Celebrity engagements

They started dating just nine months ago but Scarlett Johansson and French journalist Romain Dauriac are already engaged. Now, I have nothing against quick engagements but considering Scarlett split from her first husband Ryan Reynolds after just two years in 2010 (divorce was finalised in 2011), I’m surprised at her rush to tie the knot again. Then again, Reynolds is already on to wife number two, (aka Blake Lively), so maybe she was feeling left out?

Scarlett shows off her impressive engagement ring at the Venice Film Festival

Scarlett shows off her impressive engagement ring at the Venice Film Festival

Also, People magazine (aka the mouthpiece of celebrity publicists) is speculating that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged. It hasn’t been confirmed yet but when something gets printed in People, it’s a sign of things to come. Ashton’s still working out the details of a messy divorce from Demi Moore so I just find it baffling that he would want to rush into another marriage before his first is even officially over.

Ashton and Mila are reportedly engaged

Ashton and Mila are reportedly engaged

I get that celebrities live in a strange bubble that us mere mortals could never understand but don’t they have friends they can turn to for advice? Is there no one who will say, ‘Ah Ashton, maybe wait until your divorce comes through!!’

No one wants to end up like poor Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married nine times and is now stuck with Prince Frederic. This charmer TMZ every time she has a health scare and didn’t even tell her that her leg had been amputated!

Prince Frederic never misses a chance for a photo op with poor Zsa Zsa

Prince Frederic never misses a chance for a photo op with poor Zsa Zsa

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Celebrity hypocrite: Alec Baldwin

New pictures emerged over the weekend of Alec Baldwin physically attacking a paparazzo, ironically taken by the other paps present.

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While it’s been claimed the photographer in question [Paul Adao] was ‘aggressively pursuing’ Alec and his wife Hilaria, I find it difficult to have much sympathy for them, and not just because Alec is a renowned ass. We all remember that ‘rude, thoughtless, little pig’ voicemail right?

After marrying Alec, 29-year-old yoga teacher Hilaria landed a job as a ‘lifestyle correspondent’ for TV show Extra. [Wonder how she got it?]

The couple also gave the show a number of exclusives including the news that she was pregnant, the sex of the baby and even a tour of the tot’s nursery.

And how does Extra describe itself? Extra has the hottest celebrity and entertainment news, photosgossipscandalsvideosgamesmusicmoviestelevisionstar sightings and more!’

So, I’m not sure if the Baldwins realise this but all of those photos, videos and star sightings that Extra is so proud of……………. they come from the paps.

I totally get that being surrounded by photographers every day when you just want to go out for a walk is a nightmare but people like Alec and Hilaria who court the attention and in her case, works for a company that relies on pap pictures, don’t really have a leg to stand on.

Which also makes this recent tweet of hers completely hypocritical: 

BET Awards LA

Last weekend in LA was all about the BETs. Rather than just the usual awards ceremony and after- parties, this year there was a whole weekend of events, parties and concerts (the BET Experience) leading up to the ceremony on Sunday.

I covered the red carpet at Debra Lee’s Pre-BET Awards celebration at Milk Studios in Hollywood on Saturday where Debra (Chairman and CEO of BET) hosted a dinner for stars including Nicki Minaj, Michelle Williams, Nelly, Jordin Sparks, Ashanti and lots more.

Everyone was in a pretty chatty mood with Michelle talking about a Destiny’s Child reunion, Blue Ivy, what she thinks of Kim and Kanye’s baby name etc.

Jordin as ever was gushing about Jason Derulo and talking about working with Whitney Houston on her last movie Sparkle and Omarosa Manigault went into great detail about her fiance Michael Clark Duncan’s death. Red carpet wouldn’t be my first choice place to talk about it but if it helps her cope, I suppose it must be a good thing.

After the red carpet, I dashed off to the Staples Centre where Snoop Dogg (he thankfully seems to have dropped the whole Lion thing), Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Miguel played to a packed out arena.

I missed the openers (J. Cole and Miguel) as I was running late but Kendrick Lamar was incredible. Maybe it’s because he’s a local guy or maybe he’s just fantastic but the atmosphere was insane and he totally got the crowd pumped for the main event.

Snoop was back to his Dogg best. Not only did he play all of his biggest hits, which even someone like me who’s not really into hip hop recognised. He also brought out a host of stars to sing with him including Dr Dre, Wiz Khalifa, Future and Ace Hood, to the delight of the crowd. Most of them were smoking spliffs on stage and one overeager fan sitting beside me tried to get involved by lighting up his own (and was soon told off by staff).

It also didn’t hurt that I had amazing seats thanks to a lovely PR. Although I couldn’t believe it when I saw the price on the ticket was almost $350! Who pays this amount for a gig?

Last up was the BET Awards themselves. As ever a lot of the main attractions (such as Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke etc) didn’t do much press but there was still some good stuff.

Highlights had to be Nelly, who would only refer to himself in the third person during out interview. He was coming out with gems like ‘The thing about Nelly is’ and ‘Nelly’s gonna change the face of music’. It made my day it was so ridiculous. And when he told me his new album was going to be ‘off the chain’, I asked him to elaborate and he just said ‘OFF…. THE….. CHAIN’. Made standing on a red carpet for four hours totally worth it.

Also as someone who (wrongly) wrote off Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose’s relationship as a bit of a publicity stunt, I now take it all back. They were two of the nicest celebs I’ve ever met. She was so great, friendly and open and he was fantastic. He was incredibly sweet (which is not what you expect from someone who sings about getting high) and they couldn’t stop gushing about their baby son.

Snoop Dogg as ever was hilarious and just so charismatic. He’s just so chill, happy to chat to all the press and takes everything in his stride.

2Chainz was predictably wearing two massive chains and there was some serious bling going on the whole weekend. Chanel seems to be the jewellery of choice for rappers!

Only disappointment of the weekend was Columbus Short (Harrison from Scandal) who was rude, condescending and just an ass. Even though he was only a presenter and the weekend was really nothing to do with him, he couldn’t even bring himself to be polite. Who knows why he even stopped to do interviews. The usual rule applies here, the bigger the star, the sounder they are.

Anyway will post some of the more interesting quotes once I get a chance but in the meantime, enjoy my new favourite Wiz Khalifa!

 

 

Channing All Over Your Tatum

Channing Tatum continues to do no wrong. Check out this hilarious music video from White House Down co-stars Channing and Jamie Foxx, along with Jimmy Kimmel and cameos by Olivia Munn, Gabourey Sidibe, Miley Cyrus and Kimmel’s frequent partner in crime, Matt Damon.

The song first aired during a special edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in February but it’s back with an official music video and for anyone who doesn’t know what the title means, Channing [who is one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever interviewed] explains it through rap.

‘Going Channing on your Tatum makes the babies be born’

Check out the official music video and the original performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

 

Morning Joe anchors ridiculed by Russell Brand

I never really had an opinion on Russell Brand until I attended one of his comedy shows for work and was impressed with his performance. He’s obviously hilarious but what struck me most was his intelligence, something he showed off to devastating effect when he recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

As a journalist, I don’t necessarily agree with his constant moaning about the media (people like Russell need the media to publicise their movies, TV shows, comedy tours etc and his aversion to tabloids hasn’t stopped him writing articles for The Sun) but these hosts deserved everything they got. From their unprofessional introductionHe’s a really big deal… I’m told this. I’m not very pop cultured, I’m sorry’ to talking about Russell as if he wasn’t there, even I can’t help but side with the celebrity over the media on this one!

Check it out below

Back to LA and blogging!

Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! To anyone still reading this blog, major apologies for my lack of updates. I’ve been in Ireland for the past month or so just chilling out at home with family and friends and have been neglecting Hollywood Highlights.

However, I’m back in LA and back to blogging so expect regular updates.

I went for a hike in Runyon Canyon this morning to stave off the jet lag but was sad to see I missed a topless Colin Farrell there yesterday! To make up for my lack of posts, here’s a picture of Colin working up a sweat!

 

Colin Farrell working up a sweat in Runyon Canyon

Colin Farrell working up a sweat in Runyon Canyon

 

 

Another poor choice by Reese Witherspoon

I’m not really sure what Reese Witherspoon is trying to achieve by sporting a baseball cap with the City of Atlanta Police Department’s insignia on it.

Reese Witherspoon in Atlanta PD baseball cap

Reese Witherspoon in Atlanta PD baseball cap

Trying to show that she and the police are “cool” now and everything has been sorted out following her drunken behaviour and subsequent arrest for disorderly conduct maybe?

Or is she making a joke about the whole incident?

Whatever it is, it’s a poor choice for someone who is rightly being slammed for her actions after her husband Jim Toth was arrested for DUI.

And on a purely superficial level, what the hell is going on with Reese’s face here? She looks like she’s aged about 10 years.

If you haven’t seen the arrest video, check it out below. My favourite part is Jim trying to distance himself from her behaviour and apologising to the cop at the end.

 

Also I have absolutely no inside information on this blind riddle, but if I had to guess…..