Monday, June 30, 2008

SPENCER PRATT AND MARY KATE OLSEN WAR

The Hills television star Spencer Pratt is hitting out at nut case Mary Kate Olsen, after she joked about his temperamental days on the high school football field on the late night David Letterman show.Olsen laughed about the reality TV star’s very bad temper when they were classmates while chatting to Letterman, saying: "He used to play on the soccer team for my high school and he does not have a good temper." But Pratt was left pissed off by the remarks, bitterly telling reporters he knows he has made it in Hollywood now that a "famous troll" has commented on him. And he further lashed out at the 22-year-old actress - insisting he forgives her as she has endured a "tough" life as the less attractive twin, comparing her to her sister Ashley."(Mary-Kate) should probably focus more on not getting dressed in the dark than on me. I forgive her, though. She’s had to go through life as the less cute twin, which must be tough."

LILY ALLEN NOT SCARED OF RECORD LABEL

Fun Lily Allen

Pop singer Lily Allen is shocking her bosses at her record company. She is declaring she doesn’t care about their opinion of her new as-yet-untitled LP.The star announced she has wrapped up work on her anticipated second album on Sunday, her first studio recording since 2006’s smash hit All right, Still. The star is insisting she isn’t fazed by her forthcoming meeting with her label Parlophone, because she is pleased with the end result whether they give her their backing or not. She says, "I’m pretty sure it’s finished and I’ve got a meeting on Tuesday with the label. I’m really happy."As much as I love them (Parlophone) they’re just people who give you a loan. I’m not scared of my label."

AMY WINEHOUSE FAN DENIES PULLING HAIR

Amy Winehouse

The man who was reportedly punched and attacked by rehab singer Amy Winehouse at the English music festival Glastonbury states he is "disappointed" by the star’s actions because it was a case of mistaken identity.The troubled star was singing her hit track Rehab to 75,000 fans on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday, when she jumped down into the security pit.The singer had been receiving medical attention for the lung disease emphysema - then appeared to turn on a member of the crowd, striking a fan with her fist. Festival organizer Michael Eavis and a spokesperson for the Winehouse quickly defended her actions, insisting she only lost her temper because someone tried to manhandle her and pull her hair. But James Gostelow, the fan who felt the brunt of the star’s anger at the huge event, insists he is the wrong person to get hit, only because it was a person behind him who had upset the singer. He tells BBC online, "I saw a hat being thrown from behind me and it hit Amy’s beehive. She looked down, saw me looking up, and her elbow went for me." However Gostelow, who states he has no intention of taking the issue further by making an official complaint, claims he is pleased with Winehouse’s anger, because it got him close to the huge star. He says, "At the end of the day it is all part of being at the front and being pushed by thousands of people. It is all part of the Glastonbury experience."I’m just pleased I got to see her. She did a great act. Not everyone can say they have been hit by Amy Winehouse. I just want to shake (the hand of) the person who threw the hat."

CELEBRITIES GO TO HAMPTON'S ALBRIGHT'S

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Albright Fashion Library
22 Nugent Street
Southampton, NY 11968
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Albright's In The Hampton's

Where do the world’s top stylists, editors, and costume designers turn when they need to dress today’s hottest celebrities for film, television and the red carpet? To the industry’s best-kept secret - New York City’s Albright Fashion Library. With a 7,000 square foot collection of the most current, must-have designer names, Albright can outfit any A-lister for every occasion. Former stylist and New York Times editor Irene Albright has amassed a closet-to-the-stars that defies comparison, but once this season’s “it” piece has been shot on this season’s “it” girl, where does it all go? This summer, Albright has opened its doors to the public with its new Southampton storefront, Albright Samples, located on the same stretch as legendary coffee haunt, The Golden Pear. A beautiful selection from our famous library - including Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Michael Kors, Alberta Ferretti, Narciso Rodriguez, and Manolo Blahnik - is now available for up to 70% off the normal retail cost. This Saturday, Albright Samples will be previewing their summer collection at a VIP event for Hampton’s socialites and celebrities. Albright Samples allows customers take home a piece of fashion history - as well as the hottest designer labels - at below sample sale prices.

CHARLOTTE CHURCH TO SHOOT PAPARAZZI

Music Star Charlotte Church has reportedly bought an air gun, so she can take pot-shots at the paparazzi who constantly stake her out, outside her house.The singer says she was furious when photographers camped outside her luxury house near Bridgend in south Wales to get photos of her newborn daughter Ruby. And Chruch says she decided to sell her baby pictures to celebrity magazine Hello! so the paparazzi would not make any money from her, and then invest the cash in an air gun in case she needs to ward any photographers off. She explains, "I might start picking them off. Only joking, I promise, Mr Policeman. It wasn’t me."

LARRY KING'S WIFE WAS ADMITTED TO REHAB

Larry King

CNN talk show icon Larry King is slamming reports that his actress wife Shawn is battling anorexia. Shawn Southwick King, who has been married to the 74-year- television newsman for 10 years, was admitted to rehab last Tuesday suffering from an addiction to painkillers. Allegations King suffers from an eating disorder have persisted since photos surfaced just prior to undergoing treatment at an undisclosed clinic. But a source tells the New York Daily News, "She’s emaciated… She always keeps a smile plastered on her face, but she is really unhappy." But a spokesperson for Larry King is denying reports she suffers from depression or anxiety, adding: "She is not anorexic. Nor has she been diagnosed as depressed. She has taken medications because of her migraine headaches that she’s had since she was a young girl."She developed a dependency on painkillers as a result of being prescribed medication for the migraines." The television actress is King’s sixth wife and they have two children together.

WILL SMITH CREDITS CHEATING EX. GIRLFRIEND

Will Smith

Hollywood star Will Smith is crediting an unlikely woman as the source of his super stardom. His cheating ex-girlfriend.The actor has made a huge name in Hollywood for himself with lead roles in high-grossing action and sci-fi hits including Men In Black and Independence Day. And Smith is admitting it was the unfaithful act of a former girl during his youth that drove him to go far in acting. He says, "My first girlfriend cheated on me when I was 15 years old, and I processed in my mind that she cheated on me because I was not good enough. And I remember my walk home after I found out, and I remember just vowing to myself that I would never not be good enough again."In my childlike mind I connect that to (wife) Jada’s love for me, even though she tells me, ‘Baby, OK, you’re good enough, let’s take a vacation.’"

EDDIE MURPHY HINTING ABOUT RETIREMENT

Comic Eddie Murphy is hinting that he will retire after the much-anticipated Beverly Hills Cop 4 movie, because he wants to get back on the stage. Murphy was an acclaimed stand-up comedian before he became a Hollywood movie star, and now he’s happy to return to comedy clubs and theatres. He says, "Thirty years and I have close to 50 movies and it is like, `Why am I in the movies? I’ve done that part now.’ "I’ll go back to the stage and do stand-up." But he’s still keen to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie made, after years of looking at bad scripts for the project: "The third one was horrible, so I didn’t want to do another one." And he insists he isn’t making the new film in the franchise for the money. He adds, "The (third) movie wasn’t ready to be done and they (producers) wrote some s**t down on paper and I said, `Is this your phone number?’ and they said, `This is how much we’re going to pay you.’ "I said, `Let’s go shoot it! I don’t care if the script ain’t right.’"

MTV RECONSIDERS TOXIC BRITNEY SPEARS

MTV bosses are considering inviting toxic singer Britney Spears to September’s Video Music Awards (VMAs), even after 12 months after her disastrous ‘comeback’ performance at the huge event.The singer disappointed fans and the watching world with a lacklustre rendition of single Gimme More at the bash in Las Vegas last year, just six months after allegedly suffering a mental meltdown. She was later spotted crying backstage.But VMAs organizers want to give Spears the chance to redeem herself by taking to the stage once again. MTV president Van Toffler says, "Everyone deserves a second or third chance, right?" The VMAs are moving back to Los Angeles California this year, and will take place at Paramount Studios on September 7th.

JAY Z. UNHAPPY WITH AMY WINEHOUSE

Jay Z. is stunned with Amy Winehouses mean temper at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend, after launching a scathing attack on his very good friend Kayne West. The rehab singer hit the headlines the other day for attacking a audience member in the crowd at the English music festival on Saturday, but headliner Jay-Z was more put out by the singer’s comments about friend West minutes later. Jay-Z, who was watching her show from the side of Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, admits he was a little upset when Winehouse turned on his "brother" during a rant in which she attempted to defend festival organizers for hiring Jay-Z as Glastonbury’s first rap headliner. She told the audience: "Imagine if it was a c**t like Kanye West! `C**ts like Kanye’ - should be his next album title!" Jay-Z tells MTV.com, "She said something about Kanye late on (in her set) but I didn’t hear it and I don’t agree with it. He’s my brother and the biggest artist on Roc-a-fella (records) right now."I guess I should hook them up because he’s a great guy too. I don’t know what the problem is - I don’t know where that (comment) came from."

CHRISTIAN BALE ON LEDGERS FINAL ROLE

Sexy Batman star Christian Bale is hitting out at calls for actor Heath Ledger's final film appearance to be canned, describing the idea as "bloody insane". Movie studio bosses have not yet confirmed whether a scene featuring Ledger’s The Joker character in a body bag will be cut from the new Batman film The Dark Knight.The scene was shot just weeks before the Hollywood actor was found dead at his New York City home in January. Bale is stating his case for keeping Ledger’s last scenes totally intact. He says, "I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t think this movie should be shown."But, if you’re asking my opinion, I think that’s bloody insane. I also think it’s an insult to Heath and everything he stood for."I don’t think anything should be cut. I think it’s the movie he wanted to make. Bale also believes Ledger’s final performance will act as a celebration of his life as an star, and is insisting it would be "rude" not to run with the integral scene. He adds, "The guy was brilliant. He was a fantastic actor and he put everything into this part. I absolutely know without question that he would have wanted everyone to see it."For me, this is a celebration of what he did best - entertain people…Respect the man. This is what he did. This is what he wanted to do."

NEW YORK CITY'S NEW CELEBRITY RESIDENCE

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The Alexander
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250 East 49th St.
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212-829-9200
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Manhattan Elegance


The Alexander Is Luxury


Attuned to the needs of busy New Yorkers, Castle Development Group/CFC Finance has begun construction on a new property as unique and innovative as New York itself, The Alexander. Located in historic Turtle Bay, a historic neighborhood that was formerly home to actress Katherine Hepburn and writers Edgar Allen Poe, Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote, The Alexander manifests the area’s rich history and vibrant future.Located only moments away from the city’s cultural landmarks such as the MOMA, Carnegie Hall, Radio City and the distinguished New York Public Library, The Alexander’s residents can truly enjoy the global center of art and culture in New York. Its proximity to the United Nation’s and the area’s extensive cultural and fine dining scene include some of the city’s renowned restaurants such as Chin Chin, Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant and The Smith & Wollensky’s Steak House. For the fashion aficionados, it also means being close to some of the world’s top luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, Hermes and Prada.The Alexander boasts two commercial real estate floors on the ground and second level. Both spaces offer over 6,000 square feet and the second floor has allocated 1,463 square feet which can be utilized as outdoor seating. The new Second Avenue subway station that is being planned for 52nd and 53rd Street will only further add to the attraction for retailers in this prime location.Castle Development Group’s Senior Vice President of Development, Steven Dobbs explains “we are building a brand of luxury residences that aims to extend the boundaries of life to the fullest. The design is truly a study in balance and harmony.” Upon entering the building’s lobby, residents and guests are welcomed by warm earth tones including softly back lit onyx walls and sophisticated modern furnishing that accentuate simple lines and crisp simplicity. It is at once elegant and luxurious while maintaining the intimacy and coziness that New Yorkers can readily appreciate after spending most of the day amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Among first impressions are those of comfort and stability.The Alexander offers one, two, three and four bedroom units; all equipped with the finest finishes, Poggenpohl kitchens, white oak floors and individually controlled central heat and air conditioning. The floor to ceiling windows combined with the twelve foot ceilings creates an airy sun bathed space with loft-like qualities. Many of the units include private outdoor spaces further complementing the openness of the interior layouts.The Alexander is an ideal home for all New Yorkers who are continuously searching for the extraordinary. For the young professional running between meetings and events, the serene atmosphere of The Alexander offers them a retreat from their demanding commitments, a place for them to find a measure of serenity amidst their exciting and sometimes chaotic life. For the young couple, The Alexander offers a place to comfortably entertain friends and family over cocktails and dinner. The residences also provide comfortable spaces to accommodate the demands of a growing family. And for the returning native New Yorkers who moved away or those who are just about to make New York their home, it is a place to re-experience the great life in the greatest city in the world.

CLARA LOFARO'S NEW CD AT CUTTING ROOM

CLARA LOFARO, who's new CD PERFEKT WORLD (ComeTrue Records) is just out, was feted last week at Steve Walter's Cutting Room, with SOPRANO-ROBERT FUNARO as the evening's host. Lofaro is the fiery new singer and songwriter, who's work has been likened to that of Laura Nyro, Carole King, and Annie Lennox, and on this night she showed just why. Opening with a few exclusive snippets of the video for the album's title track (shot in Brooklyn) her performance showed an amazing new artist, full of power,imagination and verve. "Don't Punish Me", "Waterfall," and, "Fever", are three powerful tracks from the album and live, they proved themselves to be even better live. Her band was excellent that, providing just the right balance throughout. The guests, incldued her parents (delightful!) who made the drive down from her hometown of Toronto; PR-Pasha-DAVID SALIDOR, who assisted in the evening with her own PR-maven RANDY ALEXANDER; BOBBY-producer EDWARD BASS; TOM SELEMENTI from ComeTrue Record; and, ROB SANTOS and wife NELL from Sony-Legacy.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

PARIS HILTON IS EVERYDAY AMERICAN GIRL

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton buys some candy from a street vendor along Robertson Blvd yesterday in Beverly Hills, California. Paris was with sister Nicky. She brought a Twix Candy and others. Paris was all smiles and decides to share her candy with a paparazzo.

SIENNA MILLER'S RUMORED NEW RICH LOVE

British star Sienna Miller is sparking rumors that she is allegedly dating married actor Balthazar Getty after only just weeks after splitting with boyfriend Rhys Ifans.The Hollywood actress parted ways with the Welsh actor earlier this month, amid rumors he was becoming too possessive of her. But the actress appears to have moved on from the split, after being photographed out and about in Hollywood this week with the 33-year-old oil heir-turned-actor. Miller has said to have been introduced to the 33-year-old through her Edge Of Love co-star and Getty’s Brothers and Sisters castmate Matthew Rhys. A source tells British newspaper News Of The World, "They went to great pains to find a place where they thought nobody would find them. They daren’t go out together, so they spend most of their time inside. When they do leave, they go separately." Meanwhile, Getty’s fashion designer wife Rosetta Millington has fled the U.S., taking their four children - the youngest born just eight months ago - to Italy, according to British newspaper The News of the World.

RON WOODS WEDDING REHAB ADVENTURE

Singing icon Ron Wood checked himself into rehab,after taking part in a wine-tasting session. The Rolling Stones singer, at age 61, has battled alcoholism in the past and feared he would miss his daughter Leah’s wedding if he did not seek treatment after drinking the wine.Wood checked himself into London’s Priory Clinic just to ensure his addiction was under control. A spokesman for the star says, "The fact he checked himself in because it was Leah’s wedding shows, I think, that he is very capable of controlling it." Wood’s daughter Leah wed boyfriend Jack MacDonald on June 21st.

MILEY CYRUS ON END OF HANNAH MONTANA

Singing icon Miley Cyrus is planning her life after her hit television show Hannah Montana and is insisting she won’t play the pop star on TV forever.The teen sensation has no plans to ditch her alter ego just yet, but admits she’s dreaming of Hollywood and life after Hannah. Cyrus says, "I mean, I won’t be Hannah Montana by the time I’m 30."But we’ve only done two seasons, so we definitely want to work on that hopefully for another two years."I’ve been talking to people about some cool movies, but right now I mostly want to stay within my company and keep them happy and keep everything that we’re doing successful and focus on that. I like to do everything that I do 120 percent and unless I can focus hardcore on that, I don’t want to do it yet."

BETTE MIDLER GETS HER WEDDING PICTURES

Bette Midler

Singing icon Bette Midler is celebrating after seeing her wedding photos for the first time, 23 years after she walked down the aisle. Midler married Martin Rochus Sebastian von Haselberg in a small ceremony in Las Vegas in 1984, but she never stuck around to see the pictures taken at the quick event. She reveals, "We were married in the Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator. We never got any wedding pictures. Three weeks ago the guy closed the chapel and sent us the pictures, 23 years later."We were so shocked."

AMY WINEHOUSE ATTACKS A MUSIC FAN

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Alleged drug addict Amy Winehouse stunned concert goers at the U.K.’s Glastonbury festival after seemingly attacking a fan.The rehab singer was belting out her hit track Rehab to 75,000 fans on the Pyramid Stage yesterday, when she jumped from the stage and into the high security pit. The troubled star,who has been receiving medical attention for the lung disease emphysema, then appeared to lash out at a fan, striking the unnamed devotee with her fist. But a spokesman for Winehouse insists she was provoked, adding, "The ‘lashing out’ was when someone tried to grab her hair and she reacted." Winehouse also hit back at fans who booed her as she paid tribute to her incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil. She said, "Boo me one more time and I’ll find you and your phone and call your mom and tell her you ain’t got no manners."

DEAN MCDERMOTT'S ALREADY PLANS DATES

Former Hollywood star Tori Spelling's hubby Dean McDermott is already worried about his newborn daughter’s teenage years, and is vowing to be an overbearing and overprotective dad.The couple welcomed their second child, Stella Doreen, into the world at a Los Angeles California hospital earlier this month. Stella is McDermott’s first daughter and he admits raising a little girl has given him a new outlook on parenting. He says, "She’s 10-days-old, and I’m already worried about when she’ll start to date. She’s so beautiful. Her dating life is going to be terrible. I’m going to scrutinize every boy that comes to the door."

Saturday, June 28, 2008

JODIE FOSTER ON THE TOWN WITH HER SON

Jodie Foster And Charles Foster

Hollywood's superstar Jodie Foster took her son Charles to a children's birthday dinner at Trilussa Restaurant the other day in Beverly Hills, California. The kid looks likes hes sick to his stomach at seeing the paparazzi. Calm down Charlie. You will get used to it.

SEXY MCCONAUGHEY ROBBED IN NICARAGUA

Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey was robbed during a recent surfing trip to Nicaragua. Crooks made off with his cellphone and $2,000 in cash.The actor was reportedly carried home drunk from a bar in San Juan Del Sur after standing on tables asking patrons to help him find his missing flip-flops - and then allegedly passing out. His bar pals took him back to his hotel room and put him to bed but left his door wide open when they left to go home, and that’s when the thieves struck, according to sources. An insider tells Star magazine, "Matt was so out of it when they reached the resort that the two guys had to carry him to his villa. They used his key, took him inside and put him to bed, then left, but they left the door unlocked."Matt didn’t report the robbery to the local authorities. I guess he just considered it a lesson learned."

WELCOME TO THE HAMPTON'S DUNGEON

Sir Ivan Wilzig And Mina Otsuka

Had Roman Emperor Caligula or French royal Le Marquis de Sade visited the Hamptons to enjoy the first day of summer, they would have felt right at home at “Sir Ivan’s” Castle. The Recording Artist’s medieval castle, complete with gold leaf gate, chain and wood drawbridge, multi-tiered moat with seven waterfalls, secret passages, gargoyles and dragons, now possesses the most elegant dungeon in the world!“Sir Ivan” lowered the bridge over the moat to welcome some 300 guests for a very exclusive, over the top Kinky Bunny Birthday Ball for his ever present sidekick the gorgeous Mina Otsuka. Mina’s got a thing for bunnies and Sir Ivan who never does things in a small way, would never disappoint the lovely Mina. He transformed his hilltop Hamptons castle into a bunny- lover’s paradise albeit garbed in fetish fashion. American press was banned due to the sensitive subject matter, but Times Square Gossip was there. Only Channel 1, Germany’s largest TV network and Channel 6, France’s biggest station were allowed to film the party for European audiences exclusively. Everywhere on the sprawling estate there were ten foot high bunnies – some brandishing whips, others blindfolded and the rest wearing bondage gear. Over five hundred pink bunny head beach balls floated in the pool. Guests who came from all over the world were asked to don fetish -wear, lingerie or pajamas. One gent coming directly from the airport was sporting the pajamas given to him by British Airways for his transatlantic flight. Upon arrival, all were handed floppy bunny ears by sexy dominatrixes in pink fishnet stockings, who threatened to whip any one who wouldn’t put on their ears. The Veuve Clicquot Rose flowed like the Seine and culinary wizard Frank Tramontano also fulfilled Sir Ivan’s décor demands and kept the crowd well stoked with fierce Thai dishes.When Sir Ivan – in leather vest, chaps and a codpiece with black wings - and Mina in a Barbarella –esque body suit with enormous white wings descended to the stage, the crowd went wild and the dance floor exploded. The flying bunny pair led a virtual conga line around the pool before heading back to the stage where an enormous carrot cake, 6x5 feet with an eight foot bunny atop was wheeled in ablaze with giant sparklers. The revelers sang Mina a lusty Happy Birthday and then all took to the dance floor and rocked on til the wee hours with Castle resident DJ Lee Kalt. Party favors included pink bunny fur handcuffs, whips and cat o’ nine tails!
And we thought Hamptons’ weekend traffic was painful – Ouch!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

PETE WENTZ'S NEW MTV SHOW TONIGHT

Rhianna And Maroon 5

I wanted to remind my readers if you aren't going out to party and are staying home, FNMTV's new show is on tonight. Host Pete Wentz welcomes special performances from Rhianna and Maroon 5. Also, T.I., No Age and Day 26 stop by to show off their new videos. If it's hot and humid like it is in New York City, stay home and tune into MTV. Watch a sneak peak here !

Photo Credit: Chris Polk/MTV Networks

VERNE TROYER FILES SUIT AGAINST TMZ

Austin Powers midget Verne Troyer is suing the celebrity website TMZ after it published footage of the star allegedly engaging in sexual acts in a home-made sex tape.The actor has filed a $20 million lawsuit against TMZ, accusing the site of violating his rights by publishing and airing extracts from the porno film. In papers filed at a Los Angeles California court, Troyer claims that TMZ "infringed on his copyright and trademark by running portions" after it ran parts of the tape on its site, according to the website itself. TMZ also claim Troyer alleges the site violated "his right to publicity and misappropriated his name and likeness." The footage features the star and a former girlfriend at his home, and reportedly ended up in the hands of sex tape specialist Kevin Blatt, who brokered the deal for Paris Hilton’s infamous sex tape One Night In Paris.Troyer alleges the tape was stolen. Blatt is also named as a defendant in the suit, according to website.

SEXY GAEL GARCIA BERNAL ON GAY ROLES

Sexy Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal is confused by the criticism he has received for taking on roles portraying homosexual characters, because he considers it "cool". The Latin hunk has played gay men in director Pedro Almodovar’s La Mala Educacion (Bad Education) in 2004 and kissed Diego Luna in 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother, Too). And he is insisting he is unabashed about his on-screen past, because it should not have any implication on his acting credentials. He says, "It’s so cool. I don’t see what all the fuss is about playing gay characters. When I did Y Tu Mama Tambien, I was asked, ‘Don’t you worry about what people will say to you in the street?’ It seemed like it was such a huge deal."Why would it be an issue for me? I think it is a very American thing. In Mexico, no one has given me any s**t for playing gay roles, for playing a transvestite, whatever. They don’t confuse the actor with the role. I mean, they don’t think Al Pacino’s a cop!" Bernal also admits he is unfazed by nudity - and can’t understand why his peers would make such a fuss about disrobing for any movie. He adds, "Whenever an actor or actress says, ‘I won’t do nudity unless the story demands it’, they’re the first people to take their kit off! ‘I would only do it for artistic reasons.’ Yeah right! Come on, there’s nothing artistic about it, but I don’t have a problem with it either."

PARIS HILTON KEEPS HER JAIL PROMISES

Socialite Paris Hilton is keeping to her post-prison promises by helping the less fortunate. She has made an "extremely generous" donation towards the construction of a children’s hospital in Los Angeles California.The former television reality star is putting an undisclosed amount of her own money to help with the building of a new wing of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, according to hospital officials. Paris had made a promise to become a better person after spending 23 days in jail last year following probation violations on alcohol related reckless driving charges - claiming she wanted "to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis".The money donated by the hotel heiress will go towards a Children’s Centre for Cancer and Blood Diseases and will open in 2010. The media star comes from a family of charitable folk - her grandfather William Barron Hilton was named as America’s top charity donor of the past year after handing out $1.2 billion to charity via the Conrad N.Hilton Foundation in 2007.

NICOLE RICHIE LANDS NEW TELEVISION ROLE

New mother Nicole Richie will relive her wild party days as a Hollywood ‘bad girl’ after landing a small part in the television show comedy Chuck. The former reality show star will play "a bitter and spiteful girl" in an upcoming episode.Chuck executive producer Josh Schwartz states, "Nicole auditioned for the part and was very funny. This role is a great opportunity for her to show off her comedic skills and be diabolically evil and kick some butt. It’s going to be really fun." Richie’s past television credits include guest spots on the TV series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and American Dreams. She also starred in reality TV hit The Simple Life, alongside fellow socialite and childhood friend Paris Hilton.

GEORGE CLOONEY PLEADS WITH UNIONS

Hollywood star George Clooney is pleading for the two rival Hollywood actors unions to put their bitter differences behind them and is urging them to provide a united front for the sake of the acting industry.The actor used his peacemaking skills to call for an end to the bitter battle between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Both unions are currently in crucial contract talks with film and TV studios, which expire on June 30th, to prevent another strike which crippled the industry from November (07) until February (08). Actors are threatening walkouts at the end of this month if talks between the unions and major film studios fail to resolve a dispute over pay and working conditions. But the two unions are currently at a standstill after AFTRA, a smaller union, agreed to a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).The SAG dismisses the agreed deal and is suggesting it undermines their own contract, and they have called upon heavyweights Jack Nicholson and Ben Stiller to urge members of AFTRA to reject the deal.To compete with the actors, AFTRA has recruited Tom Hanks to declare support for the deal. And Clooney has spoken out in a statement issued yesterday urging the unions not to pit actors against each other as it would have a devastating impact on the industry as a whole. He says, "Rather than pitting artist against artist, maybe we could find a way to get what both unions are looking for."Because the one thing you can be sure of is that stories about Jack Nicholson vs. Tom Hanks only strengthens the negotiating power of the AMPTP."

CAMERON DIAZ WEARING ENGAGEMENT RING

Sexy actress Cameron Diaz is sparking rumors that she is engaged to British model Paul Sculfor, after she was photographed wearing a diamond band on her wedding finger. The Hollywood star has reportedly been dating Sculfor, who was recently linked to Bitch Jennifer Aniston, for the last few weeks but neither have officially confirmed the possible relationship. However, more rumors are flying that they are romantically involved after they were spotted locked in a passionate embrace following a romantic meal in Santa Monica, California last Monday night. And now Diaz has been photographed wearing a huge diamond ring on her left hand, prompting more rumors that her relationship with the former brick-layer could be more serious than previously thought. The 35-year old actress split from pop singing star Justin Timberlake last year, she was subsequently was linked to Jennifer Aniston's current love interest, rocker John Mayer.

WOMAN DEMAND MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

Sexy Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey's pregnant Brazilian girlfriend is resigning herself to the fact her man will always be in demand by other women. Far from upsetting the mom-to-be Camila Alves, new photos of a drunk McConaughey appearing to flirt with locals in a Nicaraguan bar only make her realize how difficult it is to be a superstar. The photos and stories of McConaughey dirty dancing with locals at The Iguana bar in San Juan Del Sur would end many celebrity romances, but the actor's brother, Rooster, insists the model is unfazed by the "scandal." He tells In Touch magazine, "Camila loves him for him. He's a free spirit and she gets it. "She knows what it's like being around a famous guy." And Rooster insists his brother knows he struck lucky when he found Alves -- and the actor has no plans to stray: "She's the salt of the earth. You ain't gonna get better than that."

BILL MURRAY GETS REAL QUICK DIVORCE

Hollywood superstar Bill Murray has ended his 10-year marriage to wife Jennifer following a quick divorce. The former happy couple's separation only hit the headlines last month. In court documents obtained by TMZ. the actor has been ordered to pay child support. His ex-wife will have custody of their four children and she'll keep the family mansion. Jennifer filed for divorce a month ago, alleging the "Lost In Translation" star was an abusive sex addict. According to legal documents, she moved out of the family home in 2006 as a result of the comedian's "adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behavior, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment."

JOHN MAYER HINTING ABOUT RETIREMENT

John Mayer

Singing star John Mayer is hinting that he will have a early retirement from the music industry after he completes his summer tour. Mayer is currently in the middle of his European tour, but has indicated to USA Today that he may never release another album again. He says, "I'm not sure when I'll come back with another record. I feel like I've done everything I can do with this set of tools." Mayer's last release, "The Village Sessions" EP, hit stores in December 2006.

JENNIFER GARNER AND BEN AFFLECK DENY

Ben Affleck With Jennifer Garner And Violet

Hollywood acting couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are denying reports their marriage is over. Break-up rumors are spreading after the pair was photographed spending time with daughter Violet separately. But a spokesperson for Garner has slammed the reports, calling them "one hundred percent completely fabricated." Garner's representative adds: "There is not one ounce of truth to it." Affleck and Garner married in 2005.

HUGE RUMORS ABOUT MADONNAS DIVORCE

Rumors about a alleged Madonna and Guy Ritchie breakup are refusing to go away. Access Hollywood is claiming the pop superstar is seeking legal advice from Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer. Madonna has met with Fiona Shackleton, the attorney who represented Paul McCartney during his court battle with Heather Mills, according to Access Hollywood. The singing icon reportedly approached Shackleton after initial talks with a rival law firm fell through. The latest divorce story comes just two weeks after a representative for Madonna called news that the singer had hired Mills' lawyer Nicholas Mostyn "completely untrue."
A rep tells Access Hollywood there will be "no comment at this time" concerning the new story, while a spokesperson for Shackleton says, "We have a policy of not speaking with the press." Guy Ritchie is reportedly being represented by Mayfair law firm Forsters.

DENISE RICHARDS KIDS TAKEN TO THERAPY

New television reality star Denise Richards has sent her two young daughters to therapy sessions, fearing they'll be scarred by their battling parents' bitter divorce and ongoing war of words in the media. The actress' publicist has confirmed 4-year-old Sam and 3-year-old Lola are "in therapy," according to "Access Hollywood." Richards and her newly remarried ex, Charlie Sheen, rarely speak directly, but have feuded through their lawyers and on TV since they split in 2005. The news comes a day after Richards and her father were spotted taking Sam to a Marina Del Rey hospital in California after the girl burned herself on a very hot pot while at her Hollywood star father's home on Tuesday. The hospital trip was just a precaution.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

GOSSIP GIRL SHOOTS IN SOUTHAMPTON

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STORY BY: ED CALLAGHAN
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PHOTO BY: ANN WATT
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Chace Crawford And Emanuel Sylvano

The private school preppy look was in all over town this week in the ultra exclusive Hampton's. Guests at the Southampton Inn got an unexpected treat when the cast and crew of CW11’s ultra-hot series “Gossip Girl” checked in for a couple of days while shooting scenes for their second season. Hottie Chace Crawford and cast mates Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester had the teens in the lobby swooning. A nearby estate, up the road from Cooper’s Beach ranked the #3 beach in the world, provided indoor and outdoor locales for the Hampton's home of Crawford’s rich kid character Nate Archibald. Chace spent some buddy time with young actor on the rise, Southampton’s Emanuel Sylvano. Sylvano, who played Vanessa's cousin in the season finale, is slated for the lead in a new Spanish soap opera set in the Hampton's created by Brian Alesssandro and Tony Vargas got some acting tips from Crawford in exchange for tips on the area’s hottest spots. A group of Trinity, Seminary, Buckley, and Spence students – "Gossip Girl" prototypes all, with their own gossip networks - made reservations at the Inn’s new restaurant OSO to try and catch a glimpse of the stars, but alas the boys had headed off to Coopers Beach. The young stars had lunch together in the Coopers’ parking lot, where the show had set up their catering. “There were tons of girls in bikinis calling out Chace's name,” said Sylvano. “He’s a really nice guy and took photos with all of them. But, who wouldn’t mind that?”

GREAT YEAR FOR HAMPTON'S GOLF CLASSIC

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Get There PR presented the 4th Annual Hamptons Golf Classic the other day at Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club in Westhampton with event proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Marketing strategist Neal Sroka, of Douglas Elliman Worldwide Consulting LLC, was this year’s honoree for his work in the Hamptons and New York community. Arrivals and player registration for the tournament began at 10am followed by a shotgun start at 11am. Thirty-six foursomes comprised of celebrities, professionals, amateur golfers, and sponsors participated in the prestigious event and were undeterred by early rain showers. NY Giants Superbowl hero David Tyree was named as one of this year’s hosts, joining past and current players and special guests including, Anthony Anderson, Michael Strahan, Will Arnett, Jimmy Fallon, Dhani Jones, Rocco Dispirito, Richie Notar, and AJ Calloway. The day opened with a gourmet breakfast followed by 18 holes of golf. A Zino Platinum cigar bar and a P.I.N.K Vodka “Lemonade” stand were featured at some of the holes affording players the occasion to sit back and enjoy the beautiful day and the star studded competition.Following the event, the awards reception was the place to be, as players and their guests sipped on fresh summer cocktails and dined on gourmet cuisine. After the awards reception host, David Tyree was presented with a genuine Adam Port original artwork commemorating his historic catch during the Superbowl. The top four placed teams were led by Ken Haber, Joe Jurist, Paul Goodman and Steve O’Brien. Other notable mentions were Brit Harry Bradford and future pro golfer Brant Kummerfeld’s remarkable display of strategy and precision on the greens.

PRINCE SUING NORWEGIAN RECORD COMPANY

Prince or whatever he calls himself these days, is suing the bosses of a Norwegian record company after learning they released a five-CD cover album full of his best hits, without his permission. The 81-track package, Shockadelica, features Norwegian artists performing hits like Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times.The cheeky music executives at C + C Records inadvertently alerted Prince to the limited-edition package when they sent him a copy, according to RollingStone.com.The pop superstar’s lawyers have ordered the Norwegians to destroy all copies of the album.

FINE DINING AND WINE AT COPPOLA'S EAST

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Coppola's East Italian Cuisine
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378 3rd Ave
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Coppola's

Don't let the Coppola wines, (which are everywhere throughout the restaurant) mislead you - Coppola's restaurant has nothing to do with the film director, Francis Ford Coppola, beyond the fact that most of the Italian dishes are complimented with a glass or two of the red. The wines ARE from the Francis Ford’s California vineyards. With a menu of classic dishes such as veal scaloppini, fettuccine primavera, and antipasti, Coppola's is the place for you if you like both traditional and innovative Italian recipes, with special dishes designed to delight the discriminating diner. In 1998 Owner-Chef Salvatore Coppola opened the doors of Coppola's East in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan to provide a more elegant style of his Northern Italian 'Comfort Food'. In addition to fantastic food and comfortable dining, Salvatore’s establishment offers professional and knowledgeable service, thin-crust pizzas, home-made pastas and desserts, plus extensive wine list. Almost everyone seems happy to finish their meal with home-made chocolate mousse cake, tiramisu, or another delicious treats from the dessert cart. Do try the Flambé with crepes and chocolate (prepared tableside). Coppola's has two locations - East and West, and offers delivery.

MTV READY FOR NEW SHOW G'S TO GENT'S

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MTV, executive producer Jamie Foxx and executive producer Cris Abrego head to the hood to find 14 young G’s with gruff exteriors and unrelenting street swagger, and put them to the ultimate challenge of their lives – pull up their pants, check their egos and transform them into true gentlemen. Beginning Tuesday, July 15th at 10:00 pm ET/PT “From G’s to Gents” will feature author, recording artist and arbiter of good taste Fonzworth Bentley serving as mentor, life coach and confidante to these young men who all believe they have what it takes to shed their bad boy images and make life altering changes. Fonzworth will also host “MTV’s Top 10 Gentleman of The Year” which will list some of today’s most popular celebs who’ve gone from rugged to refined on Saturday, June 28th at 2:00 PM (et/pt). Hailing from New York, New Jersey, Detroit, California, Miami and Puerto Rico to name a few contestants on the series will participate in weekly challenges in everything from style, etiquette, chivalry, business and more. Throughout the season they will learn that with the right tools, every G has the ability to find respect, realize their self-worth and graduate from G to true gentleman. In the end, the G who fully absorbs these lessons walks away with added skills, panache and $100,000 to jump start a whole new life. Making cameo appearances in select challenges are music and business mogul Master P, food and wine expert Ted Allen, music producer Irv Gotti, designer Ozwald Boateng and platinum recording artists Danity Kane. Do these men possess the determination to make a positive change in their lives or will pressure prove too much for them? If you’re looking for drama, grit, passion and heart, “From G’s to Gent’s” promises all of that and more.Can’t wait to meet the playas? Don’t worry we got you. Customers of Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications will have unique access to the first episode beginning July 8th. In addition, all MTV On Demand providers will feature a rich offering of extras and bonus content from the series. And check out all episodes, exclusive footage & more on mtv.com following the weekly on-air premiere. Exclusive info including bios, photos, full episodes, Fonzworth Bentley’s blog featuring weekly wrap ups as well as weekly “Where Are They Now” segments can be found at gtogent.mtv.com. For those on the go fans, full episodes will be available on MTV Mobile streaming video and Mobile TV. And users of the MTV Mobile WAP (mobile internet) site can check tune in times, episode guides, cast bios, take weekly polls, and even view and rate photo galleries from the show. Jamie Foxx is executive producer. Cris Abrego is executive producer for Cris Abrego Productions. Also for Chris Abergo Productions, Ben Samek is executive producer, Lauren Stevens is co-executive producer and Nicole Elliot is director of current projects & development. Marcus King from FoxxKing Entertainment is executive producer. Maira Suro and Morgan Selzer are MTV Development Executives.

STILLER AND NICHOLSON BATTLE TOM HANKS

Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and icon Jack Nicholson are taking on Tom Hanks as all the Hollywood stars pick sides in the battle between the two leading acting unions. Actors are threatening to have walkouts at the end of this month if talks between the unions and major film studios fail to resolve a dispute over pay and working conditions. Hanks recently signed an e-mail petition urging members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) to accept a "solid deal" offered by studio heads. But fellow Hollywood actors Stiller and Nicholson are encouraging AFTRA members to turn down the proposal after siding with rival union, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), whose members are negotiating a separate contract. Stiller and Nicholson are set to appear in print ads today that urge union members to reject the proposal - siding instead with SAG, which claims the contract would set a precedent that could potentially harm their negotiating power with movie studio bosses.The ad was signed by the pair and states: "We are not finished… We believe there are issues that are at the heart of every actor’s career that remain unresolved by AFTRA." The current contract for both unions will expire on Monday. Among negotiating points for both unions are daily minimum compensation for actors and DVD and Internet fees. AFTRA bosses have warned that turning down their proposed deal with the studios could spark a strike similar to the The Writers Guild of America strike, which brought Hollywood to a standstill from November (07) until February (08), and cost the California economy a projected 37,700 jobs and $2.1 billion in lost output, according to reports.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS SPLITS WITH GIRLFRIEND

Auda Field

Singing superstar Robbie Williams has split with his girlfriend Ayda Field, according to published reports.The singing icon met the television star in Los Angeles California, where he has been living for several years.They had been dating since last January, but are believed to have been a couple since autumn 2007. But they have now split according to London newspaper The Evening Standard. A close source tells the publication, "Ayda was attracted to Rob as he is vastly different to the average L.A. guy she is accustomed to, but in the end this was exactly what ended their relationship; he’s too different."He gave their relationship a serious go, but it was really the fact they weren’t on the same page in terms of where their lives are going. "Golfing, hiking and a craving for privacy aren’t what an aspiring 28-year-old actress wants or needs."

AUDRINA PATRIDGE'S STUNNING SUMMER LOOK

Audrina Patridge

Audrina Patridge leaves Fred Segal after filming a segment of 'The Hills' TV show. Audrina then headed over to 'People's Revolution' to pick up a dress in West Hollywood, California. Audrina was all smiles for the cameras as usual and wore a patterned summer dress and large sunglasses. She looks great !
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