Friday: Rihanna’s Sexy Photoshoot; Paris’ New Business Venture

by (@katespencer)

rihanna080307.jpgPics: Rihanna heats up Maxim Cover
You might need an umbrella to shade yourself from the hotness of these new Rihanna pics, taken for the German issue of Maxim. [Just Jared]

Nicole: Headed to Paris? Jailhouse
The Lynwood Jail is just like Chateau Marmont – full of celebs who have done naughty things! It’s a good thing Paris and Nicole are used to sharing everything – clothes, boys, and now jail cells. [NY Daily News]

Jessica Simpson Can?t Get a Date
Even though she has the hot blond thing down, Jessica Simpson can’t find a date and is turning to a professional matchmaker for help. Somewhere Nick and Vanessa are laughing. [Life and Style]

Read more…

Britney’s Parenting Bashed by Mags

by (@katespencer)

britneycovers080107.jpg

Wow. This week’s covers of Life & Style and Us Weekly are practically identical. Who knew Sean and Jayden were old enough to say “Mama,” much less command help? And just what are the tots so upset about? According to US, Britney shoves bottles of juice in her babies’ mouths, causing some major teeth yellowin’. Brit’s solution? A source alleges that the pop star, “asked an L.A. dentist if he would whiten her kid?s teeth!”

Life & Style’s report is no better. Apparently Brit chain smokes in front of her boys, and “when Brit misplaces her pack of cigarettes, she?ll actually turn to Sean and say, ?Baby, where are Mama?s lollipops??” says a source. “Sean runs, gets her cigarettes and brings them back to her.”

Give these kids to K-Fed! Hell, give them to that other dude Britney married in Vegas back in 2004. Brit’s not yet a girl, a woman, or a good mother. These two boys are gonna be the Nick and Aaron Carters of 2025, complete with tribal arm band tattoos and a reality TV show. Thanks Mommy! [Images: Us Weekly, Life & Style]

The Score Heats Up: A Swirl of Styles

by

score_logo2.jpgLots of imagination is going into submissions for The Score, our contest to find a track that will become the theme music for this year’s Hip Hop Honors show. Like we figured, there are plenty of beatmeisters out there with cool ideas. Turns out that it’s all about variety.

ARS631, a dude from Queens, NY, has got the evil church organ thingee in “Shut Up.

Danny from Savannah, GA is going dreamy on “What Now.”

Rendaheatmonsta, a NoCal knob-twirler, kicks it electro stylee with “House of Rave.”

DJSAT gets his symphony on with the string-centric vibe of “Classical Beat.”

HeavyComponent (“Brooklyn all day every day”) goes for ominous street stuff on his “Gangsta and Simple.”

Have you been drilling down through the entries? What other producers have got you nodding? What other producers have dropped some odd sounds? Which submissions should we all be listening to?

Brit vs. Posh: LA’s Latest Girl Feud

by (@katespencer)

posh080207.jpgNow here is a fight we’d like to see – crazy ol’ weave-wearing Britney Spears vs. stonefaced stick figure Posh Beckham. Please, Hollywood gods, let it happen! Apparently Posh is making a bad rep for herself in LA, where she recently pissed off the private peeps at the Chateau Marmont by informing the paparazzi of what time she’d be arriving at the celeb-friendly hotel. Last week Britney turned up to hang at the hot spot, but left when she was told the only table available was next to the Spice Girl. Ouch! If you’re getting dissed by Britney Spears, you know something’s up. Maybe she was just worried the couture-clad Posh would call the fashion police on her. Feud on, ladies, feud on! [NY Daily News. Image: Getty]

Baby Bumpin’ Christina Cancels Tour

by (@katespencer)

xtina080207.jpgThe big-voiced mom-to-be has canceled her New Zealand “Back to Basics” Tour, after a “bad flu virus” has rendered her unable to move, much less perform. The singer apologized in a statement to her fans Down Under, saying she was “not been able to recover in time.” Xtina had already bailed on her shows the week before in Australia due to the same illness. Hopefully it’s just a virus and has nothing to do with her still unconfirmed baby, which according to Celebrity Baby Blog, is not due in December. They say that Christina is due sometime in January and does not yet know the sex of her child, contrary to earlier reports that the star is expecting a girl. Fingers crossed that it’s a lady and we can hold our breath for some sort of torrid love triangle with Sean Preston and Jayden James in twenty years. Scandalous moms make scandalous babies – we hope! [PopCrunch, CBB . Image: Getty]

Scarlett Johansson To Rock Out

by

ScojoAs if she hadn’t cemented her status as every indie dude’s fantasy, Scarlett Johansson is working on her debut album with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. This news comes on the heels of her reported Tom Waits cover album and her Coachella performance with the Jesus and Mary Chain. As reported by the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Lost in Translation star spent 33 days recording at Dockside Studio. Owner Steve Nails described the album as, “a theater, big screen. Lots of heavy bass tones in it. Without a bass guitar, we used all kind of different instruments to create these sounds. It was a great experiment. Very avant garde. She sounds like Marilyn Monroe.” Which seems like a no-brainer comparison to us. We’re guessing there won’t be any Justin Timberlake duets.[Pitchforkmedia / Image credit: Getty]

Kanye Wants To Know More About…Kanye

by

kanye_blogs.jpg Apparently, you can tell Kanye West…something. The notoriously arrogant producer-rapper-dandy reveals to Marc Ecko in the August/September issue of Complex that he not only reads blogs, he enjoys them. “I have a pessimist with me all the time,” says Kanye, giving an example of a way he keeps himself in check. But who needs a pessimist in your entourage when you have a laptop? Kanye continues:

Man, it takes a really strong person to read the blogs; it’s just no holds barred. So if you’re feeling good about yourself and you want to feel like s***, go to the blogs. It’s good to have a place for someone to have unabashed opinions. Even if they’re dissing me or I’m the butt of jokes, I respect people giving their real opinion.

How refreshing it is to see a blast of humility from a star like Kanye. But did you notice that he prefaces it all by calling himself “strong?” I’ll spare him my real opinion on this.

Has Britney Gone Mental?

by (@katespencer)

britneyspears080207.jpgUs Weekly has brought in a bevy of brain shrinks to analyze Ms. Spears, and the diagnosis isn’t pretty. It seems that all the weirdness – the impromptu underwear swim sessions, the strange scarf face mask, the nip slips, the outbursts – could signify that Brit’s got “a mood disorder,” says psychologist Robi Ludwig, based on her “self-destructive, erratic and dramatic” behavior. This can also be “symptomatic of drug and alcohol abuse.” Hm – you mean like Brit’s addiction to bathroom breaks? Ludwig also added that Britney “… strikes me as someone going through a delayed adolescence.” Come on ya’ll! Adults love wearin’ jean shorts and tank tops every day! Adults totally prefer Cheetos over caviar! Adults are always droppin’ their babies! Right? No? Fine, whatever. Time for a tantrum. [Us Weekly. Image: Getty]

Bobby’s Got a Brand New Bag: Paranoia

by

bobby_kill.jpg

After the bitch-slap of Whitney Houston craziness from earlier this week, it seems only fair that we should hear from her former other half, King of R&B Bobby Brown. And hear from him we have! Bobby’s still yapping about Osama Bin Laden‘s supposed jealousy and wish to kill him, despite the fact that the story’s been circulating for over a year and that it refers to events that took place 11 years ago. Whatever. Attention is attention even if it’s from a terrorist. Eleven years ago.

Says Bobbaaaaaaaaaaaaay:

I figure if Bin Laden wants me, and everybody is looking for him, it probably won’t happen. But if he wants to try and find me for something so stupid, he can do what he wants. I have to leave it in the hands of my higher power. Come on, if anybody [else was] threatened by Al Qaeda, they’d take it seriously.

Isn’t it comforting to know that even if they aren’t together, Whitney and Bobby’s craziness is still potent, almost complementary? Even though we know how very far apart they are, it helps to think they might be wishing on the same bright star. It’s like that ’80s animated film An American Tale, except with more hootin’ and hollerin’ and drugs instead of mice. All together now: “Somewhere out there…” [New York Daily News / Image credit: Getty]

Marilyn Manson Wasted His Money on What?

by (@katespencer)

marilynmanson080207.jpgKeyboard player Stephen Bier is laying a big-ass suit today on the shock rocker and his managers, accusing Manson of squandering away money owed to Bier and his band-mates on some bizarre buys. In an email to Page Six, Bier’s lawyer alleges that the millions of dollars the band earned together were instead spent by Manson on “sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl).” In addition, the rocker blew the money on a massive home, an enormous engagement ring for now ex-wife Dita Von Teese, and their extravagant wedding in Ireland. It makes sense that all those things would cost a ton, but what is the price tag on a skeleton? And is there any reason at all to buy it? Splurging makes a lot more sense when it’s on bling, not bones. [NY Post. Image: Getty]