11 October 2005
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Spears Pulls Bra from Charity Auction
has pulled the jewel-encrusted bra she put up on auction website eBay to raise cash for victims of Hurricane Katrina, over confusion as to when she wore it. The bra had pulled in bids of over $60,000 when the pop star called a halt to the auction over the weekend, fearing fans were bidding for underwear they thought Spears had worn onstage. In fact, Spears wore the bra to advertise a pay-per-view concert in America. In a statement, she says, "I don't want any of you to feel misled."
Original Wallace & Gromit Figures Not in Blaze
The creator of the Wallace And Gromit
films had the original plasticine figures of the cartoon twosome with him when a warehouse blaze destroyed the rest of the animated movies' history. Academy Award winner Nick Park
is relieved he managed to save something from the fire, which ravaged all three floors of his Aardman Animations site in Bristol, England, yesterday. He says, "These are the Wallace and Gromit from the film. They have been going with me on a world tour. I keep them safe in a special suitcase. They were with me at my house when the fire happened. Apparently we have lost everything, including things like Wallace and Gromit in their sidecar." In a cruel twist of fate, Park had just discovered the latest Wallace and Gromit movie, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
, had debuted at the top of the US box-office chart when he was told news of the fire. He adds, "I rang up the office to find out how the film had done in the US. I was told the great news that it was number one and then they said there was some bad news as well." Meanwhile, police are investigating the possibility the blaze could have been started deliberately. A spokeswoman says, "Our arson task force has been alerted and we are keeping a close eye on things. It may turn out to be suspicious."
Simpson Redeems 'Saturday Night Live' Fiasco
finally redeemed her vocal reputation when she sang on Saturday Night Live
without incident at the weekend. The brave singer returned to the hit comedy show a year after she was criticized for miming to the wrong song on the show last year, while a pre-recorded version of her hit "Pieces Of Me" was played. But her latest performance was a huge success, and the 21-year-old smiled, blew kisses and hopped with relief when it was over. In a specially-written track called "Catch Me When I Fall," inspired by the TV fiasco, Simpson sang, "Who will be the one to save me from myself? Who's going to catch me when I fall?" She returned to the stage later in the program to showcase another hit, "Boyfriend," in which she was accompanied by a backup singer.
Madonna Song Offends Rabbis
Pop superstar Madonna
has provoked fierce criticism from Jewish leaders after dedicating a song on her new album to a 16th century Kabbalist rabbi. The controversial track "Isaac" draws on the life of Yitzhak Luria, a Jewish mystic, but rabbis are suspicious the Material Girl singer may be exploiting his name for profit. Madonna, who is Kabbalah follower herself, is no stranger to religious contention. Her 1984 single Like A Virgin
sparked uproar amongst Christians after the raunchy music video featured a black Jesus Christ character. And Jewish elders are similarly unimpressed by her latest musical tribute, suggesting it could even prompt divine retribution. Rabbi Rafael Cohen, head of a seminary named after Luria, says, "Jewish law forbids the use of the name of the holy rabbi for profit. Her act is just simply unacceptable and I can only sympathize for her because of the punishment that she is going to receive from the heavens."
Foxx Back On Board for 'Dreamgirls'
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx
went back to the bargaining table with producers after hearing his new film was set to feature Beyonce Knowles
and Eddie Murphy
. Negotiations for upcoming movie Dreamgirls
broke down after Ray
star Foxx, fresh from his Academy Award win, priced himself out of the market. But when he heard who was in talks to appear in the film, he offered to slash his salary to take part. He explains, "The first time, it was just me in the movie - no Eddie Murphy, no Beyonce. Then I hear Eddie's doing it, and I'm like, 'Hey, pay me a dollar.' I hear Beyonce's doing it, 'Pay me a quarter.' I just wanted to be part of that. At the end of the day, who cares, man? It's Eddie Murphy; he's my hero. If Dreamgirls
works out as I think it will, it will be the greatest thing in the world, a real event. Maybe you won't get $15 million, maybe you get $3 million, maybe $2 million... (but) you are getting more than a paycheck."
Clooney Fears Fighting Paparazzi Will Create Freedom Issues
Movie star George Clooney
is happy to ignore the over-zealous efforts of the paparazzi who follow him everywhere because he fears that by limiting their powers he'll upset freedom of speech. While stars like Reese Witherspoon
and Cameron Diaz
rally to change laws and fight against celebrity photographers, Clooney, whose father is respected newsman Nick Clooney
, fears stars could be setting a bad precedent if they continue fighting the paparazzi. He explains, "These guys can be real jerks, these paparazzi, they're not trying to catch me doing something stupid, which I'll have to take hits for - they're trying to create you doing something stupid. They walk through the airport and go, 'Whose that fat chick you're with?' I'll take all of those hits in lieu of trying to restrict it, because the dangers of restricting it, or getting into those dangers, (is) like burning the first book. I get that they do some rotten things... It's a drag for me... (But) as a guy who believes in the free press, I think that some of these hits we have to take in order to not mess with freedom of speech."
Paltrow Joins Forces With Brother
is gearing up for another family project, after signing up to be directed by her brother Jake Paltrow
in upcoming romantic comedy The Good Night
. The Oscar-winning actress, who co-starred with her mother Blythe Danner
in the movie Sylvia
and was directed by her late father Bruce Paltrow
, will appear alongside Martin Freeman
and Simon Pegg
in her latest project. The film, which was also written by Jake, is set in New York, but will shoot mainly at London's Ealing Studios from November 7.
Austin Powers Going Back in Time?
The brains behind the Austin Powers movie franchise are racing to shoot a fourth film to coincide with the 2006 release of the new James Bond movie Casino Royale
. The planned new project would focus on the young Powers and only regular Seth Green
would possibly return for the film - to play the younger version of his movie dad Dr. Evil. Producers are keen to work quickly on the film so it will be ready for release on the back of the new 007 movie because Austin Powers is a spoof version of James Bond. Austin Powers regular Michael York
, who will not be part of the new film, tells website Darkhorizons.com, "I have heard that they want to do a new film to coincide with the release of the next James Bond movie. Since 007 is going to be younger in that movie, they're considering doing a Young Austin movie. I don't know if Mike Myers
would even be involved. It would probably be Seth Green
playing Dr. Evil Junior."
Vogue's Wintour in Pie Assault
editor in chief Anna Wintour
was attacked with a tofu pie at the Weekend when anti-fur demonstrators turned on her at Paris fashion week. Wintour, who controversially supports the use of fur in fashion, was attending the Chloe fashion show in the French capital on Saturday when the vegetarian food struck her. Dan Matthews, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said the attack was instigated by the magazine's decision to run advertisements for fur-based clothing - despite their offer of matching the fee in return for PETA anti-fur advertisements. The incident marks the second time Wintour has been subject to a tofu beating in one year.
Farrow Gets a Bad 'Omen'
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is set to return to classic horror almost 40 years after she starred in Rosemary's Baby
, following her decision to sign on to star in The Omen
remake. Hannah and Her Sisters
star Farrow will play sinister nanny Mrs. Blaylock in the project, which also stars Liev Shreiber
and Julia Stiles
as parents who adopt the devil's spawn when their own child is stillborn. According to website Moviehole.net, John Moore
will direct the remake of the 1976 horror classic.