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Cine News: 22 October 2008

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Dexter To Return For 4th And 5th Seasons
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

The third season of U.S. TV drama Dexter has proved such a hit that network bosses have commissioned another two series just a month after it returned to the air.

The 28 September season three premiere attracted 1.2 million viewers to the Showtime cable channel - a 20 per cent improvement on the first episode of the second season.

Dexter stars Michael C. Hall as a crime scene investigator who secretly murders serial killers.

Hulk Versus Avengers?
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

Marvel president Kevin Feige is looking to pit The Incredible Hulk against the Avengers in an upcoming movie - with the green monster as the villain.

The studio head admits there are no plans as yet for a sequel to this year's The Incredible Hulk, which starred Edward Norton, but he would love to tie in Dr. Bruce Banner's alter ego into the new Avengers project.

He tells MTV, "Here's the thing - it is all in the planning stages, but certainly if you look back to any number of Hulk comics, or Avengers comics, or The Ultimates comics or the Ultimate Avengers DVD that we released, it certainly makes a hell of a sequence.

"To have all of the Avengers going up against a green goliath? I think that would be very cool to see that on the screen."


Malkovich Helms Spanish Play
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

Actor/director John Malkovich is to direct a theatre production of The Good Canary in Spanish - even though he's not fluent in the language.

The star will transform Zach Helm's play - about a frustrated writer struggling with his wife's addiction to amphetamines - into a Spanish version, with Mexican actor Diego Luna in the lead role.

Malkovich has previously put on a French version of the play in Paris.

The show will run for 10 weeks at Teatro Insurgentes in Mexico City from 26 November.


Crawford Takes Big-screen Inspiration From DiCaprio
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford hopes to follow in the footsteps of actor Leonardo DiCaprio - by carving out a career in "edgy" movies.

The TV hunk wants to pursue a serious acting career and is keen for people to focus on his on-screen abilities instead of his matinee idol looks.

And Crawford has taken inspiration from DiCaprio, who didn't let his teen idol image stand in the way of big-screen credibility.

He tells the America's VMan magazine, "I want to do the edgy independent movies, like DiCaprio did, but you have to balance it out. It's about carving out your leading-man role."

And the star is hoping to take on Hollywood's most revered actors - listing parts made famous by Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey as his dream jobs.

He adds, "Fight Club? Yes! X-Men? Yes! All sorts of different films. American Beauty? Yes! I don't know if I could pull off a Kevin Spacey, but I'll try!"


Gibson Funds His Church With $10 Million-a-year Handouts
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

Mel Gibson donates a staggering $10 million (GBP5.88million) each year to the conservative Catholic sect he founded, financial reports reveal.

Paperwork obtained by shows business is booming at the Holy Family Catholic Church, which is now worth $42 million (GBP24.7 million) - thanks to a $9.89 million (GBP5.8 million) hand-out from Gibson in 2007, and a similar one the previous year.

Money given to the church, which Gibson built on his Malibu, California estate - and boasts just 100 members - is all tax free.

Gibson's strong religious beliefs have been called into question in the past. His 2004 movie The Passion of the Christ was accused of encouraging anti-Semitism; and then in 2006 he fired off an anti-Semitic rant at police officers following his arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).


Clooney 'Back With Krista Allen'
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

George Clooney has rekindled his love affair with ex-girlfriend Krista Allen, according to reports.

The actor has been single since splitting with girlfriend of one year Sarah Larson in May.

But sources claim he has been secretly seeing 37-year-old Allen - with whom he has enjoyed an on-off romance since he cast her in his 2002 movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

An insider tells the New York Daily News, "Krista has been going to George's house, cooking dinner for him, hanging out. All of George's friends and his parents really like her and are urging George to settle down with her.

"She was always there when he's been between girlfriends. She's very loyal."


Ex Reaches Out To Hathaway From Jail
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

Anne Hathaway missed a call from her ex when he phoned her from jail.

Conman Raffaello Follieri was recently granted phone privileges as he awaits sentencing on fraud charges - and a call to his former girlfriend was one of the first he made, according to U.S. magazine In Touch.

An insider tells the publication, "She wasn't home to accept the charges, but there was a message left on her voicemail from the automated operator.

"She's got mixed emotions about missing the call. She doesn't want to speak to him, but this is someone she has a history with."

Hathaway dumped Follieri, 30, just before his arrest for fraud.


Aniston 'Not Pregnant'
22 October 2008 12:05 PM, PDT

Jennifer Aniston's representative has denied rumours the actress is expecting her first child - telling the press to "give her a break".

Following U.K. and Australian tabloid reports claiming the former Friends actress was pregnant, the star has released a denial statement.

The speculation stems from recent reports stating the star has reconciled with ex-boyfriend John Mayer.

The pair has been snapped together on numerous occasions in recent weeks, and even spent Mayer's 31st birthday together in Los Angeles.

They split in August after a short romance.

But Aniston's publicist has vehemently denied the rumours, telling, "Give me a break. She is Not pregnant."


Duff's School Visit To Help Needy Kids
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

Actress/singer Hilary Duff has given her backing to a campaign to ensure students from low-income families don't go hungry.

The 20-year-old visited an elementary school in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Tuesday to promote the Blessings in a Backpack programme.

The campaign provides needy children with bags full of food so they have plenty to eat for an entire weekend.

It was launched to ensure youngsters from struggling families have a balanced diet to improve their performance in the classroom.

Duff says, "I feel lucky enough to have a voice or a name that people might pay attention to.

"I think that people might not be aware that a couple neighbourhoods away, kids aren't having food on the weekends, and we just want people to be informed and to know what's going on in their communities and to help if they can."


Crawford: 'I Won't Play Teen Hunk Ever Again'
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

Chace Crawford has vowed never to play a similar role to his high-school jock character in Gossip Girl - because he is terrified of being typecast.

The actor shot to international stardom as handsome rich kid Nate Archibald in the hit U.S. series, and has quickly become one of Hollywood's leading teen idols.

But the star insists he has what it takes to last in the industry - and won't rely on his good looks to land roles.

He tells America's VMan magazine, "There are a lot of adverse effects of being a certain type, which I am.

"Look, I wouldn't be in the business if I didn't feel I had what it takes to have longevity. Everyone has a certain castability, or quality they're always going to have to fight."

And Crawford believes he has the key to success - reinvention.

He adds: "I think the best remedy is to reinvent yourself. I'm not going to take the same type of role in the future."


Al Fayed 'Questioned Over Sex Assault'
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

The father of Diana, Princess Of Wales' boyfriend Dodi Fayed was questioned by police over allegations of indecent assault against a 15-year-old female.

Business tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed, owner of London's most exclusive department store Harrods, attended a west London police station on Wednesday to be quizzed in relation to claims of a sex attack on a teenager earlier this year.

No arrests have been made in connection to the alleged assault, and police confirm their investigations are continuing.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson says, "We can confirm that a man attended a west London police station by prior arrangement and was questioned under caution this morning.

"The man was questioned in relation to an allegation of sexual assault on a girl under 16 at a business premises in central London. The allegation was received in May 2008."

Fayed made international news earlier this year following his testimony at the inquest into the 1997, Paris car crash which killed Diana and his son Dodi, after he claimed the two were assassinated by British security services acting on the orders of Prince Philip, the husband of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

The jury ruled the couple died as a result of the gross negligence of their driver Henri Paul and the pursuing paparazzi.


Lucas Marriage Dissolved
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

Little Britain comic Matt Lucas has ended his marriage to his partner of five years - their divorce has been finalised by a London court.

The funnyman was granted a dissolution of his relationship with TV researcher Kevin McGee at court on Wednesday on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. The pair split in June.

Lucas and McGee wed in a lavish civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006, which was attended by rocker Sir Elton John and Lucas' comedy sidekick David Walliams.

Court records have not disclosed any details of the unreasonable behaviour which kickstarted the dissolution, but documents stated it was continuing, according to the BBC.

The former couple is slated to be the first gay celebrity couple to "divorce" since same-sex marriage was introduced in the U.K. in 2004.


McTiernan Closer To Changing Guilty Plea
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

Die Hard director John McTiernan is one step closer to changing his guilty plea over his involvement in a Hollywood wiretapping scandal, after winning a court hearing on Tuesday.

The filmmaker was fined $100,000 (GBP57,800) and sentenced to four months in jail last September for lying to FBI agents investigating disgraced private detective Anthony Pellicano, who was charged with more than 100 counts of wiretapping and racketeering.

McTiernan initially told the FBI he'd only hired Pellicano once, during his divorce. He later revealed that he'd employed the detective's services on another occasion to keep tabs on producer Charles Roven, after they worked together on 2002's Rollerball.

But he has since claimed he had inadequate legal representation when he made the plea, and on Tuesday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California ruled a lower court must consider his motion to rescind his plea.

A similar motion was dismissed by a U.S. district court judge last year.

The case will now be put before a Los Angeles district court, where a judge will determine whether McTiernan should be allowed to withdraw his plea.

And McTiernan's new attorney, S. Todd Neal, is satisfied with the latest development.

He says, "In our view, this is a charge that never should have been filed."

Pellicano was convicted on federal charges of wiretapping a number of celebrities, including Steven Seagal, Tom Cruise and Chris Rock, in August. He faces up to 10 years behind bars, along with a $500,000 (GBP289,000) fine when he is sentenced on 17 November.


Beckhams To Quit U.S. Within Months?
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

Soccer ace David Beckham and his former Spice Girl wife Victoria are set to quit America - less than 18 months after they arrived in Los Angeles.

The celebrity couple moved from Europe to California to a rapturous reception in July 2007 as Beckham transferred from Spanish football club Real Madrid to L.A. Galaxy.

Beckham and the singer-turned-designer have often spoken of their love of the U.S. and how their three sons - Brooklyn, nine, Romeo, seven, and three year old Cruz - adore living there.

But reports suggest the family could be heading back to Europe within months amid claims Beckham is set to sign on for Italian soccer side AC Milan in January.

The club's vice-president Adriano Galliani has reportedly said: "Beckham wants to train and play with Milan. We want him. He will arrive in January and we will sign him. It's not just a shop-window deal, it's a great deal."


Actress Hannigan Pregnant
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan is pregnant with her first child.

The actress, 34, has announced she is expecting her first tot with actor husband Alexis Denisof next spring, according to

Hannigan met the 42-year-old on the set of cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer during the 1999/2000 season. Denisof played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the show.

In 2006, the actor also joined Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother, playing a recurring role, Lily Aldrin.

The pair married in October 2003 and currently reside in Santa Monica, California.


Simpson Auctioneer Sues Dr. Phil
22 October 2008 9:17 AM, PDT

An auctioneer caught up in the O.J. Simpson hotel heist is suing U.S. TV personality Dr. Phil for defamation and fraud after appearing on his show earlier this month.

Simpson was found guilty on all 12 counts in his kidnapping and armed robbery trial on 3 October, stemming from a heist he took part in at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last year.

Thomas Riccio, who arranged the meeting between Simpson and sports memorabilia collector Bruce Fromong on that fateful night, agreed to be interviewed by Philip 'Dr. Phil' McGraw for the programme about the incident.

The interview was recorded on 6 October and aired on U.S. TV two days later - but Riccio is furious with the results, claiming footage was edited to alter the meaning of his words.

Riccio, who testified against Simpson in the trial, is particularly incensed at being referred to as "the shady deal maker", "a puppet master who would sell his soul for a coin", and "the ring leader of this crime".

He is also accusing McGraw of falsely claiming that he "set O.J. Simpson up and told people to bring guns into the room", insisting his denials were cut from the final interview and instead replaced with footage of him nodding, appearing to agree with the host.

Riccio is also seeking compensation from McGraw and production company Stage 29 Media for the emotional distress of being portrayed in a false light. His lawsuit further states: "Had plaintiff been aware of defendants' intent and their intended actions, he would not have agreed to do the interview."

Simpson, 61, and his co-defendant Clarence Stewart, are currently being held in a Las Vegas jail where they face life imprisonment when they are sentenced on 5 December.


Tony Curtis Reaches Out To End Rift With Daughter Jamie Lee
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

Tony Curtis wants to end the long feud with his actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis - but insists she has no reason to hate him.

The Hollywood veteran is convinced Jamie Lee is still angry about his split from her actress mother Janet Leigh, back in 1962.

But Curtis insists he supported his ex-wife and daughter financially, for long after the divorce, and always gave the 49-year-old True Lies actress attention and affection.

Curtis, 83, tells the National Enquirer, "Perhaps (it's because of) the abrupt way I left her mother and her growing up when I wasn't around.

"I have nothing to be ashamed of with Jamie. I did the best I could. I gave her my affection and caring without making a big deal about it."

And he insists it's now up to Jamie Lee to reach out and reconcile, adding, "What am I going to do. God bless her, I wish her the best. If she can't forgive me, then get another father."


Dirty Dancing Musical Set For Broadway
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

A stage version of Patrick Swayze's hit movie Dirty Dancing is heading to Broadway, according to New York theatre gossips.

After wowing audiences in Australia, England and Canada, stage bosses are planning to try out productions in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, before taking the show to Broadway next autumn.

According to Daily Variety it is expected to fill the gap left at New York's Neil Simon Theater by Hairspray, which ends its run next year.

The 1987 movie - on which the musical is based - starred Swayze as a summer camp dance instructor and Jennifer Grey as the protege who falls for him.


Takei: 'I Did Invite Shatner To My Wedding.'
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

Actor George Takei has taken issue with former Star Trek co-star William Shatner over a bitter video the latter has posted online.

Shatner poked fun at his former castmate's decision to 'come out' as a gay man, and called Takei "sad" and "sick" for not inviting him to his same-sex marriage ceremony last month.

In the video, posted on, the acting icon said, "The whole thing makes me feel badly. The poor man, there's such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there's a psychosis there.

"I literally don't know him... but he's continued to speak badly about me for all these years. You'd think there would be an epiphany at some point where George might have said, 'Poor Bill Shatner, he is such a lonely, desperate, unhappy man that he did all these terrible things to me...' when I said hello or something... but instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding."

But Takei insists he did invite Shatner to his wedding, stating, "It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend."

A spokesman for Takei adds, "Mr. Shatner was invited to the wedding (through his manager Larry Thompson) when invitations were mailed out in July. In June, when George Takei and Brad Altman received their license to marry, there was media speculation that Mr. Shatner would not be invited to the wedding, yet invitations had not been sent out at that time.

"On July 21, after the invitations had been mailed, Mr. Takei and Mr. Altman were interviewed on TV Guide Channel's Watercooler programme and Mr. Takei first broke the exclusive news: 'Most of the invitations have been sent out, and Bill is amongst them'."


Craig: 'Obama Would Make The Best Bond'
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

Daniel Craig has given U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama a big boost two weeks ahead of America's big election by insisting the Democrat would make a better James Bond than his opponent John McCain.

The British action man admits he's fascinated by the lead up to the election on 4 November - and he likes both candidates. But, if he had to choose, he's adamant Obama would be a better Bond than ageing prisoner of war McCain.

He tells U.S. magazine Parade, "Obama would be the better Bond, because, if he's true to his word, he'd be willing to quite literally look the enemy in the eye and go toe-to-toe with them."

But McCain wouldn't be left out of Craig's political Bond film - the actor insists the Republican would make a good M.

He explains, "McCain, because of his long service and experience, would probably be a better M. There is, come to think of it, a kind of Judi Dench quality to McCain."


Madsen On Psychiatric Hold - Reports
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

Publicists for actor Michael Madsen are refusing to comment about reports the Reservoir Dogs star has been detained by authorities over fears for his mental health.

A report on news blog suggests the actor was taken from his Los Angeles home on Monday by sheriff's deputies after "a family member in the house became alarmed by his crazy behavior".

The site claims he is being held on involuntary psychiatric hold, administered to patients who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

When approached by WENN to confirm the reports, Madsen's publicist Liza Anderson replied with "no comment".

Involuntary psychiatric hold - also known in the U.S. as a 5150 hold - is the same treatment administered to Britney Spears after her meltdown in January over a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline.


Taylor Momsen Beats 'Life-Threatening' Throat Infecion
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

Teen actress Taylor Momsen has been released from hospital in Los Angeles, after overcoming a "potentially life-threatening" throat infection.

The 15-year-old star of How The Grinch Stole Christmas spent four days at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after falling ill on Sunday, as she prepared for a school exam.

Her doctor, Shawn Nasseri, tells,"I have been treating Miss Taylor Momsen for the last few days. She has been hospitalized for a severe, potentially life-threatening throat infection since Sunday.

"She has been an excellent patient, and, after aggressive antibiotics and medications, she is expected to make a full recovery in the next three to five days."

Momsen is currently among the stars of TV hit Gossip Girl.


Sheen And Mueller Are Expecting Twins
22 October 2008 7:03 AM, PDT

Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke Mueller are expecting twins, her mother has confirmed.

Moira Fiore reveals the couple are expecting twin boys when 31-year-old Brooke gives birth next April.

Fiore tells, "They are so excited. Obviously, I am floating on air. They think the twins are boys."

Sheen - who has three daughters from previous relationships - is desperate for a son.

Reports last month suggested the couple had undergone a fertility procedure, dubbed 'sperm spinning', to boost their chances of conceiving a boy.


Feige Hints At Dr. Strange Movie
22 October 2008 5:01 AM, PDT

Marvel president Kevin Feige wants to bring comic book superhero Doctor Strange to the big screen.

The studio boss has hinted that a movie adaptation of the Sorcerer Supreme could be in the works as soon as 2012.

He tells MTV, "I'd say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists. I love the idea of tapping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn't yet seen life on screen."


Kardashian Spends Birthday In Hospital
22 October 2008 5:01 AM, PDT

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian spent her 28th birthday in hospital - visiting her injured boyfriend Reggie Bush.

The socialite's American football star lover was recovering from surgery on his knee at an Alabama medical centre after he was injured during the New Orleans Saints' game on Sunday against the North Carolina Panthers.

The couple had been due to take a romantic trip to London to celebrate Kardashian's birthday on 21 October. However, the pair was forced to cancel the holiday and spend the day at the medical facility instead - but Kardashian got in to the spirit of the event by donning a hospital gown.

She writes on her official website, "I was supposed to be in London right now with Reggie but we had to cancel our trip. When I saw him limp off the field my heart dropped! All that has mattered is that Reggie is going to be okay! And he is okay!

"He's pretty bummed that the special birthday he planned in London couldn't happen, but as long as he is okay, I will have the best birthday ever!!!!"


Watts To Take On Role As Peace Campaigner Williams
22 October 2008 5:01 AM, PDT

Hollywood star Naomi Watts is set to play Nobel Prize winner and controversial peace campaigner Jody Williams in a new biopic.

The actress is in talks with Universal studio bosses to take on the role of outspoken Williams, a teacher who became known for her work on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, for which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Williams has continued to campaign for peace and equality, and in 2006 teamed up with five other Nobel honorees to form The Nobel Women's Initiative, to fight for women's rights across the globe.

The movie, titled My Name Is Jody Williams, will be directed by Audrey Wells.


Burn After Reading Leaves UK Competition Up In Smoke
22 October 2008 5:01 AM, PDT

George Clooney and Brad Pitt's crime comedy Burn After Reading has raced to the top of the U.K. box office chart in its opening weekend.

The movie, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, sizzles in pole position with takings of $3.53 million (GBP2.04 million), leaving Shia Labeouf's Eagle Eye in second place with $1.9 million (GBP1.1 million).

Animated family film Igor enters at number three with $1.6 million (GBP981,750), while comedy The House Bunny and Kiefer Sutherland's thriller Mirrors rounds out the top five with $1.14 million (GBP664,306) and $1.01 million (GBP585,350) respectively.


Brand Received Death Threat After MTV Awards
22 October 2008 5:01 AM, PDT

British comedian Russell Brand received a death threat after ridiculing U.S. president George W. Bush at last month's MTV Video Music Awards.

The comic came under fire from angry TV viewers after branding the president a "retard" during the Hollywood ceremony.

He tells Britain's Radio 1, "(Hosting the awards) was a lot of fun, especially the death threat.

"If you are going to kill someone, don't give them advance notice, that gives you a chance to prepare.

"How can you, while watching the telly, think 'Oh, I don't enjoy this. No, I'm not enjoying this at all. Right, I'm going to kill him'. That's a huge jump."


Economic Crisis To Hit Bond Movies?
22 October 2008 5:01 AM, PDT

James Bond star Daniel Craig fears the current international economic crisis could affect the production of the next 007 movie.

The British actor stars in new Bond film Quantum of Solace, his second outing as the superspy.

But Craig - who has signed a four picture deal with 007 chiefs - is concerned that his third Bond movie may fall victim to the worsening financial climate, with plans for the movie being halted or cancelled until the international markets stabilise.

He says, "As far as the next film's concerned, there is nothing scheduled.

"Economically the world is in quite a lot of trouble so who knows if we can afford to do another Bond movie anytime soon?

"I'm quite superstitious and I don't take anything for granted. I'd love to do another one, though. Love to."


Chenoweth Is Mistaken For A Child
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Actress Kristin Chenoweth can never shop over the phone, because her high-pitched voice means she's always mistaken for a child.

The 40-year-old West Wing star has given up trying to order gifts for friends and family, as operators never believe she is an adult.

Chenoweth reveals, "I try to order flowers and they won't let me .They think I'm a child.

"The last time, the flowers didn't turn up, I called my credit card company and they told me a child was trying to use my card. I tried to call another place to order my brother a Christmas present, but my voice was too high for the automated system.

"It sucks. People call me and ask if my mom is home. It's frustrating."


24's President Haysbert Is Top Fictional Leader
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

24 star Dennis Haysbert has been voted Favourite On-Screen President for his portrayal of President David Palmer in the hit action series.

The TV star beat off stiff competition from Geena Davis as President Mackenzie Allen in Commander in Chief and Martin Sheen's West Wing character, President Josiah Bartlet, to take the title with 17 per cent - just one per cent more than Davis and Sheen, who came joint second in the Blockbuster poll.

Harrison Ford took 12 per cent for his role as President James Marshall in 1997's Air Force One, landing him in joint fourth place with Bill Pullman's President Thomas J. Whitmore from 1996's Independence Day.


Close Can't Part With Movie Wardrobe
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Actress Glenn Close keeps a museum full of costumes collected from her decades-long movie career - because she's obsessed with her eccentric on-screen characters.

The legendary star began her collection after her first movie, 1982 film The World According to Garp.

But Close's hoarding ways soon became a habit she's been unable to kick.

She says, "I have all my costumes. I have an unbelievable costume collection... they represent some of the most phenomenal feats of design and execution you could ever see. I get very attached to my costumes because you spend a lot of time in the fitting room.

"For me it's a very important part of creating the character in those fittings, because in film you don't have a lot of rehearsal. By the time you're in your full drag, a lot of that has been collaborated with the make-up artist and hair stylist and the costume designer, so they mean a lot to me."


Dancing Star Hough Treated For Stomach Pains
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Country singer Julianne Hough has been taken to hospital after suffering abdominal pains backstage on U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars.

Professional dancer Hough was taken to Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following her performance on the programme.

She had been complaining of stomach pains prior to her appearance, but after her dance - with celebrity partner Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley - the pain became unbearable and an ambulance was called to take her to hospital, according to website

Her representative Cindy Guagenti tells Access Hollywood, "She was experiencing slight stomach pains all day that increased and the doctors thought it was best to have them checked out..

Contrary to earlier internet reports Hough did not collapse, her spokesperson added.

She isn't the first contestant to be hospitalised after the show; model Brooke Burke was also seen by medics after the show this week suffering a foot injury and actress Cloris Leachman is having her blood pressure monitored before rehearsals for the contest.


Moss To Buy Caribbean Retreat
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Kate Moss is reportedly planning to buy a Caribbean home to share with her boyfriend Jamie Hince.

The couple have enjoyed an on-off relationship, breaking up last month but reuniting soon afterwards.

But despite their rocky relationship, the model reportedly is set to invest in a property in Puerto Rico, so she can continue her relationship with The Kills frontman away from prying eyes.

A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Kate loves the Caribbean and has been investigating owning a home in Puerto Rico. Now she's putting her plan into action.

"She wants somewhere very private and reckons she and Jamie could find peace and tranquility on the island. It will be her special place where she can escape from the limelight."


Trump's Pageant Winner Stripped Of Title
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Latest: Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organisation has taken a further blow - the teen pageant winner arrested for theft and drug possession has been stripped of her title by event officials.

Lindsey Evans - the third runner-up at this year's Miss Teen USA - was taken into custody with three friends after allegedly leaving a $46.07 (GBP27.15) bill unpaid at a Louisiana restaurant.

The 18-year-old, the reigning Miss Teen Louisiana, faced additional charges of marijuana possession after officers found the drug while searching her purse, according to police spokesman Mark Natale.

And the teenager has been stripped of her title as a result - just ten days before her reign was due to end, according to website

A statement from Paula Miles, the president of Rpm who sponsor the pageant, says, "Lindsey Evans has been part of an organisation that believes in opportunities when earned and consequences when warranted. Due to recent circumstances, Lindsey has been relieved of her duties as Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2008 effective immediately."

The incident follows a string of photo and drug scandals surrounding the organisation's Miss USA pageant contestants in 2006 and 2007.


Bollea 'Changed' After Prison Spell
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Hulk Hogan's son Nick is a "changed person" since his stint in jail, according to his mother Linda Bollea.

Nick Bollea was released early from prison on Tuesday having served 166 days of an eight month prison sentence.

He was serving time for his part in a car crash in August last year that left his best friend John Graziano with permanent brain injuries.

And his mother Linda is convinced that her son is a reformed character.

She tells E! online, "He's a changed person. He went into prison as a juvenile and you know he's experienced something that is gonna mould and change him for the rest of his life, for his adult life. He wants to make a positive difference in this world."

Nick was greeted with a "Welcome Home" sign and yellow balloons outside his house and Linda admits: "I cried when I hugged him."

She adds, "He's had six months in jail and he's just gotta try to regroup and remould his life... In the future I think his actions will speak louder than words.

"I think when people just watch, (they'll see) he's a changed person. (He's changed) For the better. You know he really just wants to try to be serious and make a difference, wants to look into colleges and just be a kid..


Busey Snorted Cocaine Off His Dog
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Actor Gary Busey hit a low in his drug addiction days when he found himself snorting cocaine off his dog.

The Big Wednesday star, who claims he has been sober for 13 years, couldn't help himself when his pet pooch rolled in a supply of the drug.

He tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "I went in like a cropduster with my nose flying first and snorted the cocaine off the dog."

But he got more than he bargained for: "You get a little bugs, you get little hairs, you get grease and goo from the ground; it's not at all a healthy thing to do. But when you're an addict, you don't think of health, you think about destruction of yourself unconsciously."


Ritchie Wants Traditional Christmas Celebrations
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

Guy Ritchie is determined to celebrate this Christmas with his children - something he has been unable to do before because of wife Madonna's strict religious views, according to reports.

The couple announced last week that they are to divorce following seven years of marriage,

The Holiday hitmaker is a devout follower of Kabbalah, whose followers do not celebrate the festivities - and Ritchie has previously championed the family's decision to boycott the holiday, declaring last year: .And ever since (we) stopped the presents, we're actually enjoying it..

But the director is now reportedly determined to treat Madonna's daughter Lourdes, 12 , their biological son Rocco, eight, and adopted tot David Banda, three, to a traditional celebration on Christmas Day.

A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror, .Christmas doesn't exist in the Madonna household because of Kabbalah. Guy will be really looking forward to introducing the kids to Christmas for the first time. He always liked Christmas but went along with it as it was what Madonna wanted and he did want to stay true to Kabbalah.

"But as time has gone on, he thinks the kids are missing out and he.s determined that things change..

And the holiday was particularly unconventional for the Ritchie household in 2004, when a famous face popped around for a fish dinner.

The source adds, .Instead of family visiting them, the artist Tracey Emin came and they all ate steamed fish. It was dour and joyless to say the least.

.Guy has taken a lot from Kabbalah and any talk of him being against it now is rubbish. But he.s also very much a British traditionalist and he would love to pass on some of the flavour of a traditional Christmas to his kids..


Hope's Wife Suffers Suspected Stroke
22 October 2008 12:14 AM, PDT

The wife of late comedy legend Bob Hope is resting at home following a dash to hospital in California.

Dolores Hope, who was married to the funnyman for 69 years, was taken to St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank by ambulance on Tuesday afternoon.

The 99-year-old is reported to have suffered a stroke at her San Fernando Valley home, according to website

Hope was discharged later that day.

It comes just a day after an auction of Hope's belongings from the couple's marital home, including personal items such as hats, suits, sporting memorabilia and movie items which raised more than $600,000 (GBP352,000) for the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation.

No further details about Dolores' condition were known as WENN went to press.


Australian Network Pulls U.S. Kath + Kim
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

The American version of hit Aussie TV comedy Kath + Kim has failed to impress Antipodean viewers - it has been dropped from schedules after just two episodes.

Actress Selma Blair and U.S. funnywoman Molly Shannon play the role of the dysfunctional mother and daughter duo in the American adaptation of the award-winning series.

But Australia's Channel 7 has pulled the show from its primetime slot after the second episode viewing figures plummeted to 729,000 after a promising 1.23 million debut.

The network has put the show into "resting" - meaning it will be held until the Australian summer (Nov-Jan08), when Aussie TV returns to its non-ratings period.

And as a further blow, the original Kath + Kim will replace its American counterpart.

A spokesperson for Channel 7 says, "The figures didn't stand up for its second outing. For people who want to see more of the U.S. episodes they will return later this year."


Gervais Hints At Extras Return
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

British funnyman Ricky Gervais has hinted he may make more episodes of his hit TV series Extras - because he misses the show so much.

The Office star made two series of the popular BBC comedy show, which featured A-list cameos from Kate Winslet, David Bowie and Orlando Bloom.

And Gervais has fond memories of the show - insisting the series' pivotal characters were the best he's ever created.

He tells Britain's Zoo magazine, "Yes - I miss Extras more than The Office. The Office had to finish when it did, but I think Extras could still go on and on.

"We created better characters in Extras. Andy Millman was more real than David Brent by the end of the show and I loved Maggie Jacobs - she was the best character we've come up with."


Promises, Promises - Hathaway Ready For Her Broadway Bow?
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

Anne Hathaway is Broadway bound, according to Internet reports.

The actress and former Will + Grace star Sean Hayes are in negotiations to hit the high notes in comedy musical Promises, Promises.

The stageshow is a musical rendering of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

According to, the original Promises, Promises Broadway musical ran from 1968 until 1972.


PETA Founder Gets Celebrity Help For New Book
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals founder Ingrid Newkirk has got some celebrity weight behind her new book - Willie Nelson, Kevin Bacon and Sir Paul McCartney have all written essays for it.

One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World is a motivational book which offers insights into how individuals can affect major change.

It features more than 50 thought-provoking original essays written by an intriguing, diverse group of people.

As well as McCartney, Nelson and Bacon, the book also features pieces written by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Petra Nemcova and Moby.

But it isn't all about celebrities - Newkirk also highlights a college student who retrieves coins stuck behind dorm-room sofas and donates the money to charity and the woman who founded the first dog park in the U.S.


Trump's Pageant Rocked By New Scandal
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organisation has been shaken by yet another scandal - after a teen pageant winner was arrested for theft and drug possession.

Lindsey Evans - the third runner-up at this year's Miss Teen USA - was taken into custody with three friends after allegedly leaving a $46.07 (GBP27.15) bill unpaid at a Louisiana restaurant.

The 18-year-old - who is the reigning Miss Teen Louisiana - faced additional charges of marijuana possession after officers found the drug while searching her purse, according to police spokesman Mark Natale.

According to a pageant spokesman, bosses at the Miss Louisiana Teen USA organisation have not decided if Evans will be reprimanded.

The incident follows photo and drug scandals surrounding the organisation's Miss USA pageant contestants in 2006 and 2007.

Evans' reign ends next month.


Hathaway Swoons For Hollywood Mystery Man
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

Newly single Anne Hathaway is looking for love following her dramatic split from jailed ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri - and she has her eye on a Hollywood-based mystery man.

The actress split from Follieri in June, just two weeks before he was arrested for wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering.

She has been single since then, but insists she's now ready to date - and has one man in mind.

The 25-year-old tells, "This guy I know in Los Angeles is kind of doing it for me right now. When I think of sexy, I think of him.

"You know when sometimes you don't know someone very well - you'll probably never see them again - but you just meet them and you're like 'Wow, you really have it going on'?"

Things aren't so great for Follieri, who is due to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to fraud charges. Prosecutors on Monday urged the judge not to show leniency towards him.


Chenoweth Is Walking Wounded
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

Kristin Chenoweth is walking around with a dislocated rib after an on-set accident.

The West Wing star had just recovered from the broken ribs she suffered when she fell down the stairs earlier this year when she slipped during a stunt on the set of a new project.

Chenoweth, 40, says, "I fell down the stairs and broke my ribs. I taped myself up and carried on working. Then, last week (begs13Oct08), we were doing a stunt, hanging upside down and it jabbed by rib up into my shoulder. It's now sticking out."

But instead of heading to hospital to have herself patched up, the star insists on self-medicating. She adds, "I have a bad neck also. I have this traction thing for my neck. I put my head in it and pump it up and it takes the pressure off. Maybe I can get one for my back."


Shatner Blasts Takei Over Wedding Snub
21 October 2008 6:31 PM, PDT

William Shatner has taken his war of words with former Star Trek castmate George Takei into cyberspace, by insisting the newlywed is "sad" and "sick" for not inviting Captain Kirk to his recent same-sex marriage ceremony.

Takei, who blasted Shatner for his vanity on the set of the cult sci-fi series in his memoirs, made a point of not inviting the actor to his nuptials when he exchanged vows with partner Brad Altman at the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on 14 September.

And the Boston Legal star is still bitter about the snub.

In a new video, posted on website, Shatner says, "The whole thing makes me feel badly. The poor man, there's such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there's a psychosis there.

"I don't know what his original thing about me was; I have no idea. I didn't read his book that was printed many years ago but apparently I didn't let somebody have a close -up."

But Shatner insists there must be more to it than that: "I literally don't know him. I didn't know him very well on the series; he'd come in for a day or two... but he's continued to speak badly about me for all these years.

"You'd think there would be an epiphany at some point where George might have said, 'Poor Bill Shatner, he is such a lonely, desperate, unhappy man that he did all these terrible things to me...' when I said hello or something... but instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding.

"There must be something else inside George that is festering, and makes him so unhappy that he takes it out on me, in effect a total stranger.

"It's sad the man can't find enough peace in his life to either be positive and say 'I forgive him for whatever those hurts were,' or to shut up about it... I feel nothing but pity for him."

And Shatner urges his former castmate to reconsider his bitterness towards him: "He and I don't have many years left on this world."


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