Archive for September 2008

Accident shelves ‘Rock of Love’

“Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” has been sidelined for the moment. The show was temporarily stopped after a crew member was involved in a fatal accident.

According to police reports, 51 Minds Entertainment crew member Dennis Hernandez fell asleep while driving. Two people were killed and others injured Friday afternoon.

The Chicago Tribune reports that two 19-year-olds, Yasmin Jackson and Kevetta Davis, were killed “…when a driver … apparently fell asleep, his vehicle crossed a median and slammed into the students’ SUV.”

Hernandez was cited for driving with a suspended license and other offenses. He was driving a truck carrying sound equipment for the show.

The latest cycle of the reality program has the women living on a tour bus and traveling across the country with Michaels on a month-long tour.

According to VH1′s blog: “Bret Michaels has requested that his participation in the production of the series be temporarily suspended in deepest sympathy as he attempts to reach out to the families of the victims. … Michaels had left Illinois early Friday morning and was not near the scene of the accident.”

Michaels released a statement saying: “As a father of two, I cannot even imagine what the families must be going through at this time. I will make every attempt to reach out to them to let them know that my heart and prayers are with them during their time of grief.”

However, The Chicago Tribune reports that Yasmin’s aunt “said neither Michaels nor anyone at VH1 had contacted the family.”

Supernatural Sneak Peek

Celebutopia has a special sneak peek at this week’s third episode of “Supernatural,” entitled “In the Beginning.” The series raced back to the screen two weeks ago with the return of Dean Winchester from hell, with a little heavenly assistance.

The new episode, set to air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW, features “X-Files” and “Stargate: Atlantis” alum Mitch Pileggi as Sam and Dean Winchester’s maternal grandfather and begins with the angel Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) transporting Dean (Jensen Ackles) back in time to Lawrence, Kansas in 1973.

Click here to view the clip

Badu’s having a baby!

It will be child number three for singer Erykah Badu. At a performance Saturday, Badu revealed a baby bump beneath her smiley-face tee.

She has one son, Seven Sirius, 10, with Outkast’s Andre Benjamin and a daughter, Pump Rose, 4, with rapper The D.O.C.

Badu is dating rapper Jay Electronica, although she will not confirm or deny that he is the father.

24′s Marisol Nichols welcomes baby girl

It took less than 24 hours for “24″ actress Marisol Nichols to deliver her first child.

Rain India Lexton was born to Nichols and her husband, director Taron Lexton early Tuesday. The bundle of joy was a bit early, who had a pink-themed baby shower in August and was expecting her daughter to arrive in October.

She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz.

“We are all doing great,” the new parents said. “She is beautiful and gorgeous and more amazing than we ever imagined.”

Wahlberg names his kid

Mark Wahlberg and his fiancee Rhea Durham have named their newborn son, according to E! News.

A source close to the family says the couple named him Brendan Joseph. The newest Wahlberg was born Sept. 16. He was 7 pounds, 10 ounces. He’s the third child in the household and joins Michael, 2, and Ella, 4.

The couple has not officially commented on the birth. They plan to wed in an intimate ceremony in summer 2009.

Barack Rocks!

Barack Obama rocks. Or will rock anyway. Rockers Bruce Stringstreen and Billy Joel will host their first joint concert ever to benefit the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama will attend the concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 16, the day after Obama’s final debate with Republican John McCain.

I remember seeing Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper and My Morning Jacket back in 2004, hosted by MoveOn.org, and if awesome concerts like this result, I could stand a few more elections.

Of course, those tickets were a bit cheaper. This concert starts at $500 and range up to $10,000. Hmm, and I thought this was a Democratic function, not a Republican…

Hudgens has new home

When I was 19, I was living out of the bottom of a bunk bed and about ten square feet of college dorm room space.

Not so much for Vanessa Hudgens. The 19-year-old actress shelled out $2.75 million on a mansion. She took her “High School Musical” paychecks and poured them into a six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom, 5,200 sq ft house in Studio City, California.

The real estate listing says:
“This is a spectacular old-world Tuscan, architectural manor with Moroccan influences and city light views.

“It has amazing custom stacked stone, saline Pebble-Tech pool/spa, waterfalls, cabana, BBQ island, hardwood and stone floors, the ultimate gourmet kitchen, Thermador appliances, windows, copper sinks, Arte de Mexico wrought iron and a wine cellar with glass doors.”

Hudgens told reporters about the impending purchase during the Teen Choice Awards in August.

She said: “My favorite thing about being in Los Angeles is probably just being in my house. I actually just bought a new house, so I will be able to stay there now!

“I’m still in the process of buying it, so I am kind of freaked out. My family actually found it for me so I’m glad they approve as well.”

Yeah, my mom is just proud that I haven’t been evicted yet.

Sienna Miller wins damages

Sienna Miller has won damages of nearly $50,000 from a British newspaper after photos of her were published which she claims were an invasion of privacy.

Miller was furious with the Daily Star for publishing pictures of her in LA in September, and accused publishing chiefs of violating her privacy, they settled out of court and agreed to print an apology.

It’s not the first time Miller has won damages and it probably won’t be the last either, she is currently in the middle of a legal action against two British tabloids and a photo agency after images of her and married actor Balthazar Getty were published.
When it comes to love triangles I think she should have been more careful and most certainly more discreet.

To be famous has its pitfalls, none other than the paparazzi hounding you, but there are plenty of famous people out there who manage to avoid this kind of attention, may be they could pass on a few tips to the likes of Miller, I think she needs them!

Megan Fox: No.1 Fiancee

Well, this girl certainly isn’t backward in coming forward… and boasts that she’s the best fiancee that her boyfriend Brian Austin Green could ever wish for, lucky boy, she says because she is essentially a “man with a vagina”.
Although voted the sexiest woman in the world she claims she’s a tom-boy who loves computer games and watching sports.
She tells GQ magazine, “That’s the upside of dating a woman that’s almost a man. She likes the same things that you like, but she has a vagina.”
The couple have been engaged for 2 years now!
So now we know what men want.

Naomi Campbell blames 9/11 attacks for her behaviour at airport!

Where do these celebs get off? Now we have supermodel Naomi Campbell blaming the events of 9/11 for her spat with British Airways (BA).
She was escorted off a plane at Heathrow in April and taken into custody after spitting at a police officer during a fight over her luggage. She was sentenced to do community service in London but claims that she was provoked after a racial slur.
Campbell was once a loyal BA customer, but says now that she will not set foot on another BA plane (big sigh of relief) as she feels the 9/11 attacks have changed air travel for good. No shit? A vast majority of people feel like this but they don’t go around assaulting people because of it, what a poor excuse…
She says, “I think after 9/11 you can’t say anything anymore on a plane. I’ve flown British Airways for years, since I was a child. The stewardesses will tell you that I would get on a plane, put on the blanket and go to sleep. I’ll never fly that airline again, but nothing’s really lost. I did get my luggage. I was reunited with my YSL (Yves Saint Laurent), and everything was cool.”
Just goes to show how shallow she really is doesn’t it?

Janet Jackson hospitalized and released – UPDATED

Janet Jackson has been released from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, according to a hospital rep.

According PEOPLE magazine, Jackson was hospitalized after suddenly getting ill during the sound check before her concert in Montreal Monday night and was rushed to the hospital.

“Yesterday evening she was checked into the Royal Victoria Hospital and left a couple of hours later,” Rebecca Burns, the spokeswoman for the McGill University Health Centre, which operates the hospital, told PEOPLE.

Further details of the singer’s condition were not immediately available, and reps for Jackson did not return requests for additional comment.

September 30th Happy Birthday To….

Happy Birthday to Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan (1984), actor Kieran Culkin (1982), “Party of Five” actress Lacey Chabert (1982), Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis (1980), WWE Diva Candice Michelle (1978), “Krippendorf’s Tribe” actress Jenna Elfman (1971), Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac (1964), “The Matrix Reloaded” actress Monica Bellucci (1964), Phish singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio (1964), actress Crystal Bernard (1961), “Pulp Fiction” actor Eric Stoltz (1961), “The Nanny” actress Fran Drescher (1957), “The Brady Bunch” actor Barry Williams (1954), British actor Jack Wild (1952), T. Rex singer Marc Bolan (1947; d. 1977), singer Frankie Lymon (1942; d. 1962), pop singer Johnny Mathis (1935), “Police Woman” actress Angie Dickinson (1931), author Truman Capote (1924; d. 1984), “From Here To Eternity” actress Deborah Kerr (1921), and prolific drummer Buddy Rich (1917; d. 1987).

Joely Fischer adopts baby girl

Joely Fisher and her husband Christopher Duddy announced they have adopted a baby girl.

The actress welcomed new daughter Olivia Luna Fisher-Duddy to the brood, which already includes older brothers, Cameron, 22, Collin, 20, and sisters, Skylar, 7, and True, 2.

The baby girl weighed 7.5 lbs., and was 19.5 inches long when she was born.

Out of respect for the birth mother, no other details are available.

Barker released from hospital

Blink 182 drummer and plane crash survivor Travis Barker was released from the hospital Monday.

After nine days at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., the musician headed back to California.

A source told PEOPLE magazine: “He’s on a bus headed to L.A. Trust me, he will never fly again – ever.”

Meanwhile, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein was among the mourners at a memorial service in Los Angeles Monday for one of the four killed in the Learjet crash, Chris “Lil’ Chris” Baker.

DJ AM arrived in a limousine to attend the service in honor of his close friend and assistant to Barker.

Baker is survived by his wife, Otillia Villar, and 2-year-old son, Sebastian.

Villar requested that people wear green to honor her husband’s memory and, to that end, DJ AM donned a green polo shirt for the service.

DJ AM was released from the burn unit at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. Friday.

Surprise- Ledger’s insurance doesn’t want to pay

And the drama continues with the Heath Ledger estate – this time over a $10 million life insurance policy. John S. LaViolette, a former attorney for the actor, says that Reliastar Life Insurance Co. is trying to avoid paying the claim to Ledger’s daughter, Matilda Rose.

The lawsuit doesn’t mention Ledger or his daughter’s name, but states that it is on behalf of a man who died of “accidental causes on January 22, 2008.” That is the date Ledger was found dead of an apparent accidental prescription drug overdose in New York City.

ReliaStar counters in its legal response that it is seeking more information about whether Ledger may have lied on paperwork and about whether his death may have been a suicide. LaViolette’s lawsuit claims ReliaStar had to investigate any statements Ledger made in paperwork while the actor was still alive.

The suit moved from Los Angeles Superior Court to federal court in august.

A spokesman for the parent company, ING Americas, says no decision on the claim has been made and that no comment could be made.

“There’s a young girl whose father died who is entitled to this money, and ReliaStar is doing everything it can to avoid paying,” said William Shernoff, the attorney representing LaViolette and Matilda Rose, in a press release.

The company is seeking depositions from the masseuse who found Ledger’s body and Mary-Kate Olsen, who received a number of calls after the body was found, as well as Ledger’s co-stars, agents and doctors, says Shernoff.

He accused the insurer of trying to drag out the payment process, saying the lawsuit could take years to resolve.

He also struck out against allegations that Ledger killed himself.

“There’s not a shred of evidence it was suicide,” Shernoff said.

LaViolette’s lawsuit states that he is listed as the beneficiary on Ledger’s policy and is suing to try get the money for Matilda Rose. Ledger made all payments for the policy, according to the suit.

The lawsuit claims ReliaStar sent a letter the week after Ledger’s death seeking medical and pharmaceutical records. Such letters are illegal under California law, LaViolette’s suit says, and should have been made before his death.

A scheduling conference for the case is set for Dec. 1.

‘Eagle Eye’ flies to the top of the box office

“Eagle Eye” soared to the top of the box office this weekend with $29.2 million, according to studio estimates.

In second-place was romantic drama “Nights in Rodanthe” with $13.6 million.

The previous box office champ, “Lakeview Terrace,” fell to No. 3 with $7 million for a ten-day total of $25.7 million.

And in a surprise fourth-place finish was Christian drama “Fireproof,” starring Kirk Cameron as a firefighter who turns to God to help save his marriage. It pulled in $6.5 million.

Spike Lee’s World War II drama “Miracle at St. Anna” opened with just $3.5 million, coming in at No. 9.

The top 10 list is:

1. “Eagle Eye,” $29.2 million.

2. “Nights in Rodanthe,” $13.6 million.

3. “Lakeview Terrace,” $7 million.

4. “Fireproof,” $6.5 million.

5. “Burn After Reading,” $6.2 million.

6. “Igor,” $5.5 million.

7. “Righteous Kill,” $3.803 million.

8. “My Best Friend’s Girl,” $3.8 million.

9. “Miracle at St. Anna,” $3.5 million.

10. “Tyler Perry’s the Family That Preys,” $3.2 million.

Mindy McCready back to jail

Mindy McCready is going back to jail. The country star will surrender to authorities Tuesday and will serve 60 days in a Tennessee jail for a probation violation.

McCready was arrested in June for violating her probation for prescription drug fraud.

In another message on her Web site, McCready said, “I am working very hard to put all of this behind me as quickly as possible so I can get back to what I like to do most: sing, write songs and entertain. I would like to thank my fans for their unwavering support as I continue to work on my recovery and to regain custody of my precious son, Zander.”

The singer headed to rehab July 16 for undisclosed reasons. She served time in 2007 after violating probation on a 2004 drug arrest.

Lucy Pinder selling Pot Noodle?

We all love British glamour model Lucy Pinder, but who would have thought that times were that tough that she had to start selling Pot Noodles on street corners eh?
Just kidding, she was just helping to promote them, and for those of you who haven’t noticed the noodles yet, she is holding them in her left hand……

Posh Spice…Socks ‘n’ Mittens?

No it’s not the title of a new single or album, it’s apparently the bizarre clothing Victoria Beckham wears to bed these days.
If she was back in Britain I could understand it, it’s pretty damp and cold over here right now, but in LA?
Mum of three Victoria applies all manners of lotions and potions on her hands and feet to keep them looking young and smooth and wears the gloves and socks to stop greasing up the bed I presume.

She says that hubby David looks baffled by this bizarre ritual – newsflash, so does the rest of the planet!
She has also started Pilates, as you can wear socks and you don’t sweat!
No doubt her next big thing will be going to a shrink, who will pack her off to the nearest nut-house, give us all a rest from her latest fads and cravings…

Ellen DeGeneres, more in love than ever…………

Ellen DeGeneres feels more in love than ever since marrying long time girlfriend Portia De Rossi last month, and says that she feels ‘blessed’…………how sweet is that?

Since the legalization of gay marriages in California in May this year, DeGeneres has urged people to vote against the state’s Proposition 8 bill which would change the law back to make same-sex marriages illegal.

DeGeneres says that she feels that she has changed for the better and that all she has to remember now is that she has a ‘wife’ instead of girlfriend…………..its a common problem with married men, so dont sweat it love…