While all the contestants on the next season of Dancing With The Stars should be proud of their artistic and athletic accomplishments (except for Kim Kardashian), you’d be forgiven for not immediately recognizing their names (except for Kim Kardashian). Here’s a quick run-down of the “stars” stepping up this fall, and where you may have seen them before.
In light of the recent Chinese gymnast age controversy, we at Scandalist would like to take a moment to acknowledge what 15 years old looks like in Hollywood. Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen has come a long way since playing the adorable Cindy Lou Who in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It seems she skipped that whole awkward, gangly stage most tall girls go through and headed straight to model-esque bombshell. The amount of eyeliner, leather, and leg that Momsen routinely dons on the red carpet makes us a bit worried for her future … considering our adolescent idea of a “sassy look” was getting hot pink bands on our braces and wearing glitter on our eyelids. See more photos below.
Lil’ Kim may have named an album Hardcore, but Faith Evans‘ upcoming tell-all, Keep The Faith, makes clear that when it came to The Notorious B.I.G., it was his r&b-singing wife that brought the fury.
There I was, rocking a black skully cap and a heavy goose-down jacket, tiptoeing into the elevator and pressing the button to go up to the second floor, where his bedroom was located…
I got to Big’s bedroom door, turned the knob, and went inside. As soon as I saw a small lump next to Big’s large frame, I flew into a rage, ran over to the side of the bed, and pulled back the covers. I grabbed some chick out of the bed and started beating her ass. At some point, the chick’s wig came off in my hand: It was a short, cropped wig. I stopped throwing punches for a minute to get a good look at the chick I was beating up. It was Lil’ Kim. She was completely butt-naked, yelling as I pushed her around the room.
“So you’re not f*cking her, right?” I screamed at Big. “Yeah, you not messing with her anymore right?”
Faith also claims that she never slept with Tupac Shakur, despite his Biggie-baiting that the two were lovers. We believe you, Faith! Just don’t hit us! [SixShot]
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Another part of Kim Kardashian’s body is getting some attention after the bootylicious star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians cut her foot yesterday. TMZ reports that Kim sliced her foot open on a glass coffee table in her hotel room Sunday night. Despite the small Band Aid pictured above, a source said that it was actually pretty gruesome and there was “so much blood, it looked like a murder scene.” The Tush was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital and despite needing stitches, Kim told Good Morning America that she fully intends to fulfill her role shaking her booty on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. [Source: TMZ.com; Photo: Splash News Online]
While Madonna hasn’t digitally inserted Barack Obama into the “Like A Prayer” video (yet), she’s expressing her affection for the Democratic candidate with a predictable lack of subtlety. Her Sticky And Sweet tour, which kicked off on Saturday, includes a video that puts Republican candidate John McCain alongside Adolf Hitler and global warming, while Mr. Yes We Can is associated with John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi. Some might complain that Madonna’s simply exploiting the presidential race to promote her tour, but based on her track record with black messiahs, she’s showing an impressive degree of restraint. Click on the jump to check out the clip McCain’s camp calls “outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive.”
For two weeks, our attention was turned to the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest to watch the best athletes in the world compete in the Olympics. Each night, it was a couple hours of swimming or volleyball and then off to bed we went. It never dawned on us though what the Olympians themselves do after hours. Turns out, they do each other.
This information comes courtesy of Matthew Syed, a one-time Olympian-turned-commentator who regales those of us unable to be at the games with tales of medal-worthy horndoggery among the athletes. Syed tells the New York Post:
“Olympic athletes have to display an unnatural – and, it has to be said, wholly unhealthy – level of self-discipline in the build-up to big competitions. How else is this going to manifest itself than with a volcanic release of pent-up hedonism?. . .[It was] a common sight to see recently knocked-out athletes gorging on Magnums and McDonald’s, swilling alcohol and, of course, shagging like crazy.”
Basically, it sounds a lot like college, but with a lower percentage of body fat and no hacky-sackers. The romance du jour is between Michael Phelps and Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, who were spotted sucking face last week after apparently false rumors circulated that he was getting it on with swimmer Amanda Beard and/or model Lily Donaldson.
Diddy, aka Sean Combs, came face-to-face with the barrel of a gun early Saturday morning. Law enforcement sources say the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle in Diddy’s entourage for not having proper tags, while driving down the Sunset Strip. The rest of his entourage pulled up shortly after and things got a bit out of hand. It’s sheriff department policy to call for backup when other cars linger at a traffic stop. After the backup arrived one of the driver’s became “extremely uncooperative,” to the point he had to be detained.
This is when Combs and six members of his entourage exited their vehicles and started walking towards the detained driver. The deputies did not know they were in the presence of Puff Daddy when one of them drew his weapon. Things almost turned into a front page story, but the situation became peaceful after they identified themselves. The detained driver was driving a rental car so no ticket was issued. There isn’t a dull moment when you run with Puff’s posse.
Madonna fans in Cardiff, Wales were the first to be treated to the latest, and possibly most prepared-for tour ever from the Material Girl. In between A-Rod scandals and supposedly breaking up with Guy Ritchie and turning 50, Madonna is said to have put in over 650 hours of rehearsal time for her Sticky & Sweet world tour, though the show appears less controversial than previous ones (no crucifixions or self-inflicted bad-touching).
The opening show on Saturday was two hours long and has eight costume changes, a 12-piece band and a 50-year-old woman who is more fit than most people can ever hope to be. In addition to this theatrical firepower, there were two digital cameos by stars younger than Madge: Britney Spears and Kanye West. Britney, via video, appears trapped in an elevator and whispers “express yourself, don’t repress yourself.” Of course, she ends the video with her favorite catch phrase, “It’s Britney, Bitch.”
Oh, Madonna also managed this weekend to squash those pesky divorce rumors by squeezing in the renewal of her wedding vows. Is she a woman? Or a machine?
Tila Tequila may have been dumped in the finale of her reality TV dating show, but it didn’t take her long to score Yahoo! heiress and former Lindsay Lohan gal pal Courtenay Semel. These pictures of the two frolicking at a hotel pool in Hollywood were snapped last Monday, only a couple of days before Courtenay spent a night in jail for battering a security guard at a club in Las Vegas. According to photographers, Tila and Courtenay were rubbing lotion all over each other and downing shots — of tequila, we presume.
It’s kind of hard to imagine that these high-res, close-up shots weren’t staged. If you think about it, who looks this hot, happy, in love and put-together while taking a casual afternoon swim? But here’s the bigger question: Is Courtenay Semel the reason that Tila Tequila presumably won’t be returning for MTV’s A Shot at Love 3?
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Singer Katy Perry is raising temperatures with the inspiration behind her summer hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Perry found her muse, Scarlett Johansson while skimming through a magazine. “I was with my boyfriend at the time, and I said to him, ‘I’m not going to lie: If Scarlett Johansson walked into the room and wanted to make out with me, I would make out with her. I hope you’re okay with that?’ she tells the latest issue of Steppin’ Out magazine. The spunky brunette has also said she wants to lock lips with teen queen Miley Cyrus, but at night she goes home to Gym Class Heroes singer Travis McCoy.