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More than just celebrity gossip

Brandy Pays Tribute to Whitney With New Album

Brandy is going ahead and giving her next album the title Two Eleven (2/11) to honor her own birthday AND her late idol Whitney Houston. Whitney passed away on Brandy’s birthday. It’s crappy enough that Whit died, but it’s even worse that she’ll forever have to have her own birthday associated with the death of her idol. So sad.

But even though she is coping alright, she is excited and hopeful for her new album. She said, “I really feel like this is my chance to get it right. I don’t want to make any mistakes. We want to make sure we have the first single, the right first single, so we don’t have to do a bunch of remixes and stuff like that.”

In other words, she needs to step up her game. Anyone remember her last album “Human”? Yeah, me neither.

Hey at least she recognizes it wasn’t successful. She added, “I can’t come off of an unsuccessful album and do that again. I can’t do that. That’s why things are taking forever and I’m really trying to get everything right.”

We will be waiting, girl.

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Jessica Simpson Goes Nude For Elle magazine cover

Jessica Simpson goes nude for the Elle magazine cover, pulling a big fat Demi Moore copycat pose for the latest issue, putting her baby bump on display for the world to see. Even though she couldn’t be more original, she does look photoshopped and beautiful.

In the issue, Simpson confirms she is having a baby girl and talks a bit about the name she and her man Eric Johnson have chosen for their baby.

ON FINDING OUT SHE AND ERIC ARE HAVING A BABY GIRL:

“I swear, I will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins! Eric is so athletic – we’re gonna have this athletic girl and I won’t even be able to take her shopping, ’cause all she’s gonna want is sports bras and Nikes!” Oh isn’t that the worry of all mothers. Eye roll.

ON THE NAME OF THEIR YET-TO-BE BORN BABY:

“We’re sure on the name. It’s nothing shocking and nothing you’ll have to add to the dictionary. Still, when people hear it, they’ll know … why.”

Well thank gawd. Here’s hoping she doesn’t name it after any of her pregnancy cravings. Pop tart? Cap’N Crunch? I’m pretty sure those are in the dictionary.

Fingers crossed, peeps.

Birthday Bitches

Willard Scott is 78.

Daniel J. Travanti is 72.

Chris White of The Zombies is 69.

Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band is 66.

John Heard is 66.

Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum is 66.

Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers is 60.

Bryan Cranston is 56.

Taylor Dayne is 50.

Bill Brochtrup is 49.

Wanda Sykes is 48.

Randy Guss of Toad the Wet Sprocket is 45.

Rachel Weisz is 41.

Sebastien Izambard of Il Divo is 39.

Hugo Ferreira of Tantric is 38.

Jenna Fisher is 38.

TJ Thyne is 37.

Laura Prepon is 32.

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UP-AND-COMING: Crash Boom Bang Premiere “V.I.P.” video

Washington DC based pop/rock band Crash Boom Bang just premiered the brand new video for their first single, “V.I.P.”. The guys call the track “the ultimate pump-up, pre-game anthem” and let me tell you, this song does just that. Who needs Red Bull? Seriously. The song comes from Crash Boom Bang’s debut EP, These Wild Things, which is available now on iTunes.

The dance fused outfit, made up of lead singer Omar Ruiz, guitarist Chaucer, drummer Mauricio Rivero, and bassist Raul Rivero, describe their music as a combination of Bruno Mars and Cobra Starship. “Make no mistake, we’re no boy band,” assures the group. “We all play instruments, write our own music and talk with our fans.”

So there you have it! These guys are HAWT! Check out the VIP video below.

For more information on Crash Boom Bang, visit their official Facebook and Twitter.

Kris Humphries Sister Kaela Humphries scores modeling gig!

Kris Humphries sister Kaela has landed herself a modeling gig. At least somebody got something good out of all this Kris Humphries-Kim Kardashian drama. Right? Yeah so she was periodically seen on Kourtney & Kim Take New York, but she now has the spotlight shining on her. Get it, girl!

According to FORD Models’ FORD + division (which specializes in plus-size talent) announced Kaela’s hiring by saying, “The division that brought you Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring among others is excited at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, engaging young woman to markets worldwide. A true size 16-18, Kaela will be in a league of her own.”

She is a pretty girl so it certainly isn’t a “pity” gig. Thanks to Kim Kardashian and her hot mess drama Kaela got herself discovered. Werk!

Katie Couric wants to be on DWTS and a new man!

Katie Couric is still a little firecracker. And just because she is done with the Today Show, she can’t get enough of television. Couric chats it up with Prevention magazine about her newly single status, her new talk show “Katie”, her exercise routine and more.

Check out the highlights below.

ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH BROOKS PERLIN ENDING AND IF SHE’S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FINDING LOVE AGAIN:

Of course! I am a person who really enjoys having a partner. I’m pretty much a
glass-half-full kind of person. That hasn’t changed.

ON HER NEW TALK SHOW “KATIE”:

We’ve got a notebook chockablock with ideas, and ABC has been wonderful. They seem to like the kind of work I do. One of the things I’m most excited about is being able to help people navigate or understand medical information or certain illnesses better through the show. If I can accomplish that, it’d be great. I’ve gone through a lot of medical situations, through Jay and my sister [Emily, who died in 2001 from pancreatic cancer], and my dad had Parkinson’s. So I’m sort of the family advocate—I try to learn all I can to be helpful to my family members. I’m also very interested in health and wellness.

ON HER ADVOCACY WORK:

I don’t mean to sound morbid, but I’m hoping that ‘cancer advocate’ will be the first line of my obituary. It’s definitely what I’m proudest of. I think journalism serves people – I do. But on the other hand, the idea that I’ve actually saved a few lives along the way through advocacy is incredibly gratifying to me.

ON HER EXERCISE ROUTINE:

I do Spinning and Pilates in the morning,between 8:30 and 10, maybe 4 or 5 times a week. I used to play tennis once a week, but I kept missing my class. I want to get more into yoga this year. I think it’s important for someone my age to stay flexible. And it’s a great stress reducer. I’ve tried hot yoga, but it’s pretty tough for me. I usually feel like I’m going to pass out.

ON IF HER DAUGHTERS WILL FOLLOW HER PATH IN MEDIA:

Ellie is figuring it out right now. She loves to write, and she’s a very people-oriented person. She also teaches sex education and nutrition to kids in public school in New Haven. It’s part of a Youle program. She may go to law school; her dad was a lawyer. Carrie is pretty remarkable and incredibly smart as well. I don’t know what she wants to do. She’s only 16, so she has time. You want to guide them, but you don’t want to push them in a particular direction, because you want them to have the opportunity to discover for themselves what they feel passionate about.

ON IF HER DAUGHTERS TWEET AS MUCH AS SHE DOES:

No, they don’t. In fact, they get mortified when I do it. I think it’s hard for them sometimes to have a mother who is a public figure and that people sometimes say not very complimentary things about. Carrie follows me, and I think Ellie does too—a lot of their friends follow me, so it’s sort of fun. But they’re not super into tweeting. They do enjoy Facebook, that’s for sure.

ON THE BUZZ ON HER WANTING TO DO DANCING WITH THE STARS:

That’s so funny. I write sort of a harmless little tweet and it turns me into a “Dancing with the Stars” wannabe, which actually I am. You know, the thing about that show I just really admire people who aren’t professional dancers, and who aren’t even amateur dancers putting it out there for all the world to see. I think I said in my tweet that there’s not enough antiperspirant on the planet to help me out in that situation, but that got a lot of attention which made me laugh.

I actually can’t wait for her talk show. And doesn’t she look amazing still?

Check out the full interview from our friends at Prevention magazine here.

Luc Carl Talks Bad Romance With Gaga In Memoir

In his new memoir The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds…Wasted, Luc Carl talks about his bad romance with Lady Gaga. Come on, you know he wanted to profit off this shiznit and you know damn well that he was going to share some details.

In the book he admits that he knew that it was a good thing that Gaga dumped him before her career took off and he said that he admits that it was a struggle for him to go through Gaga’s career transformation alongside her.

He writes, “The break-up with my girlfriend was my rock bottom. It took me about a week to realize she was right. I was f**king miserable, and it wasn’t her fault. It was my fault for being a drunk a**hole. I would have left me, too. I was happy for her, of course, but I didn’t really need my ex shoved down my throat.”

The couple is said to have started dating back in 2005 and split three years later.

I don’t blame him. She tapped into her heartbreak to pen songs about him and earned millions. I say, let the guy make a few grand. Would anything he wrote about Gaga really surprise us that much?

Mila Kunis says there’s “nothing wrong with sending naked photos”

There’s no doubt about it. Mila Kunis is a fox. I would even go as far as to say that she is the fox that rocks. She covers Harpers Bazaar April 2012 issue looking saucy and seductive and even talks about that saucy-seductive moment that had the world’s eyes feasting on some allegedly naked photos of herself. The thing is, the nude images were NOT of her.

And Kunis is now speaking about the hacking scandal with the magazine. She tells Harper’s Bazaar, “My email that hasn’t been valid in over three years was hacked. They got a photo of me. I’m not naked or anything. I was covered in bubbles, eating… I don’t send naked photos. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

And even though those nude pictures weren’t of her, Kunis says she does feel sorry for Johansson whose REAL nude photos were plastered all over the internet. She added, “The sad thing is, she shouldn’t even have to explain who it’s for.”

Check out other highlights from the interview below:

ON MOVING FROM THE UKRAINE TO LOS ANGELES AT THE AGE OF SEVEN:

“We came with nothing, and my parents had to work for everything. The easygoing aspect of me comes from the fact that when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.”

ON WHETHER SHE MAKES FRIENDS EASILY:

“No. It’s hard to open up to people because often they’re more curious than they actually care about you.”

ON HER JAM-PACKED FILMING SCHEDULE:

“I can do it now because I’m in my 20s. I don’t think I can do it much longer, physically. I am very much a creature of habit, and I have no life consistency. None.”

ON HER EIGHT YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH MACAULAY CULKIN, WHICH ENDED IN 2010:

“It was fantastic. I mean, I honestly think being single’s great. Being in a relationship’s great. It’s all about the timing. I loved it.”

ON GETTING OLDER:

“I will not put a needle in my body unless I have a medical reason, but ask me in 10 years. Right now, I’m like, ‘I’m going to embrace it,’ but … I’m probably going to want to have something done. I have no doubt.”

Cover and images via Harpers Bazaar

Rapper The Game Gropes Woman on Stage, spits on female fans (VIDEO)

The Game is in deep doo doo but he probably doesn’t give a rat’s ass. Remember, he’s a “bad ass” rapper so he can do what he wants, right? Apparently the rapper was caught on camera spitting (yes, as in saliva wads) at a group of fans during a show in Australia AND worse, groping a young woman on stage. After she stuck up for herself and didn’t give in to the group of men’s demands, one of the guys pushed her off stage.

It was last month that the rapper flew to the country last month for a year, performing at the Bourbon Bar nightclub on February 16th. During THAT show there is footage shot that shows The Game sitting on the side of the stage, leaning over a rail before spitting at a group of WOMEN!

The guy who filmed the incident told Ninemsn.com.au, “I was like, ‘Whoa’. At first I wasn’t sure if he was spitting at me. He was sitting there drinking… I think he was about to start a fight or look tough.”

From what it sounds like it probably did happen because The Game seemed pretty damn nonchalant about it. A fan tweeted him on Twitter, “U r (sic) disgusting, please don’t come back 2 (sic) Australia!”

The Game’s response? “Australia… I love u!”

What a sick douche! This guy needs to be kicked right in the cooter and given a dink wedgie.

Image via Getty Images

Snooki Flashes Huge Engagement Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the world is on Snooki Baby Bump Watch (okay maybe not the entire world, but I know I am!), the tiny guidette and boyfriend Jionni LaValle have even more reason to celebrate! Seems the couple is engaged, as the Jersey Shore star was seen out and about wearing a nice-sized rock on her ring finger.

In the past, Snooks has denied rumors that she is having a child, but a source close to Snooki has since confirmed to TMZ that she is expecting. The child will be both Snooki and Jionni’s first. Snooki has yet to formally announce an engagement or a pregnancy herself.

She was spotted Monday with fellow Jersey Shore cast member and spin-off partner Jenni “JWoww” Farley shopping at a pet store.

I can’t picture Snooki married, let alone having a child. As much as I love her and her crazy antics, I’m seriously wondering how she’s going to be as a mom. I don’t know what this is going to mean for the  (though I’m pretty sure the show is going to end up wrapping up soon anyway. It’s been a good five seasons!).Nothing like a baby to settle you down, I guess. Wishing the best for her and Jionni with Baby Meatball!

Photo via Huffington Post

Queen Latifah looking to find “The Star Next Door”

Queen Latifah will be heading up her own reality talent show called The Star Next Door. The Queen has teamed up with Gloria Estefan and John Rich to scout talent across the United States.

Let me tell you, this may be a show I may watch not only because all three of these judges are amazing. And before you start freaking out that this is just a copycat show stemming off of American Idol, The Voice and the X-Factor, it is. But, it is a tad different. The celebrity mentors are going to be the ones traveling to cities seeking out local performers with potential. Open auditions are not a part of the process!

The CW network will be airing the show and they are excited to show off what they have to offer. A statement from the network reads, “(The celebrity mentors will) travel to where the talent is, immersing themselves in the lives and towns of these local performers and preparing them for the chance to represent their home city on stage, live, in front of America.”

What do you think peeps? Will you give this show a shot?

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Birthday Bitches

D.L. Hughley is 48.

Doug Dillard is 75.

Ben Murphy is 70.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes is 68.

Hugh Grundy of The Zombies is 67.

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 66.

Rob Reiner is 65.

Kiki Dee is 65.

Anna Maria Horsford is 65.

Tom Arnold is 53.

Suzanne Crough is 49.

Skip Ewing is 48.

Yvette Wilson is 48.

Connie Britton is 45.

Moira Kelly is 44.

Amy Pietz is 43.

Shan Farmer of Ricochet is 38.

Beanie Sigel is 38.

Bubba Sparxxx is 35.

Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend is 28.

Get Your Party Rock On!

LMFAO is heading their OWN got damn tour. The Sorry for Party Rocking tour dates have been announced and tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.

Special guests for the show include: Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills.

Here are the LMFAO SOrry for Party Rocking tour dates:

May 22 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
May 23 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 25 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
May 26 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena May 28 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 30 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
June 1 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
June 2 Seattle, WA KeyArena
June 5 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
June 6 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
June 8 Oakland, CA ORACLE Arena
June 9 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
June 12 Houston, TX Toyota Center
June 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
June 15 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 19 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
June 20 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
June 22 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
June 23 Orlando, FL Amway Center
June 25 Washington, DC Patriot Center
June 26 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
June 28 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 29 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
June 30 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
July 1 Worcester, MA DCU Center
July 4 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

This is one show I’d love to check out. These guys are goofy as hell!

Martina Navratilova Talks Dancing With the Stars and she’s SCURRED!

Martina Navratilova, who will compete in the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” chatted with AARP.org about how she’s preparing for her dancing debut and how she feels about dancing in front of millions of Americans.

Here’s what she told AARP.org:

ON DECIDING TO JOIN THE CAST:

“They’ve been asking for years, and either I didn’t have the time to commit or I couldn’t picture myself in those high heels. I have an arthritic big toe — from playing too much soccer as a kid. So it hurts in high heels. But [ABC] told me I didn’t have to wear such high heels, so my toe apprehension was alleviated.”

ON HER FAVORITE DANCE MEMORIES:

“My best memory is from Billie Jean King’s 50th birthday party – a big bash in New York. It was at Denim & Diamonds, and I just danced the night away, mostly by myself. I had a couple of tequila shots and felt totally uninhibited. I was just glad it wasn’t me turning 50!”

ON HER WORST MEMORY OF DANCING:

“My worst memory is of my first dance lesson as a 14-year old in Prague. My mother put me in this silver and pink lame dress. My hair was all curled, and it was the first time I wore a garter belt. I felt so out of place! Every boy I danced with was going to be a mechanic. When they asked me I said, ‘I’m going to be a tennis player.’ And they said, ‘Oh? You can make a living doing that?’”

ON TRAINING FOR THE COMPETITION:

“I haven’t done anything this intense since I quit playing [competitive tennis] in 1994. But I think my body’s going to like it — it will be like coming home. It’s not as physical as playing tennis four hours a day, but it is pretty physical. I just have to be careful to not try to do too much, too soon.”

Unfortunately I don’t think there will be any tequila shots to swig before you get on the DWTS floor, girlfriend!

Who do you think will take home this year’s Mirror Ball trophy?

Check out the competitors of DWTS this season HERE!

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CELEB SPOTTING: J.Cole Returns to North Carolina for Dreamville Dinner

On March 2, Hennessy hosted a dinner at Osso restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina with J. Cole (NC native, former college basketball athlete, and recording artist) and celebrity guests toasting to the 100th Anniversary of the CIAA basketball tournament and his Dreamville weekend.

Celebrities spotted at the event include the host Mr. J. Cole himself, Jason Geter and Jason Anderson (Carolina Panthers).

Laser inscribed bottle for J. Cole’s Dreamville Dinner reads “Formulated my plan, motivated by dreams, parlayed with my mans, motivated my team.”

LOVE! I’m sure North Carolina was happy to have their guy back if even for one night!

Photos via David Oppenheimer of Getty Images