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New Dad Cruise Accomplishes Premiere Mission
Richards Claims "Paranoid" Sheen Drove Her Away
'Wedding Crashers' and 'Virgin' Land Five MTV Nominations
Namibia Deports Jolie and Pitt Paparazzi
Garcia Film Banned for Anti-Guevara Sentiment
Farrell's Ex at Risk of Further Sex Tape Lawsuit
Zellweger Attends Potter Statue Unveiling
Jagger Refuses To Give Bush Hotel Room
Producer Defends Televised Lennon Seance
Lachey Denies Album Slights Simpson

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25 April 2006

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New Dad Cruise Accomplishes Premiere Mission

Hollywood star Tom Cruise made a mad dash to attend the world premiere of his latest film Mission: Impossible III last night, after his fiancee Katie Holmes convinced him she could cope with their newborn daughter Suri alone. Ecstatic Cruise took time out from his "diaper-duty" to fly to Rome to join co-stars Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Monaghan and Keri Russell at the premiere, before boarding a plane back to California to be reunited with six day old Suri. When Holmes gave birth to the young tot on last Tuesday, Cruise cancelled promotional activities for the action sequel to spend more time with the new arrival. However, Cruise decided at the last minute to fly to Italy after encouragement from Holmes. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Cruise said, "My own 'mission: impossible' was getting here. That was the mission impossible. Because it kept going back and forth. I wasn't going to come and then Kate said, you know, 'Go. Go.' So I'm here. And I'll be here for a few hours and then I'll get back on an airplane and go back home to Kate and Suri. My daughter has just been born and I want to be close to her. I thought about not coming to Rome, but Kate said go and have fun." Despite Cruise's promise to return to Holmes, English radio stations have been reporting Cruise will remain in Europe for another night to attend the London premiere tonight.

Richards Claims "Paranoid" Sheen Drove Her Away

Former Bond girl Denise Richards left husband Charlie Sheen last year after his alleged paranoia left her fearing for her life, according to legal papers filed by the actress. In legal documents filed last week in Los Angeles, Richards claims her husband became obsessed with conspiracy theories surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attack and the death of OJ Simpson's wife Nicole. And after he allegedly subjected the Wild Things star and her mother to "disturbing" autopsy photographs of Simpson's slain wife, Richards knew it was time to move on. She reveals, "Respondent's (Sheen) behavior was totally irrational. The Respondent became paranoid. Respondent began to obsess about vaccines being poisonous, about 911 (sic) being a conspiracy, purchasing gas masks on the internet, and putting guns under our coffee table so that they would be within reach if someone broke into our house. Respondent also displayed what I can only describe as an abnormal fascination with Nicole Simpson's death and showed my mother and I her autopsy photographs, which I found very disturbing. I had one small child and was pregnant and I was afraid to leave him; I was also afraid to stay with him." Richards eventually filed for divorce. The couple reconciled towards the end of last year, only to split for good in January. The actress has now won a temporary restraining order against Sheen, claiming the actor has made threats to her life and fearing he has become a danger to their two daughters. Sheen denies all the claims against him.

'Wedding Crashers' and 'Virgin' Land Five MTV Nominations

Zany comedies Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old Virgin have topped this year's MTV Movie Awards nominations with five gongs apiece. The two films will compete with King Kong, Sin City and Batman Begins for the Best Movie Prize, while Virgin's Steve Carell will fight for the Best Performance honor with Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams and Terrence Howard. Batman Begins' Christian Bale, Jessica Alba (Sin City), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld: Evolution) and Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith) will fight it out for the Best Hero prize while the Best Villains race is between Harry Potter bad guy Ralph Fiennes, Darth Vader Hayden Christensen and Batman foe Cillian Murphy, among others. In other categories, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo star Rob Schneider will compete with Beyonce Knowles (The Pink Panther), Alba, and Jessica Simpson (Dukes Of Hazzard) for the Sexiest Performance honor. And parents-to-be Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are favorites to claim the Best Fight for their rumble in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The 2006 MTV Movie Awards will air on June 8.

Namibia Deports Jolie and Pitt Paparazzi

The authorities in Namibia have reportedly ordered the deportation of one South African and three French photographers who have been snapping Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during their holiday in the country. According to South African newspaper the Sunday Times, the crackdown on the paparazzi has the backing of Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula Angula told the media surrounding Pitt and Jolie's heavily guarded holiday retreat, "This lady is expecting. You guys are harassing her. Why don't you allow her some privacy? Harassment is not allowed in Namibia. If a person says they don't want to be photographed then, of course, that person deserves protection." And an article published in yesterday's edition of the Sunday Times reads, "Three French paparazzi photographers were ordered to leave this week or face arrest. Others - including a Sunday Times photographer - have been issued letters by the country's Directorate of Immigration sating they are 'prohibited/illegal immigrants' and given 48 hours to pack up and leave or face arrest." Jolie and Pitt issued a statement this weekend asking for their privacy to be respected at this delicate stage of the Tomb Raider beauty's pregnancy.

Garcia Film Banned for Anti-Guevara Sentiment

Movie star Andy Garcia's controversial new movie The Lost City has been banned in parts of South America because it depicts romantic revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in a terrible light. The Ocean's Twelve star spent years trying to get the project made, only for film festival bosses and cinema chains to shun the movie because it tells the truth about the Marxist guerilla leader and the Cubans slayed as he fought to revolutionize the country and hand Fidel Castro leadership. Garcia, who wrote, directed and stars in the film, says, "There have been festivals that wouldn't show it. That will continue to happen from people who don't want to see the image of Che be tarnished and from people who support the Castro regime. He still has a lot of supporters out there. Some people think Castro is a savior, that he looks out for the kids and the poor. It's a bunch of hogwash. In the 45 years since Castro came to power, Cuba has been in the top three countries for human rights abuses for 43 of those years. People turn a blind eye to his atrocities."

Farrell's Ex at Risk of Further Sex Tape Lawsuit

Colin Farrell's former lover Nicole Narain could still face a legal battle over the sex tape she filmed with the Alexander star. The former Playboy Playmate, who tried to sell the saucy recording to the Internet Commerce Group (ICG) for which she was sued by Farrell, could now be sued by ICG for refusing to release the tape. Legal bosses say the model could find herself slapped for loss of earnings by the internet firm, who promised her a six-figure sum for the video's release and 60 per cent of the profits. Farrell and Narain's lawyers reached an agreement to keep the tape under wraps last week however the actor still intends to sue ICG, with a trial set for July in Los Angeles.

Zellweger Attends Potter Statue Unveiling

Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger took time from filming new movie Miss Potter to attend the unveiling of a statue honoring children's author Beatrix Potter in England's Lake District. The Cold Mountain star, who is currently shooting her role as Potter alongside Ewan McGregor in the picturesque region, hoped the 15-foot bronze monument would become "a distinctive local landmark." The work of art depicts a group of children releasing Jemima Puddle-Duck back into the wild, and is a feature at the Lake District's World Of Beatrix Potter. Zellweger said over the weekend, "It brings the whole Miss Potter story to life to be in the places where Beatrix lived. Arriving in the Lake District is like the culmination of the journey we've been on these past few weeks."

Jagger Refuses To Give Bush Hotel Room

Sir Mick Jagger has refused to give up his room in an Austrian hotel after US President George W. Bush attempted to book it for himself. The Rolling Stones frontman is paying $6,300 a night for the luxury Royal suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, which he reserved just days before Bush's assistants tried to book it for a summit meeting. The president's aides have tried to persuade Jagger, who has spoken out against the war in Iraq, to give the room up - without success. A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "White House officials had wanted to reserve the suite and all the other rooms on the first floor. But Mick and the Stones had already booked every one of them. Bush's people seemed to be under the impression that they would just hand over the suites but there was no way Mick was going to do that." The Royal suite is ranked among the top 100 best hotel rooms in the world.

Producer Defends Televised Lennon Seance

The producer behind last night's controversial televised John Lennon seance has blasted his critics, claiming the dead should be allowed to talk. Paul Sharratt first hit the headlines with his pay-per-view special The Spirit Of Princess Diana, during which leading psychics attempted to contact the tragic royal. The 2003 show was savaged as insensitive and tacky by many critics, but it was a financial success and prompted Sharratt to do it again. For The Spirit Of John Lennon special, the producer teamed up with Liverpudlian psychic Joe Power among others in an effort to seek out the late Beatle's spirit in many of his old haunts, like the Cavern Club and Strawberry Fields in Lennon's hometown of Liverpool. Sharratt says, "I personally can't see (why) these sort of people, who believed in the spirit world, they believed in the afterlife... shouldn't they speak again if they can." Meanwhile, the producer is upset that Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, refused to take part in the televised seance, which concludes with a chilling message from Lennon himself. Sharratt adds, "She hasn't spoken herself but through a representative she denied that John Lennon was interested in the spirit world, but that's certainly not the case as we've researched it. I'm sorry that she's not happy, but that's life." Ono's lawyer Elliot Mintz has called the TV special, "Tasteless, tacky and exploitative."

Lachey Denies Album Slights Simpson

Nick Lachey has angrily denied tracks on his new album are an attack on his estranged wife Jessica Simpson. The Newlyweds: Nick And Jessica stars split after three years of marriage late last year, however Lachey insists the confessional song "What's Left Of Me" place more blame on himself than her. The 32-year-old says, "It's not in any way vindictive or an assault on her. In a lot of ways, it's more of an assault on me. Jessica knows I still love her." Lachey also sings about his marriage break-up on "I Can't Hate You Anymore."

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