17 March 2006
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Kidman "Questioned by FBI Over Wiretapping"
was reportedly questioned by the FBI over private detective Anthony Pellicano
's alleged, illegal wiretapping. A recording of the Cold Mountain
actress talking to her ex-husband Tom Cruise
was found in Pellicano's office in 2002, reports gossip site PageSix.com. The recording was made shortly after the golden couple announced they were splitting in February 2001. During their divorce, Cruise hired Los Angeles matrimonial lawyer Dennis Wasser
- who had often used Pellicano's services - while Kidman was represented by New York lawyer Bill Beslow, who consulted private detective Richie Di Sabatino. Sabatino admits he was stunned to hear Kidman had allegedly been taped, saying, "We swept her phones and put on an encryption device, so she couldn't be wire-tapped. We tried to keep one step ahead. (The tapes the FBI heard) was probably from Tom's phone. Pellicano used to tap his own clients. They (Cruise and Kidman) settled quietly and relatively fast, and nothing came out except for one story in the National Enquirer, which was Pellicano's tabloid of choice." Pellicano, 61, pleaded not guilty last month to charges of racketeering, interception of electronic communications and other offences in a Los Angeles court. Besides Kidman and Cruise, Pellicano has also been accused of tapping the phones of Sylvester Stallone
, Keith Carradine
and producer Aaron Russo
Simpson Blasts Bush Snub Story
has fired back at press reports she snubbed a meeting with President George W. Bush
, insisting he ran out of time to sit down with her. Simpson insists she is not among the celebrities who are keen to attack the US President - and she's still hoping the pair can reschedule their meeting. Simpson was set to meet the leader Friday, during the pop star's visit to Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where she'll address congressmen about charity organization Operation Smile. She says, "I'm just so excited because the President asked for a special meeting. We're going to sit down face to face and we're going to talk about children. I want to set up this whole orphanage and adoption organization. I just really want to bring awareness to interracial adoption." The pop star, who performed at Bush's inauguration and has been to The White House four times, admits she's a big fan of Bush: "He's a very personable guy, he's a Texas guy. His ranch is four doors down from my aunt and uncle's ranch. We have lots of Texas stuff to talk about."
Shannon Elizabeth's Husband Seeks Property
Hollywood beauty Shannon Elizabeth
's estranged husband Joseph D. Reitman
is seeking half of the property and assets they accumulated during their eight years living together. The 37-year-old actor began living with the American Pie
actress, 32, in 1997, and the couple married in Mexico in June 2002. They announced their separation in March 2005. Reitman has filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the couple spent their five years of co-habiting prior to their marriage under the agreement "to be equal partners in the acquisition of assets and in financial affairs whether such transactions were separate or joint." Reitman claims he put his own his career on hold to support Elizabeth, saying, "Enhanced by plaintiff's coaching, connections, training, assistance and efforts, defendant (Elizabeth) was able to become a successful actress."
Clooney Donates Oscar Goodies
Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney
has donated his bag of Oscar goodies to an auction to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Syriana
actor, who won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award on March 5, insists he has no need for the expensive gifts, which are given to the millionaire celebrities, simply for attending the annual ceremony. The bag, which contains a host of items including a BlackBerry 8700c, a Kay Unger kimono and a Tahitian-pearl necklace, will be auctioned for the United Way Hurricane Response and Relief Recovery Fund from March 21. United Way spokeswoman Sheila Consaul says the highest bidder will receive a handwritten thank you note from Clooney.
Cruise and Holmes Seal It With a Kiss
Hollywood couple Tom Cruise
and Katie Holmes
thrilled baseball fans last night when they smooched on the big screen at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. The pair were cheering on Team USA in their World Baseball Classic match against Mexico when the stadium's famous Kisscam fell on the lovestruck pair. Red-faced Holmes giggled as Cruise gave her a lingering kiss on the lips. The smooch was then beamed onto the venue's huge screen, as thousands of baseball fans cheered the couple on. The loving moment comes amid contradicting reports the couple have split and have already married.
Farrell's Ex To Receive Millions If Sex Tape Is Released
Actor Colin Farrell
's ex-girlfriend, former Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain
, will receive a $3 million advance payment if the sex tape the couple made together is released. The Phone Booth
star is suing Narain and trying to stop the release of the sex tape they made three years ago during a brief romance. According to documents posted on website TheSmokingGun.com, Narain signed a deal with Internet Commerce Group (ICG) in October 2005, for a seven-figure payout to distribute the 14-minute video. The agreement guarantees Narain $100,000 whether or not the explicit video can be marketed, and also calls for her legal fees to be paid up to $60,000. Farrell is seeking general and compensatory damages, as well as an injunction prohibiting the promotion and sale of the tape. US Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle quashed Narain's request to have the case dismissed Monday and advised her lawyers to file a response to Farrell's suit instead.
Christensen No Love Rat, Says Reported "Girlfriend"
's "betrayed girlfriend" has hit back at rumors the Star Wars
actor is a love rat for dumping her for Sienna Miller
, insisting the pair were never an item. The former model, now an interpreter, allegedly blasted the Casanova
star over the weekend for stealing her partner, fuming, "She has a lot of problems, she has a messed up temper and she is so erratic, she's just not the sort of person I want to be around. I hope she realizes that not everyone is responsible for her ex-fiance's cheating and that she doesn't have to take it out on everyone else." But Skye insists she is not bitter at all, because she has never dated Christensen in her life. She says, "All the rumors saying he cheated have blown out of control as we were never together as a couple in the first place." Miller, who recently split from Jude Law
, met Christensen on the set of new movie Factory Girl
Tom Green Breaks Two Ribs
's ex-husband Tom Green
is recovering in Costa Rica, after breaking two ribs in a fishing accident. The Canadian comedian, 34, was fishing on a rocky outcrop in the Central American nation, when a huge wave knocked him into the ocean and slammed him into the rocks. After spending the night in hospital, Green is now recovering at his holiday home. Writing on his website, Green says, "It was like leaning into a freight train. And I was gone. I felt my life flash before my eyes. I had no control. There was nobody there on the beach, it was an isolated Central American spot. Milliseconds later I slammed hard onto the rocks. And I could feel the cracking of bone. I stumbled onto the shore. Only a millisecond later now. And I still wasn't sure if I was dead. There was blood on my leg. Blood on my elbow, coming out of a golf ball sized welt. And my ribs clattered in my chest as I gasped for air. I can't stop help but feeling really lucky, while I am lying in bed in severe pain."
Leto To Land Role on 'Desperate Housewives'?
Actor Jared Leto
is in talks with producers to guest star on hit TV show Desperate Housewives
as Eva Longoria
's hunky love interest. The actor will reportedly play a grocery store clerk who falls for Longoria's character Gabrielle. An ABC network source tells US tabloid the Star, "When they were brainstorming about actors, they kept coming back to Jared's name... It's a really juicy role!" The actor recently finished filming Chapter 27
and gained 50 pounds for the movie, in which he plays John Lennon
's killer, Mark David Chapman
. The Requiem For A Dream
star has already started getting back in shape for his steamy scenes on the show.
Three 6 Mafia Pimp Out Oscar for Club Access
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Members of Oscar-winning musical group Three 6 Mafia
are 'pimping out' their Oscar around Los Angeles in order to gain access to the hottest nightclubs. The rappers, who won Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow
, have made their Oscar statuette an official member of their entourage. The rap group rolled up to hot spot Lobby last Thursday and were told only four people would be allowed per table, because the club was already crowded. One of the group's members pulled the statue out of a paper bag and asked, "This little man count?" A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "Mr. Oscar sat on prime club real-estate, neatly placed on the centre of the group's table, surrounded by gazers observing that glowing complexion in awe."