Thursday, September 13, 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007

Britney Spears coming back to MTV Awards

With skin, snakes and smooches in her past MTV repertoire, there's no telling what's in store Sunday when Britney Spears opens this year's Video Music Awards.
The 25-year-old tabloid magnet will perform "Gimme More," the first single from her upcoming album, MTV announced Thursday.
Spears is a VMAs veteran: She covered the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" in 2000, stripping down to a nude-colored bikini top and matching pants; a year later, she performed "I'm A Slave 4 U" with a 7-foot albino python around her neck. In 2003, she and Madonna had the watercooler moment of the year with an open-mouth kiss in the opening act.
Sunday's show in Las Vegas will mark Spears' latest and biggest step toward a career comeback after a period of public misbehavior, short-lived marriages, ultra-short hair-don'ts and other misadventures.
Her long-awaited new album is due for release Nov. 13 on Jive Records.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Lewis Drops an Anti-Gay Slur on Telethon

Jerry Lewis dropped an anti-gay slur the same one that got Isaiah Washington of "Grey's Anatomy" in trouble during the 18th hour of his annual Labor Day telethon.
He apologized Tuesday for a "bad choice of words."
The 81-year-old showman prowling about the stage during the live telecast Monday in Las Vegas was goofing around and dodging his cameraman, then went into a ramble about imaginary family members. "Oh, your family has come to see you," he said, speaking to the camera and gesturing toward thin air. "You remember Bart, your older son," he said, and motioning toward another unseen character, "Jesse, the illiterate f-----.
"No," Lewis said, quickly stopping himself before continuing.
Monday's monologue prompted a critical statement Tuesday from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Neil Giuliano, GLAAD president, called Lewis' use of the term "simply unacceptable." "It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way," Giuliano said.
In a statement Tuesday, Lewis said he was making "a joking comment to a member of my production team." "I apologize to anyone who was offended," he went on. "Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudices in this regard. In the family atmosphere of the telethon, I forget that not everyone knows me that well.
"That something like this would distract from the true purpose of the telethon pains me deeply.... I accept responsibility for what I said. There are no excuses," he said.
Lewis' telethon, in its 42nd year, set a new record by raising $63.7 million to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, topping last year's event by $3 million.

Spider-Man Says 'I Do'

Tobey Maguire and longtime girlfriend Jennifer Meyer are now husband and wife, a rep for the actor confirmed to Access Hollywood earlier today.The couple wed in Hawaii last night. Celebrity reports actor Lukas Haas was among the guests at the Big Island ceremony.Maguire, the star of the "Spiderman" series and Meyer, the daughter of Universal Studios head Ron Meyer have been together for four years. The couple have a daughter, Ruby, who was born on November 11, last year.

Britney Lines Up Two Songs For MTV VMAs

Britney Spears will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend, according to USAToday.
The newspaper reports the pop singer is set to perform two tracks – "Gimme More," and a song called "Cry."Spears' dancer Ruben Dario confirms magician and "Mind Freak" Criss Angel will help Britney's performance out. She will use mirrors, which will help the star to disappear and appear.Britney's new track, "Gimme More," premiered for the first time on radio last week. It is expected to feature on her first new album of original material in four years, which is due November 13.

Jude Law Arrested For Alleged Attack

Police arrested Jude Law for allegedly attacking a photographer outside his London home, British media reported Wednesday.
The 34-year-old actor allegedly tried to grab the photographer's camera during the incident on Tuesday, Britain's Press Association said. He was released on bail and must return to a London police station in October.
Law's publicist was not immediately available for comment.
Police would not directly confirm the report, but said a 34-year-old man from Law's neighborhood was arrested on suspicion of causing bodily harm. Police added the man voluntarily went to a police station for questioning.
Law recently returned from the Venice Film Festival where he was promoting the remake of the movie "Sleuth," in which he co-stars with Michael Caine.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Mom Of Marine Hurt In Crash Defends Hogan Family

The mother of a Dunedin man critically injured in a car accident Aug. 26 is standing behind the famous family of professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, whose son was driving the car.
John Graziano, a 22-year-old Marine just back from Iraq, was a passenger in a car driven by Hogan's 17-year-old son, Nick Bollea, that lost control in Clearwater and struck a tree. Graziano remains hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center. Bollea was treated and released for serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Hogan's real name is Terry Bollea, but his family also uses the last name Hogan in the reality show, "Hogan Knows Best," which airs on VH1.
Bay News 9 reported Monday receiving an exclusive e-mail from Debbie Graziano that supports the Hogans and thanks the community for praying for and supporting her son.
Debbie Graziano said she was compelled to write after "hearing small bites of what is being said in the media" regarding the accident. She said the Hogans - Terry, his wife, Linda, and Nick - have visited the hospital every day, personally delivering food and offering support.
"My son John has been very close to the Bollea family for over six years," she wrote, according to the television station. "Since day one of this nightmare, they have been with us physically, emotionally, mentally and financially."
The e-mail says Nick Bollea, despite his own injuries, has sat for hours each day with the family. It says Hogan's family did not hide after the accident for fear of backlash by Graziano's family.
The two young men became friends over a shared loved of cars, Debbie Graziano wrote. "My son was like an older brother to Nick."
Clearwater police continue to investigate the accident, but they have said it involved excessive speed.
John Graziano bought his mother a car before leaving for Iraq, she wrote, "so he would know I was driving safely while he was gone and he paid for it with his combat pay."
She said her son, who she described as "naturally cool" with "little tolerance for fuss" would be angry to know that his family is "being torn apart in the media by assumptions and downright lies."Debbie Graziano did not elaborate, but concluded her e-mail by re-emphasizing her appreciation for the Hogans. She said they are holding Nick accountable as good parents should, and she said he is suffering for what has happened to his friend.
"Terry and Linda are doing everything to remove any burden from me, so my only focus is John," she wrote, "out of their love for John, period."