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17 items from 2001


Liza Minnelli Angered By Reactions To Her Lavish Nuptials

13 December 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Liza Minnelli has defended her decision to invite a long list of stars to her elaborate wedding ceremony - explaining they're the only friends she has. Minnelli, 55 - who is due to wed producer David Gest, 48, in March - has selected Elizabeth Taylor and Marisa Berenson to be members of the bridal party, while Michael and Tito Jackson will represent the groom's side. Whitney Houston has also been enlisted to sing her hit The Greatest Love Of All at the lavish ceremony. But Minnelli, who is looking forward to her special day, is annoyed at the negative reaction her choices have evoked. She says, "They're our friends; so who else should we ask to be in our wedding?" Minnelli has also knocked claims that she'll be married in a Catholic ceremony. She explains, "I was raised an Episcopalian. That's what I am and always will be. So I have not been studying Catholicism, nor taking catechism classes. We are going to marry at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Then we are inviting 1,200 people to a reception after. That will probably turn into an elegant jam session for about eight hours." The engaged couple met when Gest produced the 30th anniversary concert of Liza's pal Michael Jackson in New York in September. »

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Liza Minnelli Warned Against New Love

10 December 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Liza Minnelli's friends are begging her not to marry music producer David Gest next spring. Gest and Minnelli had been dating for just three months before they announced their engagement, which will Liza's fourth walk down the aisle. A pal says, "I've pleaded with Liza not to marry this guy. If she does, it will be the worst decision of her life. David is a man addicted to plastic surgery and most recently had his nose resculptured to make himself look like his good friend Michael Jackson. Another big obsession for David is former child actress Shirley Temple. One entire section of his New York apartment is devoted to Temple." The friend continues, "He's forever courting old time actresses like Jane Russell and Janet Leigh. Friends hope that Liza won't be used to satisfy David's desires for stardom." »

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Liza Minnelli Plans To Wed Boyfriend Of Three Months

27 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary singer Liza Minnelli is excitedly making arrangements for her upcoming wedding - to a man she has known for less than three months. Minnelli, daughter of classic screen star Judy Garland, will walk down the aisle for the fourth time on March 2nd with TV producer David Gest, whom she met at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert in New York in September. Minnelli, 55, who plans to wed Gest in New York says, "I am the happiest I've ever been. "Everything I've been through was worth it to find David." »

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Michael Jackson Has Skin Darkened

27 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson had his skin darkened for the telecast of his 30th anniversary concert on CBS. According to People magazine, sources working on the videotape of the star-studded concert, which was shot in September, claim Jackson had himself made digitally blacker for the broadcast version this month. The pop king used a special effects device called the Henry Machine after seeing footage showing the dramatic difference between his skin color and his five brothers as they performed on stage. »

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Michael And Liza's Movie Plan

1 November 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reclusive stage legends Michael Jackson and Liza Minelli are planning a movie together, according to the Peoplenews gossip website. In the wake of his new album Invincible, Jackson seems keen to return to the public eye - and his friendship with Liza may make them perfect working partners. "It's about two struggling entertainers trying to make it, ' he says. "They get turned away everywhere they go - with some of the best dancing ever. I'm not joking!" But Jackson's increased public profile has not dented his bizarre behavior. He also insists he and Liza come from the same planet, adding, "It's called Capricious Anomaly in the Sea of Space." »

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Brando Acts Wacko At Jacko's Bash

11 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Giant movie legend Marlon Brando shocked the audience at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary bash - by getting up on stage and talking nonsense. The heavyweight Godfather star was a guest of honor at the concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, but even Jackson was left bemused when the actor began to speak. After taking a seat, Brando introduced himself saying, "You may be thinking, who is that old fat fart sitting there?" He then enlightened the packed crowd by removing his watch and informing them, "In the last minute, 100,000 children have been hacked to death with a machete." The 77-year-old Oscar-winner - who played a madman in 1979 hit film Apocalypse Now - was eventually booed off the stage after rambling on for 10 minutes. »

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Cage Freed

30 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Nicolas Cage's divorce from Hollywood actress Patricia Arquette was finalized Wednesday. And the newly single Cage is now free to wed girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley. Cage, 37, has been dating the daughter of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley for a couple of months now. It would be Ms. Presley's third marriage. She wed Michael Jackson in a secret ceremony in 1994, only to split less than two years later. Her first marriage to Danny Keough also faltered. »

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De Niro Snubs Wacko Jacko

29 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary actor Robert De Niro refused to star in Michael Jackson's new video - so the reclusive pop legend hired fellow eccentric Marlon Brando instead. Fading star Jackson, who is 43 today, wanted a high profile star to feature in the promo video for his comeback song You Rock My World, his first release since 1997. After waiting around for an eventual refusal from screen god De Niro, Jacko hired Brando, whose son Miko used to be the eccentric pop star's bodyguard. A producer on the video says, "This will be a video like no other. Michael wants to come back with a bang - and he knows people will expect a great video." In additional promo for his tour and album, Jackson will open trading on the NASDAQ trading floor Thursday. »

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Princess Diana's Butler Accused Of Theft

17 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Princess Diana's former butler has been charged with stealing hundreds of items from her family - including gifts from Michael Jackson and David Hasselhoff. An autographed card from the Baywatch star and a signed CD from the King of Pop are among 342 objects, police believe butler Paul Burrell may have swiped. The 43-year-old, called "my rock" by the British royal before her death in a car crash, will appear in court today. Photos of Diana's sons Princes William and Harry with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington are also on the missing list, as is a letter from Mother Teresa. The former butler, who was responsible for compiling an inventory of Diana's possessions following the August 1997 tragedy, denies all the charges and claims the items were gifts. »

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Michael Jackson To Star In New Movie

23 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Associated Press reports that Michael Jackson has signed a deal with Paramount to produce and star in a new animated film, The Way Of The Unicorn, The Endangered One. Co-produced with Big International Group of Entertainment, the film will reportedly have a budget in the $75 million range. Jackson, who is wrapping up work on his latest album, was previously supposed to take the lead in an indie flick called The Nightmare of Edgar Allan Poe, but the film has fallen into development limbo. »

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Chris Rock Worries About Becoming A Has-Been

5 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedian Chris Rock is worried his movie career will soon come to an end. The star of Down To Earth pointed to Michael Jackson's prolonged absence from the charts as an example of the fickleness of fame. He says, "Nobody's here to stay. What's the last hit Michael Jackson had? Because of my body of work I guess I'll probably be famous on some level for the rest of my life. But will I always be able to get a movie green lit? Will I always sell out concerts? I don't know." »

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Prince Cleans Up His Act

5 June 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Besides being a controversial music industry figure, Prince now has something else in common with Michael Jackson. He's become a Jehova's Witness. The Purple One, who has explored some fairly raunchy themes in his music, is now preaching the importance of virtue and swearing off foul language. Speaking to Gotham Magazine for a piece in their May issue, Prince said that teens need God and parental guidance in their lives, and spoke out against the negative power of the provocative language he has used in the past. Last year, Prince gave up the symbol he had taken as a name and it is reported he will officially reclaim his birth name during celebrations associated with his upcoming birthday later this month. (This story was compiled from various sources by IMDb staff) »

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Nic Cage Smitten With Lisa Marie Presley

25 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It hasn't taken Nicolas Cage long to get over the split with wife Patricia Arquette - he's already found a new love. Nic has been seen in Las Vegas with Michael Jackson's ex, and Elvis's daughter, Lisa-Marie Presley. The two were at the MGM Grand Hotel for a Tom Jones concert, and according to onlookers, both were clearly smitten. An eyewitness says, "Nic and Lisa Marie were all over each other in their front-row VIP seats. When Tom Jones sang It's Not Unusual, They were holding hands and singing along, there's no doubt these two are very, very close." »

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Macaulay And Jacko Are Both Eight-year-olds

8 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former child star Macaulay Culkin insists he and weird pop star Michael Jackson have one major thing in common - they'll always be 8-years-old in their minds. Culkin and Jackson have been friends for years, and Culkin is godfather to the Moonwalker star's children Prince and Paris. Although there have been many reports that the pair's vast age difference makes them an unlikely duo, Culkin insists their relationship makes absolute sense. He says, "We had very similar experiences in childhood. Michael's still a kid. I'm still a kid. We're both going to be about eight years old forever in some places because we never had a chance to be eight when we actually were. That's kind of the beautiful and the cursed part of our lives." »

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Braveheart Sword Sold For $135,000

8 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The sword used by Mel Gibson in Braveheart has been sold for $135, 000 at a charity auction in New York. Irish financier Dermot Desmond bought the five-foot broadsword at an auction hosted by Liam Neeson to aid the charity Movie Action For Children. Overall, the auction took in almost $405, 000. A total of 15 lots donated by stars and studios went under the hammer, including a light saber Neeson used when he played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which was bought by Mr. Desmond's son Ross for $49, 500. The dress worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Mask of Zorro went for a little over $1, 500, a shirt worn by Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient fetched $1, 950, while a birthday phone call from Michael Jackson went for $990. »

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Cruise Turns To Elvis's Daughter For Solace

19 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hunky actor Tom Cruise has been spending time with Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie following the break-up of his marriage to Nicole Kidman. A major rift in Kidman and Cruise's relationship has been blamed on the actress' desire to have their two adopted children - Isabella and Connor - brought up as Catholics like herself and Tom's deep involvement in the Church of Scientology. Tom is reported to have found a good friend in twice-divorced Lisa Marie, ex-wife of Michael Jackson - they have known each other for years as she also is a Scientologist. A source says, "Tom is perfect for her and she is perfect for him. This is a natural, inevitable pairing. Tom and Lisa Marie are so compatible it's almost scary." »

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Cruise And Kidman Hire Private Spies

16 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Separated couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman have both hired private detectives to dig dirt on the other. The couple face a legal battle over their $450 million fortune because they negelcted to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before they married. Cocktail star Cruise, 38, has hired Anthony Pellicano - nicknamed The Big Sleazy. Pellicano has worked for Michael Jackson, Mike Myers, Sylvester Stallone and Priscilla Presley. He says of himself: "I always start out being a gentleman. I only use intimidation and fear when I absolutely have to." Australian beauty Kidman, 33 has told her attorneys to approach Gavin DeBecker - a private eye who has also advised the U.S. Supreme Court and the CIA about stalkers. His famous clientele includes John Travolta, Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman and Cher. A friend of the pair has said: "It's going to get ugly. Who knows what these guys will uncover of they are looking for dirt or sleaze? "The way things are going, this could be Hollywood's biggest celebrity showdown." »

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