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This spring, Oxygen network premiers a new reality show, The World According to Paris.  Oxygen promises the docu-series that follows the Hollywood heiress reveals the girl behind the red carpets, the makeup, and the glamour.  Hilton teased to RadarOnline, “the [show] is an inside look into my life, my relationship, my family, friends and everything that happens on a daily basis.”  Hilton goes on, “There’s a lot of laughs, tears, drama and fun! Viewers are going to get to see the real me and get to see what its like to be me.”  Oh yippee!

“I wasn’t ready to do a reality show until now,” says Paris.  While the concept is far from groundbreaking, and by no means appears to echo “Emmy” from it’s mist, the show surely looks to entertain Hiltonites who can’t get enough of the heiress.  Hilton calls her previous roles on The Simple Life and My BFF mere “characters.”   She dished to Entertainment Tonight, “I had continued doing that character, so I think people assume that’s really how I am” (watch the entire interview here).  So, will The World According to Paris reveal a genius businesswoman that continues to fool the general population?  Probably not.  But I predict the show will unveil a new Paris that the world has never seen before.  As the heiress turns 30, which is documented on the show, Paris seems ready to drop the “that’s hot” bimbo façade and get on with her life as a businesswoman (she plans to release her 12th fragrance soon) and heiress figurehead.

Hilton’s mother, Kathy, joins Paris, and Charlie Sheen’s estranged wife, Brooke Mueller on the show.  “The World According to Paris” premiers Wednesday, June 1st at 10pm on Oxygen Network.

-Jake Hebert

Lady Gaga gets all washed up in a new sneak-peek clip from her upcoming HBO special, Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden.  Videos like this offer a rare glimpse in to the off-stage life of Lady Gaga.  They reveal a much different person behind the wigs, lipstick, and confident exterior.  Here, Gaga spills, “I just sometimes feel like a loser still, you know?  It’s crazy ‘cause we’re at the Garden but I still sometimes feel like a loser kid in high school.”  As Gaga grows from The Fame disco-stick Gaga to Born this Way prosthetics-wearing Gaga, she continues to preach acceptance and equality (sometimes politically) to her fans, or what she calls “Little Monsters.”  Gaga speaks about the “Mother Monster” (as she calls herself) relationship between her and her fans, stating, “I just gotta pick my shit up, gotta pick myself up, and I have to tell myself I’m a superstar every morning so that I can get through this day and be for my fans what they need for me to be… I cannot be destroyed and I will not be destroyed.”

So there you have it, superstar Lady Gaga is just as messed up as you and I.  I jest.  This blogger admires and raises his glass to her preachings pertaining to positivity and equality, although I may question her methods and motives from time to time.  I’d get in line for Monster Ball tickets just as early as the next Gaga stan, but this does not mean that I need saving.  Can’t I be a Gaga fan and not teeter on the verge of sanity and suicide?  Apparently I risk being destroyed and need “Mother Monster” to save me.  Gaga recently received flack for calling comparisons of her Born This Way track to Madonna’s Express Yourself “retarded.”  Aside from that, and an occasional appearance on the “worst dressed” list, I don’t think there is much destruction going on in Gaga’s life.  Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden premiers May 7, 2011 on HBO.

-Jake Hebert

After a four-hour stint in the Lynwood Correctional Facility, Linsday Lohan is free again, out on a steep $75,000 bail.  Here, Lohan can be seen leaving jail (for now) after her four-hour visit.  Last month, LiLo violated her probation from a previous Felony Grand Theft charge after allegedly stealing a necklace from a jewelry store.  This weekend, a judge reduced Lohan’s Felony Grand Theft charge to a misdemeanor.  Lohan still owes the state 480 hours of community service from a previous probation violation for her 2007 DUI conviction.  E! reports 360 of those hours will be spent helping the homeless at the Downtown Women’s Center, and 120 at the L.A. County Coroner’s Office performing janitorial tasks.  Yes, scrubbing toilets.

As much as this blogger doesn’t want to relish in the misery of those more fortunate, Lindsay deserves it.  The troubled actress and singer continues to dupe her way out of years of legal troubles and jail sentences that would have the average-Joe incarcerated for life already (skim LiLo’s criminal record up to 2010, here).  Her honorable Judge Stephanie Sautner hopes that Lindsay’s time at both facilities will scare her straight.  Lohan’s lawyers continue requests for an appeal to the 120-day court sentence.  In the meantime, they may also request to postpone all community service until the appeal is officially approved or denied.  Hollywood lawyers are doing nothing to debunk the “money can buy you freedom” proverb.  Monday, LiLo taped a segment for the Jay Leno Show that should air later this week.  So, should Lindsay get off again?  What happened to the little girl in The Parent Trap?  “DAMN, AFRICA, WHAT HAPPENED?”

—Jake Hebert

Sleeper hit and Oscar Best Picture nominee, Black Swan, is still ruffling feathers three months after its theatrical release. Squawking began after the leak of a Visual Effects Reel showing an impressive CGI head replacement on Swan actress, Natalie Portman. Fox has since pulled nearly all leaked versions (available here, for now) and uploaded an official version to its own YouTube channel (seen here). This official version leaves out the head-replacement scene in question.

Black Swan dancer and choreographer (and Portman’s fiancé), Benjamin Millepied, recently told the LA times, “Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie.” This set off a wave of backlash from Portman’s body double in the film, a 27 year-old American Ballet Theater soloist. Sarah Lane claims, “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie.” Lane notes in a recent interview with EW that all of the shots of just her face and arms are indeed Natalie, but many of the full dancing shots are not.

Lane holds no grudges with Portman, calling her “an amazing actress, for sure,” but remains disappointed that Fox Searchlight only credited her six weeks of work as “Hand Model,” and “Stunt Double.” Lane goes on to note, “They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar… it is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years… can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”

Black Swan director, Darren Aronofsky, and Fox Searchlight have since come forth to further defend Portman, crediting her with “most of the dancing featured in the final film.” Portman, recently awarded with the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film, does not hide the fact that a double was used. She has yet to make a peep on the recent controversy.

– Jake Hebert

Pussycat Dolls’ leading lady, Nicole Scherzinger, is slated to host the U.S. version of X-Factor (if producer Simon Cowell gets his way).  X-Factor nicks the ridiculous auditions of American Idol and plants more focus on making a pop star.  Cowell, who recently announced a departure from tired American Idol after 9 seasons, is on the prowl for Nicole.  He recently told MTV, “We’ve got to get the deal done and find someone she has chemistry with. But I absolutely adore her. She was fantastic on the UK X Factor and I’m hopeful it will happen. She’s gorgeous and ruthlessly ambitious and doesn’t arrive with a massive entourage. Everyone adores her.”  Oh, doesn’t she sound like the cat’s meow!?  I digress.

Cowell is also searching for a co-host for Scherzinger and has yet to reveal his choices for the remaining X-Factor judges.  Taking the judges seat alongside Cowell and record executive/producer, L.A. Reid, is rumored to be U.K. singer and sweetheart, Cheryl Cole.  Cowell is expected to make announcements about the final judges and hosts within a week’s time.  Scherzinger’s debut album, Killer Love, which was only released in Europe, dropped in the U.K. on March 21st to lukewarm reception.   Girl just can’t seem to sink her claws in to the American music scene.  Watch the video for her latest single, “Don’t Hold Your Breath,” here.

-Jake Hebert

Iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away Wednesday, March 23rd at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Taylor was undergoing observation at Cedars-Sinai since the 11th of February from symptoms caused by congestive heart failure.  According to Taylor’s publicist, she died peacefully while surrounded by her children.  Elizabeth’s son, Michael Howard, released the following statement about his mother, (more…)

Gays everywhere lose consciousness.

Queens of pop, Britney Spears and Madonna, cover the April issue of OUT magazine.  This marks the start of an annual “Ladies We Love” Issue from OUT.  This year’s issue also features Heather Morris, who plays ditzy-dame, Brittany, on “Glee”.  Morris danced alongside Spears earlier this season in a Britney-themed episode of the hit Fox TV show.  “Glee” also aired a Madonna-themed episode in its first season.  Madonna’s OUT cover, shot by Richard Corman, features rare photos from one year before the debut of Madge’s first album.  This collection of photographs, seen here, showcases the young pop starlet traversing her way around New York City in the early 1980s, before she broke on to the pop scene (and never looked back).

Pop successor, Britney Spears, looks saucy as hell in new photos shot by Ruven Afanador for the mag’s alternate cover.  Britney gets unusually (and refreshingly) chatty in the spread’s accompanying interview.  Brit credits Madonna as a figure of inspiration for her own career.  B discusses cars, collaborators, heaven, hell, drag queens, and advises ice cream as a sure-fire fix to any bad day.  Britney’s seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale” (seen here), drops March 29th.  This Britney era is promo-packed thus far, with the pop-tart covering V Magazine this month and with appearances on Good Morning America and Ellen slated for later in March.

When asked if there were any songs she didn’t like or regretted recording, the snarky songstress replied, “No, All of my songs are fucking amazing.”

—Jake Hebert

Police booked “Not Myself Tonight” singer, Christina  Aguilera, last week on charges of public intoxication.  The 30-year-old actress-singer-mother displayed public-drunkenness in West Hollywood just before 3 a.m. on March 1st.  Aguilera was the passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend, Matt Rutler, who was also arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.  Rutler bail was set at $30,000 according to the L.A. Sherrif’s Department.

Poor Christina can’t seem to get ahead. The singer made headlines recently when she botched the national anthem at Super Bowl XLV.  She seemed to redeem herself with a chill-inducing Aretha Franklin tribute during the Grammys this year alongside Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, & Martina McBride.  Her latest album, Bionic, essentially flopped.  The album’s lead single, Not Myself Tonight peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Her movie Burlesque, in which she starred alongside Cher, also opened to less than stellar reviews. X-Tina couldn’t sing her way out of cuffs, though.  Aguilera was dismissed after a brief stint in custody.

Fellow singer P!nk seemed laugh last after she tweeted on Tuesday, “Out of Myself, Britney, and Christina- didn’t everyone think I was gonna be the troublemaker? LOOK MA!!! No CUFFS!!!”

-Jake Hebert

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Disney announced this week via its Disney Parks Blog that it had “wild” news.  Shortly after, Disney debuted three new shots from its Disney Dream series, a campaign Disney adds to every few years, the latest installment being in 2009.  This new batch features Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Penelope Cruz glows as Belle in the arms of Jeff Bridges as the transformed beast from Beauty and the Beast.  Finally, the saucy Queen Latifah rushes the shore as wicked Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Behind-the-scenes videos send chills down one’s spine as some of Hollywood’s biggest starts transform in to Disney heroes and villains.  The stars revealed that while on set, music from their respective movies was played and assisted with getting in to character.  Leibovitz shoots each photograph in pieces and later assembles and retouches them adding scenery and effects to give the photographs that Disney sparkle.

A special insert featuring these photos flies in to homes via the March 28th issue of People, and the April issues of O – The Oprah Magazine, People En Español, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle magazines.  Leibovitz graced Syracuse with her presence as a guest speaker last April as part of the Syracuse University Lectures series.  Is there a waiting list for these?  I would kill to play Daisy Duck.

– Jake Hebert

This week, America’s favorite pop roller coaster, Britney Spears, reveled the name and cover art of her upcoming seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” via Twitter.  The cover features an unbeweaveably blonde Britney giving gazers her signature bedroom eyes.  The font choice is less than desirable, but it is an arguable improvement over her last two album covers for Blackout and Circus.  Spears also tweeted a dedication to her fans, dubbing the album “sexy and strong… dangerous yet mysterious.”  Whether the album will deliver or whether Spears actually knows what twitter even is has yet to be determined, but either way, the new era looks promising.  Manager Adam Leber revealed this week “she will be everywhere” (magazines, TV appearances, etc.).  This Britney connoisseur can say that the new cover looks like albums In The Zone and Blackout had a lovechild.  If the sound of the new album follows suit in any way, this will be a good era for B.