20 January 2006
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Pitt Can Play Dad to Jolie's Kids
's two adopted kids can now legally add "Pitt" to their surnames after a California judge made it official yesterday. Almost two months after Brad Pitt
started filing paperwork seeking to be the legal adoptive father of Maddox and Zahara, the actor has been given permission to play dad for real. At a speedy, 60-second hearing in Santa Monica yesterday lawyers representing Jolie were told that the petition to change her children's names from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt had officially been granted. The happy couple confirmed they are about to have a baby of their own last week when Jolie told an aid worker in the Dominican Republic that she is pregnant.
Cruise 'South Park' Show Censored
has reportedly stopped an episode of South Park
that mocks him from being aired in Britain. The show, in which Nicole Kidman
and Cruise's fellow Scientologist John Travolta
are depicted attempting to coax an animated version of the actor out of a closet caused controversy when broadcast in the US. The cartoon Kidman tells Cruise, "Don't you think this has gone on long enough? It's time for you to come out of the closet. You're not fooling anyone." - referring to allegations about Cruise's sexuality. According to TheRegister.co.uk, Paramount has agreed not to show the episode again, after Cruise complained. A source tells the site, "Tom is famously very litigious and will go to great lengths to protect his reputation. Tom was said not to like the episode and Paramount just didn't dare risk showing it again. It's a shame that UK audiences will never see it because it's very funny."
Meg Ryan To Adopt Chinese Baby?
may be set to join Hollywood's adoptive mothers after reportedly signing up to play mother to a Chinese baby. The actress will take charge of a Chinese baby later today, according to America's OK! celebrity magazine. Sources claim the When Harry Met Sally
star has spent months chasing her dream of becoming a mum for the second time and heard the news she had been approved late last year. The adoption is scheduled to take place at an American consulate in China, according to OK! sources. An insider tells the publication, "The consulate will formalize the adoption and grant Meg's new daughter a visa and a social security number. They will probably be flying back to the US immediately after the process is complete." Ryan has a teenage son, Jack, by former husband Dennis Quaid
. Other Hollywood stars who have discovered the thrill of adoption include Angelina Jolie
, Diane Keaton
, Sharon Stone
and Nicole Kidman
Hilton Looks Dumb on Deposition
's intellect is in question after one internet news site obtained a copy of the socialite's deposition in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed last year. Zeta Graff
, the ex-girlfriend of Hilton's former boyfriend Paris Latsis, claimed Hilton planted lies about her in New York Post gossip column Page Six and filed for extensive damages. According to Graff's suit, Hilton fabricated a fight she had with the diamond heiress at a London club in the article, claiming Graff went "berserk" and allegedly attacked her. Red-faced Hilton has since admitted the incident never took place, but has denied planting the story in the Post. But Hilton's embarrassment over the whole scandal has only just begun - thanks to comments she made in her deposition, which have been picked up by website Tmz.com. Asked, by Graff's lawyer, if she was aware that UK tabloids had picked up the story from the Post, Hilton responds "No... there is stuff in London," at which point her own attorney, Larry Klein, points out, "London is a UK publication." Hilton then retorts, "Right. UK. Whatever." And in another Graff gaffe, Hilton has an inappropriate dig at her accuser, stating, "She is old and should stay at home with her child, instead of being at night clubs with young people... She is not cute at all." In yet another ill-advised comment, Hilton talks about her European travels, stating, "I was in Europe the whole summer, and all there is like French... I didn't see anything because I wasn't in America."
Jolie "Sonogram" Removed From eBay
A sonogram picture purporting to be Brad Pitt
and Angelina Jolie
's baby has been removed from auction website eBay.com. The item, listed as 'Angelina Jolie's 4-5 month fetus sonogram picture,' was pulled after eBay bosses decided it "violated their policy on celebrity materials." The unlikely item generated over 50 bids in two days, reaching $500 minutes before the online auction was closed. Spokesman Hani Durzy says, "We have pulled it off the site. This listing was being marketed as coming specifically from Angelina Jolie
. There was no indication in the listing that she had given agreement to this. We took a look at it pretty quickly and felt it violated our policy on celebrity materials."
Moss and Osbourne Romance?
Supermodel Kate Moss
has found a new man to keep her company while she avoids returning Britain after her drugs scandal - fellow rehab survivor Jack Osbourne
. The pair were spotted dancing together at a post-Golden Globe Awards party at Teddy's nightclub inside Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel on Monday night. Moss, 32, and Osbourne, 20, have been pals for some time, but onlookers suspect a romance may have bloomed - and a spokesman for the reality TV star insists Osbourne is keen on the catwalk queen. The representative says, "Jack and Kate have known each other for a while. There have been rumors of a romance for quite a while. I asked him about these about a year ago and he was very coy. He left me with the idea he wouldn't be against the idea." Moss was recently linked to 20-year-old former English public schoolboy James Burke after spending the New Year with him in Aspen, Colorado. Before that she dated rocker Pete Doherty.
Lee Slams Hollywood Teenagers
British acting legend Christopher Lee
has slammed Hollywood's obsession with youth, insisting the employment of beautiful but talentless teenagers is sabotaging modern movies. The Star Wars
veteran, 83, is appalled by producers' willingness to cast young stars in emotionally-complex roles, and insists a backlash is on the horizon. And he fears for the reputations of young stars, condemning Los Angeles studios for pushing their protege's too far. He says, "The problem today, and I think it's a very dangerous one for the people concerned, is that there are quite large numbers of very young men and women from 18 to 30, and they are playing very large parts in huge films and they simply, through no fault of their own, don't have the background and the experience and the knowledge to pull if off. And it's dangerous for them because if they are in one failure after another, sooner or later people are going to say, 'Well, he may have a pretty face but he's not bringing the public in.' So many of these good-looking - sometimes even pretty - boys and girls are getting these good roles and it's not fair on them. At some point it's going to catch up."
Wilson Pickett Dies
Legendary soul singer Wilson Pickett
died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. He was 64. Pickett, who had been in ill health over the last year, passed away in a Virginia hospital close to his home. He is best known for his hits "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour." Born in Pratville, Alabama, Pickett found fame as a teenager in the 1960s after joining The Falcons. He sang on their number one single "I Found A Love." After signing a solo deal with Atlantic Records, Pickett wrote the classic track "In The Midnight Hour" with guitar great Steve Cropper
, which was released in 1965. Hits including "Mustang Sally," "Funky Broadway," "Land Of 1,000 Dances" and "She's Looking Good" followed. In total, Pickett scored five number one US R&B singles. In 1991, Pickett was frequently name-checked and had his music covered in the movie The Commitments
. The same year he was inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. His last studio album, It's Harder Now
, was released in 1999. Pickett will be buried next to his mother in Louisville, Kentucky. He is survived by his fiance and four children.
Garrett's Mother Begs Son To Seek Rehab Help
Fallen pop idol Leif Garrett
's mother is begging her son to seek rehab help after he was busted for heroin possession in Los Angeles over the weekend. Designer Carolyn Stellar
attended her son's arraignment hearing at the Los Angeles County Courthouse on Wednesday and told reporters that Garrett's disheveled look and prison clothing attire made her "sick to my stomach." Distressed Stellar wept as her son was arraigned on charges he violated the terms of his probation for a previous drug offence, and then urged the authorities to demand Garrett seek help. She said, "He needs rehab. It's a disease and he needs help." Stellar still supports her son: "I just want him in rehab, to get well." Police arrested Garrett on Saturday after he allegedly tried to ride the Downtown Los Angeles subway without a ticket. While conducting a body search, police officers allegedly discovered heroin in one of his pockets. Garrett is still on probation after pleading guilty to attempted possession of narcotics last March.
'Saved by the Bell' Star To Be a Dad Again
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