Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Christie Brinkley Meets with Her Ex

LePaparazzi Celebrity News Updates

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley met with her estranged husband, architect Peter Cook, and his parents on Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News.

"I'd rather not comment," Brinkley, 52, told the paper as she left her $22 million estate in New York's Hamptons after the visit from the Cooks. "I just don't want to fuel this anymore."

Although Cook, 47, has been photographed recently wearing his wedding ring, Brinkley was not wearing hers on Tuesday.

The appearance marks Brinkley's return to the Hamptons, where she and Cook lived until Brinkley learned that Cook had carried on a year-long affair with Diana Bianchi, now 19, whom he'd to work as an assistant in his office.

After Brinkley's July 12 announcement that she was separating from Cook after 10 years of marriage, the "devastated" CoverGirl model took her kids Jack, 11, and Sailor, 8, to Los Angeles to be with her parents and has kept out of sight ever since.

Cook, who has publicly apologized for his infidelity, arrived at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the gated home he and Brinkley had shared; he was followed by his elderly parents, Harry and Jean, who were driven in a town car from their Long Island home, according to the Daily News.

After a 15-minute visit, Brinkley led the caravan out of the estate in her tan Lexus SUV, the paper reports.

An hour later, Brinkley returned to the house with her 20-year-old daughter Alexa Ray Joel (whose dad is Brinkley's ex, Billy Joel). Pausing in the driveway, Brinkley handed the Daily News photographer a box of Popsicles, saying, "Here, this is a little gift for you. I want you to take this. It's very, very hot out."


Bid on a Piece of Paris

Paris Hilton

Entree into the world's most photographed social circles: Priceless.

Entree into the jewelry box of the world's most photographed socialite: About $9.99. Plus shipping. Such is the current going rate of Paris Hilton's crystal-encrusted "SEX" pendant, just one of dozens of costume baubles from the heiress' private collection that have made their way onto eBay.

"This is Hollywood, baby! If you live in Los Angeles and don't have any plans to contact showbiz, sooner or later showbiz will contact you," the auction's description read. "Now up for sale is a huge collection of costume jewelry that previously belonged to...oh, yes! to a super-extra-hyper famous public personality and young lady--PARIS HILTON."

Now that's the kind of hype you can only get in Hollywood. Or, apparently, cyberspace.
The 33-piece collection, which includes a tiara, a Dolce & Gabbana bra-choker set, a head net and several cocktail rings--all of which are crystal-encrusted--are on the block in the first of many promised auctions involving the personal possessions from the Simple Life star.

"Actually, even if you are not a fan of PH and not searching for news about her purposely, you will still recognize a lot of these items from the countless images and photos of her all over the media," the seller, operating under the moniker "chironclub," writes.

The items fell out of Hilton's possession in February, when a Los Angeles storage unit containing clothing, furniture, photos, private journals and, yes, even videotapes belonging to the celebutante was seized after she allegedly failed to pay the monthly fee.

Despite protests by Hilton's rep that the financial dispute was a "bureaucratic foul-up," the belongings were auctioned off to the highest bidder, Phoenix-based broker David Hans Schmidt, more commonly referred to as the "Sultan of Sleaze" due to his ties to the porn industry, for $2,775.

Upon acquiring the items last winter, Schmidt vowed to put them back up for auction, a promise he's seemingly making good on.

While it's not explicitly known whether Schmidt is behind the auction, chironclub, who has likely surpassed both Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan on Hilton's ememies list, claims to have been commissioned by the legal owner to sell the items, which "came from 'THAT' storage locker."

It's worth noting for all would-be buyers that what chironclub apparently lacks in tact he makes up for with customer service: The seller has managed to maintain a 99.8% positive feedback rating since 2002.

As of now, the collection's biggest ticket items are a tiara, with the top bid at $182.50, and a monkey brooch, or as the seller deems it, "brooche," at $102.50.

The current auction, which also includes a bejeweled belt, halter top and collection of earrings, runs through Sunday.


Ex-`Survivor' Hatch Now in W.Va. Prison

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch, convicted of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on the debut season of "Survivor," has been sent to a federal prison in West Virginia.

Hatch, 45, of Newport, R.I., was convicted by a federal jury of failing to pay taxes on the "Survivor" prize and other income. He was sentenced in May to 51 months in prison by a judge who said the reality TV star had lied repeatedly on the witness stand.

He is at the West Virginia Federal Correctional Institute in Morgantown. Last month, he was moved to the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City after previously being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts.

Hatch became known on CBS's "Survivor" as the "fat naked guy" for refusing to wear clothes.


Elton John Sick of American Bands' Style

Elton John talks to the media in New York on May 6, 2003. John is sick of the tattoos and piercings of today's rock 'n' rollers. John, who will perform at the third Fashion Rocks concert Sept. 7, 2006, at Radio City Music Hall, tells Fashion Rocks magazine, on newsstands Aug. 8, that he'd like American bands to adopt the cutting-edge, glam-rock style made popular by his peers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Attention, rock 'n' rollers. Elton John is sick of your tattoos and piercings. John, who will perform at the third Fashion Rocks concert Sept. 7 at Radio City Music Hall, says he'd like American bands to adopt the cutting-edge, glam-rock style made popular by his peers.

"It's been a thing the British have always been very good at, with Bowie, myself, T.Rex, the Who, Queen. ... We all embraced that side of it," John, 59, tells Fashion Rocks magazine, on newsstands Aug. 8.

"And I think it's good that some American bands are beginning to do that, but it's still very rare for bands to make a real effort. So when you get groups like The Killers and Scissor Sisters who come along, it's thrilling. I'm so over the tattoos and the T-shirts and rings through the noses. It's not pretty, it's not pleasant, it's not exciting. Please stop it now."

John says his theatrical style, made famous in his '70s heyday, was meant "to give people a bit of fun" while he sat at the piano for long sets.

When he was starting out, his musical "heroes" among them George Harrison, Leon Russell, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson supported his budding career. Today, John likes to mentor up-and-coming artists.

"When I hear something new that's really, really great, I ring people up and say, `I think that's a fantastic album,'" he says.

CBS will air a two-hour special on the Fashion Rocks concert Sept. 8 (9 p.m. EDT). Proceeds from the concert, which kicks off New York Fashion Week, will benefit John's AIDS foundation.
"I've been very lucky in my life," he says. "I was a drug addict for 16 years, at a time when AIDS was just getting started, and I put myself at so much risk. I came out of it negative rather than positive, and I wanted to do something to give back."


Hilary Duff Performs in Free Concert

In a file photo singer and actress Hilary Duff sings during her performance on the NBC-TV "Today" show summer concert series in New York's Rockefeller Center, Thursday August 18, 2005. Duff took the stage of Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday night, Aug. 1, 2001 in a free concert for military families. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Singer and actress Hilary Duff took the stage of Crown Coliseum here Tuesday night in a free concert for military families.

Duff, the multi-platinum recording artist and star of movies such as "A Cinderella Story," performed "Hilary Duff Rocks for the Troops" in Fayetteville, home of Fort Bragg.
Those in attendance were either in the military or have a military family member. Duff has previously made a block of tickets available for military families but decided this time to perform just for them.

"I think she understands, or at least wants to try to understand, the sacrifices soldiers and their families make," said Cynthia Ivins, who brought her two children, 13-year-old Morgan and 9-year-old Denise, to the concert.

Duff met with a select group of military families before the show, snapping pictures and shaking hands. More than 7,000 people attended the concert.


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