May 30, 2006
Since DMX barreled into the rap scene in 1998, his fans and friends have affectionately called him "the Dog." But pretty soon, that might be his official name. As he explores spirituality, X said, he's thinking about switching his stage moniker but wants to keep it simple.
"I think I'm going to have to do that soon for spiritual reasons," X told MTV Europe about shedding the Dark Man X name. X also said he was thinking about the name Dog, but he wasn't sure. "It's just the whole Dark Man thing," he continued. "Because if you look at it, from a spiritual point of view, the Bible teaches us that we can speak things into existence. ... And Dark Man, you know, it may not be the best name for me."
Veteran English director Ken Loach shocked the 59th Cannes Film Festival by winning the Palme d'Or for best film.
He did the deed with his openly anti-British, pro-Irish history lesson, The Wind That Shakes The Barley. The sombre, methodical film starring Cillian Murphy traces the modern roots of the Irish Republican Army in 1920, chronicling a brother-against-brother tragedy when the partition of Ireland sets off a fresh wave of violence.
Meanwhile, major names such as Sofia Coppola with Marie Antoinette and Mexican Guillermo del Toro with Pan's Labyrinth were left with nothing. Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code, which so controversially kicked off Cannes on opening night, was not eligible for awards because it played out-of-competition.
The highest profile award in the Palmares went to Penelope Cruz as best actress for her stunning, career-best performance in Volver, but the jury was feeling generous and decided she should share it with her five female co-stars -- a twist that absolutely thrilled Cruz. "It is so much more beautiful to share it than to have it all alone," Cruz said backstage. "We became a little family," she said of working with Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo and Chus Lampreave.
The best actor prize was also shared, in this case by the five Arab actors who star as Algerian soldiers heroically fighting for France in World War II but being treated like second-class citizens. The five -- Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila and Bernard Blancan -- are featured in French director Rachid Bouchareb's Indigenes. They sang a pro-African, anti-French colonial song as part of their energetic thank-you speech.
The Palme d'Or for Loach, his first in a 35-year career, literally came out of left field. That applies both to Loach's politics -- he used the podium to lash out at the sorry past of the British Empire and equated it with Britain's current participation in the Iraq War -- and because The Wind That Shakes The Barley barely shook up anyone when it debuted at the beginning of Cannes competition.
Except the nine-member jury under Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai: Wong and other jury members, including English stars Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth and star Samuel L. Jackson, said the Loach film shook all of them to their roots.
--Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe are divorcing. Source: People
--There was actually another child w/ famous parents born besides Miss Shiloh. Gwen Stefani had a baby boy named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. Source: People
-- Paul Gleason, who was in "Trading Places" and "The Breakfast Club," died. He was 67. Source: Indy Star
May 27, 2006
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have welcomed a baby girl, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, a rep for the couple confirms.
The child was born on May 27, at night, in the African country of Namibia.
The name "Shiloh" is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "His gift."
May 26, 2006
Life & Style is reporting that Nick Lachey has a new girlfriend named Kim Kardashian. The couple were seen leaving an afternoon showing of The Da Vinci Code in Westwood. Life and Style reports:
They were holding hands throughout most of the movie, and shared popcorn and a drink, an eyewitness tells Life & Style. She was resting her head on his shoulder during the movie. It was definitely a date. Afterwards, Nick dropped Kim off at her Beverly Hills house and went inside, staying for about half an hour.
As Life & Style first exclusively reported, Kim daughter of late O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian started seeing Nick in April. Insiders close to the couple confirm that the two have been quietly going out for almost two months. Its real, its more than a one time thing, one insider tells Life & Style. Theyve been keeping it very low profile, just going to friends houses and small restaurants.
Kristin Cavallari has tried on many occasions to morph into Jessica Simpson.
Whether its the hair, the pose, the guy and now even the role, she is clearly modeling her career after Jessicas before it went downhill. The latest news is that Kristin is in talk with producers of the next Dukes of Hazzard movie which will be a prequel.
(That's Brian Austin Green and Hope and Faith actress Megan Fox at an outdoor cafe.)
Source: Best Week Ever
--He totally cracks me up. Anyone else kind of like "Hogan Knows Best?"
Michael Sandecki. He's the American Idol contestant, ousted long ago, who will forever be compared to Clay Aiken. During American Idol's finale, Michael was welcomed to perform one last song on stage: Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me."
And that's when he completely lost it because, as it turns out, Clay Aiken did show up at American Idol--And performed with Michael Sandecki.
It's hysterical--if you missed it, click here to watch again. I thought he was going to pee himself.
"For me, making love is better. I get more out of it. Something could be said for just plain f**king the person you love. Sometimes if Im in a lovely-dovey mood, before you know it my girlfriend is putting my face in the toilet and saying, Get out of the freaking mood, man! I want to f**k like a pig now! Put on your rubber dress again! Yes, mom. If youre with the person you love, its all good.
--Poison guitarist and Surreal Life cast member, C.C. Deville, in an interview with Nerve.com
Source: Best Week Ever
According to Brazilian gossip sources, 26-year-old Gisele Bundchen has apparently sent out a decree saying she doesn't want to be photographed with models who are under 20 years old.
--I guess since 26 is starting to push the old lady envelope in modeling, I can understand her demand.
Source: The Superficial
Brad Pitt and Ed Norton may re-team for a mini-series playing famous American explorers Lewis and Clark.
The pair are producing the 10-hour saga, based on Stephen Ambrose's book Undaunted Courage. Norton explains, "We have friends who've been pointing out that there are some funny echoes, similarities between Lewis and Clark and us."
"I don't have any prejudice against it. At the moment, we're acting as good shepherds for the project. It's being written now."
Norton, who starred with Pitt in Fight Club, claims Undaunted Courage was one of the "most page-turning books I've ever read." The actor was so inspired by the novel that he decided to produce the project with Pitt for HBO.
Source: Teen Hollywood
Marie Osmond was shocked to discover that the National Enquirer discovered sexually explicit material on her own daughters' MySpace profiles.
Osmond's older daughter, 18-year-old Jessica, posted that she is bi-sexual and wants to have sex "as many times as possible, while 16-year-old Rachael identifies herself as a "slut" and "whore" who has fantasies about David Bowie.
Osmond released a statement to the Enquirer saying, "I am saddened by some of the choices that two of our children have made. The insidious potential for harm from adolescent Internet sites like MySpace.com only exacerbates these kinds of problems. If my being a celebrity figure is good for anything, let it be as a voice of warning to other parents that no matter how protective we think we may have been with our children in the past, we need to become more knowledgeable and even more vigilant now in order to protect them."
--"I'm a little bit slutty...and I'm a little bit S&M"
Source: Celebrity Nation
Dallas actress Victoria Principal has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 21 years, prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Harry A. Glassman, M.D., according to papers filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Principal, 60, is citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have no children and separated on March 25, according to the papers. Principal's petition states that the couple have a pre-nuptial agreement, which lists all the couple's assets and debts.
Principal also requests that the court determine property rights and "terminate the court's jurisdiction" to award spousal support to Glassman. It is unclear whether the divorce has anything to do with a domestic violence incident three years ago that led to Principal's brief hospitalization and Glassman's arrest.
--Maybe that's why she's been seen with Jessica Simpson lately. Talkin' divorce.
TV Mafia offspring Jamie-Lynn Sigler has bought a downtown NYC bachelorette pad.
The recently divorced "Sopranos" stunner and Maxim pinup babe paid $2.15 million for a five-room duplex loft with two bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a private garden on Leonard Street, just off West Broadway, reports The Post's Braden Keil. The Long Island native had been living in the Trump World Tower apartment she once shared with ex-husband A.J. Discala.
Source: New York Post
The OC star Mischa Barton has signed up as the face of another fashion campaign.
The 20-year-old beauty has agreed to model French chain store Morgan's autumn collection. Barton is already the face of fashion company Bebe, has starred in commercials for shoe firm Keds and Accessorize.
Source: Teen Hollywood
May 25, 2006
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has blamed his busy schedule and excessive media attention for the swift end to his romance with Teri Hatcher.
The TV/radio presenter, 31, and Hatcher, 41, were photographed kissing on a Malibu, California, beach in March. However, the romance was quickly over with the Desperate Housewives actress telling Oprah Winfrey, "I haven't seen him since that day. We knew that the (pictures) had been taken, which must have bothered him enough. An hour after he dropped me off, he called to say, 'I don't think I can do this with you.'"
In an interview with the New York Times, Seacrest explains it was his fault the dates ended, but he is too busy with American Idol, hosting on the E! TV network and his radio shows to be in a relationship. He says, "She's clever. She's self-deprecating. She's successful. She can pay for dinner. What's wrong? It is strange, but I don't think it was a Teri Hatcher issue. It's a Ryan Seacrest issue."
--Hmm...a Ryan Seacrest issue. I'll leave that one alone.
--And in other AI news, unless you are living in a hole, you know that Taylor won last night. I only got to see the last 10 minutes, but my sources tell me it was the best final show so far. And who knew Prince would appear? How cool!
And now, it's back! However, the only difference is that it ends with **This is for everyone who thinks they know me.**
--So cryptic, Brit Brit!
Although it's still just a rumor, Anna Nicole Smith is reportedly pregnant, according to a source quoted by In Touch magazine. The insider claims that the ex-playmate is about five months along and has already chosen a name for her baby- Cherrie Pie!
According to The New York Daily News, the baby's father is Larry Birkhead, a freelance entertainment reporter/photographer. Reportedly, Anna told Larry about the pregnancy and that she plans to raise the baby alone. Neither Anna nor Larry have confirmed the pregnancy.
The pal also says that Anna has already discussed her pregnancy with her TrimSpa sponsors. "They're being really supportive, and she's even thinking about doing an TrimSpa baby campaign," the friend said.
--No, she doesn't have a problem with food. Naming your child after a dessert is completely normal.
Source: Celebrity Baby Blog
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