Isaiah Washington’s P.S…eh?

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‘s anti-hate PSA is set to officially premiere during ABC’s two-hour block of Grey’s Anatomy tonight. The brief spot is his penance for calling his Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight a "faggot" on set and then again using the epithet at the Golden Globes to deny that he ever said it in the first place. TMZ has obtained an early look at the spot, which you can watch here.

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]

Manson Goes Pop, Monkeys Are No Good

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Manson Dating a teenager can make you do crazy things, as Marilyn Manson can attest to. For instance, Manson recently found himself at the center of a brouhaha over whether he and 19-year-old girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood simulated the sex scenes in his video for "Heart Shaped Glasses" (fingers crossed). Now, Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed God of F*ck, is covering everybody’s favorite recovering Mousketeer (no, not Britney) — Justin Timberlake. Manson doesn’t quite hit the high ones in this acoustic cut from a live BBC session, but the subject matter (all-consuming jealousy and rage) isn’t exactly a departure. Manson’s no stranger to covers though; his 1995 rendition of the Eurythmics‘ "Sweet Dreams" jump-started his career.

Another report from the department of Bizarre Covers: Rock lads Arctic Monkeys do a faithful cover of Amy Winehouse‘s "You Know I’m No Good," a woman whose buzz is officially bigger than her hair.

Idol Finale: The Good Parts Were…

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Jordin Sparks, the nicely proportioned 17-year-old who makes Ryan Seacrest look every bit as dainty as he is, was crowned the American Idol last night. Everyone seemed pretty pleased  with the results of the votes, including runner-up Blake Lewis, who seemed genuinely happy for the success of his opponent.

The two-hour finale was really entertaining, too; the show finally pulled out all the stops, Check the highlights, like Doug E. Fresh beatboxing with Blake, after the jump.

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Doc Martens: Come As You Were

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Dead rock stars shilling shoes? That’s the idea behind Saatchi & Saatchi’s U.K. campaign, which features Kurt Cobain, Joey Ramone, Sid Vicious and Joe Strummer as they might appear in the afterlife, wearing Docs (Kurt had a preference for Converse One-Stars, but hey!, Photoshop is amazing). Said the campaign’s writer, Andrew Petch: “We wanted to communicate that Dr. Martens boots are ‘made to last, and we discovered that these idolized musicians wore them. Showing them still wearing their Docs in heaven dramatized the boots’ durability perfectly. And, as images, they feel very iconic." Wondering how such a thing is possible? The images are legally cleared for use in the U.K. Courtney Love‘s not too pleased about it. Her rep told People that she "did not, and would not, approve of such a use of Kurt’s name and likeness." She did, however, license Cobain’s music to CSI: Miami. People in glass houses and all that. See the rest of the campaign after the jump.

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Ozzy, Zakk, and the Queens: Set List

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Ozzy3_2 There were lots of options for Ozzy Osbourne to choose from. The metal wildman has been making music for four decades, and the number of songs he has in his pocket is huge. But for our Rock Honors show tonight, the Blizzard and his band (which includes guitarist Zakk Wylde) chose "I Don’t Wanna Stop" and "Crazy Train." A live version of "Bark At the Moon" will be available on VSPOT as well. And Queens of the Stone Age, one of modern rock’s greatest outfits, will salute their hero with a romp through "Paranoid." Don’t miss: Thursday night on VH1.

IDOL WINNER: JORDIN SPARKS!

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Sanjaya made a dent on the red carpet and rocked with Joe Perry, the Beatles and Bennett made it to the show, and Carrie and Kelly did their thing. But the only event that people are going to remember from tonight’s final was that the 17-year-old walked away with the top prize. Jordin Sparks beat Blake Lewis to become this year’s American Idol. More tomorrow. Maybe a whole post about Randy and Paula slow-dancing, or that Sgt Pepper’s medley…

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The Celebreality Interview – Darra

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Schatar’s pissed! Darra’s pissed! Everybody’s pissed!

After being booted from Charm School this week on a technicality (because she was the partner of accused thief Schatar), Darra speaks out. During out exclusive interview with her, the feisty Flavor of Love 2 talks Schatar, her bust-up with Saaphyri and how she can allow criticism on her size roll off her back.

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Charm School Extra Credit: Truth or Dare Edition

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It’s time for your weekly dose of material guaranteed to make you say, "Damn. Why ain’t they show that on TV?" It’s actually kind of amazing that the two Charm School extras below didn’t make it to air because they’re freaking golden. In the first, the girls sit around playing a good old game of truth or dare. During the course, we find out how many times a day Becky masturbates (it’s more often than you’d think!) and we get to see Schatar do her version of a stripper dance. Alluring. The real fun happens when Darra’s dared to kiss a member of the camera crew, which sends the dudes scrambling. Watch and see if an overly eager Darra ends up getting her man. In the second clip, we see Shay freak out at Brooke and Leilene for choosing Schatar and Darra to share in the Forever 21 shopping spree, instead of Saaphyri, who could have really used the extra clothes after donating all of hers. "I’m not drama, bitch, but I will bring it if you want me to," Shay tells the camera. Maybe the massive drama was too much for this week’s tear-filled episode?

Most notable about this clip is that Larissa is there for the entire duration of Shay’s throwdown and says not a word. Larissa, capable of tact? Whoever would have thought?!

Celebrity Fit Club Bonus!

Watch uncensored highlights from this week’s episode below. Admit it: you can get enough of the swear words.

The Triumphant Return of Slim Shady

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Em_whiteyThe Shady One is back in the studio. After establishing himself in the pantheon of the singly-named pop stars and selling millions of records, Eminem all but disappeared for two years, popping up only to re-marry (and divorce) his ex-wife and guest on Akon‘s record. But all that’s over now, as Em pal 50 Cent told Blender that Slim is back in the studio, working on new material. "He’s got a new album coming. He’s not gonna tell people that, but he’s making new music. I’ve heard a few songs, and it’s hot. He won’t tell nobody he’s working on a new album, but I’ll tell you: he’s working on new music."

Blog Best-Of: Shay’s Shoot-Down

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Shay_links- I’m sad to report that Charm School‘s Shay and Andre 3000 are not dating. I’m sorry, Miss Johnson. [Crunk + Disorderly]

- Mischa Barton openly smokes a joint in public. Way to rub it in our faces that you’re rich and underemployed, Meesh. [CityRag]

- Tyra Banks trolls around in a form-fitting beige overcoat. Go-go Gadget Botox! [Cake & Ice Cream]

- The Sex and the City movie inches its way toward becoming a reality. By the time this thing gets made, the stars will be so old that they’ll have to call it Sex and Senility. [Dlisted]

- Janet Jackson lands on the cover of Us again for keeping off that 60 extra lbs. she rocked over a year ago. Wow, she kept off weight. Whoo hoo. Someone give her a freaking cookie or something. [Sandra Rose]