Friday, December 8, 2006

And murderers and child molesters walk

Entertainment News
L.A. movie pirate gets seven years
December 4, 2006 05:45:45

By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A Hollywood man accused of using a video camcorder to record movies has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Johnny Ray Gasca was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson after a jury found him guilty of three misdemeanor counts of copyright infringement related to his covert use of a camcorder in movie theaters.

Gasca was arrested by state authorities in September 2002 after being ejected from a private screening of "The Core." He was carrying a black leather bag containing expensive recording equipment.

Gasca subsequently fled custody for 15 months, authorities said.

"This sentence marks the conclusion of a lengthy investigation and trial involving charges of copyright infringement, witness intimidation and escape," said J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

The Grammy's have already lost a lot of credibility but this is ridiculous

49th GRAMMY Nominees Announced
December 7, 2006

Nominations for the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers were nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garnered multiple nominations. The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 11, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

The press event was held at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Chris Brown, Evanescence's Amy Lee, Ludacris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rascal Flatts, Justin Timberlake and KT Tunstall.

Mary J. Blige tops the nominations with eight, while Red Hot Chili Peppers garner six, James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, and John Williams each earn five nods. Beyoncé, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I and Justin Timberlake receive four each.

"These nominations truly reflect a diverse and vibrant community of music makers and creators who represent some of the most remarkable music of the year," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "Once again, the GRAMMY Awards process has delivered a well-rounded group of excellent nominees, which promises music lovers a spectacular show filled with dynamic performances and 'GRAMMY Moments' that can only be seen on the GRAMMY Awards telecast."

In the General Field, nominees for Album Of The Year are Taking The Long Way by the Dixie Chicks, St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley, Continuum by John Mayer, Stadium Arcadium by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake. Nominees for Record Of The Year are "Be Without You" (Mary J. Blige), "You're Beautiful" (James Blunt), "Not Ready To Make Nice" (Dixie Chicks), "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley) and "Put Your Records On" (Corinne Bailey Rae). The Best New Artist nominees are rock troubadour James Blunt, R&B singer Chris Brown, British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap, neo-soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae and country singer Carrie Underwood.

This year's Song Of The Year nominees represent multiple genres from pop to R&B to country. Nominated songwriters include Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry for "Be Without You" (performed by Blige); Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson for "Jesus, Take The Wheel" (performed by Carrie Underwood); Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson for "Not Ready To Make Nice" (performed by the Dixie Chicks); John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou and Corinne Bailey Rae for "Put Your Records On" (performed by Rae); and James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek for "You're Beautiful" (performed by Blunt).

Earning five of her eight nominations in the R&B Field, Mary J. Blige dominates the Field. Among her nods, in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category she earned a nomination for "Be Without You," along with Beyoncé ("Ring The Alarm"), Mariah Carey ("Don't Forget About Us"), Natalie Cole ("Day Dreaming") and India.Arie ("I Am Not My Hair"). In the Best R&B Album category, her Breakthrough album vies with Jamie Foxx's Unpredictable; India.Arie's Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship; Prince's 3121; and Lionel Richie's Coming Home. Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals nods go to George Benson & Al Jarreau for "Breezin'"; Jamie Foxx featuring Mary J. Blige for "Love Changes"; Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams & Carl Thomas for "Everyday (Family Reunion)"; John Legend & Joss Stone with Van Hunt for "Family Affair" (Sly & The Family Stone); and Prince & Támar for "Beautiful, Loved And Blessed."

In the Pop Field, nominations for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal went to the Black Eyed Peas for "My Humps"; Death Cab For Cutie for "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"; the Fray for "Over My Head (Cable Car)"; Keane for "Is It Any Wonder?"; and the Pussycat Dolls for "Stickwitu." Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals nods go to Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder for "For Once In My Life"; Mary J. Blige & U2 for "One"; Sheryl Crow & Sting for "Always On Your Side"; Nelly Furtado & Timbaland for "Promiscuous"; and Shakira & Wyclef Jean for "Hips Don't Lie." And the nominees for Best Pop Vocal Album include Back To Basics by Christina Aguilera, Back To Bedlam by James Blunt, The River In Reverse by Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, Continuum by John Mayer, and FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Raconteurs, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Neil Young earned nominations in the Rock Field. Vying for Best Rock Album are the John Mayer Trio's Try!; Tom Petty's Highway Companion; the Raconteurs' Broken Boy Soldiers; Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium; and Neil Young's Living With War. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal nominees are Coldplay with "Talk," the Fray for "How To Save A Life," the Raconteurs for "Steady, As She Goes," Red Hot Chili Peppers for "Dani California" and U2 & Green Day for "The Saints Are Coming." And Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance nominees are Beck ("Nausea"), Bob Dylan ("Someday Baby"), John Mayer ("Route 66"), Tom Petty ("Saving Grace") and Neil Young ("Lookin' For A Leader").

In the Rap Field, Missy Elliott competes with male rappers in the Best Rap Solo Performance category with "We Run This." Other nominations in this category are "Touch It" by Busta Rhymes, "Kick, Push" by Lupe Fiasco, "Undeniable" by Mos Def and "What You Know" by T.I. In the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, nominations go to Akon featuring Eminem ("Smack That"), Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z ("Deja Vu"), Eminem featuring Nate Dogg ("Shake That"), Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris ("Unpredictable") and Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. ("My Love").

The Dixie Chicks earn two of their five nominations in the Country Field. In the Best Country Album category, their Taking The Long Way is nominated along with Like Red On A Rose by Alan Jackson, The Road To Here by Little Big Town, You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker by Willie Nelson and Your Man by Josh Turner. For Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice" is up against the Duhks' "Heaven's My Home," Little Big Town's "Boondocks," Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts The Most" and the Wreckers' "Leave The Pieces." Nods for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals go to Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles for "Who Says You Can't Go Home," Solomon Burke & Dolly Parton for "Tomorrow Is Forever," Kenny Rogers & Don Henley for "Calling Me," Rhonda Vincent & Bobby Osborne for "Midnight Angel" and Trisha Yearwood & Garth Brooks for "Love Will Always Win."

This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, nominations reflect established professionals across multiple genres with nods going to Howard Benson, T Bone Burnett, Danger Mouse, Rick Rubin and

In the newly re-named Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album category, the nominations are Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 by Jackson Browne; Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash; Workbench Songs by Guy Clark; Modern Times by Bob Dylan; and All The Roadrunning by Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris.

Best Jazz Vocal Album nominees are Footprints by Karrin Allyson, Easy To Love by Roberta Gambarini, Live At Jazz Standard With Fred Hersch by Nancy King, From This Moment On by Diana Krall and Turned To Blue by Nancy Wilson.

The Best Gospel Performance category features nominees Yolanda Adams ("Victory"), Israel & New Breed ("Not Forgotten"), Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers ("The Blessing Of Abraham"), Chris Tomlin ("Made To Worship") and Tye Tribbett & G.A. ("Victory"). Vying for Best Traditional Gospel Album are An Invitation To Worship by Byron Cage, Paved The Way by the Caravans, Still Keeping It Real by the Dixie Hummingbirds, Alive In South Africa by Israel & New Breed and Finalé Act One by Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers.

GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed to the voting members of The Recording Academy on Dec. 13. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 10, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.


YouTube picks of the day

Jessica Simpson makes an asshat out of herself

Trapped in the CLAUSet

Ever wonder what the those skanky celebrity crotches are saying?

Someone had a whole LOT of time, but it's awesome

This is an old one, but if you've never seen it, you have to. It's so true

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Rant - Something I never realized when I was a kid

So the new Charlotte's Web movie is coming out soon and I was thinking about the story and something hit me: If there was a spider that could weave words, not to mention big, sophisticated words like "radiant" and "terrific," into a web, wouldn't the spider and not some dumb pig be the talk of the town?

I'm a vegetartian and a member of the ASPCA so I'm all for saving pigs and all but why did Wilbur get all the fame? Why was there no "Zuckerman's Famous Spider" song? Those townspeople read the webs and thought "Yeah, that pig
is radiant, terrific, and humble (not! on that last one)!" How dumb were they? Did they even stop to wonder how the hell a spider could write a word into a web and how terrific a spider would have to be to be able to do that? Asshats! No love for Charlotte. She was the Andrew Ridgley of the farm. And what did she get for it? Nothing. She DIED!!! Probably way before her time because she was as overworked as Paris Hilton's vagina from weaving all those fancy webs for Wilbur.

This is bothering me more than it should, huh? Oh well, maybe since Julia Roberts is playing Charlotte in the movie, she'll demand a little respect for her, you know, since she's a divabitch and all. I still want to see the movie, just for Steve Buscemi though.

Tim Owt?


Tim Gunn may not be returning for Project Runway's fourth season!! How the hell can they let this happen? How much would Project Runway suck without him? I don't see how they can get around not having him. Maybe it can be like on a soap opera where there will be a voiceover that says "The part of Tim Gunn will now be played by Santino" and then Santino comes out and does his Tim Gunn impression. They'd have to throw [Where's] Andre in too though. No, scratch that, there is just no replacement for Tim. Please write your local congressmen and demand they find a way to make it work.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Asinine Paris Hilton Quote of the Day

“It’s been my dream to have four babies by 30.” “I look after animals, so I’d have a lot to give my kids.”



"I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans."

CONGRATS GWENNIE! BTW, No one is buying your lame backpeddle.

Maybe Madonna can adopt them

December 6, 2006 -- BRITNEY Spears' wild and crazy nights with new pals Paris Hilton and Brandon "Greasy Bear" Davis have caught the eye not only of her concerned fans and the public - but also of the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services.

A source close to the singer said, "The department has been calling Britney trying to set up a meeting with her, so they can check on [Spears' baby sons Sean Preston and Jaden James]. The calls started after this recent bout of bizarre public behavior."

But they are not the only ones worried about Spears.

Her family is aghast at her all-night partying with Hilton and Davis and were mortified when, on four separate occasions, Spears was shot by paparazzi not wearing any underwear.

The family source said her mother, Lynne, "is very disturbed and has been trying to get a hold of Britney, but she can't. Lynne, Britney's brother, Brian, and her dad, Jamie, are very upset and are trying to stage an intervention with [Spears' manager] Larry Rudolph's help."

A rep for the Department of Children & Family Services in L.A. didn't return calls.

But it wouldn't be the first time the family service agency's social workers paid a visit to Spears. On April 8, representatives for the department, along with the L.A. County Sheriff's office, went to the Malibu home Spears shared at the time with hubby Kevin Federline after Sean Preston fell from a high chair and hit his head while he was under the care of a nanny.

Another friend of Spears said it is possible the department is now merely following up on that original visit. But the Spears household has probably become even less stable since April.

Three different times, Britney has checked into L.A. hotels like the Viceroy with Hilton, rather than go home to her sons, who are presumably being watched by her mother.

Us Weekly reports that father Jamie recently had a stern talk with his Britney. The magazine notes, "He was not happy with her antics . . . He told her that she's a grown woman and needs to act like one, and she's been making bad decisions."


RIP - Vaughniston 2005-2006

Vince and Jen are on a break. It's soooo over. She is not his baby. So sad, they were money together.


Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Ponder this

Why is Janet Jackson taking style tips from Flavor of Love's New York?


Whasup bitches? I'm Baby Ruth and this is my damn blog. See, I noticed we are in desperate need of another place to snark on the latest gossip, fugly ensembles, and drunken crotchshots. Because there just aren't enough celebrity blog sites, don'tcha agree? So I bring you Asshat Hollywood (get it?)

(I'll wait)

(Ok? Good.)

So relax, grab a Boone's Mountain Berry (official drink of Asshat Hollywood), ditch your panties and let's see how this goes. Why does that sound so familiar?