September 30, 2005

Comfort Over Style?

Nuttin' like sporting some Vans kicks with a ball gown:

--Call Manolo, Lindsay!

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Quit Whining

Just stop talking, Tara:

Tara Reid is bordering on a breakdown now that her E! show, "Taradise," has been officially canceled and other offers of work have dried up, her friends say. The "American Pie" star — who has fired her publicist and moved back to New York — had a "complete meltdown" Wednesday during a rambling interview for Chaunce Hayden's Steppin' Out magazine, Hayden says.

Reid's voice cracked, and she sounded on edge as she told Hayden: "How many more years are [the media] going to pick on me? There's other new young bad girls. Move on to someone else! . . . I need one more great movie role so they say, 'Wow, she can act! She's a great actress.' Then I think they'll leave me alone . . . If I'm going to try and do something, it has to happen this year. I'm not stupid."

Reid was recently photographed being helped out of a club as her denim skirt rode up, revealing a sadly out-of-shape derriere. Hollywood insiders say she has gained at least 15 pounds and will have to undertake a fitness regimen before she gets parts.

But Reid blames the media. "People think [I am just a party girl], and it's bull[bleep]," she ranted to Hayden. "I wish they would just tell the truth. I'm not a drunk . . . I don't have a drinking problem. I don't have a drug problem, for sure. "Listen, if I could get good movies, you would never see me going out. But when there's nothing to do, what am I supposed to do, just sit in my house and go crazy? But going out is not all I do. "I'm just fed up. I just want a chance again. I want to show that I am an actress . . . I just wish a director would believe in me.

"The gossip reporters know the truth. They know they could write good things about me. They could write I'm a good person who is cleaning up her act. I am getting older, and I want different things in my life. I want to get married and have kids. "I've had a million publicists, and they've done nothing for me . . . Publicists are supposed to fight for me and believe in me, and they don't do that. They don't! "I thought 'Taradise' was going to help me . . . I wanted to show the whole world the truth — I'm fun . . . But do I think it was cut like that? No. It could have been a better show . . . I didn't want to look like a total party-girl drug retard. I think the shots they show aren't fair."

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Duff Says, "Don't get fat!"

Teenage pop star Hilary Duff has celebrated her 18th birthday by recording an anti-obesity radio ad for the Looking Good California campaign. The singer/actress turned 18 yesterday, the same day as her new spot started airing.

In the short ad, Duff urges fans to "stay fit and eat right" because "what goes inside is eventually going to show on the outside."

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Carson Desk To Be Auctioned

The rosewood desk Johnny Carson sat behind for countless celebrity interviews is among several "Tonight Show" items headed for the auction block.

"If the microphone was his pen and sword, the desk was his field of battle," said Doug Norwine, director of Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers' music and entertainment memorabilia. "This is a desk with a story."

In April, Heritage Galleries sold Carson's on-air microphone at auction for $50,787. Among the unique features of the gold-colored, inlaid top desk: a hidden, sliding ashtray holder Carson used to conceal his lit cigarettes; a trash bin; and a lining of orange shag carpet with a burn mark from the time Carson set fire to his index cards after his jokes kept tanking.

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Valentino Lashes Out

Look out Cameron Diaz, fashion designer Valentino has been spreading his claws.

According to the Italian style expert the actress and her My Best Friend's Wedding co-star Julia Roberts are nothing short of "bag ladies". It seems the designer is missing the glamorous old days of cinema, when stars of the silver screen looked stunning every minute of every day. And to prove his point, Valentino has singled out Julia and Cameron for a dressing down.

"Today you see Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz running around looking unkempt in jogging trousers," the catwalk guru told German magazine Die Zeit. "They look like bag ladies, like homeless people. In the past you never saw that. "In the past, actresses had to commit in their contracts to appear in public like stars when they left their homes. "Women had less to do and looked after their appearance. They changed their outfits two or three times a day or had a complicated hairstyle."

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Couric on the Defensive

Morning-news divas apparently have feelings, too.

Months after several scathing news stories portrayed Katie Couric as a tyrannical prima donna whose mere presence in the NBC hallways sent staffers scurrying for cover, the Today show co-anchor has gone on the defensive, reports the New York Daily News.

In a recent interview, Couric admits that reports of her off-camera bad behavior have gotten under her skin. "Nobody enjoys being trashed," says Couric in the latest issue of AARP the Magazine. "But it comes with success, with an increasingly snarky environment in the world today."

Couric goes on to call the stories "predictable and tiresome" and "full of malarkey."

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Theron Gets Star

Oscar winner Charlize Theron's career came full circle Thursday when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame only blocks from where she was first "discovered."

"I had big dreams when I came here, but this is an incredibly amazing gift ... two cherries on top of the cake," Theron told a cheering crowd at the star's unveiling.

Surrounded by family and friends from her native South Africa, Theron recounted how at 18 an agent found her in line at a bank on Hollywood Boulevard. Her mother, in attendance, had pushed the tall, beautiful star to move to Los Angeles to pursue film acting.

Initially a model, and then a ballerina, the 30-year-old danced for New York's Joffrey Ballet before rising through the ranks of Hollywood.

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Renee and Tom Team Up Again

Renée Zellweger's work schedule is filling up. With the actress signed up for a biopic about Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, now comes word that the Cold Mountain Oscar winner is also set to work for her Jerry Maguire costar, Tom Cruise.

Zellweger has signed with Paramount Pictures to star in The Eye, a remake of a 2002 Thai thriller of the same name in which a blind heroine receives a cornea transplant that even allows her to see ghosts – not all of them friendly. Cruise is producing the remake with his film-company partner Paula Wagner, reports Variety.

The new version is being is envisioned as a psychological horror film. No start date has been announced.

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Too Lazy to Fill Pages

Paris Hilton has announced plans to release a second book - but she wants her fans to write it this time around.

The hotel heiress is preparing a sequel to her book Confessions Of An Heiress, which will include a partially empty journal. Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All To Me, due in November, will feature more than 150 photographs of Hilton, along with messages from her guiding the reader on subjects.

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Fires Threaten Homes

Wildfires have ravaged nearly 7,000 acres of the southern California hills outside of Los Angeles, where many celebrities call home. Stars like Will Smith and his wife Jada have a home in the area, but their spokesperson has told ET their house has, so far, been spared.

Other A-listers who live in the threatened locale include "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Brad Garrett, Alyssa Milano, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. The blaze is now five percent contained, but firefighters face a tough day of dry, hot and windy weather. It is not known how the fires began.

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D&G Celebrate 20 Years

An emotional Dolce & Gabbana celebrated their 20th year of business on Thursday, flicking through archive footage of the sexy style that shot them to stardom and striding into the next decade down on the farm.

This was the show fashionistas were looking forward to at Milan fashion week and even the huge, sweaty queue outside and the hour-long delay did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm.

When the lights finally went down, a cinema projector flickered into life and flashed up reams of black and white pictures of past Dolce & Gabbana shows while the duo's romantic signature tune from the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" blared out.

"Their greatness is to have stamped their imprint on a whole look," Franca Sozzani, editor of Italian Vogue, told Reuters. "The image of strength and confidence they created is so recognizable that it truly stands out on the street."

For the grand finale, the soundtrack changed to Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" and a dozen courtesans rose from the stage floor, barefoot in billowing ballgowns with pastoral prints and cowgirl broderie anglaise mixing with acres of tulle skirt.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana then emerged from the pit, hand in hand despite their well-publicized break-up, and walked the runway dewey eyed as the fashion crowd jumped to their feet for a standing ovation.

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September 29, 2005


It's nearly a year since Tara Reid popped out of her dress at Diddy/ Puff Daddy/ P Diddy/ Puffy's 35th birthday party - and she's finally spoken out about Taragate.

The American Pie star promises she's finally got her "hooters under control" and says she can't believe the storm it caused - as if her boob "popped out and shot Gandhi".

Tara was left blithely exposed as the cameras flashed at Sean Coombs' bash, exposing a pretty major nipple scar. And she just can't believe how much exposure her exposure got.

"People act like it was the worst crime in the world. It was a mistake, you know!" Tara said in an interview for the November issue of FHM. "But you would think my boob had popped out and shot Gandhi! "My hooters are under control. I'm taped up now, totally. I'm using double tape. Double double tape. My boobs are going nowhere again."

But for all the protestations, it may not be the last we see of those 'hooters'. Tara also tells FHM that Playboy have offered "millions" for her to do a nude spread and just keep on calling - it may be just a matter of time?

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Lohan to Bare All

Lindsay Lohan is set to bare all for an upcoming Vanity Fair cover.

The 19-year-old star, who has been the subject of weightloss shock stories in the media for the past year, is keen to show off her healthy figure - and she has chosen to get naked for the style magazine.

According to In Touch magazine, Lohan shot the top secret cover photo on a beach in Malibu, California last week - and it was actually her idea to pose naked.

A source says, "It was Paris Hilton's recent Vanity Fair cover, where she's topless and covering her breasts with her arms, that inspired Lindsay to push the envelope even further." In some of the Vanity Fair photos, Lindsay mimics her idol, Marilyn Monroe.

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Spring Wedding For Crowstrong

It's going to be a spring wedding for Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong.

A spy says the lovebirds will tie the knot in April at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif. Crow will wear a Ralph Lauren dress and has hired Lauren to personally "design" the entire event. "Everything from the dress down to the candles and flatware will be from his collections," the source said.

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Moss Goes to Rehab

Kate Moss has checked into the $4,000-a-night Meadows Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., for a month of "medical treatment and therapy," reports the Times of London.

The British supermodel, 31, was photographed by a London tabloid earlier this month allegedly snorting cocaine. As a result, she has lost several lucrative modeling contracts – with Burberry, Chanel and H&M, among them – and is currently under investigation by police.

Moss will reside at the clinic without her 2-year-old daughter, Lila Grace, says The Times, which reports that the move is part of Moss's attempt to start rebuilding her career. The paper also says that Moss will be cut off from friends and family members during her recovery treatment program, and will not be permitted use of the telephone or allowed to smoke cigarettes.

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I May Get a Cavity

Pop beauty Jessica Simpson has announced plans to launch yet another candy-flavored beauty line.

The singer is naming the line after her 1999 album, Sweet Kisses, and will be the fourth of her kissable collections - following Dessert, Taste and Treats. Unlike the other lines, Sweet Kisses will only be available at discount chain Wal-Mart, instead of Sephora, which has carried most of her previous ranges.

Sweet Kisses, hitting shelves next month, comes in the new flavors of vanilla cupcake, creme brulee and strawberry sorbet, and will include flavored fragrance, hair and body shimmer mist, body frosting and lip gloss, reports MTV News. Simpson says, "Sweet Kisses is very personal to me, and I can't wait to share it."

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Dallas Movie

John Travolta, Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner are all said to be in the running to play J R Ewing in the movie remake of Dallas. Variety says John Travolta has been widely tipped for the role which was originally played by Larry Hagman on TV. But it adds that Mel Gibson "hasn't completely ruled out the job", Kevin Costner "wants to see the rewrite" and that Tommy Lee Jones is also in the frame.

The leading candidate for Sue Ellen is Catherine Zeta-Jones, but Demi Moore and Jennifer Lopez are also said to be interested.

Matthew McConaughey and Owen Wilson are both being courted to play Bobby Ewing, says Variety.

Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon are both said to be up for the role of Pamela while Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson or Mandy Moore could play Lucy.

Jane Fonda is rumored to be in the running to play Miss Ellie.

--What a potentially awesome ensemble cast!

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Anti-Paris Brigade

Film veterans Shirley MacLaine, Shirley Temple and Catherine Deneuve have joined the list of stars criticising socialite Paris Hilton, because they believe the hotel heiress does not deserve her film roles.

MacLaine, 71; Deneuve, 61; and former child star Temple, 77, join country singer Gretchen Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, Sharon Osbourne and designer Valentino, who have all admitted disliking Hilton.

MacLaine scathes, "She just shops and turns up to parties. "So she wears pink and has blonde hair and suddenly calls herself not a starlet or an ingenue - no, according to Paris, she is a movie star. "It irritates me. In my day, you had to really work. It took Bette Davis seven years of hard slog to reach the point where her name was above the title on a movie."

Temple adds, "(Paris) is stealing the thunder from really talented actors who have learned their craft."

Meanwhile, French beauty Deneuve asks, "Who is she but a provocative young Barbie doll?"

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Cox to Head to Wisteria Lane?

Courteney Cox is reportedly in talks to guest star on Desperate Housewives.

The 41-year-old Friends star is in negotiations to play a mental institute escapee in a future episode, reports the New York Post. It would mark Cox's comeback after the birth last year of her daughter Coco Riley.

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Jen Digs Deep

Jennifer Aniston is seeking solace in the teachings of late revered spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi following her split from husband Brad Pitt earlier this year.

The former Friends star has reportedly transformed her lifestyle after a confidante presented her with a book of the Indian philosopher's teachings, and she is especially interested in learning Gandhi's doctrines of self-sufficiency and fearlessness.

A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "Because of the book she is re-evaluating her life. "She's undergone a major life-change so she's got the chance to experiment."

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