Posts By Liz Black


Why Keith Urban Named His Daughter Sunday

There’s something about certain Hollywood relationships that is so blahhhh. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony? Kinda yawn. Definitely no spark like when Lopez was half of Bennifer. And what does it say about New Bennifer, Ben Affleck and Jen Garner, that Violet Affleck is more entertaining than either of them?

But maybe the most boring relationship of all is Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. After her A-list marriage and divorce from Tom Cruise, we all knew that Nic dealt with some major heartache, and we’re happy that she’s found love with Urban, but they just seem weird together, it’s a relationship that seemed to come out of nowhere. Urban recently told Ellen DeGeneres that the reason the couple named their 9-month-old daughter Sunday is because he always felt that, “Particularly when you don’t have someone in your life … in my experience, Sunday was the loneliest day.” Grrreat?

He clarified by saying, “It went from being sort of the most dreaded day of the week for us to being the most joyous day, because we just had a family.” We can appreciate that these guys are a bit more under the radar than they used to be and probably covet their privacy, but stories about naming your kid after your own loneliness is something we’d expect from Morrissey, maybe, but not Keith Urban. [Photo: WireImage]


Osbournes Reloaded Is Too Raunchy For Panama City, FL

Osbournes Reloaded comes to us courtesy of Fox, the network who brought us The Moment of Truth, Hell’s Kitchen, and Family Guy. The network isn’t really known for child-friendly programming, let’s face it, but from the previews we’ve seen, the Osbournes aren’t doing anything all that offensive. Stupid, maybe, but nothing  that would make us earmuff the children. From what we gather it’s just Ozzy Osbourne and crew doing their same schtick as always, with a dumber title. (“They’re back and…they’re reloaded.” Blech.)

For some reason, though, the Osbourne clan gets the ire of one Fox affiliate who thinks they should go back to England. Panama City, Florida affiliate WPGX has decided not to air Osbournes Reloaded, which premieres tonight after American Idol. General Manager of the station David Cavileer says the show doesn’t reflect the “community standards.” Instead, the station will air an episode of The Simpsons in the show’s place. Cavileer said that he would have no problem airing the show after 10pm, but he doesn’t think airing it earlier would be appropriate for families. A Fox rep also issued a statement saying,  “Osbournes Reloaded was thoroughly vetted by our standards and practices department to ensure it was appropriate for broadcast during the scheduled time period. If any network affiliate feels the programming may be inappropriate for its individual market, however, it has the right to pre-empt the program.”

Just to make sure we’re not crazy, we have to ask: dear families of Panama City, you know how to work the remote control, right? If you don’t think the show is appropriate for your kids, do you know you’re allowed to change the channel? We weren’t sure if there was a law in Panama City that forced you to watch Fox 24-7.


Queen Latifah Sued By Her Makeup People

What happened to U.N.I.T.Y. between women? Because it looks like the only thing uniting Queen Latifah and her makeup artists right now is a lawsuit. Latifah is being sued by two women, cosmetologist Roxanna Floyd and stylist Susan Moses, after they accused her of breach of contract and non-payment.

The women worked with Latifah on her CoverGirl ad campaign as well as on her Curvations lingerie line and they claim they were promised a salary that was never paid. All told, they are asking for $1 million in compensation for work they did from 2005 to 2008. A spokeswoman for Latifah says the claims are without merit.

Looks like Taxi isn’t the Queen’s only bad business decision. [Source: NY Daily News; Photo: WireImage]


Whedon Fans Mourn Lorne

It’s a truly sad time in the Whedonverse – beloved Angel actor Andy Hallett died of heart failure on March 29 in L.A. He was just 33.

Hallett played the friendly crooner-demon Lorne for four years on the Joss Whedon show Angel but shortly after the show ended he was diagnosed with congestive heart disease, which limited his acting and performing abilities. Lorne, a.k.a. “The Host,” was a demon who could read people when they sang karaoke and was one of the most beloved characters on the show — who could forget the trip the  gang took to the demon dimension Pylea to visit Lorne’s family? (We kind of love Angel, and Lorne and the Deathwok Clan were some of our favorite parts of the show.) Hallett’s passing, sadly, is not the first death within the cast of the series — during the first season, actor Glenn Quinn died of a drug overdose.

Hallett died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. and will be buried in Cape Cod, MA.


Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno Gets An NC-17 Rating – For Now


In the olden days, the only movies that would get slapped with an X-rating were dirty pornos. Nowadays though, we have the more sterile, less raunchy sounding NC-17 rating and it’s not just for sex movies anymore. In fact, the majority of movies that the MPAA is now deeming worthy of the NC-17 are comedies.  Zack and Miri Make A Porno, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Borat all had to appeal their NC-17 rating to the MPAA to be changed to an “R.” Now the man responsible for Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen, is butting heads with the ratings board again because they’ve given his latest movie Bruno, an NC-17 as well.

What could possibly be so offensive that only mature audiences of graduating high school seniors and older can tolerate it? It’s probably the scene where Baron Cohen has anal sex with another man. Or it’s the scene where he gets a stage mother to agree to put her infant on a diet. Or maybe it’s the scene where he poses as a single, gay father who calls his baby a “dick magnet.” Or the one where he buys a black baby to become famous. No matter! We’re sure that the offensive parts of these scenes will be trimmed for the movie’s release in July so that it will eventually get an R-rating, but lucky for everyone, we’re sure they’ll be included on the DVD.


Madonna’s Adoption: Delayed And Deplored

As celebrity trends go, we think adoption’s not really a bad one to be on board with — unless the adopting parent is Joan Crawford. (Here’s hoping Zahara, Pax and Maddox don’t have reason to pen a  Mommie Dearest tell-all about Angie.) But some people don’t think that kids should be taken so far away from their birthplace and get an automatic cover on People magazine just because a celebrity is involved. With the news that Madonna is looking to adopt 4-year-old Mercy James from Malawi, the criticism she has faced in the past is intensifying.

Save the Children UK’s Dominic Nutt went on the BBC Newshour program this weekend and vocally opposed Madge’s decision to adopt again, saying: “You cannot literally take every poor child who may only have one parent living, or no parent living, across the world and transport them all into Kensington in London. The thing to do is to support the community, to support local agencies and charities who can look after the child so that the child is at least cared for in their community.” Mercy’s parents both died, but Madonna is still living down the controversy that was created when she adopted David Banda, because his father is still alive and claimed he wanted his son back. To add fuel to all of this, it was just announced that Madonna’s adoption application hearing, scheduled for today, has been delayed until Friday for unspecified reasons.

Seems the Material Girl can’t catch a break from anyone these days. We have to say in her defense that she knows what it’s like to grow up without a mom, so maybe she really does have a kind heart beneath her sticky/sweet/leathery exterior and just wants to be a good parent. [Photo: WireImage]


As If Bridget Moynihan Didn’t Already Hold A Grudge Against Gisele…

If it’s not bad enough that Tom Brady broke off his relationship with Bridget Moynihan who was pregnant with his child at the time, and then went on to marry supermodel Gisele Bundchen, now Gisele is playing Mommy in a pretty intense way with Brady and Moynihan’s kid. Little John Moynihan spends half his time with his dad Tom, but apparently Gisele feels such a bond with the child that she told Vanity Fair, “It’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child. I love him the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day.”

Uhh, that’s nice that John has two mommies and all, but maybe not that nice for poor Bridget to hear. Gisele also said, “He’s my little angel — the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby.” Maybe in Brazil the laws of parenting are looser, but if we were Bridget, we’d feel a little like we’re playing out a really bad Lifetime Movie Network movie right now, especially since Moynihan and Bundchen have apparently never met. Seriously, could things be any worse for Bridget? First she’s cast in Sex and the City as the role of “the idiot stick figure with no soul” who catches her husband cheating, and now this.


Obama Thwarts Munchie-Lovers’ Plans to Legalize Pot

Barack Obama is the first sitting President to be on the Tonight Show, the first to bravely show off his abs, and the first to hold a live Internet video chat. For the chat, held yesterday, The White House opened itself to questions from the general public and more than 100,000 were received. People then voted on which questions they wanted to hear Obama answer, and wouldn’t you know, one of the top inquiries they got was about legalizing pot.

The question posed asked whether legalizing marijuana might stimulate the economy by allowing the government to regulate and tax it. After realizing that that was one of the top questions on people’s minds, Obama joked, “I don’t know what this says about the online audience.” It says they cared enough to pause Pineapple Express for a half a second to send you a message, Barry! Take it as a compliment.

But Obama got stern when he firmly responded: “No, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow the economy.” Later, the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he thought maybe marijuana advocates had stuffed the online voting boxes to get their question heard, and Norml, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (we love a good acronym), admits that they did tell their supporters to “let the president know that millions of American voters believe that the time has come to tax and regulate marijuana.” Hey, maybe they just want to be taxed in advance because they know they won’t pay them in the future, like Method Man. [Source: NYTimes; Photo: AFP]


Method Man’s Belongings Are Up In Smoke

We always laugh at those PSA’s that show a pothead melting into their couch or running over a small child (sorry, but that’s just comedy). Those never seemed like real dangers of weed. What they should do is make a commercial about how pot will make you forget to pay your taxes. We all remember the huge trouble Willie Nelson got in with the IRS a few years ago, and now Method Man is admitting that the number one reason the New York State Department of Taxation knocked on his door to literally collect everything he owned is because of his pot smoking. Method Man told the NY Daily News:

“Myself, I’m a pothead. It’s no secret. Everyone knows that. I go on the road and forget everything else. Sure, [the tax department] sent letters to my house saying, ‘We need this money.’ They started sending them in 2002. Here it is, 2009, and I never paid this sh*t because I don’t think like that!”

If that wasn’t entertaining enough, he continued:

“I could have easily just written them a check for whatever amount, but no — I waited until they knocked on this door and were like, ‘We got your truck and we outta here.’ Now I’m thinking we’ve gotta get our truck back, which means I have to get all my paperwork together. That means days of going through mail, ’cause I got mail like woah. I’ve found checks from 2005 that have never been opened yet. And we’re talking a significant amount of money! But I never opened [the tax department’s] letters … so this is how the tax man came.”

Let that be a lesson to all of you users of the gateway drug. Not only will pot make you forget to pay taxes, but you will probably also tell a large media outlet way more information than they asked you for. [Photo: WireImage]


American Idol Admits Its Contestants Lip-Sync

We, along with Justin Guarini and just about anyone else who has tuned in to American Idol this season, totally called it that those group numbers they’ve been singing were lip-synced.

In one of our first recaps from this season we mentioned that it was painfully obvious that the music we were hearing during the group song didn’t totally match the lips we were watching, but Idol producers denied the claim. A few weeks ago a spokesman for Idol said simply, “The Idols don’t lip-sync, period.” But now he’s changing his lip-synced tune. Seems that enough people started to notice, so they had to come clean.

That spokesman, Manfred Westphal, released a message yesterday saying, “Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own pre-recorded vocal track during the group performances only.” Even though it’s just a pre-recorded track and not a full-on Milli Vanilla scandal, we’re glad to hear them admit what we’ve been noticing all along.

If only they could somehow find a way to body-sync so they wouldn’t have to worry about that pesky choreography, the contestants seem to be struggling with that a lot more than the singing. [Photo: Getty Images]