June 30, 2006

Mom and Daughter Bitchfight

Candy Spelling is furious at her daughter.

Tori Spelling, now on the cover of Us Weekly, went public with how she "never got to say goodbye" to her dying father, Aaron. "Tori Spelling tells how her mother's betrayal kept the heartbroken star from her father's deathbed," Us Weekly says.

But now Candy is hitting back in a statement issued by her publicist, Kevin Sasaki, saying: "We are deeply saddened that, during our time of loss and grief, we are forced to respond to the media frenzy caused by the meanspirited and surprising comments made by Tori to the press, just two days after the passing of Aaron. As we try to honor his memory with love and respect, the sudden media frenzy she has created at this sensitive time is hurtful and very disturbing. Aaron's legacy deserved pure and unadulterated tribute and recognition which, sadly, has been tainted. Everyone deals with grief in a different way, and since Tori chose not to be here at that time, we believe she is having a harder time dealing with that loss . . . Aaron loved both his children with all his heart, and he understood how hard it was for her."

Source: New York Post

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90210's 10-Year Reunion

With the passing of Aaron Spelling and his prolific TV legacy, the folks at Best Week Ever thought it would be appropriate to remember a show Spelling both co-created and used to introduce the world to the acting talents of daughter Tori: Beverly Hills, 90210.

This seminal high school soap opera took an unflinching look at social issues from gun violence to AIDS to apartheid, all set within the priviliged-but-melodramatic turmoil of America’s most exclusive zip code. Since most of the original cast left the show between 1994 and 1998, Best Week Ever decided to split the difference and celebrate the would-be 10-year class reunion of West Beverly High School with a “then and now” look at some it’s most notable alumni.

Click here to check it out. It's great.

Source: Best Week Ever

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A Different LA

Is Britney Spears ditching California?

The preggers singer, convinced that the lifestyle in Malibu is hurting her battered marriage, is reportedly moving back to her home state of Louisiana, and has been upgrading her mother Lynne’s house so she can stay there.

“She wants to come home,” Harold Smith, mayor of Spears' hometown, Kentwood, said, according to In Touch Weekly. “She’s building more rooms for her growing family. She wants a nursery and some kids’ rooms.”

Spears is spending $200,000 on Lynne Spears’ house and is also looking to buy a second abode so that hubby Kevin Federline can stay there if his mother-in-law gets on his nerves. “He likes Lynne but doesn’t like her getting involved in their relationship,” a source told the mag.

What’s more, Spears has reportedly met with an OB-GYN in neighboring Baton Rouge to discuss having a C-section there when her second baby arrives in September.

Source: MSNBC

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Star 2.0

It didn't take long for Barbara Walters to find Star 2.0.

On yesterday morning's "The View", Barbara, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck strode out onto the stage with an attractive, slender African American woman who took a seat that wasn't even cold yet.

The Star-alike is Renee Elise Goldsberry, who, ironically enough, isn't a lawyer, but plays one on TV. Goldsberry's an actress on the soap "One Life to Live," whose character, according to her online bio, is "a tough-as-nails defense attorney with a compassionate heart." Goldsberry begins her bio by saying she "gives all glory to God for being the author of her biography."

The show went on as usual with no reference to Barbara vs. the fired Star, except when Goldsberry said she "wasn't a lawyer," and wasn't going to get "in the middle of things." Goldsberry added that she just happened to "have nothing else to do" when she was asked to guest host (She has hosted twice before earlier this year).

Source: TMZ

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Who Knew She Was A Poet?

Kate Moss has penned a woeful poem about her on-again off-again lover Pete Doherty's addiction to drugs.

"You love them more than you love me/So that's why I could cry all day long/that's why I can't breathe," the supermodel wrote. A British literary magazine published the poem after finding it in one of Doherty's journals, which he's using to write his autobiography. On one page, Doherty vows to quit drugs if Moss will marry him.

Source: New York Post

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Looks like Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy are still an item:

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Turn Off Your Phone!

Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross had a dream wedding last Saturday with only one major hitch - the groom's cell phone rang in the middle of the vows.

Cross married money manager Tom Mahoney at a black-tie wedding attended by 200 guests in San Gabriel, California. The 44-year-old bride took the interruption in her stride, according to Housewives co-star Brenda Strong, "She couldn't contain her giggles." Mahoney opted not to take the unfortunately timed call and wisely turned his mobile phone off.

The rest of the couple's vows were traditional, but Cross improvised on the script ever so slightly. She explains, "After I said 'I will' to everything, I whispered under my breath, 'As long as I don't have to cook!'"

The bride was remarkably stress-free on her big day, saying, "My hair and makeup people were teasing me because I hadn't told them what I wanted. I figured it would all work out." Cross decided to get changed in a room at the church to avoid the paparazzi, but discovered that the room had no mirror. She adds, "I had no idea what I looked like. I got into my dress, put on my veil and was sent out the door."

Source: IMDB

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Hanks Gets Interesting Honor

Actor Tom Hanks was inducted Thursday as an honorary member of the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame for his accurate portrayal of a World War II Army Ranger company commander in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" and for his continued commitment to honoring those who served in the war.

Besides his role in "Saving Private Ryan," Hanks was cited for serving as the national spokesman for the World War II Memorial Campaign, for being the honorary chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign, and for his role in writing and helping to produce the Emmy Award-winning miniseries, "Band of Brothers." Hanks, who was unable to attend the induction ceremony, becomes the first actor to receive such an honor.

Each year, the Army's elite Ranger units and regimental associations nominate a small number of Ranger Hall of Fame candidates, who are then scrutinized by a selection board. All but honorary inductees like Hanks have to be graduates of the Army's grueling Ranger School at Fort Benning, or they have to have served in a Ranger unit. The latest 17 inductees were mostly career soldiers, ranging from generals to sergeants. The only civilian was U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, whose district is in the middle Georgia, including Macon. Marshall is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, Ranger school graduate and member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Source: Indy Star

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Not Surprising

Blaming poor reviews and the commercial tastes of North American audiences, the producer of Toronto's lavish Lord of the Rings musical said yesterday the show will close early and be reworked for its "spiritual home" in London.

Kevin Wallace said harsh critics discouraged a mass audience from coming to the production, an ambitious adaptation of the fantasy trilogy that cost $27 million -- tops for a theatre show. The show opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre to largely negative reviews three months ago.

He said any positive word-of-mouth was no match for published criticisms that emerged from a nearly five-hour preview (delayed by technical glitches) -- criticism that lingered despite revisions that eventually cut the show to under 3 1/2 hours. "The North American sensibility reflects the appeal of commercial theatre in primary colours," Wallace said, adding, the audiences were put off by too much talking.

The show will close Sept. 3. Tickets had been on sale for performances until Sept. 24.

Source: London Free Press

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Luke and Laura Return

"General Hospital" is giving fans much to talk about: the reunion of Luke and Laura Spencer, the ABC soap opera's most popular couple.

Genie Francis, who originated the role of Laura nearly 30 years ago, will return to the show -- and to the fictional town of Port Charles -- to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Luke and Laura's wedding, which was seen by 30 million viewers on Nov. 16, 1981, ABC announced Tuesday. Francis, 44, will appear in a series of episodes beginning in the middle of October, the network said.

"I'm very happy to be returning to my `General Hospital' family and look forward to portraying a role that means a lot to me as well as the fans who have supported the character throughout the years," Francis said in a statement.

Source: Foxnews

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Mariska Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, welcomed their first child, a son named August.

The baby boy, who was born on Wednesday at 3:21 p.m. in Los Angeles, was a week overdue and weighed in at 10 lbs. 9 oz. "Mother and baby are doing wonderfully," Hargitay's rep, Leslie Sloane, said. "I just talked to her and she is ecstatic – over the moon."

Hargitay, 42, who plays NYPD detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, met Hermann, 38, on the NBC show, where he has a recurring role. The couple wed in Santa Barbara, Calif., in August 2004 in front of 200 guests.

Source: People

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June 29, 2006

Jess Has A New Man?

Has Jessica Simpson found love?

While her ex hubby Nick Lachey has been linked with her former friend Vanessa Minnello, Simpson is reportedly getting hot and heavy with comedian Dane Cook, her co-star in their forthcoming flick “Employee of the Month,” according to Life & Style Weekly. “Sparks flew” during the filming of the movie over the winter but Cook was still with his longtime girlfriend Racquel Houghton.

Last week, Cook and Simpson “couldn’t hide their feelings” for each other at the Hollywood hotspot Hyde, according to the mag, even though the two maintain that they’re “just friends.”

“They looked like two people trying not to look like a couple but who really wanted to rip each other’s clothes off,” a “witness” told L&S, which also reports that at 2 a.m. the two planned a rendezvous at a gas station.

Source: MSNBC

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Denise Moving Out of Neighborhood

Denise Richards is selling the Westlake Village home she bought last year following her separation from Charlie Sheen.

The 7,400-sq.-ft., six-bedroom house that Richards, 35, is leaving also happens to be a just stone's throw from the home of her rival, Heather Locklear. Richards is dating Locklear's ex, Richie Sambora. The couple were first spotted together in April, kissing and holding hands at Westlake Village's Le Café.

Richards (who is seeking part of Sheen's Screen Actors Guild pension, full custody of their daughters Sam, 2, and Lola, 1, and more than $100,000 a month in child support) has already bought a home in a more "kid-friendly" neighborhood near Los Angeles, says a source.

Source: People

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Josh Who?

Tommy Lee got the better of "Las Vegas" hunk Josh Duhamel when the two rumbled at Bella nightclub in L.A. Tuesday night.

A witness tells us the drama unfolded after Duhamel pounded on the men's room door and yelled "Hurry up!" while Lee was inside. "One of Josh's friends said, 'Stop, Tommy's in there,' " reports our spy. "Josh replied, 'Tommy who? Tommy Lee, who cares?' Tommy heard that and came out of the bathroom.

Words were exchanged and Josh ended up on the floor - I don't know if he was pushed or punched. Josh bolted outside and called for Tommy to meet him and 'fight like a man.' Tommy was restrained and sent out the back door by security. Josh never did get to use the bathroom."

Source: New York Post

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What A Transformation

Janet is looking totally fab these days:

Source: A Socialite's Life

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Singing About Her Abuse

David Hasselhoff's estranged wife Pamela Bach is reportedly hitting back at the star by recording an album about spousal abuse. The couple has been publicly lashing out at each other since Hasselhoff filed for divorce in January - Bach cited physical abuse, while Hasselhoff made claims Pamela was abusing prescription drugs.

Bach filed a declaration, claiming that in December Hasselhoff "grabbed me and pushed me hard into a car," adding, "In the past, he has also broken my nose."

And, according to British newspaper the Daily Express, Bach will detail the abuse she allegedly suffered during her 16-year marriage on upcoming album Transitions.

Speaking on CNN's American Morning last week, Hasselfhoff denied the allegations, saying, "The only person who broke my wife's nose was a plastic surgeon."

Source: Starpulse

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Roddick Says...

Andy Roddick is not a fan of the man purse.

The tennis star has lashed out on his website against the growing English trend. Roddick writes "I have seen some guys walking around with man purses here in London.... anything bigger than a money clip or a wallet is to be left to your girlfriend/wife...and just so we are clear you should not be able to throw your "wallet" over a shoulder...if you have a man purse, the wall is waiting."

While Roddick may have an issue with British style he hasn't let it affect his love of London, saying " I think I feel more at home here than in any other city we travel to."

Roddick, who is in England for Wimbledon, even gives his two cents on Kevin Federline calling him the "Butthead of the Week,"adding "He really did nothing out of the ordinary, but let's be honest, this was inevitable."

Source: TMZ

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Tom Takes High Road

Tom Petty has decided to take the high road when it comes to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Music insiders were shocked when the Peppers debuted their hit song, "Dani California," last month - as we reported, it's eerie similarity to Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance."

But Petty tells Rolling Stone: "I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. And a lot of rock 'n' roll songs sound alike. Ask Chuck Berry. The Strokes took 'American Girl' [for their song 'Last Nite'], and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, 'OK, good for you' . . . If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I'd sue]. But I don't believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous law suits in this country without people fighting over pop songs."

Source: New York Post

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Paris Hilton can't get a break at her family's own hotels. The heiress, appearing on the "Real Radio Breakfast Show" in Scotland, tried on-air to reserve a room in her name at the Glasgow Hilton and get a discounted corporate rate.

But the humorless reservations clerk who identified himself as Kevin turned her down, sniffing: "There is no discount I can initiate, I'm afraid" - insisting she'd have to pay the full $310 for a standard queen-sized room.

Source: New York Post

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They were originally designed to simply make phone calls without tying callers to one location. But today's cell phones can do so much more, from snapping digital photos to sending text messages to playing video.

You can add one more feature to the list: a sobriety test.

That's right, cell phones with built-in Breathalyzers are set to hit the U.S. market. So after a night of too much to drink, you can pull out the device to see if you're fit to get behind the wheel. South Korean manufacturer LG will introduce the LP4100 this year. The company placed several models on the market in that country last year and already has sold more than 200,000 units.

The phones were previewed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show — CES — in Las Vegas earlier this year. Here's how it works: Users blow into a small spot on the phone, and if they've had too much to drink the phone issues a warning and shows a weaving car hitting traffic cones. "So they test it and it says don't drive so they leave their car or call the taxi," explained Sung Mee Cho of Seju Engineering Inc.

The company also sells plug-in Breathalyzer adapters for some phones. None of the models tell you exactly how much you may be over or under the legal limit, but it can keep you from making other alcohol-related mistakes.

The LP4100 also allows users to set up the phone so on certain nights and after a certain time they do not call certain people in their phone book. Think ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. If you have a blood alcohol level over .08, the phone will not let you dial that person. So it not only promotes sobriety, but chastity — and probably your dignity, as well.

Source: ABC

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