June 30, 2005

Bennifer 2.0 MARRIED?

Us Weekly is reporting that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got married yesterday:

Ben Affleck, 32, and Jennifer Garner, 33, were married yesterday at the Parrot Cay resort in the Carribean islands of Turks and Caicos. The couple, who are expecting their first child this fall, have been dating since last year. They costarred together on the film Daredevil in 2002. Garner, the star of the ABC spy drama Alias, has been shooting the drama Catch and Release in Vancouver.

Garner's first marriage, to actor Scott Foley, ended in divorce in 2003. Affleck and Jennifer Lopez called off their highly-publicized engagement in January 2004. Garner's rep could not be reached. Affleck's had no comment.

UPDATE: Their reps confirm: They're married and expecting.

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The Train Wreck Commences Tonight

After a decade and a half of spending more time on the police blotter than the pop charts, Bobby Brown wants the world to know he's not really a bad boy.

"They've made my life out to be problems, problems, problems," said Brown, who spent the 1980s and early '90s on the charts with his group, New Edition, and as a solo artist. "It's not like that. I'm not a bad person."

He'll take his case to the public starting Thursday, when "Being Bobby Brown," a reality TV series promising "an artist striving to clean up his life," premieres at 10 p.m. EDT on Bravo.

The series follows the lives of Brown, wife Whitney Houston and three of his children.

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Jessica Gets Slammed

A Christian group calling itself "The Resistance" wants Jessica Simpson to apologize for her "slutty" video of "These Boots are Made for Walking" and re-shoot a clean version.

The group objects to Simpson's racy antics in the vid, especially because her father was a pastor and she's a Christian role model. "It's sad to see her whore herself out like this," declares the group's, rep "John Conner" (he won't divulge his real name). "She's a singing stripper." The Resistance has also blasted MTV for "celebrating the homosexual agenda."

--Um, judgmental much?

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"We're Not Alone"

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise not only battles creatures from outer space in his latest film "War of the Worlds," he also believes aliens exist, he told a German newspaper on Wednesday.

Asked in an interview with the tabloid daily Bild if he believed in aliens, Cruise said: "Yes, of course. Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?

"Millions of stars, and we're supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there, we just don't know," Cruise, 42, said in the interview published in German.

--Wow. He's freaking looney tunes. Spielberg needs to chat with him. I mean, I wanted to believe ET was real, too. I even had a shirt w/ ET on it and the little headband w/ the ET stars that sprung up from it. But, I did enter reality at some point. Wait a sec, does anyone else think Katie's starting to look like ET? Hmmm...

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Brit's AZ Birth

MSNBC.com reports that Britney Spears has decided to deliver her new baby in a Scottsdale hospital.

According to the item which cites an upcoming issue of Star magazine, the pop tart has selected a deluxe room in an unnamed Scottsdale hospital, where the administrators have arranged to clear the rooms on either side of her for privacy.

Unwanted expectant mothers and babies are not the only ones on Spears' hot list. Apparently the mommy-to-be is leery of hospital staffers as well. "Britney wants all the nurses serving her to be given background checks," said an insider. Nurses and hospital staff likely to come in contact with Spears will reportedly be screened by hospital administrators as well Spears' mom before being given the all clear.

The tattler adds that the event will be a catered affair complete with flower arrangements. "Britney wants white and yellow roses in the room when she gets there," said the source.

--I'm sure Cheetos and smokes will be on hand as well.

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Angelina Shocked by Conditions in Ethiopia

Angelina Jolie realized the sheer enormity of the tasks aid workers have in Ethiopia after a recent visit to the health clinics of Addis Ababa, where she learned 50 per cent of the women who give birth there die in labor.

The actress, a United Nations ambassador, was shell-shocked by what she learned from aid workers who can do little to halt the daily death toll. She recalls, "I visited a malaria clinic, and I was shown how blood is taken, dyed, and then viewed under a microscope. I was literally able to see parasites in the blood, and I heard about how the medicines that the clinic has often don't work."

"We stopped at another clinic to learn about women's health issues. Clinic workers spoke of trends in maternal mortality." "It was alarming to learn that almost half of the women who made it to the clinic during labor still died during childbirth."

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Party Time

After the NBA draft, it was time for basketball's newest millionaires to celebrate. Knicks first-round draft pick Channing Frye celebrated with dinner at McCormick & Schmick's with 25 family and friends.

The Atlanta Hawks' No. 2 pick, North Carolina forward Marvin Williams, had a group of 18 at Morton's, New York. Other first-rounders Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Ian Mahinmi and Michael Gelabale partied at the 40/40 Club with Jay-Z and Lebron James. Richard Jefferson (N.J. Nets) and Luke Walton (L.A. Lakers) were at Bed for its rooftop opening.

--Yo, Ice! Did you catch the crew at the 40/40 Club? And for those of you who are interested in the draft picks and all the insider stuff, check out the two great NBA draft posts on G2.

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Proper Tribute

"The Producers" creator Mel Brooks threw a private memorial for his wife, Anne Bancroft ("The Graduate"), at the St. James Theater on Monday night.

Among the 100 guests were Paul Simon, who played a solo acoustic version of "Mrs. Robinson," and Alan Alda, who spoke about his friendship with Bancroft, a Hamptons neighbor. Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Patty Duke also paid their respects. As usual, Brooks had the last word. "If any of you are grieving, keep it to yourself," he quipped. "I don't want to hear it."

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Denim Details

No doubt: Denim is in!

Details surrounding Marc Jacobs’plans to create a small collection of baby clothes are limited, but Jacobs, also the creative director at Louis Vuitton, is planning a similar project for the French fashion and accessories house.

Vuitton has designed one pair of kids’ sneakers that will be available in sizes 24 through 33 and will make its debut this December. The shoes will be fashioned in a denim monogram pattern, similar to the company’s current spring/summer Monogram Denim collection of handbags. Jacobs’ line of wares for his signature collection, likely to be a focus on clothing like thermals and cashmere hoodies, is expected this fall.

And Prada dabbles in denim:

After slapping her name on umbrellas, bathrobes, and socks, Miuccia Prada has decided to do jeans.

The cuts are traditional and the seven different finishes range from dark blue to gray. Understated aesthetic aside, you'll instantly recognize the designer's touch, thanks to the familiar red tag on the right cuff, logo inside the watch pocket, and a just-short-of-subtle "Prada" stitched on the right rear pocket. Their $295 to $695 price tag.

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Bourne Again

Tony Gilroy has been signed up by Universal Pictures to write the screenplay for The Bourne Ultimatum.

Gilroy previously adapted Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy.

Matt Damon already has expressed his interest at reprising his role as Jason Bourne reports Digitalspy.

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Tilly's Poker Prowess

Actress Jennifer Tilly is no poker pretender. Tilly won the Ladies no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event at the World Series of Poker, marking the first time a celebrity has won a bracelet at the famous tournament.

Tilly's skillful and self-admitted lucky play earned her $158,625. She beat 600 players to capture first place in the grueling two-day event that featured some of the top female pros in the world. The buy-in was $1,000. "I think she showed an incredible amount of talent," WSOP media director Nolan Dalla said. "She had an enormous chip lead and never looked back. It was almost as though her victory was never in question."

Tilly, 46, said she's learned plenty of pointers from her boyfriend, poker player Phil "Unabomber" Laak. "When you're living with Phil, you kinda learn by osmosis," Tilly told CardPlayer.com. "Even in the middle of the night, he wakes up screaming out poker terms. Most guys scream out other girls' names. He'll wake up and go, `I should have bet more on the turn.'"

Tilly, an Oscar nominee for her role in the 1994 film, "Bullets Over Broadway," is the first woman in this year's WSOP to win a bracelet.

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Tennis Gets Glitzy

Serving Up Some Bling:

Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have been bling-battling it out at the British tennis championships, wearing enormous earrings, dazzling diamond rings and sparkling sneakers. But who's winning the style showdown? Here, a scorecard on (and off) the court. (Compiled by New York Daily News).


On-court bling: Sharapova sports Nike's Air Zoom Vapor Speed sneaks, with sparkling specks of 24-karat gold built in. Matching white-and-gold uni is so this season.

On-court bust: Gold dangling earrings whip against her face while she plays.

Best off-court look: Minidress and cropped capelet at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. In gold, natch. The girl's got a signature style and she's sticking with it.

Fighting rumors: That all the attention may turn Sharapova, 18, into the next Anna Kournikova.

Ad campaign coup: $20 million worth of product pushing (including Motorola). Swats balls into a fence, spelling out "MARIA WAS HERE" in a Canon commercial. Has her own perfume, due out this fall.

Lucky girl: Has been in Italian Vogue


Oncourt bling: Alternates doorknocker-huge gold hoops with chandelier earrings.

Oncourt bust: Huge dazzling diamond ring.

Best off-court look: Slinky siren-red dress at a party in L.A. in May.

Fighting rumors: The 25-year-old's outside interests - in fashion and interior design, for example - are distracting her from her game.

Ad campaign coup: Scored a reported $40 million from Reebok in 2000. Earlier this year, teamed up with her sister to sling grub for McDonald's.

Lucky girl: Has been on "Oprah."

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Leonardo DiCaprio has bought his own island in the Caribbean.

He plans to turn the 104-acre Blackadore Caye, off Belize, into a five-star resort.

A source said: "He wants to make money without destroying the environment. Energy sources will be renewable and it will be self-sustaining."

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June 29, 2005

L.Lo Collapses

After the headline "WASTING AWAY! Friends fear for Lindsay's life" appeared on the cover of Star recently, it didn't take a psychic to see that a full-on catastrophe couldn't be far away. Ananova.com reports that Lindsay Lohan prompted more fears for her health after she collapsed at the LA's Body and Soul gym.

According to Heat magazine, the Herbie Fully Loaded star became pale and began gasping for air halfway through an hour-long spinning session, just before stumbling off of her bike and falling to the floor. "Everybody was shocked," said a tattler. "Lindsay wasn't moving and she appeared to be unconscious."

With the help of her gym partner, Kimberly Stewart, and some staffers, Lohan was brought around quickly. After a few minutes, a reportedly woozy Lohan assured onlookers that she was fine.

--Um, she "became pale?" How could anyone tell a difference?

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Hung and Cyrus Pair Up

Brace yourselves, folks:

William Hung returns this summer with "Miracle: Happy Summer From William Hung," a collection of classic American summer songs sung from the heart. The first single will be "Achy Breaky Heart," the hit made famous by musician/actor Billy Ray Cyrus. Cyrus will appear in the tongue-in-cheek video which will be shot shortly. William's rendition is already being serviced to various radio formats with an emphasis on country radio.

"Miracle: Happy Summer From William Hung" features his unique take on summer-themed songs as well as some of William's personal favorites including "Tie A Yellow Ribbon," and "I Love L.A." The set also includes brand new inspirational sayings, or "Moments," from William as those on his debut CD were so cherished by his fans.

Track List:
1. Miracle Moment
2. It's A Miracle
3. Because of You
4. Tie A Yellow Ribbon
5. Achy Breaky Heart
6. I Love L.A.
7. Summer Moment
8. Surfin' USA
9. Dance Dance
10. Just Do It
11. Ocean Deep
12. Right Here Waiting
13. Healing Hands
14. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
15. Final Moment
16. Take Me Out To The Ball Game

--God, I hope Cyrus is still sportin' that semi-permed mullet of his.

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Some Maternity Outfit

Um, well, this is certainly an interesting maternity ensemble Brit has put together. And, I've never been pregnant so I don't know, but don't your feet usually hurt? I can't see boots being the smartest choice. (Aside from the fact that they are heinous with that outfit and don't match).

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Don't Do It On Tape, Moron

It seems that every famous girl has a sex tape these days. This time around Eve, 26, is the lucky winner of a new kind of cult status.

The New York Daily News reports that the R&B singer is mortified by the footage of her and then-boyfriend, Bad Boy Entertainment producer Stevie J., having fun with a sex toy. The clip, dated Nov. 20, 1999, was made when Eve was 21 and lasts only 30 seconds, but in this case, size doesn't matter. The video is purportedly as explicit as Paris Hilton's infamous video.

Eve's spokeswoman told the paper that the "personal tape" was made "years ago with her boyfriend of over two years. The fact that a private moment is being made public is a violation, and we would hope that people would respect her privacy as they would their own. Legal action has been taken to have it removed immediately."

The star of Barbershop and UPN's Eve was once a stripper and has had previous difficulties with nude photos being circulated, but friends say this is another matter all together. "She's devastated by this," a friend told The New York Daily News. "She's hired a private investigator. She can't figure out how this got out. [Stevie J.] says he has nothing to do with it and is also horrified because he has kids."

--Newsflash--don't do it on tape, moron.

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Penn Says...

Magician Penn Jillette has traveled all over the world with his partner, Teller, and he hates every trip.

"Every place outside of the U.S.A. is an absolute hellhole," Jillette rants to Mean magazine. "As much as we can complain about the U.S.'s lack of freedom, I just can't stand when they force women to dress like Batman, when they leave little girls out to die. I mean, at least we address the issues of equality and freedom, which are not even addressed in a place like Egypt or China or India . . . Other countries are pieces of s - - -, so they have a holier-than-thou attitude. I think the most insulting thing you can say about anybody is that they're more popular in another country."

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Engagement News

Avril Lavigne is engaged to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, her Web site confirmed Tuesday.

"We can officially confirm that Avril and Deryck are in fact engaged!!!" the statement on her site reads. "Avril and Deryck are very excited and they want to thank all of their fans for their best wishes."

Lavigne, 20, and Whibley, 25, who are both Canadian, have been dating since last summer. The pair sparked engagement rumors as far back as last September, when Lavigne was spotted showing off a large ring to partygoers at the Spider Club in Los Angeles.

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Because This Is So Important

American Idol judge Paula Abdul urged California legislators to force nail salons to clean up their act, testifying Monday about her yearlong health ordeal after an unsanitary manicure.

Abdul said a trip in April 2004 to a Studio City nail shop that used unclean equipment sent her in and out of the hospital, and made her the butt of late-night talk show jokes. "Being a professional dancer, I'm no stranger to pain, but this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream," Abdul told the California Senate Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento.

The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Leland Yee, would establish safety standards for manicure and pedicure equipment and rewrite state regulations mandating that nail shops follow sanitary practices.

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