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March 31, 2005 

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go

At an L.A. concert by her boyfriend Cisco Adler's band Whitestarr, Kimberly Stewart (Rod's daughter) and pal Paris Hilton ducked into a stall in the ladies room, prompting an impatient woman in line to yell, "At least save some for us!"

When Paris finally emerged, one bladder-bursting babe relieved herself in a sink. "You dirty b---h!" Paris yelped. The heiress, who apparently reconsidered her harsh appraisal, then added, "That's hot!" and left the bathroom.

Posted by Lawren at 07:08 AM | Comments (0)

Grandma and Grandpa Kutcher

Dear Ashton--

While dating a much older woman clearly has its benefits, there may be times that you will have to stay true to your younger self. For instance, when Demi dresses like a grandmother, you should NOT follow suit. (No pun intended).

Warm regards,

Posted by Lawren at 07:06 AM | Comments (0)

Britney Invites More Drama

Britney Spears has recently agreed to film in a reality show with MTV. Spears will be filmed writing music for her upcoming album, her personal life and promotion of the album.

MTV will start filming "Up Close & Personal" in early 2006.

--Guess they needed another train wreck to take the place of "Newlyweds" now that it's going off the air.

Posted by Lawren at 07:03 AM | Comments (0)

Pat Sajak Has a Blog

Another celebrity blogger (I use the term "celebrity" loosely):

Pat Sajak, the longtime host of "Wheel of Fortune" — and a former Fox News Channel talk show host — posts essays he's written about politics every few days on his Web site,

Sajak, whose political leanings are well known to be on the conservative side, riffs on a wide range of hot-button issues, ranging from slanted journalism, O.J. Simpson, and the U.N.

Posted by Lawren at 07:01 AM | Comments (2)


Sinead O'Connor is in Jamaica recording a reggae album with some of the country's leading musicians.

The Irish pop singer has been in Kingston since last week working on tracks for the album, co-producer Sly Dunbar said Wednesday.

He said the album, set for release this summer by British-based Sanctuary Records, will include covers of some of reggae's most famous protest songs - Bob Marley's "War," Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man" and Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey."

Posted by Lawren at 06:58 AM | Comments (0)

Back to the Music

VH1 is getting back to the music — and the music makers.

After making its name as a powerhouse in music television, VH1 shifted its focus in recent years to pop culture and nostalgia shows (think “I Love the 80s”).

Now, it’s back to focusing on the music and those who make it with “VH1’s April Music Month,” a month of fresh programming that will offer live performances, music video premieres and specials. “VH1 is about music, artists and pop culture,” said Christina Norman, the network’s president. “We’ve been spending so much time on the pop culture aspects; although the music aspects have not gone away, we felt it was time to focus on the music.”

Posted by Lawren at 06:56 AM | Comments (0)

Home Handover

Brad Pitt has handed over keys to the $14 million Hollywood mansion he shared with Jennifer Aniston to his estranged wife.

Pitt has reportedly scrapped plans to sell the home, which took the former couple two years to renovate, because the former Friends star would like to make it her own. According to America's People magazine, Aniston asked Pitt for the home before filing for divorce from the actor last week.

Posted by Lawren at 06:54 AM | Comments (1)

Falling for U2

Over 20,000 fans screamed and chanted through the U2's two-hour set in San Diego, kicked off by Bono when he announced: "We're back - and you better be ready."

But the singer's exuberance nearly caused a disaster when a female fan almost toppled over railings. While belting out "New Year's Day," Bono leant towards fans behind the stage who were perched on a high balcony.

One girl reached back and almost plunged over the railing, but was saved at the last moment by a fellow fan.

Posted by Lawren at 06:53 AM | Comments (0)

Sneaky, Matthew

Actor Matthew Mcconaughey hid his knowledge of Spanish from girlfriend Penelope Cruz while they filmed their latest movie Sahara.

The Madrid-born actress regularly swore on set in Morocco as she roughed it alongside McConaughey, as they were subject to blinding sandstorms, spiders, and snakes.

McConaughey says, "I understand more (Spanish) than she knows! I just haven't told her yet. I just pretended not to know what kind of cuss words she was using!"

Posted by Lawren at 06:44 AM | Comments (2)

Big Loss for Knight

A judge has ordered Marion "Suge" Knight to pay $107 million to a woman who claims she helped the rap mogul start Death Row Records, ruling Knight and his lawyers failed to answer questions and provide information in the case.

Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian ordered Knight and his companies, including Tha Row Inc., to pay Lydia Harris, who claims she is owed money from the recording label she helped establish. advertisement

The judgment includes $60 million in punitive damages, $45 million in economic damages and $2 million in noneconomic damages.

--That is some serious cash.

Posted by Lawren at 06:42 AM | Comments (3)

Move to Cool

Court TV's Striving for Hip:

Court TV is acting like a buttoned-down lawyer who prowls the clubs at night.

A serious news network that focuses on trials by day, Court TV is aggressively seeking young viewers at night with a mixture of nonfiction entertainment programming and reality shows with colorful lawyers such as Bruce Cutler.

Court TV’s programming mix has been successfully moving in this direction for the past few years, but now the cable channel is trying harder to be hip at night.

“The trick in growing a network’s revenue is to look at your audience and bring in more of the younger demographic that advertisers are trying to reach,” Henry Schleiff, Court TV’s chief executive, said Wednesday.

Posted by Lawren at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)

Jerry Still Causes Controversy

BBC bosses have rejected an astonishing 63,000 complaints over Jerry Springer - The Opera.

The BBC's governors ruled they were right to air the controversial musical, which sparked outrage and accusations of blasphemy when it was shown. A five-strong Program Complaints Committee voted 4-1 in favour that "outstanding artistic significance" of the work outweighed the offence it caused.

BBC switchboards were jammed after the musical - which stars Starsky & Hutch actor David Soul - contained hundreds of swear words.

Posted by Lawren at 06:39 AM | Comments (0)

Fashion Awards

Supermodel Kate Moss will receive an award for her fashion influence at the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2005 awards ceremony.

The awards will be presented June 6 at a gala at The New York Public Library.

Nominees for best womenswear designer are Marc Jacobs (for his signature collection), Ralph Rucci for Chado Ralph Rucci and Vera Wang. The nominees for menswear designer of the year are John Bartlett, Ralph Lauren and John Varvatos.

Posted by Lawren at 06:35 AM | Comments (0)

Longest Lecture

And here I thought some of my law school lectures were too long:

An African lecturer has delivered the world's longest lecture after talking non-stop for more than three days.

But Errol Muzawazi, 20, from Zimbabwe, was talking to himself for the majority of it after his audience fell asleep. He talked for 88 hours and four seconds as he lectured on democracy at Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Posted by Lawren at 06:33 AM | Comments (0)

March 30, 2005 

K.Feddy's Escapades

Kevin Federline left his rumored-to-be-pregnant wife, Britney Spears, at her brother's Santa Monica apartment last weekend, and headed to Las Vegas.

While there, the dancer partied with pals at Pure, in the company of self-described "VIP escort" Vanessa Hulihan, Us Weekly reports. "At one point, she was sitting on his lap," one onlooker tells the mag. ". . . he was sliding his hand between her thighs."

Federline and Hulihan "hung out" all weekend, Us says, and he "refused to answer Britney's phone calls. He's been telling friends he doesn't want her to have his baby." He added: "If I ever get a divorce, I want to move to Vegas."

Posted by Lawren at 06:59 AM | Comments (6)

New Surreal Life Cast

VH1 has selected seven new has-beens to stop being polite and start trying to revive their careers on "The Surreal Life."

The fifth season of the reality show, now in production, will premiere Sept. 4, the cable channel announced Tuesday. In the show, a group of not A-list celebs are taped 24 hours a day while living and playing together in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

The new cast includes "America's Next Top Model" judge Janice Dickinson, former slugger Jose Canseco, Sandi "Pepa" Denton of Salt-N-Pepa, Bronson Pinchot from "Perfect Strangers," Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth from the first season of "The Apprentice," British model Caprice and motorcrosser Carey Hart.

--Oh, you KNOW Janice and Omarosa are going to have a catfight. I can't wait.

Posted by Lawren at 06:56 AM | Comments (2)

Love to Play Lovelace

Courtney Love showed some acting strength as well as most of her naked body parts as Althea Leasure, the wife of Larry Flynt, in The People vs. Larry Flynt, but it appears the troubled star is up for much more skin exposure. According to a report in Variety, Love has agreed to play Linda Lovelace in an upcoming biopic of the legendary porn star.

Lovelace will document the life of the New York-born housewife, whose real name was Linda Boreman, and her rocket to cult status after starring in the 1972 porn movie Deep Throat, which grossed 600 million dollars despite being banned in 23 US states. Lovelace claimed that she went unpaid for her services on the film and later became a spokesperson for the feminist movement as well as an anti-porn campaigner.

--Wow. What a stretch for her.

Posted by Lawren at 06:51 AM | Comments (1)

Chasing Amy Reunion

Ben Affleck reunites with costar Joey Lauren Adams on Monday for a special Hollwyood screening of 1997's Chasing Amy as part of Vulgarthon 2005, an all-day film event hosted by director Kevin Smith.

--Ahhh, back in the day when Ben made good movies.

Posted by Lawren at 06:50 AM | Comments (0)

Together Again?

Russell Crowe may soon reunite with an old friend and colleague, acclaimed director Ron Howard, for a brand new film project about a controversial TV anchorman.

According to Daily Variety, the two cohorts in the Academy Award-winning drama 'A Beautiful Mind' are contemplating a new movie called 'The Power of Duff.' Crowe would play a newsman who stirs up debate when he begins praying for his recently-deceased father on the air.

Posted by Lawren at 06:46 AM | Comments (0)

Carmen's Bombshells

Carmen Electra, one of the celebrities who put the Pussycats on the map by guest-dancing with the troupe, has formed her own ensemble, the Bombshells.

They debuted last month at a tsunami benefit headlined by Camp Freddy, the all-star cover band featuring Electra's husband, Dave Navarro. "Dave looked at me and said, 'Why don't you get your girls together and put together a little dance show, then you can open up for us,' " recalled Electra, who has been dancing since high school (the same Ohio school Nick Lachey attended).

"So I got really excited and called all the girls I know who are dancers. It's gonna have a little of that burlesque undertone, so you still get that sexiness and a little bit of a striptease element, but more modern with some hip-hop beats and some different cool stuff."

Posted by Lawren at 06:43 AM | Comments (2)

Like Father, Like Son

Will Smith's 12-year-old son Trey will be a special correspondent for "Access Hollywood" at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The awards will air live Saturday on the Nickelodeon cable channel from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The show will be hosted by Ben Stiller. advertisement

Trey's coverage, which will include interviewing celebrities on the red carpet and getting reactions from this year's winners, will air Monday on "Access Hollywood," the syndicated entertainment show said.

Posted by Lawren at 06:39 AM | Comments (0)

Baby for Karen Walker?

'Will and Grace' star Megan Mullally is trying for a baby - at the age of 46.

The actress, who plays squeaky-voiced Karen Walker in the hit show, is desperate for a child with her toyboy husband, Nick Offerman, but admits conceiving naturally will be very hard.

She said: "We've been trying the old-fashioned way. But it's proved to be a bit silly because I'm 46, so the odds of me getting pregnant that way are relatively slim. That hasn't stopped us practising, though!" However, although she can afford it, Megan doesn't want medical intervention to help to get pregnant and will adopt if it doesn't happen naturally.

Posted by Lawren at 06:37 AM | Comments (0)

Beyonce to Play Dylan?

Beyoncé Knowles is on the shortlist to play grizzled protest singer Bob Dylan.

The 'Bootlicious' singer is one of several black female stars being considered to play Dylan in a biopic of his life after the director, Todd Haynes, announced he was searching for a woman to do justice to the white Jewish singer's "inner blackness".

Seven actors - including the black woman - will portray Dylan during different eras in his 43-year career, starting in the 1960s when his song, 'The Times They Are Changin' became an anti-war anthem.

Posted by Lawren at 06:35 AM | Comments (0)

Naomi Strikes Again

Get this girl some anger management classes:

Fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell has allegedly attacked another one of her assistants — beating her with a BlackBerry and slapping her across the face.
An insider tattles to PAGE SIX that Campbell was traveling with a young female assistant in Brazil last week when the catfighting catwalker pounced on her prey during an argument.

"Naomi was slapping her with one hand, and beating her with a BlackBerry with the other," claims our source. When the sobbing assistant threatened to report the Blackberry beat-down to police, Campbell warned that she would leave her stranded in South America.

"Naomi told her, 'If you go to the police, you're gonna have to pay for your airfare home and I'm gonna whack you with this big hotel bill,' " says our source.

Posted by Lawren at 06:31 AM | Comments (1)

Different Kind of Frat Party

A California university, once ranked by Playboy magazine as the top U.S. party school, is probing a fraternity for a party where a hard-core sex film was made, a school spokesman said on Monday.

California State University Chico has suspended its 25-member chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, while it investigates the party at which professional porn actors were filmed having sex last October, said school spokesman Joe Wills.

Shane's World, a Southern California maker of adult films, including ones featuring partying college students, provided four female and two male actors for the film, a spokeswoman said.

Posted by Lawren at 06:29 AM | Comments (2)

March 29, 2005 

Is She Or Isn't She?

Britney Spears has fuelled rumors she's pregnant with her first child - by gaining weight around her stomach, taking time off work and quitting smoking.

American entertainment columnist Norm Clarke is convinced the 23-year-old Toxic singer is pregnant with husband Kevin Federline's third child, and expects her to announce the good news imminently. Clarke says, "Britney Spears... not a girl, soon to be a mommy. She's pregnant. Look for the announcement any day now."

A source adds, "All the signs are there. Britney has given up (smoking). And she has been piling on the weight, without worrying about her figure. She has taken lots of time off work so she can relax."

--You can check out some of the pics that are fueling the speculation, here.

Posted by Lawren at 07:05 AM | Comments (6)

Mariah News

Some Mariah news:

--It took porters at Kensington's Baglioni Hotel half an hour to load dozens of Mariah Carey's bags into the back of the truck, as the singer's week of promotional shenanigans in the UK came to an end.

An onlooker told The Sun: "It was incredible. "There were about 50 suitcases, all labelled for Mariah. It took bellboys half an hour to load them all."

--The Daily Mail also reports that those in her London entourage of 15 were said to have to been under orders to declare - at least once a day: "Good morning Miss Carey, you look beautiful today."

--Mariah Carey celebrated her 35th birthday on March, 26th, with a life-size $9,500 cake, modelled on herself.

The singer ordered the 4 feet tall sponge creation, filled with praline butter cream, to be made for her exclusive bash at London nightclub Tantra.

The black, gold and cream treat took a team of 17 chefs from the capital's Harrods store to create. However, she wasn't hungry and just nibbled on a bit of icing from one of her hands.

Posted by Lawren at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)

You Ugly

U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, you ugly!

The NBA gives its players a number of awards each year, with players being honored for best defense, top scorer, most valuable player and even most civic-minded. Now there's a new prize to display on the mantle: the All-Ugly Team. has released a list of past and present pro hoopsters hit hardest by the ugly stick, and some legendary ballers made the cut. The squad includes the giant Gheorghe Muresan, E.T.-lookalike Sam Cassell, legendary Celtics forward Larry Bird, former Knicks big man Patrick Ewing, odd-looking Popeye Jones, and homely journeyman Mengke Bateer.

--I think they left out Scotty Pippen.

Posted by Lawren at 06:56 AM | Comments (0)

Ashlee Grows

Ashlee Simpson has been singing a medley of songs by Madonna, Blondie and the Pretenders on her current tour, and it's given her an idea — why not pull a Gwen Stefani and showcase her love of the '80s on her next record? But unlike the No Doubt singer's lighthearted solo fare, Simpson wants to go a bit deeper.

"This summer, whenever I get off tour, I am going to start writing a new album and kind of focus on that for a little while," Simpson said. "I've been really into '80s music, and hopefully my next album will have that feel to it. I'm really excited to write my new record."

That's because she's been through so much since she released her debut, Autobiography — and not just the infamous "SNL" and Orange Bowl incidents. Where Simpson's first album focused on ending a relationship with one boy and starting one with another (that would be Ryan Cabrera), this album would be less about them and more about her own personal growth.

"I feel like I've gone through a lot and I am at a different place in my life," she said. "This time I have dealt with a lot, you know, with myself, more than a relationship, which was the last record. So it'll be cool to go back in the studio and start writing. I've definitely got a lot to say."

--Oh, I can hardly wait. ;)

Posted by Lawren at 06:52 AM | Comments (0)

Reality Show News

2 new reality shows are in the works:

--This April, Atoosa Rubenstein might evolve from media heavyweight to household name. She’s partnered with MTV to create a new reality show, loosely titled Project Seventeen, that chronicles her search for America’s newest sweetheart.

According to Seventeen’s parent company, The Hearst Corporation, the show will pit young women against each other for a college scholarship, a paid Seventeen internship (otherwise unheard of at the company), and a Seventeen cover of her very own. MTV execs will scour the country in April for show contestants.

--Athletic sisters Venus Williams and Serena Williams are set to entertain their fans away from the tennis court with a new reality TV show. The stars have closed a deal to film a six-episode series based on their lives on and off the court.

The as-yet-untitled project, set for a July debut, will focus mostly on the sisters' interests outside professional tennis, including family interaction, "fun" and finding their "place in the world", says a network statement.

Posted by Lawren at 06:47 AM | Comments (3)


Sarah Jessica Parker, in Oscar de la Renta, and husband Matthew Broderick celebrate her 40th birthday in style at New York City's Plaza Hotel on Friday. The couple rang in the Sex and the City star's milestone birthday with a lavish party at the famous building, whose impending closure next month has stirred protest.

Those two are looking GOOD!

Posted by Lawren at 06:42 AM | Comments (4)


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--Found at Stacy's blog.

Posted by Lawren at 06:40 AM | Comments (3)

Parental Supervision

Worried parents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have hired a counsellor to make sure wild-child Kelly Osbourne stays off the booze.

Kelly was being watched like a hawk at the weekend as she went to Miami to promote her new "poppy" album. And just to make sure Kelly stayed on the straight and narrow, Sharon and the alcohol rehab counsellor went along for the ride.

Kelly, 20, was spotted in a couple of bars but managed to stay away from booze. One onlooker said: "Sharon laid into two friends who were drinking in front of Kelly."

Posted by Lawren at 06:38 AM | Comments (0)

Scent of Celine

Celine Dion reminds fans that she's a wife, mother - and confident woman - with her new perfume, Belong.

"In Belong, Celine reveals a little bit more of the woman Coty has come to know behind the scenes," Eric Thoreux, president, Coty Beauty Americas, said in a recent statement. "The new fragrance reflects where Celine is right now in her life - enjoying her family when she is out of the spotlight."

Dion was involved in every aspect of the development of Belong, which has a modern floral Oriental scent, including the design of the bottle, a pentagon shape that represents her lucky number five.

--That dress "Belongs" in the trash.

Posted by Lawren at 06:35 AM | Comments (0)

Drummer Suicide

The drummer with 80s band Crowded House has killed himself.

Paul Hester, 46, had hits including "Don't Dream It's Over" with the New Zealand outfit. But he fought a long battle with depression before committing suicide on Saturday night.

Yesterday, band-mates Neil Finn and Nick Seymour told fans: "Over the years Paul has swung the extremes of happiness and sadness, but none of us ever thought this would happen. He loved life too much."

Posted by Lawren at 06:33 AM | Comments (1)

Ban on Foie Gras?

At Hurley's restaurant in hip Northwest Portland, foie gras isn't anywhere on the menu. You have to ask for it. Servers will tell you of at least three ways the fattened duck liver delicacy is served, including chef and owner Tom Hurley's signature savory foie gras flan with wild mushrooms.

Hurley's is among several Portland restaurants that have removed foie gras from their menus because of protests by animal rights activists, who would gather outside restaurants with gruesome images of dead and diseased ducks they say are the result of inhumane force-feeding techniques used to produce foie gras.

Opponents say the practice should be outlawed, and persuaded the California Legislature last year to pass a bill that will ban foie gras in 2012 unless producers can prove the technique is humane.

Legislation also is being considered in Oregon, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts that would make it a criminal act even to possess the delicacy. Activists recently persuaded about 10 restaurants to stop serving foie gras in Pittsburgh.

At issue: the force feeding technique used to produce fattened duck liver.

--What WILL the socialites of Portland eat now? ;)

Posted by Lawren at 06:31 AM | Comments (2)

March 28, 2005 

Ultimate Diva

More reasons (like we needed any) to dislike Kimora Simmons:

Now that Jules Asner and Kimora Lee Simmons' "Life & Style" TV show has been canned, stories are being told of donut-licking, lamp-stealing and other typical diva behavior. And controversy-magnet Kimora is first up in the line of fire. According to a show insider, Kimora's antics drove the cast and crew crazy and contributed to the show's early demise.

* Kimora missed 35 episodes and gave wild excuses — like being in extended mourning for her dead cat.

* Kimora's husband, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, was a repeated on-set nuisance who nagged producers to give his wife a bigger role.

* Kimora called the other hosts — Jules Asner, Cynthia Garrett and Lynne Koplitz — "bitches and hos" and once berated a Teleprompter operator so badly that he quit on the spot.

* She stole props such as lamps and once made off with an entire rack of lamb from the lunch buffet table. Staff routinely had to be dispatched to the sticky-fingered star's dressing room in order to recover the pilfered booty.

* She forced producers to hire her and Russell's friends for costly no-show jobs, like a celebrity booker for $2,500 a week who never booked a single boldfaced name.

* The statuesque former model also threatened to beat up an eight-month pregnant assistant, prompting weary producers to send the woman home to avert trouble.

* But perhaps the lowest point came when she supposedly had donuts delivered to the set, then licked each and every one so nobody else could eat them.

--What a class act.

Posted by Lawren at 06:57 AM | Comments (4)

Diddy's Next Business Venture

At 35, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has already made his mark as a hip-hop musician, Broadway actor, marathon runner, fashion designer, celebrity boyfriend, gossip column favorite, voter registration booster and all-around entertainment entrepreneur.

Now, the former Puff Daddy is going into the auto parts business - and it's all about the wheels. Combs is joining forces with a Kansas City manufacturer to produce a new line of custom, precision-forged aluminum rims for sports trucks, luxury SUVs and high-end American- and German-made automobiles.

The 50-50 joint venture between Combs' Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group and Kansas City's Weld Wheel Industries Inc. was announced Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. SJC Wheels LLC will produce and sell "Sean John Wheels," named for the entertainer. They hit stores next month, retailing at between $700 and $3,000 each.

"Wheels have become a fashion statement - a badge of taste and style," Combs said. "We see an opportunity to bring excitement to the wheel category by delivering the Sean John sophisticated design with the best quality production."

Partner Greg Weld, the founding president and chief executive of Weld Wheel, said Combs had told him he'd show him how to "bring some sexy" to the wheel business.

Posted by Lawren at 06:53 AM | Comments (0)

Dallas Casting

Here's a casting update to my previous Dallas post:

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been tipped to star in the big-screen version of classic TV show Dallas - but producers are refusing to confirm Brad Pitt as her co-star.

The Oscar-winning beauty will play wholesome Pamela Ewing in the Texan oil drama, which originally ran for 13 years from 1978. Her Ocean's Twelve co-star Pitt is also expected to join her on the movie, which begins filming later this year.

Screenwriter Robert Harling says, "The story starts with Bobby and Pam meeting and getting married. It is reinventing the Ewing family as if they exist in 2006 when the movie comes out. We want to make a big, all-star, flashy, go-for-it version of the TV series."

Posted by Lawren at 06:50 AM | Comments (4)

Gerber's Selling

Cindy Crawford's husband Rande Gerber is thought to be thinking about selling the final stake in his W Hotel bars, which includes the Underbar at Union Square, Whisky Blue in LA and Whisky Sky in Chicago, to the chain's parent company, Starwood.

Apparently he has his eye on a Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Posted by Lawren at 06:48 AM | Comments (0)

Tommy Still Has Pam's Support

Pamela Anderson divorced Tommy Lee, but the busty babe still supports the father of her children.

Anderson showed up Thursday night at Motley Crue's gig at the Forum in Los Angeles wearing "skintight jeans, pink stilettos and huge sunglasses," our spy said. "Pam was drinking beer and going wild." Lee appreciated the effort and started screaming into the crowd for Anderson. But he couldn't persuade her to go the band's after-party, so he consoled himself with several strippers.

Posted by Lawren at 06:46 AM | Comments (2)

Horrific Discovery

An Ohio teen was severely traumatized after discovering the stars of a downloaded porno flick were none other than his own parents.

Timmy Shannon, 17, recalls the moment that scarred him for life. "I was like five minutes into this porno called Horny House Wives 4, when I thought to myself, 'Hey, that couch looks exactly like the one I'm sitting on. Oh crap, it is!' I remember the horror overcoming me when I realized the woman bent over that couch was my mother, and the guy giving it to her was my father. I vomited."

Timmy's parents, "Captain Throbberson" and "Gina Jiggles," as they were credited in the film, believe that their son needs to grow up and get over it.

Posted by Lawren at 06:44 AM | Comments (3)

Not-So-Sweet Charity

Musical Sweet Charity has been forced to cancel its run on Broadway, New York, following poor ticket sales after its star Christina Applegate was forced to pull out.

Anchorman star Applegate had to withdraw from the $7.5 million production earlier this month after suffering a broken foot while performing the show in Chicago, Illinois. And now producer Barry Weissler has announced plans to cancel the show, about unlucky-in-love dancer Charity Hope Valentine, completely. He says the decision to close the production was "painful but fiscally responsible".

Posted by Lawren at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)

Pitt-Aniston Divorcing

Hollywood power couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are officially calling it quits after 4½ years of marriage.

Aniston filed for divorce Friday, citing irreconcilable differences with Pitt. The “Friends” star and the “Ocean’s Twelve” hunk released a joint statement in January saying they were formally separating.

The couple married on July 29, 2000, and have no children. It was the first marriage for both.

In the Superior Court petition, Aniston requested that Pitt not be awarded spousal support and that her maiden name be restored. The actress took Pitt’s name legally when they married.

Posted by Lawren at 06:38 AM | Comments (0)

Cybil To Do Martha--Again

Cybill Shepherd has inked a deal with CBS to once again play the role of Martha Stewart in a TV movie tentatively titled Martha.

Shepherd first played Stewart in a 2003 NBC TV movie titled Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart. That film, featuring a scenery-chewing Shepherd, quickly became a campy cult favorite in the tradition of Mommie Dearest.

CBS’ offering promises to show a very different side of the domestic diva, who has experienced quite a few life changes since the first movie aired. It will chronicle the events leading up to her indictment, her stay at “Camp Cupcake” and her subsequent reemergence.

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New MAC Girl

Pamela Anderson is following in the footsteps of Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Mary J Blige, Missy Elliot and RuPaul in posing as the face of MAC's Viva Glam campaign to raise money for the company's Aids fund.

Posted by Lawren at 06:32 AM | Comments (0)

Kidnapping Confession

The man accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman's 16-month-old son confessed after FBI agents said they wanted to give him a polygraph test, court records show.

Kelly Frank, 43, faces felony charges of solicitation and theft and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction. He pleaded not guilty and was being held on $650,000 bail.

Frank initially denied any knowledge of a kidnap plot when FBI agents interviewed him March 15, the documents said. But he gave investigators a signed confession when agents returned the next day with a polygraph examiner, the records show.

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New Reality Show

Coming soon to PAX TV and Fosx Sports Net is "Real Pro-Wrestling," where the competitors aren't faking anything.

"We think it's going to be fast and furious action," Olympic wrestling medalist Rulon Gardner, who will be doing commentary for the show, told FOX News on Thursday.

The show debuts Sunday on PAX at 4 p.m. EST and Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST on FOX Sports Net. Gardner said the point is to bring back traditional wrestling and expose people to the real nature of the sport.

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March 25, 2005 

Happy Easter

Easter fun fact: Did you know that Peeps, the popular Easter treat, can withstand extreme temperatures and have a shelf life of fourteen years? And, though made of sugar, they don't dissolve in water. I think I'm the only person alive that thinks they are disgusting.

I want to wish all my readers who celebrate Easter to have a wonderful one. And thanks to a forward from Iceman, you can also have a jiggy one.

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April Fool's Joke on Jenna and Barbara

As an April fool's joke, Maxim is taking on the Bush twins.

The April issue of the men's magazine, which hit newsstands Tuesday, has a photo illustration of Jenna and Barbara Bush, plumage in the air and sporting lingerie in what is meant to be the aftermath of a pillow fight.

"Born November 25, 1981, this Texas twosome burst into the public eye and our dirtiest dreams — right after Daddy moved into the Oval Office," reads the first paragraph.

It took 25 models and more than 75 paparazzi shots to come up with the concoction, James Heindery explained. "We definitely tried to be realistic and not put stick figures on them."

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Lohan's Backstabbing Family

First, Lindsay Lohan's dad, Michael, sold her out. Now her grandmother, Marilyn, is getting in on the act.

"Michael isn't making any money in jail, so his mother is now selling video and photos of Lindsay as a young child," said an insider. "It's disgusting." A rep for Lohan said: "Lindsay's grandmother has been nothing but unsupportive of [Lindsay's mother] Dina and the children and doing her son's dirty work."

--No wonder she has issues.

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Shoot Me

Rapper 50 Cent is disappointed nobody has tried to shoot him while he's been out driving - because he spent $200,000 bulletproofing two of his cars.

50 Cent, who was shot nine times in an attack before rising to fame, has spent a lot of time and money on ensuring he's safe when he's on the road - but he's never had the opportunity to put the efficiency of the safeguards to the test.

He tells Blender magazine, "I have two (bulletproof vehicles), one in New York, one in LA, and it was about 100 grand each." "I'm actually disappointed though: Nobody's shot me. I spent a lot of money on that s**t!"

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Ozzy Osbourne has had two smiley face tattoos etched on his kneecaps so he can talk to them when he's feeling lonely.

The rocker told US chat show host Conan O'Brien: "I hate being alone. I suffer from loneliness. So, I just got two little faces on my knees.

"When I'm p***ing people off they don't want to talk to me so I can always pretend they're alive and talk to them. "My son (Jack) has just had it done - it's like a family tradition, an Osbourne family tradition."

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Opinion time, folks. What do you all think of these new, limited edition Stella McCartney for Adidas sneakers?

--I think I'd like them better if they were black or dark grey, and I'm not enough of an avid runner to blow $220 on running shoes.

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Dallas: The Movie

When hair was big, and big oil was brash and unbowed by scandal, "Dallas" was the world's favorite soap opera.

Now the 1980s story of the Ewing family and their Texas oil empire is coming to the big screen, updated to the present day with an all-star cast. Instead of "Who shot J.R.?" the mystery now is who will play J.R., the devious oil man with a glint in his eye and a cowboy hat setting off his business suits.

"Wealth and power, greed and corruption in Texas -- it's a very pertinent topic," screenwriter Robert Harling said in an interview shortly after turning in his script to "Legally Blonde" director Robert Luketic who will direct the film. The author of "Steel Magnolias," who also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 comedy "The First Wives Club," has been working for 18 months on the "Dallas" script which takes the original characters from the pilot of the 1978-1991 series.

"It's reinventing the Ewing family as if they existed now in 2006 when the movie comes out," Harling said, explaining that he did not follow the plots developed over more than a decade in the series, though fans will recognize some things.

"In this story Bobby and Pam meet, fall in love and get married, J.R. and Sue Ellen are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and we have the patriarch Jock and the matriarch Miss Ellie."

--I can't wait until this comes out!

--Thanks for the tip, Brian.

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Sheen Fights Back

Charlie Sheen has answered his estranged wife Denise Richards's divorce filing of last month with a legal filing of his own, entered earlier this week in Los Angeles, according TV's Extra.

In his documents, Sheen reportedly contests Richards's claim for spousal support, saying it should "not payable to either party" and asks that the court terminate such a request.

He also reportedly seeks joint custody of their 1-year-old daughter Sam and their unborn child.

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Not Chaplin's Daughter

Actress Andie MacDowell was baffled to see rumors she was Charlie Chaplin's illegitimate daughter when once she surfed the internet.

The Four Weddings & A Funeral star partly blames herself for the spread of the report because she had the chance to deny it when it first broke - but thought it too bizarre to comment on. She says, "What happened was a friend was from Mexico and she went home to see her family and she found it in some little Mexican paper and she brought it back to me. I thought that was the craziest thing... That is just so random and crazy."

Posted by Lawren at 06:32 AM | Comments (0)

Serving From the Hip

Embracing their status as role models, Serena and Venus Williams have written a book with advice for pre-teens on such subjects as money and dating.

Regarding the latter, their recommendation: Don't rush a crush. "We both really have a lot to say about that," Venus said Wednesday with a laugh.

Titled "Venus and Serena: Serving From the Hip: 10 rules for Living, Loving and Winning," the book is targeted for 9 to 12 year olds.

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The sister of Grammy-winning rapper Nelly died Thursday at a St. Louis hospital after a long battle with leukemia, the artist's publicist said.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Donahue, 31, had been diagnosed with leukemia on March 29, 2001. The cancer was in remission for nearly two years before she suffered a relapse, prompting Nelly to arrange a number of bone marrow drives. A match was never found.

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Nick and Jessica Done?

Life & Style Weekly reports that friends of the made-for-TV twosome say the couple already are secretly separated.

"Some of Nick and Jessica's friends are saying the decision to split up has already been made," offers the magazine's spy. "They may already be history, and they're just waiting for the right time to make the announcement."

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Abdul's Misdemeanor

"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul was charged Thursday with misdemeanor hit-and-run after allegedly being involved in a traffic accident last year.

The following statement from Abdul's attorney, given Thursday, says the star has taken full responsibility for the minor damages that resulted from the incident: "Late last year, while driving on the Hollywood Freeway, unbeknownst to Paula, there was some minor contact between the tire of her car and another vehicle on the roadway. The result was a small amount of property damage to the other car and no damage to Paula's car. This week, after learning that it had been determined that her car was actually involved, Paula immediately took full responsibility and paid $775 to repair the minor property damage. She is pleased the matter could be resolved [Thursday] in traffic court."

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Star Power

Actress Sandra Bullock was all smiles as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, the same day her comedy "Miss Congeniality 2" opened nationwide.

Bullock, who shot to stardom in 1994 when she appeared in the action-packed "Speed," was honored for a career that includes films such as "Miss Congeniality," "The Net," "Hope Floats" and "While You Were Sleeping."

Her star was placed next to that of friend and "Speed" co-star Keanu Reeves.

--Eh, I'm not all that impressed with her acting ability. I think this honor has been given to her too early.

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March 24, 2005 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

...who's the sexiest of them all?

If it's up to the 15 million votes cast in FHM's annual poll, that honor would go to screen siren Angelina Jolie.

The stunning actress ranks No. 1 on the men's magazine list of the "Sexiest 100," available in the upcoming issue. "Not only is she stunning to look at, but she's very outspoken," a spokesperson for FHM tells ET, adding that Jolie is "very smart, she's always standing up for worthy causes, she really is that entire package."

Other Hollywood beauties who made the cut were Jennifer Garner (No. 2), Halle Berry (No. 5), Jessica Simpson (No. 16), Eva Longoria (No. 38) and her "Desperate" co-star Teri Hatcher (No. 7).

The issue, which features sexy songstress Mariah Carey on the cover, hits stands on April 5.

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How To Close Doors Quickly, by Lindsay Lohan:

Lindsay Lohan claims a fast-track to Oscar success is to make yourself ugly.

Having a passing dig at recent Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, 18-year-old Lindsay made the eccentric comments to a reporter. She said: "With movies now, it's very easy for a girl to dumb herself down or look ugly or be naked or be a lesbian or gain weight. "Those are the ones that win Oscars," she added, warming to her theme.

Theron picked up an Oscar after gaining weight and enduring lengthy, gruelling daily make-up sessions for her role in Monster. And Kidman's portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours, saw her don a prosthetic nose and dowdy clothing for the part. She won a best actress award too.

"The only one who didn't have to do that was Julia Roberts," added Lins. "And she never took her clothes off."

--Umm, Lindsay--you might try to learn to act before you have to even worry about that.

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When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People

Oh Brittany. What ARE you wearing? Looks like a comforter.

Posted by Lawren at 06:44 AM | Comments (2)

No Patience for Grey

A day after reporting of Billy Idol's comeback, I have some more Idol news.

Idol, who has been bleaching the hair on his head for decades, has now resorted to a new tactic to combat unwanted color on his hair down below.

The 49-year-old rocker told Maxim magazine: "I shaved my b--ls. They were going grey, I so I shaved them. It's like steel wool down there!"

--Did we need to know that?

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Trump Wants Jackson to Perform in Vegas:

Trump's Las Vegas partners have been courting Michael Jackson to perform at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino, Us Weekly magazine reports. New Frontier owner Phil Ruffin and partner Jack Wishna have reportedly spoken to representatives of Jackson about a long-term residency.

"There'd be moral clauses in the contract," Wishna told Us. He added that Jackson would draw more than the $80 million Dion grossed in 2004. Dion continues to perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Newton is touring the country.

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Love and Marriage--Osbourne Style

Despite the Osbournes letting the cameras into their lives and home for all to see what sort of chaos they live in, Ozzy has gone one step further to describe the mechanics of his marriage.

"Sharon and I have come pretty close to going our separate ways on a couple of occasions, but we've managed to sort things out," Female First reports the former Black Sabbath frontman as saying.

"I'm not going to be one of those people who says they've been living together for 50 years and never had a cross word. "Some days everything we do ****es each other off, and we just have a ****ing go.

"It's not like we have this idyllic life where I go, 'Darling, it's six o'clock, let's have dinner and screw our brains out.'"

Sharon recently revealed that while Ozzy was hooked on drink and drugs he was impossible to live with and even tried to kill her once.

--That sure makes you feel warm and fuzzy. :)

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Pacy Is Over Joey

Joshua Jackson of Dawson's Creek fame has been spotted with new love Hannah Sandling.

Josh, 26, is smitten with 28-year-old celebrity stylist Hannah. He is whisking her off for a £5,000 weekend at top chef Raymond Blanc's two-Michelin-starred Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, we can reveal. And he's got her choosing the decor for his new London pad.

A source close to the actor - who's enjoying rave reviews for his performance in West End show A Life In The Theatre - says: "Josh met Hannah only a matter of weeks ago but they're completely smitten. "They've been inseparable ever since."

At the £2,500 a night hotel, Josh and Hannah will stay in a suite stuffed with 100 red roses. The trip includes a tour of the restaurant's wine cellars. They will also feast on a seven-course dinner and enjoy strolls through the gardens. There's even an option to charter a private helicopter.

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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and his wife, porn star Deven Davis, had a baby boy Monday and named the poor child Pirate.

The Davises also have another project to look forward to: Jonathan co-directed his wife in a porno flick for Vivid Video.

--Nice. Way to make sure he's going to get stuffed in a dumpster behind the school.

Posted by Lawren at 06:26 AM | Comments (1)

The Price is Right for Animal Rights

Bob Barker has donated $1 million to Northwestern University's School of Law to endow a course on animal rights law.

The Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights Law will allow students to earn credits on topics such as how humans interact with and use animals, species protection and international wildlife law, the school announced Tuesday.

Barker, the host of "The Price Is Right" and a longtime animal rights activist, has given similar funds in recent years to law schools at Duke, Stanford, Columbia and UCLA.

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From Sideways to Spiderman

Sideways star Thomas Haden Church's villainous alter-ego in the new Spider-Man movie has been revealed, according to Hollywood gossip.

The Oscar nominee will play Venom in Spider-Man 3 in 2007, according to the Pressconnects.Com website. Venom won't be the only Spider-Man arch-enemy in the second sequel - Daniel Gillies' John Jameson character will become Manwolf in the film, according to the reports.

Posted by Lawren at 06:18 AM | Comments (3)

Stars in the Courtroom

A minister from California has been convicted of trying to extort millions of dollars with his wife's rape allegation against singer Celine Dion's husband.

Ae Ho Kwon, 52, could face probation or up to 12 years in prison and deportation to South Korea following his conviction Monday on felony charges of extortion, conspiracy and soliciting a bribe.

Posted by Lawren at 06:17 AM | Comments (2)

March 23, 2005 

Idol's Back!

Rock star Billy Idol is on the comeback trail more than a decade since he made his last studio album, reports the BBC.

The British-born singer, who scored a string of hits in the 1980s with tracks such as White Wedding, Rebel Yell and Mony Mony, still has the trademark shock of blond hair and snarling lip curl. Idol, who celebrates his 50th birthday later this year, is releasing a new collection, Devil's Playground.

"I'd like to add to the body of work that I've done. I'm not exactly dead, and I love rock and roll," Idol said.

After a serious motorcycle accident and an overdose in the early '90s, Idol remains unsure whether he will turn into an aging hell-raiser. "My mission is to map the Billy Idol world, but whether that takes craziness or a clear head, I've yet to find out," Idol said. "I'm still waiting to see what the hell I turn into. But right now I'm enjoying what I do."

--I loved "Eyes Without a Face," "White Wedding," and "Cradle of Love." I'll be interested to hear what he sounds like now and what kind of music he puts out.

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When Will It End?

Is there ANYTHING Mary-Kate and Ashley won't put their names on to try to make a buck?

The latest twin-backed item? The Mary-Kate and Ashley area rug collection.

Of course, they are from ultra dense construction and made of Nylon fibers for long lasting durability!

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Casting Call

Jason Bateman is about to rush into marriage with "Saturday Night Live" star Amy Poehler, in an upcoming feature film called 'The Heartbreak Kid.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Arrested Development" star will play a man who believes he has found the woman of his dreams, until their honeymoon reveals that she might be his worst nightmare instead.

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Actress Natalie Portman impressed everyone on the Berlin set of her latest film V For Vendetta when she started speaking fluent German.

Unlike many actors, who would be silenced by the language barrier, Portman, 23, immediately started communicating in the native language. A source says, "She just turned up one day talking German. It has made her very popular with the Germans on the crew."

The Star Wars actress, educated at top American university Harvard, is fluent in Hebrew, French and Japanese, as well as German. V For Vendetta explores how different life would be if Germany had won World War II.

--Quite impressive.

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Put it Away, Love

Mel C has blasted Britney Spears for her raunchy image - branding her "overtly sexual". The former Spice Girl is appalled at the pop babe's image transformation from innocent schoolgirl to raunchy vamp.

She said "Britney's gone too far. I find it really shocking. She's overtly sexual in everything she does. I see her and I think: 'Put it away, love.'"

Posted by Lawren at 06:40 AM | Comments (4)

Custom Made Hollywood Teeth

Emulating A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Halle Berry is a snap: The latest celebrity-channeling accessory is a set of prosthetic teeth modeled after Hollywood's most sought-after smiles.

Think of the snap-on smile as the white-enameled cousin to the press-on nail. Think of it as yet more evidence of a public firmly sinking its incisors into celebrity culture. Only with this device, attaining Julia Roberts' million-dollar grin doesn't set someone back nearly that much. The resin appliance, which fits snugly over existing teeth, goes for $1,000 to $3,000.

The teeth also are more proof of dentistry's changing focus. "It's not just for health," says Jeff Golub-Evans, a Manhattan cosmetic dentist. "More and more patients go to dentists to look better rather than to feel better."

His Red Carpet Smile comes in several Oscar-winning models, based on pictures of the stars. You can pick the "square, sexy" Gwyneth or the "sophisticated" — and most requested — Halle, and you can choose from a range of shades.

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A Different Crowd

Celine Dion has admitted that audiences at her Las Vegas show are often tired, drunk, sick and in some cases asleep. Dion says her current stint as a regular performer in at the city's Caesar's Palace Colosseum means that for the first time in her career she's often not playing to fans.

The 36-year-old singer whose latest run of her A New Day shows at the Colosseum has just opened, told the Chicago Sun-Times, "People come here for four days, they eat too much, drink too many free drinks, they get sick from all that, they are jet-lagged sometimes so they just sit in the seat and sleep.

"As an entertainer, you have to be prepared for everything when it comes to the audience here. When you tour, people come there specifically that night to see you. "They bought their tickets months and months ago. Here, they walk up to the box office an hour before the show. It's a very different kind of audience."

Posted by Lawren at 06:32 AM | Comments (2)

Shut It, Susie

You gotta love reading about Hoosiers in the New York Post gossip column:

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), is an applicant to the blue-blooded Chevy Chase Club in suburban Washington. He's been on probation since his wife, Susan, was overheard yelling at the staff on more than one occasion.

"She's really teed off on some of the help," said one member. Bayh, whose name is often brought up as a possible presidential candidate, had enjoyed club privileges while his application was being considered.

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Taking to the High Seas

Pirates Of The Caribbean stars Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom are taking to the high seas for real to promote the second movie in the series.

They will help to crew a boat - named the Black Pearl after the pirate ship in the film - taking part in a round-the-world yacht race in an inventive publicity stunt.

The Hollywood trio are doing it to coincide with the release of the sequel, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Knightley will join the boat while it is in Europe, Bloom will cover South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and Depp when the yacht reaches the US and Brazil.

Posted by Lawren at 06:24 AM | Comments (1)

Sharpton's Stock

The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to try to combat violence in the hip-hop and rap music industry by buying stock in record companies that produce such music.

Sharpton has been on a crusade against violence in rap music, particularly since last month's shooting of a member of rapper The Game's entourage during an interview with his rival, 50 Cent, at a radio station known as Hot 97.

"I'm concerned about the violence that has occurred in the music industry and particularly the hip-hop industry," Sharpton told FOX News' Neil Cavuto (search) Tuesday. "I want to initiate stop-the-violence campaigns. That's something we can address as stockholders."

Posted by Lawren at 06:22 AM | Comments (2)

Affleck to Direct

Ben Affleck is set to make his directorial debut in “Gone, Baby Gone,” Variety reports.

The film, an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel, centers on a pair of private detectives in a working-class Boston neighborhood who are searching for a missing 4-year-old girl.

--God help us.

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March 22, 2005 

When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People

When bad clothes happen to good people:

Don't get me wrong, folks, I really like Katie Holmes. But this Marian the Librarian get-up is NOT a good look.

--I'm waiting for Robert Preston to come sauntering around the corner singing "76 Trombones."

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Punky's Preggers

Punky's Preggers:

Former Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye and her husband, Punk'd producer Jason Goldberg, are expecting their first child at the end of August, People reports.

--I LOVED that show when I was a kid. God only knows what they'll name this poor child.

Posted by Lawren at 06:52 AM | Comments (1)

50 Cent a Role Model?

50 Cent is no stranger to trouble — he's done time for drug and gun possession, been shot nine times and has more beefs than a steakhouse. But despite his controversial past, 50 says that his rise as a rapper makes him a positive example.

"I see myself as a role model because I've been taking advantage of all the options and opportunities that have been created for me," the rapper said last week in London. "They may not consider me as a role model because I write about harsh realities — the things that actually go on in the environment that I came up in — and I ain't going to change that. But what I say to the kids is, 'Watch what I do, not what I say.' "

Posted by Lawren at 06:49 AM | Comments (2)

Grillin' With Matthew

Matthew McConaughey ended his "Barbecue Across America" redneck tour at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

The star, who has driven an airstream trailer and barbecued in RV parks in 12 states to promote his movie "Sahara," parked the vehicle in front of the hotel and started to grill steaks for the cast and some press members. "He was on a junket and said, 'I've done it everywhere else in America. Why not here?' " said our insider. Some lucky fans got meat as well as hats and T-shirts.

--You gotta love a guy who can start grilling out in front of the Four Seasons. That's hot!

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Ashton's Weak Stomach

Ashton Kutcher threw up in Demi Moore's house after accidentally stepping in dog poop left by one of her pets.

"I have a weak stomach," explains Ashton, 27. "One of Demi's dogs pooped in the living room the other day and I didn't see it. I stepped in it. I started gagging and, like, throwing up. Dog poop grosses me out."

--Sure hope Demi isn't pregnant, as the rumors are saying. Wait until the little one voms on him.

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Dylan's "Inner Blackness"

Bob Dylan has finally given permission to a Hollywood studio to make a film about his life. He will be portrayed by seven actors - one of them a black woman.

Todd Haynes, the Oscar-nominated director, confirmed last week he was searching for a woman who could do justice to the short, white Jewish singer's "inner blackness".

The seven will play Dylan during different eras in his 43-year career, starting in the 1960s.

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Worried about your kids having sex too early? Buy them WaitWear.

Yvette Thomas's growing line of clothing, WaitWear, plasters slogans like "Virginity Lane: Exit When Married" and "Notice: No Trespassing On This Property. My Father Is Watching" on underwear and T-shirts, and is meant to inspire young people to abstain from sex until they tie the knot.

--So, I mean, why talk to them about it? You can just plaster warnings all over them. Great idea.

Posted by Lawren at 06:35 AM | Comments (4)

Brittany Murphy Says

Brittany Murphy on her alleged cocaine habit:

"Wow. No, just for the record I have never tried it in my entire life, I've never even seen it, and I don't leave the house too much, except to go to work," she said. "My worst vice is caffeine. [The rumor is] really pretty darn far-fetched -- it couldn't be further from the truth. I have known people over the course of my life that have bad problems with drugs, and it's something really serious."

"I am also way too high-strung," she continues. "I can't even take a Sudafed. Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode. I mean, literally something terrible. That's awful.''

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Taking Risks

Sandra Bullock isn't looking for a sure thing.

The 40-year-old actress, best known for her roles in big-budget movies like action thriller "Speed" and the romantic comedies "Two Weeks Notice" and "While You Were Sleeping," has set her sights on riskier projects that could challenge her image as a box office darling.

"I don't do anything anymore that feels safe," Bullock said in an interview. "If it doesn't scare the crap out of you, then you're not doing the right thing."

Later this year, Bullock will play "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee in "Every Word is True," a film based on writer Truman Capote's research for his breakthrough non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood" about the murder of a family in Kansas in 1959.

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I haven't had a random quiz on here in awhile, so here you go!

You Are 60% Normal

(Really Normal)

Otherwise known as the normal amount of normal

You're like most people most of the time

But you've got those quirks that make you endearing

You're unique, yes... but not frighteningly so!

How Normal Are You?

--Found at Brian's.

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Queen Camilla

Camilla Parker Bowles can become queen after all, despite earlier statements by Prince Charles that she will take a lesser title after marrying him, the government said Monday.

Replying to a question from a lawmaker, Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie said in a written statement that the marriage of Charles and Parker Bowles would not be "morganatic" — in which the spouse of inferior status has no claim to the standing of the other.

"This is absolutely unequivocal that she automatically becomes queen when he becomes king," said Andrew Mackinlay, the lawmaker who raised the question.

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March 21, 2005 


--What exactly is Brian Littrell grabbing for?

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Money Changes Everything

Kevin Federline has admitted he didn't fancy Britney Spears when he first met her.

The 26-year-old dancer - who married the singer in September - first met Britney a few years ago. But it definitely wasn't love at first sight...

"I came to LA and two weeks later I went on tour with a group called LFO, which was opening for Britney," says Kev. "I was on the road with her for two months. I'll tell you one thing - I never thought any of this sh*t would happen.

"Me and Britney met. A bunch of us went out one time in a big group. That was when she was starting to get big. She was, like, 18 and I was 22. "So I wasn't even thinking about her like that, you know what I'm saying? A few years down the road, and a couple of tours later, I wound up meeting her ass again... and here we are.

"I didn't find her hot, I wasn't even really in that mind frame."

--Oh I get it K. Feddy. You didn't think she was hot. Then she bought you stuff. And then you realized she was hot. I see.

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Bye Bye Breasts

To the cries of men everywhere...

Bid adieu to Mariah Carey's overexposed cleavage. The sexy songbird is trying out a whole new look in preparation for the release of her album "The Emancipation of Mimi" next month.

After almost 10 years of deep cleave, Carey has allowed a new stylist to cover her up and dress her in a more adult manner. She made a brief appearance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the other night but made her excuses after five minutes, saying she "had to fly to Paris to promote the album."

HOWEVER, while she may be dressing a little differently, she's still acting the same:

Mariah Carey has put herself in an ugly light after news of her recent trip to London. The singer was due to stay at the Baglioni hotel in Kensington, where her entourage had booked 15 rooms. However, the hotel had foolishly forgotten to roll out the red carpet flanked by the correct large white candles - at 2:15 in the morning.

This oversight was so appalling to poor Mariah, that she had to suffer the indignity of driving around the block in a cavalcade of limos until everything was in order. Her aides had rolled up at 2am to check everything was set for her arrival, when they were met with ordinary pavement and lighting.

Clearly this wouldn't do, so hotel staff were summoned to rectify the situation - as Ms. Carey will not step on a dirty pavement. But once the plush red rug was rolled out and the big candles were lit, Mariah finally turned up to take residence in one of the 15 rooms she'd booked.

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Creepy Kids

MSN counts down the Top 10 Creepy Kids in cinema:

10. Intro/The Village of the Damned
9. Heavenly Creatures
8. The Shining
7. Battle Royale
6. The Sixth Sense
5. The Brood
4. The Ring
3. The Omen
2. The Exorcist
1. The Bad Seed

--If you haven't seen The Bad Seed, you really should. It's a great movie.

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Oprah Turns to Poverty

From Cavalli to Cabrini:

American TV chat show queen Oprah Winfrey is ditching the high life to star in a poverty-stricken reality TV series.

The 51-year-old media mogul, who is one of the world's richest women with an annual income of over $300 million, has agreed to live a life of poverty in the hard-hitting documentary. Winfrey will reside in a high-rise apartment on a notoriously tough Chicago, Illinois, estate for a month. The series plans to highlight America's inner-city housing crisis.

A spokesperson for her Harpo Productions company says, "She has interviewed just about every major celebrity and done shows on almost every subject imaginable. But now she intends to tackle really tough, serious issues, putting herself right in the front line." However, to ensure Winfrey's safety she will shadowed by security guards during her stay. But the spokesperson adds, "In every other respect she will have to fend for herself, just like the many people who have to live in these sub-standard conditions."

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Tween Tabloid

Tabloid Mag for Tweens:

Unless you're a female seventh grader who considers The O.C. star Rachel Bilson a paragon of earthly perfection, J-14 probably isn't part of your magazine-reading regimen.

Nevertheless, J-14 is the No. 1 teen magazine on newsstands, where it sells more than 451,000 copies per month, 84,000 more than the venerable Seventeen. J-14 also beats out the industry's crop of "little sister" magazines, among them Teen People, Teen Vogue, and ELLEgirl.

--Sounds like the prepubescent version of Us Weekly.

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The Versace Reality

Donatella Versace is to star in India's top fashion reality TV show, Lakme Fashion House.

The designer will judge the final auditions alongside Indian style gurus Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla and the show's creators in Mumbai. The lucky winner, who will be announced tomorrow night, will gain a six-month internship at Versace.

Donatella said: "I am very excited about Versace's association with Lakme Fashion House. We at Versace have always been committed to challenging the boundaries of the fashion industry and being on the cutting edge of new fashion trends. By giving an opportunity to a gifted designer to intern at Versace, we hope to nurture budding talent and give them a platform to make an impact in the high fashion industry."

Posted by Lawren at 06:31 AM | Comments (2)

Tara To Do TV

Tara Reid has wedding bells in her future -- at least on TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress has signed on to co-star in a new FOX pilot about a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Reid is set to play a business partner in the emporium, along with Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("NYPD Blue"), for the project called "Hitched."

TV audiences already know Reid for her 'American Pie' antics and recurring role on NBC's "Scrubs," and Gosselaar for the ABC cop drama "NYPD Blue" and "Saved by the Bell."

Posted by Lawren at 06:27 AM | Comments (0)

Couples Not So Cool

Perennial fan favorite Fred Couples got down-and-dirty, after taking a lift-and-clean drop from the cart path. When his drop disappeared into a nasty hole, Couples, playing in Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, addressed someone in the gallery — while standing close to an on-course microphone.

"Yeah, pretty [expletive] funny, isn't it?" Couples steamed for everyone watching the NBC production to hear.

NBC's Jimmy Roberts then apologized to viewers, adding, "Nothing we can do about that." And, short of placing everyone in pre-view tape mode — or killing the live audio — there isn't.

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Still Sporting the Mullet

In Indiana, when journalists get bored with the day's news stories, they go hunting for mullets.

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March 18, 2005 


And bringing "bad hair day" to a whole new level, I bring you Kevin Bacon:

--Guess a hair stylist isn't within 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. How very There's Something About Mary.

Posted by Lawren at 06:58 AM | Comments (8)

What's the Real Story?

Jennifer Aniston was pleased yesterday when it was announced she'll do a movie with Vince Vaughn. According to the rumor mill, Aniston "has a major crush on Vince . . . and they have a lot of chemistry together." A rep for Aniston called the crush tale "ludicrous," while a rep for Vaughn said: "They have a professional relationship."

Brad, on the other hand, recently spent some time with Angelina Jolie. The stars of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" took a private jet to the ShoWest convention this week in Las Vegas, where they kept an arm's length apart as they posed for photos. Pitt's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, who was on the plane, says four 20th Cenutry Fox execs, Angelina's son, Maddox, and Brad's hair and makeup woman were also on board.

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Spears a Script Stealer?

Writer Christopher Merrill is suing Britney Spears, Paramount Pictures, and MTV for $30 million, alleging that the plot for Britney's 2002 road-movie bomb "Crossroads" was ripped off from his original script, "Dream Alive."

--2 questions....1) Did he just catch the movie on DVD? I mean, what the heck took him so long? 2) Why would ANYONE claim they wrote it. Be glad your name isn't associated with it, buddy, and move on!

Posted by Lawren at 06:52 AM | Comments (4)

Sticking Her Foot in Her Mouth

Christina Aguilera has just been dumped by a British fashion label and is facing a multi-million pound lawsuit, all thanks to a throwaway comment.

The 24-year-old US singer was to launch a high-street clothing range with Leicester-based company Basic Box, in June. But that was before Christina reportedly sneered at celebrity clothing ranges at an Oscars bash, calling them "tacky". She made matters worse by adding, "It makes people look like they don't know what to do any more."

Furious bosses at Basic Box severed all ties with her this week. They have also instructed media law firm Harbotte & Lewis to bring High Court proceedings against Aguilera and her company, Three Wishes Productions. A Basic Box spokesman told us: "Following Christina Aguilera's negative comments in the media regarding celebrities who bring out their own clothing labels, we have terminated the licence agreement. "We are extremely disappointed. We thought she was totally behind the project so her comments came as something of a shock."

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Big Fat Liar?

Former U.S. chat show queen Rosie O'Donnell is waging a fat war on Kirstie Alley after claiming the former Cheers beauty is much heavier than the 210 pounds she claims to weigh.

O'Donnell admires Alley for poking fun at her inflated size in new TV comedy Fat Actress, but O'Donnell wants the star to be more honest. O'Donnell says, "I am telling you right now, I'm 218 pounds - Kirstie Alley is not 210. She's a lying sack of s**t. At least tell the truth. She's gotta be like 248 (pounds)."

--Wow...and as much as Ro preaches about not judging people...

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Keanu Reeves and director Francis Lawrence have been battling paranormal activity on the set of Constantine.

According to an interview with Lawrence in Britain's Empire magazine, the cast and crew were hard at work on the spooky wannabe blockbuster when they were soon desperate to leave the building. Unexplained occurrences disrupted shooting on soundstage 16 at the Warner Bros. lot in Hollywood where Reeves and Lawrence were shooting.

"It was strange. There was this one set that we worked on that got weird. We were on Warner Bros. sound stage 16, and we'd built theses two rooms, the physiotherapy and hydrotherapy rooms - they're a huge part of the ending of the movie," said Lawrence. "And one half of it, the physiotherapy side, just got weird. We were there for six weeks in this room, and people were getting sick, or didn't feel good or got angry. There was just something about that room."

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Springer Jumps Across the Pond

Tabloid TV king Jerry Springer is to host a daytime talk show on British television, producers announced Thursday.

Commercial network ITV said Springer would present a morning show for a monthlong run in May or June. The program will fill the slot vacated by "Trisha," a long-running British chat show. advertisement

ITV said the new show would be tamer than Springer's trashy U.S. program, which is famous for raucous audiences and raunchy topics such as "Pregnant by a Transsexual" and "I Married A Horse."

And in other Springer news...

While Springer is in Great Britain, he will get audiences all shook up when he appears on Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes as legend Elvis Presley.

He wears a £10,000 rhinestone jumpsuit - the most expensive costume ever designed for the ITV show - when he appears next month.

He said: "Elvis is one of my favorites. I'm from that generation where as a kid we all started combing our hair back like him. "I've only ever sung in the shower or performed for friends so this will be the first time I will have sung in public.

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'Lil Lies

Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday of lying to a federal grand jury investigating a shooting outside a radio station. She was convicted of perjury and conspiracy but acquitted of obstruction of justice.

She faces up to 20 years in prison; sentencing was set for June 24.

--Wow. Someone should tell her not to wear her pasties in the slammer.

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Former Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon and her husband of nearly a year, artist Fritz Chesnut, have welcomed their second child, a boy, born Tuesday in New York, her publicist tells Entertainment Tonight.

The baby, who weighted 8 lbs. 1 oz. at birth, is named Nolan Shannon Chesnut. The couple also have an 18-month-old, Stella.

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Letterman Child Kidnapping Plot

A convicted felon who worked as a painter at David Letterman's Montana ranch has been arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap the late night host's young son and the child's nanny.

According to police, Kelly Frank, 43, believed that he could extract a $5 million ransom payment from Letterman by holding the 16-month-old child for 48 hours.

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March 17, 2005 

Wingman Chat in the Urinal

This one's for you, Iceman:

Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in Top Gun, got the last laugh at The Ivy in London on Monday night - where he was dining with Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Spacey - when a stranger spoke to him at the men's urinals.

"This guy quoted Top Gun and said to him: 'You can be my wing man anytime.'" Rather than get annoyed or brush the man off, Val said: 'No man - you can be mine.'"

"They had a good laugh, and then the guy asked Val if he could greet him at the bar like he's an old friend, to wind his pal up. Val agreed. "Minutes later, Val came to the bar and said: 'Dave, so good to see you. How you doing?' The guy's pal was stunned."

--Cool story. Although, isn't the line: "Bull$hit, you could be mine,"?

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Not Easy Being Green

I'm green. Nope, haven't started in on the green beer yet. I'm green with envy:

Godiva has announced the winner of its ninth annual Valentine’s Day promotion, and the lucky recipient, who in addition to receiving 52 boxes of chocolates, roundtrip airfare for two to New York City, and—this is the real clincher—52 pairs of Manolo Blahniks, is Heidi Hollingsworth.

A college student at Austin Community College, the Austin, TX native received the winning box of Godiva chocolates from her father as a Valentine’s Day gift. And come March 21, Hollingsworth will visit the famed Manolo Blahnik boutique on 54th Street, where she will not only meet Godiva vice president Gene Dunkin and Manolo Blahnik president George Malkemus, but she’ll get to select a few pairs on the spot, among them the red “Diva” shoe, custom designed by Mr. Blahnik for Godiva.

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More Bourne

Matt Damon has given hope to Bourne fans everywhere by revealing that there might well be a third instalment of the secret agent drama. But in true Hollywood style the 34-year-old star said that it all depended on whether they could find a decent script - and welcomed any ideas.

"We'll probably do that in about a year and a half. We're all signed on in principle, in the sense that we've all agreed that we want to do it, but we're not going to do it unless we have a great script. "It's ours to lose at the minute, and if we do make a third one, we want to make it as good as the first two. And if we can't do that, then we're going to have to let it drop."

He went on to explain that it won't be following the storyline of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name, which featured Bourne facing his nemesis Carlos The Jackal, because he was ignored in Doug Liman's 2002 screenplay of The Bourne Identity.

"Yeah, all that stuff with Carlos being actually caught. It's kind of a Cold War story," Matt explained. "We're essentially retaining the title, so it's going to be called The Bourne Ultimatum. But we don't know at this point what the hell that means! So if you have any ideas for a script, then please..."

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Play Station Bling

Ok, have you seen Sony’s new Play Station Portable? Well, if not, it's pretty cool.

So, in typical Kimora and Russell Simmons style, they've created something totally obnoxious for it. Check out this outrageous shell from Baby Phat.

The shell is made with one pound of gold, black, and yellow diamonds, and charms from the Russell Simmons empire.

Oh, and you can have your own for a mere $35,000.

Posted by Lawren at 06:46 AM | Comments (2)

Spock's Fat Liberation

Leonard Nimoy is publishing another book of kinky nude photographs — and this time he's focusing on an obese burlesque troupe, "The Fat Bottom Revue."

The "Star Trek" star says he showed his massive models classic nude works by Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton, then asked them to comport themselves in similar poses. "They are interested in fat liberation," the former Mr. Spock says. "Their self-esteem is strong. They will tell you that too many people suffer because the body they live in is not the body you find in the fashion magazines."

In 2003, Nimoy's religiously-tinged "Shekhina" drew comparisons to the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano.

--Umm....whatever floats your boat, Spock.

Posted by Lawren at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)

Becks' Film Debut

David Beckham filmed his movie debut in London on Monday afternoon.

After opening his first football academy in Greenwich in the morning, the 29-year-old turned up on set at the Digress club to film his big screen moment in Goal! - a £54million British movie trilogy.

"He shot it along with Real Madrid team mates Raul and Zinedine Zidane," says our spy. "He only had three lines to say but he was joking that he would probably fluff them up. He didn't, though, he was a real natural."

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For Sale: Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Group has begun discussions with several suitors about buying the glitzy retailer for as much as $5 billion.

In the past few weeks, the company has approached several big retailers including Limited Brands, whose chain stores include Victoria's Secret, Express and Bath & Bodyworks, say people familiar with the situation. Meanwhile, Neiman Marcus has also been soliciting interest from a handful of cash-flush private equity firms including Apollo Advisors, Bain Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. regarding a deal to take the company private.

Also expected to take a look are European luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Pinault Printemps Redoute, the owner of the Gucci Group, as well as the Weston family, which controls Holt Renfrew in Canada and Britain's posh department-store chain Selfridges, sources added.

Neiman has retained Goldman Sachs to handle the sale process.

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Chalk Talk

Because you can find literally anything on the internet...

Here's a list of each and every one of Bart Simpson's chalkboard gags we see at the beginning of each episode. They're even put into sets from the seasons they came from.

Posted by Lawren at 06:29 AM | Comments (0)

Carmella's Stork Arrival

Edie Falco of "The Sopranos," has adopted a baby boy, her agent confirmed Wednesday.

Falco, 41, took the infant home in December, within days of his birth. She named him Anderson, her mother's maiden name, Falco's agent, Richie Jackson, told The Associated Press.

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Sage Wisdom

The key to a long life, shared by George Lober with his 20-year-old great-grandson, is drinking in moderation and limiting one's number of "wild girlie parties."

That doesn't mean that there's anything stodgy about the Ahwatukee Foothills winter resident who celebrated his 99th birthday at Hooters Restaurant last week.

It was his seventh consecutive birthday at the restaurant on Chandler Boulevard, surrounded by women in low-cut tank tops and short shorts.

"They all know me," said a sharp and jovial Lober, pointing to a big foil balloon signed to "Poppy," his nickname, signed by each of the Hooters waitresses.

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March 16, 2005 


Movie hunk Orlando Bloom has finally won back his ex-girlfriend Kate Bosworth - after ending their two-year romance in January .

The sexy 28-year-old met the Blue Crush actress on the set of a Gap ad in 2003, but separated from her two years later, because their hectic filming schedules prevented them from having a stable relationship.

But Bloom spent a staggering $6,000 for a night in Los Angeles' exclusive Chateau Marmont Hotel last Saturday to secretly discuss his future with Bosworth. And he told British newspaper The Sun she had agreed to give their relationship a second chance. He says, "Nobody knows about us yet. "We are doing our best but we're taking it very slowly and very carefully to see if we can make it. "Tonight will be our last night together before Kate leaves for filming. She'll be gone for ten days so we are going to spend the evening together with a video and a meal."

A close friend adds, "Orlando's determined to keep Kate this time. He got swallowed up in Hollywood life but finally realized nothing makes him happier than Kate."

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90210 Reunion

It's a happy reunion for the graduates of Beverly Hills, 90210 who gathered together to honor the show's creator – and Tori's dad – Aaron Spelling at Sunday's 3rd Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica.

--I have to say, they Brandon, Kelly, and Dylan look great. Maybe they can convince Donna to eat. I miss the show--what the heck happened to the reruns they used to show on FX?

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Your Thoughts?

An Illinois legislator wants to enact a law for theaters to disclose two movie start times -- one for previews and such, and one for the actual feature.

What do you guys think about this?

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Newest Gap Face

It seems blond Brit Joss Stone is stealing the Gap ads from Sarah Jessica Parker.

Gap spokesman Sean Krebs confirmed that the sexy soul siren is its new spokesbabe. "We are shooting her in Los Angeles this week for the summer 2005 television campaign," Krebs said. "Joss Stone will be prominently featured and we are very excited." The ads hit the airwaves on April 28.

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LOTR--The Musical

"The Lord of the Rings" is to take to the stage — as a musical.

The show, based on the fantasy classic by J.R.R. Tolkien, will open in March 2006 in Toronto and hit London six months later before, hopefully making its way to Broadway, the producers said.

They have vowed to go back to the original tale of Middle Earth and not try to reproduce the dazzling special effects from the movie trilogy, which earned $3 billion worldwide and garnered a string of Oscars. "We are ultimately dependent on 50 actors and musicians to tell the story rather than technology," producer Kevin Wallace said. "We are going to have to break new ground."

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Backstreet Ballad

The Backstreet Boys promised that the first single from their forthcoming new album would be a shocker. Though usually songs marking a return are fast-paced, this lead-off song is — brace yourself — a power ballad.

Called "Incomplete," the first Backstreet single will go to radio in two weeks, though some stations have already played leaked versions. The midtempo track begins with a haunting piano melody, and uses dark chords to underline a theme of regret and longing.

--Wow. Way to switch it up on us, guys--and so deep in your newly-found maturity. ;)

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Damon's Goodie Bag

Matt Damon was so thrilled with his goodie bag at Sunday's Empire film awards, he couldn't resist going through the contents before he left.

The star, who picked up the Best Actor award at the ceremony at London's Guildhall, said: "This bag is great! Almost as exciting as picking up my award."

--It's nice to see that a Hollywood star can be appreciative.

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Veteran screen goddess Jane Fonda's late husband Roger Vadim bullied her into seducing women to join them in orgies.

The 67-year-old says that Vadim, who directed her in Barbarella, forced her to phone escort companies and chat up girls in bars so they could take part in his "cruel and misogynistic" sex sessions. She says in her autobiography My Life So Far, due out in April, "It seems shocking that I did that, but I convinced myself that it was fine, even though it was killing my heart."

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Tennis Anyone?

Ralph Lauren just inked a deal with the United States Tennis Association, guaranteeing sponsorship of the US Open through 2008. The partnership marks the biggest sports marketing partnership in the company’s 37-year history.

As part of the new plan, Polo Ralph Lauren has signed a new face: three-time junior Grand Slam winner Scott Oudsema, who will star in an upcoming ad campaign. Additional initiatives include branding the US Open stadiums and US Open apparel on sale at

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Usher the Cheerleader

Usher is a hands-on NBA owner.

The Grammy-winning R&B artist, who is part-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled a symbol from his floor seats that he calls the "Double C."

During the team's game Sunday, Usher crossed his arms over his head and curled his hands to form letter C's. Fans made the symbol as the Cavaliers downed the Indiana Pacers 98-86.

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No Thanks, Timberlake

R&B veterans The O'Jays apparently lodged a protest about Justin Timberlake's involvement in their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The group, best known for the soul classics "Love Train" and "Backstabbers", were introduced by the 24-year-old singer at the ceremony at in New York.

However, singer Eddie Levert commented that the band were unhappy about Timberlake inducting them into the Hall. He said: "We protested, kicked and stomped. But it is out of our control." Bandmate Walter Williams added: "No offence to Justin, because he deserves the respect he has earned, but I could think of a few people who know more about our pain and suffering and history."

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March 15, 2005 

Caption This!

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Casting Call

--Heather Locklear has signed on to appear in two episodes of Boston Legal scheduled to air during May sweeps. She will play a flamboyant murder defendant who poisons her older hubby and seeks out James Spader's character for representation.

--Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman have come on board the feature adaptation of Patrick Suskind's bestseller Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Set in 18th century France, the pic focuses on a Paris perfume maker obsessed with bottling the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Hoffman plays a fellow perfume maker, while Rickman portrays the merchant father of the beautiful young virgin.

--Hilary Swank is in final talks to topline the Warner Bros. horror pic about a woman (Swank) investigating bizarre biblical occurrences in a rural, religious Texas town. Wonderland helmer James Cox directs.

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Anger Management

"One Tree Hill" star Chad Michael Murray is not so kind to little creatures.

Murray's co-star, Bethany Joy Lenz, told "Chad and [another co-star] Tyler [Hilton] blow up things. They also buy mice from the pet store and tie them to model airplanes that they fly. They fly the rats. They rig it . . . I think they drop the rats before the plane explodes. I don't know."

Posted by Lawren at 06:28 AM | Comments (0)


Nice extensions, Morticia. And is that a scrunchie I see?

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Bono Turns to Fashion Design

Bono has a new gig: U2's lead singer is charged with raising awareness and interest in the new fashion brand Edun.

However, his mission is larger than selling T-shirts, shrunken blazers and slim-cut denim pants with metallic stitching. The goal is to build a brand that produces desirable and wearable clothing while providing sustainable employment and stable commercial relationships in developing areas of the world.

Each pair of jeans is inscribed: "We carry the story of the people who make our clothes around with us." "This is the fashion equivalent of mothers looking at the back of a can to see what exactly she's going to feed to her kids," Bono told The Associated Press recently. "We're answering a demand that's just stirring."

The collection Edun is nude spelled backward is co-designed by Bono's wife, Ali Hewson, and Rogan, an established designer with his own clothing line that emphasizes organic fabrics and ethical guidelines.

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TV Tunes

Click here for Retrocrush's 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs.

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Drunk Love

Keira Knightley has revealed how she had to get drunk to film saucy scenes with co-star Adrien Brody.

The pair were filming thriller The Jacket - and she admitted to downing spirits before the shoot to pluck up some dutch courage. The 19-year-old, star of Pirates Of The Caribbean and Love Actually, got drunk with brandy and vodka.

"It helped - but doing those scenes felt completely unreal," she admitted. "You get one with someone and all of a sudden you're naked and away at it."

Posted by Lawren at 06:15 AM | Comments (4)

Haute Housewives

Click here for an article on one of the biggest fashion trends for the spring: Haute-Housewife Couture

--We can thank the Desperate Housewives for this one!

Posted by Lawren at 06:09 AM | Comments (1)

New Dictionary Definitions

"Wedgie" Joins New Definitions in Dictionary

Now others can find out by looking it up in the latest edition of the Webster’s New World College Dictionary coming out in May.

The definition:

Wedgie: Noun. A prank in which the victim’s undershorts are jerked upward so as to become wedged between the buttocks. The definition was added to the existing meaning of “wedgie” as a type of shoe.

It’s among 58 brand-new entries, plus another 20 new senses of existing words, such as wedgie. Some others: “Al Qaeda,” “blog,” “cargo pants” and “irritable bowel syndrome.”

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Queer Eye for the Red Sox

The "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" Fab Five will take on the Red Sox' Fab Six here today as Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Bill Mueller, Jason Varitek, Doug Mirabelli and Tim Wakefield line up for some serious tszujing, according to the Boston Herald.

The five stars of the hit Bravo reality show, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas, Ted Allen, Jai Rodriguez and Thom Filicia, are scheduled to descend on the City of Palms Park sometime after noon to begin making over the scruffy bunch of idiots who rode loosey-goosey attitudes and bad grooming all the way to the World Series last season.

The show will be taped at the Sox spring training facility. The guys will get new clothes, a grooming makeover, probably a few cooking lessons from Ted and Thom, the decorator, will work his magic on the clubhouse.

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March 14, 2005 

The Stinking Truth

And here's your Monday dose of Britney: (2 stories!)

Britney Spears has strange advice for Michael Jackson. The 23-year-old reckons the superstar on trial for sexual abuse should grow some facial hair, get drunk and get in a fight.

"If he did do those things, I feel sorry for him. I feel like he probably feels alone, and he needs some help," she tells Allure magazine.

"He needs someone to be like, 'OK, let's buck you up, let's give you a moustache, let's rough you up, let's go to a bar, let's get drunk and be a man.' "And if he didn't do those things, I feel sorry for him. Either way, he needs to get in a fight."

--Umm, come again? Brilliant, Brit.

Now, this next story probably won't come as a surprise to most of you, but it confirms what has been suspected all along: K. Feddy stinks!

Britney Spears' husband Kevin Federline has severe hygiene problems - according to his ex-girlfriend Amy Woody.

Woody, 25, dated Federline six years ago, and was left unimpressed by his body odor. She says, "He wouldn't shower or brush his teeth at all so he'd stink. He didn't care. When we used to go Vegas, he would gamble for two days without sleeping then he'd catch some shut-eye for a few hours then go back to the casino."

A friend of Federline's most recent ex, Shar Jackson, who is mother to his two kids Kaleb and Kori, adds, "Kevin would go for days without taking a shower or bath. It was gross."

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Wedding #5

So I was scrolling through some pictures of Brigitte Nielsen's wedding to that random Italian boy she was living with. Thought I'd share a couple with you:

--Ok, that one's cute. They look happy. Good stuff. I was almost shocked at how normal things looked. But, then, I found the next one.

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Rap Dictionary

You all really need to check out the Rap Dictionary: the ultimate resource for looking up hip-hop slang.

I spent more time than I care to admit learning the meanings behind some of the terms in the songs I hear.

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Babs Is Back?

Retirement? What retirement?

Sources close to Barbra Streisand say the singer, who has retired more than once, is going to "tour" in England. One source said: "Barbra is looking into doing a concert in London and may go on the road in England. But nothing is finalized." Another insider added, "She's never done England and has said she wants to now."

Posted by Lawren at 06:42 AM | Comments (0)

Bracket Buster

Well, NCAA March Madness is upon us. And, while my favorite team will be playing in a tournament with different letters associated with it, I'm still going to participate in making my NCAA picks in the hopes of winning some $$$.

I'd highly recommend heading over to G2, paying your $5, and participating in the G2 Bracket Buster 2K5. The instructions are all there.

Sports expertise is not a prerequisite--I made my selections in about 10 minutes. Plus, those nerds that study sports statistics to make their choices never win anyway.

Good luck!

Posted by Lawren at 06:40 AM | Comments (2)

Breast Vanity

Jennifer Love Hewitt has confessed she can't stop looking at websites devoted to her breasts.

The star's famous chest has several websites set up in honor of the ample pair. She admitted: "I'm fascinated with the Jennifer Love Hewitt breast sites."

The star, who has always denied having breast implants, says she often studies the Web pictures to decide which clothes to wear.

--I'm sure Jennifer's not the only one who can't stop looking at these websites.

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Baby #2

Former tennis star Pete Sampras and his wife are expecting a second child. Sampras and actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras are due to have the child this fall, their publicist, Deborah Grimes, said in a statement Friday.

The couple married in September 2000. Their son, Christian Sampras, is 2.

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Break a Leg

Christina Applegate, star of the Broadway-bound revival of "Sweet Charity," broke her foot during a performance in Chicago and will be out of the musical through its Boston tryout engagement, which begins Friday.

Applegate is expected to return to the musical by the time it starts preview performances April 4 in New York, John Barlow, a spokesman for the show, said Sunday. The musical is scheduled to open April 21 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

--Guess she took that whole "Break a leg" thing a little too far.

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We're Done

Director Alexander Payne and wife Sandra Oh have gone from "Sideways" to parting ways, a spokeswoman told People magazine on Saturday. The Hollywood couple "have mutually decided to separate," the spokeswoman said. "They will remain friends." The couple met five years ago and married in 2003.

Payne wrote and directed "Sideways," the comedy about two friends on a wine-tasting road trip through California.

Oh, a former co-star on the HBO series "Arli$$," was one of the stars of the film.

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LFB's Nude Flight

Lara Flynn Boyle has refused to clarify exactly what happened during her reported recent 'nude' flight, insisting her job means she doesn't have to explain herself.

Boyle hit the headlines in January (05) when she reportedly stripped off her clothes onboard a Los Angeles British Airways flight to London and attempted to seduce a passenger.

While a BA spokesperson confirmed a female passenger had been acting strangely during the journey, they did not release the customer's name.

And, when she was recently asked if the reports were true, Boyle replied, "My job is to entertain - and not to explain."

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March 11, 2005 

Gropefest Update

If you've been in a hole and haven't heard about the Bruce Willis-Lindsay Lohan gropefest, read this first.

Here's the latest:

The tattoo on her "lower back" — her spokeswoman says — doesn't say "La Bella Vista," it says, "La Bella Vita" (The Good Life). (Oh, thank you so much for clarifying that. Are we supposed to think that the witness is now blind because he/she misread the tattoo?)

Staff for both Lohan, 18, and Willis, 49, insist the two kept their hands to themselves Tuesday night when they met for the first time after the screening of his new actioner, "Hostage."

Lohan's rep said: "She is not interested in Bruce Willis in any way but as the producer of her next film." Willis is producing "Just My Luck." His rep said the two talked about the movie and that their relationship is purely professional.


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Nice Work

Two thumbs up to Sandra Bullock. She indeed does look fabulous at the Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous premiere.

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Green With Envy

Rumor has it that the Britney Spears has grown intensely envious of all the recent attention given to Kevin Federline.

Federline, a former backup dancer with no current career to speak of - rap ambitions aside - has enjoyed a media boomlet in recent weeks and graces the April cover of Details magazine.

A spy with an inside knowledge of the Britney-Kevin marriage reports: "Brit's very jealous of Kevin's new 'fame.' She's obsessed with it. She thinks every girl in America wants her man, and he ain't even that cute." "Whenever they go into stores, she freaks out when women talk to him. A couple of weeks ago, they were in an L.A. clothing store and was trying something on, and Kevin was talking to the sales clerk. Britney flipped out at her and said, 'I see what the hell's going on here.' So they just left the store."

--Um, Brit. He ain't all that. He's all yours.

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Harvard Hates Hilary

Hilary Duff might be taking classes at Harvard, but that doesn't mean her fellow students have to like it. In an editorial published last week in The Crimson, Harvard's school newspaper, the staff lambastes Duff, calling her a "loser and a chicken" because she didn't go through Harvard's notoriously difficult undergraduate-admissions process and won't be participating in campus activities.

Duff is not a student at Harvard proper, but is auditing courses through the Harvard Extension School, a continuing-education program that allows the singer to take a few classes online, including environmental science, government, and sociology. While Duff has noted on her Web site that she's "taking on-line classes for Harvard University" and described the process, her classmates are evidently objecting to the media's portrayal of Duff as a Harvard student.

"Man-up (extension) Duff," the article reads. "It's one thing to say you go to Harvard (extension), but it's another to live la vida Harvard (extension)." The article then lists a sampling of social organizations and activities that are unique to the school. "Have you, par example, been punched by the Bee (extension) Club? Or attended the Daedalus (extension) Final (extension) Club?"

If those activities aren't up Duff's alley, The Crimson asks, then what is? "Maybe that blonde at the protest against University (not extension) President Lawrence H. Summers was you. Maybe not. But if it was, did you ever consider his feelings? ... Also, are you considering declaring a science (extension) concentration? It would look really good for Harvard (extension and not extension)."

The editorial also points out that her higher education choices won't win Duff any points in the dating arena. "You should have gone to Yale (extension or not extension; wait, is there a Yale not extension?). Someone forgot to tell you about the caveat about dropping the H-(extension)-bomb. Namely, if you're a member of the fairer sex, it doesn't work. Case in point — Natalie Portman '03 (not extension): single. Barbara Bush (Yale '04, not extension): hot."

The editorial concludes by saying, "Enough (extension) Duff. We (not extension) call a truce. So you told people you were going to Harvard (ambiguous). It's Harvard (extension), which (disclaimer) by the way is a perfectly great option for education. Whatever."

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ELF Cosmetics

I posted some time ago on ELF Cosmetics (Eyes.Lips.Face.). If you haven't checked them out, you really should. I highly recommend the Soothing Lip Gloss, which I wear over lipstick, and the Shimmering Facial Whip, which you can wear on your eyes, face, or lips.

The best part? Everything is $1. Yeah, that's right.

I wanted to let you know that in addition to all their great products, they now have products for your nails. Choose from nail lacquer, nail polish remover pads (I may have to get these), and various tools for a manicure.

And yes, everything's still $1.

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Surprise, Surprise

The Sun reports that Angelina Jolie, 29, is an expert on the ins and outs of girl-on-girl action.

"I absolutely love women and find them incredibly sexy," said Jolie. "I have loved women in the past and slept with them too. I think if you love and want to pleasure a woman, particularly if you are a woman yourself, then certainly you know how to do things in a certain way."

--I'm sure this news might come moderately surprising if it was any other Hollywood star BUT Angelina Jolie. Yawn.

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Let It All Hang Out

Tara Reid sued the owners of a Las Vegas condominium project Thursday for using her name in an ad that appears to be a reference to the accidental exposure of her breast last year as she posed on the red carpet.

Reid has said she had no idea she was flashing the paparazzi when the strap of her dress slipped off her left shoulder as she walked the red carpet at Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' 35th birthday party. advertisement

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Reid's reputation was damaged by an advertisement for Sky Las Vegas Condominiums published on Feb. 1 that reads, "Dear Tara Reid. Come let it all hang out." The lawsuit alleges the ad implies that Reid, 29, intentionally let her dress strap slip and that Sky Las Vegas is capitalizing on her misfortune by misrepresenting her as "sexually lewd or immoral."

--Oh Tara. I'm sure it's hard being so misunderstood.

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Vandals Strike Clooney's Italian Pad

George Clooney's latest Italian home has become the target of vandals and hooligans opposed to the movie star's plans to take control of picturesque Lake Como.

Activists have broken windows and scrawled on walls at his Villa Margherita home in the northern Italian town of Laglio, after learning of Clooney's plans to buy a public beach on the shores of the famous lake and make it his own.

According to show business magazine In Touch, Clooney recently bought the home as he begins developing the area around his first Lake Como mansion. And locals are annoyed with his plans to take over properties and beaches and turn it into his own private spread. Local Laglio councilor Roberto Pozzi, who wasn't one of the vandals, says, "Our group will oppose any concession or occupation of public spaces. It is one of the few openings to the water, and it's used by residents."

--Hey George! I'd be willing to housesit for you. Call me! ;)

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Drew's Decade of Achievement

At only 30 years old, Drew Barrymore has been slated to receive one of ShoWest's most notable honors, the Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film award.

The 'Charlie's Angels' actress and producer will receive the award during the closing-night ceremony of ShoWest 2005. The annual event is considered to be the largest gathering of motion picture professionals and theater owners from around the world.

Other stars who will be honored this year include Jennifer Aniston, for Female Star of the Year; Bernie Mac, for Comedy Star of the Year; and Jessica Biel, for Female Star of Tomorrow.

--They couldn't find anyone else?

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Actress Battles Depression

For five seasons as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on HBO's "The Sopranos," Lorraine Bracco has battled mob boss Tony Soprano's mental demons. But for a year and a half in real life, Bracco was fighting clinical depression with medication and therapy.

"If you break your leg, you have it fixed," Bracco, 50, recently told The Associated Press. "If you have a toothache, you go to the dentist. When it comes to mental health, people tend to think they can just get over it."

--Tony will not be happy if he has to find a new therapist. (Although, it doesn't seem like it was really working anyway).

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Good Advice

Action man Bruce Willis says he "owes his life" to close pal, Will Smith.

Bruce, 49, says it was Smith's advice that helped him survive his split from wife of 13 years, Demi Moore. The Die Hard star says: "I kept blaming myself. I couldn't believe it had happened to us. I started talking to Will who is a very close personal friend, and he saved my life. "He told me that you have to put the kids first, and even if it's awkward you have to get together with the new girlfriend or spouse - whoever it is. It was just great advice."

As for his relationship with Demi:"We are all very cool about things. I'm really good friends with Ashton - we go on family holidays together. I still love Demi with all my heart."

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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has finally admitted: “I have had a face-lift.”

The ex-Black Sabbath singer came clean after years of denying he had gone under the knife. Ozzy, 56, had insisted he lost his gaunt appearance by ditching drink and drugs and switching to clean living.

But the rock wildman has now revealed: “I’ve had a face job and a new nose.

--I'd demand a refund.

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March 10, 2005 


Bruce Willis got some action after the screening of his new blood-and-guts flick, "Hostage."

At an after-after-party at the Peninsula Hotel early yesterday, Willis, who turns 50 this month, and teen queen Lindsay Lohan, 18, enjoyed a mutual gropefest.

"At one point, Bruce had Lindsay's pants down far enough to reveal a tattoo that said 'La Bella Vista' (The Beautiful View) on her right cheek," says our spywitness. Eventually, Willis and a few friends, including Lohan, took the party upstairs to his suite.

--Looks like Bruce is taking a page out of Demi's chapter on cradlerobbing.

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Hip Hop Apprentice

Tonight's episode of "The Apprentice" features words you might not recognize —unless you're familiar with the worlds of rap and hip hop.

The usually businesslike world of "Apprentice" teams Magna and NetWorth get a culture shock when members find themselves inter acting with rappers Lil' Kim, Eve, Lil Jon and others — in what's being described as "Trump- speak meets [rapper] Fat Joe."

It's a clash of cultures that's described as both amusing and uncomfortable.

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Make Us Laugh, Britney

If you can't get enough of Britney Spears then you'll be overjoyed to hear of her next project...

Never one to be put off by a bit of bad press, the 23-year-old star is giving her acting career another go - with a comedy slant.

After her first film, Crossroads, was panned by anyone and everyone, she's dusted herself off and signed up for movie number two. This time round she's starring in the comedy In The Pink alongside Cher, Bette Midler and Tim Allen.

Female First reports a friend as saying: "Britney really wanted this part - it's a good script and she's determined to prove to her doubters that she can be funny."

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Put Down the Thickburger

Thick Nick needs to put down the Thickburger if he's going to get in shape for the new Backstreet Boys tour.

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Thumbs Down

Sorry, but I have to give this spring fashion trend two massive thumbs down:

--It looks like Nicole Miller has seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat one too many times.

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Check out this DEA agent talking to a group of kids about gun safety.

I'm not sure shooting yourself in the foot is the best way to get that message across.

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Frigid Fashion Show

New York fashionistas think they've got it bad when they have to go to venues uptown, downtown and all around town. They should be happy designer Alexander McQueen keeps showing in Paris.

Actually, he chooses venues well outside the city, and this year's locale was a doozy. Not only was the venue, a school, an hour outside the French capital — it had no heat. At least McQueen made provisions for the chill, giving guests woolen blankets in tan plaid as they arrived.

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Prison Release Poncho

And we all knew the Martha Lion Brand Yarn prison release poncho would become the next must-have fashion item:

--And here I thought ponchos were OUT.

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"A worn-out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women and bad booze...seem to be the only friends I've left at all." --Garth Brooks

You know you're something when you make it into a Garth Brooks song.

Chris LeDoux, a former world champion bareback rider who parlayed songs about the rodeo life into a successful country music career, died Wednesday from complications of liver cancer. He was 56.

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Can't Get Enough

Let's all raise our cups of coffee and cans of Diet Coke to National Caffeine Awareness Month!

Posted by Lawren at 06:23 AM | Comments (0)

A Door to the Past

Before The Doors' Jim Morrison made it as a rock singer, he wanted to make films.

Now, 34 years after his death, the state of Florida has found and restored what it believes to be the earliest film of Morrison, shot in the early 60s when he attended Florida State University.

It was discovered when the Department of State went through 1,000 films in its archive and may have gone unnoticed if Jaime Madden hadn't noticed a familiarity in the way young Morrison was standing in part of the brief clip.

"He said, 'Oh my god! This is Jim Morrison!''' said Jody Norman, supervisor of the Bureau of Archives and Records Management. ``It really tells a lot about an archivists' duty to pay attention to detail.''

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March 09, 2005 

Buy Mariah's Undies

Mariah Carey wants to get into the fashion business.

The curvy songstress has not only been busily designing her own Mariah Kiss Kiss underwear line (for women of all shapes and sizes), but word she's planning to hook up with a mystery British designer.

Apparently Carey, whose bras and pants we will be able to buy sometime next year, will front next season's ad campaign as well as take to the catwalk for the designer. "She's so excited," a friend said. "It gives her something new to concentrate on."

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Nick and Jessica Go Back to Singing

After dabbling for a few years in movies, TV and kissable body shimmer, both Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are going back to being singers.

By mid-summer, wife and husband hope to have new records on the shelves. "I've started thinking about it and I'm gonna try to release it coinciding with the ['Dukes of Hazzard'] movie, which is June 24," Simpson said recently. "That's a quick time period, but I think I can do it."

Simpson is warming up by recording some music for the "Dukes" soundtrack, including a duet with Willie Nelson, who is playing Uncle Jesse to her Daisy Duke.

As for Lachey, as "Newlyweds" fans know, he built a studio in the couple's house to work on the follow-up to his SoulO. The former 98 Degrees singer, who has also talked about reuniting the group is nearly finished writing and demoing and plans to start recording by the end of the month.

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Prove It

Marcia Cross has been inundated with offers from straight men who want to convert following reports that she's gay.

The Desperate Housewives actress, who later issued a statement denying the rumours that she is a lesbian, now also wants to make it clear she's not desperate. The 43-year-old single actress, who plays sexy redhead Bree Van De Kamp on the hit show, told the New York Post that at a Hollywood party recently she was approached by one man who whispered, "I heard you were gay. Let's get a room and prove that wrong."

Marcia says she replied, "Sorry. I'd much rather be gay than sleep with you just to prove I wasn't."

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Rosie Has a Blog

Did you guys know that Rosie O'Donnell has a blog?

Well, if not, now you do! :)

--First found at Miu's.

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Robbie's All Talk

Mel C has slammed Robbie Williams's claims that he has bedded all but one of the Spice Girls.

The artist formerly known as Sporty Spice says: "Victoria (Beckham) asked me about that and said: 'Well, I've not slept with him'. And I know Emma's not slept with him.

"In fact, I'd like to ask Robbie about this because, to my knowledge, there are a few of the Spice Girls he didn't sleep with."

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Teresa Wright, the willowy actress who starred opposite Gary Cooper and Marlon Brando and won a supporting Academy Award in 1942 for "Mrs. Miniver," has died. She was 86.

Wright died Sunday of a heart attack at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, her daughter, Mary-Kelly Busch, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Wright's career skyrocketed after her first film, "The Little Foxes," which brought her an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress of 1941. The following year she was honored with two nominations: lead actress as the wife of Lou Gehrig in "The Pride of the Yankees" and supporting actress as Greer Garson's daughter-in-law in the wartime saga "Mrs. Miniver."

She also starred in three other classics: Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" in 1943; Brando's first film, "The Men," in 1950; and the multiple Oscar winner "The Best Years of Our Lives" in 1946.

--Anyone who knows me well knows I am a serious Alfred Hitchcock buff. If you haven't seen "Shadow of a Doubt," rent it. I HIGHLY recommend it. It also stars Joseph Cotton and Hume Cronyn. You'll never be able to listen to the "Merry Widow Waltz" again without thinking about this movie.

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It's Like, Reality and Stuff

Britney Spears is all set to appear topless on the cover of Allure, according to

Of course, she won't be entirely topless... instead have on a necklace given to her by husband Kevin Federline. But it's not just the photos that are revealing, the singer also admits that her new marriage has had its share of trickiness.

"We hit a little bit of reality, hardcore, after the first three weeks. But we handled it fine, and now things are starting to go really smooth." She goes on to explain how her new-found responsibilities were tough to deal with at first - especially after the fun and frolics of touring: "Before we got married we were on tour, and we were just like kids, ordering room service, saying, 'Let's go out tonight.' "Then, all of a sudden, you have this home, you have the kids (Kaleb and Kori), you have to get the diapers, get the dog to the vet. It's this reality."

--And who said marriage was hard? ;)

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Aguilera Wants to Act

Christina Aguilera has laid relatively low since canceling her tour with Chingy a year ago, but not because there's nothing to talk about.

"I'm finishing the next record, planning a wedding, searching for the [perfect film] role — there's lots going on," the singer said last month at Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party.

Aguilera is nearing the finish line on her as-yet-untitled follow-up to Stripped, and the sound might surprise fans. "It's very special for me," she said. "It's a retro blues/jazz/soul record, but a really meaty, gritty, real raw record of soul. So it'll feel good — a feel-good record."

As for Aguilera's movie debut, it looks like that might have to wait another album cycle. "I've been [reading scripts, but] I'm waiting for the right role," she said. "It's very important that I don't play myself in a film."

--The right she planning on doing porn?

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A Day He'd Probably Like to Forget

"Days of Our Lives" star Jason Cook, known by fans as character Shawn Brady, was headed back from a children's charity event in Iowa Monday, when he ran into some trouble with the law.

The NBC actor was arrested after he allegedly became confrontational with Des Moines International Airport officials, who say they found marijuana paraphernalia in his bag. A police report said Cook appeared to be intoxicated on alcohol. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and drug paraphernalia. The actor was reportedly bailed out by the producer of the charity telethon, who was quoted as saying the daytime star has been an eager participant in the annual fundraiser for the past four years.

--I haven't watched in ages, but I used to be an AVID Days fan. What will Hope and Bo do when they find out Shawn is on DRUGS?????

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Chanel's Frequent Buyer Rewards

You know you buy too much Chanel when...

The scene at the Chanel show on Friday morning in the Louvre's underground Carrousel was worthy of a postcard. Four women decked out in head-to-toe Chanel tweeds, bags, pumps and charm bracelets climbed onto the runway before the show and photographed one another with the Chanel logo as a backdrop.

This could be considered tacky before an audience of more than 1,200 editors and retailers, but for Chanel devotees, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, one that comes with having plenty of disposable income. The women, and at least a dozen others, were the guests of Chanel because they are among its best customers, spending in the six figures on their wardrobes each year.

Bergdorf Goodman paid for eight of its clients to fly to Paris to attend the show, and Bloomingdale's took along several of its best spenders, the idea being that such a reward is good for future business.

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Jason's Back

Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino is in final negotiations to write and direct the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie, an all new Friday the 13th for New Line.

Fans will instead be treated to the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie. The project will be a co-venture between New Line and Paramount Pictures. It is expected to be a "quickie" that could get underway as early as this year!

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March 08, 2005 


Oh, Mary-Kate. Poor, poor Mary-Kate.

--I know, dear. It's hard to juggle a school book and TWO Starbucks beverages when you have on 75 pounds of clothing and sunglasses that Roy Orbison could wear.

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Another One

Another one bites the dust:

Shannon Elizabeth, who starred in "American Pie," and husband Joseph Reitman have decided to split, People magazine reported Monday.

"The couple will remain friends," spokeswoman Nicole King told the magazine. The two continue to share a Los Angeles home, she said. Elizabeth, 31, and Reitman, 36, also an actor, married in June 2002 in a ceremony on a beach in Mexico, People said. They have no children.

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Elton Reaches Out to George

Elton Reaches Out to George:

It looks like there's no end in sight to the feud between George Michael and Elton John.

Elton says he's tried to patch things up with the singer after they fell out last year but George is refusing to meet him halfway. Elton had branded George's last album Patience "disappointing" and said the former Wham! star was "in a strange place". Michael, 41, hit back, saying Elton knew "very little" about his life.

Elton now reveals: "Poor George. I tried to call him at Christmas to sort things out but he wouldn't come to the phone. It's a shame. I struck a nerve and he took it the wrong way. I'd like to resolve it." Elton, 57, continues: "I've been in the place where George is and I'm concerned. If something happens, I want to be there because under these huge egos, we're all human."

--Sing it with me now..."I just called, to say, I love you..."

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Girl Power

Here's a list of MSN's 10 Most Powerful Women and their list of 10 American Women Who Changed the World.

--I got to do my own little tribute to Susan B. Anthony once when I was in the musical Schoolhouse Rock Live and got to sing "Sufferin' Until Suffrage." Go 19th Amendment. ;)

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"Desperate" for Employment

Teri Hatcher has told how she was so 'desperate' to star in Desperate Housewives she offered to make the coffee on set.

In an interview with Eve magazine, Teri , 40, admits she had to go back to work after her marriage ended in divorce after nine years.

She said: "Suddenly the financial situation in my life had changed. I was going to need to go back to work. "I wasn't keen to do a one hour drama because of the long hours away from my daughter. But then I read the script and it was the best thing I had read in five years.

"So I met with the producers and begged them for a role. I said I'd make the coffee on set! I wanted to work on the show that badly."

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How many animals did Jessica kill for that jacket? I'm sure PETA will be calling shortly...

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Changes at J.Crew

Mickey Drexler, the chief executive of J. Crew and architect of its revival, is quietly laying plans to develop a new retail concept. The top-secret strategy calls for J. Crew to resur rect a dormant company, rather than develop one from scratch, said a person familiar with the plans.

J. Crew has hired Liz Meltzer, a former Calvin Klein executive who once worked for Drexler when he ran the Gap, to spearhead the project, sources said. The plan is still in the early stages, and as such, Meltzer's duties also will include product and design activities related to the company's namesake retail chain.

Meltzer, who is known for her product and design skills, has a varied background that includes stints at Barneys New York, and Pottery Barn.

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Hoosiers in Hollywood

Hollywood, Here Come Some Hoosiers:

Warner Brothers has optioned a novel written by Lou Harry and Eric Pfeffinger, though the book won't be out until November.

Harry, editor of Indy Men's Magazine, says Jennifer and Suzanne Todd will produce a film based on the romantic comedy novel "The High Impact Infidelity Diet," published by Crown.

The plot involves three, shall we say, tubby friends who get tricked into losing weight by their wives. The reward for shedding the pounds is the promise of time with a woman of mystery.

Variety, the show-biz newspaper, reported the deal March 3, noting the Todd sisters recently finished the film "Must Love Dogs" starring John Cusack and Diane Lane.

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Pink Flies Solo

Pink has split with her fiance after a blazing fight in a taxi.

The bust-up came as the 25-year-old and her 29-year-old lover Carey Hart made their way to an airport. The couple were due to fly to the Australian Grand Prix together, where Pink was to perform.

But the furious star flew alone. She later cancelled a press conference in Melbourne before singing for race-goers. A friend told The Sun newspaper: "Carey said he'd rather stay at home than be with her. She was furious."

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Debra Hill, who co-wrote the horror classic "Halloween" and rose through Hollywood's ranks to become a pioneering woman producer, died Monday, according to a family friend. She was 54.

Hill had battled cancer for 13 months, but until her final days had been working on several projects, including a film about the last two men pulled from the rubble of the Twin Towers following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said friend Barbara Ligeti.

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Backstreet's Boozin'

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the weekend.

According to police, the singer was pulled over around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for a routine traffic stop in Huntington Beach, CA. Officers, who suspected the star was under the influence, then booked the 25-year-old, who was released after nearly four hours. A spokesperson for the star was quoted as saying that Carter sincerely regrets the incident and claims he was unaware that the doctor-prescribed medicine he is taking has the potential to cause a negative interaction.

His excuse? Nick Carter insists doctor-prescribed drugs are to blame for his run-in with the law on Saturday night. In a statement released yesterday, his agent said, "Nick Carter deeply regrets the current situation. He is on doctor-prescribed medication and was unaware of its interaction possibilities."

--And just a day after I posted on the annoucement of their return to music and touring.

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Concert Couture

Two of the world's top designers are making costumes for Kylie Minogue's world tour.

The singer has been to Paris to meet Karl Lagerfeld, who will oversee a Chanel dress she describes as "dreamy". She's also got John Galliano working on one of the show's sexiest outfits - her original gold hot pants have been retired to her touring costume museum but a replica pair are being made.

All will be revealed when her Showgirl tour opens in Glasgow on March 19.

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Radio Ban?

The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for a 90-day ban on radio and TV airplay for any performer who uses violence to settle scores or hype albums.

"There has to be a way to step in and regulate what's going on with the airwaves and with violence," Sharpton told the Daily News yesterday. "The airwaves are being used to romanticize urban violence."

The activist minister plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission and the country's major radio broadcasters to back his proposal. His call follows last week's shooting outside Hot 97 radio's SoHo studios that apparently was sparked by a feud between rappers 50 Cent and The Game.

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March 07, 2005 


I used to think Josh Hartnett was a hottie. But man, he's looking fugly here:

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People Have No Manners

Well Said:

Billy Crystal has a temper — which he displayed the other night after his "700 Sundays" one-man show was disrupted by an idiot in the Broadhust Theatre who ignored two warnings to turn off his/her cellphone.

At the poignant end of the show, as Crystal was discussing the death of his mother, a phone rang twice. Crystal soldiered on, but after the curtain and the standing ovation, "Crystal came out to talk to the audience about what a great time he had, and said if he never works again, 'and I will,' he says, 'this show is a culmination of happiness for me,' " said our source. "He said, 'the audience was great — except for the man or the lady who in the end let that cellphone go off. Please next time, shut it off or better yet, shove it up your [bleep.]' And he walked off for good."

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Didn't See This Coming

Brenda Walsh and the Microsoft dude?

Shannen Doherty may have snared a potential billionaire beau in Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates.

Allen was at Pink Elephant the other night at a birthday party for co-owner David Cabo when he became transfixed by the sight of Doherty dancing with several female friends. Eventually, the shy software mogul mustered the courage to ask the former "Beverly Hills 90210" vixen for her phone number. "She gave it to him, after joking that she'd trade it for some Microsoft stock," says a spy.

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Britney Spears is publicly crediting her belief in Kabbalah for getting her through some recent tough times.

"There came a point where not even my family or my advisors had the answers I needed," the famous pop idol writes on her Web site. "The answers I was looking for were all in my heart. Through Kabbalah, I was able to look within myself, clear all the negative energy and turn my life around."

She even credits fellow pop idol Madonna for introducing her to the spiritual practice at a time when "it was much needed." Now that her life seems to be on a less turbulent path, according to the star, she wants fans of every religion to hear her message that the power of prayer can perform miracles.

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Bad Guys

So good at being so bad:

Godfather gangster Michael Corleone has been voted the king of movie criminals.

Ruthless Corleone, played by Al Pacino in the Godfather trilogy, came top of a Sky Movies survey.

Alan Rickman is the only British name on the list - he came fourth for his role as evil Hans Gruber in the Bruce Willis action movie Die Hard.

Goodfellas' character Tommy DeVito, played by Joe Pesci in the 1990 Martin Scorsese movie, came second. Robert De Niro's Max Cady, the character he played in the thriller Cape Fear, came third, followed by Rickman's Hans Gruber. Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's Batman took fifth place, and Eddie Bartlett, played by James Cagney in the 1939 movie Roaring Twenties, came sixth.

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Drowning in the winter blahs? Longing for that bronze look when you gaze down at your pasty, white skin? Well, until it's warm, you can wear this shirt:

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Trouble in Paradise?

Hope there's nothing to this story:

Are things not all hunky-dory in the world of Sarah Jessica Parker?

The former Sex And The City star has been spotted out and about without her wedding ring. The snaps were taken as the actress stepped out of a car in New York. She dashed into a nearby building... but not before plenty of close-ups of her naked wedding finger were taken.

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Million Dollar Third Choice

Actress Hilary Swank has Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd to thank for her Best Actress Oscar for Million Dollar Baby - because the role was refused by both actresses.

The movie's producer Albert S. Ruddy's first choice for the part of a tragic female boxer was Bullock, who turned down the part when she was told she could not pick the director - Ruddy next approached Judd, whose salary demands would have busted the budget.

After Ruddy finally settled on Swank, Bullock's agent called him and said she would do the picture after all, but, "Al just said, 'Too late,'" a source told website Pagesix.Com.

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Not "Like Father Like Son"

Will Smith's son must take after his mother because the star's son can't rap.

Sexy Smith, who has a string of hit rap songs to his name, says he was told about his son's lack of rhyming skills at a school parent evening.

The 36-year-old said: "I went to a parent-teacher meeting and my boy's English teacher said, 'He's struggling with the concept of rhyming and putting rhymes together'.

"And that was the night I won the MTV Award for Best Rap Performance. I was thinking, 'Wow, that's just total parental neglect!'"

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Limp's Lawsuit

Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst struck back at the Web sites that posted X-rated video clips of him romping with an ex-girlfriend with an $80 million lawsuit yesterday. "The Video was never intended by either participant to be shown," the lawsuit states.

Durst, who explained in court papers how he "held the camera," said computer hackers stole the video from his hard drive and posted it without his permission. Secret Service agents looking into Paris Hilton's cell phone hacking are also conducting "an elaborate investigation" into the Durst incident, the papers state.

Among the sites being sued is the Manhattan-based Gawker, which featured the Durst dalliance in a Feb. 25 posting. Gawker founder Nick Denton said they took down the link three days before they heard from Durst's lawyers. "We don't get it - we complied before you even got around to wasting paper on us," he wrote.

Maybe it's because Gawker described Durst's anatomy as "unimpressive."

--Click here to read Gawker's letter to Durst.

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Backstreet's Back

Backstreet's Back:

Backstreet Boys, the boy band who demanded "I Want It That Way," have announced a set of tour dates starting March 21 in New York.

They won't play Madison Square Garden this time around - or any of their previous gigantic arena hotspots. The Boys' 13-city tour is a club-only affair, stopping at such intimate venues as the State Theatre in Detroit and the 9:30 Club in Washington.


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Scary Movie

Movietime for Pink:

Pink has been somewhat out of sight, kicking off the new year working on her new album, but now she's really going underground. The singer has signed on for a role in the upcoming horror film "Catacombs," which its producers call a "nerve-shattering spookfest."

--Call my a cynic, but I somehow doubt we're going to see any high-caliber acting here.

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Next Year's Oscars

With this year's Oscars under our belts, what's in store for next year?

The critics are already predicting.

I think War of the Worlds and All the King's Men look quite promising.

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March 04, 2005 

Sweet Treat

Britney Spears says she was shocked into losing weight after seeing snaps of herself looking cuddly.

"After I got married, I let myself go. I was just lounging around and eating. Photographs of me overweight made me realize I needed to lose weight," she told Allure magazine.

Guess she isn't doing Atkins or Sugarbusters:

--And by the way, what the heck does his shirt say?

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Martin and Davis Dating?

Former Sex And The City beauty Kristin Davis has reportedly found love with a veteran comic almost 20 years her senior - Steve Martin.

The TV star and the Father Of The Bride funnyman have reportedly enjoyed a series of intimate dates and were holding hands at a pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles on Sunday, reports Britain's Daily Star newspaper.

And pals of the pair claim Martin, 59, is so smitten, he threw a surprise party for Davis to celebrate her 40th birthday last month. One friend says, "It's the real thing - they have become very close. They are ready to let people know they are an item. They tried to act like they were not together at the party but couldn't stop stealing kisses."

--I don't really know why, but this coupling seems kind of odd to me.

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No Signing of the Cannage

Attention all women seeking Will Smith's autograph:

Will Smith has urged female fans to stop asking him to sign their boobs - because he doesn’t want to make their boyfriends jealous.

The star, who's married to stunning actress Jada Pinkett Smith, says girls should keep their breasts inside their bras because boob-flashing doesn’t excite him. He told Q magazine: "Chicks asking you to sign their breasts is weird... to just pop out in a public place.

"Their boyfriend sees that I signed their t*tty. That seems strange to me."

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Mike Tyson, the Singer?

"Iron" Mike Tyson, looking uncomfortable and mopping his head with a towel, made his singing debut on Wednesday at Italy's most popular music festival despite critics who wanted him banned from the event.

"I'm not just a boxer. I'm a father, an uncle, a person who loves animals and it's not fair to see me just as a fighter," Tyson said, after announcing a June fight in Washington D.C.

Prompted on by the festival's presenter, Paolo Bonolis, at the televised event, Tyson somewhat reluctantly sang several seconds of Italian ballad "Volare" during the country's annual Sanremo music festival, watched by millions.

Tyson, the self-proclaimed "baddest man in the world", ended the segment by rapping a version of "New York, New York," that began by calling it "a big city of dreams" and abruptly ended seconds later with "I gotta get out of here".

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Another Hollywood Breakup

One of Hollywood's young couples, Katie Holmes and Chris Klein, has called off their engagement, according to Us Weekly.

A spokesperson for Holmes tells the publication that they decided to go their separate ways about two weeks ago, but "want to stay friends and will continue that part of their relationship." The popular actors announced their engagement in December of 2003, after nearly five years of dating. Holmes is perhaps best known by audiences for her role as Joey Potter on TV's "Dawson's Creek." Klein gained recognition with movies like 'American Pie' and 'Election.'

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Thank God

Fashion lovers can rest easy in the knowledge that they will never have the opportunity to look like Christina Aguilera.

The singer has revealed that she will never launch her own clothing line - because in her opinion it's just plain tacky. Recently engaged Christina hit out at other celebs who bring out their own fashion range, saying that all it proves is that their original career is on the downward slide.

"I just think it's so tacky. I have always thought that it's one of those things that just makes people look like they don't know what to do any more," she said.

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Racy Lady

Paris Hilton has been taking racing lessons to help her escape the paparazzi.

The 24-year-old says: "I've driven on the street at 140 miles an hour when no one's around... I've never had an accident. "I took lessons in Monaco with real racing cars. I love fast cars."

The Simple Life star also says she plans to turn her new Ferrari into a chav-mobile by covering it in rhinestones.

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Who's That Girl

At an in-store signing Tuesday at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square for the release of her new album, Rebirth, Jennifer Lopez said she's back where she started.

"[This] album came about because I was on such a roller-coaster ride — that was my career from my first album to my last album, and I did a bunch of movie projects in between. I finally took some time just for myself, and [when] I came back, this was the first project I did. I felt like it was a new beginning for me, like I was, in a way, reborn. I was where I was when I made my first album," she said. "That girl was back again."

--Which girl is that again? J. Lo? Bennifer? Jenny from the block?

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Alley Wants Aniston's Bod

Kirstie Alley, fighting the battle of the bulge, has a role model in mind.

"I like the healthy thin side, that's what I admire in others. A perfect example is Jennifer Aniston," said Alley, who's starring in the new Showtime reality-comedy series "Fat Actress." advertisement

"I think she has an incredibly beautiful body," Alley said of the former "Friends" star. "I think she looks healthy. I don't think it's too skinny."

Alley, 54, who said her weight used to vary by no more than 10 to 20 pounds, ballooned up to about 200 pounds in the last few years and lampoons her girth in "Fat Actress." As a new spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig company, she's dropped about 20 pounds so far. Her target is to be "lithe" and a healthy weight, she said. She won't let herself be pressured into excessive thinness, Alley said. At one point, the 5-foot-8 actress dropped to under 115 pounds to try to win a role in "Fatal Attraction."

--What? Someone wants a bod like Jennifer Aniston? Stop the presses.

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Napoleon Dynamite

How Napoleon Dynamite has forever changed Preston, Idaho.

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Gen Y

Click here for a very interesting article on the theory of "Gen Y" law associates. (Born 1978 or later).

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March 03, 2005 

Interning for the Olsen Twins

The Olsen Twins as Interns:

While they may be media moguls with a combined net worth of around $300 million, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not above getting coffee for the boss. As part of their requirements at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the twins have scored some sweet internships as first-year students.

Mary-Kate is working for A-list celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. Leibovitz, regularly published in the glossy pages of Vanity Fair, photographed the sisters as part of an advertising campaign for A&E's "Biography" last year. Mary-Kate's responsibilities are not likely to include handling film or anything potentially disastrous, but rather running errands, filing and other basic chores.

"They're having a chance to explore things that interest them that they never had a chance to do. It's an opportunity for both of them to learn from the best," said their rep.

A source close to the twins confirmed rumors that Ashley is interning with designer Zac Posen. She's probably not sketching out dress designs or cutting patterns, but, like Mary-Kate, is likely doing more standard gofer work — though she is no stranger to the design world. Seated in the front row at some of the top fashion shows, Ashley and her sister already tried their hands at designing, having launched their own line — aptly named mary-kateandashley — in 2001.

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Richards Files For Divorce

Wednesday Bond girl Denise Richards has filed for divorce from her actor-comedian hubby Charlie Sheen.

The 'Undercover Brother' starlet and TV's "Two and a Half Men" star met five years ago on the set of the HBO movie "Good Advice" and wed in June of 2002. Richards has guest-starred twice on Sheen's show, the last time with their toddler Sam. "Immediately, since the day she was born, I just melted when he held her," she told us back in November. "He's so good with her. He's such a good dad, so hands on."

According to papers filed in Los Angeles Court, Denise has petitioned for custody of Sam, and is currently six months pregnant with their second child. No word yet on who will get custody of that unborn child.

To see the divorce papers, click here.

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Best Dressed

George Clooney's classic good looks and Hollywood style have scored him top honors from Vanity Fair, which names the actor on its upcoming international best-dressed list.

"He's a manly man, but at the same time he has a great refinement to him," a representative for the magazine says of the 'Ocean's Twelve' star. ET got a sneak peek at more of the famous faces that made the cut.

The queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, gets props for looking as good in a Valentino gown as she does in sweats, while engaged couple Jude Law and Sienna Miller are highlighted for his elegance and her retro taste. Meanwhile, model Kate Moss and director Sofia Coppola are anointed the new thirty-something fashionistas in the issue, which hits newsstands March 8.

--As they said on Sex and the City: Clooney's like a Chanel suit. Always in style.

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Not a Relapse

Mary Kate Olsen, seen leaving class at NYU, is ensuring a healthy recovery from anorexia by "regularly going to outpatient care," said the star's rep.

Some in Hollywood were concerned when they noticed Olsen entering the anorexia unit at UCLA medical center last week, but her rep assures us, "She goes to out patient care in New York and Los Angeles. There is no acute problem right now."

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Morgan Speaks Out

Morgan Freeman, who won Oscar this week for best supporting actor in 'Million Dollar Baby', has accused his fellow African-Americans of supporting hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and said that he might join the group in protest.

The actor, who fought lawmakers in 2001 to change the slave flag's design, refused to join the battle to remove the Confederate battle flag in the corner of the ensign of his home state of Mississippi.

"The flag, the stars and bars, has personal resonance to me because to me it doesn't represent so much the south as a very negative mind-set that is not necessarily southern," femalefirst quoted Freeman as saying.

"You see that flag wherever you see skinheads, radical right wingers, neo-Nazis, any hate group. It's pitiful. They still feel that they do not have a say. That's why they don't do it. That's the apathy part of it... It's too bad. Maybe now I'll go and join the Ku Klux Klan," he said.

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Tee Time: For the trophy wife

This one's for charity--all proceeds benefit St. Jude Hospital. Based on the book, Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber.

Usually looking at a couple is enough to tell if someone is a trophy wife, but in case there's any doubt, there's this tee:

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Topless Dancers Greet Prince

Ok, not exactly bachelor party strippers, but close:

Topless Aboriginal dancers welcomed Britain's Prince Charles in Australia's outback on Wednesday, where locals were preparing to throw a bachelor party for the newly engaged royal.

Charles, who is due to wed divorcee Camilla Parker-Bowles on April 8, was greeted in Alice Springs with a traditional indigenous dance to wish him a safe journey in Australia

--Thanks for the tip, Brian.

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Things Are Fine?

Gwyneth Paltrow has shrugged off rumors of a rift with hubby Chris Martin, insisting: "We're a very happy household."

The marriage is said to have been rocked by furious rows but Gwyneth, 32, who had baby Apple last year, claimed that wasn't why the Coldplay frontman didn't show up with her at the Oscars.

However the actress continued: "You see people break up and it seems the ones who are the most public with it suffer the most publicly. It just seems like it invites the whole world in and I just prefer to not do it that way."

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Moany, Moany

Moany, Moany:

Marvin Gaye put legions of lovers in the mood and scored a monster hit with "Let's Get It On." Now a New York-based artist is trying to hit the charts with a recording that features people actually getting it on.

"The Sex Album" is Jessica Vale's maiden voyage into the music business and is made up almost entirely of recorded sounds of people - including herself - having sex.

"We also recorded people in bathtubs and showers and captured those sounds," Vale said. "Velcro, like in Velcro wrist restraints, was also great source material."

--Can't say I'll be rushing out to buy this.

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Shel Silverstein Archive

Did anyone else love Where the Sidewalk Ends as much as I did? Well, if so, check out the Shel Silverstein Archive.

It has everything--his books, poems, and even his contributions to Playboy.

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Queen Elizabeth II met four of Britain's most famous guitarists Tuesday, asking them: "And what do you do?"

Queen's Brian May, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all guests at a Buckingham Palace party to honor the British music industry.

"It's great to meet her and it doesn't matter at all that she did not know who we are or what we do," Clapton said. "I wouldn't expect her to."

--Do you research, Queenie! You'd think she might know the dude from QUEEN.

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March 02, 2005 

Dark Days

And Britney decides to do the dark, dark hair thing again. How about trying washing it, Brit? And wash Kevin while you're at it!

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Warning From Kimora

Only a very brave woman should flirt with Russell Simmons.

The hip-hop mogul's wife, 6-foot former model Kimora Lee Simmons, repeats over and over again in a profile in next month's Vanity Fair: "I will beat a bitch's ass." Kimora adds: "I don't play that disrespectful ho [bleep]. I have very little respect for those kinds of women. And if I catch you with my man, disrespecting, I will beat your ass."

Simmons explains the marketing philosophy behind her Baby Phat line: "It's aspirational. They like my house, they like my cars, they buy my clothes — get it?" Got it.

--Um, I've never liked her. Now I'm starting to think she's nuts!

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Showing Off Down Under

While all eyes were supposed to be focused on the live telecast of the Oscars at an exclusive lunch , it was the blonde widow Anna Nicole Smith who proved to be the star distraction.

About 300 special guests gathered in Paddington Town Hall to watch the live feed but it was the enhanced inheritress who provided the entertainment.
MC Erica Heynatz had the unenviable job of interviewing Smith during a break in the telecast and listening to her describe her efforts at surfing was like watching a car crash in slow motion.

But Smith, who arrived in Sydney yesterday morning, did manage to declare that Australia was "the most prettiest country I have ever been to" before asking "where are the damn kangaroos?".

After another champers or two she regaled the crowd with an impromptu dance with the winner of the best-dressed man, 20th Century Fox's chief flak John Scott. "It was hard to tell whether she was trying to pole dance on him or what," one of the bemused guests wryly noted.

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Movin' In

Miranda's Big Step:

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has moved in with her lesbian lover, reports the New York Post.

Nixon split up with her live-in boyfriend Danny Mozes last November for educational activist Christine Marinoni.

The actress has now set up home with her children, Samantha, seven, and Charles, two, at Marinoni's ground-floor apartment in Brooklyn.

--And we all thought her moving to Brooklyn with Steve was a big deal.

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Paris Says...

Socialite-turned-reality TV star Paris Hilton is following her father and grandfather into the property business, so she can be a self-made woman and quit to raise a family in five years.

The Simple Life star insists she'll be married with three children by 2010 and the famous shopper is looking to invest her fortunes in property to accommodate her plans for the future.

She says, "I'm going to buy real estate and invest in houses. It's good to make your money into more money."

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Would You Like Fries With That Oscar

Would you like fries with that Oscar?

Best Actress winner Hilary Swank celebrated her victory in style--with a burger.

Just a couple of hours after scooping the award she nipped into Astroburger on Santa Monica Boulevard before hitting the post-Oscar parties.

Hilary, 30, munched on a burger with fries and sipped Coke after placing her prized statuette on the table.

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White Wedding

Christina Aguilera fans are in for a shock - she's ditching her dirty look for a traditional virginal-white meringue dress on her wedding day later this year.

The star can't talk about anything except her forthcoming marriage to music exec Jordan Bratman. The 24-year-old singer - who pitched up at Sir Elton John's party and the Vanity Fair bash in a slinky cream outfit - says she spends all her spare time planning the ceremony.

She gushed: "I don't have a date set yet. I'm working on my album but if I can make it all happen - and that's a lot - it would be cool to have a winter wedding.
"The dress will be conservative. Don't expect the sort of stuff that hangs off me on the stage. I want white and kind of traditional."

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Game High

Barkley Comes Clean:

Charles Barkley admitted to Fox Sports Radio that he smoked marijuana during his NBA playing days. Barkley, the outspoken broadcaster for TNT, was a guest on "The Drive with Chris Myers and guest-host Ben Maller."

Barkley – “I’m assuming that some guys smoke pot and it wouldn’t surprise me if some guys are doing coke. But in my 16 years, a couple of guys, myself included smoked some pot. But I never saw cocaine. I smoked pot with a couple of guys who were my friends. I’m pretty sure that a couple of other guys were doing it.

Chris Myers – “Did you say that you smoked pot?”

Barkley – “Yeah.”

Chris Myers – “When you were playing?”

Barkley – “Yeah, a couple of times.”

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Felicity's Back

Fans of "Felicity" will soon see a very different side of the former hit show's star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keri Russell is set to star in 'Butterfly, A Grimm Love Story,' the gruesome fact-based tale of a cannibalistic killer who finds prey on the internet. No, the lovable curly-haired beauty doesn't play the cannibal, but she does play an American student who becomes so dangerously obsessed with the psychotic criminal that she isolates herself, and even travels to Europe in the pursuit to research him.

The independent horror flick is expected to begin production in Germany this week. Meanwhile, Russell appears on the big screen alongside Kevin Costner in 'The Upside of Anger,' opening March 11 in select cities.

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Miller Time

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has reportedly named her baby son Miller Alasdhair James Willis.

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Sweet Charity

Christina Applegate, best-known for playing the bimbette daughter on TV's "Married ... With Children," is starring in a revival of "Sweet Charity," opening April 21 on Broadway after an extended tryout tour.

Applegate is talking about Charity Hope Valentine, the goodhearted taxi dancer at the center of the Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields/Neil Simon musical. It's not an easy role for a neophyte theater performer. Charity is a killer part, one that has to carry the whole show. No Charity, no musical.

In the past, "Sweet Charity" has attracted an impressive parade of women in the title role, starting in 1966 with the legendary Gwen Verdon, directed by the equally legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. Juliet Prowse was Charity in London. Shirley MacLaine starred in the 1969 film version. And dancer-choreographers Debbie Allen and then Ann Reinking were in the 20th-anniversary Broadway revival in 1986.

--Thanks for the tip, Iceman.

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Brave New World

These statistics surprised me:

A lot more Americans have posed nude than you might think.

According to a survey by the Adam & Eve sex toy company, 52 percent have stripped down to their birthday suit for a still camera and 38 percent has posed in the buff for digital photos.

In addition, 37 percent have been naked in front of a video camera while 19 percent have been a nude model for a drawing or a painting.

Finally, 21 percent say they have posed nude but won’t specify the situation or occasion in which they dropped their drawers.

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Aurora, Colorado police have reviewed a weekend incident in which a man accused of stealing salad from a Chuck E. Cheese salad bar was hit with a stun gun twice by officers and said that proper procedures were followed.

Police talked to the Chuck E. Cheese manager who told them that a customer had refused to show proof that he had paid for food. The manager said the man was seen "loading" his plate at the salad bar.

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March 01, 2005 

She Needed a Change

Overheard at an Oscar soiree:

Paris Hilton arrived talking on her cellphone and went straight to the ladies room where she was heard screaming at an underling to bring her a change of clothes.

A security man soon arrived with a shopping bag, and Paris exited the powder room wearing a different dress.

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"Reunited and it feels so good..."

Brad Pitt spent Oscar weekend with his soon to be ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, but he'll be spending time with Angelina Jolie later this month.

Pitt's rep confirmed the hunky star "has to do some reshoots for 'Mr. And Mrs. Smith' [the movie he's doing with Jolie]." Pitt did not, however, see Jolie this weekend. "Angelina was out of town," his rep said. When Pitt and Aniston split, rumors swirled that the "Troy" star had become "smitten" with Jolie and her son, Maddux. Pitt's infatuation with Jolie even led him to get involved in humanitarian causes and press Aniston for babies.

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Stripping Down

Eva Mendes has agreed to help the Dolce & Gabbana label celebrate its 20th anniversary by modeling its latest menswear — one garment at a time in a sexy new ad campaign.

Mendes is still glowing from a fabulous vacation in Nepal and Bhutan with Cameron Diaz where, she told Esquire, "[Diaz] is doing an MTV show called 'Trippin.' She takes celebrities to remote places, and her purpose is to create environmental awareness."

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Baby Got Back

Miu has the scoop on the red carpet "baby got back" situation.

Yowzah. I think she needs a wrap.

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You're Fired

"You're fired"

--The Los Angeles Times is reporting that producers of Fox's Best Damn Sports Show Period are unlikely to renew Tom Arnold's $1.1 million-a-year contract.

--Good Day Live has been canceled after three years, putting hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Arthel Neville out of a job.

--Does anyone else find Debbie Matenopoulos as annoying as I do?

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You're #1

The Oscars is all fun and games until Tim Robbins shoots the bird:

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Essential Black Films

MSN lists the Top 10 Essential Black Films

The list:
Do the Right Thing
Hustle and Flow
In the Heat of the Night
Lady Sings the Blues
Nothing But a Man
The Spook Who Sat By the Door
Waiting to Exhale

Honorable Mentions
Antwone Fisher
Blue Collar
Carmen Jones
Hollywood Shuffle
Hoop Dreams
Lackawanna Blues
The Mack
Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored
A Soldier's Story

--Roots and Carmen Jones are only honorable mentions and The Color Purple doesn't even get on there? No way.

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I'm diggin' this shirt:

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No Award for Award Shows

Hollywood is now 0-3 in the world of major league awards shows.

Following in the footsteps of both The Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, ratings for Sunday night's 77th Annual Academy Awards were down this year.

Some 41.5 million viewers on average watched ABC's Oscar telecast this year, a 5 percent drop from 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Oscar producers had high hopes that the comedian Chris Rock would, as the Oscar host, have a broad enough appeal to boost ratings. Based on the results, "I don't think (veteran Oscar hosts) Billy Crystal and Steve Martin have anything to fear," said Brad Adgate, the senior vice president of corporate research at Horizon Media, a New York marketing firm.

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In honor of St. Patrick's Day this month...

Doogle: a search engine of all things Irish.

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The Prince's Bachelor Party

A bar in the southern New Zealand city of Dunedin is organizing a bachelor party for Britain's Prince Charles, who is due to visit the city later this week.

Although the heir to the British throne is unlikely to attend, the businessman organizing the bash Saturday said he wanted to acknowledge the prince's visit to Dunedin so close to his April 8 wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles.

"It's only right and proper that Dunedin puts on this do for him," Dave McKewen told the Otago Daily Times. "We know a lot of his mates can't make it over, so we're also rounding up a few students and some rugby fans to pad out the crowd."

McKewen said he hopes Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin will pass along a formal invitation to the "Great Southern Stag Night" when the prince arrives on Saturday. Dunedin is widely known in New Zealand for its rowdy student parties, which often spill into the streets and can include the burning of furniture.

--Just don't let the Queen see pics of the strippers.

--Thanks for the tip, Brian.

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Kiss and Tell

Kiss and Tell:

Furious Charlotte Church beat up her former lover after learning he had revealed their sex secrets.

The star walloped Kyle Johnson for telling a newspaper how they romped in every room of her Cardiff flat. Screaming in a rage, the 19-year-old star laid into he ex, 20, with a solid right hook at a restaurant before fleeing in tears.

A witness to the bust up at Cardiff's Charleston's restaurant said: 'She kept saying, 'I can't believe you would do that' and called him every name under the sun.

"She went beserk when she saw him. There was a hell of a commotion - then she punched him. "She was very emotional and left the restaurant in tears."

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Everyone knows competition is the fuel that keeps the wheels of life turning. So why let the claw-your-way-to-the-top fun stop with the corporate ladder and reality TV?

Googlefight, a fun search-engine game, lets you pit any two search criteria against each other, in order to see which one yields more results. Enter any two duelers and watch them duke it out.

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Lucky Day

Lucky Day

Shelbyville, Indiana: Karrie Jeremiah pulled a discarded lottery ticket from a restaurant trash can and hit the jackpot.

Two other people had purchased the $5 Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket in early February at the Chaperral Cafe. hen a clerk at the downtown cafe told them it wasn't the $40 winner they were hoping for, they threw it away, lottery officials said.

It wasn't a $40 winner — it was a $100,000 winner.

Jeremiah, a customer at the store, said she wondered whether the numbers were completely checked before the ticket was tossed. "Who would ever throw this ticket in the trash knowing it was a $100,000 hit?" she said. Lottery security director Ellen Corcella said the cafe clerk had not checked for any winning combinations other than for $40.

Lottery officials on Feb. 10 issued Jeremiah a check for $71,600 — the amount after taxes were withheld. Corcella said the lottery was looking into the circumstances surrounding the ticket, but believed Jeremiah was the rightful winner. "If I drop $100,000 in the street and walk away and the next person picks it up, it's their money," she said.

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