revealed and I must say it is pretty cool. The new book which is called, Roses and Thorns, will hit bookstores on June 23rd and will chronicle his life of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” The book will take the reader through his early years in Harrisburg PA, his time with Poison, as well as the car crashes that changed his life. Of course his VH1 show, Rock of Love, is also discussed. You can catch Brett and Poison on tour this summer along with Def Leppard.