NYC was home to a major celebrity hangout sesh earlier this week, when Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher joined forces with Shakira, Penelope Cruz, and Madonna to party the night away at hot spot Butter. The posse of popular kids danced on tables and holed up together in a booth, and oddly enough ignored the other celeb boozing at the bar, the one and only Janet – Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. And apparently Madge is just that, as a source tells Page Six that Janet “was not invited to join Madonna’s crew.” She then drowned her sorrows in the corner with “a ton of beer.”
Sounds like there’s a middle-aged lady-feud brewing, and surely there is only one way to settle this beef: A DANCE-OFF. Rhythm Nation vs. the Vogue Crew! Madonna Louise Ciccone vs. Janet Damita Jo Jackson! Nipple revealing wardrobe malfunction vs. all that floor humping, hanging off a cross crap!
Sigh. It’d be a dream from 1989 come true.
Kanye West‘s new single off his upcoming record is called "Stronger," and it presents a very weird, not altogether unpleasant mash of styles, combining Kanye, Cassie and Daft Punk with fashions by Jeremy Scott and a retro-futuristic Japanese backdrop that alternately looks like Akira and The Fast and the Furious while referencing Nigo and A Bathing Ape. Phew. That’s a lot. The song is pretty catchy and the visuals are good, but the lyrics are on the ridiculous side of bad. Consider: "You know how long I’ve been on ya?/ Since Prince was on Apollonia/ Since OJ had Isotoners." And that’s to say nothing of the Vuitton and Dior mentions. The words, however, do pose a few questions that we’d like your opinion on. Does that which does not kill Kanye make him stronger? Would you like to be his "black Kate Moss" tonight? And is this song about stalking, or is it about what a great artist Kanye is? We can’t tell. Get used to it now, before he performs for Diana on Sunday.
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Rooney‘s Robert Schwartzman and Ned Brower on mainlining sugary cereal, getting decked in England and forgetting where you’ve been.
Music For Celebs To Do Drugs To
Ned Brower: We played four nights at the Roxy just before we left. Mischa Barton showed up in our dressing room on psychedelic mushrooms, which was really weird. Needless to say she loved the show.
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Robert Schwartzman: I remember we were playing Austin, and I said, "It?s so awesome to be in Austin for the first time." The band was like, "Dude, we?ve played here before." On the mic. Like, "Robert we?ve played here." And I was like, "No we haven?t." Then some fans were like, "Yes. You have."
Stunt or no-stunt? We believe it’s the latter. During a recent interview with Spin, Amy Winehouse diddled about with her hands like many of us do. Only the "Rehab" singer, who’s new single finds her confessing that she’s "no good," dug into her stomach with the shard of a broken mirror. The scrawled message? "I love blake." She’s referencing Blake Fielder-Civil, her new husband, but that’s a crazed way to pledge devotion, no? Call it a salute to Iggy Pop as well.
Winehouse freaks will want to grab this issue of the mag. Evidently it’s got some great quotes, such as "I write songs because I’m f*cked in the head and need to get something good out of something bad." No, no, no.
Beyonce may have been a big winner at last night’s BET Awards, but she certainly wasn’t winning any fashion awards. Jay’s lady took home awards for best female R&B artist and for her "Irreplaceable" video, but looked positively robotic while performing her new song "Get Me Bodied." According to JustJared.com, Bey stripped off her kevlar-like padding to reveal "$100,000 gold Balenciaga leggings and a matching bra top," in some Tron-like homage to a sexified C-3PO. And Beyonce’s on-stage get-ups aren’t the only thing coming under fire — singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright blasted Beyonce in this month’s issue of Spin Magazine, calling her songs "formulaic" and "mesmerising in the basest way." He then went on to say, "I’m really sick of Beyonce."
Kim Kardashian Hangs with Hot Mom
Big surprise – Kim Kardashian is smoking hot, even in sweats. But check out these pics, because it turns out her mom is just as fine! Way to keep it in the family. [DListed]
Jen and New Man?s Secret Rendevous
A tabloid spy caught Jen and her British arm candy, Paul Sculfor, on a date at a bar, and was kicked out while trying to alert pals of her celeb spotting. As she was booted, the celebrity clientele applauded. Bravo? [NY Post]
Brunette Britney?s Botched Dye Job
After attempting to color her own hair at home, the starlet’s face ended up covered in black hair dye, causing her assistant to rush out to a salon for some dye-remover. Shouldn’t Brit have just gone there in the first place? [TMZ]
All Paris Pics
She started out as just a rich and raucous underage booze-hound, table dancing at the hottest clubs across the world. But whether you love her, hate her, or love to hate her, you can’t deny that Paris Hilton has come into her own – tackling TV, film, perfume, and one sleazy sex tape – all while lookin’ stunningly super fine. Her rise to celebutante stardom has not been without drama, scandal, and a panty-less photo or two, but that’s why the world can’t get enough of the beautiful heiress known as Paris.
In true Hilton style, she even managed to look smokin’ hot (in no makeup) as she walked out of jail earlier Tuesday morning, a free woman. Check out the pics to take a peek at how Paris works it, as we welcome the sexy jailbird back to her home on the web as our Hottie of the Week.
Earlier this year, celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton spread some fairly nasty news about neo-soul star Joss Stone. The nastiness? A video in which producer Dallas Austin claimed that Stone traded sex for beats. Now comes Stone’s rebuttal in the form of a YouTube video. Dressed up as a newscaster, the singer reports on how Hilton needs lots of help. She says it’s hard to tell if he’s a man or a woman, and mentions him being possessed by Satan. (Perez can’t possibly be possessed by Satan, since Satan is currently got his grips on most of Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Malibu and the Lower East Side — not West Hollywood.) Joss, your media-war ante has been duly noted. Way to go!
Jack White is set to play Elvis in a new music-biopic spoof film called Walk Hard, the story of a singer (John C. Reilly) who overcomes the odds to become a legend. The film is the brainchild of Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin), so it’ll be funnier than Jack’s last two times out at the box office — Cold Mountain and Coffee & Cigarettes, two movies that aren’t very funny at all. He told Pitchfork that John C. Reilly called him up personally to ask him to be in the movie, which makes us wonder how John C. Reilly got Jack’s phone number, but whatever. In other White Stripes news, Stereogum found this great video of Jack and Meg on Pancake Mountain, a show where a goat interviews musicians. Enjoy. Goats make the best journalists.
Pick Up Paris? Trash on eBay
The heiress’ garbage could become your treasure – for a buck or two – after 2 LA scavengers put up the junk they found while dumpster diving outside Paris’ house on eBay. [NY Daily News]
Germany Bans Cruise Flick
Germany has barred production of a World War II era film starring Cruise from shooting at the country’s historical sites, as the government does not recognize Scientology as a religion, but believes it to be a cult. [E Online]
Pics: Brit Can?t Keep Her Shirt On
Oops – she did it again (and again, and again). Britney was snapped without her top on ( might be a little NSFW) while trying on clothes at an LA boutique. [Just Jared]