Tuesday, August 14, 2007
According to a report in the Daily Mail today, the couple will travel out to Ethiopia in three months' time to begin the process. They hope that the new addition will help Zahara Marley, the tot Angelina adopted from Ethiopia in June 2005, to feel more comfortable and connected to the family as she grows up.
Jolie adopted her first child, Maddox Chivan, from Cambodia in March 2002. Zahara became her second adopted child more than three years later, and Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh Nouvel in May 2006. She then adopted three-year-old Pax Thien from Vietnam in March this year.
A source told the newspaper: "Angie in particular feels very strongly that while Shiloh will grow up seeing the family resemblance between herself and her natural parents, and Maddox and Pax will feel a connection through their birthplaces, Zahara has no such close-knit bond.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Star magazine is reporting that Brit-Brit, in all her meltdown glory, has accused Mama Lynne Spears of sleeping with Kevin Federline!
While we love the Graduate-style backstabbery, we can only imagine this is a Cheetos-induced fever dream Britney's trippin' on.
Star says Lynne is heartbroken and "deeply hurt that her own daughter would so viciously accuse her of doing something so terrible."
Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé Knowles lead the nominations for this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
Justin and Beyoncé are both in the running for seven awards, while rapper Kanye West and rising star Rihanna are nominated in five categories.
The coveted title of Video of the Year will be contested by Justin's 'What Goes Around... Comes Around', Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable', Kanye's 'Stronger', Rihanna's 'Umbrella', Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab', and 'D.A.N.C.E', by French electro duo Justice.
Justin is also up for Male Artist of the Year, Most Earthshattering Collaboration for his 'SexyBack' duet with Timabaland, Quadruple Threat of the Year and Best Choreography in a Video, while his promo for 'What Goes Around... Comes Around' received Best Editing and Best Director nominations.
Beyoncé's duet with Shakira, 'Beautiful Liar', is up for Most Earthshattering Collaboration, Best Choreography, Best Director and Best Editing.
She is also up for Female Artist of the Year and Quadruple Threat of the Year.
Kanye and Rihanna appeared on MTV's Total Request Live yesterday (07.08.07) to help announce the nominations, with Lily Allen joining them via video link-up.
Lily, who was detained for five hours by US immigration officials after arriving in Los Angeles, will go up against British rival Amy Winehouse for the title of Best New Artist.
Amy has also been nominated for two other awards.
The ceremony, taking place on September 9, will be a star-studded affair with Kanye, Amy, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Lily, Chris Brown and the Foo Fighters all expected to perform.
Ojani Noa was married to the Latino singer for 11 months in 1997 and alleged she had several affairs during their brief relationship, including one with current beau Marc Anthony.
The suit claimed that Noa was in breach of a previous settlement that stated he would not be allowed to reveal any private information about their marriage.
It was also decided that her former flame would have a permanent injunction against him to prevent him "criticising, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging or causing disparagement" to the star.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
The products are already available in Britain but are now being introduced as part of the Beckhams' flurry of activity in the States.
They are due to go on sale in department stores next month and at pharmacies in January, according to the Daily Mail.
Victoria introduced the fragrances to Americans in an interview with Women's Wear Daily.
She explained: "Why is this different from any other celebrity fragrance? The fact that I have spent a lot of time checking all the details.
"We are not just saying, 'We are celebrities, put our name on it.' I love to be involved with the whole process."
The magazine says the franchise, which will also see Instinct by David Beckham go on sale in the country, is expected to make $100 million this year.
Matt Damon's agent no doubt sat up and paid attention yesterday morning when Forbes, the business magazine, pronounced his client to be a very particular sort of top movie star - the one who provides the best return on the studios' investment.
That does not make him Hollywood's top celebrity - that honour, Forbes decided a couple of months ago, belonged to Brad Pitt, both for his on-screen successes and the tsunami of media coverage surrounding his marriage to Angelina Jolie.
Nor does it make Damon the best paid actor in the business - the likes of Will Smith, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio easily outstrip him on that front.
If anything, it is precisely because he is not paid top dollar that he is so interesting, from a financial point of view. A Matt Damon film, the magazine reported, will make back an average of $29 (£15) for every dollar the star is paid. That's roughly twice as much as Cruise or Tom Hanks. Pitt, who finished second on the Forbes list, will earn back about 24 times as much as he gets paid.
Not far behind him, tied for third place, are Johnny Depp, star of the monstrously successful Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Vince Vaughn, a comic actor with considerable domestic box-office appeal even if he is far less well known overseas.
Below them come Jennifer Aniston - a surprise, perhaps - Angelina Jolie, Renée Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller and Sandra Bullock.
Like Damon, these are not necessarily the industry's top earners at all. No Julia Roberts. No Jim Carrey. No Russell Crowe - who, according to Forbes, provides the worst value for money of any big star because his price tag is sky-high ($20m per picture of thereabouts) and his record on drawing in audiences is middling to poor ever since his back-to-back Oscar nomination appearances in Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind more than six years ago.
What the members of the list all have in common is that they are not grotesquely overpaid. In Aniston's case, they are hardly in the top movie star bracket at all. And yet they are all nice little earners, for a variety of reasons. Vince Vaughn will never be mistaken for a great actor, but his gentle (and occasionally not-so-gentle) comedies almost invariably draw a big domestic audience - films that have recently included The Wedding Crashers (about two guys who go to other people's weddings to pick up women) and The Break-Up (in which he co-starred with Aniston).
A lot of things about the Forbes list, like much else in the movie business, is of course a crapshoot. Damon happens to have been in two highly successful multi-film series, both of which scored big this summer: the Ocean's Eleven series, in which he was merely a member of an all-star ensemble cast, not the lead, and the Bourne series, whose third instalment, The Bourne Ultimatum, earned rave reviews and broke US box-office records for August when it made more than $70m on its opening weekend last weekend.
Damon also happens to have taken a punt on several low-budget films, in which he worked for a drastically reduced fee, that turned out to be critical and, in some cases, box-office successes. The biggest of these was Martin Scorsese's Irish gangster drama The Departed, set in Damon's home city of Boston, which turned out to be the director's biggest box-office hit ever and earned him his first, highly elusive Oscar.
But Damon also appeared in Syriana, the mosaic-like film about American power, corruption and geopolitics, and in Robert De Niro's directorial portrait of the early years of the CIA, The Good Shepherd. Damon himself would be the first to acknowledge that his run of success has been as much about luck as any brilliance on his part. Go back a few years, when he appeared in Robert Redford's expensive flop, The Legend of Bagger Vance, followed by All The Pretty Horses, Billy Bob Thornton's equally disastrous adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel, and the state of his career looked very different.
As Damon himself has told it, he did not receive a single film offer for six months, prompting him to go to London for a while to appear in Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our Youth in the West End. It was not until the first Bourne film, The Bourne Identity, became a big hit in 2002 that his career got back on track.
Russian-born actor Anton Yelchin is in talks to play Pavel Checkov, the navigator on the USS Enterprise, in the 11th 'Star Trek' movie.
Variety reports casting for the rest of crew is currently underway in New York and London.
Already cast are Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy, who will both play Mr. Spock.
Details on the plot are sketchy but the film is thought to look at the early history of the crew and their first meeting at the Starfleet Academy.
Beyonce and Justin Timberlake lead this year's MTV Video Music Award nominations with an eye-popping seven nods each.
Biting at their heels are hip-hop star Kanye West and Barbados hit-machine Rihanna with five nods, as well as rehab dodger Amy Winehouse with three.
All of the frontrunners - except for Beyonce - will be performing at the show, which will be broadcast live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Sept. 9. Other MTV-approved bands stepping up for a bout onstage include beat-maker Timbaland, emo darlings Fall Out Boy, the Foo Fighters, U.K. export Lily Allen and pop-infused R&B star Chris Brown. All five of the frontrunners will also square off in the video of the year category.
This year's awards will also see the debut of a few new categories: most earthshattering collaboration, male artist of the year, female artist of the year and quadruple threat of the year (an award for multi-talented musicians who foray into other fields, such as fashion, acting, dancing, business and philanthropy).
The best new artist category will be voted on by fans at www.vma.mtv.com, with the winner being announced live on the telecast.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
MTV typically waits until the very last second to find/announce a host for its signature awards show, but thus far West, Winehouse, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Lily Allen, Chris Brown and Foo Fighters are committed to perform, with more acts to be announced soon.
In at least a nod to the fact that MTV is no longer really a music video network, a few new categories have been added to the show. Male and Female artist of the year recognize an artist's complete body of work in 2007, while Monster Single of the Year and Quadruple Threat award (honoring "those boundary-busting artists who have conquered multiple worlds including, but not limited to; music, fashion, philanthropy, business, acting and dance") give the network's bookers latitude to honor celebrities who haven't had much of a video presence, but who might bring in some ratings.
If that seems slightly desperate, it is. For years, the Video Music Awards were MTV's highest-rated programming event. Launched in 1984, with Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler hosting, the ceremony was a remarkably fresh and satirical take on dull old awards shows. Because its premise was that the awards themselves were a joke — statuettes went to bands for videos in which they often didn't appear, let alone direct — celebrities were looser and more spontaneous, and so was the show.
Like all successful satire, the VMAs eventually became the thing they satirized, resorting to stunt casting (Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie's kiss! Madonna and Britney and Christina's kiss!) and remote locations (Miami! The Metropolitan Opera!) to sustain interest. Nevertheless, ratings for the 2006 show were down 28% from the 8 million viewers the VMAs averaged in 2005, and nearly 45% down from 2005. This year's edition will be held Sept. 9 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Speaking to Us magazine, the singer said: "I exchanged vows with Tameka Foster in Atlanta on Friday and we are happily married."
Their original ceremony was cancelled hours before it was due to take place amid reports pregnant Foster was taken to hospital for stress.
Usher, 28, said the re-arranged private ceremony was "quaint and intimate".
He told the magazine that Foster and the baby are "fine".
In June, the couple confirmed they were expecting their first child together. Foster has three other children from a previous marriage.
Usher, a five-time Grammy award winner, is best known for hits such as Confessions and You Make Me Wanna. He is expected to produce a new album by the end of the year.
Michelle Pfeiffer received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in an August 6 ceremony in front of the Hollywood & Highland Center.
The 49-year-old star of such films as Scarface, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Dangerous Liaisons thanked her mother and father for supporting her decision to become an actress.
Speaking about her mother, she said "She taught me that I could do anything and that I should have a career before I got married." She said her father "taught me that you can make something of yourself if you work hard."
The three-time Academy Award nominee is currently seen as the villanous Velma Von Tussle in "Hairspray," and will portray the evil witch Laima in "Stardust," opening August 10 in the United States.
Also appearing at the ceremony were her "Baker Boys" co-star Jeff Bridges and Paul Rudd, her co-star in the upcoming romantic comedy "I Could Never Be Your Woman."