For this week’s Diddy eliminated-contestant interview, instead of posting in our normal text format, we’re going the video route. Why? Part of it has to do with Laverne living close to our office. But a much larger part has to do with Laverne, herself. She is well-spoken, fascinating and, we humbly think, a trailblazer in the realm of televised diversity. As she explains in her lengthy interview (which has been divided by subject), I Want To Work for Diddy, didn’t paint her as a circus freak, or a walking-voguing stereotype. Instead, she was allowed to be a person, vying for a goal that had nothing to do with her gender identity, just like everyone else on the show.
But Laverne is more articulate about the subject than we could ever be, as you can see in the video above, which is devoted primarily to her transgender identity and the ground-level activism that appearing on this show was to her. In the video immediately below, she talks specifically about her time on Diddy and hits back at Boris’ transphobia and clashing with Kim. And in the last offering, Laverne talks about her career as an entertainer and what to expect from her in the future. We, at least, expect big things from this truly phenomenal woman.
Keep up with Laverne via her FamousVH1Friends.com profile and her MySpace.
I Want To Work for Diddy show page
I Want To Work for Diddy videos and extras
On Saturday, Danny Bonaduce will enter the ring to “defend his honor” against stand-up comedian/Howard Stern cohort the Reverend Bob Levy. Their rivalry stems from an incident-turned-viral video from earlier this year, in which Levy interrupted a Bonaduce interview to bitch slap him.
Danny is, in short, on the warpath as you’ll see in the narrative below, culled from an interview we recently conducted with the child-star-turned-VH1 staple. It’s filled with trash-talking gems like, “I am going to ruin his career and his facial construction,” and, “When I hit him in the face as hard as I can, my eyes are going to light up like a 6-year-old’s on Christmas morning.” While we’re pretty sure he’s 100 percent serious, Bonaduce obviously couldn’t stop entertaining if he wanted to. Read what Danny had to say at Scandalist.
Check out another scene from the first episode of Rock of Love Charm School, which is set to hit VH1 on October 12. In it, the girls line up to meet their headmistress, Sharon Osbourne, and their claws are extended so far, this show should have been filmed in 3-D. The cattiest quotes belong to Megan (“Heather shows up in a combination of a 80′s wrestler, superhero, like, comic book, ugly whore streetwalker bitch”) and Courtney (“[Lacey's] hair looks like my period”). Sharon gets her own dig in, as well: “When I first laid eyes on the girls, I was like, my god. I’ve never seen a more bizarre group of women in my life.” She’s finding out what we’ve known for some time now. See? Sometimes even teachers need schooling.
Also, check out the extremely Facts of Life-esque Charm School promo shots in the gallery below!
Charm School: Rock of Love Girls cast reveal – Season 1 Ladies
Charm School: Rock of Love Girls cast reveal – Season 2 Ladies
We thought Scandinavia was full of easy-going, lovey-dovey blondes, not guitar-stealing nogoodniks. Guess we were wrong. A couple nights ago in Helsinki, Peter Buck of R.E.M. had his trademark Rickenbacker 360 guitar lifted from the stage. Poof – no more jangle. The band is offering a reward and accepting information about the instrument’s whereabouts. Head to the R.E.M. Web site for the specifics.
Here are five of the band’s best Rickenbacker tunes. Do you agree? Listen to R.E.M. at Rhapsody.
“Seven Chinese Brothers”
“Feeling Gravity’s Pull”
“Begin The Begin”
Watch our R.E.M. Box Set of videos and interviews.
Bootz is pregnant! She told the world this via her MySpace in all caps. You know homegirl never stops yelling, even when she’s filled with pregnant joy. The Flavor of Love 2/Charm School alum has this to say regarding her forthcoming arrival:
“HEY EVERYONE SORRY I HAVE BEEN AWAY FOR SO LONG, BUT NOT WITHOUT GREAT NEWS! I KNOW A LOT OF YOU ARE WONDERING WHATS BEEN GOING ON WITH ME ! WELL, I AM EXPECTING MY FIRST CHILD AND I AM VERY EXCITED! WITH MY NEW CHILD DUE MARCH 28TH 2009 COMES CHANGE, AND I AM READY FOR THIS EXPERIENCE THAT GOD HAS BLESSED ME WITH!”
We wish nothing but the best for Larissa. Well actually, if s***-talking is hereditary, we wish her luck, as well. [via Bourgy.com]
“I could have won that thing had I not hooked up with 12 Pack,” Heather tells us, reflecting on her time on I Love Money. Below, the reality TV wild child talks about her subdued showing on Money, why Megan’s comments roll off her back and gives us a brief preview of Charm School: Rock of Love Girls. She also reveals her side of the 12 Pack affair and counters claims he made in his interview on this blog like, “I told her that she had inner demons and then she flipped on me and started playing the whole Christian role.” As we all know by now, hell hath no fury like Heather scorned.
Below is your first look of footage from the premiere episode of Rock of Love Charm School, which premieres Oct. 12 on VH1. In this opening scene, we catch the girls aboard the bus on the way to the academy. We’re reminded of their previous indiscretions and, per headmistress Sharon Osbourne’s narration, given a glimpse of what to expect from this series. It looks, in a word, bitchy. Which is to say: awesome.
Check back tomorrow for another clip and hit the gallery below for some more pictures of VH1′s reform-bound ladies!
Rock of Love Charm School cast reveal – Season 1 Ladies
Rock of Love Charm School cast reveal – Season 2 Ladies
This week on New York Goes To Hollywood, Tiffany (aka New York) is booked on the Chelsea Show. Above is an extended behind-the-scenes look at her preparation in the green room. Her bi-polar relationship with her assistant Lizza continues to take on a life of its own. I mean this has got to be one of the weirdest reality show partnerships. Also check out the guy at the end of the clip. Random?
New York Goes to Hollywood show page
New York Goes to Hollywood videos and extras
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