12 September 2005
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Oprah: "America Needs To Apologize to Katrina Victims"
Chat show host Oprah Winfrey
is furious over the way the victims of Hurricane Katrina have been treated, and believes America owes the survivors an apology. Winfrey cut short her summer break to host special episodes of her The Oprah Winfrey Show
from the nation's devastated Gulf Coast and was horrified by the scenes which awaited her. Referring to the amount of time survivors had to wait for help, and those who died as they waited for help, she fumes, "I think... this country owes these people an apology. This makes me so mad. This should not have happened." Winfrey wore a gas mask as she toured New Orleans' now-empty Superdome, which housed thousands of people in disgusting conditions for several days. She says, "Nothing I saw on television prepared me for what I experienced on the ground. I was sitting at home feeling frustrated and useless, like so many other people, so I came down to personally assess how I could best be of service."
Moore To Capture Katrina on Film?
Controversial film-maker Michael Moore
is planning to make a hard-hitting documentary based on Us President George W. Bush
's handling of the Hurricane Katrina rescue operation. Moore grabbed international acclaim with his scathing 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11
, which studied Bush's handling of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The Oscar winner is now "seriously considering" documenting the catastrophe in America's Gulf Coast region. He tells the New York Daily News
, "There is much to be said and done about the man-made annihilation of New Orleans, caused not by a hurricane but by the very specific decisions made by the Bush administration in the past four and a half years. Do not listen to anyone who says we can discuss all this later. No, we can't. Our country is in an immediate state of vulnerability. More hurricanes, wars, and other disasters are on the way, and a lazy bunch of self-satisfied lunatics are still running the show."
Ang Lee Wins Golden Lion at Venice
Taiwanese director Ang Lee
was honored with the coveted Golden Lion award for his latest movie Brokeback Mountain
at the climax of the 62nd Venice Film Festival in Italy on Saturday. The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
movie-maker's adaptation of an E. Annie Proulx
's novella, which tells the story of a gay love affair between two cowboys, played by Jake Gyllenhaal
and Heath Ledger
, was chosen by the jury as best film. Accepting the golden lion at the Veneto canal city, Lee enthused, "(My film is) a great American love story. I'm so glad it's prevailed here and was received so warmly here." This year's festival was triumphant for the French, with Paris-born director Philippe Garrel
picking up the Silver Lion prize for directing Les Amants Reguliers
(The Regular Lovers), which also won in the Outstanding Technical Contribution category. Isabelle Huppert
was given a Special Lion for her career, which has spanned four decades. Meanwhile, George Clooney
's second outing as a director - Good Night, And Good Luck
, was named Best Screenplay and Best Actor for leading man David Strathairn
Harry Connick Jr. Surveys Father's Damaged Home
Crooner Harry Connick Jr.
waded through the water submerging much of New Orleans, Louisiana, to look at the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to his father's home. His father, Harry Connick Sr.
, who served as district attorney of New Orleans for 29 years before retiring in 2003, was forced out of his home when Katrina ravaged the city at the end of last month. And the 37-year-old singer has found the damage to his father's home is not as bad as he'd feared. He says, "It looks like pop's house made it through. Everything looks like it's pretty dry." Connick Jr. was desperate to return to protect his family's house, adding, "I don't want to get looted by the one-eyed rogue crackhead out there."
Stars Shine at MTV Telethon
, Rob Thomas
, Kanye West
and Sheryl Crow
were among the stars who made emotional studio performances for an MTV Hurricane Katrina telethon on Saturday night, while other big names offered special tour tunes from across North America. Green Day
taped a performance in Foxboro, Massachusetts, The Rolling Stones
paid tribute to the hurricane victims from the stage in Milwaukee, Coldplay phoned in their performance from New York and Pearl Jam played Given To Fly on tour in Saskatoon, Canada. During the slick four-and-a-half hour live show, U2, Sir Elton John
and Sir Paul McCartney
also beamed in performances from tour stops in Toronto, Canada, and Miami, Florida, respectively. But it was the show's collaborations from studios set up in New York, Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, which made the somber evening a special one. Kid Rock
performed a stirring "Sweet Home Alabama" with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
hooked up with Motley Crue for a rendition of the latter's "Home Sweet Home" and Neil Young
and Emmylou Harris
ended the telethon with a powerful version on "Walking To New Orleans." Other highlights included Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance of "Under The Bridge," Beck's cover of "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes" and a tune from American Idol
star Kelly Clarkson
, who fought health problems to perform "Shelter" in Los Angeles. The commercial-free telethon, which also featured messages from stars like Jennifer Lopez
and Dennis Quaid
, was one of three held in America this weekend to raise funds for the victims of the hurricane.
Lohan Is Perry's New Neighbor
star Matthew Perry
now has a new neighbor in Hollywood - teen actress Lindsay Lohan
. Herbie: Fully Loaded
star Lohan has just purchased a three-bedroom condominium in a Sunset Strip-area complex for around $1.9-million. Perry bought a furnished two-bedroom unit in the same building in May for around $2.5 million. The building boasts a rooftop pool, a gym, a sauna, a concierge and valet parking. Tobey Maguire
, Cameron Diaz
and Leonardo DiCaprio
also own homes in Lohan's new neighborhood.
Crowe Considers Aubrey Return
is being plagued by fans of seafaring literary hero Captain Jack Aubrey who want him to return to the high seas for a Master & Commander
sequel. The Oscar winner has yet to sign up for a sequel, even though the rest of the entire cast in contracted to return in a second film. He says, "It comes up all the time, man. People I meet - bankers, doctors, pilots - are always pulling me aside and saying, 'So, Captain Aubrey. When do you think he might set sail again? Contractually, with Fox, I'm not required to (appear in a sequel). Everybody else is if they want to do another one. I think Paul Bettany
is contracted for three (movies)." Crowe admits he's not completely against the idea of returning as Aubrey. He adds, "There are 20 books and there are so many more adventures. You never know. There are some intriguing ideas, like bringing in his dad, his wife, other characters from the books."
Hilton: "I'm Not Sexual"
Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton
insists she has a low sex drive and frequently snubs steamy sessions at home - despite her raunchy reputation. The 24-year-old heiress knows her confession will amaze fans, particularly in the light of her sex tape One Night In Paris
, which featured the blonde engaging in intimate acts with former lover Rick Salomon
. But she is adamant her titillating image is a product of her sexy sense of style, and in reality her boyfriends have commented on her less than rampant libido. She says, "I'm sexual in pictures and the way I dress and my whole image. But at home I'm really not like that. All of my ex-boyfriends - not Paris, of course - would be like, 'What's the matter with you? You're so not sexual.'"
Lewinsky To Study in London
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky
is heading to Britain to study a Masters in Psychology at the prestigious London School of Economics. The curvy 32-year-old, who shocked the world when reports of her oral sex antics with former President Bill Clinton
hit newsstands, completed her first degree in psychology in 1995 before she started work for the former US leader. And although the course incurs a staggering $22,000 for non-European students, the fee shouldn't pose a problem for Lewinsky - she reportedly commanded six-figure payouts for her revealing interviews after Clinton's autobiography was published last year.
Winslet and Mendes Move Into Fairytale Mansion
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actress Kate Winslet
and her director husband Sam Mendes
are finally settling down in the $5.9 million English country mansion they bought three years ago. Westcote Manor, hidden in the tiny village of Church Westcote in a secluded part of the Cotswolds, boasts eight bedrooms and 22 acres of ground. A local builder estimates the couple will have doubled their $2.1 million budget to renovate the mansion, which comprises of two buildings and a 1950s extension. The couple had to squeeze into a tiny stone cottage next door while the lengthy work was completed on their home.