I’m currently in Alajuela with Ras, arriving here from Montezuma via bus, ferry, and bus. We’re in a PC room (or internet cafe, as everyone outside of Korea calls it), burning the pictures we’ve taken onto a CD for me to take home tomorrow – 2 Gigs worth! I’ve put the idea of going home early into Ras’ head, so he’s now next to me looking for cheap tickets on the internet. As the CD is burning, I’ve been catching up on celebrity/internet gossip from one of my favorite sources, Hip Clicks. Excuse me as I just copy the items that caught my interest:
My Jacko Head is awesome, if I do say so myself!
Just don’t ask us about our personal lives: Jennifer Lopez, David Beckham and Beyonce appeared together in Madrid today to promote a new Pepsi ad campaign.
Little black book: Sorry to mention Paris Hilton‘s name twice in one day, but I can’t believe she had numbers for Christina Aguilera, Ashley Olsen, Ashlee Simpson, Andy Roddick, Vin Diesel, Elijah Blue (Cher‘s son) and Seth Green in her cell phone. This Gawker post has some dirt that this AP story didn’t include.
Still not gay: Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross is featured in the new issue of the Advocate? but it’s not to “come out,” as gossip sites recently reported. Instead, she discusses how the rumors forced her “to come out as ‘straight.’” Looking forward to watching Desperate Housewives again.
I’m lovin’ it: What happens when a guy pretends to be a bathroom attendant at the Times Square McDonald’s? Lucky for us, the prankster installed a hidden camera to capture the action.
They’ve got skills: I’ve been meaning to link to the new Postal Service video for a few days, but I keep getting distracted ? as you might have heard, it was directed by Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jared Hess, so it includes no shortage of wood paneling, pastels and prepackaged food products. Go here and click on We Will Become Silhouettes to see it.
Confessions of a castaway: Since the last two weeks have been nothing but reruns, I was happy to get a small Lost fix from this interview with Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Jin on the show. “I’m flattered that Jin is seen as a ‘hottie,’ because traditionally Asian-American males aren’t seen that way,” he says. “There have been a lot of negative images out there, but very few we can happily claim ownership of. I think Jin could be one of those few. It’s one of the reasons I’m so proud of this show.”
Want more clues?: TVShowsonDVD.com has posted press releases for the upcoming Lost and Desperate Housewives DVDs. Both sets include never-before-seen footage, commentary and features. Lost arrives Sept. 6; Housewives has a Sept. 20 release date. (I advise you to go ahead and save both titles on your Netflix queues.)
All the Cohen you can handle: While I love The O.C., I couldn’t make it through this 2,689-word commentary about the show. But maybe you can. Good luck.
More director dish: Gus Van Sant may direct a big-screen version of The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on Audrey Niffenegger‘s best-selling novel. Here’s a taste of the book, if you haven’t cracked it yet. Van Sant’s Last Days, loosely based on life and death of Kurt Cobain, hits theaters later this year.
O.C. on The O.C.: This TV column says tomorrow night’s episode of The O.C. will poke fun at itself ? namely, the criticism that its second season has, well, sucked. A sample of the exchange:
Seth: “You know, I gotta say, this year? Not as good as last.”
Ryan: “You think?”
Seth: “I do. I mean, look, we all tried some new things, and that was fun. Yard guys, illegitimate daughters, less fighting, more live music.”
It ends with Ryan telling Seth he “can’t keep living in last year.” Maybe not, but couldn’t we have been spared The Bait Shop and a lame lesbian subplot?
Lotsa Lohan: If anyone’s in the mood to read a long Lindsay Lohan interview, here you go. Lessons she’s learned: “It’s like a big high school ? that’s what Los Angeles is, and now New York too and Miami and even New Orleans,” she says. “Everyone that’s out, you know them from being at parties and being on red carpets and being at events, and everyone is friends.” And, clearly, her high school experience was nothing like mine. Nor mine.
Lost and found: Whatever happened to Corin Nemec, former star of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose? He’s starring in a movie for the Sci Fi Channel called, er, Mansquito. “A guy fighting a giant mosquito-man seems absolutely ridiculous to the average individual,” he tells TVGuide.com. “But when it’s captured realistically, it becomes very believable.” Really? We’ll have to find out for ourselves Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. Just last week, I was trying to figure out the name of that 80′s show I used to watch.
Before he broke on through: Here’s a link to the video everyone’s been talking about this week. It depicts a young, clean-cut, pre-Doors Jim Morrison in a promotional film for Florida State University.
Hatin’ on J. Lo: PETA is so steamed by Jennifer Lopez‘s fur-wearing habits that it has created a Web site against her. I won’t link directly to the site here, and I suggest sensitive types avoid it altogether. The language is far more graphic than anything you’ll hear on Rebirth, that’s for sure. (The website is www.jlodown.com.)
Duff dissed: Hilary Duff probably wasn’t popular at Harvard before she started taking online classes through the university’s Extension School. Now, students really seem to hate her. Witness this snarky editorial from the student newspaper, which calls her a “loser and a chicken.” The piece prompted an angry letter from the former president of the Harvard Extension Student Association. Duff has yet to respond.
New Weezer: The band’s new album, Make Believe, will be out in May, according to weezer.com. Some photos from a recent video shoot have also been posted online, though no U.S. tour dates have been announced.