Am I wrong in sensing just a hint of double standards here?
Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue, our favourite Aussie songbird, who now calls London home, took away her first Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The track “Come into my world” from her recent Fever album, beat records by pop queens Madonna and Cher. The win makes Kyles the first Aussie to take out a major category at the Grammy’s since the 80’s icon band “Men at Work” were voted best new artist in 1982. Kyles said “I am thrilled and cannot wait to bring it home”. Go Girl!
Beyonce KnowlesEven though it was delayed by at least 5 minutes, (to make sure no one showed too much flesh), the 46th annual Grammy awards were presented Sunday night in Los Angeles. It’s “music’s biggest night” when the America music industry honours its own. The evening’s big winner was 22 year old, Beyonc? Knowles. Nominated in six categories, she took home five Grammys, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Female R&B Performance, on the strength of her debut album, Dangerously in Love. Beyonc? shared two awards with her boyfriend, Jay-Z, for the song “Crazy In Love.” Denying Beyonc? a clean sweep was British rock band Coldplay, who claimed the Record Of The Year Grammy, with Clocks.
Finally someone in television programing has worked out that we are much more interested in the red carpet interviews and live performances rather than the actual presentations. The three-and-a-half-hour worldwide telecast featured 19 live performances but the best news of the night was that although more than 100 awards were given out, only 11 were presented during the broadcast. Yippee finally!
Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake obviously still had his recent Super Bowl fiasco with Janet Jackson on his mind, when he accepted the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Cry Me A River. “Listen, I know it’s been a rough week on everybody,” he said. “What occurred was unintentional ? completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys are offended. This has been a dream of mine. This is officially the greatest moment of my life. Thank you!”
Victoria tells Parky she is ‘happy’ with Becks
Victoria Beckham has put an end to intense speculation that her marriage to football superhero David Beckham is on the rocks. In an interview with UK TV host Michael Parkinson, she announced that she wants a bunch of kids with spunky Becks and that she is she is ‘happy’ with her husband. She says: “I love David and the boys more than anything in the world. And I think there are a lot of people who don’t like that.”
Victoria, who is mother to Brooklyn, four, and one-year-old Romeo, says: “We have a fabulous, long dining room table at home, and we want to fill it. I have visions of me and David when we’re older and having kids running around everywhere. ?We’ll definitely have more children. We love each other, you have to remember that. It’s not about competition. You should see me with a football – there’s no competition at all.” Mrs Beckham went on to say she is partly responsible for his meteoric rise, but added that she owes him a lot too. “I think I wouldn’t be as famous if I wasn’t with David. And I don’t think David would be as famous if he wasn’t with me. I think we really complement each other. It’s all so superficial – at the end of the day we are going to get old and wrinkly at some point.” How cute! As for her music career, which she is apparently about to re-launch, Mrs Beckham claims it?s just “a hobby”.
Beckhams meet the Queen
Golden goal-kicker David Beckham was recently awarded a medal from Her Majesty for his services to the national sport. Here?s a snippet from the poppet, revealing why he is a superstar football player and not, say a brain surgeon. “This is just an amazing day,” said David. “It’s a dream come true. It’s definitely on a par with my football medals – if not better. “Her Majesty said she was very pleased to be giving me this award. She asked if it was exhausting travelling around the world to play football matches, and I said no, because I am used to it now. I know Her Majesty is a football fan because when I was at a Number 10 reception, the Prime Minister told me he had watched a World Cup game on television with the Queen and William and Harry.” Well said, Becks.
Granny says ‘nothing wrong’ with Timberlake’s penis
Justin Timberlake‘s granny is incensed that Britney Spears has suggested that her grandson has a peeny weeny. Granny Sadie (Bomar) says Spears wasn’t being truthful when she hinted on TV last week Timberlake isn’t well endowed. His 70-year-old grandmother said: “I helped raise him – and I can assure you there is nothing wrong with him physically.” Justin must be dying with embarrassment that Granny Sadie has waded into the war of words about his size! Wonder whether Cameron Diaz wants to add her 2 cents worth? Or should that be two cent-imetres?
Opps she did it again!
Nope we aren?t talking about Justin Trousersnake this time! Britney Spears? new album has debuted at No. 1 in the States, and she is in the zone, all right!! The pop tarlets sexy fourth album, In the Zone racked up more than 609,000 copies sold in its first week, according to industry figures. The disc, which contains the single .Me Against the Music with Madonna, has received mixed reviews from critics but obviously the public loves it! It showcases an all-grown-up Britney, panting about her sex drive, her shopping sprees and her all-night partying. Good news for the pop princess but not as good as her second album Oops! … I Did It Again which sold a whopping 1.3 million copies in its first week in May 2000! Seems like Brits is not all washed up as some would have us believe?
Who is the Sexiest of them all?
Decisions, decisions! Who would you choose if you had to pick between Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, George Clooney, Lenny Kravitz, Justin Timberlake, Hugh Grant, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp? Well according to People magazine in the US, Johnny Depp is the Sexiest Man Alive 2003! Hello! Depp has been seen most recently in the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and has two young children with his unconventional French girlfriend, actress and pop singer Vanessa Paradis. Apparently, the actor, known for his ‘brooding eccentricities’, has mellowed since becoming a father. The 40-year-old film actor was bestowed the title for being “a little dangerous, having a secret and great warmth”. “Because he arrived at his new, happy place without selling out, without becoming slick or packaged or politically correct, he is a hero to his fans and an idol to his young costars,” says the magazine in its December issue. The actor, who launched into our lounge rooms in the 80’s with the hit series, 21 Jump Street went on to star in films including Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat and more recently From Hell. “Depp is known for hiding under layers of hats and blankets in his private life and behind oddball characters in his films,” said People but it added “he is finally coming to terms with his own charisma.”
Party over for Paris?
The videotape that won’t go away! Seems now our favourite hotel heiress, Paris Hilton, has taken the drastic move in canceling all press appearances – at least for the time being. The party princess was supposed to be out and about in the promoting The Simple Life, an upcoming reality TV show about her and a gal pal shot on a farm in Arkansas. But it appears the spotlight is a little too hot for Paris at the moment. The high-profile blonde has even cancelled a date on David Letterman’s Late Show. Paris professes to be “embarrassed and humiliated” by the skin flick doing the rounds on the Internet, but one would have to think the damage is done now so why not give the people what they want Paris? Partygirl Paris is also claiming the video is too embarrassing for her to watch, “I haven’t seen the tape yet,” Hilton revealed to US Weekly, when asked about the three-minute clip. “I don’t want to.” Seems this is one party Paris just wants to forget! “I can’t walk the streets,” she said. “It’s too embarrassing. I don’t want to go out anymore. I don’t want to party. This has really made me think about changes I want to make.” Boo hoo Paris! Perhaps she’ll just console herself with a little retail therapy, courtesy of her family fortunes? That should cheer her up!
Cruise no plans to marry Cruz
Tom Cruise has dropped a bombshell, revealing to UK paper The Mirror that he has no plans to marry his girlfriend Penelope Cruz. “I love Penelope and I have a lot of fun with her. She’s a beautiful human being but in terms of marriage there are no particular plans at this time,” he said. In another blow, that will no doubt have Penelope reeling, the 41-year-old actor, who shares custody of his two children with Nicole Kidman, has also revealed that he still loves his ex-wife! “I have always loved Nic and I always will. Always. That will never change – the times that we have had together,” he said. “I have always just wanted her to be happy and enjoy her life. That is what I want – I want her to be happy.” Would love to be a fly on the wall when Penelope gets wind of this!
Crudup walks out on pregnant girlfriend
And the ‘Rat of the Week’ award goes to Billy Crudup, the actor who was made famous by the film Almost Famous. Reports say he has dumped his longtime girlfriend Mary Louise Parker. No surprises there, this is a Hollywood couple after all, but what is surprising is that Parker is seven months pregnant with the couple’s first child! The pair have been together since 1996 but never married. While rumours abound about Crudup and Claire Danes, his co-star in an upcoming period piece, Crudup’s rep says “They’re old friends. Billy and Mary Louise have split up but that doesn’t mean anybody else is involved.” And Claire Danes’ rep echoed this sentiment with a statement that the pair “have been friends for 10 years and are not romantically involved.” Meanwhile, mother to be, Parker, a regular on The West Wing, is said to be “taking care of herself and her soon to be child.” Isn?t Clare Danes still with our very own groovy Bondi lovin? Ben Lee?
MTV Music Awards cat fight!
Normally the biggest news after a gala awards event is who won what and who wore what! But the biggest news to come out of the recent MTV Europe Music Awards was the reported cat fight between pop rivals Christina Aguilera and Kelly Osborne. They say the scrap started before the show had even began with Aguilera refusing to walk down the red carpet if Osbourne, who was a guest VJ for the event, was even present on the red carpet! Meow! Ms Osbourne responded by calling Aguilera’s music “crap” and saying she was a “cow.” How delightfully juvenile! The insults and name-calling continued throughout the night with a skit of Aguilera throwing darts at a board decorated with a picture of Kelly Osbourne. Osbourne failed to see the funny side: “If Christina Aguilera has to resort to throwing darts at my head after everything she’s achieved and everything she’s done, then she’s a really sad, sorry person,” Kelly said while on stage presenting an award, “and I take it as a complete compliment.” The bitchiness continued with Aguilera later retorting “Honey, if you can dish it out, you’ve got to learn how to take it back!? Oww take it out back girls!
If the cat fight, profanities and musical performances weren?t enough to keep viewers glued to their sets, then the full-frontal nudity might have kept a few people interested! An assembly of nude protesters marched on stage during Travis‘ performance of Beautiful Occupation with signs that covered their naughty bits, which were lifted at the end of the song. And if that wasn?t enough, by the end of the show Aguilera asked a group of kilt-wearing men to flash their wares so she could decide who to take to the party after the show! What a way to pick a date? We think she might have deserved the privilege as she did host the event, dance in the opening and closing numbers and changed outfits 12 times during the night! Great job if you can get it!
Justin Timberlake the Prince of European Music
Ironically, the Europe Music awards were hijacked by American pop recording stars with Justin Timberlake, Beyonc? Knowles and Christina Aguilera big winners at this year’s racy event held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britney?s ex won three awards – Best Album for Justified, Best Pop and Best Male. “If I could have had a picture-perfect night it wouldn’t have been as good as this,” he said. During the show, Timberlake played human beatbox during a performance by the Black Eyed Peas.
Beyonc? took home two trophies for: Best R&B and Best Song for Crazy in Love. She also performed with Sean Paul on Baby Boy.” The host of the show, Christina Aguilera, took home the award for Best Female artist, one of four awards she was nominated for. The award for Best Group went to Coldplay, Best Hip-Hop went to Eminem and Best Rock was handed to The White Stripes.
Will & Grace – and baby makes three
Debra Messing is going to be a mummy. The Will & Grace star and her screenwriter husband, Daniel Zelman, will become first-time parents some in late December. The pair has been married three years.
It?s unclear whether scriptwriters at NBC, producers of the hit series, will try to work in Messing?s pregnancy to the story lines in Will and Grace. Perhaps Grace will be sporting a range of baggy tops and big jackets, or else spend the rest of the series positioning herself strategically behind pot plants, desks and other belly-obscuring props!
Wanna go to Never Never Land?
Kooky star Michael Jackson will open up his carnival-style Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California to 500 guests for one day on September 13, 2003. The event will be strictly invitation-only but will include dinner, magicians, games and a tractor-trailer full of stuffed animal prizes plus the amusement park rides already on the property.
If you wanna try and score and invite Jackson’s publicist Stuart Backerman has stated that tickets for two people will cost almost $10,000 with $2,000 from each sale being divided among three charities. Those who will see a share of the ticket sales are the Make-A-Wish Foundation for sick children; Oneness, dedicated to erasing racism through art and music; and E Ai Como E Que Fica, a Rio de Janeiro group that provides food, clothing and medical care to impoverished children. The rest of the money will go to Jackson, apparently to pay for the cost of the party, Backerman said. Weird how just recently Jackson settled a major lawsuit against his previous financial advisors, in which the singer claimed he was in deep debt and near bankruptcy. Could this be a way for Wacko Jacko to raise some much need cashola?
Britney bares body, soul in Elle mag
Britney Spears tells British Elle magazine in its September issue that her breakup with groovy soulmeister Justin Timberlake has made her a better artist. She also says she hated seeing Timberlake talk about their relationship and that she’s actually quite shy. The 21-year-old pop tartlet says “I’ll always have feelings for Justin,” she says. “OK, not feelings for him, but he’ll always have a special place in my heart. “He was my first love after all. I think I got way too serious, way too young. It’s very healthy to not be in that relationship right now.” “Now I think, `Whoah, that would have been the biggest mistake of my life.’ Y’know?” Spears, who split with Timberlake in March 2002 after three years together, says it pained her to see him feature a look-alike of her in the video for his hit song Cry Me a River. “Freakin’ horrible. You know what I mean?” she says. “It was hard for me that he was so exploitative. Every interview that he did, he was just talking about us in such an open way and I just felt, ?Is nothing sacred anymore?’ It was weird. It was … disappointing.” Yeah, so exploitative! Guess that was before she decided to pash Madonnna at the MTV Awards the other night! Ewww!
Crowing about a boy!
The good news is that Russell ?Rusty? Crowe will finally have someone to pass on his smelly flannelette shirts to, teach guitar, take to the rugby league and drink beer with. The Oscar-winning actor couldn?t hold back the news when he performed with his band, Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts, at a recent concert in Chicago, announcing that he and his sultry, songbird wife are expecting a boy! He warned the crowd that he had a secret to tell and just before the end of the show he revealed the news with three little words: “It’s a boy?. Hope Danielle was OK with Big Daddy Crowe telling the world while she was back at home in their $14 million dollar Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf apartment!
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!
No action for Angelina!
You would think Angelina Jolie, the woman with illegal amounts of sex appeal, would be turning men away in droves – especially since she and kooky husband Billy Bob Thornton split over a year. But not so, according to the kick-arse star who is soon returning to the big screen as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The sultry star recently confessed to US talk show host Jay Leno on The Tonight Show that not only is she currently single, but that she hasn?t dated anyone all year! (Thank goodness, those Nic Cage rumours were pure Hollywood fabrication!) “I haven’t had sex for over a year,” she told Leno. “It’s horrible. God help the next person,? the star quipped, revealing that while she is looking forward to her next romantic encounter, she is more than happy being Mum to little Maddox for the time being. Awww.
Justin needs Mummy?s approval
Seems like Justin Timberlake still needs his mummy?s approval when it comes to affairs of the heart. As things heat up with Cameron Diaz, the rumour mills have gone into overdrive, claiming that Justin is so in love with his new gal pal, he’s even flown his mother from her south Tennessee home all the way to Florida just to meet Diaz. A source close to Timberlake told reporters, “This is an official ‘meet the parents’ summit, Justin’s been telling his pals that Cameron’s the one – he wants to make sure he goes about everything the right way.”
The two stars have been seen out and about quite a lot recently, and just last week the two were spotted at the trendy nightclub called Opium and one fellow clubber told the Daily Star, “Cameron was all over him. She was hanging off his shoulder as he ate. They were very touchy-feely.” Another source who apparently spotted the two lovebirds at the Mint Lounge said, “Justin showed up the other night with Cameron. They had around 20 people fussing over them and he stayed dancing with Cameron until late.” Sounds like a match made in disco heaven, right? Yes, but just to stir the pot a little more, there have been conflicting reports of Diaz being seen out with old flame Jared Leto. Could they just be good friends these days? Maybe. Maybe not!
Mini Me to Marry
Could be that opposites attract really do attract. Standing tall at two-foot 8-inch Goldmember star Verne ?Mini Me? Troyer has announced that he is about to get hitched – to his 29 year old girlfriend. No biggie there, but hang on a sec – Troyer?s girlfriend is 6-foot-2 yoga instructor Genevieve Gallen! Could it be? The ceremony is expected to take place sometime in November. Congrats to the odd (but happy) couple!
Charlie?s Angel star reveals all
Drew Barrymore has confirmed what has long been suspected, she likes both men and women. The Charlie?s Angel?s star has revealed that she is indeed bisexual ?Do I like women sexually? Yeah I do? she said. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual?.
Thanks for sharing Drew!