Britney’s Ups and Downs in Love
Britney Spears’ torrid affair of the last three
weeks may be losing its spark. The controversial popette seems
to have waning interest in newfound furry friend Lacy, a $1700(US)
maltese pup she bought way back on June 20.
Lacy was at the center of the controversial hit and run with
a photographer in Santa Monica on that same fateful day, when
driving mum Lynn failed to see a throng of papparazzi.
Meanwhile Britney’s second pet, dancing lothario
Kevin Federline seems to have maintained favor with the Toxic
According to US tabloid, Star Magazine, despite
urgent pleas for her parents to enter into a pre nup agreement
with husband to be Kev, Brit. insists this is the real thing and
doesn’t want to offend him by asking for one.
Brit, worth an estimated $100 million could stand
to lose heavily should her relationship with Federline backfire.
In addition to purchasing her own engagement ring in preparation
for her November wedding, Brit’s spending spree suggests Kev is
living large courtesy of the hard working starlet.
So far Brit has purchased a house in LA’s gates
Mulholland estates community, where Lakers basketballer Shaq Oneal
is selling his home for a reported $7.5 million. The lovebirds
also spent three nights at a $2000 a night resort hotel on Maui
while Brit also flew Kev to Europe for her tour, spending over
Britney’s trailer park ways
Could Britney Spears’
new beau Kevin Federline be dragging her down? Whats de rigeur
on the suburban streets of Fresno doesn’t cut it on the streets
of Beverly Hills.
While indulging herself
with hubby to be Kev over the last week in the process of nursing
her knee injury, it seems Brit has plummeted to previously unknown
depths in the behavioral stakes.
It all started at the
Ritz Hotel in seaside Marina Del Rey earlier this week. When she
wasn’t downing a cocktail or dragging on a cig, the Toxic princess
also took to the bizarre practice of squeezing her new beau’s
zits. She even managed a bit of crotch rubbing, making the most
of Kev’s… ummm, devotion while on the balcony of their plush hotel
Taking a break from their three day love fest
at the plush hotel earlier this week, Britney Spears and Kev
also made a pitstop at supermarket Ralphs for snacks. Forever
footing the bill, forgetful Brit left her purse in the couple’s
white Range Rover, sending Kev to retreave it while hapless customers
waited over ten minutes behind the princess of pop to check in
Next up, while out transporting her sister o
an east LA recording studio. Kev and Brit opted to smoke cigarettes
while refueling their gas guzzling SUV at a local gas station,
despite the obvious No Smoking signs.
Poor Britney. Is she feeling very relaxed and
or just forgetting her manners?
Sorvino wedding – the dark reality
It all seemed wine and roses back on June 11 when
Mira Sorvino married 23 years old actor/ boy toy Christopher Backus,
13 years her junior. The star couple initially wed in a private
civil ceremony, in Santa Barbara on June 11, staging another far
more elaborate ceremony on Jul 2 for over 100 family and guests
on the tiny Italian island of Capri
On the grounds of the rented Villa Parente, on
the spectacularly beautiful island, just off the coast of Naples,
the couple were wed at 530 pm in an ancient neoclassical temple.
Nearby on antique tables meticulously set with antique silver
and lace tablecloths, guests dined on pasta in lobster sauce and
a three tiered chocolate sponge cake.
Fuelled by freshly chilled Feudi di San Gergio
white wine, a local delicacy, father Paul Sorvino, renowned for
his mobster character roles sang Neapolitan ballads, while other
squiffy guests attempted the fast paced tarantella dance.
For wedding planner Mary Anne Isabella , a harsh
reality underscored the fairytale Capri wedding. Far removed from
the stereotypical veneer of glamour and romance, what promised
to be challenging and exciting project was in fact a grueling,
Having been born on the island of Capri, Isabella
has intimate knowledge of its geography and people. She also has
over twenty years experience in the catering business, attuned
to the chaotic pace and often unreasonable demands of difficult
Yet, for the seasoned wedding planner, who has
run several weddings on the island of Capri her biggest challenge
was overcoming the Sorvino family’s unreasonably tight budget,
aggressive personalities and constant decision changes.
Considering the venue, an exotic island with a
tiny population of 11,000 inhabitants, playground for the likes
of Nicolas Cage, Bill Gates, and Georgio Armani, Isabella pulled
off an unusual feat, using her knowledge and professional contacts
to negotiate a projected cost of under $40,000 for the event.
With her own consulting fee reaching $15,000, she estimated the
cost of food and drink per person would reach $160 a head. This
was to cover food, beverages and gratuities.
From the get go, Isabella faced some big basic
challenges. In addition to the sweltering 100 degree temperature,
all supplies including refrigerators, food, wine, clothing and
furniture, had to be man handled from the local dock five miles
from the villa die to the island of Capri’s ban on motorized vehicles.
"They never had any money," Isabella said. "Despite
the incredible deal I landed them, they still questioned every
cent. "Mira and Chris arrived on the island with three Euros in
their pocket after spending a week in Sicily. They immediately
demanded a place to change and something to eat. as they had nothing,
I had to cover the expense with $100 of my own money."
None of the Sorvino family or their guest ever
tipped, I had to tip out of my own pocket. They were so badly
behaved each subcontractor on the wedding was ready to walk off
at any time. The main caterer actually resigned four days before
the event." Isabella said
"A number of waiters assigned to the event. They
were continually ordered to get guests food and drink and were
never tipped. I n addition I had to pay a vast number of expenses
outside the original budget. Ultimately, between lodging, airline
ticket, time and having to the additional expenses out of my own
pocket, the wedding ended up costing me money."
When I finally presented Paul Sorvino with outstanding
bills he was extremely rude. Whenevr I showed him a detail he
disputed it. They had initial options in their contract though
never expressed them. Wait staff were never paid for the huge
number of orders placed to them, leaving an outstanding bill of
I was extremely offended by his aggression.
When I told him the wedding was nearly shut down due to threats
from the owner after damages, he didn’t flinch, he threw the
money at me muttering " this is mafia, this is mafia. He questioned
everything and demanded I not speak Italian when dealing with
him and subcontractos, he demanded I not speak to them in Italian."
Asked why she had not opted to take legal action,
over her unpaid bills, Isabella said she was so disturbed by
their aggression she no longer wanted any future interraction
with the Sorvino family.
Brit’s spotty problem
Britney Spears seems to be desperate to solve
her problem with acne and is anxious to rekindle her clean look.
Brit’s spotty problem is probably due to perpetual boozing, smoking
and eating junk food since she twisted her knee a month ago..
The star has finally decided to act after countless
newspaper photos have depicted her face cover in pimples. She
was even seen recently in the company of fiancé Kevin Federline
actually squeezing them.
The Toxic popette seemed extremely self conscious
when attending an LA based dermatologist in LA on Friday, covering
the left side of her face whenever looming photographers came
close for a shot.
Wearing brown chord jeans, sunglasses and a funky
pink cap, the former mousketeer will undoubtedly return to her
clean faced self soon.
Pop love birds Britney Spears and fiancé Kevin
Federline are househunting for their first family home, a four
million dollar Malibu property
The star couple were spotted in seaside Malibu
on Wednesday afternoon accompanied by their mothers. Kevin with
mother Colette and Brit with mother Lyn travelled in separate
cars to view a magnificent five bedroom home in the Malibu Hills.
Just minutes from the Pacific Coast highway, the
Malibu estate is described by local realtor Sotherby’s as "open
and bright with high soaring ceilings, five bedrooms and six
bathrooms. Located behind gates in a private neighborhood. the
6800 sq ft home includes bedrooms with their own fireplace, sitting
room, spa tub, steam shower & his/her walk-in closets."
The property also features a gourmet kitchen with
granite counters and sub zero fridge/freezer, three fireplaces,
and a total of 11 rooms. It has an open floor plan, grand entrance,
wide circular driveway and backyard with a pool, spa, bbq and
Britney Spears had
a far less dramatic day than hubby to be Kevin Federline
after the birth of his new son by his ex Shar Jackson.
Brit shopped for flowers as stressed out Kev rushed
to the hospital bed of his ex Shar Jackson after she gave birth
to a baby boy at Downey General Medical Center at 1030am on Tuesday.
Dressed in his signature homeboy style Federline,
who already has a 2-year-old daughter with the actress sped to
the hospital from Santa Monica to be with her and his new
son one and a half hours after the birth at 12.00pm
Kev motored to Downey alone in a white Range Rover
owned by Britney Spears. He appeared to be smiling at he sped
down the 10 freeway at over 100 mph.
Meanwhile a relaxed Britney Spears dressed
in sheer white top, straw hat and shades cruised from her plush
Santa Monica apartment in her black Mercedes SUV to a local florist,
stocking up on several bunches of exotic flowers and vases.
The boy for Shar
Actress Shar Jackson, former partner of Britney
Spears fiancé Kevin Federline and co-star of television’s "Moesha,"
gave birth to a baby boy at Downey General Medical Center at 1030am
The birth went without complications. Ex partner
Kevin Federline, who already has a 2-year-old daughter with the
actress sped to the hospital from Santa Monica to be with Shar
and his new son one and a half hours after the birth at 12.00pm
Dressed in his signature homeboy style of baseball
cap and baggy shorts, Federline motored to Downey alone in a
white Range Rover owned by Britney Spears. He appeared to be smiling
at he sped down the 10 freeway at over 100 mph.
"I don’t know her (Spears), I can’t speak for
her, but ready or not, here it comes," Jackson said in an interview
that aired in late June on the syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood."
"After I meet her and everything’s cool, we can
be one big happy family," Jackson said in excerpts from the interview.
Jackson said she harbors no ill will toward Spears—"You
should never blame the other woman, never"—and that the breakup
of her three-year relationship with Federline has been hardest
on their daughter, Corey.
"Hearing her asks for daddy and he’s not there,"
she said. "That’s the only part that hurts. That’s it."
A baby screaming in
a crowded cinema? No one cares about the noise. The 11 a.m. screening
is specifically for stir-crazy parents who gave up movies when
their babies came along.
Babies have been traditionally
unwelcome in movie theaters, where even hushed whispers can irritate
someone in the next seat. But with babies all around, the theory
goes, parents won't feel self-conscious if their child starts
bawling in the middle of an important scene.
Reel Moms is a weekly film series run by Loews
cinema chain geared to moms, dads and caregivers with infants.
A different first-run film is screened each Tuesday in an environment
conducive to people with babies:
The classic movie experience
is altered at the special shows to accommodate youngsters and
their parents. The lights are dimmed, not darkened, and the sound
is turned down. Strollers can be checked at the door, space is
provided for changing diapers and babies get in free.
Drink holders usually
used for super-sized sodas hold little bottles filled with milk
and juice. Babies crawl across the floor while others sleep in
their mothers' laps.
Women breast-feed in
their seats and change diapers in the aisles. Some come with mothers'
groups, while others swap baby advice with women they have just
The reviews have been
mixed. Some moms hoped for pre-movie entertainment (which Loews
does offer in Manhattan) to wear the kids out and prime them for
a nap during the movie.
Sill the success will
see Loews Cineplex Entertainment expanding its test run of ``Reel
Moms,'' which started last fall in Manhattan, to several other
locations throughout the US this summer
Britney Spears is showing
signs that her leg injury could be relapsing. Spotted out in
LA over the last week Britney sought the physical support of fiancé
Kevin Federline while walking outdoors.
According o a source,
" Britney leant heavily on Kevin’s shoulder as they both mounted
stairwells and walked side by side. At several times she also
limped, needing to stop and take a break."
Spear suffered knee
injury last month when she fell on the set of her video
shoot for "Outrageous" . She underwent arthroscopic
surgery and wasl immobile for 6 weeks, with her knee in a hard
brace. Since the brace has been removed the star has been
Brit sues over booze allegations
Britney Spears is suing
mad over Thursday's front page photo in the New York Post
that showed her chugging from a wee bottle, and was captioned
The accompanying story
reported that Spears "thinks nothing of swilling what appears
to be a mini-bottle of booze right on the street,'' and mocked
the "Toxic" singer for chasing her alleged libation
with a can of a Red Bull energy drink.
The reality was Spears
was just going for a quick pick-me-up by downing a mini-bottle
of ginseng--a widely available herbal supplement that supposedly
elevates energy levels and enhances mental clarity.
The clerk at the Venice,
California, liquor mart where Spears purchased the herbal nip
backed the singer's story, insisting that she bought only a $1
bottle of Panax Red Ginseng Extractum and a can of Red Bull.
Spears issued a statement
through her lawyer identifying the ginseng guzzling and demanding
a retraction, an apology and--naturally--a wad of cash from the
"Ms. Spears intends
to file a lawsuit against the New York Post and Bill Hoffmann,
the writer of the article, unless the paper immediately issues
an appropriate retraction, apology and financial settlement,"
A-list lawyer Martin Singer said in a statement.
Singer called the article
"totally fabricated, fictional and defamatory" and blasted
the Post for not bothering to ascertain the truth about
Spears' beverage of choice.
Academy award winner Charlize Theron works hard
to maintain her incredible figure adhering to a rigorous fitness
regime. The Monster star was recently spotted attending ballet
classes at Los Angeles gym Anti Gravity.
Travelling solo, without security Charlize arrived
in her green Range Rover, choosing the private "dancers" entrance
to the high level gym.
Arriving in low rise jeans, blue tank top and
no shoes, she later changed into tights for her workout. After
three hours, the South African starlet emerged slightly sweaty,
with hair tied back and clothes moist with sweat.
Maintaining a svelt appearance is high priority
for Theron. The former star of The Devils Advocate and The Italian
Job has been recognised for her beauty throughout her career.
She became a fashion model at age 14, appeared
in the May 1999 issue of Playboy Magazine, and was named one
of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People [2000.
Lara Flynn Boyle overcomes anorexia?
Battling anorexia for over a year, it seems actress
Lara Flynn Boyle, widely known for her role on The Practice has
overcome the debilitating condition.
Sunning herself in Malibu earlier this week, the
star was spotted in a skimpy turquoise bikini, looking decidedly
voluptuous compared to her previously skeletal frame.
34 year – old Flynn Boyle’s tiny figure in a
tutu first caused a stir at the 2003 Golden Globes. Tabloids still
run beach photos of the actress looking Q-tip thin.
But she has persistently denied having an eating
disorder. Boyle poked fun at the rumors in 2002's Men in Black
II, in which she played an alien who disguises herself as
a lingerie model. After eating a male attacker and noticing a
bulge in her tummy, she throws up.
Brit’s hotel love squeeze
Staying just minutes from her mother’ Lyn’s
Santa Monica apartment, Britney Spears has been enjoying a reclusive
few days at five star Hotel the Ritz in Marina Del Rey.
Over a three day period ( Monday to Wednesday)
at the $1500 a night hotel, Brit and fiance Kevin Federline have
indulged in some trademark Britney rituals, including binge drinking
cocktails, chain smoking and the little known but seemingly adorable
love ritual of squeezing each other’s pimples.
The inseparable duo has spent much of their stay
sunning themselves by the hotel’s outdoor pool. Britney, dressed
in a skimpy white string bikini and cowboy hat has been all over
her man, kissing and cuddling him constantly.
When she’s not downing a cocktail or dragging
on a cig, the Toxic princess has been signing autographs for the
15 or so staff and guests near the pool. Despite shelling out
$40,000 of her own money for her own engagement ring, Brit has
also adopted the habit of proudly displaying to anyone who passes
Kev’s supermarket gallantry
Taking a break from their three day love fest
at the plush Ritz Hotel in the seaside city of Marina Del Rey
earlier this week, Britney Spears and husband to be Kevin Federline
made a pitstop at supermarket Ralphs for snacks.
Forever footing the bill, forgetful Brit left
her purse in the couple’s white Range Rover, sending Kev to retreave
it while hapless customers waited patiently behind the princess
of pop to check in their groceries.
With a growing checkout line, Kev finally saved
the day, returning with cash to cover the pair’s junk food stop.
Dumbstruck customers waited while the star couple went about their
business at a leisurely pace.
A Baby for Britney ?
Santa Monica, Tuesday July 15, 2004. Toxic songstress
Britney Spears was spotted shopping for fertility herbs at health
food store Wholefoods on Tuesday afternoon.
Brit and dancing lothario Kevin Federline, her
November hubby to be, cruised Santa Monica in her white Range
Rover SUV. On route from her plush Santa Monica apartment, Brit
and Kev stopped at healthfood store Wholefoods, spending around
$300 on a range of fertility and cleansing herbs.
According to a source, Brit looked relaxed and
happy and she walked around the store close to her new beau, chatting
and stroking him. Brit’s healthy shopping spree saw her dressed
in signature daisy duke cut-off denims, and tatty white t-shirt
underscored with a sexy black bra.
Homeboy Kev was resplendent in obligatory home
boy style, complete with dark sunglasses. A source at the store
said Brit had come prepared with a list of various fertility herbs,
purchasing various products in addition to a range of internal
Even if Kev can’t provide for possible children,
Brit’s sizeable wealth will ensure any future offspring don’t
end up homeless. The star has repeatedly reinforced that she
is comfortable with Federline’s "minimalist" financial status,
publically stating that the relationship is about "love and not
According to American website Pagesix.Com, the
singer's parents are begging her to agree to a pre-nup ahead of
her planned November wedding to dancer Federline - who, under
California law, stands to win half her fortune if they divorce.
The website claims Spears, who is worth a reported
$100 million, had to buy her own $400,000 engagement ring and
has put penniless Federline - who she has dated for just three
months - on her payroll.
Spears' mum Lynne is also reportedly upset with
the singer, because she told her assistant about the engagement
before her. According to the New York Post’s PageSix, Spears yelled
at her mother, "This is my life, let me live it.
Halle Berry battles stalker
37 year old oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has
taken extra precautions to safeguard her Hollywood Hills home
after having repeated problems with a stalker.
Berry has taken drastic security measures to protect
her upscale mansion. In addition to several security cameras,
the Gothika star has also placed spiraling wire fences around
the property that is within walking distance to the home of showbiz
peers Leonardo Di Caprio, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.
Despite 24 hour security surveillance, and a restraining
order, Berry has again been stalked by a former Navy Seal who
believes he's her fiancé. The Lousiana man was ordered to stay
at least 100 yards away from her and two of her associates in
May 2004 by a Los Angeles judge.
The order bars fantasist Greg Broussard from having
any contact with the Gothika star, her publicist Karen
Samfilippo and her manager Vincent Cirrincione.
The Monster's Ball beauty initially stated she's relieved the
dangerous situation is now under control, explaining, " Mr. Broussard,
a stranger to me, has imagined a relationship with me wherein
he and I are engaged to be married, and that my manager and publicist
are preventing him from being with me.
I do not know Mr. Broussard and do not wish to
have any contact with him. The threats he has relayed make me
fear for my own safety as well as those who represent me."
Apparently the order has not prevented Broussad
from making repeated calls to the star, actions which have forced
her to step up security.
Berry was born on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland,
Ohio, USA to African American father Jerome Berry, a former hospital
attendant, and Caucasian mother Judith Berry, a retired psychiatric
nurse. Halle also has an older sister named Heidi.
Halle first came into the spotlight at 17 years
old when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing
the state of Ohio in 1985 and a year later in 1986 when she was
the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant.
After participating in the pageant, Halle became
a model. It eventually led to her first weekly TV series, 1989's
where she soon gained a reputation for her on set tenacity, preferring
to "live" her roles and remaining in character even
when the cameras stopped rolling.
It paid off though when she reportedly refused
to bathe for several days before starting work on her role as
a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever because
the role provided her big screen breakthrough.
Lara escapes injury
34 year old actress, Lara Flynn Boyle, narrowly
escaped injury on Saturday afternoon while lunching in upscale
The former star of The Practice, was dining with
friends at upscale eatery The Ivy when an identified man opened
fire on a neighboring store in a drive-by styled shooting.
Boyle was able to finish her meal without interruption.
Police attended the scene and as yet no details are available
about the intended targets.
Ironically, representatives for George
W. Bush are hoping to recruit the actress Lara
Flynn Boyle for campaigning duties, after she publicly declared
her support for the American President.
The starlet has gone against the grain of
a large number of her Hollywood counterparts to pledge her support
for the Republican leader. She says, "I'm Irish Catholic,
so a Democrat by blood. But I'm 100 per cent for Bush. I want
my president to be like my agent: not afraid of people, but wants
my best interest."
SHARON Stone will star
in a sequel to Basic Instinct after ending a bitter fight
with the film's producers. And she may appear nude again in the
I’m like, 'Does anybody
want to pay $12 to see me naked?'" the 46-year-old said.
"I'm like, 'I guess it's OK'."
was a blockbuster hit in 1992, making $486 million and launching
Stone's career with several controversial nude scenes, including
that now famous leg-crossing scene.
Michael Douglas will
not appear in the sequel, and Stone said she would have a younger
lover this time. "Somebody should be younger," she said.
Stone was suing producers
for $19 million over the collapse of the project, but said yesterday
a settlement had been reached.
Macca’s stage demands revealed
Ex Beatle and Wings frontman Paul McCartney has
a reputation for bizarre tour rider demands. US celebrity culture
website thesmokinggun.com this week published the wacky requirements
of the staunch animal lover and vegetarian.
Apparently "Macca" is "very fond of flowers,"
won't travel in a stretch limousine with leather seats, and will
not stand for backstage furniture made of any animal skin or print
Additional provisions for his 2002 World Tour
included, "no trees please! We want plants that are just
as full on the bottom as the top such as palm, bamboo, peace lilies,
etc. No tree trunks!"
Macca’s extreme vegan stance which led to much
complaining from production staff stipulated, "There will
be no meat, or meat by-products allowed to be served in the dressing
rooms, production offices, or areas within the 'backstage area.'"
Ironically Sir Paul's backstage demand for 24
bars of Ivory Soap is a major vegan no-no, since the 99.44% pure
soap actually contains animal fats, according to Ivory¹s web site.
Recooperating from July 4 celebrations, Red Hot
Chilli Peppers frontman Anthony Kleidis abandoned his Porsche
to soak up the Beverly Hills sunshine on a tiny Vespa
Kleidis joined a gang of friends and dined
outdoors at a local cafe before obliging an inquisitive fan with
After enjoying some food and sunshine and the
upscale eatery, Kleidis mounted his trusty Italian steed
and motored off into the sunset
The Chilli Peppers just completed their UK Summer
Tour and are about to release a new 27 track double live
album - comprising material from all 3 London Hyde Park shows.
"Live In Hyde Park", the Chili's first
official live album ever, will feature a highly varied set of
RHCP live favorites as well as covers, Flea trumpet and Chad drum
solos, and some new material
Driveway marraige for Tori
LOS ANGELES July 3, 04 - Tori Spelling, whose
"Beverly Hills, 90210" character got married at the
end of the show's 10-year run, has tied the knot in real life.
Spelling, 30, and actor-writer Charlie Shanian,
34, wed uncharcteristically on the driveway of her entertainment
magnate father, Aaron's, spectacular Beverly Hills mansion on
Saturday afternoon at 6pm.
Flanked by bridesmaid dressed in fairytale pink,
Tori wore a traditional ivory white wedding dress. Despite a 40
minute delay, possibly attributed to last minute jitters the bride
and groom beamed as the marriage sermon was read.
Over 400 film and televsions luminaries, including
former cast members o 90210 and the likes of seventies TV
sitcom patriarch Bob Newhart gathered for the elegant ceremony,
which saw no expense spared.
Against a backdrop of a string quartet,
and the stunning front gardened area of the mansion, guests dined
on food provided by LA culinary celebrity Wolfgang Puck, served
by a crew of over 100 wait staff.
After the romantic sunset ceremony, guests remained
at the Spelling Mansion for celebrations, with a swing band and
extensive catering on hand.
The couple met on stage last year in the Los Angeles
production of the romantic comedy "Maybe, Baby It's You,"
which Shanian co-wrote. The play featured the two actors in 11
vignettes about couples in search of love.
Spelling, daughter of television producer Aaron
Spelling, played wholesome Donna Martin on his hit series "Beverly
Hills, 90210." She also was featured in the films "Scary
Movie 2," "Scream 2," and "Trick."
UK stars kick on for charity
Carson CA - June 27th – A Who’s who of UK music
and film industry stars battled it out in a chariy soccer match
at Home Depot Center Soccer Stadium. proceeding the start of the
WUSA womens soccer festival.
The match aims to benefit The Home Depot Center
Foundation, a charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged youth
the chance to enjoy the nation’s top sports facility. It also
helps he National Organization of AIDS Awareness a charity founded
by Survivor star Ethan Zohn.
A team of music industry luminaries managed to
defeat a gaggle of filmbiz players two goals to nil. The incident
free match served as the perfect entre to the start of the womens
The vitcorious Music Team included Ian Astbury,
The Doors of the 21st Century, The Cult Viv Campbell, Def Leppard
Phil Collen , Def Leppard Chris Shiflett, Foo Fighters Billy Duffy,
The Cult Alexi Lalas, former MLS/Italian League/U.S. national
team player Steve Jones, Sex Pistols Eric Wynalda, Former MLS/German
Bundesliga/U.S. national team player Ethan Zohn, Survivor winner
(reality TV Show) Balthazar Getty, actor/musician Chris Sullivan,
Former MLS/ Hungarian 1st division/ U.S. national team player
Jerry Cantrel, Alice in Chains Ian Feuer, English Premier League
Player, Former MLS Player
The Movie/TV Team combined soccer great Vinnie
Jones, "Snatch," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Road
Trip," with former English Premier League Player Jason Statham,
"The Transporter", "Snatch," "The Italian
Job" Anthony Lapaglia, "Without a Trace" (CBS,
TV Show) Owen Wilson, "Starsky & Hutch," "Around
the World in 80 Days," "Behind Enemy Lines" John
Harkes, former MLS/English Premier League/U.S. national team player
Louis Mandylor, "The Game of Their Lives," "My
Big Fat Greek Wedding" Costas Mandylor, "The Game of
Their Lives" Zak Ty Bryan, "Home Improvement" (TV
Show), "Game of Their Lives" Simon Rex, "Jack &
Jill" (TV Show), "Scary Movie 3" Jimmy-Jean Louis,
"The Game of Their Lives," "Tears of the Sun"
Danny Cannon, Producer "CSI," "CSI Miami"
Bokeem Woodbine, "The Rock," "3000 Miles to Graceland"
Michael K. Williams, "The Wire" (TV Show) Ian McKee,
"The Bachelorette" (reality TV Show)
Britney seeks salvation
It seems Britney Spears's recent run of bad luck
has her turning to religion. Faced with a painful knee injury,
a cancelled US tour and finally a disasterous hit and run
accident which saw her mother Lyn run over a photographer, hapless
Brit has finally turned to god for help.
Tuesday aftrenoon saw Brit, mother Lynn Spears
and an unknown bodyguard motoring through the working class black
suburb of Westwood. After winding through several risque
ghetto neighborhoods, Brit and her mom headed for the pivate home
of an undisclosed preacher.
Dressed in archetypal Britney church wear, namely
white t-shirt and Daisy Duke styled denim cut offs, Brit looked
morose as she made her way into the old school preachers'
home. Flanked by her mother and bodguard, the trio spent over
communing inside the dowdy home, with Brit
all smiles after her prayer session. All three then boarded an
SUV bound for mother Lyn's Santa Monica apartment.
Spears mom in hit and run
Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sunday June 20,
630pm. Lynn Spears, Mother of bawdy popette, Britney ran
down and hospitalised a photographer while leaving a Santa Monic
pet store on sunday afternoon.
Britney and mother Lynn had been visiting
Santa Monica petstore Tropical Pets, where they bought
a white terrier puppy for the pop star.
After boarding their car, seeminlgly in
a rush to leave, Lynn and Britney Spears ignored a group of nearby
photographers. After one of the photographers failed to clear
the path of the Spears' speeding vehicle, he was knocked to the
Attempting to the leave the scene of the
accident, Lynn Spears screamed at the injured photographer to
" get off the floor, " adding, "there is nothing
you can sue me for." Colleagues of the agonised photographer
prevented her from leaving the scene.
With the mowed down photographer hospitalised
with a suspected broken ankle, around twently police units
were called to the scene. After interviewing Spears, officers
cordoned off the entire adjacent block adjoining Wilshire
and 9th streets.
An hysterical Britney Spears didn't cope
well with the ensuing police response, unleashing tirades
of abuse at nearby photographers. The frenzied star cursed and
swore at police and photographers through fear of her mother's
Robbie moves to Mullholland Drive
Singer Robbie Williams, the man who recently boasted "I'm
rich beyond my wildest dreams," has joined the ranks of Hollyood's
elite, buying a $2.5 million dollar home on salubriuos Mullholland
Drive in the Hollywood Hills.
The former Take That singer now shares one of
Hollywood's most famous streets, with a huge cast of star neighbors
including Bruce Willis, Shaq O'neill, and Marlon Brando.
The property will surely cater to Robbie's privacy
conscious ways, with extensive gated security and spriralling
hedges surrounding the entire property.
The upscale four bedroon home also features a
huge garage and swimming pool. Despite being in the mansion
only five days, football loving Robbie has already transformed
its tennis court into a five a side soccer pitch.
Williams has been doing his best to crack the
US market since being Signed to EMI with an £80 million contract
in February 2003. He has won the award for Best British Male Solo
Artist in Britain in 2003, 2002, 2001 and 1999 and has won thirteen
BRIT awards all together (including three while he was in Take
Drew Barrymore and Fabrizio Moretti to
Despite public denials, 28 year old actress, Drew
Barrymore is to gtake the plunge with rockstar boyfriend,
Fabrizio Moretti drummer for NYC band The Strokes, with
the glam pair getting engaged on Friday June 11.
The engagement completely contradicts Barrymore's
public statements that she was determined not to rush into matrimony
with Moretti, saying, on June 30, 2003, "When I think back, no
wonder I get into so much trouble with my own love life. With
Fabrizio, we are calm.
I am not rushing into anything any more. I have
made some spectacular mistakes - and the trouble is, I have made
them in public. So I am not going to say or do anything silly."
Barrymore, 28, had been dating 23-year-old Moretti
after splitting from second husband Tom Green in 2001, but pals
say they went their separate ways after a series of bitter rows.
A pal explained at the time, "Everybody thought
Drew and Fab would be announcing the date for a wedding. But lately
they've been rowing plenty - about how often they get to see each
other and what they get up to when they hang out. They're just
not sure they want the same thing.
Although Drew has a sprawling manse in the Hollywood
Hills, she's been spending more time on the East Coast at Fabrizio's
new $675,000 condo in downtown Manhattan, where neighbors have
spied the lovebirds smooching and smoking cigarettes on the roof
Barrymore will soon begin filming Date School,
a romantic comedy with Stiller as producer. "It's a romantic
comedy where I play a woman who's just the worst dater in the
"I'm sure some people are going to assume
it's autobiographical," jokes Barrymore who numbers Jeremy
Thomas and Tom Green as former husbands and Luke Wilson and Jamie
Walters as former fiances.
Barrymore and her producing partner Nancy Juvonen
are also planning a remake of the 1968 sex comedy Barbarella,
with Barrymore reprising the Jane Fonda role.
"I'm not sure where it will fit in our schedule
or whether I'll be in it or if I'll just produce it," says
A New Woman for Alexis Arquette ?
Actor, nightclub provocateur and brother of actor
David Arquette, Alexis Arquette (AKA Eva Destruction) a 35-year-old
cross-dressing beauty is set to make her gender bending persona
a permanent entity, with a sex change operation scheduled at a
West Hollywood clinic sometime in the next eight weeks.
Alexis, 35, plans to give fans a taste of his
whole experience by documenting the event in a film, which he
hopes will be directed by his sister Rosanna Arquette.
Lucky David Arquette and Courtney Cox. Not only
are they expecting a baby soon, but now they can also welcome
a brand-new, fully grown sister into the famous showbiz family--without
Alexis last hit headlines in October, when he
revealed to Sharon Osbourne during a taping of her show that his
sister-in-law Courtney Cox and brother David were expecting their
first child after years of struggles to conceive.
Britney's ex hubby speaks out
Britney Spears' husband of 55 hours, 22 year old
Jason Alexander,has denied recieving any financial remuneration
from the Spears' camp to remain tight lipped about the shock wedding.
He also revealed he has been shocked by the persistent media attention
stemming from the incident.
In an interview wih US GQ Magazine, Alexander
said he had recieved nothing from Spears or her minders,
denying media allegations he recieved $600,000.
The 22 year old from Kentwood Louisiana married
Britney Spears just after new years eve at the Little White Wedding
Chapel in Las Vegas. According to the article Alexander has since
been advised by a lawyer not to speak about the events of
the 55 hour marriage.
Speaking about the attention he recieved, Alexander
said, " I expected a little something, but I had no idea
how big it was really going to get. The day I got home, the people,
the cameras, phone calls, people calling you at all hours. Fifty
camera crews in the yard."
Alexander also revealed he and Spears' family
had known each other since he was a young child." My dad's
got an auto repair shop, and he's always done all the work
on thei cars. Britney's mom owned a learning center called
The Little Red School, and we all went to that school together."
Music mogul buys Maddy's LA home
43-year-old British music industry enterpreneur,
Simon Fuller, the brains behind the "American Idol"
franchise has paid $ million for Madonna's Beverly Hills mansion.
Fuller has been occupying the mansion for the
past two weeks. The 7,000-square-foot Spanish-style hacienda built
in the 1920s, has eight bedrooms and a guest house.
Fuller and Madonna have a lengthy relationship,
harking back to 1984, when Fuller scored his first hit by signing
the then-unknown song "Holiday" – Madonna’s first hit to Chrysalis
Music in the UK.
Brit knee tears
BRITNEY Spears struts her stuff in a sexy new
video — minutes before a tumble that left her needing a knee op.
Britney, 22, wept with pain after falling on her
knee during a dance routine.
An insider said: "She said she couldn’t get up.
Her bodyguard scooped her up in his arms and took her to hospital."She
is in agony and scared she’s done lasting damage."
Britney — whose hits include Oops! . . I Did It
Again — started the video shoot in New York for her single Outrageous
in black fishnet stockings and a see-through lacy bra.
She changed to baggy trousers and skimpy top before
the fall — which puts at risk the rest of her US tour. A spokeman
for the star said: "Britney underwent surgery after an MRI scan
showed she had ‘floating cartilage’."
Kate Bounces back
Just three months after giving birth to beautiful
baby son Ryder in January this year, a strict workout regime has
seen Kate Hudson revert to her original weight.
Since giving birth to Ryder Russell, on January 7 in Los Angeles,
(who then weighed in at 8 pounds 11 ounces), Kate has undertaken
a gruelling workout schedule for 2 hours a day 6 days a week at
a Brentwood gym
Kate has also been busy preparing for forthcoming
role in the horror film "The Skeleton Key," which she
says has also get back to her original weight. "There's a
lot of climbing up two-story trellises, running in the mud, knocking
myself around and crashing cars," she says of the psychological
thriller which is still in production. "It's fun."
The role's physical demands, combined with her new daily workout
regimen, have helped Hudson lose most of the 60 pounds she gained
during her pregnancy. Post-pregnancy photos of a plump Hudson
had some speculating whether the sexy "Almost Famous"
actress would ever resemble her former self.
Hudson says she didn't want to lose weight too fast, especially
because she was making a movie and didn't want her appearance
to change radically from scene to scene. Besides, she says, "there's
nothing to be ashamed of when you blow up."
The actress relishes being a working mom but has come to realize
how hard it is juggling career and family. "Nobody tells
you how hard it's going to be," she laments, sipping a cappuccino.
Like most new moms, her fondest wish is for more time to spend
with her son. "The time I have with him when I'm working
is just nursing instead of being able to play with him and do
all that stuff," she says. "I can only do that in the
morning and at night. I'm not getting a whole lot of sleep."
Hudson also longs for a romantic dinner with her husband, though
she doesn't expect to have one anytime soon. But, she's quick
to add, she wouldn't have it any other way.
She is thankful to have a supportive family--her mother is actress
Goldie Hawn and her stepfather, whom she calls "pa,"
is actor Kurt Russell.
Jack hits the waves
Testament to the Atkins diet? Reality star and
son of rocker Ozzy, Jack Osborne hit the waves on Malibu beach
for couple of hours midweek, while sister Kelly and
a galpal watched from the shore.
Sister Kelly chatted with friends as Jack hung
ten, suitably dressed in a skimpy bikini bottom and white shirt
emblazoned with the words "LA Trash." After moving to
a private beach after paparazzi spotted her, Kelly was later seen
engaged in intense conversation with a female pal and an unidentified
older "hippy' type.
Underscoring some tried and true theories about
weight versus mass, Jack repeatedly wiped out during his hour
long ride, yet top marks to him for trying. Mounting and
remounting a surfboard is definately prime aerobic activity, that
six pack is just a few weeks away.
transforms US Fast Food industry
LOVED by image-conscious
celebrities including Renee Zellweger, Minnie Driver, Jennifer
Aniston and Brad Pitt, Dr Robert Atkins built a burgeoning industry
around his low- carbohydrate diet. The diet at first had few takers.
But in recent years, ringing endorsements from these high- profile
Atkins adherents have helped transform a minority fad into a global
But not all celebrities are enamoured by the
diet. Lawyers for the actress Catherine Zeta Jones have said that
she would sue if anyone suggested she had used the Atkins diet.
It appears Zeta Jones, who disparages the diet, is worried that
"many women who admire her beautiful appearance" may
be lured into emulating her looks by turning to Atkins.
Thirty years ago, people laughed at Robert Atkins.
Nutritionists snickered at the high-protein, low-carbohydrate
diet. The American Medical Association snarled, calling it "potentially
dangerous," and "biochemically incorrect." Congress
even held hearings.
A new food industry has sprung up around the diet:
grocery stores, food manufacturers and restaurants dedicated to
low-carb foods. Around 60 million Americans are instead feasting
on meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and cheese, driving a whole new
market for low-carb foods. A recent Harris poll online reports
one out of every seven adult Americans is on a low-carbohydrate
diet in an effort to lose weight.
Now,, the US fast food
industry is keen to exploit the growing market for low carb foods.
A sandwich shop called Blimpie's might seem an unlikely destination
for dieters. It is now also the only national restaurant operator
testing a separate menu targeted at the low-carb, high-protein
The Blimpie Carb Counter
Menu, launched this month in parts of New York's Long Island,
offers 6-inch subs with fillings like roast beef and cheddar with
wasabi dressing on seven-grain bread. The sandwiches, each with
only 7 to 8.5 net carb grams and lacking the white flour eschewed
by low-carb adherents, can be paired with a SoBe drink and Crunchers
chips from Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
Blimpie's larger privately held rival Subway Restaurants
has seen great success with the ad campaign featuring Jared Fogle,
who said he lost 225 pounds on a steady diet of low-fat sandwiches
Sandwich specialist Subway now offer the new Atkins-Friendly
wrap, catering for those counting carbs. The Chicken Bacon Ranch
Wrap, with chicken strips, bacon, red onion, green pepper, olives,
shredded Swiss cheese, and ranch dressing. It contains 27 grams
of fat, 9 of them being saturated, 8 grams of carbs (19 total
minus 11 grams of fiber) and 40 grams of protein.
Next up is the Turkey Bacon Melt, with turkey
breast, bacon, red onions, green peppers, olives, shredded Monterey
cheddar blend, and chipotle southwest sauce all in an Atkins®-Friendly
wrap. This wrap is pretty much the same story as the one above,
with 25 grams of total fat, 10 grams of carbs (after 12 fiber
grams are subtracted) and 32 grams of protein.
is also cropping up in corner delis and unlikely spots like mass
retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. . Last week H.J. Heinz Co. even
introduced a low-carb ketchup made with less sugar. Similar experiments
are turning up in California, a leader in eating trends. The private
Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger caters to low-carb dieters with a
bunless burger wrapped in lettuce.
Italian eatery Pasta
Pomodoro Inc., another closely held West Coast chain, is selling
a variety of dishes made with whole wheat or low-gluten, high-protein
pastas. Wendy's International Inc., the No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain,
owns 25 percent of the company.
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants in
several U.S. markets have been highlighting more-healthful items
already featured on their menu. Television ads in the Seattle
area tout four meal combinations with less than 10 grams of fat.
A grilled chicken sandwich, side salad with fat-free dressing
and diet soda, for example, has 7 grams of fat and 410 calories,
the Dublin, Ohio-based chain said.
Wendy's also is one
of the fast-food companies that has been testing kid's meals that
offer an option of milk and fruit cups instead of soda and fries.
Wendy’s is also considering a "cheeseburger-cheeseburger"
-- two smaller patties served without a bun, which caters to followers
of the Atkins and South Beach diets that limit carbohydrates,
not fat intake.
McDonald's, the largest
restaurant company, is testing the low-carb waters. It said it
will help customers customize burgers and other foods on its fast-food
menu within three dieting styles -- low fat, low calorie, and
yes, low carb. The plan, dubbed "Real Life Choices,"
was introduced in January.
Since introducing its Premium Salads line nationwide,
McDonald's has posted six consecutive months of sales improvements
at U.S. locations open at least a year -- a key retailing measure
known as same-store sales. (Its domestic same-store sales rose
10 percent in September, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based chain said
In contrast, McDonald's had recorded negative
U.S. same-store sales every month of 2002. The world's largest
restaurant company also posted its first-ever quarterly loss last
Still, there can be a major difference between
the perception of healthful eating and reality. A Crispy Chicken
Bacon Ranch Salad topped with ranch dressing at McDonald's has
660 calories and 51 grams of fat. In comparison, a Big Mac has
600 calories and 33 grams of fat.
The wrath of Atkins has also impacted the survival
of the beloved potato. A diehard fast food staple, French fries
is hurting bad. Industry-wide sales of French fries were down
by more than five percent from a peak of US$ 520 million in the
first quarter of 2001, according to the United States potato board.
Concerns about trans-fats in the oils used to prepare fries, especially
at restaurants, also contributed to the downward trend.
Britney’s new beau
Hoping for a romantic lunch time break, Britney
Spears and her new mystery boyfriend got more than they bargained
for when paying an impromptu visit to LA’s Santa Monica beach
The hot new couple’s springtime escape was not
quite the private occasion they anticipated as five news helicopters
buzzed overhead, and another five news vans parked beachside to
cover the story. To make matters worse, a shark warning ruled
out an afternoon swim.
Dressed in a yellow bikini top, skimpy hot pants
and trademark Kabala bracelet on her left wrist, Britney sipped
mineral water and puffed on a cigarette. while draping her arm
over her new mystery man, who was the perfect match for Brit’s
casual springtime look, wearing worn baggy jeans, an open short
and sun hat.
Seemingly uneffected by all the media attention,
Brit was overheard telling her new boy, "If you want to be my
lover, you’ve got to get used to this." Her buff date also bought
the starlet a piggy bank at a beachside store, a symbolic move
which saw Brit gushing over he new man, giggling happily while
she cuddled him.
Kev’s a bad dad
Hollywood hard man Kevin Bacon seems comfortable
with his new role as a neglective parent for the forthcoming
feature film Loverboy. Spotted on set in downtown LA, normally
wholesome Kev, looked a picture of teen rebellion in tight jeans,
funky shoes and a skin tight muscle shirt complete with a glittery
Told in the present day and in flashbacks, Loverboy
is based on the novel by Victoria Reed. Kyra Sedgwick stars as
a woman who was neglected by her parents (Kevin Bacon, Marisa
Tomei) when she was a child, and as a result she is overprotective
of her son. When she begins dating a man (Matt Dillon) it begins
to look like he could be a good father figure for the boy
Filmed on a tight budget, Loverboy sees Bacon
not only act, but also step behind the camera to direct, and produce,
sharing duties with wife Kyra Sedgwick, who also plays the lead
in the movie.
Asked about directing, Bacon said, "This
is my second movie as a director and about my 48th or close to
50th as an actor. I've never had a crew that was so great at doing
so much with so little in every department, you know? From the
wardrobe, to the electricians and the grips, it’s been amazing."
"Working as a director makes me less tolerant
of bad directors because then I see the way things can be done
and I see how much time is wasted. It’s very frustrating as
an actor to work with a director who doesn't know what he wants
but is going to figure it out later.."
Scheduled for release in fall 2004, Loverboy
also stars Sandra Bullock ("Two Weeks Notice"), Marisa Tomei
("In The Bedroom") and Matt Dillon ("Something About Mary").
Stamos call it quits
Once Hollywood’s ultimate couple, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
and John Stamos have split. Sources say the wonder couple’s September
1998 marriage was in heavy decline over the last year due to John’s
frequent infidelities and his inability to cope with Rebecca’s
Tension grew as John partied with women and booze,
while Rebecca adopted the life of a workaholic. Attempting to
save face, the Stamos’s denied media allegations they had split
three months ago.
Sources close to the couple say they are now
living in separate locations in Los Angeles, though no immediate
plans are underway for divorce or property settlement. "They are
both very sensitive about the press and are terrified it may harm
their already frail careers," the source revealed.
Model turned actress Rebecca Romijn – Stamos path
to fame started when she hosted MTV's "House of Style"
while also appearing in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issues.
She later parlayed her modeling career into roles on "Just
Shoot Me" and the feature hit "X-Men." Proving
herself to be a real actress in Brian De Palma's "Femme Fatale."
John Stamos showbiz career has spanned heartthrob
status on "General Hospital." And later the US Tv Show
"Full House." He also played drums with the Beach Boys,
while his most recent series, "Thieves," tanked in
The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour
For their one off variety hour, aired Sunday on
ABC, All American couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey proved
they could well be the Sonny and Cher of the new millenium.
An hour of singing, dancing and comedy The Nick
& Jessica Variety Hour offered a jam packed one-stop-shop
for fans of Jewel, Babyface, Kenny Rogers, Kermit the Frog, and
Cincinnati Reds great Johnny Bench, who all featured on the same
In a throwback to the days of The Carol Burnett
Show Americas favorite married couple, breathed new life into
the variety format, showcasing their singing and comedic talents
in a series of sketches and musical performances.
Buff Jessica donned a series of revealing costumes
for her comedic roles which included a bank manger, Female president
and, mousketeer, while squeaky clean hubby Nick proved both have
limitless sex appeal.
Musical performances included a duet with Jessica and Jewel, who
sang her classic song, "Who Will Save Your Soul," and
a duet with Nick and Babyface singing the Stevie Wonder classic,
"For Once in My Life."Jessica also performed "Islands
in the Stream" with the legendary Kenny Rogers.
Comedy sketches included a hilarious skit digging
at popsters Christina Agulera and Justin Timberlake. Jessica and
Nick also dropped in on Kermit and Miss Piggy, who were in the
process of taping their own variety show.
Nick's hometown hero, Cincinnati Reds Hall of
Famer Johnny Bench, visited the show to teach Nick & Jessica
how to hit like a pro and Jessica performed her latest single,
"Take My Breath Away."