Listen Up: News on the White Stripes, Amy Winehouse and more


WhitestripesThe White StripesIcky Thump arrives with a bang today as the candy-striped duo take over the venerable Tower Records space on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. The first 200 fans who buy the record there get access to an in-store performance. In related Stripes news, this is only the latest in their long string of weird moments.

- VH1 You Oughta Know artist Paolo Nutini and VH1 You Oughta Know artist Amy Winehouse have announced that they’re teaming up for a two-week North American tour in September. Keep in mind that tour dates are subject to Amy showing up at the gig, which is a 50-50 proposition at the best of times.

- Proving that he’s no slouch in the comeback department, Al Gore responded to Bob Geldof‘s complaints that Gore’s Live Earth event — a massive seven-continent concert taking place on July 7th — lacks specific goals. The former Vice President replied, "We will have very specific goals that will be very significant and hard-hitting." He then added a few more choice statements before finishing with "nana-nana boo-boo."

Isaiah: Victim of Racism?


Isaiah_racismIsaiah Washington isn’t the only one who’s mad as hell over his firing from Grey’s Anatomy — lesbian blogger/activist Jasmyne Cannick has started a petition to get him his job back. It’s more or less common knowledge that Isaiah’s axing stemmed from his repeated use of the word "faggot" to refer to his gay Grey’s co-star T.R. Knight. Jasmyne contends, however, that racism is the real culprit and that Isaiah is one of many blacks to get the boot from the ABC network. She writes:

"Minority actors have been dismissed at an alarming rate over the past two years over at ABC.  Blacks, including Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), Star Jones (The View), Harold Perrineau (Lost), Alfre Woodard and Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives) have been let go.  But it’s not just Blacks, add to that The George Lopez Show and out lesbian Rosie O’Donnell of The View.  Not to mention actress Diahann Carroll and Richard Roundtree whose characters were directly related to Isaiah Washington’s character."

Would Isaiah have been fired if he were white? Would Rosie O’Donnell have stayed at The View if she were straight? Would Alfre Woodard’s character have remained on Desperate Housewives if her plotline weren’t so damn boring? Would The George Lopez show have been canceled if people actually watched it?

In her post, Jasmyne also writes, "Isaiah has done more for the gay community than T.R. Knight has done in or out of the closet." She might be right, but for the wrong reasons, as she’s referring to his limp PSA that danced around its own issue. Isaiah has shown the country that intolerance against gays will not be tolerated. As an example, he couldn’t be more useful. [New York Post / Image credit: Getty]

Brad’s Mom Hangs with Jen


If you were Mama Pitt, who would you like better? Your son’s wholesome all-American TV star ex-wife, or the tattooed Oscar-winning activist he’s currently shacking up with?

Take your pick, because it certainly looks like Jane Pitt has, and there are pictures to prove it! Brad’s mama was spotted entering Jennifer Aniston‘s Malibu pad on Sunday, and visited with the Friends star for over two hours. Probably just a friendly chat between two old BFFS over some Smart Water about Angelina’s bony arms and Aniston’s new scandalous boy toy/Brad lookalike. The ex mother-in-law was escorted by her son’s security team, so he must be well aware of the visit. But what about Angelina, who recently described Brad’s parents as "equally loving" to their four children? Most ladies would probably be miffed, but Angie kinda seems way too cool to care. She’s too busy saving the world to notice.

Travolta: Guns Don’t Kill People, Pills Kill People


John Travolta is like an overstimulated oyster — he opens his mouth and the pearls of wisdom come rolling out. Recently, he sounded off on the topic of prescription drugs, and it turns out that his views parallel those of fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise. Imagine! Says John:

"I don’t disagree with anything Tom says…I still think that if you analyze most of the school shootings, it is not gun control. It is [psychotropic] drugs at the bottom of it. I don’t want to create controversy; I just have an opinion on things, and there is nothing wrong with stating your opinion if you are asked. Everyone wants that right, and because you are famous doesn’t mean you have less of a right."

But isn’t there mental disturbance at the bottom of the prescription of psychotropic drugs? And aren’t there all sort of factors that lead to that? Could it be that John doesn’t know a bottom from a hole in the wall? As for not wanting to create controversy: God, John, don’t be so paranoid. Haldol is your friend. [W]

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Motley Crue Shout at the Managers



Motley Crue are taking their managers to court for bad career advice. In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Motley Crue Inc. (Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil) are suing their managers for "divert[ing] revenue from [the band] and redirect[ing] it to themselves." The real issue, however, was drummer Tommy Lee’s involvement with reality television. The band call Lee’s ill-fated Tommy Lee Goes to College "a critical disappointment and a ratings disaster" and claim his involvement in Rockstar: Supernova decreased public interest in Lee. The band claim their managers are responsible for damaging blows to reputation the band has sustained, and not their mythic drug habits, public imbroglios, or Lee’s current habit of "drunk blogging." And who, may we ask, is the band holding responsible for Nikki Sixx’s facial hair?

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A Boring Baby Boom


After Julia Roberts popped out her third kid yesterday, a boy named Henry Daniel (Excuse me? What happened to wonderfully insane celeb names like Applejacks or Subway?), a few more snooze-tastic celebs have followed suit:

  • Limelight hater Keri Russell gave birth to her first son with her ultra-normal husband earlier this month, but the birth was announced today, presumably because they had the audacity to want privacy for a week!
  • That dude from King of Queens, Kevin James, and his wife had a daughter named Shea last Thursday, which must be a shout out to the New York Mets and their hometown stadium, right?
  • Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren welcomed their first daughter yesterday, only hours after the golf genius lost the US Open by one shot.  Her name? Not something awesomely catlike or Swedish, like her ‘rents. Nope, instead the pair went with something utterly unforgettable: Sam.

There you have it – no love triangles, no scandal, no picking a name off the back of a Crackerjack box.  What good are celebs if they just put us to sleep?

Bon Jovi: Wanted, Unplugged and Alive



Jon Bon Jovi says that he and his band expend the same energy whether they’re playing for 500 people or 5000 people, but there really was something special going on the room when they recorded the intimate show that heralds the return of the famed Unplugged franchise. A couple weeks ago in Brooklyn, the Jersey boys smoked their way through a handful of classic tunes and the cream of their new Lost Highway disc. The Jovi zealots who were whooping it up in the cozy soundstage made it clear that they preferred the 500 person situation rather than its counterpart. It’s nice to sit the lap of superstars.

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K-Fed’s Ex Not Preggers, Offers Pregnancy Test as Proof


Shar Jackson
, best known as the mother of K-Fed’s two oldest children, is getting ready to throw down against Star Magazine, who recently reported that the Ex-Wives Club star was pregnant again with a Feder-baby. She’s hired a lawyer to fight the claim, stating that the rumors are affecting her children, who are being asked questions about their alleged new sibling by their tiny peers. Jackson has also issued this statement to the mag, denying the existence of a baby bump: "I stand by my truth by offering you an EPT test if you stand by yours and reveal your ‘source’ to me."

Okay! Okay! We believe you Shar! Whatever you say. Just please don’t go around waving your pregnancy tests in our faces. We beg you. No one wants to see that – not even the gossip rags.

Tuesday: Paris Looking for New Friends; Brit’s P*ssed About Bald Pics


Dumping Her Trashy Pals

The heiress is reportedly telling people that she is ready to get rid of her current party animal posse and spend more time focusing on charity work. [TMZ]

Jess and John’s Secret Meeting
It seems like these two can’t stand each other, but also can’t stand to
be apart. Sources say the pop singer and sensitive rocker may be
heating things up – again – after Simpson was spotted leaving Mayer’s LA
hotel. [X17]

TomKat: Baby on the Way?
Sources are whispering that Mrs. Tom Cruise may have be expecting a
sibling for Suri. And why not, crazier things have happened (like the
two of them getting together in the first place)! [Splash News Online]

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Blog Best-Of: Julia’s Juvenile


Julia_links- Julia Roberts gives birth to a son, Henry. After watching Charlotte’s Web, I was hoping she was carrying a spider egg sac in her womb. Boring old Julia strikes again! [Dlisted]

- Rumors of a Tyra Banks sex tape begin to swirl. Apparently, the video is grainy but you can hear her and her dude talking to each other. At one point, she tells him to, "Kiss my fat vagina." [CONCRETELOOP]

- Kelis performs in an outfit that looks like it’s made of used toilet paper. I’ve seen grade-school party decorations that look sexier than she does. [Crunk + Disorderly]

- Matt Damon and Ben Affleck hit Hawaii for a family vacation. The only thing notable about this is that Matt looks husky. It’s for a role, though – he’s signed on to star in The Bourne Patisserie. [A Socialite's Life]

- Britney Spears has a near nip-slip that leaves her areola squished and looking like pepperoni. This is the 2007 version of snapping into a Slim Jim. [Egotastic!]