Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Cosmopolitan versus Vibe. Cosmo went with a photo of Miley Cyrus flashing enough sideboob (inner sideboob?) to make The Huffington Post’s celeb writers jump for joy.
Every Sunday, Hollywood-based Australian syndicated radio show The Hot Hits counts down LA’s top 35 songs and features interviews with various celebrities. Starting February 3, the program will have a new host.
The self-confessed pop-culture brainiac and video game fanatic will be moving to Los Angeles and she couldn’t be more excited about it. “It’s my dream job!” Maude says. “‘I’m able to completely indulge in my love of pop culture, from music to movies and gossip! Moving to LA to attend premieres, interview the biggest celebrities and talk about my obsession with video games…. somebody pinch me!”
The Rapture never came May 21. Nor on Harold Camping‘s revised date of October 21. But switch around those numerals and swap out one weird guy for another, and you’ve got the next best thing for Angelenos–Weird Al Yankovic‘s “Alpocalypse” tour performance at the Pantages Theatre this Saturday, November 12.
One big difference between Harold’s Rapture and Al’s ‘Pocalypse is the fact that in the latter case, children under five will not be admitted. From the show’s promotional blurb:
Weird Al’s first full-length studio album in nearly five years debuted at No. 9 on the U.S. album charts, marking the highest-charting album of his storied career. Alpocalypse features the much-talked-about Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way” as well as parodies of hits by Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, T.I. and B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars. Al and his long-time bandmates were aided and abetted in the recording studio by guest appearances from Taylor Hanson and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek.
Our report last week about the record-breaking August numbers for LATimes.com included the rather remarkable stat of 3.5 million page views registered by the relatively new blog “Ministry of Gossip.” So we thought we’d check in with Christie D’Zurilla (pictured), the USC print journalism and chemistry major (!) who runs the site. She began her career at the Orange County Register before landing at the Times feature-entertainment copy desk in 2003.
“When we started the blog from scratch, the idea of hitting a million monthly page views seemed outrageous,” D’Zurilla tells FishbowlLA via email, “until we did it the first full month out of the gate (thanks, Tiger Woods and Adam Lambert). One of the coolest things about our August numbers and what they represent is that our readers came for a variety of stories across the board, rather than spiking on some huge scandal that broke on a holiday weekend.”
D’Zurilla, who shares the Ministry page with fellow blogger Matt Donnelly, references one of his recent items as an example of the fringe benefits that come with increased traffic. “I was the first person to hunt down and interview the Old Spice Guy, Isaiah Mustafa, in February 2010. Back then, it took eight days before anyone found the story and picked it up–even counting our LAT compadres.”
Hollywood, however, is a different story. Patrick has already started his own clothing company, and just recently landed a modeling agent. And then there are the starlets:
“I just saw Tallulah over winter break,” he says, referring to the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. “I was at their house in Sun Valley.” Although he just reunited with an ex, Patrick cockily refers to his tweet-mates Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez as “girls for the future.”
In an interview appearing in the March issue of GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus speaks openly about the troubles that have recently plagued his family. In case you haven’t been reading the tabloids, highlights include: Billy Ray and his wife have split after 17 years of marriage, and his 18-year-old daughter Miley Cyrus has been spotted drinking, smoking a bong, and cavorting in clubs.
Billy Ray places much of the blame on Hannah Montana, the Disney TV show in which he and Miley both starred. He tells to GQ, “I’ll tell you right now—the damn show destroyed my family.” When asked if he wishes Hannah Montana had never happened, he replys:
I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody okay, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.
In this day and age of a zillion would-be YouTube stars, it helps to have an edge. For 14-year-old LA based singer-actress Keely Marshall, who has made waves singing the national anthem at various sporting events, the YouTube edge is dad Kevin Marshall, head of Marshall Advertising in Tampa, Florida and an avowed Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
After Keely recorded a twangy ode to the Steelers, “Drive for 7,” dad went to work, posting links on various Steelers-related web pages and blasting out a press release, even though the video at press time is at a modest 12,500 views:
As you may have heard, spurred on by “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage‘s “It Gets Better” campaign–an effort to stem the tide of bullying against gay teens–gossip blogger Perez Hilton has made a very public vow to be nicer. Yes, this the same Perez Hilton who makes a living by calling celebrities bitchy names like “Maniston” (Jennifer Aniston) and posting pictures of celebs he doesn’t like with semen photoshopped on their chin.
So…how’s that whole nice working out?
So far the results seem mixed. The site’s been pretty bland today. But Hilton just couldn’t resist taking a dig at one of his favorite targets: Miley Cyrus.
The headline above is in reference to a video Hilton posted of the singer Ke$ha, entitled “Ke$ha getting served a buffet of dicks,” which shows the starlet drunk and asking a bunch of cameramen to whip out their respective junk for her inspection. Hmmm, comparing 17-year-old Cyrus with a drunk 23-year-old adult trying to get a peak at some wiener…
Just a hint Perez. If you’re really looking to become less of a bully, 17-year-old girls are probably the ones you should lay off of first.
Besides shooting Miley Cyrus without a shirt on, Leibovitz’s biggest scandal last year was the news of her mounting debt, some of which has been apparently relieved by selling seven of these pre-scandal pics of the golf star to the Condé Nast title. Tiger’s camp still has yet to issue a statement on the sexy pics, or the accompanying article by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who didn’t hesitate in re-structuring his interview with Woods to include the star’s off-color jokes like, “He rubbed the tips of his shoes together and then asked the women, ‘What’s this?’ They were stumped. ‘It’s a black guy taking off his condom.’”