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?
It seems like Universal is aiming to turn Mamma Mia! into a cult hit among the sing-along crowd. In order to boost the film’s profile (and box office grosses) over Labor Day, the studio plans to present Mamma Mia! The Sing-Along Edition in select theaters nationwide so you can finally let your inner Pierce Brosnan out.
While it’s not as campy as Rocky Horror or as beloved as, say, the now-defunct Buffy musical, this could just be the hook the film needed to take it beyond its moderate summer hit status. No word on what the audience participation might include, but we suggest that S.O.S. pads get in on the product tie-ins during the aural massacre that is Pierce Brosnan’s rendition of that ABBA song. [Source: Reuters]
Israeli model Bar Refaeli has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Maxim and Elle, but most likely the work that you’re most familiar with is her role as Leonardo DiCaprio‘s girlfriend. This fall, though, her profile will get a boost as she becomes the face of sport brand Hurley International. The campaign, shot in Brazil, “illustrates a theme of a young woman’s journey and discovery,” which sounds a lot like the plot to Seinfeld’s favorite movie “Rochelle, Rochelle”, but we’re betting it will be a smidge hotter.
She’ll be wearing the brand’s bikinis, sheer Ts and denim shorts from the Spring 2009 line and will appear in their runway shows as well. Says Hurley exec Lyndsey Roach: “Anyone can hire a model. We wanted to do something different. She lives this lifestyle,” which only rubs it in our faces that not only does she have Leo as a boyfriend (though they’ve allegedly been on and off), but she is a professional beach-going skinny bitch who gets free clothes.
After the jump, watch a clip of Bar Refaeli modeling.
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Kanye West is a blogger, a fashion designer and now a f*cking puppet, apparently. His new video for “Champion” features a cloth Kanye competing against human runners in some sort of Olympic-like competition. In other words, it’s kinda creepy, and Kanye’s got nothing on the Muppets. [Via MoneyCashHos]
Character actor Shelley Malil, best known as Haziz in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (“Hey, Will and Grace! Back to work!”), has been arrested for violently assaulting an ex-girlfriend. The woman, suffering multiple stab wounds and cuts, was found by police in San Marcos, CA, Sunday night, after neighbors heard screams for help and breaking glass. Malil was arrested Monday night after taking a train to San Diego to meet with his lawyer. The woman’s condition was listed as critical on Monday morning, with no update since. [AP]
Well what do you know – Britney Spears and Russell Brand have palpable chemistry in these promo ads for the VMAs! Brand is a notorious sex addict who penned a book about his appetite for women. “I had a harem of about 10 women, whom I would rotate in addition to one-night stands and random casual encounters,” he wrote of his horniest days. Britney is, well, Britney. And that seems to be a dangerous combination.
Tune in to the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7 at 9PM ET.
Yay! We’re excited to post about the latest drama plaguing the Playboy mansion, just so we can stare at slutty pictures of the Girls Next Door. Apparently things have been getting a little crazy at chez Hugh Hefner, due to his recent interest in a Ukrainian model named Dasha Astafieva. The brunette hottie first appeared in a competition to score the cover of the nudie mag, and now Hef is apparently escorting her on photo shoots and holding her hand! You know Holly Madison ain’t having that sh*t. A source tells the National Enquirer, “Dasha’s natural endowments and beauty stunned Hef. Dasha has upset the pecking order by pushing her way into Hef’s heart. The competition for his attention is really intense among the girls because of her.” [PerezHilton]
In other words, it’s cat bunny fight time.
For more of Dasha, feast your eyes on the video of her performing a bizarre backwards striptease, above.
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Apparently we aren’t the only ones who think Gossip Girl is overrated - Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 co-stars Blake Lively and America Ferrera appeared together on Good Day LA to plug their movie, and Blake got a little gushy while talking up her hit show, the teen sex-fest Gossip Girl. While she rattles on, America picks at her hands before rolling her eyes and throwing down a serious death stare at Blake. Our new hero America – who’s the star of her own hit, Ugly Betty - belongs on a Wheaties box for her moves. Clip above.
The King Of Comedy, Bernie Mac, died yesterday — and the King of Soul died today. Isaac Hayes, the Grammy-winning soul legend who exuded sex with his incredibly deep baritone voice, was best known for writing the theme song to the 1971 blaxploitation flick Shaft. “Theme From Shaft” won an Academy Award for best original theme song. More recently, Hayes provided the voice for Chef on South Park.
Hayes’s wife, Adjowa, found him collapsed near a still-running treadmill at his home in a Memphis suburb. Attempts to revive him by paramedics were unsuccessful. The cause of death is not known. On an eerie note: Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac will star together posthumously in Soulmen, a movie with a November 14 release date. [Photo: Getty Images]
After the jump, watch Hayes sing “Theme From Shaft.”