22 August 2007
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Garofalo Turns Serious for '24'
Liberal actress Janeane Garofalo
will be playing an FBI systems analyst in the upcoming season of hit drama 24
. The Romy And Michele's High School Reunion
star will play a government agent assigned to investigate a crisis centering around Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland
) and his team on day seven of the seventh season, which starts on TV network Fox early next year. Garofalo last appeared on the small screen playing Louise Thornton in White House drama The West Wing
Pitt Stops by New Orleans Construction Site
Actor Brad Pitt
dropped in to New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday to see how work is progressing on the construction of five energy-efficient homes he designed. The Troy
star, who has a home in the city with girlfriend Angelina Jolie
, chaired the design jury on the properties for the Global Green USA project. The homes will be 100 percent efficient, producing their own electricity, and form part of a development of 18 apartments and a community centre in the Ninth Ward district of New Orleans. The area was left devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Pitt tells website People.com, "It's hard to claim an overall victory when you see how slowly it's still moving." He adds, "We knew we couldn't bring back the families and friends who were lost, bring back the heirlooms and pictures, but maybe, in the process of rebuilding, we could build something smarter to create a better way of life. Katrina was a man-made disaster. This house here is a man-made solution."
Winehouse Postpones North American Tour
British singer Amy Winehouse
has postponed her upcoming North American tour to allow her time to recover after collapsing earlier this month. The star, who last week called off her European tour, had been due to begin her road trip in Toronto, Canada on September 8. Winehouse collapsed following three days of hard partying on August 8 and was admitted to a London hospital. A statement from her U.S. record label Universal
reads: "Amy has been ordered to rest and is working with medical professionals to address her health."
Madonna To Split From Record Label
Pop superstar Madonna
is set to part company with her record label after her current deal expires, according to her publicist. The Material Girl is signed to Warner Music Group (WMG), but is in talks to leave the label after releasing the two remaining albums left on her contract with WMG. Madonna is reportedly considering a move to LA-based promotions company and venue owner LiveNation in a deal rumored to be worth $100 million, but will have to honor her commitments with her current label. It is expected she will release her forthcoming album later this year and her third greatest hits compilation, after 1990's Immaculate Collection
and 2001's GHV2
, according to her publicist Liz Rosenberg
. Speaking to Fox
News, Rosenberg says, "Once that's done, Madonna is a free agent. Her management is considering a move to another company."
Federline Excels on the Small Screen
One Tree Hill
creator Mark Schwahn
has praised Kevin Federline
's acting talents after his guest performance on the hit show. Britney Spears
' ex husband plays the frontman of a rock band called No Means Yes in a forthcoming episode. Schwan says, "Kevin came in and (auditioned) and he did a great job. He really seemed like a sweet guy and I just felt that he would be great in that. I have to honestly say he was a good fit for the character. I don't know anything about the kid but he seemed very sweet and very sincere about working hard and embracing the opportunity. It's just about being good in the role."
West Pays Tribute to Timberlake Inspiration
Rapper Kanye West
has paid tribute to Justin Timberlake
as the only other contemporary musician as influential as him, and claims the pair are the modern day equivalent of Prince
and Michael Jackson
. West admits he owes his success to Timberlake. He tells the upcoming October issue of American magazine XXL, "My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake
. He's the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level - black radio, white radio. If Justin hadn't come out and killed the game, I can't say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they're on. We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day."
Heche Moves In with Tupper
is getting serious with new love and co-star James Tupper
- they're living together in Vancouver, Canada. Heche's estranged husband Coley Laffoon
filed for divorce from her in February after five years of marriage - a month after the actress' romance with her Men In Trees
co-star Tupper went public. Tupper tells local newspaper Vancouver Sun they have bought a house together in the West Coast city, enthusing "it feels a little bit like heaven." He says, "We are just exploring our relationship and it has been going very well. Where is it going? I don't know. Ask me again in a year." Heche is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with Laffoon, who has been granted primary physical custody of their son Homer.
Carey Considers Her Nervous Breakdown a "Breakthrough"
Pop star Mariah Carey
has no regrets about her infamous 2001 nervous breakdown, now describing her public disintegration as an emotional "breakthrough." The singer was treated for extreme exhaustion in July 2001 following her eccentric behavior during a couple of public appearances. But Carey insists she needed to "hit rock bottom" to comprehend what her non-stop work ethic was doing to her. She tells American magazine Interview, "I'm far from perfect. I'm still learning. I overworked myself, and I paid the price. I consider the breakdown a breakthrough. I needed to hit rock bottom. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard; fighting so hard against the system. But was I out of control at that moment? Yes."
Jerry Lewis Fires Publicist
has fired his publicist Rick Saphire
after he allegedly demanded $20,000 from the media to interview the legendary funnyman. The King Of Comedy
star, 81, was furious when Saphire allegedly told Newsweek journalist Steve Friess that Lewis had set up an interview fee in recent years in a bid to reduce the amount of media one-to-ones he carried out. Friess quotes Saphire on his blog as saying, "It's a healthy sum, but any story about him receives international attention and raises readership." Since Friess went public with Saphire's alleged demands, Lewis has now terminated his employment and has arranged an interview with the journalist.
Stefani Covers Up for Malaysian Debut
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American singer Gwen Stefani
covered up for her concert in Malaysia on Tuesday, after agreeing to tone down her act following complaints from Muslim students. The Aviator
star had never played in capital city Kuala Lumpur before and was careful not to upset locals who were concerned her dance moves and dress would be inappropriate for the province. Stefani instead wowed the audience of 7,000 by wearing a different outfit for each song.