September 28, 2006

Is It Me, Or Is This Week Dragging On Forever?


--Mona was knocked up?

--Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson have reportedly hit a rough patch. The stars of “The O.C.” fell in love while working on the show, and it “looked like they were on their way to getting engaged just a little while back,” a source told Star, but “are going through a really difficult period right now.” One reason, according to the insider, may be because of Bilson’s friendship with Zach Braff, her co-star from “The Last Kiss.” “Zach calls Rachel a lot and they talk on the phone like girlfriends,” says the insider. "But what really eats away at Adam is when Rachel starts talking about how mature Zach is. No guy appreciates his girlfriend comparing him to another guy.”


--Supermodel Naomi Campbell failed to show up in court on Wednesday on charges of attacking her housekeeper and the judge said he would order her arrest if she didn't make it for her next court date. Campbell, 36, faces charges of second-degree assault and could be jailed for up to seven years if convicted.


-- Donald Trump in a kilt? The mogul tells us he just bought 1,200 more acres of property to add to the 800 acres he'd already purchased in Aberdeen, Scotland, to transform into a luxury golf course and hotel complex. Prince Andrew, who was just in town and lunched with Trump, is expected to help The Donald smooth over any development issues on the $2 billion project.


--The baby daughter of rap legend Reverend Run and his wife Justine died at birth. Run (real name: Joseph Simmons) issued the following statement on Wednesday through MTV: "On September 26, 2006, Victoria Anne Simmons for some unknown reason chose to come early and unfortunately did not survive. "We must accept whatever is there and once you accept unconditionally, then everything is beautiful. Every pain has a purifying effect."


--You, too, can be Lt. Jim Dangle of the Reno 911 this Halloween. Just click here to purchase the costume!


--The death of Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel was caused by a lethal combination of methadone, Zoloft and Lexapro, pathologist Cyril Wecht has revealed. Wecht said the drugs caused the cardiac dysrhythmia that led to Daniel's death. Wecht got the toxicology results from National Medical Services in Willow Grove, Pa., today.


--Jessica Simpson is not a happy camper lately - mentally or physically. During the after-party for her sister Ashlee's London debut in "Chicago," Simpson stormed out of the Sound Bar shouting, "I don't want to be here - why won't people just leave me alone?" Later, her dad Joe told the Mirror, "Jess is quite down at the moment. She's not comfortable talking to people as she's quite depressed and we're walking on eggshells." Meanwhile, at a recent shoot for a Direct TV commercial, Simpson kept everyone waiting for over an hour - due to a stomach bug, spies say. Her mane-man, hairdresser and constant companion Ken Paves, was overheard telling people, "Well, what do you want her to do? [Bleep] her pants?"

--Kristen Cavallari was spotted canoodling with Brandon Davis. Ewwww...


--There are reports of an alleged sex tape that graphically depicts Dustin Diamond (known better as Saved By the Bell’s Screech) engaging in 3-way sex with two women and pulling some pretty disgusting moves out of his bag of tricks, inluding the dreaded “Dirty Sanchez”. (I may throw up now...) Click here for BWE's list of SBTB sex positions.

--Jess usually looks pretty good, but she falls way short with this number. The oversized (and inappropriate) bag doesn't help either. Looks like Ashlee drug her into Wet Seal again. And those Wicked Witch of the West boots? No, no, no...

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September 27, 2006

I Sure Hope the Kid Gets Howard's Brains


--Howard K. Stern, the lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith, said Tuesday that he's the "proud father" of her baby girl, who was born just days before her 20-year-old son Daniel died in the Bahamas. "We love each other and it's been going on for a very long time and because of my relationship as her lawyer, we felt it was best to keep everything hidden. And we've done a pretty good job of that." When King asked Stern if he planned to marry Smith, he replied, "I've loved her for quite some time and hopefully the feeling's mutual. At some point, we will. Right now we have to somehow get through what we're going through." (Everyone has suspected they were doin' it all along...)

--The founder of the company that produces the Girls Gone Wild videos of women appearing in sexual situations pleaded guilty Monday to charges of failing to document the ages of young women engaging in sexual acts in the videos. As part of the plea deal, Joe Francis, 33, agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.


--Katie Couric suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar spot: No. 2 in the ratings. After a fortnight of viewership victories, Couric and the CBS Evening News ceded the top spot last week to its more common holder, NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams, according to estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. For the week, CBS averaged 7.7 million viewers, behind NBC's 8.2 million but ahead of ABC's 7.6 million for World News with Charles Gibson.

--Jennifer Aniston is coming to Broadway for one night only. The Emmy Award-winning "Friend" will appear in "The 6th Annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway" on Monday, Oct. 23, in which Jen and other star performers write, direct and act in six 10-minute plays all within, well, 24 hours! The event will benefit Working Playground, a non-profit arts program for New York City schoolchildren. Other celebs set to participate in the event include Rosie Perez, Lili Taylor and "SNL" comedienne Rachel Dratch.


--Paris Hilton has been charged with two misdemeanors – driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. She is scheduled for arraignment Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in L.A., but is not required to attend the hearing. The maximum punishment for a first-time DUI is a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

--You want the brand name looks without paying the high prices? Click here for Radar's guide to shopping for counterfeits.


--Martha Stewart wants Eminem to appear on her "Martha" TV show. "We play his music during breaks to keep people very lively and they love him," Stewart told AP Radio in a recent interview. "I would really love to have Eminem on the show," the 65-year-old lifestyle guru said. "I don't think he knows that my demographic audience is so involved in Eminem music."


--Someone's messing with Keith Olbermann.


--For the second time this month, "Laguna Beach" star Jason Wahler has been arrested. The LAPD arrested Wahler on Friday at 5:30PM for misdemeanor battery and set his bail at $20,000. According to LAPD documents, he was released Saturday afternoon. According to police, Jason and a female companion, Kristen Deluca, were involved in an altercation with a Department of Transportation officer and a tow truck driver. There was a physical altercation and police were called to the scene. After police arrived on the scene, Wahler and Deluca were both arrested for battery.

--Is Tori Spelling pregnant?


--Alec Baldwin's still a giant asshole.

--Lindsay Lohan, who had split from boyfriend Harry Morton last week, keeps the public guessing Monday while out in Beverly Hills wearing a "Team Harry" cap. The hat, along with T-shirts and tank tops, was created by Lisa Rinna to support husband Harry Hamlin's bid on Dancing with the Stars.

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September 26, 2006

Tuesday's Tidbits


--Miss Cleo came clean. No, she didn't come clean about that fact that she has no psychic ability. She announced to Advocate magazine that she's a lesbian.

--Carmen Electra is set to add author to her resume after writing a new book revealing her sexy secrets. The model/actress has written Carmen Electra : How To Look Sexy, which is set to hit bookstores in December.


--Scrubs actress Judy Reyes is on the mend after suffering a fractured pelvis after an accidental fall.

--Recognize the guy playing Fabio? I love him. (Steve...not Fabio!)


-- "I'm going to read scripts while I'm on the road working this record," she said. "I think so many people who start off as musicians and cross over just end up playing themselves. To me, that's not a challenge whatsoever. I want to quote-unquote act." --Christina Aguilera


--Lindsay Lohan hatched a devious plan to make her ex-boyfriend Harry Morton so jealous that he'd fly back into her arms and drive her nemesis Paris Hilton crazy at the same time - but so far, the strategy hasn't worked.
On Friday, Lohan turned up at arch-rival Hilton's house for a party. The devious redhead was overheard calling Hilton's ex-love Stavros Niarchos on Saturday to ask for help in getting her revenge. According to an earwitness, Lohan told Niarchos, "No one can know I got dumped . . . You will look like a total stud, and it will drive Paris crazy [if we hang out together]."

--I used to always want to work at Ralph Lauren. This story has quite possibly made me change my mind.


--Click here to play "So You Think You Can Drive, Mel Gibson?"

--Michael Lohan, Lindsay's father, who recently found God, penned a long and "heartfelt" letter to his daughter and immediately sent it to British tabloid The Sun. Click here to read it.


--I love that Audrey is back in full force. We have very few classy beauties to look to on TV and film today. (Thanks for the tip, Aaron).

--Stephen Tyler has heaptitis C.


--David Hasselhoff lied to cops when he allegedly called 911 to report that his younger daughter attempted to commit suicide, according to his estranged wife, Pamela Bach. Police and paramedics responded to Hasselhoff''s 911 call Sunday night. Multiple police sources stated that the former "Baywatch" star reported that his younger daughter was "cut" and it was a suicide attempt. Now Pamela Bach says that her daughter never attempted suicide and that David knew it. Bach claims David used his daughter as a pawn, telling Bach, "You're going down. I'm calling the police." Bach says her daughter was scratched by the family cat .

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September 25, 2006

Oprah in '08?


--Patrick Crowe says he is having a blast promoting talk-show icon Oprah Winfrey for president. Winfrey's lawyers are not. Crowe says he is having a blast promoting talk-show icon Oprah Winfrey for president. Winfrey's lawyers are not. Crowe has been unofficially campaigning for the first lady of daytime TV for years. The Kansas City man's Web site, http://www.oprah08.net , comes complete with a campaign song and volunteer sign-up. He also sells "Oprah for President" T-shirts. The retired math teacher's unflappable support has recently drawn the ire of Winfrey's lawyers, who sent Crowe a letter on Aug. 22 demanding that he remove her picture from the Web site and a book he is selling. The letter said Crowe's zeal has crossed into copyright and trademark infringements.

--Pop singer Aaron Carter has broken off his engagement to his older brother's ex. "I got caught up in the moment and proposed," the younger Carter said. "I then realized it was a hasty thing to do and I am not ready for marriage quite yet."


--Donald Trump and his kids were so pumped at the launch of their new Trump Magazine at Trump Tower the other night that they didn't mind answering any and all questions. Asked what his porn name would be, Donald boasted: "Big!" Runner-up name: "The Trump Tower."

--The MTV Networks are launching MTV Tr3s, a new channel aimed at becoming the premier cultural outlet for young Latinos. The network starts operating Monday. Tr3s, pronounced like the Spanish word for three, follows MTV, MTV2 and eight other MTV related networks operating in the United States. It will be seen on some digital cable systems, on the DirecTV satellite system or on a variety of low-power broadcast stations. The network will be music-heavy at its start, with a variety of programs featuring the music of artists like Shakira, Sean Paul, Jeremias and the Kumbia Kings.


--Ron Jeremy used to be employed by Disney?

--Jack Osbourne decided to write his own autobiography after realizing other autobiography writers were "f***king idiots". "They haven't done anything. I haven't survived a war, trekked through countries or stayed in a refugee camp but my life has been quite interesting. I've done a lot of stuff."

--Poor Audrey.


--Nicollette and Michael continue their public gropfest.


--Kirstie Alley is selling all of her shizz. Items include a huge plastic hot dog, an enormous Pez dispenser and a gaggle of stuffed, feathered birds.

--Meg Ryan is looking broke these days:

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September 22, 2006

Happy Friday, Everyone!


--It's no longer a secret: Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson are definitely out and about and having a fun time together. On Sunday, Wilson visited Hudson and pals at her Pacific Palisades, Calif. house. Then, later that evening, the two shared a patio booth at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they ordered drinks and, at one point, requested that a bamboo divider be placed around their table for privacy.

--Princeton is the latest Ivy League school to drop early admissions. Early admissions programs have been criticized for benefiting upper-income students who can afford to make the early commitment without regard to financial aid and who already have an advantage over lower-income rivals when it comes to applying to elite schools.


--“I think that blogs should die a sudden death. It’s just ridiculous. It’s like a playground for four-year-olds. People say and do things in the world of blgos that they would never do in real life, and I think it’s a false experience…The blog is yesterday’s parachute pants. It’s here now but it’s gone tomorrow.”
--Jared Leto

--Paris Hilton could avoid a driving ban if a sympathetic Los Angeles rehab center gets its way. Hilton is set to be sentenced to an Alcoholics Anonymous program by a court when she appears to answer Drunk Driving charges next month. But Hilton has been invited to attend alcohol abuse counselling by a new clinic set up by Marc Kern, which promotes moderation instead of abstinence.

--Seth Meyers gets the plum job of "Weekend Update" anchor next to Amy Poehler in a newly streamlined "Saturday Night Live" this season, the show's creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said on Thursday.


--Ted Turner lost control of CNN and his stake in Time Warner, but the 67-year- old philanthropist is making a new fortune with Ted's Montana Grill, specializing in bison burgers and steaks. He opened his 42nd grill yesterday in the Time Life Building, where he used to work, and plans to open 15 each year. Turner is the largest landowner in America, "as far as acres are concerned, but all my acres together aren't worth as much as the 20 acres of Rockfeller Center," he told Page Six. And Turner said he's by no means the only rancher raising buffalo: "Out of 300,000 bison in the country, I've got about 45,000."

--The average American home now has more television sets than people. That threshold was crossed within the past two years, according to Nielsen Media Research. There are 2.73 TV sets in the typical home and 2.55 people, the researchers said.


--Tiger Woods said Wednesday he was outraged that an Irish magazine and tabloid linked photos of his wife, Elin Nordegren, to pornographic Web sites, and his agent is debating whether to sue, the Associated Press reports.

--Um, what the hell happened to Scott Speedman? He looks like Teen Wolf!

--Clooney back with Zelwegger?


--Prosecutors charged actor Lou Diamond Phillips on Thursday with domestic battery in connection with an incident last month involving his live-in girlfriend.

--Jilted exes Shar Jackson and Marcia O'Brien (who was dumped while pregnant by skating star Lloyd Eisler for Kristy Swanson) shared their tales of marital breakdown on the "The Dr. Keith Ablow Show." O'Brien was pregnant with the couple's second child when she found out about her husband's second stint of infidelity, though Eisler claims her was not having an affair with the Swanson while partnered with her on "Skating." O'Brien tells Ablow his claims are unfounded, calling them, "A complete lie. I have emails which he sent me where he admits to when they started sleeping together, how many times they had slept together. I went through a series of STD testing given the fact that I was pregnant."

--Fergie showed the little kiddies @ TRL a little bra action:

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September 19, 2006

Not The Kind James Blunt Sings About


--Willie Nelson and several members of his band were issued misdemeanor citations for drug possession early today during a traffic stop in Saint Martin Parish. Trooper Willie Williams says troopers smelled a strong odor of marijuana when the driver opened the bus door. During a search of the bus, Williams say approximately 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana and approximately 2/10 of a pound of mushrooms were located on the bus.

--Former Mr. Universe turned actor Mickey Hargitay, the onetime husband of Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield and father of Emmy-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, has died at the age of 80.


--MTV VJ La La Vasquez and her fiance, NBA star Carmelo Anthony, are expecting a baby in March.


--Jerry Seinfeld played the loving husband Sunday night when he hosted a 35th-birthday party for his wife, Jessica, at Il Cantinori. Seinfeld took over the entire East 10th Street eatery for about 50 guests - including Anderson Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and director Darren Aronofsky, architect Charles Gwathmey and wife Betty Ann, Tribeca Film Festival organizers Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein, HBO biggie Richard Plepler, and Gina Gershon, who seemed to be with Ronald Perelman. George Stephanopoulos and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth, ignored the "no gifts" advisory on the invite and gave Jessica a big fake diamond ring. Seinfeld gave a heartfelt toast to his wife, the mother of three, about how she brings joy into everyone's life.

--Mel Gibson's only daughter, Hannah, married blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd this weekend. Gibson, 26, and Shepherd, 29, of Benton, La., exchanged vows in California on Saturday.


--Singer Aaron Carter is engaged to Playboy Playmate Kari Ann Peniche. Carter, 18, popped the question to Peniche (who previously dated Aaron's brother Nick) on Saturday in Las Vegas while they were onstage in front of 200 people during the Playboy Comedy Tour at the Palms Casino Resort.


--Stephen Baldwin is launching his own ministry.


--The four original members of R.E.M. gave a rare performance Saturday night as the group was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The group, which formed in Athens, Ga., in 1980, has won three Grammys and sold more than 70 million records. It has performed as a quartet only a handful of times since 1997, when drummer Bill Berry left the group after suffering a brain aneurysm onstage in 1995.


--A party for the cast of the new Adam Sandler film "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" turned into an early Hanukkah blowout at Stereo on Friday night when co-owner Michael Satsky stopped the music to play Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song." Clubbers jumped out of their seats and chanted the lyrics. Once his friends, including Jessica Biel and Ryan Cab rerra, got into the spirit of the music, Sandler and co-star Kevin James started jumping on the couches.

--I love them:

William H. Macy embraces his competitive edge – wife Felicity Huffman – at the 20th annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sunday, where the Housewife got off to the races alongside David Duchovny, Jon Cryer and fellow Wisteria Lane resident James Denton.

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September 18, 2006


--Lindsay Lohan was rushed to a New York hospital with a fractured wrist after slipping and falling at a Fashion Week party.

--In an upcoming episode of Law and Order, a rapper named J-Train becomes a murder suspect after incriminating photos of his wife are published in the tabloids. The photos depict her dropping her baby in New York's Central Park and leaving her child alone in the car while she runs into a coffee shop. The episode airs September 22 on NBC at 10 p.m. ... Hmm, I wonder who this is based on?

--Organizers of Spain's top annual fashion show on Saturday rejected five models as too thin to appear in this year's event, acting on an earlier decision to bar extremely thin women from the catwalk. "They had a body mass index below — well below — that which is considered normal not just by the Spanish endocrinology society, whom we represent, but also by the limits set by the World Health Organization," said Monereo. "They were persons above 175 centimeters (5 feet 7 inches) tall and weighing less, or much less, than 55 kilograms (121 pounds)."


--A coroner hired by Anna Nicole Smith performed a second autopsy on her son Daniel on Sunday in the Bahamas, in an effort to further investigate the cause of the 20-year-old's death. Cyril Wecht, 75, a Pittsburgh-based forensic pathologist who has previously consulted in the death investigations of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, said the cause of death is still pending, but he has ruled out heart disease, cancer, systemic infection, or a pulmonary embolism.

--A film starring Sacha Baron Cohen's much-loved character Borat will be screened by internet networking website MySpace ahead of its official release. MySpace has announced it will host showings of Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan in 25 cities - and tickets will only be available to MySpace users. Borat already has a MySpace profile, where he lists his hobbies as "trampoline, table tennis, sitting on comfytobale (sic) chairs, disco dance and shoot dog." Cohen has said, "Borat is based actually on a guy I met in southern Russia. He was a doctor. The moment I met him I was totally crying. He was an hysterically funny guy. Albeit, totally unintentionally." This isn't the first time MySpace have hosted events - the online phenomenon staged the first in a series of free rock concerts in London last month.

--All 3,000 tickets to Steve Irwin's memorial service at Australia Zoo have been snapped up by fans in just 15 minutes.


--Mary-Kate Olsen has been the victim of man-stealers in the past. (She lost Stavros Niarchos to Paris Hilton, who then lost him to Lindsay Lohan.) But she kept a tight grip on her new, unidentified "rocker-type" beau Thursday night when she and sister Ashley hung out at Bungalow 8. When the Richards sisters, Theodora and Alexandra, arrived and Alexandra started flirting with Mary-Kate's man, the tiny twin "got into a huge fight with Alexandra and totally told her off," one witness said. "After the fight, Olsen and the rocker guy started full-on making out in a territorial 'this is my man' way."

--The man who claims to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's newborn daughter says the blond bombshell ran off to the Bahamas to give birth to keep their child away from him. Larry Birkhead, a celebrity photographer and journalist who dated the reality-TV ditz on and off for two years, says Smith, 38, tried to cut him out of the baby's life, forcing him to keep his paternal status a secret and running away to the Caribbean.

--Scorcese has GOT to do something about those brows!

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September 15, 2006

Flippin' Sweet


--Jon Heder has skills.

-- Heather Kane, 22, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, and booked for investigation of conspiracy to commit murder. Kane was arrested after she met with what turned out to be an undercover Mesa police detective at a grocery store. Court records show she gave the officer $400 and offered to pay an additional $100 once a woman who appeared on her boyfriend's MySpace.com Web page was killed, police said.

--Actress Julia Stiles is set to make her directorial debut after editors at style magazine Elle gave her the OK to shoot a short film she's written. The star, a Columbia University graduate, was inspired to pen the screenplay for Raving after reading an article in Elle about a woman's romance with an older man.


--Radio City Music Hall will become a giant game-show arena next month as "Jeopardy!" takes over to host a celebrity tournament, with more than $1 million to be given to the winner's favorite charity. And word is the victims of 9/11 may be the recipients, with Alex Trebek telling his staffers to put out the word to the star-studded roster of contestants that the Twin Towers Fund is a very worthy recipient. "It would get us some major brownie points," said the veteran host. The Radio City tapings will be on Oct. 5, 7 and 8.


--Former Friends star Matthew Perry turns on a pornographic tape which parodies his hit TV series when he wants to reminisce about his time on the hit show. He joked, "I certainly miss the people. There's a Friends porno out there that I watch if I'm ever missing the old gang. It's called Fiends. "They've hired a bunch of actors that kind of resemble everybody in the cast." Perry claims he is annoyed with his character's portrayal in the movie adding, "All of the characters are sleeping with each other except for the guy who is playing Chandler, this is true, who throughout the entire film just sits in the corner wearing a sweater vest and masturbating."


--Britney Spears unveiled a new look for her website . The site features a tiger’s head morphing Britney’s sultry gaze. Oooooohhhh...

--American Idol season two finalist Corey Clark has been arrested in Arizona for violating a court order and trespassing at his father-in-law's residence. Clark was disqualified as a finalist in the second season of the reality TV talent competition after it was revealed he had been arrested in 2002 for assaulting his teenage sister and resisting arrest. The 26-year-old also caused a stir when he claimed he and Idol judge Paula Abdul had an affair during the taping of the show and that she coached him on how to succeed in the competition.

--Stephen Baldwin is praying for Tom Cruise's soul. The 'Usual Suspects' star, who has become a born again Christian, says the actor and leading figure in the Church of Scientology is on his hit list of celebrities he would like to save. Stephen explained to Radar magazine: "On the Hollywood list of people I pray for often, Tom Cruise is probably number one. "I'd love to break bread with him and pray with him, and I'd love for the Holy Spirit of God to reveal the truth to him."


--Guns 'n Roses has announced the details of its U.S. tour.


--Christie Brinkley is officially ending her fourth marriage, to architect Peter Cook. Cook's attorney, Norman Sheresky, has confirmed that his client has now been served with a summons, which is the first step in moving forward with a divorce.


--On Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars, Mario Lopez, i.e. A.C. Slater, claimed that he had no formal dance training. Well, it was as easy as reading his IMDB profile to learn that before his legenday role on Saved by the Bell, Lopez was trained as a dancer. LIAR!


--That would suck...

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September 14, 2006

Hell To The No!


--Whitney Houston has split from her husband, Bobby Brown, Houston's rep, Nancy Seltzer, said. "She has filed for divorce from Bobby Brown," says Seltzer. The filing is technically a legal separation, Seltzer clarified, adding: "We're saying she filed for divorce because that is (Whitney's) intent." Divorce proceeding are expected to begin next month.

--NYPD confirms that Jason Wahler (Lauren's ex, who appeared on Laguna Beach and The Hills) was arrested in New York City on Sept. 1, at 4:34 a.m. He was charged with three counts of bribery, criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

--Hollywood superstar-and-sometime musician Russell Crowe is hosting a tribute concert for his late friend Steve Irwin in Brisbane, Australia next week. The Oscar-winning actor, who fronts The Ordinary Fear of God, has been given three days off from shooting forthcoming movie American Gangster so he can fly back from the US to his native Australia for the event.


--Poet and novelist Maya Angelou said she agreed to host a weekly show for XM Satellite Radio's Oprah & Friends channel partly because she's never hosted a radio show before. Another reason: "I love Oprah a lot, and I'm excited with anything she's doing." Angelou will host an hourlong show that she hopes will be called Maya Angelou's America, although the title hasn't been decided. She plans to interview ordinary people, along with the "famous and infamous," asking them what they think it means to be an American.


--Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broadway in December to star in a revival of "The Apple Tree," three one-act musicals based on short stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Feiffer and all tied together by a common theme: the consequences of temptation. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, directed by Gary Griffin, will open Dec. 14 at Studio 54. Preview performances begin Nov. 28.

--Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson have further sparked rumors of a romance, after they were both spotted vacationing in Hawaii. The You, Me And Dupree co-stars have kept their distance since they were linked following the break-up of Hudson's marriage to The Black Crowes rocker Chris Robinson. Both Hudson and Wilson have vehemently denied a relationship, but have been spotted dining out with friends in Maui, according to American magazine Star.

--"We tried to spice things up — we had sex in cars, in the bathroom and even by the sea. The only place we didn't have the guts to try was in a walkway in a hotel because we thought we might get kicked out if we were caught. I'm so young, he's so young and I just keep thinking now I need to be on my own." --Kirsten Dunst, on her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal


--Sean Penn is a wanted man in Toronto after he brazenly broke Ontario's draconian anti-smoking law by puffing on a cigarette at a press conference in a hotel. "He should be charged," Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson told reporters. "It was such a flagrant breach of the law," Michael Perly, executive director of the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco, told the Toronto Star. "It absolutely should be a target."


-- Paris Hilton and Travis Barker were caught making out (again) in full view of clubgoers at New York City hot spot Butter at a party hosted by Kanye West. The duo snuggled and whispered in a corner banquette in the back of the club and the rocker – who is divorcing Shanna Moakler – had his arm around her. When West's song "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" began playing, Hilton stood up and started dancing near Barker. So, what's brewing between the two? "They like each other. Paris really likes him. Beyond that I cannot comment," says Hilton's rep.

--Amanda Peet and her screenwriter fiance David Benioff are expecting their first baby. The star had been trying to keep the news of her pregnancy a secret while filming new TV series Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip opposite Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford. But sources tell Us Weekly, "She's almost 12 weeks along. She's thrilled."

--Nancy Grace causes guest to kill herself?


--Jennifer Aniston has nabbed the top spot on People's annual Best Dressed List. Aniston won in landslide, with 54 percent of readers voting her the best-dressed, citing her "impeccable taste" and brand loyalty. The Best Dressed winners are as follows: 1. Jennifer Aniston; 2. Halle Berry; 3. Jessica Alba; 4. Beyonce; 5. Eva Longoria; 6. Charlize Theron; 7. Kate Moss; 8. Christina Aguilera; 9. Jessica Simpson; 10. Kate Hudson.

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September 13, 2006

KFed Welcomes Child #4


--Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have welcomed their second son together. The baby boy, who was born just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital, was delivered via a scheduled C-section.

--Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor James Cromwell (“Babe,” “Six Feet Under”) and Emmy Award-winning actor Eddie Izzard (“Dress to Kill,” “My Super Ex-Girlfriend”) join the season six cast of 24.


--The death of Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, in the Bahamas Sunday was not due to natural causes. "The cause of death is not natural," Her Majesty's Coroner Linda P. Virgill said. "However, we wish to reserve the cause of death at this time pending the toxicologist examination and report for confirmation of cause of death. Friday is the likely release date for the autopsy and toxicology report."

--Last Monday Seattle resident Jason Fortuny carried out a thought experiment into reality -- one I think anyone who has surfed Craigslist sex ads has entertained. He took a hardcore Women Seeking Men ad from another city and reposted it to see how many replies he could get in 24 hours. Then he published every single response -- photos, emails, IM info, phone numbers, names, everything, to a public wiki. Then they went public on Jason's LiveJournal page calling it The Craigslist Experiment, inviting readers to identify the CL ad's responders and add more info.


--A yellow Lamborghini reportedly owned by Terry G. Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, caught fire Saturday on Bay Harbor Islands. There were no injuries reported. Information was sketchy about the circumstances leading to Hogan's expensive car catching fire along the 96th Street causeway. The extent of damage to the VT model is unknown. Why do I have a feeling his son, Nick, was involved?


--""I think every once in a while, a very, very young person who is burning both ends of the candle needs to have somebody say, `You know, you're going to pay the piper, you better slow down."-- Jane Fonda on the public criticism of Lindsay Lohan.


--" "I didn't mind when I was on the way down, 'cause I always knew I was gonna go back up. Every five or 10 years, it's your turn to get [bleep]ed seven ways from Sunday. The mistake people make is that they try to fight it. They do more publicity. Instead, I just shut my mouth and stayed away until I became a good idea again. And now I'm coming back big, like clockwork."--James Woods, on the ebb and flow of his career.


--Kitty Dukakis is about to jolt the world - with a book touting the "benefits" of shock ther apy. The wife of former Massachusetts Gover nor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis tells in "Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy" how she battled depression for more than 20 years along with drug and alcohol abuse - until getting zapped with electricity helped her "reclaim her life."

-- Christina Aguilera has been axed from the front cover of Vibe Magazine's October edition in favor of troubled performer Bobby Brown. The star gave an interview and posed for a photo shoot for the publication as part of the publicity for her new album Back To Basics - but the feature has been shelved after new owners took over the magazine. Aguilera's piece was ditched and she was replaced by Brown. Oh HELL to the no!

--Movie veteran Jack Nicholson is reportedly being treated in a Los Angeles hospital for a mystery illness. The About Schmidt star "checked into an LA-area hospital for an infection" on Monday, a source said.


--Is it me, or does Dakota Fanning's new Teen Vogue pics make her look like Chloe Sevigny?


--Barron Trump is adorable! (And seems to be in awe of Roger Federer's tennis mastery like the rest of us!)

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September 11, 2006

5 Years Ago


--America remembers. For those of you who are interested, here is my blog post from 2003 regarding 9/11.

--A date has finally been set for R. Kelly's child pornography trial. Opening arguments begin October 13. Um, it's about time!!!

--It seems the officer who arrested Paris Hilton may have been just as drunk as she was. First of all, Paris Hilton's middle name is Whitney, not Lohitney. Also, she's way taller than 5'3''.


--The Chinese movie "Still Life," a surprise entry set against the backdrop of China's gigantic Three Gorges Dam project, on Saturday won this year's Golden Lion — the top award at the Venice Film Festival. Helen Mirren and Ben Affleck took the top acting awards. Mirren was named best actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' "The Queen." Affleck won best actor for his role in Allen Coulter's "Hollywoodland," which dramatizes an investigation into the death of George Reeves, star of the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman."

--A woman who learned six weeks before her wedding that her fiance was cheating on her is turning her would-be reception into a charity benefit. She and her mother canceled the band, photographer and florist, but learned they would not be reimbursed for the reception and block of rooms they had reserved. So they turned the reception into a benefit for the Vermont Children's Aid Society and CARE USA, an international relief organization that aims to combat poverty by empowering women.


--Shar Jackson, Kevin Federline's ex-girlfriend and baby mama, thinks she's a real celebrity. Jackson, a panelist on "The Ex-Wives Club" with Angie Everhart and Marla Maples, tried to lure some bold-faced names to her 30th birthday at Body English in Las Vegas the other day. Her publicist, Roxanne Romero, sent out e-mails to agents and managers in L.A. advising, "Submit your talent to attend this fantastic event to honor Shar Jackson's birthday."


--Disney's The Little Mermaid will swim on stage next summer, receiving its world premiere in Denver.

--Paris Hilton has slammed tabloid reports she hooked up with newly-single Travis Barker and insists the paparazzi got him mixed up with one of his friends. Hilton explains that it was actually a case of mistaken identity saying, "I did not make out with Travis Barker. "I was with his friend Alex, who I met that night. It's nothing serious. "He looks like Travis, he has tattoos all over his arms, and he has a Mohawk. People must have confused him with Travis."


--Heidi Klum has now signed up to create a line of jewellery for QVC. The clover-themed collection was inspired by the marble inlay of the Duomo in Milan and will be produced in sterling silver and 14-carat gold for pieces that will range in price from $50.00 to $250.00.


--President Bush showed off his sense of humor this morning on "Today" in an interview with Matt Lauer. The segment, taped Friday, showed Bush entering the Oval Office holding a copy of People magazine opened to the page with a bare-chested Matt Lauer. The president jokes, "Can I have an autograph?" Lauer responds: "Oh, do not start with this. That's just not nice [pointing to the picture]. The amazing thing is they put my head on your body." Bush: "I don't spend that much time at the gym."


--Brad Pitt says that he and Angelina Jolie will get married – when all couples can legally wed. "Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the actor tells Esquire magazine for its October issue.

--New York Fashion Week is underway...


--Fergie, the female voice of the Black Eyed Peas, says she had to dig deep into herself to kick her crystal meth addiction. "It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with," Stacey "Fergie" Ferguson told Time magazine in an interview for the issue that hits newsstands Monday.

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September 08, 2006

She Just Wanted To Go To In-n-Out


--She's been an Emmy winner and an Emmy host, but now TV talk-show queen Ellen DeGeneres is taking on the movies. DeGeneres will host the Oscars next February, her first time ever emceeing the telecast, the Motion Picture Academy has announced.

--Russians love gay public sex.


--Shanna says she was 100% faithful to Travis.


--Joan Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield's widow, has filed a lawsuit against Melanie Roy-Friedman, the late comedian's daughter from a previous relationship. Joan Dangerfield is accusing Friedman of copyright infringement and fraud for attempting to distribute a 1988 video of the legendary comedian's Las Vegas act.

--Lionel Richie says he’s so worried about daughter Nicole’s dramatic weight loss that he took her to a doctor, who assured him she’s not anorexic. “I stood in front of [the doctor], just like you and I now, looked him in the eyes, and I said ‘Is it anorexia?’ And he said ‘It isn’t anorexia,’” the musician told the Swedish newspaper Expressen, according to a translator. He says Nicole’s weight loss is “stress-related” and he believes it’s due to his divorce from her mother and from all the media attention his daughter gets. Um, right.


--The Suri Cruise conspiracy theory?

--One of the funniest YouTube videos I've seen in awhile...

--Former Dallas star Ken Kercheval has been arrested in Clinton, Indiana, for drunk driving. The 71-year-old star, who played Cliff Barnes, JR Ewing's rival in the hit 1980s TV series, was arrested Wednesday, after a routine traffic stop.


--"You know what, it was nothing. I'd been shooting my music video for my new song, 'Nothing in this World.' … I got off last night at about 10 p.m. then I went and had dinner with my sister and all my girlfriends, and then we went to this charity event Dave Navarro threw for brain tumors. "And um, I had one margarita, starving 'cause I had not ate all day, on my way to In-n-Out which is probably three blocks away, and I'm in my (Mercedes) SLR, which is a little fast, so maybe I was speeding a little bit" – she giggled – "and I got pulled over." --Paris Hilton, on her recent DUI incident.
Editor's note: I love to go to parties for brain tumors. They know how to party!

--Lindsay Lohan was left devastated in London yesterday afternoon when her beloved Hermes Birkin bag was stolen from her trolley at Heathrow Airport. The actress/singer was traveling through the airport with boyfriend Harry Morton on her way back to America from the Venice Film Festival when she noticed the bag, containing jewelry and her asthma medication was missing. Lohan's publicist Lindsay Sloane has confirmed her client was robbed at the airport, adding, "She is begging for the return of the items. She doesn't care how she gets them back, she just wants her stuff back."

--Pop star Jessica Simpson has fired her longtime publicist Rob Shuter after last week's debacle surrounding her supposed relationship with John Mayer.


--"I love Christopher Reeve . . . But it was more his fault. When you're jumping a horse, 99.9 per cent of the time it's your fault . . . You never take a horse over a fence unless your horse is totally trained to do it, and you have a relationship with the horse. It's all about trust . . . You have to have your hip bone and heel bone in a straight line up and down. If you don't, you'll go over the horse's head . . . Chris probably wasn't sitting right in the saddle. That's the only reason why you fall off." --Nip/Tuck star Kelly Carlson on Christopher Reeve's accident that left him paralyzed.


--With newcomer Nicole Blonsky (right), John Travolta gets in touch with his inner diva Thursday to play Edna Turnblad on the Toronto set of Hairspray.

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September 07, 2006

Paris Gets Nailed (By the Cops)


--50 Cent goes after Diddy on new mixtape.

--Ashlee Simpson has broken off her relationship with bandmate Braxton Olita. Simpson's rep told US mag that the pair "broke up about a week ago. They have decided to take a break." The singer was seen getting cozy with musician Pete Wentz on September 2 and her sister Jessica's CD release party.


--Victor Willis, the original policeman in '70s disco band The Village People, was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday on drug possession charges after he agreed to enter a treatment program.


--Bob Dylan is back at the top of the charts - for the first time in 30 years. His new album, "Modern Times," reached No. 1 on the album sales chart, selling 192,000 units in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday.

--An infuriated Warren Buffett has renounced one of his granddaughters - telling her she is no longer his relative "legally or emotionally" because she took part in a documentary about the lives of the very rich. Nicole Buffett, the adopted daughter of Buffett's son Peter and biological daughter of Peter's ex-wife Mary, was featured in Jamie Johnson and Nick Kurzon's documentary, "The One Percent," which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and is a follow-up to Johnson's "Born Rich."


--Rocky Balboa is headed back to his old stomping grounds. The city's Art Commission approved a plan Wednesday to return a statue of the big-screen boxer to a site near the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Sylvester Stallone ran the stairs in the movie as the boxer in training. By a 6-2 vote, the commission voted to move the statue, currently stored in a warehouse, to a street-level pedestal near the site of one of the 1976 movie's iconic scenes.


--Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey have divided up the assets in their marriage, and Nick agreed to less than his share in order to avoid an ugly court fight.


--Gwen Stefani is no longer just a girl. Now she's a doll, too. The singer, actress and fashion designer announced Tuesday that she will bring her trademark rock 'n' roll style to the toy industry with a series of limited-edition dolls. There are eight dolls in all, and Stefani has dubbed the line Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Fashion Dolls. Each wears one of the colorful looks Stefani sported on her latest world tour.


--Former "Laguna Beach" star Kristin Cavalleri will do anything to keep her 15 minutes of fame going. After her ex, Brody Jenner, ditched her for Nicole Richie, Cavalleri made sure paparazzi snapped her in a "You Can Have Him" T-shirt. Then, on Tuesday night, she was all over Richie's ex, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein.


--Paris Hilton was arrested early Thursday for investigation of driving under the influence, police said. Hilton was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m. after being pulled over in Hollywood, said police Officer I. Isabella, who declined to give his first name. Police stopped Hilton because she was "driving erratically," he said.

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September 06, 2006

Suri Emerges!


--Posh and Becks are not expecting.

--AI's Tamyra gets hitched.


--Did John Mayer dump too-clingy Simpson?

--"After Tom and Kate, and Brad and Angelina, I had to find a way to top them all."--Diddy, on the news that he and his girlfriend are expecting twins.

--Click here to take a look at Lindsay Lohan's most recent receipt from her trip to the store. Glad she picked up Cool Ranch Doritos, Hot Pockets, Unisom, and Trojan Magnums.


--Katie Couric debuted on CBS Evening News last night. How long do you guys think she'll last?


--Wyclef *hearts* GWB.



--Paris Hilton cried like a little baby the other night when she couldn't get in to Bungalow 8. Whhhhaaaaahhhh!!!


--Pacey's dating Diane Kruger. And, they apparently like to suck face in public.

--So, they let Katie Couric break the Vanity Fair pics of Suri Cruise a day early. Behold!

Um, did they put an Elvis wig on that poor kid?

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September 05, 2006

Do I Really Have To Go To Work Today?


--Farewell, Andre.

--Jessica Simpson was a big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Thursday even though she wasn't nominated for an award - she drove away a brand new car.


--RIP Crocodile Hunter.

--Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day telethon raised a record $61 million to fight muscular dystrophy, bolstered by a huge donation from a group of firefighters and the lack of a major hurricane before the show.


--Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were involved in a car accident in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, but suffered only minor injuries.


--Dash, the new magazine that promotes "determination, attitude, success and happiness," didn't have much luck getting its message out in the premiere summer issue. Christie Brinkley is the cover girl and Carmen Electra appears on the back cover in a public service ad. Both women, of course, are now in the middle of sensational divorces. A Dash spokeswoman said, "They were both chosen before all of that happened . . . What can you do?"

--The nasty divorce battle between Liza Minnelli and David Gest has become even worse, with Minnelli accusing her estranged husband of trying to poison her and Gest charging that she hid the fact that she had a sexually transmitted disease. Gest claims the Oscar-winner hid her sexually transmitted disease, herpes simplex, from him until well after they were married.

--The View boss Barbara Walters wants Rosie O'Donnell, who starts as co-host on Tuesday, to stop blogging about the show. "I didn't like the blog," Walters tells Newsweek of a post in which O'Donnell complained about a promotional skit for the new season. "I saw the new view promos," O'Donnell wrote on her Web site. "Found myself/ in the position/ I loathe the most/ powerless."


--Kelly Clarkson apparently doesn't like anybody having cars similar to hers - especially porn stars who star in movies like Britney Rears 3.


--Carolyn gets a new job offer.

--Geri Halliwell has complained to police that her 3-month-old daughter was physically abused by a member of her staff.


--Ludacris likes to rap about how much sex he has - but the hip-hop superstar admits he lied when he crowed on one song about breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record of 20,000 women. "I don't think I can mess with Wilt Chamberlain. There's one line I exaggerated," he tells Playboy's October issue.

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September 01, 2006

TGIF


--KFed to appear on my favorite show? You MUST be joking!

--Ashlee decides to subject London theater-goers to her God-awful wailing. Thanks goodness!

--"My mom told me that you get those holes in your face, craters... from giving blow jobs. "I totally believed her. She's like, 'It's from sucking.' I'm like, 'Ewwww!' "I told my boyfriend - he's like, 'Why don't you ever do that?' I'm like, 'Because my mom told me you get these craters.' And he's like, 'Paris, you're 19. You're allowed to do this.' "I've only done that (fellatio) with maybe three people in my life." -- Paris Hilton


--The Wonder Woman McPhrontrunner?


--From Sheryl to Paris? Oh Lance...


--Donald to Carolyn: "You're fired."

--Both Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Sizemore will be starring in their own Bonaduce-like reality shows on VH1.


--Clooney is dating his Ocean's 13 star, Ellen Barkin?


--Those poor straps...


--From the artist who brought us Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston, a fantasy of Britney Spears giving birth to her son on a bearskin rug (nevermind she had a scheduled c-section), comes Suri's Bronzed Baby Poop. This bronzed piece of crap art is what artist Daniel Edwards believes will be as important, if not more, than the mysterious Suri Cruise's first baby shoes: he has bronzed her first solid meal poop.

WTF???????????????

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