Gwen Stefani says No Doubt isn’t breaking up

Gwen Stefani says No Doubt isn’t breaking up

Gwen Stefani
Good news for the many fans of No Doubt, as Gwen Stefani assures fans in an interview for Cosmopolitan magazine that the band is not breaking up. “I thought it would be a good publicity stunt to say we were breaking up, but really we’re not,” she said. “We decided after our album Rock Steady that we were going to take some time apart to pursue independent projects and I really wanted to do a movie.” Stefani has a small role as Jean Harlow in director Martin Scorsese‘s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Stefani, however, does have a new solo album coming out in August, which she describes as “a fun, ’80s-inspired, retro dance album.”

Leave Madonna alone
Madonna turns up privacy efforts
It seems Madonna and hubby Guy Ritchie are willing to go to great lengths to kept their $20 million dollar English country estate private property. It seems reports out of the UK suggest that a public inquiry opened last week to look into whether English walkers, known as “ramblers,”or hikers to us, can saunter through Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s 1,200 acre Ashcombe House estate in Dorset, southwest England–of which 100 acres has been defined as open country and therefore open to the public. The couple argues the land should be reclassified as “semi-improved” grassland because it is used for shooting game, which would define it as agricultural land and exclude it from public access. Trying to stop the nosey parkers, eh Mads?

Third time lucky for Nic Cage?
Penniless waitress sweeps Nicholas Cage off his feet!
Could it be a case of third time lucky for Nicolas Cage? Rumours abound that he is about to marry Alice Kim, a 19-year-old brunette who works as a waitress at a LA restaurant, Sushi Avenue. According to The Sun newspaper, cupid struck two months ago when Nic went for a meal with his pals at the restaurant on Valentines Day. He was without a date and became so smitten with Alice during the meal that he invited her to the Oscars with him the following month. The news just gets better for the luckiest waitress in the world as the Oscar-winning movie hunk has reportedly gone one step further and proposed to her with an enormous emerald and diamond ring, which she accepted. (as you do when a spunk like Cage proposes with a massive rock!) But friends say “Nic has really fallen for this girl. She lives with her family because she can’t afford her own place. Alice loves the ring Nic gave her and she was totally amazed by his actions. She keeps pinching herself to check she’s not dreaming.” Hope he turns out to be her Prince Charming not her Prince of Darkness!

Greek gal Jen Aniston
Aniston Carries a Torch for Olympics
Actresses Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie are among the many stars who will carry the Olympic torch on its journey around the world. The flame was lit in Ancient Olympia on March 25 and brought to Athens’ marble stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. It will burn at the stadium until June 4, where it starts a 46,800-mile journey across six continents, 27 countries and 33 cities with some 11,000 runners and will return to Greece July 9 for the second half of its domestic relay. The Summer Olympics will take place in Athens from August 13. Well that?s the plan so far!

May 11, 2004

Madonna Swept Away by lawsuit

Madonna Swept Away by lawsuit

Unknown, self-proclaimed singer, songwriter, director and actor Vincent D’Onofrio (no, not the kooky hunk that plays Goran in Law and Order: Criminal Intent) has launched a $10 million dollar lawsuit against Madonna and her husband, director Guy Ritchie, for allegedly stealing the idea for their remake of Swept Away in 2002. Reports from the US reveal that the superstar pair will have to front court in early May to defend the charges. If anyone deserves compensation, it should surely be those who coughed up the ticket price to see what has gone down as one of the worst films in recent movie history. D’Onofrio must be mad to want to have his name associated with arguably the worst film made in 2002.

Anyone for an ugly green ogre?
If you loved the first Shrek then you’ll be shrieking with joy that the sequel, Shrek 2, is on its way. Due for release in the States in May, the follow-up should be with us in late winter. For those of us that fell for the animated ogre, good news is that he will be back again voiced by Mike Myers as well as his love interest and princess bride Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz. The pair will travel to meet her parents, with their pal Donkey (Eddie Murphy) along for the ride. Julie Andrews and John Cleese join the voice cast as Shrek’s disapproving in-laws, and Antonio Banderas provides the voice of crafty cat Puss-in-Boots! Definitely look out for at the cinemas this year!

Babs makes us laugh
Rumour has it Babs aka Barbara Streisand might be taking to the silver screen once again, but this time trying out the comic role of Mrs Focker in Ben Stiller‘s new comedy Meet the Fockers. The movie is a sequel to the 2000 hit Meet the Parents, which starred Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner. It has already been confirmed that Dustin Hoffman will be playing Mr Focker in the sequel.

Only in America
Only in America would a seven-stone woman be crowned the chicken wing-eating champ of the world! Believe it or not, a seven-stone woman has beaten a 29-stone challenger by munching her way through 167 chicken wings in 32 minutes. Sonya ‘Black Widow’ Thomas beat Ed ‘Cookie’ Jarvis by just two wings to triumph in the Philadelphia Wing Bowl XII. Thousands of people turned out to watch the contest, which was eventually decided after two minutes of extra time. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports defending champion Bill Simmons could only manage third place with 151 wings. The Black Widow 36, of Virginia admitted to started eating competitively while working in a Burger King. Her track record includes eating 23 pork sandwiches in 12 minutes, seven 12-ounce hamburgers in 10 minutes, 43 tacos in 11 minutes, and 65 hard-boiled eggs in six minutes and 40 seconds. Second-placed Jarvis, from New York, holds world records for eating 21 cannoli in six minutes and 91 Chinese dumplings in eight minutes. Now we know we don’t want to sit next to them at a family gathering! These guys sound like they would give the Klumps a run for their money!

February 3, 2004