Archive for January, 2011

New MTV Pilot Brings Advice Columnist Dan Savage To Colleges

Monday, January 31st, 2011

If you’re a fan of Dan Savage (who runs the weekly sex advice column Savage Love and founded the “It Gets Better” YouTube video project – you remember, the one so many of our fave celebs got involved with to help make LGBT teens understand that life gets better), then you’re in for a treat.

According to a little birdie by the name of Entertainment Weekly, Dan Savage could be gearing up for his own advice show with MTV.

(Is anyone having Loveline flashbacks?)

EW reports:

MTV has ordered a pilot that follows Savage as he tours college campuses giving his brand of brutally honest (and sometimes graphic) sex and relationship advice. In the format, Savage takes questions from an auditorium audience (similar to his recently completed college tour).

Pretty cool!

How many of you are hoping your campus is one Savage shows up on?

Image Credit: Dan Savage

January: National Stalking Awareness Month

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Over the years, we’ve touched quite a bit on stalking here at Celebrity Psychings.

In addition to the number of cases involving celebrities and celebrity stalkers (like those of Miley Cyrus, Ivanka Trump, Paula Abdul, and more), we’ve also talked about resources for dealing with stalkers.

Given all that – and the seriousness of stalking, no matter who is the stalker and who is the victim – it only makes sense to point out January is National Stalking Awareness Month and provide you with another helpful resource.

Jennifer Hudson Talks Renewal, Reflection With New Album

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Speaking of celebs who’ve loaned their famous faces (and bodies) to weight loss programs, Jennifer Hudson, who’s been the spokeswoman for Weight Watchers for, oh, I don’t know – long enough to ruin Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” for me for a nice long while (I like Hudson, people, there’ are just so many times a day you can hear a song) – is set to release her sophomore album this March.

Hudson, who began her rise to fame back in 2004 as a Season 3 American Idol finalist and subsequently racked in a slew of awards (Golden Globe, anyone? How ’bout an Oscar?) for her role in 2006’s Dreamgirls, has titled the new album I Remember Me.

If you think there’s some deeper meaning behind that title, you’re right.

Lindsay Lohan Grabs 2011 By The…Jewels

Monday, January 24th, 2011

44907, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Tuesday September 14, 2010. Lindsay Lohan makes her way to Santa Monica County Court court for a court mandated urine test accompanied by her assistant Eleonore. The two are seen leaving in a white Porsche. Photograph:  PacificCoastNews.comAnd by “jewels,” I mean a $25,000 10-carat diamond Rosette necklace, of course.

But before we get into that, let me say I know some of you are sick of hearing about Lindsay Lohan. I know.

Trust me, I was too for a while.

But because we’ve been bombarded with the good, the bad, and the ugly —

(maybe that should be the hopeful, the suspicious, the speculative, and the perhaps-too-hopeful?)

— it’s only fair that we update and consider what she’s up to now, right?

Lohan rang in the New Year on Twitter, tweeting,

Today is the first day of the rest of my life ‘The future depends on what we do in the present.’ – Mahatma Ghandi… One step at a time…

So far, she seems to be sticking to that.

Jane Lynch, Eminem, Tim McGraw And Others Talk Sobriety

Friday, January 21st, 2011

In light of new American Idol judge Steven Tyler’s sobriety (and all the new goings-on he’s able to partake in thanks to that sobriety, which he recently discussed with Howard Stern), I thought I’d pass along an interesting article I ran across a few days ago about celebrities and sobriety for some light weekend reading.

The ladies over at The Frisky have compiled a list of 10 celebrities who’ve talked publicly about their sobriety.

Some of the names were expected (Robert Downey Jr., Eminem, and Jack Osbourne) and some were kind of surprising to me (for example, I had no idea Tim McGraw used to be quite the party animal or that, until 1991, Glee‘s Jane Lynch was “drunk on a daily basis and felt permanently hung over”).

Head on over to The Frisky to check it out: 10 Celebrities Talk About Their Sobriety

Past American Idol Moments That Made Us Stop And Think

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

As you probably know, the premiere of Season 10 of American Idol airs tonight.

As such, there’s really not a whole lot I can say about it right now. However, I thought today would be a good day to look back at some of the past Idol posts we’ve had here at Celebrity Psychings.

After the jump, take a look at some of the Idol goings-on that have given us hope, taught us a lesson of some sort, or just made us stop and think.

Carrie Fisher: “People Are Seeing Me As This Fat Woman”

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Raven-Symone might think her weight loss takes away from all her other successes, but Carrie Fisher seems to think shedding a few pounds will make people stop seeing her as a “fat woman” and start recognizing her for everything she’s been through and accomplished.

As a person who has spent her life battling substance abuse and bipolar disorder, Carrie Fisher has taken on bipolar disorder advocacy. She’s spoken publicly about the mental illness and in 2008 released her best-selling memoir, Wishful Drinking – which soon became a theater and then HBO production.

Yet, as the actress of an iconic role (Princess Leia, anyone?) whose youthful beauty has pretty much forever been immortalized, Fisher is feeling the backlash of weight gain.

Be Respectful Of The Absence: Lessons From Michelle Williams

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Michelle WilliamsWe have to wait until Sunday night to find out whether Michelle Williams will take home the Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture (Drama) for her role as Cindy in Blue Valentine, but you can check out a mighty chunk of Michelle’s feature piece in February’s issue of Marie Claire online now.

During the interview, Michelle talks pretty candidly about how the loss of her former fiance and the father of her daughter, Heath Ledger, has affected her in the three years since his passing.

The award-winning actress talks of broken hearts, a prince-less Disney World, and the dangers of expecting you can get everything you want from one person.

But it’s her statement on accepting the loss of a loved one I feel is most profound.

Upcoming Coldplay Album Focuses On Love, Addiction, And OCD

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

For those of you Coldplay fans (*raises hand*) who are wondering just how much longer you’re gonna have to rock out to the group’s 2008 album, Viva La Vida And Death And All His Friends, before getting some new tunes, the answer might be, “Not much.”

According to Rolling Stone, we might be able to expect the album as soon as the end of 2011.

That’s great, but it’s what Coldplay members Chris Martin and Will Champion talked to Zane Lowe (of BBC’s Radio 1) about that’s intriguing.

According to Martin, the as-of-yet untitled album is a “thinly veiled account of what happens within the group,” and,

[…] love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don’t like.

Raven-Symone Unhappy With Recent Weight Loss Attention

Monday, January 10th, 2011

If losing weight, getting in shape, and improving your health as well as your physical appearance are part of your goals for 2011, chances are stocking your ‘fridge with healthy foods, taking the pizza delivery place off speed dial, and making plans for wardrobe changes (hey, you’re gonna need smaller sizes, right?) aren’t the only preparations you should make.

You might need to prepare your psyche, too.


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