Archive for December 2008

Bristol Palin gets big payday for baby pics

The Palin family can now afford all those clothes they “borrowed” from the RNC. Former U.S. vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter Bristol has signed a $300,000 deal with PEOPLE for publication rights to her newborn son. A bidding war broke ought among tabloids, starting at $100,000.

Bristol Palin, 18, delivered Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston in Palmer, Alaska on Saturday. She got knocked up by her longtime boyfriend, Levi Johnston, now an apprentice electrician. The two plan to marry in 2009.

Pattinson’s pretty peepers problematic

Oh, the trials of teen heartthrobs! Robert Pattinson is dreading part of the filming of the upcoming “New Moon.”

Apparently the contacts that give his character of vampire Edward Cullen “topaz” eyes are uncomfortable. I’d think that the millions of dollars he’s getting to appear in the “Twilight” sequel would help.

The British star told UK’s Ok! magazine, “Wearing coloured contact lenses… It was like I constantly had sand in my eyes. I was wearing them for three months constantly and my eyes never ever accepted them! It took me 20 minutes per eye every single day and I ended up having to literally fold it into my eyeball.”

Huh. Can’t get those in soft contacts, folks?

In fact, the hard lenses may inhibit his acting ability, the “two orange blobs” in his eyes making it hard to convey all that angsty emotion.

“It was frustrating as well because normally your eyes are saying something, but if you’ve got two orange blobs in your face it’s so annoying!” said Pattinson. “The director (Catherine Hardwicke) would say, ‘Look at her (Kristen Stewart) like you love her,’ and I’d be like, ‘I’m trying!’ I’m going to have to do it again because we’re making the sequel next year.”

Beckham adds ink over Posh’s protests

David Beckham is sporting new ink. He added two new tattoos to the inside of his heavily-inked left arm.

The design was created by Beckham’s regular artist Louis Malloy and is a Hebrew translation of “My son, do not forget my teaching but keep my commands in your heart.”

The latest pictures also show a wing-shaped tattoo, possibly a cherub to match one on his right arm, on the inside of his upper left arm.

The Daily Mail reports that the tattoos were not popular with Victoria Beckham, who is reportedly furious since she asked him not to add to his tattoos.

Both Posh and Becks have Hebrew already inked on their bods: “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.”

A source told the paper: “Victoria doesn’t think David should have any more tattoos and tried to stop him having another. She likes them but wants a bit of his skin to be left, but David went ahead with it anyway.”

He made the trip to the tattoo parlor while the family spent Christmas at their mansion in Hertfordshire.

Beckham is on loan to the Italian club AC Milan. He arrived in Dubai yesterday for a training session at Al-Nasr’s club grounds. He will compete in the Dubai Football Challenge match against German team Hamburg.

Dane Cook’s bro pleads not guilty

Dane Cook’s half-brother, Darryl McCauley, is denying that he stole millions from his more famous sibling. McCauley pleaded not guilty to three counts of larceny and one count of forgery.

McCauley has been the vice president of Great Dane Enterprises since the 90s, though he was fired about a month ago. He allegedly embezzled more than $10 million from the comedian in a series of thefts that included cashing a forged $3 million check at a bank in downtown Boston, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

After McCauley’s arrest on Tuesday, authorities searched his home in Wilmington and another residence in Maine, where Grundy said they discovered $800,000 in cash in $100 bills.

McCauley was ordered to surrender his passport and held on $3 million bail. He is still in custody and scheduled to return to court Jan. 15.

Possible baby alert for Jen and Ben

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck might have their own New Year’s baby. The duo were spotted by TMZ going into Cedars-Sinai just hours ago. Updates as available…

Mayer runs away from ex

No matter how old you are, how rich, how famous, we’re all still in high school.

John Mayer dodged ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson at Pete Wentz’s exhibit in L.A. Mayer showed up to support his friend’s art effort, “Without You I’m Just Me” at Gallery1988, but skipped out early when he heard his ex would make an appearance.

“John showed up early for the public viewing and took pictures with fans, but left before the VIP portion of the evening started,” an insider told the New York Daily News. “He wanted to be there for Pete, but wanted more to avoid the possibility of a dramatic encounter with Jess.”

Don’t worry, John. She’s dating the quarterback and you’ve got the homecoming queen. Just move your locker to the other end of the hallway and duck into the boys room when you see her.

Barkley, ‘Trading Spaces’ bad boy booked for DUIs

Former NBA player Charles Barkley took a few too many shots of a different sort. He was pulled over for running a stop sign at about 1:30 a.m. in Scottsdale, Ariz., reported E! News.

According to the incident report, Lt. Eric Shuhandler smelled alcohol on Barkley’s breath and administered standard field sobriety tests.

The Hall of Famer was then arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving and his 2005 Infiniti was impounded. He was cited and released following a blood test.

“He was cooperative and respectful during the entire incident,” Shuhandler said.

Another star was not so lucky. “Trading Spaces” decorator Doug Wilson spent a night behind bars after he was arrested early Tuesday morning for driving under the influence.

The designer failed to yield to a police vehicle, which had its lights and sirens wailing, chasing him through Decatur County at about 1 a.m.

Bad idea, Doug.

According to a spokeswoman for the Decatur County Jail, Wilson was pulled over and taken into custody and charged him with many, many things: aggravated DUI, driving on a suspended license, failing to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle and unlawful transportation of alcohol. He was booked into Decatur County Jail and released on $1,000 bond a few hours later.

Britney’s bro getting married

Also getting hitched, possibly during the New Year’s holiday, is Britney Spears big brother. Bryan Spears is newly engaged to Graciella Sanchez, the manager for Jamie Lynn Spears. The couple have known each other for years, but began dating only recently.

Sanchez is a Yale alum and helped found one Talent Management. Bryan worked as a producer on Jamie Lynn’s “Zoey 101″.

Sources tell PEOPLE that the wedding could happen as soon as New Year’s. Britney, who flew to Louisiana on Sunday with her sons Jayden James, 3, and Preston, 2, is expected to attend the wedding.

Idol alum Glocksen to wed

American Idol star Gina Glocksen will ring in the New Year with a new husband. The singer plans to marry longtime boyfriend Joe Ruzicka on New Year’s Eve.

A non-denominational ceremony is slated for Glocksen, who was a top 10 finalist during the sixth season of the Fox hit, and Ruzicka, a teacher. Fellow contestants Jordin Sparks and Haley Scarnato will serve as bridesmaids.

The couple met in 2005 when she successfully auditioned to sing with his band. He proposed Aug. 7, 2007 during an Idol tour performance, in front of a live audience at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

Dane Cook’s brother in hot water

I guess I’ll stop bugging my sister for the 20 bucks she owes me. Dane Cook’s brother, Darryl McCauley, is set to be arraigned Wednesday morning on larceny and forgery charges for allegedly stealing millions from his little brother between July 2007 and December 2008.

The Boston Herald reported that Cook’s brother/business manager (hopefully former) was arrested Tuesday by Massachusetts State Police after a two-week investigation.

McCauley, 43, faces two counts of larceny of more than $250, forgery and larceny by continuous scheme. The authorities allege that he transferred money from his client’s account into his own without permission, at one point forging a $3 million check.

New Year with old friends for Aniston


Not only did Jennifer Aniston spend Christmas with her bestest bud, Courtney Cox Arquette, she’s ringing in the New Year with the Courtney, her husband David and their daughter Coco.

The quartet arrived in Los Cabos over the weekend and are staying just a short drive away from her boyfriend, John Mayer. The musician is staying there with his brothers at a property connected to the place where Aniston is staying by a private beach.

Simpson rushes to Romo’s side

Jessica Simpson rushed to her boyfriend’s side when she found out that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback had collapsed after the game Sunday.

A source told PEOPLE “She got on a red eye flight right when she found out, and arrived at 5 a.m. (that) morning.”

Romo is suffering pain from torn cartilage in his ribs and collapsed in the shower of the team’s locker room.

The torn cartilage popped out of place twice during the game and again afterward, which is what caused him to collapse, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Madison and Angel spotted ring shopping

Holly Madison has been a Playgirl but is she about to become an Angel? No, not a Victoria Secret Angel.

The former Girl Next Door was spotted shopping for rings in Las Vegas with her boyfriend, “Mindfreak” illusionist Criss Angel.

An eyewitness told E! News that Madison and Angel hit Berger & Son Fine Jewelers in the Fashion Show mall at about 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

“They were looking at one ring and Criss said, ‘Would you marry me?’ ” the spy said. “Holly didn’t say anything. She just looked at him.”

They scampered off when they noticed a crowd beginning to form in front of the store.

“Criss handed the ring back to the sales guy and said, ‘Thanks,’ ” the spy said.

Reps for both deny that the ring is an engagement one, claiming it was a flower ring for Madison’s birthday.

Still, everything might be on track for a second wedding at the Playboy Mansion this summer (Kendra Wilkinson and NFL star Hank Bassett are set to say their vows there in June).
Madison and Angel’s families met for the first time last week when they celebrated Christmas together in Vegas.

Bristol Palin gives birth

About this time two months ago, Sarah Palin was hoping to be vice president (or, you known, a heart attack or two, president), but she’ll have to settle for Grandma.

Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, gave birth on Saturday to a healthy 7 lb., 7 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska.

The baby’s name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston and he was born at 5:30 a.m.

“We think it’s wonderful,” said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. “The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.”

Bristol is finishing up her high school diploma through correspondence courses. The baby’s father, Levi Johnston, is studying to be an electrician.

He told the Associated Press in October that he and Bristol plan to marry in 2009 and raise their son together.

Zooey Deschanel engaged!

The adorable Zooey Deschanel is engaged! The actress and singer agreed to marry Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard earlier this month. The LA Times adds that Gibbard is moving in with her in the Hancock Park area.

“Zooey was swept off her feet, and Ben is so excited,” an insider told Usmagazine.com.

Deschanel was most recently seen and heard in “Yes Man,” starring opposite Jim Carrey and also singing in a scene. She released her first album, “Volume One” in March with her band She & Him.

Grey’s Chyler Leigh pregnant

After playing some doctor, both at home and at work, “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh is expecting her third child, reports PEOPLE.

“They are absolutely thrilled and looking forward to the new addition to their young family,” said her rep

Leigh, 26, is married to actor Nathan West, with whom she has two children.

She plays Lexie, the half sister of the titular Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The pregnancy will not be written into the show’s storyline, so expect Leigh to be carrying lots of things at stomach level and shots from the chest up.

Madonna has one sweet tour in 2008

Madonna’s personal life might have been a little sticky this year, but her professional one is pretty sweet.

According to numbers released by concert trade magazine Pollstar, Madonna was the year’s top concert draw in North America with ticket sales surpassing $105 million. Worldwide, her Sticky & Sweet tour took in more than $280 million, the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist, the record her 2006 Confessions tour previously held at $195 million

Next up was Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” tour after her five-year stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She earned $94 million for her efforts.

Then the Eagles squeaked past Kenny Chesney by just $1.2 million. Bruce Springsteen * the E Street Band ranked fifth with $70.4 million in North America but proved more popular abroad to come in at No. 2 worldwide with 204.5 million, according to Billboard magazine.

The complete top 10 is as follows:

1. Madonna ($105 million)
2. Celine Dion ($94 million)
3. The Eagles ($73.4 million)
4. Kenny Chesney ($72.2 million)
5. Bon Jovi ($70.4 million)
6. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($69.3 million)
7. Neil Diamond ($59.8 million)
8. Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million)
9. The Police ($48 million)
10. Tina Turner ($47.7 million)

‘Gossip Girl’ star Westwick starstruck over Beckham

It’s good to know even stars get flustered. “Gossip Girl” actor Ed Westwick blundered a meeting with his idol, soccer star David Beckham.

Westwick, 21, recalled a fleeting moment with Beckham in the latest issue of the British magazine, Reveal.

He grew up in England watching Beckham play for Manchester United and counted Beckham as a favorite player.

“I was at this ball in New York that was so grand David Bowie was sitting at the next table and shook hands with George Clooney,” Westwick recalled. “Then I went to the toilet and there was David Beckham. I couldn’t say anything, I just ran out. A friend tried to persuade me to say, ‘Hello,’ but I couldn’t do it. It was ridiculous.

“But I had a Beckham shirt when I was a kid and he was the one I watched growing up.”

He still can’t bring himself to introduce himself to the star.

“There have been a couple of times now that I’ve been in the same room as him, but I just can’t go up to him. I can’t do it.”

Cruise chats about fatherhood, love

Tom Cruise is on a relentless mission to make himself America’s darling. Slate.com has a great article about why he’s not and likely never will be again, but the Sun is busy pandering to the fading star.

The critically-bashed “Valkyrie” actor, 46, told the paper he wants 10 kids with his 30-year-old brainwashed concubine third wife, Katie Holmes.

“I love kids. I feel really fortunate to have the teenagers and a two and a half-year-old. It’s a great dynamic.”

He has two kids with second wife Nicole Kidman: Isabella, 16, and Connor, 13.

Of Suri, he said, “She’s so charming, she’s so beautiful, she’s just great.”

The hard-working actor, 46, is often seen publicity whoring out with Suri and Katie.

He claims it was love at first sight: “A couple of hours after meeting her, I thought, ‘I’m going to marry this woman.’ I just knew.”

They married in Italy in November 2006.

The marriage is still going well, not quite couch-jumpingly well, but good.

“Married life is very good, very lovely. I feel lucky to have Kate as my wife. She’s an extraordinary woman. She is funny and smart and she likes the same things that I do.

“She’s a very strong, gracious woman, and a great comedian.

“I like doing romantic things, such as bringing flowers and surprising her with things. I love candlelit evenings with nice music.”

Is she allowed to talk during these candlelit evenings, Tom?

He claims to be a “normal” guy, taking Suri to play group.

“I go to the children’s groups like other daddies,” said Tom. “At first people look at me like, ‘My God, it’s him!’ and they treat me a little differently. But then they realise I’m just a father with my kids. It’s up to me to make everybody else feel okay about the fact that I’m there, and then everything just goes on.”

The “normal” Cruise has realized that his Scientology rantings make him undesirable and crazy-sounding.

He told the Sun he doesn’t want to talk about his beliefs anymore.

“I say, ‘That’s it, no more. Go to the Scientology website’.”

I’d actually suggest this Web site instead, but I’m not Tom Cruise…

Former child star Foxworth knocked up

Former “Family Matters” actress Jaimee Foxworth will have family matters of her own in about four months.

The former child star announced she is five months pregnant by her longtime boyfriend, according to PEOPLE.

“I haven’t been this happy in years,” said Foxworth. “I am excited about what the future holds for us.”

Foxworth played youngest child, Judy Winslow, on the 90s sitcom and was yanked from the roster in the middle of the show’s run. She promptly lost all the money from the show, got a job in porn and (oddly) a marijuana addiction (I’d have pegged this story to end in meth or crack).

Most recently, her addictions earned her a spot on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and she plans to stay sober for the kid’s sake.

“Being sober has opened my eyes to a whole new world,” she says. “I’ve been through a lot of pain in the past and I never really wanted a child until recently. I now look forward to years of joy to share with my child.”

Also in the works are an autobiography, a hip-hop album and a reality show.