Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • 50 Cent’s house “suspiciously” burned down—possible foul play

    Just as we were getting pumped today at the word of 50 Cent's new Apprentice-style reality show for MTV, we found out that a Long Island, N.Y. home belonging to the rapper mysteriously burned down. His former girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins has been living in the house with her two children, but apparently six people were hospitalized after suffering smoke inhalation. The worst part? Arson investigators are suspected some type of foul play.

    "I would say there is a strong - a strong, strong - possibility that [the fire] is suspicious," says Dix Hills Fire Department Chief Larry Feld, When asked why he cited "The rapid movement of the fire. The volume of the fire ... It was engulfed. The home was totally gutted." Tompkins had filed suit against 50 Cent several months ago claiming he promised her the house over a decade ago. We'll keep you posted on further investigations. [People]

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  • Is Britney Spears getting her own sitcom?

    After the success of her dual guest performances on How I Met Your Mother, it seems Ms. Spears is after a program of her own. Brit had a meeting yesterday with a big time producer Roy Bank (the president of Merv Griffin Entertainment) about potential projects, for which she could star and maybe even produce. There are also rumors that Britney was approached to play the role of Sandy in Broadway's Grease this summer when the producers recast the show.

    Hey, we had never even watched How I Met Your Mother before, and her cameos earned the show record ratings! Maybe her reality show, Britney & Kevin: Chaotic was a flop, but we'd be down to check out Britney with a script.

    Would you give Britney a chance on the small screen, or do you think she's a lost cause? [NY Daily News]

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  • Kate Hudson is a texting addict—has Blackberry taken from her at work

    Wednesday on the set of Bride Wars Kate Hudson's thumbs hurt worse than a vdeo game addict. Why? She was texting up a storm with new boy-toy Lance Armstrong, claiming she had received some of the raciest and steamiest texts ever. In fact, she was so distracted during her takes, the director took away Hudson's phone until they wrapped for the night. "I hated doing it," said the director, "but you know, we're kind of under pressure to finish this picture before a strike and the producers wanted me to wrap up before we got into a meal penalty situation. So, I had to be that guy. I had to be my eleventh grade science teacher, Mr. Dotty, and take it away until the end of the school year."

    Do you think Kate's behavior is unprofessional? How much are you on your phone at work? [Defamer]

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  • Adam Sandler: a man true to his wardrobe

    Don't expect Adam Sandler to dress up just because has has to walk the red carpet at his movie premiere, You Don't Mess With The Zohan. He even chewed gum while doing interviews! We wonder if his wife (who wore a little black dress) was embarrassed. Adam, we love that you are yourself, but a little effort never hurt anyone! [Perez]

  • Shocking news: Bill Murray’s wife files for divorce and seeks restraining order

    After 10 years of marriage, comedian Bill Murray's wife has filed for divorce, accusing him of "adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behavior, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment." According to the documents filed, he once "hit his wife in the face and then told her she was 'lucky he didn't kill her.'" How can this be? Our beloved Bill?! Who we've loved so much in Saturday Night Live, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, and a slew of Wes Anderson movies?

    We really don't want to admit this could be true. His wife is seeking a restraining order and asking the court to determine if their premarital agreement is enforceable-Murray would have to pay her $7 million. They have four children. [US]

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  • Quote of the Day: Paula Abdul is delusional

    "People talk about Madonna being the queen of reinvention, and while I applaud her, I don't know anyone who's reinvented themselves more than me." - Paula Abdul

    Hmm… does anyone know what she's talking about? [US]

  • T.I. makes jail sentence work in his favor—lands a reality show

    Never one to pass up an opportunity, T.I. has scored a TV show while on house arrest. Prior to serving his one-year sentence from gun charges, the King of the South will perform 1,000 hours of community service and discuss the dangers of guns and gangs on camera as part of a plea deal he struck with the judge. "Hopefully the mistakes I've made will be a lesson to today's youth, and they won't go down that same path," says the 27-year-old Grammy winner.

    If this goes off well, his sentence (he pled guilty to attmempting to buy three machine guns and silencers) could be even further reduced-man, that's celebrities for you. MTV has ordered up eight episodes and will begin filming this summer. It should premiere around the time T.I. reports to jail next January. [E!]

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  • George Clooney is single again! Time to pick up cocktail waitressing

    After a year of courtship, George Clooney has given girlfriend Sarah Larson the boot. While Clooney's rep, Stan Rosenfield, says, "We do not comment on George's personal life," we would be happy to make an educated guess. The Vegas cocktail waitress stole Clooney's heart last summer and earlier this year became the first girlfriend to ever accompany him to the Oscars. Shortly after, however, some scandalous pictures emerged of a bikini clad Larson, licking, straddling and trashing it up on the sunset strip.

    Many have made the accusation that this "nobody" was not good enough for one of America's biggest hunks-perhaps he finally heard the rumor. Either way, Sarah, your lucky streak has ended. You can find us serving drinks near the black jack table next time Clooney rolls into town. [People]

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  • Website of the week: Beautify your electronics!

    These days you can customize pretty much anything to your exact taste: sneakers, clothing, perfume, even ice cream flavors a la Coldstone Creamery. Personally our electronics are feeling left out! Sure there are really cool iPod covers, and occasionally a pink cell phone option, but we want more! Today we stumbled on Colorware-a site where you can customize every square millimeter of your TV, iPod, Blackberry, Wii… even your guitar! There's 30 scratch-resistant color options, and sure, they cost a pretty penny, but your device will now be one-of-a-kind! Check out the jazzed-up laptop we're making. Who says nerds can't have style! [Colorware]

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  • Sharon Stone is an idiot—says China earthquakes are due to bad karma

    Sharon Stone has taken a turn for the freaky as she's aged, but this time we're not seeing the humor in it. When the staunch Tibetan rights advocate was interviewed on Hong Kong's Cable Entertainment News, she linked the recent earthquakes-a natural disaster-to Beijing's policy on Tibet. "I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else," said Stone. "And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, 'Is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?'"

    As a result to her comment, Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain and the chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, has vowed not to show her movies in his theaters, calling her remarks "inappropriate." Beijing department stores have also removed Christian Dior ads featuring Sharon's image-and we kind of can't blame them. Ms. Stone, perhaps you should think before you open your mouth! [US Weekly]

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