July 28, 2005

Hugh's Your Daddy


X-Men hero Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-lee Furness have adopted a second child together, daughter Ava Eliot. She was born July 10.

"They are very happy," Jackman's rep, John Palermo told E! News Wednesday. Australia's Herald Sun reported earlier this week that the latest member of the Jackman clan was born in Texas, though the actor's rep did not confirm Ava's birthplace.

Jackman, 36, and Furness, 45, adopted a son, Oscar Maximillian, in May 2000.

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A Break For Nicole


Nicole Kidman has revealed she is taking a break from films to spend time with her children.

The actress has appeared in eight films in the last two years and has a further four in the pipeline this year and she says she's ready for a break.

According to IMDb.com she said: "You won't see me for a long time. It could be a year, it could be two. I'm not going to give you my holiday schedule, but there'll be a few. It'll be a while before I come back." Nicole is currently filming Fur in New York.

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Brainless Quiz

Take the quiz: "What type of designer handbag are you?"

Louis Vuitton
Congrats, you're Louis Vuitton! Image is nearly everything to you. You love the classic, and the classy. You don't lack for class and everyone wants you! Try to not let your ego get too big, though.

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Is It a Musical?


As it turns out, the creators of the new theatrical stage version of the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien aren't calling their planned $27 million, three-hour epic "a musical" at all. Recent press and marketing materials from the producers refer to the show as a "theatrical event" and an "epic" - never a musical.

Nevertheless, media outlets, including Playbill.com, The Toronto Star, The New York Times and others, have characterized the show as a musical in recent months. As early as 2003, when The Lord of the Rings was announced as aiming for London in 2005, Playbill.com reported that the work was a "musical." (A separate production in London is now a late 2006 goal, following at least nine months at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, where it world-premieres Feb. 2, 2006. Toronto is an open-ended run.)

"The creators of The Lord of the Rings feel that the show is technically a play with music," the show's U.S. press rep, Adrian Bryan-Brown told Playbill.com following a July 25 story about casting for the "musical" The Lord of the Rings.

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Too Much Coq?


Sexual double entendres were removed overnight from Burger King's new website, CoqRoq.com, but the company claims it has received no complaints from consumers or other outside groups, AdAge reports.

The deleted content included captions, under photos of young women, that read: "Groupies love the Coq" and "groupies love Coq." The captions were there when the site went live yesterday, but according to Edna Johnson, SVP for global communications for Burger King, malfunctions in the Flash and XML programming were responsible for putting the captions up. A misspelling of "Burger King" had also been fixed, she said.

The site, created by Crispin Porter & Bogusky of Subservient Chicken fame, is designed to look like a rock band site. (The band is named CoqRoq, the lead singer Fowl Mouth.)

Chris Carroll, SVP and director of marketing for Subway's Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust pointed out that there's a fine line between getting the attention of the core target and offending the masses. But Ralph Norman Haber, partner, Human Factors Consultants and an expert on subliminal advertising, said there's nothing subliminal in the site that men and women appear to be targeted equally. "Everybody is picked on and it's kind of fair game," he said. "I think it's probably an effective ad."

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July 27, 2005

Gross

Nothing new here: the Spederline's look unshowered and stoned:

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Aguilera Says "No"


Christina Aguilera has turned down a cameo in 'The Simpsons'.

The star was offered a part in the latest series of the hugely popular animated show but snubbed the offer. Producers had wanted the 'Dirrty' singer to play an aspiring pop star competing in a parody of US TV talent show 'American Idol' However, Christina, 24, rejected the part forcing producers to look elsewhere.

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Forever Lloyd


MSNBC asks: Can Cusack get past Lloyd Dobler?

--Sorry, but he's "Forever Lloyd" to me. I wouldn't have given you a pen, Lloyd.

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What Em Wants


Eminem apparently hates listening to other people crunch popcorn and talk at the movies. Unlike the rest of us, he's got enough dough to do something about it. On Monday, following his Vegas performance the night before, the rapper was at the Palms in Las Vegas when he decided he wanted to see the "Wedding Crashers."

Management at the 14-screen Brenden movie complex at the resort obligingly shut down one of their theaters for Em and his entourage.

While in town, he slapped down $1 million-plus for a 1,800- square-foot condo at the under-construction Palms Place development. The complex will feature a 60,000-square- foot pool and spa, 24- hour VIP concierge service, restaurants, a lounge, valet service and of course heavy security.

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Another Kid and Another Marriage?


Angelina Jolie wants to adopt a third child, it has been claimed.

The actress recently adopted orphaned Ethiopian girl, Zahara, as a sister to her three-year-old Cambodian son Maddox, and is said to be considering extending her family. According to American adoption specialist, Dr. Ron Federici - who advised Angelina during her recent search for Zahara – the 30-year-old star could take on a Russian orphan next.

He said: "I know Angelina was looking in Russia for a baby, and I wouldn't be surprised if she adopts again She just wants to do what is right for these poor kids". Dr. Federici also says he hopes Angelina will inspire other single women and couples to think about adopting from abroad.

Meanwhile, Angelina is set to wed lover Brad Pitt, it has been claimed. According to reports, the couple are desperate to tie the knot and are planning a September ceremony, as soon as Brad's divorce from estranged wife Jennifer Aniston is finalized. A source is quoted by Britain's The People newspaper as saying: "They want to make it official as soon as possible They feel they were made for each other"

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She Dumped Him


Heartbroken actress Sienna Miller has reportedly ended her eight-month engagement with Jude Law, telling the actor she never wants to see him again.

The 23-year-old beauty, who started dating 32-year-old Law in October 2003, was devastated last week to read newspaper revelations about the Oscar-nominated star's month-long affair with his former children's nanny Daisy Wright. After taking off her engagement ring last week, Miller has apparently told Law there is no chance of a reconciliation, reports British newspaper The Sun.

A friend of the couple says, "Jude is desperate to see Sienna so they can talk things through - but she point-blank refuses to see him. She is too angry to forgive him. She's told him in on uncertain terms that she never wants to see him again."

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Sad


Mindy McCready apparently attempted suicide, and a man charged last spring with trying to kill her was with the country singer when police found her unconscious in a Florida hotel lobby, authorities said Tuesday.

William McKnight, 39, had been charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary in an attack on the 28-year-old entertainer earlier this year. The couple had broken up about two weeks before the attack, which occurred at McCready's Nashville home. McKnight, who described himself as McCready's fiance, told authorities at the Holiday Inn Harborside in Indian Rocks Beach that she had taken a large amount of two substances and drank a lot of alcohol, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Department report.

Sgt. Jim Bordner refused to identify the substances, citing McCready's medical confidentiality rights. Bordner also refused to release McCready's condition or the hospital where she was taken. He said only that she was "recovering at a local hospital."

According to the report, McKnight told authorities that he "had been having some relationship problems" with McCready and gave them a four-page suicide note he said she had written. The note wasn't released.

McCready had testified in May that McKnight punched her in the face and choked her after he said she wasn't going to make a fool out of him by seeing other men. He posted $130,000 bail last month. A few days before the attack, McCready - who had a hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time" - was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

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Queer Eye Guys Love Bobbi


On June 20th, Friends in Deed honored cosmetics queen Bobbi Brown for her charity work in New York City. Bobbi’s celebratory dinner at Balthazar included a special guest, Queer Eye’s Kyan Douglas, who was so impressed with the makeup guru that he asked her out—on a shoot for his show. Weeks later, Bobbi was taping her first-ever appearance on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, thanks to Kyan himself.

Bobbi appears on an episode grooming guys from Mooseheart, IL, teaching them grooming and skincare tips. The Moose Men, who were flown in from the Moose Lodge to Industria Studios, then put Bobbi’s advice to use on a buff calendar shoot for charity.

Bobbi’s episode won’t air until January 2006, but viewers needing products for naked calendar shoots right now can try Bobbi Brown’s Buff Creamy Shave Foam, Soothing Face Tonic, Lip Balm, and Protective Face Lotion—the same products the makeup artist used on her subjects during the show.

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More TV, Less Guide


TV Guide, an iconic magazine for two generations of Americans, is radically remaking itself into a title with a much smaller circulation, a larger, full-color format, fewer listings and more stories about TV shows and stars.

The magazine has struggled to stay relevant in an era where more people look up TV listings online or through on-screen programming guides from their cable and satellite TV providers. TV Guide's parent company, Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., is also a major provider of those guides and the technology they use.

The revamp, which the company announced early Tuesday, calls for the magazine to slash the circulation it guarantees advertisers by nearly two-thirds, from 9 million to 3.2 million.

The magazine will also ditch its digest-sized format in favor of a full-size, full-color format with more stories about TV shows than listings. The new magazine will have 75 percent stories and 25 percent listings, the reverse of the ratio it has now.

TV Guide also said it would cut jobs as part of the revamp, but it declined say how many. The changes will go into effect with the magazine's Oct. 17 issue.

--Sounds like it's going to be not-so-guide-like.

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Casting News


--Jessica Simpson has revealed her new film will be called Major Movie Star.

She will play an actress who has hit rock bottom and enlists in the marine reserve. Filming will begin later this year reports Comingsoon.net

--Jodie Foster is to direct a drama about two lawyers taking on powerful sugar barons.

She could also star in the movie, Sugar Barons, according to Variety. It's about a young lawyer who teams with a veteran public-interest attorney to take on sugar barons who are exploiting migrant workers.

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Morons

Two women who took turns steering a broken-down vehicle face drunk driving charges after their slow-moving car crashed into a parked car.

Kaylyn Kezy, 34, of Gary, was pushing the disabled car, while Melissa Fredenburg, 32, of Chesterton, steered from the passenger seat, police said. The two were moving the car into a parking lot at a nearby motel early Friday in the city about 10 miles east of Gary.

Police said both women had a blood-alcohol levels of 0.17 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit to drive. Authorities said the women were operating the vehicle while intoxicated — even though the car’s engine wasn’t working.

A prosecutor acknowledged the charges could be difficult to prosecute in court. “The statute and case law supports (a DUI charge) ... but it will be interesting to see,” said Deputy Prosecutor Adam Burroughs, who authorized the charges.

Burroughs said the office had prosecuted drunken drivers who were stopped in restaurant drive-through lanes or who were on private property. Bicycles and motorized wheelchairs are about the only vehicles in which a person would be unlikely to face a drunken-driving charge, he said.

--Hysterical. Thanks for the tip, Ren. And an overwhelming "good luck" on the second half of the bar exam today.

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July 26, 2005

"I Promise I Eat"


Teen star Lindsay Lohan has hit back at fans who signed an online petition entitled 'Please Lindsay, Eat' insisting puberty is to blame for her dramatic weight-loss.

The Mean Girls star is furious at claims she is starving herself and maintains her family keep a watchful eye on her fluctuating figure. She says, "I've lost weight because I'm 19 years old and only went through puberty a year ago. I work out, eat healthily and avoid junk food."

"Trust me, my mother would kill me if I did anything stupid. "

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Smooth One, Bruce


Bruce Willis, who has three daughters, could teach them plenty.

On Friday, Willis was at a cabana in the Tropicana at the Roosevelt Hotel in L.A. with 20 pals when the subject turned to pickup lines. Willis looked at a woman, a sophomore in college, and said, "What are your plans for sex tonight?"

But Willis' lawyer, Marty Singer, said, "Bruce was joking around with some friends and talking about pickup lines. One remembered an old pickup line [Willis] used to use. The friend said the line and Bruce may have repeated it, but he was not trying to pick up the woman." Still, the woman was "grossed out" and left the cabana.

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Rrriiiigggghhhhttt


Jennifer Lopez is blaming her diva reputation on her staff. The pop singer- who is notorious for her outrageous demands on set and backstage at shows - insists her aides ask for things without her knowledge.

The Latin beauty, who is said to have once demanded her tea was stirred anti-clockwise, told her 'Monster-in-Law' director Robert Luketic reports of her outlandish requests are wrong. She said: "My publicity people made those demands I didn't even know they were asking for those things I didn't know they were asking for candles and lilies in my rooms They just appeared".

Meanwhile, the star has revealed she is set to design a brand new fashion range - for animals . A source revealed the beautiful actress wants to turn her hand to a line of accessories for pampered pets after becoming been frustrated at the limited fashion line available for animals. The insider said: "Jennifer just got creative and wanted to extend the range of jewels for animals. "She has always found it somewhat frustrating that there are limited accessories available for them"

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Murphy's a Jordache Girl


Brittany Murphy is the first celebrity Jordache jeans girl. She stars in a series of new ads for the company that became famous during the 1970s' designer jeans craze.

The ads, shot by Patrick Demarchelier, are a twist on the horse-head logo, with the 27-year-old actress wearing the jeans and a sweater and posing on a horse with no saddle. Jordache said the first ads will run in national publications beginning in September.

"We chose Brittany as our model because she epitomizes everything that the updated Jordache brand is about," Liz Berlinger, president of Jordache enterprises, said in a statement Monday. "She is a classic beauty with an individual sense of style. That really comes across when you meet her."

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