Friday, June 30, 2006

Celebrity Hair

Natural vs. Hair Extensions: Presto, change-o – it's an instant makeover. Tell us what you think of the stars' lengthier looks – then see the results in PEOPLE's Fall StyleWatch issue, on newsstands Aug. 4. By Serena Kappes

"I wouldn't be able to create such different looks if it weren't for extensions," says Ken Paves, the Desperate Housewife's stylist, about the actress's ever-changing hair.

She's done black, she's done platinum – and now the singer is doing ultra-long with tresses from sister Jessica's upcoming line of extensions.

Barton took a short break from her signature long locks, stopping by a Beverly Hills salon to dye her shoulder-length hair brown. Then voila! The next day, they were back.

She's a fashion experimentalist – and a hair adventurer, going from sleek and sideswept to cascading waves

The Just My Luck actress transformed herself from a short-haired pixie on TV's The O.C. to a movie star with voluminous waves.

"I feel more like myself when I have my hair short. (But) the long hair has been a fun departure," says Halle Berry of her enhanced locks.

"You can change your look for the night and not have your hair damaged," says Knightley's stylist Adir about using clip-on extensions on the Pirates of the Caribbean actress.

What does the R&B singer love about sporting extensions? Having "the style without the commitment," she says.

The singer showed off her curly bob at a New Jersey Nets game with beau Jay-Z (left). Twelve days later, she sat courtside again – this time with long and straight tresses.

"They look so real, so fabulous," says the American Idol star about the extensions she began wearing on the show. In fact, she liked them so much, she's kept them.


Celebrity Syle: Would You Wear It?

See the stars' latest fashion risks – Would you be caught wearing any of these styles?

Also take a second out and vote in People's Poll.

Ahoy, matey! Mischa Barton hops aboard the Good Ship Lollipop in Malibu.

Paris Hilton gives a burgeoning trend a hand, wearing both the white (left, in Los Angeles) and black (in London) version of the "half-glove."

In Manhattan, Sienna Miller dresses wishfully for a far more tropical island getaway.

Is it a jacket or a shirt? Samaire Armstrong's lace-accented zip-up Odiessa top pulls double duty at a Los Angeles luncheon.

These boots were made for gawking: Kate Moss (in London) kicks it in orange Marc Jacobs heels.

Helena Bonham Carter gives new meaning to a "doo-rag," twisting her tresses with cloth ties in London.

At a Hollywood party, Brandy shows off her great gams in a pair of cream-colored bubble shorts.

World Cup fan Victoria Beckham keeps cool in Europe's heatwave by going sleeveless in a navy vest.

Groovy, baby! Expectant model Heidi Klum kicks up her heels in a pair of retro Chanel boots at a New York City fete in her honor.

Singer Nelly Furtado gets her knickers in a bunch of pleats in New York City.

Nicole Richie takes a psychedelic trip to a West Hollywood gas station in this butterfly-patterned frock.

Mariah Carey bares her midriff but covers her calves in a pair of far-out Louis Vuitton platform boots while visiting TRL.

Making like Mia Farrow, Kylie Minogue steps out of her New York hotel in a groovy cream-colored dress with a white embroidered overlay.

Go, go, go Mischa! The O.C. star makes a dramatic impression in her amazing technicolor dream coat while shopping in New York City.


Celebrity: Star Traks

MTV VJ Susie Castillo makes a point with Anne Hathaway on Thursday when the The Devil Wears Prada star visits TRL in New York City. And what's the actress doing to soothe opening-weekend jitters? "It's kind of like the most glamorous thing I've ever done," she told the audience. "I'm escaping the pressure of Hollywood by going to Europe."

She may be off The View, but Star Jones Reynold's is still on the air: On Thursday (left) she makes her exit from CNN in Hollywood, where she told Larry King, "I will not denigrate Ms. Walters. That's not who I am." The next morning, she was back in New York for the Today show (right), where she told viewers that "the truth is very freeing."

Sheryl Crow steps out of Los Angeles eatery Il Sole on Thursday after dining with pals. The singer, who underwent treatment for breast cancer earlier this year, plans to co-headline a fall U.S. tour (benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation) with fellow Grammy winner John Mayer.

Hilary Duff embraces the idea of a family outing while shopping Thursday with mom Susan and sister Haylie in Hollywood. Earlier in the week, the Duff sisters appeared on MTV's TRL to promote their new film Material Girls.

Halle Berry – who's remodeling a new home – shows off her can-do attitude as she loads up on furnishings Thursday in Beverly Hills.

Spider-Man's James Franco is the lucky groom to Sienna Miller's tulle-clad bride Thursday as they film the black comedy Camille on location in Toronto. But in the movie, their fortune changes after hitting the road to honeymoon in Niagra Falls.

Courteney Cox catches up on her paperwork while husband David Arquette enjoys a stogie Wednesday as the couple vacation in Sardinia, Italy, with 2-year-old daughter Coco (not pictured).

Mischa Barton tests a mango for ripeness while doing some grocery shopping in Malibu on Wednesday.

Experienced mommy Liv Tyler (to 18-month-old Milo) and expectant actress Maggie Gyllenhaal discover they have more than their West Village neighborhood in common at a Vonage product launch in New York City on Wednesday.

Escorted by boyfriend Arun Nayar, Elizabeth Hurley makes a royal exit from her London home to attend Elton John's eighth annual White Tie and Tiara Ball on Thursday.

Uma Thurman enjoys girl talk Thursday in Saint-Tropez, where the actress is taking a break before heading back to the States to promote My Super Ex-Girlfriend, due out July 21.

Jim Carrey gives girlfriend Jenny McCarthy his best funny face after dining at the Brentwood, Calif., eatery Takao Sushi on Wednesday. The comic duo recently took their romance to new heights – sharing a helicopter ride in Santa Monica.

Never without a big pair of shades, Nicole Richie tries on several undercover options while shopping Wednesday on L.A.'s Melrose Avenue


Celebrity News:Spelling Family: Tori's Claims 'Hurtful'

Actress Tori Spelling with parents producer Aaron Spelling & wife Candy at the 15th Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

A statement issued on behalf of the Spelling family Thursday criticizes daughter Tori's remarks following the death of her father Aaron last week. "We are deeply saddened that, during our time of loss and grief, we are forced to respond to the media frenzy caused by the mean-spirited and surprising comments made by Tori to the press, just two days after the passing of Aaron," the statement, issued by Spelling family rep Kevin Sasaki, begins.

"As we try to honor his memory with love and respect, the sudden media frenzy she has created at this sensitive time is hurtful and very disturbing," it continues.

"Aaron's legacy deserved pure and unadulterated tribute and recognition which, sadly, has been tainted. "Everyone deals with grief in a different way, and since Tori chose not to be here at that time, we believe she is having a harder time dealing with that loss.

We understand how difficult it might have been for her to be here, and, perhaps, more difficult for her after she arrived.

Aaron loved both his children with all his heart, and he understood how hard it was for her."

Tori Spelling had no comment. It was unclear whether her brother Randy, 27, had any part in the statement.

Aaron Spelling died at age 83 on June 23. In the new issue of PEOPLE magazine, Tori says she first learned of his passing "when a friend who had heard on the news" e-mailed her Blackberry.

"I was devastated," Tori, 33, tells PEOPLE. "I thought I had some time (to see him). And I was saddened that the news had not come from my mother." Two weeks before Aaron's death, Tori had visited her father and introduced him to her new husband, Dean McDermott.

The reunion marked the end of a 9-month rift between father and daughter, during which neither one spoke to or saw the other. But the real bad blood was between Tori and her mother Candy, 60, who a source close to the family says was upset by her portrayal in Tori's VH1 sitcom So NoTORIous.

For her part, Tori tells PEOPLE that "an outside party wedged this close family apart," referring to Candy's close friend Mark Nathanson, 66. Sasaki insists that Candy and Nathanson are just friends.


Star 'Will Not Denigrate Ms. Walters'

Reynolds on Larry King Live on June 29.

In her first TV interview since leaving The View, Star Jones Reynolds said she would not engage in a war of words with former co-host Barbara Walters. "I will not denigrate Ms. Walters. That's not who I am," Reynolds told CNN's Larry King on Thursday.

"I have learned from that woman ... as much about television as I did about the law from my mentor, the late Johnnie Cochran." She did, however, express dismay that Walters had asked Rosie O'Donnell to join The View just days after Reynolds was told her contract would not be renewed.

Reynolds termed the maneuver "strange in terms of timing." O'Donnell had previously criticized Reynolds about her weight loss and other issues. "She went on a very public attack on me and my family," Reynolds told King. "She talked about my weight. ... I was so shocked by the viciousness of it."

Reynolds also revealed that her bosses at ABC encouraged to lie about the reason for her departure from The View. "They said, 'You can make up a story,' " she said. "The audience didn't deserve for me to make up a story. That's not fair."

Walters has said she was "blindsided" by Reynolds's on-air announcement on Tuesday that she was leaving the show, and was further stunned to learn that Reynolds had revealed to PEOPLE that she'd been fired.

On Wednesday's episode, Walters announced that Reynolds would not be returning to the program. King read Reynolds a statement from ABC claiming that Reynolds had been dismissed from the show immediately because, after her remarks to PEOPLE, the network could not trust her to tell the truth if she remained on the air.

Reynolds said she was "having trouble reconciling" that charge with the fact that ABC had previously asked her to lie. On another topic, King asked Reynolds whether she'd had surgery to lose 150 lbs.

She said only, "Because of my health … I needed a full-scale medical intervention, and my doctors had to step in to save my life."

On Friday's Today show, Reynolds said she was weathering the storm "thanks to the love and support of the fans, the viewers, my friends and family." She added, "The truth is very freeing." Walters and The View co-executive producer Bill Geddie declined to appear on the show with her, Today's Al Roker said.

Later asked by Roker, who chronicled his own gastric bypass surgery for the public, if she had anything to say about her own significant weight loss, Reynolds would only thank everyone for their prayers.


J.Lo Video Thief No. 2 Cops Plea

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony arrive at an awards dinner, June 6, 2006, in the Century City section of Los Angeles. A New Jersey man who was arrested after he and an accomplice tried to sell the couple's stolen wedding video back to them for $1 million pleaded guilty Thursday, June 29, 2006, in New York to attempted grand larceny.

The other mastermind behind the great J.Lo wedding video caper has owned up to his crime.
Steven Wortman, 49, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of attempted grand larceny for his role in a scheme to sell a stolen video of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's June 2004 nuptials back to the couple for the bargain price of $1 million.

Wortman, who was also facing charges for conspiracy and possessing stolen property, received three years' probation in exchange for his plea.

The purloined video was in a laptop computer that disappeared along with Anthony's Cadillac Escalade while it was parked on a New Jersey street in October 2005.

Authorities recovered the stolen car, but the computer stayed missing until Wortman and his partner in crime, 31-year-old Tito Moses, rang up Anthony's production company to discuss a selling price for the laptop. An undercover detective intercepted the call and eventually negotiated Moses and Wortman's original million-dollar asking price down to $250,000 before arranging a meeting with them at a diner. When the would-be extortionists showed up for the tradeoff, police arrested them on the spot.

Moses pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted grand larceny on June 14 in exchange for a guarantee that he'd only serve between 18 months and three years in prison. Wortman, who, according to prosecutors, threatened to destroy the wedding video when the Lopez-Anthony camp refused to pony up $ 1 million, originally entered a not guilty plea but apparently decided he had best get with the program.

When New York Justice Bonnie Wittner asked Wortman whether he and Moses made phone calls demanding money from Lopez and Anthony between Dec. 20 and 27 last year "in exchange for not releasing [the video] to the general public," Wortman replied: "Sorrowfully, yes."
He is scheduled to report to probation officials on Aug. 4.

Wittner has held off on sentencing Moses, saying that she'll wait until he is sentenced in a related case pertaining to Anthony's stolen SUV and that he will be allowed to serve the two sentences concurrently.

While Lopez was able to stay well enough away from these NYC-based criminal proceedings, a civil matter moving forward in Los Angeles has been keeping her busy instead.

A hearing is set for Friday regarding a preliminary injunction the singer-actress is seeking against a Lopez expose that her first husband, Ojani Noa, is supposedly planning to write.

According to J.Lo's petition to keep the book out of sight, Noa wanted $5 million to keep his pen capped and, since she refused to fork over any money, he's now prepared to dish up some pretty explicit details about their relationship and her past exploits (as he remembers them, of course).


Lil' Kim to Be Released From Prison

Rap artist Lil' Kim arrives to federal court in lower Manhattan Friday, June 18, 2004. The entertainer, sentenced in September for lying about a shootout outside a hip-hop radio station, will be released from prison on Monday.

Lil' Kim says she'll be celebrating Independence Day early this year. The rapper, who was sentenced in September to a year and a day in prison for lying about a shootout outside a hip-hop radio station, is being released Monday, the day before July Fourth.

"I am thrilled to be coming home," Lil' Kim said Thursday in a statement issued by her publicist, Tracy Nguyen. "I thank all my fans for all their letters, as well as my family and friends for all their support throughout the past 10 months."

The entertainer, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, began serving her time at a federal detention center in Philadelphia on Sept. 19. Her lawyer, L. Londell McMillan, noted then that she could be released early for good behavior.

"She has accepted responsibility and handled herself in an exemplary manner," McMillan said Thursday.

The rapper, who will remain under house arrest for 30 days after her release, was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury and in the subsequent trial.

The case stemmed from a gun battle that erupted outside WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97, when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga, whose song "Bang, Bang" contains an insult to her from rival Foxy Brown. One man was hurt in the shootout that followed.

Lil' Kim, who won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of "Lady Marmalade," maintained she hadn't noticed two of her close friends who later pleaded guilty to gun charges at the scene of the shootout. But jurors at her trial saw radio station security photos that depicted one of them opening a door for her, and witnesses said they saw her at the station with both of them.


Thursday, June 29, 2006

Celebrity Gossip: For all you Christina Aguilera fans!

Some of us used to be a Britney fan through thick and thin, but Spears has thoroughly dissapointed us (repeatedly) lately.

Christina, on the other hand, has been turning it out.

The singer looks stunning on the cover of her new double album.
Team Aguilera all the way!


Britney and Christina both came from Disney Productions. I found this on a website and wanted you all to hear what everyone thinks about the two. Angelina Star~

Charlize Theron Receives Award

Celebrity News and Media Gossip

Actress Charlize Theron, recipient of the "Spirit of Independence" award, arrives for The Los Angeles Film Festival's second annual Spirit of Independence Award Ceremony in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 28, 2006.

Charlize Theron, who has mainly acted in big-studio movies, has been awarded the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence award.

"She is a big movie star," said awards director Dawn Hudson at Wednesday night's ceremony. "But what we love about her is that she's made interesting choices in her career. She's taken on challenging roles in her career when other movie stars don't."

Theron's films range from her Oscar-winning portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in 2003's low-budget "Monster" to last year's big-studio flop "Aeon Flux."

Theron, 30, told AP Television News that she takes roles in both independent and studio movies because there are audiences for each.

"I think the biggest misconception about independent filmmaking is that if you do those movies, you'll always be thought of as that kind of actor," she said. "And then you don't get to do the other things. And it's not true."

Moviegoers were introduced to Theron in 1996's "2 Days in the Valley." By 1999, she was a headliner, starring in the Oscar-nominated "The Cider House Rules." Her screen credits also include "The Italian Job" and "North Country."

During Wednesday night's ceremony, Theron recounted her life and career. She began as a model in her native South Africa before coming to the United States with the Joffrey Ballet.
Theron wearing a short brown dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes said she wasn't a great dancer, "but if you put me on a stage and told me I was a swan and that I was dying, I ... died."

The award came one day after Theron hosted a silent auction that raised about $140,000 for her African Outreach Project. Among the items: a bra she wore in "Monster."

"I outbid the person who bid on the bra, and I feel horrible to admit that now," she said. "But it was just too special to me and I find myself incredibly sexy in it."


Pregnant Spears Poses Nude for Magazine

This photo, supplied by Harper's Bazaar, shows pregnant pop princess Britney Spears nearly baring all on the cover of the August issue of Harper's Bazaar which hits newsstands on July 25.

Pregnant pop princess Britney Spears is baring nearly all on the cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine. The singer of "... Baby, One More Time" posed in the buff for the cover of the August issue; there's also a photo spread inside.

On the cover, Spears, who is sitting, cups her breasts with her hands and crosses her legs while showing her protruding belly and smiling for the camera of lensman Alexi Lubomirski.
"Nothing to wear?" a cover headline asks. "487 Best new ideas inside."

Spears revealed to late-night talk show host David Letterman last month that she was pregnant, confirming media reports and ending much speculation.

Spears, 24, and her husband, Kevin Federline, have a son, Sean Preston, who was born last September.


Celebrity Gossip: Tori Spelling's Mother Issues

Tori Spelling

The Spelling family feud is on.
Tori Spelling herself invokes the F-word, for feud, in a new interview with Us Weekly. In the magazine cover story, due out Friday, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum reveals she learned of father Aaron Spelling's death last week as she dined in Toronto.
Her BlackBerry broke the bad news.

"A friend of mine had seen a TV report, and emailed me," Tori Spelling tells Us. "And I was just in total shock.

"My first thought was, I can't believe my mom didn't call me!"
Us Weekly's Website published excerpts of the interview on Wednesday, five days after Aaron Spelling died at his Los Angeles estate. The hit-making producer of 90210, Charlie's Angels and many, many more TV series was 83.

News of the rift, or as Tori Spelling says "the feud," are not new--they've been reported for months. But to Us, the actress breaks it down: She was on good terms with her legend father; her mother, not so much.

"My mom's behavior simply made me uncomfortable to be around my family," Tori Spelling says in the magazine.

Specifically, Tori Spelling is said to be unhappy that her mother, Candy, was spending time with a longtime family friend while her father's health deteriorated. Candy Spelling has denied a romance with the friend.

Tori Spelling tells the magazine she saw her father only once since last September--a Jun. 11 visit that came just seven days before Aaron Spelling suffered a stroke. He died later that week.
Although Tori Spelling's estrangement from her parents coincided with her split from first husband Charlie Shanian and her tabloid-tracked romance with actor Dean McDermott, whom she wed in May, the actress says "the feud" is unrelated to those events. And, she says, it's unrelated to her mother-mocking VH1 series, so noTORIous.

Tori Spelling says she last spoke with her father a couple of days before his death. His final words to her: "He said, 'I love you, babe.' "

The feud apparently was put on hold last Sunday, when Tori Spelling and McDermott were among those in attendance at a small, private service for the Hollywood clan's patriarch.

A larger service for Aaron Spelling's friends and colleagues has been set for September.


Jenna Bush

First daughter Jenna Bush, who for the past year and a half taught third grade at Washington's Mount Pleasant charter school, is going to leave the nation's capital and continue her teaching career in Latin America, reports The Washington Post.

Bush, 24, should be in place South of the Border by the end of summer, says the paper. The White House had no comment when asked of the plans and of the cost to taxpayers for the first daughter's security in the faraway post.

As the Post notes, Jenna's departure will leave D.C. "twinless." Her sister, Barbara, lives in New York City and is working in education programming at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Until the big move, Jenna, whose place has been packed up, will camp out with her parents in the White House, says the newspaper.


Denise Richards Moves On

Richards in Las Vegas June 9.

Denise Richards is selling the Westlake Village home she bought last year following her separation from Charlie Sheen, PEOPLE reports in it upcoming issue.

The 7,400-sq.-ft., six-bedroom house that Richards, 35, is leaving also happens to be a just stone's throw from the home of her rival, Heather Locklear. Richards is dating Locklear's ex, Richie Sambora.

The couple were first spotted together in April, kissing and holding hands at Westlake Village's Le Café. Richards (who is seeking part of Sheen's Screen Actors Guild pension, full custody of their daughters Sam, 2, and Lola, 1, and more than $100,000 a month in child support) has already bought a home in a more "kid-friendly" neighborhood near Los Angeles, says a source.

As for her relationship with Locklear, Richards recently told Entertainment Tonight that they were never "best friends," as had been reported. "People have gone on – 'Would you date your best friend('s husband)?' " she said. "You know, she wasn't my best friend. She was a close friend in the last couple of years."


Star: Barbara Walters Is a Hypocrite

Barbara Walters and Star Jones Reynolds

The war of words between Star Jones Reynolds and Barbara Walters over the former's dramatic departure from The View this week continues to sizzle. As reported on Wednesday, Walters told PEOPLE she felt "betrayed" by Reynolds's comments to the magazine, referring to Reynolds's statement saying, "I feel like I was fired."

In response, Reynolds tells New York's Daily News: "For Barbara to say she felt betrayed is the height of hypocrisy." The statement echoes what she told PEOPLE: "I thought the audience deserved to have their Star tell them what the deal is. To now be accused of betrayal by someone I looked at as a mentor, when I was finally speaking up for myself instead of letting the executives and tabloids speak for me, is disheartening.”

Reynolds also says she hasn't spoken to Walters since Tuesday's show. The call to say she should not return for Wednesday's episode went from the network directly to her agent – and that "If anyone should feel betrayed, it should be me," Reynolds tells the News. After Reynolds announced on the air Tuesday that she would leave the show in July, ABC asked her not to come back at all.

When the show resumed on Wednesday, Walters, the show's creator, said: "We didn't expect her to make this statement yesterday. She gave us no warning." Walters went on to say, "It is becoming uncomfortable for us to pretend that everything is the same at this table.

And therefore, regrettably, Star will no longer be on this program." As for where she'll go next, Jones Reynolds tells PEOPLE, "I'm not sure what the future holds, but I'm absolutely sure who holds the future."


Brad Pitt's Fake ID

Brad Pitt

Forget Namibia--if Brad Pitt really doesn't want to be recognized, he should head over to the United Arab Emirates.

A Jordanian salesman was arrested for forgery and attempted embezzlement in Dubai this week after using a doctored identification card bearing a photo of the Mr. and Mrs. Smith star to try and collect more than $23,000 from a currency exchange bureau.

The 29-year-old man, referred to by the Gulf News simply as T.H., claimed ignorance over Pitt's visage, saying he didn't know who the actor was and that he had simply downloaded a random photo off the internet.

Apparently, Us Weekly has yet to hit the Middle East.

According to Gulf News, the wannabe Pitt doppelganger was arrested at a mall in Ghusais after an informant divulged the man's get-rich-quick scheme to police.

The Pitt poser was allegedly working in conjunction with his brother, ID'd by the paper simply as H.H., who worked in the Dubai money exchange. The teller reportedly told his brother of a money transfer of more than $23,000 which had arrived at the bureau more than three months prior and had yet to be claimed.

In an attempt to collect the unclaimed sum, the Jordanian mocked up a fake ID card bearing the name of the man to whom the money had been transferred along with the photo of Pitt.
The man later told police he was planning on leaving a photocopy of the ID with his brother in order to get the cash and prevent it from being traced back to him.

However, he had not yet had the chance to enact the old switcheroo when he was picked up by local cops.

The Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the man with forgery, using a fake document and attempted embezzlement.

As for Pitt, it's the second photo snafu of the week.
On Monday, despite letters threatening legal action should they be published, photos from a private baby shower held for the duo in Namibia were leaked online.

One of the shots, taken before Shiloh's birth, featured the camera-ready couple grinning widely with white feather boas wrapped around their heads while another shows the duo standing near an unopened gift.

Lawyers for Pitt and Angelina Jolie sent out threatening letters to media outlets to prohibit publication of the photos, claiming that a digital memory card containing images of the "private baby shower" had been stolen from the couple.

Most sites originally posting the photos have since removed the images, and police are reportedly continuing to investigate the theft.