Friday, September 28, 2007

Stars Out And About: Celebrity Babies Edition

Ryan Phillippe spent some quality time Wednesday with adorable son Deacon, who will be 4 October 23. Deacon proved with his cargoes and blazer that he has mama Reese’s style not Daddy’s.

Actress Kate Hudson, 28, was spotted leaving Chelsea Piers bowling alley with her son Ryder Russell, 3 1/2, along with a friend and her son on Thursday. Ryder’s daddy is Kate’s ex-husband, Chris Robinson.

Actress Bridget Moynahan was spotted out with her son John Edward Thomas, 5 weeks, at the Bel Air Bay Club on Thursday. Bridget enjoyed lunch with her friend, and cuddled John with a monogrammed burp cloth thrown over her shoulder.

Farrah Fawcett Receiving Cancer Treatments Overseas

Farrah Fawcett is receiving "alternative treatments" for cancer in Germany – and videotaping the experience for a possible documentary, a close friend of the actress's told PEOPLE. Craig Nevius, who produced Farrah's reality show Chasing Farrah and who is now overseeing the video project overseas, says that although Farrah’s cancer has returned, her health has not declined.

"She was declared 100 percent cancer free and then it came back," he says. "She was discouraged by the treatments she got here. The fact that it recurred after all that she went through was heartbreaking." He adds: "She has been in Germany. That's true. She's getting alternative treatments not allowed in the U.S."

Farrah was originally diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she was declared cancer free by her doctors on February 2, her 60th birthday. However, in May, doctors discovered that the cancer had returned. A malignant polyp, smaller than a pea, was found during a routine three-month checkup.

The German magazine Bunte first reported that the actress is undergoing chemotherapy in the University Clinic in Frankfurt, combining the treatments with alternative healing methods in Bad Wiessee, in southern Germany. Contacted by PEOPLE, Ricarda Wessinghagen, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said: "I can confirm that Farrah Fawcett was here and was treated here, but I have no more information."

Nevius declined to reveal the nature of the treatment in Germany, but did say, "She's been documenting everything in a video diary" for "what could be a very important documentary." Farrah, who starred as Jill Munroe in the '70s TV sensation Charlie's Angels, has served as a celebrity spokesperson for the American Cancer Society: Her older sister, Diane, died of lung cancer in 1998.


Juror Selection For Inquest Into Deaths Of Diana And Dodi Starting

Potential jurors for the London-based inquest into the 1997 deaths of Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed must have one thing in common: very little knowledge of the case. "You have to put out of your mind anything you have heard, in court," coroner Scott Baker told those in the jury pool – who had not been warned beforehand about the enormity (or notoriety) of the case they might sit on, the Associated Press reports.

"It will not be easy to do that in this particular case," said Baker, in reference to the 10 years of intense news coverage, books and TV documentaries that have surrounded Dodi and Diana, "but you will have to." Baker acknowledged the hardship of his request, given that the couple's deaths had "created worldwide interest on an unprecedented scale." He also warned those wishing to serve on the jury to avoid doing extracurricular research into the deaths on the Internet, in books or elsewhere.

In a questionnaire provided them, potential jurors were asked, among other things, whether they had any connection to the royal family, Diana's Spencer family, the Metropolitan Police, intelligence agencies, news services (or even journalists) that had covered Diana, the Fayed family, Dodi's father's businesses (including Harrods department store) or the Ritz Hotel in Paris – the couple's stop before their fatal crash at the Pont d'Alma tunnel.

Court officials say that from 200 candidates, 11 jury members will be selected. The inquest is set to begin October 2 and is expected to last six months. For those who have been living under a rock for the past decade, police inquiries in France and Britain concluded that the crash was an accident and that driver Henri Paul was intoxicated. Dodi's father, Mohamed al Fayed, however, has long insisted that his son and the princess were the victims of a plot masterminded by Prince Philip and the British security services. Al Fayed's legal representatives will participate in the inquest.


Dylan McDermott And Wife Seperate

Dylan McDermott and his wife of nearly 12 years, actress Shiva Rose, have separated, his rep tells PEOPLE. Dylan and Shiva have been married since 1995 and have two daughters, 11-year-old Collette and 2-year-old Charlotte. In a 2001 interview with Diane Sawyer, McDermott says he saw Shiva in a coffee shop and was instantly smitten. "I was in love with her right away," he said. "For her, it was a little longer, you know, a couple of years. But for me, it was right away. I guess it was grace." Dylan who played defense attorney Bobby Donnell on The Practice, is back on primetime in the new ABC drama Big Shots alongside Michael Vartan, Joshua Molina and Christopher Titus. Rose recently starred in the romantic comedy David and Layla opposite David Moscow.


Melissa Joan Hart Expecting Her Second Child

Actress Melissa Joan Hart is pregnant with her second child, PEOPLE has confirmed. The Sabrina the Teenage Witch star is four months along, her rep says. Melissa and her husband Mark Wilkerson, who married in 2003, are already the proud parents of a son, Mason, who is nearly 2. "I love the faces Mason makes. I could watch him forever," Melissa, told PEOPLE shortly after his birth.

Baby No. 2 will be arriving a bit sooner than the actress planned. In an interview with Celebrity Baby Blog, Melissa said, "I hope to have a little sibling for Mason sometime around his third birthday, but first I want him to learn how to snowboard – because I feel like that will be a marker of his self control!" Added Melissa: "I adore my baby boy and can't imagine not having him around. He makes everything okay, if I've had a bad day or a good one."

Melissa, who's currently shooting a Lifetime movie in Vancouver, will next be seen in a guest appearance on the Oct. 9 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Stars Out And About: Celebrity Babies Edition

Actress Courteney Cox Arquette picks up Coco Riley, 3, and her personalized bag from school in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and her daughter Bluebell Madonna, 16 months, were spotted out in Antibes, France on Monday.

Actress Kate Hudson was spotted out in SoHo with her son Ryder Russell, 3 1/2, over the weekend.

Actress Keri Russell and her husband, Shane Deary (not pictured) were spotted with their son River, 3 months, in the West Village section of New York City on Friday.

Lindsay Lohan Staying In Rehab

Lindsay Lohan will not be leaving the Cirque Lodge rehab program in Utah this weekend, as had been speculated. "Not true," the actress's mother, Dina Lohan told Access Hollywood in an e-mail, "staying in Utah." A source close to the star also told PEOPLE: "Lindsay is not leaving Cirque Lodge in Utah any time soon. She has a few more weeks to grow and develop, and she is doing great."

Lindsay's treatment at the facility began last month, following her early morning July 24 arrest in Santa Monica, Calif., on suspicion of drunken driving after a brief car chase. At the police station, Lindsay was searched and a "small" amount of cocaine was found in her pocket, said Santa Monica police spokesman Lt. Alex Padilla. Immediately after she was booked, her attorney said that Lindsay, who had recently completed a six-week stint at Malibu's Promises rehab center, had "relapsed" and was receiving "medical care."

A month later, at the time her lawyer negotiated a plea deal for Lindsay in her DUI cases, the actress issued a statement in which she accepted responsibility for her actions and said she suffers from drug and alcohol addiction. "It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs," her statement began. During her time at the Cirque Lodge, Lindsay was spotted taking bicycling and whitewater-rafting excursions. She was also reunited with her father, Michael Lohan, for the first time since he was released in March from having served two years in New York State Prison for driving while intoxicated and other disorderly behavior charges. Her mother and her siblings, Cody and Ali, have also paid her visits.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Mags This Week...

Brad and Angelina: Their fight becomes public, Britney's bodyguard tells all, Lindsay's escape from rehab and Nicole shows off her baby bump.

Their battle with addiction: In shocking new interview Angelina admits "I've done every drug" and As a judge exposes Britney's drug use new details reveal how bad it really is, Did Jen have work done, Why Lauren's partying so hard, How Fergie lost 20 pounds.

Tom Brady and Bridget Monynahan's son exclusive photos, Did Britney hit her kids, Zac walks out on Vanessa, Mariah's diet: How I lost 25 pounds.

Tom and Kate's big blow up: Inside Hollywood's most mysterious marriage, Nicole and Joel kiss and make up in Hawaii, Destined to be dumped: Why these stars are losers in love (Drew, Jessica and Jen).

Heidi Montag talks to US: Revenge Plastic Surgery, Whoa: Jen Aniston and Ben Affleck's hot chemistry, Britney's bodyguard: What he saw.

This Is NOT The Newest Member Of Brangelina

Brad's rep told TMZ who little Lennie really belonged to- Brad's longtime make-up artist, who has been taking the pup to Brad's hotel suite to make him prettier, which explains why dog and man (and brood) have been constantly spotted together.


Mistrial For Phil Spector!

The judge has declared a mistrial in Phil Spector's murder trial because the jury was deadlocked 10-2 and could not reach a verdict, it was announced Wednesday. The Los Angeles jury had been deliberating for 12 days. Jurors told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler they were split, but did not indicate which way they were leaning. Later, a court representative said 10 jurors had voted for guilty and two for not guilty. Fidler discharged the nine men and three women, thanking them for their service.

"We are disappointed the jury was unable to reach a verdict," Los Angeles district attorney Steve Cooley," said in a statement. "We will seek the court's permission to re-try the case and begin immediately to prepare for a re-trial." Music producer Spector is charged with second-degree murder for the death of actress Lana Clarkson. He denied shooting Clarkson – His legal team argued that her death had been the result of suicide rather than murder.

The jury, consisting of nine men and three women, has been on the case since the panel's selection on March 19 of this year. Prosecutor Alan Jackson claimed Spector shot Clarkson in the foyer of his 10-bedroom, eight-bathroom home during the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 2003. He was arrested that day and freed on $1 million bail.

The Bronx-born Spector, who began his career as a musician, is famed for his pioneering "Wall of Sound" technique that featured lush orchestration. Among those he worked with were some of the biggest acts in pop music, including the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner and the Ronettes – the '60s girl group whose leader, Ronnie Bennett, later married Spector. (They divorced in 1974.)

At the same time his star rose, Spector also built a reputation for being a recluse with a history of eccentric – and sometimes violent – behavior, examples of which were discussed on the witness stand during the trial. His last major album was 27 years ago, when he recorded End of the Century with the Ramones. During the session, the late bassist Dee Dee Ramone recalled that Spector had pulled a gun on the band.


Sarah Silverman Takes Heat For Britney Jokes

Sarah Silverman still is responding to the negative reaction to her Britney Spears jokes at the MTV Video Music Awards. “The joke that everyone was upset about — me calling the kids ‘adorable mistakes’ — was the most innocuous joke,” the comedian told Us Weekly magazine in the issue that comes out Friday. “It never occurred to me that would be deemed hurtful or over the line.”

Silverman said: “I don’t want to get into feuds with girls half my age. I’m in it to be funny and not for the drama. It’s embarrassing.” Silverman, known for her deadpan delivery and winsome depravity, drew criticism earlier this month when she followed Britney’s much-panned VMA performance with an off-color monologue taking aim at the troubled singer and her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline. “They are the most adorable mistakes you will ever see,” Silverman said of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Silverman also joked that Britney, at 25, had already accomplished in her life everything she ever will.

Silverman, who dates late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, has her own Comedy Central series, The Sarah Silverman Program. She also starred in a feature film-length version of her one-woman show, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.


Parents At Maddox's School Cause Problems For Jolie-Pitts

One would think that parents at Maddox Jolie-Pitt's new school, Lycee Francais de New York, would be upset that his famous family is disrupting their schedules. But it turns out it's the Jolie-Pitts who are being inconvenienced, by Lycee Francais parents who can't help but ask Brangelina for autographs. The New York Observer is reporting that the Lycee's director of operations, Dan Cooke, had to ask parents to leave Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie alone.

He wrote in a letter, "Regretfully, I have seen some parents taking pictures, asking for autographs, talking to the media and even shouting at Ms. Jolie and Mr. Pitt for recognition. Therefore, in the best interests of the school and safety of your child(ren) I must ask for everyone to please respect the family’s privacy and discontinue these practices.”

Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have made concerted efforts to ensure that the choas that surrounds them is kept to a minimum when dropping son Maddox, 5, off for classes. Cooke explains in his letter: “I’m sure you are aware the school has received much media attention recently during the arrival and dismissal times because of the presence of celebrities Ms. Angelina Jolie and/or Mr. Brad Pitt. I want to make you aware that before the first day of school I met with their security team to discuss the best manner in which for them to drop off and pick up their son. Our foremost goal was to cause the least amount of disruption to the school and to ensure the security of all of our students and families.”

A source told the Observer that the constant attention of the paparazzi (and eager parents) has already had an effect on adopted son Maddox. The normally happy Mad got scared and started to cry when his kindergarten class was asked to bring in a picture of themselves.


I feel sorry for Maddox. It is sad that he can’t even enjoy going to school. How many pictures of him going to class do we need. Okay, the first day… great picture, but move on to something else.

Halle Berry Gets Security After Threats

Oscar-winner Halle Berry has hired security guards because of racist threats to her unborn baby. The star, three months pregnant, has received letters at her LA home from an anonymous sicko. One said she and her child would be "cut into hundreds of pieces". Halle who has a white father and an African-American mother, is expecting her first child with white Canadian model Gabriel Aubry. A source close to the actress said: "Halle does not normally use security but she has taken on a couple of guys to make sure." Police are investigating the threats.


Pamela Anderson The Next Britney?

Page Six of The New York Post is reporting that friends of Pamela Anderson are worried about her increasingly wild behavior. "She parties almost every night," the source said. "She drinks, she does stuff . . . and she's got hepatitis C. Her liver is shot but she keeps living this crazy lifestyle. We don't think she understands how serious this is. She has two kids and may not be around to see them grow up at this rate."

The increasingly haggard pin-up has gotten even wilder now that she's hanging with Paris Hilton's sex-tape partner, Rick Salomon. "They went wild over the VMA weekend," the spy added. "I just watched them party with my jaw open." Pam’s two boys with ex-husband Tommy Lee, Dylan Jagger, 9, and Brandon Thomas, 11, are mostly taken care of by her brother or mother while she stars in Hans Klok's magic show in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, she's telling pals alternately that she is either engaged or already married to Salomon, whom she's only known about six weeks.


Sean And Jayden Support Each Other

Sean Preston, 2 comforted Jayden James, 1, as their Mama Britney made the pitt stop (check out pics of Brit leaving a Quiznos bathroom posted yesterday) and proceeded to drive the wrong way down a one way street as she left a restaurant parking lot. The two little guys were in the back supporting each other through the ordeal. That is one of the cutiest pictures ever and of course Britney looks totally out of it!

Meet John Edward Thomas Moynahan

Bridget Moynahan posed this week with 5-week-old son John Edward Thomas Moynahan for the cover of OK! magazine. John's daddy is Bridget's ex-boyfriend, Tom Brady of The New England Patrioits. To read the article and check out the pictures pick up this weeks OK! magazine on newsstands Friday.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Stars Out And About

Following a trip to Washington D.C., Brad Pitt keeps his precious noggin safe as he takes a spin through the New York set of his film Burn After Reading. The movie also stars good pal George Clooney.

The air kisses may seem sorta fake, but at least their hearts are in the right place. Christopher and Mariska Hargitay shook their groove things at the 2nd Annual Madison Avenue Men to Benefit the New Globe Theater. The season premiere of Law and Order: SVU is tonight (September 25th) at 10pm on NBC.

Following a whirlwind Monday morning to promote the new season of Heroes, Hayden Panettiere stops to autograph a water bottle for a parched fan outside Live With Regis & Kelly in New York. The first episode of the second season aired on Monday night.

Jason Lee cleans up for an early appearance at ABC studios Monday in New York, where the actor promoted the third season of his comedy My Name Is Earl. The new second premieres Thursday, the 27th at 8pm on NBC with an hour long episode.

Ashlee Simpson Album Promo Shots

Here are some promo shoots for Ashlee Simpson’s third album expected to drop some time in November. The pictures were taken by Ben Watts. I know you are wondering if I am a fan. Yes. Why you ask. Well thanks to the magic of a recording studio her albums are good. The girl might not be able to perform live (like most artists today), but she can record an album. So will I get it, probably.


Crew Member Dies On Batman Set

A special effects technician was killed in a crash during production of the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight. According to Fox News, the victim died when a truck carrying a camera platform crashed into a tree while following a stunt vehicle on Monday. The crash did not occur during filming and no actors were involved in the accident, which stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The incident occurred during a test run at a racetrack near Chertsey, south of London. The studio said that producers, cast and crew "are deeply saddened by this tragedy and their hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased."


Keifer Sutherland DUI UPDATE 1

In November, 2004, Kiefer Sutherland was popped for driving with a .22 blood alcohol level, and plead no contest to drunk driving. He was placed on 5 years probation. That means if he's convicted on this morning's DUI, he will have violated his probation. Wait the news gets worse for his fans: Guess who the judge was in the 2004 case? That would be Judge Michael Sauer, the guy who threw the book at Paris Hilton for violating her probation. And remember, Paris was not drunk when she was driving on a suspended license and she was sentenced to 45 days in jail! So could this put this season of 24 in jeperody? Will have to wait and see.


Still A Problem Between Sex And The City Stars?

The film version of Sex and the City was famously delayed by contractual feuding and a rift between actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. But here's tentative proof that the two have made up, well on film anyway. Sarah Jessica and Kim were onset for more filming for the highly anticipated movie version of the hit show, when the two shared what looked like, even for two actresses, a very awkward kiss. The pair reportedly fell out during the filming of the television show, which ended in 2004.

Celebrity websites reported attempts to make the movie stalled when Kim demanded for the same money as Sarah Jessica who was always paid more for the television series due to her additional role as executive producer. However despite coming together on Monday as filming started, reports have already emerged that the feud between Kim and Sarah Jessica may still be simmering. Kim is reported to have stormed out of a reunion party for the cast held on the weekend in New York. The actress was apparently "scowling" as she left the bash at Butter restaurant to celebrate the start of filming Sex and the City: The Movie.

A source told the New York Daily News: "Kim left earlier than the others and was wearing a scowl. She was just shooting a dirty look at the paparazzi." The source added: "Thirty minutes later the other two left, with big smiles on their faces. Kristen climbed into a town car and Sarah looked like she was walking home." Earlier the actresses arrived for filming looking less than glamorous in their casual clothes. But a few hours in hair and make-up and they were transformed into their chic and stylish New York characters. But onset at least, it appears the actresses are putting on a united front.

Here are some pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker with her other two co-stars, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon who there is never been a reported problem.


Britney... What Happened To Your Hair?!

I have tried to back off Britney posts, but I had to post these pictures. This girl needs some help with her hair. Britney was spotted in a Quiznos bathroom in Westwood, California on Monday. Her "do" looked like a mop. It was dyed dark with a blond patch in the back. Also her brown boots have retuned and her dress needed to be ironed. Somebody help her please!

The One New Show I Am Looking Forward To Is...

CANE: This show looks like it could really be good. I have watched the promo all summer and I have to check it out. This could become a new addiction for me if it lives up to the promos. When it airs tonight let me know if you liked it and I will tell ya'll what I thought.

HOUSE Returns Tonight!

When everyone’s favorite TV doctor, Gregory House, took a wrecking ball to his medical team at the end of last season, it was more than a simple season-ending cliffhanger ploy. When House returns for its fourth season tonight (Sept. 25, 9 p.m. ET, FOX), there will be no “it was just a dream” sequence that quickly explains it all away. The "House" cleaning was legit. Dr. Eric Foreman, who quit; Dr. Robert Chase, who was fired; and Dr. Allison Cameron, who quit, are all gone. Viewers will find Dr. House alone, stubbornly refusing to assemble a new team and, not surprisingly, pretending he didn’t really need a team in the first place.

Fear not. The three actors who play Foreman, Chase and Cameron are still on the payroll, which means they’re definitely still in the House. And fans who keep their eyes on Internet chatter already know that a new batch of actors, including Kal Penn of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Olivia Wilde of The O.C., are coming on to portray the doctors vying for spots on House’s new team.

The simple fact that the show is getting a fresh start is a positive step. As popular as the show has been so far, it could fall into a fairly repetitive cycle. Foreman, Chase and Cameron have learned from House and that was what they were suppose to do and now it is time to shake things up. Viewers shouldn't fear the large cast. It’s all the rage these days. Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Heroes and other hits sport ensembles featuring no fewer than 10 characters viewers are expected to care about, and it will be nice to have some new faces to follow on “House.”

In true House fashion, the doctor begins the competition for the three open positions by assigning 30 candidates numbered marathon-runner bibs so that he doesn’t have to bother learning their names. What the new faces are willing to do for a spot on the team, and what House is seeking, opens more windows into the way TV’s most enigmatic medical mind works. That’s nothing but pure joy for fans.

For all the changes and all the fear that comes with them, this is still House. Hugh Laurie will continue to be as brilliant as ever in the title role. It’s no sign of disrespect toward Laurie or House to suggest the character needs a strong supporting cast to utilize his full potential. Fans know that House is at his best when he’s riffing on others. He knows it, too, which is why, in the season premiere, he goes so far as to call upon a hospital janitor to assist him in solving his first case on his own. House is still the man, and the characters around him — new or old — simply act as tools for his and the viewers’ amusement. So get ready fellow viewers of one of the greatest shows ever. Tonight we get new House!


George Clooney Talks About Motorcycle Accident

George Clooney knows he and girlfriend Sarah Larson were fortunate to escape their motorcycle accident with minor injuries. "I feel pretty lucky we got out of it," George told PEOPLE at the premiere of Michael Clayton on Monday night. "It's scary," he added. "We never really saw it coming." George's Burn After Reading costar, Brad Pitt, himself a cyclist, sent Clooney a message after hearing about the accident. "How bad?" asked Brad. "Not so bad," replied George.

According to police George was driving his Harley-Davidson north on Boulevard East in Weehawken, New Jersey, at 3:30 p.m. when he collided with a 1999 Mazda Millenia. George who was accompanied by Sarah was passing on the right of the vehicle as it attempted to make a right turn on the two-lane road. The actor explained: "They signaled left and went right ... We got hit." George suffered a hairline fracture of a rib and road rash, and Sarah broke her big toe.

"She seems like she can take it, huh?" George said of Sarah, who looked gorgeous and graceful on her crutches. Sarah made her debut as George’s new gal at the Venice and Deauville film festivals earlier this month. At the Manhattan premiere, George said that he took Sarah on the motorcycle because he wanted to show her the city from a different perspective. "We wanted to get the view of New York from that side," he said.


Keifer Sutherland Booked On DUI

TMZ is dishing that 24 star Kiefer Sutherland was busted on suspicion of DUI in West Hollywood last night, after allegedly blowing more than twice the legal limit of .08. This is the actor's second DUI in the past five years -- he was arrested in 2004. By California law, if he's convicted, he must serve a mandatory minimum of five days in jail.

Police sources told TMZ 40-year-old Sutherland was pulled over around 1:35 AM PST on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly. Sutherland was at the FOX Fall Eco-Casino party at Area nightclub earlier that evening. The photo in this story was taken at the event. Kiefer who was stopped after making an illegal U-turn, was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and transported to the Hollywood Police station. He was booked at 4:09 AM and released at 5:42 AM on $25,000 bail. TMZ said Keifer was reportedly "cooperative and mellow" while he was in custody.


Joe Simpson Talks About It All

So why have Jessica and Ashlee Simpson not turned out like Britney Spears? The reason is simple, says their dad and manager, Joe Simpson. "We have a real family," he told Fox News. "You can’t just put these kids out in the world and they’re on their own. I can remember a time when Jessica was singing at Madison Square Garden and her outfit ripped before she went on. We were there for her." Joe and wife, Tina, married almost 30 years ago when they were 20 and 18; today, they live in Encino, Calif.

Joe has been one manager/parent that has been seen as controlling. Joe does confess to being controlling in their careers, but says there personal lives are theirs. Joe says he had no control over Ashlee’s rhinoplasty, for example. "Girls have their own ideas," he said. "Anyway, there was a real problem with her breathing and that was cured.” He is very proud of his youngest daughter who is preparing the release of her third album on Geffen, with much of the producing by Timbaland and the Neptunes. Then she will hit the road again. "She has a huge following," Joe said.

Jessica, meanwhile, has just finished her role in Major Movie Star, a Private Benjamin for the 21st century. "We had a real director, Steve Miner, who would tell her if something wasn’t right." Joe said. Jessica did a lot of work to get up to speed as an actress. "When the movie wrapped, Steve told her, 'You’re going to be a movie star.'" She’s also going to be a country star. Simpson says Jessica’s next CD likely will be recorded in Nashville. "Willie Nelson really likes her," he said. "We’re going to go down there and really get into it." Given that Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney are on top of the pop charts this week, this doesn’t sound so bad. Before she goes country, though, Jessica will make another movie, this time in a role as a biker chick "with tattoos."

The former youth pastor is quite an American success story, which is why maybe so many media types are skeptical of him. But I say give him credit. He survived having Nick Lachey for a son-in-law, you know. "I have nothing against Nick," he told me. "But they got married very young. I told Jessica, 'You’re going to hit an age when it’s all going to be clear to you, life that is, and you’ll know what you want to do.'" Joe said, "I do blame 50 percent of their break-up on the media." And just in case you wondered about the couple’s Newlyweds show on MTV, it was not scripted. Jessica really did not know that Chicken of the Sea was canned tuna. "She had a very Lucy-like quality," Joe reflected, "and we went with it."

Joe is producing the TV show Women’s Murder Club comes from Joe’s recent friendship with best-selling novelist James Patterson and stars Angie Harmon of Law and Order fame. Joe also manages singer Ryan Cabrera and a few new acts, all of whom he’ll release on his own label, Papa Joe Records.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Charlie Sheen Tells OK How He Really Feels

In a statement released to OK!, Charlie Sheen defends himself against allegations made by ex-wife Denise Richards, who is attempting to gain full custody of their children.

"I will not dignify the majority of these allegations set forth by Denise Richards with any measure of response. On its best day it remains laughable and inane.
For the record, as well as for the scales of morality, the following must be clarified:

Two years ago, when this circus first arrived, I chose a high road position and remained quiet and dignified. Yet, based on the resurfacing of certain specific claims, made in a severe and grievous manner, illustrating Ms. Richards poor judgment on every possible front, I must counter with these FACTS.

The FBI was aware of these issues. I provided them with every computer I owned. The computers were returned two weeks later. Haven't heard from them since. Period. The end.

During the 18 months before my request to select my own child care provider, not a single complaint was made or received regarding the welfare of the children while under the care of myself and/or Brooke. I repeat — NOT A SINGLE COMPLAINT by either Ms. Richards herself, or her representatives and nanny.

All of this, keep in mind, is because I asked the court to grant me the legal and God-given freedom of choice to hire my own child care provider. I have asked that the Court eliminate Ms. Richards ability to abuse and harass us any longer. One can only imagine what we've withstood thus far.

Brooke and I remain committed to the task at hand. These unlawful and diabolical accusations will not distract us from the focus of our resolve. Shortly before unleashing her attack Ms. Richards asked for another baby via a sperm donation, after her divisive attempts at a reconciliation behind Brooke's back failed. She was flat out rejected.

I am making every possible effort to assure that the courts focus on my children and their welfare. My refusal to dignify garbage needs to be understood in the context of the history of this case and Denise's need and desire to make it about issues that do not involve anything other than her emotions.”


How Brad Really Feels About Media Attention

Reports were running rampant last week that Angelina Jolie already was pregnant with Brad Pitt's second biological child, as the skinny star was snapped sporting a little lump in Venice. But apparently it's more bloat than bump. "Angelina’s low body weight looks to have caused some malnutrition," observed a doctor who does not treat the star. "This often causes bloating in the stomach region."

A buddy of the couple wouldn’t confirm any possible pregnancy but told Pop Tarts that "another child is definitely on their radar." And don't believe front-page stories in the tabloids proclaiming that Brad and Angie are on the rocks. Brad recently got a tattoo of her birthday etched into his arm.

Brad said of the reports on him and his family: "I still get amazed at the media attention that follows fame; it seems to be at an all-time high. There’s so much competition out there, so many different outlets for it and such a hunger for the best pictures or the best stories. I don’t quite understand why everybody cares so much, especially when so much of what is printed and reported has such a negative focus. I don’t find it particularly healthy — for any of us."


Do Fans Want Sara Sidle Back On CSI?

The seventh season of CSI ended earlier this year with crime scene investigator Sara Sidle trapped under an overturned vintage muscle car, her hand twitching with faint signs of life. Back at the Las Vegas lab, Sara’s boss and secret lover, Gil Grissom, finished his interrogation of a psychotic young cleaning woman who turned out to be the lab’s season-long nemesis, the Miniature Killer. Grissom’s conversation with the killer soon revealed that her latest victim was Sara.

CSI’s eighth season will begin with Grissom and crew frantically searching for their lost and dying co-worker. They’ll meticulously comb through the only real clue to Sara’s location, the perfectly constructed scale model of the crime scene, complete with model car and tiny motorized hand poking from underneath the wreckage. With the killer’s obsessive attention to detail, viewers know this crack team can unearth leads. But whether they get to Sara in time is another question. And whether viewers even want Sara back alive is the biggest cliffhanger of all. So here are some possibilities of how her living and dying could changed the show.

If Sara lives:

Post-traumatic stress disorder would make Sara’s already damaged character more interesting.
Sara has not had it easy. She had a hard life growing up. Her mother killed her father and she graduated from school at 16 and went off to Harvard. She was picked up for drunk driving and did not have much a of a social life before she and Grissom hooked up. This is seen in the large amount of takeout menus that covered her fridge in one episode.

It could be a bonding experience.
Sara and Nick can bond over their mutual season-ending kidnapping/entrapment/near-death experiences in the line of duty. If Sara’s predicament seems familiar, it’s because the Quentin Tarantino-directed season five finale found CSI Nick Stokes buried alive by a vengeful father, facing a lack of oxygen, a swarm of fire ants and explosives before he was finally rescued by the crew. If they bond could it make Grissom jealous?

Sara and Grissom make for great lab gossip.
With Sara kidnapped, Grissom came out to the team about their secret love affair, though it’s not really clear why. That cat’s out of the bag, Hodges and the rest of the creepy lab techs will be abuzz. But nobody’s going to want to gossip about it if Sara’s dead.

There’s something else for Grissom to brood over.
If Sara lives, there’s no way her relationship with Grissom can last. Even if their love isn’t against office policy, neither Grissom nor Sara is any good at relationships. This extra trauma will only create a further divide. Fans of the sad Grissom, rejoice!

If Sara dies:

Sara goes from co-worker to work.
Catherine, Nick, Warrick, Greg, et al., are known to yuck it up pretty good over a corpse or two, laughing at the expense of the deceased. They have done that on more than on occasion. Of course, because this is television, the investigators won’t be relieved from this investigation because of conflict of interest. How will it change the way they act with the investigation?

More Lady Heather!
Yes, “CSI” has hinted at Grissom’s age-inappropriate affection for Sara for years. Grissom’s possible true soul mate might be dominatrix Lady Heather. Alas, whenever she resurfaces, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Someday these two will figure it out. Without Sara in the picture they could act on their attraction.

No Sara gives other characters room to grow.
There are many questions about other characters that were brought up in Season 7 and never answered because the Sara story took over. We could get answers to:
*What happened with Warrick’s gambling problem or the wife he married on the spur of the moment? Did they work it out, or can he and Catherine finally hook up?
*What about Catherine’s juvenile delinquent daughter? Will she turn just as bad as Det. Jim Brass’s kid?
*How is Nick after his own kidnapping experience? Does he have nightmares?

More for Grissom to brood over.
With his beloved Sara dead and gone, surely Grissom will be wracked with guilt. If only they hadn’t been lovers, then the Miniature Killer wouldn’t have taken Sara! Will Grissom stay alone forever? Will it hurt his work? After all, the profession he loves lead to the loss of the woman he loves. Fans of sad Grissom, rejoice!


Inquest Into Death Of Anna Nicole's Son To Begin Soon

It was announced today that the official inquest into the mysterious death of Anna Nicole Smith's son Daniel will finally begin in the Bahamas on October 30, 14 months after he was found dead on September 10, 2006, in the same hospital where Anna had given birth to daughter Dannielynn only days earlier. "At last we might finally get to the bottom of what happened to my grandson that night," Anna Nicole's mother Virgie Arthur told reporters. "I just pray that we discover the truth about exactly how and why a fit and healthy 20-year-old boy died. I plan to be there every day to hear for myself what really happened." An initial autopsy of Daniel identified a number of drugs, everything from antidepressants to lethal amounts of methadone, in his system at the time of his death. However, the question remains to be answered as to exactly how, when and why he used these drugs.