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November 28, 2006 


--Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from Kid Rock. Who knew Borat was to blame?

--Hollywood star Ashley Judd has praised her husband for helping her to overcome a bout of depression earlier this year. The actress checked into the Shades Of Hope Treatment Centre in Buffalo Gap, Texas in February while suffering from depression and an eating disorder, and completed a 47-day program to aid her recovery. She's now confident she's beaten the illness, saying, "I have so many more tools now. My self-care is really good." And she thanks her husband, racing driver Dario Franchitti, for standing by her during the treatment: "He is so supportive in just the right way. Pitch-perfect." The actress will next be seen onscreen in Come Early Morning.

--Reality television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) and Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey got engaged over the holiday weekend.

--Princes William and Harry plan to stage a charity rock concert next year to commemorate their late mother - and it will be one of the first events held at the new Wembley Stadium.

--Looks like Hilary Duff is single again. She and Joel Madden have split.

--Sometimes it takes only a word, or just a few, to become immortalized in television history. The TV Land cable network has compiled a list of the 100 greatest catchphrases in TV, from the serious - Walter Cronkite's nightly signoff "And that's the way it is" - to the silly: "We are two wild and crazy guys!" The network will air a countdown special, "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catch Phrases," over five days starting Dec. 11. Click here to see the entire list. (I'm sorry, but Emeril should NOT have been rated that high).

--A theme park with a statue and memorial hall will be built at Bruce Lee's southern Chinese ancestral home of Shunde, the president of his fan club said Monday. The park will also contain a martial arts academy and conference center, Wong Yiu-keung, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Bruce Lee Club, told The Associated Press.

--Jay-Z was seen dumping a bottle of Cristal on the floor of Marquee after an unknowing anonymous fan sent the rap-shunning champagne to his tab. (He's really taking this Cristal-hating thing seriously...)

--Heath Ledger is about to make an honest woman of the mother of his child. The Aussie actor and Michelle Williams were spotted last week picking up a marriage license in Brooklyn, where they bought a townhouse this year.

--This is hilarious. And, a little scary. I wonder what Kenny Rogers thinks.

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November 27, 2006 

Jojo's Eating Cookies, Ruben's Eating Veggies

--Mario Lopez and Dancing With the Stars partner, Karina spent Thanksgiving together.

--Maggie Gyllenhaal won the Best Actress prize for her performance in Sherrybaby at the 17th Stockholm Film Festival on Saturday night. Sherrybaby, directed by Laurie Collyer, also picked up the Bronze Horse award for best movie at the Swedish event. Ryan Gosling was named Best Actor for his role in Half Nelson, while the Audience Award was presented tomovie Little Miss Sunshine. Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom, best known for movies like The Cider House Rules, Chocolat and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

--Yoko Ono is calling for the anniversary of the death of her husband, John Lennon, to become a day of worldwide healing. In a full-page advertisement appearing in Sunday editions of The New York Times, Ono urges readers to mark the anniversary by apologizing to those who have suffered because of violence and war. "Every year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered the insufferable," writes the former Beatle's widow, who signs the letter Yoko Ono Lennon.

--Placido Domingo's latest project is music to the ears of the hearing-impaired. The tenor, paired with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, is speaking for a global effort called "Hear the World" to raise awareness about hearing loss and to offer the latest technology to those in need — especially in developing countries. Hearing aids will be delivered to poor children in the Guatemalan jungle; hearing-challenged youths in Pretoria, South Africa, will be taught how to function alongside classmates who hear; and youngsters in remote parts of the island of Fiji will be tested for the first time.

--Fifteen-year-old singer JoJo, who caused a mini-scandal in October when she was spotted at L.A.'s Hyde Lounge, says her visit to the hot spot was totally innocent. "I didn't know it was 21 and over," she said at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. "It's a freakin' restaurant and I was there with my mom and two other underage friends. I had milk and cookies! I wasn't drinking alcohol." (She should have stopped at saying she wasn't drinking. Milk and cookies? Give me a break.)

--A sequel to the blockbuster movie adaptation The Da Vinci Code is in the works. Scriptwriter Akiva Goldsman, who adapted the Dan Brown novel for the screen, has reportedly been paid $3.8 million to write the sequel. However, it's said the sequel will not be an original story, but will actually be based on Angels And Demons, the book which precedes The Da Vinci Code. Sources claim the plot, which sees cryptologist Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, help a woman to discover the links between her father's death and secret society conspiracies, will be altered so that it can follow on from the first film. It is expected the movie will be released in 2008.

--In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC's "All My Children" this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman. The character, a flamboyant rock star known as Zarf, kisses the lesbian character Bianca and much drama ensues. The storyline begins with Thursday's episode of the daytime drama.

--Dan Aykroyd is producing a line of moderately priced wines from Chile, California, Italy, Spain and Canada.

--Ruben Studdard has become a vegetarian. "Burger King's veggie burger is off the chain."

--Jessica Simpson's loyalty to Ken Paves is costing her gigs. "Most fashion photographers use their own people - and they certainly don't use Ken Paves, who is considered tacky and amateurish for high-fashion shoots. He's very 'Texas pageant hair.' " (Word.)

--Not that America didn't suspect, but did Rosie's comments last week "out" Clay Aiken?

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November 23, 2006 

Let's Eat!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Much love and happiness!

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November 22, 2006 

Celebrity Turkeys

--Not even first daughter Barbara Bush is safe from thieves in Buenos Aires. The twin had her purse and cellphone stolen while she dined in a restaurant in the Argentine capital, even though she was being guarded by a Secret Service team, ABC News reports. It wasn't the only mishap on the two-week trip to Argentina by Barbara and her sister, Jenna. A Secret Service agent on the advance detail got into an "altercation" with someone after a night out and was badly beaten, according to police reports.


--R.I.P. Robert Altman. (A Praire Home Companion will probably do really well now...even though he cast L.Lo in it).

--ScarJo is no more.

--Education Secretary Margaret Spellings says she studied hard to prepare for Tuesday night's airing of "Celebrity Jeopardy!" "I didn't want to be the education secretary who didn't know how to spell potato," Spellings joked, describing how she read books and sought advice from a former show contender and her daughters. In the end, Spellings said she thinks the effort was worth it. She came in second behind the actor Michael McKean, best known for his role as 'Lenny' on the television show "Laverne and Shirley" and for the movie "This Is Spinal Tap." Placing third was actor Hill Harper, from the television show "CSI: NY."

--Jessica Simpson and John Mayer are giving their relationship another chance.. Friends of the couple confirm they are spending time together and taking things slowly. A source close to Mayer tells American publication People, "They're fond of each other. There's a flirtation." A Simpson source adds they are "enjoying each other's company and seeing how things go. There's no title to their relationship." On Saturday Simpson and Mayer were spotted in Los Angeles and have become regulars at Paradise Cove Cafe in Malibu. They became friends in June when they ran into each other at a New York City nightclub.

--L. Lo *hearts* Donna Karan.

--Nicole Richie is cleaning out her closet by axing her personal stylist (and close confidante) of more than two years, Rachel Zoe. The reason? The size-0 Richie, 25, “wanted to surround herself with positive people and influences,” an insider says. Apparently that didn’t include the controversial fashionista, 35, who has long been accused of promoting unhealthy body images (her roster of stick-thin clients includes Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan, both 20). “Nicole didn’t trust Rachel anymore,” a Richie pal says of the firing. “Zoe didn’t take the news well.”

--Idina Menzel, you'd better watch your man. Taye Diggs, who married his "Rent" co-star in 2003, was spotted "cheek to cheek" with Ashlee Simpson at G Spa last week. They took tequila shots and were intimately whispering and intertwining arms for a half hour. A rep for Simpson says she and Diggs are "just friends."

--Brit and K-Fed say there is no sex tape. (I'm not buying it. As Iceman said regarding this issue, "I bet she paid him off." Exactly. Thanks for the tip, Iceman).

--To paraphrase Paris Hilton: that’s not hot. The partying heiress was performing in Las Vegas, when she “puked” on stage, according to crooner Joshua Radin. Radin was visiting Vegas with the cast of “Scrubs” and went to a nightclub to hear Jay-Z perform. “Paris Hilton …was sitting next to me the whole night. Seriously, next to me, like our legs were touching for a good 5 hours,” Radin wrote on his MySpace site. “Now don’t get the wrong idea. She never once said hello, nor even looked in my direction. Five hours. And it was unreal to watch. She must have pulled a compact out of her bag every 6 minutes to stare at herself and pose while Jay-Z was performing 18 inches from us.” When Jay-Z left the stage, according to Radin, it was Hilton’s moment. “Paris, who had been swilling straight vodka from [a] Grey Goose bottle for hours, gets up on stage, has the people in charge throw her ‘record’ on the house stereo for her to lip sync two of her songs,” writes Radin. “She gets up on the stage, pukes, leaves. . . I find the music business charming.”


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November 20, 2006 

Cruiseazy Weds!

--It's official: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are now husband and wife.

--How much weight do consent forms really carry? Borat may find out...

--David Blaine will spend two days in a spinning gyroscope before attempting to escape from shackles in his latest public stunt. The illusionist revealed his new plans for the New York stunt, which begins later this month, at a press conference on Friday. The 33-year-old will be locked spread eagle into a gyroscope before being dangled 50 feet above Times Square in New York. Blaine will be spun up to eight times every minute for two days, after which he will begin his attempt to escape. Adding more difficulty to the stunt, the 'open' gyroscope will leave Blaine exposed to the harsh New York winter. He says, "Just to make it more difficult on myself, I added a motor (to the gyroscope), so even when I'm sleeping there'll be continuous movement... I think I'm going to have to stay awake the whole time. This one's exciting for me. This one's a fun one." The charity stunt will benefit The Salvation Army.

--Because couch-jumping isn't enough, the TomKat wedding ended with a neverending kiss that caused some attendees to shout, "Stop!"

--Actress Ellen Barkin made her feelings for ex-husband Ron Perelman clear last week when she drenched the billionaire with a glass of chilled water in a restaurant. The pair, who haven't met since their split in January, were both dining at the same New York restaurant when Perelman approached Barkin's table. Sources tell the actress believed her ex was leaning in for a kiss when she threw the full glass over him, but Perelman maintains he was merely passing her table en route to the bathroom. His spokeswoman says, "It is pitiful that Ms. Barkin has fabricated a reason to justify an unprovoked assault on him." Last month, Barkin auctioned all the jewelry her former husband gave her during their six-year marriage for $20.3 million.

--Pete Doherty was arrested for crack cocaine possession. (Is this guy ever going to get jail time?)

--Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes spent $2.5 million on their Italian wedding circus, but the official ceremony took place right in the U.S. of A. TomKat's rep confirms that the couple actually tied the knot earlier last week in L.A.

--Don't expect stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe to be invited back to a Tom Ford party. The former Gucci guru held an exclusive dinner Thursday night in L.A. at Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant Cut at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for his new fragrance "Black Orchid," where a who's who of Hollywood showed up. As the guests - including David Geffen, Darren Star, John Goldwyn, Jeff Klein, John Demsey, Adrien Brody and Anjelica Huston - took their places, Ford was said to be noticeably irked when he saw Zoe's chair empty. "It was rude. She came for drinks and left, even though it was a small, seated dinner. She went to another party, then came back for dessert to make it look like she had been there all along," said one spy. "It's just not done. So tacky." Perhaps she was just trying to get away from the perfume - which Ford told the Estée Lauder folks he wanted to "smell like a man's crotch."

--During his vows, Tom Cruise may have promised to provide Katie Holmes with "a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat." The couple are expected to choose from five versions of the Scientology wedding ceremony, ranging from the Traditional to the Double Ring. Each includes traditional vows and lasts between 20 minutes to one hour. In the old-fashioned language that marks the Traditional version, the groom is reminded that "girls" need "clothes and food and tender happiness and frills, a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat" -- and is asked to provide them all. The bride, in turn, is told that "young men are free and may forget" their promises. In the Double Ring ceremony, the ring is a symbol of permanency and reaffirms the Scientology principles of affinity, reality and communication.

--Some of the guests' outfits at the TomKat affair:

(Brooke looks fantastic, Marc Anthony looks dirty, and I don't know which is worse, Posh's hat, or what she's doing to her poor boobs in that dress!)

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November 13, 2006 

Who Needs Luke and Laura When We Have Brit and K-Fed?

--Spidey's a dad!

--Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson has reportedly suffered a miscarriage shortly after falling pregnant with new husband Kid Rock's baby. The 39-year-old was treated by a doctor in Vancouver, Canada, last week after suffering complications and lost her unborn child, according to Us Weekly. Anderson's spokesperson Tracy Nguyen asks that, "Pamela's privacy be respected at this time." Anderson is filming new movie Blonde and Blonder in the Canadian city with Denise Richards.

--Actor Jack Palance, who won an Oscar with his comedic self-parody in 1991's "City Slickers," died Friday. He was 87, said spokesman Dick Guttman, and died of natural causes in his home in Montecito, California, surrounded by his family.

--There's always been veritas in vino. Now there's vino in chocolate. Spices such as chili pepper and cardamom have been showing up in chocolate for a while, and many chocolatiers have also been flavoring their concoctions with teas like Earl Grey. This year, one of the up-and-coming trends is chocolate infused with wine. Among the confections spotted at the industry's annual Chocolate Show in New York City over the weekend were truffles and ganaches spiked with everything from Chardonnay to Shiraz. (Wow. That could be trouble...two of my favorite things put together...)

--It's been an eventful 25 years for Laura Spencer since marrying Luke in a fairy-tale wedding seen on television by 30 million people. She died, and was brought back to life. She killed her stepfather. She gave birth to a son by an adulterous affair, and now Nikolas is a single dad after the baby's mother died of a virus. Her other son, Lucky, is addicted to painkillers. Her daughter, Lulu, recently aborted a child after being impregnated by a stepbrother. Oh, and Spencer spent the last four years in a catatonic state - waking up just in time to marry Luke again this Thursday on "General Hospital," 25 years to the day after their first wedding.

--Jude Law and Sienna Miller have finally split for good, a source close to the pair said. "It's a mutual decision," a pal of the actor says of ending the roller-coaster romance. "They have definitely come to the end of the road. They tried to make it work but it failed." (Riiiigggghhhhttt....)

--Dennis Rodman had 1,600 assists during his NBA career, but the one he made recently might be his best. Following a night of partying at Area nightclub in Hollywood, Rodman stopped a man who seemed like he'd been partying a little too hard. After a brief conversation, Rodman put his size 14 foot down. "Hand me your keys ... I'm Dennis Rodman!" The seemingly inebriated man replied, "I know who you are ... I love you man." Rodman took the man's key and victoriously yelled, "It's all love baby!"

--Guns N' Roses canceled a performance in Portland, Maine this week after being told by state officials that the band could not drink on stage. Inspectors from the state fire marshal's office gave the band the no-drinking order when they came to look over the pyrotechnics planned for Monday's scheduled concert at the Cumberland County Civic Center, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Public Safety Department.

--Oprah and Hermes have kissed and made up.

--Britney Spears is facing a mega divorce payout because she did it again and again and again...on a honeymoon sex video. Dumped husband Kevin Federline has been touting the four-hour tape for sale. A film company wants to make it available online to fans around the world. One close pal said: "This vid is dynamite and Kev knows it." "They did nothing all day but have sex—and play the odd game of chess." Britney, 24, fears the raunchy footage will destroy her wholesome image unless she caves in to his demands for a £16million payoff and custody of their children Sean Preston, one, and Jayden James, eight weeks. Further, Britney slapped divorce papers on Federline—who had already been linked with hookers—after she caught him in a bedroom with another woman. (If you make a tape of that sort of thing, you deserve exactly what happens to you...)

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November 10, 2006 

I Wnt 2 Dvrce U

--Reese Witherspoon has officially filed for divorce from estranged husband Ryan Phillippe. Sources obtained Witherspoon's divorce petition, in which the actress is asking the court for joint legal custody of the couple's two children. Reese is asking for primary physical custody. Witherspoon is asking the judge to block any attempt on Phillippe's part to get spousal support. Reese is asking the judge to allow her "exclusive use of the family residence." The couple does not have a prenup, which means earnings during the marriage will be divided 50/50.

--Rapper Eminem is set to return to the big screen after signing a movie deal with Hollywood talent agency International Creative Management. The 8 Mile star recently turned down an offer of $8 million to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson in director Doug Liman's upcoming film Jumper. He had previously pledged to stay away from Hollywood, but has apparently had a change of heart and has agreed to play a role in the remake of the 1950s TV Western Have Gun Will Travel. In the new version, the Stan singer will reportedly play professional gunslinger Palladin, who was portrayed by Richard Boone in the original TV series. ICM will also represent Interscope/Shady/Aftermath films, the Paramount Pictures-based production company Eminem runs with Stuart Parr and David Schiff. Paramount is developing the new film along with the rapper, who is reportedly also recording the music for the movie, which will be shot in his home town of Detroit, Michigan.

--When her only child Daisy was born 15 years ago, actress Joely Richardson was torn between going back to work and being a mother. She chose work and made her way the top of her game as a highly-paid star of one of American's most popular television dramas, Nip/Tuck. However, Richardson has now stunned producers of the show by telling them she is quitting to return to the UK to care for her daughter. She has revealed for the first time that Daisy has a rare medical condition which she was diagnosed with shortly after her first birthday.

--TV newsman Ed Bradley, who spent 26 seasons on the CBS newsmagazine program 60 Minutes, has died from complications of leukemia, network anchorwoman Katie Couric announced on the air Thursday. He was 65.

--Looks like Lanillo is still going strong:

--The 46-year-old member of the Baldwin acting clan has been arrested in Santa Monica, California, on charges of stealing an S-U-V. Daniel Baldwin was stopped yesterday by officers who spotted him driving a white Yukon reported stolen in neighboring Orange County. They booked him for investigation of grand theft auto, with bond set at 20-thousand dollars.

-- Australian actress Abbie Cornish was a no-show at the New York premiere of her new film Candy, after she was linked to the break-up of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. A Good Year star Cornish, 24, has venomously denied rumors she had an affair with the Crash heart-throb, 32, on the set of Stop Loss in Texas earlier this year. At the screening at the city's TriBeCa Grand on Tuesday, Cornish failed to join co-stars Heath Ledger and Claire Danes and director Ron Howard.

--And in the coninuing K-Fed/Brit-Brit saga...

K-Fed was dumped by text message? K-Fed now wants full custody? Oh, and no shocker here: he wants spousal support! And, K-Fed performed at Chicago’s House of Blues the other night for the low-low price of Free. When he wasn’t revelling in his newly single status or asking ladies if they want to “dance with a pimp."

And, while dropping K-Fed like a bad habit will help Brit in terms of cleaning up her image, could someone get her a new stylist please?

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November 08, 2006 

We All Saw It Coming...

She finally became K-Fed up...

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November 07, 2006 

I Keep Thinking That Mario Lopez Couldn't Stoop Any Lower...And Then He Does

--Hilary Duff's alleged 18-year-old stalker has been arrested and sources say that the bust occurred after the man threatened to kill Duff this weekend. Manhattan Beach cops arrested Maksim Miakovsky, an 18-year-old Russian emigre, at a Residence Inn last Friday. He was booked on charges of making criminal threats and stalking., is a cool database of movie stars and the roles they turned down. (This provided hours of enjoyment for me. Ben Affleck auditioned for a role in License To Drive that eventually went to Corey Haim. Scott Baio turned down the role of Maverick in Top Gun. Meat Loaf was the second choice for John Belushi’s legendary Bluto role in Animal House.)

--Actor Scott Foley is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, actress Marika Dominczyk, his rep confirmed. Foley, 34, who recently popped the question with a 4-carat Neil Lane sparkler, met Dominczyk, 26, through family in 2003, and the couple have been together ever since.

--Producers of the new ‘Dirty Dancing’ movie have finally found the man whom they think will be perfect for Patrick Swayze’s role. According to inside reports, TV actor Mario Lopez managed to impress the film’s producers with his cha-cha moves as a contestant on TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

-- Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, who made headlines for her vast shoe collection, is embarking on a new project — a fashion line. The 77-year-old widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos told reporters Monday that she planned to launch "The Imelda Collection" of fashion jewelry and accessories on Nov. 18.

--If you missed Kirstie Alley strutting her stuff (after losing 75 pounds) in a bikini on Oprah yesterday, click here to take a look. (I've got to give her credit. That was gutsy.)

--At a party last week at Stone Rose celebrating former Bond Girls and sponsored by Delta Airlines, Grace Jones, best known for her disco hit "Pull Up to the Bumper," showed up in an oversize jumper and huge bug-eyed sunglasses. According to witnesses, she "proceeded to growl, lick and claw her way down the press line."

--"(It's) not for the money. I have enough money." --Kevin Federline, on why he makes music.

--Police have charged a construction worker with the murder of actress Adrienne Shelly, who was found hanging from a shower rod in her New York apartment last week, the Associated Press reports. Diego Pillco was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder, according to New York Police Detective Kevin Czartoryski. It was reported earlier that Shelly had committed suicide, however no note was found at the place of her death, and sneaker prints that did not match her shoes were found in the apartment's bathtub. Shelly, who appeared in The Unbelievable Truth, was renovating her Greenwich Village apartment, and Pillco, who was one of the workers, was one of the last people seen going into her apartment, according to police. Shelly, 40, was born Adrienne Levine in Queens and raised on Long Island. She and her husband, Andy Ostroy, had a 3-year-old daughter named Sophie, her agent, Rachel Sheedy, told the AP. She had worked steadily acting in film, theater and television, but later turned to writing and directing and made her feature-film directorial debut with 1997's Sudden Manhattan. She recently wrote and directed a film called Waitress, starring Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and Jeremy Sisto. (I don't know if any of you have been following this as much as I have. I think she's amazingly talented (check out her movies if you haven't), and I just wasn't buying the suicide theory based on the evidence they were reporting. Glad they have a suspect.)

--Taking after her sister Paris, Nicky Hilton is going after an Olsen twin ex. While Paris bagged Stavros Niarchos, a former flame of Mary-Kate, Nicky - who dumped Kevin Connolly last month for cheating on her with a college girl - has quietly been dating Ashley Olsen's ex, David Katzenberg, son of DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. An L.A. spy said, "They have gone to dinner but have not hit the clubs together. They are trying to keep it quiet for a little bit and keep it on the sly."

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November 06, 2006 

Tonight on the Food Network: How to Make "Meatlovers" Pizzas and Divorce Cakes

--Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd has been stripped of her title after reportedly saying in a magazine interview that she was dating one of the beauty contest judges when she won. Advance publicity for a Playboy magazine spread on Lloyd also upset the pageant. “Following recent claims in the press and magazines and the publicity given on the Playboy Web site for their next issue, we have sadly decided to strip Danielle Lloyd of her title as ‘Miss Great Britain 2006’ effective immediately,” the contest said in a statement on its Web site Thursday. “We are very sad that this action has been necessary and we wish her the best for the future.”

--Supermodel Kate Moss was named Model Of The Year at the British Fashion Awards in London Thursday night - just a year after her alleged cocaine scandal. At the star-studded ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the awards panel praised Moss as "a fashion icon and without doubt one of the most prolific models in the industry. She has now been modeling for over 15 years and remains at the top of her game." Other winners on the night included Vivienne Westwood for Red Carpet Designer and Giles Deacon for Designer Of The Year. (I've never understood why people think she's such a great model...but I have to give her credit for her amazing comeback).

--Chris Rock has begun divorce proceedings against his wife of nearly 10 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. The comedian has hired a high-powered divorce attorney to represent him. The couple, married in November of 1996, has two daughters -- 4 year-old Lola and 2 year-old Zahra. Malaak is the Founder and Executive Director of StyleWORKS; a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.

--Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs' is giving up his extravagant jewelry collection because he's too famous to need to show off. He arrived at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Copenhagen on Thursday wearing a three-piece suit and just one diamond earring. He says, "I've gone beyond bling. I've got nothing to prove with jewelry. "I am a level all on my own now." (Zzzzz...)

--Dominique Moceanu, who won a gold medal at the 1996 summer Olympics as part of the U.S. women's gymnastics team dubbed the Magnificent Seven, wed longtime beau Michael Canales in her hometown of Houston on Saturday afternoon. Three of her Olympic teammates – Amanda Borden, Dominique Dawes and Kerri Strug, a bridesmaid – were among the 175 wedding guests, along with Olympic greats Paul and Morgan Hamm, Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci.

--Tom Ford lets it all hang out - and wants everybody to know it. "I always go commando; I never wear underwear. Want to see? I'll prove it to you," the cheeky designer said at Donatella Versace's gala for Linda Wells' book, "Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor," at the Gramercy Park Hotel. "I'm famous for not wearing underwear. My mother keeps saying, 'Please stop telling people you don't wear underwear.' " Picking up on the subject, Zac Posen added: "When I work late at night in a sarong, there is no reason to wear underwear." (A sarong?)

--Hell Pizza has outraged family groups and morals campaigners by delivering innuendo-laden condom packets to letterboxes. The controversial fast-food chain is promoting its meat-lovers' pizza – named "Lust" – with a mail drop of 170,000 branded condoms.

--Paris Hilton's latest biographer, who spent more than a year studying the world's most famous "celebutante," says he just feels sorry for her. Hilton, whose great-grandfather, Conrad, started the global Hilton Hotel empire, was catapulted to international fame in 2003 when a home video of her having sex with a former boyfriend was plastered all over the Internet. Coupled with a popular reality television show called The Simple Life, Hilton used the publicity to build a multimillion-dollar celebrity juggernaut. The wannabe star's outrageous behaviour and skimpy clothing scored her headlines and magazine covers around the world. Biographer Jerry Oppenheimer, author of House of Hilton - From Conrad to Paris: A Drama of Wealth, Power, and Privilege, said Hilton, 25, has made herself into the IT girl of this decade, attracting scores of copycat fans. (You knew a bio would be coming at some point...)

--Shanna Moakler made the best of her split from Travis Barker on Friday with a divorce party at the Las Vegas nightclub Light at the Bellagio. "I've been to past friends' divorce parties so I'm not the first person (to have one)," she said "I'm not groundbreaking or anything. I'm really doing it for myself to have closure and celebrate being single again and start a new chapter in my life." The former Meet The Barkers star and Dancing with the Stars contestant hung out with a group of girlfriends all night, moving to various tables all around the club to get different perspectives. Finally settling on a corner booth, Moakler joined an existing party's table to hang for the night. Wearing a short black dress, she was clearly having a good time as she drank vodka and did shots with her newfound friends. The highlight of the evening came at dinner, when the Ballagio's Fix restaurant brought out a "divorce cake" for Moakler. The three-tiered cake featured a miniature knife-wielding blonde in a wedding dress on top, with a trail blood leading to a tiny groom sprawled at the bottom. (It's interesting how divorces are becoming the new thing to celebrate. I've seen a rise in "Congratulations on your divorce" cards in stores. Next thing you know, we'll be seeing "Glad you got that herpes taken care of" greetings.)

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November 03, 2006 

Donna Martin Graduates!

--Before The O.C. and Laguna Beach, the younger generation satisfied its taste for televised teen drama with Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. Now both shows are arriving in DVD packages. Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season packs 22 episodes into a six-disc set that includes behind-the-scenes footage and commentary by series creator Darren Star. Melrose Place: The Complete First Season is an eight-disc set containing 32 episodes and featurettes on each of the residents of trendy Melrose Place. (Oh yeah...I'm excited. Where's Brandon Walsh when you need him?)

--Tom Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner have been put in charge of United Artists, a film studio that was formed nearly 90 years ago by Hollywood actors including Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. Wagner will serve as chief executive of the company, which is owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Cruise will appear in UA films, but also be allowed to star in films from rival studios, MGM announced Thursday.

--Julio Iglesias and his longtime girlfriend Miranda Rijnsburger are expecting a baby together, the singer's rep has confirmed. This will be the couple's fifth child together and the eighth for the legendary Latin crooner. Iglesias, 63, and Rijnsburger, 41, who is an ex-model, have 5-year-old twin daughters Victoria and Cristina, and two sons, Miguel Alejandro, 9, and Rodrigo, 7. Iglesias also has three adult children from his marriage to Isabel Preysler, which was annulled in 1978.

--Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, shooting for the film A Mighty Heart based on the life of slain Journalist Daniel Pearl at Pune have been provided with Y category security due to threat to their lives from the al-Qaeda, Intelligence Bureau sources said in New Delhi on Thursday.

--When "Saturday Night Live" performer Maya Rudolph and her family moved into their new apartment, nobody warned, "Don't let the bedbugs bite." A $450,000 lawsuit says that immediately after Rudolph, movie director Paul Anderson and their baby moved into the third-floor condominium loft apartment they were renting in SoHo last month, something began chewing on them at night. "The plaintiffs were bitten over portions of their bodies by bedbugs," the court papers say. "Apparently unbeknown to plaintiffs, the premises were infested with bedbugs." (God...guess that can be an issue no matter how much you spend on a pad! Gross!)

--Rap star Kanye West was named Best Hip Hop artist but still came off as a sore loser at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Kanye apparently was so disappointed at not winning for Best Video that he crashed the stage Thursday in Copenhagen when the award was being presented to Justice and Simian for "We Are Your Friends."In a tirade riddled with expletives, Kanye said he should have won the prize for his video "Touch The Sky," because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons." "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility," Kanye said. (He's so obnoxious. No excuse for acting like a baby. He's good, but he's not that good.)

--The "Sober Chip" worn by Lindsay Lohan as she was trailed by paparazzi yesterday didn't represent her own sobriety. "It was a tribute to a friend who's been sober 90 days," said Lohan's rep. The friend, who turned to Alcoholics Anonymous for help getting off the sauce, is the one who gave Lohan a red poker chip that reads, "90 Days." An AA rep told Page Six that some other organizations supply chips but that "there's no such thing as an AA chip."

--"All the girls I've loved before, I'll f*** 'em all. Every bitch that's f***ed me, like this one, I'm gonna give it f***'n hell brotha."--Dennis Rodman. Click here to watch his tirade for yourself.

--"The Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns" cleverly re-creates the stars' most embarrassing scandals in 3-D - but don't expect to see it on "Today" or "Good Morning America." The tome, in stores next week, was deemed too racy for depictions of Paris Hilton making her porn video, Hugh Grant getting serviced by hooker Divine Brown, and Janet Jackson baring her boob. A flack for publisher Melcher added that "Access Hollywood" axed a piece on the book "to preserve its relationship with Tom Cruise and Michael Jackson," who are shown couch jumping and baby dangling, respectively.

--Either Britney Spears enjoys a good costume party, or she just didn't want to be seen with K-Fed after his Halloween performance. Though Spears was nowhere to be seen when her husband took the stage last night at the West Hollywood Carnival, Brit was spotted rocking out by herself at an AOL Music party celebrating Federline's album release later that evening.

--A publicist for actor Neil Patrick Harris has issued a statement following a report on that Harris had helped his "longtime sweetheart" David Burtka land a role on the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Here's the item that sent publicist pens aflutter: "Nepotism is alive and well in Hollywood. Former Doogie Howser star Neil Patrick Harris, 33, recently got his longtime sweetheart David Burtka, 31, a guest role on his series How I Met Your Mother . Burtka is an experienced theatre actor (he played opposite Bernadette Peters in Gypsy on Broadway and starred in the touring company of Beauty and the Beast) but also had small parts on episodes of The West Wing and Crossing Jordan." The publicist reportedly claims of Harris: "He's not of that persuasion."

--How cute is Harry Letterman? He turns 3 today. (I totally understand his facial expression. That's how I felt walking by the Ed Sullivan theater last weekend trying to make my way through the swarms of people taking picture after picture.)

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November 01, 2006 

Cornippe and Tophka?

--Barbra Streisand had a drink lobbed at her Monday after a mid-concert skit poking fun at President Bush. (I'm sure it slipped...heh heh.)

--The Rolling Stones have disappointed fans after canceling their second gig in five days - despite performing for former US President Bill Clinton's birthday on Sunday. The rock veterans postponed their Atlantic City, New Jersey concert on Friday after frontman Sir Mick Jagger was struck down with a sore throat. Jagger recovered in time to perform at Clinton's 60th birthday celebration at New York City's Beacon Theater on Sunday. However, it seemed Jagger was too ill again to sing at the band's second gig at the Beacon Theater last night. The Stones hope to play the Beacon Theater again today. This is the second time Jagger's throat has affected the tour - in August the band cancelled two dates in Spain after the singer contracted laryngitis. (Iceman and I walked by the Beacon this weekend when I was in NYC and saw all the Stones' equipment, roadies, etc. outside gettnig ready. Maybe Iceman will get a chance to spot them outside of the theater tonight.)

--Courtney Love is hitting various cities promoting her tell-all memoir, "Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love."

--Posh Spice says she would love to be called Lady Victoria. She told Jo Whiley on Radio 1 on Monday : “Can you imagine? Oh, I’d love that, that would be quite fabulous!” Victoria, 32, said she hoped reports that former England captain David Beckham would be knighted for services to football were true. “It’s just so camp it’s wonderful isn’t it, Lady Victoria. Something like that goes in the paper and you think… that would be quite amazing."

--The Price Is Right host Bob Barker is retiring after 50 years on television, he announced Tuesday. "I will be 83 years old on Dec. 12," he told the Associated Press, "and I've decided to retire while I'm still young."

--People love looking at Cindy Margolis. Howver, all those millions of lookers know, is seeing even one picture of this 21st century pinup queen without at least a little something covering her. No longer. Margolis, who has been titillating fans since she was an undergrad at Cal State Northridge with her own line of greeting cards, has posed very au natural for Playboy. The December issue, with her on the cover, hits newsstands Friday. The pages of pictures on the inside leave nothing to the imagination.

--One lady got a bonus in her swag bag after Monday night's N.Y. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children event. Joan Rivers told Page Six a guest walked away with her late mother's antique purse, which she had placed inside her own "goodie bag." After putting the bag down to take photos with Deborah Norville and Rosie O'Donnell, Rivers grabbed the wrong bag - sending someone else home with the clutch along with the normal freebies, perfume and cosmetics. Despite losing an heirloom, Rivers chuckled, "Some lucky lady is going to say, 'Look at this! It's got money, Joan Rivers' lip gloss, a compact - this is some goodie bag!' "

--Ryan Phillippe's cruel intentions to cheat on wife Reese Witherspoon brought an end to their glam Hollywood marriage, Us magazine reports. The "Flags of Our Fathers" star couldn't resist his seven-year itch when he brazenly played around in public with 24-year-old Aussie actress Abbie Cornish. "Ryan admitted it was true and said, 'We need to just end this.' Reese literally had no choice," an anonymous source told Us. Reps for Phillippe, 32, and Oscar winner Witherspoon, 30, announced Monday they're splitting up after seven years of matrimony. Their reps could not be reached for comment last night. Phillippe and Cornish allegedly grew close in Austin, Texas, on and off the set of their indie flick, "Stop Loss." Other sources have pointed to a different castmate. "We're a little bit devastated and heartbroken," mom Susan Phillippe said. The National Enquirer says the final straw came two weeks ago, hours after the New York premiere of "Flags," when Witherspoon found incriminating e-mails on her hubby's BlackBerry. (Man, I was bummed about this. I liked them together. Although, even in the beginning, I always thought she had a lot more going on than he did, but wanted to believe in love and all that crap. Ha. Um, maybe she cleans up nice, but judging by this pic, he made a massive downgrade! Let the game hen jokes begin!) he auditioning for a new Burger King commercial?

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