For maybe the first time in her adult life, Paris Hilton isn’t going down…without a fight, that is. The entitled socialite has filed an appeal to revoke the 45-day jail sentence she has been slapped with for violating probation. Plus, Paris is taking her plea (and her warped notion of justice) to the people: a recent post on her MySpace urges fans to sign (or, per her spelling, "sihn") a petition that will end up on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk, begging for pardon. The petition must be read to be believed, but here’s a little taste of the best of what it has to offer: "[Paris] provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives." More than 2,000 people have signed it so far — that’s a lot of self-loathing all in one place!
And speaking of self-loathing, Paris’s ex-publicist, Elliot Mintz, is now her ex-ex-publicist. He was rehired Monday night, having been fired over not informing Paris that her license was suspended. Now at least for one man, beauty and excitement lives!
The choices are endless: everything from "Staying Alive" to "Words" to "Nights on Broadway" are up for grabs. So it’s tough to predict what Barry Gibb songs the final four are going to do tonight on American Idol. The oldest member of the Bee Gees is this week’s mentor, and though he’s had some trouble lately, he quipped on his Idol diary that’s he’s had fun schooling Blake, LaKisha, Jordin, and Melinda over the last few days.
Which Bee Gees tune do you think each contestant will tackle tonight?
Call it a ploy for another 15 minutes. Call it a further bid to prove his heterosexuality. Call it crazy, or whatever else you want, but the fact is that booted IdolSanjaya Malkar may be heading up his greatest American swindle yet by trying out for I Love New York 2. ILoveNewYork2.com now features a profile purportedly created by Sanjaya. Included are some shots, a video of him playing with Sour Patch Kids (is that a comment on New York’s personality?) and a brief message that includes the line, "…When I saw the opportunity to get jiggy with New York, I saw a way to even top my pony-hawk!!" It’s now the No. 2 highest-ranked profile — it could be No. 1 within hours.
Of course, it’s not likely that Sanjaya could make the show — at 17, he’s too young, for one thing (contestants must be at least 21). Additionally, there’s no evidence that the profile isn’t the work of an outside prankster — there are no exclusive images and the aforementioned video has been available on YouTube for over a month. Still, can you imagine the sparks that would fly if he did make it on the show? We’d have another 12 Pack in our hands, if you get my drift. Wink, wink…awkward smile.
It was like the Rock U.N. yesterday afternoon, with members of Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday converging on midtown to announce the Projekt Revolution bill and tour dates. Eschewing "the printed up stuff from management," Linkin Park members Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda quickly invited My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way and Taking Back Sunday members Adam Lazzara and Matt Rubano up on stage, uniting the three bands who will form the main stage of Projekt Revolution. "We can’t wait to get out there and destroy everything in our path," said Bennington. Ironically, in the midst of all that destruction, the band announced PR will be a "green" tour. Also, My Chemical Romance will reunite with recently departed guitarist Mikey Way, and for the first time they’ll be switching up their set and playing more than just their latest The Black Parade in its entirety, though MCR do promise to bring as much of their arena show to the tour as possible. "Maybe we’ll get new uniforms," Way said.
After his infamous anti-snitching interview on 60 Minutes, the world knows how ridiculously much loyalty means to Cam’ron. But do his closest friends even have the Dipset head honcho’s back?
In an interview with Hot 97′s Miss Info, Dipset rapper Jim Jones (left) said that he hasn’t spoken with Cam’ron in a year and considers their friendship to be more of a burden than a blessing. "I’m through (with) being in hot water because of (Cam’ron)," Jones is quoted as saying on Miss Info’s blog. "I kept quiet out of loyalty … But now I can’t be next to you."
Evanescence continues to hemorrhage members — and the implication is that the feeling isn’t exactly mutual. Guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray have parted company with pretty little goth-lete Amy Lee. Said LeCompt, “There’s absolutely no loyalty in this band.” Gray concurs, though apparently he’s been served a gag order to keep him from talking. That hasn’t stopped him from sharing some of his feelings on his MySpace page, however: “The way they spin it, I’m not even allowed to say I quit the group, I guess. But the news is out there, so, there ya’ go. I need to have a lawyer read over all that mess to tell me what, when and how I can tell you all — the REAL FANS — what really went down, if I ever can, haha.” What do you think went down?
Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (May 24) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the silliness that goes down when bands are on tour.
Ozzy Osbourne is known for all sorts of stage shenanigans, but when he’s heaving water all over the crowd and into the PA wiring, he puts a few people at risk. How do you like your rock shows, freezing or in flames? Zakk Wylde explains.