October 28, 2005

Keira Says...

Keira Knightley says she likes to strip off in front of the camera but has to recruit body doubles if it involves spreading her legs too far.

"Taking your clothes off in front of the camera is part of acting. I'm not ashamed of that, plus I like to look sexy on screen," she told German newspaper Express, adding that only once did she have to employ a body double.

Speaking about her new film Domino she said: "Only once during a lap dancing scene. I had to dance over man's lap, but the problem was he was so wide that I couldn't get my legs far enough apart. You have to be so flexible...I just couldn't do it and had to get a body double in."

Knightley then had to choose the best bottom from three girls. "I was presented with three naked girls. They had to show me their bums and I said which one I liked best."

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Moss Out of Rehab

Kate Moss has checked out of the Meadows Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was receiving treatment for cocaine use, her modeling agency announced Thursday.

The 31-year-old British supermodel left the $4,000-a-night facility earlier this week and was spending time with friends in the U.S., said the statement from her London-based Storm agency. The firm went on to say that Moss would be reunited with her 3-year-old daughter Lila in the next few days and that Moss would undertake modeling assignments in Los Angeles, Paris and New York within the next month.

"Kate is in excellent spirits and looking forward to getting back to work. She would like to thank everyone for their messages of support as they have played a major part in helping her," a Storm spokesman was quoted as saying, reports the Associated Press.

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Brooke Pregnant Again

Actress Brooke Shields, who turned a battle with postpartum depression into a book, is pregnant with her second child, her publicist said Thursday.

The baby is due in the spring, Alan Eichorn confirmed.

After Shields and husband Christopher Thomas Henchy gave birth to daughter Rowan Francis in 2003, Shields chronicled her post-pregnancy experiences in "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression." The book was published in May.

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New HBO-Ball Collaboration

HBO has dug up a new deal with "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball, but this time he's switching from the dead to the undead.

The first project covered under the two-year development deal Ball signed with the premium cable channel will be based on the "Southern Vampire" book series. Written by Charlaine Harris, the series chronicles the intermingling world of humans and monsters in contemporary rural Louisiana, particularly vampires, thanks to a synthetic blood formula that allows them to roam far from their coffins.

"The books are funny, scary, sexy, romantic, bizarre and really fun," Ball said. "I couldn't put them down. I will try to remain as true to the spirit of her book as possible." HBO has ordered an hour-long pilot to be written and directed by Ball. There is no set timetable for shooting the "Southern" pilot, but Ball believed it would happen sometime next year.

Ball, who also won an Oscar for writing "American Beauty," last created "Six Feet Under," which revolved around a family mortuary business. The Emmy-winning series ended in August.

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October 27, 2005


Rumors are swirling that The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are engaged, as they have been increasingly spotted together and Rachel has been sporting a new ring on her ring finger.

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Janet Denies Love Child

Janet says: You can call me Miss Jackson if you're nasty, but don't call me mom.

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Best Hair

Reese Witherspoon has topped a new Best Hair poll for her look as a ghost in romantic comedy Just Like Heaven.

The actress beat Alfie star Nia Long's locks in Are We There Yet? to claim the top spot in style magazine Marie Claire's 10 Best Movie Hair Moments of 2005.

The top 10 is:

1. Reese Witherspoon (Just Like Heaven) 2. Nia Long (Are We There Yet?) 3. Sienna Miller (Casanova) 4. Hilary Duff/Vanessa Lenies (The Perfect Man) 5. Charlize Theron (Aeon Flux) 6. Angelina Jolie (Mr + Mrs Smith) 7. Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) 8. Jennifer Lopez (Monster-In-law) 9. Eva Mendes (Hitch) 10. Drew Barrymore (Fever Pitch).

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Lenny's Loo

Lenny Kravitz's leaky toilet has sprung another lawsuit.

The rocker is being sued, for the second time, in connection with an overflow incident last August in his swanky Manhattan penthouse. In a New York State Supreme Court complaint filed Monday, Allstate Insurance contends that Kravitz owes it $9,387, the amount the firm paid to policyholder Daniel Pelson for damage to his 4164-square-foot, third-floor loft (purchased in 2001 for about $2.5 million, Pelson's apartment sits a few floors below the star's Soho penthouse).

Allstate charges that Kravitz is guilty of "negligence and carelessness" for allowing the loo to become "blocked, clogged, and congested." Last October, the Kravitz commode triggered a lawsuit by an insurer that paid a $333,849 water damage claim from businessman Joel Disend, whose fourth-floor apartment is directly above Pelson's pad. That six-figure complaint is pending.

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Laguna Recaps

For those of you who like Laguna Beach as much as I do, you really should read Tvgasm's recaps. This week's (where they graduate from high school) almost made me lose control of my bladder.

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Not Quite a Housewife

Nicollette Sheridan and her fiancé, actor Nicklas Soderblom, have called it quits, her rep says.

"Nicollette Sheridan and Nicklas Soderblom have parted ways after a year and a half," according to a statement from Sheridan's publicist, Nicole Perna. "They ask that you respect their privacy at this time."

The Desperate Housewives star and Soderblom got engaged last winter. (He also gave her a golden retriever – which she named Oliver – for her 41st birthday Nov. 21. "Oliver is my new love," Sheridan said.

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Charlotte Injured

Former Sex And The City star Kristin Davis is walking around in pain, after injuring herself in a fall at a Spanish hotel.

Davis was recently woken at 4am by hotel staff who wanted to inform her that she had a fax waiting for her. But when she got up to retrieve it, she ended up having a painful accident. The brunette beauty says, "I was staying in an old mansion that's turned into a hotel with the hardwood floors. There was like a little napkin that they put down (for) when you step out of bed. (My) foot hit the napkin and the napkin slid and the hand hit the table with the phone and the phone slid and I was splat out on the floor and I tore my (medial collateral ligament). It's a sports thing. I had to go a sports doctor.

He was like, 'Well, this is the first time I've ever heard this injury acquired in this way,' because it's like a basketball or tennis (injury). I should make up some very athletic story." But, in staying faithful to fashion, Davis is refusing to ditch her high-heeled shoes, adding, "I said to the doctor, 'I don't have any flat shoes! What am I gonna do?' I was conditioned, I was brainwashed for seven years (on Sex And The City) that I have to wear (heels), but it actually helps because I don't have any range of motion and that's when it hurts, when you move it a lot."

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Muppet Comeback

After plunking down a whopping $90 million last year for rights to Kermit and cohorts, Disney is hoping to relaunch the Muppets on a prime-time ABC series parodying such unscripted hits as American Idol and America's Next Top Model.

A network rep says the Muppet project is in the extremely early stages of development. But ABC has ordered a pilot script and five additional script outlines for America's Next Muppet, which will see Kermit's crew trying out would-be Muppets to join the pantheon of beloved Jim Henson creations like Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, Scooter, Rowlf, Janice, Dr. Teeth, Animal, Dr. Bunson Honeydew, Beeker and a certain amphibian.

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Lohan Almost Died

Lindsay Lohan has revealed how she almost died ealier this year.

Answering questions about why she lost so much weight, she told OK! magazine that she basically worked herself into the ground. "I was going through a lot of stuff and overworking and not thinking of my body. I was going through that phase that everyone goes through. "I lost, like, 20-25 lbs. I was on IV drips. I nearly died!" she revealed. She admitted how she didn't want to leave hospital because she found it so peaceful there.

The Mean Girls star also went on to say how much she hates her 'party girl' label, saying: "I'm an angel compared to many of my friends. It offends me." Speaking about her new-found maturity she went on: "I used to want flashy cars. "I'd rather go on a hike and go camping than go out to a club now. "I still like to go out, but I'm growing as a person and I've found other ways to feel better."

--I know men everywhere are happy to see her cleavage has returned.

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Gotham Award Nominations

The gay cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" and the biopic "Capote" took key nominations for the Gotham Awards, the first stop on the long road to Oscar night.

Both contenders were nominated for best picture by the Independent Film Project in the East Coast equivalent of the Indie Spirit Awards. Also in the running are "A History of Violence" and two lower-budget indies, "Keane" and "You and Me and Everyone We Know."

"Brokeback Mountain," starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as ill-fated lovers, also received a nomination for best ensemble cast, as did "Crash," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Nine Lives." Bennett Miller received a nod as breakthrough director for "Capote" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as the writer, along with Miranda July ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Phil Morrison ("Junebug"), Andrew Wagner ("The Talent Given Us") and Alice Wu ("Saving Face").

Nominations for breakthrough actor went to Amy Adams ("Junebug"), Camilla Beale ("The Ballad of Jack and Rose"), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Mysterious Skin"), Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow") and Damian Lewis ("Keane"). Best documentary noms went to "Ballets Russes," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "Grizzly Man," "Murderball" and "William Eggleston in the Real World."

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Elmer "Len" Dresslar Jr., who extolled vegetables to generations of TV watchers as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant, has died. He was 80.

Dresslar died Oct. 16 of cancer, according to daughter Teri Bennett.

Dresslar was an entertainer and singer for nearly six decades. But his voice rang through millions of households when he sang the simple refrain, "Ho, Ho, Ho," in an ad jingle for Green Giant foods.

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October 26, 2005

Who Has the Biggest Ego?

Paris Hilton has topped a new poll naming and shaming the biggest celebrity egos.

The hotel heiress has beat out the likes of Kanye West, Usher and Lindsay Lohan in the Teen People poll, which has taken stars to task for comments they've made about themselves and their work. Hilton became a winner for stating, "(By) channeling my inner heiress, I created a new opportunity for young heiresses."

The top 10 is as follows:

1. Paris Hilton
2. Kanye West
3. Usher
4. Beyonce Knowles
5. Christina Aguilera
6. Jack White
7. Justin Timberlake
8. Avril Lavigne
9. R Kelly
10. Lindsay Lohan

--I think The Donald should also be on the list.

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She'll Do It Anywhere

Monsters and Critics reports that Paris Hilton had sex with her new boyfriend in a portable toilet.

The hotel heiress is alleged to have got hot and steamy with new lover Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos in the unlikely love den at an exclusive Hollywood party. According to reports, the pair spent the evening kissing and groping each other before sneaking into one of the "portos" to get frisky.

Meanwhile, Paris was reportedly overheard fuming into her mobile phone 'she's a jealous, ugly, anorexic idiot' - sparking rumours over which one of her celebrity enemies she was describing. (Most likely, Stavos' ex-girlfriend, Mary-Kate Olsen).

--Photos from Just Jared.

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Cage Explains

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage decided to call his baby son Kal-El because he believes the name has a "magical ring" to it.

Cage, 41, and his 21-year-old wife Alice welcomed the arrival of their first child together earlier this month, and stunned fans when they announced the baby's unusual name, which was originally given to fictional superhero Superman at birth.

The Leaving Las Vegas star says, "Alice and I wanted to have a name that was exotic and American and which stood for something good, because our son is exotic and he's American and we both think he's good. But having said that, I always liked the sound of the name. It has kind of a magical ring to it: Abracadabra Kal-El Shazam!"

--Um, what?

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Tales from the Dark Side

Victoria Beckham has fueled reports she and husband David are converting to Scientology, after she was spotted reading a book from the controversial religion.

The Beckhams struck up an unusual friendship with superstar Scientologist Tom Cruise last year, and newspaper reports at the time stated that Cruise was grooming them as converts.

During her trip to Los Angeles last week, Victoria was photographed leafing through Assists for Illness and Injuries, based on the works of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Victoria also watched a fashion show with Cruise's pregnant fiancee Katie Homes during her trip. The actress, who converted to Scientology after she began dating Cruise earlier this year, recommended the book after hearing of the Beckhams' second son Romeo's recent health problems.

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Elitist Nursery Rhymes

As if the baby clothes from Dior and Burberry weren't enough. Then, came Bugaboo strollers that cost as much as a car.

Now there are posh new nursery rhymes to recite to the spoiled sweeties. In "This Little Piggy Went to Prada," Amy Allen rewrites childhood standards with a designer bent. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," becomes "Twinkle, Twinkle Diamond Ring." There's also this one, sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques" — "Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Burberry? Nappy bag dilemma — Lulu, Kate or Anya? Shopping spree, buy all three."

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