4 May 2006
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Cruise Starts All-Action Day with NYC Firemen
kicked off his mad dash across New York City yesterday by driving around Times Square on top of a fire engine. The movie star used a helicopter, motorbike, car and the Big Apple's famous subway system to attend three city-wide Mission: Impossible III
premieres. And the new dad got his busy day started by visiting MTV's studios on top of a fire engine, and introducing pal Kanye West
's live performance on Total Request Live
from the street outside. The action man called up to the rapper, "We'll see you in Harlem," as West prepared to perform new tune "Impossible" from the soundtrack of Cruise's summer blockbuster. The fire engine transported Cruise to a helipad, where he took off to buzz around New York's skies in a helicopter. Cruise's day continued with a string of speedy traffic encounters, including one on his very own subway train. The movie star's production company rented the train for an estimated $12,000 so that Cruise could arrive at the official US premiere of his new film in Midtown in style.
Is It a Baby Girl for Britney?
is expecting a little girl, according to new US press reports. The 'Toxic' star is expected to announce the happy news at a press conference in Los Angeles later today. But American publication In Touch claims to already have the big news after learning the 24-year-old and husband Kevin Federline
are painting one room in their Malibu, California, mansion all pink. Sources tell the magazine Britney, 24, discovered she was pregnant with her second child during a routine ultrasound exam. The singer gave birth to her first child, Sean Preston, last year.
Davis Calls for Female US President
led calls for a female Us President yesterday as she was awarded for her portrayal of US leader in TV show Commander In Chief
. The actress was presented a red, white and blue sash at a dinner hosted by The White House Project, a non-profit organization pushing to put a woman in The White House. Davis told the 500 guests at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, "So many countries have had a female head of state before us. So it is certainly time. I think it's appalling that we haven't yet. The crime is not that it's taken so long, but why haven't we done it yet?" Commander In Chief
creator Rod Lurie
, who also picked up a prize, added, "Females represent 51 per cent of the country and it's absurd that they're not represented in the highest level of power, and not even given that opportunity. There's a lot of firepower in the world, ladies and gentlemen. There's lots of it, but there's no weapon as powerful as an idea whose time has come." However, the critically acclaimed show has once again been taken off the air by network ABC, after two low-rated episodes. The network immediately pulled the final three episodes of the show from the schedule, replacing it with news magazine Primetime
. The remaining episodes may air sometime after the crucial May ratings sweep. The status of the series will be known in the next two weeks when ABC announces its autumn schedule.
Madonna Poses for Provocative Photos
's multiple personalities collide in the June issue of American magazine W, which features a 58-page photo spread of the singer in provocative poses. The singer dresses up as some of her famous alter-egos, including an English horse-rider, "material girl" and "boy toy." Images include her posing topless wearing fishnet stockings, long leather gloves and holding a riding crop, and cavorting with horses on the sand. The 47-year-old singer was joined by six stallions on a Hollywood sound stage for the shoot with photographer Steven Klein, their second collaboration for the magazine. The singer appears on the cover in her riding gear, less than a year after breaking multiple bones when she was thrown from a horse on her 47th birthday. The magazine will be on US newsstands on May 19.
Tiger Woods Mourns Father
Golfer Tiger Woods
's father Earl died at his Southern California home early yesterday morning following a cancer battle. He was 74. Woods was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and was said to have been in frail health in recent months as the disease spread. The world's top golfer posted a message on his web site, saying he was "saddened to share the news." He wrote, "My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply. I'm overwhelmed when I think of all the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend." Tiger took time off from the Pga tour last month to spend time with his ailing father. Earl, a former Green Beret, and his son enjoyed a close relationship, with Tiger being taught to swing a golf club by his father when he was only nine months old. Tiger adds, "I wouldn't be where I am today without him, and I'm honoured to continue his legacy of sharing and caring."
Injured Photographer Hits Back at Humphries
Celebrity snapper Malcolm Ladd is still in shock after being attacked by veteran comedian Barry Humphries
on Tuesday. Ladd claims he is still smarting after being punched in the face by the 72-year-old, who is best known for his alter-ego Dame Edna Everage
. The photographer explains, "He just punched me in the face. It knocked my glasses off. It was a good punch - it still hurts." A veteran of 30 years behind the camera, Ladd said Humphries became enraged after he attempted to take a "tight shot" of him outside a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Ladd's pictures of the incident appear in the Daily Telegraph newspaper today, and he is still considering pressing charges against the famous funnyman. He adds, "I've been pushed before, but never punched." Humphries' publicist Suzie Howie
was also shocked by her client's behavior, saying, "I was stunned when I heard he hit someone. He's had a very long career and there's never been anything like this, so obviously he was very upset. There must have been something more to it because I've never even heard Barry swear, let alone throw a punch."
'Halloween' Returns to Hollywood
A ninth Halloween
movie is being planned - as a prequel to the cult horror franchise. Plans to make Halloween: The Missing Years
were shelved when producer Moustapha Akkad
died in last year's terrorist attacks in Jordan, but writer Jake Wade Wall
has confirmed to moviehole.net that the series is back on. Wall tells the site that the prequel will focus on the life of serial killer Michael Myers as a young man, before he was placed in a mental institution. Wall says, "I've been hired three different times for it (the film)... It looks like it's finally set to go. I know that they're (studio executives) in the process of nailing down a really big director but I haven't been able to figure out who it is yet."
Dion Returns to Vegas
Canadian singer Celine Dion
has returned to performing in Las Vegas, Nevada, after suffering from labyrinthitis - an inflammation of the inner ear which causes dizziness and a loss of balance. The star refused to take medication prescribed by doctors, despite pulling out of six shows last month, because she feared the medicine would dry out her precious vocal cords - even though she was warned it could take her a year to recover. But Dion took a risk and returned to the stage this week after a doctor noticed the jittery eye movements she was experiencing - which are linked to labyrinthitis - had ceased. Dion, who feels "95 per cent" better, says, "It's hard to do a show, but it's harder not to do it. When you come back, you're afraid. You're scared and you're like, kind of ashamed. You're like, 'I'm sorry, you know?' Then you talk to yourself and say, 'You're a human being, it can happen.'" The 38-year-old's run at the venue ends in 2007, when she will be replaced by Cher
Anglican Church Challenges 'Da Vinci Code'
Anglican Church leaders in Sydney, Australia, are attempting to educate cinemagoers when The Da Vinci Code
is released later this month, by screening their own mini-movie in cinemas. The 20-second clip will tell "the truth about Jesus," contradicting the Ron Howard
film's suggestion that Jesus Christ has living descendants, and will be shown in 250 cinemas when The Da Vinci Code
is released. The Da Vinci Code
, which stars Tom Hanks
and Audrey Tautou
and was written by best-selling author Dan Brown
, has sparked widespread concern among Christian leaders who are convinced it will "mislead people about the truth." Bishop Robert Forsyth, chairman of Anglican Media Sydney, says, "We are not afraid of the film. We are not seeking to discourage people from seeing it. But we are well aware of the power popular films have in filling the information void about Jesus." Church spokesman Allan Dowthwaite adds, "The concept for the cinema advert was to engage with the same questions raised by The Da Vinci Code
, but then also ask how Jesus himself might respond to these claims."
Richards: "I'll Marry Again"
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Actress Denise Richards
still believes she can find the perfect marriage partner, despite her bitter divorce battle with estranged husband Charlie Sheen
. The former Bond girl has opened up to American magazine Us Weekly - her first interview since filing fresh charges against Sheen, claiming he had threatened her life when she decided the marriage was over last year. Richards, who has started dating pal Heather Locklear
's estranged husband Richie Sambora
, tells the publication she's open to marrying again. She says, "I'm open to finding love again... I hope I do get married again."