August 30, 2005

Dorothy's Stolen Slippers

A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" and insured for $1 million is missing from a Grand Rapids museum.

Police Chief Leigh Serfling said the slippers were stolen late Saturday or early Sunday. Someone entered the museum through a window and broke into the small display case holding the slippers. "There's not a whole lot of evidence," Serfling said. "We're hoping that someone in the community has seen something."

Children's Discovery Museum director John Kelsch said the slippers belong to a Los Angeles man who loaned them to the museum for several weeks this summer. The children's museum houses the Judy Garland museum, which displayed the same pair of slippers last year. Garland was born in Grand Rapids in 1922. "The slippers are a major attraction at our museum," Kelsch said in a news release Monday. "It is our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately."

Four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the movie are known to exist, including one pair on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Another pair sold at Christie's auction house in 2000 for $666,000.

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Little Marc

Injecting style into the wardrobe of fashion-conscious children was never Marc Jacob's intention but, nevertheless, Little Marc has been born.

Jacobs and his partner, Robert Duffy, have created a range of children's clothing for 2-7 year-olds based on the signature thermal cashmere underwear of their men's and women's collections. Despite denying that the range will become a stand-alone project or that it is destined for expansion, Little Marc will launch in Florida this week with a range of hooded tops, long johns and crewnecks in three sizes and Jacobs told WWD: "Should it naturally evolve, we will prepare ourselves and we will do what it takes to be organised about it, but at the moment, it's just a whim."

--You know Maddox Jolie will be sportin' this line soon.

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August 29, 2005


Violence at VMA Party:
When rap mogul Suge Knight was wounded during a party, hundreds of people were in the nightclub. But when police interviewed the guests, most claimed to have seen nothing.

A police report described the man who shot Knight in the leg Saturday at a party held in conjunction with the MTV Video Music Awards as black and wearing a pink shirt.

Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said early Monday there had been no further developments in the case. He told The Miami Herald that the investigation was being hampered by witnesses' unwillingness to talk. "We don't have any physical description. We don't know how many subjects were involved, which is mind boggling, with all those people around," Hernandez told the newspaper.

The party, hosted by Kanye West, at the Shore Club hotel in Miami Beach.

Here is a list of last night's winners.

--I didn't watch all of the pre-show, but of what I did see, I thought it was odd that NO ONE mentioned the shooting AT ALL.

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Big Sis Regulates

Britney Spears stormed the set of little sister Jamie Lynn Spears' Nickelodeon show, "Zoey 101," last week and screamed at a 13-year-old co-star who had been feuding with Jamie Lynn — leaving the traumatized tweenster in tears.

According to an on-set snitch: "Britney had the talent coordinator bring [co-star] Alexa Nikolas over to Jamie Lynn's trailer — where she proceeded to scream that Alexa was an 'evil little girl,' and that she had better watch herself or she 'will never work in this town again!' "

The source adds, "Alexa was in tears. She was sobbing and totally upset — I mean, she has been buying Britney CDs since she was 6, and then Britney tears her to pieces? It was totally uncalled for. While Jamie Lynn is the star, Alexa still works there and it is technically her set. And the fight was a petty, 13-year-old thing between Alexa and Jamie Lynn, who is becoming a real pest. Britney should have stayed out of it."

Another source says Jamie Lynn is "a real diva, and is even worse now because she is in the midst of contract negotiations and asking for a lot of money." A spokeswoman for both Spears sisters says: "Jamie Lynn and another girl on set were having problems, as 13-year-olds do. Britney did have words with the girl, but felt she was sticking up for her sister. She did not yell by any means, she just gave the girl a sisterly talking to and wondered why they just couldn't all get along."

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Pamela Anderson has pledged never to have cosmetic surgery above the neck - because she doesn't want to look like a "crazy woman."

The actress, who famously enhanced her breasts, insists she'll never go under the knife to change the way her face looks because she wants to grow old gracefully.

She says, "I don't judge anybody for doing it but I don't really think I want to. "I think, as we get older, it gets more interesting. I don't want to turn into one of those crazy (women). Everyone starts looking the same."

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MK To Be Face of CK?

Will Mary-Kate Olsen follow in Kate Moss’s footsteps?

The former child sitcom star is said to be mulling a mega-bucks contract to become the new face of Calvin Klein.

The younger (by two minutes) half of the Olsen twins, stands five-feet, two-inches and was admitted to a clinic last year for an eating disorder. Still, she and sister Ashley are considered style icons by some, as the New York Times noted earlier this year, “In fact the twins are trendsetters for the latest hipster look.”

“[Calvin Klein] who famously launched the career of waif-like Kate Moss in a series of ads, wants Mary-Kate. . . to be featured in a campaign for his upcoming high-end collection,” according to an upcoming issue of InTouch Weekly.

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Dirty Dancing Forever

Patrick Swayze never knows when "Dirty Dancing" fans will strike. "It's incredible," says the actor, who played the hip-swinging Johnny Castle in the hit 1987 film.

"All of the sudden I'll be pinched on the rear and jump and turn around and I'll see this little blue-haired old lady running back to her group of friends going: 'I did it, Martha. I did it!' "

While Swayze went on to star in films like "Road House," "Point Break" and "Ghost," he's probably best known for "Dirty Dancing," in which his bad-boy character teaches teenager Baby (Jennifer Grey) some risque moves during her summer vacation. The movie plays endlessly on TV, and one U.K. poll recently named the scene in which Swayze lifts Grey out of the lake during a dance lesson as Hollywood's greatest ever.

"Little girls who weren't even born when the movie was made (are) huge fans. It's hysterical," says Swayze's wife of 30 years, dancer Lisa Niemi.

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Tommy Flashes His Peacock

"Tommy Lee Goes to College" was supposed to be "Steve Perry Goes to College." And that's not even the strangest thing about how NBC's new reality hit came to be.

First of all, the show was actually the brainchild of electronic music artist BT, best known for producing 'NSYNC's "Pop" and the idea came to him while working on a project quite different than the fish-out-of-water series. "When I was scoring 'Monster,' [Journey frontman] Steve Perry licensed us a Journey track and he came down to see the movie and fell in love with the scoring process. And more important than that, he started hanging out with us all the time at my studio," BT recalled.

Perry was so fascinated because he had never been formally educated in music, which spawned a thought it BT's head one afternoon. "I stood up on the soundstage and said, 'I have the funniest idea for a reality show,' " BT said. " 'We take a rock star and we put him in college. Picture him like failing the final in music theory class on his own song and doing beer bongs with college chicks.' And everyone was dying laughing and I went on for like a half hour. And, mind you, the film we are working on is blood and guts and people crying every day."

The next day, one of the movie's producers, Brad Wyman, shared BT's idea with the Creative Artists Agency. "They called me and said, 'We can get this made and you can be a producer and do the music,' " BT recalled. "And I said, 'Well, I don't even own a television. I haven't watched TV in like five years. They're like, 'That doesn't matter. Call Steve.' " BT called the Journey singer, who was flattered but not interested. "He was like, 'Dude, there's no way you're going to humiliate me on TV. I want to learn some of that stuff,' " BT remembered. "So I called CAA and they were like, 'Can you think of anyone else?' I said, 'Let me make a phone call.' I called Tommy and told him the idea. There was an awkward silence and then he goes, 'Dude, can I live in the chicks' dorm?' So I called CAA and said, 'I got the f---ing guy for sure.' "

BT describes their first meeting, with NBC, as legendary. "Tommy, in the middle of the meeting, gets up on the table, drops his pants and goes, 'Look, I got a peacock like the NBC peacock,' " BT said. "He's like, 'We could do ads that instead of NBC say NBLee.' And cut to us leaving and they're like, 'Don't take this to anyone else. We'll write you a check right now.'

"We were literally walking off the NBC lot and some friends called me and they were like, 'Did you hear about this meeting where Tommy pulled his pants down?' " he continued. "I was like, 'How did you hear about that? That was 10 minutes ago.' "

Immediately, Lee began applying to schools and was eventually accepted into six. "I thought Nebraska was the funniest, just because it's so fish-out-of-water," BT said.

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Natalie Portman channels her inner B.A. Baracus:

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G&R Lawsuit

Two former members of the rock band Guns N' Roses have sued frontman Axl Rose for allegedly naming himself sole administrator of the group's copyrights.

The suit was filed Aug. 17 in federal court by Slash and Duff, otherwise known as Saul Hudson and Michael McKagan. It accuses Rose of profiting from their revenue shares to the tune of about $500,000 a year.

The suit claims Rose directed the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to send all publishing royalties to his publishing company, bypassing the band's other partners. Rose is "suffering an apparent attack of arrogance and ego. He is no longer willing to acknowledge the contributions of his former partners and bandmates in having created some of rock's greatest hits," the suit said.

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Tom Hanks Is Vice-President

Tom Hanks has been named the new vice president of America's Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences - the body which awards the Oscars.

The star has been nominated for Academy Awards five times, and was named Best Actor in 1994 and 1995 for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump respectively. Hanks succeeds previous vice president Sid Ganis, who has been named president after Frank Pierson's four year term in charge of the prestigious academy came to an end on Tuesday.

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Downey, Jr. Marries

Robert Downey, Jr., married his longtime girlfriend Susan Levin on Saturday.

The wedding began at 6:30 p.m. in the Long Island, New York, town of Amagansett. The ceremony took place under a gazebo built for the occasion, with guests sitting on white benches.

Guests included Keanu Reeves, who arrived by motorcycle, Billy Joel, Sting and actress Ellen Barkin. The reception followed at the same location, with tables decorated in red and gold and topped with exotic greenery instead of flowers.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, Downey did a 30-minute Kung Fu session, then went for a swim with his son, Indio. "He really blew off a lot of steam," says a friend. At lunch, Downey didn’t eat much. "He just drank a lot of water," adds the friend. "He was too nervous."

The rehearsal dinner Friday night was held at the East Hampton Point Restaurant, hosted by Levin’s parents. Guests included Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey, Sr.

Downey, 40, and Levin, 31, met in 2002 on the set of Gothika, the psychological thriller he made with Halle Barry, which Levin coproduced. The couple were engaged in November 2003 when Downey presented Levin with an engagement ring made of diamonds and a rare African sapphire.

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Farley Gets Star

Comedian Chris Farley was a motivational speaker, a rabid fan and a topless dancer on "Saturday Night Live." On Friday, the late comic was the toast of his castmates as they honored him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I think it's sweet that everyone still has a real nice place in their hearts for him, they still remember him," said actor-comedian David Spade, who appeared with Farley during his 1990-95 reign on the show. "He goes down as one of the greats. And I still think about him every day," Spade said.

Fans, friends and family surrounded Farley's star, the walk's 2,289th, in front of the Improv Olympic West theater where the actor used to perform. Among other celebrities in attendance were "SNL" alums Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. "I think every fat comedian owes him 80 bucks that's working today," Rock said.

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On The Road With The Stones

Mercedes-Benz is launching the new R-Class sports tourer by taking it on the road with The Rolling Stones.

The Mercedes R-class is the official automobile partner of the Stones’ A Bigger Bang concert in the U.S. and Canada. “This initiative partners the energy and creativity of the world’s most legendary band with the automotive industry’s most legendary brand,” said Mercedes rep Carol Goll.

In addition, the sponsorship will include “Rock the R” online sweepstakes where lucky winners will get two first-class roundtrip airline tickets and accommodations to see Mick, Keith, and boys up close during the European leg of their tour. The car will also be featured on-location at each stop of the Bigger Bang tour, which kicked off in Boston on August 21. The R-class cars will be available in dealerships this fall.

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August 26, 2005

When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People

--Normally, Jessica looks phenom. I'd raid her closet any day. Unfortunately, she took a wrong turn with this ensemble. It's not just's awful.

Hat=Stupid. Way too Captain and Tennille for me.

Lips=Too much collagen.

Shirt/Poncho Thingy=Disastrous. Looks a blanket I have in my trunk.

Shorts/Capris=Not my favorite, but that's the best thing about the outfit.

Boots=Um, can you say Pussycat Doll pleather?

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"Old School" writers Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong are getting ready for a reunion.

Variety reports DreamWorks has given the duo the go-ahead for "Old School 2," a follow-up to the hit 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson as middle-aged frat boys. Phillips and Armstrong previously collaborated on the original "Old School" and last year's "Starsky & Hutch."

Casting for the planned sequel has yet to be announced.

--This is a terrible idea. Leave it alone!

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Nicky's a Bridesmaid--Twice

Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton has upset her sister Paris by becoming bridesmaid to her bitter rival Nicole Richie.

Nicky will be part of Nicole's bridal party when she weds DJ Adam Goldstein. This is despite Paris falling out with her The Simple Life co-star.

Nicky is also supposed to be part of Paris' bridal party when she weds fiance Paris Latsis. "My friend Nicole Richie is also engaged so I'm in the bridal party for that one too," she told Hello magazine. "I've got some organizing to do. I've never been to a bachelorette party so I don't know where to start."

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KFeddy Gets A Job

Britney Spears' husband Kevin Federline has reportedly found a job.

He is working as a dance instructor as Darrin Henson's dance school in Los Angeles. Henson has choreographed routines for Spears, 'N Sync and Jennifer Lopez.

Kevin has been unemployed for the majority of his relationship with the singer. He is also working on his debut album reports

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It may be a love match between tennis ace Andy Roddick and court queen Maria Sharapova.

The Russian tennis player, in town for the U.S. Open, unveiled her new fragrance Wednesday night — and guests did a double take when Roddick showed up to "support his friend." But while Roddick, who used to date Mandy Moore, says things are strictly platonic with the leggy lovely, his pals are saying they are an item. "They are together," insisted a close source.

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Snoop's Skateboards

Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg is venturing into the world of skateboarding, with the launch of the Snoop Dogg Board Company.

The rapper's older brother, Bing Worthington Jr, came up with the idea to create the company, which will boast a complete line of long and short skateboards, accessories and backpacks, according to

Duane Pacha, president of Pentagon Distribution, says, "Snoop Dogg's brother, came to us with a vision of bridging these two industries together because there is already so much crossover between skateboarding and the rap/hip-hop market." Plans are also in the pipeline for Sdbc to launch a complete line of high-end Snoop Dogg luggage and travel bags, which will hit stores in January.

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