Posts By Liz Black

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Beyoncé To Take Six Months Off

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Beyoncé had an intense 2009 and is pretty burned out as a result. You’d be tired too if you had an 11-month touring schedule, were upstaged by your male “Single Ladies” dancers on SNL, performed for Barack Obama‘s inauguration, and had to allow Taylor Swift to finish her VMA acceptance speech all in one calendar year. Now that it’s 2010, Ms. Knowles is taking some much-needed time off.

Beyoncé has confirmed that once her I am... world tour ends next month, she’ll be taking some “me” time, explaining “It’s definitely time to take a break, to recharge my batteries. I’d like to take about six months and not go into the studio. I need to just live life, to be inspired by things again. I’m going to do random things. I want to go to restaurants, maybe take a class and see some movies and Broadway shows.” And maybe get pregnant? Because seriously, the spawn of Beyoncé and Jay-Z would probably be the most musically-gifted child ever.

We hope Beyoncé enjoys her sabbatical and in the meantime, we’ll just be watching babies dance to “Single Ladies” on YouTube to get our fix. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Ashley Greene Gets Naked (Again)

Proving once again that her career path is only loosely associated with acting, Ashley Greene has stripped off her clothes for attention. This time, Greene is shilling for SoBe’s zero calorie drinks, and in the video and photo’s on the brand’s website, she appears naked but for some artfully painted-on fish scales. The Twilight star’s hot bod was last seen over the summer when some personal photos were leaked by accident.

Greene explained the artistic process she underwent to prepare for the shoot, saying “It took the artist 12 hours to paint the SoBe scales on each skinsuit. But it was totally worth it. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.” It’s probably an experience most 12-to-22-year-old boys sitting at their computer won’t forget either. For a complete look at the seductively boob-heavy photo gallery, check out the SoBe site.

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Derek Jeter And Minka Kelly Set Wedding Date

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Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly sure loved the company of all-star athletes in her role on the show and it turns out, jocks are her weakness in real life too. The New York Post is reporting that Kelly and longtime boyfriend Derek Jeter plan to wed on November 5th.

The Post did some dirty work after learning that the Oheka Castle on Long Island was booked under the name “Jeter” on that date. For those of you keeping track, Oheka Castle is the very same place that Kevin Jonas married Danielle Deleasa last month. The timing makes sense – baseball season should be over by then, and Kelly wrapped up her role on FNL last year, so she isn’t currently tied down shooting a series in L.A.

Personally, we can’t wait to hear who A-Rod picks up at the wedding.  [Photo: GettyImages]

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Suri Cruise’s Toy Car Worth More Than Anything We Own

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Suri Cruise may not know what kind of crazy celebrity life she was born (nay, thrust) into, but Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes sure aren’t trying to reinforce any “down-to-earth” or “normal” childhood stereotypes with her either. Her jet-setting, ballroom-dancing-shoe-filled lifestyle is now going to be complemented by Suri’s very own custom-made car worth over $30,000.

Suri, a source explains, has a new favorite show to watch on TV: auto racing. “Suri has been mesmerized by auto racing on TV so he thought it would be fun for her to have her own little car to ride in. If Suri truly takes to the sport, Tom plans on having a little race track installed at his L.A. property.” Of course he does. Because who else will star in Days Of Thunder 2: This Time It’s A Hybrid? Look for it in theaters in 2025, folks. But honestly, we understand providing for your kids, but we sure learned a lesson or two from having our parents say “No” once in a while. Maybe the Holmes-Cruises should look into that. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Fellow Cheater Mel Gibson Sympathizes With Tiger

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Mel Gibson has a lot in common with Tiger Woods. Both men were once at the top of their game, and both have shown poor judgment when it comes to how their treat their wives. They both apparently like unprotected sex, although Mel can get away with it for church-y reasons, whereas when Tiger does it, it just seems skeevy. And both have also abused substances, but we think Tiger’s Ambien sex is a far less egregious offense than Mel’s DUI. Mel never hid from the public though, and now Gibson is asking Tiger to man up and face his problems instead of hiding out.

Gibson was pretty honest in explaining his own affair with Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he has a 2-month-old baby, saying “Nobody is without sin. . .I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage. You have to try to make amends if you can.” He continued, “You have to shut up and move on and not whine about it. And you have to deal with it like a man.” We hope Tiger is listening because, just like in Mel’s case, there are kids involved. You can run from the public and from your skanks, but you can’t run from being a dad. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Amanda Bynes Poses For Maxim

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Back when Amanda Bynes was but a fresh-faced tween, we caught her old series “The Amanda Show” and thought she was destined for a future in comedy. We were impressed by how charming, cute, and genuinely funny she was.  These days, Bynes has gone in a different direction. . .a more Vanessa Hudgens-y, Ashley Greene-y direction.

To be fair, Bynes hasn’t been caught in a nude photo scandal, but she has posed for Maxim in a series of revealing and rather gymnastic shots. Bynes explained in the magazine that, “Some people still see me as a kid, but I’m a 23-year-old woman now.”  She added that her parents (like us…we’re old farts, we know) were a little worried what these adult photos said about her. “My parents were like, ‘Does this mean you’re gonna do sexy movies now?’ I said, ‘Well, if they’re done the right way, then maybe!’ I mean, I’m not gonna do porn, but if it’s a Leonardo DiCaprio movie or whatever…”

So, Leonardo, if you want to have fake sex with Amanda Bynes, the invitation has been sent,  feel free to RSVP any time.  As for us, we’re going to go watch Nick Jr. so we can get some of our innocence back.

[Photo: Maxim]

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Pamela Anderson: “I Am A Drugstore Whore”

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Those “Stars: They’re Just Like Us!” magazine features are popular for a reason, and we love hearing about how certain celebrities keep it real. Pamela Anderson, who tends not to keep it real in certain places, does have one thing in common with us though. She loves a good make-up splurge at the local drugstore.

While we’re partial to CVS, Pam has a fragrance line  called “Malibu” for sale at Rite-Aid, a partnership that appears to be a natural fit, as she claims she’s a “drugstore whore.” She explained her Wet N’ Wild lust thusly,”I worship drugstores. You have to pull me out of them.” Us too, Pam, especially when we’re using a special savings card and get cash back. Who needs expensive stuff like La Mer when you have Rimmel and Sally Hansen? [Photo: GettyImages]

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Sharon Stone Sort Of But Not Really Compliments Meryl Streep

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We didn’t notice just how crazy-quirky Sharon Stone was until Amy Poehler started doing impressions of her on Saturday Night Live. After that, we started noticing it a lot. The interview we read with Stone today only reinforces the fact that she’s been sipping from a hot cup of crazy, because she clearly has no idea what’s a compliment and what’s not, and thus inadvertently slams Meryl Streep.

Stone was interviewed by Tatler magazine, and it started off nice enough when she explained the appeal Streep has among audiences. “I think that’s why Meryl Streep is working so much, because she looks like a woman we can all relate to,” Stone said. But then she just had to keep talking. “Meryl looks like an unmade bed, and that’s what I look like. To me, that looks true.”

Backhanded much, Sharon? We admit that we have noticed when Streep has forgone the use of a comb when showing up at awards shows, but “unmade bed” seems unnecessary. Besides, has Sharon seen her in The Devil Wears Prada or Kramer Vs. Kramer? The woman looks gorgeous. Not to mention the fact that, um, Meryl Streep keeps getting work because she’s the best actress ever. Yeah, we’re biased because we love her but if you want proof, watch her rock the Aussie accent while yelling “A dingo ate my baby!” and you, too, will be convinced. [Photos: GettyImages]

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Maeby Is All Grown Up

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We had to do a quadruple-take to figure out who Drew Barrymore‘s pal was at last night’s Youth in Revolt premiere, and once we figured it out we were floored. The highlighted, glam actress mugging with Drew is none other than our favorite precocious teen Maeby Fünke, otherwise known as actress Alia Shawkat.

We fell in love with Shawkat during her stint on Arrested Development back when she was the frizzy-haired, scheming object of Michael Cera‘s desire, and even though she’s been in films like Whip It since then, she definitely shocked us with this makeover. Girlfriend is looking amazing this days. She could officially star in Les Cousins Dangereaux now.  [Photo: GettyImages]

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How Russell Brand’s Proposal To Katy Perry Went Down

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Now that their engagement is officially confirmed, we wanted to know exactly what happened when Russell Brand proposed to Katy Perry. We already knew the pair was vacationing in India when the question was popped, but People found out that Russell, ever the romantic, planned an elaborate feast for Katy on the night of their engagement.

The couple were staying at the Taj Rambagh Palace hotel in Jaipur, India, and Russell coordinated with the hotel to prepare a night to remember. He and Katy arrived for their meal on a horse and carriage (aww!), ate dinner in a candlelit garden (ooh!), watched midnight fireworks while sitting on an elephant (er, ok), and then Katy found her engagement ring which Russell had hidden in flowers (to make up for the elephant thing). Brand’s rep confirmed that he bought the right before Christmas at Cartier, but would not confirm any wedding details just yet. [Photo: GettyImages]