It’s been quite a year for Nicki Minaj (PHOTOS). The bootylicious Minaj began 2010 as an unknown commodity in mainstream America, but thanks to appearances on VH1 Divas, a hit album, a smack on the ass from Regis Philbin and a rumored sex tape, she’s evolved into one of the music industry’s biggest stars. Now, nary a month goes by without Minaj gracing the cover of a magazine. Witness the March/April 2011 issue of King, which features Nicki on the cover and an interview in which she admits that her dream in life is to appear in a Tim Burton movie. While that sounds interesting and all, we doubt that many people will buying this issue of King for the articles; we certainly won’t!
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While most of the country was still busy digesting their Christmas meals, Brandy And Ray-J: A Family Business star Brandy decided to hit the tattoo parlor to get some fresh ink. The sensational R&B star decided to swing by celebrity tattoo artist Peter Koskela’s shop in Southern California on Monday night to get a tattoo of Ganesh that Brandy described on Twitter as the “Egyptian god! Remover of all obstacles:)”. Her tweeps quickly pointed out that Ganesh is, in fact, a Hindu deity and not an Egyptian god, so we hope that she wasn’t counting on curring any favor in the afterlife with the likes of Osiris by getting the body art. Either way, looks hot!
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rnrnWe’ve got some sad news to pass along during this otherwise joyous season. The musician Teena Marie, who was famously dubbed “The Ivory Queen of Soul,” passed away yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known, but TMZ is reporting that Marie may have suffered a grand mal seizure during an afternoon nap on Boxing Day. Marie rose to prominence during the late seventies and early eighties, thanks in large part to her connection to Rick “Superfreak” James. She experienced her biggest success in 1984 with her hit “Lovergirl,” which rose to #4 on the Billboard charts. In a strange twist, one of her final tweets contained a quote from an old Sarah Vaughan lyric, “May you never grow old, and may I never die.” She was 54 years-old.
rnrnWow! If you thought that the week between Christmas and New Year’s was going to be a slow one in the gossip world, you were sorely mistaken. People just broke the news that Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are engaged AND expecting their first child. Sounds like someone got a shotgun wedding for Christmas!rnrnThe two were first introduced while on the set of Black Swan, where the ab-tastic Millepied served as the film’s choreographer. He and Portman apparently became very intimate during the filming, for Millepied dumped his ballerina girlfriend of three years, Isabella Boylston, and shacked up with the
homewrecker Hollywood A-Lister. The couple has been going steady ever since, and now we have this news to lead us into Awards Season.rnrnOf course, the big question here is this: How will this news affect Portman’s chances at winning Oscar gold? After scoring key nominations from groups like the Critics Choice Movie Awards, she is an early favorite to win the Best Actress award. Will this news make Portman more sympathetic to voters, or will it turn scandalous and ruin her chances? Developing!
rnrnChristmas came early for the pun-loving headline writers of the New York tabloids when Deadspin broke the story that the wife of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan may have starred in a series of kinky foot fetish videos. The sports blog discovered that a woman featured in a number of YouTube videos uploaded to an account called “ihaveprettyfeet” not only bore a striking resemblance to Rex Ryan’s wife of 23 years, Michelle Ryan, but that the two also shared a number of common traits: Both are Virgos, were born in August of 1963, are listed at 5’2″ and, at one time, resided in Ellicott City, MD. Even more damning? The voice of the camera person in one of the videos sounds remarkably like the distinctively gruff-voiced Rex. Whoops!rnrnNow, clearly, what a happily married couple does in their private life behind closed doors is really none of anyone’s business. Rex Ryan said as much at a news conference yesterday in front of dozens of salivating beat writers. “Obviously, I knew these questions were coming,” a reportedly humiliated Ryan explained, “But this is a personal matter and I’m not going to discuss it.” However, Ryan has gone out of his way to attract (and subsequently revel in) the media spotlight since becoming the Jets head coach, and these videos were originally posted to one of the most popular websites in the known universe, so he had to know that these questions would surface someday. The moral of the story? If you want to your private moments to stay private, you probably shouldn’t post them to YouTube.rnrnEver wondered what one of these videos looks like? We’ve got one of the (alleged) Michelle Ryan videos for you after the jump. It’s not quite NSFW, but you probably don’t want your boss creeping over your shoulder while you’re watching it.rnrn Read more…
Based on his uninspiring monologue and a Nick Nolte impression that was doused in weaksauce, it looked for a few minutes there like Jeff Bridges‘ first time hosting Saturday Night Live since 1983 was going to be a real stinker of an affair. Fortunately, Bridges was able to turn it around almost immediately with an inspired impression of Dog The Bounty Hunter, his Kutcherian turn as the host of Hollywood’s lamest prank show, Jeff’d, and a delightfully weird performance as the world’s first Christmas gift wrapper. Sadly, we didn’t get a Lebowski sketch, but hey, that’s just another reason to have him back again soon. Let’s just hope it won’t be another 27 years until Bridges hosts again!
But hey, the host is only one part of the show, right? Now it’s time where we break down how cast performed this week with our highly scientific and infalliable SNL Power Rankings.
rnrnEven though Oscar bloggers have already been debating this year’s Oscar contenders for months now, it wasn’t until this week that Awards Season 2011 really kicked off in earnest. The Golden Globes, SAG and VH1′s own Critics’ Choice Movie Awards all announced their list of nominees this week, transforming the race from something that a few nerdy bloggers were discussing into something that THIS nerdy blogger is discussing! Because we love few things in life more than prognosticating, we decided now’s as good a time as any to pull out our trusty crystal ball, dust it off and peer into the Oscar future. We compiled the following list of Oscar frontrunners after consulting both reputable experts and shady gambling sites, so read along to find out who you should strongly consider betting on in this year’s Oscar race. (Hint: put everything you’ve got on Christian Bale!)rnrn Read more…
Here it is, folks! After a crappy YouTube copy of the first look at the third season of
Macaroni Rascals Jersey Shore made the internet rounds earlier today, the crack promo squad over at MTV finally released the official :30 sneak peak of The Situation, Snooki, DJ Pauly D and the other, less interesting cast members returning to their palatial estate in Sleazeside Heights this summer. First impressions? Aside from the fact that we’re now convinced that Sammi Sweetheart got a nose job, it looks like more of the same: triple kisses, drunken fights and catchphrase-friendly banter. Bonus points are awarded for turning a vuvuzela into a “grenade whistle” and rolling footage of an inebriated Snooki faceplanting into the hot Jersey sand.
rnrnWhat did you do the night you turned 21 years old? We imagine it involved hitting the local watering hole with a few of your closest friends and tossing back sexually-themed (and totally gross tasting) shots like Blow Jobs, Buttery Nipples and Screaming Orgasms. Not Taylor Swift, though! Instead of letting loose on the one night it’s socially acceptable to get drunk as a skunk, the eternally prissy pop princess celebrated her 21st birthday in the most boring way possible, with a “super low key,” alcohol-free pizza party at her house. As Taylor herself would say, “What?”rnrnNow, it’s not that we condone going a role model like Taylor going out getting sloshed every night of the week (even though we tend to). Rather, it’s just that we wish that Taylor would stop acting like a sheltered adolescent and start acting like the worldly adult that she clearly is. After all, she already acknowledged that she got horizontal with the horndog John Mayer, so it’s not like she’s all that innocent. Drop the phony pretensions, Swifty, toss back a Budweiser or an appletini (your choice!), and let your freak flag fly! Or, at the very least, hit the bowling alley and knock back a White Russian, Big Lebowski style.rnrn[Photo: Artist's rendering of Taylor's indulging in a pepperoni slice at her pizza party]
rnrnAs much as we love the Oscars and the Critics Choice Movie Awards, our favorite night of the Awards Season each and every year has got to be the Golden Globes. Why? It’s not because all of our favorite movie stars co-mingle with all of our favorite television stars (although that’s pretty great), but rather, because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ensures that all of its attendees consume copious amounts of booze!rnrnThis morning, the nominees for the 2011 Golden Globes were announced live on NBC by the unlikely trio of Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood. As expected, films like Black Swan, The Social Network and The King’s Speech led the way, but we’ll have more analysis for you on that in a bit. For now, follow along for the complete list of who’ll be boozing it up on live television on Sunday, January 16th, 2011!rnrn Read more…