Kim Kardashian: probably not one of Sarah Vine’s loyal readers. Photograph: Antoine Cau/SIPA/Rex Features

• Mail columnist Sarah Vine, aka Mrs Michael Gove, has been criticised for descending to crass personal abuse in a tweeted comparison of Ed Miliband to Kim Kardashian (“he thinks he’s amazing – but all anyone can see when they look at him is an enormous arse”). What was riskier, though, was insulting Kardashian, and by extension a hefty chunk of her own readership, given the reality TV star’s role as reigning queen of Sideboob Alley: far from her showing any sign of losing lustre, a search reveals 1,227 Kim Kardashian results on Mail Online in the past three months alone (average: 13 a day), to which can be added around 500 apiece for Kris, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie. It seems unlikely that MO mainman Martin Clarke thinks of her as just an arse, but he (and others on the Mail) may be increasingly inclined to see Vine as one.
• The friendship between ITV’s television supremo, Peter “Pinch ’Em” Fincham, and Griff Rhys Jones stretches back 30 years, to an apple-cheeked young Fincham joining Griff and Mel Smith’s Talkback in 1985; but it may have been damaged by ITV’s admission that it somehow screened the wrong first episode (Namibia instead of North Africa) of the irascible actor-presenter’s series Slow Train to Africa, and thereby turned a clockwise five-part journey into nonsensical random dashing around. As the network’s investigation proceeds (“we’re looking into how this happened”, a spokeswoman feebly offered last week), Monkey is concerned that fingers may be unfairly pointed again at ex-BBC4 controller Richard Klein, the cerebral ITV factual boss already blamed for earlier underperforming series; and hopes it’s entirely irrelevant to the blunder that Slow Train goes out at 9pm on Fridays, many hours after telly execs traditionally set off for their foreign villas or weekend cottages.
• Monkey’s scoop of the week award goes to Daily Express political editor Macer Hall, who valiantly claimed an “exclusive” tag for a front-page interview with Richard Desmond in which the former New Labour donor “revealed” his £1m donation to Ukip (which prompted Michael Crick to wonder on Channel 4 News who the party’s first peer might be if it gains the right post-election to nominate them). The bogus bravado belied the fact that Hall was humiliatingly scooped himself on this story about (and spoon-fed by) his own proprietor: it first broke as a rumour on Guido Fawkes’s site on Thursday afternoon, sheepishly confirmed by the paper, and by the time TV press reviewers gazed at front pages that night – let alone when the Express plopped onto doormats on Friday morning – its supposedly exclusive splash had already been so widely covered as to seem old hat.
• “Living to fix identity issues”, a headline in the latest issue of Broadcast declares enigmatically, over a piece that turns out to be, not lifestyle advice, but a report on the slumping digital channel Sky Living. How will it fix its identity issues, then? Sky’s high command has apparently decided that the problem is it will insist on making programmes, some of them reflecting a “female-skewed” identity that silly Living was supposed to have said farewell to; and so its commissioning budget will be switched to Sky 1 and it will be merely an outlet for bought-in shows. Nothing has been said so far, though, about branding but Monkey is hopeful the new negative identity will be reflected with the utmost clarity by renaming it Sky Dead, or possibly Sky Comatose.
• The entrepreneur and columnist Luke Johnson, recently poached from the FT by the Sunday Times, has form when it comes to causing trouble via his writings for organisations that employ him. When he chaired Channel 4, for example, he questioned the cult of chief executives (seemingly reflecting his being saddled there, unhappily, with Andy “Begging Bowl” Duncan as chief exec), argued that away-days were a waste of time (two days after Duncan had joined managers on one) and rubbished contemporary art (not long after C4’s HQ took delivery of a bronze Kate Moss statue by the NBA Marc Quinn). After some relatively docile early efforts in the Murdoch-owned title, he showed the first signs last weekend of his old penchant for biting the hand that feeds him. “Let’s break up these lumbering giants”, urged Johnson, in a diatribe against big companies that ended with a call for “the disposals, demergers, unbundlings and break-ups of monolithic corporations”. Was there any particular lumbering giant, say in the media or entertainment sector, you had in mind, Luke?
Sam Delaney’s Mad Men and Bad Men: When Politics Met British Advertising came out in February, and was praised by reviewers for its droll anecdotes told by addled admen about bygone campaign stunts. Buried within it is a moment when Saatchis veteran Bill Muirhead (still in the game as an executive director at M&C Saatchi, the agency responsible for recent Tory ads such as Wrecking Ball) is musing. “I find myself thinking, ‘OK, what are the weapons you’d use against Ed Miliband in an election campaign?’ And, you know, anybody that does that to his own brother, I mean, bloody hell. Imagine what he’d do to the country?” That weapon was indeed used, disastrously, two months later, in Michael Fallon’s infamous “stab in the back” speech arguing Miliband would do to the UK “what he did to his own brother” by cancelling Trident, which raises an obvious question: did the book or the adman himself inspire the personal attack, or was it just a case of Lynton Crosby coincidentally having the same thought? Whatever the answer, it would be sad if the Saatchi exec’s career ended with him walking the plank over an episode widely recognised as the worst backfiring snafu by any party in the campaign to date.
• When George Osborne told Radio Times the BBC should avoid “suffocating local news”, the habitually Beeb-bashing Times (which had earlier seen as sinister a new “find local news” button on the BBC’s revamped website) eagerly took up the cry and amplified it. “The BBC has parked its tanks on local newspapers’ front lawns,” thundered a leader, which invoked Orwell, said the patient in danger of suffocation was “already gasping for air”, and apparently endorsed an MP’s attack on the corporation’s “website imperialism”. Monkey was reminded of an 2010 leader headlined (with a curious lack of self-awareness for a News International paper) Big, Bloated and Cunning, in which alleged “stifling” – “it has planned to expand local news services when local papers are struggling to survive” – was one of the instances cited of BBC monstrosity. The editor when it appeared? James Harding, who now runs the bloated news machine he once lambasted, and has responsibility for the controversial rejigging of the news service on the website.

 

Kim Kardashian: probably not one of Sarah Vine’s loyal readers. Photograph: Antoine Cau/SIPA/Rex Features

• Mail columnist Sarah Vine, aka Mrs Michael Gove, has been criticised for descending to crass personal abuse in a tweeted comparison of Ed Miliband to Kim Kardashian (“he thinks he’s amazing – but all anyone can see when they look at him is an enormous arse”). What was riskier, though, was insulting Kardashian, and by extension a hefty chunk of her own readership, given the reality TV star’s role as reigning queen of Sideboob Alley: far from her showing any sign of losing lustre, a search reveals 1,227 Kim Kardashian results on Mail Online in the past three months alone (average: 13 a day), to which can be added around 500 apiece for Kris, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie. It seems unlikely that MO mainman Martin Clarke thinks of her as just an arse, but he (and others on the Mail) may be increasingly inclined to see Vine as one.
• The friendship between ITV’s television supremo, Peter “Pinch ’Em” Fincham, and Griff Rhys Jones stretches back 30 years, to an apple-cheeked young Fincham joining Griff and Mel Smith’s Talkback in 1985; but it may have been damaged by ITV’s admission that it somehow screened the wrong first episode (Namibia instead of North Africa) of the irascible actor-presenter’s series Slow Train to Africa, and thereby turned a clockwise five-part journey into nonsensical random dashing around. As the network’s investigation proceeds (“we’re looking into how this happened”, a spokeswoman feebly offered last week), Monkey is concerned that fingers may be unfairly pointed again at ex-BBC4 controller Richard Klein, the cerebral ITV factual boss already blamed for earlier underperforming series; and hopes it’s entirely irrelevant to the blunder that Slow Train goes out at 9pm on Fridays, many hours after telly execs traditionally set off for their foreign villas or weekend cottages.
• Monkey’s scoop of the week award goes to Daily Express political editor Macer Hall, who valiantly claimed an “exclusive” tag for a front-page interview with Richard Desmond in which the former New Labour donor “revealed” his £1m donation to Ukip (which prompted Michael Crick to wonder on Channel 4 News who the party’s first peer might be if it gains the right post-election to nominate them). The bogus bravado belied the fact that Hall was humiliatingly scooped himself on this story about (and spoon-fed by) his own proprietor: it first broke as a rumour on Guido Fawkes’s site on Thursday afternoon, sheepishly confirmed by the paper, and by the time TV press reviewers gazed at front pages that night – let alone when the Express plopped onto doormats on Friday morning – its supposedly exclusive splash had already been so widely covered as to seem old hat.
• “Living to fix identity issues”, a headline in the latest issue of Broadcast declares enigmatically, over a piece that turns out to be, not lifestyle advice, but a report on the slumping digital channel Sky Living. How will it fix its identity issues, then? Sky’s high command has apparently decided that the problem is it will insist on making programmes, some of them reflecting a “female-skewed” identity that silly Living was supposed to have said farewell to; and so its commissioning budget will be switched to Sky 1 and it will be merely an outlet for bought-in shows. Nothing has been said so far, though, about branding but Monkey is hopeful the new negative identity will be reflected with the utmost clarity by renaming it Sky Dead, or possibly Sky Comatose.
• The entrepreneur and columnist Luke Johnson, recently poached from the FT by the Sunday Times, has form when it comes to causing trouble via his writings for organisations that employ him. When he chaired Channel 4, for example, he questioned the cult of chief executives (seemingly reflecting his being saddled there, unhappily, with Andy “Begging Bowl” Duncan as chief exec), argued that away-days were a waste of time (two days after Duncan had joined managers on one) and rubbished contemporary art (not long after C4’s HQ took delivery of a bronze Kate Moss statue by the NBA Marc Quinn). After some relatively docile early efforts in the Murdoch-owned title, he showed the first signs last weekend of his old penchant for biting the hand that feeds him. “Let’s break up these lumbering giants”, urged Johnson, in a diatribe against big companies that ended with a call for “the disposals, demergers, unbundlings and break-ups of monolithic corporations”. Was there any particular lumbering giant, say in the media or entertainment sector, you had in mind, Luke?
Sam Delaney’s Mad Men and Bad Men: When Politics Met British Advertising came out in February, and was praised by reviewers for its droll anecdotes told by addled admen about bygone campaign stunts. Buried within it is a moment when Saatchis veteran Bill Muirhead (still in the game as an executive director at M&C Saatchi, the agency responsible for recent Tory ads such as Wrecking Ball) is musing. “I find myself thinking, ‘OK, what are the weapons you’d use against Ed Miliband in an election campaign?’ And, you know, anybody that does that to his own brother, I mean, bloody hell. Imagine what he’d do to the country?” That weapon was indeed used, disastrously, two months later, in Michael Fallon’s infamous “stab in the back” speech arguing Miliband would do to the UK “what he did to his own brother” by cancelling Trident, which raises an obvious question: did the book or the adman himself inspire the personal attack, or was it just a case of Lynton Crosby coincidentally having the same thought? Whatever the answer, it would be sad if the Saatchi exec’s career ended with him walking the plank over an episode widely recognised as the worst backfiring snafu by any party in the campaign to date.
• When George Osborne told Radio Times the BBC should avoid “suffocating local news”, the habitually Beeb-bashing Times (which had earlier seen as sinister a new “find local news” button on the BBC’s revamped website) eagerly took up the cry and amplified it. “The BBC has parked its tanks on local newspapers’ front lawns,” thundered a leader, which invoked Orwell, said the patient in danger of suffocation was “already gasping for air”, and apparently endorsed an MP’s attack on the corporation’s “website imperialism”. Monkey was reminded of an 2010 leader headlined (with a curious lack of self-awareness for a News International paper) Big, Bloated and Cunning, in which alleged “stifling” – “it has planned to expand local news services when local papers are struggling to survive” – was one of the instances cited of BBC monstrosity. The editor when it appeared? James Harding, who now runs the bloated news machine he once lambasted, and has responsibility for the controversial rejigging of the news service on the website.

 
 

Kourtney Kardashian and longtime beau Scott Disick headed to Las Vegas the weekend in celebration of her 36th birthday. TMZ reports that Kourtney’s classy bash happened at the swanky 1OAK nightclub in Las Vegas. Disick has a long standing relationship with 1Oak, which is housed in the Mirage Hotel and Casino, as he hosts regular parties in the nightclub.

In fact, fans of Kourtney, Scott Disick, or the Kardashians in general had an opportunity to celebrate with the underrated oldest Kardashian sister, if they were willing to pay. 1Oak offered tickets to the event through Light Group. There was one more caveat, attendees were informed that they had to adhere to a strict “upscale chic” dress code.
As TMZ reported, none of the other Kardashian family members attended Kourtney’s birthday party. Kim Kardashian reportedly stayed in Los Angeles, and younger sisters Kendall and Kylie are at Coachella with Kylie’s rumored boyfriend, Tyga. That might have more to do with the location and venue than any family drama, as Kris Jenner, Kim, and Khloe all sent Kourtney birthday messages through social media.

Happy Birthday Kourtney!!!! I think you can tell by this pic I was obsessed with you from the moment… https://t.co/2usOWbyCoy
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 18, 2015

Happy Birthday to my big sister @kourtneykardash I love you sooooo much!!!!! pic.twitter.com/jqCktkOENx
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 18, 2015

Going thru pics and gonna post a few of Kourtney & I in honor of her birthday! pic.twitter.com/okznNMaOlR
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 19, 2015

Happy birthday to one of the most monotone chicks I’ve ever met. It’s one of my favorite things about… https://t.co/vJcKrD8ZOF
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) April 18, 2015

The timing of he birthday party may cause some fans to cringe. In a sneak peak for tonight’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Disick offers to book family matriarch Kris Jenner a birthday party at 1OAK Las Vegas. Jenner agrees, but when she arrives in Las Vegas, Scott is nowhere to be found. When Scott finally does show up, he’s been drinking.
The most recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was most likely filmed in November 2014. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, around that time numerous reports of Disick’s hard partying emerged and culminated in a brief rehab stint in March 2015.
At the most recent 1OAK party, Disick and Kardashian took a few photographs together, including an amusing shot of each holding a cardboard cut out of the other’s head. Similar heads were made for Kris Jenner’s 1OAK birthday party.

Goodnight vegas
A photo posted by Scott Disick (@letthelordbewithyou) on Apr 19, 2015 at 2:42am PDT

For those of you heartbroken that you missed the chance to party with Kourtney and Scott, never fear. Disick is scheduled to host another party at 1OAK Las Vegas Friday, April 24, and tickets are still available.
[Image via Bing]

 

Pimp my journey: Kim Kardashian rolls up in fresh $400k custom made Rolls Royce in LA. Las ...
Everyone knows in that Kim Kardashian loves her cars as much as she love a amazing selfie (self photo). The truth TV star lived as much as her uber-glam reputation when she was seen driving home on Sat. in a brand new set of wheels, costing the dark haired beauty around half one million dollars. Kim’s 2015 Rolls Royce Phantom price starts off at a rad $407,000 yet Kim K being Kim K, the yummy mummy couldn’t be seen driving around LA within the bog standard model. X17online Driving around in style Looking at the license plate of her new journey, it is clear in that LA based luxury auto and customization company, Platinum Motorsport had worked on the the sultry starlet’s automotive. Giving the Phantom a solid silver finish, dark tinted windows and narrowed headlights, it is apparent in that the business woman’s newest purchase didn’t contain a credit crunch busting price anger price ticket. Kim Kardashian steps out of her matte completed Phantom after a fitness center session The star was seen coming back from the fitness center on the weekend only a week after she marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide where 1.5 million Armenians where killed by the Turks. …
Read the more…Pimp my ride: Kim Kardashian rolls up in brand new $400k custom made Rolls Royce in LA

 

Pimp my journey: Kim Kardashian rolls up in fresh $400k custom made Rolls Royce in LA. Las ...
Everyone knows in that Kim Kardashian loves her cars as much as she love a amazing selfie (self photo). The truth TV star lived as much as her uber-glam reputation when she was seen driving home on Sat. in a brand new set of wheels, costing the dark haired beauty around half one million dollars. Kim’s 2015 Rolls Royce Phantom price starts off at a rad $407,000 yet Kim K being Kim K, the yummy mummy couldn’t be seen driving around LA within the bog standard model. X17online Driving around in style Looking at the license plate of her new journey, it is clear in that LA based luxury auto and customization company, Platinum Motorsport had worked on the the sultry starlet’s automotive. Giving the Phantom a solid silver finish, dark tinted windows and narrowed headlights, it is apparent in that the business woman’s newest purchase didn’t contain a credit crunch busting price anger price ticket. Kim Kardashian steps out of her matte completed Phantom after a fitness center session The star was seen coming back from the fitness center on the weekend only a week after she marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide where 1.5 million Armenians where killed by the Turks. …
Read the more…Pimp my ride: Kim Kardashian rolls up in brand new $400k custom made Rolls Royce in LA

 
 

Posted on Sun Apr 19th, 2015 8:41am PDT       By X17 Staff
Lady Gaga Proves Kim Kardashian Isn't The Only One Who Can Wear Sexy, See-Through Tops!Lady Gaga’s giving Kim K a run for her money!The eccentric chanteuse ditched her usually wacky style and went for a sexier look Friday night for dinner out at RHOBH‘s Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood restaurant Pump. And ooohhhh how the gays loved their Gaga!So much so, in fact, that an overzealous paparazzo wouldn’t move out of the way as Gaga’s driver attempted to pull out in the singer’s white Rolls Royce, the photographer got knocked to the ground! The driver was ticketed and sent on his way. Check out the video![embedded content]