Sarah Jessica Parker says the secret to a happy marriage is very simple – just don’t talk about it.
She and Matthew Broderick, 51, have been married for 16 years and have three children – James Wilkie, 11, and twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta, four.
“The secret is, we don’t discuss it. To reporters or anybody else. That’s it!” Parker, 48, told The Huffington Post. “We don’t hold it up as an example and we don’t air our dirty laundry.”
Her relationship advice about staying away from celebrity gossip comes at the start of a busy year for Parker, who just launched a Hallmark greeting card collection, will soon debut her first shoe line, and will appear on stage with Blythe Danner in fellow actress Amanda Peet’s off-Broadway play The Commons of Pensacola.
Parker also raved about her children and how creative they are.
“My daughters write thank you notes, and they’re just learning to read and be able to spell.
“They’re all preternaturally gifted artists — they probably spend 80 percent of their free time drawing. Every morning before breakfast, we have to drag them away from drawing and painting, even my son. They’re far more gifted than I ever was.”
Beyoncé is using her celebrity status to bring equal pay for women to the world’s attention.
The 32-year-old singer has penned an essay called “Gender Quality Is a Myth!” for The Shriver Report, an initiative led by Maria Shriver, which aims to discuss social trends that impact women.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” she writes in the essay, which is included in a special report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink.”
“Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.
“We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”
The singer, writing under her full name, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, urges men to join their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters in demanding equal pay for equal work.
Other celebrities to add their voice to the project include Eva Longoria, whose essay “Empowering Latinas pushes for educational opportunities for Latina women.
Jennifer Garner contributed “Turning Poverty Around: Training Parents to Help Their Kids”, while Jada Pinkett Smith wrote the essay “Human Trafficking and Slavery in the United States: ‘You Don’t See the Chains.'”
Do you think women will ever achieve equal pay to men? Tell us in the comments below.
Beyoncé and Jay Z have decided to go vegan for the 22 days leading up to Christmas.
The couple started the diet challenge this week, inspired by a vegan friend.
“On December 3, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!” Jay Z wrote on his Life + Times website.
“This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.”
Beyoncé posted a photo of day one of their vegan challenge on Instagram, which included:
Breakfast: Vanilla chia pudding with berries
Lunch: Red cabbage and green apple sesame slaw with 1 cup steamed, cubed sweet potato
Afternoon snack: 1/4 cup hemp hummus with fresh vegetables
Dinner: Black bean and quinoa salad with cumin dressing
Dessert: Dark chocolate
“There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day,” Jay Z continued.
And why 22 days? “Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way,” wrote Jay Z.
Their vegan friend Marc Borges is founder of the 22 Days nutrition program, whose aim is to promote “optimum wellness through conscious nutrition.”
Could you go vegan for 22 days?
Two years after separating, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are finally divorced.
Moore, 51, and Kutcher, 35, were married in 2005 and called it quits in November 2011 over allegations Kutcher cheated.
However it was Kutcher that filed for divorce in December 2012. So why did it take so long to officially end the marriage?
The two spent months fighting over how to divide their estimated fortune of more than $US300 million ($330,000).
Moore also wanted spousal support, despite being worth more than Kutcher.
The agreement was finally reached after Kutcher gave Moore more than he had to, according to TMZ.
Kutcher has been dating That 70’s Show co-star Mila Kunis, 30, since April 2012.
Jennifer Love Hewitt has given birth to a baby girl, Autumn James Hallisay.
But that’s not all, she and fiancé Brian Hallisay have secretly tied the knot!
“Jennifer Love Hewitt and her husband Brian Hallisay are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter,” her rep confirmed today. “Autumn James Hallisay was born on November 26.”
Hewitt, 34, began dating her Client List co-star Hallisay, 35, in 2012.
The actress, who shot to fame in Party of Five, recently lost her own mother to cancer.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mum,” she said. “I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”
The couple also decided to keep the baby’s sex a surprise.
“You sort of have these pictures in your mind of what [the baby’s going to look like],” she said in July. “I’m really excited to see what he or she is going to look like!”
Congratulations to the happy couple!
It’s the ultimate teenage mash-up fantasy come to life: Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester and The O.C.’s Adam Brody are engaged.
The cute couple met while filming The Oranges in 2011 and only began dating earlier this year.
Meester, 27, previously dated her Gossip Girl co-star Sebastian Stan for a year, while Brody, 33, was in a relationship with O.C. co-star Rachel Bilson for three years between 2003 and 2006.
They will next appear on screen together in the comedy Life Partners, due to hit cinemas next year.
“I haven’t been in a lot of relationships, but I’ve been in love,” Meester said in an interview last year.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Ginnifer Goodwin is pregnant!
The Once Upon a Time actress, 35, is expecting her first child with fiancé – and co-star – Josh Dallas, 31, her rep has confirmed.
The adorable duo met while working on the show and have been dating since November 2011.
In October, the low-key couple confirmed their engagement.
Goodwin, who also starred in He’s Just Not Into You and the TV series Big Love, was previously engaged to actor Joey Kern and had a long-term relationship with Chris Klein.
Dallas was previously married to actress Lara Pulver from 2007 until 2011.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Lea Michele has opened up about how Kate Hudson helped her through her most difficult time following boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death.
“I called her and said, I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters],” Lea reveals in the December issue of Elle. “She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing.”
Hudson, 34, also opened up her L.A. home to Michele’s family and friends.
“She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favourite juices,’ Michele, 27 said. “I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”
The celebrity friends met in 2012 when Hudson guest starred on Glee playing Michele’s character Rachel Berry’s dance instructor.
Monteith, 31, died in July from an overdose caused by heroin and alcohol. The couple has been dating from the beginning of the show in 2009 although only went public with their relationship in 2012.
The actress revealed how she was moving forward with her life following his death.
“Now that I’m in this position, you can choose to rise, which is what I’m going to try to do.
“It’s very hard and you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”
She says she takes comfort in carrying on with her life as Monteith would have wanted. “I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people,’ she said. ‘I don’t know if I will. I don’t know how.”
Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed she used to be part of a cult which believed in breatharianism: the ability to live without food or water and survive only on sunlight.
“They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian,” she shares in an interview with the U.K.’s The Telegraph, and that she was made to follow a diet “nobody can adhere to.”
Pfeiffer, 55, left home at 20 to move to L.A. and met a “very controlling” couple when she was getting her break in Hollywood.
“I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.”
She only realised she was in a cult when her first husband, actor Peter Horton, was cast in a film about the Moonies.
“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” she said. “I was in one.”
The actress, who will next appear in The Family, is still a strict vegan and credits her diet for her youthful looks, denying she was had any plastic surgery or Botox, but admits she will ““never say never”.
Kim Kardashian says her sexy selfie which made celebrity news headlines in October was “my big middle finger to the world” to the haters in response to all the criticism of her baby weight gain.
Appearing on the Jay Leno Tonight Show last night in a see-through white lace dress with contrasting black lingerie underneath, Kardashian said: “I was trying on a bathing suit, and I actually just sent that to my boyfriend, my fiancé, and I was like, ‘Babe, can I post this up? This is my big, like, middle finger to the world on everyone that called me fat.'”
The reality TV star says she’s been out of the celebrity gossip spotlight since giving birth because of all the negative attention on her weight.
“It really hurt my soul,” she revealed. “I was gaining weight because I was pregnant, and it was just really hard to read all these stories and hear all these nasty things…Why would I subject myself to so much negativity, especially now that I have a daughter?…I’ve definitely tried to live more of a private life because of that.”
Kardashian, 33, also revealed she’s achieved her baby weight loss goal of dropping 22kg, which she merits the Atkins Diet and exercise with helping.
“At the beginning I couldn’t exercise a whole lot,” she said, “but then I just started going on hikes with different family members, with my boyfriend, with anyone that would go on hikes with me…and it worked.”
She also gave hints about her upcoming nuptials, saying she and fiancé Kanye West could marry next summer in Paris or Italy but that she plans to let West to “do whatever” he wants.
Leah Remini has spoken out about splitting from the church of Scientology, saying “no one is going to tell me how I need to think.”
The former King of Queens actress, 43, had been a Scientologist for more than 30 years, and was one of its most vocal celebrity supporters.
But earlier this month, she quit the religion over rumours she had questioned church leader David Miscavige and as a result had to go through intensive personal questioning.
“I believe that people should be able to question things,” Remini told PEOPLE on Saturday at an event in Malibu, California. “I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that’s what I’m about. It wouldn’t matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to.”
Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of church leader David, who herself left the church in 2005, expressed her support for Remini earlier this month.
“From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy,” said Miscavige Hill. “She is a tough woman and isn’t the type to yield or turn a blind eye to a blatant injustice. People like that don’t last too long in Scientology because they aren’t easy to control.”
Demi Moore opens up over her struggle with body image – revealing a weakness for French fries – but says she’s comfortable being “extremely thin.”
“I think I sit today in a place of greater acceptance of my body,” she says in the February issue of US Harper’s Bazaar, “and that includes not just my weight but all of the things that come with your changing body as you age to now experiencing my body as extremely thin – thin in a way that I never imagined somebody would be saying to me, ‘You’re too thin, and you don’t look good.'”
The 49-year-old actress shocked many late last year with her much-thinner frame, just before announcing her separation from Ashton Kutcher after rumours of his infidelity.
“I have had a love-hate relationship with my body,” she revealed. “When I’m at the greatest odds with my body, it’s usually because I feel my body’s betraying me, whether that’s been in the past, struggling with my weight and feeling that I couldn’t eat what I wanted to eat, or that I couldn’t get my body to do what I wanted it to do.”
Moore also candidly discussed her fear of not being loved, saying: “What scares me is that I’m going to ultimately find out at the end of my life that I’m really not lovable, that I’m not worthy of being love. That there’s something fundamentally wrong with me.”
Image: Harper’s Bazaar.
Simon Cowell silenced!
Told off by his mum in public! Haha!Someone has given Simon Cowell a dose of his own medicine! The feisty American Idol judge was seen getting a right old serve by none other than is mum! Simon was out to dinner in LA?s trendy Ivy restaurant with his mother and Terri Seymour and was nattering away on his mobile phone. His mum soon became exasperated with the constant racket of the mobile, and yelled ?Turn that bloody phone OFF! I didn’t raise a rude son who talks on the telephone while he’s in the company of others!” Although Simon explained that he can’t help people calling, Mum wasn?t having a bar of it. “DON’T give excuses — just shut the damn thing OFF!” Go Mummy Cowell!
Not so close these days, Ginger and Scary SpiceSugar and Spice but not all things nice
It wasn?t all air kisses when Former Spice Girls Mel B and Geri Halliwell recently ran into each other in LA. According to the Daily Star, the pair were out shopping separately, according to Scary Spice, “I had just left a department store in LA and Geri was right there in front of me. I was like: ?Er, hi.? I had nothing to say.? After performing together for years in the Spice Girls, both girls are now carving their own paths. Mel is taking up acting seriously. She is currently preparing for her staring role in the Broadway musical Rent. She said her life is going in a totally different direction for former friend Ginger. ?We just don’t have the time to see each other any more. And there’s nothing I would really want to say to her anyway,” added Mel B. Talk about burning your bridges!
Eminem shocks againEminem shows a bare bum
It was shocks all round at the MTV music awards last weekend. Eminem started the trend by baring his naked backside after performing with band D12. Next, Christina Aguilera embarassed herself by falling over on stage after presenting an award with Sharon Stone. Finally, Carmen Electra pashed not only Snoop Dogg onstage, but also Paris Hilton. The former Baywatch star was being presented with the award for the best kiss award for her three way lip lock with Owen Wilson and Amy Smart in Starsky and Hutch. Other winners were Johnny Depp for Best Male Performance in Pirates of the Carribean, Uma Thurman for Best Female Performance for Kill Bill: Vol 1.
David HasselhoffShort Bites…
Actor David Hasselhoff was arrested over the weekend in LA on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol…Verne Troyer, aka Mini Me from Austin Powers, is seeking an annulment from model wife Genevieve Gallen. His lawyers say the marriage claims are false and financially motivated…Barbra Streisand has auctioned off $600,000 worth of items from her personal film collection to benefit charity. She has let go of valuables such as the satin shirt worn on The Judy Garland Show in 1963, which went for more than US$23,000 and a rhinestone-covered gold silk and chiffon gown worn to the premiere of Funny Girl which went for US$5,250.
Bitching about Britney
Thumbs down for BritneySimon Cowell from American Idol has his claws out again. Better known for his stinging attacks on superstar hopefuls, Cowell has hit out at real celebrities. His latest blow is aimed at Toxic singer Britney Spears. He has told TeenHollywood “I shouldn’t say what I’m about to say…but the shot of her in her underwear onstage, I would’ve gone to the gym a bit more before I did that. Sorry, but true.” Ouch! The 22-year-old singer has been plagued with negative feedback from a wide range of critics on the European leg of her Onyx Hotel tour. She has picked up one positive thing from her trip though ? she has recently become an English Tea addict. The Mirror newspaper claims she came to love tea while staying at a hotel in Kensington. It has apparently replaced her regular sugar filled energy drinks. Bet former sponsors Pepsi aren?t too happy to hear that.
But Christina comes up tops!Christina?s the favoured one
One person Cowell isn?t rubbishing, is Christina Aguilera. He has said in TeenHollywood that she has a “Great voice, great attitude. I just think this girl is a star. I really like her. Where (Britney’s) different from Christina is that she is someone who’s so reliant on great pop records produced and written for her, whereas Christina is a bit more kind of old school – just an unbelievable singer.” Meanwhile, Christina is busily fighting back at claims that she cancelled her American tour because she couldn?t fill concert venues. As reported in SheSaid two weeks ago, Christina Aguilera had cancelled her 3 month tour of North American due to strained vocal chords. The pop princess is still maintaining it?s her health that is the problem. ?They are saying I could not sell out the venues but they were all sold out. I’m suffering from a bad throat.” She has been spotted rehearsing with her crew, so fans such as Cowell can hope the tour might be resurrected.
Not so happy…On the rocks?
Maybe things aren?t so perfect in the Brad Pitt / Jennifer Aniston household after all? Brad was recently heard on the set of Ocean?s Twelve having a bit of a domestic. His mobile phone rang and his assistant told him Jennifer was on the other end. Pitt was seen pacing up and down the set, saying, “Yes… yes… I understand… yes…!” He was so pre-occupied with his conversation that he ignored the assistant director who approached three times to tell him they were ready to shoot the next scene. Brad tried to respond to the verbal tirade but he was interrupted sharply by Jennifer. The last words he spoke before ending the conversation were, “Can you please calm down!?” Maybe it has something to do with the rumours of an affair between Angelina Jolie and Brad? Angelina was asked at Cannes last week whether she had slept with the spunky Troy star and she emphatically denied it. Friends did say that she was deliberately staying away from the sitcom star, hoping to avoid any confrontation.
Mother of twins Geena DavisWhat’s with the weird names?
Geena Davis is the proud mother to not one, but two baby boys. The 47-year-old star of Thelma and Louise gave birth to Kian William and Kaiis Steven on May 6 at a Los Angeles hospital. Both mother and babies are doing well, despite the health fears due to Geena?s age. Geena and husbund Reza Jarrahy, 33, are already parents to 2-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshvar.
And… Helen Hunt is the proud mum to a baby daughter. MaKena lei Gordon Carnahan is the first child to Hunt and her partner, director Matthew Carnahan. MaKena lei was born on May 13 in Beverly Hills, and is ?doing very well?, according to Hunt?s publicist.
Paris and that Sex Tape
Hotel-chain heiress Paris Hilton is probably wishing the Internet was never invented. Photos allegedly depicting her private parts have been doing the rounds of inter-office emails internationally. But if that weren?t enough to make the party princess blush then a fiasco involving a videotape, just might. Apparently Paris? ex-boyfriend, Rick Solomon is suing Paris and her family for almost $14 million dollars for slander! Solomon claims the socialite was an “active participant” in making the naughty video, but that she and her family have attempted to portray him as a rapist to protect her image, now that the tape has been publicly aired. Just two months ago Paris denied the existence of the tape and told a New York magazine that Solomon was “a complete liar and scumbag.”
In an attempt to try to salvage some kind of dignity from this drama, Paris’ publicist, Siri Garber, says Paris is portrayed on the tape as an incapacitated “victim,” and “can’t even get up” over the course of the seedy encounter. In his counter claim, Solomon?s representative argues “Any reasonable person who views the tape will surely conclude that Hilton was fully aware and cognizant of everything that was happening throughout the videotaped encounter and freely engaged in a wide variety of sexual activities with Solomon.? But with plot thickening faster than pea soup, Solomon has now starting proceedings against an Internet porn company for more than $13.5 million to stop distribution of the sex video he made with the hotel heiress and party princess three years ago. And the Hilton family lawyers don?t want to be left out either. They are now threatening legal action against anyone who distributes the tape or fails to destroy their copy of it. Ohhh stay tuned to see how this drama unfolds!
Hugh Grant wins Brit acting award
Dashing eligible bachelor, British actor Hugh Grant was the toast of the recent 12th Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards. Grant was presented his award for Excellence in Film by his old mate and once-rumoured romantic liaison, Sandra Bullock. Grant was seemed genuinely surprised and somewhat humbled, telling reporters he was thrilled to receive the award. “It’s very nice, I don’t get very many prizes ever especially for acting so it’s a rare event,” said Grant. Fellow Brit Rachel Weisz called Hugh Grant the modern b>Cary Grant.
But his latest flick Love Actuallyfrom the Working Title production team responsible for Four Weddings and a Funeral only received lukewarm reviews from the Yanks at the world premiere of the film in New York. The flick has the cream of the crop in terms of British talent, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, who are predicting that the romantic comedy will be a worldwide hit, all graced the red carpet in Manhattan. But the New York Times ridiculed the movie as an “indigestible Christmas pudding”, but the influential American Associated Press raved about the movie, saying it would leave “a big, silly grin on your face”. We say, if it?s anywhere near as hilarious as Four Weddings then the Australian audiences better brace themselves for a huge hit down under!
Bonham Carter, Burton Have Son
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton welcomed their first child last week, a boy whom they have not yet named. The two met on the set of the remake Planet of the Apes and live in adjoining houses in north London. “I don’t know if we’ll marry,” the magazine Radio Times quoted Bonham Carter as saying. “I find it romantic bearing his illegitimate child and living next door.” Might be her kinda romantic but reeks of commitment phobia doesn?t it?
Foley denies infidelity
All round good guy Scott Foley has been telling anyone that will listen that all those rumors of infidelity causing his divorce from Alias star Jennifer Garner are untrue. “Nobody else was involved,” Foley told TV Guide US. “Jennifer became a huge celebrity. She became a huge star, and she deserved everything she got. There was no other relationship, there was no infidelity, nothing. People get divorced, you know?” Foley, 31, recently moved from Los Angeles to New York to prepare for a new play, The Violet Hour says he will be turning his back on fame and fortune and that he is no longer interested in stardom. “I’ve seen the demands that it requires, and I don’t have the patience for that. If it comes along, it comes along,” Foley says. Garner filed for divorce earlier this year, citing ?irreconcilable differences?. The couple met when they both starred in TV series Felicity, in 1998 and were married in October 2000. Nice to see no hard feelings there Scott!
Gold Logie Baby
Gold Logie winning actress Lisa McCune, 32 and her husband Tim Disney, 32 also had their second child last week. Baby Oliver is the couple?s second son.
Hugh wows ’em on Broadway
Speaking of great blokes, Aussie spunk Hugh Jackman showed he can sing, dance and look good all at once in the Broadway show of The Boy from Oz. The critics, while less than complimentary about the show itself, are singing Jackman?s praises, calling him ?Broadway’s hottest star in decades?. The show has been packing ?em in, pulling in the crowds like World Cup rugby!
A Hollywood?s who?s who packed the show?s opening night at New York’s Imperial Theatre, including Candice Bergen, Rod Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Calvin Klein, and Rosie O’Donnell. Also in attendance was the family of Peter Allen, the original boy from Oz, who traveled from Down Under to witness the performance first hand. “Hugh had everything down, exactly Peter,” said Allen’s sister Lynne Smith, 55, who traveled from Sydney for the premiere. “He had the hands, the expressions, everything. We loved it and we are very proud and thrilled.”
As we have come to expect from the dashing star, his biggest fan is his wife, Deborah-Lee Furness. ?Everyone keeps telling me how amazing they think he is, and I sit in the audience, I’ve seen it about six times, and he blows me away,” she said. Awww. So great to see she still thinks her husband is amazing!
Britney broke Durst’s heart? Apparently Limp Bizkit’s leading man Fred Durst had his heart broken by the queen of pop tartlets, Britney Spears in just two weeks. Aww. Rumour also has it that her recently ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake was crying more than a river when he heard of their “relationship.” In a recent interview with the Sun newspaper Fred said : “I was pretty upset when me and Britney ended. Was my heart broken? Yes. Things were getting out of control and Justin was calling her and freaking out. He had never seen her with another guy before. I have run into him a couple of times since then, but nothing was said about Britney.” But that ain?t the half of it? Apparently things were going swimmingly between the two musical genius?, when old Freddie got on the radio and blabbed to the world that he?d had sex with the precious pop princess! Not only that, but he also claimed that she was “forward and aggressive” to boot. Any wonder Britney denied ever having a ?relationship? with Durst, after such Neanderthal comments!
Seems Angelina Jolie, Hollywood?s favourite celibate, was also in Durst?s sights at one point. Lucky her. In addition to calling and sending flowers to the Tomb Raider star Durst also made public declarations about how smitten her was with the plump-lipped star, “I had my mind set on Angelina for a long time. I couldn’t stop thinking about her, but it’s just not going to happen…” Gee whiz – what a surprise Fred! Brits and Justers Reunited? Speaking of Britney and Justin, the rumour mill has been in overdrive at the hint of a reunion between these two kooky kids. But it seems love isn?t the motivating factor for this reunion. It is of course M-O-N-E-Y. How does nearly $10 million Aussie bucks sound? The word on the street in the UK is that following the success of the latest advertising campaigns for clothing giant GAP which star Madonna and Missy Elliot, the global rag-traders are in secret talks with Britney and Justin. Rumour has it, the ex-couple will star in a series of commercials for the fashion brand. One source told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, “The entire world followed the Britney-Justin romance and getting them together in a television commercial will get the world talking again.” But before you get too excited, a UK rep for GAP put a damper on the discussion when he told Vogue.com, “I haven’t heard anything and I wouldn’t think there’s any grounding to it. I think I’d have heard.” Of course you would have sweetie! Jolie’s Forest Project gets the green light Proving that she is not only beautiful on the outside but has a heart of gold too Angelina Jolie, in her latest role as philanthropist, has achieved what many conservationists have been trying to achieve for years. The Tomb Raider star has charmed the Cambodian government into approving a forest conservation project, that will fund be funded by the star, to the tune of $3 million dollars. Jolie has promised to cough up the cash for community-based work over the next five years in two former Khmer Rouge strongholds in remote parts of northwestern Cambodia. “She loves the area, the people and the (natural) resources there,” said Mounh Sarath, the executive director of Cambodian Vision in Development after signing the agreement with the Ministry of Environment. The money will educate villagers about conservation awareness, draw demarcation lines to protect forest and wildlife sanctuaries and train local rangers, said Mounh Sarath. “We are very pleased and would also like to thank Ms. Angelina Jolie for her interest (in conservation),” said Environment Minister Mok Mareth. In a move that will impress greenies all over the world, the project aims to preserve some 148,200 acres of forest in the Samlaut and Pailin areas along Cambodia’s northwestern border with Thailand. Jolie, 28, has increased her charity work in the country since adopting her son, Maddox, from a Cambodian orphanage. Boy has she changed since the days of pashing her brother at the Oscars a few years back!
Dancer graces Sex and the City
In another example of life imitating art, Sex and the City will end after the current sixth series with guest appearances by Ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov. We are wondering could this have anything to do with the fact that Candace Bushnell, the show?s creator, and the women on whom the main character, Carrie Bradshaw is based, recently married ballet dancer Charles Askegard? Hmmm.
According to HBO executives Baryshnikov will star in the last series Carrie?s love interest. Baryshnikov, 55, who defected to Canada in 1974, will play a popular international artist, Alexander Petrovsky who swoops into the popular show and sweeps Carrie (Sarah-Jessica Parker) off her feet. Baryshnikov told the New York Times: “I think it’s about time to do something my children can’t watch.” Apparently Mikhail Baryshnikov needed persuading to appear on the show, and it has been reported that Parker said it took a “long courtship” to persuade him to appear in the final eight episodes of the programme. But didn?t we want Carrie to finally end up with Mr Big?
Britney Fit for Daisy Dukes’ Shorts?
Don’t tell Cooter, but rumour has it Britney Spears is stepping into Daisy Duke’s shorty shorts for a Dukes Of Hazzard remake movie. The pop princess is odds on favourite to play the curvous Daisy Duke in the remake of the ?70s television hit series which followed the fast-driving antics of cousins Luke, Bo and Daisy as they evaded the law in the southern American town of Hazzard County. Daisy was originally played by brunette Catherine Bach, but original co-star Ben Jones, 61, who played good ol’ mechanic Cooter is not having a bar of Britney. “It’s a ludicrous idea,” said Jones, meaning no offense to the popster. “Nobody has ever worn Daisy Duke?s shorts as well as Daisy Duke, ? he added. In addition to Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Paul Walker have apparently been “expressing their interest” in playing Daisy’s cousin?s Luke and Bo, with trucker-hat fan Kutcher presumably eyeing the role of Luke (the dark-haired Duke) and Walker hottie as Bo (the fair-haired Duke).
Queen Latifah goes bust
It’s not your imagination. Voluptuous rapper turned actress Queen Latifah recently told USA Today that she had breast reduction surgery in April. Apparently the soul sister went from “well over an E cup” to a DD. The 33-year-old Oscar nominee says she also lost 25 – 30 pounds in the past year through exercise and eating right. But Latifah said it was ongoing back pain that made her to consider surgery. “It took a year and a half to make that decision. It wasn’t for confidence or image. I’m the anti-Hollywood girl.” Latifah has recently become a spokeswoman for a new line of undergarments called Curvation.
J.Lo to sue
Looks like Jenny from the Block will be making an appearance in court in the near future ? she?s started legal proceedings against her former manager, Benny Medina. The actress/singer/model/entertainer is seeking millions of dollars in back-commissions claiming her former manager negotiated deals on her behalf without a license. This is a violation of the Californian Talent Agency Act, and if Medina is found guilty, it will void any contracts he negotiated for her and therefore she shouldn?t have had to pay him any commission. Phew!
Medina is not taking this lying down, hitting back at Ms Lopez by issuing the following statement “The accusation that I misappropriated money from Jennifer Lopez is both untrue and offensive… Lopez, by making false allegations against me, is now trying to add me to the long list of people whom she has used and discarded after she took from them all she could get.” He continued, “It is unfortunate that Ms. Lopez is using a Labor Commission suit as a means of mitigating her outstanding financial contractual obligations to my company and me… I look forward to the opportunity to have the world come to know the real Jennifer Lopez. I will defend myself against these lies and will collect from her every dollar for which I am owed.” Lopez is also seeking to dissolve any remaining partnerships with Medina and Handprint Entertainment. Owweee sounds like J.Lo may have bitten off more than she can chew this time!
Ed and Christy expecting?
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Ed Burns and Christy Turlington with a baby carriage? The gorgeous couple, who wed last month in San Francisco, after an extended courtship are apparently ?with child?. The fab two were spotted at birthing classes in New York. And with a new addition to the family on the horizon, the Burn-Turlington household are no doubt occupied with thoughts of baby names, and suitable godparents for the little one. There?s no shortage of divine celebrities amongst the couple?s inner circle. Their recent nuptials included A-list invitees like Sting and wife Trudi Styler, Vin Diesel and sexy Irish rocker Bono, who reportedly filled in for Turlington?s dad on march down the aisle – her father having passed away from lung cancer two years ago. Wonder if the U2 frontman will be given a guernsey as the baby’s godfather too?
Maguire says Spider-Man 2 ‘better’
Sensational Spider-man Tobey Maguire has reportedly revealed that the forthcoming spidey sequel is ?better? than the original. “I’m really happy with it … It’s going to be better than the first one. The story is a lot better,” he said last week from LA during a press conference for his new film Seabiscuit. Maguire, who shot to fame last year playing the superhero, said filming on the sequel was about two-thirds complete. In the sequel, Maguire’s character, Peter Parker, enrols as a university student, but two new villains, Dr Octopus and the Lizard, are hell bent on his destruction. The next arachnid installment is due to be released in the US in June 2004. Guess that puts pay to those nasty rumours doing the rounds that Maguire wasn?t going to be fit enough to be Spiderman again!
Demi?s boyfriend threatens to sue
BUSTED big time! Ashton Kutcher is threatening to sue the London Evening Standard for making up a quote about how much he likes “f***ing” current girlfriend, and mother of three,Demi Moore. The quote in question went something like this, Moore “was the hottest actress in Hollywood when I was growing up. I was in love with her when I was 10. Now it’s great, I’m (bleeping) her.” But the young star of Dude where?s my car? and That 70?s Show wants the paper to publish a retraction and issue an apology for publishing the fabricated interview in its July 7 issue – or suffer the legal consequences. “If the Evening Standard fails to provide Mr. Kutcher with an appropriate retraction and apology, he will evaluate all of his legal options,” “This is an example of some of the outrageous conduct that is committed by the media,” said publicist Matt Labov. “It is obvious that the Evening Standard wanted to publish attention-getting quotes from Mr. Kutcher about the relationship and, having none, simply made them up.” As if the press ever do that Mr Labov?
You may think that Jennifer Aniston is this laid-back easy-going gal? Well it appears she may be a little more demanding than we think. Apparently the wife of Brad Pitt refuses to appear on the cover of a magazine smiling, as she doesn’t like her teeth. There’s more – she won’t do profile shots either as she thinks her nose is a little bit of a problem as well.
It may be sooner than we think but Bill Clinton may be coming back to the public arena as a host of a new TV chat show. Clinton has been speaking to Michael Eisner, who is head of the Walt Disney Corporation about starting a new series next year. Despite all his scandals at the White House he is still interested in getting back into public life. When you think about it, who would refuse an invitation from Bill to appear on his show? .