Sunday, May 28, 2006

Shiloh: No Pressure To Be Good Looking, Or Anything

As you've probably heard, Angelina had her baby yesterday: a girl, named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. This kid is going to have it hard. I mean, people are already expecting Maddox and Zahara to be glamorous and good looking, and they're adopted! In Shiloh's case, her biological parents are two of the world's most beautiful people. What happens if they combine and it just doesn't work out? Not only will Shiloh herself be disappointed, so will I, dammit! The laws of nature just aren't supposed to work that way. I'm expecting a damn good looking kid here. But seriously, Shiloh: welcome. No pressure.

Other thoughts:

(1) Having Jolie-Pitt as your last name is, like, an instant ticket to respect, recognition and glamour. I'm thinking of having my name changed officially.

(2) Interesting the way that Pitt and Jolie fled to Namibia to escape the paparazzi. People is reporting, for example, that the Namibian government forbade foreign journalists from entering the country to cover the birth unless they had express written permission from the Jolie-Pitts. In other words, it ain't happening. Is this the newest celebrity trend? Advocate for civil liberties and humanitarianism while stateside, but then actually live in a country without freedom of press?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Minority Opinion: Bluebell is sort of a nice name...


You've heard it by now. Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) named her baby girl Bluebell Madonna. And, she is getting LOTS of flack about it. But I sort of think it's not really that bad... sort of. I mean, "Bluebell" used to be a popular name. I think. It's the name of a flower. (Again, I think). Flowers are pretty. And, it's doesn't sound that much like the name of a cow. Not really. It's not like everytime someone says "Bluebell, what are you doing" they are going to want to follow it up with a smart-ass remark about how the kid is grazing or being milked. Not at all.

So, it's really not so bad. And her middle name - Madonna? Please. That's classic. As Geri herself says, "No one else has that name, apart from the Virgin Madonna and the singer, whom I love." See? The logic there is airtight.

Way to go, Geri!

Gwen Stefani Welcomes a Baby Boy!


People reports: "Gwen Stefani and her husband of three years, rocker Gavin Rossdale, welcomed their first child together on Friday - a 7 1/2 lb. baby boy named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. Stefani gave birth at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Both mother and child are doing well, said her rep in a statement. " http://people.aol.com/people/articles/0,19736,1194406,00.html

(Note that there are lots of rumors swirlingg around online that Gwen gave birth in London, instead of LA.)

Finally! While Gwen's pregnancy was not nearly as long as Katie's (or at least that's the way it seemed to me), it was a pretty long wait. Especially toward the end. I never ceased to be amazed by the originality (by Hollywood standards) of Gwen's maternity clothes, or by her unfailing ability to keep up her dye job. For those reasons - in addition to the facts that (i) she's from Orange County (which is where I grew up); and (ii) she's super talented, I am a Gwen fan. And I wish her and Gavin all the best!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Katie Holmes: Has She Even Seen Suri?


So I have to say. I feel like Katie has been much more out and about than one would expect from a new mom. I mean, she and Tom took in 3 showings of M:I:III the other day, and now here she is at Connor's baseball game. Jeez. All I can say is that she must not be nursing. Well, it's not like the companies that make formula have enough money as it is. A Tom --> Enfamil wealth transfer program is probably a good idea. Still, she looks cute and not that tired. (Can you say Scientology-Church-Approved-Nanny/Wetnurse?)

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