Jessica Simpson’s new boyfriend ‘easygoing’. The ‘Dukes of Hazard’ actress’ sister Ashlee revealed she and husband Pete Wentz sometimes go on double dates with Jessica and her new man, NFL football player Eric Johnson, and she enjoys his gentle nature. She told our source: ‘He’s just really easygoing, they’re a fantastic couple. We’re definitely, like, all a big family, so we double date all the time.” Ashlee has also lifted the lid on her and Pete’s Halloween weekend with their 23-month old son Bronx, and her decision to crop her hair to short and blonde. Ashlee added: ‘For me it’s a fun change with my hair, I had fun, just a new do, chop it all off, be blond again, good times! ‘We had the best Halloween together, Bronx wore several different costumes, but I can’t tell you what.’ Although she enjoyed Halloween, Ashlee admits her favourite holiday is just around the corner, and she is already getting in the festive mood now. She said: ”m obsessed with holidays, I’m, like, ready for Christmas music now, I just get that way, I can’t help it.’ The ‘Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)’ singer is also working on a fourth studio album, but she won’t release anything for a while, as she is concentrating on her family life. She added: ‘ am working on it, but I’m taking my time, my little boy is my priority, I’m having a blast, but sometime late next year.’
Muse frontman to take parents to Kate Hudson’s US family home at Christmas Matt Bellamy’s parents are to spend Christmas with Kate Hudson’s family. The Muse frontman plans to take Marilyn and George ‘ who are divorced – from their homes in Exeter, South West England to California for the festive season to enjoy a big family celebration with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, which will be the debut meeting for all of them. A source told The Sun newspaper: “It will be the first meeting of both sets of parents. Things are getting serious between Kate and Matt and it’s the obvious next step. “Christmas is the only time they can get everyone together and the festive season is also the best time to do it. “Matt’s parents divorced when he was a teenager but they maintained a relationship. There’s talk they could split the US trip between them.” Kate ‘ who has a six-year-old son Ryder with ex-husband Chris Robinson ‘ has previously introduced Matt to her famous mother, and he admitted beforehand he was “nervous” about meeting her. He said: “I haven’t met Goldie yet. We are meeting up next week. I’m quite nervous. You don’t want her reading daft stories online ‘ it’s embarrassing when you meet someone’s family for the first time.” The pair have been dating for around five months.
Pet Shop Boys to celebrate a special Christmas Big Noise Session. Mencap is proud to announce that Pet Shop Boys will be performing a very special Christmas Big Noise Session show on 8th December, at HMV Hammersmith Apollo. The legendary dance-pop duo will be presenting a one-off UK theatre performance of their ‘Pandemonium’ show which has toured the world and was a huge hit at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and at the O2 Arena last year. They will also be joined by a number of support acts who will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are priced at £50.00* and all proceeds from the night will go to learning disability charity Mencap. To be in with a chance to get your hands on tickets ahead of general release on 5th November, subscribe now at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk. Mencap’s Big Noise Session is a new addition to the much-loved Little Noise Sessions, curated and hosted by the legendary DJ and Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley. Last year’s inaugural event saw bonafide superstars Coldplay perform a one-off homecoming gig in Exeter and now it’s the turn of Pet Shop Boys to bring their magic to Big Noise as it makes its London debut. Get in quick for a chance to buy tickets ahead of general release. Subscribe now, for just £6 for six months at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk and have exclusive access to a host of great content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the Big Noise backstage blog. Pre-sale tickets will be available for subscribers to purchase from 3rd November, ahead of general release on 5th November
“Glee” To Release Christmas Album In November. “Glee” just released their “Rocky Horror Glee Show” EP, featuring music from their tribute to the cult favorite just in time for Halloween. But the cast of “Glee” is already getting in the holiday spirit as well. The group is set to release their very first Christmas album, appropriately titled “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album.” The album will feature a dozen holiday standards performed by the cast, who’s already taken on Britney Spears and Barbra Streisand this season. According to Tommy2.net, “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album” will feature covers of the perennial Wham! hit “Last Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” originated by Angela Lansbury in the musical “Mame.” The group’s first holiday album will also include a version of the Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling,” and oft-covered classics like “O Holy Night,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The album is set to coincide with an upcoming holiday episode, which creator Ryan Murphy began discussing earlier this year. Another big star, also releasing a holiday album this year, was rumored to be featured: Susan Boyle. “I have two words for you: Lunch. Lady,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly back in May. “I think Kurt would just die to give her a Christmas makeover. I don’t even know if she’s interested but it’s been pitched.” “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album” is set to be released on November 16th. The accompanying holiday episode will air at a later date.
Mulberry Handbags For Less At Target Starting In October. Target’s latest guest designer arrives just in time for the holidays. Starting Sunday, Oct. 10 all the way through Christmas Eve, handbags designed exclusively for Target by English luxury brand Mulberry will be available. The Mulberry for Target collection features signature Mulberry silhouettes in bold prints, such as pink leopard print, and use different fabrics including denim, black velvet and patent. The collection includes different types of handbags, as well: totes, satchels, cross-body bags and mini messenger bags. This collection arrives at Target just in time as the holiday season approaches. Mulberry was founded in 1971 in Somerset, England, by Roger Saul and his mother. The mother-son designing duo quickly established Mulberry as a British lifestyle brand, starting with handbags, and quickly segueing into womenswear, menswear, women’s footwear and furniture. The British lifestyle brand creates items inspired by heritage and craftsmanship, and is known for its high standards. Therefore, the fact that Mulberry-designed bags will be at Target is huge — women can buy handbags in different materials (patent, denim) but made with high-quality standards. This is the first time Mulberry has collaborated with a less expensive retail store or chain. Collaborating with less expensive chains such as Target and H&M is still the hot thing to do, however; Lanvin is collaborating with H&M for an exclusive collection debuting in November and Valentino is reportedly designing a collection to be sold at the Gap.
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Katy Perry is to guest star in ‘The Simpsons’. The pop star ‘ whose planned appearance on children TV show ‘Sesame Street’ was axed after complaints it was too sexy ‘ will appear with the residents of Springfield in a special live action segment. The usually animated characters ‘ which include Homer, Bart and Lisa ‘ are to appear as puppets in a segment of the episode, which will air in the US on December 5. Katy will play the girlfriend of cantankerous bartender Moe and will also be seen by viewers leading ‘The Simpsons’ characters in a rendition of ‘The 39 Days of Christmas’, believed to be a spoof of the festive classic ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. The 25-year-old singer ‘ who shot her scenes in mid-September – will be joined in the episode by TV host Martha Stewart, who will appear as a cartoon version of herself. Executive producer Al Jean told our source: ‘n the wake of Elmo’s terrible betrayal, ‘The Simpsons’ puppets wish to announce they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Katy Perry.’ In her ‘Sesame Street’ appearance ‘ a clip of which was released on YouTube ahead of its intended TV broadcast – Katy was seen performing a version of her hit ‘Hot N Cold’ with red puppet Elmo, whilst wearing a low-cut yellow dress which showed off her cleavage. Bosses decided to cut the segment after a flood of complaints from parents concerned it was too sexual for young viewers. However, Katy has received a message of support – from Elmo. The puppet said: ‘Elmo loves Ms. Katy and we had a good time. So we’ll have another play date.”
“Despicable Me” Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In December. “Despicable Me” is hitting the stores just in time to make into everyone’s stockings. The hilarious and heartfelt tale will arrive in stores on December 14. The animated sensation raked in $250 million at the box office and features the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Kristen wig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jack BcBrayer and Jemaine Clement. Despicable Me is one of those rare titles that moviegoers of all ages have enthusiastically embraced,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It’s not only one of the highest-grossing movies of the year but also one of the most popular animated films of all time. Perfectly timed for the holidays, Despicable Me will be high on everybody’s wish list as the must-have Blu-ray/DVD of the season.” For a limited time, fans can also catch a trio of funny and mischievous Minions, available in the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs and in the DVD Double Pack. The bonus features also include Miss Hattie’s Top Secret Cookie Recipes and “Gru-Control” which allows fans to catch all of the behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews.
Mariah Carey is releasing a Christmas album. The ‘We Belong Together’ singer ‘ who is believed to be expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon ‘ has recorded her second festive LP, entitled ‘Merry Christmas II You’, and will release it on November 2. Produced by ‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson, James Poyser, Jermaine Dupri and award-winning composer Marc Shaiman the LP will feature Yule-tide classics such as ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’, as well as four original songs composed by the pop beauty. A new version of Mariah’s most famous seasonal track ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ ‘ which featured on the album ‘Merry Christmas’ – will also appear on the album. Despite having been first released in 1994, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ continues to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Singles chart each Christmas, hitting the number one spot every year from 2005 to 2008. It is still not clear whether Mariah and Nick will be preparing for the patter of tiny feet by Christmas time. Although she is widely rumoured to be pregnant, the singer refuses to publically confirm or deny the news. Last month, she posted on her website: ‘ appreciate everyone’s well wishes. But I am very superstitious. When the time is right, everyone will know.’
Jennifer Beals To Star In Hallmark’s “The Night Before The Night Before Christmas”. The Hallmark Channel has already started gearing up for Christmas with their holiday movie lineup and the network is adding a new film to the list. Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Beals is starring in Hallmark’s “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” on November 20. Christmas is headed for an early demise after the lead Elf in the North Pole accidentally unleashes Christmas a day too soon and Santa’s onboard navigation crashes St. Nick at the house of the Fox family in the middle of Suburbia. Santa is left with a bad case of amnesia, and it’s up to the family to help Santa save Christmas, while also remembering what the holidays are all about if Christmas is to get back on track across the world. Beals stars alongside Rick Roberts, Gage Munroe and Rebecca Williams. Viewers can catch the world premiere of Hallmark Network’s “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” on November 20 at 8 pm ET
Coldplay album delayed until next year. Chris Martin has confirmed there will no longer be a new Coldplay album before the year is out, and that does not make his cash strapped company EMI happy. “There ain’t gonna be a release for Christmas now that is for sure,’ reports coldplaying,com. ‘Chris (Martin) said that although they are close to finishing lots of songs, they have not actually finished anything at all yet… (even Wedding Bells!) and he said there’d be no chance of the album coming out for Christmas. Phil (Harvey) said the same, and that even if they were finished by now, there would not be enough time for EMI to sort all of the “fiddly bits”. Also, I asked about how long the tour would be starting, after the album release, since for Viva it was really soon, and Phil said that they’d leave a slightly longer gap this time.” EMI needs a new Coldplay record desperately. This week, the company fired three major executives in its never-ending attempt to reinvent itself. EMI MUSIC COO RONN WERRE, New Music International Pres. BILLY MANN, and New Music/NORTH AMERICA, U.K. and IRELAND Pres. NICK GATFIELD had their heads chopped off this week. According to coldplaying.com the last two months have not been as completely productive as first imagined. But he also said ‘You can’t rush things like this!’” Coldplay fans will have to wait until 2011 for the fifth Coldplay album since 1999. For the record, the entire Beatles career (and all 13 studio albums), happened over 8 years.