Will.i.am (of Black Eyed Peas fame) has wrangled a bunch of celebs, including Scarlett Johansson, Nick Cannon and Common, to sing it loud and proud in his new video supporting Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign. The senator’s famous “Yes We Can” speech has been put to music and celebs sing along as video of Obama plays beside them. It’s so pretty and powerful that a nation might find it in its heart to forgive “My Humps.” Stars making appearances in the piece include: Jesse Dylan, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Aisha Tyler,and Nicole Scherzinger.
Since Britney’s all locked up, her parents are stuck fighting her in court and her pal Sam Lutfi is busy getting in trouble with the police, the press is desperate to interview someone with a handle on the Spears-sanity. And finally they’ve gone straight to the creator of all the crazy – her grandpa! Yes, the 77-year old June Austin Spears had a lot to say about his f*cked-up family, though it doesn’t seem like he realizes that their mental problems can maybe be traced right back to him. Our favorite June quips are below – do you think he said them in a British accent?
On his bread-winning granddaughter: “I’m worried about her. She shouldn’t go in the nut house. Sometimes you come out worse than you come in.”
- Yeah, kinda like entering the music business at the age of twelve?
Dishing about the way Brit’s mama is handling her littler sister’s pregnancy: “Lynne keeps Jamie Lynn hidden. [Lynne is] in denial about the pregnancy. She thinks it’s just going to go away, but it’s not. It’s going to get bigger and bigger.”
- Finally someone with a literal understanding of what getting knocked up is all about.
Gettin’ sassy about his infamous gun: “I don’t have a gun permit. I keep it under the front seat of my truck.”
- Wow, a Spears who thinks they’re above the law. Where have we seen that before?
When asked if he had previously shot at reporters June replied, “Maybe I have, maybe I haven’t.” Funny how he’d be violent toward reporters one instant and then spill the family beans the next. That behavior sounds so erratic, like he switches between two very different moods. Must be a Southern thing. [NYDN]
The New York Giants shocking upset last night wasn’t the only Super Bowl performance worth noting, although it was certainly the most memorable. In slightly less stunning news, American Idol judge and 45-year-old pop star Paula Abdul returned, singing a song called “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow.” In a word: Awkweird. Although we are staunch believers in second chances, and know with certainty here at VH1 that second acts in American public life both exist and are de rigeur (Scott Baio is 46! Peter Brady is married! Bret Michaels is looking for love in all the wrong places!), Abdul’s lip-synching was awkward in the extreme. Fellow Idol judge Randy Jackson accompanied Abdul on bass. And more than one Internet critic has called for the return of MC Skat Kat. That would have been interesting.
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Cam Diaz?s Dance Off
The awkward actress got into it on the dance floor with a fellow patron of a NYC club. Where’s Drew Barrymore when you need back up on jazz hands?? [NYP]
Katharine McPhee Married at 23
So what if she didn’t win Idol – we don’t see Taylor Hicks walking down the aisle! In fact, we don’t see Taylor Hicks anywhere. Kat wins!? [People]
Sam Lutfi Talks Sh*t About Brit?s Fam
What a surprise – Brit’s creepy pal is bashing her parents to the press, calling them crazy. When it comes to that drama, who around Britney is actually sane?? [Us]
Michelle Williams Talks About Heath
The actress breaks our hearts with this statement about her “heartbroken” state following Heath’s death.? [Us]
Paris Hilton: ?I?m not gay!?
World to Paris: “We don’t care!”? [TMZ]
As if what’s happening in the Spears household wasn’t bad enough, now it seems that whatever’s wrong with the deposed pop princess might be catching. In terrifying news for people who fly in planes, an Air Canada flight from Toronto to London had to be diverted to Ireland on Tuesday because the co-pilot apparently suffered a nervous breakdown. According to reports, he was dragged screaming from the cockpit and placed into restraints. As one passenger told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: “His voice was clear so he didn’t sound drunk or anything. He was swearing and asking for God and very distressed. He basically said he wanted to talk to God.” Couple that with the news of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy and even news about Eva Mendes’ rehab visit, and we think we’ve identified a trend. Crazy: No longer reserved for full-moons only.
Mary J. Blige kicked butt at this year’s Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash, last night in Arizona. If you caught our live stream of the show, you know she sat in with co-headliners Maroon 5 and had her pal Ne-Yo take the stage for a little pillow talk. It airs Saturday at 9/8c – don’t miss. Passionate performances are what Ms. Blige is about, of course. We recently caught her at the taping of her Storytellers show, and she was in the highest of spirits for that, too. “Just Fine” doesn’t even begin to describe her showmanship, which left both her and the audience breathless. It premieres on February 25.
Check out some shots from Mary’s Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash performance below.
[All images: Getty]
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We’re now on Day 2 of Brit Watch, and already her brief hospital stay has been ripe with drama. But really, what else is Britney good at? Brit’s mom has finally wised up (what took her so long?) and wants to take her baby girl back to Louisiana after her psych ward stint is over. Hopefully they have pet stores and Starbucks in the Bayou, though it may take BritBrit a little while to get her there. She’s been classified a “G.D.’ or a “gravely disabled,” which means that she can be involuntarily committed because “the patient is unable to take care of basic needs, such as the acquisition of food, clothing or shelter.”
So it was extra hilarious to see Brit’s man-slave/controller Sam Lutfi at this hospital last night, lugging in some In-N-Out for his ward. Poor little Britney will never be able to figure out how to work a drive-thru if Sam keeps enabling her ass! As for getting dressed, well, hopefully her hospital stint will help her learn how to put on a bra (link NSFW). Sam and Brit’s mom are not on speaking terms, and he’s already come out and bashed her to Access Hollywood, telling them via text message, “Her mother is not someone who cares about her daughter, she’s only concerned with herself….She was too busy getting a manicure to come over yesterday, despite her daughters (sic) pleas. Sad, very sad.“
Yeah, almost as sad as a grown woman who’s unable to do anything for herself.
Meet Snow White, Brit?s Alter Ego
Before her current hospital stint, the pop star was checking into hotels under the name Snow White. The paparazzi are probably her 700 dwarfs. [JustJared]
Star Jones Gets Boot from New Show
The lawyer-turned-host has already been kicked off of her TruTV show. Think she can hear Barbara Walters laughing? [People]
J. Lo to Rock Couture While Giving Birth
Jenny from the block is having her babies while decked out in couture jonnies. Looks like she’s finally been fooled by the rocks that she got. [MSNBC]
K-Fed Likes Britney Best When She’s Hospitalized
Sure he’s concerned for her wellbeing, but he’s also smart to keep his “cash” locked up (and doped up).? [People]
?Grey?s Anatomy? Doc Hits up Brit?s Psych Ward
The guy who plays one of the sexy MDs on Greys (McSteamy, McDreamy, McSweaty – one of those dudes), just checked out of Brit’s psych ward after receiving treatment for a sleep disorder. [TMZ]
Well, thank god Paris has finally figured out how the magic of baby-making works. The heiress divulged the deets on a weepy sleepover she had at Nicole’s mom’s house, with the new mama and her little girl Harlow. She said (presumably in her best baby voice), “I was crying when I saw her. She looks like a miniature version of Nicole and Joel. I am so happy for them.?
Is Paris so sheltered that she’s just now realized that babies look like the two people who come together to create them? And from what’s she’s describing, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have created the fugliest baby known to m
ankind bloggerkind. Check out our artistic interpretation of Paris’ description. Who do you think Harlow Madden looks more like – Mommy or Daddy? [Page Six]
Poor Christina Aguilera. Apparently people like her tunes but are totally turned off when her tanned and dyed mug is plastered on a magazine cover. The singer has been in talks with OK! magazine to sell pics of her and her new baby Max, but plans have stalled after she wasn’t offered the cover. Gasp! An insider says, “The OK! wedding cover didn?t sell as well as they hoped, and even her recent Marie Claire cover underperformed, all things considered.? Yup, the only people who care about Christina are,well, just Christina. A different source revealed that ?Christina has an inflated sense of her own value and seems to expect an extortionate amount of money for these baby pictures.”
We have seven dollars in our wallet, that should cover the cost! But the money drama may not be the only thing stopping the pics from being published. A pal of Christina’s alleges that the baby might not be ?ready for prime time.? We can only assume this means his hair isn’t the appropriate shade of platinum blond and he keeps smudging his red lipstick. Poor little Max – isn’t he beautiful no matter what Mommy says? [MSNBC]