Archive for April 2009

Rihanna dodges Chris Brown

rihanna1Rihanna is telling Chris Brown to leave her alone. According to reports, the singer was in a Los Angeles recording studio last week after a two month break and her on-again, off-again boyfriend interrupted the afternoon with a steady stream of phone calls.

“Chris called Rihanna’s producer until he finally got him on the phone,” an insider told OK!. “He demanded to know if Rihanna was there, pleading ‘Is she there? Tell Me! Pease tell me if she is there or not.’”

When Rihanna heard the commotion, she gestured to the producer, “No! Tell him I’m not here.”

If the district attorney asks her, Rihanna’s lawyer has said she will testify in Brown’s trial for assault and making criminal threats.

Brown’s layers are trying to make a plea deal before the next scheduled court date, May 28.

Robert Pattinson’s baby pics

Entertainment Tonight offered a sneak peek at Robert Pattinson’s baby photos in Life and Style magazine. Check it out below:

Tyra Banks’ stalker convicted

tyra_banksThe man accused of stalking and harassing “America’s Next Top Model” host and supermodel Tyra Banks was convicted on several charges today.

Brady Green, 38, was convicted of stalking, harassment, criminal trespass and attempted aggravated harassment by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke.

Green was arrested on March 18 at a New York City restaurant near the studio where Banks films her talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show.” He spent months trying to make contact with Banks and claimed the two “had a thing together.”

He was accused of sending Banks flowers, packages and notes, and threatening her assistant when she refused to reveal the star’s address.

Banks testified Wednesday and told the court she had to increase her security and was afraid for both herself, her family and staff thanks to Green.

Sentencing is set for June 18 and he faces up to 90 days in jail. His lawyer plans to appeal the conviction.

Behind the scenes with Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle, director of Best Picture winning Slumdog Millionaire, talks exclusively with KarmaloopTV about the making of the film and his plans for the future.

Check it out below:

Elizabeth Edwards’ memoir blasts John and his mistress

edwardsI think most people were sickened at the news that would-be president and former senator John Edwards cheating on his cancer-afflicted wife. The news literally make Elizabeth Edwards sick to her stomach.

“I cried and screamed. I went to the bathroom and threw up,” she writes in a new memoir, “Resilience,” due out May 12. The New York Daily News nabbed an advance copy of the book.

Elizabeth is battling terminal breast cancer and learned of the affair just days after Edwards began his 2008 presidential race.

Like any good politician’s wife, Elizabeth publicly stood by John, but confesses in the book that she wanted him to drop out of the race.

“He should not have run,” she writes. Elizabeth also says John originally lied to her when he confessed his indiscretion, claiming it only happened once, leaving “most of the truth out.”

She has no pity for the other woman either, Rielle Hunter, never mentioned by name but tarred and feathered all the same.

Hunter was hired to make short films on the campaign and Elizabeth describes her as a groupie, whose life is “pathetic.”

John, however, may get some forgiveness from his wife.

“I lie in bed, circles under my eyes, my sparse hair sticking in too many directions, and he looks at me as if I am the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. It matters,” she writes.

Sigh. Now even I half want to forgive him.

Transformers 2 trailer

The new Transformers 2 trailer got leaked yesterday, yanked, leaked again, and yanked… well, you get the idea. This one (not great quality, I know) has been up for a few hours, so hopefully it stays:

If this goes, then just enjoy this screen shot of Megan Fox’s ass:
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Seal squealed on the baby news

sealklumRu-roh. It sounds like Seal squealed a little early about his baby news with wife Heidi Klum. She wasn’t quite ready to leak the news when her husband let it spill.

“I’m still in the very beginning… It kind of came out faster than I wanted it to,” she told Extra. “My husband kind of surprised me and everybody at one of his concerts. He was just on tour so he kind of told everybody. He’s allowed to obviously. We’re very excited.”

She’s stil in the early stages and hasn’t been run down by the pregnancy yet.

“I do feel full of energy. I do go to bed very early. Nothing to do with the pregnancy now,” she said. “It has to do with having three small children at home. They do exhaust you. I run after them and I want to entertain them all day. I drive them to school. Sometimes my life is more in the car than anywhere else.”

This will probably be the last baby for the couple, said Klum.

“That’s pretty much it. I’m very happy with four,” she says. “We’re both happy with four. With four I think we’re complete.”

Madonna on her high horse about her horses?

SPL94549_001Madonna, Madonna. Wait to piss off the neighbors ’til you own the property. The singer has been house hunting in the Hamptons for a summer home, but her horse requirements are not going over well.

Page Six reports that after boarding her horses at the Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack, Madonna (well, one of her assistants) presented the owners with a 10-page list of demands. A source told the column that among the things listed was the rule that “no one could be riding in the ring at the same time she was. It was laughable. They turned her down flat.”

Honey, these people have had money for ages and long ago learned to look down their noses as white trash with money.

Madonna has been keeping her horses at her friend Steven Klein’s place, where she fell during a ride a few weeks ago.

A rep for the singer denied the claims, of course, telling Page Six, “Madonna never had any discussion nor were demands made regarding her storing horses there. There is no 10-page list of demands. None of that is true. No info regarding where and if she’s house-hunting. I get calls all the time about different places saying she’s looking to buy there in 10 different states.”

Michael J. Fox surprises Back to the Future con

backtothefutureYou never know when a star will take pity on his devoted fans. Actor, activist and general nice guy Michael J. Fox surprised “Back to the Future” diehards by showing up at a fan convention unannounced recently.

Fox flew to Los Angeles from New York City for a promotional tour for his new book, “Always Looking Up” and found out there was a convention happening nearby.

“Somebody told me there was a Back To The Future convention and then I heard that (co-star) Chris Lloyd was gonna be there and Lea Thompson, who I hadn’t seen in years,” he said. “They had asked me, I guess, before if I would go and I said no and then I heard Chris and Lea were gonna be there and I thought, ‘I’ll drop by for 10 minutes and say hello’. They didn’t know I was coming. I was the only guy there who wasn’t paid.”

He was a bit of a fandom virgin, though.

“I was naive – I thought I could go by, say hi.”

But he (not surprisingly) was mobbed by fans, dressed just like his character, Marty McFly: “I didn’t know they still made those puffy vests… There were people there with the bad Guess jeans with the high waist… It was suspenders, the whole nine yards.”

Not only were the leads there, some of the supporting cast were in attendance.

“The clock tower lady was there – remember ‘Save the clock tower.’ And James Tolkan, who played Strickland, the principal.

“I took some pictures… and then I kinda went, ‘Ok, this seemed like a good idea at the time,’ and left.”

Dita Von Teese heating it up with a Count?

ditavonteeseDita Von Teese has a new man in her life, a French aristocrat more than 10 years younger than she is.

Von Teese, a 36-year-old burlesque beauty, gave a rare glimpse into her love life post-marriage to Marilyn Manson. She was spotted out and about with 25-year-old actor Count Louis-Marie de Castelbajac at California’s Coachella Music Festival earlier this month.

A pal of Castelbajac told the New York Post, “We’re all shocked they’re together. She’s really robbing the cradle.”

But Von Teese denied rumours she was looking to settle down, telling reporters: “Right now I’ve got three (men). They’re all in different parts of the world… That’s my biggest sin – juggling men.”

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker to move to France

The AbbyEva Longoria Parker is headed to France. After “Desperate Housewives” concludes and her husband finishes his pro basketball career, they’re headed abroad.

“Tony and I will be moving to France after ‘Desperate Housewives’. Actually, after his basketball career. Not for a while, but we’ll be living there for a bit,” she told Ok! Magazine.

Her husband, who was raised in France and plays on the country’s national team, has another five years or so left in his career, so the move won’t happen any time soon.

Eva said she’s willing to do anything to keep her husband happy.

“I’m the gardener, I definitely nurture. Tony is the flower. But there are times when Tony takes care of me in an emotional sense. But I love to take care of him. I’m really a very 50s housewife,” she explained. “I love having dinner ready and making sure his clothes are ironed and that he’s packed and ready when he goes on road trips.”

Eva and Tony wed in France in 2007.

Rupert Grint kisses and tells

hpKissing with the cameras rolling is no fun for Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

Rupert Grint had to kiss Lavender actress Jessie Cave 10 times during filming for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

“We were both quite nervous and (director David Yates) was really good and only let it go on for about 10 takes,” he told MoviePhone. “I had a room full of people cheering.”

According to Hollywood.com, the trio will get the Benjamin Button treatment in the film. The movie is using the same digital aging technique as the Oscar nominated flick.

“[W]e saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and that aging technology, so I think we’ll try that because I’d feel terrible about having other people take those parts at the last gasp,” said producer David Heyman.

The epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows takes place nearly 20 years in the future, putting the characters in their mid-30s.

Radcliffe (like me) is not a fan of the technology and would rather have another actor play older Harry.

“If it’s not good and that’s what people are left with, that would be awful,” he said. “If it came to a choice between having me, Emma and Rupert looking a bit stupid and it being slightly comical or having other actors play us, I would go for the other actors every time.”

The first half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is due out July 15 and the final installment is set for July 2011.

Robert Pattinson’s date dish and Kellan Lutz fan jog

pattinsonlutzRobert Pattinson is looking and it’s going to have to be someone who is geographically desirable. The Twilight vampire told Ellen DeGeneres that he doesn’t want to fly for his lady love.

“I am still afraid of flying. “I don’t deal with it I just spend the whole flight freaking out,” he said.

His idea of a perfect date is just having one (honey, there are tons of women and teens out there willing to make that come true).

When a Twilight fan asked what Rob’s perfect date would be Rob replied: “Perfect date?

“I don’t really go on dates, I kind of, if I even get somebody’s number then I’m going out with them afterwards or it becomes a hassle,” he said. “Just someone who is funny and I don’t really care where we are going. Preferably not somewhere far from my house. It’s probably the perfect date.”

His costar Kellan Lutz was off making friends of his own. Two lucky Twilight fans spotted the actor, who plays Emmett in the vampire series, while out on a job and managed to job with him for a stretch.

Fangirl Deb revealed what happened to Cullen Boys Anonymous.

“We tried to get his attention as he ran by, but he was listening to his IPod and didn’t hear us calling him. We watched him run up the street and turn the corner a couple of blocks up,” she said. “So we decided to go around back of the hotel and we hit pay dirt about 10 min later. As he was jogging by we got his attention and asked if he wouldn’t mind signing an autograph for us. He consented but wanted us to move closer to the hotel entrance to do it.

“He’s still jogging, so we start jogging so we don’t make him wait for us. Now you must realize that I’m in 3″ heels and definitely not a jogger myself. He starts kidding around with us and running in circles around us and says that if we want an autograph we gotta catch him, I have no hope in hell in catching him and I’m worried that I’m going to trip in the shoes I’m wearing.

“So I retort ‘I’m in heels, you don’t want me pulling a Bella and falling on my face trying to catch you.’ He stopped and said ‘No I don’t want that, I would feel really bad if you hurt yourself.’ He gave me a personalized signature in my book and took pictures with us… I took the picture of him and Jamie and I wasn’t expecting a picture with him.

“But he opened up his arms says ‘Now my Bella,’ and I took it as he wanted a hug. So I swoop in and give him a huge hug. What a bod he has on him! I’m a little giddy at this point and can’t remember what he said, but it was something about a picture. I was like oh yah picture… We turn and Jamie takes our picture all snuggled up together and I have my hand on his chest…. Didn’t want to let go… If you know what I mean.”

Apparently being a creepy, stalkerish fan occasionally pans out.

Susan Boyle still in the competition

boyle3Susan Boyle is not quitting “Britain’s Got Talent.” The YouTube sensation has denied reports she is quitting the reality show that launched her to stardom.

Boyle’s brother Gerard had said the Scottish star was “stressed” and “exhausted” and wanted to leave the show so she could focus on her solo career.

But Boyle said she’s fine and promised fans she will stay on the reality series until she either wins or is voted off.

“I’m not on the verge of a breakdown. I’ve never felt more positive. There is no way I am quitting. The only way I’d leave the show is if Simon Cowell kicked me out,” she said. “All I can promise is to do my best and confirm to everyone that I’m not leaving the show.”

Heath Ledger’s last film can Cannes

ledgerHeath Ledger’s final film with get a slot at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Terry Gilliam’s “Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” will open on May 22 at the festival, but won’t compete for the festival prizes.

As well as Ledger, the film features Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole and Tom Waits. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, who stepped in to complete Ledger’s scenes after the actor died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ kids still slumming it

slumdogmillionaireEight Oscars and $326 million later, the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire” are still in the slums, says the Associated Press.

An AP reporter visited the home of Rubina Ali, 9, in Mumbai and found it “flooded with sewer water” and infested with scorpions, rats and insects.

A representative of a trust set up by the film’s producers for the children said they’ve shown the families several apartments in Mumbai but they’ve turned them down.

“They said it’s too far from where they are now living. We are going to do a second round. We hope they will like what we are offering,” he said.

I’m not sure how many suitable apartments are near the slums of Mumbai. The phrase “beggars can’t be choosers” seems particularly apt at the moment.

Conservatives take Colbert seriously

stephen-colbertSigh. I could never be a conservative if only because they have no sense of humor. It’s called “satire,” kids.

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert has become the subject of an academic survey conducted at Ohio State University titled “The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report.”

The survey, conducted among 332 undergraduates, found that many conservatives believe that Colbert is on their side. The researchers observed that “conservative viewers often don’t comprehend Colbert’s “deadpan satire” and process his messages “as being conservative, Republican, and disliking liberals.”

The study was uploaded on Colbert’s Web site with the headline, “Science Proves Stephen Colbert Also Popular With Conservatives.”

Jon Gosselin caught cheating?

jon-kate-cover-bNo wonder Kate is such a b*tch. The new issue of Us Weekly has photos of the hen-pecked father of eight with a mystery woman and without his wedding ring.

The shots show Jon of “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ leaving a club at 2 a.m. He got there around 11:20 a.m. on April 18 and by the time he left, he “could barely walk.” He left Legends Lounge by the back exit, near Wernersville, Pa.

For those not familiar, Jon has twin girls, Madelyn and Cara, 8, and 5-year-old sextuplets, Aaden, Joel, Collin, Hannah, Leah and Alexis.

A fellow partier heard him yelling to the mystery woman, “Hey, babe! Babe! Give me my jacket!” before climbing into his Nissan Nismo with her. He panicked when the cameras caught them and told her to “get in the car” before racing away without even turning on the headlights.

Kate was nowhere to be seen, off on a book tour in Bellevue, Washington. She’s been around the country promoting her book, “Eight Little Faces,” for the past month.

Jon offered Us Magazine this statement: “I went to Legends to speak to the owner. A friend of mine wanted to check out my car, so I let her drive it to her car. Yes, I have female friends – but that is all she is. I’m not going to end my friendships just because I’m on TV.”

This isn’t the first shady situation Jon has been involved in. Back in February, he was spotted flirting with college girls from Juanita College, telling one “he was getting divorced.” He admitted no wrong then as well.

Mel Gibson and girlfriend out in public

gibson3Why is it good little Catholic Mel Gibson has no trouble heading out on the town with his new girlfriend when the divorce papers are barely dry?

His wife, Robin Gibson, filed paperwork about two weeks ago and Tuesday night Mel was out at the Los Angeles screening of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” with Oksana Grigorieva, a 39-year-old Russian singer signed to his record label, Icon Records.

“Mel has been single for almost three years and it’s nice to see him getting out and enjoying himself,” his rep told PEOPLE.

The 53-year-old actor held hands with Grigorieva as they walked the carpet before taking a seat at the screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

“They came in quietly and as under-the-radar as they could and they were pretty low-key,” said a source. “Mel seemed very comfortable.”

Gibson was invited to the screening by Fox chairman James Gianopoulus and “Wolverine” producers Richard and Lauren Donner and the star himself, Hugh Jackman, according to the source. In fact, Jackman told the audience he got inspiration for his character from Gibson’s role as Mad Max.

Lane Garrison now a free man

People Lane GarrisonLane Garrison doesn’t have to plan his own prison break. The 28-year-old actor was released early Wednesday morning from the California Correctional Institute in rural Tehachapi, Calif.

Garrison was scheduled to leave the facility at 3:15 a.m. About a half-hour later he was greeted by family and friends outside the prison, located about 120 miles north of Los Angeles. A source close to the actor told E!, “He’s done his time and now he’s looking forward to trying to move on with his life.”

Next up is an in-patient rehabilitation center in order to shorten his probation period. In 2007, Garrison was sentenced to 40 months in state prison after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter for his role in a DUI crash in Beverly Hills that left two teenagers dead.

At the time of the crash, Garrison had cocaine in his system and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

He earned an early release through good-behavior, serving about half his court-ordered sentence, according to Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“He was sentenced to three years and four months, but inmates, including Mr. Garrison, can earn credits that reduce the time that they spend in prison,” said Thornton. “He received half time, meaning that for every day that he participated in a rehabilitative program, he got a day off his sentence.”

While in prison, Garrison participated in a substance abuse treatment program and served as a peer mentor to other inmates. Garrison has been in state prison since Nov. 20, 2007.

Last week, Garrison agreed to a financial settlement with the victims and their family members involved in his 2007 car crash.

Details of the private settlement were not disclosed.