June 29, 2005

Cruz The New Face of Sean Jean?


P. Diddy has reportedly asked Penelope Cruz to be the face of his Sean Jean women's fashion collection. The range is due to launch this autumn.

The rap mogul has had meetings with Cruz in New York and Madrid, reports the New York Daily News. The 31-year-old Spanish actress, who is currently dating her Sahara co-star Matthew McConaughey, has yet to confirm if she will accept the offer.

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Vivienne Westwood Designs Rugs


Cynthia Rowley designs sheets for Target, Ralph and Calvin have their very own home lines, and even Gucci has wallpaper. Now Vivienne Westwood joins the domestic designer club with her very own line of rugs.

Debuting this month at The Rug Company in London, and later at its New York outpost, the carpets were commissioned by Rug Company founder Chris Sharp, whose past collaborations have included Matthew Williamson, Marni, and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Vivienne’s rugs compliment her Fall ’05 clothing collection with deep scarlet and rich cream colors, bold graphic prints, and a signature carpet featuring a blurry Union Jack outlined in blood red and gray. The rugs retail at $85 per square foot, and come in Tibetan wool or silk weaves.

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A Striptease Birthday Surprise


Christina Aguilera treated fiance Jordan Bratman to a sexy birthday surprise he'll never forget at a posh New York strip club, Scores.

Christina chose his four fave girls and the couple then took them into a private room. Then, New York's Daily News reports: "Christina did a little stripping and kissed a Beyonce lookalike named Jade."

The pair - who have been together for three years - finally left just before 6am.

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Beyonce Sells Stage Outfits for Charity


Beyonce Knowles is selling some of her stage outfits in a charity auction.

The majority of the outfits were designed by her mother Tina Knowles. The cash raised by the auction, ongoing at New York's Museum of Film and Television, will go to VH1's Save The Music charity.

Items in the auction include the gold gown she wore to the 2004 Grammy Awards and the chainmail top she sported on the cover of Dangerously In Love.

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Hope It's Not a Witch


Actress Melissa Joan Hart, best known as the star of TV's Sabrina the Teenage Witch, is expecting a baby with her husband Mark Wilkerson.

"I'm thrilled to death," says the star's mother, Paula Hart. "I'm so excited. Melissa is feeling great. So far, so good."

The 29-year-old actress is three months pregnant; the baby is due in January. This will be the couple's first child. Hart and Wilkerson, the 28-year-old lead singer and guitarist for the hard-rock trio Course of Nature, met at a Kentucky Derby party in Louisville, Ky., in May, 2002. They were married on July 19, 2003, in Florence, Italy.

--Did anyone else watch her years ago when she was on "Clarissa Explains It All?"

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New Dylan Album Available at Starbucks


Bob Dylan made his mark playing in one cafe. Soon, he'll be in thousands. Starbucks Coffee Co. has reached a deal to produce and exclusively release a CD of 10 Dylan recordings from New York's Gaslight Cafe in 1962, when he was just finding himself as a songwriter. The Gaslight, in Greenwich Village, was a focal point of the folk revival in the early '60s.

"Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962" will be available at Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada on Aug. 30. It includes the earliest known recordings of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," as well as folk standards "Barbara Allen" and "The Cuckoo."

Fans have circulated bootlegs of Dylan's Gaslight performances over the years, but these are the first to be professionally produced and remastered, Starbucks said Tuesday.

The CD's release will coincide with the release of director Martin Scorsese's feature-length film about Dylan, "No Direction Home." Starbucks will also sell the two-CD soundtrack for the movie, though the soundtrack will be available through other stores.

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June 28, 2005

Baby on the Way for Pitt and Jolie?


Could there be a little bundle of Jolie on the way? Hollywood insiders are buzzing over whether blockbuster Tinseltown couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are expecting a baby from their high-profile fling.

"She's just in her first trimester," one well- placed industry source told The Post's Braden Keil in the Hamptons over the weekend. "Obviously, they're keeping everything very quiet." Jolie's spokesman, Geyer Kosinski, did not return numerous calls and e-mail inquiries yesterday.

Meanwhile, Star magazine speculates the next step in the couple's blissful relation ship "might not be so easy to hide." Jolie said in 2002 that she preferred adoption when she and then-hubby Billy Bob Thornton adopted Cambo dian infant Maddox, now 3. "Angelina is very giving," a source told Star. "If she thinks it will make Brad happy, she probably won't hesitate." In the latest W magazine, Pitt is photographed with Jolie in a 60-page lay out of cozy 1960s-style family shots.

--I'm not buying this one just yet.
--Pics from A Socialite's Life.

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Aniston and Vaughn a Couple?


Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston has slammed reports she is romancing her new co-star Vince Vaughn.

The former Friends star, 36, is currently filming The Break Up with Vaughn, 35, in Chicago, Illinois and has been photographed cuddling the actor on set.

However, her representative Stephen Huvane, tells website Pagesix.com, "There is no romantic interest. Vince is a good friend of Jennifer's. I think the tabloids are so eager to see her with someone romantically that they just make these false assumptions." "I don't know if there are pictures that show them hugging but... she hugs everybody all the time."

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No Big Surprise


The New York hotel employee who was on the receiving end of a telephone toss by Russell Crowe – who later apologized for his misdeed on the Late Show with David Letterman – reportedly is prepared to slap the star with a lawsuit this week.

The suit, to be filed by Mercer Hotel concierge Nestor "Josh" Estrada, will claim that after Crowe threw the phone and gashed Estrada's face in the early morning hours of June 6, the star also hurled a ceramic bowl at Estrada, as reputedly captured on a hotel security videotape and observed by two eyewitnesses, New York's Daily News reports.

The paper also says that witnesses claim Crowe took a bow and assumed a karate stance after the bowl shattered. Settlement talks between Estrada and Crowe's side apparently went nowhere, the paper reports. The suit is likely to seek punitive and compensatory damages.

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What a Mom


Pop icon Madonna has given her 8-year-old daughter Lourdes a credit card with a $10,000 limit, reports SouthFlorida.com.

Friends say the former Material Girl hopes the gesture will teach Lourdes to appreciate the value of money. 'Minors are not usually allowed credit cards, so she had to pull a few strings to get it issued in Lourdes' name,'' a close friend told the magazine In Touch Weekly.

--Um, maybe she should learn enough math to make change or balance a checkbook first.

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Quicky Marriage


Kate Moss and Pete Doherty have tied the knot. But unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your take), the marriage only lasted for the weekend. The supermodel wed her addiction-challenged beau in the "Chapel of Love & Loathing in Lost Vagueness" at the Glastonbury Music Festival.

The London Sunday Mirror reports Moss was on hand to watch Doherty perform with his band, the Babyshambles, when they got hitched in a ceremony that's only valid for the duration of the festival. And while there was no time for a honeymoon, the couple danced to George Michael's "Faith" and the Human League's "Tell Me When" at a party thrown by Diesel to celebrate.

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Jessica Alba Says...


Jessica Alba might look like an angel, but don't be fooled: In the newest issue of Rolling Stone, the Fantastic Four and Sin City star lets it all hang out.

Some highlights:

On being curvy: "I hear people in this industry talking all the time about how Jennifer Lopez is fat. And I know if they're calling her fat, they're saying the same s--- about me."

On being type-casted: 'The scripts I get are always for the whore, or the motorcycle chick in leather, or the horny maid. I get all these screenplays that start, 'Tawnya is in the shower. The water streams down her naked, perky breasts.' I don't think this is happening to Natalie Portman."

On her admiration for veteran actresses like Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn: "I look forward to the day when I can do a small movie and act, and it's not about me wearing a f------ bathing suit or chaps."

On her upbringing (Alba grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs, the only daughter of Mark ["dark Mexican"] and Cathy Alba [French and Danish], and is now taking Spanish lessons: "I have a great accent because I grew up hearing it in the neighborhood. But I have no idea what I'm saying."

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Will Smith Says...


Will Smith has one big introduction to make at Tuesday night's BET Awards: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world. Smith told The Associated Press he hopes to impress the global significance of U.S. black culture on the show's audience and artists.

"The kids that are making these trends, making these songs, don't understand the level of effect that black Americans have around the world," he said in an interview. " ... Black Americans are so elevated, it's almost worship."

Smith, co-host of the show (8 p.m. EDT) at Hollywood's Kodak Theater with wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, said he witnessed the phenomenon recently while in Africa. Touring a village in Mozambique, he came across a shack on which someone had scrawled the name of slain rapper Tupac Shakur.

"I was asking the kids: What is it about Tupac? Why is that there? I kept asking why. They were saying we want to dress like you dress, wear all the things you wear, talk how you talk." "The impression is that black Americans are the dragon slayers. Here we are 13 percent minority in a foreign land, and yet we can make laws, change laws. If Jesse Jackson shows up at Coca-Cola, something changes."

Smith, who won the first rap Grammy in 1988 for his squeaky-clean "Parents Just Don't Understand," said he wants hip-hop artists to recognize their importance and shift away from thuggish themes. "It's real important to have balance of the imagery. Yes, there are people who fire guns in the street, but there's also doctors who go to work in those areas to feed their children."

Now more well-known as a movie star ("Men in Black," "Bad Boys," "Independence Day") than rapper, the 36-year-old Smith maintains on his latest album "Lost And Found" that his nice guy image has worked against him. "Black radio, they won't play me though," he raps in one song. "Guess they think that Will ain't hard enough. Maybe I should just have a shootout ... just ignorant, attacking, acting rough. I mean then, will I be black enough?"

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Launch of Men's Vogue

When Vitals launched last fall, Fairchild Publications pegged the 200,000-circulation men’s magazine (and later, a women’s edition) as the ultimate concierge to luxury living. Now, this September, Fairchild sibling Condé Nast will roll out its ode to luxury with Men’s Vogue.

The latest franchise of fashion giant Vogue, Men’s Vogue follows Teen Vogue and fills out Condé Nast’s stable of manly magazines that includes GQ and shopper Cargo. Men’s Vogue will publish one issue this year with a 300,000 rate base and become quarterly in 2006 Men’s Vogue will carry features and essays on fashion, travel, food, culture and art. Tom Florio, vp, publisher of Vogue and Men’s Vogue, said the spinoff is meant for readers with an innate sophisticated taste.

“Men’s Vogue is very much talking to a guy who is already living this life,” he said. “It’s not aspirational. It’s not a shopping magazine. We’re not teaching him how to drink scotch.”

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By a Nose


Nicole Kidman was cast as Samantha in Bewitched - because of her nose.

Director Nora Ephron says Nicole's nose bore an uncanny resemblance to Elizabeth Montgomery's who played the role in the 60s TV series.

Ephron says when she saw the similarity between Montgomery and Kidman's nose there was no other serious contender for the part. She told the Boston Herald, "I instantly thought the resemblance between Nicole's nose and Elizabeth Montgomery's nose was so perfect. "I thought: "What a great idea to write a story about a character being cast in Bewitched solely for the resemblance her nose bears to Elizabeth Montgomery's!''

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Clarkson on Dating


Original American Idol victor Kelly Clarkson has only had three boyfriends in her life - because she refuses to date somebody she can't see herself marrying.

The singer is fussy when it comes to selecting a lover, because she's eager to ensure she doesn't "waste time" on men she'll soon part ways with.

She says, "I've had only three boyfriends in my life, and I'm still really good friends with two of them. "I'm 23! My friends make fun of me. It's not that I'm a prude; I just don't waste my time if they're not marriage material. I don't want to get married right now, but I don't see the point in wasting my kisses on someone.

"My last boyfriend and I broke up, and now he's already married. It's funny, because I'm not into the Hollywood scene, and he was so Hollywood - living in the hills, drinking the finest coffees, all that. He's the nicest guy, but we were just two totally different patches of green."

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Target Takes Over Rockefeller


On July 27, Target will stage a fall fashion show at Rockefeller Center featuring its own brand, in addition to its popular labels like Liz Lange, Mossimo, and Isaac. While that may be quite the norm, their approach to doing so—in the form of a vertical fashion show—is not. Harnessed models will descend the sides of two buildings in the middle of Rockefeller Center, modeling the clothing and accessories while traversing down a vertical red carpet as guests watch.

This may seem like a novel idea, but it isn’t the first time the Target Corporation has attempted it. Reaching into its archival bucket of ideas, this upcoming NYC event is reminiscent of September 2003, when Marshall Field’s State Street store—then under the Target Corp. wing—staged a publicity stunt to reintroduce its delivery service for customers via London-style taxis. The highlight of the event was the vertical fashion show, which had a group of European athletes, suspended in harnesses, descending down the store’s 11-story façade.

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Picasso Auction


A sketch by Pablo Picasso of his mistress reclining nude sold for $575,357 - about three times the estimated price - at a Paris auction Monday where the woman sold 20 of the artist's works.

Describing the pencil on paper sketch in the sale catalogue, Genevieve Laporte recalled how she had fallen asleep just as Picasso was preparing to draw: "He waited patiently until I opened my eyes to continue his sketch!"

The Picasso Museum in Paris bought the sensual image entitled "Odalisque" for about three times the estimated price, Artcurial auction house said. Altogether, the sale of Laporte's collection reaped a total of $1.87 million.

A similar sketch, entitled "Le Songe," was sold to an unidentified British collector for $507,239, more than twice the estimated price, said Francis Briest, the auctioneer.

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Little House Reunion


Cast members from "Little House on the Prairie" will reunite this weekend in Tombstone, a town known for its old West roots.

Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder, is scheduled to reunite with Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) during the Tombstone Western Film Festival that runs Friday through July 4.

The 1970s television hit was almost a guilty pleasure for viewers, Butler told the East Valley Tribune. "People watched it, but they didn't want to talk about it," he said. "It was almost an embarrassed pleasure. People would ask, 'How can you watch "Little House on the Prairie"? It's so sweet.'"

The show, based on books by Wilder, showed the struggles of the Ingalls family and other pioneers in Walnut Grove. It ran nine seasons. The Tombstone festival will feature screenings of the cast members' favorite episodes and question-and-answer sessions.

--My favorite episode is when Laura pushes Nellie down the hill in her wheelchair. (She, of course, was faking her injuries). And my favorite character was always Mr. Olsen. He always reminded me of a lot of shop owners in the small town in southern Indiana where I grew up. The whole "pay me when you can," "take it now, we'll bill you later" mentality was prevalent there.

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June 27, 2005

Kissing Bandit!

Beware of the Kissing Bandit!


Look at the fear in Spielberg's eyes.

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