The exclusive and discreet community of Mulholland Estates is home to many A plus celebrities including Charlie Sheen, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts.
It is now welcoming newcomer Christina Aguilera who just handed over $10.75 million for an 11,107 square foot estate. In exchange she said goodbye to her home formerly owned by Ozzy Osbourne for $13.5 million.
The 6 bedroom and 9 baths designed by Hablinski Manion is a Mediterranean retreat with octagonal ceilings, and wooden floors/cabinets prominently noticeable in the living and dining areas.
The kitchen is equipped with granite countertops and high-grade appliances surrounded by Greek styled walls adjacent to gigantic dome-shaped hallways with marble floors.
Christina can live like a genie in her crème colored bedroom with a fireplace, two walk-in closets, a large terrace, and a marble floored bathroom with ample dressing space.
The mood was understandably sombre and each song seem to have a poignant message as the likes of Sting, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith and Mary J. Blige performed on NBC’s “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon benefit concert on Friday night.
The hour-long commercial-free broadcast assembled musical artists who had strong regional ties to the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, with all the money raised going to the Red Cross.
Matt Lauer hosted the special which also saw appearances fromJimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Bacon, Tina Fey and Danny DeVito
Opening the show, Lauer refered to the fact that many on the East Coast were still without power.
“One of the great ironies of this telethon is that the people who need the help most can’t watch it,” he said.
During the special, which was held in New York, Christina Aguilera performed her hit ”I Am Beautiful”; Jon Bon Jovi did a mash-up of to “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and “Livin’ on a Prayer”; Long Island’s Billy Joel performed “Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway”; Mary J. Blige sung her hit “The Living Proof”; and Sting gave a heartfelt rendition of “Message in a Bottle”.
We’re not quite sure about the moment which saw Jimmy Fallon and Steven Tyler share lead vocals on ”Under the Boardwalk ” as the other artists played backup.
As Jon Stewart quipped afterward: ”Jimmy Fallon is a bold man to take the lead vocals from Steven Tyler, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”
Indeed he was.
Springsteen and his E Streeters closed the show with “Land of Hope and Dreams”, which ends with a snippet of “People Get Ready”.
“God bless the Jersey Shore,” Springsteen said at the end.
Here are some of the highlights in the event that you weren’t able to watch the hour-long special.
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She shot to international stardom as the waif thin blonde with the big voice thanks to her first hit “Genie in a Bottle”.
But as time went on, Christina Aguilera began to fill out and develop curves– something she says saw her on the harsh end of criticism from record executives.
In the latest issue Billboard magazine, in which she appears on the cover, the superstar singer is opening up about the pressure to stay thin, saying in 2002 she “got tired of being a skinny, white girl.”
“I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl,” she explains.
“The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings!’ she revealed. ”I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour.”
“They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight,” she said.
“Basically, they told me I would effect a lot of people if I gained weight — the production, musical directors.”
“[They claimed] people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows.
“I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring.”
But this year, at 31, Aguilera was comfortable enough in her own skin and emotionally strong enough to stand up to her detractors.
She recalls telling record executives: “You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it. They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body.”
She adds: “My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore—my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
Aguilera’s new album, Lotus, hit stores November 13.
Well, at least Christina Aguilera wasn’t trotting around town in those “P.J. Jeans!” but these comfy Robb & Hugo jeans are just as laid-back but a heck of a lot more stylish. Made of a soft terry fabric, and something called “Perfect Rise Technology” that keep the back of the jean from riding down, Aguilera sported the acid wash “Blair” style while out with her son Max in L.A. on Friday.We mere mortals can get these for $190 at Robb and Hugo.
When she’s not shopping or testing beauty products, Evan Hosie writes gadget reviews for the site Popgadget.net.
Today, sadly, the small screen lost a legend in the form of Dick Clark, who suffered a “massive heart attack” this morning.
His rep said in a statement that he entered St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., for an outpatient procedure on Tuesday night and ”Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.”
He was 82.
We will be bringing fond memories of the famed TV star in coming days by people who knew him the best….
He’s known for his buff physique, but these new shots of Mark Wahlberg have us wondering if he has taken his workout too far.
With bulging muscles, the actor was photographed filming a chase scene for the movie Pain and Gain in Miami, Florida. Judging by this shot, Mark is taking the no pain, no gain literally.
Speaking of working out, this candid snap was taken of A-Rod working out while rehydrating with Vita Coco near his home in Tampa Florida. He is in Tampa for Spring Training.
Someone, who perhaps, needs to spend more time in the gym is Holly Valance. The Australian-born singer looks like she has piled on a vast amount of weight in the space of a week. The former ”Strictly Come Dancing” star was photographed grabbing lunch yesterday with her mega rich fiancé Nick Candy in west Hollywood.
Jennifer Lopez, on the other hand, has no problems with her figure and flaunting those toned, taut abs at every opportunity.
This time the singer and American Idol host is showing off her body, and her new lover, boytoy Casper Smart in the video for her new single Dance Again.
Though, you will have to wait until Thursday night to see the clip in full, one can’t help but wonder if Jennifer learnt anything from those cringeworthy Bennifer days.
And, lastly, it wasn’t just the contestants capturing attention on the “The Voice” last night. Coach Cee-Lo Green had jaws dropping with his brand new ‘do.
“There’s a little something different about you tonight. What are you doing? Who are you? Where is Cee-Lo?” host Carson Daly joked with Green at the beginning of the broadcast.
“Well, I figure, Adam cut his hair off so I figured I’d grow mine out,” he replied, referring to Adam Levine’s newly-buzzed head.
And, whilst we are on the subject of “The Voice”, one thing struck us last night like a lead ballon. Following Jesse Campbell’s performance, Christina Aguilera quipped: “Aren’t you glad you have the only sober coach up here.”
Is she claiming that everyone on the show is drinking on the job?
And, now for today’s blind item….who could this possibly be?
Demanding Diva’s Coworkers Want Her Whacked
[EOnline] Are you all ready for some end-of-the-week coworker catfighting?!
Have you ever despised another employee so dearly that you hoped against hope that one day they’d be canned, allowing you to lay claim to their cubicle and freeing you from the burden of their watercooler blabber?
Meet Harriet Talons—and rest easy knowing she won’t be occupying your office anytime soon. She’s a popular boob-tube babe on one of those hit series that’s always being talked about…which would so not be the case if her coworkers had a say in it:
Because they want her character k*lled.
Dead. Six feet under. Never to be heard from again. And they want Harriet banished from set, thrown out on her perfectly toned toosh to fend for herself in cold, cruel Hollywood. Yep, Harriet’s entire crew wants her fired.
In fact, it’s all pretty much anyone ever talks about anymore. The problem is, Ms. Talon’s safety is all but secured—while another character’s life hangs in the balance, Harriet knows her onscreen alter ego won’t bite it anytime soon.
Probably not ever, actually.
Sorry, crew folk, looks like the wrath of Harriet will live on. I would normally suggest the people who truly despise her quit…but then there’d be no one left to work on the show (and some of H.T.’s castmates are pretty sweet, I wouldn’t want them to be punished).
If it makes you feel better, know that it’s not just at work that she’s a total nightmare.
Heck, even Harriet’s neighbor—who’s a big-screen heartthrob as well as a juicy Vice star—can’t stand the chick. Maybe it’s because she’s always begging for him to date her, which, FYI, he wouldn’t do in a billion years.
AND IT AIN’T: Ellen Pompeo, Emily VanCamp, Jessica Lange