My List 15 Things I Think Everybody Should Know, by Brad Pitt:
( DON says try not to feel overwhelmed by him...it's hard, as a certain female seems to have had a huge impact on him)
The Drug War:
I'll agree that drugs are harmful, but we spend $40 billion a year on the drug war and $8 billion a year incarcerating people, 25 percent of whom are in there for drugs. If someone wants to do drugs, as long as it doesn't affect anyone else in a violent manner, as long as he or she isn't corrupting minors or driving un¬der the influence or endangering others, shouldn't a person have that right? I know the drug war is a can't-miss political issue that no one wants to touch. It's the big pink elephant no one wants to talk about. Think of all the other things we could do with the money. For an interesting perspective on the whole issue, I recommend the book Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.
There are ten million children who have lost their parents to AIDS. That number's going to double by 2010. Now that I have two adopted kids, I cannot imagine life without them. They're as much of my blood as any natural born, and I'm theirs. That's all I can say about it. I can't live without them. So: Anyone considering, that's my vote.
Carol's Daughter Hair Products:
For white people who might be having a little trouble with black- person hair, Carol's Daughter is a fantastic hair product. We got it for Z. Now her hair has this beautiful luster. And it smells nice, too.
A New Paradigm:
Nature consumes and then reuses; there is a cycle to things. But humans just consume. It's obviously time for a new paradigm. And the question is, Do we adopt it now, or do we wait until we're really in trouble? We're going to have to make the tough choices. Some people are going to have to lose money, but new people will begin making money. Industry and environment don't have to be at odds with each other; they can work harmoniously.
I recommend Addicted to Oil, Thomas Friedman's Discovery Channel program; Cradle to Cradle, a book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart; and Design Like You Give a Damn, a book by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr.
The Perfect Mattress:
Don't spend a lot of money on a big, giant mattress with double padding on both sides and all that. Just go out and buy a normal firm mattress. Then go buy the three-inch Tempur-Pedic pad, the memory foam, and put it on top. I'm telling you, take my tip. It's the perfect pressure. I take full credit for the discovery. You will sleep in bliss forever more . . . unless you've got a six-week-old.
Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.
Three Things I've Learned About Parenting:
I try not to stifle them in any way. If it's not hurting anyone, I want them to be able to explore. Sometimes that means they're quite rambunctious. At night, before they go to bed, I feel it's really important to have that time to sit and talk to them. I really like that last minute before they fade off. And always give them a heads-up before you jerk them out of something. You need to tell them, like, "You have three more minutes." Someone told me that one. It's essential.
America uses 25 percent of the world's oil; we produce 3 percent. Everybody knows that. What people don't know about is how inefficient our buildings are. Our buildings—our homes, offices, stores, businesses—use up 40 percent of all our energy. And they are responsible for 45 percent of the pollution in the air—meaning how we make the materials for buildings, how we produce our buildings, and then how our buildings operate. In a year, the average home is responsible for as much pollution as any car.
The Ultimate Diaper-Rash Cream:
Shiloh is six weeks old now. She's got horrible diaper rash, poor thing. Same with Zahara when we picked her up in Ethiopia. She had such a bad rash, it looked almost disfiguring. We've tried everything—every cream, every salve, every natural product. We haven't found the magic ointment. Yet.
Burping Your Baby:
Getting a burp out of your little thing when she needs it is probably the greatest satisfaction I've come across at this point in my life. It is truly one of life's most satisfying moments.
Valentino Rossi, European Moto Gp Champion:
He's the fastest man on a thousand cc's. This guy is a magician. He's mesmerizing. He probably weighs a buck fifty, and he's the fastest man on two wheels. It's speed, but it's also balance: These are the guys who are laying the bikes on their sides and not going over. These are the guys who are riding on their knees and elbows. It's pure ballet, on the most powerful motorcycles in the world. Rossi has won the title for the last four years. He doesn't get rattled. He has a sort of innate sense of balance that's beyond mortal man. He's like Lance Armstrong on a motorcycle. Just poetry to watch.
Yes, I have choppers. One is really low. There's a big tire in front of you, and you just feel like you're Slim Pickens on the rocket in Dr. Strangelove or something. And I have sport bikes. And I have dirt bikes. I've got a few builders who are artists in their own right. Their machines are art, like sculpture. I don't want to talk about it; I'll just say that I have a problem.
Jack White And The Raconteurs:
Jack White is something special.
The Jewish Museum in Berlin, By Daniel Libeskind:
This is one of the greatest buildings of all time, the best example I know of the way surroundings can have such a profound effect on the individual. I hardly have adequate words to describe it. There are just so many feelings that you succumb to when you're walking through this building. First, everything's on a slant, so you're slightly off-kilter. There's this one room, forty feet tall, shaped like a trapezoid. It's an all-concrete room, and it's totally dark except for this one sliver of light that comes in. You suddenly get this oppressive feeling, this haunting—I'm lacking words. And then there's this beautiful garden that throws off your perspective and makes you feel like you're tipping over. I've been there three or four times now, and I'm just humbled every time. It rocks you in just that way that art can.
....And a Fourth Thing:
Run's House on MTV. He is a patriarch I can get behind.
Friday, September 08, 2006
My List 15 Things I Think Everybody Should Know, by Brad Pitt:
Now that they've finally shown their child's face, TomKat has seemingly resumed their usual lovey dovey nonsense.
The couple went to lunch with Katie's mom. Katie has been photographed a lot lately with both her mom and Tom's mom, which probably means major wedding details are in the works. Can you imagine how bananas this wedding is going to be?
The New York Post reports Jay-Z took his longtime girlfriend Beyonce Knowles to the Time Warner garage early Tuesday morning and surprised her with a 1959 Rolls-Royce convertible, said to be worth $1 million. Beyonce was "speechless."
Her official birthday was on Monday, which she celebrated in Tokyo.
That's one sweet boyfriend! Guess he knows what he's got.
Across town, Jake Gyllenhaal roade his bike through the Hollywood Hills, not daring to roll through his usual Malibu territory without the boys. Too many memories...
Travis Barker is still a great dad to step-daughter Atiana, 7, as he takes her and son Landon, 2, out for the day in Brentwood, CA.
Below I am republishing some of the interview his estranged wife, Shanna, has done with People magazine. In my opinion, it does nothing to make her look better.
How are the divorce proceedings going?
The public will be very happy to know that we have a pre-nup! So I'm not stealing his money or gold digging. I have no problem sharing the children with him and I want that very much. I don't see it getting ugly.
Take me through a day in your life as a mother.
Contrary to what you've read, it does not consist of me sleeping all day. My nanny usually leaves around 6 p.m. I take my kids I give them a bath, I put them to bed. Alabama gets up at midnight and she gets up at four in the morning, and Landon gets up to pee all the time in the middle of the night because he's only two and a half. I never have a straight hour of sleep. When Travis was here, I would give him the babies at 6 a.m. Our nanny comes in at 8 a.m.
So what do you think went wrong in your marriage?
The problem with my marriage is that I never felt like an equal. When I fall in love, I think I sacrifice a great deal of myself and my personality and my work...About six months ago it got really bad. I think what happened was that he was surrounded by a lot of really bad people.
When you have a lot of people kissing your butt all day, and then you come home to the big negative all the time, after a while it takes its toll...We're definitely two different people. Travis is a morning person; I'm a night person. Travis, believe it or not, is a bit more quiet and reserved. I'm more of an extrovert, a social butterfly.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Being robbed! "It is alleged that as the woman exited the Terminal One building, she noticed that an orange Hermès handbag was missing from her suitcase trolley." The bag, according to police, contained “a quantity of jewelry.” Lindsay's rep, Leslie Sloane, confirms the theft occurred and that Lindsay is extremely upset about the loss of personal belongings.
God, I hate it when celebs cry! It humanized them so and makes me feel horrible. Poor LiLo!
Could Julianne Moore's daughter be more of a mini-me? Liv, 4, and Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillipe, can carry on their mothers' legends as their baby twins.
These two went shopping together in NY. Is it possible to have such gorgeous hair at such a young age? She's super cute.
The fabulous trio are finally spending some time apart and with some women.
Matthew went for lunch in Beverly Hills with his ex-girlfriend, Penny Mothface Cruz. She's totally saying, "I can't believe you're gay. First Tom, now you...just because I'm mothlike doesn't mean I don't deserve real love."
Lance Armstrong gives a hug to Eva Longoria on the set of Desperate Housewives, where the Padres' Dream of Hope gala was held.
Jake "Toothy Tile" Gyllenhaal spent some time at the beach in the Hamptons with his mom.
None were convincing in pretending they weren't missing their biking buds.
Here's a new game for you: can you figure out who this is? She is an actress, 25 years old, and was the lead in a movie that probably made you cry alot.
UPDATE: So I guess this was way easier than I thought as Joner guessed right away that this is Anna Chlumsky aka "Vada Sultenfuss" from My Girl. She graduated from University of Chicago in 2002 and has been working as a Zagat researcher in NY. She continues to act in off-Broadway plays and has two new movies due out later this year after taking many years off from acting.
We'll play again with somebody more challenging.
Australian Sophie Monk has confirmed that she is dating Benji Madden. This is totally the fourth person who was in the car when I saw Benji, Hilary, and Joel last week.
Sophie, 26, won a singing contest in Australia to join a pop group called Bardot. Since then, she released a solo album and has most recently started acting, with a bit role in Click.
I'm not sure why Justin Timberlake has his panties in a bunch, but he sure has been spewing a lot of angry words lately. These pics seem to match his current mood. They were taken for French Vogue and basically let JT say "F Off" to his fans.
He's just upset with Brit Brit for having babies with KFed. I say have a dance-off and get it over with.
Ashley Olsen has been photographed with this guy around L.A. I actually am almost positive this is a newly blonde Mary Kate, but the source says this is Ashley. The guy has a tattoo running down his arm that says Mad Max, but I don't know who he is. I hope she isn't together with this clown.
Kristin Cavalleri spent Tuesday night trying to get even with her ex-boyfriend Brody Jenner and his new girlfriend Nicole Richie. She attended a Guess party at Capitale where Nicole's former fiance DJ AM was spinning. AM then left hit up Tenjune and, later, Bungalow 8. KCav showed up at each of these and spent the end of the night talking to him at Bungalow until 3 a.m.
DJ AM's rep stated that "AM is dating - but not [Cavalleri]. They are just friends."
Scarlett Johansson was reportedly mortified after she mistakenly broke into her neighbor’s apartment after coming home drunk and going to the wrong door. The star came home after a big night on the town and charged into an apartment thinking that it was her own.
Here's a picture of her from the premiere of The Black Dahlia from last night in Los Angeles. Bride of Frankenstein much?
Jessica Simpson stepped out in NYC after chilling at Nello's. Lately, Jess has set aside her trademark glamour-puss attire for a more rocker, biker-chick wardrobe. While these boots are majorly hot, these clothes just look so out of place on her. She also has been skipping her daily extensions in favor of a short, messy bob.
I guess part of the fun of being a star is reinventing yourself!
Julian McMahon takes the Justin Timberlake Rolling Stone cover and goes dirty with it. He's the cover boy for gay magazine, The Advocate. The show is having Dr. Troy have a homosexual encounter with, I believe, Mario Lopez. Dr. Troy's character was sexually abused by his foster dad, which has previously given the character issues regarding homosexuality, but has begun to consider the possibility that instead of being in love with his partner's wife, he might actually just be in love with his partner, Dr. McNamara.
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson have finally settled on a monetary amount that he should receive from his ex-wife. Papa Joe originally offered Nick a measely $1.5 million to leave, but he declined. Sources say the property settlement gives Nick significantly more than the $1.5 million, but considerably less than 50% of what he and Jessica earned during the marriage. More than anything, the two want everything left of their union to disappear and are working as quickly as possible to severing all ties.
Paris Hilton was arrested in Hollywood early this morning for allegedly driving under the influence. After spending the day in Pasadena shooting her newest music video and then attending a charity event (more on that in a minute), she was pulled over just before 12:30 a.m. for "driving erratically." There the police administer a field sobriety test. LOL! Don't they know that Paris isn't smart enough to pass simple tests like those, even if she was sober?
Her rep claims Paris had only margarita at the event and that her symptoms were "probably the result of an empty stomach and working all day and being fatigued." Look, whether or not she was sober enough to drive last night, Paris has definitely been filmed driving drunk before, running into other cars and such, and it's about time she doesn't get special treatment.
Additionally, the "charity event" her rep claims she attended was none other than a Suicide Girls 5th anniversary party. Suicide Girls is an altpor website that features softcore porn and writing, featuring goth, punk, and emo women, incorporating styles reminicent of the 1940's and 50's pin-up models. Sounds just like Paris!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
The majority of news and gossip sources out there claim that Britney is having a baby girl and that she plans to have another C-section, within the next two weeks. She has still not had a baby shower, but it is possible that she is waiting until after the birth.
It is also speculated that she is naming the girl Jailynn, as in "Jamie" for her Dad, "Lynn" for her mom, and "Jamie Lynn" for her sister. No baby with a mom who shops barefoot and a dad who is never without a wifebeater should have "Jail" in their name.