Marilyn Manson is channeling his inner teenage girl. After covering pop pin-up Justin Timberlake during a live BBC performance last week, Manson told the venerable radio station that he has "a fascination with Justin Timberlake," and that he carries a picture of the pop star with him wherever he goes. This information goes far in explaining what he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood could possibly have to talk about.
And when he’s not canoodling with gorgeous movie stars or being toted around in creepy rock stars’ wallets? J-Timber’s starting his own record label, to be be distributed through Interscope Records. The label, named Tennman (an abbreviation of Tennessee Man, which he is) expects to announce new signings in the upcoming weeks.
Brit & Ryan: Men’s Room Make-Out Session Bodyguards supposedly "busted in the door and found Britney and Ryan groping and kissing" in a bathroom stall. Smooching amidst a fragrance stench of au toillette? How romantic. [Superficial]
Should 17-year-old Jordin Sparks have been barred from winning American Idol because of her weight? That seems to be the going concern of MeMe Roth, a very skinny, very blond pundit from an organization called National Action Against Obesity. Speaking on Fox News, MeMe called Jordin obese. Proving that Debbie Downer isn’t the only one lacking perspective, she also said, "When I look at Jordin what I see is diabetes, I see heart disease, I see high cholesterol." This makes us detest MeMe. What do you think?
Every week we round up selections from the funniest, most obscene and brutal film criticism out there so that you don’t waste your cash at the theaters and laugh a little at Hollywood’s expense. This week: The lugubriously briny Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
"Ahoy Vey! After three hours adrift, you’ll beg for the plank." — The New York Post
"Pirates raises everything from the dead, except inspiration." — Rolling Stone
"Overloaded with extraneous characters and weighed down by muddled seafaring mythology." — USA Today
The two-hour season finale was another Jack (pictured, right) episode. But rather than a flashback, we were given a genuine flash forward. Wild. Confusing, too. (Motorola Krzr phone, anyone? If it was a flashback prior to 2004, he couldn’t have had one.) But we went along for the ride anyway, and collectively gasped when they confirmed the flash forward. (You know you did.)
Are they all off the island? Are the writers done with the on-island story except for what are now flashbacks to the island? We have eight to nine months to wait and see. For now, let’s go back to the beginning …
Lots of pop fans have been loving "Young Folks," the catchy hit by Swedish cool guys Peter, Bjorn & John, and the song that’s made whistling chic again. Fresh from playing the Coachella festival, we challenged the trio to a whistle-off…only to discover that not everyone can get the job done. Take a look, then go spin "Young Folks" one more time.
Michael Jackson: $10 Million, No Singing That’s what a wealthy Prince is paying Jacko for appearing at his birthday party — and he doesn’t even have to sing. Pam Anderson, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss will also be in attendance, for free! [MSNBC]
Anna Nicole’s Sis Wants a Morph Job Her half-sister has devised a wild plan to dye her hair, get a boob job, and then approach Hugh Hefner about becoming a Playboy centerfold. No mention of marrying grandpa…
What do we learn from the 20-second spot? Basically that the old "sticks and stones" adage is meaningless in 2007. Isaiah’s just going through the motions here, saying what he’s supposed to say ("When you use words that demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate. A very powerful message."). Talking for the sake of saving face is no way to convince anyone of the power of words.
Isaiah’s message would have been more powerful had it been direct: "I should have never called my gay co-star a ‘faggot.’ That was rude and uncivilized." But then he would have forced people to deal with just how brutal words can be — and a resulting public outcry would have been the likely result. That’s life in our post-Imus, politically correct United States. Ain’t it grand? [TMZ.com / Image credit: Getty]