February 28, 2005

Oscar Roundup

Here's your MP&S Oscar roundup:

--Here's your complete list of winners. (No major surprises except perhaps Scorcese's Susan Lucci-like snubbage).

--I wasn't too impressed with Chris Rock as the host. Here are some of his quotes from the evening.

--Hilary Swank is well on her way to a long and prosperous life, based on this article.

The following are my thoughts on the red carpet looks:

--Fashion Flops: Scarlet Johansen, Johnny Depp, Star Jones Reynolds, Melanie Griffith, Robin Williams, Adam Duritz

--Hair flops: Laura Linney, Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Scarlet Johansen, Adam Duritz

--Fashion Wins: Hillary Swank, Kirsten Dunst, Beyonce, Emmy Rossum, Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, and Charlize Theron

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Bo Derek Gets Lifetime Achievement Award for Stripping:

Stripping in movies turned out to be a rewarding job for Hollywood beauties Bo Derek, Paris Hilton, Neve Campbell, Natalie Portman and some others who were honored for showing off their flesh in steamy movie scenes.

According to The Sun, in Mrskin.com's sixth annual Anatomy Awards, Derek earned the ultimate accolade with a Lifetime Skinchievment honor, while Hilton won the dubious Best Sex Tape prize.

Eva Green picked up the Best Breasts honour for her topless scenes in 'The Dreamers' and Blanchard Ryan claimed Best Debut Nude Scene for 'Open Water'.

The full list of nudity winners:

Best Network US TV Scene: Kristin Dattilo in Two & A Half Men
Best Nip-Slip: Tea Leoni in Spanglish
Best Daughter of a Famous Mom Nude Scene: Jordan Ladd (Cheryl Ladd) in Club Dread
Best Breasts: Eva Green in The Dreamers
Most Breasts: Sara Rue in Gypsy 83
Best Buns: Beau Garrett in Entourage
Best Shower Scene: Neve Campbell in When Will I Be Loved?
Best Skinny Dip: Erica Durance in House Of The Dead
Best Celebrity Sex Tape: Paris Hilton in 1 Night In Paris
Best Thong: Natalie Portman in Closer
Best Over 40 Nude Scene: Mimi Rogers in Door In The Floor
Best Debut Nude Scene: Blanchard Ryan in Open Water
Best Lesbian Scene: Mia Kirshner & Karina Lombard in The L Word
Best DVD Extra Feature: Denise Richards in Wild Things
Breast Picture (Best Movie For Nudity): Eurotrip
Lifetime Skin-achievment Award: Bo Derek

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Who's Gonna Be the Next Bond?

Nip/Tuck actor Julian McMahon is competing against one other unnamed actor to become the next James Bond. The Australian-born star of the TV cosmetic surgery drama will find out in the next few months if he has been chosen to follow in Pierce Brosnan's footsteps as the next 007 in the hugely successful spy-series.

The other contender is believed to be British actor Clive Owen - who was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Julia Roberts' husband in Closer. The 36-year-old says, "I'm a big James Bond fan. I met the producers for a final audition. They told me to expect a decision in a couple of months and they said it was between me and one other person. It's going to a very nervous wait."

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Fun With Paris

Click here for Liquid Generation's guess at what was on Paris's cell phone.

It provided more time wasted than I care to admit. (And it was hysterical). Make sure you play with all the features.

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Newhart's Desperate

"Desperate Housewives" will get a visit from one of the funniest men in TV history this spring. Comedian Bob Newhart will drop in unexpectedly on Teri Hatcher's character Susan and her mother, according to the network.

The 75-year-old star of former sitcom hits like "Newhart" and "The Bob Newhart Show" will play Morty, the estranged boyfriend of Susan's mother (Lesley Ann Warren). Even though the former lovers have a tumultuous past, Susan will try her best to reunite the couple in hopes that her mother will finally move out of her house. The upcoming episode called "Children Will Listen" is scheduled to air in April.

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Hairy Penelope

Penelope Cruz says she grew so much body hair for her latest film no one recognized her.

She stopped shaving her arms and legs to play a destitute nurse in Don't Move reports The Sun. Penelope said: "I wanted to see how people who look at me. Nobody recognized me. They are hiding that they are looking because they are embarrassed for you. "I liked the experience."

--Something tells me Matthew probably didn't.

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Baby Time

It's Baby Time:

--Actress Holly Robinson Peete, pregnant with her fourth child, was partying at a pre-Oscar bash when she went into labor.

"One minute she's grooving, the next minute her water breaks," said Michael Lewittes, a producer for "Access Hollywood" who was covering Thursday's party.

-- Stella McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, has given birth to a baby boy in London.

People magazine said McCartney and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, announced the birth of their first child, born early Friday morning.

"Both mother and father are thrilled with the news," the couple's representative told the magazine. McCartney, 33, married Willis in August 2003. Willis, 34, is a former magazine publisher.

Despite her pregnancy, McCartney managed to put together a new collection, to be unveiled in Paris next week. "Stella worked on and was able to complete the collection before giving birth," People quoted her publicist as saying.

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Becks' Scent

Coty Inc., one of the world's leading beauty companies, announced the signing of a global licensing agreement with David and Victoria Beckham.

Under the terms of the license, Coty Beauty will develop and market a Beckham Beauty House, including fragrances and ancillary products under each of the couple's names.

A first male fragrance line under David Beckham's name will be launched
this Fall in selected European markets before being progressively rolled out
in Asia, the UK and the US.

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Givenchy in Trouble?

Lack of leadership at Givenchy:

It was Audrey Hepburn whose simple black dress in ``Breakfast at Tiffany's'' forever epitomized the restrained elegance of Hubert de Givenchy. Another client, Jacqueline Kennedy, carried the designer's brand of effortless chic to the White House.

But now, for the first time in 53 years, the revered fashion house of Givenchy, whose namesake retired a decade ago, did not produce a haute couture collection for spring couture week in Paris this year after a lengthy list of designers showed no interest in taking over the company.

The search for a creative director to run Givenchy by its deep-pocketed corporate parent, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has dragged on for 10 months; the ready-to-wear collection for fall, which will be shown during Paris Fashion Week beginning Feb. 28, will be created by an anonymous team of studio assistants, which could make it a tough sell in an industry that relies on the cult of personality.

The search has included exploratory talks with the designers Zac Posen, Isaac Mizrahi, Derek Lam and others, plus a cameo by Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, in the role of adviser to the company.

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Museum of the American Cocktail

My Kind of Museum:

Start with hundreds of antique liquor bottles. Add Art Deco cocktail shakers, vintage swizzle sticks and tiki cups. Mix well. Serve inside an 1823 French Quarter town house.

The result: The Museum of the American Cocktail.

The brainchild of highbrow alcohol enthusiasts who enjoy talking and reading about liquor nearly as much as consuming it, the museum is an institution of higher mixology, complete with an annual scholarly journal, a library and monthly seminars for bartenders with a thirst for making tastier drinks.

The museum opened last month, with shelves full of drinking paraphernalia, plus a timeline tracing the American cocktail from the early 19th century to Prohibition to the drink's heyday in the 1930s to the 1990s cocktail revival.

But the collection needs a permanent home. Part of it is now on display on the second floor of another quirky Big Easy institution, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. The founders are looking for permanent space in the French Quarter for thousands of drink-related antiques, with extra room for their library, which contains thousands of books -- many from the 1800s -- about drinking, bartending and drink recipes.

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The Best of the Best

Click here for the Travel Channel's list of the World's Best Fast Food Stops.

What's #1? The Wendy's at the North Pole.

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February 25, 2005

Give This Girl a Burger

Dear Donna--

I know losing your virginity to David Silver is embarrassing, but no need to be self-destructive. Eat something, girl!


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Trouble in Paradise?

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's fairytale marriage is on the rocks, say friends.

Insiders close to the couple reckon they are going through "an incredibly rough patch" after a series of furious rows.

It is believed that the pressures of work and caring for eight-month-old daughter Apple is getting to them.

A friend told the Daily Mirror: "Adjusting to married life, then being parents and now trying to sort out their professional lives has been a lot more difficult and complicated than either of them imagined."

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Separated at Birth?

Were rappers and bloggers separated at birth?

Click here and find out why Josh Levin thinks so.

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Quentin to Direct CSI

What happens when an unpredictable Hollywood filmmaker directs one of TV's most popular series? According to The Hollywood Reporter, viewers of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" will soon find out when Quentin Tarantino helms the show's season finale.

An avid viewer of the CBS series, the famous 'Kill Bill' and 'Pulp Fiction' director has ventured onto the small screen before. In 1995, he directed an episode of "ER" for NBC and has also appeared on-screen in ABC's "Alias." Tarantino's upcoming "CSI" stint is expected to shoot in April and air on May 19.

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Eva Likes to Flirt

Eva Mendes took a few liberties with her co-star Will Smith - before sending him back to his missus.

"Will was getting merry on vodka cranberries and Eva was knocking back champagne. He was finally dragged away by a producer, but that didn't stop Eva grinding in front of him," says our spy at the after-show party for the London premiere of their comedy, Hitch.

"When he stood up to go, she gave him a big slap on the bum. His wife Jada would not have been impressed."

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Now Presenting...

Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Oscar and Grammy winner Prince will be among the presenters Sunday at the 77th Academy Awards, to air live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

Oscar presenters also include Mike Myers, Sean Penn, John Travolta, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Tim Robbins.

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Whitney Voms on Plane

"And I...will always, vom on you!!!"

Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston got ill on an airliner bound for France and was taken Thursday to a Paris hospital for treatment of apparent food poisoning, her publicist said.

"Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris because of severe vomiting. She was sick on the aircraft," said Nancy Seltzer, her Los Angeles publicist. "She is doing well. She has gastroenteritis."

--She must have gotten it from Jessica Simpson.

UPDATE: According to Defamer, it looks like Keanu isn't feeling so well lately either.

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Travolta to Do Hairspray?

John Travolta may soon have a new career as a cross-dresser ... at least on the big screen.

According to Variety, the actor is close to signing on for the role of Edna Turnblad in the upcoming movie version of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray.

Funnyman Harvey Fierstein created the part of the boisterous Baltimore housewife for the original stage production. Meanwhile, screenwriter Leslie Dixon ('Mrs. Doubtfire') recently signed on to pen the upcoming film which is reportedly aiming for a September start date.

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Press Gaggle

I stumbled upon Press Gaggle yesterday.

It's a compilation of transcripts from press interviews in the White House Briefing Room. Some of them are hysterical. You should check it out!

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