Category: Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson hits fashion week as a 'Project Runway' judge


Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jordin Sparks Jessica Simpson, she of the stiletto-heeled shoe line and new denim collection, showed up as a surprise "Project Runway" judge Thursday in New York, hanging out with Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Heidi Klum for the fashion competition show's finale. 

To keep the finalists' identities a surprise -- the season is only six episodes in -- the 10 remaining designers all showed collections.

Opening the show, Klum told the audience, "I have never gotten so emotional or attached to the designers."

Other famous faces in the audience included Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jordin Sparks. Spring 2011 fashion week in New York runs through Sept. 16.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated press contributed to this report.

Top photo: Jessica Simpson, left, Nina Garcia and designer Michael Kors attend the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Theater at Lincoln Center on Thursday in New York City. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for IMG

Lower photos: Jamie-Lynn Sigler, left, and Jordin Sparks in the runway show's audience. Credits: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for IMG

Jessica Simpson's new boyfriend: ex-NFL player Eric Johnson [updated]

Jessica Simpson and her 30th birthday cake Thanks to Jessica Simpson, former NFL tight end Eric Johnson is a free agent no more -- at least when it comes to dating.

The two have been seeing each other since May, People reports, after being introduced by friends. He's separated from his wife, who filed for divorce earlier this year. Johnson played for the San Francisco 49ers and more recently for the New Orleans Saints; they released him in July 2008, ahead of their run for the most recent NFL championship.

Simpson's most recent high-profile relationship was with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who dumped her right before her 29th birthday. Simpson turns 30 on Saturday.

[For the record, 5 p.m. July 9: An earlier version of this post said Simpson turned 30 on Saturday. Her 30th birthday falls on Saturday, July 10.]

Johnson's apparently "one of the nicest guys around," a former NFL co-worker tells People. And smart too. Went to Yale and all that.

Jessica, we'd like to remind you, did not go to Yale

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jessica Simpson poses with a surprise birthday cake at a casino club opening in West Virginia on July 2, 2010. Hope that puppy's vegan, as Jessica's recently been shedding pounds the new-fashioned way, through a vegan diet and "cupping," to remove toxins.  Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

Jessica Simpson to guest-star on 'Entourage,' tweets mad love for Ari Gold [Updated]

Jessica Simpson entourage Looks like Jessica Simpson is being courted by Jeremy Piven — professionally, that is. Simpson will be making a cameo on HBO's "Entourage" this season, as confirmed by a sweet tweet from the singer on Tuesday.

"I have the utmost respect for the entire cast and crew of Entourage!" Simpson said. "Thank you for making the past 2 days memorable :)"

Given her use of the smiley-face emoticon, it's safe to gather she enjoyed herself in the company of the on-screen boys' club.

Speculation on the Web says Simpson will play herself, joining actresses such as Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Anna Faris, who have done the same. Piven's Ari Gold and a rival agent will reportedly contend for Simpson's business.

"Entourage" also stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon. [Updated: A previous version of this post listed Matt Dillon as being in the cast; of course, we meant Kevin Dillon.]

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Jessica Simpson in 2008. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press 

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PREACH IT! Well, would you look at that -- nekkid celebrities

Kim kardashian It has come to our attention that a slew, nay, a spate of stars have been doffing their clothes and cavorting about naked in front of camera lenses of late, and for all manner and class of purpose. (Why these nude shoots inspire us to talk like clients in a Sherlock Holmes tale, we couldn’t tell you.)

We already know about Kara DioGuardi. Now add to the list Ricky Martin, who went nekkid for a video he made a few years back but didn’t release until now, and Kim Kardashian, who posed for Harper's Bazaar wearing nothing but her own satiny ego. Martin lolls about on glowing Plexiglas and gets tattoos while nude. Kardashian is just naked, which, for the record, is plenty entertaining enough.

It should also be noted that a few other stars are choosing to go bare about the face and neck; Jessica Simpson has posed for a closeup on the cover of Marie Claire completely devoid of cosmetics, with her hair, as the magazine put it, air-dried. Kardashian also has said that her photo was not computer altered. (Back in 2002, actress Jamie Lee Curtis blasted a hole in the self-satisfied fashion world by appearing in More magazine without any retouching.)

Of course the fans are leaping up and down and celebrating all this daring nakedness ...

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PREACH IT! In Hollywood, the march of the pig continues

Pigs-and-people Everyone knows this town is a snake pit; no need to add a new species of animal to the Hollywood population, right? Especially if that species is a relatively adorable breed of pig that also could fit really nicely into my larger saute pan?

The logic seems sound, but not around here. Hollywood seems to be developing a genuine obsession with pet pigs. The piglet adoption stories just keep on coming.

First, Paris Hilton brought home one of these small pigs -- a breed called Royal Dandie Extreme. Hilton named the porker Princess Piglette. Now Jessica Simpson has tweeted that she, too might adopt a porcine companion. Simpson has been heartbroken since September, when her dog, Daisy, got snatched from her backyard by a coyote. Now, she tweets, “I'm thinking about getting a pet pig. Does this mean I'll have to give up pork?”

PETA is annoyed, natch.

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John Mayer opens his mouth to Playboy and continues to make our brain hurt

Mayer"Maybe I’m so meta-aware that it’s off-putting to people."

-- John Mayer, talking to Playboy magazine

John Mayer's not a bad fella, you know -- just a "self-soother" who's "tempered in opposition." A man for whom Jessica Simpson is "like crack cocaine," who doesn't want to engage in "heartbreak warfare" against Jennifer Aniston. A man who is "not going to be a prisoner to a warden I can’t see."

Oh yeah, and he still really likes lots of online porn (personally, we don't like to see 300 of anything first thing in the morning) and lots of masturbation. He is "just going to run a filmstrip" in his mind while he's having sex with another human being. And he occasionally meets the "40-year-old me," who of course tells him to go to the zoo.

Then there's the whole thing about black people and his penis.

Good thing Mayer took that "cleanse" from Twitter, because he's certainly dumped a lot of something in the pages of Playboy magazine.

He's just misunderstood. Do a certain unflattering search of his name and, he says, "You’d get a lot of hits." (There are so many adjectives to choose from for that search too, apparently originating on terrible blogs written by kids.)

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'Budding powerhouse' Akon checks out L.A. real estate

Akon What does a "budding celebrity powerhouse" do once Forbes anoints you as such?

If you're Akon, and you made about $20 million last year, you take a look at some ritzy Los Angeles real estate. 

The rapper -- who tied 50 Cent and Jessica Simpson for seventh on Forbes' list of 12 stars who are more than merely "the talent" -- was spotted in L.A. on Thursday checking out the Carlyle on Wilshire Boulevard. 

If he does buy a place at the luxury high rise, in addition to enjoying the services of a concierge and access to a ginormous wine cellar, he’ll likely be in good company: CNN host Larry King and actor Bruce Willis already own Carlyle units, and singer LaToya Jackson was spotted shopping for a place there in December.

LaToya and Bruce actually bumped into each other and chatted when she was there – and were joined in the lobby by ESPN broadcaster Keyshawn Johnson.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Akon performs in New York City on June 4, 2009, at the 6th annual Do Something Awards at the Apollo Theater. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images.

Related dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:

Jessica Simpson and the 1,000% proven joys of ear candling

50 Cent on street cred, college and, of course, Tiger Woods

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Jessica Simpson and the 1,000% proven joys of ear candling

Jessiken Can this be serious?

Jessica Simpson's hairdresser and business partner Ken Paves apparently gave her the holistic experience of ear candling for Christmas, then was kind enough to put it on video so they could post it to Twitter

How nice of him to give the gift of, say, unblocked energy, emotional stability and the healing of auricular zona, should she suffer from that.

The video above is for the right ear, though the one for the left has some technical difficulties. Still, the running commentary on No. 2 is a hoot and a half.

If you can handle the screaming.

"Augh, why does it get so hot?," cries Jessica (who,  incidentally, has never flirted with Tiger Woods).

"Because it's got fire close to your head -- that's why we've got to protect it so your hair doesn't catch on fire," Ken replies, before bursting back into "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

At least he knows what he's doing: "There's gonna be a long piece of wax in the thing and we can unroll it and make it like Play-Doh and make shapes out of it."

Oddly, Jessica finds that revolting.

Dare we tell Ken ...

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