Friday, July 28, 2006

Pam & Kid's Wedding Bonanza

LePaparazzi Celebrity News Updates

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.


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