February 25, 2005

Anti-Smoking Billboards at Oscars

Along with red carpet arrivals at Sunday night's Oscars, TV viewers worldwide may catch a glimpse of two billboard campaigns that chide Hollywood.

Los Angeles County's public health agency is paying for three mobile billboards demanding that filmmakers keep smoking out of their films. The billboards will be rolling near the Kodak Theatre, site of the 77th Academy Awards.

"The whole world is watching. Keep smoking out of youth-rated movies," read the billboards, which feature a child's face.

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February 24, 2005

Convenient Store Time

It's been a few days since I've posted a pic of Brit looking hungover and unclean. Sorry to keep you waiting so long. As usual, it appears she has the munchies.

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Swanky Dog

A Bit Much:

Training at Gleason's Gym for "Million Dollar Baby" was nothing compared to the bi-coastal work Hilary Swank has put into campaigning for a Best Actress Oscar.

Even her dog Lucky has had to get into the act as Swank traveled the country and the airwaves giving interviews, accepting awards, posing for magazine covers and generally keeping her girls-don't-cry "Baby" persona in front of the paparazzi.

Lucky's lucky moment came just after he had accompanied Swank to her lunchtime interview and before the photo shoot for the cover of this month's Interview magazine. He got a limo all to himself to drive him home.

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Nick and Jessica: Out on the Town

Nick: you look desperate and overbearing with the "She's mine" pose. And Jessica: please teach your sister how to sing. Thanks!

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Singin' His Sorries

Too Little Too Late?

Eric Benet is singing an apology to ex-wife Halle Berry.

Benet said lyrics in his upcoming album include an apology — but she's heard it all before. "I think somewhere along the way, she's heard everything," he told "Access Hollywood" in an interview broadcast Tuesday. "Maybe she hasn't heard the songs, but she's heard everything I have to say."

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Strip Your Way to Thin

Teri Hatcher has confessed she enjoys a little pole dancing.

But says she doesn't do it for the sauce factor...The Desperate Housewives star has revealed that she's keen on nipping off to the gym - not to sweat away on the running machine and pump the weights - but to get intimate with a pole.

She admitted that she signed up for a course in pole dancing and lap dancing - not in a bid to broaden her career horizons but to tone her body.

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Beckham's Boots

Doting dad David Beckham has had the name of his baby son Cruz sewn in to his football boots.

The pin-up was snapped wearing the custom-made shoes during a Champions League match between Real Madrid and Juventus.

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You know you want one:

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8 Isn't Enough

Cry Me A River:

Celebrity model Liz Hurley wants to extend her eight-bedroom farmhouse - because it's not big enough.

Miss Hurley is just one famous face to live in the area. Titanic star Kate Winslet, TV presenter Anne Robinson and the model Kate Moss all have houses nearby.

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New From Starbucks

New from Starbucks:

Starbucks proudly introduces smooth, rich and flavorful Coffee Liqueur.

--Sounds perfect for an after-dinner drink!

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Breast Size Linked to Personality?

An Italian sex researcher claims he can tell a woman's personality from the size and shape of her breasts.

According to German newspaper sexologist Piero Lorenzoni said: "A woman's breasts denote a woman's character, just like her star sign." He has categorized breast types according to fruits and says men can draw up their own horoscope-type chart that indicates what a woman's chest size says about her.

The fruity chart starts naturally with the traditional melon. According to Lorenzoni, a woman with large, round breasts like a melon may appear motherly, but is far from it. "She likes eating and wants to be spoiled and admired. But seldom likes sex," he said.

For men who want someone a bit more lively they should choose a woman with "lemon" breasts - pert and prominent. "These women are full of life and can laugh at themselves. They want a balanced life without surprises."

Pert, oval-shaped breasts are for Lorenzoni like pineapples. "A woman with pineapple breasts is intelligent, often has a career but is still romantic. They are also faithful. Whoever wins their heart will not lose it quickly."

Grapefruit-shaped breasts - pert and firm - are also not a good sign for good sex. "This woman may look erotic, but in reality is bashful and homely. She spoils her partner but prefers tenderness over sex."

Even women with "oranges" are not going to turn up the temperature between the sheets. "While she is self-confident and knows her goals, she has little interest in sex. She likes conversation and partnerships."

Small breasted women, with assets that resemble cherries are "funny and very exciting. They are entertaining and intelligent. Make great partners both for everyday life and on holiday and are moderately interested in sex," says the researcher.

A woman with pear-shaped breasts "Loves love in all its variations. She can be very religious, but is known to have affairs."

--Oh, this is hysterical!

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Actor Christian Slater and his wife Ryan Haddon Slater are divorcing after nearly five years of marriage.

The 35-year-old star, known for movies like 'Heathers' and 'Untamed Heart,' filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. A spokesperson for the couple says "the mutual decision was reached amicably and they remain committed to raising their two young children together."

Slater and Haddon were married in February of 2000 and share a son, Jaden Zach, and a daughter, Eliana Sophia. The family re-located to the UK last summer, when Slater landed a theatrical lead in London's West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. His newest role is back in the States, in a Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie which begins preview performances Thursday.

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Dawson's Back

Fans of "Dawson's Creek" and "Party of Five" will be happy to hear that two big stars from the former hit shows are headed back to TV.

James Van Der Beek also known as Dawson Leery, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, who played the innocent and sweet Sarah on "Party," have both signed on to star in pilot series for CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Van Der Beek will play a recently married man in a comedy pilot called "Three." Hewitt is also set to portray a newlywed in an untitled drama about a young woman with psychic abilities.

--Oh, how I miss the "Creek."

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Better Be Accurate

Weather forecasters in Moscow have been told they face heavy fines if they get the weather wrong.

Moscow Mayor Juri Luschkov said: "Weather forecasters in our city and the surrounding area will be held responsible for financial losses that the city incurs through their incorrect prognoses."

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February 23, 2005

Oscar Goodies

USA Today has the scoop on some of the contents of the goodie baskets for the Oscar host and presenters:

• A Krups kitchen set. Not just a coffeemaker, either. This year's gift includes a toaster, an electric kettle and a year's supply of coffee and tea ($700)

• A two-night stay at The Carlyle hotel in New York ($2,300)

• A red leather case filled with Shu Uemura cosmetics, including mink eyelashes ($600)

• A year's supply of Vonage broadband phone service ($500)

• A three-night stay for two at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina ($3,600)

• A two-night stay for two at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley (Calif.) wine country ($2,500)

• A three-night stay for two (plus a "personal surf-butler") at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif. ($5,900)

• A dinner party at any Morton's, The Steakhouse ($1,500)

• Kay Unger cashmere pajama bottoms ($500)

• An assortment of Manni Oils' extra virgin olive oil ($540)

• An unlimited day of services at Cornelia Day Resort, which just opened this month on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue ($3,500)

• A three-night stay at San Ysidro Ranch, a popular celebrity honeymoon spot in Montecito, Calif. ($3,000)

--Additionally, Best Actor Nominees get the Truefitt & Hill “Shave In Style” Oscar Kit worth $2,600.

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Cher States The Obvious

Cher States the Obvious:

At a recent concert, Cher said: "I'm not going to give up show business but I'm going to give up touring because, you know, there are all of these young girls coming out like Britney [Spears] and J.Lo." After the crowd booed appropriately, Cher went on to say, "I know. They are hoes, aren't they?"

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Cruise Has a Woman

Tom Cruise Is Dating Again:

Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise is secretly dating Colombian model/actress Sofia Vergara. The pair have enjoyed a string of dates since meeting two months ago, according to reports.

Friends say Cruise--who has been single since splitting from Penelope Cruz last year--is "enchanted" by the Latina beauty, a former girlfriend of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. Vergara, 32, has appeared in several small Hollywood roles, but is a bigger star in South America.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Tom has been single for a while and has been throwing himself into work. But he felt the time was right to start dating again. Hopefully they'll make a perfect match."

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Jessica Simpson Hospitalized

Pop beauty Jessica Simpson was briefly hospitalized on Monday, after she was struck down with a stomach virus.

The 24-year-old singer was filming a segment for Oprah Winfrey's hit chat show, when she suddenly fell ill. Simpson's representative Brad Cafarelli tells People magazine, "While Jessica was in Chicago shooting a segment for Oprah, she contracted a stomach virus and became dehydrated. She is already feeling better after being checked into, and released from, a local hospital for rehydration before flying back to Los Angeles." Simpson was well enough to return to Los Angeles yesterday.

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Penguin Party Ticks Off PETA

PETA's P'd at P's Penguins:

PETA is snarling mad about the use of live penguins as props at a party hosted by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in South Beach.

The animal rights zealots are apoplectic that six petrified-looking penguins were placed on a floating plexiglass platform in the pool at the opening of the Hotel Victor last Friday night. Several partygoers told Page Six that the cold-weather birds were huddled in the corner of their platform the whole night, fearful of slipping down a slide into the pool's balmy waters.

"The penguins were obviously bothered by the crowd and the loud music," tattled one attendee. "They were all huddled into one corner facing away from everything, trying to get out. Many guests stared in shock, and others started yelling, 'Save the penguins!' It was a sad sight and a terrible idea." PETA spokesman Michael McGraw told us, "Penguins live in very cold climates, so the heat was probably unbearable for them. They're very sensitive to temperatures, so if it was as hot as we've heard, it's a wonder they didn't collapse.

"In any case, they were likely terrified. We are now looking into whether having the penguins there broke any cruelty-to-animals laws. We're asking anyone who was at the party to call us with any information."

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Fighting Words

An article on how some soldiers are turning to freestyle rapping as an outlet for their frustrations. An excerpt:

Moments like those, when service members turn to rap to express, and perhaps relieve, fear, aggression, resentment and exhaustion, have become a common part of life during nearly two years of war in Iraq. "Rap is the one place," Specialist Drummond said, "where you can get out your aggravation - your anger at the people who outrank you, your frustration at the Iraqi people who just didn't understand what we were doing. You could get out everything."

--You should read the article--it's really interesting.

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