Posts By Liz Black


Style Wars: Shakira Vs. Pink

Not all of our Style Wars are so easy to put together, but in the case of Shakira and Pink‘s red carpet outfits at the 2009 MTV VMA’s, it was pretty cut and dry. The two singers showed up to the awards – OMG – wearing the exact same dress. They accessorized themselves differently, but we’re thinking that right now, there are two stylists being reamed out for not checking around to see what everyone was wearing. So whose look kicked more black-sequined butt, Pink’s cool, spiky-haired high heeled vibe, or Shakira’s Pretty Woman-esque go-go boots and clutch?

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The “American Idol” Judges Discuss Ellen

Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul have all offered up their opinions now that it’s confirmed that Ellen Degeneres is the new “American Idol” judge, and their verdict is nothing but love. DioGuardi for one, is excited that she will no longer be the newest member of the team (“I got slagged,” she said of her critical reviews last season), but also had this to say about her new co-worker: “She’s somebody who loves music, she’s positive, she loves kids…She is somebody who has watched the show from the beginning, knows everything there is to know about American Idol and I think ultimately it’s going to be a great new energy.”

Randy also said that Ellen’s point of view will be refreshing for viewers to hear. “There’s so much music industry insider talk with me and Simon and Kara that I didn’t think we needed any more of that. Ellen hit it right on the head—I think she could be the voice of the people,” Jackson told E Online. “It’s like somebody in the home audience watching and going, ‘What would I say?’ Ellen’s going to be saying it.”

Last but not least, Paula Abdul, the one everyone’s been waiting to hear from, also made a statement, in which she called Degeneres, “wildly funny and talented in her own right. I wish her and the show only the best of luck.” Sounds like there’s no hard feelings – what we’d really love though is for Ellen to have Paula on her show to discuss it all – we’d watch! [Photo: GettyImages]


Hey, Wait – They’ve Got A Real Complaint


Courtney Love and the remaining members of Nirvana hate each other. Ever since Kurt Cobain‘s death in 1994, Love, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have had a contentious relationship full of disagreements regarding the musician’s estate and legacy, but for the first time in fifteen years they agree on something: they disapprove of Cobain’s likeness being used in Guitar Hero 5. None of them have a problem with Cobain’s likeness being used while he sings Nirvana songs, what they don’t like is the fact that he also sings songs by bands like Bon Jovi and Bush. You know, crappy stuff.

In a statement, Grohl and Novoselic say they are “dismayed and very disappointed” in the game and that “it’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. Kurt Cobain wrote songs that hold a lot of meaning to people all over the world. We feel he deserves better.”

Love agrees, but Activision, the company that created Guitar Hero, claims they actually got her stamp of approval for the game. They released their own statement, saying, “Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5.” Looks like someone didn’t read the fine print. Love, of course, has taken to Twitter rather than releasing a real statement to blast the game makers. [Photos: GettyImages]


Melanie Oudin Learns The Price Of Fame The Hard Way


Earlier this week, everyone was talking about Melanie Oudin. The 17-year-old athlete defeated several highly-ranked tennis players and made it to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, becoming an overnight sensation, until her defeat a couple days later. The adorable, talented teen is the picture of success, but the down side of fame is having your life picked apart by the media, and that’s just what they’ve done to Melanie.

Unfortunately, the young athlete’s time in the spotlight means that the details of her parents divorce have become public and, scandalously, her father alleges that her mom was having an affair…with Melanie’s tennis coach. Her father, John Oudin says, “On December 29, 2007, I confronted my wife about whether she was having an affair with Brian de Villiers. I confronted Brian de Villiers separately. My wife and Brian de Villiers both admitted to me they were having an affair.”

It gets even worse because Mr. Oudin also states that his daughters (Melanie and twin sister Katherine) were aware of the affair as well. “Both asked me point blank if I thought Mom was having an affair with Brian.” Despite the allegations, De Villers is still Oudin’s coach. We hope for Melanie’s sake that her success doesn’t get overshadowed by this dark cloud of media speculation. The last thing we need is for her to pull a Jennifer Capriati. [Photo: GettyImages]


Posh Spice Makes Medieval Reparations


Victoria Beckham has done a very decent thing. When word spread that Posh stiffed the waitstaff after dining at Medieval Times in California last Saturday, everyone had a good chuckle. Not only had Posh made an etiquette faux pas, she was also outed for dining at Medieval Times. (Maybe she just missed the old-timey castles in her native, jolly old England. We won’t judge.)

TMZ has now reported that Beckham realized her error after the fact and sent over a “generous gratuity” to make up for the confusion, and her assistant even called the restaurant directly to apologize. Somewhere, there’s a server at a Red Lobster that’s still lamenting the extra shrimp scampi he gave her, and for what? [Photo: GettyImages]


Kelly Ripa: Too Much Tan In A Can


Look, we love Kelly Ripa. She seems like she would be fun to hang out with and she seems pretty real as far as celebs go. But…Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Someone should have stopped you from going overboard with the fake tanner yesterday.

Ripa was on hand for the Text-a-Thon For A Cause charity event in Times Square on Wednesday, and we couldn’t help but notice the Oompah Loompah quality to her skin, especially in contrast to her white-blonde highlights. It’s just a shade too orange, even by LiLo standards. Promise us, Kel – no more letting Regis apply the tanner. [Photo: GettyImages]


John Mayer Denies A Cavallari Hookup

John Mayer

Is Kristin Cavallari‘s body a wonderland? John Mayer claims not to know. The rumor yesterday was that Mayer and Cavallari hooked up and were secretly dating, but Mayer took to his Twitter to set the record straight.

In a series of tweets, Mayer wrote, “Rumor control: How do I put this like a gentleman…I have never high fived Kristin Cavalari with my penis…I’m sure she’s a wonderful gal but we have never tasted the Skittles Rainbow together…My Milli has never slam danced with her Vanilli…I have never Bensoned her Hedges, nor have I attempted to Bartle her James.”

How poetic. Remind us again why so many people have dated this guy? [Photo: GettyImages]


Miley Cyrus To Join SATC Cast?


In the first Sex And The City film, Jennifer Hudson was cast as the ingenue that Carrie Bradshaw mentored in the ways of life, love, and handbags, but we didn’t even consider who else besides the usual suspects (and Mr. Big) to expect in the sequel. Now all of a sudden, word on the street is that Miley Cyrus will be making an appearance in the new film. Of course we don’t know if she’ll be taking over Hudson’s role as Carrie’s assistant, or if she’ll appear in the 1980’s scenes that are being filmed right now (we’re so excited for that – it’s like the SATC creation myth!) or what.

Even though she isn’t even 100% confirmed, a source says they’ve set aside a day of filming in October to fit her schedule. It might seem weird, but really, it makes sense for Carrie Bradshaw to meet her heir apparent, Hannah Montana. We love it! [JustJared]


Janet Jackson Speaks Out About Her Grief


Janet Jackson has kept a relatively low profile since her brother Michael‘s death, confirming once again that in the face of rough times and a crazy family, she’s a class act. Unlike brother Jermaine who is busy working on tribute concerts, and her father Joe who’s just working on reelection for Mayor of Crazytown, Janet appeared to be the caring aunt and grieving sister who wanted to stay out of the media spotlight. She recently spoke to Harper’s Bazaar about the affect her brother’s passing had on her.

Of the media coverage surrounding the death, Janet explained that she tried to avoid it: “People can have rhinoceros skin, but there’s a point when something’s going to hurt you. Not everyone is stone, stone. I haven’t watched the news in weeks. I had to ask my chef, ‘How’s Obama doing?’ I haven’t read a newspaper.”

She also discussed how strong Michael’s children have been in the face of all that they’ve been through, particularly Paris, who moved just about everyone who watched the memorial. “I was really proud,” Janet said. “People said to me that Michael’s daughter speaking really gave them a sense of how he was as a father, in her words. Paris is incredibly smart; they are all so smart. She’s a sweet girl. The kids are doing well. They’re with all their cousins; that family love will keep them going.”

It’s nice to hear Janet’s opinion on this, she truly does seem like a calm presence in a turbulent family.  [Photo: GettyImages]


Ellen Is The New Paula


When we woke up today, we greeted the rising sun with a wink and a smile, little birdies dressed us, and tiny mice scampered to tie our shoelaces. The reason for such a fairy tale morning? Why, we heard Ellen Degeneres was going to be the new judge on “American Idol.” Now, obviously Ellen is no Paula Abdul. She doesn’t have the music background that Paula has and she certainly doesn’t have the, er, quirks, that mada Paula so fun to watch, but man, we love us some Ellen.

Degeneres is no stranger to judging shows like this one either – she had a brief stint as a guest judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” earlier this summer (and if there’s on thing Ellen does know, it’s dancing. Well, dancing and sensible blazers.) In a statement about the new job on Idol, Ellen said. “I’ve watched since the beginning, and I’ve always been a huge fan. So getting this job is a dream come true, and think of all the money I’ll save from not having to text in my vote.”

While Ellen is certainly not going to bring a severe point of view such as Simon Cowell‘s to the show, she probably won’t be as condescending and irritating as one Ms. Kara DioGuardi either, and we expect a lot more humor, which we look forward to. Of course this means we’ll have to revamp our Idol drinking game, but we welcome that challenge. And just in case you’re a fan of her talk show, don’t worry – like Kelly Ripa before her, she will be working a day and a night gig and has no plans to leave the talk show. [Photo: GettyImages]