Kim Kardashian's Milkshake Brings Tear Gas to the Yard

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As you may recall, in penance for her pro-Israel Tweet, Kim Kardashian planned a trip to Bahrain to learn about the Middle East hawk some milkshakes. A faction of Sunni Muslim MPs had taken their issues with Kardashian's visit up with Parliament before her arrival ("she's an actress with an extremely bad reputation"), and when Kim touched down, all hell broke loose—she was met with screaming fans, angry protestors and cops throwing stun grenades and possibly tear gas, although there are conflicting reports.


To temper the media's angle, from the comments section of the Washington Post article:

This headline is so very bogus, you have about 50 protesters and thousands that come out to see her and actually paid over 1000 to see her and the headline is that she got an angry reception? [...] You get less than a hundred extremist protesting and that is the big story?

On the bright side, milkshakes are yum! [NYDN, Washington Post]

There was no tear gas, says Millions of Milkshakes rep. [CNN]

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Like any 18-year-old boy and his new 22-year-old lady friend would, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles borrowed Harry Styles' hairstylist's baby and went to the Central Park Zoo. Which I'm sure is something they just decided to do on a lark, and has nothing to do with a PR team frantically scrambling to find a photogenic baby for them. How much does it cost to rent one by the hour these days? The soft spot on the back of their heads would be a great place to put my wineglass down. (Squint for sea lion photobomb.) [Just Jared]

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A found poem gathered from snippets about Shania Twain's new show in Vegas, Still The One, at Caesar's Palace:

A pair of pink cowboy boots/
clad in a lacy black bodysuit/
she rode in on a high-flying bike/
dancing violinists and cellists/
pumped-in fragrances/
Wrangling live horses during/
two separate numbers.


[ABC News Radio, Express, Las Vegas Sun]

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50 Cent is executive producing a Starz show called Power, which will "focus on a Gotham nightclub owner who treads the line between legitimate business and the criminal underworld." Which sounds a lot like Starz's show Magic City, but whatever? Fiddy also took to Twitter to reveal that the pilot writer is Courtney Kemp Agboh, an Emmy-winning writer on The Good Wife. [Variety, Twitter]


As Matt Lauer squirms on the NBC chopping block, his co-workers are coming to his defense; Al Roker says that rumors of Lauer's diva behavior are "a crock." He adds, "One day we were traveling, and I was sitting across from [Matt], and I look over and he's looking at his laptop, and he's crying. I'm like, ‘What the heck?' He's watching The Notebook, and the tears are just flowing." [Page Six]

  • Lakers player Steve Nash is having a custody war with ex-wife Alejandra. [TMZ]
  • For her Halloween party this year—all proceeds of which went to the Red Cross for Sandy relief—Heidi Klum went as Cleopatra and also stuck hundreds of crystals on her face. HYFR, I guess. [Us Weekly]
  • The IRS has gotten ahold of all of Lindsay Lohan's bank accounts until she pays her debts. [TMZ]
  • There's a new picture of Rihanna and Chris Brown on the Webz. [Bossip]
  • Poor Gary Busey has been working on paying back his debts but still owes $450,000. Too bad he can't just do another Entourage cameo. :-| [TMZ]
  • Lady Gaga has written 50 songs already for her upcoming album Artpop. [MTV News]
  • That time Toni Braxton went broke in 1998 was due to an addiction to buying kitchenware. GODDAMN YOU, CROCKERY. [Express]
  • Eric Idle: not a Twitter fan. [Express
  • Jessica Springsteen, Bruce's daughter, dressed up like an angel in a horseback riding competition...? [Daily Mail]
  • One Direction crunchy treat Liam Payne is back together with his ex-girlfriend Danielle Peazer. [Mirror UK]
  • Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper performed some songs at a concert in L.A. [People]
  • Brandi Glanville and LeAnn Rimes are at it again. The former became mad at the latter for Tweeting about a vacation with her husband (Glanville's ex) Eddie Cibrian and his kids. [Us Weekly]
  • Mario Lopez married his longtime girlfriend Courtney Mazza. [Us Weekly]
  • Kristen Stewart wore a dress. [Us Weekly]
  • Russell Simmons called Miss Universe Leila Lopez a "publicity whore" on Twitter. [Page Six]
  • Today's quietly tragic gossip nugget: "Courtney [Love] kept trying to talk to [Al] Pacino, but he left early with his date." [Page Six]
  • Girls' Allison Williams bought some hipstery knitted hats that said "Best Friends" on them. [Page Six]
  • Here's Eva Longoria's GQ cover. [NYDN]


A Small Turnip

There probably aren't too many things I could become obsessed enough with to go into bankruptcy for, but holy shitballs, kitchenware is one of them. I am unsafe anywhere near a Le Creuset shop. I will lovingly snuggle KitchenAid mixers until store managers escort me from the premises. I will finger Saji knives like a sweaty middle-aged man with an Agent Provocateur catalogue. There is nothing I wouldn't do for a set of Spode's Java espresso cups, including giving Rush Limbaugh a handjob with a happy ending and jogging through Chernobyl with an enraged bandicoot rat down my trousers.

In short, I empathise, Toni. I really, really do.