Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Actress SALMA HAYEK has fuelled reports she is back with her ex-fiance FRANCOIS-HENRI PINAULT after the couple was spotted together at his Balenciaga fashion show in Paris, France on Tuesday (30Sep08).
Hayek and the French billionaire announced their split in July (08).
But the pair, who share one-year-old daughter Valentina together, appear to have reunited after attending the high-profile event during Paris Fashion Week.
An onlooker tells People.com, "(They were) very friendly together, looking happy. They weren't holding hands but were definitely side by side."
The public outing comes just weeks after they were seen out together in Los Angeles.
Lawyers launch court bid for cash on behalf of actor's daughter Matilda.
Heath Ledger's former lawyer is suing over a $10 million life insurance policy that has yet to be paid following the actor's death in January aged 28.
It was taken out just 7 months before he died after taking prescription drugs at his apartment in New York – and ReliaStar says it wants to look into the details of his death.
The overdose was ruled accidental by coroners but ReliaStar has stated it wants to interview his close friend Mary-Kate Olsen, the masseuse who found Heath and other friends, co-stars and doctors to determine if it could have been suicide – which would mean the company does not have to pay out.
The money was intended to go into a trust for his daughter Matilda, 3 next month, from his relationship with Brokeback Mountain co-star Michelle Williams.
'There's a young girl whose father died who is entitled to this money, and ReliaStar is doing everything it can to avoid paying,' attorney William Shernoff says in a statement.
'There's not a shred of evidence it was suicide.'
He accuses the company of dragging out the payment, saying a lawsuit could take years to resolve.
A hearing has been set for 1 December.
Actor thinks his ex-wife should move on
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Dennis Quaid has blasted his ex-wife Meg Ryan for accusing him of adultery.
The actress, 46, had a brief affair with her Proof Of Life co-star Russell Crowe in 2000.
But last week she claimed Dennis had also been unfaithful during their marriage.
'It was eight years ago, and I find it unbelievable that Meg continues publicly to rehash and rewrite the story of our relationship,' Dennis told New York Daily News.
'Also, I find it regrettable that our son Jack has to be reminded in a public way of the turmoil and pain that every child feels in a divorce.'
Dennis, 54, has since remarried Kimberly Buffington and the couple had twins in November.
'I myself moved on years ago and am fortunate to have a happy, beautiful family,' he added.
Meg is currently starring in the film The Women.
Singer is keen to see lion cubs on safari
George Michael is enjoying a holiday in Africa with partner Kenny Goss.
The singer was cautioned for possessing class A and class C drugs last Friday.
And insiders reckon he needs time away from the spotlight to get his life back on track.
‘Kenny booked the holiday weeks ago,' an insider tells the Daily Mirror. 'George was particularly keen to see lion cubs.
'He was determined to see the Big Five - buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino.
‘They're doing the whole open jeep thing, going out with a tracker and a guide.
'In Africa, no one hassles George - he's treated just like any other tourist.’
In 1998, George, 45, was arrested for lewd conduct in a public toilet in California.
And in May 2007 he was given a two-year ban after pleading guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs.
He is set to perform at an AIDS concert in Texas this month.
George Michael jets off to Africa.
Actress says she's got a potty mouth
Keira Knightley reckons she’s picked up some bad habits from her mum Sharman MacDonald.
The actress - who doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs – says she can’t help muttering obscenities.
‘That is my vice, swearing,’ she admits. 'I really enjoy it.
'But you know what, my mum swears quite a lot while my dad does not swear.’
Meanwhile, Keira, 23, hopes to star in a remake of My Fair Lady with George Clooney, 47.
‘It’s an interesting prospect,’ she tells the Daily Mirror. ‘But there’s nothing concrete.’
Her next role is in The Beautiful And The Damned, which she starts shooting in spring.
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Monday, September 29, 2008
PAUL Newman's death has left Hollywood reeling.
And many stars -- and politicians -- have come out to pay tribute to the late actor, who died Friday after losing his battle with cancer.
Robert Redford: "There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life – and this country – is better for his being in it."
George Clooney: "He set the bar too high for the rest of us. Not just actors, but all of us."
Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy, who men wanted to be like and women adored. He was an American icon, a brilliant actor, a Renaissance man and a generous but modest philanthropist.
"He entertained millions in some of Hollywood's most memorable roles ever, and he brightened the lives of many more, especially seriously ill children, through his charitable works. Paul was one of a kind. The beloved film star will be missed by a world of fans and admirers. Maria and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Joanne Woodward, his entire family and his many friends."
Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Clinton: "Paul was an American icon, philanthropist and champion for children. We will miss our dear friend, whose continued support always meant the world to us. Our prayers and thoughts are with Joanne and the Newman family and the many people who Paul impacted through his endless kindness and generosity."
Julia Roberts: "He was my hero."
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in January 1925, Newman served in the Navy in World War II. He hoped of being accepted for pilot training, but his plan was foiled when a flight physical revealed him to be color blind
He eventually became a radioman and gunner.
After the war, he completed his degree at Kenyon College, graduating in 1949. Newman later studied acting at Yale University and under Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio in New York.
He was best known for his role in 1967's Cool Hand Luke, and for starring opposite his close friend Robert Redford in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and 1973's The Sting.
He was nominated for 10 Oscars in his 50-year-long career, winning the Best Actor accolade for his role in The Color of Money in 1986.
He also won two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award and an Emmy award.
In 2007, he announced his retirement, admitting he was too old to continue his work in Hollywood.
Newman said, "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."
Newman was also famed for his charity work. Following the death of his only son Scott from an accidental drug overdose in 1978, the star set up the Scott Newman Center for drug abuse prevention.
He was also the founder of food company Newman's Own, from which he donated all profits and royalties to charity.
Newman is survived by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward and their three daughters, Elinor, Melissa and Claire. He also has two daughters, Susan and Stephanie from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.
"Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist...Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: 'I'’s been a privilege to be here.' He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family," read a statement from Paul's three daughters with Joanne Woodward: Elinor, Melissa and Claire.
Couple give fans an opportunity to meet them
Victoria and David Beckham have launched their latest perfume Signature in New York.
The couple greeted hundreds of fans at Macy’s department store on Saturday.
Some waited for up to four hours to catch a glimpse of the pair.
Victoria wore a Giambattista Valli grey shift dress and thigh-high PVC boots while David donned a striped Tom Ford suit.
They signed autographs and bottles of their new fragrance, Beckham Signature For Him and Beckham Signature For Her.
Meanwhile, Posh, 34, and David, 33, are said to have been offered £500,000 to show up at the launch of a luxury new hotel in Dubai.
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Glamour model keen to work with Simon Cowell
Jordan is said to be in talks with Simon Cowell about appearing as a guest judge on American Idol.
The pop guru, 48, invited the glamour model to see the hit US show last season but she was too busy.
‘I’m sure we’ll go to dinner and see what happens,’ she says. ‘I’m a huge American Idol fan.
'I’d definitely be interested in doing something with him.’
Jordan, 30, real name Katie Price, has just bought a £4million mansion in LA with husband Peter Andre, 35.
‘We’re going out for four months in January and the new house is all set,’ she tells the Daily Mirror.
‘We’re in the middle of buying so hopefully it will all go through. It’s in LA but not near the Beckhams or anyone like that.'
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds married on Saturday (27.09.08).
'The Other Boleyn Girl' actress and her 'Definitely, Maybe' star beau tied the knot in a remote resort near Vancouver, Canada, Scarlett's representative confirmed.
Scarlett, 23, and Ryan, 31, were joined by guests including the actress' mother Melanie Sloan and her brother Adrian Johansson at the intimate ceremony.
The news has shocked the showbiz world, as Scarlett said only last month she had no intention of rushing into marriage, insisting: "We're just enjoying our time. We're just recently - very recently - engaged. So, you know, we're just taking it easy. And no big plan yet. But it's a good time and we're just enjoying our time to be young and engaged.
"I mean, I'm 23. There's no reason to rush into it. Everything feels very natural and relaxed."
The couple - who had been dating since spring 2007 - first announced their engagement in May, when Scarlett showed off her $30,000 diamond engagement ring at the Met Costume Ball Gala in New York.
Heather Locklear was charged with driving under the influence of prescription medication on Saturday night (27.09.08).
The former 'Melrose Place' actress - who checked herself into an Arizona treatment facility in June to seek treatment for "anxiety and depression" - was stopped at around 4.30pm after displaying erratic behaviour while driving in Barbara County, California.
Tom Marshall, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP), said: "Around 4.30pm, a female witness saw Heather Locklear driving erratically while leaving a parking lot. The witness said Locklear was revving her engine loudly, and backed over a pair of sunglasses several times.
"The witness called 911 because she was concerned for Locklear's safety. When a CHP officer arrived, Locklear was found seated inside her vehicle, which was partially blocking the roadway.
"Because Locklear appeared disoriented and impaired, she was taken to a local CHP station and drug and alcohol tests were administered. She was cooperative. Alcohol was ruled out as a factor, but based on the officer's observations, we believe Locklear was under the influence of prescription medication."
The 47-year-old actress was taken to a local jail at around 7pm, where she was charged with driving under the influence of prescription medication.
She was released at 11pm on $5,000 bail.
Victoria Beckham wears socks and gloves in bed.
The former Spice Girl sleeps naked apart from white cotton gloves and thick socks in an attempt to halt the ageing process.
Victoria, who is married to soccer star David Beckham, said: "I put really thick foot lotion on with socks before I go to sleep. I also use thick hand cream with gloves at the same time.
"David thinks I'm loony because I get into bed with gloves and socks on."
The 34-year-old star claims the bizarre ritual is one of her top 10 beauty secrets, and admits she also takes great care to ensure her eyebrows are in tip top condition.
She said: "I spend more time on them then I used to. I always thought, 'Oh, they're just brows.' But now I pay attention to them. I brush them and I'm careful not to over-pluck."
Victoria - who moved to Los Angeles with David and their children Brooklyn, nine, Romeo, five and Cruz, three, last year - also opened up about her newfound love of exercise.
The famously image-conscious star used to despise exercising, but has become a fan of Pilates since moving to America.
She is quoted by Britain's The Sun newspaper as saying: "I've done Pilates four times and I'm going to get more into it. I absolutely hate sportswear and I hate flat shoes.
"For Pilates, you can wear socks and you don't sweat. I'm not big on that either."
Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollea, will be released from jail Oct. 21, three months earlier than his original sentence. His sister Brooke says she's ready to help her brother put back on the pounds he lost in jail. "I'm going to make him anything he wants. We're just going to chow down because all he's been eating is yucky jail food."
Maybe now she and her family can get back to a normal life … well, as normal as it can be. "We're definitely one of the crazy ones," she admits of her family. "I used to always think we were the normal group of people, and it just shows you that you can't really stay away from stuff going wrong."
Yes, it has been a tough year for the Hogans. Despite the parents' current divorce battle, Brooke says she hopes the media will start focusing on more positive things once Nick's jail sentence is behind them. "They focus on things I wouldn't like them to focus on. I would love the public and the media to focus on what an adventurous kind of person I am and that I live a clean, healthy life and have fun with my friends, but that's not interesting. They like to focus on the dirt," she notes.
For now, her plan is to not pay attention to the naysayers. "It's a lot easier when you don't listen to what people say. Sometimes it gets to me, but most of the time I can just let it roll off my shoulder. The emotional baggage does add up and explode sometimes, but I try not to dwell on the negative." And, hey, at least she has a hit TV show on her hands! "We actually broke VH1's history," she says of her reality show "Brooke Knows Best." "'Hogan Knows Best' broke VH1's history, and then we broke 'Hogan Knows Best's' history. I told my dad, "Brooke knows best, b----!"
Kim Kardashian is blaming the camera for boosting the size of her bootylicious butt and claims that in reality she is wafer thin.
The Dancing With The Stars contestant - who is currently dating American football player Reggie Bush - has admitted that when people meet her they cannot believe how skinny she is.
She said, "I look a lot bigger on TV. When I meet people, the first thing they say is, 'Wow, you're so much smaller than I thought'.
“I look about 15 lbs heavier. I'm only 115 lbs, and everyone thinks I'm like 130 or 140. It's bizarre. I'm a US size 2!"
Kim added that since beginning dance rehearsals for the American TV show she has lost weight: “I've lost a few pounds - nothing too crazy yet, but I heard you really start to lose weight when the show starts."
We're not so sure her voluptuous behind will be shrinking anytime soon!
RYAN PHILLIPPE's relationship with actress ABBIE CORNISH is going "great", according to their STOP-LOSS co-star ROB BROWN.
The couple recently went public with their romance - months after they were first linked - and their love is going from strength to strength.
Brown tells People.com, "They're great. I was with them last night. They're good people."
Earlier this year (08), Phillippe opened up about his 2006 split and subsequent divorce from actress Reese Witherspoon, describing it as "the darkest, saddest place I had ever been".
At the time of their split, Phillippe's relationship with Cornish was blamed for the breakdown of his marriage, but the actor denied he had ever been unfaithful to Witherspoon.
And Brown insists Phillippe is coping well since the divorce was finalised last year (07).
He adds, "He's all right. He's in good spirits and he seems happy. And I'm happy for him."
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ELLEN DeGeneres says getting wed to long-term love Portia de Rossi has changed her life for the better.
"My heart just feels a little bit different, softer and somehow more in love," she told the Associated Press in an interview for anti-cancer messages she recently recorded. "I don't know how. But it just feels really romantic and lovely."
"I just feel really blessed," said DeGeneres, who recently came out against California's Proposition 8 prohibiting same-sex marriages. "I keep saying 'my girlfriend,' but I have to go to 'wife.'"
DeGeneres, 50, has recorded a collection of phone messages doubling as health wake-up calls for women.
The messages, part of October's national breast cancer awareness drive, are themed around "Help yourself fight breast cancer," and can be delivered by online request.
"I went into a studio and recorded a million different (versions): 'Hi, this is Ellen DeGeneres and your sister told me to remind you that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month,'" she said. " 'Your teacher told me to call you,' 'Your neighbor told me to call you,' 'Your cousin,' 'Your mother.'"
DeGeneres said it's her annual mission to discover a new anti-breast cancer program to support. "My mom, 30 years ago, had a mastectomy. It's changed my life because I'm highly aware I'm vulnerable to this disease and I get a mammogram every year," she said.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Perhaps in the biggest sign that Ginger Spice is no more, Geri Halliwell has dyed her famous strawberry blonde locks a luscious dark brown.
Leaving a radio station in London on Friday, the children's author, who had been talking about her Ugenia Lavender books, was almost unrecognisable from the bubbly character she portrayed in her time with the Spice Girls.
Mum-of-one Geri, who is also a United Nations ambassador, announced earlier this year that she was giving up singing to concentrate on her highly successful series of children's book, which follow the adventures of a nine-year-old girl and her pals.
"I really feel like I've done it with the singing," said the 36-year-old. "I just feel really comfortable writing and reading."
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Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony, Matthew McConauhey check out pyjama-inspired looks at D&G's Milan show
Italian fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented a 'come to bed'-based collection this week in Milan.
With VIP guests including Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony in the audience for the D&G show, the designers unveiled their new line for spring entitled "Pyjama Baroque".
Traditional men's pyjamas are the inspiration for the designs, which encompassed silk pyjama jackets in red and navy polka-dots styled with ostrich feather and crystal bead skirts.
The pyjama top was even presented as the ideal choice for an evening out. In a silvery hue it lent its lines to the top half of a ballgown - teamed with a metallic tulle crinoline embellished with dozens of silk roses, peonies and camellias.
The alternative tack received an enthusiastic reception from front row guests, who also included Dita Von Teese and new parents Matthew McConaughey and his Brazilian model partner Camilla Alves. All moved onto designer Domenico's golden age-themed 50th birthday party.
At Versace the approach for next season was futuristic, with boxy, spaceman-inspired jackets, the silhouettes of which were textured with gleaming, gold and silver crocodile-style detailing. Another collection highlight was a series of mini-dresses in candy pink, fluorescent yellow and monochrome.
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Victoria Beckham is still loved up with husband David – saying they hardly ever fall out.
The singer relocated to the States with Becks last year when he moved to LA Galaxy.
‘I can’t remember what the last row we had was about,’ she tells The Sun.
‘I think the older you get, you tend not to row as much.
'I’m not going to lie and say we don’t row – obviously we do – but we don’t that much.
‘David is very stubborn. I’m a lot easier to live with now I’m content and working – when I’m busy like now.’
Posh, 34, is currently working on her new fashion line, which received rave reviews at New York Fashion Week.
She has been married to David, 33, for nine years and they have three sons together.
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Kelly Osbourne has had a pop at Victoria Beckham's new barnet.
‘She’s too skinny to have hair that short,’ she says.
‘To get away with that, you need to have something soft about your face.’
But that wasn’t the only thing Kelly, 23, noticed when she saw Posh, 34, at New York Fashion Week.
‘I was directly across from her and Jennifer Lopez,’ she tells the Daily Star.
‘I know it’s not my place to say, and hope I’m so wrong, but I’ve never seen two people pretend to like each other more in my life.
'They were holding hands, but it looked like Victoria was holding a shitty bit of toilet paper!’
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LOS ANGELES - Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds did a little rushing into it after all. The couple married this weekend, according to publicist Meredith O'Sullivan. She did not provide details.
Us Weekly reported on its Web site Sunday that the small wedding took place at a resort outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests included Scarlett's mother, Melanie Sloan, and her brother, Adrian Johansson, the magazine said.
The couple announced their engagement in May.
"We're just enjoying our time," the actress said last month. "We're just recently — very recently — engaged. So, you know, we're just taking it easy. And no big plan yet. But it's a good time and we're just ... enjoying our time to be young and engaged.
"I mean, I'm 23. There's no reason to rush into it. Everything feels very natural and relaxed."
Johansson most recently starred in the Woody Allen film "V CB." Reynolds starred on the TV show "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" and the romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe."
Kate Moss wants to give up pouting for the cameras after she turns 35 next year.
The Croydon-born star is said to be keen to try her hand at music instead.
'She has told everyone she won't carry on modelling after she turns 35 and that fashion designing, song writing and being a singer will slowly take over,' a source tells the Sunday Express.
Kate, who frequently took to the stage with ex Pete Doherty, 29, when they were together, is said to have started writing material with The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince, 39, before they broke up.
She's thought to get her inspiration from daughter Lila Grace, 5.
'Kate says: "It's all about Lila. She knows which songs are good and which are rubbish so I go by her,"' the source adds.
Victoria Beckham has revealed that her and husband David's perfume company is worth a whopping £109 million.
The firm has earned the huge amount just 2 years after it launched and Posh is confident it will continue to grow.
‘We’ve just had some great news from our fragrance business – it’s now worth £109 million and we haven’t even scratched the surface in America. That’s not including my jeans or sunglasses range,’ she tells The Sun.
‘Things are really positive for me and I feel so content. I feel proud of myself because I’ve worked for it and, let’s face it, I don’t have to.’
Victoria, 34, and David, 33, launch their new his and hers range Signature in New York this week.
Their first line, Intimately, went on sale in 2006.
Courtney Love has turned to MySpace to help find a cleaner.
The rock chick says she's looking for someone trustworthy and 'normal' in the call-out to fans.
In the message, she appeals for help finding the perfect domestic.
'Is anyone [an] insanely clean neat-freak, near Malibu? I need a non-thieving, non-freaky housekeeper,' she writes.
'I know this is weird [but] the agencies suck and I'm sick of PIGS who steal, it's as simple as that. So f** it, why not try MySpace. No superfans please. And it's very good money.'
Courtney, 44, also says she need a PA and film-maker.
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Elle Macpherson has revealed that she uses saucy lingerie to make her feel sexier.
The model, who has her own range of underwear Elle Macpherson Intimates, believes sexy undies are the key to staying upbeat.
‘When I was younger I used to wear stockings and suspenders under boys’ jeans,’ she says.
‘It’s a little secret. Lingerie can engender confidence.’
Elle, 44, is also proud that her racy collection has proved critics wrong since going on sale in the States.
‘People said: “You’re never going to make money! In the American market people like black, white and tan bras and they don’t want to see any lace,”’ she tells Style magazine.
‘And in fact we are number one in a lot of areas in America.’
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Gloria Estefan has revealed that she and Madonna share a strong maternal instinct.
The Latin singer was seriously injured in a bus crash in 1990 and feared she would be left infertile, but she went on to have daughter Emily, 13, and was happy to share her secrets to conceiving with Madge.
‘Madonna was over to dinner and all we talked about was babies,’ she says. ‘My baby, the problems I’d had conceiving after breaking my back, the baby she wanted at 37.
'So I gave her 2 tips. One, have a pain-killing epidural injection. Two, if you want to help nature, get your legs in the air!’
Gloria, 50, who also has a son Nayib, 28, adds that making love with husband Emilio Estefan, 55, after suffering such traumatic injuries was difficult.
‘The first time Emilio and I had sex after the accident was such a strange feeling,’ she tells the Daily Mail. ‘It all felt very alien. My body wasn’t my own any more.’
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Britney Spears apparently straddles a hunky dancer in her new video for Womanzier.
The singer, 26, started shooting the clip at Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant and Elevate Lounge in LA this week.
And insiders say she had to perform an erotic scene with a man dressed in a suit.
‘She seems to be all business,’ an onlooker tells Us Weekly.
‘She'd just do one thing after another and then on to the next.’
Britney is also said to suck on cherries in the video, while she sports fake tattoos and back leather trousers.
Womanizer hits record stores in the UK on 24 November and her album Circus a week later, on her 27th birthday.
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He's said to be moving in with his mum
Amy Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil will reportedly leave Edmunds Hill Prison in the next few days.
The jailbird is said to have accepted an offer of early release on the condition he moves in with his mum Georgette in Lincolnshire.
Blake, 26, will also be required to wear an electronic tag and obey a 7pm curfew.
‘Amy is obviously chuffed,’ a source tells The Sun. ‘But more surprisingly, even her family and friends are pleased.
'Because Blake will have to lead this disciplined life to keep in line with his conditions of release, they are hoping it will rub off on her too.'
Blake, who was sentenced to 27 months for GBH and attempting to pervert the course of justice, will apparently get a cab to Amy's Camden home everyday.
He is said to have rejected two previous offers of early release but changed his mind because he's homesick.
Meanwhile, Amy's forked out to send her goddaughter Dionne, 12, a budding musician, to LA to work with producers on her first album.
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Scary Spice shifting stuff from her UK home
Mel B is selling off personal possessions from her UK home to raise cash for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Scary Spice, 33, has launched the website melbsale.com to run an online auction where fans can bid for her stuff.
Items up for grabs include Mel's motorbike, grand piano, meditation chair, dining table, harp, toaster and her personal copy of Spice World: The Movie.
Five Roberto Cavalli outfits from the recent Spice Girls comeback tour and her iconic leopard skin costume are also for sale.
‘I feel happy to be able to contribute to such an important cause,’ she tells Now Online.
‘As a mother it was important to me to be a part of an organisation that provides clinical, emotional and financial support to children and young people with cancer, and their families.
‘Every single one of these items has a personal value to me and I have no doubt that there will be something in the auction for everyone out there. I hope that people have fun bidding on a piece of me.’
The auction runs from today until Sunday at 8pm.
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Girls Aloud star had to toughen up for The X Factor
Cheryl Cole has revealed Simon Cowell thought she was a pushover when she first started on The X Factor.
The Girls Aloud star, who replaced judge Sharon Osbourne, 55, admits she was too weak in the beginning.
‘I was saying yes to tone deaf people for about four hours on the first day,’ she tells Radio 1. 'And I was trying to make people feel more comfortable.
‘It got to the point where Simon said “you're making yourself look silly. You need to be honest, don't patronise people, just be honest”.
‘I felt a bit out of my depth at first. I was terrified and definitely had reservations, but once I got into it I loved it.’
Meanwhile, Cheryl, 25, wants to buy her home football team Newcastle United following owner Mike Ashley's decision to sell the club.
But she reckons she needs bandmates Sarah Harding, 26, Nadine Coyle, 23, Nicola Roberts, 22, and Kimberley Walsh, 26, to contribute.
'I'm doing everything I can think of,' she says.
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THERE'S no doubt she's Mummy's girl: Nestled in Nicole Kidman's arms, two-month-old Sunday Rose showed off her strawberry blonde hair.
And although Nicole wore a cap as she carried her daughter in London on Friday, the few strands that escaped were a perfect match.
It is the first time Sunday Rose's face has been seen in public. Her 41-year-old mum is filming in the capital and has spent a month rehearsing for the musical Nine, with Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson. She is expected to be there until Christmas.
Nicole gave birth to Sunday Rose, named after the Australian art collector Sunday Reeve, in July in Nashville, where she lives with hubby Keith Urban, 40. He is with her in the UK.
She also has two adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise – Isabella, 15, and Connor, 13. She and Urban are reportedly planning to move to Los Angeles to be closer to them. But although Sunday Rose is small enough to pick up and go, Nicole may find her entourage a little less portable. It consists of a nanny, a chef, a driver, a bodyguard and a personal assistant.
Nicole recently attributed the "miracle" birth of her daughter to the health-giving pristine waters in which she swam while filming the Baz Luhrmann-directed epic Australia in a remote location in Western Australia.
Nicole told Australian Women's Weekly: "I never thought that I would get pregnant and give birth to a child but it happened on this movie.
"My miracle pregnancy came after a plunge in an Outback fertility waterfall.
"Seven babies were conceived out of this film and only one was a boy.
"There is something up there in the Kununurra water because we all went swimming in the waterfalls, so we can call it the fertility waters now."
Nicole and her family have relocated to London temporarily while she rehearses for Nine.
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Kerry Katona has hit out at David Beckham for picking up his children from school in a Rolls Royce.
The reality TV star, who was recently declared bankrupt, thinks he’s showing off.
‘What the hell was David Beckham thinking when he was driving round LA recently?’ she writes in her OK! diary.
‘I couldn’t believe it when I spotted him in his Rolls Royce off to pick up his kids with his entourage.
'He was acting like sodding royalty with his police escort jeeps behind him! Has he ever heard of the school bus?’
David, 33, has a fleet of luxury cars including a Bentley Continental GT, a BMW X5, an Aston Martin DB7 and a Porsche 911 (993) Turbo.
And Kerry, 28, is also no stranger to extravagant wheels.
She spent £200,000 on his ‘n’ hers cars for herself and husband Mark Croft in May.
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Janet Jackson has ended her working relationship with Island Records.
The singer became frustrated with the label when she claimed it had stopped promoting her new album Discipline.
‘At her request, the record label has agreed to dissolve their working relationship,’ her rep tells People.
‘Now more than 20 years after the release of her iconic album, Control, Janet will have autonomy over her career, without the restrictions of a label system.’
Despite parting ways with the company, Janet, 42, will continue her Rock Witchu tour across America.
She signed to Island Records in July 2007.
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His first born is getting used to new sibling
Gavin Rossdale says his son Kingston is adjusting to having a baby brother.
The musician's wife Gwen Stefani gave birth to Zuma Nesta Rock on the 21 August.
But two-year-old Kingston isn’t sure how he feels about the new arrival.
‘Kingston thinks he's alright and is getting used to him,’ Gavin tells Us Weekly.
‘I think at first there was probably a little concern that [Zuma] might be staying over!’
But he and Gwen, 38, are enjoying the challenge of parenthood.
‘Every day is some sort of adjustment to the day before,’ Gavin, 40, wrote on his blog.
'It's been pretty busy on the home front, of course. There's been visits and people and precious time.’
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Singer thinks Prince Harry’s girlfriend is nuts
Amy Winehouse is convinced she could become best pals with Chelsy Davy.
The singer, 25, reckons Prince Harry’s girlfriend, 22, would be great company.
‘I think she is nuts and I know we would hit it off,’ she tells the Daily Record. ‘She should come on a night out with me.
'I know Harry is a fan, so he could drop her off.’
Meanwhile, Amy’s friends are concerned she’s taking too long to record her third album.
‘With all the problems surrounding her personal issues and addictions we are really concerned it will never get finished,’ a pal tells The Sun.
'Unless she sorts herself out and gets some focus it might never happen.’
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Hollywood legend loses battle with cancer
Paul Newman has passed away his agent Marni Tomljanovic has confirmed.
He died of cancer on Friday at the age of 83.
The 10-times Oscar nominated actor starred with Robert Redford in blockbuster Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting.
Paul won the Academy Award for his role in 1987's The Color Of Money.
The keen amateur chef developed a range of Newman's Own pasta sauces which are loved by millions worldwide.
Launched 25 years ago, Paul called his supermarket best-sellers 'a joke that got out of control' and was astonished by the brand's success. He gave all the profits to charity.
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie really in trouble? The couple known worldwide as Brangelina has had all sorts of reports that they are headed for a break up and they got so bad last week that they even sent out a rep to deny the mounting reports of problems. Now they are again on the cover of In Touch this week and the magazine reports that since the birth of the couple's twins, there are struggles.
Trouble in Paradise: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Woes Continue? (Image: Wenn)
Vivienne and Knox, on July 12, Angelina, who some medical experts suggest if suffering from postpartum depression, has been dissatisfied with Brad. "He's grown used to her mood swings, so he just tries to stay cool," says the insider. "If she doesn't want to see him, he stays away, but it breaks his heart not being around the kids."
As Angelina's moods darkened, Brad started "making excuses to sneak away," the insider adds, according to the report from the magazine. His absences only served to make Angelina angrier. "The burden of these kids has been placed firmly on Angelina's shoulders," a friend of the actress' explains. "Brad's not there for the dirty diapers, runny noses and midnight feedings."
When the couple was together, they fought, the report claims. The workers who tend the estate's grapevines regularly say Angelina screaming at Brad on the terrace. "I was very surprised at the change in the relationship," a local reveals. "Brad acted bored and impatient around Angelina. They were two people living separate lives under the same roof."
It wasn't always like that. When the couple first moved to Chateau Miraval to await the twins' birth with their other children, they were a happy couple. "They were very loving and affectionate," a local says. "They would hold hands and talk like lovers."
But Brad isn't behaving like his heart is in it anymore. He joked to friends that he loves having the kids "but not the wife" during a photo shoot on August 23. Another source suggests he often tried to avoid her when Angelina strolled in the garden.
PINK hasn't been put off the prospect of getting married again.
The Trouble hitmaker -- who recently divorced from husband Carey Hart -- insists she is not dating -- but should Mr Right come along she is not going to let her last experience of marriage put her off.
Pink, real name Alecia Moore, explains, "I cannot wait to get married again.
"I love love. I am not afraid of it. All the heartache does not deter me. I think all the yumminess of love far outweighs the pain.
"I really do not know if I will end up getting married again. Who knows? I have no real plan. It's just pretty much all fun and games."
Actress ASHLEY OLSEN is reportedly dating NATIONAL TREASURE star JUSTIN BARTHA - after they were spotted enjoying a night out together in Las Vegas.
Bartha is currently on location in the gambling Mecca, where he is believed to be filming new movie The Hangover.
Olsen, 22, flew to the city earlier this week (beg22Sep08) and was photographed attending a performance of musical Jersey Boys with Bartha on Tuesday (23Sep08), before they headed off for an intimate dinner together.
A source tells FoxNews.com, "(They) couldn't keep their hands off each other. They were rubbing each other, hand-touching and there was barely a break in their conversation.
"It's pretty serious. Ashley is really comfortable with Justin. It's a good fit."
Find out what to expect from the Womanizer promo...
Britney Spears' new video is shaping up to be her most raunchy yet, according to on-set reports.
Britney's single Womanizer debuted today on New York's Z100-FM, and the pressure is now on to create some head-turning visuals to match her catchy lyrics.
And, according to witnesses at her video shoot on Wednesday, we think she may have succeeded.
An onlooker tells Us Weekly that we can look forward to the sight of a tattoo'd Britney writhing around a Sushi restaurant clad in leather pants and sucking on cherries, all the while straddling a gorgeous suited and booted man.
But it seems the star's outrageous on screen behaviour wasn't a reflection of work attitude.
The witness adds, "She seems to be all business. She'd just do one thing after another and then on to the next."
Jennifer Aniston is desperate to rekindle her relationship with ex-boyfriend John Mayer.
The former 'Friends' actress - who split from the 'Gravity' singer last month - is reportedly phoning John every day in a bid to show him what he is missing.
A source said: "Jennifer reached out to John first. She had a few glasses of wine - then decided to throw caution to the wind and make the first move.
"John was pleasantly surprised to hear from her. He says they've been in contact pretty much every day since and he's really looking forward to seeing her again soon."
However, it is claimed John is more concerned about the change in Jennifer's lifestyle - after she has been regularly photographed out drinking with friends - than getting back together with the brunette beauty.
The source added to the MailOnline website: "Jennifer's friends are worried. She's had a really tough time since the break-up and the more time goes on, she realises how much John still means to her. Basically, she's still in love with him and has had a really tough time letting go."
Jennifer - who is divorced from Brad Pitt - is also reportedly finding it difficult to change the way she approaches relationships.
The source continued: "Jen just needs to be careful about not being so needy and vulnerable when it comes to men. Unfortunately, partying tends to bring that side out of her and she's a lot more appealing to John when she parties less."
Bridget Jones actress says she found two lumps
Renee Zellweger has revealed she had a cancer scare 12 years ago.
The actress was worried when she found two lumps in her breasts during self examination.
‘I thought, “Oh, I know what you do now. You find out what that is.” So I went and found out,’ she tells Self magazine.
‘I was like, “Let's just have it over with. Get in there, stab away, get your little crunchy bit or whatever you're looking for, put it in the mail and we'll call it a day.”
'Then I had a weird couple of days waiting for the phone call.’
Renee, 39, was later diagnosed with fibroadenomas - benign breast tumours – which she describes as ‘a fancy word for nothing.’
But she says the experience changed her: 'I pay attention, I do get my check-ups.’
Actor said to be keen after seeing model on TV
George Clooney apparently wants to rekindle his romance with ex Lisa Snowdon after watching her on Strictly Come Dancing.
George, 47, who split from waitress Sarah Larson, 29, in May, dated Lisa on and off for five years from 2000.
‘Prior to the show starting, George sent Lisa a “good luck” text,’ says a source. ‘It was the first time they'd had any contact for some time.
'Lisa was pretty amazed but assumed that would be the last of it.
‘Instead, after the show George sent her another text, this one was along the lines of “Wow!”’
Insiders claim George is even thinking about seeing Lisa dance with partner Brendan Cole, 32, in person.
‘He has promised to send a bouquet to her dressing room and the talk backstage is he may make a surprise appearance in London in the coming weeks,’ the source tell the Daily Mirror.
‘Now that he's single, gossip is spreading like wildfire that he wants to woo Lisa back.’
Singer sobs that she 'can't do this any more'
Amy Winehouse shocked fans last night with her gaunt appearance at The End Of The Summer Ball in London.
The singer was supporting her 12-year-old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on stage atthe charity gig in Mayfair.
‘It was tragic, she seemed totally wasted,’ an onlooker tells the Daily Mail.
‘She was jumping all over Dionne as the poor girl tried to sing for the crowd. Amy didn’t really sing a single note - it sounded more like she was grunting down the mic.'
But things took a turn for the worse when Amy, 24, is said to have collapsed backstage sobbing, telling pals: 'Life can't go on. I can't do this any more.'
She later left the venue with only one shoe.
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Transformers actress says studio should let teen stars make their own mistakes
Megan Fox has hit out at Disney for insisting their teen stars maintain their clean-cut image outside of work.
The Transformers star was particularly upset that Vanessa Hudgens, 19, had to make a statement after nude snaps of her were leaked online.
'They take these little girls...teach them how to sing and dance, and make them wear belly shirts, but they won't allow them to be their own people,' she tells US GQ.
'It makes me very sick.
'I would never issue an apology for my life and for who I am. It’s like, Oh, I’m sorry I took a naked, private picture that someone … sold for money… You shouldn’t have to apologize. Someone betrayed Vanessa, but no one’s angry at that person. She had to apologize. I hate Disney for making her do that.'
Megan, 22, is currently filming Transformers sequel Rise Of The Fallen.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Johnny Depp will star in a fourth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie.
The actor - who won fans worldwide with his performance as the drunk, bearded pirate in the Disney film franchise - will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook confirmed yesterday (24.09.08).
However, Johnny is unlikely to be joined by his former co-star Keira Knightley - who played Elizabeth Swann in the first three films.
When recently asked if she would ever consider doing another 'Pirates of the Caribbean film', Keira said: "I think it was wonderful and an amazing opportunity and those films were just extraordinary and I was extremely lucky to be a part of them. But no. I think my pirating days may be over."
Speaking at a Disney press conference at Los Angeles' Kodak Theater, Cook also revealed Johnny will star as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's big screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's novel 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and in an adaptation of US TV show 'The Lone Ranger'.
Johnny - who took to the stage dressed as Jack Sparrow wearing a Lone Ranger mask - will play the masked hero's Native American sidekick Tonto in the movie, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.