Monday, July 31, 2006

Jessica & Vanessa: 2 Stars, 1 Look

They share a taste in men and clothes. Tell us who wears it better – Nick Lachey's ex or his new love? Vote on People.

Last year, Jessica Simpson stepped out in her Daisy Dukes and oversized sunglasses in New York City; Vanessa Minnillo showcased her gams in cutoffs and went incognito with big shades in N.Y.C. recently.

On June 27, both ladies beat the Big Apple heat in billowing bell-sleeved frocks, which they accessorized with stiletto sandals.

Simpson paid tribute to pal Willie Nelson while shopping in Calabasas, Calif., last year; Minnillo showed her love for Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd during a July 15 excursion with Lachey.

Who wears the look better?

Jessica Simpson
Vanessa Minnillo


Lohan at work after public scolding

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File photo shows Lindsay Lohan attending the premiere of 'Just My Luck' at the Mann National theatre in Los Angeles May 9, 2006. After taking a highly publicized day off last week, Lindsay Lohan has returned to work on the family drama 'Georgia Rule.' (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After taking a highly publicized day off last week, Lindsay Lohan has returned to work on the family drama "Georgia Rule."

In the wake of the "Mean Girls" actress' failure to show up to the Los Angeles set Wednesday, the film's producer, James G. Robinson, shot off a sternly worded letter to Lohan and her representatives that night. Lohan showed up the next day.

Robinson, the CEO of Morgan Creek Prods., said in an interview Friday that Lohan also had been late for her call times on several occasions, prompting the letter, which was made public Friday by the Smoking Gun Web site.

"I'm just trying to get the movie made," Robinson said. "I did what I felt I needed to do on behalf of the movie and on behalf of her, too. I wanted to set some limits.

"I've never had a minute's trouble with her. She's every inch a lady," he added. "I felt I needed to remind her of her obligations to show up."

In his letter, Robinson blamed the actress for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. "If you do not honor your production commitments, including your scheduled call time for tomorrow, and any call times thereafter, we will hold you personally accountable," he wrote.
Lohan's publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, did not return a call seeking comment. But a source in Lohan's camp who asked not to be identified said the production is a day ahead of schedule, and the actress made up for her Wednesday absence by working Thursday, a day she originally was scheduled to be off.

Coincidentally, Lohan plays a rebellious young woman in the film, which also stars
Felicity Huffman, Jane Fonda and Cary Elwes. Garry Marshall directs.

Robinson has never been afraid to confront a movie star acting in a way he deemed disruptive to a movie. He tussled publicly with Sharon Stone over her refusal to appear nude in the 1996 film "Diabolique.

He added: "It was not a nasty letter. It was, 'Come on be a professional.' We're halfway through with six weeks to go. There's no turning back. I wrote the letter; it was from me, not some damn attorney. She showed up. That's all I cared about."
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


From Beavis to Britney: MTV turns 25

Singer Cassie, center, performs on stage during MTV's 'Total Request Live' show at the MTV Times Square Studios, Thursday, July 27, 2006 in New York City. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

NEW YORK - No one knows how to throw a party like MTV. So there must be quite a bash planned for Aug. 1, celebrating 25 years on the air. Right?

Sorry. MTV is staying in that night. There are no plans to even mention the birthday.

When your average viewer is 20 years old — too young to remember
Martha Quinn, not even born when Madonna buckled on her "boy toy" belt — perhaps it's wise not to mention you're 25. MTV wants to be the perpetual adolescent.

On a relentless mission to stay hip, MTV casually discards generations. Yesterday, "Beavis and Butt-head." Today, "Laguna Beach."

And at each stop, MTV changes pop culture.

Without MTV, you might not have reality television. Commercials wouldn't have vertigo-inducing quick cuts. Musicians wouldn't need to look like models to survive.

Kelly Osbourne wouldn't have gotten near a recording studio. And only seamstresses would know about wardrobe malfunctions.

Our birthday present is a look back at 25 memorable MTV moments:
1. THE DEBUT: Aug. 1, 1981. The first video? The slyly prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the now-forgotten Buggles. Only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. Sometimes the screen would go black when someone at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. Within a few years, millions of kids demanded their parents buy cable so they could see MTV. Along with CNN, it led TV's transition out of the three-channel world. "This was the fuse that lit the cable explosion," said Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.
2. BEAT IT: March 31, 1983.
Michael Jackson becomes the first black artist with a video on MTV. The segregation was MTV's early shame, ironic considering its later role in popularizing rap. And the early snub wasn't forgotten: "You don't have all of music television when you are leaving things out," says Los Lonely Boys singer Henry Garza.
3. THRILLER: Dec. 2, 1983. Less a video than a 14-minute mini-movie with Vincent Price, ghouls and goblins, the premiere of Jackson's "Thriller" was an event. MTV gave it a set time on the schedule — several, even. It was the apotheosis of the idea of music videos as an art form. With director John Landis involved, it also was proof that Hollywood's finest weren't looking down upon what are essentially promo clips.
4. MADONNA BUSTS OUT: Sept. 14, 1984. Performing "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards, Madonna popped out of a cake dressed in a wedding gown and writhed through her hit. At that moment, Madonna became a superstar, put the VMAs on the map and set an enduring tone. Who cares about those ugly "moon man" trophies? What matters is making the audience gasp.
5. MONEY FOR NOTHING: 1985. The Dire Straits song was about MTV, mocked MTV and became the band's biggest hit because of MTV. It was one of the first videos to feature computer animation, and Sting made a clever cameo echoing his role in iconic "I want my MTV" ads. The rules for music stardom had changed. Being photogenic was now crucial; an eye-catching video made hits. "It was America's first national radio network," says record executive Phil Quartararo.
6. BYE-BYE VJs: Original video jock J.J. Jackson's contract expired in 1985. Nina Blackwood followed him out the next year and so did Martha Quinn, breaking the hearts of countless teenage boys. Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman were next. Only Adam Curry lasted into the '90s. MTV refused to follow its aging first fans, courting teens instead. It also realized that airing videos was a dead end and began aggressively developing other programming. Those were probably the most important financial decisions MTV ever made.
7. SPRING BREAK: March 21, 1985: College students who couldn't make it south in person could turn on MTV to catch the party. Each year it returns, a drunken bash with young, firm, scantily clad bodies oozing with sweat and undulating to the music. Stop us! We need a cold shower. "There were people who looked like they were having sex on the dance floor," VJ Suzie Castillo says about last year's festivities in Cancun. MTV's spring break coverage arguably gave rise to the "Girls Gone Wild" video series, where the breasts didn't need to be pixelated.
8. RAP BLASTS OFF: Aug. 6, 1986. It's no coincidence that "Yo! MTV Raps!" premiered about the same time rap started becoming the dominant music form for young America. Hip white kids like Rick Rubin or the Beastie Boys may have loved rap before, but "Yo! MTV Raps!" brought it into every suburban living room. "Going from the network that was called on the carpet for not having blacks to this was a huge leap, and it was the right one for MTV," says Christina Norman, MTV's first black president.
9. PEE-WEE'S RETURN: Sept. 5, 1991. It was a hard fall for Pee-wee Herman, from star of one of television's most popular kids' shows to a national punch line when an undercover officer saw him masturbating in an adult theater. Herman went undercover himself for more than a month until creeping out onstage at the opening of that year's VMAs. "Heard any good jokes lately?" Herman asked, to howls of laughter.
10. ENTER GRUNGE: Sept. 29, 1991: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video killed the hair metal scene and signaled the ascendancy of grunge. The images themselves were an arresting accent, with the tattooed cheerleaders and what seemed like an underwater pep rally in a dank gymnasium. "The band, the sound and the imagery in the video was sort of a breath of fresh air — or a scream," said MTV series development guru Tony DiSanto.
11. CLAPTON UNPLUGGED: March 11, 1992. Only the most desperate of fading 1980s bands — Nuclear Valdez, Squeeze, the Alarm — responded to MTV's first requests to show off their acoustic chops. But fans responded to the intimacy and stars soon lined up:
Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen (who got nervous and insisted on an electric guitar) — and Eric Clapton, in his first performance since his son died after falling from a skyscraper window. "Everybody who was there felt something special was going on," says Van Toffler, president of MTV's music services. Clapton had to be talked into releasing the show on CD, and it became his biggest-selling album.
12. BOXERS OR BRIEFS?: April 19, 1994. Two years in office,
President Clinton submitted to 90 minutes of questions on complex policy issues by 16-to-20-year-olds before a live MTV audience. Everything else was forgotten when 17-year-old Laetitia Thompson of Potomac, Md., asked: "Mr. President, the world's dying to know. Is it boxers or briefs?" "Usually briefs," the president replied, looking slightly non-plussed. Today, most presidential candidates use MTV to reach first-time voters.
13. HEH-HEH. COOL: March 24, 1994: Who'd have thunk that "Beavis and Butt-head" would make the cover of Rolling Stone? When Toffler received a pilot tape of two adolescent cartoon characters playing baseball with a frog, he watched it nearly 100 times. "You have a feeling in your bones that there's something different about it that's unique and it will either flop miserably or succeed brilliantly." It was stupid, gross-out humor — but many older people secretly wished they could act that way.
14. REALITY BITES: June 23, 1994. It's hard to recall a time when setting up a group of strangers in a camera-filled home was a new idea. But the 1992 debut of "The Real World" "invented reality TV," says Thompson. "It's absolutely ground zero." And the inclusion of Pedro Zamora, who was gay and soon to die of AIDS, in the 1994 season did more to promote tolerance than hundreds of public service announcements. "It was probably the most riveting piece of television I had ever seen," says Brian Graden, then a young, gay man and now an MTV programming exec. "I had never seen someone like myself reflected back to me ... it really changed things for a whole generation of gay people."
15. FEEDBACK LOOP: April 14, 1998: Jesse Camp wins the first "I Wanna Be a VJ" contest. Stuck in a rut, MTV was searching for some way to make its audience feel connected to the network. The wild-haired, willfully outrageous Camp seemed sent from central casting, and it was the audience doing the casting.
16. TIMES SQUARE LIVE: Oct. 22, 1998. The Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square during a "Total Request Live" appearance. The ruckus cemented "TRL's" role as pop culture's home page, with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as king and queen of the new scene.
17. JIGGLE IT: Sept. 9, 1999. When Lil' Kim presented a VMA with a pasty-clad breast,
Diana Ross couldn't resist a playful fondle. Lucky Ross wasn't there eight years earlier, when Prince performed wearing pants with the butt cut out. A year later, Howard Stern parodied that look by descending from the sky as "Fartman."
18. TIPSY: Oct. 1, 2000. Thinking about "Jackass"
Johnny Knoxville getting tipped over in the port-a-potty still makes you hold your nose. Knoxville specialized in painful on-camera tricks, and "Jackass" quickly became MTV's most popular show. Unfortunately for MTV — or maybe fortunately if there's no such thing as bad publicity — many stunts were copied by viewers.
19. MARIAH'S MELTDOWN: July 19, 2001. No one knew quite how to react when Carey made a surprise appearance on "TRL" pushing an ice cream cart filled with popsicles. A nervous Carson Daly kept trying to cut to a commercial, but Carey wouldn't stop talking. She said she had a gift for him — then took off her oversized T-shirt to reveal a tight tank top and skimpy shorts. A week later Carey was checked into a hospital for "extreme exhaustion."
20. $ @ !: March 5, 2002: Sharrrr-rronnnn! The first bleeped-out swear word on "The Osbournes" premiere was followed by 58 others. For a while, the foggy-headed rocker, his type-A wife and self-involved kids became America's first family, if only for the sheer weirdness of their life. They quickly wore thin — and were responsible for a rash of dull has-beens who thought their lives would make great television — but not before Sharon got her own talk show, daughter Kelly a recording contract and son Jack a stint in rehab.
21. DOGGING EMINEM: Aug. 29, 2002: The rap star was in no mood to hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog chew over his feud with Moby. So when approached by the puppet on the VMAs, Eminem delivered a sucker punch and then flew into a rage backstage. "He was really furious," said MTV executive vice president Dave Sirulnick, "which was startling because here was this guy who built his career on dissing and dishing. And this was a puppet."
22. ASHTON PUNKS JUSTIN: March 17, 2003. "Candid Camera" with an edge, the debut of Kutcher's series "Punk'd" had a crew posing as the "Tax Enforcement Agency" seizing Justin Timberlake's possessions after saying he owed $900,000 in back taxes. The title is now ensconced in the popular lexicon.
23. CHICKEN OR TUNA?: Aug. 19, 2003. "Newlyweds" followed the telegenic
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey as they navigated marital bliss. They truly became famous when cameras caught Simpson confused by whether a can of Chicken of the Sea contained tuna. Presto! America had a new favorite dim blonde.
24. THE KISS: Aug. 28, 2003. It was MTV's idea to bring back Madonna for a reprise of "Like a Virgin" for the 20th video music awards, and MTV's idea to pair her with Britney Spears and
Christina Aguilera. The open-mouthed kiss that she planted on the two young stars? That was pure Madonna, and it outranked the creepy Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley for most memorable kiss.
25. STEPHEN & LC: Nov. 26, 2004. Viewers were gripped by the love triangle on new MTV hit "Laguna Beach," and Kristin's partying on spring break in this episode temporarily cost her her boyfriend. MTV's original idea was a reality version of "Beverly Hills 90210," but they ended up with a reality version of "The O.C." instead. The real-life soap opera breaks convention by unfolding slowly, with none of the reality TV cliches like confessional interviews. "Again," Thompson says, "MTV is two steps ahead."


New Probe Begins Into B.I.G.'s Death

Notorious B.I.G. clutches his Billboard Music Awards in New York, on Dec. 6, 1995. Six veteran Los Angeles homicide detectives are leading a new police task force investigating the unsolved 1997 killing of the rap star, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday,July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Six veteran homicide detectives are leading a new police task force investigating the unsolved 1997 killing of Notorious B.I.G.

The new probe comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the rapper's mother, Voletta Wallace, and other relatives, who claim rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

The lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial last year when it was discovered that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a jailhouse informant linking the killing to two former officers.

A judge ordered the city to pay $1.1 million in legal fees and other expenses to the rapper's family. A new trial was set for early next year.

There was no new evidence that prompted the formation of the task force. But evidence discovered by the task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims.

B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was gunned down March 9, 1997, while leaving a party at a Los Angeles museum. The New York rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, was one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the 1990s.

The investigative team is exploring the theory that Wallace was killed by a member of the Southside Crips gang as part of a hip-hop feud that that involved the slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas six months earlier.

The investigators also are pursuing allegations that Wallace was killed by a Blood gang member hired by Marion "Suge" Knight, the owner of Shakur's record label. Knight has denied any involvement in the killing.


For Joan Jett, Punk Rock More Than Music

In a file photo Joan Jett arrives at the premiere of The Beastie Boys' new film "Awesome; I ... Shot That!" Tuesday, March 28, 2006 in New York. Jett may be 45 now, but that doesn't mean she's outgrown punk. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Joan Jett may be 45 now, but that doesn't mean she's outgrown punk. "I never subscribed to the idea that punk rock means you have to play fast and scream," Jett told Newsday in Sunday's editions. "To me, it means being a rebel, being an underdog, being outside and doing it yourself."
With a new album, "Sinner," released on her own Blackheart Records label, Jett is reintroducing herself to a generation that probably knows her only as that lady who sang "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in the early '80s.

After appearing on the Warped Tour, Jett plans to embark on her own headlining tour in October with the Eagles of Death Metal tentatively slotted as support act.

Jett, one of the few active, well-known female rock artists around, is frustrated by the putdowns she hears other female acts get.

"People will really cut down women really get nasty for no reason at all, just because you're trying to play music," explained Jett. "Most women choose not to go that route, because that's not the kind of life they want, sparring with people for the rest of their lives. But this is all that I've ever done. And it's my job now to be the warrior, and to fight."


Sunday, July 30, 2006

Lindsay Lohan... In deep, deep trouble!

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Celebrity's Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock Tie the Knot

Rock and Anderson

Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock had a wedding ceremony Saturday on a yacht in Saint-Tropez, PEOPLE has confirmed. "She was the most beautiful bride I've ever seen – like a modern-day Brigitte Bardot," Jimmy Choo owner Tamara Mellon tells PEOPLE about Anderson, who wore a white string bikini to her nuptials.

"Kid Rock was a total rock star. He gave her a good kiss. Everybody was crying." Adds Elton John's husband David Furnish: "It was a real rock n' roll wedding." This is the second union for Anderson and the first for Rock (real name: Robert Ritchie) – and, apparently, there are more to come.

"I'm going to get married a few times this month to the same guy," Anderson, 39, said July 26 during a news conference in Las Vegas. "We had to do Malibu, we've got to do Detroit, and we've got to do Nashville." Anderson and Rock, 35, began dating in spring 2001. They became engaged on April 11, 2002, in the Las Vegas desert, but split the following year. Still, when they ran into each other early this month in Saint-Tropez on a mutual friend's yacht, the feelings were still there.

It was like we'd never been apart," Rock told PEOPLE on July 11. "(I) love her to death." Anderson announced their engagement on her Web site on July 18. So why the whirlwind nuptials? "It's just timing," Anderson told PEOPLE on Wednesday.

"It's being in love, obviously, and it's time for me to move on with my life and get on with the rest of it with my kids."

The British Columbia-born Anderson has two sons, Brandon, 10, and Dylan, 8, with ex-husband Tommy Lee, to whom she was married from 1995 until 1998. Her kids were with her when she ran into Rock earlier this month.

"It was so nice to see them," Rock told PEOPLE. At their Saint-Tropez wedding, the bride planned to wear custom Jimmy Choo heels, according to a source. Detroit-born Rock has a 16-year-old son, Robert James Ritchie Jr., whose mother is Kelly South Russell, a Detroit auto worker.


Lance Bass's Beau: I'm Proud of Him

Lance Bass and model, actor and Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.

Since revealing to PEOPLE that he is gay, Lance Bass has gotten plenty of support from friends and loved ones – especially his boyfriend, model, actor and Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.

"Lance is happier than he has ever been," Lehmkuhl, 32, tells Access Hollywood in a new interview scheduled to air Friday. "It has been a long ride, and it's a huge relief and I couldn't be happier for him and I couldn't be more proud of him."

When asked if media speculation about the pair's relationship prompted Bass to come out, Lehmkuhl says, "I think through the entire time of being in the closet, anyone is going to feel pressures from this or that."

Bass tells PEOPLE that the rumors partly motivated him to talk about his private life. "The main reason I wanted to speak my mind was that (the rumors) really were starting to affect my daily life. Now it feels like it's on my terms. I'm at peace with my family, my friends, myself and God so there's really nothing else that I worry about."

As for how the revelation might affect Bass's career, Lehmkuhl tells Access, "I think it is always best in your career to be honest. ... He is going to have more support and more happiness and more freedom than he has ever had before and it is going to be a liberating experience. I guarantee it." I

ndeed, Bass is developing an Odd Couple-inspired sitcom pilot with his former bandmate Joey Fatone in which his character will be gay.

Lehmkuhl, who was a captain in the United States Air Force, will tell his own story in a book, Here's What We'll Say: A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force, due out in October. "I say some things in my book that I'm not really proud of that I did, but I had to do these things for self-preservation," he tells Access.

"My book is about a personal journey between myself and other cadets at the Air Force Academy involving our coming to terms with our sexuality while at the same time realizing we had to protect ourselves from it."

So was Bass's recent revelation tied to the release of Lehmkuhl's book? "I have been thinking about writing this book for over 10 years. Lance and I have a very new relationship here," says Lehmkuhl. "Is Lance supportive of the book and excited about it? Yes. Did he prompt me to write it or prompt me to put it out? No."


Mel Gibson's Statement on His DUI Arrest

Apologetic: Mel Gibson issued a statement Saturday apologizing for his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say his blood-alcohol content Friday was 0.12; drivers in California are considered intoxicated at 0.08. - Associated Press 2002 file photo.

The following is the complete text of Mel Gibson's statement regarding his arrest for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol:

"After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the L.A. County sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person.

"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said and I apologize to anyone who I have offended.

"Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry.

"I have battled the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health."


Studio Head Calls Lohan 'Unprofessional'

Lindsay Lohan

A studio executive scolded Lindsay Lohan in a letter for her behavior on a movie set and doubted her reasons earlier this week when she said she suffered from heat exhaustion.

James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, sent the letter dated July 26 to the 20-year-old actress, as well as agents, producers and others involved in the film.

On Tuesday, Lohan's publicist told the syndicated entertainment show "The Insider" that her client was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for overheating and dehydration. Lohan had been filming "Georgia Rule" in 105-degree weather for 12 hours that day, spokeswoman Leslie Sloan Zelnick said.

Robinson, 70, wasn't buying the excuse.

"You and your representatives have told us that your various late arrivals and absences from the set have been the result of illness; today we were told it was 'heat exhaustion.' We are well aware that your ongoing all night heavy partying is the real reason for your so-called 'exhaustion,'" Robinson wrote in the letter posted Friday on

The letter was authenticated by a spokesman for Morgan Creek, according to the Web site and the Los Angeles Times.

Phone messages left for Zelnick and Morgan Creek were not immediately returned late Friday.
Lohan plays a troubled teen in "Georgia Rule," which also stars Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. Robinson said in the letter that Lohan has been frequently late for filming and has been "discourteous, irresponsible and unprofessional."

"You have acted like a spoiled child and in so doing have alienated many of your co-workers and endangered the quality of this picture," Robinson wrote.

The studio executive also said if Lohan does not honor her commitments, the studio will pursue "full monetary damages" and take other necessary action to preserve the studio's financial interests.

The star of "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie: Fully Loaded," Lohan was treated at hospitals twice in January in London for a cut on her leg and in the Miami area for an asthma attack.
In 2005, she was hospitalized for exhaustion and lost a noticeable amount of weight.


Friday, July 28, 2006

Celebrity Photos of Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson arrives at her hotel in NYC after a long day at a photo shoot

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Celebrity Photos of Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera leaving her hotel in London

Celebrity Photo of Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley and her boyfriend getting some groceries in London


Pam & Kid: Going All the Way!

It's a "miracle": See how the soon-to-be newlyweds made it to their biggest party ever – their own wedding. By Caryn Midler

"I'm finally getting remarried," Pamela Anderson, 39, announced on her Web site July 18. And she's doing it more than once: After five years, Anderson and her on-again, off-again – and now on-again – fiancé Kid Rock, 35, are making a tour of it, saying "I do" first in the South of France this weekend, then also in Nashville, Detroit and Malibu. "I'm going to get married a few times this month to the same guy," she said.

"I'm in love. I'm happy .... I see the light," the 11-time Playboy cover girl said of her "miracle" man (pictured in 2002), who proposed recently in Saint-Tropez. And Bob "Kid Rock" Ritchie seems to feel the same way. "With a wife," he told Playboy, "I could have somebody around who could really enjoy everything I have. Who I could just share it all with."

All the PDA wasn't just play; things got serious for the couple on April 11, 2002, when Rock popped the question (for the first time). He put Anderson on his motorcycle, drove to the desert south of Las Vegas and proposed. "She's elated," said her publicist at the time.

All the PDA wasn't just play; things got serious for the couple on April 11, 2002, when Rock popped the question (for the first time). He put Anderson on his motorcycle, drove to the desert south of Las Vegas and proposed. "She's elated," said her publicist at the time.

But by June 2003, Anderson was single again. "The word that best describes me now is 'free,' " she said. Still, just five months later (at the American Music Awards) she and Kid were back on, sort of – Anderson also was dating ex-husband Lee. "I'm just doing what works for me. I have the best of all worlds. Trust me, I'm a blessed, lucky girl."

Now their love life is just a two-person show. Despite some differences – she's a vegetarian and animal-rights activist; he likes to deep-fry turkeys – the couple's connection runs deep. "It was like we had never been apart," Kid says. For Anderson, "It's just timing. It's being in love, obviously, and it's time for me to move on with my life and get on with the rest of it with my kids."


Pam & Kid's Wedding Bonanza

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Singer Kid Rock (L) and actress Pamela Anderson pose as they arrive at the 37th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles in this May 22, 2002 file photograph. Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson have announced plans to marry according to 'US' magazine July 18, 2006. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Forget Baywatch, Pamela Anderson fans better get ready for wedding watch.

The erstwhile pinup has announced plans to tie the knot with on-again fiance Kid Rock no fewer than four times, logging vow swaps in France, California, Michigan and Tennessee.

"I'm going to get married a few times this month to the same guy," Anderson said Wednesday at a press conference for her gaming site, "We had to do Malibu, we've got to do Detroit, and we've got to do Nashville."

The 39-year-old will kick off the wedding bonanza with Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, this weekend on a yacht in the French Riviera.

"If Bob knew he was getting married five years ago in Saint-Tropez, he wouldn't have believed it," Anderson said, mentioning her fiance by name for the first time since announcing their engagement last week.

The Canadian-born mother of two said she was dealing with the stress of the big day--well, days--the best way she knows how.

"I have two words for you: champagne."
Anderson told People that she would be jetting off to France Thursday to prepare for her weekend wedding.

"It'll be on a boat, on a beach and then we're going to a club," she told the magazine of her big day itinerary. "Then [we're] going to have a West Coast party."

While she seems to have the bigger picture all set up, Anderson appears to be a little hazy on some of the smaller details. Like the wedding dress.

"I haven't even thought about my dress yet," she told People, adding that the most progress she's made clothes-wise is having already chosen her veil. "I'm very excited. I'm starting to get dressed now."

The lack of fashion priorities, while likely shocking to bridezillas everywhere, isn't too surprising coming from Anderson. At the PETA activist's first wedding to Motley Crue rocker
Tommy Lee, she wore little more than a swimsuit as the duo tied the knot on a California beach.

As for the wedding whirlwind, Anderson told the magazine she's unconcerned about the seemingly hectic pace of events, particularly the globetrotting.

"I do it all the time," she said. "I fly for real quick trips. We're going to France. We're going to have a reception and ceremony on the West Coast. Nashville. We have a lot going on. I'm just really excited.

"I'm more concerned about my kids and what they're doing over this week than what I'm doing. I want my kids to be a part of it. I want them to be there."

Anderson has two sons, 10-year-old Brandon and eight-year-old Dylan, from her three-year marriage to Lee. As for the Detroit-hailing Rock, he has a 16-year-old son, Robert James Ritchie Jr., from a previous relationship with autoworker Kelly South Russell.

Anderson and Rock, 35, rekindled their relationship this year. The duo, who began dating in 2001, got engaged in 2002 but split a year later before exchanging vows, let alone setting a date.
During the split, Anderson picked back up with Lee and, briefly, Stephen Dorff. She and Rock popped back onto gossip radar earlier this year, when photos of the duo on vacation--in Saint-Tropez of all places--began appearing online.

Anderson announced the duo's engagement just last week via a post to her Website, saying, "Yes, I'm finally getting remarried. It's been a whirlwind--spontaneous but well thought through."

"I'm in love. I'm happy. I see the light."


McPhee proves her vocal cords are better

'American Idol' runner-up Katharine McPhee appears on the NBC 'Today' television program, in New York's Rockefeller Center, Thursday June 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FILE)

NEW YORK - "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee proved that her vocal cords are better by singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on "The View" on Thursday. She also co-hosted the daytime talk show.

McPhee, 22, denied rumors that she missed the first few weeks of the "American Idols Live" tour because she was again struggling with bulimia. She also denied claims that she thought she was too good for "Idol," saying she's 'grateful' for what the show did for her.

Sidelined with with severe bronchitis and laryngitis, McPhee said she was on doctors' orders not to make a sound for three weeks.

McPhee was to join the other Idols on their tour stop in Pittsburgh tonight, then they'll meet
President Bush at the White House on Friday.


Movie prompts Barrymore to take up poker

Drew Barrymore attends the Costume Institute Gala's AngloMania Exhibitionat the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a Monday, May 1, 2006 file photo, in New York. Barrymore, who stars in 'Lucky You,' a movie set at the 2003 World Series of Poker, said she missed out on lessons given to other actors by pros such as Doyle Brunson because she plays a lounge singer who doesn't know much about gambling. (AP Photo/Kristie Bull/ File)

LAS VEGAS - Now that Drew Barrymore doesn't have to stay in character, the actress says she's ready to learn poker from the pros.

Barrymore, who stars in "Lucky You," a movie set at the 2003 World Series of Poker, said she missed out on lessons given to other actors by pros such as Doyle Brunson because she plays a lounge singer who doesn't know much about gambling.

"Now that I don't have to stay true to the movie for my character, I'm planning to pick up as many tips as I can from the experts so I can go home and kick my friends' butts," the 31-year-old actress said.

Barrymore, who starred in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and the "Charlie's Angels" movies, appeared at the actual World Series at the Rio hotel-casino to promote her new film, also starring Eric Bana and Robert Duvall.

"Lucky You" is set for release Sept. 8. Poker pro Jennifer Harman plays a role, while a handful of other pros such as Sam Farha and Chris Ferguson make cameo appearances.
Barrymore said she holds regular $20 or $100 buy-in home games with friends and members of her boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti's band, The Strokes.

But she doesn't plan to follow actress Jennifer Tilly into playing poker for a living.
"I really couldn't do that. I made a $200 bet the other night (on blackjack) and I was like thinking it was the craziest thing on the planet," she said.


Scarlett Johansson denies divalike demands

Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for a special screening of her film 'Scoop' July 26, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)

LONDON - Scarlett Johansson has denied claims that divalike demands cost her the lead role in a big-budget revival of "The Sound of Music," a spokesman for the actress said Thursday.

Johansson, 21, had been targeted to play Maria von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, set to open in London's West End in November.

"Her people were not `pro' the idea. It became clear that it wasn't going to work because the demands were so ridiculous," Lloyd Webber was quoted as saying in The Times newspaper.
He said Johansson's representatives "couldn't understand why she would want to appear in the West End for $18,500 a week when she could be earning $10 million for a movie."

"It was annoying because she really wanted to do it," Lloyd Webber was quoted as saying.
Publicist Marcel Parisbeau said it was a busy work schedule and not pay demands that sank the actress' chance to play the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film version of the musical.

"It is true that there were some discussions regarding Scarlett and the production of `The Sound of Music.' But Mr. Webber's statement regarding the demands is extremely exaggerated," Parisbeau said in a statement. "Her management team was simply asking for terms that an actress of her stature would ask for."

Lloyd Webber said he was also told that Johansson would need two assistants stationed backstage at all times, according to the report.

The role of Maria will now be played by an actress to be chosen from a new British Broadcasting Corp. reality TV show. The Aug. 15 finale of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" will award a six-month contract to one of 10 finalists.

Johannson stars in Woody Allen's new movie, "Scoop," set to open Friday. Her screen credits also include roles in "Lost in Translation" and "Girl With a Pearl Earring."


Miss Universe explains fainting spell

Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza,18, of Puerto Rico, poses for photographs in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Johansson)

LOS ANGELES - Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza is back on her feet after being crowned
Miss Universe 2006 and fainting under hot lights and the weight of a dress made entirely of metal chains.

"What happened was that it was hard to breathe and the dress was very tight and weighed a lot," Rivera told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

Rivera briefly fainted after posing for pictures and taking questions at a post-pageant news conference Sunday night. She was given liquids and quickly recovered.

Her fainting spell was also caused by the heat, the lights and the emotional rush of winning — not from a lack of food, as some had speculated, she said.

"I eat very well," Rivera told the AP. "My nutritionist ordered me to eat six times a day."
The 18-year-old communications student and aspiring actress has been studying English for seven months. She spoke entirely in Spanish at the Miss Universe ceremony, and during the interview.

"Spanish is an extremely romantic language that can make any person fall in love with you," she said. "And that's what I wanted to create with the jury, to be able to make them fall in love through my native language."

Rivera, the fifth winner from Puerto Rico in the pageant's history, described herself as a "boricua" — slang for Puerto Rican — who doesn't favor statehood or independence for her Caribbean island home, which has been a U.S. Commonwealth since 1952.

"I don't go for either stance," said Rivera, who nonetheless defends Puerto Rico's separate status from the U.S. in the Miss Universe competition.

"If we were to compete as a normal state of the United States you would lose the charm of the beauty of Puerto Rico," she said. "Puerto Rican beauty ... is totally different from American beauty."

Her first planned stop after winning the Miss Universe crown was Japan. Then it's off to Indonesia and South Africa, visits that should be confirmed before September, a representative said.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Track Your Favorite Celebrity Photo's!

Hours after being hospitalized for
dehydration, Lindsay Lohan bounces back in time for dinner at Hollywood eatery Il Sole on Wednesday. The actress, who had been shooting the film Georgia Rule in 100-degree-plus weather, received a Vitamin B shot and is expected back on set today.

Who's got Lindsay Lohan by the hand? It's beau Harry Morton, who leads the way for his new gal Tuesday after a night at West Hollywood hangout Guy's. Shortly after, Lohan checked herself into an L.A. hospital for being "overheated and dehydrated."

Why tie the knot just once? "I'm going to get married a few times this month to the same guy," a veiled Pamela Anderson announced while promoting her online gaming site in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The actress plans on getting hitched to fiancé Kid Rock on Saturday in Saint-Tropez and then again in Malibu, Detroit and Nashville.

Nick Lachey shares a (passing) moment with gal pal Vanessa Minnillo while on MTV's TRL on Wednesday, where the singer premiered his video for his new single "I Can't Hate You Anymore." When co-host Minnillo told Lachey, "You're everywhere," he responded, "I'm everywhere!" before the duo broke out laughing.

Ride? Lachey gets around New York City on his own Tuesday, a day after Minnillo joined him on the town for food, fun and – of course – kisses.

On Monday, Minnillo and Lachey had all eyes on them as they served up some PDA at New York City restaurant Atlantic Grill. Later, they hit hot spot Butter and partied with pals Wilmer Valderrama and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Normally dark-haired Natalie Portman becomes a blonde bombshell during a recent getaway in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Paging Dr. Letterman! Scarlett Johansson opens wide for the Late Show host's inspection during her Wednesday appearance on the chatfest. The actress, who's starring in the Woody Allen comedy Scoop, told Letterman she has to get all four of her wisdom teeth extracted, to which he responded, "Do you mind if I have a look?"

Beyoncé, who's prepping for the release of her album B'Day on Sept. 5, goes casual for a day out in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

Penelope Cruz makes a fashionable entrance Wednesday at the Berlin premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's Volver. Set in Spain, the dark comedy about a family of complicated women hits theaters in the fall.

Miss USA Tara Conner shows off a winning Project Runway design on the world stage at the recent Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles. Conner, who placed fourth, helped choose the dress (created by Runway designer and pageant lover Kayne Gillaspie) when she guest-judged the second episode of the show.

She's the yin to his yang: Courteney Cox and David Arquette make a black-and-white entrance Tuesday at a FOX party in Los Angeles. The missus was there to promote her upcoming role as a tabloid reporter on the FX comedy series Dirt.

American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is making a comeback after suffering from laryngitis and bronchitis recently. She unveiled her ad campaign for Sexy Hair in New York on Wednesday (left), and today is co-hosting The View.

While touring the Dolomites (a section of the Alps) with a few pals on Tuesday, George Clooney makes a rest stop in the Italian village of Badia. The Oscar winner has been summering at his estate in Lake Como on the country's coast.

Keira Knightley turns back the clock – 71 years to be exact – on the Lincolnshire, U.K., set of her film Atonement on Wednesday. The drama is based on the World War II-era novel by Ian McEwan.