Friday, January 26, 2007

Tyra Banks Fights Back Against Claims That She's "Fat"

CNN: NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyra Banks, who has gained weight since her days strutting the catwalk, says she was upset when unflattering photos showing her in a one-piece bathing suit were mocked on the Internet.

"It was such a strange meanness and rejoicing that people had when thinking that was what my body looked like. It was really hurtful to me," the 33-year-old talk-show host says in an interview in the February 5 issue of People magazine.

The photos show Banks on a beach during a recent trip to Sydney, Australia. They had popped up earlier this month on a celebrity gossip Web site with the not-so-nice headline: "Tyra Banks is Fat."

Banks, who hosts the syndicated "The Tyra Banks Show" and the CW network's "America's Next Top Model," tells the magazine she weighs 161 pounds and has fluctuated from 148 pounds to 162 pounds, depending on how well she's taking care of herself, since retiring from modeling in 2005.

"I don't want to sit in front of you and be soap-boxy and fake and say, 'I love myself, I'm beautiful, it's great,' " says Banks, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall. "I still feel hot, but every day is different. It's when I put on the jeans that used to fit a year ago and don't fit now and give me the muffin top, that's when I say, 'Damn!' "

In other words, yes, she has put on weight, though not nearly as much as recent tabloid stories have suggested.

Maybe somebody needs to remind Tyra that the crude standards of "beauty" her old industry has set for eons now has a lot to with millions of women, including Tyra, thinking that they're "fat" when they're actually fine.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Naomi Campbell To Serve As Ambassador Of Rio de Janeiro

The beautiful but violent Rio de Janeiro invited the pretty but troubled Naomi Campbell to be its ambassador on Friday, two days after she admitted in a New York court to throwing a mobile phone at her housekeeper.

The British Campbell, a prominent black supermodel, told the mayor she wanted to raise money for the poor in Rio, a multiracial city known for its vibrant nightlife.

"She has an image that is the face of Rio de Janeiro, she could represent it abroad like nobody else," Mayor Cesar Maia said on the city's official website.

On Tuesday, Campbell was sentenced to five days of community service for third-degree assault during a dispute over a pair of jeans. She got a $363(about R2 630) fine and was ordered to attend anger management classes.

The supermodel had been charged with second-degree assault and faced up to seven years in prison and deportation.

The government of Rio de Janiero seriously needs help.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Regina King Files For Divorce
Regina King is just beginning her run as the president’s sister on Fox’s new season of “24,” launched this week, but her marriage has sadly come to an end with news that the actress has filed for divorce.

After separating from her husband Ian Alexander last year, the actress tells Sister 2 Sister magazine that she filed divorce papers on Nov. 8, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

The L.A. native, who just turned 36 on Monday, tells the magazine she isn't ruling out a future marriage, but accepts "it's not an easy thing."

King and Alexander were married on April 23, 1997, and have one child, Ian Jr.

As an actress I've always liked Regina King, ever since her days on "227". I never thought she was "hot" or anything as some in the media would like you to believe, more like the cute around-the-way chick who got along with everybody. Sorry her marriage didn't work out, but if it's not meant to be you gotta' move on.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Don't Mess With Paulie

AP -

Goodfellas actor Paul Sorvino pulled a gun on his daughter's ex-boyfriend after the man pounded on her hotel door and made threats, the daughter testified.

"He got in my father's face and said, 'Go ahead, Paul, shoot, I ain't done nothing wrong'," Amanda Sorvino, 36, told a judge in Pennsylvania today.

The judge granted her request for a protection-from-abuse order against the 21-year-old, Daniel Snee.

Amanda Sorvino testified the man threatened to kill her at a Vermont hotel on January 3. She said she locked herself in the bathroom and called both police and her father.

Her 67-year-old father showed up before police, she said. When police arrived, the young man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Monday, January 15, 2007

"I Love New York" Sets VH1 Ratings Mark
America apparently loves Tiffany "New York" Pollard, as the Monday, January 8 premiere of VH1's I Love New York was the most-watched series premiere ever for the cable network.

Centered on finding a beau for two-time Flavor of Love contestant New York, the new VH1 reality competition series drew 4.4 million viewers and posted a 2.55 Nielsen Media Research rating for its 9PM ET/PT premiere, according to Multichannel News, a Daily Variety publication. I Love New York was also Monday's highest-rated program on cable television.

New York eliminated her first five suitors during the series' premiere. The second episode of I Love New York will air on VH1 on Monday, January 16 at 9PM ET/PT.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Macy Gray Drops The 'F' Bomb On Stage


Who knew that swearing could land you in the slammer? Macy Gray has gotten herself in trouble with shocked Barbados fans — and the law — by dropping the "F-bomb" at a Wednesday night concert. She nearly got hauled off to prison!

The "I Try" singer, who ignored the warnings of her manager, went into a comical swearing tirade about her ex-boyfriends, repeating the word "mother-" at a concert at the Barbados Jazz Festival. After Gray repeated it about a dozen times, concert-goers knew that the mishap was no slip of the tongue! The room then grew silent and Gray later missed her scheduled meet-and-greet event due to a meeting with law enforcement authorities, who take Barbados's public profanity ban very seriously.
A fan waiting to meet the singer was disappointed at what she thought was "diva-like" behavior after Gray failed to show up after the show.

Luckily, Gray was spared the handcuffs, lockdown and fine after agreeing to make a public apology.

"I am so sorry for what happened, and I truly apologize. My manager told me about this law, but I didn't take him seriously," she said.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Peg Bundy Is A Mom At 52

Reuters -

LOS ANGELES - Former "Married … With Children" star Katey Sagal has become a mother for the third time at the age of 52 with help from a surrogate, People magazine reported on its Web site.

The actress and her writer-producer husband Kurt Sutter, 43, welcomed their first child together, Esme Louise Sutter, on Wednesday, People reported.

Sagal, best known for playing slovenly matriarch Peg Bundy on the long-running Fox comedy
"Married … With Children," has a 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son from a previous marriage, the magazine added.

She married Sutter in 2004 in Los Angeles.

Whitney Houston's Sells Her Clothes To Pay Off Debt

NEW YORK - Grammy-winning pop star Whitney Houston sold off clothes and instruments Tuesday -- along with music awards won by her soon-to-be ex-husband Bobby Brown -- to pay a debt to the warehouse storing the items.

Houston, one of the most celebrated pop artists of the 1980s and 1990s, was ordered to unload the items by the New Jersey Superior Court.

Due to ongoing legal action, the amount raised by the auction will not be released, said Steve Newmark, co-owner of A.J. Willner Auctions, which handled the sale.

More than 400 lots were put up for sale, including pianos, keyboards, organs, drums, designer hats, shoes and outfits from well-known names like Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pamela Dennis, Gianni Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

Among the more intriguing items were "Whitney's Throne" chair, a designer Lucite cocktail stand, a church pew and some of Houston's undergarments.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Angelina Jolie Disses Madonna!


PARIS -- Angelina Jolie says she was horrified by attacks on Madonna about her adoption of a toddler from Malawi, but suggested the pop singer took a risk because of the African country's adoption laws, a French magazine reported. "

Madonna knew the situation in Malawi, where he was born," the 31-year-old actress was quoted as saying in this week's edition of Gala, a gossip magazine. "In that country, there isn't really a legal framework for adopting. Personally, I prefer to stay on the side of the law."
Jolie and Brad Pitt, 43, have three children: 5-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia; 2-year-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia; and another daughter, Shiloh, who was born to the couple in May.

Madonna, 48, and her 38-year-old filmmaker/husband Guy Ritchie are adopting a 1-year-old Malawian boy, David Banda. He joined her two children, Lourdes, 9, and Rocco, 6, in Britain in October.

Human rights groups in Malawi have said they are concerned the government cut legal corners to fast-track the adoption and that they want adoption laws there clarified. A November court ruling allowed a coalition of rights groups to monitor the process.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Jay-Z Teams Up With GM


Sure he lords over the album charts, designs a clothing line (Rocawear), runs a record label (Def Jam), owns sports bars and even a minority stake in the New Jersey Nets, but now Jay-Z is really in the driver's seat, courtesy of General Motors Corp.

The rap mogul turned up in Detroit Saturday night for a GM Style event celebrating the public unveiling of the automaker's new vehicles and concept cars—among them his signature Jay-Z Blue, a 2007 GMC Yukon Denali that he spent more than a year designing in cahoots with GM's Global Color Studio.

"Automotive design, entertainment and fashion have had a profound influence on each other and American culture for generations,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “Tonight we're pairing a music icon, Jay-Z, with an automotive icon, the GMC Yukon Denali. Our Global Color Studio worked with Jay-Z to develop a fresh, vibrant color that matched his goals and aesthetics."

Big pimpin', indeed.