You knew she couldn’t stand to be out of the spotlight for more than six months, right? According to people in the know, Rosie O’Donnell is in talks with MSNBC to host her own primetime talk show daily at 9pM, which would pit her against Larry King‘s snoozefest over on CNN and Ro’s BFF Sean Hannity (and Colmes) on Fox. NBC execs tentatively mentioned to the NY Times that “there were many elements of a potential deal yet to be resolved,” but Rosie has made comments recently that kinda make us think the deal is already done in her eyes. She apparently commented in a Miami podcast that she’d soon be going up against “the guy with the suspenders and the long, long face.” That could be like, a hundred dudes, but we’ll just hope she means Larry King!
Even though Rosie just released her book Celebrity Detox and bailed on her View hosting duties early, it’s clear she loves being the center of attention as long as she’s in control. But is the feeling mutual? We love a good Ro rant, but will fans tune in to see her battle the big-shots at night, and more importantly – will you?
Star Jones Disses Teen Fans
The talk show host takes her diva-ness to a new level after she bailed on speaking to a group of underprivileged teenage girls because they weren’t able to raise the full $25,000 she demanded as payment. [NYDN]
Pete Doherty Back on Smack
Oh look, the consummate heroin addict is back on drugs – and he’s put it all on video in case there were doubts about his love for smack. [DListed]
Angelina Finally Snaps About Jen
Ms. Perfect snapped at a reporter who had the audacity to ask about her and Jen’s dueling magazine covers. Angie’s human after all! [DListed]
Oprah Goes YouTube Crazy
The Queen of Chat is now the Queen of the Internet – we expect an awesome breakdancing video or a ripoff of LonelyGirl15 any day now. [JustJared]
Spice Girls Debut Super Sexy Video
Even though they’re older and all have kids, the Girls are all sorts of sexy in their new vid. Still – what’s with all the leather underwear? [A Socialite's Life]
Bringin’ Sexy Back
Buddha’s back! Is it fair that New York is letting Buddha re-enter the competition after he got kicked out for fighting? What do you think about him taking the chain that could have gone to Midget Mac or It? Should Tailor Made invest in some life insurance?
Want to know how to win a real women’s heart? Midgetsu! Every week, we will post hilarious clips with valuable dating tips from the show. Featured this week: Midget Mac in the ring with some foxy kickboxers. Watch and discuss!
Wait – what did you say, Mr. 50 Cent? You’re NOT retiring after all? What about all the tension, the drama, and the feud that recharged hip hop and the music industry? All lies, apparently. Though he told the world that he’d “no longer perform music” if Kanye West sold more records than him on September 11th when their albums were released, Fiddy has apparently chosen money over promises made for publicity reasons. “No, I’m not retiring,” the rapper told this NY Daily News this week. “[My album] was No. 1 internationally the week it came out. It was the No. 1 European album!”
Well hats off to 50 Cent! That’s quite an accomplishment, sure, but we thought he was a man of your word. Turns out, he’s just a man made of dollar signs. Afterall, Fiddy said it best this week: “It’s all about the numbers at the end of the day.” Word.
Time for Fiddy to Pack his Things
Kanye vs Kevlar King: Fiddy Got a Future?
50 Cent Serves Up Whole New Plate of Beef
Kanye West and 50 Cent’s Feud Fizzles
As you’ve probably heard by now, the Writers Guild of America went on strike last night, the first time television’s wordsmiths have walked out since those halcyon pre-Seinfeld days of broadcast greatness. How does this affect you? Well, if you’re a fan of soaps, talk shows and the fake news, let’s put it this way: You’re not going to be happy. It will take a little longer for lovers of scripted sitcoms and dramas to feel the bite, but it’s coming — those shows tape farther in advance, but if this continues, they’re going to run out of material, too. (Maybe the producers will fill in, or maybe YouTube will pick up the slack, or maybe we’ll all just take breather and go, you know, outside.) The blogosphere is abuzz with all the latest developments. NYMag.com, for instance, printed a wonderful pic of Tina Fey on the picket line outside Rockefeller Center, and The Los Angeles Times ran a handy chart as to which shows would suffer and when. Here are two of the more interesting items:
Let’s all do a happy dance, as this is the greatest, most awesome, probably not true rumor of the day! Apparently Britney – who has always been rumored to have lesbian tendencies – told a pal, “I really love Kim’s butt, skin and hair. Kim is a real woman. A real horny beast.” Kim Kardashian is soooo lucky! Who wouldn’t want the world’s worst mom (with the world’s best hair extensions) lusting after them? Sadly, Kim is not alone. Britney also allegedly wants to get nekkid with Carmen Electra, George Clooney and Eminem. That’s quite a crew, huh! So who else might be on Britney’s list?
- The Snapple Lady, Wendy Kaufman (almost as voluptuous as Kim)
- Rudy Guiliani (Brit likes powerful dudes)
- Rihanna (obviously – who wouldn’t want to get near her)
- Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (ex sex and a threesome – kinky!)
- The judge in her custody case (okay, now this is just plain gross)
As the seventh season of American Idol ramps up (producers and perspective Idols currently are filming the “Hollywood” portion of the season, which begins airing in January), news has emerged on the show’s changing face. Musical mentors will be deemphasized! (But what, pray tell, will they use for the padding that Jennifer Lopez‘s ass provided?) The A.I. tour may include a Dancing With the Stars element! (Tentative name for the tour: The Bland Leading the Bland.) And, most importantly, those in the competition who can play instruments may get the chance to on stage. Because, really, what this show needs is a multi-instrumental freak-show element of the America’s Got Talent variety. Explains A.I. majordomo Nigel Lythgoe:
“We knew Chris Daughtry, Carrie [Underwood] and Bo [Bice] could play the guitar but we really couldn’t show it. If [the contestants] can play an instrument this year we want to be able to see that, and we’ll introduce a couple of days of that during Hollywood week.“
Let’s hope they don’t stop at guitars. I want french horns, giant organs, pan-flutes and bassoons, damn it. Bassoons totally FTW, obviously. [New York Post]
In the December issue of Ebony, Michael Jackson grants his first magazine interview in 10 years and boy, is it…boring. You should start reading any superstar interview expecting a very guarded self-portrayal, but this one is virtually missing all signs of Jackson-family nonsense. Sadness! According to Mike, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown are “wonderful,” Stevie Wonder is a “prophet,” global warming is scary and presidential elections aren’t worth following. Fas. Cin. A. Ting. The only shred of dirt comes via the nickname Quincy gave Mike during the creation of Thriller, as alluded to above. Says M.J.:
“Quincy calls me a nickname, ‘Smelly’…Back then, especially back then — I say a few swear words now — but especially then, you couldn’t get me to swear. So I would say, ‘That’s a smelly song.’ That would mean, ‘It’s so great,’ that you’re engrossed in it. So he would call me ‘Smelly.’“
Now when people call Michael Jackson “Smelly,” they’re referring to the formaldehyde that’s preserving him. You know, the more things change, the more they stay the same. For the complete interview and more airbrushed-to-womanhood pictures, hit up ohnotheydidnt.
Jay-Z unveiled his gangsta opus exclusively to VH1 a few weeks ago, and because we love you so much, we scored you a sneak peek of it. On the vertiginous “Fallin’,” Jay concludes the morality tale that is his new American Gangster album. Describing different groupings of songs as the genesis, rise and demise, the trudging beat and tense back-up vocals on “Fallin’” signal our hero’s ruin. During the show, images of apartment buildings slid up the screen behind Jay, giving the illusion of, well, falling.
And just when you thought we couldn’t treat you any better — wine and dine you, take you out for romantic carriage rides — we go and do the unthinkable: score you two more tracks you can watch before Storytellers airs.
Tune in on Thursday at 9pm when H.O.V.A. fills you in on the inspiration behind eight of the tracks on American Gangster.