Posts By Liz Black


Jessica Simpson’s Pup Dognapped By Coyotes


Poor Jessica Simpson! Her Malti-Poo pooch, Daisy, was snatched by coyotes yesterday (Simpson Twittered “A coyote took my precious Daisy right in front of our eyes. HORROR! We are searching. Hoping. Please help!”) and she has been distraught and searching for the 5-year-old dog ever since.

Simpson rarely travels without the dog, who was a gift from ex-hubby Nick Lachey. She has been busy posting signs all over her Calabasas, CA neighborhood, hoping that someone will have found the dog alive – we’re really hoping this ends happily for Jess and she’s reunited with Miss Daisy. [Photo: Getty Images]


Even Obama Thinks Kanye’s A “Jackass”


The president is disappointed in you, Kanye. At least, off the record he is. President Obama had an informal chat with a CNBC reporter yesterday and when he was asked about the VMA controversy he explained that he thought Kanye West was a “jackass”. Of course no one in their right mind would report that the president said something like that especially when it’s off the record, but ABC reporter Terry Moran heard the news feed and Twittered about it. The Tweet read “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.” Whither thy journalistic integrity, Terry – using Twitter and sarcasm in one swoop?

The post was quickly taken down and ABC issued an apology for prematurely reporting the quote. We actually think the president’s views on pop culture should be more transparent, it makes him more human. Forget healthcare, what does he think of Lady Gaga? [Photo: Getty Images]


Celebs Remember Patrick Swayze


The world will remember Patrick Swayze most for his portrayals of Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing and Sam Wheat in Ghost. Those roles were legendary and they not only made us swoon, but they became a part of the national consciousness. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” – did any teenage heart not want to be Baby Houseman at that very moment those words were spoken? Did anyone not want to go buy a potter’s wheel and messily make out to “Unchained Melody”?

While we fans mourn Swayze’s death, his co-stars from those films are mourning too. Jennifer Grey released a statement about her Dirty Dancing co-star, saying “Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified. When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see.”

Whoopi Goldberg also shared her thoughts, saying “Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can’t ever repay. I believe in Ghost‘s message, so he’ll always be near.” And, of course Demi Moore Tweeted about her leading man “Patrick, you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives.” Personally, we think of Swayze as the quintessential leading man from our youth and he’ll definitely be missed. [Photo: Getty Images]


Kanye Gives Himself A Time Out

It was a coincidence that Kanye West was scheduled to appear on the premiere of Jay Leno‘s new talk show the night after making worldwide headlines, but he wasn’t supposed to be a sit-down guest with Leno, he was just going to perform. However, after he realized what an ass he made of himself at the VMAs, he requested an interview with Leno to clear the air and tell America that he has a lot of thinking to do and what he’s done.

West told Leno, “Dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist—or from anyone—because I only wanted to help people. . .It’s actually someone’s emotions that I stepped on. It was rude, period. I’d like to apologize to her in person.” West, who lost his mother last year, explained away his actions, saying, “You know, obviously, I deal with hurt and, you know, so many celebrities, they never take the time off, and I’ve never taken the time off, just music and music and tour after tour, and I’m ashamed that my hurt caused someone else’s hurt.”

Has Kanye not seen Taylor’s  video for “The Best Day,” which is a tribute to her own mother? Maybe Mrs. Swift can take him in and help everyone heal together. Reality show premise?


Gossip Break: Serena’s Threats Cost Her $10k

  • Serena Williams was fined $10,000 for threatening a line judge at the U.S. Open. Please don’t shove a tennis ball down our throat for reporting it, Serena. [DListed]
  • Is this the Sex And The City film set, or the Babysitters Club? [PITNB]
  • Hooker-biting Sham-Wow spokescreep Vince Shlomi is now…designing bathing suits? [NY Daily News]
  • John Travolta and Kelly Preston make their first public appearance since the death of son, Jett. [PopEater]
  • Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper – hugging it out, bitches. [Lainey Gossip]
  • Run, Johnny, run! John Mayer flees NYC bar after another patron was stabbed. [NY Post]
  • Don’t dis George Clooney or else he’ll call you out for being at fatso. [Jezebel]


Taylor Swift On Kanye And Beyonce


Everyone else has spoken out about Kanye-gate, so it’s about time we heard from the girl at the center of all the VMA drama. Taylor Swift sounded kind of deflated when speaking to reporters about being upstaged by Kanye West during her Best Female Video acceptance speech, for good reason.

“Well, I was standing on stage because I was really excited because I had just won the award,” Swift said. “And then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage. And then I wasn’t so excited anymore after that.” So sad! Unlike so many of her celebrity fans (i.e. Kelly Clarkson and Pink) who were royally pissed off by West, Swift remained diplomatic, explaining “I don’t know him, and I’ve never met him, so…I don’t want to start anything because I had a great night tonight.”

She also gave a shout out to Beyonce who invited Swift back on stage at the end of the show. “They told me to stand by the side of the stage, and I didn’t really know what was going to go down, but I thought it was so wonderful and gracious of her to do what she’s always done. She’s always been a great person before anything else. Before the talented artist, the superstar, she’s always been a great person and I just, I thought I couldn’t love Beyonce more tonight.” Amen to that, these ladies know how to keep it classy.  [Photo: GettyImages]


Style Wars: Lauren Conrad Vs. Kristin Cavallari

They may not be on the same show anymore, but rivals Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari still have to come to the same events and compete for camera time. At last night’s VMAs, Cavallari stuck to the shiny theme that so many others were enamored by (en-armored by? ‘Cause it looks like — nevermind), going for a tight disco ball minidress, while LC opted for a demure “I’m totally more mature than that lying skank” look. Was LC’s look too blah, or was Kristin just one of the many sequined starlets? Who turned more heads before heading back to “The Hills?” And most importantly, can you feel the rain on your skin?

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The 10 Worst Dressed Stars At The MTV VMAs


Not even piles of money and stylists can prevent fashion disasters, and the red carpet at the VMAs is one of the riskier events where oh-so-much can go wrong. Judging from last night’s showing, there were disasters a’plenty. Whose outfits weren’t up to snuff? Let’s have a look.

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Style Wars: Beyonce Vs. Jennifer Lopez

Short is the name of the game, judging from the red carpet looks of Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. Both divas went for thigh-high dresses to show off their gams, with strategically cut out neck and shoulder detail, but where Beyoncé opted to stand out in fire engine red, J. Lo went for soft and satiny earth tones.  There are certain elements of both dresses that we’re not loving – B, what’s up with the kangaroo pouch? Jenny, whats the deal with your criss-crossing baggy sleeves? But what do you think, are they rocking the short look, or should they have kept looking for dresses without so much bunching?

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Style Wars: Taylor Swift Vs. Katy Perry

Was there anyone not rocking the sparkles at the VMAs? Check out the red carpet looks of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, both of whom opted for bedazzled dresses in very different styles. Taylor went for a more old Hollywood, glamorous Grecian style that exposed her back and statuesque figure, while Katy rocked a shorter, spunkier (dare we say, more figure skater-y) look that exposed a little of everything. Both played up their assets, but did one shine more brightly than the other?

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