Well, when VH1 DIVAS 2012 was held on Sunday night in Los Angeles, the incredibly lovely Kelly Rowland stopped by our exclusive lounge before the show and shared with us some advice on how to be a diva and who her personal diva inspirations are. You can watch Kelly discussing these things and more in our video above, or head directly to our Behind The Bar playlist!
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Coco has been giving us a peep show on her Twitter feed for years, so it made a lot of sense that the folks behind the Las Vegas burlesque show of the same name would want to partner up! Ice-T’s uber-voluptuous wife made her Peepshow debut last night at the Planet Hollywood Hotel, donning barely-there nude lingerie and wielding a huge pink feather boa. She looked right at home on the stage, but amazingly, Coco had her doubts about the whole undertaking. “I never even thought about it,” she told Vegas.com. “First of all, I don’t have the body.” We’re gonna stop you right there Mrs. T and respectfully disagree. Coco nervous about treading the boards of a topless Vegas stage review? That’s like Michael Phelps being scared to play Marco Polo in a kiddie pool!
“I’m short, and I’m kind of stocky,” the Ice Loves Coco star continued, proving that literally everyone has insecurities. “I would think, that will never happen. I always discussed it in dance class when I was nine years old. You know dancers, when you’re that age, you’re always trying to get to Vegas, that’s the level you want to get to, but even though I talked about it I never thought I was really going to be there someday.” You lived your dreams, Coco! Someone cue “A Moment Like This.” She’s taking over the role of Bo Peep, formerly played by Girl Next DoorHolly Madison since July 2009. “It’s an exhilarating feeling to be practically naked, but you know I was just hoping that people would like my body. I’ve been working out really hard lately.” Head on down to the gallery below and see how her work paid off, and also take a look at some more lovely ladies who’ve appeared in the show!
We know, we know, it’s like every other headline on this site lately is about new moms — not our fault! It’s the news cycle! But we just wanted to take a moment to thank Drew Barrymore. After all the talk about how stars like Jessica Simpson and Beyonce shed the pounds after giving birth, we’re so relieved to see that Drew’s first magazine appearances are about things other than her diet. Last week she gave the requisite “miracle” quotes to People, and this week, she’s glowing from the cover of Allure, where the camera focuses on her flawless face and her quotes are all about how she’s grown up and settled down.
She talks about how “incestuous” it is that her friend Kristen Wiig is dating her ex, Fabrizio Moretti, and how Steven Spielberg scolded her when she posed for Playboy in 1995. “It’s embarrassing to go through any rebellious stage in front of people that you love and respect, and yet I’m glad I did,” she said. “I’m glad I lived such a full life before I settled down into a family, because I got to enjoy it and get it out of my system.” Read more…
You know that thing where really, really beautiful people try to make themselves relatable by telling you all about their weird insecurities? Normally, we find it condescending and annoying, but Megan Fox somehow managed to make it endearing last night, when she stopped by the Tonight Show to talk about having baby Noah and appearing in the upcoming This Is 40.
Asked about the things she had to give up when she was pregnant, she mentioned missing tuna, which expectant mothers avoid due to high mercury content. “What is weird to me is I was talking to my mom … and she was like, ‘Oh, I ate tuna every day when I was pregnant with you,’ ” Fox told Jay Leno. “I was wondering if that was what happened to my thumbs. They’re weird and they’re really fat and there’s like a weird knuckle.” Read more…
It was the year of the underdog. Odd Future crooner Frank Oceanwent off on his own and captured the world’s attention with his stellar songwriting. Doing very few interviews, and rarely figuring on TV or in front of paparazzi cameras, even during the promotion of his debut album Channel Orange. Ocean let his music speak for itself. With one big exception: the letter he wrote on his Tumblr on July 3. It was a missive that he’d originally planned to include in his liner notes disclosing that his first love was a man. His coming out was met with cheers from fans and peers, who applauded his bravery. A week later, his debut shot to No. 2 on the Billboard charts selling over 130,000 units in its first week. Frank Ocean’s smooth voice, impeccable songwriting and low-key profile are why he’s #10 on our list of celebrities who dominated 2012.
Les Miserables is one of the most referenced musicals ever. Sure, it’s got some competition from Phantom of the Opera and Cats, but in general, no other musical has permeated pop culture the way Les Miz has. From Susan Boyle to South Park to, yeah, even Homeland, the references are all over the place, and we compiled a list of the 10 biggest ones we could think of. You might have forgotten about some of these, but we’re here to refresh your memory and get you as psyched as George Costanza to see this movie when it comes out Christmas day.
1. The guys at South Park love them some Les Miz. They named an episode from season four “Prisoner 24601,” but their biggest homage to the show was the anthemic “La Resistance” song from the Bigger, Longer, And Uncut film. An obvious nod to “One Day More,” it’s rousing, it’s patriotic…it brings a tear to the eye, really. Fans on YouTube have created dozens of comparisons between the Les Miz version and the South Park song (here’s just one) but here’s a crappy clip from the movie.
2. George Costanza might have been master of his domain on Seinfeld but he also had a thing for “Master of the House,” which he just could NOT get out of his head for an entire episode. But who hasn’t gotten this song stuck in their head? Yet another reason that Seinfeld is the best, most accurate show in history, they turned every real-life annoyance into a plot line.
3. The Simpsons wouldn’t be The Simpsons if they didn’t tip their hat to every single pop cultural phenomenon in history, so of course, like South Park they also had a Prisoner 24601 reference, but this time it was Principal Skinner’s POW number. It was also used as Sideshow Bob’s prisoner number. Read more…
Romeo Beckham is clearly following in his very fashionable father and mother’s footsteps. It’s kind of par for the course when you have a parental unit comprising David and Victoria Beckham. And it goes without saying that is first modeling assignment — at the age of 10, FYI — would be a very prestigious one. Romeo’s the star of the new Burberry Spring 2013 advertisement which you can see above. And the kid’s got major swag. He looks great in the brand’s signature trench coat and we even give him props for popping its collar. Something we would have not done for any other human being. So, while he looks adorable, we’re going to have to admit that the campaign and the brand’s logic perplexes us. First up, we don’t get what they’re trying to portray here apart from Romeo looking adorable. Are the two adults on the side supposed to be mannequins? Are they metaphors for the traditional modes of modeling? Or is that too deep?
Secondly, and more importantly, this whole deal is a bit hypocritical, innit. Six years ago, Burberry’s head designer, Christopher Bailey was rumored to have been given a slap on the wrist for hanging with Victoria Beckham. Because, in another very past age, Victoria was considered to be the Queen of the WAGS and was viewed as too “chav” to be wearing the brand. This sort of news will never be explicitly confirmed because who will own up to something like that? But you know it was snooty enough to be true. But now that Vicky B’s transformation is complete and she’s become a High Priestess of Fashion, it’s all forgotten — by both the brand the parents. Tsk tsk.
If there’s one thing that really kicks in the arrival of holiday season for us, it’s the Kardashian Khristmas Kard. Apologies, we got carried away — we meant Christmas card. For the last three years, it’s been arriving like clockwork, a week or so before the 25th. 2009′s card was all about the relaxed glamour. 2010 was when they really started taking the Kardashian-ness of it all quite seriously with their version of Christmas couture. Or Khristmas Kouture, in case you want in on our little giggle fest. Last year’s card had us a bit perplexed because it was like Christmas Couture on crack. We have to do it again — Khristmas Kouture on krack. Someone stop us! But seriously, that card. Fortunately, the 2012 card actually has them looking a lot more relaxed. By that we mean they’re actually smiling and not giving their hardcore camera faces, which makes us happy. You can see the whole card here, on Kim‘s Celebuzz page, where she posted it, writing, “Here it is!! Our 2012 family Christmas card shot by the amazing Nick Saglimbeni! We had such a fun time shooting this! What do you think of the final pic??” What do we think of it? It’s so white and sparkly! And their family is really big! Big enough to not fit in a photograph, but the full snapshot will reveal the leg on the right to be Kendall‘s. Maybe next year they’ll actually get Scott Disick to crack a smile. Anything can happen around the holidays. Although, that still doesn’t explain why Rob is brandishing headphones? He’s the … DJ of their Christmas card?
Lady Gaga is now under fire from a high profile Russian politician who is accusing her of “illegally” promoting gay rights in their country. Vitaly Milonov, an associate of President Vladimir Putin, is reportedly planning to file a lawsuit against the singer following her concert in his ruling district of St. Petersburg last Sunday. “We saw that in addition to music, songs and such, there were direct calls for 12-year-old citizens to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” he said. “The main complaints are [her] calls for minors to support the organization of gays and lesbians, the illegal use of the Russian Federation flag at her concert and slander against our country.”
Milonov has co-written a law banning gay “propaganda” in St. Petersburg, and tried unsuccessfully to prohibit the sale of Gaga’s show tickets to anyone under the age of 18. Mother Monster’s representation even claims to have received a phone call prior to the show threatening arrest and $50,000 fines if she were to voice support for the LGBT community onstage. Wow, we thought the Cold War was over! Milonov tried similar tactics against Madonna over the summer, which were met with laughs in the court and disgust from the performer. Luckily, we’re feeling like nothing is going to come of these further legal threats. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has already come to Lady Gaga’s aide in an interview last week, in which he said that “not all human relationships are subject to legal regulation.”