May 31, 2005

Paris Engaged to Paris


Drumroll please...Paris Hilton is ENGAGED!

Paris Hilton is engaged to her boyfriend of five months, Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis. Hilton’s spokesman, Rob Shuter, said: “They are happy and excited.”

Latsis, 27, proposed on Wednesday, the day Hilton, 24, returned home to Los Angeles after a three-week trip to Europe, where she promoted her thriller House of Wax and her new fragrance. The couple celebrated yesterday with a barbecue for 75 friends and family at the Hollywood Hills home they share.

"I'm very in love – he's the one," Hilton told People earlier this month. "I want to have kids in the next two years, because I know that completes your life."

No date has been set for the wedding. This will be the first marriage for both.

--I'm giving this one about as long as Nicki's.

And in other Paris news...it's just SO HARD being her:

Paris Hilton, who had stopped off in London after her trip to Cannes, was surrounded by cameramen the other night after returning to Claridge's. Her rep said, "Fifty photographers blocked our entrance.

In the end, Paris had to sleep at Mohammed al-Fayed's daughter's house on Park Lane because she could not enter the hotel."

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Nicholson Does Kelly

On his way to shoot a scene for the Martin Scorsese-helmed mob drama The Departed, which costars Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson taps in to his inner Gene Kelly.

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Shields Blasts Back at Cruise


Actress Brooke Shields has lambasted former pal Tom Cruise for criticizing her "misguided" use of drugs to combat her post-natal depression.

Cruise - who claims to have helped people fight drug addictions through his controversial Scientology religion - recently attacked the Suddenly Susan star for becoming dependant on Paxil, following the birth of her daughter Rowan.

But Shields is disgusted by the Top Gun star's "dangerous" comments and took a swipe at his Scientology beliefs, by saying she wouldn't take advice from someone who devotes his life to creatures from outer space.

She fumes, "His comments are dangerous. He should stick to saving the world from aliens."

--Right on, Brooke.

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Goin' To the Slammer


Teenage actress Lindsay Lohan's father was sentenced Friday to up to four years in prison on guilty pleas to a variety of crimes, including driving while impaired and attempted assault, a prosecutor said.

Michael Lohan was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years for a series of incidents stretching over a year, Nassau County prosecutor Joy Watson said. The latest occurred in February, when he was charged with drunk driving after running his car into a utility pole on Long Island.

The attempted assault charge — to which Lohan pleaded guilty in December — stemmed from an attack on his brother-in-law with a shoe at a party last May.

--Since it appears he may not be seeing Lindsay for awhile, perhaps he should purchase the new Lindsay Lohan doll to keep him company. The "My Scene Goes Hollywood" Lindsay Lohan doll is ready to hit the red carpet with a full movie premiere outfit, faux fur-trimmed coat, director's chair, velvet-style rope,and lots of fun movie-themed accessories.

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WTF?


James Spader has developed a closer working relationship with Boston Legal co-star William Shatner - after sleeping with him.

The two actors have just filmed a scene, in which they sleep together, for the upcoming season of the legal drama series - and Spader reveals that he and his castmate have struck up a close friendship after the pseudo-romantic interlude.

He says, "(It's a) very graphic, explicit, loving scene. Bill and I (are) spooning, wrapped around each other in bed. "After we finished the scene, he sort of was dealing with me in a very different way than he had before... and he spoke in a different tone, a sort of closer tone - pillow talk. "He mentioned that how interesting it was that it's rare that, except with the person that you're having sex with or a parent, you're never really that close to someone or that intimate, where you're that close, where you really get to smell their smells. "We were doing a scene when we were right in there for a while."

And Spader admits his castmate has a very distinctive odor. He explains, "You can tell a lot about a person by that first impression, that first smell. He had a very sort of, a strangely very attractive sort of pungent sort of gamey, sort of a venison or a lamb sausage... and a little bit of rosemary with a touch of ranch dressing."

--Um, what is he talking about????

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Don't Mess With 50 Cent


Burglars would do well to keep away from 50 Cent.

After his fellow rapper The Game claimed he keeps an AK47 rifle in the house, 50 Cent said: "He does that to make people think he's a gangster but he's not. I don't say things like that because law enforcement might be reading, but I'm well protected."

And New Yorker 50 Cent reckons his security are so loyal they'd finish any antagonists off on his behalf. Asked in this month's FHM who'd win a mass brawl between him, his mentor Eminem and The Game, he bragged: "Me. Of course I would win. And if I lost, people would come back afterwards and shoot them."

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Stone the Stoner


Famed director Oliver Stone was arrested Friday night on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard for drug possession and DWI.

After spending the night in jail, he was released Saturday morning after posting $15,000 bail. This isn't the first drug related offense for the director. In 1999, he was ordered into rehab for a similar charge.

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Stewart Suffers Chest Pains


Former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart was rushed to the hospital yesterday after suffering chronic chest pains while shooting a new science fiction TV show.

The 64-year-old halted filming of British miniseries Eleventh Hour and asked a crew member to take him to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, after suffering a heart scare. But doctors gave him an electrocardiogram and concluded his heart was healthy, so he returned to the set three hours later.

A spokeswoman for production company Granada TV says, "Patrick is absolutely fine and is back on set working." An insider adds, "Patrick has been working very hard in recent weeks, because the filming schedule is really tight. The director suggested he go for a check-up just in case."

--Best wishes to him. He's an amazing actor. If you haven't seen him do Shakespeare, you should try to catch it on PBS sometime.

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Wedding Date Set for Sir Elton


Sir Elton John has finally set a date to wed David Furnish. The star is looking to tie the knot with his 42-year-old partner on December 21.

Elton, 57, said yesterday: “The first date we can get married is the 21st. “We are definitely going to do it and we’re not going to do it in secret.”

The pair have been together for 11 years and will probably get hitched at Elton’s country home in Windsor, Berks.

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RIP


Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Albert, who starred in the hit '60s sitcom "Green Acres," died Thursday from complications from pneumonia at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 99.

Apart from his acting roles, Albert was an environmental activist, World War II hero and an inventor. He was nominated for an Oscar for his roles in the movies 'Roman Holiday' and 'The Heartbreak Kid.'

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May 27, 2005

Slater Needed a Pick-Me-Up


Christian Slater tried to score drugs Monday night — but this time, he wanted prescription pharmaceuticals.

Slater approached another customer in the men's room at Brother Jimmy's BBQ on Third Avenue. "I was at the urinal," our dumbstruck spy said. "Christian Slater is next to me and starts talking. He says he's met this girl at the bar, he was hitting on her and he thought he could take her home. Then he asks me if I have any Cialis" — a longer-lasting version of Viagra.

When the spy said he wasn't carrying any erectile dysfunction cure, Slater added, "It's the good stuff!" A rep for Slater said, "He was just joking around."

UPDATE: Christian Slater arrested in the wee hours Tuesday and charged with groping a woman on a Manhattan street, police said.

--What is up with this guy??

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Hiltons Show Gay Pride


Paris and Kathy Hilton have been named grand marshals for the 35th Annual Los Angeles Gay Pride celebrations to be held in West Hollywood, festival organizers announced last week.

“They are a very public mother and daughter team, and they know what it’s like to be different, or what it’s like when people don’t understand who they are,” said Rodney Scott, board president of Christopher Street West, parade and festival organizer. “We are so thrilled and excited to have them as our grand marshals.”

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Sweet 16 for Mariah


Mariah Carey is celebrating her Sweet Sixteenth. The diva notched her 16th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart this week with the ballad "We Belong Together," off the album "The Emancipation of Mimi," which has sold more than 2 million copies after less than two months on the charts.

Only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, who had 20 and 18 No. 1 singles respectively, have had more chart-toppers.

"I don't know that it's actually sunken in yet," Carey told The Associated Press on Thursday.

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Clumsy Alba


Jessica Alba is so clumsy she recently shut her head in her boyfriend's car door.

The star admits she's has a long history of injuring herself, and when she was out with her beau Cash Warren, she unfortunately continued the tradition. She says, "It's not unnatural for me to feel nerdy. I do goofy things all the time. I trip, I knock things over." "The other day, I bashed myself in the head with a door. I was in my boyfriend's car and I closed the door with my head still sticking out.

"I wasn't used to his car, so I closed the door on my head. I am not a coordinated person; I just play coordinated people."

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Bad Ratings for "Chaotic"


Britney Spears has been warned her new reality TV show faces the axe unless it attracts more viewers.

But pregnant Britney, who is expecting her first child later this year, is said to be so distraught by the news, she is now undergoing counselling sessions to come to terms with her waning popularity.

A source is quoted by Britain's Daily Star newspaper as saying: "The worst thing is that the viewing figures are so low, she's upset that her fans don't seem to care anymore. "It's painful for her that her fans have stopped listening to what she has to say."

--Maybe if she didn't act like such a complete moron, things might be different.

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Get a Grip, Gwyn


Holistic goddess and actress Gwyneth Paltrow hates watching herself in movies because she is convinced she can't act.

The Sun reports that the Oscar winner's hang up goes so deep that she runs from the theater or switches television channels rather than catching herself onscreen. "It just makes me freak out and think how terrible I am and how awful my voice sounds," Paltrow told NBC News.

The new mom and partner of Coldplay front man Chris Martin claims the condition worsens when she appears alongside actors she admires. "I remember doing The Talented Mr Ripley, and Matt Damon really needed to see what he was doing, " Paltrow explained. "He was so good in that film that it made me wish I didn't repulse myself so much, because maybe I could be learning what he's learning."

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Rude Reese?


Reese Witherspoon has been blasted by one of Hollywood's top directors, as one of the rudest women in the industry.

He revealed: "She's a dick, I was at a party and my friend Joey said, 'Hey Reese - I just wanted to say congratulations, I think you'll do really great with the part', and Reese just gave her this dead-eyed look and was like 'Whatever?' What a douche-bag!".

He added in an interview with Britain's Maxim magazine: "At this point she wasn't even Reese Witherspoon that everybody mistakenly knows and loves. To have that kind of attitude back then - I guess she was meant for stardom.".

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Will Anyone Hire Shannon?


Setting a new personal record, Shannen Doherty has been fired from a TV series before the first episode aired.

Just last week UPN had her onstage at its upfront presentation to advertisers, plugging her new sitcom Love, Inc., about an unloved dating service executive. But she was sacked Wednesday, even before she'd had time to slug or scream at anybody on the set.

TVGuide.com reported that preview audiences -- much like everybody who worked with Doherty on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed -- didn't like her.

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Becks Flirting With Shakira?


First it was Beyonce and J.Lo, now David Beckham has been snapped cosying up to yet another sexy singer - Shakira

The Latino star dropped in on Becks and the other Real Madrid players at the Bernabeu stadium as she promoted her new album, Fijacion Oral Vol 1.

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U2 Says No


Irish rock band U2 have turned down an offer to license their 1987 hit song “Where the Streets Have No Name” for use in a television ad. U2 front man Bono was quoted as saying, “We almost did. We sat down. I know from my work in Africa what £12.5 million could buy. It was very hard to walk away from £12.5 million”.

The forty-five year old singer, whose philanthropic activities have garnered him two Noble Peace prize nominations, went on to say, “So we thought, we’ll give the money away. But if we tell people we’re giving the money away, it sounds pompous”. In the end the band agreed not to accept the offer because “Where the Streets Have No Name” was a song they did not want associated with a commercial.

Last year U2 was featured in Apple’s iPod television spots playing their hit single “Vertigo”. The band received heavy criticism for the venture even though they did not accept any payment from Apple. U2 is about to wrap up the U.S. leg of their “Vertigo” tour and will soon be heading to Europe.

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