By all accounts this kid appears to be just another adorable baby internet star who loves doing cute things like jamming to Prince while pushing a stroller on tape. Turns out he’s at the heart of a music copyright controversy after The Artist Currently Known as Lame freaked out and had his music label force YouTube to take down all videos featuring his tunes. Stephanie Lenz, mother of the little guy in question, fought back – and got her video (which had only been viewed by twenty-eight people when it was removed in June) back on the web, and she’s now suing Universal Music Publishing Group, Prince’s label. Apparently the tiny singer “scours the Internet” searching for videos that use his music, and Lenz’s clip was one of many that Prince personally requested to be taken down. Doesn’t this guy have better things to do? Perhaps a sequel to Purple Rain or a romp in the millions of dollars that he surely keeps stocked in the pool in his backyard? [ABC News]
Britney Spears, Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, and Hugh Hefner all made it out to Tompkins Square Park in NYC yesterday for their 17th Annual Halloween Dog Parade. Their glamorous lifestyles sure have taken a toll on their appearances.
Are you dressing up your favorite pets this Halloween? If you’re turning a mutt into a celeb send us photos! We’ll add the best submissions to this post as they are received. Shoot a JPEG to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever watched paint dry? It’s almost as exciting as Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson‘s recent chat as part of MySpace’s Artist on Artist series. Topics covered: India, monkeys, malaria, Texas, special effects. Topics not covered: Owen Wilson’s wrist-slitting suicide attempt. It’s not like we’re hungry for scandalous, salacious drama (this is a lie – we totes are), but this interview was touted as the first time Owen would be speaking out following his suicide attempt! You totally thought he’d at least mention his sh*tty summer, right? And it’s not that we don’t care about whether or not the guy took his malaria pills in India – we SO do. It’s just that it would have been way more exciting to hear about the juicy stuff that peaks our morbid curiosity. Check out the chat and let us know what you think – were you enthralled or bored out of your mind?
Over the weekend, The New York Times brought to our attention that the word “vajayjay” has made its way into mainstream culture through the nurturing help of a 2006 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Oprah Winfrey and network censors who are unsure if “vagina” is an appropriate term to broadcast over the airwaves. (Here’s a hint: If roughly half the population has one, it’s probably OK.) Sounds complicated, sure, but apparently that’s how things work these days. That got us to thinking about other terms that stand-in for genitals and the work our public figures do to promote them.
Movie premieres, awards shows, benefit concerts, and plain old clubbin’ – even though most of us are at home, the beautiful peeps are living it up somewhere. About Last Night puts you in touch with all the action.
Teri Hatcher, Rumer Willis, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Elvira (naturally) arrived in costume to Dream Halloween, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, Christina Ricci, Kanye West, Kerry Washington, Dita Von Teese, Naomi Campbell, Ryan Seacrest, Rachel Zoe, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista were among those at the Takashi Murakami event honoring Marc Jacobs.
“Eat it, lick it, snort it, f*ck it.” Those are the words of Britney Spears, who hooted the tasteful statement at reporters on Friday when asked in the courthouse how her custody hearing was going. Her provocative response offered great insight into how she’s doing — you just need to dig a little deeper into her words to understand her thoughts. Here’s what Brit was trying to tell us:
Eat it: Ohhhhh — we get it. The singer is pissed off at K-Fed’s girlfriend for revealing that her ex freaked when she would guzzle vodka drinks and then breastfeed their boys. Alcohol has nutrients, ya’ll! She was just trying to keep those kids healthy.
Lick it: Britney has a new boy toy — football star Tony Romo — and she wanted us to know what kind of kinky things they may or may not be up too! The two hung out and partied together Friday night after her hearing, toasting Britney’s earlier tears.
Snort it: No, she’s not talking about cocaine! She’d be like, wayyy more obvious about it if she was. She’s trying to tell us how much she was crying during her court hearing on Friday — and not because she may not get her kids back. Brit was just upset that no matter what she did, she couldn’t get her hair and sunglasses to look good!
F*ck it: In this case, Britney means what she says. Eff this crap with her kids — she just wants to party! Chances are when the judge’s ruling comes back this week (presumably in favor of the Fedster), she’ll finally get a chance to celebrate her new life as a single woman. Baby bottles of vodka for everyone! [Image: Getty]
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Oprah Apologizes for School Scandal
The media queen feels so awful about the abuse scandal at her South African school that she’s given students her personal phone, email and mailing addresses. Score! [NYDN]
Paris: Skanky & Scary for Halloween
Paris flaunts her ass cheeks for a costume party. It’s the scariest sight of the night! [DListed]
Video: Britney Mobbed at Courthouse
The sketchy starlet gets swarmed as she leaves her custody hearing. We can’t help but feel that she kinda deserves it. [x17]
Jake & Reese: Costumed Cuteness
We admit it – they’re a cute couple, especially when we can’t see their oh-so-perfect faces. [DListed]
Ellen’s Dog Drama Gets Stupid
Do we really give a s**t about Ellen’s dog bowls? Someone put this story to sleep. [NYP]
Sweetheart Tila, it has come to our attention that you celebrated your birthday on Wednesday. Well, happy birthday. We are overjoyed to see that you’ve reached 26, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll do with the following year. We can only hope it will involve fewer bouncers and strippers. Go a little lighter on befriending people who are orange, what do you say? And maybe take it easy on the short-shorts. Skin needs to breathe. Or it starts to fall off.
What’s that? You’re upset because we sound like we’re miffed? That’s funny. We are miffed. We saw how you celebrated your birthday at LAX. That’s not exactly a “small, intimate gathering,” like we were told. Where was our invitation? Did it get lost in the mails? Did you send it by Pony Express from the year 1842? Or perhaps it was one of those newfangled mental invites where you just think about inviting people and they understand where the party is by telepathy?
Oh, no, we get it. We’re the Duckie here. That sucks. Thanks, Tila. Thanks a lot.
Great. First Kim Kardashian, and now you. Is it us? Do we smell bad?
What do we have to do to prove our love to you?
Enjoy some hot snaps of Tila Tequila.
Part of the fun of watching last Friday’s first installment of The Next Great American Band was seeing just how many oddball outfits were allowed to be seen on this initial “clearing the corn” episode – you know, the cattle call show where they trot out all the wacko groups that didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it through the first round in the Vegas desert.
Middle-aged nimrod doo-woppers from Nowhereseville, big band jazz boys from Nerd Town, mask-wearing, Cookie Monster-growling Slipknot/GWAR imitators, ersatz Blue Man Group artistes who pummeled the trash cans they were wearing, bar-band blues boys that strutted their Stevie Ray fetishes, a Georgia foursome that came off like an emo Blue Oyster Cult, and, of course, the Afro’d Caucasion yelper of Big Provider, who launched into a ditty with the lyrics, “five, four, three, two, and one/it’s all fun from here/if you doubt that for a second/the good times will disappear!”
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Those, of course, are not the “ensembles” that Johnny Rzeznik, Sheila E, and the Australian Simon Cowell guy will be judging tonight. Those are the bands that went home to tell the wives and daughters that daddy effed it up again (cue poignant farewell footage). The list of the musicians who will make their stand on the show is as follows:
The Clark Brothers (Nashville twang prodigy sibs who started when they were Smurf fans.)
Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7 (very impressive bluegrass bar band from San Pedro who dropped “Like a Virgin” on the judges.)
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra (jump-swing-groove rubes who are quite sure they know who’s going to win the World Series – ‘cept they’re wrong.)
You’ve watched America’s Most Smartest Model and developed opinions. Now we want to hear them: Who do you think should be the next contestant to be kicked off the show?
Mandy Lynn was dismissed last episode. Did you forecast her fall?
Fallen, but not forgotten
To help start the conversation, we’ve asked some of our friends in the fashion community what they think. Today’s guest-blogger is Faran Krentcil, editor-in-chief of one of the most in-the-know, indispensable style sites on the Internet, Fashionista. She explains who she thinks should win — and why.
“If I have to pick favorites, from a fashion point of view, I’d say Aussie Rachel is the girl to beat. Besides being beautiful — really, actually pretty, without the peroxide or press-on-nails that are staples of other girls’ arsenals — she doesn’t seem that dumb. If I gave her a map and said, “Point to Thailand,” I think she’d at least get as far as India before claiming they were the same place because they both use peanut sauce. If you gave her Hemingway, I bet she could clear through a whole chapter before declaring she needed a drink (which is what Hemingway himself would have done, anyway). And Ben Stein seems to like her, which is important since 1) he can make the contestants choke on cake if he doesn’t like them, and 2) he was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and therefore is more important than almost anyone. Also, Rachel hasn’t been a bitch — yet — but maybe the true test of her intelligence will be if she’s smart enough to stay so sweet. Nobody wants a mean model. “Just stand there and look pretty” can’t happen if someone’s trying to tear your head off, which Rachel would never, ever do. Team Aussie Rachel!”
This Sunday, what do you think is going to happen?