December 27, 2005
Life and Style claims Angelina is pregnant:
Life & Style claims new evidence points to pregnancy for Angelina Jolie. When the actress returned to the set of The Good Shepherd in early December for a few days of reshoots after a two-month break, the crew immediately noticed a problem: The costumes no longer fit over Angies suspicious stomach bump. Her body had changed so much, an on-set insider tells Life & Style, that her wardrobe had to be refitted to give her extra room in the tummy area. Several dresses had to be altered.
Causing even more speculation: Angelina nearly fainted several times and had to be taken off to the side to rest, says the insider. People on set were thinking, Shes obviously pregnant! All signs point to that.
Source: Life and Style
George Clooney and Lucy Liu appear to have rekindled their romance, at least briefly.
The "Syriana" star and Liu left NYC's Cipriani the other night and began lip-locking in his waiting limo. "She looked like she was going to devour him," a witness said of the 37-year-old starlet. She and Clooney reportedly hooked up in 2000. Asked about the reunion, Liu's flack, Steve Huvane, eloquently responded, "It's none of your business."
Source: New York Post
Because one can't get enough KFeddy, I announce to you the launch of KevinFederline.com.
It's apparently going to be "homebase" for all of his music fans. Ummm...yeah.
The odds were against ladies' man Derek Jeter heading into a third season with Vanessa Minnillo and it looks like the oddsmakers were right - at least for now.
The Yankee captain, who was recently spotted with Scarlett Johansson, and the sultry "Total Request Live" hostess are going through an "off" phase in their off-and-on relationship, sources said. They've been dating since late 2003 and had recently returned from a romantic trip to Hawaii. Minillo's rep wouldn't comment.
Source: New York Post
Jennifer Garner has changed her name to Jennifer Affleck, so she can share her surname with her baby daughter Violet.
In a recent donation made by Garner to Democrat hopeful Deval Patrick's local government campaign, the film star signed her name as Jennifer Affleck.
Source: Contact Music
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will think twice about renting a romantic getaway home for her and husband Chris Martin after a recent dream break turned into a nightmare.
The 33-year-old star decided to treat Martin to a two-week break in East Hampton, New York, after he completed Coldplay's North American summer tour and rented a palatial ocean-side property without checking it out first. She recalls, "The place was filthy when we got here. I went to use the cheese grater and there was still cheese on it."
--That constitutes a "nightmare?"
In case you had as much trouble as I did keeping track of of the Celebrity Breakups of 2005, Glitterati has a great summary for you.
Sheryl Crow claims she's still good friends with ex-boyfriend Eric Clapton.
The singer, who is now engaged to cycling champ Lance Armstrong, insists she still maintains a good relationship with the rock legend. She revealed: "I did have a relationship with Eric Clapton, though we were never engaged as was reported. He's a good friend now. I'm friends with lots of people I've dated."
Sheryl, who once dated actor Owen Wilson, also says Eric was a mentor to her, as is Bob Dylan. She added to Britain's You magazine: "Like Eric, Bob Dylan has also been a great mentor and invited me to sing with him. It doesn't get any better than that."
Oprah Winfrey's private GulfStream jet was forced to return to California's Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after its windshield cracked because it hit a bird, officials said.
Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham were not injured, though the bird apparently was. As was the plane, which will remain grounded until its windshield can be repaired, Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman John Ahlman tells the Associated Press.
The collision occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday just after take off. "This is not a totally unusual thing," Ahlman said of the cracked windshield. "We see these things pretty frequently." Winfrey lives near Santa Barbara in a Montecito mansion that sits on 42 acres in the hills. She bought the property five years ago.
The birthplace of composer Cole Porter is getting a winter makeover. The 1860s-era house, which has about 21 rooms, had fallen into disrepair over the years. It had been split into several apartments, and police found a methamphetamine lab in one of the apartments two years ago. The renovations will include repairing the foundation, rebuilding four porches, replacing wiring and plumbing and installing heat and air conditioning.
The new owners, the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre group, plan to open the home as a museum and bed and breakfast when the work is done. Nearly $52,000 has been donated toward the renovations, which organizers say will cost about $105,000. The museum plans to sell fudge made with recipes from the now-closed Arnold's Candies of Peru. At his shows, Porter gave away boxes of the candy as presents.
"It's really important this historical landmark be saved," said Mildred Kopis, curator of the Miami County Museum where much of Porter's memorabilia is displayed. "It's an honor to have his birthplace (here) and we should promote it."
Porter was born in 1891 and lived in the house until he was 10. The town of Peru is about midway between South Bend and Indianapolis. Porter, who died in 1964, wrote more than 1,500 songs for stage, movies and television, including such standards as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Night and Day" and "Anything Goes," and his life was portrayed in the 2004 film "De-Lovely."
--This one's for you, PJDJD.
Source: New York Daily News
Vincent Schiavelli, the droopy-eyed character actor who appeared in scores of movies, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Ghost," died Monday at his home in Sicily. He was 57. He died of lung cancer, said Salvatore Glorioso, mayor of Polizzi Generosa, the Sicilian village where Schiavelli resided.
The New York-born Schiavelli, whose gloomy look made him perfect to play creepy or eccentric characters, made appearances in some 150 film and television productions, according to the Internet Movie Database. In "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," he played the science teacher Mr. Vargas, who was married to the character portrayed by Lana Clarkson.
Schiavelli also appeared as Salieri's valet in "Amadeus," as "Cuckoo's Nest" patient Frederickson, the subway ghost in "Ghost," the organ grinder in "Batman Returns" and as Chester in "The People vs. Larry Flynt." He was selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the United States' best character actors.
Actress Laura Dern and her longtime partner, musician Ben Harper, married Friday in a small private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles, a source said.
Dern, 38, and Harper, 36, have two children together, a 4-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. The couple met at one of his concerts in the fall of 2000 while he was separated from his wife of four years, Joanna. (They divorced in 2001.) His children with Joanna son Charles and daughter Harris visit him often. At the time she and Harper met, Dern was rebounding from a broken relationship with former-fiance Billy Bob Thornton.
December 25, 2005
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.
DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in The Sun it's so.' please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?
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Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measure by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus. He exists certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.
There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest man that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia,
in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank GOD! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
--I wish you all the best for the holidays. Lawren
December 24, 2005
Get ready for your yearly dose of Ralphie, as TBS' 24-Hours of "A Christmas Story" starts TONIGHT at 8 p.m.
You might be surprised at what Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) is up to now.
He's now a movie producer and frequent collaborator with close friend Jon Favreau on films like "Zathura," "Made" and the Vince Vaughn-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy "The Break-Up," due out in June. In the '90s, the semi-recognizable Billingsley used to get then-struggling actor pals Vaughn and Favreau past the velvet ropes at L.A. nightclubs where all their skirt-chasing glories went directly into Favreau's breakthrough screenplay "Swingers"? Yes, it's true. In the parlance of "Swingers," Billingsley was "the guy behind the guy behind the guy."
"We'd go up to the bouncers, like seven dudes," he remembers, "and Vince would be like, "Perhaps you know Peter Billingsley from 'A Christmas Story,' and they'd look at each other and then let us through. We worked that scam for a while."
Billingsley was roommates in a house of five that included Vaughn, whom he met shooting an after-school special called "The Fourth Man." Billingsley was the fourth man on a high-school track relay team who took steroids to keep up, and Vaughn played his star teammate. "There was a whole thing where my dad liked him more than me, because I took after my mother and I was a science kid," laughs Billingsley. "So I started taking steroids to impress my dad." "I, of course, got the heart condition and the four-page diagnosis from the doctor about how my n - - s were gonna fall off."
Billingsley also soon became a working partner with Favreau, with whom he's also co-produced the roundtable "Dinner for Five" chat show on IFC, and the two became close friends. "He's an ace in the hole," Favreau says "We went to a USC [football] game this year, and he got us into the coaches' parking lot. The guy at the gate didn't know me, but he recognized Peter. People get a kick out of him."
--This is my favorite Christmas movie.
Source: New York Post
December 23, 2005
Britney Spears asked for a fight, and she's going to get one. The pop tart has sued Us Weekly, claiming she and hubby Kevin Federline never screened a sex tape of themselves for their sniggering lawyers, as Us has reported.
But the weekly's editrix, Janice Min, has told pals she is ready for a fight and can't wait for the depositions. "Britney is not exactly truthful all the time," said a source. "She thinks if she says something, it is true. But often it's not."
This has happened before. When the New York Post broke the news of Spears' engagement and pregnancy, she denied both stories, only to announce later that they were true.
Source: New York Post
Jessica Simpson's lawyers filed court papers Wednesday requesting a new judge in her divorce from Nick Lachey, claiming the current judge in her case could be "prejudiced" against her or her attorney, TV's Extra reports.
Simpson attorney Lance Spiegel filed the papers, which say she "cannot have a fair or impartial trial" with Judge Michael P. Linfield presiding. As for why Simpson's camp made the request, a source close to the pop star said: "It's a legal technicality. It is important to note this is coming from her attorney, not her."
Another source said the request is merely a formality, as Simpson and Lachey are in talks to have a private judge take over the case. "The goal is to have a private judge because both sides want this to be amicable and private," the source said.
Source: Pink is the New Blog
Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line is to be screened at California's Folsom Prison, 38 years after the country star recorded a live album there.
The film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, has been nominated for Golden Globe Awards and is tipped for Oscar glory in February. Prison bosses hope the movie, which follows Cash's career and struggles with drink an drugs, will show prisoners they are not without hope.
Joe Avila, California executive director of the nonprofit Prison Fellowship, tells the Hollywood Reporter, "We invited 20th Century Fox to screen Walk the Line at Folsom because the lesson of Johnny Cash is that it's never too late for a man to turn his life around, and that's a story these men need to hear." Phoenix, who will be at the January 3 screening, adds, "(Cash) believed in the power of redemption and offered his unique gift to anyone who needed to find it within them, and in the process, he inspired millions. I can think of no greater way to honor him than to carry on his legacy of using music to connect to all people."
Nicollette Sheridan searches for the perfect Christmas tree with singer Michael Bolton in Los Angeles recently. The pair, who dated seriously from 1992 to 1995, were later spotted dining at the Ivy in Beverly Hills. Sheridan split from fiancÃ© Nicklas Soderblom in October.
Avril Lavigne has agreed to make her acting debut in the new film Fast Food Nation.
The film is a screen adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best selling book reports IOL.com. Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson and Wilmer Valderrama, will also star in the film.
The film, based on the book which exposed secrets of the fast food industry, is set to be released next year.
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