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Arrest in Lopez-Anthony Extortion Scandal

29 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A convicted murderer was arrested yesterday for attempting to extort $1 million from celebrity couple Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez in exchange for their 2004 wedding video. Ex-con Tito Moses, 31, and Steven Wortman, 40, were arrested in New York City on Tuesday, following weeks of negotiation with the Latin star's lawyers. Major Case Squad Inspector Michael Hines tells the New York Post, "They were shocked because they thought they were coming for their payday - and instead, they got the surprise of their lives." The video of the couple's June 2004 marriage ceremony was on Anthony's laptop computer, which was stolen along with the singer's Cadillac, in New Jersey on October 30. Earlier this month, TV show Access Hollywood received a phone call from Moses, offering the video in exchange for a high price. »

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Michael Jackson Named Top Newsmaker

28 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson has been named the top newsmaker for 2005 by US TV show Access Hollywood. The 47-year-old Bad singer dominated the news during the first half of the year as he battled his way through a child molestation trial, from which he emerged victorious. And despite moving to Bahrain, the pop icon still attracts news coverage in the US, even beating out Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. The top 10 is as follows: 1. Michael Jackson; 2. Eva Longoria; 3. Britney Spears; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. Jessica Simpson; 6. Donald Trump; 7. Martha Stewart; 8. Jennifer Lopez; 9. Jennifer Aniston and Oprah Winfrey; 10. Angelina Jolie. »

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Burns Owes Her Life to Paramedic Pal

20 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Baywatch babe Brooke Burns owes her life to a quick-thinking paramedic pal, who happened to be using her bathroom when she broke her neck in a freak swimming accident. The former girlfriend of Bruce Willis dived into her pool on 10 November and was left with a chin-to-chest crack after smashing her head against a wayward surfboard. The 27-year-old is convinced she'd be dead if it wasn't her friend, who knew exactly what to do. Speaking exclusively to news show Access Hollywood, she recalls, "I had a friend there who literally was supposed to drop me off and decided to come in and use the restroom and he happened to be, and is, the only paramedic fireman that I know. He saw me dive in and he wrapped a wet towel around my neck and he basically immobilized me and floated me in the pool until the paramedics came, so he saved my life. If I had been with anyone else, who tried to move me, I would definitely be at least half-paralyzed if not completely quadriplegic." Burns reveals her problems didn't end when paramedics took her to Los Angeles' Cedars Sinai hospital: "I had a couple of allergic reactions, I was throwing up profusely with a broken neck, which wasn't fun. I had seizure like symptoms when I found out I was allergic to another kind of medication." »

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Damon and Barroso Expecting -- And Married Too

9 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Matt Damon and his fiancee Luciana Barroso are expecting their first child together. Barroso, who Damon proposed to shortly before America's Labor Day holiday, is three months pregnant, according to US TV show Access Hollywood. The child will be Damon's first - Barroso has a six-year-old daughter, Alexa, from a previous relationship. The news comes just one week after Damon talked about his desire to be a strong father figure. He said, "I have longed for (kids) in real life, anyway. I just have to learn how to be a disciplinarian. Now I'm good at winding kids up, but I'm not so good at chilling them out." BREAKING NEWS: Damon's publicist has confirmed that the actor and Barroso were married Friday morning in New York City. The two exchanged vows at a small, undisclosed location in a private ceremony, though Us Weekly reported on its website that the wedding took place at New York City Hall. Barroso's 7 year-old daughter Alexa, from a previous relationship, was reported to have witnessed the ceremony. »

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'Access' trio gets promoted

8 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Access Hollywood has promoted Adam Jordan, Mike Marson and Ryan Patterson, who were on the team that launched the syndicated entertainment magazine 10 years ago, to supervising producers. The trio will continue to report to Rob Silverstein, executive producer of the show, which is distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution. Jordan was supervising producer, film, and will now add oversight of the TV and music departments. Marson was senior field producer, while Patterson was weekend show producer. »

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Richie and Goldstein Split

8 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Simple Life star Nicole Richie is single once again, after splitting with her fiance Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein. Richie, 24, and Goldstein, 32, announced their engagement in February, after a year together. But their plans for a fairy tale wedding have now been called off, with Richie's spokesperson telling TV show Access Hollywood, "They have mutually decided to call off their engagement." Richie has drawn media attention recently for her noticeable weight loss. Her father, legendary singer Lionel Richie, explained that the stress of his daughter's expanding career was most likely the reason for her shrinking dress size. The aspiring singer's former best pal Paris Hilton also ditched plans to wed in the near future, after calling off her engagement to billionaire Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis. »

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Cruise - "Coldest" in Hollywood Poll

7 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and his pregnant fiancee Katie Holmes have topped a magazine list of coldest and least powerful stars in Hollywood. Website FilmThreat.com placed Cruise in the number one spot of their Frigid 50: The Coldest People In Hollywood 2005, because of the media storm surrounding his relationship with Holmes and his public speeches concerning his Scientology religion. The website states, "Steven Spielberg's latest summer blockbuster (War Of The Worlds) was overshadowed by Tom's publicly flaunted love life with Katie Holmes and his Scientologist fuelled rantings and ravings that eventually led to a public war of words with Brooke Shields when he slammed the actress on Access Hollywood for her use of Paxil and psychiatric therapy to battle post-partum depression." Holmes followed close behind at number two, due to her "lackluster performance as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins." Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is at number three, because of his fondness of referring to himself in the third person, while troubled Black Hawn Down actor Tom Sizemore makes four, following a string of legal troubles in recent years and a sex tape role. Rounding off the top five is Jennifer Lopez, who "proved she has no gift for comedy with Monster-in-Law", according to FilmThreat.com. »

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Janet Jackson Hits Out at "Secret Daughter'"Claims

27 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Janet Jackson has broken her silence to fire back at allegations she has a secret teen daughter. On Friday, Young DeBarge, the brother of Jackson's ex-husband James DeBarge, said in a radio interview to promote his album that Jackson and his brother had an 18-year-old daughter named Renee. The teens' existence was kept secret for so long because she had been raised by Jackson's older sister Rebbie, Young DeBarge told New York radio station Hot 97. But in a terse statement released to TV show Access Hollywood, Jackson hits out, "I do not have a child and all allegations saying so are false." Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman admits the story first came up a few years ago and he asked his clients then if there was any truth to the allegations. He says, "The answer is no way, no how. From the sisters to the mother, every last one of them said it never happened." Jackson and James DeBarge, a singer in the former R&B family group DeBarge, were married for three months in 1984, when Jackson was just 18. Jackson secretly married Rene Elizondo Jr. in 1991. They separated in 1999. She is now dating rap mogul Jermaine Dupri. »

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Police Turn the Heat on Lindsay's Crash "Victim"

7 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Los Angeles police are considering charging motorist Raymundo Ortega for making an illegal u-turn and causing the crash that sent Lindsay Lohan to hospital. Lohan ploughed her Mercedes Benz into Ortega's maroon van on Beverly Hills street Robertson Boulevard on Tuesday. Early reports suggested the actress/singer was speeding to avoid the paparazzi, but now police have turned the heat on Ortega, who was looking for a parking space when he was hit. However, the injured van driver insists he isn't to blame and Lohan should face charges for speeding. Speaking exclusively to TV news show Access Hollywood, he says, "She was driving really fast. She had to be going at least 75 miles an hour... She came out of nowhere; all she needed was wings for the car to fly." And now the driver, who depended on his vehicle for work, fears he'll be left destitute. He adds, "I'm a father of six kids and I depend on my job. I don't have my car because it's a luxury item. I have it because I need it, and now I'm left on foot walking without a car." Police insist Ortega's claims that Lohan was speeding are inaccurate - their investigation has revealed she was going no faster than 35 miles per hour. »

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Moore and Kutcher Wed

26 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were married in a secret ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday. After initial reports of the marriage by American magazines Us Weekly and People, TV shows Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight confirmed the nuptials had taken place. Us Weekly reported 100 friends and family attended the "brief, but traditional" service, including Moore's ex-husband Bruce Willis and her Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle co-star Lucy Liu, as well as Kutcher's That '70S Show co-star Wilmer Valderrama. While Kutcher, 27, weds for the first time, the union is the third marriage for the 42-year-old Ghost beauty, whose previous husbands include rocker Freddie Moore from 1980 to 1984 and Willis from 1987 to 2000. Moore and Kutcher first met in early 2003 at a casual dinner in New York City, while the actor was in a relationship with his Just Married co-star Brittany Murphy. Kutcher begin dating Moore in May 2003 after splitting from the 8 Mile actress a month earlier. The Punk'd host quickly embraced family life with Moore and Willis' three daughters - Rumer, 17; Scout, 14 and Tallulah, 11 - who affectionately refer to Kutcher as MOD, meaning 'My Other Dad'. »

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DiScala's Marriage Over?

21 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn DiScala's marriage to her manager AJ has reportedly come to an end. TV show Access Hollywood reports that the couple split for good over a month ago. They exchanged nuptials on July 11, 2003, in Brooklyn, New York City, and bucking a Hollywood trend, the actress immediately changed her last name from Sigler to DiScala. At the time she explained, "I'm traditional that way. Once we have children, I'd love for them to have the same name as their mom." The couple have no children together. In recent weeks, DiScala has been linked to club promoter Keith Collins, although she's yet to confirm or deny the reports. »

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Fox adding original series to 2 channels

15 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox Networks Group is launching original daily programs for two of its cable channels, Fox Reality Channel and Fuel TV. The plan was disclosed Wednesday by Fox Networks president Tony Vinciquerra in his presentation at the annual Merrill Lynch Media & Entertainment conference in Pasadena. Fox Reality Channel, which had a soft launch in May, has greenlighted its first original series, Reality Remix. The channel is mostly comprised of acquired, unscripted series. Remix, which is produced by Natural 9 Entertainment, is a daily half-hour strip that covers each day's news and events in the unscripted programming world. The program, said to be a cross between Access Hollywood and Talk Soup, will mix reviews and upcoming highlights as well as interviews with reality stars past and present. »

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Fox adding original series to 2 channels

14 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox Networks Group is launching original daily programs for two of its cable channels, Fox Reality Channel and Fuel TV. The plan was disclosed Wednesday by Fox Networks president Tony Vinciquerra in his presentation at the annual Merrill Lynch Media & Entertainment conference in Pasadena. Fox Reality Channel, which had a soft launch in May, has greenlighted its first original series, Reality Remix. The channel is mostly comprised of acquired, unscripted series. Remix, which is produced by Natural 9 Entertainment, is a daily half-hour strip that covers each day's news and events in the unscripted programming world. The program, said to be a cross between Access Hollywood and Talk Soup, will mix reviews and upcoming highlights as well as interviews with reality stars past and present. »

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Menounos working double duty for NBC Uni

24 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC Universal has recruited former Entertainment Tonight correspondent Maria Menounos for on-air positions in two of its shows starting in the fall. Menounos will serve as a special correspondent for NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's syndicated entertainment newsmagazine Access Hollywood while also becoming a West Coast contributor for NBC News' morning show Today. Menounos, who will be based in Los Angeles, also previously hosted ET on MTV and ET on VH1. »

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Natasha Lyonne "Fighting for Her Life"

22 August 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American Pie star Natasha Lyonne is reportedly fighting for her life in a New York City hospital, after being found with hepatitis C, a heart infection and a collapsed lung. The New York Post reports that the missing actress has been found struggling to survive in the Beth Israel Hospital's intensive care unit. The publication says that as well as the range of health problems she's battling, Lyonne was also found with track marks, and is undergoing methadone treatment, typically used to help heroin users. Her father Aaron Braunstein, who visited the 26-year-old actress a week ago, tells TV show Access Hollywood, "I read the article. I'm crying, actually. It's terrible. That's my little girl. It's a terrible tragedy. But she's gonna get better. We're all praying for her and she's a tough girl. As we see in the paper, she's probably with the wrong crowd, but the main thing she picked up is (hepatitis C) in Bulgaria (while shooting her 2001 movie The Grey Zone)." And Braunstein is certain the New York Post will face legal action for exposing details of Lyonne's condition, explaining, "There's a confidentiality between patient, doctor and hospital, so all of this is gonna be probably a major lawsuit." »

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O'Donnell Supports Shields Over Cruise Comments

5 July 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has leapt to the defense of Brooke Shields, after she was disgusted by Tom Cruise's comments on the actress and her post-natal depression. Shields suffered post-partum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan in 2003 and has praised the drug Paxil for helping her to return to a happier state of mind. Shields has written about her experiences with the illness in her tell-all Down Came The Rain. Cruise caused controversy in May and June when he lambasted Shields' "misguided" drug use and asking, "Where has her career gone?", while claiming vitamins would have cured her of her depression, on TV shows Access Hollywood and Today. On her official blog, O'Donnell says she is unimpressed with Cruise's drug opinions and his infamous couch-surfing on the Oprah Winfrey show in May. O'Donnell says, "After watching Tom on O (Oprah) and then everywhere else in the free world, I think I may need to up my meds. Shout out to Brooke - stand tall girl. You saved a lot of women by telling your truth." »

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Shields Thanks Cruise for "Validating" Her Book

28 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Brooke Shields has thanked Tom Cruise for drawing attention to her book on post-natal depression, after he publicly criticized the actress for using anti-depressants. The former Suddenly Susan beauty suffered post-partum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan and has praised the drug Paxil for helping her to return to a happier state of mind. Shields has written about her experiences with the illness in her tell-all Down Came The Rain. Cruise caused controversy last month when he lambasted Shields' "misguided" drug use and asking, "Where has her career gone?", while claiming vitamins would have cured her of her depression, on TV show Access Hollywood. Cruise renewed his argument against prescribed drugs talking to reporter Matt Lauer on the Today show last Friday, saying, "She (Brooke) doesn't understand the history of psychiatry. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do." Shields is amazed by Cruise's stance that he knows enough about post-natal depression to tell her how to deal with the illness, despite the actor having no first-hand knowledge as he adopted two children with ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Shields says, "In many ways, I think he's just validated my book. Has he had a baby? Anything that highlights the help available to the thousands of women who suffer is fine by me. Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women decide what treatment is best." »

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Cruise Launches War on Psychiatrists

27 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Cruise has declared a public war on psychiatrists because he fears the "pseudo-science" has led to a drug-fuelled crisis for today's children. The movie hunk was diagnosed as dyslexic when he was just seven, and doctors suggested he should take drugs to control his learning problems. Memories of that part of his childhood fuelled Cruise to seek alternative ways of overcoming his dyslexia - a problem that led him to the Church of Scientology's educational programs. Becoming a scientologist in 1984 made the actor look closely at the controversial religion's anti-psychiatry stance, and he has since become a firm believer that the science and the medicating of children is wrong. Speaking exclusively to US news show Access Hollywood as part of a week-long special about his scientology beliefs, the movie hunk declares, "I'm going right after psychiatry and these false labels and this pseudo-science. I was diagnosed as dyslexic; I had a lot of energy as a child. They wanted to put me on drugs... Never did; my mother said no, absolutely not, no way and I'm thankful. Had I been put on those drugs, I never would be here today... I never would have had the career that I'm having. Am I making people aware of it by discussing it openly and saying what a fraud psychiatry is? You bet I am. I feel a responsibility because I care..." The actor also maintains that poor results in education in America can be blamed on mind-altering drugs that are given to children. He adds, "SAT (exam) scores have gone right down the toilet. The parents are blaming the teachers, the teachers are blaming the parents and the psychs are putting everyone on drugs." »

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Marriage Counseling Wasn't an Option for Cruise & Kidman

26 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman didn't consider marriage counseling to save their relationship - because the movie hunk's Scientology beliefs forbid such forms of "psychiatry". The couple shocked Hollywood when they split in February 2001 after almost 10 years of marriage, and now, in an exclusive interview with TV show Access Hollywood, Cruise reveals there was no way of working things out once he decided it was over. He says, "They say, 'Hey, promiscuity is part of marriage, it's OK.' You have this whole thing going out there." Cruise insists even the church's own counseling schemes wouldn't have worked for him and Kidman, but refuses to go into details about why they split up. He adds, "There is marriage counseling in scientology that we apply that actually helps to put people back into communication with one another." Meanwhile, the Mission: Impossible star used the interview on the show to praise his Catholic ex-wife for allowing him to follow his Scientology beliefs, and let their adopted kids join the church, even though she never became a member herself. He explains, "Nic and I are doing a great job raising our children because, right from the beginning, the thing that I do admire about Nic is the respect of someone else's beliefs. She's not a bigot." »

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Cruise Slams Shields' Drug Use

25 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Cruise has criticized Hollywood pal Brooke Shields' "misguided" use of the anti-depressant Paxil, while declaring the actress' career as over. In an interview with Billy Bush on TV show Access Hollywood, to be screened on Thursday, Cruise speaks of his disappointment to learn Shields used Paxil to fight post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan. Shields is currently weaning herself off her medication so she and husband Chris Henchy can have another child. Cruise, who claims to have helped people fight drug addictions through his controversial Scientology religion, says the Suddenly Susan actress should have used vitamins to help her feelings of despair. Cruise says, "Here is a woman, and I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman. You look at, where has her career gone?" Despite the Minority Report actor's declaration her career is over, Shields is currently receiving rave reviews playing murderess Roxie Hart in the London theatre production of Chicago. Cruise maintains, "These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off. When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things." »

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