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Celebrity VIP Lounge

More than just celebrity gossip

DTWS TALK: Brooke Burke Thinks Male Celebrities Have Advantage

Season 14 of Dancing With the Stars premieres tonight on ABC and host Brooke Burke gives the dish on this upcoming season to Prevention magazine. And quite frankly she believes that the female celebrities have a more challenging time on the DWTS dance floor.

VIA PREVENTION:

There are so many great women on Dancing with the Stars this season, including Gladys Knight, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, and Martina Navratilova. And they’re in their 40s and older. Do you think they have an advantage because of their age?

BROOKE BURKE (BB): In general, I think women are more comfortable in their skin as they get to know themselves better and become more confident. They have more life experience, which certainly comes into play in this competition.

But will it help them win?

BB: I actually think the male celebrities have an advantage because the female pros are so beautiful and talented that they make up for what the men do and don’t do, to be perfectly honest.

What other qualities matter?

BB: Relatability. Likeability. Dealing with the pressure. The attitude. The way you address the audience. The way you treat your partner. A lot of things that go far beyond talent.

What do you love most about Dancing With the Stars?

BB: I love seeing the underdog learn how to dance. I love watching people go from scoring 7s to pulling their first 10s. It’s an amazing experience when you’ve underestimated yourself but you feel free enough to give yourself a chance to learn something new and conquer it. It’s really rewarding. I went through that experience myself.

We cannot wait to see the season premiere tonight! TEAM GAVIN!

In case you’ve forgotten, check out the dance couple pairings for DWTS Season 14 here!

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IF WALLS COULD TALK: Britney Spears’ Malibu Home for sale

Britney Spears’ home in Malibu is up for sale. You know, the one that she lived with during her hee-haw marriage to Kevin Federline. I’m sure the memories made in that house were interesting, to say the least.

The pop singer sold the home to writer/director Stephen Sommers for $10 million back in 2007 and now Sommers is looking to back a $3.5 million profit.

The home has had a total makeover and includes six bedrooms, nine baths, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, a home theater, and two family rooms.

Nine bathrooms. Seriously???? But I suppose. Back in the day Brit was a regular ole’ boozehound and needed somewhere to unleash the fury after a hard night of getting it in.

Damn.

Check out photos of the house here.

FASHION FEATURE: Keeping Up with Trends in 2012 on a Budget

Guest Post: This post was written by Ella Davidson of Coupons.org. Davidson regularly contributes to couponing and deals site, Coupons. The website has been featured on CNBC.

Anyone who’s ever been on top of the trends in the world of fashion, food, art, or culture can tell you one thing: being on trend isn’t cheap. Keeping up with the ever-changing whims of whatever community you inhabit can quickly take a toll on your wallet if you’re not careful. However, you don’t have to quit following trends in order to start being frugal – you just have to be savvy. Make the most out of every dollar by following a few simple guidelines and stay on top of all the hottest trends of 2012.

One of the most important factors in following a trend on a budget is to have a budget, period. If your strategy for saving money in 2012 is to “spend less” or “make smarter choices”, you’re already in trouble. The way to save money on trends that will change throughout the year is to determine how much you’re willing to spend before you find yourself in the store with a purchase on the counter. Sit down with your monthly expenses, savings goals, and other information and see how much you are comfortable spending every month, every quarter, or whatever time period makes most sense for you.

Once you have determined how much you are willing and able to spend keeping up with the top trends, you can start making wise choices about how to maximize your purchases. There are a few strategies to pursue that can help you save significant cash while ensuring you are not sacrificing your commitment to the trends.

For fashion trend-watchers, buying a few signature pieces that adhere to each season’s trends is an excellent way to get the most mileage out of your purchases. For example, one of Spring 2012’s biggest trends is bright, bold color blocking. Instead of completely revamping your wardrobe with all new pieces, invest in a few trend accessories and pieces and make it loud and clear. Buying one good pair of hot pink jeans or a bright red belt will allow you to work with, rather than replace, your wardrobe while remaining on trend. Supplement your wardrobe by buying less high-end but still high-quality pieces from retailers where you can get discounts, like thrift stores or major chains.

People staying on top of culture trends, like fashion-followers, have to be picky given the volume of material available for them to spend money on. The number of subscriptions, memberships, and other ongoing expenses that come with staying in touch with arts and culture can also grow to be quite expensive. Look for a discount whenever possible, and always try to weigh the benefits against the costs; scout sites like Groupon for offers, as they regularly team up with organizations like museums or magazines to offer discount rates. Do the math to see how things like one-time passes compare to annual memberships based on your budget and needs. Always figure out the real-money cost of your purchases before you make them! And remember, you don’t need to have every item, magazine, subscription, or anything else to be on top of a trend; you just need enough to stay informed.

Being in-tune with the top trends in pop culture, art, and everything else is something many people enjoy, and should not be sacrificed in the name of frugality. Rather, trend-watchers should embrace their passions and make room for them in their budget. By being conscious of spending and making reasoned decisions, you avoid future regret and guilt about doing what you love. Instead, make a choice to finance your following wisely and make staying on top of the latest trends as fun as it should be.

Kate Moss Is Absolutely Fabulous

Kate Moss has been added to the Absolutely Fabulous roster. If you are in Britain then you know what I am talking about. Ab Fab is a cult British TV comedy and Miss Moss will make a guest appearance in the second of Jennifer Saunders’ three new sketches, which have been filmed in aid of U.K. charity Sport Relief.

So I know you are all wondering how they are going to incorporate the style maven into the show’s story. Well, here’s how it’s going to go down.

Moss will appear alongside her designer friend Stella McCartney and male model David Gandy, who all have a meeting with fashion maven Patsy Stone, played by Joanna Lumley. Lumley says, “Some real superstars have been hauled in to appear with us in this sketch so we’re hugely grateful. Kate slotted into the Ab Fab sketch a treat.” Moss adds, “I had a great day working with the Ab Fab team – Jennifer and Joanna were so much fun. Sport Relief does such a great job, I am always really happy to support them.”

It’s pretty cool to see Moss try her hand at acting. We all know the camera loves her!

Birthday Bitches

Bruce Willis is 57.

Renee Taylor is 79.

Phyllis Newman is 79.

Ursula Andress is 76.

Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 75.

Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 66.

Glenn Close is 65.

Gert Bettens of K’s Choice is 42.

Bun B of UGK is 39.

Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World is 36.

Craig Lamar Traylor is 23.

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Birthday Bitches

Dane Cook is 40.

John Kander is 85.

Charley Pride is 74.

Kevin Dobson is 69.

Brad Dourif is 62.

Irene Cara is 53.

Vanessa Williams is 49.

Scott Saunders of Sons of the Desert is 48.

Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains is 46.

Miki Berenyi is 45.

Queen Latifah is 42.

Evan and Jaron Lowenstein of Evan and Jaron are 38.

Devin Lima (LFO) is 35.

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is 33.

Daren Taylor of Airborne Toxic Event is 32.

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JoJo Releases “Disaster” Remixes EP featuring DJ Kue

JoJo releases “Disaster” Remixes

Ok JoJo fanatics, I have some new music to tide you over until Jumping Trains’ release.

To follow up the recent unveiling of her new video for DJ Kue’s remix of “Disaster,” JoJo has announced the release of a brand new Disaster Remixes EP. Other DJs featured on the EP include Sidney Samson (who’s also worked with Katy Perry, Rihanna, and David Guetta), Baggi Begovic, Ming + 2 Beeps, and Andy N Jorj. The remixes are available now on iTunes.

“Disaster” is the lead single from JoJo’s upcoming studio album, Jumping Trains, which is due later this year. The pop songstress also recently released the song “Sexy To Me,” which was featured in her commercial for Clearasil’s PerfectaWash.

Come on girl, we are ready for that new album! Bring it!

To get more news about one of our favorite female artists check out:

www.jojoonline.com
www.facebook.com/JoJo
twitter.com/#!/jojoistheway

VIP EXCLUSIVE: Mario Lopez Is Part of Prize For GSN’s Dance Of a Lifetime Contest

Mario Lopez has signed up to be part of the “prize” for the “Dance of a Lifetime” contest hosted by GSN in celebration of their recent launch of Dancing with the Stars Season 12.

Celebrity VIP Lounge recently had the chance to ask Lopez about his involvement with this contest and why he decided to be a part of the winner’s prize.

Lopez told Celebrityviplounge.com, “I’ve been a fan of GSN for a while and had a great experience on Dancing with the Stars. I love dancing, and it’s my mom’s favorite show. So anytime I can keep dancing and keep doing stuff for her to keep her happy, I like to it. And I get to dance and promote a positive message at the same time, so why not? Win-win.”

And with that, YOU could have the chance to shake your groove thing alongside Mario and a professional ballroom dance instructor AND win yourself a trip for two to Hollywood.

Not only that but the Grand Prize winner will also receive a full DWTS-style makeover before the dance lesson, including wardrobe, hair and make-up. Wardrobe will be provided by Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Randall Christensen.

Here’s how DANCING WITH THE STARS fans can enter GSN’s “Dance of a Lifetime” Contest:

March 17-31 – Video Submission Period:
Fans submit their dance videos via the official “Dance of a Lifetime” Contest website at GSNtv.com/DANCESTAR. Videos should showcase fans’ best dance moves.

April 1-10 – Fan Voting Period:
The submitted videos will be posted on GSNtv.com/DANCESTAR. Contest entrants can rally their friends and family to vote online for their submission.

April 11-13 – Finalists Chosen:
The top five “Dance of a Lifetime” contest finalists will be highlighted on GSNtv.com/DANCESTAR.

Saturday, April 14 – Winner Announced on GSN’s DWTS Season 12 Finale:
The “Dance of a Lifetime” Contest Grand Prize Winner will be announced on GSN during the network’s Season 12 finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS, which premieres at 6:00 pm ET.

Sounds like some crazy fun and a great opportunity for fans of both DWTS AND Mr. Mario Lopez. I wouldn’t mind shaking my groove thing alongside Mario!

SNEAK PEEK: Ice Loves Coco “Separation Anxiety” Episode


Ice Loves Coco: Ice gets separation anxiety when forced to be apart from his wife Coco.

Many celebrity couples spend tons of time apart, often times causing marital trouble. But Ice and Coco are not your average celebrity couple. They have been married for over a decade and have never spent more than 1 day apart… until now!

In the new episode of Ice Love Coco, we get to see how Ice copes in this clip. The couple must be apart for more than 24 hours for the first in their relationship when Ice has a rap show in Atlantic City & Coco helps Kristy put on a fashion show in Arizona.

Gotta love these two!

The Separation Anxiety episode airs on Sunday at 10/9c only on E!

Check out the clips below.

Meet The Man That Sold Whitney Houston’s Death Photo: Raffles Van Exel

Raffles Van Exel. It even sounds like a doucher name! Meet the man who sold Whitney Houston’s death photo. We knew eventually we’d find out who the low life was that decided to snap a pic of Whitney lying in her casket. And yes, it was somebody who was close to Whit. Unfortunately the doucher wanted to earn a bit of extra cash on the side even though he probably already has a bank full of dough.

Here’s what we found via Forbes:

In her interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night, Whitney Houston‘s sister in law Pat said she didn’t care who took the picture of her best friend lying in an open coffin and sold it to the National Enquirer. But the photo has upset a lot of people. Who took it? Who sold it to the Enquirer? Forget that the Enquirer did something grievously of no taste. We know what they are. But who could have done this?

Sources at the Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey say they know, and they have an employee who saw the person take the picture. The person they’re pointing the finger at is Raffles van Exel, the hanger on I told you about in this column a couple of weeks ago. Van Exel, who has aliases of Raffles Benson and Raffles Dawson, was at the two private viewings of Whitney’s casket held at the Whigham Funeral Home. The first viewing was on the Friday night before the memorial service. The second one was on Sunday morning before the burial.

The people at Whigham noticed van Exel right away. Even though he’s not a member of the Houston family, he traveled with them on the private plane from Los Angeles to New Jersey. He was the only non family member who accompanied Whitney’s sister in law/manager and newly appointed executor Pat Houston in her car to Whitney’s memorial and funeral and to the viewings. According to one source, he even had his own bodyguard with him, which was more than a little unusual. A source from Whigham’s says when the picture appeared on the cover of the Enquirer, they told the Houstons of their suspicions. “They didn’t do anything ab0ut it,” says a source. “They’re protecting him. How come they haven’t gotten him out of their circle?”

The Whighams people are not happy about the Raffles connection. While conducting another funeral in another part of town, of the funeral directors says she was spat upon by a stranger. The funeral home is concerned that fans think they allowed the National Enquirer picture to be taken. They did not. “The Houston family invited everyone into that room. We had no role in that. We were told their security would handle everything. They didn’t give us responsibility for that.” About 35 people came to the first viewing. The Wighams didn’t know everyone. But they know none of their people were involved. Only one of their employees says they witnessed Raffles van Exel take the picture of Whitney in her coffin.

The burial, by the way, did not include $500,000 worth of jewelry. “It was costume jewelry,” says the funeral director. “Please…”

Calls and emails to van Exel have gone unreturned. His voice mail box is full. He answered one of my emails, asking what I wanted, and then didn’t respond again. A second email was replied to, with a blank message. But it’s not the first time van Exel has gone underground.

The famous R&B singer George Benson (“Give Me the Night,” “Turn Your Love Around”) has his own story about Raffles. Around 2005, he says, his lawyer had to send van Exel a cease and desist letter warning him not use the name Benson or describe himself as Benson’s son. George Benson has four living sons, and three deceased. Benson says that around 2004-2005 van Exel had ingratiated himself into Benson’s mansion in Engelwood, New Jersey.

“He was there for a year on or off,” Benson told me. One day, Benson says, van Exel called him and told him to come home; he thought there’d been a robbery. When Benson returned to the house, he discovered $25,000 in cash was missing. He’d taken out of the bank to pay for home repairs. By the time he made the discovery, van Exel had vanished. “We never saw him or heard from him again,” Benson recalls. Without tangible proof, he couldn’t press charges with the local police. van Exel, as I reported in my original story, has sometimes been sued under the name Raffles Benson.

Well it sounds as if this guy is a real winner. What we also know is that this guy was very close to Michael Jackson as well. Hmmm, I wonder if he was also the one who leaked Michael Jackson’s death photo to the National Enquirer?

Manager Benny Medina talks Jennifer Lopez’s Obsessive Relationship

Jennifer Lopez’s manager Benny Medina is now speaking out on her relationship with Casper Smart as well, calling Jen one who allows “obsessive guys” to pursue her. Apparently the guys that obsess over her are the ones that win Jen’s heart (and bankroll allowance of $10k a week).

According to the Daily Mail, Medina said, “She’s not oblivious to her own reality right now, as in, ‘Damn, I’m 42 with a 24-year-old. Why?’ We talked about it yesterday. She was just like, ‘It’s not even the age, Benny. It’s that I just came out of a relationship where I felt like I was kind of not getting what I needed. And I’m open! So somebody who steps in right now and is actually touching me in a way.’ It’s very fertile ground.”

And he thinks that her relentless desire of being in a relationship is ridiculous.

“The thing that I always sort of wished is that she would give herself time to just naturally meet someone, instead of having obsessive guys pursue her. The ease with which that obsession becomes a relationship I think sometimes works against her ability to have a real meaningful relationship. And she never half does anything. When she commits to anything in her work, her life, or her relationships, she is in it.”

I wonder if Big Ben told her that face to face. Probably not as she probably would have fired his ass by now.

The truth does hurt!

Birthday Bitches

Rob Lowe is 48.

Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship is 71.

Jim Weatherly is 69.

John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful is 68.

Harold Brown of War is 66.

Patrick Duffy is 63.

Kurt Russell is 61.

Susie Allanson is 60.

Lesley-Anne Down is 58.

Paul Overstreet is 57.

Gary Sinise is 57.

Christian Clemenson is 54.

Vicki Lewis is 52.

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 45.

Van Conner of Screaming Trees is 45.

Mathew St. Patrick is 44.

Yanic Truesdale is 43.

Melissa Auf der Maur is 40.

Caroline Corr of The Corrs is 39.

Marisa Coughlan is 38.

Swifty of D12 is 37.

Brittany Daniel is 36.

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Josh Hutcherson has great chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson recently chatted it up with Parade magazine about how he landed the role of Peeta, working with Jennifer Lawrence, and being on the brink of superstardom. Check out the highlights below.

ON HOW HE GOT THE PART:

“I auditioned for the first time with director Gary Ross, and Suzanne Collins. I just read a few scenes. A couple of weeks later, they called me back in; I had a chemistry read with Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), which was great. And then there was a painful two weeks of waiting to hear if I got the part or not. When I finally got the call, I was literally rendered speechless.”

ON THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE PLAYING PEETA:

“Gary Ross and I wanted to make sure that we did not let Peeta become too sappy, just because he’s admitting his love to Katniss. He takes a lot of strength from Katniss. And Katniss learns how to open up emotionally from Peeta.”

ON HOW HE PREPARED FOR THE LEVEL OF STARDOM THAT HARRY POTTER AND TWILIGHT BROUGHT ITS STARS:

“It’s a mixed feeling. It’s something that every actor sort of dreams about, because, if you get to that point, that means you’re successful and you get to keep on doing what you do. But, at the same time, you do lose anonymity, and you start to kind of become more of this idea to people instead of a real person, which is challenging. But I’m excited about it. It’s a new adventure and I’m excited to see where it takes me.”

Check out the entire interview of Josh Hutcherson and Parade.com here.

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Jennifer Lawrence is scared of fame

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is working on her media rounds and we just got a hold of her Parade magazine interview. In this weekend’s issue, Lawrence chats about prepping for the part of Katniss, how the Kardashians are like The Hunger Games and more.

Check out the highlights below:

ON WHY SHE THINKS SO MANY PEOPLE RELATE TO THE BOOKS:

“I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”

ON HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT BEING ON THE BRINK OF WHAT COULD BE CHANGE-YOUR-LIFE STARDOM:

“I’ve never played a part this famous. It’s insane to get recognized from a movie that hasn’t been released yet. That’s just bizarre. And scary.”

ON HOW SHE PREPPED FOR THE PART:

“There was running training, stunt training, combat training, archery. It was all really fun but filming in North Carolina in 100-degree heat and 100-percent humidity in cargo pants and leather boots and a jacket was tricky. The whole crew bonded over the heat and the bugs. And I conquered my fear of spiders.”

ON THE TOUGHEST DAY OF FILMING:

“I had to do a scene running across a field, grabbing a backpack. There was no shade. It was just in this field of really tall grass and I had to sprint, and sprint, and sprint as fast as I could, five or six times. And then I had to get in this huge fight. I felt like I was in a car accident the next day.”

Check out the full interview with Jennifer Lawrence via our friends at Parade.com here.

George Clooney Arrested!

Congratulations George Clooney! He was arrested! Now before you start freaking out thinking that maybe Clooney got all gooney on us, he got arrested for a good reason and because he wanted to. Granted, getting arrested isn’t anything to brag about (unless you are DMX and that’s all you know) but when it’s as a result of a cause close to your heart, then hey. Georgie was arrested outside the Sundanese embassy in Washington WHILE protesting alongside his father journalist Nick Clooney.

He apparently had announced his protest in advance and his goal was pretty much to get cuffed.

The Guardian reports,

Joined by his father, journalist Nick Clooney, US Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP president Ben Jealous, Clooney blocked the entrance to the Sudanese embassy. Clooney and the others were given three orders to disperse by the police and refused to do so.

With his hands cuffed behind his back in white zip-ties, Clooney addressed the plight of “innocent children” in Sudan, telling the media scrum: “Stop raping them and stop starving them, that’s all that we ask.” As he was led into a police van an onlooker shouted, “Thank you, George!”

That sounds like a scene straight out of a movie!

George has long been an advocate on behalf of the Sudanese, calling on the United States to put some pressure on the Chinese to open up their southern region for relief efforts.

He has since bailed himself out of the clinker.

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