Kathy Griffin A D-Lister No More

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After six seasons of trying to climb her way to the top, Kathy Griffin has decided to walk away from her highly-successful Bravo TV show. In a press release today, issued by Bravo, the network announced four upcoming Kathy Griffin comedy specials for 2011. What it failed to mention was that the spunky redhead was leaving her reality show. Griffin, instead, revealed to People Magazine her decision and future plans.

“It was a really tough decision, because I think of the ‘D-List’ as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons, and I also think it was really time to stop doing it,” Griffin tells People. “Reality is great, but I really didn’t set out to be a reality star. So now it’s time to spread my wings and show that I’m a little different than Kate Gosselin.”

“I’m not saying better, but maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit.”

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Sports Illustrated In 3D

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Sports & Health

Swimsuit models will be that much closer to getting their subscribers wet (in the dirty and not dirty sense of the phrase), as they step into 3D for the first time. In an effort to show draw some attention to its 3D product lineup, Sony is sponsoring a 3D video version of Sports Illustrated‘s new Swimsuit Issue! Most people don’t have 3D TVs yet, but by doing things like this, Sony hopes to slowly (but steadily) create more buzz and demand for these latest innovations in television. Michael Aragon, vice president and general manager for global digital video distribution and operations at Sony Network Entertainment explains:

“There’s sort of a chicken-and-egg problem going on right now, where the device penetration has been fairly low, so the studios have been fairly slow to release 3D content. Our expectation and our road map on this whole thing has been that this is going to be a little bit slower adoption than HD. While we might not be making tons of money on the 3D content, it seeds a universe of product that we have in 3D.”

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Starbucks Re-Brands For 2011

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

In the wake of it’s 40th anniversary, Starbucks has chosen this time as the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and re-brand. I worked at Starbucks off and on for almost six years and when I heard that they were going about this I honestly thought Oh no!. Every now and again, Starbucks attempts a new style or barista skills or changes a recipe. Sometimes they fly, sometimes they BOMB. Now, with a re-design of their logo and cup design, I’m interested to see what else 2011 brings from the mega coffee company.

On the Starbucks website, CEO Howard Schultz sits down and explains the choice to re-brand and what it means for him and the company in the future. He gives us a history lesson on the past Starbucks logos and how they evolved into what it will be this spring. Even though Starbucks wants to prove with this change that they are more than just coffee, Shultz wants to assure us that they will still be committed to being the ultimate coffee provider.

Starbucks will continue to offer the highest-quality coffee, but we will offer other products as well – and while the integrity, quality and consistency of these products must remain true to who we are, our new brand identity will give us the freedom and flexibility to explore innovations and new channels of distribution that will keep us in step with our current customers and build strong connections with new customers.

More pictures after the jump…

40,000 Dead Crabs Wash Up On Shore

In: Patrick, Random Reads

Earlier this week, I brought to your attention that thousands of dead birds just dropped dead from the sky above Arkansas. Now, for the third consecutive year in a row, thousand and thousands of dead crabs have washed up on the shore in Thanet’s beaches in Kent, England. Last year, the phenomenon was investigated, as scientists were worried that it might be a virus, but alas they were wrong. Experts say that it was a result of the weather. Because of the abnormal cold weather they’ve had (and the rest of the world for that matter), when the snow melted it lowered the temperature in the ocean and ended up killing the crabs because of hypothermia.

The experts are hopeful that the velvet swimming crab (also known as devil crab) populations will recover in years to come. This past December was the coldest December in Britain in 120 years. It is suspected that climate change & warmer weather lured the crabs towards the shore.

Check out some video footage of the disaster after the jump…

Who Is Eva Longoria’s New Man?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

Recently split from her two-timing hubby Tony Parker, sexy Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria has found herself a sexy younger rebound guy. His name Eduardo Cruz – the brother of Penelope Cruz! The Spanish pop singer is 10 years younger, and hot, hot, hot. Although Longoria’s rep says they are just friends, here’s what her neighbors had to say:

According to OK! Magazine, early Christmas Eve, Longoria’s neighbors saw Cruz walking around barefoot inside her garage. “They were clearly very comfortable with each other,” the source tells OK!. “They started to rummage around in Eva’s Range Rover, getting some bags out.” They added, “He’s there at least three nights out of every four — he turns up and he leaves the next morning,” the insider tells OK!, adding, “they are trying desperately to stay beneath the radar.” Man, it seems like Longoria lives in the real life Wysteria Lane, with her neighbors spying and gossiping about her dirty laundry. I have to say, there’s a bit of resemblance to her former onscreen lawnmower man fling, Jesse Metcalfe. Well, him and Enrique Iglesias, and “tonight she’s f*cking him”.

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The much anticipated return of ex American Idol judge, Paula Abdul took over our TV screens last night in a lackluster two hour premiere. There were pirouettes, kicks and flips but nothing more than you’d expect from series professionals America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. As I dancer, I can assure you that with all these dance shows out there, the market becomes over saturated and by time you get to the third or fourth show in the same genre, you run out of all the good people to use.

This proved true with the Los Angeles and New York auditions. As the team took to both cities in their hi-tech dance dome, we found that a lot of the talent just wasn’t there. Thank god for the come at any age rule and philosophy. Some of the best dance groups and soloists were young kids or older adults. Three former Solid Gold dancers even took their turn on the stage. After initially receiving 1 out of 3 gold stars, judge Travis Payne changed his vote to allow them to go through to the next round.

More auditions and the premiere’s ratings after the jump.

Another steamy 2011 calendar to raise money for a worthy cause. Feast your eyes on some sexy Vancouverites as they pose in some stunning shirtless photos in various fighting stances, ready to tackle cancer. They’re raising money for “The Ride to Conquer Cancer,” a 2-day ride from Vancouver to Seattle and takes place June 18th-19th.

Their second year participating, all of the riders last year and this year work at the local restaurant/lounge, Score on Davie. Their crew is organized by Rob Turpin and bartender Joe Kendrick (who also happens to be the amazing photographer), and Score on Davie does whatever they can to support them in this annual project. Last year they raised $11,000 and this year they are aiming for $15,000. Each rider has to raise $2500 to do the ride. Last year, all of the money they raised went to cancer research in general, but this year they decided to focus on male cancers, so all proceeds from the calendar will go to prostate, testicular and other cancers affecting males.

Calendars are $20 each and are available in Vancouver at Score on Davie, Priape, Little Sisters and starting today, Shoppers Drug Mart on Davie, and online by clicking here. Says Turpin, “Thank you for helping us with this cause…we all know someone who has been touched by cancer, it’s time to fight back!”

Check out a bunch of the pics after the jump…

Don’t say you weren’t warned, Jakey Poo. Looks like Jake Gyllenhaal will be the topic of a future Taylor Swift song. As we all know, Swift loves writing about her ex-boyfriends. Though no official reason was given for the dissolution of their short-lived romance, according to UsMagazine it was initiated and ended by Jake. Here’s what a source told the weekly magazine:

“Jake reached out to her and started all of this, but now he’s not acting as interested,”

“He said he wasn’t feeling it anymore and was uncomfortable with all the attention they got,” says the insider of the just over two-month romance. “He also said he could feel the age difference. Taylor is really upset. We told her not to move so fast with this but she didn’t listen.”

GyllenSwift was first spotted during a taping of “Saturday Night Live” back in October. That was followed up by a brunch in Brooklyn with other sightings soon after. They even spent Thanksgiving weekend together with Taylor spending some quality time with Jake’s older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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