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Posted 08/31/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

OH BOY, Lady GaGa’s been dressing up as a fella – and it’s pretty obvious she wasn’t Born This Way.

The celeb-packed audience at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards were stunned when the outrageous star turned up as her male alter ego Joe Calderone.

The star of her You And I single swore, swaggered and smoked as “he” performed – and even tried to kiss Britney Spears when presenting her with a gong.

Brilliantly original or just plain daft, her antics have certainly got us all talking.

We asked Sun girl NICKY HARLEY to man up and transform into Harley Nick to find out how many people would see through the disguise.

The makeover

MY blonde hair was clipped up and held in place by the foot section from a pair of tights. Eye shadow created stubble and eyeliner gave me bushy eyebrows. I then slathered a £20 wig with wax – and my 45-minute makeover was complete.

Ladbrokes

I’VE never been in a bookies before so was quite excited, but I wish I’d been in my usual dress and heels.

This place was filled with fellas – my idea of heaven.

None of them looked up from their betting slips until I asked the cashier how to actually place a bet. Then my cover was blown.

She looked at me perplexed so I had to explain what I was doing. Fail – but I’ll be back, next time in full girly make-up.

Chatting up girls

TWO lovely ladies were enjoying a glass of wine so I strolled over for a chat.

They looked very confused and swiftly tried to give me the brush off. But when I started talking, they saw right through my stubble – and laughed hysterically. Anushka Van Staden-Voce, 23, from London, told me: “You are quite convincing but to be honest you look more like a lesbian than an actual man.”

I don’t know whether to be offended or not.

The beautician’s

I ASKED if I could have a chest wax and beauty therapist Melissa Peat, 19, from Essex, looked terrified as she handed me a price list.

When I ‘fessed up, she burst out laughing and told me: “You confused me, asking for a chest wax – if you’d asked for a back wax I might have believed it more because more men ask for that. Your teeth give you away too – they’re so white. You look so much like Lady GaGa at the VMAs, though.”

The men’s toilet

THE dirty looks I got from blokes as I posed for pictures outside the gents’ proved the punters in this east London pub weren’t taken in by my disguise.

Hanging around outside the urinals – a definite low point in my day.

Things did pick up as I had a pint and a game of pool with bar manager Hildo Duarte – he was convinced I was actually Lady GaGa. Hildo, 35 and originally from Brazil, said: “I read The Sun every day and saw GaGa dressed as a man – I thought you were her!

“You don’t look like a man, though. You don’t have the right frame – plus you didn’t enjoy your lager.”

The cafe

WITH my copy of The Sun tucked under my arm I swaggered to the counter and loudly ordered a cup of tea and a bacon roll. There were builders and workmen galore bolting down their fry-ups.

One guy shouted over: “Hey mate can I read your paper after you?” I handed it to him as I left and told him I liked his choice.

He didn’t have a clue I was a girl. Success!

Footie ground

WHETHER it’s because Arsenal fans are in a dazed state at the moment (I learnt this while reading the back pages of The Sun in the cafe) or because Harley Nick looks like a Gooner, no one batted an eyelid as I strolled around north London’s Emirates Stadium.

Sprawling out in the dugout got me in touch with my masculine side and helped me feel like a competitive alpha male.

Verdict

MY alter ego and I had a fun day sipping pints and leering at “birds”. But in all fairness I really didn’t look like a guy despite the disguise.

I can see why GaGa chose this as her latest look. It’s way more comfortable than the high-rise heels and meat dresses she’s worn in the past. Plus it is a laugh chatting up girls and calling everyone “mate”.

It’s my birthday soon – maybe I’ll have a cross-dressing party theme.


Black Rayne Models to Attend Atlanta Black Pride

Posted 08/30/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

Black Rayne models Remy Mars, Trap Boy, Cuban, and Buttah are expected to attend this year’s Atlanta Black Pride.

This comes as newly appointed business manager Cody Prodigy gains relationships from MYATL Productions, FAB5 ATL, and Legendary Reggie Thomas Productions.

The model schedule is as follows: Friday Night at Club Rain with FAB 5 ATL and Reggie Thomas Productions Saturday Night at Club 91 with Reggie Thomas Productions Sunday Night at The Legendary Chapparal Nightclub with MYATL Productions.

Mainstream headliners include Mary J Blige, KeKe Wyatt, Letoya Luckett and Dondria.


Hollywood directed defense, challenged old case against ‘West Memphis Three’

Posted 08/29/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

An overgrown swimming pool sits at the house where Christopher Byers lived in 1993. Six years ago, the defense team rented the home in a bid to resolve old suspicions about Chris’ stepfather, John Mark Byers, and to test a tip. “There was some indication the boys might have been killed in there,” said investigator Ron Lax. No connection to the boys was found. West Memphis Three Gary Gitchell rose to his feet and began to dance. In a hotel bar celebrating the convictions of three murder defendants the world would come to know as the “West Memphis Three,” police inspector Gitchell asked the disc jockey to play a song. As bemused reporters watched that March 1994 night, Gitchell — who’d confidently rated his case an “11” on a 1-to-10 scale — danced with his wife to Bobby Fuller singing, I fought the law and the law won. I fought the law and the law won. Now, 17 years later, the confidence is gone; the case eviscerated. When the state of Arkansas agreed earlier this month to release death row inmate Damien Echols and co-defendants Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, it succumbed to a secret, lavishly funded defense investigation that tapped the deep pockets of Hollywood filmmakers, actors and pop singers, yielding resources the now-retired Gitchell might only dream about. Hollywood director Peter Jackson announced last week he secretly bankrolled much of the investigation — one insider says defense costs might reach $10 million through direct expenditures and in-kind contributions — attacking the state’s case from virtually every angle. They challenged forensic findings and witness statements, uncovered new witnesses and even pointed a finger at a new suspect. Emerging details show just how deep the cash-rich defense was willing to dig to prove its contention that Echols, 36, Baldwin, 34, and Misskelley, 36 — all teenagers from impoverished families when arrested in 1993 — were wrongly convicted for the grisly murders of three 8-year-old West Memphis boys. The defense rented the former homes of two of the victims’ parents, hiring a forensic scientist to pull up carpets and take apart walls in a search to link them to the murders. It brought in a backhoe to dig up the back yard at one of the homes. The defense hired private detectives to tail one parent, and for a time contemplated re-enacting the murders by killing a pig at the crime scene in hopes of gaining new scientific clues. The effort netted a range of new evidence — including a critical finding that placed the DNA of an uncharged parent at the crime scene and another that counters prosecutors’ assertions the victims were cut up with knives in a satanic ritual. The victims’ multiple wounds weren’t caused by knives, a defense panel of forensic experts found, but by animals, perhaps turtles or dogs, feeding on the bodies. Collectively, the evidence raised such doubt about the state’s case, prosecutors feared they could no longer win. “This just can’t happen in the ordinary case,” said Echols’ attorney, Dennis P. Riordan, who said DNA testing alone cost the defense more than $1 million. The case’s intense media interest and celebrity firepower prompted generous donations from sympathizers, unusual even in this age of cynicism of American criminal justice. “I don’t know of any case like this one,” said Bennett L. Gershman, a former prosecutor and a professor at Pace Law School in New York. “Typically, you don’t see these cases generate this kind of huge interest and attention — and certainly not huge attention from celebrities.” Legally, Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley remain guilty. In exchange for their immediate release, each entered an Alford plea, allowing them to maintain their innocence while also immunizing the state from any wrongful-conviction suits that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “They’re fortunate that they’ve been able to attract celebrities and money,” Gershman said. “Money makes a big difference in the criminal justice system.” Tall cattails grow from the old swimming pool in the weed-choked back yard at 1400 East Barton, a vacant, boarded brick house on a corner lot south of Interstate 40. Just down Barton Avenue is Weaver Elementary, where in 1993, classmates Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stevie Branch, each 8 years old, attended second grade. Just north is Robin Hood Hills, the now largely leveled woods where the three boys’ bodies were found May 6, 1993, nude and hog-tied in a watery ditch. In 1993, this corner-lot house was Christopher’s home. He lived here with his mother, now deceased, and John Mark Byers, the stepfather who adopted him. Six years ago, the West Memphis Three defense team quietly took possession of the house, renting it for three months from its current out-of-state owner in a bid to resolve old suspicions about Byers and to test a recent tip about a small pool house in the back yard. “There was some indication the boys might have been killed in there,” said Ron Lax, a Memphis private investigator hired by the defense team. The defense brought in noted forensic scientist Jon J. Nordby, whose University Place, Wash.-based firm, Final Analysis Forensics, specializes in death investigations, bloodstain pattern analysis, trace evidence analysis and crime scene reconstruction. Wheeling in a black travel case loaded with 150 pounds of microscopes, digital SLR cameras, blood-testing reagents and other equipment, Nordby spent a full week on the property, pulling up carpeting, looking into walls and squeezing into crawl spaces. Investigators even located and bought a Ford pickup truck formerly registered to Byers, allowing Nordby to examine it for any blood or trace evidence. “I didn’t find anything that was of any obvious connection to the (murdered) boys or obvious connection to any major blood-shedding event,” said Nordby, who estimates he billed the defense $10,000 to $15,000. Motivating the defense were old suspicions about Byers that began during the 1994 trials when he gave a film crew a folding knife containing a spot of dried, human blood. Echols’ defense called Byers to the witness stand, where he said he once nicked his thumb with the knife while cutting deer venison. His testimony seemed to contradict a police statement in which he said he didn’t recall ever cutting himself with the knife. Suspicions grew as details leaked that Byers worked for the West Memphis police as a drug informant, and later as a national television audience witnessed the behavior of the pony-tailed Arkansan with a brain tumor he nicknamed “Harvey.” In a series of documentary films aired by HBO, Byers quotes Scripture, lobs taunts at Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley and shoots bullets into pumpkins he proclaims as the heads of the three defendants. “The day you die I’m going to praise God,” a finger-wagging Byers says in the original “Paradise Lost” film aired in 1996. But by 2006, after going through Byers’ old house, the defense investigation came to focus on another parent: Terry Hobbs, stepfather of victim Stevie Branch. “I realized there was one person we had never really vetted. That was Terry Hobbs,” said private investigator Lax, who worked for Echols’ original defense in 1993-94 on a tight budget. Back then, the defense was so cash-strapped it eagerly accepted arrangements with HBO filmmakers who paid each defendant $5,000 in exchange for exclusive, behind-the-scenes access. Money was not nearly such an obstacle this time around. Lax estimates his Memphis firm, Inquisitor Inc., billed the defense more than $100,000 between 2004 and 2007. Lax re-entered the case when Riordan, a San Francisco defense lawyer, hired him. Riordan had just come onto the Echols case in late 2003, hired by Lorri Davis, whose support is credited with saving Echols from execution. A landscape architect, Davis gave up her life in New York after watching “Paradise Lost,” became a “Free the West Memphis Three” supporter and eventually married Echols on death row. Despite wide popularity of the films, a burgeoning Internet movement to free the defendants and fundraising by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder since at least 2000, defense appeals foundered. The Echols team was exhausting state appeals and feared they might face one final stand in federal court before execution. That’s when Davis reached out to Riordan. “She called and came out to San Francisco to meet me. I said, ‘God this is impossible,'” Riordan recalled. “Innocence in a death case, God knows, should be quite rare.” Then pieces started coming together. Riordan said Davis secured support from “The Lord of the Rings” film director Peter Jackson and his wife, screenwriter Fran Walsh, who donated huge sums to reopen an investigation starting in 2004. It was as clandestine as any FBI operation. “No one would tell me who was financing it,” said Dan Stidham, Misskelley’s original defense attorney. Though still a staunch advocate who aggressively contended his ex-client falsely confessed to helping Echols and Baldwin brutalize, sexually assault and murder the boys, Stidham could learn little of the probe or its funding. “It was top-secret information,” he said. Working through old suspicions about Byers, the furtive probe turned to Hobbs. Lax said the stepfather, who drove a delivery route for a local ice cream company, had maintained he made a run on the day of the murders. “When we checked with the ice cream company we found out he wasn’t at work that day,” Lax said. “We started getting a whole different picture of him.” A decision was made to get a sample of Hobbs’ DNA to match against known evidence in the case. Detectives with Lax’s firm began following him, hoping he’d throw a cigarette butt out his car window, but soon aborted the plan for a more direct approach. Lax and an employee, Rachael Geiser, went to see Hobbs, who then lived in Memphis. Engaging him in conversation, the detectives took cigarette butts from Hobbs’ ashtray when he wasn’t looking. Serological Research Institute, a DNA testing lab in Richmond, Calif., concluded with a 99.9 percent probability that Hobbs’ DNA matched a hair fragment found in the knot of a shoelace used to bind the hand and foot of victim Michael Moore. The lab also concluded that a hair found on a tree stump near the bodies belonged to a Hobbs associate, a West Memphis man who was with Hobbs around the time the boys disappeared. Hobbs says stepson Stevie often played with the other two young victims in his house, and that his hair could have attached to any of them through normal interaction. Yet DNA testing found the hair and the few other biological materials at the crime scene didn’t belong to Echols, Baldwin or Misskelley, and the defense team sensed this one thin hair raised a mountain of doubt. Yet as the investigation made headway, its leadership at times was divided, its direction uncertain. Davis and Hollywood’s Jackson-Walsh duo often played large roles in directing the probe. Sources say friction developed when Davis pushed against Riordan’s wishes, insisting the defense examine Hobbs’ old West Memphis home as it had done with Byers. Nordby, the forensic scientist, said the defense brought him back to West Memphis in 2006, Davis picking him up at the airport and “hauling me around.” He examined the interior of the former Hobbs residence at 1601 S. McAuley. As in the Byers search, Nordby said he found nothing significant. Shirley Davis, the home’s current owner, said the defense later brought in a backhoe and dug up the back yard, where Hobbs had an in-ground swimming pool that’s since been filled in. Riordan deflected questions about any differences in directing the probe, saying Davis was an effective “organizational force and a fundraising force.” He said Jackson and Walsh did more than contribute money. “Their strategic thinking often proved to be critical to the investigative efforts,” Riordan said. Spokesmen for Jackson and Davis said they had no comment for this article. Byers, 54, denies any involvement in the murders. Once a believer in the defendants’ guilt, he now says they’re innocent and is among the most vocal of those accusing Hobbs. “He found the opportunity to kill them and he did!” Byers shouted to TV cameras outside the courthouse in Jonesboro, Ark., on Aug. 19, when the defendants were released. Hobbs, too, says he’s innocent. Like Byers, he hasn’t been charged. “… The rumors and accusations that have flown ever since that day (of the murders) have torn lives and families apart,” Hobbs, now divorced from Stevie’s mother, Pam, said in a written statement last week. “I am one of those who continue to pay that cost.” Reached at a North Memphis lumber yard where he works as a salesman, Hobbs, 53, declined comment. “It’s time to let this go,” he said. Commenting on the defendants’ release on his Facebook page, Jackson called the convictions “farcical,” a sentiment shared by many critics of the case. Those criticisms start with Misskelley, a mentally slow 17-year-old in 1993 who got critical details wrong in his confession, including the time of the murders and the manner in which the victims were bound. They continue with a laundry list of offenses: Examples of police losing evidence and missing clues; witnesses recanting police statements and testimony; prosecutors putting on testimony from an “occult expert” with a mail-order degree. The revived defense investigation a decade later added more: New witnesses who place Hobbs with the victims near the time the victims disappeared; evidence of juror misconduct in finding Echols guilty; new doubts over witness accounts that Echols admitted to the murders at a softball game prior to his arrest. Prosecutors feared Judge David Laser, who’d already scheduled evidentiary hearings on the new evidence for December, would order a new trial. “These defendants, the state believes, could very easily have been acquitted,” Pros. Atty. Scott Ellington, who took office this year and wasn’t involved in the original prosecutions, said in announcing the release. One of the most damaging findings is the radical re-interpretation of the scores of small wounds covering the victims’ bodies. Prosecutors contended the wounds involved mutilation with serrated survivalist-type knives — a claim supported by Misskelley in his confession. But Nordby, the defense forensic scientist, saw something else — something known in forensic science as post-mortem animal predation. “There were some radical flaws in the autopsies of these boys and some radical misinterpretations of data,” he said. “They were horribly murdered, yes, but it was not the kind of stuff they were trying to sell to the jury.” Nordby concluded the wounding, mostly superficial cuts, came from marine animals, likely one or more species of local turtles, after the bodies were dumped in water. He said the defense considered killing a pig at the crime scene to learn more about the predation process, a plan that evidently didn’t materialize. Nonetheless, the defense interpretation was reviewed and ratified by nationally recognized forensic experts, including Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner of New York City, and noted pathologist Dr. Vincent DiMaio. The prosecution’s theory of a ritualistic slaying seemed to fit well on Echols, who as a teen dabbled in witchcraft and reported to mental health professionals that he’d been drinking human blood since age 10, cutting or biting a willing partner or even attacking a rival and sucking to obtain “power and strength.” “It makes me feel like a god,” he told a counselor four months before the murders. Teens interviewed by police said Echols associated with a self-styled Wiccan group called the “Order of the Divine Light” that practiced a rite of initiation proscribed by occult author Raymond Buckland in which initiates remove their clothing and allow their hands to be bound behind the back. The popular story line about Echols now is that prosecutors pinned the murders on him because he was different, dressed in black and listened to unconventional music. Yet Echols, who appears in recent TV interviews as measured and soft-spoken, projected a starkly different image in 1993. A troubled teen committed three times for psychiatric evaluation before the murders, he talked of habitually drinking human blood, blew kisses to grieving victim families in court and once told a clinical social worker he has “conversations with demons” and that when his white-hot anger went off the only solution was to “hurt someone.” Yet when it came to hard evidence — physical evidence — the case was thin. Recent DNA testing on three bits of biological matter found on Chris Byers’ tennis shoe and a fourth on Stevie Branch’s body excluded not just Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley but other key parties, including Hobbs. So far, the defense has paid for the expensive testing. Prosecutor Ellington said last week the state crime lab can run DNA profiles through a database of known criminals to check for matches. Attorneys are hopeful advances in DNA technology might identify extremely minute bits of matter, including any that might be clinging to the victims’ clothing. Barring any new disclosures, the case may remain forever unresolved. Former police detective Gitchell and John Fogleman, the lead prosecutor in 1994 and now an Arkansas judge, have declined interviews; for now, at least, the three released defendants are in seclusion. For Nordby, the case offers a lesson. “There’s a syndrome we call lock in, lock on and lock out,” he said, explaining a police propensity to at times lock onto a theory and then lock out any evidence that contradicts it. “I’ve seen that time and time again,” he said. “And then all the other evidence is ignored.”


Chaz Bono Will Do Dancing With The Stars!

Posted 08/29/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

Chaz Bono, 42, has signed on for the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Chaz is the only child that American entertainers Sonny and Cher had together, though each had children from other relationships.

Chaz is a female-to-male transgender man.

Perez Hilton reports that Chaz has signed on the dotted line and that he will be paired with a female professional dancer.

It will make for an interesting season of Dancing With The Stars. DWTS claimed this season the show would not be all about “D” list stars they were looking for more high profile ones. The official cast announcement will be held Monday on the Bachelor pad. So far the only high profile celeb is Chaz.

Are you excited about the season 13 cast announcement? Who would you like to see on Dancing With The Stars this season?


David Arquette joins possible ‘DWTS’ lineup

Posted 08/28/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

Before ABC announces the official lineup for next season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” more sneak peeks keep coming in.

The latest spoilers point toward David Arquette. TMZ reports that the actor was spotted at the rehearsal studio to meet his professional dance partner, who is rumored to be Kym Johnson. The Australian dancer won last season’s competition with then partner and NFL star Hines Ward.

Possibly joining the celeb list is Paris Hilton’s aunt Kim Richards. Celebuzz reports the actress and reality star (“Escape to Witch Mountain,” “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) is rumored to have been rehearsing in the studio. Aside from being a former child star, Richards is also known for her roles in television’s “Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Love Boat.”

Arquette and Richards join the already long list of possible “DWTS” celebs including “Saved by the Bell” star and Long Beach native Tiffani Thiessen, Queen Latifah, “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and reality star Rob Kardashian. Other possible contenders are fashion designer Kristin Cavallari, singer Christina Milian and Mike Tyson.

ABC will announce the official celebrity lineup of “Dancing with the Stars” during the reality show “Bachelor Pad” on August 29. The 13th season will premiere on September 19.


Celeb charities to come under scrutiny

Posted 08/28/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

Australian charities run by celebrities look set to come under scrutiny, following revelations the McGrath Foundation spent barely a tenth of the funds raised in 2009 and 2010.

While plenty of public and corporate donors poured money into the charity, the donations for ‘future operations’ now sits at $10 million.

The Shane Warne Foundation, another celebrity endorsed charity, does not produce any accounts despite holding glitzy events each year.


Young Jeezy at Celebrity Theatre

Posted 08/27/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

Young Jeezy may not know how to ride a beat or rap for more than ten seconds without losing his breath, but he was certainly able to keep it gangsta last night at Celebrity Theatre.

Rapping to a half-empty venue in support of his upcoming album, Thug Motivation 103, Jeezy delivered a set list packed full of gritty street anthems like “Trap Or Die”, “Soul Survivor” and “Put On”.

Although he couldn’t replicate his studio delivery on stage and sounded more like an asthmatic amateur than a platinum-selling star, he still managed to exude enough confidence and energy to sell the audience on the authenticity of his lyrics.

Oh, and there was that unexpected Katt Williams brawl.

​Because he built his career around his well-deserved reputation as a cocaine slinging, gang-affiliated bad ass and not around his skills as an M.C., the rapper’s shortcomings as a performer did little to detract from fans’ enjoyment.

Jeezy has been promoting the release of the same perpetually pushed back album since he came to town more than two years ago with Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy.

Since he hasn’t put out a successful mainstream single in ages, the crowd was largely devoid of the well-mannered, suburban youth demographic that one would typically find at a big name rap show and the audience seemed a lot rougher and tougher as a result.

All that gangsta posturing on stage and around the venue reached critical mass about halfway through the show when an epic fight erupted in the V.I.P. Area as “I Luv It” began.

Comedian Katt Williams, a throng of his groupies and a pack of hulking bouncer types converged in a prolonged orgy of violence that lasted almost as long as the song did — it’s hard to say what exactly caused the throw-down, but who really cares?

After ejecting an angry, shirtless Williams from the show (who departed once his female companions finished recovering their wigs), a visibly irritated Jeezy ordered the stage lights off and outdid the spectacle of the fight by performing “Soul Survivor” almost exclusively by the light of the audience’s cell phones.

This was probably the highlight of the show, although the rapper’s monologues between songs about overcoming adversity by stunting on your haters were a close second.

All things considered, the show was a success, and Celebrity Theater is the perfect place for a show like this.

The layout is terrific, and while the stage unfortunately wasn’t rotating for this concert, there aren’t a lot of venues that allow a big audience the opportunity to get so up close and personal with a performer.

Jeezy may have sounded a little clumsy and uncoordinated, but he performed until sweat poured off of him and ultimately delivered the unique brand of realness that his fans appreciate him for, even going so far as to remove his diamond chains and wade into the crowd.

Critic’s Notebook

Last Night: Young Jeezy at Celebrity Theatre

The Crowd: Flabby thugs with bloodshot eyes and women who look like they haven’t seen a bar of soap in at least a couple weeks.

Overheard In The Crowd: “Is that Katt Williams or a backup dancer?”

Personal Bias: I’m pretty sure Trap Or Die is the best mixtape I’ve ever heard. If you download it and listen to “Pussy Ass Niggas” every day on the way to work your life will only get more awesome.


ICM Registry Removes Select Celebrity Names from .XXX

Posted 08/27/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

ICM Registry has permanently removed hundreds, possibly thousands of celebrities’ names from the new .xxx domain as a protective measure.

The high-profile celebs have had their .xxx address placed into a permanent “reserved” status, according to a report by London’s The Register.

The move appears to be an effort to prevent cybersquatters or adult webmasters from registering domains such as BritneySpears.xxx as a way to drive traffic.

The report said it also means that many celebrities will not have to pay to protect their names in the forthcoming .xxx “sunrise period” or take cybersquatters to court in the future.

ICM has not published its list of reserved names.

The criteria for inclusion appears to be based on one’s notoriety, rather than perceived sex appeal. It also includes the names of deceased high-profile people such as Elvis.xxx and MarilynMonroe.xxx, as well as politicians such as President Obama.


David Arquette set to compete on new season of Dancing With The Stars

Posted 08/26/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

Actor David Arquette is set to compete on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, according to reports.

TMZ.com claims the 39-year-old TV star was spotted at rehearsals for the hit ABC show and will team up with Australian professional dancer Kym Johnson.

The stunning blonde, 35, was crowned the winner of season 12 alongside her celeb partner, NFL star Hines Ward.

Arquette is expected to join a glittering array of competitors including Jersey Shore party girl Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, rapper Queen Latifah and reality TV’s Robert Kardashian.

The new cast will be officially unveiled next week and the show will premiere in September.

No doubt Arquette is attempting to get his career back on track following his split from actress Courteney Cox last October after 11 years of marriage.

In the aftermath of their break up, the Scream star hit the partying circuit hard and raised eyebrows by bragging about his extramarital flings.

He entered rehab in January and announced his commitment to sobriety once he finished his month-long treatment.


Nasty Nick’s second little Celeb Big Brother column

Posted 08/26/11 in News | 0 Comments | Write Comment

We’re almost a week in, so what does the former housemate make of the celeb inhabitants of the BB house?

It has to be said that this year’s Celebrity Big Brother has far superior production values than previous shows. The use of music, graphics and other clever devices are first rate. I can only imagine that Channel 4 might be slightly miffed they are not broadcasting the show this season.

But don’t let me get too carried away: the regular Big Brother – due to start in September – will be the barometer of how popular the new show really is. If it maintains these five million+ viewing figures, then Channel 5 will be very happy indeed.

This week’s Egyptian task, which saw the housemates dressing up as mummies and playing musical chairs, was silly, although it did give former Harrods owner (and friend of channel 5’s boss) Mohamed Al Fayed the opportunity to hand out his business cards to all of the female housemates.

Good tasks can really make the show and the last Big Brother featured some that were genuinely funny (and fairly difficult) but the only task that has impressed me so far this series was Darryn’s paparazzi task where he had to slyly take pictures of the contestants.

Kerry Katona’s ‘Diva task’ on Day One just fell flat as she didn’t really want to do it. Although making her nominate two other housemates when she failed the task made for good (but uncomfortable) viewing. She tactically voted for the mute male model Bobby and not-so-popular politician’s wife Sally Bercow. She chose wisely so she should be safe. For now.

Kerry has been given a good edit so far, so unless she goes into voluntary meltdown, she should be in for a while longer and may even win. The art of staying in the house is quite simple: do not upset people, keep extreme views to yourself, do not argue with or put down the most popular housemates and always think what you are about to say. It’s not rocket science, but occasionally it’s easy to forget the camera is there and you regret this at your peril.

I’ve decided I like Paddy. His thick Irish accent is hard to understand most of the time and he’s a bit of a stirrer (he told Tara Reid that Darryn saw her as the ‘enemy’) but I’m sure he won’t take any nonsense.

Darryn, on the hand, is a little pleased with himself. What are those fake abs all about it? He still looks fat!

Both model Bobby and young soap actor Lucien have been dull so far as has TOWIE’s Amy Childs. They don’t seem to have any sparkle to their characters which could be down to their age, although Bobby got a bit feisty after a few drinks on Tuesday night’s show. More of that please!

Sally, Pamela and Tara seem nice enough but all slightly damaged to various degrees. Jedward are just excitable children after one too many bottles of Coke but they’ll do well in the show as it is hard to hate them.

I look forward to the next few days when they’ll all start really winding each other up. That’s a given.