Australian tennis player PAT CASH has let slip about his past drug use - after he confessed to baking marijuana cookies in his sporting heyday during a U.K. radio interview.The sporting ace - who has previously admitted to smoking cannabis on his way to winning the 1987 Wimbledon tennis championships - made the contentious revelation during a live interview with fellow tennis star Michael Stich, while they were discussing fellow tennis stars’ hobbies on BBC Radio Five Live.Cash said: "The only think I used to bake was a bit of hash cookies in the old days." But bosses at the station are not impressed and have since warned the star to be more cautious on air. A spokeswoman for Radio Five Live says, "Pat has been asked to be more careful on air."
Saturday, June 30, 2007
BRITNEY SPEARS’ shelved pop comeback has been given a boost by producer SEAN GARRETT, who insists the Toxic singer’s next single is "out of control." A week after her publicist revealed record executives had pushed Spears’ comeback album back to 2008 - prompting reports early studio work was no good Garrett, who has just completed sessions with Spears, insists the singer has created another pop masterpiece. He tells Billboard.com, "I’ve got this one record I’ve been holding for 10 months that everyone has tried to buy, but I stayed with Britney on it. I guarantee it will shake up the world."It’s uptempo, out of control… It’s wowzers, produced by me and Bloodshy. I can’t give the title yet, but the record is done and definitely what people want to hear from her." And Garrett knows what he’s talking about - he shared the Songwriter of The Year honour at the BMI Awards in May (07).
SIR MICHAEL CAINE, KIRSTEN DUNST and DAME JUDI DENCH were among the stars who helped SIR ELTON JOHN raise a staggering £6.1 million ($12.2 million) for charity at the singer’s latest celebrity bash.The Rocket Man star and his partner David Furnish threw their annual White Tie and Tiara Ball at their Berkshire, England, home on Thursday night, with other £3,000 ($6,000)-a-ticket guests including supermodel Elle Macpherson, former British royal Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and artist Tracey Emin.The lavish party was thrown to raise funds for Sir Elton’s Aids Foundation charity, and an auction saw items like a four-day tennis lesson with tennis ace Roger Federer and an Audi R8 sports car snapped up by celebrity guests for £325,000 ($650,000) and £400,000 ($800,000) respectively. However, the most coveted items on the night were an appliqued blanket by Emin, a trip to South Africa with Sir Elton and Furnish, and a Rolls Royce Phantom coupe - which reportedly has a waiting list till 2009 - all of which went for £800,000 ($1.6 million) each.
PARIS HILTON is reportedly set to pass on her business tips to budding entrepreneurs, after an educational institute offered her $1 million (£500,000) for the privilege.The Simple Life star - who was released from a California jail on Tuesday after serving 23-days behind bars for violating her probation - has set up several business ventures of her own under the names Paris Hilton Enterprises, Paris Hilton Entertainment, and Heiress Records. Some of her deals include designing a collection of purses for Japanese fashion label Samantha Thavasa and releasing her own-branded perfume with Parlux Fragrances for both men and women. But Hilton could soon add teaching to her growing list of accomplishments, if adult educational school The Learning Annex in New York has its way.The institute’s president Bill Zanker tells the New York Post, "We just sent over the offer to her this morning, and I think there’s a good chance she’d do it. She’s a brilliant entrepreneur. I believe she can offer her knowledge and give back to other entrepreneurs. She’s obviously brilliant, and my students would love her."She’s a businessman who has made this persona. We have a lot of people in small business, and where they need the most help is getting branded. Who is better at branding than Paris Hilton?"
Eve was spared jail after pleading no-contest to drink driving yesterday. The rapper-and-actress did not attend the Los Angeles court hearing but her attorney Blair Berk entered the plea and said she admitted to driving with a.08 percent blood alcohol level or higher when she crashed her car on April 26. Berk said: "She's a very gifted artist and she is treating this with appropriate seriousness."As part of the plea bargain the prosecution dropped two other charges of driving impaired and driving without proof of insurance.The 28-year-old - real name Eve Jeffers - must stay sober for 45 days and wear an alcohol-monitoring device on her ankle during that time. Eve was fined $1,400 and placed on three years' informal probation. She must also attend a series of classes for first-time drunk-driving offenders. At an initial hearing in May, Eve's lawyer pleaded not guilty to the DUI (driving under the influence) charge on her behalf. Eve crashed her gold Maserati into Hollywood Boulevard's central reservation in the early hours of April 26. She had two passengers in the vehicle at the time and was arrested at the scene.
Daniel Craig has hinted he will quit playing James Bond after shooting the next film.The British actor, who won critical acclaim for his portrayal of 007 in 'Casino Royale', insists he doesn't want to make "spy films" forever and is interested in a variety of roles. He said: "I don't just want to make spy films and I've never made movies just for money either."Craig, 39, has already signed up for a second outing as the suave spy in the tentatively titled 'Bond 22', which is due for release in November 2008. 'Monster's Ball' filmmaker Marc Forster was recently announced as the director of the next 007 instalment. Forster, who also helmed 'Finding Neverland', will write the script with 'Crash' director Paul Haggis - who helped pen the last movie 'Casino Royale'. Forster said: "I have also always been a Bond fan, so it is very exciting to take on this challenge. The new direction that the Bond character has taken offers a director a host of new possibilities and I look forward to working with Daniel Craig."
Brittany Murphy claims she is being stalked by a "high-powered Hollywood player", says her former employee.The 'Little Black Book' star also reportedly claimed her husband - British screenwriter Simon Monjack - was kidnapped for 10 days in April by agents of her supposed stalker, according to Brittany's former member of staff.The unnamed male ex-employee told the New York Daily News newspaper: "When he came back, he had head injuries. He was pale and sometimes had trouble standing."The 29-year-old actress then reportedly told the former member of staff she could not pay him because she had used all her money for the ransom. However, the dates of the alleged kidnapping coincide with tabloid reports that Monjack was jailed by US immigration authorities for overstaying his visa. Brittany was rumoured to have married the 'Factory Girl' screenplay writer to stop him being deported from the US. According to reports, Monjack was arrested on expired visa charges in the middle of the night on March 27 - just weeks before the couple's secret wedding. A source told the New York Post newspaper: "Brittany knew nothing about any of that."Monjack's lawyer said: "These charges are being made by disgruntled ex-girlfriends and immigration officials have concluded the marriage had no bearing on my client's visa status."The couple, who began dating last year, tied the knot at their Los Angeles home in front of close family and friends in May. Brittany's representative said: "They were married at their home in Los Angeles several weeks ago in a very intimate ceremony. It was officiated by a rabbi and they were surrounded by their families."The '8 Mile' star insists the deportation rumours are "preposterous lies."Brittany told In Touch Weekly magazine: "Everything was just so fabricated and hurtful."
Friday, June 29, 2007
Jessica Simpson was allowed to keep the personal trainer she shared with on/off boyfriend John Mayer after they split.The 'Dukes of Hazard' star was introduced to trainer Harley Pasternak by the country singer just over two months ago, and while she is no longer seeing Mayer, Jessica is still working out with Pasternak.The singer-and-actress is said to have dropped at least two dress sizes and lost almost 20lbs in eight weeks. Pasternak told the New York Daily News newspaper: "I don't use a tape measure or the scales. Weighing and measuring don't create a lifestyle change. It is always defeating if you've been doing a lot of exercise, then you step on the scale and you're no lighter. It should be about how you look and how you feel."The exercise sessions can be as short as 25 minutes or as long as 55 minutes."Jessica visits the trainer five times a week and her routine includes step-ups, side bends, crunches, dumbbell rows and the occasional use of an exercise ball. She is also on Pasternak's '5 Factor Diet', also favoured by other celebrities including Vanessa Williams, Katherine Heigl and Eva Mendes. He said: "It is very simple and not at all wacky or controversial."I am the voice of moderation and there is no carb or calorie-cutting. It is very sustainable and painless."Jessica, 26, is allowed one day off when she can eat anything she likes, but Pasternak claims his regime means she won't be tempted to use these days to binge on fast food. He said: "The plan promotes an entire lifestyle change. After a while my clients get sick if they splurge on unhealthy foods."Jessica Simpson Typical Diet Day: Breakfast: Scrambled egg with toast and grapefruit. Coffee with Splenda. Snack 1: One cup of fat-free ricotta cheese and two cored pears, cut into wedges. Diet soda. Lunch: Chicken breast sandwich with mustard and a side of black beans. Diet Snapple. Snack 2: Carrot sticks with onion dip made from non-fat sour cream, non-fat cream cheese and one tablespoon dry onion soup mix. Dinner: Indian-style chicken breasts with curried yogurt sauce (made from non-fat plain yogurt, one teaspoon of curry powder and peeled cucumber) served with brown rice. Green tea.
Cameron Diaz is set to become a scream queen in a new horror movie.The blond actress will play a young woman given a mysterious package by a stranger in 'The Box'.Cameron's character is told certain things will happen depending on which buttons she presses.'Donnie Darko' director Richard Kelly is set to helm the project. He wrote the script, which was based on Richard Matheson short story 'Button, Button'. Kelly said: "My hope is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still retaining my artistic sensibility."Media Rights Capital (MRC) is set to fund the entire $30 million-plus budget and are confident 'The Box' has the potential to become a huge hit. Modi Wiczyk, who founded MRC, said: "The storyline has all the commercially of 'The Ring,' but with Richard and Cameron, this film can rise to the level of 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Others'."Production is set to begin this autumn.
Jesse Metcalfe wants to quit acting for music.The 'Desperate Housewives' star is planning to follow in the footsteps of his ex-girlfriend Nadine Coyle - who is part of British group Girls Aloud -and become a singer. Jesse told People magazine: "I'm trying to do music, actually."I've just started writing and trying to develop my sound a little bit, but it will be as a solo artist. I sing and play guitar."The 28-year-old actor attended the MAC Viva Glam party in London on Wednesday night and revealed he was in the English capital to attend some meetings with top record producers.The 'John Tucker Must Die' star spent a brief spell in rehab in March,before splitting from Nadine in April. Since arriving in London this week, Jesse has enjoyed plenty of wild partying with numerous girls at top nightspot Boujis and several clubs in seaside town Bournemouth.
Britney Spears reportedly delivered legal paperwork to her mother yesterday. The troubled singer - who was reported to be planning to file a restraining order against mother Lynne earlier this week - arrived at the set of her sister Jamie Lynn's California TV show and handed her mother two white pieces of folded paper. In a video obtained by Splash news, Lynne looked stunned as she read through the paperwork, and had a heated exchange with Britney during which the 'Toxic' singer threw her hands up in the air. Britney waved and smiled to photographers as she returned to her car.The 25-year-old star allegedly visited her attorney to make enquiries about the order last week in an attempt to keep Lynne away from her two sons.The paperwork allegedly claims Lynne is abusing prescription pain medication and should not be allowed to see 21-month-old Sean Preston and nine-month-old Jayden James. Britney is said to blame Lynne for forcing her to enter rehab earlier this year to seek help for her alleged alcohol addiction and post-natal depression. She is also said to be livid her mother sided with her estranged husband Kevin Federline during the couple's custody battle.The Los Angeles Superior Court says they have no knowledge of any papers filed by Britney. Meanwhile, Kevin is delaying signing final divorce papers over concerns for Britney's recent erratic behaviour. A source told People magazine: "Britney's attorneys are anxious to see Kevin sign off on a divorce. But Kevin and his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan are dragging their heels out of concern over reports of Britney's post-rehab partying."Kevin's camp want to make sure the divorce document makes it simple enough for Kevin to downsize Britney's access to her kids the next time her behaviour troubles him."Kaplan refused to comment on the couple's divorce.
Paris Hilton has been offered a $1 million-a-year contract to host a US local radio show. KDWB Radio - which broadcast to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota - have offered the hotel heiress the six figure sum to co-host their morning show. Current host Dave Ryan said: "We need a co-host. She needs something to do. It's playing music and talking while sitting on a comfortable chair. There's very little stress or anxiety and absolutely no metal toilets!"KDWB's vice president Mick Anselmo said: "We're serious about it. It's just a matter of working out the details."The 26-year-old already has a career as a singer, actress and reality TV star and is president of three businesses - Paris Hilton Entertainment, Paris Hilton Enterprises and Heiress Records. She has her own signature perfume and jewellery line, fronts a mobile phone gaming service, had her autobiography on the best-seller list and also earns up to $200,000 for public appearances at parties and social events. She was listed on Forbes magazine's Top 100 Money-Earning Celebrities at number 56 last year with an estimated annual income of $7 million. Meanwhile, Paris - who was released from jail on Tuesday after serving 23 days for driving with a suspended licence - flew to Hawaii yesterday for a holiday. She travelled alone, disguised in a black wig and straw hat and is believed to be staying at a Maui resort. Before jetting out to the idyllic destination Paris took out a lease on a $2.9 million Malibu beach house for the summer.The 2,258 sq ft two bedroom house is described as being "right on the water", and has three bathrooms.'The Simple Life' star's parents Kathy and Rick Hilton, are reportedly planning to rent their own summer house nearby. Paris told US chat show Larry King on Wednesday she was doing a"couple of movies this summer".
Lily Allen has been arrested for allegedly trying to karate kick a photographer.The 'Smile' singer was formally arrested and questioned by police yesterday over allegations she launched a Kung Fu attack outside a London nightclub in March. Lily arrived at London's West End Central police station with her solicitor. She had her photograph taken and gave a DNA sample before being bailed. A police spokesman said: "A 21-year-old woman attended the station by appointment."She was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault and bailed to return in July."Lily allegedly tried to kick photographer Kevin Rush and punch another lensman outside a Soho nightspot on March 12. Rush, who made a complaint to police, said: "She went berserk."Meanwhile, Lily has been having erotic dreams about other women.The star, who is currently dating DJ Seb Chew, is starting to think she could be "gay". Lily said: "I have been having a lot of lesbian dreams lately. I think I might be gay! Don't tell my boyfriend."I have guy dreams and girl dreams, but the girl dreams are much dirtier."
Lindsay Lohan had been drinking and had cocaine in her system when she crashed her car last month.The 'Mean Girls' star was found to be twice over the California drink-drive limit and had traces of cocaine in her bloodstream at the time of the crash in Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard on May 26, according to a toxicology report. Police could now present the new evidence to the Los Angeles District Attorney.The police report filed at the time of the crash noted a "usable amount" of cocaine in Lohan's Mercedes Benz and the actress was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.The 20-year-old star, who is not yet old enough to legally drink in the US, fled the scene and was later taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Police officers then arrested her a few days later. Soon after the incident, Lohan checked into rehab at Malibu's Promises Center, where she recently opted for an extended care program. Lohan's lawyer Blair Berk said: "It's highly inappropriate for me to discuss a pending case. It is extremely unprofessional for law enforcement to do it."
Note: Well I guess in Lindsay Lohan's mind it's OK to drink and use cocaine and risk killing innocent people...How unprofessional !
Antonio Banderas insists he will never leave his wife Melanie Griffith.The 'Shrek the Third' star, who exchanged vows with Melanie in 1996, has laughed off rumors his marriage is in trouble. Antonio told Closer magazine: "When we met each other we just fell in love and went for it. We both came from failing relationships and I think we both learnt from that."I know that people didn't give a penny for our relationship at the start and newspapers bet that we wouldn't last three months. I should have taken those bets."We've kept going and I have absolutely no intention of breaking off our relationship. I feel absolutely comfortable with my wife."These days I am happy to stay at home. We love each other. It's as simple as that."
During the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, there were a series of violent conflicts between the New York City Police and groups of gay and transgender people in New York City. The conflict lasted several days and was a watershed for the worldwide gay rights movement, as gay people had never before acted in such large numbers to forcibly resist police. ELLIOT TIBER, who's parents ran a small inn near Woodstock, was there and chronicles many of his thoughts in his new book TAKING WOODSTOCK (Square One Publishers), as well as his heroic efforts in making the Woodstock festival happen. Tiber lived by day working at his parents inn and by night, in new York City, a closeted gay existence. He came in contact with the likes of TRUMAN CAPOTE, ROCK HUDSON and, ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE. Says Tiber, "Stonewall was a life changing experience ... we all knew it the moment. I was the first to overturn a police car ... an amazing episode." Tiber adds that the entire moment is perhaps best chronicled in THE HIPPIES, currently running on the History Channel. Now, with the release of his book, The Cutting Room will host, on Tuesday, August 14, a launch party. PR-pasha DAVID SALIDOR, who is coordinating the event and Times Square Gossip will co-host. "Everyone will come dressed as if they were going to Woodstock ... the media too!"
Actor-director Paul Glaser, former co-star of "Starsky & Hutch," has filed for divorce from his wife. Glaser cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending his 10-year marriage to Tracy Barone Glaser, according to court papers filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.He was seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 9-year-old daughter, Zoe.Glaser is the widower of Elizabeth Glaser, who was infected with HIV through a blood transfusion and unknowingly passed it on to their daughter and son.After the couple lost their daughter Ariel to AIDS in 1988, Elizabeth Glaser helped create a foundation that focuses on preventing the spread of HIV to children.She died in 1994 and the couple's son, Jake, "is now a healthy young adult," according to the Web site of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where Paul Glaser serves as an honorary board chairman.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Lindsay Lohan has been tipped to play Paris Hilton in a movie of her life.The 'Mean Girls' actress, who is currently in Malibu's Promises rehab center, could also be joined by Britney Spears on the project. A source told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper: "There have already been negotiations with a major film company to make the Paris Hilton biopic with Lindsay Lohan playing Paris - with Britney Spears singing the soundtrack."The three stars have previously been seen partying together. Lindsay and Britney both entered rehab this year, while Paris was released from prison on Tuesday after serving 23 days for driving with a suspended licence. Last year, Paris and Lindsay - who have a tempestuous relationship -reportedly had a heated argument in Hollywood nightclub Hyde, after the hotel heiress accused the flame-haired actress of using her name to get publicity and for romancing ex-lover Stavros Niarchos. However, the trio are now set to be reunited for the film and Paris is said to be excited about the project.The source added: "Paris was on cloud nine. Rather than talking remorsefully about her time inside, she seemed energised by her plans to capitalise on her experience."
Enrique Iglesias would love to be gay so he could have an open relationship.The 'Hero' singer is jealous of his homosexual friends who, despite being in long-term relationships, still have liaisons with other people. Enrique - who is romancing Anna Kournikova - told Genre magazine: My stylist is gay and lives in Los Angeles and when he came to Miami, he went out."And I asked, 'Your boyfriend doesn't care?' And he said, 'We have an understanding if I'm out of the city.'"When I saw George Michael, he said the same thing. I'm going to have to have a talk with my girl!"The 32-year-old Spanish-born singer is rumoured to have tied the knot with his tennis-playing Russian girlfriend, but both refuse to confirm or deny their marriage.
NOTE: It's not too late for you ! You look gay anyway....
The Spice Girls have reformed.The band announced they were reuniting today, six years after they finally split, for a world tour in December. They are also releasing a greatest hits album. Geri Halliwell, 34, insists the reunion is going to be like a "one nightstand", and says the girl group want to "celebrate the past" and are not getting back together for good. Geri, who left the band in 1998, told BANG Showbiz: "It's a bit like a one night stand - it's not forever."We want to celebrate the past, enjoy being together and say thank you to our fans."She added: "It feels like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and I've got the golden ticket! It's so exciting. It was like I got divorced and now I have fallen in love with my ex-husband again."Victoria, who has three sons with soccer ace David Beckham, insisted: "There is a big difference between celebrating the past and getting back together. We are here to do a tour and that's all."Our priority is our families. We are doing this for our kids so they can see what we do. We are going to have a huge crèche for all the children. I am so excited about this tour - I might get to be the cool one in the family for once!"The girl band also said they can't wait to don their famous old outfits again. Mel B revealed: "I will be wearing leopard skin and Geri will have her Union Jack dress on."Mel C added: "I want to wear my tracksuit again. I will be going down the market looking for a shell suit. Hats off to our characters."Victoria insists the band have still retained their old images and their style hasn't changed since they split in 2001. She said: "We didn't know what we would all be wearing, but we look the same as we used to. We still have the same images and they haven't really changed."Emma Bunton added: "It's just a grown-up version."The Spice Girls are set to kick off their 11-date world tour in Los Angeles, followed by shows in Las Vegas, New York City, Buenos Aires, London,Cologne, Madrid, Beijing and Sydney.
Angelina Jolie is to bed Pierce Brosnan in her new film.The stunning actress - who has a family with Brad Pitt - will star with the former Bond actor in the sequel to 'The Thomas Crown Affair'. In 'The Topkapi Affair', Angelina and Pierce are set to get hot and steamy together in a number of racy sex scenes. A source is quoted by Britain's The Sun newspaper as saying: "Pierce is keen to turn the 'Thomas Crown' films into a long-running series of movies. He believes the Crown character has the potential to have the same appeal as Bond, especially with a beautiful leading lady like Angelina."Shooting on the movie will start in Egypt and Russia next year, after Angelina finishes filming 'Wanted'. Pierce, 54, is currently getting ready to start shooting the big screen version of hit musical 'Mamma Mia!' - based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA.
O.J. Simpson "practiced crying" before a TV interview, a friend has claimed. Simpson, who was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman, reportedly rehearsed shedding tears for a never-aired interview about his controversial book 'If I Did It'. Norm Pardo, who is currently working on a TV documentary about Simpson, told the New York Post newspaper: "He practiced crying. O.J. still thinks of himself of an actor."Pardo also claims Simpson didn't write one word of the controversial book and was happy for it to be released as long as he was paid. Pardo said: "O.J. told me Regan Books publisher Judith Regan approached him and said, 'Do you mind if we write a book and put your name on it?' and he replied, 'I don't care. You can write anything you want, as long as you pay me.'"O.J. would laugh, 'Can you believe they'd pay me to say I wrote something I didn't actually write?'"A ghostwriter largely based the book on court transcripts from Simpson's trial."'If I Did It' featured a hypothetical description of the 1995 murders. The tome was set to be released by Regan Books in November 2006, but public criticism led to the cancellation of the book's publication, as well as a televised interview with Simpson. Simpson's lawyer Yale Galanter insists the former American football star and ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves sat down over "many hours and days" to work on the book.
Joan Collins has become the face of a new anti-ageing cream.The 74-year-old 'Dynasty' star is to launch a breakthrough anti-wrinkle cream called Cellex-C Age-less 15 Skin Signalling Serum old. Last year, Joan was accused of having had a face-lift by a leading plastic surgeon. London-based plastic surgeon Alex Karidis claims he saw evidence of cosmetic surgery when he met her in 2004. He said: "I clearly saw the scars behind her ears indicating a face lift. I saw that she had also had her eyes lifted. I would say she has had this done in the last five years."'The Bitch' star denied having plastic surgery, claiming lipstick was her secret weapon in the fight against ageing. She said: "The most glamorous thing you can do is use lipstick."Joan - who last year revealed her top tips for staying young in her book 'The Art Of Living Well' - has previously made her position on surgery abundantly clear, and recently described Botox as "poison". She said: "Everyone should do what they want. If they want lips like a trout let them. Plastic surgery is the plain women's revenge."
Britney Spears allegedly wants to save her marriage to Kevin Federline.The 'Toxic' singer has told the father of her children she wants to halt divorce proceedings. A source "close to the couple" told the National Enquirer magazine: "Britney called Kevin and told him 'I'm not divorcing you! I want my family back!' "He was stunned. The call was about custody rights, and though Kevin suspected Britney has been stalling the divorce because of second thoughts, he was shocked when she told him she wanted him back." The conversation grew heated and Kevin said he wasn't interested in a reconciliation."Britney got upset and threatened to drag out the divorce for months until he saw things her way and came back to her."The 25-year-old - who has two sons, 21-month-old Sean Preston and nine-month-old Jayden James with Kevin - has reportedly been telling friends filing for divorce was a mistake and she wants to rebuild her marriage. Kevin counter-filed for divorce in response to Britney's petition.
Daniel Radcliffe had to wear padded underwear to protect his manhood while filming the latest 'Harry Potter' movie.The 17-year-old actor also needed easy access stripper-style trousers for scenes in which the teenage wizard takes to the skies on his broomstick.Radcliffe said: "I had padded shorts under my trousers. I also other trousers that must have belonged to the Chippendale's because they've got Velcro that rips apart to get the harness on for flying, then sticks back together."The young star's assets were allowed much more freedom in his recent stint on the London stage in 'Equus'. For his role as Alan Strang, who becomes erotically obsessed with a horse, Radcliffe had to bare all every night. He said: "It was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done. I did it to shake up people's perception of me. People tend to think I'm a Peter Pan figure, but I'm definitely not, I promise you."'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' hits cinemas worldwide next month.
George Michael is too scared to take an HIV test.The 'Fast Love' singer hasn't been tested for the virus for at least three years because he fears the results could come back positive.The revelations feature in a BBC2 TV documentary 'Stephen Fry - HIV and Me' by Michael's friend, comedian and actor Stephen Fry.The program's producer, Ross Wilson, said: "George says he does not believe in tests."He says he finds the wait for results too harrowing and that he hasn't had a test since at least 2004 due to his fears it might be positive."The former Wham! star was arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" with an undercover police officer in a Beverley Hills public toilet in April 1998,and admits to enjoying "sexual freedom" despite being in a long-term relationship with boyfriend Kenny Goss. Michael celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday and received a unique present from Geri Halliwell, who gave her friend a sexy chauffeur. Michael is banned from driving after being found slumped at the wheel of his car at London traffic lights last October, so Halliwell has presented him with a chauffeur for the next 12 months. A source revealed the former Spice Girl chose someone who was "nice to look at" and would also be a "good companion".
Thandie Newton and rapper Ludacris have joined the cast of Guy Ritchie's new gangster film 'Rockn Rolla'.The movie - about British gangsters who get involved with the Russian mob -began shooting in London earlier this month. It will also star '300' star Gerard Butler as a crafty but shady businessman and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' actor Tom Wilkinson, whose character is one of London's main old-school gangsters who finds himself quitting crime because of foreign mobsters.Newton will play Butler's love interest - an accountant linked to the criminal underworld - while Ludacris is cast as an American musician trying to make it big in London.Ritchie has written the script for the film, which will cost about 10m to make - a low budget by Hollywood standards.The British film maker's wife, Madonna, is also rumored to be appearing in the movie.
Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears wants to find a surrogate mother to have his and his boyfriend's babies.The flamboyant musician is desperate to start a family with his lover Chris,and would like his future family to include a child fathered by each of them.He told British TV show 'Orange Playlist': "It would be really cool to have two kids by the same mom, one impregnated by him and one by me, that way they would look like us and each other. I think it's inevitable that we're going to have kids."Jake has also revealed he wants to tie the knot with Chris in a Disney wedding ceremony. He said: "I want to have a Disney wedding. There was all this talk about us having a Glastonbury wedding, but that was never going to happen. I'm obsessed with Disney.. I try to go to a Disney park every six months and they've just started doing same sex unions at American Disney parks."
Pamela Anderson wants to learn to speak fluent Finnish.The former 'Baywatch' star, whose grandfather hailed from Finland, was pleased she remembered so much of the language during a recent trip to the country, and now plans to increase her vocabulary. Pammie said: "I'm surprised at how much of the language I retained from before I was 10 years old speaking with my grandfather. It came back quick. I'm going to learn more and more."The 39-year-old actress is planning to build a house in Finland and return there every year during the long summer days. Pammie said: "I will have a summer home there one day and plan on going back every summer to enjoy the midnight sun."The blond star - who recently introduced her father to shock jock Howard Stern - also says travelling to the Nordic country with her dad was a"dream". She explained: "My dad was so thrilled to meet Howard Stern and more of my friends in NYC. He's a huge fan. Also bringing him to Finland finally was a life long dream."
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Paris Hilton's family held a welcome home party for her yesterday. Her parent's Bel-Air mansion saw family and friends celebrating with the heiress after her release from California county jail. Paris' aunt Kyle Richards said: "She's very happy to be home - very, very happy. She's going to relax and spend family time."I think she's just excited to be at home and be with her family."Pink balloons, pink hydrangeas, pink roses, yellow lilies and a white frosted cake decorated with the words 'Welcome Home' were delivered to the home.The president of Taco Bell - one of the 26-year-old favourite fast food restaurants - Greg Creed sent Paris a letter informing her of a special delivery.Unfortunately the four bags of food were stopped by security and instead made their way into the mouths of the media and police officers outside the front gates. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was called to court yesterday to justify his decision to originally transfer her to home arrest on June 7. Sheriff Baca said: "Our doctors said we had no solution to Hilton's medical problems. None."As a sheriff in this county, I'm not going to let any inmate die in this jail."What's worth more - a person spending time in a county jail for driving on a suspended license or a person losing her life?"She was at a place where we couldn't fix whatever that medical problem was with the resources we have. We knew this problem was not going to get better."We were placed in a very unusual and awkward position with Ms. Hilton."Paris' mystery illness has still not been revealed.The day after she was first released the Los Angeles Superior Court judge,who had sentenced her, called her to court and ordered her to return to jail where she spent a further 18 days.
Rosie O'Donnell was never afraid to air her opinions on the war in Iraq during her 'View' tenure, but war-related photos of her 4-year-old daughter are causing many to think Rosie's gone too far. On her blog Tuesday, O'Donnell posted photos of her daughter Vivian Rose in a post titled "Dress Up." In the photo sequence, Vivian Rose is shown with the header "Last year a princess," where she's seen in the typical royal wardrobe. Then, "This year a soldier" flashes across the video slide show, revealing the blond-haired child wearing a bullet belt and head coverings.The images are causing an uproar among many, causing a flood of e-mails speaking out against them on Rosie's blog."Ro, so disappointed to see your little ones with bullets. Where are the guns? I thought for sure you would protect them more from such things," one angry reader said to O'Donnell."That picture is gross! I am disturbed," another reader said. According to the New York Daily News, O'Donnell wrote on her blog: ""My daughter in a soldier costume, national news. [But] 3,500 dead soldiers for real, they don't comment. Shame," O'Donnell wrote on her blog, responding to the criticism." On Wednesday morning, those words were not on the blog.The Daily News says Rosie claims the photo was intended to show how Vivian Rose likes to mimic her older brothers, and that the bullets were fake."Her children were playing and they play dress-up, and that was just an image that she took," O'Donnell's spokesperson Cindi Berger told the Daily News. "She is absolutely anti-war."
They say one test of a man's mettle is his friends. Last night, CELEBRITY SERVICE's BILL MURRAY's friends came out in force for his birthday celebration at top NYC nightclub AZZA, hosted by Emmy winner Rita Cosby and celebrity photographer James Edstrom. Bill is the editor of CELEBRITY SERVICE, the daily bastion of celebrity-goings-on across the country. If you have a client; an event; or, anything celebrity-oriented ... you better be in here, or nada will happen.Bill's constant support and all-around care has made many an event; artist; personality ... happen on a national basis. His is a national treasure!Oscar nominated Silvia Miles with Birthday Boy Bill Murray
In no particular order, Bill's guests included; ROBERT FUNARO (The Sopranos); photo-journalists AUBREY REUBEN and DICK CORKERY along with Oscar nominated SYLVIA MILES,Gilligans Island star TINA LOUISE Court TV's PI VINNIE PARCO. DIANE GIBSON partied along with SUNDANCE's SARAH RICARD and CUTTING ROOM'S STEVE WALTER. Cable's TV star Robyn Byrd with hubby Shelly and media consultant ERIC SPINATO. Public relations bigwigs Claire O'Connor and David Salidor rounded off the exciting birthday bash with a special performance by Tomaczek Bednarek. Sex icon Dr. Judy and Ian Miller stopped by to wish Bill a very Happy Birthday ! The New York Daily News crew Gypsy Impalla with Celebrity snapper Richard Corkery and Photo Editor Charlie Ruppmann
Dita Von Teese says estranged husband Marilyn Manson can't be alone.The burlesque dancer left Manson last December, just a year into their marriage, after he refused to change his wild partying ways. Dita insists Manson - who is now dating 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood - has to be in a relationship. She told Britain's OK! magazine: "It's quite typical of him to get into another relationship so quickly. He is the kind of person who needs to be with someone all the time so it doesn't surprise me. I've moved on."When Dita filed for divorce earlier this year she cited Manson's "inappropriate relationship" with another woman as one reason for the split. It is widely believed that Dita was referring to Wood, but Manson vehemently denies embarking on a romance with the 'Running With Scissors' star until he and Dita were no longer together.Unlike the goth rocker, Dita intends to remain single for the foreseeable future. She said: "I want to take some time to think about the sort of person I'm looking for and about the kind of relationship I'd like to be in."
Bob Dylan won't go on tour without his prized Oscar trophy. Dylan, who won the famous golden statuette for Best Song in 2001 with the track 'Things Have Changed' for the film 'Wonder Boys', insists on taking it with him whenever he sets out on the road. A backstage source revealed the unusual superstition to the New York Daily News newspaper.The 66-year-old music legend is in the middle of the mammoth 'Never Ending Tour', the current leg of which features 72 dates and takes in most of the US as well as Australia and New Zealand.The hard-working rocker will be performing for the next three months, with the possibility of even more dates and venues added. Dylan began his 'Never Ending Tour' in 1988, vowing to keep on performing for his fans rather than just to promote his latest record. He plays the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Connecticut today before moving on to New York on Friday and Saturday.
Lily Allen wants to retire by the time she is 30.The 22-year-old singer wants to earn as much money as she can in her 20s and then quit the music business.She is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper as saying: "What I'm going to do is work really hard, and make as much money as I can, then retire when I'm 30 and have my childhood all over again."Lily, the daughter of British comic Keith Allen, plans to spend her days in the countryside riding quad bikes. She added: "I'll just sit in the country, ride quad bikes all day and have my own paintball course."Lily claims she missed out on a normal childhood because she had to help her mother, Alison Owen, look after her brother and sister after dad Keith walked out on the family when she was just four.The 'Smile' singer said: "I never felt like a kid. I never had friends when I was a child, never had toys, or played with stuff. But I'm going to stop moaning about that and work hard on my plan."
Jessica Alba says any man who wants to date her must make friends with her dad.The 'Sin City' actress - who is currently dating movie producer Cash Warren - insists prospective suitors have to make just as much effort with her father. She said: "I like a guy to be in touch with his feelings. He's also got to be able to hang out with my dad."Jessica - who met Cash while filming 'Fantastic Four', on which he worked as a director's assistant - also insists her boyfriends must be prepared to spend a significant amount of time apart from her, because her acting career comes first. She added: "Anyone in a relationship with me has also got to learn that I'm not going to be around all the time, because of my work."
Kelly Clarkson isn't interested in being famous.The 'Because of You' singer insists all she cares about is her music and doesn't want to the celebrity status that accompanies it.Kelly confessed: "I couldn't give a c**p about being a star. I've always just wanted to sing and write."Double Grammy-winning Kelly, 25, turned down a $10 million offer by BMG's Clive Davis to drop five songs on her new album 'My December' in favor of a more "radio-friendly" selection. Kelly said: "I've sold more than 15 million records worldwide, and still nobody listens to what I have to say. Because I'm 25 and a woman."It's like because I am a good singer, I can't possibly be a good writer.Women can't possibly be good at two things. I haven't lost my temper about it. It only drives me more. If your thing is to bring me down, cool. I'll just work harder."
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Lindsay Lohan is "doing great" in rehab, says her mother Dina.The 'Mean Girls' actress, who checked into Malibu's Promises rehab center in May, is in regular contact with her family.Dina told People magazine: "I talk to her every day. She's going to do Promises' extended care program."The program, which includes group therapy, is designed to help patients"make the transition from residential alcohol or drug rehab treatment back into their community". Dina also revealed she and the rest of the family are planning to travel to Los Angeles to celebrate Lindsay's 21st birthday on July 2. Earlier this month, Lindsay cancelled her birthday party at Las Vegas' PURE nightclub.Lindsay's security guard has revealed the star isn't planning to spend the landmark birthday in rehab.Ty Dux said: "It won't be on the Promises premises."Lindsay, 20, entered rehab for the second time this year following her arrest for DUI (driving under the influence) in May. Police found a "usable amount" of cocaine in the vehicle Lindsay has been driving.
Renee Zellweger is dating a celebrity agent, it has been reported.The 'Chicago' actress is said to be secretly seeing an agent at CAA - the management company that represents her. Renee first sparked rumors of a romance at the recent Women in Film Awards,where she was honored for excellence in film on June 14.The 38-year-old shocked onlookers by choosing to sit at the CAA table, rather than at the sponsor's table - which is the tradition for the recipient of the Crystal Award. Renee refused to divulge if she had brought along a date for the evening,and as she accepted her award from film boss Harvey Weinstein, she joked: "I didn't expect this to be such an emotional experience. Now my fake eyelashes are going to fall off!" Renee's representative has insisted the actress is not dating an agent. Earlier this year, the blond star revealed she was determined to find love again. Renee, who had her four-month marriage to country singer Kenny Chesney annulled in September 2005, said: "My goals for the year are to concentrate on doing a better job of managing my personal life, to do lots of cooking and to focus on my cat!"
Paris Hilton was released from prison today. The hotel heiress, who served 23 days at California's Century Regional Detention Center for driving with a suspended licence, left the jail just after midnight. A smiling Paris, who was wearing a grey and white cropped jacket and bluejeans, waved at the throng of fans who had come to support her before embracing her parents Kathy and Rick Hilton and driving off in a black SUV. As she walked from the jail gates to her waiting car, Paris was bombarded by a media frenzy of TV crews, photographers and reporters. A source said: "The sheriff's department made her exit out of the front door, just like any other inmate, so no one would say she was given special treatment."'The Simple Life' star's representative Elliot Mintz refused to reveal what Paris would be doing in her first hours of freedom. However, Paris recently revealed she couldn't wait to eat a "good meal" as soon as she was released. She said: "I will definitely get a good meal because the food in here is absolutely inedible and horrible."Paris, 26, has also outlined her plans to open a safe house for newly-released female prisoners. She explained: "I want to help build a transitional home so that when inmates leave here they don't have to go back to the street. These women just keep coming back because they have no place to go."Paris first entered prison on June 3, before being reassigned to finish her sentence under house arrest on June 7. Judge Michael Sauer, however, overturned the ruling and ordered her to return to jail the same day.The blond star, who was said to be suffering from an undisclosed medical issue, was then placed in a medical wing until her condition was considered stable. Paris recently claimed she was "grateful" for the experience, saying it had made her appreciate her privileged upbringing. She said: "I'm so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow at night, or food."Paris is set to give her first post-jail interview tomorrow night on CNN's 'Larry King Live'.