19 June 2008
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More Shocking Details About Britney Book
More shocking details about a new Britney Spears
expose have come out as biographer Ian Halperin
continues to talk to the media about his investigation of the pop star. Halperin spent 18 months as an undercover paparazzi getting close to Spears and her inner circle of managers and friends, and now plans to release a book full of his findings. After telling U.S. magazine of the singer's two apparent suicide attempts, which he'll write about in the book, Halperin claims the Toxic singer's problems were fuelled by drugs and the company she keeps. The award-winning journalist says, "I saw a lot. I partied with her and was able to really monitor what type of stuff she was using. It's very concerning. "(But) the book is mainly about her handlers, how sleazy and destructive they are toward her. The people around her are like vultures." Halperin insists his book won't be a hatchet job on a troubled star - he witnessed enough to make him realise that Spears is basically a good person: "She's actually a very caring mom." But he worries she's in danger of suffering a "catastrophic relapse" of her bipolar issues. He tells Life & Style, "Britney herself warned me that with her, it's always two steps forward, one step back."
Tyler Out Of Rehab
Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler
has completed his stint in rehab - celebrating his release by grabbing courtside seats for the Boston Celtics' basketball game on Tuesday . The singer checked into a facility in Pasadena, California last month , prompting speculation he had slipped from sobriety, 20 years after he kicked hard drugs. Tyler later revealed he was in rehab on doctor's orders because of a foot injury. But he appears to be recovering well, and looked happy and healthy as he cheered on his team against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics went on to win 131-92 - and were crowned the new NBA Champions. According to website Tmz.com, Tyler is continuing to undergo outpatient treatment until he is back to full health.
Lopez Treats School Kids To Private Concert
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez
performed one of her most low-key concerts ever in New York on Tuesday , when she took to the stage for an elementary school's graduation ceremony. The pop star was contacted by the students at Staten Island's autistic school P.S. 37 after teacher Kathy Amati showed them the video for Lopez's single Let's Get Loud. The kids loved the promo so much, Amati suggested they write to Lopez in the hope of getting autographs or pictures in return. But they were stunned when Lopez personally requested to perform at their graduation ceremony - and the group of 10 and 11-year-olds were treated to a private performance on Tuesday, where she sang Let's Get Loud specially for them.
Winehouse Warned To Quit Drugs Or Die
Doctors have reportedly presented Amy Winehouse
with an ultimatum: she must quit abusing drugs now - or risks heading to an early grave. The troubled star was rushed to a private London clinic in Marylebone on Monday after she fainted at her London home. Tests to determine the cause of the collapse have so far proved inconclusive, but on Tuesday , the 24-year-old was allegedly warned by health experts her drug addiction will end her life - unless she manages to kick her habit once and for all. A source tells British newspaper The Sun: "She might have escaped this time, but eventually she won't get up again. "The only thing to stop that happening is if she quits drugs." There have been concerns for Winehouse's health since she was admitted to the hospital in August last year .
Sheen Apologises For Voicemail Rant
has issued an apology after expletive-laden answer machine messages he left for his ex-wife Denise Richards
two years ago were made public online. In the 2005 voicemails, which have been circulating on the internet for the past two days, an angry Sheen rages about what he calls his former wife's "lawyer bulls**t" in the midst of their divorce proceedings. He rants, "I guess I should just get used to the fact that... you fire off your nonsense and your lawyer bulls**t and your f**king e-mails and then you don't answer the phone. "I'm just really f**king mad and you owe me a phone call... If I did the same s**t to you, you'd be f**king furious." And in a follow-up voicemail, from 19 April of the same year, Sheen goes ballistic, shouting, "I hope you rot in f**king hell. You're a piece of s**t, f**king liar... I hope I never f**king talk to you again you f**king c**t. "You're a coward and a liar and a f**king n**ger." In a statement released on Wednesday , Sheen apologises for "my choice of words," particularly his racist slur, naming his friend Tony Todd, an African-American, "who was my best man at my first two weddings". Defiant Sheen also uses his apology to further attack his ex, adding, "For the record, my children did not show up today for a custodial visit without explanation. "So three and one half years later, the reasons that caused the anger and frustration displayed on that voicemail continue to be manifested on a daily basis." The former couple divorced in 2006 and has since been embroiled in a bitter dispute over custody of their two daughters, three-year-old Sam and Lola, two.
Fox Back For More CSI
Actress Jorja Fox
is heading back to top TV drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
just months after quitting the show. The star, who plays Sara Sidle on the hit series, walked away from the show last autumn - but she is now set to return for the third episode of the upcoming series. Confirming the news to America's TV Guide magazine, Fox says, "The kindest thing that the writers did for Sara Sidle was to walk her out (of the show) in one piece. "I had an amazing, beautiful, honourable, dignified exit." And she's thrilled she'll be back among her castmates: "I miss the people. When I left in October, it was so decisive - everybody got me a good-bye cake. "(But) it's a surprise for me to be back, especially this soon."
Lee To Make Movie About Black 'Time Traveller'
is making a movie about a scientific pioneer who is building a time machine. Lee has bought the film rights to physicist Ronald Mallett
's memoir, which tells the tale of his lifelong quest to create a workable means to travel through time. Mallett, 63, became obsessed with the subject as a 10-year-old, following the death of his father. Lee describes the project as a "fantastic story on many levels and also a father and son saga of loss and love".
Richie Sells Off Designer Engagement Party Gown
New mum Nicole Richie
is selling off the vintage Halston gown she wore to her ill-fated 2005 engagement party. The size dress will be on show at the Fisch for The Hip consignment store in New York, where fashion experts expect it to sell for $3,000 (Gbp1,500). Richie has kept the gold garment even though her engagement to Adam 'Dj Am' Goldstein fell flat, but now she's starting a new life with rocker Joel Madden, she has decided it's time to let the item go. A source tells In Touch magazine, "Nicole loved this dress. It's a piece of art."
De Niro Hotel Faces Setback In Development
Latest: Movie star Robert De Niro
's New York hotel development is facing a setback - building commissioners in the city have ordered him to scrap the luxurious penthouse suite and start again. De Niro's $43 million (?21.5 million) Greenwich Hotel opened its doors in April . The most expensive room is a vast suite on the top of the six-story building in the city's TriBeCa district. But New York building bosses have told him to trim down the room, because it's too big and too visible from the street. A spokesperson for the Landmark's Preservation Commission says, "It's bulkier, and it occupies about 1,200 more square feet on the roof. The commission directed them to modify the rooftop and it's up to the developer to come up with plans to do so." De Niro responded with an apology to the commission for the expansion, claiming that although his 88-room building is a "labour of love", he is determined to follow the commission's strict guidelines. He says, "We worked on this project a long time and tried to make it as good as we could - that was the intent. Anything that would be offensive to anyone would be offensive to me."
Jolie Records Psa For World Refugee Day
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie
has recorded a public service announcement to help raise awareness about World Refugee Day. In the new TV ad, the pregnant star - a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency - describes the hardship millions of refugees face when their country is at war. As video footage of their plight is played, Jolie says, "They have survived the war, they have survived displacement, they have survived rape, they have survived hunger and disease. For those who have survived and for those who did not, we are thinking of you on this day." The clip began airing online on Wednesday morning in preparation of World Refugee Day on 20 June . But Jolie's humanitarian efforts do not end there - she is also set to write an article for a leading U.S. newspaper to coincide with World Refugee Day.
Armstrong Dodges Father's Day Questions After Celebrating With Hudson
Latest: Cycling champion Lance Armstrong
is still refusing to confirm his relationship with Kate Hudson
, despite the pair spending Father's Day together with their kids. The couple has been romantically linked since they were spotted kissing and cuddling during a party at the Cannes International Film Festival in France in May - and have fuelled speculation by dodging questions on the subject, while repeatedly being photographed together. Armstrong and Hudson spent Sunday in New York with the actress's ex-husband Chris Robinson, their young son Ryder and Armstrong's own three children. But when he was asked about his day on The Late Show with David Letterman
on Tuesday , he smirked and refused to acknowledge Hudson was even with him. Armstrong said, "I hung out. My kids were here with me in New York City with me so we had a brunch thing and then we went to go see this movie the Incredible Hulk."
Lucas To Take A Turn On Broadway?
creator George Lucas
is planning to lend his directorial talents to a Broadway musical with the help of comedienne Whoopi Goldberg
, according to reports. Goldberg, who has made a number of appearances on the New York stage, is talking to Lucas' motion picture and visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic about a collaboration on musical Bricktop - Queen of the Night, reports the New York Daily News. The musical centres around a fabled Parisian cabaret owner Ada 'Bricktop' Smith. A source tells the newspaper, "They're talking about playing with Cubist images and jazz from the (1920's)," adding that Lucas "could do things Broadway has never seen before".
Wright Calls Off Wedding To Pike
Former Bond girl Rosamund Pike
has been dumped by her director fiance Joe Wright
. The pair met on the set of period drama Pride And Prejudice
in 2005 and Wright proposed to the actress at Lake Como in Italy last September . But Atonement filmmaker Wright, 36, allegedly called off the nuptials after Pike, 29, sent out hundreds of wedding invitations - featuring a steamy shot of the couple in a bathtub - without his knowledge, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper. A source says, "The invitations featured a picture of them together in a hot tub. "Joe dumped her for sending them without consulting him and she had to tell all the guests the wedding was off."
Olsen & Bartha Go Public With Romance
and National Treasure
actor Justin Bartha
have gone public with their budding romance after attending a film screening in New York together on Monday . The new couple stepped out for the Cinema Society screening of Trumbo
- a movie about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
. A source tells the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, "They huddled close together most of the night." Olsen and Bartha later went on to party at Tribeca Cinemas.
Baldwin Moans At Media
has hit out at the media - accusing the press of only reporting negative things about him. The actor, 50, came under fire last year , after an angry voicemail message he had left for his then 11-year-old daughter Ireland on his ex Kim Basinger
's answering machine was leaked online. On the message, Baldwin can be heard verbally chastising Ireland and calling her mother "a thoughtless pain in the ass". However, Baldwin insists he can be nice. He tells TheCelebrityTruth.com, "Well, if you have four bad days in four straight years, then all four of them are depicted in the media, then yeah. The other 360 days of the year, when you're just handing out lollipops and riding unicorns through cotton-candy forests and everything's so magical, they don't report that. "I've (acted) now for a long time and I've enjoyed it. But I just feel like there's other things I want to do. I'm tired. The business has changed."
McAvoy Denies Hobbit Role
Scottish actor James McAvoy
has denied reports he is to take the lead role in the new movie version of Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit
. J.R.R. Tolkien's novel is set to be turned into a major blockbuster under the direction of Guillermo Del Toro
and filming is due to begin in New Zealand later this year . McAvoy was reportedly favourite to take on the lead role of hobbit Bilbo Baggins - while Sir Ian McKellen
will reprise his role as Gandalf . But McAvoy denies he has been approached by producers for the project. He tells TheCelebrityTruth.com, "I'm a huge fan of the Tolkien saga, everything to do with Middle Earth. But no, there's no truth in the fact that they've approached me yet."
Miller Fears For Robin Hood Movie
Actress Sienna Miller
fears her new Robin Hood
will be thrown in jeopardy following threats of more industry strikes. The British star confirmed she will play the role of Maid Marion alongside Russell Crowe
, who is expected to play the Sheriff of Nottingham. But Miller has cast doubt on the future of the film, following further talks of an actors' strike. She says, "It's ridiculous. But there's this looming actors' strike, so it's not 100 per cent sure that it's going to be made, but it's looking pretty certain."
McConaughey Gone Wild In Nicaragua
's wild ways got out of hand during a surfing trip to Nicaragua last week (06-07Jun08) when the movie star had to be carried out of a bar after drunkenly hitting on every woman in sight. The Sahara
star, who is expecting his first child with Brazilian model girlfriend Camila Alves later this summer , stunned locals at The Iguana bar in San Juan Del Sur with his behaviour. And, after chatting up beautiful women during a drunken spree on Friday night , the actor returned on Saturday for another hellraising night. One local who snapped photos of wild McConaughey in action says, "He was so drunk he did stuff only a drunk guy would do. He was acting like an 18 year old." After reportedly passing out in a ditch on Friday, McConaughey went one better the following night, according to fellow revellers, and had to be carried out of the bar. One local, called Amber, claims McConaughey drunkenly chatted her and a roommate up, but lost his cool when he misplaced his flip-flops. She tells WENN, "He stood on a table, screaming in drunk, broken Spanish, 'I've lost my flip-flops.'" Then, when he realised his antics were being filmed, he ripped the camera out of one girl's hands and attempted to break it. When he failed, he reportedly grabbed the girl taking the pictures and started dancing with her. She says, "He was dancing with a ton of women but he was too drunk to go home with any of them." McConaughey told locals he was in Nicaragua alone after cutting short a trip to Costa Rica. One local explains, "He was on his own, which impressed everyone at first, but the guy drank everything and by the time he was carried out on Saturday night, everyone had lost respect for him."
Rivers: 'I'm So Bleeping Sorry'
Latest: Comedienne Joan Rivers
has issued a not-so-formal apology for her use of expletives during an appearance on live British television on Tuesday . The outspoken star sparked outrage in the U.K. after she called actor Russell Crowe
a "f**king s**t" while speaking to co-hosts of daytime talk show Loose Women
. The flustered presenters immediately apologised for Rivers' foul language while giggling about the slip-up, but show bosses weren't quite so light on their guest - they asked Rivers to leave the set during the commercial break. And now the star has publicly apologised for her offending words, according to People.com. A statement from Rivers reads: "Yes, I swore, and I'm so f***king sorry. "No one told me the TV show Loose Women was a reality show and that I would be voted off. "It's funny: offstage, I hardly ever use profanity. My favourite four-letter word is shop."
Aniston's Rep Denies Connelly Magazine Bust-up Rumours
's publicist has been quick to kill reports the actress has fallen out with Hulk
star Jennifer Connelly
. According to U.S. magazine reports, Aniston wanted to keep her He's Just Not That Into You co-star Connelly from appearing on the cover of an upcoming issue of Marie Claire
magazine. But Aniston's representative insists the rumour is "absolutely absurd," adding, "There is no drama whatsoever." The spokesperson tells Us Weekly magazine, "Marie Claire wanted Jennifer alone. It was our idea to make it a group cover. "The magazine only wanted to put three of them (actresses) on the cover, and definitely wanted Drew Barrymore
. "We recommended Ginnifer Goodwin
because she is basically the lead role in the film... Jennifer got along great with Jennifer Connelly."
Disney Star Gomez Denies Feud With Cyrus
Disney star Selena Gomez
has hit back at rumours she and fellow teen star Miley Ray Cyrus
are feuding. Gomez, 15, was rumoured to be replacing Cyrus as a more clean-cut star for the family-friendly channel after Cyrus' image was damaged by the release of 'sexy' images of her in June's edition of Vanity Fair magazine. But despite speculation Disney bosses are lining up Gomez - who has starred alongside Cyrus in her Hannah Montana
TV show - as a replacement, she insists there is no tension between the pair. She says, "We're literally like, 'It's fine. It's all good.' She's Miley and I'm Selena." But Gomez, who stars in her own Disney show Wizards Of Waverly Place
, does admit she finds the comparison flattering. She adds, "It's a little overwhelming, but I think really, it's a compliment. She's obviously extremely successful, and I think she's a wonderful performer... So being compared to her, I was very, very flattered."
Kidman Bodyguard Lies Down To End Late-night New York Street Chase
has found a new way of thwarting the paparazzi when she's in New York - her bodyguard lies down in the street to end car chases. The pregnant actress was in no mood to pose for pictures on Thursday night after visiting the theatre with husband Keith Urban
, but snappers waiting for her outside the Big Apple's Music Box weren't about to miss the chance of getting a shot. After hurrying out of the West 45th Street theatre at 11pm and trying to shoo the paparazzi away with an umbrella, Kidman, Urban, the actress' bodyguard Wayne and a driver sped off into the New York night in the back of an Suv. But the eager paps gave chase - and thought their luck had changed when Kidman's vehicle stopped. Wayne stepped out and lay down on the ground between the SUV and the paparazzi - and refused to get up until Kidman and company were long gone. One baffled photographer tells WENN, "It was unbelievable. We couldn't move. I've never seen anything like this. After about five minutes, this guy just got up, wished us all a nice evening and strolled off. "You can only hope that Nicole pays this guy a fortune. "That said, Wayne has a great pedigree in New York - he knows all the snappers and he's often seen with high-profile celebrities. He's an in-demand guy and, after tricks like this, you can see why."
Takei Picks Up Marriage License On 'Landmark Day'
Former Star Trek
actor George Takei
is "beyond delighted" to have obtained a marriage license - becoming one of the first homosexuals to pick up the historic document in California on Tuesday . The star announced his plans to wed longtime partner Brad Altman
the day after new legislation overturned a ban on same-sex marriages in the state last month . Takei received his license from the City of West Hollywood on Tuesday morning, when the gay marriage ban was officially lifted. And he is overjoyed to have finally been granted equal marriage rights to everyone else. He tells People.com, "We are first and foremost beyond delighted! It's a landmark day. "I started singing One Singular Sensation (after getting the license). (Brad) said, 'I love you' and I looked at him and said, 'I love you.'" The couple plan to wed on 14 September .
Kidman Thrives In 'Rough' Desert Shoot For Fashion Magazine
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Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman
thrived in the harsh elements of her desert photoshoot for U.S. magazine Vogue - despite calling the experience the "roughest thing" she has ever experienced. Kidman is pictured posing on the set of her upcoming film Australia
as she graces the cover of the fashion magazine's July issue. And she insists the elemental experience was liberating. She says, "It's the roughest thing I ever had to go through. We got caught in a dust storm so bad we couldn't even see. Everybody lived out there for five days in these little silver tents. It was great." Kidman stars opposite fellow Aussie actor Hugh Jackman
in the film, which tells the story of a beautiful aristocrat who has to drive a 2,000-strong herd of cattle across the Australian badlands.