Mel Gibson, Girlfriend Make First Public Appearance!

30 April 2009 |

More than two weeks after his wife filed for divorce, Mel Gibson and girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva made their first public appearance at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine screening in L.A. Tuesday.

Holding hands, the 53-year-old actor -- in a black suit with a dark gray shirt -- and Grigorieva, 38, did not stop to pose for photographers, instead rushing inside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

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As Us Weekly previously reported Grigorieva is a Russian singer who is signed to the his record label, Icon Records. She was hired to compose a song for Gibson's upcoming thriller Edge of Darkness.

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The two got close on the Massachusetts set last summer but always tried to be discreet about their relationship.

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"They would come out and attempt to walk around separately, but then at the end of the day, they both returned to the same hotel," the on-set source told Us. "She was there on and off for a week, but it was clear she had no business there other than to be with Mel."

Heidi and Spencer Pig Out on Swine Flu

29 April 2009 |

How can Speidi be so the worst and so the best at the same time? Their Hills storyline is insufferable, the wedding was a joke and the music they create is atrocious, but look at them. Honeymooning in Mexico during a potential pandemic? Of course they're going to pose for pictures wearing swine-flu face masks. Because that's how much they care about entertaining us.

Talk about hell's kitchen!

Sounds like things got a little heated the other day over at Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth's house—and I'm to blame!

I recently posted some jokey comments Garth made to me during an interview about being "pissed off" that hubby Peter doesn't cook for her like he apparently does for his Twilight costars.

Mr. Facinelli cooked up a response to yours truly.

"Lets not try to make a 'meal' out of this," he wrote in an email. "My wife was joking. The reason I stopped cooking so much is because she's better at it. And most nights I take her out to eat anyway. She's not 'pissed off.' So lets not try to stir up some controversy where it doesn't exist."

I quickly offered to buy Facinelli and Garth dinner, but I never heard back from them...until yesterday.

My intrepid reporter Dahvi Shira caught up with Facinelli at last night's LG Rumorous Night party.

"Tell Marc I'm going to kick his ass," he said. "Tell him if I see him, I'm going to kick his ass."

Not to worry, Mr. Facinelli was joking.

With that out of the way, Dahvi then grilled him for New Moon scoop. He said the cast hangs out together all the time.

What kind of things do they like to do?

"Dinner at my house," Facinelli laughed. "Marc Malkin knows all about it."

Megan Fox Gets Corseted

27 April 2009 |

Megan Fox was spotted on the set of Jonah Hex in a crazy corset. We're still trying to figure out how that waistline is even possible for someone made of bones.

Oh, snap! Real Housewives of New York City's Jill Zarin thinks fellow castmate Kelly Killoren Bensimon should turn on her Louboutins and take a hike!

"I don’t think it’s working for her," Zarin told us earlier today from her New York apartment. "I don’t think she should be on the show. It's not that I think we should throw anybody off, it's just that I think if I were her, I would not do the show again. I would go back to anonymity and spend the next year trying to repair my reputation. What’s more important to her: her reputation or fame?"

Clearly, Bensimon's back-and-forth bickering with costar—and Zarin BFF—Bethenny Frankel has not helped her image. And according to Zarin, it doesn't sound like the two will come to any friendly agreement anytime soon...

"They’re not friends," Zarin said. "They never were. They never will be. They’re sophisticated girls, so they’ll be polite to each other when they see each other at Bravo events. They’re not going to pull each others' hair out, but there's definitely ice cubes in the room."

Bensimon's rep didn't comment on her future on the show but did say, "Jill is entitled to her opinion. Kelly had a wonderful time on the show."

The gals recently taped their upcoming reunion show for Bravo. The get-together got so heated and full of drama that producers decided to expand it from an hourlong special to a two-hour event over two nights. "There were a lot of liars at the table," Zarin said. "Ramona—liar! Kelly—liar! LuAnn—baby liar."

Zarin has also been busy as a spokesmom for Kodak's new Mother's Day campaign that encourages people to stay close through photography. In fact, Zarin's Mother's Day has turned into a Housewives affair. "Bethenny’s always invited to be with my family on holidays—especially Mother’s Day," Zarin said. "She does have a mother, but she doesn’t spend time with her. She hasn’t seen her for many years. It’s sort of a sore issue that I don’t discuss with her. My mother has sort of openly adopted Bethenny."

Casey Aldridge, Jamie Lynn Spears' boyfriend and baby daddy, is in stable condition after a terrible car crash early Sunday morning.

The 19-year-old Aldridge was driving in his Ford F-150 truck around 1:30 a.m. when he apparently lost control. He and two male friends were returning home from a fishing trip.

According to reports, Aldridge cracked his skull. One pal suffered a broken collarbone.

Sheriff officials in Tensas Parish, La., said that a single-car crash occurred in their area, however, they would not provide any further information. Meanwhile, a representative at Riverland Medical Facility in Ferriday, La., confirmed that Aldridge was treated earlier at their facility, but that "he is not here now."

Spears, 18, has been spotted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where Aldridge has presumably been transferred.

The couple, who are engaged to be married but haven't set a date, have a 10-month-old daughter, Maddie.

Showbiz Gossip Information GatewayDespite her big-screen penchant for revealing all, Sharon Stone apparently still feels the need to keep some things on the down-low. Her court records, for example.

A lawsuit filed against the actress was made public today after the court was unable to justify the national security-like levels of secrecy employed to hide the case's very existence.

The suit brought in November by attorney William P. Jacobson over $107,000 in disputed fees was eventually settled, but not before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis ordered the whole shebang sealed. That meant no record of the case was made available to either the public or court staff.

The Stone affair would likely have entered the court archive undetected, were it not for a reported for the Los Angeles-based City News Service, who stumbled upon the Stone case while covering an unrelated court proceeding. Soon after, other media outlets clamored for full disclosure.

As a result of the demands, Duffy-Lewis released two documents to the public—one, the order to seal the case's documents, and the other a mailing label bearing the note "conditionally under seal"—which only further fueled calls for the complete unsealing.

Stone has yet to comment on the unsealing.

Samantha Ronson needs to step up the sneakiness if she wants to avoid drive-of-shame shots like this outside Lindsay Lohan's house.

The DJ booked it out of Lohan's place at 6am on Friday morning.

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Rihanna Wants Chris-Brown-Night Baubles Back

25 April 2009 |

Showbiz Gossip Information Gateway Rihanna is looking to put the sparkle back in her life.

The 21-year-old singer filed a motion Tuesday requesting that Los Angeles authorities return the jewelry she wore to Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala Feb. 7—and was still wearing when she fought with Chris Brown after the event.

The baubles—a loaner pair of earrings and three rings said to be worth $1.4 million—were taken into evidence, along with the bloodstained Gucci gown Rihanna partied in that night, after Brown was arrested for allegedly hitting, biting and choking her.

Four different companies loaned Rihanna the jewels and now want the goods back, according to the motion.

Rihanna attorney Donald Fenty states that Brown's attorney and the LAPD detective overseeing the case have not objected to giving the jewels back and have said that pictures of the items will be acceptable for prosecutors to use at trial—should Brown, who's facing charges of assault and making criminal threats, end up going to trial.

Both Rihanna and Brown's camps have expressed hope that a plea agreement will be reached before the case ends up in front of a judge.

Brown has pleaded not guilty on all counts. The next hearing is set for April 29.

Showbiz Gossip Information GatewayTrue fact: The average celeb totally gets along with the paparazzi. Not everybody is Madonna. Heck, a star-shootin' source told me this week there's one li'l target they consider their queen: Miley Cyrus.

They give her room. They wait down the street, not right outside the house. They say "hello" and "how do ya do" and she says "hello" right back. Working out for her, donchathink?

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Pharrell's Skin Melted by Frikkin' Laser Beams

23 April 2009 |
Pharrell Williams hates his tattoos so much he's undergoing laser treatment to have them burned off his body -- as you can see by this bandaged up pic he posted on his blog yesterday.

A while back, the N.E.R.D. king said he wanted to have skin grafts to get rid of his ink -- but he obviously changed his mind. Here's what he wrote under the photo:

"Laser treatment bitches! Extra crispy. See, no skin graft here, just pure laser pain. This is our own version of Mythbusters! Laser is the new primer."
Contrary to what you probably think, Lindsay Lohan did not get into acting to make headlines and acquire a paparazzi entourage.

"I didn't get into this business to be a celebrity on the cover of tabloids, and I've been a target—and I'm not that interesting," the 22-year-old actress insisted during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing tomorrow.

"It distracts people—studio heads, everyone, and they get nervous. I've been through a lot. I was 19 years old when things happened, and I'm ready to work. I'm responsible and I can be on time and I learn from my mistakes."

Insisting that "everything fell into place" recently, Lohan says she's ready to refocus on her career, now that she's single again following a breakup that apparently took her completely by surprise.

"I had no idea what was going on," Lohan recalled of the days leading up to her admission to E! News that she and girlfriend Samantha Ronson were taking a break. "I just hadn't seen her in like a week. She, like, disappeared."

But the split was not due to her roving eye or anything like that, Lohan said, as she began disproving her own comment about not being interesting.

"I don't believe in cheating on someone," said the star of the upcoming comedy Labor Pains.

Lohan and DeGeneres also commiserated about having to deal with breakups under the glare of the public eye.

"I kind of lost my career for a little while and I went away," DeGeneres said, presumably referring to parting ways with Anne Heche in 2000. "I went to Ojai, California. I stayed away for three years, and I literally hibernated and got myself back together. Do you feel like you want to run away?" she asked Lohan.

To which the actress replied, not really.

"I feel like I want to get my career back in shape," Lohan said. "There are some shows I'm producing that I'm really excited about. I'm doing a movie in October. So it's been nice to just kind of...You know when people are together so much it gets really difficult, and you forget who you are because you're more concerned about being with the other person.

"I think [the breakup has] been really good for me. I thought it would be so much harder and it hasn't been...I’ve had great people surrounding me and I’ve just been working every single day."

Miley Cyrus: Like a Virgin


daylight-dreaming.blogspot.comHere's 16-year-old pop sensation Miley Cyrus in Madrid on Tuesday (left) -- and Queen of Pop Madonna back in 1984 at the VMAs (right).

The Miley Cyrus vs. Chris Brown Showdown

22 April 2009 |

The second Saturday morning of 2010. That's when that weekend's first-day box-office grosses should be in, and when we should have answers to a couple of intriguing questions.

One, can Miley Cyrus open a movie without Hannah Montana?

And, two, can a Hollywood movie open with Chris Brown's baggage?

Disney has pegged Cyrus' The Last Song for a Jan. 8, 2010, opening, opposite the Brown-featuring Takers, the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations noted on its site today.

The films aren't expected to compete for the same business. They are expected, however, to make things interesting.

Written by novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook), The Last Song is a father-daughter drama—or, considering Cyrus is the star, a daughter-father drama. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced. Shooting is scheduled for the summer.

"This is definitely a departure from Hannah Montana," Exhibitor Relations' Jeff Bock said in an email, "one that will allow the industry to gauge Miley's fanbase, and allow her to evolve as an actress."

Takers is an in-the-can ensemble cops-and-robbers movie (formerly titled Bone Deep) with Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen, T.I. and Brown. Following Brown's arrest for his alleged assault of Rihanna, there was a report the film's studio intended to "erase" the entertainer from its promo campaign. T.I., who's also an executive producer, denied a Brown-out plan was in the works.

T.I., of course, has his own issues. The rapper has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on a weapons charge. It's unknown if he'll be available, as it were, for the premiere.

Brown's troubles came as the 19-year-old, once wholesome enough for the "Got Milk?" campaign, was picking up more film work. At 16, Cyrus already has two No. 1 movies on her resume: ast year's Hannah Montana concert movie, and, yes, the still-running Hannah Montana comedy.

Brown and Cyrus were both supposed to perform at this past year's Grammys. In the end, only Cyrus sang. Brown ended up being otherwise engaged.

Now, the teen idols' summit will be staged at the box office.

Showbiz Gossip Information Gateway Beyonce's dad is on the warpath against the people attacking his daughter for the supposed "board mix" audio of B singing at "The Today Show" -- claiming all doubters of her ability are "idiots."

In a fiery statement to TMZ, Mathew Knowles, who's also Bey's manager, says his daughter was set up. It's one of the best statements we've ever gotten.

"If no one took the time to look at the biggest Inauguration in the history of America then shame on them.

If no one took the time to listen to Beyonce sing 'America the Beautiful' and 'At Last' at the Neighborhood Ball for the first dance of President Obama and the First Lady, and they question Beyonce's vocal ability, they've gotta be an idiot.

At 12 years into her career, the last thing someone should be questioning is her vocal ability.

That would be like questioning if Kobe Bryant could shoot a jump shot. The vocals were obviously altered."

Showbiz Gossip Information Gateway Looking better than ever, Vanessa Hudgens shopped Efron-free on Melrose Ave. yesterday.

The 20-year-old's career definitely has legs.

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Cops in India claim they have no evidence that the father of 9-year-old Rubina Ali -- one of the child stars from "Slumdog Millionaire" -- was trying to sell his daughter.

Rafiq Qureshi was accused of trying to sell Rubina for roughly $290,000 by a British newspaper that had set up an undercover operation to try and buy the young girl.

A senior police officer in India told Reuters, "So far there is no evidence of any offence, hence there is no registration of complaint and no arrest."

It seems Ashley Tisdale has decided to play it fast this time and take some help from the paps to publicize her new love affair (with music video director Scott Speer). Though Hollywood TV is claiming that the paps caught Ashley kissing the guy, I’m having a feeling that the whole episode was staged. By the way, what was Scott trying to do by sitting like a lame duck instead of driving away?! Is it just me or was he actually buying time for the paps to click Ashley face front? Anyway, Scott has proved that he can steer really well! I hope you got the message, Jared.


Showbiz Gossip Information GatewayKRISTEN BELL's mother beamed with pride when the star appeared on the New York stage - but was horrified to see her dressed up as a dominatrix.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star appeared in the sexy role in the 2001 off-Broadway production of Reefer Madness, and her dedicated mother Lori attended as many shows as she could.
But Lori often found herself excusing her daughter's daring costume to those sat around her.
Bell says, "I had to dress up in a dominatrix outfit and my mother is still in denial about it. When my mum came to see it, she'd spend her whole time whispering to the people next to her, 'That's my daughter up there, but she's not really like that'.
"I was in some latexy jumpsuit and high-heeled boots and, to be quite frank, when you're up on stage under those bright lights the suit doesn't smell too great by the end of the evening.
"Added to that, I couldn't handle the whip at all and kept hitting people nearby, so I was a legitimately scary dominatrix. Believe me, there's nothing sexy about a clumsy girl wielding a whip."

Lindsay Lohan needs to choose her friends ... and her clubs more carefully, cause she just got thrown under the rehab bus.

Lindsay spent what she thought would be a private evening this weekend at Prive nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Vegas --until the club fired off a gratuitous press release, allegedly exposing her relapse.

In the release, the club buried this item -- "Mel [B] was drinking Merlot and Lindsay asked for a Vodka drink mixed with soda water and a splash of cranberry."

It squarely contradicts Lindsay's outburst last week, when she said "I don't drink...a**hole."

With friends -- and clubs -- like this ... 

daylight-dreaming.blogspot.comMARIAH CAREY and NICK CANNON are gearing up to make their first wedding anniversary a party to be proud of - the pair is planning a lavish Las Vegas blow-out for the special day.
The couple stunned the world when they slipped away to the Hero hitmaker's Bahamian estate to tie the knot last April (08) after just weeks of dating.
But the duo is keen to show they are stronger than ever after a year as husband and wife - and plan to do it in style.
According to E! reporter Marc Malkin, Carey and Cannon are holding a late night bash on the 30 April (09) at Sin City's Palms' Moon nightclub - exactly a year after their shock nuptials.

Stephen Hawking Hospitalized

20 April 2009 |

LONDON – Stephen Hawking, the British mathematician and physicist famed for his work on black holes, was rushed to a hospital Monday and was seriously ill, Cambridge University said. Hawking has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks and was being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, the university city northeast of London, the university said.

"Professor Hawking is very ill," said Gregory Hayman, the university's head of communications. "He is undergoing tests. He has been unwell for a couple of weeks."

Later in the afternoon, Hayman said Hawking was "now comfortable but will be kept in hospital overnight."

The illness had caused Hawking to cancel an appearance at Arizona State University on April 6.

Hawking, 67, gained renown for his work on black holes, and has remained active despite being diagnosed at 21 with ALS, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), an incurable degenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

For some years, Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed, and he communicates through an electronic voice synthesizer activated by his fingers.

Hawking was involved in the search for the great goal of physics — a "unified theory" — which would resolve contradictions between Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which describes the laws of gravity that govern the motion of large objects like planets, and the Theory of Quantum Mechanics, which deals with the world of subatomic particles.

"A complete, consistent unified theory is only the first step: our goal is a complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence," he wrote in his best-selling book, "A Brief History of Time," published in 1988.

In a more accessible sequel "The Universe in a Nutshell," published in 2001, Hawking ventured into concepts like supergravity, naked singularities and the possibility of a universe with 11 dimensions.

He announced last year that he would step down from his post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a title once held by the great 18th-century physicist Isaac Newton. However, the university said Hawking intended to continue working as Emeritus Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.

"Professor Hawking is a remarkable colleague. We all hope he will be amongst us again soon," said Peter Haynes, head of the university's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Brian Dickie, director of research at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, said only 5 percent of people diagnosed with ALS survive for 10 years or longer.

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daylight-dreaming.blogspot.comIndian police in Mumbai are probing accusations that the father of a child star of the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" tried to sell his daughter for 200,000 pounds ($290,000).

The mother of 9-year-old Rubina Ali protested after a sting operation by a British tabloid alleged her father tried to sell her.

Police called Rubina Ali and her father, Rafiq Qureshi, to a police station on Sunday night and recorded their statements.

"On Sunday, Rubina's mother Khurshid complained to us that her ex-husband was trying to sell her daughter, saying she saw some reports on television to that effect," Deputy Commissioner of Police Nisar Tamboli told Reuters.

The film, a rags-to-riches romance about a slum boy competing on a TV game show, won eight Academy Awards earlier this year but sparked controversy in parts of India.

The sting operation by the News of the World quickly made headlines in India.

Rubina, who starred as the youngest incarnation of the film's heroine, Latika, lives with her father and step-mother in a teeming slum in the suburbs of the financial hub.

Rubina's family denied they were willing to sell her.

"We never thought that we would have to face this. We are poor people, for us, our children are everything. Why would we give her away like that?" Rubina's uncle Moinuddin Qureshi said.

"This is just an attempt to malign her name. After all she has become world famous now, hasn't she?" Qureshi added.

The film's makers set up a fund for the education of Rubina Ali and her young co-star, Azharuddin Ismail. Authorities in Mumbai also said the state would give housing for the children.

The title raised an outcry and sparked protests in parts of India, because "Slumdog" was seen as derogatory to India's millions of slum dwellers.

Rafiq Qureshi has flatly denied that he attempted to sell his Oscar-caliber daughter, saying he was the victim of a "dirty" undercover operation by a U.K. tabloid and that the media had used his family's economic status as a punchline and "made fun of our poverty."

"They tricked us into this fakery, but we came out unscathed," he told the BBC, adding that they trapped him in a situation of "great temptation" which he managed to resist.

Qureshi said that he received a phone call from people claiming to be a wealthy Arab couple who wanted to help his daugher, Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali. After several meetings, Qureshi became aware that "they were making a deal on my child."

He refused, but returned home to find reports of his dealmaking on TV.

"They played dirty with us, but we didn't accept any money from them. My daughter is not for sale."

In an attempt to escape the real-life slums of Mumbai, the father of Slumdog Millionaire sweetie Rubina Ali reportedly tried to illegally sell his 9-year-old daughter for roughly $300,000.

Mumbai police brought both the girl and her father, Rafiq Qureshi, in for questioning Sunday night after Qureshi unknowingly spoke to the British tabloid News of the World and offered several shocking allegations as to why cashing in on his daughter's fame was perfectly acceptable.

"On Sunday, Rubina's mother Khurshid complained to us that her ex-husband was trying to sell her daughter, saying she saw some reports on television to that effect," Deputy Commissioner of Police Nisar Tamboli told Reuters.

Police called Ali, who stars as Slumdog's youngest Latika, and her father, with whom she lives, to the station last night and recorded statements from each.

"We've got nothing out of [Slumdog Millionaire]," Qureshi told the News of the World during the tabloid's sting. "They gave some money at the start, but they gave nothing afterwards. They gave us around 150,000 rupees [$3,000]. I have to consider what's best for me, my family and Rubina's future."

But his allegations run counter to statements from filmmakers and local officials.

The Oscar-winning film's producer, Christian Colson, told Britain's Daily Mail last night that, for their part, the filmmakers are doing everything they can to get to the truth of what happened to Ali.

"We have friends and colleagues in Bombay who are trying to speak with Mr. Qureshi to get to the bottom of what happened," he said. "Her family is under a lot of pressure."

Just days ago, director Danny Boyle & Co. donated $750,000 to a Mumbai children's charity on top of an additional $750,000 for the education and housing of both Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, the youngest Salim.

Both Boyle and Colson are planning to visit the young stars next month.

"Danny and I are committed to Rubina and Azharuddin for the long term," he said. "We are trying to keep a roof over their heads, and keep them in school until they are 18. The problem is there are a lot of parties who are telling the parents different things.

"We agreed to buy apartments a couple of months ago, but that process stalled because they decided they wanted the money up front instead. In the past few days we have got things back on track, and are now back looking at apartments."

Meanwhile, Indian authorities also promised to provide homes in Mumbai following the massive success of Slumdog Millionaire at this year's Oscars.

It has yet to comment on the allegations.

As Britney Spears continues her Circus tour throughout California this week, Spears' alleged trespasser Miranda Tozier-Robbins spoke exclusively to E! News about why she snuck onto the pop star's property and the reason she believes things have been blown out of proportion.

Tozier-Robbins, 26, is a former American Idol hopeful who says she has been in Los Angeles for about a month and a half and is actively pursing an entertainment industry career in numerous fields, one being paparazzi-like documentary filmmaking.

According to Tozier-Robbins, Britney's house was simply chosen because of its convenient location and perfect timing—she knew Spears would be in L.A. for her tour this week and apparently her address is available online.

"The documentary is more or less just, [me] on the way to Britney's house, going on the bicycle ride, the camping out in the woods," says Tozier-Robbins.

While she confesses to being a fan of Spears, Tozier-Robbins claims that she is in no way a stalker. "There's no obsession with Britney. Somebody else can go ahead and claim the title of Britney's stalker, because I sure as heck don't want it, you know!"

Once on the property, Tozier-Robbins was immediately caught by a Spears security guard and arrested for trespassing. She received a citation and was released.

But Tozier-Robbins tells E! that she would do something like this again in the future—minus the trespassing.

Meredith Grey's anatomy is rapidly enlarging: Ellen Pompeo has a McBun in the oven, her rep confirms to E! News.

This will be the first child for Pompeo, 39, and husband, Chris Ivery, 41.

"It's great news. They're ecstatic," Jennifer Allen told People, who first reported the happy news.

The Grey's Anatomy star and her music-producing beau wed in 2007.

With the show wrapping soon for its summer hiatus, it's unlikely Pompeo's pregnancy will need to be addressed in a TV storyline.

But there appears to be something in the water at Seattle Grace. Chyler Leigh, who plays Pompeo's onscreen sister, Lexie Grey, is due with her third child next month, and producers managed to keep her burgeoning belly disguised. Poor Oscar-winning Russell Crowe. He never had a chance against Zac Efron.

Efron's 17 Again grossed an estimated $24.1 million at the weekend box office, per Exhibitor Relations. The body-swapping comedy hit the upper range of projections and dominated the competition, including the new Crowe thriller, State of Play ($14.1 million).

Elsewhere, Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana: The Movie ($12.7 million) fell fast and furious, while Crank: High Voltage ($6.5 millon) suffered a cold start.

Drilling down into the numbers:

• As box office weekends during this red-hot year go, this one was tepid—no film reported a per-screen average of at least $10,000. 17 Again led the top films with a $7,393 average.

• If estimates hold, 17 Again will become the year's lowest-grossing movie to open at No. 1, although it'll be right there in the neighborhood of Race to Witch Mountain, Knowing and Taken.

• 17 Again's take was enough to let Efron call himself a movie-opener. He did, after all, out-open Crowe, Julia Roberts, Steve Martin, Seth Rogen and all three Jonas brothers, to name some 2009 box office leads.

• For those keeping the teen-idol score at home, Efron did not out-open Cyrus/Hannah Montana or his own High School Musical 3: Senior Year, both of which, unlike 17 Again, were based on hit TV properties.

• By placing second, State of Play seemed to disprove the Los Angeles Times' notion that the film was going to be the end of the non-tween film. Still, its debut was virtually identical to that of Roberts' Duplicity, which departed the Top 10 after four weekends and a disappointing $39.1 million gross. Also, State of Play's debut leaves it a long way, on the domestic side, at least, from its reported $60 million budget.

• For those keeping the gender-war score at home, a search for "Russell Crowe" and "too old" yielded 58 percent fewer Google results today than "Julia Roberts" and "too old." (Crowe, by the by, is 45; Roberts, 41.)

• Last weekend's No. 1 film, Hannah Montana, saw ticket sales plunge 61 percent. Still, the reputed $35 million comedy upped its overall take to $56.1 million.

• Among the new releases, Crank: High Voltage not only didn't challenge 17 Again or State of Play, it didn't challenge the original Crank, which opened with $10.5 million in 2006.

• In its second weekend, Rogen's Observe and Report ($4.1 million; $18.7 million overall) is all but done, but not before topping its reported $18 million budget.

• The low-budget Adventureland ($1.3 million) exits the Top 10 after two weekends, and a $14 million overall take.

• Reports vary wildly on the budget of Dragonball Evolution ($1.6 million). For the sake of the economy, it would be best if production costs were on the extremely low side, as the film was bounced from the Top 10 after just one weekend, and a cumulative "gross" of $7.8 million.

• By the way, if you didn't have a movie in release this weekend, then Dragonball Evolution only made $722 more per theater than you did.

• In limited release, the A Chorus Line documentary, Every Little Step, killed, grossing $72,616 at eight theaters for a weekend-best $9,077 per-screen average. Michael Caine's Is Anybody There? ($45,112 at six theaters) was another art-house standout.

• American Violet ($257,114 at 61 theaters), a little courtroom drama about race and the nation's drug laws, boasted a bigger per-screen average ($4,215) than all but two Top 10 films.

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top-grossing films based on Friday-Sunday estimates as compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

   1. 17 Again, $24.1 million
   2. State of Play, $14.1 million
   3. Monsters vs. Aliens, $12.9 million
   4. Hannah Montana: The Movie, $12.7 million
   5. Fast & Furious, $12.3 million
   6. Crank: High Voltage, $6.5 million
   7. Observe and Report, $4.1 million
   8. Knowing, $3.5 million
   9. I Love You, Man, $3.4 million
  10. The Haunting in Connecticut, $3.2 million

daylight-dreaming.blogspot.comMaybe it's time Madonna just hung up her saddle.

The Material Mom logged some time in a Long Island hospital after falling off her horse during a weekend ride in the Hamptons—an incident her publicist blames on shutterbugs.

"The accident occurred when the horse Madonna was riding was startled by paparazzi who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the singer," spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg tells E! News. Us Weekly first reported the spill.

The 50-year-old pop icon was released after being treated for "minor injuries and bruises" at a Southampton hospital, says Rosenberg.

It could have been worse. Just ask Madonna.

Back in August 2005, she suffered far more serious injuries after a fall from a horse at her British estate. The music mogul broke her collarbone, cracked three ribs and fractured a hand. To add insult to injury, the mishap took place on her 47th birthday.

It's the battle of the Jennifers!

Jennifer Hudson shocked the audience at her and Robin Thicke's concert last night in Atlanta with a surprise jaw-dropping sing-off against Jennifer Holliday with—what else?—"And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)."

Holliday first made the song famous—and her signature tune—when she sang it eight times a week in the original 1981 Broadway production of Dreamgirls.

And then Ms. Hudson introduced it to a new generation...

J.Hud's powerhouse rendition in the 2006 movie adaptation of the musical helped snag an Oscar for the silver screen newbie.

So who do you think does it better? Let the diva disagreements begin.

Meanwhile, Holliday wasn't the only one joining Hudson onstage. She and fellow American Idol-er Fantasia performed their Grammy-nominated song "I'm His Only Woman."

Make sure to take a gander at Ms. Fantasia. She's definitely going to be looking svelter than ever on her new VH1 reality show—girl has lost some major poundage.

http://daylight-dreaming.blogspot.comThis may have been Andy Roddick's most impressive love-love match of all.

The 2003 U.S. Open champ tied the knot Friday evening in Texas with model love Brooklyn Decker.

Per People, the couple swapped vows in a twilight ceremony at Roddick's Austin home in front of such esteemed guests as Roddick's fellow tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf and his pal Elton John, who also performed.

John and Roddick have teamed up for charity work in the past, with John performing at the Andy Roddick Foundation's Charity Gala back in 2007. Roddick last year raised more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, also one of Agassi's pet causes.

A dinner at the nearby Westwood Country Club followed the "I do's."

Despite the Lone Star State location, the nuptials provided a fairytale culmination for what was truly a Hollywood-style courtship—Roddick, 26, and Decker, 21, started dating in 2007 after the tennis champ spied his hottie bride in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition and asked his agent to track down her digits.

He popped the question back in March 2008, the end result, according to Decker, of what started out as good, old-fashioned persistence.

"I was stalked," she joked to People last year. "It was charming. He was charming. Eventually, I fell for it, and five months later I called him back and that was that."

In addition to his fierce serve and 27 career titles, Roddick has also been known for once romancing Mandy Moore.

Mel Gibson Asks For and Gets New Divorce Judge

17 April 2009 |

http://daylight-dreaming.blogspot.comMel Gibson had a sinking suspicion that his original divorce-court judge wasn't a big Lethal Weapon fan. Or something like that.

Arguing that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rafael Ongkeko was "prejudiced against Respondent and/or the Respondent's attorney or the interest of Respondent," the actor's legal camp filed a motion yesterday asking that Ongkeko be replaced with another judge.

Fair enough. On Friday, the case was reassigned to Judge Frederick Shaller for all further intents and purposes.

Gibson's paperwork didn't go into detail, but stated his belief that he and/or his attorneys "cannot have a fair and impartial trial or hearing before Judge Ongkeko."

Robyn Gibson, the Oscar winner's wife of nearly 29 years, filed for divorce Monday, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Gibson's counterfiling listed their date of separation as Aug. 26, 2006, about a month after he was nabbed for driving under the influence and unofficially busted for making some rather controversial comments.

As John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been piecing their lives back together since the untimely death of their son, Jett, Bahamian prosecutors have been busily piecing together a case against the duo accused of trying to profit from their loss.

The nation's director of public prosecutions said Thursday that his team is ready to go to trial after collecting all of the necessary witness statements and other evidence they feel is needed to successfully convict former island Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne of conspiracy and attempted extortion.

Travolta was named as a witness earlier in the investigation, but no word yet on whether he'll take the stand during the trial.

Bridgewater and Lightbourne are currently each free on $50,000 bail. Both were charged in January with plotting to bilk $25 million from the Travoltas with the help of a "refusal to transport" document, which supposedly was intended to imply that John and Kelly didn't do all that was in their power to save Jett when the 16-year-old suffered a seizure at the family's vacation villa.

Jett had not suffered a minor injury and instead "was very ill, and so the document doesn't come into play," Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames told the Nassau Guardian at the time.

Arraignment has been scheduled for April 28. Both Bridgewater and Lightbourne have maintained their innocence since being arrested.

A third man, Travolta family friend and former Bahamian government official M.P. Obie Wilchcombe, was questioned in connection with the investigation but never charged.

According to Australia's Courier-Mail, Travolta and Preston just spent three days in Brisbane after vacationing over the Easter holiday in Fiji. They flew in on their private jet Monday morning and left yesterday evening.

The "Disturbia" star's first performance since her altercation with Chris Brown will be a May 28 concert in Dubai, E! News confirms.

“There will be over 25,000 tickets available,” says Mary Rachelle Cherpak, a spokeswoman for Dubai Tourism. “They will be going on sale in the next couple of days.”

Though the location is still TBD, she says it will most likely be a designer outdoor venue.

Says Cherpak: “Normally they create a special stage in the desert for these events."

Rihanna had been scheduled to perform at the Grammys on Feb. 8, but she canceled just before the ceremony following the incident with Brown. Her last concert was Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.

Nate Dogg Charged With Stalking


The charges were dropped April 15, with prosecutors saying that the alleged victim, Nate Dogg's estranged wife, never contaced them.

At arraignment, the rapper had pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Nate Dogg is in some deep doo-doo.

Los Angeles prosecutors have slapped the hip-hopster with felony stalking charges stemming from his arrest last month for threatening his estranged wife.

The 38-year-old Grammy-nominated performer, born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, was collared on June 23 after California Highway Patrol received a 911 call from his missus, identified only as Latoya C. in court documents, claiming he threatened her life and was chasing her on Interstate 405.

Dogg is set to be arraigned on July 16 on two felony counts of making criminal threats, one felony count of stalking and one misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI.

"[Hale made a] credible threat with the intent that she be placed in reasonable fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family," the complaint reads.

His attorney, Mark Geragos, was not immediately available for comment.

Dogg, who's best known for his guest appearances on hit albums by the likes of 50 Cent, Eminem and his cousin Snoop Dogg, has had run-ins with the law before. He was sentenced to probation in March for attacking an ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend two years ago.

Jessica Alba Has a Bow Tattoo on her Butt

15 April 2009 |

Jessica Alba's tattoo
Jessica Alba is about as beautiful and perfect as they get, and she has the perfect little bow to prove it.

Jessica Alba is smart enough to hide her tattoos from plain sight, but when she bends over, sometimes things that she may not want to show off end up in plain sight anyway. So we all know now that Jessica Alba has a cute little bow tattoo above her butt crack.

So what do you think of this bow tattoo? Classy or tacky? At least it's not a blatant bull's eye, I guess.

After hearing Jamie Foxx's radio tirade, Billy Ray Cyrus was inspired.

After whoring out his daughter, Miley Cyrus, to Vanity Fair, a sex tape would be the next best thing!

But then he realized that his daughter is just 16, so Billy Ray got mad and pouted in a corner, refusing to release a statement because "He wishes it would just go away."

But Jamie Foxx apologized anyway, because this is Hollywood, saying on the Tonight Show last night:

"I so apologize to [Cyrus], and this is sincere. I am a comedian, and you guys know that whatever I say, I don't mean any of it. [Big laugh from the audience]. And sometimes, as comedians, as we do, we go a little bit too far.

"I have a radio show…We're really the black Howard Stern. We go at everybody. There was a situation with Miley Cyrus, and I just want to say, I apologize for what I said. I didn't mean it maliciously. You know I'm a comedian. You know my heart.

"Miley, I apologize, so I'll call you. I got a daughter too, so I completely understand."

Jamie is also currently promoting a new flick, The Soloist, so this all sounds like a lot of "PLEASE COME SEE MY MOVIE," but we were bigger Foxx fans before he apologized!


Never one to shy away from controversy, Avril Lavigne was spotted out yet again with Brandon Davis over the weekend, causing more speculation regarding her rumored to be troubled marriage.

The “Sk8er Boi” songstress was reportedly getting plenty cozy with the Greasy Bear while out at El Carmen bar in West Hollywood, talking very intimately throughout the night.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Avril Lavigne was spotted out yet again with Brandon Davis over the weekend, causing more speculation regarding her rumored to be troubled marriage.

The “Sk8er Boi” songstress was reportedly getting plenty cozy with the Greasy Bear while out at El Carmen bar in West Hollywood, talking very intimately throughout the night.

Pussy Cat Dolls are a fairly poplular group these days with a few of their songs hitting the charts in N.A. The issue I have with them is that they are not recognizable whatsoever, The four pix below are from a recent concert by these girls but to be honest I have no fucking clue who they are.

Source: roempv

Wacko Jacko Auction Called Off

14 April 2009 |

If you had your eye on the gloves from "Edward Scissorhands" or the actual gates of Neverland Ranch, we have some disappointing news for you -- the auction of Michael Jackson's crazy stuff ain't happening.

As part of a settlement between Jackson's production company and Julien's Auction House, Jackson gets to keep the nearly 2,000 items that were to be auctioned off beginning next week.

Terms of the settlement are confidential, but the attorney for the auction house tells us "everyone is happy."

The auction house had previously said they spent $2 million organizing the sale and it was guessing the items could have fetched $12 million.

De La Hoya is Retiring



During a press conference on Tuesday, boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya announced his retirement from the sport.

According to De La Hoya:

    "After heartfelt discussions with my family and my closest friends, it is with deep gratitude and appreciation that I announce my retirement from professional boxing.

    Boxing has been the single, most consistent part of my life and although I will miss the ring, I know that it is time for me to step away from the sport competitively and become more active in the other aspects of it that are already in place and ready for me to pursue."

Oscar will now be working with the top execs at Golden Boy Promotions to help put together boxing events worldwide.

Even Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villarigosa spoke out during the press conference adding that "Oscar de la Hoya has left an indelible legacy in and out of the ring. This son of East L.A. has made the City of Angels proud, not only for his ten championships in six weight divisions, but for never forgetting his roots and giving back to his community."

De La Hoya ended his speech by saying, "In closing, I want to acknowledge my wonderful wife Millie, my children and my entire family who have been extremely supportive and patient with me, sacrificing a tremendous amount of our time together in order for me to pursue my career. Now it is time for me to be there for them."

Adios, amigo!

Considering Brothers & Sisters star Balthazar Getty is a married man, and that's a naked Sienna Miller in the above pic, some may consider Sienna to be a home wrecker.

Trying to save her reputation, Sienna's friends are coming to her defense. One pal told the New York Post, "She and Balthazar met through friends and he was already separated from his wife." Another buddy said that Balthazar had been "sleeping on friends' couches for six months" before he hooked up with the naked lady.

Some reports claim that Balty is trying to get back together with his wife, while others say that he and Sienna are still hanging out.

Ashley Tisdale: Dating Scott Speer?

13 April 2009 |

Wasting little time following her breakup with longtime boyfriend Jared Murillo, Ashley Tisdale has reportedly already found the next special someone in her life.

According to reports, the "High School Musical" hottie is getting her lovin' from music video director Scott Speer.

"Ashley is dating [music video director] Scott Speer," a source tells Perez Hilton, also noting that Tizzie and Speer were spotted side-by-side over the weekend arriving at LAX Airport.

Adding more confirmation to the new Hollywood hookup, insiders added that Ashley and Scott were spotted partying at Hollywood club H-Wood - leaving arm-in-arm around 3am.

Zac Efron: Not Ready to Be a Dad


He’s hot on the promotional trail for his upcoming movie “17 Again,” and earlier today (April 13) Zac Efron was spotted out and about in New York City.

The “High School Musical” stud was looking especially handsome as he strolled past paparazzi, sporting a black button-up shirt, distressed jeans, and black sneakers. He is scheduled to appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman this evening.

As for the thought of having kids, Zac recently revealed that he’s a long way from being prepared for fatherhood.

He told press, "Right now I think I'm honestly, deep down, too selfish of a person. So I don't have that longing yet but I think eventually maybe it will come. I guess you take the necessary precautions. That was the advice that was given to me early on and I've always followed it."

Showing up at the courthouse to find out his fate, Phil Spector was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson.

Earlier today (April 13), Los Angeles jurors announced their verdict, with the 68-year-old Spector now facing the possibility of life in prison when sentencing takes place on May 29.

The guilty verdict reached by jurors follows a previous trial back in September which ended in a deadlock, 10-2, in favor of convicting the man famous for the "Wall of Sound" recording technique.

Meanwhile, Spector's trial, which was held at Los Angeles Superior Court, lasted a total of five months and saw 77 witnesses take the stand.

The 18-year old High School Musical 2’ star Vanessa Hudgens has created a buzz on the net. The news of Hudgens’ naked photos taken for her boyfriend Zac Efron has gained good amount of publicity. Well, lets come to the point…Hudgens’ naked photos have been leaked and people fear this scandal could bring down the wholesome Disney blockbuster.

Source: roemv