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Poor Little Suri-cicle

A new designer dress for every paparazzi pic, but no time to throw a coat on the kid?

[via Perez]

Suri Cruise, Hollywood’s Hottest Toddler, is freezing. Fine, the kid refuses to wear pants (it’s apparently impossible to dress a 2 year old), but doesn’t a line have to be drawn somewhere? This is ridiculous! Mom Katie Holmes is photographed in New York City weather appropriate gear, but little Suri is still sporting her short sleeve dresses! Yes, we get it, your kid is adorable and you can afford $2000 sundresses, but please spring for a matching jacket!

Temperatures in NYC have been hovering around 5 degrees celsius this past week, which isn’t exactly sundress and leggings weather, especially for a toddler! And yet we see pictures like this, taken earlier this week:

[via thehollywoodgossip.com]

An umbrella does not equal warmth, Mrs. Crazy Couch Jumper! We know you’ve been brainwashed, but show some compassion and keep your kid from turning into a snowman!



Welcome to the World, Little Pancake Lightbulb

Audio Science. FiFi Trixibell. Pilot Inspektor.

Celebrities come up with the best baby names. And the worst.

Just why is it that celebrities of the 21st century feel they can name their children anything and everything? Do they really think that their children will be immune to schoolyard bullies? It seems so, as each year we welcome to the world little bundles of joy whose names we can’t pronounce (or say without holding back a giggle).

[via celebritiy-babies.com]

And isn’t it ironic that some of the most outlandish names come from celebrities with the most common? Pictured above is Jonathan Davis, frontman of the band Korn. Next to him is his 18-month-old son, Zeppelin. Cool band name, not so great kid name. I’m sure other parents do a double-take on the playground when Davis calls for little Zeppelin and his older brother, Pirate, to come over!

[via babyrazzi.com]

Or how about baby Zuma and his big brother Kingston, sons of rockers Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani? It’s a very good thing that these two are so adorable. Maybe it’ll save them some goose-eggs.

[via accesshollywood.com, allmovies.com]

The latest couple to lay a less than common name on their child are musicians Pete Wentz (of Fall Out Boy fame) and Ashlee Simpson (of bad lip-syncing on SNL fame). Bronx Mowgli Wentz was born last night, weighing in at 7lbs, 11 oz. No pictures of the little tyke have been released as of yet, so in the meantime let’s hope, for his sake, that Bronx doesn’t resemble his Jungle Book namesake too much.



Stephanie Tanner Tells All

Who ever thought that little Stephanie Tanner would grow up to be a meth addict? Sure, there’s no doubt that there was some severe middle-child syndrome happening, especially when those little Olsen twins got to speaking age and stole the spotlight, but drugs? Oh Stephanie…

[via ABC]

Well now Stephanie, or more accurately Jodie Sweetin, the actress who portrayed her, is writing a tell all book about her struggles with drug addiction. All grown up and ready to share her story, Sweetin’s memoir is reportedly set to chronicle her 4 year battle with alcohol and crystal meth addiction. Sweetin has signed with publishers Simon & Schuster in a reported six-figure deal.

[via popcrunch]

While the memoir is being portrayed solely as the story of Sweetin’s double-life as a child star/addict, you have to wonder what other juicy details are in that book that helped it along to a six-figure deal. I’m not trying to downplay the importance of recording a struggle with addiction that may help others and shed some light on the unfortunate turn of events, but Sweetin hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight since Full House went off the air in the mid-nineties.

Maybe Sweetin’s book will offer a little behind the scenes gossip from one of the early nineties biggest TV hits? Perhaps Sweetin’s addictions were fueled by those around her? Like Dave “Uncle Joey” Coulier, who dated an underage Alanis Morissette while starring on the show. Just try and tell me that Mr. Duplicity didn’t have at least a little to do with Sweetin’s turn to the bottle. Or maybe it was the realization that she would never begin to reach the superstar level that her younger co-stars would? It has to be a little disheartening to realize that had you been just a few years younger and just a little blonder you may today be a billionaire.

Just whatever it was that sparked Sweetin’s turn from a little girl running around shouting “How rude!” to a hardcore drug addict, her memoir is sure to be an interesting read.



The First Dog

So we’ve all heard of the First Lady, possibly even the First Family, but the First Dog?

[via wikipedia.org]

Meet Barney, President Bush’s Scottish Terrier. Barney likes golfballs, volleyballs, and observing a good game of horseshoes. He is the star of numerous photo shoots, stars in his own films, and even has his own ‘advice’ column. You can learn everything you’d ever need or want to know about Barney on the White House website – Barney has his very own page!

But not everything is happiness and golfballs in Barney’s world lately. Not only will he be losing his home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when his Papa George leaves office in a couple of months, Barney is right now at the centre of an assault scandal!

It seems like Barney is getting a little riled up about the 2008 Election Results, not to mention all those rumors that his home will be invaded by a shelter dog! The horror! 

But enough about Barney and old President Bush, there’s a new man in town! For those of you tired of the Bush family escapades and ready to look to the future, you can help the Obama’s pick a new presidential pooch! Hopefully the next First Dog will be a little more approachable!



ABC Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

In one swift move, ABC has extinguished hope of improving equal visibility for same-sex relationships on primetime television. Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this evening that Brooke Smith, who plays Dr. Erica Hahn on Grey’s Anatomy, has been fired from the show. This means the end of the developing relationship between Dr. Hahn and Dr. Callie Torres, who just last week seemed to be moving happily forward. Smith’s last appearance will be in the next episode, airing this Thursday, November 6th.

[via hollywoodinsider.ew.com]

Grey’s creator and head writer Shonda Rhimes reportedly delivered the news to Smith, and released the following statement to Entertainment Weekly in attempt to end suspicion that the move was made because of the sexuality of Smith’s character.

“Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian. Clearly it’s not an issue as we have a lesbian character on the show – Calliope Torres. Sara Ramirez is an incredible comedic and dramatic actress and we wanted to be able to play up her magic. Unfortunately, we did not find that the magic and chemistry with Brooke’s character would sustain in the long run. The impact of the Callie/Erica relationship will be felt and played out in a story for Callie. I believe it belittles the relationship to simply replace Erica with ‘another lesbian.’ If you’ll remember, Cristina mourned the loss of Burke for a full season.”

However, Rhimes and ABC may have dug themselves in deeper than they suspect. They have also reportedly ‘de-gayed’ a character that was to be introduced as a friend of Meredith’s and possible love-interest for Dr. Torres.

All this from a network who previously fired an actor for uttering a gay slur. How did things turn so quickly? Both mainstream entertainment and LGBT websites are already reporting the news and receiving hundreds of comments from outraged fans. How do you feel about this move, on the eve of the American Presidential election that keeps promising us change?



November Sweeps Are Upon Us!

November sweeps have officially begun! The quarterly ratings booster officially began its fall session last night, October 30th, and will continue through till November 26th. November sweeps, in case you haven’t heard the terminology before, refers to a month-long extravaganza where networks deliberately up the ante on their shows in attempt to sway viewers into tuning in. During sweeps we can expect more action and violence, more conflict and tears, more romance and one-night stands, and of course plenty of outrageous guest stars.

Each of the major American networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC, click for day by day schedules) have released a ‘sweeps plan’ outlining some of the surprises we can expect over the next few weeks. Here’s the rundown on just a few of the must-see events from front-runner series coming soon to a TV near you…..

CSI– The Miniature Killer makes an appearance as Grissom is called to testify against Las Vegas’ tiniest murderer. Lady Heather returns as Grissom explores the world of erotica. It’s for a case! Really!

CSI:NY – For the series’ 100th episode, a serial killer bent on extinguishing all individuals named Mac Taylor poses an interesting conundrum for the show’s star investigator: save himself, or save all the little Mac’s of New York? Expect guest-stars popping up everywhere in this episode!

Grey’s Anatomy– An old friend of Meredith’s arrives at Seattle Grace as one of the hospital’s newest interns, and receives a less than warm welcome from McDreamy and the rest of Meredith’s crew. In addition to the Chief continuing his quest for greatness (and Bailey cleaning up his mistakes), we can expect a little more screen time for the Callie-Erica romance as Seattle Grace’s first same-sex couple further explores the motherland.

My Name is Earl – Earl loses his list when a series of tornadoes rips through Camden County! Oh no! What will he do?!

Deal or No Deal – 200th episode! We can only guess what Hollywood’s favorite OCD host Howie Mandel will pull out for this landmark!

So, will the amazingness of November sweeps draw you in? Are all these cheap tricks really going to garner more viewers than average?



High School Musical 3 Premieres Today!

For those of you blissfully ignoring the Wonderful World of Disney and its band of “really, we can play 16” 20-something actors, High School Musical 3 premieres in theatres across the country today. Previous High School Musicals have only graced the small-screen, so it’s understandable if you’ve never seen Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens (the ‘it’ couple both on and off screen) declaring their love for eachother through G-rated songs. But now, with bigger hype than most other Disney live-action flicks could even dream about, High School Musical 3: Senior Year hits theatres and promises to finally turn the Disney Channel stars into real movie actors.

Though you might not be able to say you remember Efron and Hudgens from any of their acting gigs (which, for Efron at least, do include some mainstream movies), you’ll probably remember them from Hudgen’s nude-photo scandal, her Neutrogena ads, or by the very fact that their squeaky-clean-couple image is plastered over entertainment sites everywhere.

Though you might be put off by the ‘G’ rating, High School Musical 3 promises everything that an average teen-flick does: a disgustingly cute couple, someone trying to break up that disgustingly cute couple, and a backup band of friends in case you get bored watching the disgustingly cute couple. Just ignore the fact that they share their emotions through songs.