9 March 2001
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Vanilla Ice Continues On The Comeback Trail
Rapper Vanilla Ice
, after appearing in Da Hip Hop Witch
, is continuing along the comeback trail by collaborating on a track with hard rocking girl group Betty Blowtorch. According to the band's frontwoman, Bianca Butthole, the teaming of the talents came about purely by chance. She says, "We didn't really write Size Queen
with him in mind. We'd written the song and recorded it but something was missing." Then, as luck would have it, the band came across Ice at their Sound City studio in Los Angeles and asked him if he would like to rap over the track. He said, "I can rap over anything." Ice took only five minutes to freestyle the lyrics. The track will feature on Betty Blowtorch's next album, Are You Man Enough
?, which is due to be released in the U.S. later in the year.
Bruce Willis Romances Porn Star
Hollywood hunk Bruce Willis
is so obsessed with his new porn star girlfriend that he's had cameras set up in her apartment so they can send X-rated messages to each other. Bruce has reportedly started dating Alisha Klass
and even calls the 29-year-old "Demi" in bed, in praise of his ex-wife Demi Moore
. A pal of the porn star says, "He begs her to come and meet him and sends her presents and erotic poetry to entice her. He even had an electronics expert set up cameras in her Los Angeles condo so that they could send goodnight kisses and X-rated erotic poses to each other." On St Valentine's Day, the actor picked Klass up in a limo filled with chocolate roses. The friend adds, "Bruce made the limo drive around Los Angeles for three hours while they made passionate love. Ali said that their groping and throbbing bodies created so much heat that the chocolate literally melted in the limo."
Erin Brockovich's Money Almost Gone
The real-life Erin Brockovich
has lost almost all of the $2 million bonus she got for her role in the famous landmark legal case - to mold. Brockovich, whose legal victory inspired an Oscar-nominated role for Julia Roberts
, told a Senate health committee that her bonus amounted to less than $1 million after tax. She says, of that amount, $250, 000 was used for a down payment on her dream home, an additional $250, 000 was spent on home decor and upgrades. Added to her financial burdens in the past couple of years is the $250, 000 she's spent on drug rehabilitation and related out-of-state boarding schools for her two oldest children, she told the court she'd spent the remainder of her bonus redoing her roof. Brockovich, who fought for toxic exposure victims in her legendary legal victory, also told the committee she now herself suffers from mold-related health problems which have caused her to miss work and other lucrative engagements for over a year. But she vehemently insisted she's not trying to repeat her famous legal campaign. She says, "I'm not here today because I'm looking for a new cause. I wasn't looking for mold - mold found me."
Robert Duvall Sells His Virginia Diner
Veteran actor Robert Duvall
has sold his diner to his partner and chef Tom Kee. Duvall, who bought The Rail Stop diner in Plains, Virginia, in 1998, made $450, 000 from the sale. But Kee, who promptly took Duvall's pictures down from the walls and removed dishes such as 'Mama Duvall's crab cakes' from the menu, says there's no hard feelings and Duvall, who owns a nearby farm, "still comes in every other day."
Jane Fonda Horrified By School Play
Activist actress Jane Fonda
was shocked when she saw her granddaughter's Thanksgiving school play. The thrice-married 63-year-old attended the holiday pageant and was furious at what she saw as "outdated gender stereotyping." Fonda said, "They had a Thanksgiving pageant - two boys dressed like pilgrims, two girls dressed like women pilgrims. The teacher read something about 'the brave pilgrim fathers' and the boys pretended to shoot, bang bang. The pilgrim wives said, 'Mercy me.' I was just floored. And looking around this jammed room filled with parents, no one else seems to be seeing what I saw. Right away, I went over to my granddaughter and said, 'You can be brave and strong too. Don't think for a moment that you can't."
Jude Law Scared By Fame
is worried by his rise to stardom - because he thinks fame is dangerous. The heartthrob British actor, who stars in the upcoming Enemy At The Gates
, has already hired himself an American publicist - but claims he's not looking forward to receiving even more attention from the media. He explains, "I don't want to be too available for everyone to get a piece of my life. Fame can be dangerous. I don't particularly want to be recognised everywhere. And I don't want to keep reading about myself in magazines. It makes me uncomfortable." Law adds, "I am not a celebrity. Celebrities now are quiz-show winners, sportsmen, other actors and, occasionally, politicians. I am just not in that category."
Sarah Jessica Parker Conquers Her Fear Of Guns For Film Role
Blonde Sarah Jessica Parker
conquered her fear of guns while making the new comedy thriller Life Without Dick
. In the movie, the Sex And The City
actress, 35, plays a woman who accidentally kills her husband even though she hired a hit man to do the dirty deed. She says, "I don't know what it is but, in the past, I only had to see a gun and I'd just freeze. I couldn't even speak. But I had to get involved. I did a lot of shaking to start with. I kept on counting to three before picking up the weapon. I think I am over it now. But it is so tough not to flinch when you fire an automatic."
Albert Finney Pulls Joke On Michael Douglas
surprised Michael Douglas
on the set of Traffic
- by pretending to be someone else. British actor Finney has a cameo role in the movie, but the cast and crew kept Finney's real identity concealed to the very last minute, telling Douglas that the role would be played by a fictional actor called Miles Archer. Finney recalls, "My hair was severely cut and they had me in full costume and makeup. They brought me to the house where they were shooting, and I knew most of the crew from Erin Brockovich
. Then from across the room I heard, 'Michael, I don't believe you've met Miles.'" Finney adds Douglas started to introduce himself, until he realised something was wrong. He laughs, "He stopped. He couldn't quite figure it out. Then the penny dropped, he swore at us, and laughed hugely. We then proceeded to try to work."
Douglas McGrath Can't Stop Correcting Grammar
Hollywood actor and writer Douglas McGrath
has an annoying habit - he can't stop correcting people's grammar. Doug, who is currently playing the lead in Company Man
- a spy comedy which he also wrote and directed - says his previous career as a grammar teacher has left him with a lifelong desire to correct the speech of everyone around him. McGrath says, "All day long you notice how people are misspeaking. I turned into the worst of people, which is to say and improve - a helpful person. My invitations kind of dried up, people didn't want to return my calls because it was one tiresome lecture after the next about objective pronouns and dangling participles. But I couldn't help it. I almost had to find a deprogrammer!" And McGrath, who is good friends with Woody Allen
, says there's a lot of his own characteristics in the movie's lead character of Quimp - who he never intended to play. He adds, "We couldn't find someone who had the right mix of nerdiness and the other irritating qualities that come with the character like I did. So we hired me."
Seinfeld Knocks Former Sitcom Co-stars
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has made barbed jibes at the expense of his former sitcom co-stars at a surprise comedy club appearance. Guests at the Comedy Cellar in New York's West Village were astonished when the millionaire comic took to the stage. And after a 20-minute stand-up routine, Jerry invited questions from the audience. In reply to a question about a Seinfeld
revival, Jerry quipped, "Yes, when all of our careers turn to s**t, and two are down already." His comments were aimed at actor Michael Richards
(Kramer), whose sitcom was axed after a poor critical and audience reception, and Jason Alexander
(George), whose turn as Boris Badenov in the recent The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle
, doesn't seem to have been the wisest choice.