1 April 2002
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Hurley's Blue Clue - It's Going To Be A Boy
Actress Elizabeth Hurley
looks set to have a boy - after a bundle of blue baby clothes were delivered to her door. Liz is due to give birth next week and she's keen to have her maternity kit ready well in advance, as advised by London's St. John And Elizabeth Hospital. Saturday saw a constant stream of deliveries to the $2.8 million Chelsea town house she used to share with ex-love Hugh Grant
. Liz was waiting upstairs in her bedroom for most of the day, and although she answered callers on the intercom she coyly told visiting reporters, "Please call my office, I'm not commenting at the moment." Liz's devoted sister Kate took all the deliveries, including a baby cot dropped off by a red Bmw
, and - showing signs of stress just after lunch - rushed outside and attacked photographers with her handbag.
Eddie Murphy Sued
Comedy legend Eddie Murphy
is being sued by a retiree claiming the actor used his likeness without permission. Former Chicago caretaker Tally Collier claims a character in The PJs
cartoon series - which is produced by Murphy and stars the his voice - is based on him. Collier says the show's grouchy grandfather MR. Sanchez character has "defamed, insulted, humiliated and embarrassed" him.
Renee's Number One
Actress Renée Zellweger
is number one in the music charts - as the subject of Ariel Horovitz' hit song! The singer/songwriter is currently at the top of the Israeli single charts with his ode to the Bridget Jones's Diary
beauty. The lyrics are, "I was at an American movie and fell in love with the actress/My love still doesn't suspect that I, determined by inevitable fate, am closing the distance and I have an address and a picture/Renée, your life will change from one end to another because I'm on my way/Restaurant, black dress, confusing cleavage - good thing I prepared the speech back in Israel./Touch me, Renée, look - I'm not made of plastic./You'll have a real life with me." Zellweger is not the first star to hit the pop charts like this in recent years. Popster Bree Sharp
hit the American charts in the '90s with an ode to David Duchovny
O'Neal's Stalker In Secure Unit
Cancer-stricken star Ryan O'Neal
is relieved after his stalker Darlene Bonifacio has been admitted to hospital care. O'Neal, 60, who is currently fighting leukaemia, had been pestered by Bonifacio since he met her on a Greek island holiday. Blonde beauty Darlene, 36, turned up at O'Neal's Malibu, California home and flung herself into the actor's arms last month. The actor was at home with his son Griffin
when Darlene arrived and after police arrived, she left without a fuss. However two hours later, she burst back into the house and climbed into O'Neal's bed. Police returned and arrested the woman, before taking her into a secure psychiatric unit. A friend of O'Neal says, "It shocked Ryan. She is just a woman he met on holiday with friends. If she is let out and continues to stalk him, he will seek a restraining order."
Spike: Hollywood Is Still Unequal
Director Spike Lee
is unconvinced Hollywood has changed its attitude to black people after Halle Berry
and Denzel Washington
's triumphs last month. Lee says he will not be completely satisfied tinseltown has changed its attitude to non-white citizens until more producers and studio executives are "of color." Spike discussed Halle and Denzel with students at The University of Toledo in Ohio on Wednesday night. Spike says, "Is this a signal that once and for all Hollywood is colorblind and we're all on the same playing field? I don't think so. We have to see what happens. Let's not get too hyped up. Let's not go crazy and think we've been delivered because of what happened. When Sidney (Poitier)
won for Lilies Of The Field
, people probably felt the same way and it was another 40 years until Denzel won."
Liza Speaks Up For Gest
has laughed off suggestions her new husband David Gest is gay - blaming the woman who made the allegations for trying to get attention. Soap opera actress Ruth Warrick
, 86, told America's Globe
tabloid that she has been escorted by Gest for 25 years, and that she's certain he's homosexual. But loyal Liza has slammed the claims, insisting Gest and Warrick never really "dated" - they were just friends. She adds just because Warrick didn't get any loving from Gest, that doesn't mean he's not capable. Liza says in a statement, "Ruth Warrick is trying to capitalize on the attention of our wedding. It is unfortunate that an 86-year-old woman, like Ruth Warrick
, can think that a friendship is more than just that. Ruth Warrick
is old enough to be David's grandmother." And contrite Warrick now admits she regrets the statements, saying, "It's all a big mistake. I never should have said it. I feel very badly about it. I guess I was a little giddy. I feel terrible to rain on their parade." And she adds, "I know that he's had affairs with women, but I have no knowledge of any affairs with men - not a whisper."
Dudley's Ex Banned From Funeral
's fourth wife Nicole Rothschild has been banned from attending the late star's funeral. Dudley's close pal Rena Fruchter, who is organizing the service for the actor who passed away on Wednesday, has told Rothschild, mother of his son Nicholas, she will not be welcome. The legendary comedian is set to be buried in New Jersey on Tuesday. Dudley and Nicole fought a bitter custody battle over Nicholas, now seven, after their split in 1997. During the battle, Nicole alleged Dudley spent $8,960 a month on prostitutes and drugs. A friend says, "Dudley's friends believe it would be wrong for Nicole to be at the funeral. She had no relationship with Dudley when he died. Rena feels it wouldn't be right." Rena spent the last few years nursing Dudley after he was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy in 1997.
Stars' Fearful Flight
, Casey Affleck
, Summer Phoenix
, Samantha Mathis
and John Leguizamo
almost didn't make it back from the Oscars. The stars took an American Airlines flight from LAX in Los Angeles to New York's JFK on Tuesday, but as they approached the city, a storm kicked up. After a couple of harrowing hours, the plane finally put down in Richmond, Virginia. Rattled by all the turbulence, Damon, Affleck and Phoenix rented a car and drove to New York, while the other passengers flew out four hours later.
Milla Storms Off French TV
Model and actress Milla Jovovich
stormed off a French TV show in a huff last week. The actress and model was promoting her film Resident Evil
on Tout Le Monde En Parle
) to host Thierry Ardisson. After being questioned about her father Bogich Jovovich, who spent time in an American prison for health-insurance fraud, Milla walked off set. A friend of the star says Jovovich found Ardisson "rude and flippant."
Travolta Sacks Manager - Retraction
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Hollywood star John Travolta
has fired his manager and film producer Jonathan Krane
. Travolta's publicist confirmed on Thursday the two has parted ways and Krane would not be listed in the credits for Travolta's forthcoming project Basic
. Travolta's career has been waning in recent years with a series of flops such as Domestic Disturbance
, Battlefield Earth
and The General's Daughter
. Krane made a deal with Travolta after the Look Who's Talking
trilogy in the early 1990s. Reports say Krane was never paid as a manager, but took production credit on each movie Travolta starred in.
Retraction and Apology
On April 1, 2002, WENN reported actor John Travolta
had fired his manager Jonathan Krane
The item suggested Travolta was unhappy with his long-time producing partner after poor box office returns on their joint projects Domestic Disturbance
, Battlefield Earth
and The General's Daughter
However, we have been informed the decision to end their managerial and producing partnership was a mutual, amicable decision by both parties.
Also The General's Daughter
returned a healthy $100 million turnover at the US box office upon its 1999 release, which cannot be constituted as a flop.
We apologize to Jonathan Krane for any offense caused. -WENN Editors, May 2, 2007