17 November 2005
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Aniston Is GQ's First Top Woman
has made history by becoming men's magazine GQ's first ever Woman Of The Year. The Rumor Has It
star poses topless on one of three covers for the new magazine, and is named alongside rumored boyfriend Vince Vaughn
and rapper 50 Cent
as the publication's people of 2005 - the first time a woman has topped the men's list. Editor Mark Healy insists the decision to honor Aniston isn't a gimmick: "Sometimes, when you think someone is deserving, then you make room." In the accompanying GQ article, Aniston admits she regrets making public statements about her former romance with Brad Pitt
, insisting she plans to be much more private about her love life in future. She accepts Gwyneth Paltrow
was right to criticize her and Pitt for being so open about private matters, stating, "You know she's right, she's absolutely correct. I feel like there is a graveyard of celebrity couples who now have learned their lesson."
Doohan Space Flight Delayed
A rocket which will blast the ashes of Star Trek
star James Doohan
into space has had its take-off delayed because of engine trouble. The Falcon One was to take the remains of Doohan, who played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott aboard the fictional Starship Enterprise, From California into space next month but the launch is now scheduled for January instead. Charles Chafer of Space Services Inc. says, "They had an engine test they didn't like so they will do another month of testing." Canadian born Doohan died in July at the age of 85, and had asked that his ashes be sent to the final frontier when he was gone.
Bloom Sued by Former Managers
British movie hunk Orlando Bloom
is being sued by the bosses of his former management company over claims he still owes them for securing high-profile film roles for him. The executives at Hollywood company The Firm are asking for in excess of $600,000 in unpaid commissions from the actor after allegedly helping him land leading roles in Elizabethtown
, Kingdom Of Heaven
and the Pirates Of The Caribbean
sequels, among other projects, according to entertainment news website TMZ.com. Bloom quit the company earlier this year and signed with rivals Brillstein-Grey.
Baldwin's Custody Battle Is Costing Him a Fortune
Actor Alec Baldwin
has dropped another bombshell in his ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger
by claiming in new legal papers that he has spent over $1 million fighting the case. Baldwin dragged Basinger back into court at the beginning on November, claiming she had tried to turn their daughter Ireland against him by violating a court-imposed custody order and denying him access. And, as the hearing got more personal, Baldwin filed new legal papers on Monday, in which he admitted considering giving up his battle because it was costing him a fortune. In the documents, obtained by TV news show Extra
, Baldwin states, "I have spent over $1 million in custody legal fees." The actor also accuses Basinger of turning his daughter into a spy, claiming she phones her mother frequently when she's staying with her father - to "report" on his actions. The messy custody case continues. Both parties are expected to face each other in court next month.
Kennedy: "I Am No Flasher"
Former Desperate Housewives
star Page Kennedy
has angrily denied claims he was fired from the hit US drama for allegedly flashing two female colleagues. American television network ABC dismissed the 28-year-old citing "improper conduct" - prompting intense speculation about Kennedy's on-set behavior. And now the actor, who played fugitive Caleb in the show, fears his reputation is irreparably tarnished. He says, "I definitely need my city (Detroit) to know and understand what's going on. The truth is Touchstone decided to go in a different direction, and they bought out my contract. Anything you've heard to the contrary is all false. The challenge I have right now is trying to get the truth out as aggressively as they got the rumors out. That's the problem. If the truth isn't as juicy as the rumors, who cares? That's what sucks."
Another Baby for Britney?
is preparing to become a mum again after telling pals a psychic has predicted she'll fall pregnant again next year. The superstar, who gave birth to Sean Preston this summer, reportedly always seeks the advice of a medium when she makes major plans for her future. And, according to American weekly In Touch, she couldn't resist asking if she'd ever have another child. A friend tells the publication that Spears was told she would be pregnant again within six months.
Patti LaBelle Reveals Cancer Scare
Soul veteran Patti LaBelle
is celebrating after a biopsy revealed she isn't suffering from breast cancer. The 61-year-old singer was terrified she would be diagnosed with the disease, after a routine mammogram raised fears of possible tumors in her left breast. LaBelle revealed her ordeal during Denise Rich's Angel Ball cancer benefit on Monday evening. She told the star-studded event, "I haven't told anyone about this. I haven't even told my son, Zuri. He's probably going to have a stroke. I went in for a mammogram, and they found some white spots in my left breast. My doctor said the spots looked suspicious. I have really big boobs, so they had to do it, like, 16 times under the lights. Thank Jesus! I'm cancer-free!"
Sinise Changes Lives in Iraq
Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise
has used his star power to help rebuild the lives of Iraqi school children. The Forrest Gump
actor co-founded Operation Iraqi Children - an organization which sends out classroom supplies to improve children's education in the war torn nation. On visiting the country, the big-hearted star was horrified to find some schools without paper, pencils or books and immediately set up the charity upon his return to America. He says, "One school I visited, rebuilt by the troops, it originally didn't have a floor. It was just dirt and there were no windows. It was just kind of cinderblocks." To date, his organization has sent out more than 100,000 school kits but Sinise is modest about his achievements. He says, "It's just a way to give back, just a way to do something to help out."
Madonna Slams Bush
has urged US citizens to turn against President George W. Bush
over his failure to provide adequate aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in August. The singer was "devastated" when Michael Moore
's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11
didn't stop Bush winning the 2004 election and insists America must now realize his incompetence. She says, "I was just frigging devastated, It was a real sad day. I don't get how people can have all these facts and still turn away from them. 9/11 was too ambiguous. You couldn't prove how the government was somehow in on the deal. You could say 'Oh that's just Michael Moore'. New Orleans was undeniable irresponsibility."
Shatner Wants To Sell Kidney Stone
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is hoping to persuade medics who removed his kidney stone to hand it over so he can sell it on auction site eBay. The actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek
, claims the stone will become "the ultimate piece of Star Trek
memorabilia." Shatner plans to give the proceeds of the sale to charity, but he has to cut through eBay red tape first - the website's rules are strict about the sale of body parts. The 74-year-old actor was taken from the set of his hit TV show Boston Legal
last month, suffering from what was initially reported to be chronic back pain. But Shatner has since revealed he had a kidney stone, which he successfully passed after experiencing excruciating pain.