Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Since having a baby, I haven't been able to devote the kind of time I would like to Celebirity so I'm going to be leaving it be for a while. I'm not sure if I'm coming back to it or not, but in the meantime, whenever I get a moment or two, I post at Joan & Melissa along with ma gal, Nicole. So check us out there!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Wow, this is out of left field. Bernie Mac has died from complications of pneumonia. He was only 50 years old. Wow... RIP Bernie.
Bernie Mac, who for the past 30 years made the public laugh with an over-sized comic persona in film, television and comedy clubs, has died of pneumonia, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 50.
"[He] passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his rep, Danica Smith, told PEOPLE. "No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected."
On Aug 1, Mac was admitted to a hospital at Northwestern Memorial hospital with pneumonia said his rep, adding that he was expected to recover, despite widespread rumors about the seriousness of his condition.
Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Mac began his career as a stand-up comedian in the small comedy clubs of his native town. As a founding member of the Kings of Comedy comedy tour – the success of which spawned Spike Lee's 2000 concert movie The Original Kings of Comedy (also starring Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer) – Mac was able to spotlight what would become his rapid-fire delivery. This effectively launched him into the big time.
The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 to 2006, often poked fun of Mac's own life and proved a favorite of both critics and audiences – receiving a prestigious Peabody Award, as well as honors from the Television Critics Association (for best individual achievement in comedy). [People]
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Kate Hudson seems to have her head screwed on tight. And she seems like she's got her priorities straight.
Kate Hudson may be reluctant to chat about recent romances, but there is one man about whom the star is not shy about gushing--ex-husband Chris Robinson.
"We can talk about Chris till the dogs come home. I married Chris, I had a baby with Chris, Chris will be in my life for the rest of my life," Hudson, 29, says in the September's W magazine.
"It's so hard for me, because I'm so open, to hold back. I could really just go on forever about this stuff," she says. "But everything else – I've learned that things are better left private until you're actually planning the wedding."
Hudson also talks about her ex in terms of her son, Ryder, now 4. "We iChat with Chris constantly," she says. "No matter what is going on in my life, relationship-wise, Chris takes absolute precedence. It's important for Ryder to hear me say how wonderful Chris is, and how much Chris misses him."
With turning 30 on her horizon next April, Hudson says, "Am I gonna look back and say, 'God, I wish I could have gone to that ... concert?' I'd rather be listening to my son sing songs. I'd rather be watching him sleep." [People]
While cohosting Regis & Kelly the other day, Anderson had some awesome observations on La Lohan's little sister and her dumb-ass reality show.
While guest-hosting on "Live with Regis & Kelly" Monday, Anderson let loose on the Lohan family, including calling their E! reality show, "Living Lohan," a "train wreck."
"Allegedly a 14-year-old girl, looks to be about 60. I say that with concern and love," Anderson said of Dina and Michael's daughter, Ali. "She allegedly wants to be a singer and or actor-slash-performer of some sort, striptease person, I don't know."
Ali's mother, Dina Lohan, fired back at the CNN newsman, telling OK! Magazine, "People are just cruel! This is bad karma for him."
Anderson kept the war of words going on his show, "AC360," last night, responding to Dina.
"Let me just reiterate, I feel bad for the 14-year-old daughter. She seems like a nice person, but she should be a kid, not in a [reality show]," Anderson said. [Yahoo]
This is such a cute story. All the baybays (16 of 'em in Season 4 alone!) who have played Aaron on LOST had a reunion in Hawaii. Turns out 13 of the kiddos are girls. It's kinda disturbing and so LA that the casting director describes the females in this way: Females tend to have the rounder face and they don't age as quickly. Holy crap woman! These babies are only a year old! And I really hope they were joking when they said that Baby Julia (last baby mentioned in the article) be kept at a certain weight. Oh, and I so want one of those t-shirts for Mika.
Yesterday at Kapi'olani Park, 16 former celebrities and more than twice that number of friends, assorted family members and hangers-on proved it's best to be a has-been before you recall being famous in the first place.
If nothing else, fame in moderation makes for an impressive scrapbook when you're old enough to know what all the fuss was about. Meanwhile, the picnics can be a riot.
Thus, 13 girls and three boys who all played the role of Aaron on Season 4 of the popular series Lost ate, laughed, cried, frolicked, and did all the things babies are known to do. In this case, they each fit a remarkably similar bill — round-headed, blond-haired cuties clad in black "Baby Aaron" T-shirts.
On the Lost series, Aaron is the mysterious child of the character Claire, who was pregnant when she survived a plane crash on an island where the series takes place.
But although Aaron is a boy, most of those who have portrayed him have been of the gentle persuasion. "Females tend to have the rounder face and they don't age as quickly," said Julie Carlson, the Lost extras casting director who has rounded up a total of 76 different babies to play Aaron on the series since the show's second season. "Plus, the boys squirm more."
Some bundles of joy arrived at the picnic bearing gloating rights. Sabrina Baker, at 11 months and 14 days, had cover girl credits. "She has been on the cover of TV Guide," said Sabrina's mom, Ann Baker, who suggested to Carlson that a Season 4 "Baby Aaron" picnic would be a delightful idea. "Actually, she was inside TV Guide, too, and Entertainment Weekly, and she had tiny pictures in People and US magazine."
Then there was birthday baby, Lily Loose, who turned 1 yesterday and was all smiles and funny noises as she gleefully munched a cracker to a messy pulp. Her folks, Lori and Jay Loose, were among several military sets of parents at the picnic. "How'd we get into show business?" said Lori with a laugh. "We saw the article that Julie put in the paper looking for blond-haired, blue-eyed babies. Lily was only 4 weeks old at the time, and my husband called me and said we ought to check this out. And we did, and she had her audition."
Carlson, whose search for 10- to 17-pound babies with the right look never ends, said the audition basically consists of seeing how well the babies react to the hubbub of the film set. Some infants, such as Loose, are laughers. Others, such as Josie Weinert, 12 months and 12 days, are cryers. "She's been in some stressful scenes," said Weinert's mom, Nino Fiorentino. "And she cried in every one. She doesn't usually cry. See, that was acting."
Sure enough, during the pandemonium of a group shot of all the babies, there was much angst, confusion, and fussing. Several babies attempted to flee in apparent horror. But Josie was cool and composed throughout, apparently preferring to weep on cue.
"Everybody switch," quipped Patrice Scott, a Lost nurse, during the group shot. "Pick the baby you really want!" Most offspring wound up with their original parents.
Meanwhile, Carlson was still recruiting. Emerson Reifsteck, the eldest babe at the bash at 16 months, nearly staged a comeback. "I might be able to use Emerson again," said Carlson, sizing up the child. "How much does she weigh?" But Emerson weighed in at a almost 20 pounds. "Right now we're not ready to go over 17 pounds," explained Carlson.
Moments later, Carlson lifted Julia Mueller, a 9-month-old 17-pounder who was in the fourth season finale. Carlson said she'd like to use Julia in Season 5. Gina Mueller, Julia's mom, was ecstatic. "She's kind of a peanut," said Mueller. "I have a cat that weighs a half-pound more than she does." The trick would be to make sure Julia stays leaner than the cat. "No more Froot Loops for you," Mueller told Julia, who merely cooed and giggled at the prospect. [Honolulu Advertiser]
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I think I might go out of my mind eventually, but these broads are lucky bitches regardless. It would be nice to devote one day to one thing and do it leisurely and well. And to have time to persue a hobby in depth (I will sew, dammit, I WILL!). Everyone will be much calmer and no more that ridiculous scampering around during one's lunch break, after work, or on the weekends to get all the shit done.
"What do you do all day?" is a question Anne Marie Davis, 34, says she gets a lot. Davis, who lives in Lewisville, Texas, isn't a mother, nor does she telecommute. She is a stay-at-home wife, which makes her something of a pioneer in the post-feminist world.
Ten years ago, she was an "overwhelmed" high school English teacher. "I didn't have time for my husband, " she says, "and I didn't have a life." She presented the idea of staying home to her husband, a Web engineer. "I told him it was something I wanted to do, and he supported it. It was a great relief."
Dr. Scott Haltzman, author of The Secrets of Happily Married Women, says stay-at-home wives constitute a growing niche. "In the past few years, many women who are well educated and trained for career tracks have decided instead to stay at home," he says. While his research is ongoing, he estimates that more than 10% of the 650 women he's interviewed who choose to stay home are childless.
Daniel Buccino, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine clinical social worker and psychotherapist, says stay-at-home wives are the latest "status symbols." "It says, 'We make enough money that we both don't need to work outside the home,'" he says. "And especially with the recent economic pressures, a stay-at-home spouse is often an extreme and visible luxury."
Davis says her life isn't luxurious. "Tuesdays are my laundry day," she says. "I go grocery shopping on Wednesdays and clean house on Thursdays." Mondays and Fridays are reserved for appointments and other errands. But her schedule also allows for charity work and leisure: reading, creative writing and exploring new hobbies, like sewing.
It's a lifestyle, Davis says, that has made her happier and brought her closer to her husband. "We're no longer stressed out," she says; because she takes care of the home, there are virtually no "honey-do" lists to hand over.
"If you told me years ago that I was going to be a stay-at-home wife, I would have laughed at you," says Catherine Zoerb, 27. Yet after the Wichita, Kansas, resident finished graduate school in 2005, she found herself unemployed, childless -- and strangely happy. With her husband's support, Zoerb decided to just stay home. "I was able to clip coupons, do all the chores and make nice dinners," she says. "I was much less stressed and tense."
But she was concerned, too -- about not using her master's degree in English and how future employers would view her work history. "I worried about gaps in my resume," she says. And there was something else: "I thought about the feminist movement -- all those women who worked so hard so that I could go out and have a good career, and I was kind of saying 'no thanks.'"
Recently, Zoerb took a temporary job at an engineering firm. It will boost her resume, and although the Zoerbs don't need the money, it will help pay down their mortgage. Still, she hopes to return to stay-at-home wifedom soon.
"I'd never say that a woman shouldn't work," she says. "But I don't see what good it would do to work in a job that I couldn't stand, and if I have the choice not to, why wouldn't I take that opportunity?"
"Everyone seems to be OK with women staying home when they have kids," says Davis, who currently doesn't plan to have children. "I've actually heard people say that women who don't work are a drain on society."
Don't be too quick to judge, says Haltzman. Women might give up a job to focus on an advanced degree, pursue artistic or creative goals, or deal with health issues.
Surprisingly, though, Haltzman says the biggest draw is homemaking itself. "Many women I talk to take care of the household seriously, and they want to focus on caring for the home, whether or not it involves children."
Sometimes a wife's desires don't align with her husband's. "I hear frustration from men whose wives choose not to work," Haltzman says, "but only if there are financial stresses. One of the realities is that few men appreciate the scope and difficulties of managing a household."
Kirk Zoerb is an exception: The 27-year-old engineer says he's happiest when his wife is jobless. "When Catherine stays at home, I feel the house is more together because she has the time to do things like in-depth cleaning and can be more attentive to the garden," he says. "She also has more time to find good deals at secondhand stores, garage sales and at grocery stores." As a couple, he says, "we have more energy and are generally emotionally healthier."
Still, "I don't believe that the woman has to be the exclusive cook, cleaner or shopper, and I don't believe the man must be the breadwinner. I wouldn't mind staying at home while Catherine works!" [CNN]
With the debut of the twins just a mere three weeks ago, Angelina's supposedly been looking in China as the location from which to adopt next. Since we've heard that the twins were a surprise, it might be that Angelina was in the process of searching for the next child when she found out she was pregs with Knox and Viv. The recent earthquake has prompted her to look there. She is even willing to take on siblings so that they will not separated. At this rate, Brad and Angelina will be the Duggars of Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie is considering adopting another child. The 'Wanted' actress - who gave birth to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline last month - was so affected by footage of the recent earthquake in China she is contemplating giving a home to a child orphaned in the natural disaster.
A source told Britain's Star magazine: "Angelina is devastated over the earthquake that occurred in China in May. She has been in constant touch with relief workers as part of her UN involvement, and even got her hands on photos of a few orphaned kids. "She's made overtures offering a home to one earthquake orphan, or even two if they are siblings."
As well as the twins, Angelina and her partner Brad Pitt also have three adopted children Zahara, three, seven-year-old Maddox and Pax, four, as well as naturally conceived Shiloh, two.
Angelina, 33, recently revealed her newborn babies are keeping her busy, but she is getting plenty of help from the rest of her family.
She said: "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time. Shiloh calls the twins her babies. She and Zahara pick out their clothes, help change and hold them. It's sweet - they are like little mommies." [China Daily]
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
This seems like forever ago when Angelina first had Maddox and then Zahara came along. Maddox made his appearance in 2002, a mere 6 years ago. Six years, six kids. I may be in the minority here but I would love for Angelina and Brad to keep having kids.
Friday, July 18, 2008
For some reason, I'm not shocked by this. I got the gut feeling that these two weren't totally lovey-dovey and it seemed like maybe Salma needed some junk to make herself a baybay. She is in her early 40s so I'm sure the biological clock was ticking. Maybe they were strong at first and then it fizzled? And on Oprah, I think she said something to the effect of how her and Frenchie live separate lives but that they come together well and how it's a big to-do when they visit each other.
From the Oprah interview:
So not surprisingly, their reps are saying that the engagement is ovah.
From the Oprah interview:
I thought I was going to have to work really hard at getting pregnant because of my age, but then I just got pregnant. After I got pregnant, I don't know why, [but] the [ceremony] part of it is not necessary because we have such a huge commitment for each other. I don't know that we have to go through the rituals.
[Men] have to work every day to continue to keep you wanting to marry them. They have to work at it a little bit, so it's sort of sexy. I know people, once they get married, something happens, and I don't know what it is, but something happens, and then they are not as in love with each other.
Every time he comes, it's an event. And every time I go, it's the same and it's so romantic and it's so exciting. And the time we spend together, it's 100 percent quality time. And then the time we're not together, I have 100 percent quality time to my baby, to myself, to my career.
So for us, it works. Now, it's not an open marriage. Nobody think this is too modern and don't get the wrong idea; the level of commitment is exactly the same.
So not surprisingly, their reps are saying that the engagement is ovah.
Salma Hayek and French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault — the father of her daughter Valentina — have called off their engagement.
"We are sad to announce the engagement of Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault has been canceled," Hayek's rep said in a statement to USA Today. "There will be no further comment."
Hayek, 41, told the April issue of Glamour that she didn't feel the "need" to get married. "Do I think we are going to get married? Probably. Will it make a difference? I hope not," she said.
"You want to grow old with someone, you want to have a partner and to have children — we have all those things," Hayek added. "Some people need the commitment. Maybe we'll just make the party!"
The two kept their relationship low-key since meeting in Venice in May 2006. They revealed they were expecting around the same time they announced their engagement last March. Valentina was born last September.
Initially, Hayek said she "wanted a boy." "Probably because I was afraid," she told Glamour. "I think women suffer a bit more than boys, and there is always conflict between mothers and daughters."
"Now that she's here, I'm so happy she's a girl," Hayek said. "And I can't imagine there ever being conflict between us, because I'm in a state of innocence where I love everything she does." [Us Magazine]
Monday, July 14, 2008
Anyone who knows me knows I cannot stand Jack the Pansy and would rather hear nails on a chalkboard than Jack's snifflin' cryin' week after week on LOST. But I cannot deny that the man is hot... and we celebrate our birfdays on the same day. Happy birfday to us.
The mayor of Nice held a press conference where he held up the birf certificates of the new Brangelina twins. They were born on Saturday, July 12 in Nice, France. Too bad they couldn't wait two more days for Bastille Day and for the b-day of yours truly. Oh well. Anyhoo, the mayor presented Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline their French birf certificates. Here he is holding up their papers and enjoying the publicity a little too much.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Sure, it's intensely Mormon and you need to be "sponsored" to have a drink at a bar. Sure, it's landlocked and co-co-co-cold. Sure, the hubby and I escaped to Salt Lake City to get away from the San Diego fires last October........ BUT the Utah folk know what's good for their workers. The gov'nah is issuing a 4-day work week to offset the state's carbon footprint, to create less driving for people and less use of gas, and to provide more flexibility and free time for folks. Now that's an example we should all follow cause at $4.50+ it costs for a tank of gas, one day of not having to drive to work would make quite a difference for everyone. Plus I know how much more well-rested I feel after a 3-day weekend and having that extra day to schedule doctor appointments, run errands, and time to just get things done would be nice.
Utah this summer will become what experts say is the first state to institute a mandatory four-day work week for most state employees, joining local governments across the nation that are altering schedules to save money, energy, and resources.
Gov. Jon Huntsman, a first-term Republican, says he's making the change to reduce the state's carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, improve customer service and provide workers more flexibility.
"The reaction (from the public) has been very much a willingness to give this a go," he says.
The change will apply to about 17,000 employees, roughly 80% of the state workforce, Huntsman says. Public universities, the state court system, prisons and other critical services will be exempt. Residents still will have sufficient access to state offices, many staying open from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., and more than 800 state services are available online, he says.
Leslie Scott, executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Directors, says Huntsman's action is a first. "Most states have a four-day work week option for their employees, but Utah is the first to go to a mandatory four-day work week," she says. "A good number of the states are encouraging their agencies and managers to offer a four-day work week whenever possible."
Facer expects more cities to begin shuttering offices on Fridays. "The increasing pressures the American is facing around gas prices is certainly a significant factor, and the overall fiscal pressures governments are facing in general," he says.
Jacqueline Byers, director of research at the National Association of Counties, says the four-day work week is gaining in popularity among county governments. Marion County, Fla., has a mandatory four-day work week for employees; Oconee County, S.C., and Walworth County, Wis., have it for road work crews, while Will County, Ill., has it for the auditor's office. Oakland County, Mich., is seeking volunteers for a four-day work week, and Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Suffolk County, N.Y., are moving toward it, she says.
Huntsman says the change will help Utah reach its goal of reducing energy use 20% by 2015.
Beyond the energy and financial implications, the four-day work week is a quality-of-life issue for many. Huntsman says it is especially popular among younger employees and that his action will make Utah more competitive in luring talent.
Facer agrees that an improved "work-life balance" often results from a shorter work week. "More and more young workers are entering the work force," Facer says. "They're looking for ways to enhance their work-life balance. Alternative work schedules offer more of this work-life balance than do traditional work schedules." [USA Today]
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Being a pumping mom myself, this story really touched me. My goal was for Mika to drink breast milk exclusively and so far, so good. Because I didn't know how it would be, my original goal was to get to three months. Then I set my sights on six. Now I want to go at least a year. Thank goodness for storage bags and deep freezers.
Every two weeks since early September 2007, young Silas Bohl has received a special package from halfway around the world. His mother, Capt. Ginger Bohl, is deployed with the Air Force in Afghanistan. The packages contain 30 to 40 pounds of frozen breast milk that travels in a convoluted, globe-trotting shipping route from the war zone to the Bohls' home. [Go San Angelo]
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Damn, I guess it was only a matter of time before all that junk had to be cleaned up. It's sad how all this human traffic is slowly destroying so many of the world's wonders: the ecological damage to the Galapagos, coral reefs being bleached by sunscreen in the waters, and now Mt. Everest being called the world highest landfill.
With the debris of more than 50 years of climbing - oxygen canisters, tents, backpacks and even some bodies - Mount Everest has been called the world's highest garbage dump.
Now China is moving to clean up its northern side of the mountain and protect its fragile Himalayan environment, announcing a trash-collection campaign that could limit the number of climbers and other visitors in 2009. "Our target is to keep even more people from abusing Mount Everest," Zhang Yongze, Tibet's environmental protection chief was quoted Monday as saying by the Xinhua News Agency.
Everest's 29,035-foot peak - the world's tallest - lies on the border between China and Nepal, with climbers providing a large source of income for both countries. However, overcrowded routes and the accumulation of debris have led to some calls for the mountain to be closed to climbers temporarily.
Last year, more than 40,000 people visited the mountain from the Chinese side, which is located in Tibet, the China Daily newspaper said. Although that number was less than 10 percent of those who went to the mountain on the southern, or Nepalese, side in 2000, the paper said environmentalists estimate they could have left behind as much as 120 tons of garbage, or about 6 pounds per tourist.
There is no definitive figure on how much trash has been left on Everest in 55 years of climbing since Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first conquered the mountain on May 29, 1953. The high altitude, deep snow, icy slopes and thin air make it difficult for climbers to carry anything other than the necessities down the mountain once they reach the summit.
The Nepalese government has tightened its laws, and climbers and their guides are now required to carry out gear and trash or forfeit a $4,000 deposit.
While China isn't known to have a similar rule, it has enacted other restrictions, including forbidding vehicles from driving directly to the base camp at 16,995 feet, Zhang said. The move also was aimed at preserving the melting Rongbuk glacier, which has retreated 490 feet at the base of Everest in the past decade, he said. Zhang said his bureau plans to start a refuse-collecting campaign in the first half of 2009 and is urging that the number of tourists and mountaineers be restricted.
The Xinhua report did not give any more details about the trash-collecting campaign, and calls to Zhang's agency rang unanswered Monday. A climbing official in Nepal said he had not received any information from China on its plans to restrict access to the mountain next year. [SF Gate]
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Ok, someone is smoking crack cause K.Fed was awarded Father of the Year from Prive in Vegas. Granted this is given by a nightclub, but STILL! WTF??!?!??! This means it's ok to walk around in your dirty wifebeaters, wear a stupid trucker hat cocked to one side, wear your pants below your ass, knock up women left and right, father four kids, abandon your preggo GF for a crazy Britney, and put out really really bad rap music (popozoa shoutout!) I guess BritBrit going crazy was the saving grace of K.Fed. Now he looks like the sane, more stable parent. Hmph.
Looks like STD-soulmates Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee are back together again. These two will always end up together, no matter how many dirtbags Pam marries and Tommy defiles. At least they are happy... their kids must be thrilled too. Just in time for Father's Day.
"Pamela and the kids have moved in with me. It’s awesome, man. It’s definitely working. You can tell on the kids’ faces - they’re happy when we’re together. We’ve only given it a try 800 times - 801, here we go." [Rolling Stone]
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Before I got pregs, my beverage of choice (well, *one* beverage of choice) was a gin & tonic--nice and clean, and preferably made with Bombay Sapphire. I haven't had one in well over a year and a half, and this caught my eye. Some people are just pure geniuses. If I had a LOST viewing party, I would have served Jin & tonics as well.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Angelina and Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina, kissed on the lips at the Cannes premiere of The Changling. What a frenzy, I'm sure, this caused. And so far I had been saying how gorgeous and flawless Angelina's garb had been, but this flock is a total flop.