Posts By Liz Black


Simon Cowell Plans Extravagant Birthday Bash

Earlier this summer we discussed the fact that Simon Cowell‘s “American Idol” salary would be reaching $45 million a year starting next season. With that kind of money, he can pretty much afford to do whatever he wants, and we’ve learned that Cowell does indeed plan to go all out when it comes time to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday.

The big day isn’t until October, but apparently the guest list  (which numbers over 400) and venue (Wrotham Park, an estate outside London) are already set. Attendees include Sir Elton John, Kevin Spacey, Denise Richards, Kate Moss, and Donald Trump and the affair will also feature performances from Il Divo, Westlife and Leona Lewis. So, with so much opulence it’s no surprise that the estimated cost for the party is $400,000. But of course that’s just a drop in Cowell’s diamond-encrusted bucket. More importantly though, we wonder if Paula Abdul‘s invited? [Photo: GettyImages]


Kathy Griffin Divulges Plastic Surgery Secrets


Kathy Griffin has always been forthcoming about the plastic surgery she’s had, but she opens up even more in an interview with Time magazine this week. In discussing her own procedures (yep, that’s a ‘before’ pic on the left and an ‘after’ pic on the right), she explains that being on TV and having persuasive doctors are the reasons she first had surgery. She details one doctor visit, saying, “It was very much like Nip/Tuck where they’d be like, ‘Tell me what you don’t like about yourself,’ and then they’d draw all over you with markers to highlight your ‘problem’ areas. One of the doctors was like, ‘We can do a little teeny lipo on your upper arms.’ I said, ‘Are you sure?’ He said yes, so I went along with it.” Griffin has also gone along with several eye surgeries and a nose job.

When asked how so may celebs keep their own surgery a secret, she revealed that it’s a secretive, multi-step process. “First of all, the plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills all have secret celebrity doors. After the surgery, you leave the plastic surgeon’s office covered in a sheet that’s not unlike a burqa. Your assistant takes you to an upscale hotel where you hide in a dark room of shame until you’re better. There are bandaged rich ladies walking around the hallways of the Four Seasons and the Peninsula in Beverly Hills right now. It’s not unlike being a war criminal or a terrorist.” Hey, maybe that’s why Tori Spelling decided to open her very own inn. We’re on to you, Hollywood! [Photos: GettyImages]


Antonio Banderas: “I Am Very Proud Of My Wife”


Antonio Banderas dispelled rumors that he gave wife Melanie Griffith an ultimatum to sober up or else he would divorce her. Banderas gave an interview to Ellen DeGeneres which airs on her show today, and discusses that he loves his wife and would never turn his back on her during a rough patch like the one she’s currently going through.

Though Griffith has has a history of substance abuse problems, Banderas explains that the latest stint in rehab is a result of her use of painkillers to get through a knee injury she received after a skiing accident. Banderas told DeGeneres that contrary to the rumors, rehab was Griffith’s idea. “In March, she came to me and said, ‘I’m feeling a little bit weak in my determination for this…so I just thought to go to rehabilitation by myself.’ So the whole entire family is supporting her, and I am supporting her, and at this particular time more than ever. I’m very proud of her.”

Banderas’ support for Griffith is unrelenting and he credits not only the support of their family, but therapy and the “invisible heroes” of AA for helping with their situation. The couple has been married since 1996. [Photo: GettyImages]


Nicole And Joel Welcome Baby Boy

Nicole Richie Joel Madden

Harlow Winter Kate Madden, get ready to meet your new baby brother! Nicole Richie and boyfriend Joel Madden became the parents of a baby boy early this morning, and not to be outdone by his sister’s extra long moniker, he will be called Sparrow James Midnight Madden. While it’s not traditional, it’s also not a totally wacky celebrity baby name either, and we kinda love it!

In a post on Richie’s website, the couple divulged the news: “In the middle of night, the very early hours of September 9, 2009, Sparrow James Midnight Madden was born to Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. He weighs 7lbs 14oz. Nicole, Joel, Harlow and Sparrow are all doing well. Thank you for all of your good wishes.” In addition to having cool parents, Sparrow’s birth date, 9/9/09, is considered extremely lucky in certain cultures, and in numerology it’s the number that signifies life.

Big congratulations to the family on their latest addition! [Photo: GettyImages]


Rihanna’s Dad Laughs At Chris Brown’s Fashion

Rihanna‘s father, Ronald Fenty, is obviously protective of his daughter after she was assaulted by Chris Brown, but he has found something to laugh at as a result of this whole situation. Speaking to US Weekly, Fenty said that he was amused after seeing Brown dolled up in his best good-boy outfit on Larry King Live to plead his case. “The costume he wore was so funny,” Fenty said. “That bow tie thing. He needs to bury that.”

Agreed, that baby blue bow tie should have never left the joke shop in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. [Photo: Splash News Online]


DWTS Couple Maksim And Karina Call Off Engagement

Maksim Chmerkovskiy-Karina Smirnoff

The dancers on Dancing With The Stars are getting to be as famous as the celebrities they’re partnered with, but sadly it looks like the power couple of the show, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, have decided to call it quits. The couple was engaged on January 1st of this year and planned to wed in June, 2010, but due to their hectic rehearsal schedules, they could barely make time to plan the wedding.

Smirnoff told E Online earlier this summer, “The only thing we’ve decided on is next year in June. We were supposed to pick the place, but we’ve never actually had the time to go further.” The couple has been busy dancing in “Burn The Floor” on Broadway while also prepping for season 9 of DWTS. Prior to dating Chmerkovskiy, Smirnoff was involved for two years with Mario Lopez, a former contestant on the show. If this trend continues, we expect her to start dating Tom DeLay any minute now. [Photo: GettyImages]


Update: Shawne Calls Tila A Liar And A Drunk


NFL player Shawne Merriman is doing what he can to clear his name after being accused of choking reality star Tila Tequila this weekend. In a statement released late Sunday, Merriman, who only refers to Tequila as an acquaintance and not his girlfriend, wrote, “At the time, I was concerned about her welfare given the intoxicated state she appeared to be in and I encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided. We would all do our best to help a friend if we considered their actions to be detrimental to their personal safety.”

To corroborate Merriman’s story, staff at the bar where the two had been hanging out on Saturday night say that Tequila had several drinks and invited them to do a shot with her, while Merriman only had water. On Sunday, in an attempt to tell her side of things, Tequila took to Twitter, saying that she is allergic to alcohol and her name is just an ironic nickname and she never drinks (the tweet appears to have been removed). Merriman is accused of battery and false imprisonment, and as a result of the altercation, Tequila spent the night at the hospital while Merriman spent 2 1/2 hours in jail before posting bail.

Though he didn’t reveal additional details about the evening, he seems confident that his name will be cleared once additional facts are revealed, saying, “I think when it all surfaces, it will be a different situation. Period.” [Photos: GettyImages]


Hot Families Out And About On Labor Day


Sure, Hollywood is a literal breeding ground for gorgeous children, what with so many good looking actors, models and other assorted hotties living in one place. But do they have to all go out with their beautiful families at once and rub it in our faces how genetically blessed they are? It looks like Labor Day weekend was quality time for several beautiful families who were out and about on their relaxing weekend off. Check out our gallery below for pics of superstars and their A-List tots hanging out in Hollywood!

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Aubrey O’Day Dyes Her Pooch

Aubrey O'Day

Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane has been criticized recently for being a little too dye-happy – but she hasn’t been tending her own locks, she’s been playing colorist to her dog, Ginger. O’Day defended herself against critics who claim all that fur color is unhealthy, saying, “It actually seems like such a taboo weird thing nowadays, but if you research online, you will see a whole underworld of dogs who are dyed. [Ginger] loves attention and because she’s colored and has different outfits, she gets so much of it. She prefers it.”

Of all the vices one could have, having a dog of many colors seems pretty tame. O’Day has run her hobby by the dog’s vet to make sure it’s safe and even claims to be working on a line of natural dog dyes. Can’t be any more harmful than Lindsay Lohan‘s Sevin Nyne tanning spray, can it? [Photo: GettyImages]


Why Is Katy Perry Ruining Our Memories?

Back in college we went to the Warped Tour a few times and we took away memories of dirty, hot summer days in our Vans slip-ons watching bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bouncing Souls, and the Dropkick Murphys. So what gives, Warped Tour, why is Katy Perry doing her schtick on your stage? Yes, it’s true, we’re tired of Perry, but we also just don’t see how she fits in to this tour’s aesthetic.

At a concert celebrating the 15th anniversary of the music festival, Perry took to the stage with a giant inflatable lipstick — not exactly what we picture when we think of the Warped Tour. The concert was filmed and will be released in theaters as a one-night event on September 17 — guess we’ll have to hold off before we really judge her until then. [Photo: Getty Images; Source: Warped Tour]