Friday, March 31, 2006

Pick Their Best Look

A new day, a new hairstyle: See how the stars change up their look.

Nicole Richie trades her chin-length bob for a lengthier look (right, in West Hollywood).


In just a month, Paris Hilton has put her money where her hair is at least four times. But which look was really worth it?



In just eight weeks, Britney Spears has made more trips to her stylist than most women make in a year. Check out her most recent looks, and tell us which one you love the most.


Star Traks

Nicole Richie and Adam Goldstein, who broke up in December, prove love is sweeter the second time around as they cozy up during a Mexican vacation on Monday. "They really are so happy together," a pal told PEOPLE. "It was only a matter of time before they got back together."

As the hometown fans groan, Desperate Housewives costars Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross celebrate the San Antonio Spurs' 96-85 victory over the Lakers at L.A.'s Staples Center. But Longoria has good reason: Her boyfriend is Spurs guard Tony Parker.

Nick Lachey – who was just linked to Vanessa Minnillo while in New York City earlier this week – is already back in L.A., sharing a smile Thursday after lunch.

Gwen Stefani, who is expecting her first child with musician husband Gavin Rossdale this spring, heads out to lunch in her hometown of Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday with her folks, Dennis and Patricia.

Paris Hilton keeps her cool while retrieving her car from an underground Westwood, Calif., parking garage Wednesday.

Showing off her burgeoning belly in a skin-tight black tee, Angelina Jolie accompanies 4-year-old son Maddox to a martial-arts class in Paris on Wednesday.

Same outfits, different season: In Chicago on Thursday, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn reshoot scenes (originally filmed last August) for their movie The Break Up. The two were back at work after celebrating his 36th birthday Tuesday with about 20 pals at an Italian eatery.

Britney Spears carries 6-month-old Sean Preston after taking a Mommy & Me class at Malibu's Ballet by the Sea dance studio on Wednesday.

Keira Knightley and her lookalike playwright mom Sharman MacDonald take on the roles of tourists Thursday in Rome, where the Oscar nominee will shoot her next film, Silk.

Julia Roberts gets a round of applause with her costars Wednesday after a preview performance of her Broadway debut, Three Days of Rain. The show's entire limited run, which opens April 19, is nearly sold out.

Heather Locklear – who's divorcing Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora – takes a quiet moment with their 8-year-old daughter Ava during a mother-daughter trip to California's Disneyland on Tuesday.

Ellen DeGeneres, who's in the Sunshine State taping her talk show, takes a ride on the wild side Wednesday at the "Caro-Seuss-el" at the Universal Orlando Resort.


Naomi Campbell Charged with Assault

LePaparazzi News Updates

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was arraigned Thursday evening on second-degree assault charges for allegedly hitting her housekeeper with a phone.

At Manhattan criminal court, prosecutors charged that Campbell, 35, was preparing for an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show when she accused her housekeeper of taking a pair of jeans. Campbell then allegedly threw a cell phone at the woman's head, causing lacerations that required four stitches.

Campbell pleaded not guilty, and the housekeeper was granted an order of protection against the model. Judge Richard Weinberg denied a request that Campbell be forced to surrender her passport, since she is set to fly to South Africa tomorrow to appear at a benefit as a guest of Nelson Mandela.

Judge Weinberg also denied prosecutors' request for bail and released Campbell on her own recognizance. She will face a grand jury hearing on June 27.

Earlier on Thursday, the victim, identified only as a 41-year-old woman, named Campbell as her attacker when she spoke to police, who said the alleged incident occurred in Campbell's Park Avenue apartment around 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Campbell was taken into custody shortly after police responded to Lenox Hill Hospital to investigate what was described as an altercation, according to authorities.

She was charged after questioning at the Midtown North Precinct. Her lawyer, David Breitbart, told reporters, "When I left her at the station she was great, in a great frame of mind and thrilled at the way the NYPD had treated her."

In a statement, Campbell spokesman J.R. Johnson said, "We believe this is a case of retaliation, because Naomi had fired her housekeeper earlier this morning. We are confident the courts will see it the same way." Upon entering a New York City courthouse for her arraignment Thursday evening, Campbell told reporters, "I'm fine.

The police have been very nice. It wouldn't be the first time I've been extorted." The London-born Campbell was sued in 2003 by a former assistant who alleged that the supermodel had thrown a phone at her during a tantrum in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2001.

The aide also claimed Campbell grabbed her by the arms and threw her down on a couch. In another incident, in February 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to an assault charge for beating an assistant during the making of a 1998 movie.


Russell, Kimora Lee Simmons Split

Kimora and Russell Simmons

Rap mogul Russell Simmons and his wife Kimora Lee Simmons are splitting, a rep for Kimora confirms to PEOPLE.

An announcement is expected later today. A spokesperson for Russell had no comment. Russell, 48, and Kimora, 30, married in 1998 and have two daughters: Ming Lee Simmons, 6, and Aoki Lee Simmons, 3.

Both girls model for Baby Phat Clothing, Kimora's offshoot of her husband's Phat Farm clothing line. The former Kimora Lee, whose father is African-American and mother is Japanese-American, was a model, for Chanel and others, when she began dating Simmons, a cofounder of Def Jam Records.

The pair met in November 1992 during New York City's Fashion Week. She was 17 and about to finish high school; he was 35 and a self-admitted ladies man. "I was skeptical," model Tyra Banks told PEOPLE in 2002 of her initial reaction to the relationship. But, she said: "She turned the man about town into a loving husband and papa."

The couple were married by Simmons's brother, Pentecostal minister and rapper Joey "Reverend Run" Simmons of Run DMC, on the Caribbean island of St. Bart's on Dec. 20, 1998.


Britney Goes for Laughs on Will & Grace

Britney Spears

Britney Spears made her much-publicized appearance on Will & Grace Thursday night, spouting dialogue that may surprise her fans.

In the storyline, Out TV, the network on which series regular Sean Hayes, as Jack McFarland, hosts his talk show Jack Talk, has been bought by a right-wing conglomerate and some changes are to be made, including Jack's being given a cohost, "to widen the audience."

Enter Britney, all smiles and blonde hair in a flaming red dress. "Hi," she announces in an exaggerated Southern drawl, "I'm Amber Louise, from the great state of Alabama."

Amber ambushes Jack Talk, unfurling the Stars 'n' Stripes in front of the Rainbow Flag on the show's set. Once Jack balks that he will not compromise his principles, Amber corners and advises him.

"Jack, you're making a huge mistake," she says. "If you want to get to the top, you got to compromise, like me." When Jack asks what she's compromised, Amber responds: "Okay, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. I'm not who you think I am.

My real name is Peg, and I'm a hardcore lesbian." Wait, there's more. Amber rattles off all the things she's into, including "leather play." She adds, “Whatever you got, I'll eat it, snort it or ride it, baby." As Jack gasps, Amber continues, "Look, go along with this, and it'll work for you. Look at me: I clear $165 a week, I moved out of my storage unit and I'm on TV.

I'm the freakin' dream!" But Jack doesn't buy into the dream. At the fade-out, Amber occupies Jack's desk as he clutches it to pull Amber toward the door – as Will (Eric McCormack) yanks Jack off the premises. Ahead for the real-life Britney: next month, her third fragrance, In Control, goes on sale, while in November she is scheduled to release a new album.


Matt LeBlanc, Wife Melissa Seek Divorce

Melissa and Matt LeBlanc

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc, 38, and his wife, Melissa, 41, are divorcing, the couple announced Thursday. "Melissa and Matt LeBlanc have decided to end their marriage of three years," the actor's rep, Joe Libonati, said in a statement. "The dissolution is amicable. They remain devoted parents and friends.

For the sake of their family, they ask that their privacy be respected at this time." According to legal documents filed by LeBlanc, the actor is seeking “dissolution of marriage” based on “irreconcilable differences.” He lists the couple's date of separation at Jan. 1, 2006, and requests joint legal custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Marina.

Melissa, a former model, has two other children from a previous marriage. The pair were originally introduced in 1997 by actor Lou Diamond Phillips and his wife, Kelly. After a five-year engagement, Matt and Melissa were married on May 3, 2003, in Hawaii in front of 75 guests that included former costars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

At the time of their marriage, a friend of the couple's told PEOPLE that they seemed perfectly suited. "They're really sweet together," said the friend. "He loves her and she loves him. It's very real."


Thursday, March 30, 2006

Brangelina's Big Bust-Up!

LePaparazzi News Updates

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Producer

The well-dressed diners at L'Avenue, the chic restaurant on Paris' fashionable Avenue Montaigne, must have done a double-take on March 19 when a scruffy-looking man in frayed jeans and a worn baseball capwas ushered to an upstairs table. More shocking still, the unshaven, disheveled diner was Brad Pitt!

Looking tired and drawn, the actor joined a group of guysfor steak, french fries and red wine.

"I've never seen Brad looking so bad," says a waitress. "Some Americans at the next table were joking that he should be called 'Scrag' Pitt!"No wonder! Sources tell Star that Brad has plenty of reason to look haggard. With girlfriend Angelina Jolie's May 18 due date fast approaching, the two have been arguing over a wide menu of issues.

In fact, on March 20, the day after his visit to L'Avenue, the couple had a quarrel that ended with Angelina taking Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 14 months, and storming out of their rented Paris apartment for four hours.

And it's not the first time a squabble between them has left Brad sitting alone, wondering what he could have said or done differently."Brad said they argued about getting married," a source tells Star. "He said she refused point-blank to set a date, and told him that if he kept pushing her it would be over forever. Then she left with the kids.

When she returned that night, she refused to discuss it. She just told him, 'Forget about it, OK!' But Brad worries — and the more worried he gets, the angrier Angelina gets. He said she's so passionate, she explodes and then disappears until she calms down — and they can never discuss things rationally or calmly."


Jen Gets The Last Laugh!

Jennifer Aniston

Revenge is sweet for a woman scorned. When Jennifer Aniston, 37, heard that ex-hubby Brad Pitt, 42, had recently caught hell from Angelina Jolie, 30, for smoking in their Paris apartment — yet another of their frequent recent arguments, say sources — she could barely contain her amusement, according to a friend.

"Jen's too cool to say out loud that it serves that idiot right," the source tells Star, "but her smirk said it all."

Another source close to Aniston was more explicit. "Jen feels like Brad is getting exactly what he deserves. He ditched his marriage and moved on to a fling with Angelina. Not surprisingly, Jen's attitude is 'You made your bed, now lie in it.'"

For months, mutual friends (who've stayed in touch with Brad) have been telling Jen about trouble in Brangelina-land. Her reaction? "'I told you so,'" says an Aniston chum. "Jen predicted long ago that this relationship wouldn't last."


Lisa Tucker Gets the Boot on Idol

Lisa Tucker

And now there are nine. Lisa Tucker, 16, was shown the door on American Idol Wednesday night, as voters apparently concurred with the judges that the Anaheim, Calif., teen should have left her Tuesday night ballad "Because of You" to its hitmaker, 2002 Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.

Judge Simon Cowell called Tucker's rendition "painful" and the song "too big" for her voice. "That's okay," Tucker said Wednesday, after show host Ryan Seacrest delivered the painful news. "This has been the experience of a lifetime, and I wouldn't change it for anything."

Tucker had been in the bottom three for two previous weeks. Perhaps the evening's biggest shock was Los Angeles native Katharine McPhee's second-to-last finish. McPhee, 21, has been tagged as a potential winner and the judges had described her Tuesday-night performance as one of the evening's best.

This was McPhee's first time in the bottom three. Coming in with the third-fewest votes was Ace Young, 25, of Denver. The final Idol will be crowned May 24. In other news of the program, judge Paula Abdul has signed on for another three years, FOX announced Wednesday.

The contestants "truly inspire and amaze me each week," Abdul said in a statement. "Of course, I also look forward to putting Simon in his place for years to come."


Paula Is Forever Your Judge

Paula Abdul

Sometimes nice girls finish first.

Fox announced Wednesday that Paula Abdul, the sticky-sweet glue that holds the American Idol judges together, will remain with the show for at least three more years.

Sandwiched between Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, Abdul is known for her infinite supply of upbeat remarks, even if they apply to a contestant's hairdo, dance moves or infectious enthusiasm rather than to his or her voice.

"Paula is an integral member of the American Idol family and we are excited to have her continue as the show's beloved judge," Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori said in a statement. "As someone who rose to the top of the charts as a solo artist, she has unique insights into the contestants' hopes, dreams and fears."


Britney's Lawsuit-a-palooza

Britney Spears

Britney Spears hasn't released a new song for a couple of months, but that's not keeping the pop tart from being in heavy rotation--at least among the legal set.

The songwriters behind Spears' 2005 opus "Do Somethin'" have filed suit against a South Korean pop composer, alleging he ripped them off.

Universal Music Publishing Korea, the company that handles overseas rights to Mrs. Federline's musical gems, says that the team behind "Do Somethin'" (the track is credited to frequent Spears collaborators C. Karlsson, P. Winnberg and H. Jonback, along with A. Hunte) believes the tune was "partially plagiarized" by a single called "Get Ya" from the popular South Korean singer Lee Hyo-lee.

Spears released her ditty in November 2004 as one of the few new tracks to appear on her Greatest Hits: My Prerogative album; it was released as a single in February 2005 and peaked at 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. "Get Ya," the first single off Lee's second album, was released just last month.

The legal action targets "Get Ya" songwriter Kim Do-hyun. Kim reportedly has admitted being influenced by the Britney song, but has denied the allegations that he copied directly from it.
Spears wasn't directly named as a plaintiff in the suit, although it makes frequent reference to her.

Likewise, the "Toxic" singer isn't named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by three former employees, but a trio of her companies are.

Lonnie D. Jones and Randy Jones, identified in the suit as former security guards, and Silas Dukes, described as a "lead specialist" in the court filing, allege they weren't paid for overtime and never received their final paychecks after being fired last November.

They are seeking back wages and unspecified penalties for alleged labor-law violations from the Louisiana-based Britney Brands. The other defendants are Britney Touring and Team Tours.
According to the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the three men claim Spears required them to work a minimum of 12-hour days and take trips with her that demanded they be on call 24 hours a day, often without meal or rest breaks.

There was no comment from the Spears camp Wednesday on either of the Brit-centric legal actions.


Paris, Three 6 Mafia Hit the Studio

Paris Hilton

Three 6 Mafia just made it easier out there for an heiress.

The Oscar-winning rappers said Tuesday that they will produce and record tracks for Paris Hilton's upcoming debut album, which has been in the works practically since Hilton hit the party circuit.

"We ran into her at a William Morris Agency party and she said she liked our song 'Stay Fly' and asked, could we work with her," Jordan "Juicy J" Houston told Memphis' Commercial Appeal newspaper. The other members of the "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"-rappin' trio are Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Cedric Coleman.

After spending time in a Los Angeles recording studio with the group Tuesday, Hilton already plans to record one of their dance tracks.


Is Hatcher Worshiping 'Idol''s Seacrest?

Teri Hatcher

Is "Desperate Housewives" star TERI HATCHER making sweet music with "American Idol" host RYAN SEACREST?

In the new issue of US Weekly, on newsstands Friday, the magazine reports that the two may be romantically involved after the couple was spotted being very affectionate toward one another at a Malibu, CA, restaurant last weekend.

While pictures in the glossy show the couple kissing and an eyewitness says that Hatcher gave Seacrest a neck massage during lunch, "it's not super-serious," a source tells US. "They're not on the road to marriage or anything." In fact, another source claims that Hatcher hasn't even talked about Seacrest with her 8-year-old daughter, EMERSON.
They're taking it slow," says a source.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mischa: I'm a Workaholic!

LePaparazzi News Update

Mischa Barton

She's got a TV show, movie projects and endorsement deals, and finally Mischa Barton admits: "I'm a bit of a workaholic, I've realized."

Indeed. When the O.C. star and Keds spokesmodel – whom we caught up with at L.A.'s Tropicana Bar for the shoemaker's 2006 fall collection party – wraps her FOX show on May 5, she'll head to Toronto just a week later to film the World War II love story Closing the Ring.

She's even spending time helping with research. "I love that period of clothing," she tells us. "We went to vintage shops – it's so cool to find a rare piece of fallen-apart clothing."


Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora Breaks His Arm

Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was treated for a broken left arm after a fall at home in Los Angeles last week, his rep tells PEOPLE. Sambora's arm is in a sling, but he will still perform when Bon Jovi begins the Japanese stadium leg of their "Have A Nice Day" World Tour on April 8 and is expected to be fully recovered by the time the band's European swing begins in May.

No tour dates will be cancelled. Last week the musician, 46, was also in the news over his divorce from Heather Locklear. In Los Angeles Superior Court, Sambora filed papers asking that the prenuptial agreement signed by the couple before they were married in 1994 be "enforced."

In his filing, Sambora seeks joint custody of the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Ava Elizabeth. He also requests that he not be required to pay spousal support. His papers list the couple's separation date – Dec. 26, 2005 – the first time that the day had actually been revealed.


Priscilla Presley: Graceland Not for Sale

Priscilla Presley

Graceland, the Memphis mansion that Elvis Presley called home for 20 years, was designated a National Historic Landmark on Monday, prompting the late King's wife, Priscilla Presley, to squelch rumors that their daughter Lisa Marie would ever dispose of the 14-acre estate.

"Nobody is selling Graceland!" Priscilla Presley tells PEOPLE. "Lisa is the sole heir to Graceland – she owns the house and the grounds.

It will be a place for her and the children to visit forever." Shortly after Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Priscilla appeared at Graceland for a ceremony naming it a National Historic Landmark – along with the White House, Pearl Harbor, the Alamo, Mount Vernon and nearly 2,500 other sites – Presley told PEOPLE: "Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would become a landmark. I'm sure Elvis would be humbled by it. … Graceland was his pride and joy."

Elvis bought the home in 1957 "with $103,000 in proceeds from 'Heartbreak Hotel' and moved his parents in with him to share it," Priscilla said. As for her first encounter with the legendary home, "He told me about Graceland when I was a young girl in Germany.

I was 14, and that was the one place he always talked about. …He talked about me going there, and it didn't disappoint."

Elvis, who died in 1977, still remains on the grounds. "The Meditation Garden is one of my favorite places to visit," said Priscilla, who says that the family no longer stays in the house. "Elvis is buried there and his parents and grandmother. It's a nice way to pay respects."


Aniston: Not in a Race with Brad to Wed

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is laughing off the suggestion that she and ex-husband Brad Pitt are in competition as to who will remarry first.

"That's a pretty funny one, that there's a race," Aniston tells TV's Extra. "That's pretty good." Aniston is dating her Break Up costar Vince Vaughn. Pitt is expecting a child with Angelina Jolie.

As for what the former Friends star is ultimately looking for in a partner, she says: "First loyalty, honesty ... good sense of humor."

While promoting her new movie Friends With Money, which opens in limited engagements April 7, Aniston also spoke to Entertainment Tonight, addressing the reports that she is considering moving out of Los Angeles.

I've thought about it a lot for a long time," she says. "This is not the most pleasurable place all the time ... because of all the bull ... it's exhausting, it's silly." Still she says, "I love my job."

She just doesn't like having to pay the price of a loss of privacy. As she tells Extra: "There's times when you wish there were more of that ... but this is what I've chosen with my life."


Kevin Federline Gives His Album a 'Hot' Name

Kevin Federline and Britney Spears

Kevin Federline has a name for his baby – his first album, that is. Due to be released in August, it will be called Playing With Fire.In a statement released through his publicist on Tuesday, Federline, billed as "performer and rapper," says: "The inspiration and meaning behind the title … is self explanatory, (because) my album is sure to set the dance floors across the world on fire!"

The 28-year-old dancer – who is married to Britney Spears – said in a recent interview with Newsweek that after the all the negative press he has received ("'He hates his children, he treats his wife like dirt, he gets high all day,'" Federline said, paraphrasing his critics), he is poised to receive an even greater backlash over his new role as a rapper.

"Sure, there'll be initial shock and awe," he said. "But they've already said so much s--- about me, it can't get worse." Though critics savaged his single, "PopoZão," Federline received 2 million hits in eight days after releasing it on his Web site.

Federline says that he's proved that there's interest in his songs: "If my album has even half that attention, watch out."


Nick Lachey Linked with Vanessa Minnillo

Seems like just yesterday that Nick Lachey was linked with Laguna Beach's Kristin Cavallari. So why was he getting hot and heavy with sexy young TV host Vanessa Minnillo in New York City on Monday?
The two were in a flimsily curtained-off area at the W Union Square's Underbar. "Nick’s a single guy," is all a Lachey pal will say. A source says Lachey, 32, and Minnillo, 25, were doing an R-rated bump-and-grind. "I saw tongues on skin," says the source. The next night, the pair dined with friends at Fiamma in SoHo then went on to hotel 60 Thompson, where they stayed until nearly 1:30 a.m. when they seen hopping into a cab with several pals. The couple got close when Minnillo recently shot a part in Lachey's upcoming video. Meanwhile, Cavallari can’t even get club love: She’s been rejected by her fave L.A. spots lately as cops crack down on underage revelers.

Destiny's Child Gets Hollywood Walk Star

Members of Destiny's Child, Beyonce Knowles, right, Kelly Rowland, second from left, and Michelle Williams hold plaques after receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

The women of Destiny's Child were back together for a brief moment Tuesday to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beyonce Knowles, the lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning trio, joined former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams at the installation of the walk's 2,035th star.

"We started when we were 9 years old, and here we are getting a Hollywood star," said Knowles, who wore a gray off-the-shoulder suit with heels. "Dreams come true. So thank you all so much for supporting us."

The R&B group disbanded last year to pursue solo careers. Knowles and Rowland, both from Houston, were founding members of the group, which scored instant success with its debut album, "Destiny's Child."

"I want to thank ya'll for coming out here in this rain. We are humbled to be here," Rowland said to the umbrella-covered crowd.

Among the group's biggest hits have been "Say My Name," "Survivor" and "Independent Women (Part I)."


Ex-Personal Assistant Sues Phil Spector

Music producer Phil Spector is shown in Superior Court Monday, May 23, 2005, in Los Angeles.

Record producer Phil Spector, awaiting trial for murder, is being sued for more than $5 million by his former personal assistant, whose claims include sexual harassment.

In September, the creator of rock music's "wall of sound" sued Michelle Blaine, alleging that she siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars from his accounts.

Blaine countersued Friday, saying Spector, 66, authorized all payments to her including the gift of a $700,000 house, sexually harassed her, sometimes appeared naked in front of her and once asked her to find him a prostitute. One time, she said, she declined an invitation to join him and a prostitute in his hotel room.

"We believe there is very, very powerful evidence that Michelle Blaine acted not only appropriately but that she was very, very badly treated by Mr. Spector," Blaine's attorney, Tim Reuben, said Tuesday.

Blaine is seeking millions in punitive damages in addition to about $5.25 million in actual damages, the attorney said.

2003, Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot in the face at the producer's mansion in suburban Alhambra.

Afterward, Blaine claims Spector repeatedly proposed marriage to her as a way to prevent her from testifying against him at his criminal trial.

California law says spouses cannot be forced to testify against each other.
Blaine also says she was sent to music industry parties in Los Angeles and New York to pass out fliers proclaiming Spector did not kill the 40-year-old Clarkson.

Spector's attorney, Bruce Cutler, accused Blaine of trying to cover up theft and embezzlement.
"She stole this money and her final lie is now that it's hush money," Cutler said. "It's all a lie."
Spector's murder trial was recently postponed until September. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.

Clarkson starred in Roger Corman's cult film "Barbarian Queen." She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip when she went home with Spector the night she was killed, police say.


Arquette Family to Receive Film Award

Patricia Arquette, left, and her sister Rosanna

Acting is a family affair for the Arquettes. Now, they're being recognized for it. The Arquette family which includes actors Clifford, Lewis, Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis and David will be honored with the American Film Institute's sixth Platinum Circle Award, said Carole Mitchell, president of AFI Associates, a fundraising branch of the organization.

Family members Courteney Cox Arquette and Thomas Jane will also be recognized as part of the award for creative contributions to film and television.

The award, along with posthumous tributes to Clifford and Lewis Arquette, will be presented during a May 10 luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel.

Past recipients include the Penn family, Fonda family and Walter, Carol and Charles Matthau


Judge Wants Missing Jackson Divorce Papers

Jackson and Ex-wife Debbie Rowe

A judge has ordered lawyers for Michael Jackson and ex-wife Debbie Rowe to submit copies of missing papers from their divorce file.

Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider on Monday ordered Rowe's lawyer, Marta Almli, to submit duplicate copies of Rowe's 2001 motion to terminate her parental rights to her two children with Jackson, and an emergency motion filed more than two years later seeking temporary exclusive custody and visitation rights.

Jackson's lawyers, Michael Abrams and Thomas Hall, were ordered to submit a copy of the pop star's opposition to the emergency motion.

Jackson and Rowe married in November 1996 and filed for divorce in October 1999 after the births of son Prince Michael and a daughter, Paris. Jackson also has a son whose mother hasn't been identified.

A private judge oversaw the divorce case.

"The way this file looks, it's clear to me that documents have come in an untimely fashion," Schnider said.

The missing documents must be submitted within 30 days, he said, and may be filed under seal. A hearing has been set for May 24.

Jackson, 47, and his children moved to the Middle Eastern kingdom of Bahrain soon after a jury acquitted him of child molestation charges last year.

He recently closed the house on his 2,600-acre Neverland ranch estate in Santa Barbara County and has reduced his staff there to a skeleton crew.


Mark Wahlberg, Girlfriend Welcome Baby

Mark Wahlberg, right, and Rhea Durham

Actor-singer Mark Wahlberg and his longtime girlfriend, Rhea Durham, have welcomed their second child, a baby boy, Durham's publicist said Tuesday.
Durham, a model, gave birth in a Los Angeles hospital on March 22, Durham's manager Liz Dagostino said.

"Rhea's very happy," said Dagostino, who did not provide further details.
Wahlberg and Durham also have a 2-year-old daughter.

Wahlberg, 34, co-stars alongside Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon in Martin Scorsese's upcoming film "The Departed."

His other films include "The Italian Job" and "Four Brothers."


Addicted to Plastic Surgery: Has She Quit?

Jenny Lee

You might remember JENNY LEE from a recent episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," in which she confessed to having nearly 30 cosmetic surgeries and procedures, including a brow lift at age 25!

Upon hearing her story, "The Insider" took the 29-year-old Dallas mom to an expert in the field -- board-certified plastic surgeon DR. ROBERT REY -- to try and set her straight!

After talking at great length with the cosmetically enhanced Jenny, who'd already had Botox, cheek implants, three nose jobs, three lip implants, two boob jobs, three breast lifts and liposuction on her arms, hips, thighs, stomach and knees, the doctor diagnosed her with body dysmorphic disorder, a condition in which a person becomes obsessed with defects in their appearance that are often imagined.

Dr. Rey subsequently asked Jenny if she could make him a promise -- not to have plastic surgery for a year (Botox was still allowed). That was last May.

Now, Dr. Rey, along with our VICTORIA RECAÑO, checks in with Jenny to see if she has been able to hold up her end of the bargain thus far.

"You're looking very beautiful, Jenny," says Dr. Rey. "What have you had done since I last saw you?"

"I had Botox one time, last week, and a steroid shot in my nose," insists Jenny, who also reveals that she has been working out at a gym along with her 19-year-old sister, LAUREN.

"I became more health conscious and aware of my body and the weight that I was carrying around and how bad it made me feel," adds Jenny. "And once I started losing the weight, I had more energy and I started feeling better about myself."

Having said that, however, Jenny is counting the days until her agreement with Dr. Rey is met -- so she can have more surgery!

"Well, I've got to have my implants replaced," she says, due to her significant weight loss, "and I'm still considering the body lift."

So, what does Dr. Rey feel about her desire to have more work done? "Personally, I think it's time for you to stop," he tells her. "You are really, really beautiful. I think you should stop having plastic surgery forever. Will you give it up?"

"I don't think I can make that promise. I don't think that's realistic for me, I really don't. I've said that all along," says Jenny. "I'm not going down without a fight. When I'm 50, I don't want to look 50."

To see what's next for Jenny, watch tonight's "Insider."


Heather and Richie: Reunited?

Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora, and daughter Ava

Are superstar couple HEATHER LOCKLEAR and RICHIE SAMBORA reuniting? A new paparazzi video obtained by "The Insider" shows Heather kissing Richie on the cheek and chatting sociably with him at their daughter's softball game this past weekend. Heather even reaches over and gives Richie a few playful pats on the rump!

Just last month the blonde star of "Boston Legal" and "Spin City" filed for divorce from her handsome rocker hubby, after allegedly discovering a racy e-mail sent to him by a female acquaintance.

According to People, Heather found an e-mail sent to Richie by a woman the couple knows containing "provocative pictures." While a close friend of the pair tells the magazine that the woman had long been "a sore subject," Heather, 44, never suspected she and Richie had been "romantic." The e-mail, however, has reportedly left her "absolutely devastated." But, according to the source, Richie is equally upset: "Richie's saying nothing ever happened, that he never asked for the pictures."

Richie was reportedly shellshocked by the filing, which occurred while he was on tour with supergroup BON JOVI. When surprised by the news during an interview with ABC News Radio, he said it was "completely untrue."

Later, however, he filed papers in L.A. Superior Court on March 19 seeking joint custody of the couple's young daughter, AVA ELIZABETH, 8. He also asked the court to enforce their premarital agreement, which was dated Dec. 14, 1994, and sought to terminate the court's ability to award spousal support.

The two have been married for 11 years, and, at Ava's softball game in Sherman Oaks, CA, this past weekend, they seemed to be on the mend. Richie, 46, was also seen wearing a mysterious sling on his left arm.


Jessica Simpson May Want to Adopt Kids

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson has babies on the brain. The 25-year-old singer filed for divorce from Nick Lachey last December but her publicist says Simpson is looking at adoption.

"Nothing has been finalized yet" as to when and how Simpson will adopt, her publicist, Rob Shuter, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. But he added, "It is true that she's exploring options."

Shuter said Simpson and her family have anonymously contributed funds to a smattering of Mexican orphanages for several years now. The singer started visiting the orphanages with a church group at age 11.

"I want to adopt, and I plan to adopt before I have my own kids," the pop star recently told TV's "Extra."

In the interview, Simpson cited a certain high profile mother as an influence.

I think Angelina Jolie has done amazing, amazing things, and the international adoption rate just since her has skyrocketed," she said. "It's unbelievable."

Simpson is best known for starring in the MTV reality show "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" with Lachey, who gained fame as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees.


Paris Hilton Grants a Wish

Paris Hilton and Amber

It's every girl's dream to visit PARIS HILTON's closet, and today the heiress is making one little girl's birthday dreams come true.

"I'm really excited to meet you and I know tomorrow's your birthday," Paris tells 16-year-old AMBER. "I just wanted to show you my house and also give you a surprise!"

Amber is a "Make-A-Wish Foundation®" child who was diagnosed at 14 with thyroid cancer and had to have most of the gland removed. She has been in remission for two years.

The foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and enables them to do extraordinary things like meet their favorite celebrities or take extravagant trips.

When asked what her wish was, Amber didn't hesitate. "I said I wanted to meet Paris Hilton!" she exclaimed.

Naturally, she was thrilled when the socialite invited her and our CHERYL WOODCOCK into her Los Angeles home and showed her rack after rack of designer dresses, bags and shoes.

"This is the dress I wore in the Guess? campaign," she tells Amber of a gorgeous hot pink, halter gown.

Then she took Amber shopping on Rodeo Drive at upscale boutique Kaje, jeweler Mikimoto and over to the world-famous JOSE EBER salon for hair and makeup.

"I can't even explain how I feel," Amber enthuses after her day of glamour. "It's so amazing!"
For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit


Britney Sculpture of Birth Causes Stir

This photograph, released by sculptor Daniel Edwards on Tuesday, March 28, 2006,shows his sculpture of singer Britney Spears giving birth. The life-sized "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston," seen at the artists studio in in Moosup, Conn., will be shown at the Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery in the Williamsburg section of New York beginning April 7.

Britney Spears will soon be giving birth again in Brooklyn, as a sexy sculpture that has drawn thousands of hate e-mails.

"This is a new take on pro-life. Pro-lifers normally promote bloody images of abortion. This is the image of birth," Daniel Edwards said of his work, to be unveiled at a Brooklyn gallery in April, months after Edwards' sculpture of Ted Williams severed head stirred up an artistic storm.

The life-size pop princess is naked and pregnant, crouching face-down on a bare-toothed bear rug as the baby's head appears on the opposite end.

On Tuesday at his studio in Moosup, Conn., Edwards was pouring a mold to cast the sculpture in resin. It'll be transported to the Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery in Brooklyn's artsy Williamsburg neighborhood, where Britney the artwork is to appear next to a display case filled with pro-life materials.

When some bloggers heard about the exhibit "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston" the gallery was inundated with about 3,000 e-mails from around the world in just a week, split between pro-choice and pro-life opinions.

"We also got calls from Tokyo, England, France. Some people are upset that Britney is being used for this subject matter," said gallery co-owner David Kesting. "Others who are pro-life thought this was degrading to their movement. And some pro-choice people were upset that this is a pro-life monument."

The gallery is hiring extra security guards for the free exhibit opening April 7 and running two weeks.

The sculptor's three children ages 3, 6, and 8 helped build the first clay model of the sculpted Britney, mainly the bear rug.

"At first, the kids thought it was kind of gross. Yukky. But then, they got curious," their 40-year-old dad said in a telephone interview from his home, which is near his studio.

Compared to the hubbub around his art, Edwards' life is peaceful. He takes care of his two boys and a girl during the day, while his wife, a microbiologist whom he married right after high school, goes to work. Then they switch childcare duties while he works on his art.

His sculpture of the pop diva comes six months after she gave birth to her first child, Sean Preston and about a half year after Edwards displayed what he called his "shrine" to baseball great Williams, whose body was decapitated and frozen in hopes that medical science could one day revive him.

When asked why he creates art that generates publicity for him by piggybacking on subjects hyped in the media, Edwards said: "You're bombarded with these stories. And there's a thread that winds back to the art. That's not a bad thing. People are interested in these topics, and it works for art as well."

Spears' publicist, Leslie Sloan, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday. Edwards said he never spoke to or met the star, and that he fashioned her face and figure from photographs.

"I admire her. This is an idealized figure," he said. "Everyone is coming at me with anger and venom, but I depicted her as she has depicted herself seductively. Suddenly, she's a mom."
His aim, said the son of a mother who gave birth to him when she was 17, was to stir up debate about a difficult topic that "is greater than the issues presented by either pro-life and pro-choice advocates."

When asked whether he's pro-life, he said, "You nailed me. I'm not saying that I am. I wouldn't march with either pro-life or pro-choice advocates. This is not meant to be political."
A Democrat, "I don't judge anybody for the decision they make."


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Celebrity Sightings

Jennifer Lopez shopping on Sunset Plaza

Jennifer Aniston at her "Friends With Money" Los Angeles Premiere

Britney, Sean and Felicia grocery shopping at Ralph's in Malibu