11 April 2007
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Birkhead Is Baby Dannielynn's Father
Larry Birkhead has been named the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith
's baby daughter Dannielynn after a lengthy paternity case. A delighted Birkhead and his attorney Emerick Knowles staged a press conference outside the Bahamas courthouse, where recent DNA test results were announced yesterday. Photographer Birkhead has been battling paternity since the baby girl was born in the Bahamas last September. Outside court, he said, "I'm excited." Asked what he thought his ex-girlfriend, Smith, would think of the news, Birkhead told reporters, "I think she would be proud that I fought it." Birkhead's next step will be to fight for custody of the little girl he has only briefly seen in the six months since her birth. But he plans to process the good news he is Dannielynn's father first, adding, "That's all up in the air." Birkhead will return to court on Friday for what is believed to be the start of his custody battle. Anna Nicole's longtime companion, Howard K. Stern
, who is listed as the baby's father on her birth certificate, has been acting as her guardian since Smith's death in February. Sources close to Stern claimed last week that he wouldn't challenge Birkhead over custody if the photographer was named the baby's biological father. Stern confirmed this when he joined Birkhead on the steps of the Bahamas courthouse. He said, "My feelings for Dannielynn have not changed. I'm not going to fight Larry Birkhead on custody. We're going to do what we can to make sure that the best interests of Dannielynn are carried out, and I'm going to do whatever I can too make sure he gets full custody. As far as I'm concerned, Larry can come over (to) the house and spend as much time with her as he likes right now. I'd like there to be a gradual transition period for her so there's no harm caused to her."
Fire Tragedy at Cash Home
The former home of country great Johnny Cash
went up in flames yesterday during a comprehensive restoration project. Firefighters were called to the Hendersonville, Tennessee house, which is now owned by Bee Gees star Barry Gibb
, when the blaze took hold. All but one of the city's fire engines responded to the fire alert, called in by a construction team working on the property. The blaze beat firefighters and an hour after the fire was reported, the house had burned to the ground. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash
, lived at the property until their deaths in 2003. Gibb bought the Old Hickory Lake house for an estimated $2.3 million last year and planned to turn the place into a studio. In a statement, released late yesterday, the singer's spokesman said Gibb and his wife are "saddened and devastated by the news."
'Grindhouse' To Be Split in Two?
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein
is planning to re-release Grindhouse
as two separate films - after the double-bill flopped at the box office. The film, a double-feature directed by Quentin Tarantino
and Robert Rodriguez
made just $11.6 million in its opening weekend in the US. Producer Weinstein is disappointed - and thinks Tarantino's Death Proof
, starring Kurt Russell
, and Rodriguez' Planet Terror
, with Rose McGowan
, will perform better on their own. He tells PageSix.com, "I don't think people understood what we were doing. The audience didn't get the idea that it is two movies for the price of one. I don't understand the math, but I want to accommodate the audience."
Spears Cut Ties With Hilton Over Image Fears
Troubled pop star Britney Spears
reportedly cut all ties with socialite Paris Hilton
after she realized their hard partying was doing no good for her image. The singer became a regular on the Hollywood club scene last November - shortly after filing for divorce from estranged husband Kevin Federline
- when she was seen hitting the town with the hotel heiress and actress Lindsay Lohan
. But according to a former PR representative of Hilton's socialite pal Kim Kardashian, Spears allegedly ended the friendship as soon as she saw her reputation plummet, reports The Scoop. And Jonathan Jaxson
also claims Spears tried to contact Kardashian when she was in New York, but her invite to go out together was turned down amid fears Hilton would get upset at her exclusion. He says, "Britney had her people contact Paris and say they couldn't hang out any more. Britney was in NYC and kept texting Kim to hang out and go bowling or something."
Dawson Dating Roth?
Actress Rosario Dawson
has found love again after splitting from hunky actor Jason Lewis
- she's dating Hostel
director Eli Roth
. The couple fell for each other while promoting Quentin Tarantino
and Robert Rodriguez
's new Grindhouse
double-bill, in which Dawson stars and Roth contributes a quirky hoax trailer, according to gossip blogger Marc Malkin. Dawson has been single since she split from former Sex & The City
star Lewis after a two-year romance in November. It seems the Sin City
star likes men with good bodies - Lewis was a well-toned former model and Roth was voted Most Fit Director by Men's Health magazine last year. Malkin reports Dawson and Roth aren't the only Grindhouse
lovebirds - director Rodriguez is dating his star Rose McGowan
Blair To Wed Again?
Actress Selma Blair
is set for an extra special 35th birthday surprise this summer - her new boyfriend is secretly planning to propose. The Hellboy
star, who divorced husband Ahmet Zappa
last summer, has been dating model Matt Felker
since January, but friends claim she is already thinking of making a second trip down the aisle. One insider tells American magazine In Touch Weekly that Felker has been shopping around for an engagement ring and wants to propose on Blair's 35th birthday on June 23. A friend tells the publication, "Matt has a condo in West Hollywood but he spends almost every night at Selma's Beverly Hills home." He was recently spotted checking out engagement rings at Tiffany & Co. in Beverly Hills.
Snoop Dogg Charged With Gun and Marijuana Possession
Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg
has been charged with sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a gun yesterday, following his arrest at a Los Angeles airport last year. The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, was arrested last year after police found a gun and marijuana in his car after it parked too long in a passenger loading area at Burbank airport. Broadus could face up to four years in prison if he is convicted on both charges. This isn't the first time the rapper has faced the wrong end of the law - he already has a 1990 felony conviction for possession of drugs for sale. Last November, Broadus was charged with possession of a deadly weapon after he was caught carrying a collapsible baton through airport security, and in March he was arrested in Stockholm, Sweden for suspected narcotics use. He is due in court today for an arraignment.
The Police Headline US Live Earth Concert
Reformed rockers The Police
will headline the US leg of former US Vice President Al Gore
's summer Live Earth environmental awareness mega-gig. The trio will be joined onstage at New Jersey's Giants Stadium on July 7 by fellow reunited rock act Smashing Pumpkins
, Alicia Keys
, Dave Matthews Band
, Bon Jovi
, Kanye West
, Roger Waters
and Fall Out Boy
. Yesterday Madonna
was announced as the headlining act for the UK leg of Live Earth at London's Wembley Stadium, which will also feature reformed Genesis
, the Red Hot Chili Peppers
and James Blunt
. Live Earth concerts will also be held on July 7 in Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo. The shows are aimed at highlighting the issue of climate change.
Timberlake To Write Songs for Madonna
Pop superstar Justin Timberlake
is writing songs for Madonna
's new album. The Queen of Pop's new record is expected to be released later this year, and she has reigned in Timberlake to write a few tracks. The "Cry Me a River" hitmaker says, "I have been working on some new music. But it's not for myself - I'm writing for other people. I'm working on some stuff for Madonna." Timberlake was spotted heading into a West London studio with Madonna yesterday to work on the forthcoming album, reports British newspaper The Sun.
Gosling & McAdams Plan Flash Engagement-Wedding?
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and Rachel McAdams
are secretly planning a flashy engagement party and wedding ceremony - on the same day. Sources tell Us Weekly magazine the stars of The Notebook
are planning to keep their nuptials top secret - by marrying hours after agreeing to wed. An insider says, "They want to get engaged and married on the very same day to keep it very private."