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Katie Holmes Is A Slutty Pumpkin

Put down the lawsuit, Tom Cruise, we’re not insulting your lovely wife Katie Holmes. We’re just talking about her latest acting role! Katie is celebrating Halloween this year with a guest spot on How I Met Your Mother, where she will play the mysterious “Slutty Pumpkin.” The woman clad in a scandalous jack-o-lantern outfit stole Ted’s heart at a Halloween party years ago, and he’s been trying to track her down ever since. But lucky for him, it looks like this is the year that he gets reunited with his beloved Slutty Pumpkin. It’s a Halloween miracle! “Katie is a lovely and talented actress,” show creator Craig Thomas told NY Magazine, “which is why we’ve saved for her perhaps the most classily named character in our show’s history.” We can’t wait til the episode airs when Halloween gets nearer.

And speaking of scary things, Katie’s daughter Suri Cruise reported to her first day of programming school last week. The five-year-old will be attending the New Village Leadership Academy, a Scientology-based school which uses L. Ron Hubbard’s “study technology” educational model. It’s apparently a free form kind of place, where students work at their own pace to complete tasks and teachers give individual attention to each child. Doesn’t sound bad, right? But god forbid if the kid yawns. Apparently ol’ L. Ron believed that yawning was a sign that a child misunderstood the concept. So load up on expresso, kids! And attending students are also encouraged to sculpt the concepts they’ve learned about in clay. According to L. Ron, children need access to “mass” or else they start to feel “sort of spinny” and “squashed.” If it were us, we’d sculpt ourselves a shiv and get the hell out of there. No, put that lawsuit back DOWN Tom Cruise! We’re just kidding!

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Dapper Don Draper Re-Emerges On The Set Of Mad Men

While not looking his best at the Emmys over the weekend, these pics taken on the set of Mad Men yesterday show Jon Hamm looking decidedly less fugs. Hamm was his usual chiseled and handsome self while hanging out between takes, although we have to admit he seems a little annoyed. Maybe he’s wondering why there’s no one else as hot as him around. Or maybe the millionth person just asked him what he thinks about Pan Am. Co-stars John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser were also on hand to round out everyone’s favorite ad-firm. It’s so good to see everyone back after well over a year between seasons. We can’t wait til March 12th! Until then, check out the gallery below to get your 60s hunk fix.

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Lady Gaga Meeting With Obama To Discuss Anti-Bullying Law

The devastating suicide of a boy in upstate New York has prompted Lady Gaga to meet with President Obama for a discussion on anti-bullying legislation. 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a high school student from Buffalo, took his life on Sunday after being tormented by classmates for his homosexuality. The tragedy has the singer up in arms, calling on support from her fans and the president for young people in Jamey’s situation. “Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime,” she tweeted yesterday. “I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey.”

Though no stranger to gay rights, this case has special significance to Mother Monster. Several months back, Jamey posted his own “It Gets Better” support video on Youtube, in which he cited Lady Gaga as a role model and pillar of strength. “She lets me know that I was born this way,” he said at the clip’s conclusion. “Just love yourself and you’re set. And I promise you, it’ll get better.” But the bullying didn’t cease for Jamey. “No one in my school cares about preventing suicide,” Jamey posted to his Tumblr just a few weeks before his death. “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. … What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”

The unbelievably tragic tale has Gaga, and millions of others, furious and heartbroken. “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling,” she wrote. “I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.” She hopes that the creation of a law making bullying a hate crime will save others from the agonizing abuse Jamey suffered. No official date for the presidential meeting has been set as of yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear.

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Rugrats Star Warns Stacey Kiebler About Romance With George Clooney

Despite his heartbreaker reputation, getting romantically involved with George Clooney is a risk most women would be more than willing to take. But Georges’s ex Elizabeth Daily is warning his new belle Stacy Kiebler against wanting anything longterm. “I wouldn’t have any expectation of anything serious,” she told Star Magazine. “Girls think they can tame him, but it will never happen. They’re wasting their time.” Case in point, Elisabetta Canalis, who he dumped in June allegedly when she wouldn’t drop the marriage topic. Daily dated Clooney back in 1993, after his divorce with first (and only) wife Talia Balsam. At the time Daily was just beginning her work as the voice of Tommy Pickles on the Nickelodeon classic, Rugrats.

But sadly the love between man and cartoon was not to be. “Even then he was adamant that he wouldn’t get married again,” she admits. So let us get this straight: George Clooney broke Tommy Pickles’ heart!? This definitely puts him at the top of our VH1 Top 40 S–t List. Don’t feel too bad for old Liz, though. She currently has two daughters with Rick Salomon of Paris Hilton sex-tape fame. Tommy Pickles and…Rick Salomon? Excuse us while our mind explodes into an old-school Nickelodeon logo splat.

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Twenty-Five Photos Of Rihanna Without Pants

It’s a widely reported fact that Rihanna has a serious phobia of pants. OK, not really. But you’d think so, if you took a look at nearly every outfit she’s ever worn. Whenever Ri-Ri has a chance to lose the pants, she takes it! Then again so would we, if we had legs like hers. But sadly we don’t, and people tend to look at us funny when we wear our unitard with the thigh-high cut-outs to the office. And our girlfriend is getting really sick of us asking to borrow her multi-colored mosaic bikini bottoms for formal occasions. The world can be so cruel. Luckily for Rihanna, she doesn’t have that problem. So to get you going on this Thursday morning, here’s twenty-five pictures of Rihanna sans pants. Enjoy!

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Justin Timberlake Goes Back To Scarlett Johansson’s Place After Night Of Partying

When she wasn’t out at a strip club with Kieran Culkan or doggedly tracking down the dreaded Hollywood Phone Hackers, Scarlett Johansson found time to party through the night with none other than Justin Timberlake. The two have been friendly since 2007, when the actress appeared in the music video for JT’s “What Goes Around Come Around.” But Scarlett was dating future husband Ryan Reynolds at the time, and Justin was wrapped up tight with Jessica Biel. Now that their famous former flames are out of the picture, sparks between them were able to fly freely.

The duo apparently spent last Wednesday night  “hardcore flirting” at New York’s trendy 10ak club. “Other guys were trying to talk with Scarlett,” a fellow clubber told US Magazine, “but she was only focused on Justin.” Although to be fair, most “other guys” aren’t Justin Freakin’ Timberlake. The two ended up closing the joint, not leaving until the break of dawn. After a pizza dinner/breakfast, ScarJo reportedly invited the singer back to her pimp midtown apartment. “He wasn’t even lowkey,” a witness noted of Timberlake’s arrival. He even greeted the doorman and introduced himself as “Justin.” What a gentleman. Although publicists for both sides deny the sunrise rendez-vous took place, insiders say that chemistry between the two is common knowledge. “They’ve hooked up several times over the years,” says a friend. Maybe Justin was the one those pics were meant for…

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Lady Gaga Gets A Style Critique From Her Little Sister

Older siblings can be so embarrassing sometimes. Especially when they show up to your high school graduation wearing what appears to be a full body Victorian bee-keepers outfit. It can’t always be easy for Lady Gaga‘s little sister Natali Germanotta, and now the nineteen year old fashion student has some thoughts on her famous siblings other-worldly style.  “Some of the things she wears, I’m like no, never,” Auntie Monster told Teen Vogue. But at least Gaga’s scando-bizarro couture makes Natali look downright demure in the watchful eyes of her parents. “Whenever I wear something crazy and my dad gives me a hard time, I say, ‘Well, at least I’m not walking out on the street with red pasties,’” she explains. “And he’ll be like, ‘Good point.’”

Despite the insanity of superstardom, Natali remains close to her big sis, even having a small roll in her 2010 video for “Telephone.” She accompanied Gags to the CDFA Awards earlier this year, and someday intends to start her own clothing line. Despite being (somewhat) more conservative, the younger Germanotta does share some of her style icon sister’s rebellious sensibilities. In fact, she encouraged Gaga to show up to her graduation in outlandish attire. “She asked me, ‘Should I dress really conservative and look not like myself, or should I do it over-the-top and freak everybody out,” Natali admitted. “And I was like, ‘The latter, definitely the latter.’” Awwww, they really were born this way. Check out some of Gaga’s all time craziest looks in the mega-gallery below!

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Michelle Williams Wants To Quit Acting And Wash Your Underwear

Are you tired of getting nominated for Oscars, hanging out on film sets with glamorous costars, and being named one of the most beautiful people in the world? Wouldn’t you rather just sit around with a jug of Tide detergent all day? Michelle Williams feels ya. The actress recently opened up to American Hobo magazine about her desire for a more “average” career. “I often dream of quitting acting,” she muses. “Walking away and becoming a laundress or a sous chef or maybe writing other people’s love letters for a living.” OK, we’re with you on the laundress and sous chef, but is there really a person out there you can hire to write love letters? Because we really could have used their number in high school.

A professional love-letter author isn’t the strangest occupation Michelle considered perusing. Apparently the pixie-haired starlet also wanted to go ten rounds at Madison Square Garden. “First I wanted to be a boxer. I don’t know why but I wanted to fight Mike Tyson. That was the dream.” It’s never too late, Michelle. Mike’s starting to get up there in age, we bet you have a shot at takin’ him down. Who needs an Oscar when you’re the heavyweight champion of Hollywood?

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Brad Pitt Continues His Transformation Into “The Dude” At Moneyball Premiere

When we first saw these photos of Brad Pitt arriving at the premiere of Moneyball, we couldn’t shake the urge to go bowling. After a few White Russians we realized that it’s because Brad seems to be turning into our favorite cinematic slacker, Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski! The scraggly hair, the graying chin-beard, the shades, the goofy laid-back smile…Come on!  But that’s just our opinion, man. At least he traded an open bathrobe for a sleek suit. The Brad, or His Bradness, or El Braderino (if you’re into that whole brevity thing) arrived at Oakland’s Paramount Theater without his lovely lady Angelina Jolie on his arm. But he seemed happy to sign autographs and pose for pix with his co-stars Chris Pratt and (super svelte!) Jonah Hill. The Brad abides. Peep the gallery below to check it out!

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Bethenny Frankel Lost At Sea For Over 20 Hours

And now for a reality show we’d REALLY like to see. Things got a little too real during Real Housewives of NYC star Bethenny Frankel’s sailing trip this weekend, as she and her husband spent over twenty-hours stranded in the North Atlantic! A GPS failure on the couple’s sailboat lead to a “scary” and “absolutely traumatic” ordeal for the reality couple. “I was on a sailboat on Saturday that was supposed to be eight hours and it ended up being twenty because were lost at sea,” she told E! News. Their ship was enroute to the island of Nantucket when it was hit by a large tidal wave that disabled their navigation device.

The group of ten passengers (presumably with a movie star, professor and someone named Mary-Anne to go with the reality millionaire and his wife) were understandably terrified, and Bethenny found her thoughts turning to her 15-month old daughter, Bryn. “I was thinking, Oh, my God, Bryn! I’m not going to be there at six o’clock in the morning when she wakes up and she’s going to wonder where Mommy is and gosh,” she said. “If something were to happen to me, what would happen to her. I was having horrendous thoughts.”

What very nearly could have been a real life Gilligan’s Island  was averted by a call to the U.S. Coast Guard. “We were in the middle of the deep sea with no land or anybody near us,” she explained. “The captain had never, in 30 years, called the Coast Guard.” The captain then proceeded to berate a small man wearing a red shirt and white bucket hat (we imagine). Luckily the team is back on land. And even more luckily, a camera crew for her new reality show Bethenny Ever After was on hand. We’ll definitely be DVR-ing that one.

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