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6Kim Kardashian: Paris Jackson “Lived in the Moment” at Michael’s Memorial

Hey kids! So, I’m in NYC right now, having a blast and chasing down stories. I attended a party tonight for 3 Olives and the launch of their new bubblegum-flavored vodka. I didn’t try it, but the verdict was that it was “weird but good.” Go figure. Or just go buy a bottle.

Kim Kardashian was hosting the event, so I got a chance to speak with her. We talked about Paris Jackson’s moving speech at her father’s memorial (you can view it here) and Kim weighed in with some of her own experience. “I spoke at my father’s funeral,” she said, referring to the late Robert Kardashian, “and that was the hardest thing I had to do, and I was 22, and she’s only 11. I just thought it was really brave of her. But it was really something she wanted to do. She wasn’t scheduled to talk, but you could very much see that day that she wanted to say something to all the people. She was standing on the side saying she wanted to speak. I was so glad that I spoke at my father’s funeral, even though I was really nervous and thought I couldn’t do it, but that one opportunity to speak your mind is so important, and she lived in the moment.”

So what’s up next for Kim?

“I’m producing my own shows,” she says. “I think that’s the next step for me, getting in the background and producing. I love the whole process of making a show, creating a show and seeing it come to life. There’s a competition-type show, a reality show, there’s a few that I have in the works.”

I really wanted to show you guys what a red carpet looks like from a reporter’s perspective. These things are INSANE. So I took video of Kim & Khloe doing the carpet. The audio is relatively quiet in the video, but in person it’s just deafening screams coming from every direction yelling at every person about everything. It’s a total madhouse. Every time I see one of things things in person it just blows me away. That said, all the reporters and photographers on the carpet got along really well this time, and I met some fantastic folks from People, Star, Life & Style and E!, all of whom were covering the event as well. I made friends! And we all sat there and made fun of the celebs when we weren’t talking to them. I have found my people.

July 9, 2009 at 11:12 pm by Evil Beet

28I Need Some Television, People.

God, there is hardly anything on television during the summer and I’m losing my mind over it.  How do I fill my hours each evening?  Will I have to resort to … reading? 

The Television Editor over at Boston Now (as well as the author of a great column titled “Two Tivos to Paradise”) pretty much keeps me up to date on what summer shows premiere and when.  It’s pretty helpful, since I don’t know how to work my program guide or my DVR.  

Speaking of summer shows, I do have one favorite returning on July 21st — Hell’s Kitchen Season 6.  See video above of ex-Marine Joseph asking Gordon Ramsay if he wants to step outside.  I hope Gordon shoves a John Dory up this guy’s rectum.

Unfortunately, reality television will never be what it was when it was just a novelty.  Back then, people just were themselves, but then came the Omarosas of the world and now everyone secures an agent before they appear on these shows. 

Anyway, that’s enough for today.  I’m off to read.  Or … needlepoint.  Gag.

July 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm by Wendie
Filed Under: Gordon Ramsay

7Jim Carrey To Be A Grandfather

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It doesn’t even seem possible that Jim Carrey is old enough to be a grandfather, but it’s the next role he’s slated for.

Carrey confirmed to E! News that his only child, 21-year-old Jane is expecting her first child with her longtime boyfriend, Nitro.  He’s in music — he fronts the band Blood Money — and his real name is Alex Santana, but can you just imagine the joy of learning that your daughter is knocked up by a dude who answers to Nitro?  Ah, young love.

Hey, does this make Jenny McCarthy a grandmother?  Because my mood will improve considerably if that’s the case.

July 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm by Wendie
Filed Under: Jim Carrey

13What Is Mickey Rourke Doing?

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Now that Mickey Rourke has rebounded and is probably somewhat flush again, it seems he’s throwing some of his newly-earned cash at his plastic surgeon … though I do find it near impossible that he’s actually paying someone to do this to his face.

Back in the ’80s, there was a show called Beauty and the Beast starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton.  Just from the title you can probably figure out the plot.  In a greatly abridged nutshell, Vincent the man-beast falls in love with Catherine the beauty and society doesn’t understand.

If you’re failing to see the connection, it is this:  Why is Mickey Rourke’s plastic surgeon turning him into Vincent the man-beast?

July 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm by Wendie
Filed Under: Mickey Rourke

13Gwyneth Paltrow Detoxes, Still Can’t Get Rid Of Self-Righteousness

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At a time when websites are closing down left and right GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow’s site that promotes spiritual betterment through buying quality cashmere, lives on. 

In her most recent entry, Gwyn acts like an ass by talking about what’s coming out of her ass.  If you eat healthy and take care of yourself — and you’d think that working out with Madge would qualify — you shouldn’t need to do a detox.  But she ballooned to a size four, so off to the colonic spa she went.  

Here are all the deets, so you and the rest of the masses can go on her detox plan.  Because really, who doesn’t want to be just like Goopaltrow?

“I am finishing the amazing three-week-long ‘Clean’ detox program,” the Oscar winner, 36, writes in her latest GOOP newsletter. “I feel pure and happy and much lighter.”

Paltrow, who earlier this year detailed a detox that she says helped her to shed unwanted holiday pounds, claims slimming down was her motivation this time, too. “I dropped the extra pounds that I had gained during a majorly [sic] fun and delicious ‘relax and enjoy life phase’ about a month ago,” she writes.

Paltrow turned to cardiologist and detoxification specialist Dr. Alejandro Junger for advice. His tips included avoiding processed foods and allergens and eating organic, as well as “[making]] time for ‘detox-enhancing’ habits such as sauna, massage, hot and cold baths and skin brushing,” he writes. “All of these improve circulation and increase perspiration, which help fuel your body’s natural cleansing system.”

For Paltrow, the best part of the program may have been her sense of renewed energy. “This program allowed me to work and exercise regularly, something I cannot do if I am on a liquid-only detox,” she says. “I followed it to the letter and I can report that it worked wonders.”

July 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm by Wendie
Filed Under: Gwyneth Paltrow

3Sisterly Love Gone Oh So Wrong

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Oprah is working on a Brady Bunch reunion — and no, I don’t know why — and all surviving members are on board, except one.  According to Marsha, Marsha, Marsha (or, whatever, actress Maureen McCormick), Eve Plumb (Jan) won’t be attending. 

McCormick blogged:  “All of us said yes except for one person, Eve Plumb, who used to be my best friend but now apparently wants to distance herself from the show and, most troubling, from me … I have no idea why, unless she’s mad at the joke I made a few years ago that we’d had a lesbian love affair. I made the crack to be funny — and for shock value. I’m sorry if she took offense.”  Yeah, Maureen McCormick actually made the “joke” last year, just in time for the release of her autobiography “Here’s the Story.”  I’m sure it helped her sell a few books.

Plumb’s agent replied to the blog by stating, “No one from Oprah called. We haven’t turned down anything. There is no feud.”

The most shocking part of this whole story?  Eve Plumb has an agent.

July 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm by Wendie
Filed Under: Maureen McCormick