Thursday, August 03, 2006

Courteney Cox & David Arquette: Baby No. 2?

LePaparazzi Celebrity News Updates

Cox and Arquette

Courteney Cox and her husband, David Arquette, are "hoping" for a second child, the actress tells PEOPLE. "We're hoping it will happen," Cox, who stars as a tabloid editor in the upcoming F/X series Dirt, told PEOPLE last week.

A few days later, at the premiere of her animated flick Barnyard, the actress (who's usually not one for personal chit-chat on the red carpet) added, "We're thinking about it." This isn't the first time Cox, mother to 2-year-old Coco, has talked about expanding her family. "

I'm not really ready right this second," she tells Marie Claire in its August issue. "But I'll probably do it one more time." Cox, 41, who went through in-vitro fertilization to have Coco, said she plans to do IVF again, even though, she says, "It drives you crazy with the hormones." Cox calls motherhood "really hard," but worth it. "I am so nuts about my child," she tells Marie Claire.As for her parenting skills, Cox says, "I'm a good mom because I'm consistent and I set boundaries, because schedules are really important for kids, but we spoil Coco. We sing and we have fun."


Furtado single is biggest of '06 on US charts

Singer Nelly Furtado arrives at the Entertainment Weekly 'Must List' Event at the Buddha Bar in New York City June 23, 2006. Furtado's 'Promiscuous' featuring Timbaland notched a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart Thursday, and is now the longest-running No. 1 since 'Gold Digger' by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx had a 10-week reign last fall. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" featuring Timbaland notched a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart Thursday, and is now the longest-running No. 1 since "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx had a 10-week reign last fall.

Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" held at No. 2 for a fourth week, but is extremely close to knocking "Promiscuous" out of pole position next week. If "Crazy" doesn't move up one slot, it will be the first song of 2006 to peak at No. 2. The tune led the Hot Digital Songs chart for a third week.
Cassie's "Me & U" held at No. 3 on the Hot 100.

Beyonce's "Deja Vu" featuring Jay-Z rocketed 28 places to No. 4, and Black Eyed Peas vocalist Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson's "London Bridge" surged 79 places to No. 5 in its second week. It's the second biggest jump in Hot 100 history, runner-up only to this year's 86-4 move of the "High School Musical" track "Breaking Free." The tracks soared after becoming available as downloads.

Elsewhere on the chart, the Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons" featuring Snoop Dogg fell two places to No. 6, Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down" dropped two to No. 7, and Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" held at No. 8. The Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)" warmed the No. 9 spot and Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef dropped four to No. 10 to round out the top tier.

Jessica Simpson's "A Public Affair" was the Hot 100's greatest sales gainer, jumping 16 places to No. 14, and Breaking Benjamin's "The Diary of Jane" earned the top debut at No. 55.
Also new were Shareefa's "Need a Boss" featuring Ludacris (No. 91), Hannah Montana's "Best of Both Worlds" (No. 92) and Ciara's "Get Up" featuring Chamillionaire (No. 93).

Mana's "Labios Compartidos" led the Hot Latin Songs after debuting atop the chart last week, while Koji Kondo's "Super Mario Brothers Theme" maintained its pole position on Hot Ringtones for a 10th week. Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" remained atop the Adult Contemporary tally for a 15th frame.

On the Hot Country Songs tally, Rodney Atkins' "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)" rose two to No. 1, ending the three-week run of
Brad Paisley's "The World."

Three Days Grace's "Animal I Have Become" led the Mainstream Rock chart for a third week, and AFI's "Miss Murder" held atop the Modern Rock tally for a second.


Madonna Offends in Rome, Amends in Africa

Not only has Madonna dubbed her forthcoming TV special Live to Tell, but the one-named wonder is now incurring the wrath of religious leaders the world over.

What is this, 1986?

Rome's Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders have banded together to bash the Material Girl for moving forward with plans to perform a mock-crucifixion at her stage show there on Sunday.

Father Manfredo Leone of Rome's Santa Maria Liberatice church told Reuters that the pop star's latest shock shtick, namely being suspended on a 20-foot mirrored cross while donning a crown of fake thorns, "is disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative."

"Being raised on a cross with a crown of thorns like a modern Christ is absurd," Leone said. "Doing it in the cradle of Christianity comes close to blasphemy."
Further inflaming the situation is the fact that Madonna's show is set to take place at Rome's Olympic Stadium, which, at just a mile away from the gates of Vatican City, is a bit too close for comfort for the religious leaders.

"I think her idea is in the worst taste and she'd do better to go home," Mario Scialoja, the head of Italy's Muslim League told the news service.

Riccardo Pacifici, the spokesman of the Roman Jewish community, agreed, telling Reuters that Madonna should pull the offending routine from the Rome show.

Courting controversy, particularly the religious kind, is a bit of a pastime for the Kabbalah convert.

Her Jesus-channeling performance irked Catholics both Stateside and in her adopted home of England when she debuted the routine on the North American leg of her Confessions tour in May.

The Church of England denounced the performance before it even hit their shores, asking "why would someone with so much talent seem to feel the need to promote herself by offending so many people?"

Meanwhile, Catholic League President Bill O'Donohue told the singer to "knock off the Christ-bashing. It's just pathetic."

It's not the first time a Madonna tour has drawn the ire of the church. In 1990, no less a leader than the pope himself called for a boycott of the Blond Ambition tour because of her salacious "Like a Virgin" choreography.

Prior to that controversy, the Vatican voiced protests to the icon's "Like A Prayer" video, which featured burning crosses and a black Jesus figure.

For her part, Madonna defended the set piece's imagery by saying its part of an appeal to her audience to get concert-goers to donate to AIDS charities.

The 47-year-old shock vet performs the '80s ballad "Live to Tell" while descending on the cross, with images of Third World poverty and numbers representing the 12 million children orphaned by AIDS in Africa displayed on a screen behind her.

Bringing awareness to the plight has long been a pet project of the Grammy winner, who recently detailed the extent of her commitment to Time magazine.

The Queen of Pop has announced plans to raise at least $3 million to aid orphans in Malawi, with the money going toward a care center, as well as improved economic, food and health programs for the area.

The center, which breaks ground next week, is expected to feed and educate up to 1,000 Malawi children.

"For the last few years--now that I have children and now that I have what I consider to be a better perspective on life--I have felt responsible for the children of the world," she told the magazine.

"I've been doing bits and bobs about it and I suppose I was looking for a big, big project I could sink my teeth into."

In addition to the fundraising and the new center, Madonna is also financing a $1 million documentary about the region's orphans, and has met with President Bill Clinton and other prominent officials about bringing low-cost medicine to the region.

The pop star is expected to touch down in Africa in October to oversee the center's development. The final leg of her Confessions tour ends Sept. 21 in Japan.

Madonna's primetime concert special, Live To Tell, airs on NBC this November.


Spokeswoman: Marie Osmond was hospitalized

Entertainer Marie Osmond speaks at a North Little Rock, Ark., Sam's Club store Wednesday, April 27, 2005. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, file)

SALT LAKE CITY - Marie Osmond was hospitalized for a bad reaction to medication, a spokeswoman said Wednesday, denying reports that the singer had attempted suicide.

She basically had an adverse reaction to some medication she was taking and she blacked out," spokeswoman Amy Hawkes said.

Osmond, who lives in Utah County about 30 miles from Salt Lake City, spent a couple of days at Timpanogos Regional Medical Center in Orem last week, Hawkes said.

"She's doing fine. She's vacationing with her family right now," she said.
The National Enquirer reported in its Aug. 14 edition that Osmond's hospitalization was the result of a failed suicide attempt.

"We deal with those tabloids all the time," said Karl Engemann, Osmond's manager. "You get tired of responding. It's like punching Jell-O."

He would not say what kind of medication she was taking or what it was for.
A message left at the National Enquirer's offices after regular business hours Wednesday was not immediately returned.


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