Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Patrick Swayze earned more from writing song She's Like The Wind for hit movie Dirty Dancing, than he did for starring in the lead role as hunky Johnny Castle. Despite remastered Dvd sales of the 1980s movie hitting over 100,000 copies in the US last month (OCT05), Swayze insists his vocal contribution to the soundtrack proved more profitable. He says, "I sort of missed out from a financial point of view on that movie. "But my song She's Like The Wind, which I wrote and sang, has gone up and down the charts a few times. That wound up doing quite well, I guess." [Handbag]
Celebs before and after
Apprentice is going Hollywood
Goodbye, Big Apple: Donald Trump's next season of The Apprentice will shift its New York-based boardroom to Hollywood. NBC announced Tuesday that, despite a slippage in the ratings for the reality show (and the one-shot disappointment of Martha Stewart's spinoff this season), Trump will be back for a sixth season, with 16 contestants competing in Southern California. "We think that viewers will agree that a California backdrop, with Donald's West Coast business interests and relationships, will provide an exciting new flavor for the series next season," NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said in a statement. The current fourth installment of The Apprentice will wrap up Dec. 15 with a two-hour finale live from Manhattan's Lincoln Center. Meanwhile, Apprentice 5 is already set to debut midseason early next year. Trump's Apprentice currently averages about 10 million viewers a week, down 4 million from last season, though it is still one of NBC's highest-rated shows among young adults, the group most prized by advertisers. "I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on national television would actually make me more popular, especially with the younger generation," Trump said. [People]
Ric Flair surrenders, what is that about?
Wrestler Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair surrendered this morning to North Carolina cops on misdemeanor charges that he throttled a fellow motorist during a road rage incident last week on Interstate 485. The 56-year-old Flair (real name: Richard Fliehr) was booked this morning at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, where the below mug shot was snapped. Flair, who allegedly grabbed a Charlotte man by the throat and kicked (and dented) the guy's Toyota during the November 23 confrontation, posted $1000 bond and was released. According to an arrest warrant, after roughing up Robert Steele, Flair told him that he "had his tag number and should knock the shit out of him." Flair is facing simple assault and battery and injury to personal property charges. [Smoking Gun]
Hustle and Flow stars want their money
According to the Los Angeles Times, the film’s director Craig Brewer, co-producer Stephanie Allain and actors Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson and DJ Qualls say they are still waiting for their promised cut of the $9 million John Singleton pocketed from Paramount-MTV for distribution rights. Singleton, on the other hand, is heated over being perceived as the bad guy. The production’s backstory has been told many times. When Hollywood rejected the “H&F” script at every turn, Singleton reached into his own pocket to complete much of the $3.5 million-budgeted film. At Sundance in January, a bidding war for the property jumped off with Paramount-MTV winning distribution rights for $9 million. The studio also gave Singleton an additional $7 million to develop two more films. According to the Times, Anderson, Allain, Howard, Anderson and Qualls had all worked for close to scale in return for a piece of the profits, but have yet to see a penny of their promised money. Paramount told the Times that Singleton began getting multimillion-dollar chunks of payment in the spring and had received 99% of the $9 million fee around the time of the film's July premiere. [Eurweb]
No prenup for Nick and Jess?
TMZ has learned exclusively that before Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson got married, he not only asked his future bride to sign a prenup, he actually had the papers drawn up, but Jessica refused to sign. When the couple married in October 2002, Nick was financially better off than his better half. The former 98 Degrees boy bander was concerned enough about his financial security to take legal measures to protect himself. During their marriage, the financial tables turned drastically when Jessica rocketed past Nick in earning power. Her endorsements, along with appearances and other revenues, earned Jessica $35 million in 2004 alone. Under California law, since the couple did not sign a prenup, earnings during the marriage are divided 50/50. If the couple doesn't settle out of court, Nick would be entitled to tens of millions of Jessica's earnings during their three years of wedlock. US Weekly reports that celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser will represent either Nick or Jessica. TMZ contacted Wasser's office, but she did not return our call. [TMZ]
George Michael jumps on the gay marriage bandwagon
GEORGE Michael is to marry his partner Kenny Goss, he revealed last night. The couple hope to exchange vows early next year in a "small, private ceremony". But the singer hinted the usual wedding vows may not apply. He said: "Gay relationships are a bit different. I'm sure we'll be allowed to roam if we want to. But we love each other dearly." At a screening of his documentary George Michael: A Different Story, the star added: "I want Kenny to have his rights just as I want mine. "It's wonderful that gay marriages will become legal and it is long overdue." [Mirror]
Jen G.: Still pregnant
Despite reports across the pond that she went into labour over last Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, it would appear Jennifer Garner is still waiting for her new arrival to make its debut. Ben Affleck's wife, who is expected to give birth in the next two weeks, was showing off an impressive bump when she visited a Los Angeles clinic for a check-up on Tuesday. Casually dressed in a grey sweater with matching corduroy trousers, the actress was chatting warmly with a female friend as she walked from the centre to her car. Her doctor's appointment came as the Tinseltown press waited on tenterhooks for news of a new addition to the Affleck-Garner household. In recent months the wardrobe department of her hit series Alias has had to make some changes, abandoning the slinky outfits her character normally wears in favour of less revealing ensembles. And it seems TV viewers have seen the last of super spy Sydney Bristow's famously-toned midriff, as producers at network ABC have announced the show will come to an end in the New Year. Jen's fans can rest assured the 32-year-old will be back on sizzling form in 2006, however. She has recently signed up to play the lead role in an erotic thriller called Sabbatical, in which she and her fictional husband decide to take a "break" from their marriage. [Hello!]
Ramona making to the big screen
Beverly Cleary was the JK Rowling of my youth. She had that kind of influence over kid readers that only the mistress of boy wizards compares to. Unfortunately, Cleary never got Rowling’s fame, riches, or sweet movie deal. At least until now. According to Variety, Fox 2000 has just closed a deal with Cleary and Harper Collins Children’s Books to develop a movie based on one of her classic characters, Ramona Quimby. Ramona is perhaps the most famous of Cleary’s characters, having starred in such popular kids books as “Beezus and Ramona”or ‘Ramona the Pest”. Of course when I was a kid, those Ramona books were mostly for girls. I think they may have had cooties. Beverly Cleary is nearly 90 now, her first book, “Henry Huggins” was published back in 1950. If there’s any hope of making a film with her involvement, then now is the time to do it. In addition to the adventures of Ramona and Henry Huggins, she’s also responsible for other classic kids books like “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” and “Henry and Ribsy”. [Monsters and Critics]
Simon's coming back!
American Idol will not be without the famous scowl of judge Simon Cowell in its upcoming season after all. The Hollywood Reporter quoted a Cowell rep as saying: Season five is going on as planned. Talks with Fox TV to keep Cowell slamming superstar wannabes are continuing, the rep said. Furthermore, word came Monday of a settlement in the copyright infringement lawsuit Idol creator Simon Fuller filed against Cowell over his British TV hit X-Factor. Fuller had accused Cowell of ripping off elements of Idol for X-Factor and was suing him for $171 million in London. Terms of the settlement were not revealed, but the Daily Mirror quoted Cowell as saying both Simons were delighted with the end result. People think we hate each other but we don't, Cowell said. We're good friends. The fifth season of American Idol is expected to bow in January on Fox. (UPI)
Monday, November 28, 2005
I have a new house! Whoohoo! I am moving for the next couple of days, so posting will be light, or heavy at night, we'll see. I should be in for good by Thursday, so everything will be back to normal soon. Thanks!
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Sandra and Jesse play naked Twister?
Newlywed actress Sandra Bullock just finished shutting down pregnancy rumors just last month. Now the striking brunette is said to be spicing up the love life a bit with new hubby "Monster Garage" star Jesse James by dabbling in a little naked "Twister." The item comes from 'The National Enquirer." She's lanky, lean and classy as hell, but Sandra Bullock's got a naughty streak to match her bad-boy biker hubby Jesse James of Monster Garage — and proves it by taking her hunky-stud on in rousing games of Twister... played in the nude! Sources say Sandra giggled to gal-pals over lunch that even though she pulled a back muscle in a recent game, it's always fun — plus you and your guy both end up winners. One way or another! [National Ledger]
It's over already
Kimberly Stewart and MTV's Laguna Beach hunk Talan Torriero have called off their engagement. The couple originally announced their plans to wed on Nov. 15, after only a couple of months of dating. But apparently they’ve both had a change of heart. “It was just too soon to enter into a lifelong commitment," the couple’s reps said in a joint statement to PEOPLE. "It is better to have a brief engagement than a short marriage. The couple continue to share their time together and remain open to whatever the future may hold." Jack Ketsoyan, a publicist for Torriero, the 19-year-old star of the MTV reality show, said on Sunday that the two are no longer romantically involved. Meanwhile, a rep for Stewart, the 26-year-old daughter of British rocker Rod Stewart, told the Associated Press that they "remain friends." [people]