Richie and Jenner together since forever

Richie and Jenner together since forever
31/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Apparently Nicole Richie and Brody Jenner's relationship isn't as new as everyone thinks. According to Richie's father, Lionel, the two have known each other all their lives.

"I was there when [Brody] was born!" Lionel Richie said to People magazine. "They grew up together. To see them together now is like, 'Where are you going with this?' But they're having a wonderful time."

It seems Lionel has been a friend of The Princes of Malibu star's parents songwriter Linda Thompson and Olympic track athlete Bruce Jenner for ages.

"They are a very normal couple and Brody is a decent, nice, down-to-earth guy," a source told People. "Even though it's relatively new, it seems like they've been together forever."

Both Richie and Jenner had split from fellow celebs DJ AM and former Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari respectively before falling into each other's arms.

Simpson's new music man?

Simpson's new music man?
31/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Has Jessica Simpson found romance with a new man in the world of music? Rumour has it sparks are flying between the 26-year-old blonde and 28-year-old John Mayer.

The Your Body is a Wonderland singer was forced to cancel a concert in Connecticut (which he was performing with Sheryl Crow) after contracting laryngitis. Similarly, Simpson also came down with throat problems of her own and cancelled a number of appearances to let her vocal chords recover.

Simpson reportedly sang Mayer's praises to Us Weekly, but said that she wants to "keep it private."

A source told People magazine, "[Simpson's] tiptoeing back into the dating world. It's the first stage. She's never been happier."

Leo's cat scare

Leo's cat scare
31/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson reportedly received a scare when the pair had an uninvited visitor join their golf game: a wild cat.

"Leo's new to the sport and was getting some pointers from Jack when a bobcat appeared at the 15th hole," a source said to the UK's Mirror. "Jack told him to run like hell. They jumped in their golf cart and fled."

Apparently golf vet Nicholson was giving newbie DiCaprio lessons. Both will appear in Martin Scorsese's new crime drama The Departed. The film features a star-studded cast, including Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon and Anthony Anderson.

The movie is about two moles - one from the Irish mob and the other from the police - trying to track each other down. The film is set to hit theatres October 6th.

Eminem: the real shoe shady

Eminem: the real shoe shady
31/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Eminem is going to just do it and design eight limited edition Air Max Nike shoes that will be auctioned in an effort to raise money for charity. Proceeds will go to Eminem's Marshall Mathers Foundation, which works to help troubled youth, as well as ninemillion.org, which aids refugees and those in need.

The rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, said on his website, "We're always looking for new ways to try to raise money and awareness for the foundation, so when Nike approached us we jumped at the chance." The Real Slim Shady singer added, "Who wouldn't want to design their own line of Nikes? And to do it for charity makes it that much better."

There will only be 64 pairs made of each of the eight editions, and each pair of shoes will be numbered and autographed. Bids can be placed at Nike stores and on eBay starting August 31st.

Britney's baby baubles

Britney's baby baubles
30/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (KP International) Looking for the perfect baby shower gift for Britney Spears? How about a $1,200 chandelier for her second child, reportedly due in October? The singer has supposedly registered for a bevy of expensive gifts at Petit Tresor, a swanky Los Angeles baby boutique.

"Oh, it's not a fake, she's having a baby shower soon and has told friends that they can order gifts from the site," a source told MSNBC, adding, "It's not like she's expecting her friends to buy everything for the baby. She's already spent like $30,000 at the store."

She has the money, too, after selling her Manhattan apartment for a reported US$4 million this week, which is $1 million more than she paid for it four years ago.

Colin says back off

Colin says back off
30/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Miami Vice star Colin Farrell has made sure one obsessed woman will keep her distance after getting a three-year restraining order against Dessarae Bradford, a former sex-line operator who accosted him during a taping of The Tonight Show last July.

Bradford managed to make her way on stage while Farrell was talking with Leno before security escorted her away. "My first stalker," said Farrell at the time. He then put his lawyers on the case, getting an order that also prohibits Bradford from approaching his two-year-old son, James, or the boy's mother, model Kim Bordenave.

Bradford previously self-published a tell-all book entitled Colin Farrell: A Dark and Twisted Puppy. "I am concerned that her harassing behaviour has escalated and may pose an immediate threat to my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my family," Farrell's complaint stated.

Jessica's silent debut

Jessica's silent debut
30/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

NEW YORK (KP International) Reports that chanteuse Jessica Simpson lost her voice surfaced a day before the release of her post-breakup album, A Public Affair, forcing her to cancel appearances on Today, Total Request Live and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Instead, the 26-year-old singer retreated to a New York hotel room after being warned by a doctor to give her pipes a rest or risk more permanent damage. "She's on total vocal rest and some of her appearances have been delayed," confirmed Simpson's representative, Rob Shuter, to In Touch Weekly.

A friend of Simpson's said she was using pen and paper to communicate with people and was upset about the bad timing.

Interview: Hunter Burgan of AFI

August 30, 2006 02:32 PM
by Christina Fuoco
LiveDaily Contributor

Despite charting at No. 1 with his outfit's latest album, "Decemberunderground," AFI bassist Hunter Burgan doesn't see his band as a mainstream act.

"I'll always consider us kind of an underground band," Burgan said."We have an amazingly dedicated fan base and all the credit goes to them. I would imagine it generated some interest in new listeners this time around, but the core of that is all our fans who stuck with us for years."

Cleverly released on June 6 (6/6/06), AFI's "Decemberunderground" features the hook-riddled single "Miss Murder," a song that the band performed during the MTV Movie Awards on June 8. The performance came amid a wave of some very mainstream buzz about AFI, which stands for A Fire Inside.

Burgan--who is joined in the band by singer/guitarist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget and drummer Adam Carson-- talked to LiveDaily earlier this month in Phoenix about the band's increased visibility, working with renowned producer Jerry Finn and keeping his cool in the studio.

LiveDaily: How did your summer tour go?

Hunter Burgan: It's hard for me to think of it as a single tour because we did some of our own headlining shows, Warped shows and a couple festivals. It seemed like we were playing a bunch of shows rather than a tour. But the tour part of it, to me--which we played with Nightmare of You and Dillinger Escape Plan; that was the most tour-like and most consistent--when that ended, it was a little bittersweet because it was a lot of fun to hang out with those guys.

Were you surprised to hit No. 1 with "Decemberunderground"?

Very surprised. We knew we kind of had a shot at it. Our last record debuted at No. 5. But we knew it was going to be tough competition with other releases that came out at the same time, and albums like the Dixie Chicks and "High School Musical" ... I didn't want to get my hopes up. Then we got a call when we were in the airport in Chicago--when we were about to fly to Montreal, I believe--and, sure enough, all of our jaws dropped.

You're fortunate that you're able to evolve and change your musical direction and still maintain your fan base.

We've consistently done that throughout the years from album to album: change in different ways. I like to think our hardcore fans, fans who been with us the longest, sort of expect change, [and want us to] evolve in some way and take them to a new place. There are bands, they have a formula, they do their thing and rarely do they deviate from that. Fans expect them to do the same thing, and they do it and they're successful. In that respect, I don't think we're one of those kinds of band.

Tell me about the name of your album, "Decemberunderground."

In a way, we are part of the Decemberunderground. It's not a reference to being an underground band but more of a metaphorical place where people can really go to seek refuge.

This album has more of a rock and goth sound to it. Was that a conscious decision?

No, it's never conscious as much as it is really us reacting to our interests and our influences, and also just trying to do something different than we have done before. We don't want to do something the same. There are a lot of roads to go down. We also wrote more than 100 songs, and, within those 100 songs, there could have been an infinite number of albums, different permutations. The songs that ended up on the albums were the ones we all liked the best. Often, that's because it's something that we really haven't done before, songs that touch us in a certain way, and it just so happened to be the ones that were on the album.

Are we going to see the other 80 to 90 songs?

We didn't record that many. That's the number of songs we wrote. Some of the ones that we recorded that didn't go on the album will appear in some place soon-ish. As for the rest, there will be times when we will revisit [them] when writing material in the future. Then there are some that will never ever see the light of day.

What is the songwriting process with AFI?

It varies. Usually, Jade will come up with a type of riff or guitar thing or a chord progression; Dave will come up with lead and lyrics. We'll bring it to rehearsal, deconstruct it and put new chords behind them. Dave's pretty loose up until the final phases of doing the song. Then, even in the preproduction recording phase of a song, we sometimes change things--put a different chorus on the song, for example. There's no one specific way the song are written, [but] that's pretty typical.

What was it like to work with producer Jerry Finn?

We worked with him on the last record, forged a friendship and he's just a great guy and a really great producer. It's like working with somebody who's a really cool friend. It's not intimidating at all. At the same time, he knows how to get a really get sound out of us. He really knows how to push us in the studio and makes sure we are performing at our best.

What kinds of recommendations did he give you to perform at your best?

Really, he just wouldn't let us perform at our worst [Laughs]. We would do things over and over again until he felt like it's our best performance. [There have been] times when one of us has had to perform just a small, little part of a song over 90 times because it wasn't at the top of our ability. As you can imagine, that would be kind of frustrating. It's just, he really drives us.

How do you keep your cool when you have to play a part repetitively that many times?

It's hard. It gets to the point where you've done something a certain amount of times and you wonder, "How is the result going to be any different?" You have to start turning to voodoo and weird superstition, or, like, take a coffee break. Stand different. [Laughs]

Have you started working on a new album?

No, we don't write until we're off the road. I know that all of us have little ideas and things. We'll come up with things while we're out there performing live--maybe you're just about to fall asleep and it pops in your head. We put all those things together closer to actually working on the next record.



As AFI rode onto mainstream radio playlists with their gleaming major label debut, Sing the Sorrow, the rumble of disenchanted fans nearly drowned out that of their dark-hued music. But the heavily-tattooed San Francisco band aren't looking back on Decemberunderground, a slickly-produced, MTV-friendly disc brimming with sinister pop charms. The opening "Prelude 12/21" sets the upbeat tone with handclaps, strings, and a cheeky glam-rock stomp. AFI might still operate in that distinct area where punk, goth, and frightening stadium rock come together, only now they seem intent on crashing the retro '80s party attended by the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the Killers, with flashy tracks such as "Miss Muder" and the synth-heavy "Love Like Winter." "The Interview," meanwhile, is the closest Davey Havok has ever come to crooning a lighter-waving epic. Despite the odd lapse into the Cookie Monster metal territory of their early days ("Kill Caustic," "Affliction"), Decemberunderground is even more ambitious than its predecessor. First comes the backlash, then comes the platinum.

Jennifer, Angelina, best friends forever?

Jennifer, Angelina, best friends forever?
29/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) - Have supposed bitter rivals Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie become best friends? That may be an exaggeration, but it seems the two have buried the hatchet over the breakup of Aniston's marriage to Brad Pitt and are now at least cordial to each other.

"Angelina has had several conversations with Jennifer," a friend of the actress and UN ambassador told the UK's Mail on Sunday. Jolie, who reportedly snubbed Aniston when she called to congratulate the couple on the birth of their daughter Shiloh, has apparently accepted that Aniston is involved in Pitt's life, making a rapprochement easier.

"On occasions when Jennifer has called Brad, Angelina has answered his phone. From what I hear, she is friendly. While neither is going to pour out their hearts to the other, they are perfectly civil," said the source.

Is the sexiest man alive sexist?

Is the sexiest man alive sexist?
29/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) - Tom Cruise just can't catch a break. After being tossed from Paramount last week, People magazine's former Sexiest Man Alive was named the most sexist celebrity by an Australian women's group who claimed he made the year's "worst derogatory public statement" in reference to fiancee Katie Holmes. But it appears he never uttered the offending remark.

About 400 of Australia's most powerful women gave Cruise a Celebrity Ernie Award for stating: "I've got Katie tucked away so no one will get to us until my child is born." The problem is, according to his reps, he never said it. "Tom's comments that they have attributed to him are completely fabricated," his representative, Arnold Robinson, told People. "Anyone who knows him knows that he is a complete gentleman and would never ever say such a thing... He has the utmost respect for women."

Matt LeBlanc's Unfriendly Defamation Suit

Matt LeBlanc's Unfriendly Defamation Suit
Mon Aug 28,12:53 PM ET
E! Online

Matt LeBlanc's tabloid tell-all may have told more than it should have.

The former Friends star has been sued for defamation by a stripper who claims LeBlanc made false statements about her sexual aggression and the duo's level of intimacy in a National Enquirer story published last August.

Stephanie Stephens filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court Tuesday, claiming the Joey star "did intentionally slander" her and made "false statements" to the tabloid about their shared boozy night in a story titled, "Matt LeBlanc: My Wild Night With a Stripper."

The oddly cooperative story, for which the then-married LeBlanc not only fessed up the details of a drunken night at a strip club but also posed for remorseful, hand-wrenching photos, chronicled an almost-tryst with Stephens during a Canadian boys' night out.

"The stripper was all over me," he told the Enquirer. "I was drinking and she was crossing the line...She was in my face, pushing her breasts into me and grabbing my hands to go all over her body. She was telling me to caress her and in my head I'm thinking, 'What's going on?'"

While the paper cited a source claiming LeBlanc's behavior was fueled by both alcohol and cocaine, the actor strongly denied the latter claim.

"If I had been sober, perhaps I would have acted quicker, but I was pretty drunk...When I realized the situation that was unfolding, I felt I was being careless and irresponsible, and I had to get the hell out of there. The guys said a trap had been set for me and I fell right in it."

According to Stephens, the actor's retelling was not only inaccurate but slanderous, despite the fact that the stripper in question was never named in the story.

In her lawsuit, she denied the claims that LeBlanc was simply a hapless, strip joint-patronizing victim, claiming she never requested he "caress her" or engage in "sexual touching" and that she never gave the star a lap dance--at least, not while at work.

Adding to the potential sordidness of the night, and, if true, providing an explanation for LeBlanc's otherwise mild and inexplicable tell-all in the first place, Stephens hints in her lawsuit that a sexual relationship did occur that night.

According to the lawsuit, Stephens denied that she gave the Friend a lap dance "while working" and that any touching between the twosome did not take place "in a private room."

The suit also went on to deny that LeBlanc's "night of sexual debauchery happened at her place of employment."

Whether anything happened elsewhere is another story.

Per the suit, "all sexual contact between [LeBlanc] and [Stephens] took place in the privacy of [Stephens'] residence."

Stephens is seeking unspecified damages from the star, claiming his Enquirer tell-all caused her wage loss, general damage and loss of earning capacity. She has not named the tabloid in her suit.

For his part, LeBlanc has yet to speak out about the lawsuit.

In January of this year, just four months after the story hit the newsstands, the star separated from his wife of nearly three years, Melissa McKnight. The duo, who have one child together, filed for divorce in March.

Macy lashes out at Lohan's lateness

Macy lashes out at Lohan's lateness
28/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (KP International) William H Macy was exasperated by Lindsay Lohan's tardiness when they were filming the new political drama Bobby, and recently spoke out about the teen queen's behaviour.

"You can't show up late," the 56-year-old explained to reporters while promoting another film, Everyone's Hero, in Los Angeles recently. "It's very, very disrespectful."

Although the Fargo star praised Lohan's acting abilities, he wouldn't excuse her tardiness. "I think what an actor has to realize [is that] when you show up an hour late, 150 people have been scrambling to cover for you... and it's nothing but disrespect. And Lindsay Lohan is not the only one. A lot of actors show up late as if they're God's gift to the film. It's inexcusable, and they should have their asses kicked."

Macy's comments only reinforce those made by the CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, James G Robinson, who reportedly wrote a letter reprimanding the diva for her work ethic while filming the upcoming drama Georgia Rule.

Paris: there's nothing fake about me

Paris: there's nothing fake about me
25/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (KP International) Paris Hilton recently revealed that, unlike some of her malnourished or surgically enhanced contemporaries who are presented as role models, she's the real thing.

"I work out. I'm, like, thin, but I'm athletic," Hilton said in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun. "It's gross how the magazines say, These are the best-dressed people' and they are these girls who look like lollipops with these giant heads and their bones sticking out. It's a really bad image for little girls."

The hotel heiress also confessed that when "I was 13, 14, 15, all my friends had big boobs and I was like, 'I'm so flat, I want a boob job.' I really wanted one. [But] as soon as I turned 17, 18, I was like, 'I'm not getting that done.' It looks cheesy and they look so fake. It's not hot. It's gross... girls should stay the way they are."

These are some of the reasons Hilton feels she's so intriguing: "There's nothing fake about me..." she said. "I don't apologize for anything. I'm having the time of my life. I'm blonde and I travel the world and I'm nice and I'm fun and I'm good to my fans, and I'm a good person."

Ritchie not a fan of Madonna's music?

Ritchie not a fan of Madonna's music?
25/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

FRANCE (KP International) Madonna has recently revealed that her moviemaker husband, Guy Ritchie, is not a fan of her music.

"My children adore all that I do. They love dance music," the queen of pop said to the French VSD celebrity magazine. She then confessed, "My husband isn't a great fan."

Later in the interview Madge also apparently admitted that at times she finds family life to be overwhelming. "Of course I regret losing the freedom of being able to go out alone to a club," she said. "Dancing alone on a darkened dance floor without anyone to disturb me or to draw attention to me. I regret not being able to take advantage of such anonymity."

Though Madonna confessed to going out dancing with friends on occasion, she added that it's "not every night, of course. I have a family."

Timberlake's mother misses Spears

Timberlake's mother misses Spears
24/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) It's been more than four years since pop's popular couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake split up, but JT's mother is still in mourning.

"Britney grew up on my living room floor," said Timberlake's mother and manager, Lynn Harless. "I still love her to death. Justin and Britney were together for 10 or 11 years, and from day one they had that chemistry between them."

Timberlake and Spears met as young mouseketeers, and apparently remained close through the awkward adolescent years before they appeared in public as a couple in 2000. Since their split, Timberlake has begun dating actress Cameron Diaz and Spears has said walked down the aisle twice (though the first time in Vegas may have been more of a stumble than a walk). Her second and current marriage to backup dancer turned wannabe rapper Kevin Federline has been the focus of tabloid scrutiny and public mockery - all of which upsets Harless. "Britney is a sweet girl," she said. "I just hate what she's going through now."

See also:

Interview: Justin On Britney: 'I Was Infatuated'


Rap community K-Fed-up

Rap community K-Fed-up
24/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) The rap and hip hop community has yet to accept wannabe rapper Kevin Federline as a serious artist, and no doubt his debut performance on Sunday's (August 20) Teen Choice Awards didn't help.

K-Fed was pleased with his performance, telling People magazine, "I'm happy. I think I pulled it off pretty well. [But] I'm overly critical of myself."

According to big names in the hip hop magazine world, the PopoZao singer didn't PopoWow anyone. "I think we ignore him," said Elliot Wilson, editor-in-chief of XXL magazine. "He's a joke, basically. I just don't think he gets it. He doesn't get that he's Britney's man and it's hard to take him seriously."

Jermaine Hall, executive editor of King magazine, had similar thoughts: "The thing that really hurts him is the fact that he's perceived as Britney's husband. You know, kinda like Britney's second I don't even want to say second in command, but he's like the Britney Boy. He's like Mr Spears, and it's kinda hard to get over that perception."

Aniston set to make her directorial debut

Aniston set to make her directorial debut
24/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Jennifer Aniston is trying her hand on the other side of the lens as she gets ready to make her directorial debut with a short film for Glamour magazine's annual Reel Moments project.

Aniston is following in Gwyneth Paltrow's footsteps as the Proof star made her directorial debut last year through Reel Moments with a short called Dealbreaker. "I had seen Gwyneth's last year..." said Aniston, "and I heard about the whole project, and thought it was fantastic."

Aniston and her codirector and friend Andrea Buchanan have already recruited Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson. The 70-year-old actor/singer/composer is looking forward to working with the former Friends star. "I have so much respect for Jennifer as an actress; it's very easy for me to take direction from her," Kristofferson said.

Beyonce's bridal fantasy

Beyonce's bridal fantasy
24/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Rumours of wedding bells for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have been quietly chiming for some time now. Could they be for real this time?

According to Star magazine, the musical couple have planned a late November wedding to supposedly take place on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The guests, who are rumoured to include Oprah Winfrey and UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, will reportedly dine on a feast of US$300,000 worth of Beluga caviar, lobster and Italian truffles, which will be washed down with free-flowing Dom Perignon.

While the meal may sound elaborate, it could pale in comparison to the bridal gown Beyonce is said to be planning to wear as it's supposedly modelled after Princess Diana's infamous wedding frock.

According to a source from the magazine, "Beyonce's telling friends it will be 'the wedding to end all weddings.' Beyonce feels like she's living a fairytale so why shouldn't her wedding be equally magical?"

Superman gets engaged

Superman gets engaged
24/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Superman's Brandon Routh has found his Lois Lane and she's agreed to become his wife.

Routh's publicist, Kacey Spies, revealed the good news to People magazine, saying the couple "are very happy."

The Superman Returns star popped the question to his girlfriend of three years, Courtney Ford, earlier this month.

Routh, 26, and Ford, 28, met while the actor was working at a Lucky Strikes bowling alley in Hollywood.

"I was a bartender. And her brother was having his [wedding] rehearsal dinner party there," Routh told People at January's Golden Globes.

"He met my whole family the day he met me," added Ford.

Film's new Man of Steel even confessed Ford is his own personal kryptonite. "She brings me to my knees," he said.

Janet's sexy secrets

Janet's sexy secrets
23/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Former star of the Super Bowl 'nipplegate' scandal, Janet Jackson recently opened up about her bedroom antics in Vibe magazine.

The singer explained how her partner Jermaine Dupri has introduced her to a whole new world through stripping and sex toys.

"I'm way more open, and I know that probably sounds crazy. But he's taken me places I haven't been before. I love stripping too because I know he loves it," said the singer, who posed nearly nude for the cover of the magazine.

Perhaps fans will be able to tap into Jackson's sexy side in her upcoming album 20 Y.O., due to hit shelves September 26.

Evangeline Lilly lost without her needle and thread

Evangeline Lilly lost without her needle and thread
23/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Strict airport security may make many of us feel safer, but it just makes Evangeline Lilly feel mad. The Lost star is fuming about new regulations that prevent her from carting her needle and thread aboard airplanes.

The 27-year-old's favourite pastime is sewing and the new guidelines are frustrating her. "What drives me crazy is that I can't bring my needle and thread on a plane. I really like to sew."

In other news, Lilly recently confessed that she was happy Lost didn't receive any Emmy nominations.

"My first reaction to it was, 'Good.' I don't want us all to become righteous, so above everything else, that we're untouchable," she said.

Paris sings her album's praises

Paris sings her album's praises
23/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Paris Hilton has been crying tears of joy about her self-titled debut album that hit shelves yesterday [August 22].

The heiress didn't mince words when asked about her new CD for the September issue of Blender magazine. "I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good," the 25-year-old pop tart said.

The actress turned singer has already surprised critics with her single, Stars Are Blind, which has reached the top of Billboard's dance music chart.

According to Hilton's producers, her hard work is paying off. "She would sit for hours and not ask for a break, and she never gave me one bit of attitude," explains Kara DioGuardi, who collaborated on three tracks from the album with the infamous blonde.

But Hilton doesn't think people should be surprised about her healthy attitude. "I think people expect me to be this bitch snob. But I'm really nice, and I feel bad if I'm mean," she said.

Murphy splits with another fiance

Murphy splits with another fiance
23/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Hopefully, eventually, three times will be the charm for Brittany Murphy, whose second engagement, this time to best boy grip Joe Macaluso, recently ended.

Murphy's rep confirmed to People magazine that the pair has "amicably ended their engagement. They remain close friends and wish each other much happiness."

The news comes just days after the 28-year-old actress had been spotted without her engagement ring at the Teen Choice Awards on August 20.

At the time she had evaded questions about her relationship. "Everything is going wonderful, thank you. I'm just living every moment, you know, enjoying my day," she said.

The former couple met on the set of Little Black Book and began dating when Murphy invited Macaluso to see a movie. Rumour has it that the pair didn't share a kiss until 16 dates later!

Owen and Luke butt out

Owen and Luke butt out
23/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Brothers Luke and Owen Wilson were determined to put their best assets forward for their latest films: so they both turned to butt doubles.

Owen's replacement butt appears in You, Me and Dupree and apparently his costar Matt Dillon didn't understand all the hoopla surrounding Owen's rear-end. "I don't know what's wrong with his butt because I didn't pay any attention to it. I truly don't know what that was all about," the befuddled Dillon told Britain's GMTV.

The younger Wilson brother, on the other hand, understood completely.

Luke Wilson recently revealed how he took great care to choose his butt double for his latest flick My Super Ex-Girlfriend. "What they do is they give you photos of different guys' backsides and have you pick one out. I found myself poring over the Polaroids and saying, 'I like that one but it doesn't have quite the pizzazz I want for this scene," Luke explained.


See Also:
Interview: Owen Wilson "You, Me and Dupree" Posted: Friday, July 7th 2006

Interview: John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting

August 23, 2006 01:27 PM
by Christina Fuoco
LiveDaily Contributor

Again and again, the Five for Fighting hits "100 Years" and "Superman (It's Not Easy)" have been used in association with video images chronicling tragedies like the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the hurricanes that swept through the southeast.

Five for Fighting lead singer and brainchild John Ondrasik said the association is bittersweet.

"Being in New York almost on the five-year [anniversary] of Sept. 11, it is still emotional playing 'Superman' in New York City. [Before the Sept. 11 attacks], I had just gotten used to hearing that song on the radio when that song kind of took as the theme song for the family and emergency workers who lost loved ones in New York and [Washington] DC," Ondrasik said.

"I really didn't have a sense of what was happening until I got back. Ever since then, this song has provided solace or allowed people to place their experience in a certain context. As a songwriter, it's nice to see songs make a difference and provide solace for people. There were other songs beyond 'Superman' that did that. Obviously, no one with a brain cell would ever want to see anything like that happen. At the same time, I'm glad the songs were around. I think music can provide a certain healing in a medium that other things can't. Not only with Sept. 11. I've seen it with the response to other songs. Again, it's mixed emotions."

Both songs will be a part of Ondrasik's set list when he sets out to tour in support of his freshly released Five for Fighting album, "Two Lights," the first single for which is a blatantly anthemic ode to father-son relationships called "The Riddle."

The day after the album's Aug. 1 release, Ondrasik talked to LiveDaily about "The Riddle," his amazement at his career's staying-power, and his love of sports.

LiveDaily: How was debuting your new song "The Riddle" on "The Today Show" last month?

John Ondrasik: It's always a bit weird coming from LA and singing at 2 a.m. my time. Actually, it was good yesterday being outside. It was so hot and humid, it was a gift for my voice. It was pretty smooth. They're good people over there. They're nice folks.

At least there's something positive about 90 degrees and 90-percent humidity.

For my voice, it's the only nice thing about being on the face of the sun.

I hear making "Two Lights" was an arduous process.

It's such a process and a grind to make a record and promote a record. When a record comes out, it's almost an afterthought, because you've done 99 percent of the work already. It's kind of like you're almost too exhausted to drag yourself down to the record store. But, when I make a record, my goal is to make another one. I'm still kind of in disbelief that I made four records. It's always the day that you look around and say, "Is this real? Actually, I can go buy my record in the store." For 15 years, that was my dream. So I definitely do not take it for granted. That's for sure

Why are you in disbelief that you were able to record four records?

Well, it's the modern age of the music business. It's not like that happens a lot anymore. The days of the career band are few and far between; the days of the songwriter, you could make a case similar to that. Just to be able to make a living writing songs, to me, is a minor miracle. There are songwriters much better than me who will never get their chance to play on the "Today Show" or go buy their record in the stores. The stars aligned for me, and I'm one of the lucky ones. This could be our last conversation. It's the music business. You're one record away from getting a real job. [Laughs]

Have you heard from a lot of fans who have said your music moved them?

You know, it's nice to read the e-mails. I kind of check every e-mail that comes in, and try to respond to them all. To me, when you're getting a little older, you're always looking for energy and inspiration to do this. From some of the stories and from some of the conversations I have, a lot of these are people who have had tragic things happen to them. Or sometimes they're moments of celebration--weddings, bar mitzvahs--life moments that they apply some of my songs to. It's inspiring. It kind of keeps me going. When you hear 100 kindergartners singing "100 Years" at their graduation, it will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Did that really happen?

Yeah, [laughs] it's amazing. It's weird to see how these songs find their way into culture and where they pop up. For me, I get excited when I hear one of my songs for the opening of the World Series or "Monday Night Football." I'm a sports goofball. I love all that. But then you also see how "100 Years" and songs like "The Riddle" kind of affect people who are struggling at certain points of their lives. If a song is a conduit for them to find some strength within themselves and maybe make their life a little bit better, that's kind of why I got into music in the first place. That's what music does for me.

Tell me about the song "Freedom Never Cries," from the new album.

Yeah. It was definitely a statement song that has a point of view. I think it kind of speaks to the fact that, I know at least for myself, we tend to only appreciate things when we need them. The chorus of that song says "I never loved the soldier until there was a war / Or thought about tomorrow 'til my baby hit the floor." I know I never started thinking about my future until I had my children. I never talked to God until somebody was about to die. My grandmother passed away last year--she was 93. She had a great life. It's funny that I tend to find religion when I need it. Or when somebody's sick. My dad had heart surgery this year, and it's amazing how religious I was that week. Freedom's similar. Growing up here in the bubble of the United States, we are statistically lucky to be born into this country where freedom, to us, seems natural. We couldn't imagine anything else. I think sometimes we don't recognize that. Freedom never cries. Freedom doesn't sit in the corner and whine and make us recognize it, per se. I think if you look at the world in general today, many countries don't experience the same freedom of expression, freedom of religion, women's rights, freedom of the press that we have. Obviously, that leads to a majority of the world's conflicts today. I wanted to recognize that, "Hey, freedom has a price, it's not a gift." It's a little reminder to ourselves, we're some of the lucky ones here.

How long did it take you to produce "Two Lights"?

Two years. [Laughs] Basically, for one year, I was spinning my wheels and throwing everything in the trash with the exception of "The Riddle," which took me a year and a half to write. That song was pain and suffering. For about a year, I wrote a bunch of songs, and I didn't feel inspired after coming back to them. [Then] I kind of got on a roll a little bit. I got in a little groove, and kind of said what I wanted to say. I wrote about the experiences that I had. I went in and really quickly did the record in about four months, which for me is really fast. I got put on the fast track. As you get older and you grow as a songwriter, your range of acceptability shrinks. You become more critical of yourself. And I think, for some people, it shrinks to nothing. That's why people just can't write anymore. They just critique their own music. I understand some of that. Hopefully, there's 10 songs there that people can find something in. I feel comfortable presenting [them].

You say "The Riddle" took a year and a half to write. Was that because it's a fairly emotional song?

It was more of the context of the song. There are only a couple people who have the pretension to write about the riddle of life [Laughs]--me being one of them. Obviously, I'm not going to solve the riddle of life in 3 minutes and 40 seconds when we've had 10,000 years to try and figure it out. In the beginning, I really wanted to write a riddle. I couldn't write the riddle. I couldn't write a good enough riddle to have the song work. Then it started morphing into this father-son kind of purpose song. A guy goes through his life looking for a purpose, and his son, with the clarity of a 5-year-old, reveals to him what makes life worth living at least for him. That really made sense for me because I have two little kids at home. For me, my answer lays with them. Lyrics to me are so hard. They really kind of separate the songwriter from the pop star. I'm not the greatest lyricist in the world, and it takes me a long time to get it right. It's funny. I wrote "Superman" in about 45 minutes. I wrote "100 Years" in about six weeks. And I wrote "The Riddle" in about a year and a half. So, something's occurring here. For me, it was a tough song to write. I can show you 100 permutations of that lyric. Some songs come that way. Some songs take forever. Some songs you have to craft to death. And some songs just pop out of thin air. "Road to Heaven," I basically wrote the lyric in an afternoon, wrote the music the next day, and it was done. It's just the nature of songwriting. You never know how they come. You take the gifts when they come. I know that much.

What was it like to work with producer Curt Schneider?

Curt's been my bass player for five years. We co-produced the record. Curt and Andrew [Williams, guitarist] both played on the last record that we did with Bill Bottrell. When it came time to produce this record, kind of by default, I found my self sitting there making the record. Producers we were interested in either weren't interested in us, or were busy. I had to make a record, so I bought a studio, I bought an E board [an interactive digital performance instrument], a bunch of mikes, some compressors, and we set up the space. We got Joey Waronker, one of the greatest drummers on the planet, to play drums. We just set up and started recording. Producing one's own record definitely brings a little pain and suffering. But it also brings the reward of, "Hey, good bad or ugly, this was my vision. This is our work. I can't blame anyone but myself."



On his third disc, the one-man musical marvel known as Five for Fighting proves yet again that all that's standing between him and peace of mind--not the fleeting kind, but full-on, to-the-bone, heart-and soul-cleansing peace of mind--is a song. Two Lights picks up where America Town left off, diving smack-dab into the national consciousness and hitting, predictably, a sorrowful spot. First track "Freedom Never Cries" is a self-skewering lament that calls out to complacent countrymen by way of confession and an artful, piano-enhanced weighing of consequence. It's followed by "World," which reminds unpreachily, and not unpleasantly, that "history starts now." Where Two Lights better resembles 2004's hugely successful The Battle for Everything is in its more inward-looking tracks, the tender first single "The Riddle" among them. There, and on the near criminally pretty "I Just Love You," the mush-hearted may find themselves fighting the urge to hug the closest stranger. But despite his now-dependable dips into mopiness, John Ondrasik--Five for Fighting to you and the rest of the world--doesn't deny himself the opportunity to rock when he wants to. If anything makes this guy happy, it's the state of California: on "California Justice," he kicks off his shoes and works on his tan like a latter-day Beach Boy from the dark side, and "'65 Mustang" rambles down the coast with the kind of carefree vibe that, outside of a song, only a convertible can deliver.

Bin Laden: I (eee-I-eee-I) will always love, Whitney Houston?

Bin Laden: I (eee-I-eee-I) will always love, Whitney Houston?
22/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) In what some may consider a bizarre revelation into the mind of Osama bin Laden, his alleged former sex slave Kola Boof claims the man had a huge crush on Whitney Houston.

"He said that he had a paramount desire for [Houston] and although he claimed music was evil, he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting," Boof apparently wrote in her upcoming autobiography, according to the New York Post's Page Six. "He said he wanted to give [her] a mansion that he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to possess Whitney, he would be willing to break his colour rule and make her one of his wives."

Boof, who was a writer on the soap opera Days of Our Lives until she was reportedly fired last month, continued, "[He would say] how beautiful she is, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and her husband Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have women's husbands killed."

Britney blows big bucks in minutes

Britney blows big bucks in minutes
22/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (KP International) On the heels of last week's reports that Kevin Federline could be nearing bankruptcy, his wife Britney Spears (who clearly doesn't have to worry about money) was recently spotted on a shopping spree.

The eight-month pregnant Spears, who looked like she was ready to pop when she introduced her hubby on the Teen Choice Awards, was seen scouring the racks in Los Angeles while her 11-month-old son, Sean Preston, took a nap in the car (with a security guard watching over his slumbers).

"She seemed in good spirits but there was no ring on her finger," said a source. "She was also having a good look at all the baby clothes, especially all the cute little T-shirts."

In a matter of 30 minutes the pop princess was said to have dropped US$5,000 on items that supposedly included maternity jeans, perfume, a straw hat and a designer bag.

Black tops best bud poll

Black tops best bud poll
22/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) The votes are in, people have voiced their opinion and the king (of kong) has been crowned; Jack Black was named the celebrity people would most want as a best bud, according to a poll conducted by Yahoo! Entertainment.

"Good looks and fame may be important in Hollywood, but Jack Black has proven that in the real world people prefer someone who combines a larger-than-life personality with a sensitive side," said Jayne Cherrington, a spokesperon for Yahoo! Entertainment.

The runner-up was Johnny Depp followed by Will Smith. On the other end of the spectrum, a couch jumper does not seem to be best friend material as Tom Cruise bottomed out the poll with a measly three percent of the votes.

"Everyone has heard of Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson but obviously they're not viewed as ideal 'friend material' by people in the UK," said Cherrington. "Jack Black seems to be an all round favourite someone who fans believe they can have a few beers and a great night out with as well as a guy who would be a good listener and a shoulder to cry on."

Dallas star goes to the stars

Dallas star goes to the stars
22/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Victoria Principal, former star of the prime-time soap Dallas, has been given the go-ahead to blast off into space in the year 2008.

Principal's dreams of being an astronaut were nearly dashed as her diagnosis of the blood disorder Intravascular Hypercoagulation could have held her back. To address the situation, Principal turned to homeopathic remedies that seem to have solved her medical problem and in turn helped her pass the mandatory physical exam.

"It's something I've wanted to do for over a decade, so now I'm an ambassador to space for Virgin Galactic and I will be one of the first female astronauts to go up," said the 60-year-old. "I passed the physical, I go into training next year and I go up in June 2008."

Heidi hopes to have lots of kids

Heidi hopes to have lots of kids
22/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) - Heidi Klum already has two children and one on the way, but it sounds like her and hubby Seal are hoping to have more.

"We want to have a lot of children," Klum told Life magazine. "[Seal] always says that he finds me the most beautiful when I'm pregnant."

The German supermodel married the British singer just over a year ago and already the couple has an 11-month-old son named Henry, who became sister to Klum's two-year-old daughter Leni, from a previous relationship with Formula One manager Flavio Briatore.

Catch the model turned host searching for the next big designer in the third cycle of Project Runway, which is already airing in the US and returns to Canadian airways September 4th on the Life Network.

Scrubs star pops the question

Scrubs star pops the question
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

CALIFORNIA (KP International) - John C McGinley, the actor who plays Dr Perry Cox on the TV sitcom Scrubs, proposed to his girlfriend Nichole Kessler over the weekend.

"At about 9:30 this morning I asked Nicole to come down to the lower part of the garden with me in Malibu. I wanted to show her some different flower ideas I had. And I had the rock in my pocket," McGinley said to People magazine while walking the red carpet before the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles on Saturday (August 19).

McGinley proved to be a romantic with the rocks on the ring symbolizing various sentiments: "I wanted it to be a big rock in the middle, which is Nicole because she is the rock in this relationship. And then on either side of that diamond, I put a carat, and that represents me and my son, Max. The other stones represent the kids to come."

Kessler, who is a yoga teacher and 13 years his junior, was quick to reply. "I instantly said yes," she said. "And then I think I was speechless for about five minutes after John told me what the diamonds meant. I was just in tears and just beside myself. I'm still beside myself."

Richie roars over weight-ist photog

Richie roars over weight-ist photog
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Socialite Nicole Richie has become defensive of her emaciated figure and recently struck out at a photographer who called out, "Nicole, you look disgusting. Gain some f*cking weight!"

Richie reportedly told Us Weekly, "You don't scream at people that are overweight, so what makes people think that they have the right to scream at me that I am underweight? It's upsetting and mean. I am not anorexic. At that moment, I was just sick of everyone constantly bothering me about how I look.

"I walked up to the photographer and told him, 'What if I really had anorexia? What if I had a disease? How would you feel about saying such horrible things?' He probably just wanted to get a rise out of me, but I'm a human being and he hurt my feelings."

Hurley goes organic

Hurley goes organic
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Elizabeth Hurley is apparently looking to make a bit of a career shift from the glamorous world of celebrity-dom to getting her hands dirty by setting up an organic farm on her estate in England.

"It's the best thing I've ever done," said the Austin Powers star. "It's the only place I want to be. When we get our organic status we're going to farm properly and we're going to have a herd of cows and proper sheep and proper chickens, and we're going to have small amounts of Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. I've joined the breeders' club already and I'm quite excited about it. I would like to go for some kind of organic food production and I plan to do it maybe something Indian."

The actress, who is set to wed her beau Arun Nayar, must first get a seal of approval from the Soil Association in order to gain official organic status.

Gran wiped that s-Cowell off Simon's face

Gran wiped that s-Cowell off Simon's face
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Snarky Simon Cowell was finally dished a bit of his own medicine when he was put in his place by an 86-year-old great grandmother.

Edna Moore was accompanying her daughter-in-law to The X Factor auditions when she noticed Cowell snickering and became irate when he scoffed at the performance, branding it "lifeless" with a "lack of personality."

Moore approached Cowell and said, "Listen Simon. You want to alter your ways... You think you're better than anybody. I think you were very ignorant. Yes you were ignorant, Simon."

An embarrassed Cowell scurried away muttering an apology. But Moore wasn't through yet, she told the show's producers, "why these girls scream over him, I don't know. He's not good-looking he hasn't even got his own teeth."

Cowell confessed it was a thwarting experience: "I've never been so humiliated in my life... She absolutely wiped the floor with me. When she let rip I turned into a three-year-old because I didn't feel I could argue with a woman who is 86. I have to admit it was fantastic."

Madonna loves Guy

Madonna loves Guy
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) While celebrating her 48th birthday at the chic Lounge Lover bar in London, Madonna took time to express her feelings for her husband, moviemaker Guy Ritchie, whom she called "the love of my life."

A source told the UK's Mirror that Madge got emotional while speaking about Ritchie, 37: "I care for Guy deeply and he is the love of my life. He has changed my life for the better since I met him. I can only thank him for all his support."

Whispers of marital troubles have been making their way through the gossip grapevine, so, as one partygoer said to the Mirror, "The last thing anyone expected was for Madonna to pay such a tribute to Guy. It was incredible to hear her open up and let people know such personal feelings. Guy was beaming and it's clear they're very much in love."

Arquette: Changing the world one pound at a time

Arquette: Changing the world one pound at a time
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) - Patricia Arquette refused to bow to industry pressure when she was asked to lose some residual pregnancy weight for her role as a physic mother of three on NBC's Medium.

"When I started Medium I'd gained a stone and a half [about 21 lbs] from having my daughter Harlow. The producer said, 'Honey, you've got to lose some weight,'" explained the True Romance star. "I felt like saying, 'I don't want to do this job then,' because, to be honest with you, I'm trying to make little changes in the world. If it made any sense for this part - if this part was a supermodel or anorexic - then okay. But DuBois is a mother of three in a long-term marriage. It doesn't make sense."

Arquette reprises her role as paranormal expert Allison DuBois for the third season of Medium, which moves to Sundays at 10pm ET on NBC this fall.

Haley Joel Osment's first scandal?

Haley Joel Osment's first scandal?
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) Haley Joel Osment, the once-cute child star, has morphed into an adolescent with a now-tainted record.

Osment, who starred in M Night Shyamalan's 1999 hit The Sixth Sense, was allegedly charged with three misdemeanours: driving under the influence, possession of marijuana while driving and driving with a .05 percent blood alcohol level or higher while under the age of 21.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 20 when Osment crashed his car severely enough to send him to the hospital where he was treated for a broken rib and an injury to his shoulder.

Osment, now 18-years-old, next stars in the sports drama Home of the Giants, costarring up-and-comer Danielle Panabaker, 18, from Sky High and Canada's Kenneth Mitchell, 31.

Longoria's sexy long-distance relationship

Longoria's sexy long-distance relationship
21/08/2006 12:00:00 AM

(KP International) - While some people find distance and time apart can ruin a relationship, Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria insists it makes hers stronger.

"It's like being in a long distance relationship except we make it a point to spend almost every weekend together," Longoria said about being with her NBA star boyfriend Tony Parker. "And when we're together, we're always so glad to see each other that we never waste any time arguing or worrying about stupid things like you do if you're constantly at home with someone and things become routine."

With Parker's hectic travelling schedule, the couple's romance is far from routine, but that, Longoria points out, has its perks. "This way I get to travel a lot to wherever he's on the road or getting to visit his family in France," she said. "It's a very sexy kind of thing to be with someone who's on the road like Tony. You develop this tremendous sense of anticipation and longing for the other person because you're forced to spend a lot of time apart."

Beyonce Brought Back Her Bounce

Beyonce brought back her bounce
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM 
(KP International) Beyonce Knowles declared her appreciation for her curvy figure, which she got back after losing weight for a film role.
Knowles lost her bootylicousness for her role in the movie musical Dreamgirls by abstaining from solid foods; but it's not something she'd recommended as a means for shedding a few pounds.
"It was a liquid diet where you lose weight really fast," said Knowles during Britain's GMTV morning show. "I would not recommend it if someone wasn't doing a movie, because there are other ways to lose weight. But I [needed] to lose it really quick, and I put the weight back on as soon as I finished, so I am no smaller or bigger than I've always been. It was strictly for the movie.'
While taking weight off may not be fun, putting it back on can be quite yummy. "The [most fun] part was putting the weight back on and eating my doughnuts and all the other things," she said. "So now I'm back to my body. I'm very conscious of being a curvy woman and I'm very happy that I am a curvy woman."

Musical casting

Musical casting
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM 
(KP International) It has recently been announced that Christopher Walken will be playing Mr Turnblad to John Travolta's Mrs in the remake of the musical Hairspray.
"Chris was the person [my co-lyricist and composer] Scott [Wittman] and I wanted in the first place," said Marc Shaiman. "It seems like his part allows him to coalesce all this skills into one role. I am constantly pessimistic, but I look at this cast and feel like I've fallen into an old MGM musical."
The role was played by Jerry Stiller in the original and his wife by the late obese drag queen Divine. Other familiar faces from the original 1988 movie that inspired the Broadway show include washed-out talk show host Ricki Lake as the lead and Blondie's Debbie Harry (whose role is filled by Michelle Pfeiffer in the upcoming version).
In other musical news, Warner Bros and DreamWorks have decided to team up for the Tim Burton movie version of the dark comedic musical Sweeney Todd. Burton has reportedly already signed Johnny Depp to the role of the demonic barber title character.

Justin: Hicks can't carry a tune in a bucket?

Justin: Hicks can't carry a tune in a bucket?
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) - Don't expect Justin Timberlake to sing the praises of current American Idol Taylor Hicks especially after JT reportedly insulted the "soul patrol" icon's pipes.
"People think [Hicks] looks so normal and he's so sweet and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket," Timberlake reportedly confessed to Fashion Rocks magazine.
The 25-year-old singer turned actor also apparently had doubts about Hicks' staying power. "If he has any skeletons whatsoever if, God forbid, he's gay and all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like 'Oh, my God, I voted for a queer!' It's just too much pressure."
Since the Timberlake quotes have surfaced, his publicist, Ken Sunshine, has set the record straight about the apparent verbal attack. "These comments are taken completely out of context," Sunshine told the Washington Post. "[Justin] only wishes him well."
Timberlake's next solo album FutureSex/LoveSounds is set to hit shelves September 12.

Paris famous for being famous for being famous...

Paris famous for being famous for being famous...
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Is celebutante Paris Hilton famous for no particular skill or talent (everyone seemed to know her name prior to her homemade video, reality show, "acting" career and "music" path)? Is she just famous for being famous (or rich and...)? Whatever the reason, she's everywhere these days and though we may not understand why, she'll be going down in history books. Make that book. The Guinness Book of World Records has reportedly decided to induct the hotel heiress for being the most overrated celebrity, according to a spokesperson from the renowned record book.
Apparently Hilton's name cropped up on countless magazine polls in which readers voted for their least favourite and most overrated celebrity. While topping these polls says something about Hilton, it could also be a comment on our society in which we're inundated by so many annoying stars (like James Blunt who was voted more annoying than a paper cut in a UK poll) that we feel the need to find the most detested and irritating. Granted there are many to chose from; apparently mother of the year Britney Spears and couch-jumping Tom Cruise also made the list.

Dorffie the pooh?

Dorff-ie the pooh?
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Stephen Dorff recently compared himself to a teddy bear; a cute and cuddly blond one that's just waiting to be squeezed and loved.
"Right now I'm single and I admit I'm lonely," said the 33-year-old Blade star. "I see myself as a teddy bear who needs to be cuddled. But it's impossible to keep a relationship going at this stage partly because of the work I do."
Guess that statement means things didn't work out with his rumoured girlfriend, Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding.
While Dorff may be single at the moment, he has certainly dated his share of Hollywood hotties over the years. The list stems all the way back to the third grade when he reportedly dated (or whatever dating is at that age) then child star Drew Barrymore. Rumoured to also be on his list of exgirlfriends are the original Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, model/actress Milla Jovovich, Canadian Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and a few models.

No love for Lohan

No love for Lohan
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Lindsay Lohan will reportedly be shown no love from Justin Timberlake's reps, who have allegedly barred her from attending JT's showcase of his new album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
"Justin's gig will be packed with Hollywood A-listers and a lot of important names in music," a source was quoted as saying in the UK's Sun. "The last thing his label wants is Lindsay getting hammered and making a spectacle of herself, taking attention away from Justin and his new album. He has a lot riding on his big comeback and he doesn't need any distractions."
One wonders if the queen of pop pulled a teeny-bopper tantrum upon hearing of her snub.

Kutcher's familial devotion

Kutcher's familial devotion
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Ashton Kutcher declared his love and devotion to the family he wed into when he married Demi Moore last year and became stepfather to her three daughters.
"I can't help talking about my marriage and my love, because it's all tied together," the A Lot Like Love star said to Parade magazine. "When it comes down to it, my family is what I do everything for. We waited to get married until we felt like we were already married."
The 15-year age gap in the May-December relationship between Kutcher and Moore doesn't seem to bother him in the least. Despite the fact that he's closer in age to the daughters than the mother, he feels very much like a fatherly figure (even though he was only 10 when the eldest, Rumer, was born, 13 when Scout was and 15 when the youngest, Tallulah, popped out).
"There is not a human being I could love more than those girls and their mom," Kutcher stated. "If I had a daughter of my blood, I wouldn't love that child any more. I feel like I have three kids, and we'll see whether we're given another child."

Aniston angered over fictitious "facts"

Aniston angered over fictitious "facts"
18/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Jennifer Aniston was horrified to discover fabricated facts about her personal life and rumoured engagement to Vince Vaughn were being falsely reported by trusted news sources. In order to set the record straight Aniston called People magazine to clarify: "I'm not engaged and I don't have a ring and I haven't been proposed to."
Tittle-tattle surrounding the supposed engagement of Aniston and Vaughn has been showing up in tabloids for weeks if not months. "Normally we don't even acknowledge these things because they're endless," said the disgruntled actress. "My dad calls and he says, 'Honey, it's on the CNN crawl,' and I'm going, 'Wait a second!' When it starts to travel over into the Today show and CNN and supposedly reliable and accurate news programs, then you just go, 'This is insane.' People are getting fed a lot of bull."
The Rumor Has It... star seemed disheartened to discover so-called legit news sources were spreading fictitious stories. "The only reason I'm saying something is because if we're listening to the news, we're supposed to be believing in the news. Tabloids are going to lie all the time. You're prepared for that. But it's the news. And you think, 'Well, we need to trust what our newscasters are saying when we have this horrific situation that's actually taking place in the world... The American people need to believe in [the news]."

Beyonce misses fatal brawl

Beyonce misses fatal brawl
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
LONDON (KP International) Beyonce reportedly avoided a scary situation when a fight at the London club she was heading to, Kabaret Prophecy, turned into a fatal stabbing farther down the road.
"Beyonce was launching her new album," a source said. "She had been in the restaurant Nobu for dinner and had asked someone to arrange for them all to go down to Kabaret, but their car was stopped. She was told by police to return to her hotel."
Apparently a fight had broken out in the club and people had been kicked out. Reports indicate the fight continued down the street where a 24-year-old unidentified victim was stabbed and died later in the hospital.
"Neither of the clientele had been seen in the club before," said a spokesperson for the club. "Security were satisfied the fight had stopped, but unfortunately it continued. Kabaret is offering a substantial reward to any witnesses who help police find the attacker."

Woods Chucks Girlfriend

Woods chucks girlfriend
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) James Woods has reportedly dumped his less than half his age girlfriend, Ashley Madison.
Woods, who enters seniorhood at 60 next year, supposedly "[saw] the light" about his 20-year-old (now ex) girlfriend after she showed no grace and a lack of respect at his brother's funeral, where she allegedly showed up wearing "a three-inch miniskirt and chain-smoking."
Scott Sandler, a friend of the actor, told the New York Daily News that, "At the funeral she was concerned about the amount of magazines she was in. Jimmy was on his knees with tears staining his shirt, and she was showing pictures of herself. Jimmy was so overcome by grief his blood pressure went through the roof early last week, and he had to go to the hospital. When he came out, it was like he had seen the light."
Sandler didn't hold back his true feelings about Madison, calling her, "the anti-Christ. She truly has the soul of a moth and the brain of a dead trout."

City Slickers' Bruno Kirby dies at 57

City Slickers' Bruno Kirby dies at 57
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
LOS ANGELES (KP International) - Hollywood just lost a friend.
Character actor Bruno Kirby died in Los Angeles from leukemia-related complications August 14.
The 57-year-old actor who is perhaps most famous for his role as Billy Crystal's best friend in When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers, had only recently been diagnosed with the disease.
"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno's fans and colleagues who have admired and respected his work over the past 30 years," said the actor's wife, Lynn Sellers, in a statement. "Bruno's spirit will continue to live on not only in his rich body of film and television work but also through the lives of individuals he has touched throughout his life."
Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr was born in New York in 1949 and later won roles in The Godfather: Part II, Good Morning, Vietnam and Donnie Brasco. Most recently he appeared as a producer pining for his lost Shrek doll on HBO's Entourage.

Aguilera's trust issues

Aguilera's trust issues
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Christina Aguilera sings high praises for her hubby, Jordan Bratman, who she claims is strong enough to deal with her success.
"I find males in the spotlight to be a bit full of themselves the ones I encounter anyway," Aguilera said. "[I chose] a strong man who is not intimidated by what I do which is another issue for a woman who is successful finding a man who can deal with it. Truly, an angel came to me the day I met my husband."
Prior to Bratman, the Dirrty singer said she had difficulty trusting people. "I had huge, huge trust issues, and not only with men, but also with people in general," she said. "Especially getting success at a young age you're going to have a lot of snakes around you. People who want to take from you anything they can. Who latch on. I've had so many crazies around me."

Ryder's crush on Keanu

Ryder's crush on Keanu
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Winona Ryder has confessed she has a crush on her A Scanner Darkly costar Keanu Reeves.
"Keanu knows I have a huge crush on him," said the 34-year-old actress. "I tell him all the time. My character cares very much about Keanu's character, and with Keanu it's very easy to care about him."
Ryder and Reeves are among the starstudded cast of Richard Linklater's sci-fi thriller, which also stars Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr.
While Ryder spoke adoringly about the movie and also the Philip K Dick novel it was based on, she did have one regret: "I was frustrated because we didn't get to make out properly."
Perhaps she'll have better luck in her upcoming film Alpha Numeric in which she's set to costar with Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Lambert.

Dark days for The Darkness' Hawkins

Dark days for The Darkness' Hawkins
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) Justin Hawkins, the spandex-clad frontman for the Brit glam rock band The Darkness, has reportedly checked himself in to The Priory, a rehabilitation clinic in London.
"Justin's been feeling really low of late and he wanted to go somewhere he could clear his head," a source said to the UK's Mirror. "He's been looking terrible at the moment. His skin's taken on a weird yellow pallor. The Priory really is the best place for him."
Hawkins, who had previously admitted to battling an eating disorder, had to drop out of a festival in Denmark on doctor's orders. The band posted a statement from the doctor on their website: "It is of paramount importance that [Justin] rests and recuperates over the next two weeks. I have advised him to cancel all work-related activities."

Bond and things that go 'BOO'

Bond and things that go 'boo'
17/08/2006 12:00:00 AM
(KP International) The latest Bond flick, Casino Royale, seems to be plagued with all sorts of bad karma and now it's getting positively ghostly.
From the backlash over the choice of Daniel Craig for Bond (not only is there a website with a boycott against him, but his own father was quoted as saying "Is he a wimp? No, I wouldn't like to call him that to his face"), to the recent fire which destroyed the film set, the latest incident to haunt the film is a ghost.
Apparently the jet plane that part of the movie was filmed on is haunted so some crew members refused to go onboard. "We were asked to stay on it overnight for one scene, but several of the crew refused," said one behind the scenes source. "Some won't get on board at all because of the ghost. It's been a real problem."
David McAllister, a spokesperson for where the plane is stored, said, "I cannot discuss the film but I am aware of the plane being haunted. Everyone knows the story."