Angelina Jolie's baby warning

miércoles, 31 de diciembre de 2008 |

Angelina Jolie has reportedly been warned not to have another biological child.

The 'Changeling' actress - who gave birth to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline in July and also raises biological daughter Shiloh and three adopted children with partner Brad Pitt - has been told to seriously consider never getting pregnant again as it could damage her health.

A source told America's OK! magazine: "Her previous pregnancies ended with emergency caesarean sections. She's been told that, at the least, she should not get pregnant for a year after her last delivery, and it would be safer if she did not get pregnant again, ever."

Dr. Larrian Gillespie - who has not treated the 33-year-old actress - explains that as Angelina has a history of health complications when expecting a baby, there is a strong likelihood any future pregnancy would also be problematic.

He said: "Angelina is at risk of having a stroke or heart attack, and because she developed gestational diabetes, there is a high risk she'll have it again, with the child being at risk of also developing diabetes."

Although Angelina has not confirmed she is planning another biological child, she has previously admitted she enjoys being pregnant.

She said: "It makes me feel like a woman. Also, I happen to be with someone who finds pregnancy very sexy."


Amy Winehouse shows off her new bikini body


Amy Winehouse looks a picture of health as she soaks up the sun on a Caribbean holiday.

The troubled singer looked happy and carefree as she lounged in a luminous yellow bikini and denim shorts by the poolside of her hotel in St Lucia.

Back to a healthy weight, Amy's clear skin and shiny hair are in stark contrast to snaps back in London showing her looking haggard and dangerously frail.

The picture comes after revelations by former lover Alex Haines, who claimed the Rehab singer smoked crack for breakfast and was addicted to sex.

He also revealed how self-harming was her "favourite pastime" and that she had confessed to him that she had suffered from bulimia for years.

“It was like having my own little porn star. Amy was so dirty—she wanted sex all the time. We did it four or five times a day and she'd even wake me up for it. She was addicted to sex like she was to drugs,” he told the News of the World.

The couple got together while Amy's husband Blake Fielder-Civil, was in jail ealier this year.


Jennifer Lopez and her hubby, fellow singer Marc Anthony, aren’t splitting after all. Or at least this is what they want us to believe.

J.Lo’s representative, Leslie Zelnik, informed E! News on Monday that the celebrity couple was not planning to make any breakup announcement and that there was “no merit to the article” claiming such news. A spokesman for Marc Anthony also denied the rumors.

Following the buzz surrounding the potential imminent divorce of the pair, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony left for San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to spend quality time together. According to E! News, the two got together with friends and family a couple of days ago and had dinner at a hip, fashionable restaurant in the old-town area of San Juan.
The spot’s general manager told the source that the stars “looked very happy,” as they seemed to enjoy every second of the reunion.

Earlier this week, the New York Daily News reported that J.Lo and Marc Anthony, who have been married for approximately four years and are the parents of 10-month-old twins, intended to make their impending divorce public immediately after the gig Marc Anthony is due to hold at Madison Square Garden on February 14.

The publication cited a source as saying that their marriage had been on the rocks “for a while now” and that hey had planned to make a “bittersweet farewell.”

If the report proves to be true, it would not be the first announcement J.Lo makes during a concert, as she said during a 2007 Miami gig that she was pregnant. Twins Max and Esme are the couple’s only children.


Matt Dillon Busted Going 106 mph


A suggested New Year's resolution for Matt Dillon: Slow down.

On Tuesday night, the actor, 44, was pulled over in Newbury, Vt., after state troopers clocked him driving 106 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Dillon, who was driving a rented 2009 Chevy Impala, was taken to a station in nearby Bradford, where he was photographed, fingerprinted and given a citation.

The process typically takes 15 to 20 minutes, according to Vermont State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Tara Thomas. "I have every reason to believe he was cooperative," she says.

Dillon is due to appear at Orange County Court on Jan. 21.

His rep could not immediately be reached for comment.


Mutya Buena might be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Take That's Mark Owen when the new series starts on Friday night.

Mark managed to win the second series of Celebrity Big Brother and secured a record deal on the back of it.

Mutya's official website hasn't been updated since April as she was dropped by her record company because of poor sales.

Rumours are suggesting that Celebrity Big Brother might be her last chance to prove that she is popular as she seems to have lost fans in the last couple of years since leaving the Sugababes.

The other Celebrity Big Brother winners have all done well: Jack Dee, Bez, Chantelle Houghton and Shilpa Shetty are now even bigger stars since appearing on the hit reality show.

Mutya will have tough competition from Lucy Pinder and Ben Adams who are rumoured to be taking part in the new series.

Politician Tommy Sheridan is favourite to be voted off first.


DMX pleads guilty to mulitple charges


DMX faces a minimum 90 day jail term after pleading guilty to multiple charges against him yesterday (January 30).

The US rapper entered guilty pleas for drug possession, theft and animal cruelty charges in a deal to settle three cases.

The 38-year-old, real name Earl Simmons, also agreed not to own any animals or possess any firearms, according to the BBC.

Simmons was arrested in May following a raid on his home the previous summer, where police found dog carcasses and malnourished pit bulls, as well as marijuana.

In April he was charged with assuming someone’s identity and providing false information during a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Warrants for his arrest were issued after he missed several court appearances over the course of this year.

He will now return to custody ahead of sentencing in Arizona on January 3, and will not receive credit for time already served. If he breaks his probation following the jail term, he could then face over ten years in jail.

DMX was due to release two new albums, 'Walk With Me Now' and 'You'll Fly With Me Later' on the same day, in early 2009.


Britney Spears' Indian romance?

martes, 30 de diciembre de 2008 |

The 27-year-old singer - who has two sons, three-year-old Sean Preston, and two-year-old Jayden James, with ex-husband Kevin Federline - sparked rumours there is more to her relationship with Sandip after spending the festive holiday with him in his home country of India.

A source said: "It's early days yet but their romance is going from strength to strength. Britney and Sandip tried to keep their trip to India a secret as they are determined to have a relationship just like any other couple.

"Sandip is very down to earth and keeps Britney grounded. He is also quite spiritual and sensitive, which is a side of him she adores."

Britney is said to be so taken with the dance instructor - who choreographed the video for her hit single 'Womanizer' - she is even attempting to learn more about Indian culture to feel closer to Sandip.

The source added to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "For Christmas, Sandip - or Sandy as Britney calls him - presented her with a traditional Indian sari. She wore it during a candlelit dinner.

"The pair were whispering and giggling all night. Sandip ordered local delicacies such as chicken tikka and cottage cheese curry. They were really cute together."

Earlier this month, Sandip revealed he was looking forward to working with Britney on routines for her upcoming world tour.

He said: "I'll be meeting her for work only, when she visits Jodhpur. We'll just be doing a bit of rehearsals, since I am planning to do the rumba, which is the dance of love. Britney is really looking forward to coming to India.

"She has heard a lot about it and what tops her list here is trying out the spicy Indian curry.


Paris Hilton spends $140 a minute!


The hotel heiress, estimated at more than 50 million dollars, had arrived in the city with sister Nicky ahead of their appearance at the Bongo Virus New Year''s Eve party in Sydney on December 31.

The party-lover spent 40 minutes while trying a range of different frocks, subsequently “cleaning out” the designer racks, and putting more than 20 dresses in her kitty for a discount of about 5000 dollars.

"It was actually over 10,000 dollars worth. But she did a show for me about four years ago (so the price) was marked down." quoted designer Wayne Cooper as telling the Daily Telegraph.

However, the socialite’s 140-dollar-a-minute spree has been slammed by charity heads, with World Vision Australia chief Tim Costello adding that the splurge could have supported a Third World village.

Costello said: "In World Vision terms, 5000 dollars would ensure that a village of 2000 people in Africa or Asia would have clean water for the rest of their lives.”

Similarly, open Family social worker Les Twentyman said Hilton''s added: “It is quite obscene spending money like that. Some people are homeless and thousands of people a week are losing their jobs and it is quite obscene in some ways.”


Mariah Carey and her hubby’s Christmas trip to Aspen fueled rumors regarding the singer’s potential pregnancy once again. After hitting the slopes during the holidays, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon sheltered in St. Barts for a warmer vacation.

The New York Post’s PageSix cited unnamed sources in St. Barts as saying that the 38-year-old star was “definitely pregnant,” since she had cut down on her demanding fitness schedule.

In addition, the newspaper’s PageSix also reported on December 9 that the singer had been spotted leaving a gynecologist’s office on North Crescent Boulevard in Los Angeles apparently carrying a sonogram and “being greeted by her entourage with cheers.”

Just before the holiday season, Mariah Carey told the Daily Mail that she was looking forward to spending Christmas with her husband and her dog in Aspen, as she had been visiting the spot for years, but without the loved one next to her. Moreover, she explained that she was pleased about “being in love on Christmas.”

Back in November, Mariah Carey, who tied the knot with Nick Cannon in April, said that she did not approve of the fact that her spouse offered the media details with regard to their sex life. What’s more, when the star made an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, she avoided confirming the news claiming her pregancy, in spite of the fact that the host tried to get the words out of the singer’s mouth.


Forceful dad Adam Sandler


Adam Sandler forces his children to watch his movies.

The 'Bedtime Stories' actor confessed he makes his daughters Sadie, two, and newborn Sunny sit through his films whether they like it or not.

He said: "The new one is almost two months old and I will still force her to watch 'Bedtime Stories'. Don't worry, every Sandler has to sit and watch Daddy constantly."

The star recently revealed how pleased he was to make a film he "can't get yelled at for" due to the usually adult nature of his previous work.

He said: "I've always wanted to do a family movie sometime in my life and now I have kids it made sense to get it done.

"Kids end up seeing my movies anyway but some of the mothers get mad at me so I figured I'd make one that I can't get yelled at for.

"I would come home at night and I'd be able to look at my kids, talk to my wife and feel comfortable about everything I was doing."


People across the globe are busy writing down their resolutions for 2009 - even Hollywood stars like Britney Spears!

Pop princess Britney has revealed that she aims to stop biting her fingernails! According to online music service Contact Music Spears hopes 2009 will be the year that she breaks her awful habit: “Next year I have to learn to stop biting my nails! I would love to stop worrying so much, because I dwell on things the whole time. I want to learn how to be happier in general and to not take things so seriously.” She's certainly had her fair share of nail biting traumas this year that she will be keep to forget.

Here’s hoping that she can keep up her resolution in the New Year – although it’s going to take some work: “In the end I always bite them down again. It's hard,” she admits. Pop stars are human after all.


Tara Reid Gets Into Rehab


Even if celebrities get a lot of free access into clubs or different spa, they are regular people when it comes to be treated for weaknesses, such as drug abuse. And Tara Reid makes no exception, as she has been recently admitted into Promises Treatment Center from Malibu.

The same treatment center hosted other celebrities like Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears.

Yet, Star Magazine reported that Reid was admitted into the treatment center for free and in addition, she hadn’t had her bags searched, like any other patient. Investigations made on this issue proved that the “American Pie” star does pay for her rehab, which is not cheap at all. A night at the center cost almost $1600.

A spokesman for the rehabilitation center told Tarts that Promises Treatment Center doesn’t identify any of its patients, nor it releases information about the fees. He added that all patients are searched in their bags and that all the packages that arrive at the center are also checked up before being given to the patients. In addition, all patients are treated the same, as well as they have the same set of rules, without exceptions, the spokesman also said.

Still, he denied all rumors about the fact that the rehabilitation center seeks for celebrities who need rehab as to improve their publicity. He said that this thing is a big and offensive lie, which has no basis in the reality. In the name of Promises, the spokesman asked the magazine to release a retraction to what it had been written and threatened it that the center would take further action if their request isn’t accomplished.

Reid was admitted into rehab on December 9, but she didn’t want to make any public statements about this issue, nor about the problem for which she is being treated for. In addition, a rep for Reid also added that the actress doesn’t receive any kind of free treatment nor special care.


Oldboy Will Smith


Will Smith is reportedly set to star in Stevcen Spielberg's new movie.

The 'I Am Legend' actor is in talks to sign up to appear in the director's remake of Chan Wook Park's 'Oldboy', a Korean film which was originally released in 2003.

The film follows a man who gets kidnapped and is held in a shabby cell for 15 years, with no explanation given for his capture.

He is suddenly released and given money, a mobile telephone and clothes and embarks on a journey to discover who destroyed his life so he can seek revenge.

Will is expected to play the lead role in the movie, which has not yet gone into development as the director is looking for a writer to pen the script.


Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes receive death threats

lunes, 29 de diciembre de 2008 |

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes are living in fear after receiving death threats from anti-Scientology groups.

Security has been beefed up around Cruise, 46, Holmes, 30, and their two-year-old daughter Suri after the threats from groups opposed to the cult, reports

The couple now lives at separate locations and move around in bomb-proof vehicles as a precautionary measure. “Tom is terrified. He doesn't feel safe anywhere. The threats are perceived to be so great that the FBI has been alerted,” said a source close the actor.

Cruise has also spent 5 million pounds on an underground bunker in the grounds of his estate in Colorado to take shelter in case his family is attacked.

Apart from disrupting his and Holmes' movie and Broadway events at regular intervals, in August this year the anti-Scientology groups had threatened to place anthrax in Cruise' Los Angeles office.


Britney Spears: I'll stop biting my nails


Britney Spears' New Years' resolution is to stop biting her nails.

The Womanizer singer is determined to take better care of her hands next year as she loves having long, painted nails.

"Next year, I have to learn to stop biting my nails!" she said.

The 27-year-old singer - who lost custody of her two sons Sean Preston, three, and Jayden James, two, following her public breakdown at the beginning of the year - added she hopes to put her problems behind her in 2009.

"I would like to stop worrying so much, because I worry all the time. And to learn how to be happier, just in general. I have to learn to take things not so seriously," said Britney.

However, the star won't be too hard on herself if she doesn't manage to stick to her plans as she usually loses interest in her resolutions quickly.

"I end up breaking them. It's hard," she said.


Some celebrities just don’t take advantage of the fact that everybody knows them. Let’s take Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz as an example of celebrities who don’t take advantage of their little baby to make more money. The two weren’t so interested in giving away photos of Bronx Mowgli to different magazines and gain the cover of People magazine or OK! magazine for a month.

Instead, Simpson and Wentz wanted to make their baby’s public debut through a photo of the three posted on Christmas Day on, Fallout Boy’s official website. Bronx Mowgli was born on November 20 and weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz and measured 20 ½ inches at birth.

Yet, the two gave to the baby a really weird name which has been widely discussed. But the parents explained that his middle name came from one of their favorite stories, “Jungle Book.” Wentz told Ryan Seacrest that Mowgli “it’s a cool name” but when asked about Bronx, he didn’t know the exact origins of this name.

He just said that they came up with the idea Bronx after they had been searching through all kinds of other names. Wentz added that he thinks it’s better to “leave the narrative what it is” and to not really care about other people’s opinions because nobody has the real story.

Simpson and Wentz wrote on a special holiday homepage that they had published the photo of their baby after they had decided it would be best to share their most precious gift in the spirit of holidays.


A friend said that the couple, who have been married just over four years and are the parents of 10-month-old twins Max and Esme, will announce their divorce right after Feb. 14. “Marc and Jennifer are planning on announcing their divorce right after Marc’s show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 14,” the New York Daily News quoted a friend of the couple, as saying.

“Jennifer is planning on joining Marc onstage for a surprise duet. Things haven’t been right for a while now, and they thought it would be a bittersweet farewell,” the friend added.

A source said: “They’re definitely planning a clean break in February.”

Sources close to the pair said that even renewing the wedding vows didn’t help the couple and their relationship has been on a downward spiral in recent months.

Lopez, 39, set tongues wagging when she arrived at “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” premiere in early December without her wedding or engagement rings.

Likewise, Anthony, 40, has been spotted ditching his own wedding band at N.Y.C. hot spots such as Bungalow 8.

He was also caught partying bandless with pal Eva Longoria Parker at Lavo in Las Vegas on Dec. 8. “They were there along with Russell Crowe and his brother Bigram [Zayas]. Marc had been needing to blow off some steam for a while, and this was a good chance to do it. He was trying to be on his best behavior because there were photographers around, so he didn’t get too crazy, but he had fun without Jennifer,” a source said.

“Marc’s ready to move on. The fighting has been too much for him to handle lately,” the source added.

A representative for Anthony said that “none of the rumors are true” while a rep for Lopez didn’t respond.


Just a couple of days after the entire cyber space was packed with reports claiming an engagement between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her boyfriend of two years, Tom Brady, the pair’s families explain that the are unaware of such news, which would definitely call for celebrating.

Although and E! News announced on Friday that the benched New England Patriots quarterback asked the 28-year-old Brazilian model to be his wife during a flight on a private jet on Christmas Eve, Tom Brady’s dad told the Boston Globe that he had not been informed with regard to such an event. He explained that he and his family had talked to the football star and that he had not offered them any details. He added that reports were nothing but mere rumors and joked that the news day might have been lethargic.

In addition, Gisele Bundchen’s sister, Patricia, also rejected reports concerning the model’s engagement and told the Boston Herald that the rumor was “not true.”

In spite of the fact that the couple’s families might be trying to conceal the real thing so as to leave the lovebirds some time for themselves, Gisele Bundchen was not spotted wearing an engagement ring.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have both drawn attention throughout the past years with their headline-hitting previous relationships and break-ups. The model dated Leonardo DiCaprio for several years, while Tom Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan until 2006, when he started a relationship with his current girlfriend.


Madonna And Guy Ritchie Unite Over Kabbalah

domingo, 28 de diciembre de 2008 |

Madonna and Guy Ritchie put their differences aside and made a fractured family visit to London's Kabbalah Center with Lourdes, Rocco and David yesterday. Ritchie has been staying with the whole family in the mansion for the holidays.

A source reports that Madonna and Guy took separate cars - with Madonna in one with Lourdes and Guy with the boys.

Madge doesn't like to dress up for church, huh? This is one of the first times they've been photographed together in the same vicinity since their tabloid wonder of a divorce. Guy previously denounced Kabbalah as not actually being a religion but he appears to have changed his tune. Either that, or Madge said bitch isn't getting the reported $76 million unless he keeps lapping up the Jewish mysticism water.


Alex Haines, her former personal assistant, has revealed how the singer smoked crack for breakfast from pipes she made out of drinks bottles as she blew 3,500 pounds a week on drugs in her darkest hours.

Haines said the ‘Rehab’ hitmaker was so desperate for every last bit she even frantically scraped the residue out with a screwdriver so it wouldn’t be wasted.

He said: “When Amy woke up the first thing she’d ask was, ‘Where’s my pipe?’ She often made crack pipes by putting foil on top of plastic bottles and then burning the drug.

“While she got it going I made toast with butter and a cup of tea for her. It was her normal breakfast.

“When Amy ran out of the drug it she would cut the bottle in half and sit there on the floor completely wired, scraping the inside to get the residue with a screwdriver.

“She had to have a heroin and crack pipe near her or she freaked out. She’d keep taking drugs until she passed out. I reckon she spent 3,500 pounds a week on them.”

Haines has also opened up about their marathon romps while Fielder Civil was in prison.

“It was like having my own little porn star. Amy was so dirty—she wanted sex all the time. We did it four or five times a day and she’d even wake me up for it. She was addicted to sex like she was to drugs,” News of the World quoted Haines, as saying.


Mariah Carey and her hubby’s Christmas trip to Aspen fueled rumors regarding the singer’s potential pregnancy once again. After hitting the slopes during the holidays, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon sheltered in St. Barts for a warmer vacation.

The New York Post’s PageSix cited unnamed sources in St. Barts as saying that the 38-year-old star was “definitely pregnant,” since she had cut down on her demanding fitness schedule.

In addition, the newspaper’s PageSix also reported on December 9 that the singer had been spotted leaving a gynecologist’s office on North Crescent Boulevard in Los Angeles apparently carrying a sonogram and “being greeted by her entourage with cheers.”

Just before the holiday season, Mariah Carey told the Daily Mail that she was looking forward to spending Christmas with her husband and her dog in Aspen, as she had been visiting the spot for years, but without the loved one next to her. Moreover, she explained that she was pleased about “being in love on Christmas.”

Back in November, Mariah Carey, who tied the knot with Nick Cannon in April, said that she did not approve of the fact that her spouse offered the media details with regard to their sex life. What’s more, when the star made an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, she avoided confirming the news claiming her pregancy, in spite of the fact that the host tried to get the words out of the singer’s mouth.


High over the East Coast, in a private plane bursting with white roses and champagne, Brady popped the question to his longtime girlfriend on Christmas Eve, and E! News reported Friday.

The injured New England Patriots quarterback, famous for his clutch play, was nervous — but the Brazilian-born Bundchen, 28, said yes, TMZ said.

With Gisele’s parents looking on, Brady, 31, proposed after their jet took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on a flight bound for Boston.

It’s unclear if the prolific passer got down on his injured left knee.

Star magazine reported last week the obnoxiously attractive couple plan to tie the knot in Costa Rica, where Bundchen has a vacation home.

Reps for Brady and Bundchen did not return calls for comment. Patriots spokesman Stacey James was mum.

“I’m sure when the time comes that Tom wants the world to know these kind of details, he’ll let everyone know,” James told the Boston Globe.

Just hours after TMZ reported the engagement, the happy couple exited his Back Bay townhouse with Gisele’s mom and dad. When asked about the engagement, the Boston Herald reported the ever-so-polite Brady just smirked and hopped into an idling Town Car with the ringless Bundchen and her parents, Vania and Valdir.

Brady’s assistant, Will McDonough, also wouldn’t comment.

Brady was at the Patriots’ training room at Gillette Stadium Friday, but he bolted after spotting reporters in the team locker room.

Brady and his lady have had ample time to bond this fall. The three-time Super Bowl winner has been sidelined since the season opener, when he blew out his knee.

The Brady and Bundchen romance kicked off scandalously two years ago.

Brady hooked up with the sultry supermodel shortly after ditching his pregnant former flame, Bridget Moynahan, an actress he dated for three years.

The pair provided endless fodder for gossip magazines as they canoodled around the globe while Moynahan was left to work through her pregnancy alone in California.

Brady’s sullied reputation was bolstered soon after the birth of his son.

Brady was there when little John Edward Thomas Moynahan was born in 2007 and frequently has been spotted spending time with his only child.

He was spotted with the tyke just before Christmas at Bundchen’s West Village townhouse.
Bundchen’s relationship with Brady is not her first headline-snatching romance either. The leggy beauty dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio on-and-off for years before the couple split for good in 2005.


Britney Spears Hiring Madonna's Choreographer for 'Circus' Tour

sábado, 27 de diciembre de 2008 |

Britney Spears has appointed Jamie King, a choreographer who worked with Madonna on "Sweet & Sticky Tour", for her upcoming "Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour. Jamie will replace her two previous choreographers Wade Robson and Andre Fuentes, who both quit earlier this month.

Publicist for Jamie at the MSA Agency has posted a statement on its website, congratulating him for the new job. "Britney's back and going on tour to promote her new album Circus! Congratulations to Jamie King who will be the tour's director," so the statement read. "Simon Ellis will be the Musical Director for the tour."

In related news, Jamie King has, according to BreatheHeavy, practiced dance moves with several dancers at Britney Spears' old stomping grounds Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood. Their rehearsal is reportedly a preparation for her roadshow.

Lindsay Lohan May Have a Half-Sister


In a blog entry, Lindsay Lohan claims her father had an affair

Actress Lindsay Lohan wrote in her MySpace blog that she may have a new half-sister, reported the Los Angeles Times. The actress wrote in a post named “Random Thoughts,” My father just let my family and me know, amongst other things that he had another child after my little sister Aliana. Or maybe he had it before Alana?? Either way, he cheated on my mother and that really sucks.”

The girl Lindsay claims is her half-sister is 13-year-old Ashley Kaufmann. While Michael Lohan has admitted to having a brief affair with the girl’s 44-year-old massage therapist mother, Kristi Kaufmann, during a separation from Dina Lohan in 1995, he will not admit to being her father. He also accused Samantha Ronson of writing Lindsay’s blog entry, saying there’s a “99 percent chance” Lindsay did not pen the blog. According to TV Guide, Michael Lohan stated, “Sam wants to create turmoil so Lindsay has reason not to come back to New York…My God. I pray for her.”

Meanwhile, Lindsay writes, “I think that people go through a lot in life., and the things that we go through, whatever they may be, simply just make us stronger in the long run.”


Tess Daly expecting second child


Tess Daly has announced that she is expecting her second child with husband Vernon Kay.

The couple, who already have four-year-old daughter Phoebe together, confirmed the news after informing friends and family over Christmas.

"We are over the moon about the prospect of a new addition to our family," Daly told The Mirror. "We're very much looking forward to having a brother or sister for Phoebe to play with."

Kay added: "It's such a gift. We're so happy and overjoyed."

Last month, Daly revealed that she had sparked the curiosity of her friends by wearing billowing dresses on Strictly Come Dancing.

The TV host added that she had responded to their pregnancy speculation by saying: "No I'm not, it's just a fat belly. Leave me alone."


Lindsay Lohan: I'm just like Britney

jueves, 25 de diciembre de 2008 |

While everyone gets ready to welcome in Christmas, Lindsay Lohan wants the world to know she is not a happy bunny.

The troubled starlet posted a rambling message on her blog, even comparing herself to Britney Spears.

She wrote: "I feel like Britney Spears is an amazing talent, and she has gone through a lot, (just as i have) in the public eye which is not necessarily a bad thing."

The Mean Girls actress praised the singer for "just being you and still following through with your dreams" before recommending Brit's new album to her fans.

Li-Lo - who is currently dating Mark Ronson's sister Samantha - also wrote about her father's infidelity, musing over whether he cheated on her mother before or after the birth of her sister Aliana.

For the full blog, see below:

i think that people go through a lot in life. and the things that we go through, whatever they may be, simply just make us stronger in the long run... that is, if we actually take what it is we have learned from our mistakes and teach ourselves what NOT to do in the future. i have gone through a lot in my past, and to be completely honest, i am still going through a lot right now.. my father just let my family and i know, amongst others that he had another child after my little sister Aliana, or maybe he had it before Aliana??

either way, he cheated on my mother and that really sucks... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! wow- do i sound like "debbie downer" or what? not trying to be... but back to the real reason for this blog-i feel like Britney Spears is an amazing talent, and she has gone through a lot, (just as i have) in the public eye.. which is not necessarily a bad thing.. It teaches young girls and boys that there are certain things in life that you should not let get in the way of your dreams and accomplishments.

also that you need to take care of yourself before anyone else, and i mean anyone and everyone else. because at the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and see who you really are. stripped of all the distractions in life. so YAY Britney for just being you and still following through with your dreams. i know i am a bit late in writing about this record since it came out already, but better late than never!!!! :)


I love my mom, aliana, cody, michael, and my nana sullivan!! i will be missing them this christmas as it is the first one i am spending away from home. i am spending it with Samantha in Los Angeles.

yours truly,



check out:

unusual you


if you seek amy-look at the title and listen to the chorus carefully ;)

shattered glass


see what you think. it's a fun record ..

and don't forget to get LADYHAWKE-dusk til dawn



Rihanna's Boyfriend Leaves Her Alone Onstage


Rihanna has spoken about the moment she was left high and dry on stage by her boyfriend Chris Brown.

"I was singing Umbrella as a duet with Chris while I was on tour in Australia and I was left on my own on stage," she said.

But the singer insists she wasn't angry at her beau: "I didn't know that he had to leave to go do something else," she explains. "I didn't know so I was waiting on him to come on stage and do the second verse.

"Then I looked back and I was like 'Whoops' because I realised he wasn't there and I had to start singing the verse. It was nearly disaster."


Winehouse to live in the Caribbean?


Amy Winehouse could be saying goodbye to the UK.

The bee-hived one - who is based in Camden in London - has jetted off to St Lucia for a festive break and told the Daily Star she could "easily" live on the Caribbean island.

"I could easily live here, the people are amazing and the local music scene is inspiring," said the Rehab singer.

Amy, 25, has been writing lyrics and listening to local bands while she's been relaxing at the picturesque resort, where she's been snapped looking happier and healthier than in recent months.

And a friend said the award-winning singer is so happy there that she may even record her new album in St Lucia.

"She's actually glowing," the source told the paper.


Court agrees to pay Spears' father $75/hour

martes, 23 de diciembre de 2008 |

A court has put a higher value on being Britney Spears' father this year: about $75 an hour.

For helping his daughter through her turbulent period, Jamie Spears on Monday was awarded an additional $51,000 payout, reflecting an increase in his monthly payments since he took over his 27-year-old daughter's affairs in February.

Jamie Spears had been receiving $10,000 a month for his work, but Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz increased that amount to approximately $16,000 per month and agreed to give him backpay.

He was also granted an additional $1,200 monthly payment so he can maintain and office, which Goetz said was justified by his work getting his daughter's personal life — and music career — back on track.

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Pete Wentz has admitted drinking his wife Ashlee Simpson's breast milk.

The Fall Out Boy rocker said he'd tried the milk since Ashlee gave birth to their son Bronx Mowgli in November, but decided it tasted "weird", reports

Pete, speaking on Sirius' The Morning Mash Up! show in the US, also revealed he's packed on a few pregnancy pounds of his own.


Michael Jackson 'transplant' claim denied


A spokesman for Michael Jackson has denied reports the singer is suffering from a rare respiratory disease and needs a lung transplant.

Dr Tohme Tohme said in a statement issued to Reuters that stories claiming the singer was unwell were not true.

He added that author Ian Halperin made the claims to promote his unauthorised biography of the 50-year-old singer.

"The writer's wild allegations concerning Mr Jackson's health are a total fabrication," he said.

Halperin claimed in the Sunday Express that Jackson was suffering from an illness that affected the blood and lungs.

He told the newspaper the singer could barely speak, suffers from emphysema, internal bleeding, and has lost 95% of the vision in his left eye.

'Fine health'

Dr Tohme told Reuters: "Concerning this author's allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorised biography.

"Mr Jackson is in fine health and finalising negotiations with a major entertainment company and television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances."

Jackson recently settled a legal dispute over a music contract between himself and an Arab sheik.

The King of Bahrain's son, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, was suing Jackson for £4.7m, claiming he reneged on a music contract.

In November, Jackson's lawyer told the High Court the singer was unable to travel to London to give evidence because he was unwell.

But medical experts said Jackson was fit enough to travel, and the case was settled just before he was due to travel to the UK.


Britney Spears not dating Paris' ex Benji

lunes, 22 de diciembre de 2008 |

Britney Spears is not dating Benji Madden.

In Touch reported that the Womanizer songstress was getting close with Paris Hilton's ex, but her publicist Holly Shakoor denies the story.

"The claims made by In Touch are completely false," she told E! News.

"There is not an ounce of truth to any of it."

In Touch claimed that Britney's dad Jamie and manager Larry Rudolph are lining up some potential suitors for the singer, whose divorce to ex-husband Kevin Federline was finalised in July 2007, with the Good Charlotte rocker, Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, Jesse Metcalfe and Olympic gold-winning swimmer Michael Phelps being among them.

However, Benji was spotted with his ex in Los Angeles twice last week.


Amy Winehouse goes topless dancing


Amy Winehouse shocked guests at a posh hotel on the Caribbean island St. Lucia by dancing around naked on her balcony!

Guests looked on in awe as the singer danced away happily and bared her breasts to onlookers, a video from 'The Sun' reveals.

The scandal singer, usually seen plastered and staggering out of London pubs and clubs, has been enjoying soaking up the sun on the tropical island.

Yesterday Amy Winehouse sunbathed topless and bared her breasts to beachgoers as she took a dip in the sea - and on day 2 of her trip she was topless again as she enjoyed the beach life.

Winehouse is enjoying a break away with a few girlfriends to escape the stress of her break-up with husband Blake Fielder-Civil and to help her battle against drugs.

One tourist in St. Lucia said: “Amy looked totally carefree. She hasn’t looked this good for ages.”


Madonna's new affair


Madonna is reportedly having a fling with a Brazilian male model. The ‘4 Minutes’ singer met Jesus Luz in Rio de Janeiro while on a shoot for American magazine W, and the pair became so close she invited him to join her on the Sao Paolo leg of her ‘Sticky and Sweet’ world tour.

A source told the New York Post newspaper: “She was very interested in him. He's there with her now and photographer Steven Klein is helping him get along with everyone.”

Madonna and Jesus reportedly struggled to keep their hands off each other when they met, and did little to hide their fledgling relationship from onlookers.

Another source said: “Everyone knows they are ficando - which is a Portuguese expression that means they are kissing and doing other things but without any obligation of being faithful or getting into a relationship afterwards.”

Meanwhile, Madonna is said to be “thrilled” at reports her estranged husband Guy Ritchie is dating Jemima Khan. Guy and Jemima - who was previously married to Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan and dated Hugh Grant - attended a dinner party together earlier this month.

The pair also went to a star-studded Christmas bash over the weekend, where other guests included Stella and Mary McCartney, Lily Allen, Sir Mick Jagger and Kevin Spacey.

A friend of Madonna said: “It's not like she's asking him for details, but she's thrilled at the prospect of him moving on. It makes things easier for everybody.”


David Beckham could appear on Big Brother


TV bosses are lining up AC Milan new boy David Beckham for a guest appearance on Italy's Big Brother.

Beckham, 33, arrived in Italy on Saturday along with wife Victoria, 34, for a medical and to check out accommodation for his three-month loan.

In Italy footballers regularly appear on lifestyle and variety programmes and as AC Milan is owned by Prime Minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, Beckham will also have to do a turn on one of his Mediaset channels.

TV insiders said the most likely programme would be Grande Fratello or Big Brother as it is the most popular show in the country and the eighth series is due to start shortly.

The former Manchester United player arrived in Milan on a private jet with Victoria and the couple was chauffeur-driven from Malpensa airport in separate cars.

Dressed in a blue jumper, jeans, mirrored sunglasses and a scarf against the chill Beckham smiled and waved at the small group of fans who had gathered to welcome him.

He told AC Milan TV: "I am honoured to be here and to play for one of the most successful clubs in the world. I am overcome, very overcome, I want to train hard and be part of the team.

"I want to enjoy myself in these few months. I have played for the biggest club in England, the biggest club in Spain and now I want to play for the biggest club in Italy.

"There are so many famous players here, it is an incredible club."

During his stay in Italy Beckham will be eligible for ten Serie A matches as well as two UEFA games, should AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti decide to name him to the European squad.

Beckham will begin training with his new teammates on December 29 and hopes to be on the field for Milan's first 2009 Serie A match, January 11, away against AS Roma.


Michael Jackson is always surrounded by one damaging rumor or report after another. The infamous charges and reports of molestation killed his career and his reputation in America. Since Jackson went overseas and into seclusion, speculation is even more pronounced about what he could be doing and is going through. But now, new reports and rumors have Jackson being worse off than ever. In fact, they even say that Jackson is fighting for his life.

A report is now out that Jackson is gravelly ill, with supposed quotes coming from new Jackson biographer Ian Halperin. According to CBS, media outlets are reporting Jackson has a genetic illness that has become a possibly fatal lung disease.

Jackson is rumored to be ill from Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which would require a lung transplant. According to these stories, Jackson has gotten so ill that he can barely talk and is going blind in one eye.

Another British tabloid, the Sun, quoted Jermaine Jackson as saying that "this isn't a good time" for his brother.

Jackson is infamous for, among other things, wearing face masks and other odd costumes to keep him hidden from the public, and apparently to protect himself from illness.

Jackson was just spotted in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, where there were photos of him wearing a Zorro like mask over his eyes. He was also seen in a wheelchair earlier this year.

Jackson is also facing a new lawsuit from a woman calling herself "Billie Jean Jackson" after one of Jackson's biggest hits. She claims that she is the mother of Prince Michael II.

Jackson's money problems already forced him to sell Neverland Ranch and leave the country. He had claimed that "ill health" caused him to miss a recent court date involving a legal dispute with a Bahraini sheik.

These illness reports would seem to back up those claims, but these reports come from tabloids and other sources that have been questionable in covering Jackson. The British Sun, in particular, is a hard to trust source.


Model fall death after break-up


A stunning model with "the world at her feet" fell to her death from a block of flats after a love-split.

Sahar Daftary, 23, from London, fell around 150 feet from the 12th storey of the NV Buildings on Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, just before 10pm on Saturday night.

The former Face of Asia winner is understood to have been to the flat to collect her belongings after her relationship broke down with her boyfriend over the summer.

He was arrested and has been bailed.

Ms Daftary was also in Manchester to appear on the catwalk at a fashion show at an Indian restaurant on Saturday evening.


But cancelled at the last minute saying she was sick.

Pal Afrah Sami said: "We are all shocked and devastated. Sahar was very beautiful - she loved life and she was always the centre of the party.

"She met him (the boyfriend) in Manchester and they were very happy.

"Then she won the Face of Asia competition and got several big contracts. She seemed to have the world at her feet.

"But she discovered that he was married and became very unhappy.

"The stress changed her and she had stopped eating properly.

"When she came up on Saturday she was very distracted and preoccupied with collecting her things from the apartment, but he didn't want to see her."


Residents at the posh waterfront block spoke of their shock.

One said: "I don't know the full details of what has happened but it sounds like a terrible tragedy.

"I've only seen her here once or twice and she seems friendly enough. I didn't see or hear anything until I looked out and saw the police.

"My heart goes out to her family."

Another resident said: "I looked out and saw people standing around something on the floor and I instantly assumed someone had fallen or jumped from the flats."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident.”

A resident at the waterfront apartment block, where apartments have sold for up to £800,000, said: “We were out for the evening and when we came back, the police had cordoned off part of the car park.

"There were a couple of police vans at the front of the building.

“The police said a young woman had fallen from the 12th floor.”


Celebrity Big Brother line-up 'revealed'


Former Sugababe Mutya Buena, Loose Women star Sherrie Hewson and ex-Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton are being tipped for Celebrity Big Brother.

Several sources report that the line-up could include former model Paula Hamilton, Shameless actress Tina Malone and glamour model Lucy Pinder.

The sixth series of CBB begins on Channel 4 on January 2 and will once again be hosted by Davina McCall.


Robert Pattinson doesn't want to die

domingo, 21 de diciembre de 2008 |

Robert Pattinson discovered that he had a fear of dying whilst he was playing Edward Cullen in the movie Twilight.

He probably wasn't the first actor to re-evaluate things after playing a vampire.

Nicholas Cage, Gary Oldman, Keifer Sutherland, and Brad Pitt have all played vampires in the past and have gone on to do bigger and better things.

Robert can expect a whole host of casting directors to contact him now and beg him to be in their movies.

He will be able to pick the projects he wants to do and reject those that don't interest him.

Robert recently told the Daily Record about his death fear: "Maybe I'm just paranoid.

"I get scared in the back of cabs now, I think I'm going to die in a cab, I get scared when I'm driving, I think I'm going to die when I'm driving, and I think I'm in a cab when I'm driving which is very unfortunate, and I'll say, "Hey can we pull over and get some cash," and then I realise I'm driving. I did that last night - it's very worrying.

"And it's not because of a bender."


Television actor Tom Chambers won the celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, beating former model and broadcaster Lisa Snowdon and singer Rachel Stevens.

Chambers and his partner Camilla Dallerup defeated Snowdon and her partner with a Hollywood musical-inspired number that trumped Stevens's 1980s-themed effort after a public phone-in vote. Snowdon was knocked out earlier in Saturday's show.

Chambers, 31, is best known for his role in the hospital drama Holby City, while Stevens, 30, began her career in the pop group S Club 7 before starting a solo career in 2002. Snowdon, 37, presents a fashion modelling reality TV programme and co-hosts a breakfast radio show for the London station Capital.

The show prompted thousands of viewer complaints last month when former BBC political correspondent John Sergeant withdrew, forcing the BBC to offer refunds to those who had voted for him in vain.

Strictly's judges had criticised Sergeant's hapless dancing, but the public had voted off more talented celebrities instead because of Sergeant's bumbling charm.

The BBC had to issue further refunds last week after thousands of viewers complained when the show's producers decided not to eliminate any contestant after a glitch in the voting system.


Bridget Marquardt may have lived in the Playboy Mansion with Kendra Wilkinson, but she hardly recognizes her former housemate – and The Girls Next Door castmate – anymore. And that's not a bad thing.

"She's doing amazing, she's so in love," Marquardt, 35, said of Wilkinson, 23, who recently became engaged to NFL player Hank Baskett. "She's changed so much. She's not even the same person. I mean, she is the same, but she's different. I love the old Kendra and I love the new Kendra."

What is the "new Kendra"? "She's a lot more timely. She doesn't flash anymore. She's a lot more conservative. She's so in love," Marquardt tells PEOPLE.


Thief steals Paris Hilton jewels

sábado, 20 de diciembre de 2008 |

A burglar broke into the Los Angeles home of socialite Paris Hilton and stole jewellery worth about $2m (£1.3m), US police say.

The break-in occurred in the early hours of Friday morning at Ms Hilton's home in the Sherman Oaks area of LA.

Police said a man wearing a hooded top and gloves broke in through the home's front door, ransacked Ms Hilton's bedroom and stole her belongings.

Ms Hilton, 27, was not at home at the time of the incident.

Paris Hilton is a member of the family that founded the Hilton Hotel chain, and is a fixture of the Hollywood social scene.

She starred in reality television show "The Simple Life" and has pursued a career as an actress and singer.


Fergie and Josh Set a Wedding Date!


Fergie and Josh Duhamel have made a special New Year's resolution: a Los Angeles-area wedding on Jan. 10, PEOPLE confirms.

The pop star, 33, and the actor, 36, got engaged a little more than a year ago and were recently spotted checking out kitchen items at Crate and Barrel.

On the wedding guest list? Most of Fergie's costars in Nine – the movie adaptation of the musical which Fergie (real name: Stacy Ferguson) just finished filming in Europe – including Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman, according to Access Hollywood.

The Black-Eyed Peas singer plays a prostitute in the film, along with Hudson, Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Duhamel, star of the box-office giant, Transformers and the NBC drama, Las Vegas, recently wrapped the romantic comedy, When In Rome with Kristen Bell, Jon Heder and Dax Shepard.


Alexa Chung saved from lunging fan


Alexa Chung was left in a bit of an awkward situation last night.

The presenter was leaving Bungalow 8 nightclub, after attending Pixie Geldof’s Christmas party, when an eager fan lunged at her.

Luckily, boyfriend Alex Turner was there to rescue his damsel in distress, taking the tongue-wielding villain down in one swift move.

Alexa, who looked uncomfortable throughout the scene, carried on walking - leaving her man to deal with the situation.

Also attending Pixie's, who had a bright pink wig on, bash was Josh Hartnett, Nick Grimshaw, Kimberly Stewart, The Sugababes and Remi Nicole.

Britney Spears cover gets Lily Allen in trouble

miércoles, 17 de diciembre de 2008 |

Lily Allen is in trouble with her record label - because Mark Ronson played her cover of Britney Spears' recent hit 'Womanizer' on his radio show.

Fans ripped the track from the show on Saturday (December 13) and have put it online, and EMI aren't pleased, according to the singer herself.

Allen explained on her blog: "Now, some of you may be wondering why I covered 'Womanizer' - simple really, I love Britney and I love the song."

"It wasn't my intention for it to have whizzed round the world like it has," added Allen. "Mark Ronson asked me for something no one had heard to play on his radio show, and 'Womanizer' was the only song I had as an attachment on my Blackberry, and I couldn't get home to send him anything else in time."

However, fans took the opportunity to get their hands on the exclusive track.

"I had asked him to talk all over it so it wouldn't get ripped, but he didn't," explained the singer. "Thanks Mark - for getting me in serious trouble with my record company."


Scottsdale police say they arrested a Phoenix man early Wednesday after he allegedly pushed a nightclub security guard while trying to get close to actress Lindsay Lohan.

Police say Lohan and gal-pal Samantha Ronson were trying to leave the Jackrabbit Lounge nightclub and security guards were trying to hold back the crowd. The bouncers told police that's when the 38-year-old fan tried to get around them, pushed one of the guards and became disruptive.

Police say in a news release that the man was detained and then turned over to officers. He was booked on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge and later released.

Officers say they contacted Lohan and Ronson at a nearby hotel and they said they didn't know the man.

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High School Musical sweethearts and real-life lovers Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens have been voted the Favourite Couple of 2008.

The sweethearts, who this year reunited for High School Musical 3: Senior Year, topped the list of the best pairings of the year .

Their relationship has been strong despite Hudgens being caught in a nude web scandal earlier this year.

The pair though are still hot for each other and two of the most sought after actors in the world.

They were photographed all over each other courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks game in LA yesterday.

"They rode the little-TV-movie-that-could, High School Musical, to box office gold and worldwide fame in 2008. And they have perfect teeth. But their love cannot last post-High School Musical, as their careers pull them apart, forever," Fox News said.

"So appreciate them now, while their love burns with the heat of a million flashbulbs. Congratulations to our Favourite Couple of 2008!".


Tom Cruise is not taking his wife's 30th birthday lightly. In fact, Cruise and Katie Holmes have been "celebrating along the way" to her special day.

"I've got some things planned. I've got some things planned tonight," Cruise said Wednesday on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show. "I've been kind of surprising her throughout the week with things."

Asked his advice on wooing a woman, Cruise, 46, says, "I like romance. You gotta think about these things. You've got to know the right thing and pay attention throughout the year ... and just know your lady."

Holmes, whose birthday is Thursday, will be performing in All My Sons on Broadway as she celebrates the big 3-0. Cruise is due in L.A. Thursday for the Hollywood premiere of his movie Valkyrie.

One thing Cruise cautions against is putting information about birthday surprises on one's BlackBerry. "It's wrong, man," he tells Seacrest. "You can't do that – not unless you are trying to get her off the track with false information in there."

As for how the family plans to celebrate the holidays, he says, "The main thing we know we're going to do is there's just gonna be nice family time and snuggles."


‘Twilight’ Franchise Has New Director

domingo, 14 de diciembre de 2008 |

It’s official. Chris Weitz, the director of another book-to-film fantasy adaptation, will take over for Catherine Hardwicke on the set of “Twilight” sequel “New Moon.”

The director of “The Golden Compass” made clear in a press release Saturday that he would treat the next installment in the Stephenie Meyers series with care and reverence, preserving the story’s characters and themes.

“Twilight,” released last month to the delight of fans of the four-book series, has surpassed $150 million in domestic and foreign box-office receipts. “New Moon” will again star Kristen Stewart and is slated for release between late next year and early 2010.


Madonna, Guy to spend Christmas together


Pop queen Madonna and former husband Guy Ritchie have reportedly decided to celebrate Christmas together for the sake of their children.

The couple, who divorced recently, have struck a deal to share a traditional family celebration at Guy's Ashcombe House estate with their children.

The 50-year-old singer, who is in South America, will arrive in Britain on December 23 with their sons 8-year-old son Rocco, three-year-old David and her daughter Lourdes, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The couple, who were granted their decree nisi last month, are still fighting for better custody rights over their two sons. Currently, they have equal custody rights.

Madonna, who has left London and returned to US, wants the children to live with her in New York while Ritchie is keen for his son Rocco to be educated in London.

But despite their differences, the couple have reached an amicable agreement over how to spend the Christmas time.

"Madonna and Guy want the best for the kids and so she has decided to come over to the UK so they can be with their father.

"The plan is for them to be together on Christmas Day at Ashcombe House. Madonna arrives in England on December 23 and is planning to stay for Christmas," a source said.

Ritchie, who is working on his new movie 'Sherlock Holmes', spends most of the week in his new London home.

"Because of what the kids have been through this year he wants to treat them to a really special Christmas with stockings of presents and a big tree," the source added.


Alexandra Burke wins Britain's 'X Factor' crown


Alexandra Burke won the final of "The X Factor" on Saturday, landing a one-million-pound recording contract and a path to stardom.

The 20-year-old singer from north London broke down in tears and could barely speak after beating four-piece vocal group JLS, who came second, and Northern Irish teenager Eoghan Quigg, who finished third.

Her version of the winner's song, "Hallelujah", is now a near-certainty to become the Christmas number one and was released for download at midnight.

Eight million viewers voted in the showpiece final.

"Thank-you for making my dreams come true, everyone," Burke said, fighting back tears.

Speaking after the final, she added: "I went for this show three years ago and I got told to go home because I wasn't ready.

"I took three years to get myself ready, I came back and look what's happened."

Burke made the last 21 of Britain's most watched television show three years ago but was booted out of the contest by judge Louis Walsh.

However, she could now follow in the footsteps of 2006 winner Leona Lewis, who has gone on to become an international star.

Burke is now due to perform with Elton John at London's O2 Arena on New Year's Eve.

Music mogul Simon Cowell, one of the show's judges, said: "I'm rarely speechless but I am now. Alex, God bless you. You deserved it.

"No-one can deny what this girl achieved tonight. There would have been a riot if she hadn't won. I've got a really good feeling this is going to be one of the biggest-selling 'X Factor' singles. I've got a good feeling about her."

The 2008 finalists performed three songs each, one a Christmas song and one with a famous act, as they battled for viewer votes.

Burke sang "Listen" with US star Beyonce Knowles, while JLS performed "Flying Without Wings" with Westlife and Quigg sang "Picture of You" with Westlife's fellow Irish boyband Boyzone.

JLS thanked their supporters and said they hoped their run to the final would kick-start their careers.

Quigg said: "Getting into the final for me was amazing. I'm so happy for Alexandra, she deserves it."

Cowell, the teenager's mentor, said: "Let's face it, he was up against two incredible contestants and you can leave with your head held high."

In a rare show of unity across the sectarian divide, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness had joined forces to urge people to vote for Quigg.

Burke's mother Melissa Bell was a singer in the dance group Soul II Soul, which had hits in the 1980s and 1990s.

Her fellow Londoner Lewis, who won the third series of "The X Factor", is now a big star in the United States and has topped the charts around the world.

She is the first British solo artist to top the US charts with a debut album and her single "Bleeding Love" was the first song by a British woman to hit the US number one spot since 1987.

Bookmakers said Saturday's final was the biggest reality television betting event they had witnessed.

"The winning song could do the unthinkable and sell a million copies in a week," a spokesman for bookmakers William Hill said.

"Hallelujah" was written in the 1980s by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen.

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Britney Spears : ‘Britney filed for divorce behind my back’: K-Fed

sábado, 13 de diciembre de 2008 |

As pop princess Britney Spears celebrates turning 27, her ex hubby American rapper Kevin Federline has been divulging his side of the story.

Federline, 30, who has been called names like boy toy, gold-digger, wannabe rapper, and partier during his association with Spears, revealed that he still cares for her and loves their two sons Preston, 3, and Jayden, 2 very much.

In an interview Federline revealed that he had met Spears for the first time at a club in Hollywood, called Joseph’s, and when he was asked what the happiest memories of the marriage were, he answered getting married.

“Well, getting married. I never thought that I would get married but it wound up happening. That was a really, really, happy, exciting moment. I pretty much realized that I was giving my life to her, and I was doing it without question,” People magazine quoted him as saying.

Regarding the divorce, he said that Spears had gone behind his back when obtaining it.

“It’s hard enough to be in a marriage, and then have a kid, then kids, it changes everything. For me, I’d become more concerned with my children, he stated.

“Not that I ignored Britney, but my kids are always most important … I mean, we were having complications.

“I didn’t give her an ultimatum, but I was trying to work stuff out with her, and she didn’t even talk to me or anything and went behind my back and filed [for divorce]. [I was] completely blindsided,” he added.

Now that Spears is finally getting her life back on track, they’re sharing parenting duties again.


Tara Reid Enters Rehab


Tara Reid has checked into rehab, says her rep. The actress checked into Promises Treatment Center, which has treated many other stars including Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.

“Tara Reid has checked herself into Promises Treatment Center. We appreciate your respect to her and her family’s privacy at this time,” said Reid’s rep.

It is unclear what the 33-year-old is being treated for.


He sings, dances, acts on stage and screen, and he's the "Sexiest Man Alive." Hugh Jackman does everything but standup comedy — and that's why the first-time Oscars host fulfills the academy's promise to shake up the show in a way that's as tough to predict as the winners.

Jackman was announced Friday as the host of the 81st Academy Awards, a marked departure from the academy's standard of big-name comedians. Jon Stewart, who hosted in 2008 and 2006, and Ellen DeGeneres, the 2007 host, were the latest in a line of funny emcees since 1990. Billy Crystal did it eight times, Whoopi Goldberg took on four, Steve Martin did it twice and David Letterman and Chris Rock each had a shot.

As the parade of A-list comedians continued, ratings were in steady decline. But with new producers, a new director, new set designer and even a new music director, the academy has been hinting for months at an all-new look and feel for this year's Oscars telecast on Feb. 22.

Having Jackman host certainly fits with that theme.

Producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon called the Australian actor "a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star."

"He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion," Mark and Condon said in a joint statement. "Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year's movies — and to have fun doing it."

Indeed, Jackman can be a mutant superhero (Wolverine from the "X-Men" movie franchise), a flirtatious singing barker (Billy Bigelow in Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Carousel"), a determined magician ("The Prestige") and a dancing penguin ("Happy Feet").

The 40-year-old actor plays a roughhewn cattle driver opposite Nicole Kidman's English aristocrat in the new Baz Luhrmann romantic adventure "Australia." Jackman was abroad promoting the film Friday when his Oscar role was announced.

"Thirty years ago when I was in Sydney watching Johnny Carson host the Oscars with my family, I never imagined that I'd one day have the chance to be up on that stage myself," he said in a statement. "I am very grateful to the Academy for giving me this opportunity. And, excited to be working with Larry and Bill on what I know will be a fun and memorable celebration."

Having an entertainer such as Jackman host the show necessitates a change in the well-established standard of opening the show with a jokes, said Steve Pond, author of the 2005 book "The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards."

"The tricky part is that while he's charming, he's not the kind of guy to go out there and deliver a comic monologue at the top of the show," Pond said. "He's more comfortable with a song and dance, but is a song and dance at the top of the Oscars what people want to see? It'll be tricky adopting what he does best to what works at the Oscars."

But with ratings dropping for all awards shows, it's worth shaking things up to generate interest — and the Academy Awards telecast, which posted its lowest ratings ever in February, isn't the only one trying something new.

The Emmys added a category — best reality-show host — and divvied the show's hosting duties among the five nominees. The results were disastrous: Critics panned the format and the show was one of the least-watched Emmys ever.

The Grammy Awards spiced up its nominations earlier this month by trading its typical staid press conference for a glitzy, live concert special. Ratings-wise, the hourlong show came in fourth among prime-time contenders, behind such dramas as NBC's "Life" and ABC's "Private Practice."

Bringing in Jackman to host the Academy Awards is "a stretch for the Oscars, but at this stage, it's worth taking the risk," Pond said. "He certainly has what it takes to do the gig if some changes are made in what that gig requires."

Jackman also has award-winning hosting experience: He won an Emmy in 2005 for hosting the 58th annual Tony Awards in 2004, when he also took a best-actor Tony for his performance in the musical "The Boy From Oz." Jackman has never been an Oscar nominee, but was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in 2001's romantic film "Kate & Leopold." He also served as a past presenter on the Oscar show.

Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, have their own Oscar at home — their 8-year-old son, Oscar Maximillian. The couple also have a 3-year-old daughter Ava.

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Jennifer Aniston poses nude on January cover of GQ magazine

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Jennifer Aniston wears a tie — and nothing else — on the January cover of GQ magazine. The 39-year-old actress strips down and shows off her toned body next to the headline: "Is it just us or is Jennifer Aniston getting hotter?"

Joking about the relentless media coverage of herself, ex-husband Brad Pitt and Pitt's partner Angelina Jolie, Aniston tells the magazine: "The funny thing is that people don't realize we all go away to the Hamptons on the weekends."

Not exactly. Says Aniston: "But can you imagine? That'd be hysterical: I've got Zahara on my hip, and Knox ..."

As for Jolie's past remarks about falling for Pitt on the set of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," Aniston says: "No daggers through the heart. I laugh. Am I surprised? ... Considering the source, nothing surprises me."

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1950s pin-up queen Bettie Page dies


Bettie Page, one of America's most photographed pin-up girls during the 1950s, died in Los Angeles on Thursday from pneumonia, her agent said. She was 85.

Page was a ubiquitous sight during the 1950s, propelled to stardom when she posed for Playboy as Miss January 1955. Soon her image was gracing playing cards, record albums and bedroom posters across the country.

She stopped modeling in 1957, retreated from the public spotlight and turned to religion. She enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the 1980s, as a new generation of fans became obsessed with her legacy.

Her agent, Mark Roesler, said Page was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital four weeks ago. She never regained consciousness after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.

With her dark bangs, alluring blue-gray eyes and wide smile, Page cultivated an innocent girl-next-door persona. The one-time school teacher was nice, but clearly also naughty. Some of her photos featured spanking and bondage.

"Bettie Page embodied the stereotypical wholesomeness of the Fifties and the hidden sexuality straining beneath the surface," authors Karen Essex and James L. Swanson wrote in their 1996 book "Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend."

Page professed to be mystified by all the attention, saying she never felt particularly attractive and had to wear a lot of makeup to cover up her large pores. After she found God, she was initially ashamed of having posed nude.

"(B)ut now most of the money I've got is because I posed in the nude," she told Playboy last year. "So I'm not ashamed of it now, but I still don't understand it."

Bettie Mae Page was born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, one of six children. She and two sisters were sent to an orphanage after her father went to jail and her mother could not cope on her own. Page later described her father as "a sex fiend" who started sexually molesting her when she was 13.

Page, armed with an arts degree with Peabody College in Nashville, did her first modeling work in the 1940s after moving to San Francisco with the first of her three husbands. After they divorced in 1947, she pursued modeling in New York. Photos from a shoot with Miami photographer Bunny Yeager ended up in the pages of Playboy.

The layout featured Page winking at the camera wearing only a Santa hat as she decorated a Christmas tree. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner described it as "a milestone in the history of the magazine," which he had founded less than two years earlier.

Later in life, Page was furious that Yeager made a fortune from the photos and never compensated her.

Some American lawmakers were not as impressed with her modeling abilities. Page was served with a subpoena to appear before U.S. Senate investigators trying to discover a link between juvenile delinquency and pornography. Page never appeared. Soon after, she completely disappeared from the scene.

After two other brief marriages failed, Page battled acute schizophrenia beginning in the early 1970s. Her comeback gathered momentum with the 1991 movie "The Rocketeer," based on a comic book where the hero's girlfriend was Page. Fan clubs and websites proliferated, and Page made a good living signing memorabilia at conventions. On the rare occasions that she gave interviews, she insisted that she not be photographed.

Page had no children. There was no immediate information about funeral plans.