November 29, 2005

Another Stewart Kid

Rod Stewart's fiancée, Penny Lancaster, has given birth to a baby boy.

The boy was born at 2:24 a.m. Sunday at St. John and St. Elizabeth Hospital in London and weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz., Stewart's publicist announced in a statement. Both Penny and our baby son are gorgeous, healthy and doing well," said Stewart, who was present for, and participated in, the natural birth. "I am so very proud of my girl Pen for the commitment, courage and strength she showed throughout."

Lancaster, a former model, added: "It means so much to Rod and I that we were able to keep to our birthing plan and have our baby naturally. It was the most empowering and spiritual experience of my life."

The pair, who have been together for nearly six years, are currently at home in Epping, England. "We are celebrating every moment with our beautiful boy, we just can't take our eyes off him," said Stewart. Lancaster, 34, and Stewart, 60, previously said they're aiming for a spring 2006 wedding.

This is Lancaster's first child. Stewart has five children from previous relationships: Kimberly, 26 (who called off her brief engagement to Laguna Beach star Talan Torriero over the weekend), and Sean, 25, by first wife Alana Stewart; Ruby, 18, with former girlfriend Kelly Emberg; and Renee, 13, and Liam, 11, from his marriage to second wife Rachel Hunter.

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J.Crew Comes To You

Pop-up stores have proven a big hit for retailers during the holiday season.

Now, J. Crew is taking the concept a step further with its traveling man mobile. The J. Crew Holiday Haberdasher, a customized Land Cruiser stocked with gifts for men, including ties, scarves, wallets, cuff links and shirts, will make stops throughout Manhattan.

Margo Brunell, J. Crew's marketing chief, said she hit upon the idea after a Land Cruiser featured on the cover of the company's August catalog drew a big response from men. "Guys would stop me at cocktail parties, wanting to know all about that Land Cruiser," she said.

During the busy holiday season, roving pop-up stores also have the added attraction of placing goods in the path of time-strapped consumers, making it easier for them to pick up gifts.

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Spelling Suit

Producer Aaron Spelling has sued a nurse and her attorney for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement and spreading rumors around Hollywood that Spelling sexually harassed her.

Spelling and his wife, Candy Spelling, filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week against Charlene Richards and her attorney, Don D. Sessions. Richards signed a confidentiality agreement when she began working as a home nurse for Spelling, 82, in November 2004.

According to the lawsuit, Richards threatened to reveal confidential information about the "Charlie's Angels" TV producer unless he paid her "an unspecified amount" to settle her sexual harassment claims. Earlier this month, Sessions and Richards allegedly sent letters to "hundreds of people, including actresses on current and former Spelling television shows," implying Spelling sexually harassed Richards and other employees.

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Simple Life Has A Home

Now, I can sleep tonight:

The Simple Life – which was canceled by FOX last month and seemed doomed by Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's ongoing feud – is coming back on a new network.

The fourth season of the reality show, titled The Simple Life: Till Death Do Us Part,, will air on E! next spring, the cable network announced Monday. "We are thrilled to welcome Paris, Nicole and The Simple Life to E!," said Ted Harbert, the network's president & CEO.

The upcoming season will put the former best friends to "the matrimonial test," according to a statement. In the 10 new episodes, the two women will each take turns playing the role of "wife" and running a household. They will be required to perform household tasks such as cooking, cleaning – and taking care of children. According to E!, each family will decide which young heiress is a "keeper."

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November 28, 2005

Rent Review

I saw "Rent" last night. Here are a few thoughts:

--If you liked the musical, I think you'll like the movie. If you know every song, every line, every rhythm, know the lines that are spoken and not sung, you may start out like I did: noticing every little difference. At some point, I began to let go of that, and appreciate the differences.

--While there's something to be said for the live music of the musical, the surround sound of a movie theater is amazing, and the music itself (sans singing) is quite powerful.

--Overall, the cast is quite strong. You can't go wrong with "Rent" veterans like Idina Menzel (Maureen), Adam Pascal (Roger), Anthony Rapp (Mark), Wilson Heredia (Angel), and Taye Diggs (Benny). Although, I wish they would have incorporated Diggs' character of Benny a bit more.

--Tracie Toms, who plays Joanne, is also a Broadway veteran, but not to "Rent." She was quite strong vocally, but I thought her acting left something to be desired. She didn't have as much chemistry as I would have liked with Menzel.

--Jesse L. Martin (Tom) was fantastic. You probably know him from "Law and Order." He put is own spin on Tom's songs, and really belted the "I'll Cover You" (Reprise). Superb casting there by director Chris Columbus.

--Rosario Dawson, you ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE the weakest link! Goodbye! Seriously, could they not have rounded out the cast with someone of the same caliber as the rest of the gang? Don't get me wrong, she was decent, but it was glaringly obvious that she hadn't had the same vocal training as the rest.

--My recommendation--go see it. If you don't walk out humming the tunes, and feeling a little inspired, you're a Scrooge.

--Let me know your thoughts! I'm waiting for my resident Broadway expert, Kel P., and big "Rent" fan Iceman, to weigh in as well.

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Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do

Despite their breakup announcement, Nick and Jess spent Thanksgiving in Cincinnati. Boy, they look miserable.

Pic from A Socialite's Life.

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Law To Have Cameo

Sienna Miller has landed boyfriend Jude Law a cameo in her new flick, "Factory Girl," perhaps, some say, to keep an eye on him.

The film will be shot in Shreveport, La., and Miller doesn't want to spend too much time away from her beau, whose eye wanders. Meanwhile, Miller — who was seen several times last week fighting viciously with Law on the streets of New York — was in town for the Thanksgiving week with Guy Pearce researching her role as Edie Sedgwick.

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Thank God

Kimberly Stewart and MTV's Laguna Beach hunk Talan Torriero have called off their engagement.

The couple originally announced their plans to wed on Nov. 15, after only a couple of months of dating. But apparently they’ve both had a change of heart.

"It was just too soon to enter into a lifelong commitment," the couple's reps said in a joint statement to People. "It is better to have a brief engagement than a short marriage. The couple continue to share their time together and remain open to whatever the future may hold."

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Diana Ross has confirmed she is dating movie star Jon Voight, following a six year search for the right man.

But even though the showbiz veterans are enjoying the early throes of romance, Ross is taking it slowly with the Midnight Cowboy actor. Her agent Phil Symes says, "It's still at an early stage. Certainly too early to say he is the new love of her life. But they have been on dates which they both enjoyed."

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Eddie's New Woman?

By the looks of things between Eddie Murphy and Access Hollywood anchor Shaun Robinson, there may be a thaw in Hollywood’s relationship with the entertainment media.

Earlier this month Robinson arrived at a Beverly Hills steak house for Access's 10th-anniversary bash – with the newly single Murphy on her arm.

So are the two an item? The press certainly thinks so, given their coverage of the evening, although the 44-year-old funnyman has also been romantically linked with Robin Givens and Mariah Carey since splitting this summer from his wife, Nicole, after 12 years of marriage. (On Aug. 5, Nicole filed for divorce.)

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My Fair Brady Wedding

Christopher Knight, aka Peter Brady of The Brady Bunch, and Adrianne Curry are planning a wedding — and reality TV cameras will be there.

The couple met on VH1's The Surreal Life and became engaged on the season finale of My Fair Brady. Now Knight, 48, and Curry, 23, will return for a second season of My Fair Brady, VH1 announced Tuesday. Curry first gained fame as the winner of America's Next Top Model.

In a statement, Knight said love had prevailed despite "our individual quirks and flaws. ... We look forward to planning the rest of our lives together and continuing to embrace our differences on our way to the altar."

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Bye, Bye Marcia

Could it be?

Marcia Cross is facing the axe from Desperate Housewives to give the critically battered television show a much-needed boost. Insiders also say that bosses want to kill off one of the five characters — and control freak Bree van de Kemp has been singled out as the most likely to be moving out of Wisteria Lane forever.

That would leave Nicollette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman to entertain viewers of ABC's Desperate Housewives.

Rumor has it that writers have been locked in secret talks about the shocking plan. Sources say Cross is the favorite to bow out in an episode during May sweeps, when top ratings will be crucial to guarantee the show's future.

"Ever since the show premiered, there's been talk that one of the key characters would be killed off," said a source close to the series. "And ABC and show execs want a blockbuster plotline to woo bigger audiences and regain critical acclaim for the prime time hit. TV dramas like Dallas and Lost drew huge numbers when they hyped killing off a key cast member. As a result, after a recent meeting between writers and show execs, Marcia is being pegged as the girl most likely to go in May."

--This would be a bad idea. Kill off Teri Hatcher! (Sorry, but she's the most boring one of the bunch!).

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Nicole Wears the Pants

Nicole Richie is impressed with her fiance after he cancelled a lucrative DJ booking in favor of spending time with her.

Adam Goldstein had originally planned on playing at a Kids For Kids benefit in Montreal, but changed his mind after Nicole asked him to spend the weekend with her in Los Angeles.

A spokesperson for the event told In Touch magazine, "We had two first-class plane tickets and a hotel suite booked for him, but he freaked out and called us back and said it was a mistake, that he had to spend the weekend with his girl."

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Not So Bright

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton has reportedly confessed that she believed in Santa Claus until she was 17 years old.

The Simple Life star, who recently broke off her engagement with reek shipping heir Paris Latsis claiming she was too young to get married, has revealed that she always treasured the Christmas holidays, until somebody shattered her childhood illusions, by telling her there is no such thing as 'Santa Claus'. "A mean person told me it wasn't true," she said.

However, seven years down the line, since her 17th birthday, the 24-year-old still celebrates 'Christmas', and this year she opes to receive a Bentley convertible and a pair of $150,000 diamond earrings from Father Christmas.

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Last Season For Alias

Alias, the Emmy-winning action-spy series that made a brand-name star of Jennifer Garner will air its final episode in May, the network said.

Alias' exit makes it the latest series to meet its end on ABC in the 8 p.m., Thursday time slot. No scripted show has survived more than a year there since Mork & Mindy was canceled in 1982. Claire Danes (My So-Called Life), James Denton (Threat Matrix) and Benjamin Bratt (Knightwatch) are among the stars who needed other vehicles--and time slots--to achieve more lasting success.

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Depeche Mode star Dave Gahan was forced to remove the piercing between his testicles and his anus when one of his kids quizzed him about the ring that dangled there.

The singer had the sensitive area pierced years ago after hearing it was one of the most erotic areas to add jewellery.

He tells Blender magazine, "I would beg to differ with that. I don't know if any piercing is erotic, really. For me, it was probably about the pain. "I knew it was time to get rid of it when one of my kids noticed it and was like, 'Why do you have an earring in your a**?'"

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Actor Pat Morita, best known for his role as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, has died at age 73.

The Oscar-nominated actor passed away on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn, the Associated Press reports. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on the sitcom Happy Days, "dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy."

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November 24, 2005

Breaking News

It's Official:
Jessica Simpson, 25, and Nick Lachey, 32, are going their separate ways, the couple announced in a statement Wednesday.

"After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways," the statement says. "This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

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November 23, 2005

Happy Family

Our first close up look at SPF:

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Could It Be?

Rumor du jour:

Jessica Simpson’s friends have revealed that she is pregnant.

Simpson has been fighting tabloid rumours surrounding her marriage to Nick Lachey for months, but it seems that a baby may just put those rumors to bed.

A friend of the couple’s told Star Magazine: "They tried to keep their secret to themselves,' a friend said. "But one day recently Nick decided it was time to break the news starting with his mom, Cate." "Jessica's got to be pregnant,"

"She's smirking like she knows something nobody else does and she's eating like a horse."

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