Ja Rule was busy reaffirming the silly American stereotype in Australia recently. The rapper terrified residents in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont when he forgot the Aussies drive on the left and headed down the righthand lane after being distracted by views of Sydney Harbor.
His publicist Adam Cubito said: “I think he was more interested in looking at the view of Sydney than he was keeping his eyes on the road.”
Ja Rule was in town for his show at the Big Top event at Luna Park Saturday. He appeared on radio station Nova 969 to promote the show and talked about his love for fast cars. The show’s hos, Kate Ritchie, offered him a drive of her mother’s Toyota Seca with her colleagues Merrick Watts and Tim Ross.
“He powered out into Pyrmont with Kate in the front and the show’s other hosts Merrick and Rosso in the car and onto the wrong side of the road,” said Cubito.
“They were all shouting at him to get back on the right side. I think there were a few people ducking out of the way. He obviously thought he was still in America. Luckily there was no damage.”
Ja Rule was set to perform in Australia last month but had troubles with his visa due to his 2007 arrest for possessing a gun.
Simon Cowell is a hard judge, but a hell of a friend. The “X Factor” judge jumped a waiting list to get reality show winner Alexandra Burke’s birthday present.
Burke had her eye on a padded black Chanel handbag with a year-long waiting list, but Cowell managed to sweet talk his way to the top of the list for the $10,000 bag.
Burke who turned 21 on Tuesday, was speechless when presented with the gift.
“Alex was in tears. Simon called in a few favors to make her day extra special. Things just couldn’t be better for her,” said a source.
She also got pretty nice presents from the other “X Factor” judges. Cheryl Cole, Burke’s mentor on the show, gave her a $7,500 vacation at the Constance Lemuria resort in the Seychelles. Dannii Minogue gave her a gray Tabitha bag.
Is there a doctor in the house? Fans have been in need of medical attention on the set of the new Twilight movies. The sight of stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner has sent Twifans into a frenzy.
Lautner admits some devotees can’t control their emotions.
He told Interview magazine, “We’ve met many different fans: the criers, who come around quite often; the hyperventilators, who stop breathing and have to have a medic come. We’ve definitely seen some passion.”
Katherine Heigl may stick her foot in her mouth on a regular basis, but Saturday, she was all smiles as she hosted a baby shower for preggers co-star Ellen Pompeo.
The 25 guests, including Kate Walsh, Sandra Oh and Rebecca Gayheart, dined in the backyard of Heigl’s home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.
Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivery are expecting a baby daughter in October.
“Ellen looked gorgeous in a white summer dress with her hair in a braided up-do. She seemed very excited to celebrate with her girlfriends,” a source told PEOPLE.
Umbrellas shielded guests from the heat and pink flower arrangements and candles accented the tables. Presents were in pink and yellow and the gifts included a Sleep Sheep toy mobile, Sleepy Safari stacking toys, organic hooded towels and a Kiddopotamus organic swaddle wrap. Pompeo registered at the Juvenile Shop in Sherman Oaks.
This time we are judging the assets of two of the most not famous famous chicks in the USA. Both started from a dumb ass reality series on TV called The Hills. One has gone on to marry a dip shit, the other, well who knows. I don’t care either. I am just here to see which is Best From Behind. Even as stupid as Heidi is, she has got my vote!!
Forget “Twinkle Twinkle,” Jerry O’Connell is going with rap songs for his twins’ bedtime music.
The actor has eight-month-old twin daughters Charlie and Dolly with wife Rebecca Romijn and puts them to bed with child-friendly versions of his favorite songs.
“At bedtime I softly sing rap songs by guys like Slick Rick or Biggie Smalls, but without the curse words. I have favorite little bedtime nighties I put them in which say, ‘I love Project Runway.’” said O’Connell. His wife recently appeared on an episode of the Lifetime reality show.
O’Connell said he’s always learning about fatherhood and especially enjoys dressing his daughters in pretty clothes.
“I grew up with all boys in my family, where there was no place for girlie stuff. But it’s amazing to walk into my house now. Everything is pink!” he said.
“When we first brought Dolly and Charlie home, Rebecca would say, ‘We’re going out, let’s put them in this dress. At first I thought it was impractical. They’re going to poop and throw up in it anyway. What’s the point? But now I understand dressing girls. Now that they’ve got a bit more hair, I can experiment. I can do mini-pigtails on Charlie, and on Dolly I can get barrettes in her hair.”
Rock and roll heiress Kelly Osbourne became addicted to Vicodin by the young age of 17.
She first got access to the powerful drug when she had her tonsils taken out at 13.
About three years later she was offered it in pill form and was soon taking up to 50 tablets a day because it gave her the confidence to cope with the new-found fame she had due to appearing in MTV show “The Osbournes” and helped her cope with her mother Sharon’s cancer battle. Osbourne ultimately headed to rehab four times.
In her new book “Fierce by Kelly Osbourne”, she revealed: “By this point I was waking up and emptying six Vicodin into my hand. Soon I was taking 50 pills a day. Most people would overdose on 10. My friends called me ‘Noddy’ because I fell asleep all the time.
“My parents suspected. Mum would say, ‘Darling, are you taking something? Please tell your mummy.’ But I was good at lying.”
Her lies were ultimately discovered and her parents sent her to Malibu’s Promises clinic.
Although she spent 30 days there receiving treatment, Osbourne admits she wasn’t ready to beat her addiction and it took three more stints in different rehab centers. During the last round, she finally realized she had a serious problem.
“After 30 days, I left rehab. For the first time, I felt hopeful. I knew I’d been given another chance at my life, at my career, at happiness. I wanted to grab it,” she said.
Jim and Pam are getting married this season, but in real life, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are now engaged.
“We can confirm that John and Emily are engaged,” confirmed Krasinski’s rep.
The couple have kept their relationship under wraps, arriving separately at the 2009 SAG Awards in January and heading out on low-key dates in Los Angeles. They’ve also double dated with Blunt’s “The Devil Wears Prada” costar Anne Hathaway and her boyfriend Adam Shulman.
“It’s not about celebrity or not,” Krasinski told Glamour in August 2007 about what he looks for in a woman. “It’s all about, do you have that ‘girl in a cardigan’ in you. You gotta have that.”
Krasinski previously dated his Office costar Rashida Jones. Blunt ended her relationship with Canadian singer Michael Buble in July 2008 after three years of dating.
Krasinski and Blunt have been dating since November 2008.
DJ AM escaped near death in a plane crash last September only to die in a fairly cliche musician’s death today. The disc Jockey, real name Adam Goldstein was found dead Friday at his apartment.
Police found a crack pipe and prescription pills in the Manhattan apartment, according to a law enforcement official. Paramedics had to break down the door to the apartment before they found him, shirtless and wearing sweatpants, in his bed at about 5:20 p.m.
A friend had called the authorities to report he was unable to get into the home. There was no evidence of foul play.
DJ AM had talked openly about past addictions to crack cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs, but he claimed he had been drug-free for years, even swearing off cigarettes.
His rep said the circumstances surrounding his death were unclear and asked for privacy for his family.
DJ AM was set to star in a new reality show, “Gone Too Far,” in which (ironically) he and concerned families staged interventions for drug abusers.
Christian Bale is Hollywood’s whipping boy. Actor Bradley Cooper is blaming the Batman star for costing him the lead role in “The Green Lantern.”
Cooper auditioned to star in the upcoming comic book movie adaptation, but screwed up in his screen test by imitating Bale’s husky-voiced portrayal of the caped crusader.
“I couldn’t not do Christian Bale’s Batman when I was doing the audition. I don’t know what it was. You put a mask on, and I actually said, ‘I’m Batman.’ When I walked back and saw (the playback) I thought, ‘Oh my God!’ It looked like a Saturday Night Live sketch. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not getting this!’” Cooper said. The role ultimately went to Ryan Reynolds.
As if Paris Hilton wasn’t self-absorbed enough, the heiress has hung life-sized pictures of herself in her boyfriend’s house.
Hilton is in Vancouver, Canada, to wreck one of my favorite shows film a guest appearance in “Supernatural” and left behind her photos for Doug Reinhardt, who she recently reconciled with following a two-month split.
“Before jet-setting to Vancouver, Paris had her team pay a visit to Doug’s house, bringing over life-size photos of herself to hang throughout the mansion,” said a source. She didn’t ask for permission before lining the walls with photos.
“Seriously, there were only a few photos that survived Paris’ redecorating.”
The couple recently returned from a romantic holiday to Wadigi Island in Fiji after “The Hills” star decided to surprise his lover in a bid to win her back.
“He has been so generous and sweet, and has really impressed her with his romantic ways. She loves being treated like a princess… she can feel how deeply in love he is with her, and she’s having a blast,” added a source.
John Lennon only talked “crap” about his songwriting pal when he was high, according to Sir Paul McCartney.
The 67-year-old former Beatle denies the widely held belief Lennon didn’t like him, insisting Lennon’s drug habit made him say things he didn’t mean.
“John was on drugs, wasn’t he? This is the trouble with history, with journalism. John said so much crap that he later said he hadn’t meant. It’s bullshit. We were there. We all enjoyed it. I never really criticized John. I’m not that critical. It’s a question of personalities,” said McCartney.
“John’s was more abrasive than mine and that was good for his corner of the square that made up The Beatles. If we’d had two people like that, forget it, I don’t think it would have worked.
“Whatever bad things John said about me, he would also slip his glasses down to the end of his nose and say, ‘I love you.’ That’s really what I hold on to. That’s what I believe. The rest is showing off.”
After the band broke up, Lennon, who was killed in 1980,complained about McCartney’s lack of commitment to the group in a series of interviews.
But McCartney insists Lennon wasn’t as tough as people thought he was.
“The image of John is seriously flawed because he was not the hard, mad man that people think he was. He was a very soft-centered guy and we had a lot more in common than people think. His favorite song when we were kids was ‘Little White Lies’, which was very sentimental. It was a smoochy old standard that his mum liked.”
Kirsten Dunst has a boy toy! The “Spiderman” actress was spotted with her younger brother Christian’s friends in Mississippi last weekend and one young man caught her eye.
“Kirsten met a cute, young, guy at a bar in Oxford, Mississippi, and they partied together and had a hot little hook-up. She invited him back to her hotel and even took him out for breakfast in the morning. She was having a good time, and she likes younger guys,” said a source.
Dunst was down south on vacation and has been spending time with her brother. Last week she threw him a party at Los Angeles nightspot Madame Royale.
A source said: “She came alone without a date and Christian brought several of his buddies. Kirsten and Christian are very close, and they get along with each other’s friends. Everyone was drinking vodka and partying at their table. Kirsten looked like she was having a great night, laughing and dancing with all the young dudes.”
Dakota Fanning is ready to rock out. The 15-year-old will share the screen not once but twice with Kristen Stewart. In addition to playing Jane the vampire in “New Moon,” Fanning will appear in the Joan Jett biopic “The Runaways” and their co-star Scout Taylor-Compton insists their hard work in mastering musicianship has paid off.
“We performed for like eight hours straight. It was crazy. Basically, I felt like I was in a band and I miss it. I miss rehearsal,” said Taylor-Compton, who plays guitarist Lita Ford in the movie. Fanning plays Cheri Currie and Stewart portrays Jett.
“All of us had something to do. Dakota will blow your mind. She’s amazing in it and so is Kristen. We learned a lot of songs. We did a lot of performances.”
Taylor-Compton said that though she didn’t get to meet her on-screen alter ego, she loved having the chance to rub shoulders with the real-life members of The Runaways.
“I didn’t meet Lita but Joan Jett was always there during band practice, during the filming. She was always there, always hanging out with us. It was great. And Cheri Currie was there.”
Actor Isaiah Washington is paying for his “Grey’s Anatomy” sins several times over. He lost his job in 2007 after making a homophobic slur during an onset fight with a castmate and now he’s facing eviction.
According to court documents filed by by Sandalwood Properties in Santa Monica, on Tuesday, Washington and his wife have fallen behind on their $20,000 a month payments and now owes more than $100,000 in unpaid rent.
Washington’s landlord claims rent has not been paid on the Venice-area home since November.