September 16, 2008

TRL Cancelled

Total Request Live has been canceled after ten years, MTV confirmed on Monday.

"We want to close this era of TRL in a big celebratory way, and 10 is a great number," Dave Sirulnick, executive producer of TRL told the Associated Press. "This feels like the right time and let's celebrate it and let's reward it."

He added "Let's let it have a little bit of a rest for a minute. Been working hard for 10 years!"

The music video show will wrap in a two-hour special on a Saturday in November.

TRL first debuted in September 1998.

The show peaked in 1999 with 757,000 viewers tuning in daily, according to Nielsen Media Research, the AP reported.

For the finale, expect to see TRL favorites including former VJ Carson Daly.

"Folks who helped make TRL what is, whether that's Justin, and his guys in N' Sync, the Backstreet Boys, Britney, Eminem - I think we would love to see all of them here," Sirulnick told the AP.

"I'm going to miss TRL," rapper Eminem said in a statement. "Where else will I be able to start feuds, defend my honor vigorously and act like an angry teenager on national TV? Oh wait ... The VMAs!"

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September 15, 2008

J.Lo Finishes Triathlon

Props to J.Lo for finishing a triathlon in just under 2.5 hours.

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If you missed Tina Fey's portrayal of Sarah Palin on SNL, take a look:

How freaking spot on is she? Love it! And, GOP or Demo, I think you'll think it's funny.

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September 11, 2008


7 years later. Given the day, I thought I'd dig up an old blog post I did from September 10, 2003. It recounts my trip to NYC in October '01, and my feelings at the time. I remember 9/11, and the days following, with vivid clarity. But, instead of reciting those to you, I thought some insight on what it felt like to be in NYC shortly thereafter was a little more interesting.

Tomorrow is not just another day. We all know that. Rather than go through and outline how 9/11 unfolded for me, how I felt, how I cried, how I was angry, I'd rather talk to you about my trip to New York City.

October 10, 2001--just a few short weeks after the attacks, my mom, dad, and I flew to NYC. We had had this trip planned for months. See, it was my fall break from law school and my birthday was the 12th, so we decided to celebrate. I booked us tickets for 2 Broadway shows--what was to be my first Broadway theater experience. Mom booked us lunch reservations at Windows on the World, in the World Trade Center, for the day of my birthday. Needless to say, those plans didn't happen.

After the attacks, I never in a million years thought we would go. My mom and I hated flying, and to be quite frank, I was scared to death to go there. We talked about it and decided to go through with it. My dad's quote: "If we can help, even just monetarily as tourists, it's our job as soldiers of a different kind." So, off we went.

Of course security was crazy. We boarded the plane (after my mom had stalked the pilot to make sure he was "ok") and we were 3 of 5 people on it. I was starting to wonder, "were we completely INSANE for doing this?" Too late now. Off we went.

We landed in a ghostown known has La Guardia. No one was there. Our luggage was the ONLY luggage on the carousel. An airport worker we were talking to asked us to stay around and talk for awhile--we were the first people she'd seen in days. We did. About 30 minutes later, we went to go get our cab. Rows of cabs waiting--no people. We had our pick of the lot.

We arrived at Times Square near our hotel. More USA memorabilia than you can imagine. A hush was over the city, and everyone was so thankful that we were there. We ventured out and took a ferry ride around Manhattan. To my right--lady Liberty. To my left--mass destruction. Words can't describe.

On our walk back to the hotel, we passed many firestations. We stopped at them all, looked at all the pictures and notes, and cried. The Broadway shows were not played before a full house--maybe half at best. But they were still amazing to me.

Another time we were talking through Times Square, a firetruck drove down the street coming back from a run. Everyone, and I mean everyone stopped what they were doing, dropped their bags, purses, etc., and clapped, whistled, and cheered. More tears.

I wanted to see the NBC studios. We got tickets and took the tour. It was great. That was the day of my birthday. Instead of Windows on the World, we had lunch at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. We also took a carriage ride. It was wonderful. My mom went back to the hotel to nap, so dad and I went to a great Irish pub we found. We were watching the news and saw tons of police at Rockefeller Plaza. To our amazement, the anchor said NBC (where we had JUST a few hours before) was shut down for a possible anthrax attack. Was this trip a TOTAL mistake? I had a sick feeling in my stomach from that moment on.

Our last night there, we had dinner at an amazing restaurant at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a beautiful site--the NYC skyline at night. But there was a massive missing part that no one needed to discuss. The New Yorkers there were awesome, and we sang w/ the piano player well into the night. "New York, New York" and "New York State of Mind." I felt wonderful being with them.

I had never felt so relieved get back to Indiana. But I knew this would be the most necessary trip I ever went on--ever.

This was a short version of my accounts. I didn't want to bore you. I have many emotions with regard to tomorrow. What if the attacks had been a month later? Would I have been in the World Trade Center? And I think I have more anger than some...because while I want things to end peacefully, I'm left thinking and singing a line from Toby Keith's song: "We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way."

Yes it is. And I'm proud of that.

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September 10, 2008

Pregs and Broken Up?

Usher is going to be a father for the second time. The R&B star and his wife Tameka Foster are expecting their second child together, a source close to the singer confirms.

Sadly, the Chicago Sun Times is also reporting that Usher and his wife are separated.

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Armstrong Returns to Cycling

Lance is baaaaaaack! Look out! According to the athlete, who is a cancer survivor, he's making his professional comeback in conjunction with a new effort to raise awareness of the "global cancer burden." "It's now time to address cancer on a global level," he said in a statement.

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September 09, 2008

J.Lo To Judge Runway Finale?

Jennifer Lopez will serve as a judge on the season 5 finale of Bravo's Project Runway, a source said.

The 39-year-old actress, who is currently training for her first triathalon, is shooting the show Friday, the source adds. Nina Garcia wouldn't confirm the news, but hinted the finale "is going to be unbelievable." "The guest star is one of the most iconic women around," she recently told Us. "It’s going to take the cake."

Judge Michael Kors has no doubt Lopez will make a great judge. He tells the new issue of Elle she could be a fashion editor. “She is curious about what’s new and what’s next,” he says, “but at the same time she knows how to edit perfectly for her look and lifestyle.”

A Bravo rep would would neither confirm nor deny Lopez's role on the show.

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Brigitte Tightens Up

After undergoing full-body plastic surgery, Brigitte Nielsen debuted her new figure on Monday's The Insider.

The Danish actress, 45, previously told Hello! magazine she underwent a facelift, liposuction and a breast lift last month after leaving rehab for alcoholism last year.

"I'd cleaned up on the inside and wanted to freshen up," she told Hello!. "I had it done in Germany because they try to stick to your natural look. In America, no disrespect to the plastic surgeons - everyone comes out looking the same."

After being romantically linked to her VH-1 reality co-star Flavor Flav, Nielsen married her fifth husband, former Italian model Mattia Dessi, in 2006. Nielsen -- who has four kids -- recently said she wants to try IVF in hopes of getting pregnant again.

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September 08, 2008

Joe Francis Trumped

Joe Francis will not be joining Joan Rivers and gorgeous golfer Natalie Gulbis on "Celebrity Apprentice." Though Donald Trump wanted the "Girls Gone Wild" man on the show, NBC brass allegedly encountered resistance from sponsors and vetoed Francis, who spent 10 months in prison after being accused of using under age girls in his raunchy videos. Francis told Page Six: "Donald Trump and I decided to do a different show. I would have added a lot to 'Celebrity Ap prentice,' and I would have been excited to do it, but I'm more excited by this other idea."

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Brit Brit looked good and won big at last night's VMA's.

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September 05, 2008

No Nude--For Now

It's once nude, twice shy for Lindsay Lohan. The star has turned down a $700,000 offer to do an eight-page topless spread in Playboy's 55th-anniversary issue this January. "If there's nudity, then the answer's no . . . She's not going down the [New York] magazine road again," Lohan's rep told Playboy's creative consultant, Hal Lifson, referring to Lindsay's naked Marilyn Monroe tribute last winter.

Lifson said he hoped to have Lohan do a tribute to '60s sex kitten Ann-Margret and her film "Kitten With a Whip," which is one of Lohan's faves.

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Hollywood knew exactly who they were gonna call. And Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd look like they're stepping back into their Ghostbusting gear alongside costars Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson for a third Ghostbusters movie.

Columbia Pictures is planning to reunite the stars and revive the 1980s story of Manhattan's valiant exterminators of supernatural foes, according a report in the trade journal Variety".

The new picture is to be written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who both worked on bringing Brit hit The Office to the small screen in the U.S.

There is no word on whether Canadian-born director Director Ivan Reitman, who made both the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, would direct any third movie.

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September 04, 2008

Brit and the VMAs Shall Meet Again

Well, it's official. Brit Brit is set to open at the VMA's Sunday night. She issued a statement to ETOnline: "MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs? I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated."

So, what do we think? Another train wreck? Has she finally got it together again?

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Poor Mackenzie

10th time's a charm...

(When you grow up rolling joints for your famous dad, I guess this isn't all that surprising...)

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A Playmate Had Sex With Him?

David Spade is the father of a baby girl born last week in Missouri to Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace, the actor's rep said.

"David and Jillian have been in close contact throughout her pregnancy and he plans to go see the baby during his first break from shooting Rules of Engagement," Spade's rep, Meredith O'Sullivan, said.

The actor, 45, announced in January that he had a brief relationship with Grace, and if proven to be the child's biological father, he would accept responsibility. The baby was born Aug. 26.

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September 03, 2008

Sure To Cause Nightmares

Ever felt like cuddling up with Karl Lagerfeld?

A German company is making a high-style teddy bear modeled on the Paris-based fashion designer, right down to his white-collared shirt and jet black tie.

The Steiff company, which makes stuffed animals, got Lagerfeld's blessing to design the bear. It will be offered in a limited edition of 2,500 - at a price of about $1,450 per bear.

The bear will be available starting Sept. 15 through the company's Web site or in select stores.

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Smell Like Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has entered the fragrance world. Yesterday, she attended the launch of her Inspire fragrance at Macy’s, Herald Square in New York City.

And, while we're talking about her, can we talk about her boobs for a second? I mean...I realize she had a kid seven months ago, but those sure look fake to me! WOW.

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#2 For Woods

There's another Tiger cub on the way...

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September 02, 2008


Oh, thank God! Jude Law is in Afganistan to promote peace! Maybe they'll be so enamored by his prettiness, they will drop their weapons and shout, "Democracy is the answer!"

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That's Dedication

Check out Matt Damon's film-required weight gain for the upcoming movie, The Informant. Wow!

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