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Celebrity VIP Lounge

More than just celebrity gossip

Oprah, Michael B Jordan, Leonardo DiCaprio Sip On Hennessy at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

This past week, Hennessy and the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival collaborated to produce a series of VIP events at the Arlington Theatre. The events celebrated A-list honorees for their contributions to film including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett and David O. Russell among many others. The series honored the pursuit of Mastery in one’s artistic field and the ongoing success of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. VIP guests were treated to specialty Hennessy Privilège mixed drinks including the Hennessy Sazerac and a nightly toast of Hennessy’s Paradis Imperial (a rare blend of 19th and 20th century cognac).

Rachel Frederickson: Biggest Loser Too Skinny?

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Is Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson too skinny? That’s the rumor going around the internet after the season finale of the show was aired and everyone got to see Frederickson’s BIG transformation.

Ruben Studdard joined “Extra’s” Maria Menounos at Universal Studios Hollywood recently. Ruben who was on this season of “The Biggest Loser” with the newly crowned winner Rachel Frederickson who dropped 155 pounds responding to headlines today that the 24-year-old who started the show at 260 pounds is too thin.

Ruben saying, “The one thing I will say about my friend Rachel Frederickson is that she is a hard worker…I never seen anyone work harder the change their lives then Rachel….’The Biggest Loser’ is about making changes in your life, she has most definitely done that.”

Ruben continued, “This young lady was a champion swimmer, six time state champion swimmer, and she had a lot of setbacks that made her turn to food to cope with those things and she’s been able to overcome that so I’m very proud of Rachel, I’m very proud of what she’s become, she’s the biggest loser winner and that’s all I know.”

As for what Rachel Frederickson has to say about what she sees in the mirror? “I just see a strong, confident woman. I’ve never felt this great, and it’s very exciting. I’ve officially found that proud, confident girl that I lost. I was an athletic national level swimmer. And to have that athlete come back again is just truly an amazing feeling. I’m going to embrace the new me and continue this journey. My body’s going to balance and find its rhythm with the new maintenance, and it will be perfect.”

How she lost the additional weight at home, Frederickson explained, “We all headed home after the ranch for three-and-a-half months. I just continued to follow the support system that I had from The Biggest Loser’s diet plan, and I worked out a ton. I worked part-time. Continued to eat super healthy. When I had downtime, my butt was in the gym. I was on the spin bike. I was at the exercise classes. I was swimming in the pool and just connecting with all the people in the classes, which was my favorite part.”

So what do you think? Is Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson too skinny?

George Zimmerman and Rapper DMX To Duke It Out In The Boxing Ring?

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He certainly is looking for fame of some sort. George Zimmerman is wanting to box pretty anyone who is willing to do so. And while many people would enjoy beating up George for blood, George wants to box because it is his hobby.

No contract has been signed yet, but there is a promote negotiating a contract for rapper DMX to fight Zimmerman and believe, DMX is ready. “DMX has promised to ‘beat his ass,’ but no contract or paperwork has been signed or agreed to yet,” DMX spokesman Domenick Nati told CNN Wednesday.

Apparently Zimmerman has been thinking about this for quite some time and contacted Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing. Prior to the what he is referring to as “the incident” George had boxing on the brain.

He told Radar Online, “Prior to the incident, I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss. A mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”

But it isn’t just DMX that wants to fight Zimmerman. Feldman said, “The news has been out for an hour and my e-mail is overloaded with 8,000 people wanting to fight George.”

And out of the 15,000 requests, he’s chosen DMX.

He added, “The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time.”

Let me just say I am not liking the fact that they are referring to Zimmerman as a celebrity. The guy is a cold blooded killer.

So what do you think? Good or bad idea? Would you like to see George Zimmerman get in the boxing ring with DMX?

Demi Lovato Talks Death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Her friendship with Selena Gomez And Engagement Rumors

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If anyone knows heartache, addiction and betrayal, it’s Demi Lovato.

Via Extra TV:

“Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down with Demi Lovato as she gets ready to launch her Neon Lights tour. Demi who has been open about her struggles with addiction telling Mario about her passionate response to Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death on Twitter where she addressed drug addiction. “People don’t take it as seriously as it really is, it’s a mental illness and it’s a disease…There’s no pill that’s gonna change it…People need to have compassion for it…Being a former addict looking at it as I had a choice, because at some point in my disease I didn’t, I physically and emotionally couldn’t live without it, that was my medicine to my pain.”

Demi who has also been open about how the support of her friends like Selena Gomez has helped her reacting to the news that Selena spent time in rehab last month, “Selena and I have such and amazing friendship and have known each other for 14 years and I love her to death.”

Demi also setting the record straight on recent rumors she is engaged to good friend and rumored boyfriend Wilmar Valderrama, telling Mario they are not true, “I’ve heard the rumors, even people who were really close to me called me and were like are you engaged…No, I tweet one thing…I think the tweet was ‘I never felt more incredible in this moment than I have in my entire life,’ honestly it was just because I was healthy and happy and at peace in my mind and I was looking at the future and I was like wow I have so much going for me and people were like she’s engaged…I was like honey if I was engaged, I would be showing the rock off, I’m not gonna be one of those girls that hides it.”
With her tour kickoff just days away, Demi said everyone traveling with her will be sober to make the best shows possible. “Everyone on the team is required to stay clean and focused, it’s not about trying to party, it’s about putting on the best show and everyone needs to be in tip top shape to do so…. I’ve never had a show like this in my life and I’ve never been so fired up for a tour.”

Demi’s Neon Lights Tour kicks off February 9th in Vancouver.

So glad to see Demi Lovato back on the right track…happy and healthy and doing what she loves.

Kelly Rowland, Nas Party and Perform At Post-Super Bowl Hennessy Never Stop, Never Settle Event

On February 2nd, Hennessy celebrated year three of their “Never stop. Never settle.” campaign with a star studded bash including performances by brand spokesperson and rapper Nas and singer-songstress Kelly Rowland. Both artists hit the stage to perform with their live bands. The rest of the night’s soundtrack was provided by DJ Mark Ronson and DJ White Shadow.

Celebrity guests included Jay Z and wife Beyonce, rapper Busta Rhymes, musicians Bow Wow, Bun B, Jermaine Dupri, R&B singer-songwriter Luke James, singer Estelle, artist Theophilus London, personality Adrienne Bailon, models Tyson Beckford and Jessica White, and The Game actor Jay Ellis. Celebs kicked back in VIP and enjoyed Hennessy mixed drinks including Nas’ signature drink, The Hennessy Big Apple.

Looks like they had a great time and how sweet are Tyson’s shoes??!!

Meet Haley Giraldo, Harry Styles’ New Love Interest?

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Wow, Harry Styles sure does get around or so it seems (or so we’d like to believe). Ever since he broke up with Taylor Swift, Harry has been enjoying the rock star lifestyle and getting looks by more famous women then he knows what to do with. His most recent catch was Kendall Jenner (although they claimed to be “just friends”), and now he may be cheating on her with another famous face (by association). Meet Haley Giraldo, Pat Benatar’s 29-year-old daughter.

A source told Star magazine that “They met in Los Angeles last year at a One Direction concert and have seen each other on the sly anytime Harry’s been back in town. They talk almost every day when he’s in London and he sends her lots of romantic gifts. They’ve been trying to keep it on the down-low.”

And in case you may think this isn’t possible, it really is! The two were photographed TOGETHER back in August…alongside a friend of hers AND the entire One Direction group. She captioned the group shot, “So much fun seeing these cuties of one direction kill it in concert. @Harry_Styles @onedirection @Real_Liam_Payne.”

Yeah, legit, right? Eye roll.

My thoughts are they can’t be THAT serious as they haven’t recently been spotted together and the band’s rep is also saying likewise by addressing the rumor, “It’s completely false.”

Giraldo also took to her Twitter to address the romance rumors saying, “Where do they come up with such crazy stories w zero merit! U keep ur personal life private, and people just make up there own stories! Where do they come up w this s–t and why me ugh. Last thing im going to say addressing this. Whoever is spreading lies needs to stop. It’s really not ok.”

So what about that GROUP photo that pretty much indicates the two are in love? The source added, “Haley’s mom got her tickets backstage for a One Direction show and that’s how she met Harry. It was through the music connections…They weren’t hooking up at that time but stayed in regular touch. They are often speaking to one another and they also Skype. There is definitely a connection there.”

I’m sorry but Haley Giraldo doesn’t look wholesome enough for Harry. He seems to go for the preppy, not the plastic type.

Mariah Carey’s Bad Hair Day In a Skimpy Bikini

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So on Monday, Mariah Carey had a bad hair day. Yeah, whatevs, right? This woman could have her hair on top of her head and still look like a beauty queen.

Mariah Carey took to Instagram to show us all that she was having a bad hair day. As she stood in the sun on an island paradise, MC had her curly locks piled right on top of her head. She shared the following caption to go along with the oh so terrible (hear the sarcasm?) hair style, “Working in my most favorite environment clearly having a bad hair day. Haaaaaa (sic).”

Ha, as in not really a bad hair day or ha, as in try to focus on my “bad hair” as I stand here in this skimpy bikini?

At any rate, Mariah looks fab and her cleavage looks on point. Many are wondering whether this is a current shot of the mother of two and if you are a fan of the singer you know damn well it is!

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All I have to say is if you got it, flaunt it and MC definitely has it!

Olivia Newton-John Headlining Her Own Show In Vegas

Olivia Newton-John is the newest celeb to hit the strip! The singer and actress announced that she will headline a new show in Las Vegas!

The show is set to be called Summer Nights. Olivia will  perform 45 shows at the Donny and Marie Showroom at The Flamingo. Dates are scheduled through the summer, with the first show starting April 8. 

Organizers say the show will feature Grease classics including “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want,” as well as Olivia’s own pop songs.

Olivia isn’t the only star making money in Vegas. Artists like Boyz II Men, Shania Twain, and Donny and Marie Osmond are still performing there. Even Britney Spears has a show now at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. With the huge crowds that come into these casinos and ballrooms, seems like Vegas is the place to be!

Tickets for the show are set to go on sale Friday starting at $69.

Image via David Silpa/Landov

 

Diddy and Cassie Ventura Engaged?

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Well it could be the time that Diddy settles down. Are Diddy and Cassie Ventura engaged? Well my friends, don’t get your hopes up. This ring could just be a yeah-we-have-been-together-so-long-so-I-guess-you-earned-a-big-rock sort of situation. It doesn’t necessarily mean the ring represents a soon-to-be walk down the aisle and a joint bank account.

But it sure does appear as if Diddy is keeping his woman count down to one. (At least we think?) Via his Instagram page, Diddy posted a photo of a big fat rock with the following caption, “Baby do you like it? I just want to get you wat you Like!I just wanna Mk you smile :) #takeDat!”

I’ll tell you what, Diddy…THAT sure would make ME smile! Wink, wink.

Even though this post generated some big talk on the internet, a rep for the couple said that they are NOT engaged.
Yet.

However, Diddy is one of those guys that I just don’t see married. You know, single for life.

In a recent interview on The View, Diddy talks marriage. “It definitely would be a dream come true for me to just one day be ready for the (marriage). I’m not really looking because I know the responsibility that comes with that, and I think that a lot of people, they jump into that and they’re not honest with themselves.”

He went on to add, “I’ve been close to it. When I’m ready, I’ll make the announcement.”

What I would like to know is if he has been THIS close to it, will he ever get close again? I’m afraid Cassie is as close as he will probably ever get now.

What do you think? Will Diddy ever take the plunge?

Halle Berry Breast Implants After Birth?

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Halle Berry is as beautiful as always (I mean really, does this woman ever look BAD?) but there are rumors swirling that something may be different about Halle Berry. Breast implants after birth a possibility? Well that’s what numerous reports are saying.

Well on Wednesday night, Berry accepted the Acapulco Film Festival’s highest honor with the Silver Jaguar Award and when she took the stage it was hard for people to focus on Halle’s beautiful face when she was giving her acceptance speech.

Rather, her chest was the focal point for many. I mean, it was hard not to look at what Halle was wearing without looking down to the big cahoona cleavage staring back.

Now while breast implants are a possibility, after having a few children of my own I can pretty much put my bet that Halle did NOT get her breasts tampered with just yet. The woman had a baby just four months ago and my guess is she is feeding her baby nourishing mama milk. And from quick examination, those breasts look engorged and that woman is wanting to go home to empty out those suckers. You can just tell she WANTS to get off that stage and in the comfort of her own home with her baby, her man and her breast pump.

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Image via Getty Images

Miley Cyrus Poses Naked (Of Course!) For W Magazine

Miley Cyrus snagged the cover of W Magazine‘s March “Social Media Issue,” and, no surprise here, she’s scantily clad. The singer was interviewed by Ronan Farrow, speaking out on the negative attention about her image, which just oozes sex, as well as the bad press about her tour.

“I don’t give a s–t,” she boldly said about her upcoming Bangerz tour, which already has accusations that she is exploiting her minority backup dancers. “I’m not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has bright colored T-shirts.  You know, it’s like, I’m not making any kind of statement. Anyone that hates on you is below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”

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In terms of her provocative image, Miley claims it’s a stand against the norm among peers . “I just don’t get what half the girls are wearing. Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘F–k that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blonde hair and big t–ties. That’s not what it’s about. It’s, like, personal style.’ I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock sh-t where we just don’t care,” she said. “Like Madonna or Blondie or Joan Jett—Jett’s the one that I still get a little shaky around. She did what I did in such a crazier way. I mean, girls then weren’t supposed to wear leather pants and, like, f–king rock out. And she did.”

You can read the full interview here.

I don’t know if it’s the lack of heavy makeup, bleached eyebrows, Photoshop, or what, but Miley looks NOTHING like herself here! Miley has officially switched to Rihanna-Good Girl Gone Bad mode, turning over a new leaf to get publicity. She’s going to do what she wants, when she wants, how she wants. I just hope it doesn’t come back to bite her later.

Mimi O’Donnell: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Girlfriend And Mother Of His Three Children Devastated

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Meet Mimi O’Donnell, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s girlfriend and the mother of his three children he left behind because of an alleged heroin overdose.

Apparently the couple were recently separated after 15 years of being together. It is being said that when Philp did not show up to pick his kids up this morning, Mimi called friends and HIS friend David Katz found his dead body.

So what do we know about Mimi O’Donnell, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s girlfriend?

Other than being the mother of his three children who are now fatherless because of his drug addiction, Mimi O’Donnell is also an artistic type as she actually met Hoffman on the set of a play. She was born in Philadelphia and studied to become a teacher before deciding to drop out and change career paths. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Textile and Sciences she went to work in costume design in Massachusetts. And then went on to New York where she met Philip.

Back in 1999, Mimi and Philip met on the set of “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings”…a play that he directed in New York. The couple also worked together a year later on another play he directed called “Jesus Hopped the A Train”.

Mimi is also a famous costume designer who has worked on the stage and television including Saturday Night Live. Just last year in April, she was named as the artistic director of the Labyrinth theater.

The couple have three children together: a son, Cooper Alexander, born in March 2003, and two daughters, Tallulah, born November 2006, and Willa, born in October 2008.

This just breaks my heart. It is such a shame that Philip couldn’t get help. Our thoughts are with Mimi O’Donnell and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s kids. Not a good time for them at all.

Image via Getty Images

Aaron Paul, Solange Knowles Hang With Playboy Bunnies at Buffalo David Bitton Playboy Party (PHOTOS)

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Solange Knowles (wearing the Buffalo David Bitton “faith jean” and DJ’ing in the Buffalo David Bitton DJ booth), Ashley Sky, Laura Prepon, Aaron Paul, Nelly and more attended Buffalo David Bitton at the Playboy Party at the Bud Light Hotel recently in NYC.

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Ashley Sky is a spokesperson for Buffalo David Bitton, and stars in the Buffalo Pro Marketing Initiative with Houston Rocket’s small forward, Chandler Parsons.

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SWAG GIVEAWAY: UGLee Pen Ergonomic Pen

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Now here is a giveaway you really need to enter. I know I go through pens like crazy and often times I get painful marks on my fingers because the pen I am using makes indentation marks on my skin.

So I introduce to you….the UGlee pen.

The UGLee Pen is good for everyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc., and for all children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills. It is also helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping.

Celebrity VIP Lounge recently had the chance to check out this ergonomic pen
and yes, it is THE most comfortable pen I have ever used.

We are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a 3 pack of UGLee pens. Enter to win the giveaway below.

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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One Event Where You’re Never Too Fashion-Forward

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Perhaps the most horrifying nightmare for anyone is to appear in public without clothing. The vulnerability and out of place sensation are so vivid as to wake us from sleep.

For better-dressed men, a close second to that bedtime terror would be to appear at an event in completely the wrong kind of clothing. Invitational guidelines for dress still provide enough latitude as to send us through the door as a total mismatch to other guests. It’s a painful and irreversible faux pas.

Dressing appropriately means knowing and acknowledging the tradition of the location and the function. Certain events are stuffy and traditional, where a man feels out of place wearing contact lenses among so many stodgy fellows with monocles.

Strike the Kentucky Derby from that list. A who’s who of Hollywood, sports, music, and every other form of celebrity will be at Churchill Downs, dressed to the nines and ready to be seen. The same rules apply for those who aren’t walking the photo op line; you have got to look good for the fastest two minutes in sports.

Indeed, charcoal will only be found in the portable grills of the infield, where the wildlife comes to frolic on the first Saturday in May. Unless cargo shorts, sandals, and a faded T-shirt are your wardrobe of choice, you’ll need to get to work on getting yourself dressed for the Derby.

So even though many men will opt out of a tie–Kid Rock is a perennial open-collar attendee–your ensemble will likely begin with a unique and trend-setting suit. Because of the Bluegrass State’s notoriously volatile climate–Derby Day temperatures can vacillate from the 40s to the 70s with ease–almost any fabric will look at home. Dark wool suits line the betting windows alongside flowery off-the-shoulder dresses; practical loafers stride the brick sidewalks behind wobbling red high heels. Neither tradition nor meteorology will restrict your selections.
Once the suit or blazer is chosen, the foundation has been laid. Men shopping for ties for the Kentucky Derby can let the sky be the limit. They don’t have to restrict themselves for the sake of conservative dress; the event is an opportunity to push the envelope right off the table. Any doubt about that can be resolved with a look at Jason Biggs.

Be sure to tie it with a unique and fashionable knot, and don’t forget to accessorize properly.
Speaking of accessories, it will take more than a watch. Like the ladies, you should visit the haberdasher for a proper lid. Fedoras and, of course, derbies are in wide use, adorning the heads of race fans like Ken Griffey Jr. and Joey Fatone, but broad-brimmed straw hats dot the crowd, along with a number of insistently bare-headed men. But keep in mind that men who prefer to sport their coiffures–or their toupees–will spend much of the day smoothing it down if winds are brisk, and may find it ruined if a surprise Louisville rain shower erupts. Not a great idea for those who are perpetually camera-ready.

While the day’s slate will be full of races, you are, of course, in attendance for only the one with the 6:24pm post time. The rest of your day will involve mint juleps, mingling with friends, and trying to sneak onto Millionaire’s Row to photobomb Jenny McCarthy.

During all these functions, you must look good. It is the Derby, and it’s a day made for standing out.