Posts By Liz Black


Rumor We Love: Beyonce And Jay-Z Asked To Perform At The Royal Wedding

This royal wedding business is getting out of hand, in our opinion, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Prince William and Kate Middleton, it’s that they seem like pretty fun, typical young people. (The Royals: Just Like Us!)  First of all, perhaps you’ll remember when Prince Harry wanted Snoop Dogg to perform at his brother’s bachelor party. That kinda surprised us, but at the same time, if you can afford to have Snoop at your bachelor party, why not?

And now the word is that William and Kate want Jay-Z and Beyonce to perform “Crazy In Love” at the royal wedding reception. A source says “They really wanted to make their big day even more special and what better way than by getting pop  royalty to perform at the party? … They both wanted to ditch traditions and make it more personal for them. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are both in Europe at the moment while she promotes her new single ‘Girls Who Run The World.’ So it’s highly likely they have taken up the Royals’ offer.” Among other celebs on the Royal wedding guest list are Guy Ritchie, Joss Stone, Elton John, and the Beckhams. Since the royal family has announced that they’ll be broadcasting the wedding on YouTube, maybe we’ll get a glimpse of the Beyonce performance if it really happens.

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The X Factor Judges Have Been Chosen By Simon Cowell

Despite rumors that Nicole Scherzinger and Nicki Minaj would judge on The X Factor, Simon Cowell‘s other singing competition that he’s importing to the U.S. this fall, Cowell has revealed his choices for judges and it doesn’t include the Pussycat Doll or the “Pink Friday” singer. In an interview with, Cowell revealed that the X Factor judges include L.A. Reid, UK pop star Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul. And of course as it was reported earlier, Mariah Carey will participate in the show as a judge of the judges—we’re unclear exactly what she’ll be doing, but we imagine she’ll Skype in from her glitter and rainbow nursery while tending to the twins. Or something.

Cowell explained his choices and said of Cole, “This girl is special. She’s just got a great ability to communicate. She’s a great judge. She’s smart. It’s just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America.” And as for Abdul, though her contract isn’t signed, Cowell speaks fondly of her and seems extremely hopeful about getting her on the show. “I’ve always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I’ve been consistent about this. I don’t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right.”

Simon + Paula 4eva! We knew those two couldn’t stay away from each other for long! Reid is the one judge whose contract has been signed, sealed and delivered for ages now, and as the former chairman of Island Def Jam, he’s obviously got the talent-scouting chops. The show will debut in September.

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LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian Get Married

You know when you hear news of an old celebrity dying and you think “That’s sad, but I actually thought they were already dead”? That’s the same feeling we got when we heard that LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian got married this weekend. Rimes and Cibrian have dated since 2009, back when they were both still married to other people, and they’ve endured public divorces, criticism over the way they handled their very public affair and false rumors of engagement since they first got together.

They finally tied the knot on Friday in Malibu after inviting close family and friends to an “engagement party” which ended up being a surprise wedding ceremony. Hopefully their marriage puts to rest all other relationship drama they’ve endured.

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Rupert Grint (Huffle)Puffs On A Bong

We can hear Molly Weasley’s screeching voice now, yelling Ron’s name in horror after seeing this photo. Yes, that’s Rupert Grint taking a bong hit —although if Miley Cyrus has taught us anything, it’s that you can even smoke legal drugs out of those things, so who knows if this photo actually has Rupert engaging in illegal activity. More importantly though, Rupert’s pretty buff, huh?

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Arnold Heads Out For A Smoke And A Ride

Hey, former bodybuilding, action-hero governors are different from normal people. One person might prep for a bike ride by stretching or carbo-loading, but not Arnold Schwarzenegger. This guy is hardcore. He smokes a cigar before heading out for a ride through Santa Monica.

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Before Heading To Court, Lindsay Attempts To Rehab Her Image Online

Lindsay Lohan is heading back to court today in Los Angeles for a preliminary hearing in her stolen necklace case. It is expected that Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, will ask for the charges against her client to be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. If the judge agrees, Lohan will likely avoid any hard time and she can get back to work playing not-Victoria Gotti.(Though she wanted the role of Victoria, Lohan was cast instead as the younger Kim Gotti.)

In an effort to boost her image (if it’s even possible for her to do that anymore), Lohan has actually been trying to put the good word out that’s she’s eager to be back in the acting game. She told the Associated Press “I’m really excited to be back on set and clear up all the misinterpretations about me and show this is what I love to do.” Lohan also Tweeted a message to her fans, writing “With my family and thinking of my grandfather [whose] birthday was yesterday and unfortunately passed away a few years ago… i am just grateful for the life i have, i cannot explain how excited i am to begin working on films again, on top of that- i better get one of my two favorite scripts that i am in love with. my friends know what they both are….. all my love- LL god bless and g’night :)”

Is her time for redemption near? We hope so, but at this point, it’s up to the judge to decide. We’ll keep you posted on the verdict as it comes in.

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Mel Gibson Finally Opens Up About His Angry Phone Calls, Racism, Career

Mel Gibson hasn’t spoken publicly about his vicious verbal attacks and angry phone calls with his ex Oksana Grigorieva until now. In an interview with, Gibson broke his silence and talked about everything he’s been through in the past year, from his career, to his celebrity friends, to those “edited” tapes that leaked. Here are a few of the choicest quotes from the interview:

On the leaked tapes released by Grigorieva: “Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal? … I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality—period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.”

On how the bad publicity has affected his career: “I don’t care if I don’t act anymore.”

On his most vocal celebrity supporter: “I knew Whoopi before she was Whoopi. And, as she’s great and I always liked her and loved her. I like her even more now because she got it.”

And those supporters who chose not to speak up: “Why would anyone want to speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap? It seems to add fuel to the fire. Very many people are supportive, of course, but you find out who your friends are. I have many friends and they’ve been great.”

On his friend-love for Jodie Foster: “I’d give her a pedicure every day of the week if I could.”

Check out the entire (long!) interview with Gibson, who tried to redeem himself and honestly discuss his difficult personal issues as best he can. Sure, it won’t make you forget that he knocked Grigorieva’s teeth out, but he does seem to show remorse for some of the stuff he’s done.

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Beyonce Gets Goofy At Disneyland Paris

Yes, this is Beyonce at Disneyland Paris wearing a Goofy hat. Creative disguise to trick the paparazzi, or new fashion statement? We’re not sure, but we’re irritated by the fact that she can look amazing wearing anything.

Bey and Jay-Z have been in Paris this week and are staying in a $20,000 a night room at Hotel Le Meurice working on some new music together. And of course when they aren’t working, they’re just goofing around.

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5 WTF People On The Time 100 List

There’s really no arguing with most of the people on Time magazine’s 2011 100 List of the most influential people of the past year. Mark Zuckerberg, President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, even Justin Bieber: They are all easily some of the most recognizable and important people of the past year. But what about some of the other people on the list, do Blake Lively and Sting they really stack up and compare to the founder of Facebook and the president of the U.S.A.? We didn’t think so. But they aren’t the only questionable ones on our list. Here are the five most “WTF are they doing on this list?” people on the list, in our humble opinion.

1. Rain

2. Blake Lively

3. Sting

4. Peter Vesterbacka

5. Mark Wahlberg

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