Morning Links: Kat Von D & Jesse James Split, Justin Timberlake’s Comic Con Disguise

● Lindsay Lohan says that, contrary to the tabloid’s cries, she didn’t get drunk this weekend. “It’s strange how people can come up with such detailed lies,” offered one of her more astute friends. [TMZ] ● Settling months of rumors with a tweet, last night Kat Von D confirmed that she and Jesse James are officially over. “The distance between us was just too much,” James went on to tell People. [TheKatVonD/Twitter/People] ● Leighton Meester is suing her mother for using money she had set aside for her sick brother on things like plastic surgery and hair extensions. And in counter-suit, her mother Constance is claiming Leighton has failed to keep up with promised monthly support payments. And you thought your relationship with your mother was complicated. [E!]

● Dropping bombs: radio legend Funk Flex and the art of the radio premier. [The Daily] ● Justin Timberlake kept hush on the Comic Con floor by donning an Ernie — as in Bert and Ernie — disguise. [Huff Post] ● Kim Kardashian is worried that we are all going to find out about her psoriasis. Oh wait… [Us]

Morning Links: Justin Bieber Gets Booed, Beavis & Butt-Head Return

● Justin Bieber hit the Knicks game after his Never Say Never 3D premiere, and was booed after being shown on the jumbotron. “The boos are from the guys,” the announcer reassured, pointing out a girl nearby who was convulsing. [FabLife] ● Nearing the end of their seventh season, and with no end in sight, Grey’s Anatomy producers are looking to freshen things up with a musical episode. [NYP] ● First, Leighton Meester grew tired of playing the pretty girl, and now Ed Westwick is telling British magazines that he doesn’t feel connected to Chuck Bass anymore, and that he’s “ready to do something else.” [E!]

● Something is rotten in the state of music: three out of this year’s first four weeks of music sales have posted record lows, with Amos Lee’s Mission Bell topping this week’s Billboard charts with only 40k in sales. [VV] ● Rapper Juelz Santana was arrested in New Jersey yesterday, concluding a ten month investigation into the Diplomat member’s recording studio — or as Bergen County police like to call it, his “well-established gang operation.” [NorthJersey] ● The cast of MTV’s Skins and Justin Bieber announced the return of Beavis and Butt-Head to the network. Bieber tweeted: “solid day in NYC. played hoops and just went to the MTV Upfronts…BEAVIS and BUTTHEAD are coming back!!!” [MTV]

Morning Links: Alec Baldwin to Take Keith Olbermann’s Spot, Joey Fatone Has a Yard Sale

● A source at NBC hears Alec Baldwin might be next in line for Keith Olbermann’s position, citing his large fan base and passion for politics as primary qualifications. Or maybe he just overheard a brainstorm for next week’s 30 Rock. [PopEater] ● After a busy year, Leighton Meester is ready to step out from Blair Waldorf’s shadow. “I really don’t give a [bleep] about being the ‘prettiest girl in the room,” she says. [NYP] ● Flavor Flav christened his new fried chicken joint, Flavor Flav’s Chicken, in Clinton Iowa, by showing off his skills with the deep frier. The rapper-turned-reality star also went to culinary school. [RapRadar]

● “Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” said Glee creator Ryan Murphy after the band turned down requests to have some of their songs covered. Glee treatment aside, many of us share Murphy’s feelings. [HR] ● William and Kate have sent out an official save the date fax to remind various royal families that their day is drawing near. Seating arrangements will be announced by carrier pigeon. [People] ● Are things a little tight for *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone? Last week he had a yard sale at his Florida home, picking up a little extra cash by lending autographs to purchases. Sounds like bank! [TMZ]

Morning Links: Ricky Gervais Officially Blacklisted, Kanye West Comes Out of the Closet

Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta let life imitate art when she showed up half-naked and stumbling-drunk to the Chateau Marmont after Sunday night’s Golden Globes. [TMZ] ● Leighton Meester and her Country Strong costar Garret Hedlund were said to be “making googly eyes at each other all night.” Come on, come on, come on — give in to it. [Us] ● “Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure. For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated,” says an anonymous member of the HFPA. Who’s the sore looser? ]PopEater]

● Man of endless controversy, Kanye West has supposedly signed on to play a jazz band member in a film that involves a gay sex scene. Will Smith, Jay Z, and Oprah are backing the movie, and the script has supposedly won 9 awards, so who knows. [MTO] ● Brick Squad rappers Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane want a reality show. “We just ordinary people with a crazy Rock N Roll lifestyle,” says Gucci. We couldn’t agree more. [PopDust] ● Bill O’Reilly and his producer/stalker, Jesse Watters, crashed a Snooki book signing to invite the reality star to the O’Reilly Factor to talk about “Obamacare, Afghanistan, the Jersey Shore…” — just the punditry America needs. [Mediaite]

Leighton Meester, Missoni’s New Face

It’s no secret that Gossip Girl cast members Blake Lively and Leighton Meester have proved themselves to be stylish on set and off. Now it seems that both ladies will be fronting major fashion campaigns next year. Lively is the new face of Chanel, while Meester is rumored to be Missoni’s new model, according to Elle UK. Meester, who currently appears in campaigns for Vera Wang fragrances and Herbal Essences, will be modeling for Missoni in a campaign launching in summer 2011.

If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that you know you’ll love them, xoxo.

‘The Roommate’ Trailer: Leighton Meester Is Watching You

In The Roommate, Leighton Meester follows in the tradition of such likeable beauties as Alicia Silverstone (The Crush), Erika Christensen (Swimfan), and Ali Larter (Obsession), all women who lose their marbles in the name of love. The question in this kind of genre is, how does a sunny actress whose job it is to smile on the red carpet seem scary? If you’re Leighton Meester, then you take that Blair Waldorf bitchiness, which you’ve mastered, glaze your eyes over with a certain deadness, and stare. After the jump, sit back and watch the master at work.

image Here, Meester employs her best “I’m watching you” look.

image Meester pulls off a flawless “You think I’m sleeping, but really, I’m watching you” look.

image Meester executing the timeless “I’m watching you through the bookcase” look.

image Meester performing the very difficult “I’m watching you across campus” look.

image Meester pulling the “I feel like someone’s watching me” look. Oh no, wait, that’s Minka Kelly

image Meester giving the “Watch as I light you on fire” look.

image Meester prefecting the “I’m watching you, lamp” look.

image Meester’s trademark “Pay attention to me when I’m watching you” look.

image Meester mastering the “As soon as I’m done watching you, I’m going to kill you” look.

image Meester gives her textbook “I’m watching you, but quietly enough not to wake you up” look.

Adam Lambert Not Exactly Setting iTunes Aflame

Despite being one of the more riveting competitors to graduate from American Idol, Adam Lambert’s first proper single, “For Your Entertainment,” remains stalled on the iTunes chart at #76, a week after its release. Which wouldn’t be much news had it not been for the heaps of coverage unloaded upon the fey songster. That includes the wide range of talent eager to work with him, and the possibly premature Rolling Stone and Details covers. What this doesn’t mean: that the song is unlistenable. What it does mean: Lambert was being far too generous with the mainstream’s ability to grasp “camp.”

Then again, with his Lady Gaga-assisted track still tightly under wraps — at least until November 23, when the album is out — he could spin “Entertainment’s” slow start as a soft launch. But with bad news comes good news. Although curiously, the good news is contingent upon further bad news: that his single “Time for Miracles” has sunk like a stone and now sits at #160, just narrowly outperforming Leighton Meester’s new single. This is good news because for the sharp electronic sound he was aiming for with his debut, the sudsy 2012 ballad is something he’d probably want set as far away as possible from the rest of his music.

15 People Who Saved The Emmys

Whether you watched last night’s Emmys on a dusty television set or on a shady internet stream prone to buffering and choppy playback (21st century chic, wave of the future, etc.), you probably noticed that TV’s landmark three hour salute to TV seemed perkier than years past. And while a number of harsh elements threatened to barrel us to boredom — like the dual monotone of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Patricia Arquette (“LOL! We both play mediums!” cried JLoHew as we eyed that Ambien hungrily) and Jeff Probst’s acceptance speech (seriously — over Padma Lakshmi?), the night was easily redeemed by over a dozen people. And one of them didn’t even need to actually be present for her act of valiance.

1. Neil Patrick Harris. The secret to his success was simple. NPH shelved his ego. Apart from his extracurriculars for the evening, NPH basically played sidekick-to-the-stars, finding ways to pack punchlines into terse introductions for presenters that alluded to their most obscure work, but otherwise keeping things going as breezily as possible.

2 and 3. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. I was on the fence about these two. On one hand, that third season premiere of Gossip Girl left a sour taste. On the other, these two ambassadors into teenybopper TV–a genre that sometimes unfairly gets overlooked — were fresh air among some of the other smug veteran presenters. And despite the former’s lack of proper enunciation, they sparkled.

4. Shohreh Aghdashloo. The night’s most welcome upset came from the one-time Oscar nominee who was one of few excellent things in HBO’s mediocre mini-series about Saddam Hussein’s private life. And one of the night’s best moments came when she delivered her deliciously raspy acceptance speech.

5. Tina Fey. At this point, the Emmys owe their spike in relevance to Fey more than 30 Rock owes them anything for their heavy trophies. Between her many roles as part of 30 Rock‘s cast and crew and as our coping device for the Republican malarky that was Her Highness Sarah Palin, Fey is always a welcome distraction from the dreary Emmy decorum.

6. Kristin Chenowith. As much as Aghdashloo’s acceptance speech made my skin tingle, Chenowith’s was kind of like the spoken-word equivalent to last week’s Susan Boyle staging of “Wild Horses”–it brought tears to our eyes or at least, momentarily softened our stony hearts. Particularly the part about thanking “the Academy for recognizing a show that’s no longer on the air.” There was also the part about wanting to work on Mad Men, The Office, and 24 since she’s unemployed now. (Although she will be joining Glee soon!)

7-10. All the other Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominees except Vanessa Williams. As demonstrated above, how ingenious was the eyewear sight-gag? And how Debbie Downer was Vanessa Williams’ been there-done that attitude?

11. Sarah Silverman. Sure, she really had no spoken parts in last night’s telecast, but a pair of moments said it all. Of course there was the mustache, but there was also some confused shrugging when Jon Cryer turned out to win the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Apparently you can win a comedy award without being funny! Huh!

12. Britney Spears. It’s curious. Britney as an overachiever. Her name didn’t even have to be mentioned, but in an Emmy telecast that was pretty shameless in attempts to accept his award, it was hard to tell whether he was channeling Alec Baldwin or 30 Rock alter-ego Jack Donaghy, or if Donaghy is basically Baldwin. But it made his speech and admission of a man-crush on Rob Lowe all the more entertaining.

14 and 15. Amy Poehler & Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It’s obvious that the entire evening belonged to the ladies. Especially when this pair hilariously remarked about the demise of broadcast television.

Leighton Meester Boards Cobra Starship

Some time ago, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester embarked on something of a spiritual journey through pop music. Her traipse down the worn actress-turned-singer path turned up a few gems, including a cover of “Bette Davis Eyes”, this other cover originally by this band, and a curious little electro-pop romp titled “Good Girls Go Bad,” where she shares singing credits with Cobra Starship — but not until about 1:31 into the song. Just yesterday, the video surfaced onto the web. It features such Gossip Girl-ish things as salacious texts, drinking from flasks, some blokes in white-framed spectacles (I think they’re the Starship), subterranean bacchanalia, and of course Queen B casting her signature ice queen glare now and again. Video after the jump.

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