Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

We wish you a happy & safe Halloween!

Britney Spears - ‘3′ Music Video Premiere!

Britney Spears‘ much-anticipated new “3″ music video is here.



The video was directed by Diane Martel, who also helmed Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants.” The song is from Britney’s upcoming album The Singles Collection, which hits stores on November 10th.

Lookin’ good, Britney!

Glee’s Matthew Morrison to Record a Solo Album

Glee’s Matthew Morrison will be recording a solo album, Access Hollywood reports.

Matt, 31, said he’s nearly finalized a record deal and will be recording an album.

“I would consider it a classier Justin Timberlake album,” he said. “It’s going to be me and a big orchestra, but also with beats.”

The Glee star also shared that he wants to do a little bit of everything in the business. “I want to be like the next Gene Kelly,” Matt said. “I want to kind of do it all.” He’s already gotten a Tony nomination for his work on The Light in the Piazza and appeared on Broadway’s Hairspray and South Pacific.

As for the forthcoming Glee tour, though, don’t expect to see Matthew joining the glee club kids on their trip around the country.

“I don’t think I’m going to be involved in that,” Matthew said. “Mr. Schuester likes to take his summer break.”

Colin Farrell & Girlfriend Welcome a Son

Colin Farrell and his girlfriend Alicja Bachleda welcomed a son on October 7th, according to E! News.

The 33-year-old In Bruges actor, who has a child from a previous relationship, is now the proud papa of baby boy Henry Tadeusz Farrell.

Colin and Alicja met on the on the set of Ondine earlier this year - she played a woman Colin catches in his fishing net (who he believes to be a mermaid).

Congratulations to the happy couple!!

Adam Lambert Streams His New Single Online

Adam Lambert introduced his new glam-rock single, "For Your Entertainment," on Ryan Seacrest's radio show early Friday morning, and is now streaming it on his Web site in time for the Halloween party weekend.

You can listen to it at
http://www.adamofficial.com/us/home.

"It's dance music with a glam-rock shuffle beat, in the style of T. Rex and 'Rock & Roll, Part 2,' " the American Idol runner-up told KIIS-FM listeners.

The single, from the upcoming album of the same name, has been described as Lambert's "Britney song," in contrast to his other recently unveiled tune, "Time for Miracles" (from the 2012 soundtrack), which is his power-ballad "Christina song."

The chorus of "For Your Entertainment" features the lines, "Can you handle what I'm about to do/It's about to get rough for you/Because I'm here for your entertainment."

Earlier this week on Twitter, Lambert advised fans to "get ready to shake yo asses to this song. It'll make ya dance for sure." On Friday morning, he added: "Hope you're gonna wanna blast it while you're gettin ready for Halloween!! Then at the club!!!"

Chaz Bono's Girlfriend Completely Supports Her

Chaz Bono says his girlfriend of four years, Jennifer Elia, has been completely supportive during his process of becoming a man. Now, he says, his gender reassignment surgery allows the couple to physically have what they've always had emotionally: a heterosexual relationship.

"She's been amazing," Bono, 40, tells Entertainment Tonight in the second part of a two-part interview, airing Friday. "I feel really grateful to be going through this with a partner."

Elia knew his intentions from the start, Bono says. "I didn't just spring this on Jennifer recently. This was something she knew about shortly after we met."

He adds: "Our relationship always modeled a heterosexual relationship, emotionally and intellectually. So now it does physically as well."

Bono has said he felt male from the time he was a child. "I feel like I'm living in my body for the first time, and it feels really good," he tells ET.

In June, Bono's mother, Cher, told People magazine she supported the decision to pursue a sex change. "The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child," she said.

Anna Nicole Smith Associates Will Face Trial

Three people who allegedly furnished drugs to Anna Nicole Smith before she died will stand trial for a long list of felonies, a judge ruled Friday after a 2 ½-week evidentiary hearing.

Prosecutors say Smith's lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern, 40, her psychiatrist and neighbor, Khristine Eroshevich, 61, and her physician, Sandeep Kapoor, 41, fed a steady stream of deadly drugs to the famous model, who died two years ago at age 39.

"I do find the proof is sufficient to bind them over for trial," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry ruled as he brought the trio's preliminary hearing to a close Friday.

Stern is charged with 11 felony counts, including prescribing a controlled substance to an addict; obtaining a prescription by deceit; fraud and conspiracy. Eroshevich and Kapoor each face six felony counts.

Witnesses who testified during the preliminary hearing included a pharmacist who said that he refused to fill a prescription written by Eroshevich because the high doses of medication amounted to "pharmaceutical suicide."

Also in court, a witness read the following from a June 13, 2005 entry in Kapoor's journal: "I was making out with Anna, my patient, blurring the lines ... I gave her methadone, Valium. Can she ruin me?"

The three defendants return to court on December 11th.

Hugh Jackman Prepares to Pass Sexiest Man Alive Crown

As the one-year reign of Hugh Jackman as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive winds down, it's time to pass the crown to a new deserving hunk. So who does the Australian screen star, Oscar host and current Broadway leading man want to see take the title next?

"Me! I want to be the first to have it back to back, buddy," Jackman, 41, told People's reporter on Friday in New York, while attending the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert (set to air on HBO on November 29th). "That would be fantastic!"

Though he would like to reclaim the title, the Steady Rain star (who costars in the Broadway drama with Daniel Craig, certainly another SMA possibility) says it's been quite an exciting year as the Sexiest Man Alive, but also one that's been a little demanding.

"I thought there were thousands of other guys that deserved it, but it's been a great year. But now the pressures off," he said good-naturedly. "I can be a slob again."

Friday, October 30, 2009

David Beckham's Reason for His New Furry Look

No, David Beckham isn't growing a beard because he's preparing for winter, or because his soccer team is in the play-offs. The real reason, he's said, is because Halloween's just around the corner. Duh. The soccer player wants to dress up as the mutant Marvel superhero Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman in the X-Men films, for the spooky holiday.

The 34-year-old soccer player, who has sons Brooklyn, 10, Romeo, 7, and 4-year-old Cruz with his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, said: “Halloween is coming up and I was thinking of Wolverine from X-Men. It’s not some play-off ritual. I’m just lazy and can’t be bothered to shave. And everybody keeps telling me to cut it and I’m stubborn.”

While David is proud of his beard, he recently topped a poll for having the worst facial hair in showbiz. Siobhan McDermott, head buyer of feelunique.com, who commissioned the poll, said: "Bad facial hair can be disastrous for even the best looking men.”

Although David's facial growth has been met with disapproval, he has received support from the Beard Liberation Front. The group's organizer Keith Flett said: "He's got a retro beard, if you look at it, it's almost like mutton chops. It's the kind of stuff soccer players had in the '70s. It's an interesting choice because he could have gone for the designer style beard that is trendy and fashionable."

Lady Gaga: 'Fashion Saved My Life'

Lady Gaga typically dresses like every day is Halloween, with her over-the-top hairstyles, outfits, and accessories. But, the singer says her outrageous looks makes her feel good and she's not really into looking pretty, anyway. She knows she's out there, and loves turning heads.

Gaga also admitted she has tried hard to look “interesting” while allowing her to grow and become more confident. She explained to Canada’s Flare magazine: "Fashion saved my life. It was complete liberation… it made me feel powerful, ambitious and much more resilient. We all need an image that screams, ‘I’m an individual!’ I think Jennifer Aniston is beautiful, she’s gorgeous, but I prefer to look interesting rather than pretty.”

The singer is not only perfecting her looks, but she's trying to get in great shape for her upcoming Monster Ball Tour, which will coincide with her updated LP, which is due out next month. She explained: "I’ve been training for 2 hours a day to get ready for this. I sing on the treadmill! I do cardio and weights on top of my rehearsals. I want to get my whole body in prime condition so I can carry the show."

Fans can expect a great show from the singer, but even if they can't make one of her gigs, they can get a lock of her hair with her new album to maybe make up for it. The "Paparazzi" singer is preparing to release a deluxe version of her new album The Fame Monster as a special-edition art book next month with a number of bizarre gifts, including a piece of her blonde hair, a personal note from the songstress and a jigsaw puzzle. Would you expect any less?

The collector’s sets will also be filled with pictorials, posters, fanzines, paper dolls, 3D glasses and a behind-the-scenes look at her bizarre life. As well as all the hits from the 2008 LP The Fame, the updated album will feature eight new tracks, including "Telephone," a duet with Beyonce Knowles.

The Fame Monster is due for release on November 24th.

Madonna Gets Called 'God' in Malawi

Madonna's spent the last week in Malawi, and she's been a big hit in the African country -- especially with the kids. The singer visited the place where her adopted son David used to live, and the children not only thought she was a big star, one even said she was "God."

A child said to her: "You are our God. Where could we have been without you?"

Workers at the Home Child Care Center in Mchinji, Malawi, also spoke highly of the 51-year-old star about the way she has been raising David, who is now 4. The center's director, Lucy Chipeta, said: "David is too young to understand… but for us who remember the sickly tiny little baby of 2006, it was hard to hold back tears, including Madonna."

Orphanage founder Thomson Chipeta added to Us Weekly magazine: "He is so boisterous! I can't believe he is the same chap of 2006."

Madonna, who also adopted 4-year-old daughter Mercy from the country earlier this year, recently admitted she has been "taught a lot" by Malawi.

She said: "People always ask me, 'Why did you choose Malawi?' But I have always said, 'Malawi chose me.’ Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted. Coming to Malawi has taught me a lot."

The star is currently in the country with the 2 youngsters and their older siblings, Lourdes, 13, and Rocco, nine.

Hugh Jackman Opts Out of Oscarcast Gig

While speculation is running high on who'll host the Oscars, one name that can be crossed off the list is Hugh Jackman.

The thespian, who's starring on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the drama "A Steady Rain," quietly turned down the job within the past few weeks, sources said.

Jackman drew praise for his first Oscar hosting gig in February under producer Laurence Mark and exec producer Bill Condon. He may take on hosting duties again in the future, but it's understood that he didn't want to do the show two years in a row.

Once his Broadway run ends, Jackman will take time off and prepare for "The Real Steel," the Shawn Levy-directed DreamWorks drama that will begin production in the spring.

The 82nd annual Academy Awards, to be held March 7th, will be produced by Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman.

Robbie Williams is Moving Back to the US

Robbie Williams doesn't care that he's probably going to take a $1.6 million loss on his mansion in England, he just wants to get back to sunny Los Angeles. After just 8 months in the UK, the "Bodies" singer and his girlfriend Ayda Field, who bought the 18th century Wiltshire house for $14 million earlier this year, are heading back to the states -- stat.

An insider said: "Robbie is desperate to get things moving quickly rather than hang around just to get a bit more money. Being settled back in the States quickly with Ayda is more important to him. He's already got a few people interested in the mansion."

The 35-year-old star has previously admitted the house, which has its own helicopter hanger, temples and fountains, was an "impulse buy" when he returned to England after 5 years in the US. He and Ayda were planning to make it their family home, but quickly became fed up with the rainy weather.


He recently said: "Ayda's always wanted to have the change in the seasons, and it's winter and glorious. The garden is pretty special, a winter wonderland and you just want to get cozy. Then it comes to summer and the weather doesn't change that much. Then you think, 'Hmm, LA was good.' Every day you wake up you're in the sun. Your body feels different, your mind feels different -- so we're going back."

Although Robbie would like to keep the house, he has admitted he can't afford to maintain it if he's not living there. He said: "I can't really afford to keep it. Maintenance is a lot. I've done a few impulse buys and it leaves you no money."

"This Is It" Earns $20 Million on 1st Day

The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" earned $20.1 million at worldwide box offices on its first day in theaters as fans around the globe turned out in strong numbers, Columbia Pictures said on Thursday.

The movie studio said the film, which shows the late pop star rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts before his death in June, made $7.4 million in the United States and Canada, and another $12.7 million internationally.

"The studio believes that the worldwide launch, with very strong performance across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia, represents an amazing beginning for the film and a reaffirmation of the global appeal of Michael Jackson," Columbia Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer said in a statement.

Finding comparable films to "This Is It" is difficult because of the movie's unusual nature as a hybrid documentary and concert film, as well as the fact that its star was not alive to promote it.

Moreover, "This Is It" premiered on Tuesday night and then began playing around the world on Wednesday, which is unusual for a movie that is not based on a major franchise like the "Harry Potter" or "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

"It's difficult to make comparisons because there is nothing like this," said Paul Dergarabedian, who runs box office tracker Hollywood.com Box Office.

Among concert films, one top performer recently was 2008's "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour." It enjoyed an opening, three-day weekend of $31 million, starting on a Friday, and went on to earn just over $70.6 million globally during its entire run.

Another recent music movie was 2008's "U2 3D," which earned a total of $16.6 million worldwide during its entire release.

Columbia Pictures paid $60 million to distribute the film and millions more to market it. Columbia is a unit of the Sony Corp's Sony Pictures Entertainment media group.

INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE


In the United Kingdom, box offices rang up just under $2 million, while French sales totaled about $1.4 million, and Germany just over $1 million. Japanese fans spent roughly $1.2 million, and in China, the movie delivered $730,000.

The question now for Columbia is how well the movie will perform during the upcoming, first weekend. Jackson's fans were expected to turn out in droves early, but whether they will be repeat customers remains to be seen.

Columbia has said the movie will be extended beyond its planned two-week run if ticket demand is high, and it plans a DVD release in 2010.

Jackson died on June 25 in Los Angeles at age 50 after suffering cardiac arrest brought on by a drug overdose only weeks before he was to have begun the "This Is It" concerts in London. The shows had been hyped in the media as his chance to erase the stigma of a 2005 trial in which he was acquitted of child molestation charges.

The nearly two-hour movie features Jackson singing and dancing to his biggest hits, including "Beat It," "Black or White" and "Man in the Mirror." Throughout the film, audiences see him working to create a show that would wow fans.

George Michael Hopes for Christmas #1

George Michael will reportedly go head to head with the X Factor winner for the Christmas #1. The star is to release "December Song," a remix of a track he gave away free to fans last Christmas.

He scored a number one with Wham! back in 1984 with Last Christmas.

It has been rumored he may perform "December Song" on The X Factor. It will be available to buy on December 13th.

Last year, the singer announced he was performing his final three major gigs but said he would not be retiring from music.

Would U Show Your Wang for $35,000?

That's the question Levi Johnston asks on his Twitter.

Levi: We've all (pretty much) got the same stuff It's just a celebration of the male body. So yes, take the money and run!

Levi's gearing up for his Playgirl pictorial - in the meantime, he talks up how Sarah Palin called her baby Trig 'retarded' and more on the CBS Early Show:




Kris Allen's Debut Album Sampler

Kris Allen's self-titled debut album is due out on November 17th and here we have a sampler preview of what to expect:



Here's the track list:

01. Live Like We're Dying
02. Before We Come Undone
03. Can't Stay Away
04. The Truth
05. Written All Over My Face
06. Bring It Back
07. Red Guitar
08. Is It Over
09. Let It Rain
10. Alright With Me
11. Lifetime
12. I Need to Know
13. Heartless

Personally...I'm looking forward to Adam Lambert's CD "For Your Entertainment" instead of Kris' debut. Adam's CD will be released on November 23rd.

MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection #64

My favorite Mariah Carey of all-time, "Touch My Body" (Seamus Haji Club Mix) from 2007 is #64 in the "MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection" countdown of his favorite 100 dance club mixes.



For more MUZO all the time, visit http://blog.muzophile.com/.

Adam Lambert Defends His CD Cover on Twitter

Earlier this week, Adam Lambert unveiled the glamorous artwork for his new album cover, For Your Entertainment.

The 27-year-old American Idol vet took to his Twitter to defend it: “Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It’s an [homage] to the past. It IS ridiculous. For those that don’t get it: oh well… Glad to have gotten your attention.”

Adam added, “Debut single is called For Your Entertainment get ready to shake yo asses to this song. It’ll make ya dance for sure. :)”

Housewife Teri Hatcher is Swine Flu Free

Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher has brushed off reports she's suffering from swine flu.

Cast and crew on the set of her hit drama were said to have been put on high alert after Hatcher notified show producers she had been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and pulled out of production scheduled for this week.

But a spokesperson for Hatcher insists the actress is actually suffering from laryngitis.

Her rep tells TVGuideMagazine.com, "She is sick and has laryngitis, but has already finished her work for the week and is not scheduled to work again until next week."

MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection #65

Ne-Yo's "Because Of You" (Josh Harris Vocal Club Mix) from 2007 is #65 in the "MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection" countdown of the MUZO's 100 favorite dance club mixes.



Get more MUZO at http://blog.muzophile.com/.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marc Cherry Signs New Deal with ABC - Desperate Housewives Could Continue thru 2013

Marc Cherry has sealed a new deal that could keep "Desperate Housewives" on the air through 2013.

As part of a two-year extension Cherry signed with ABC Studios, Cherry will remain exec producer of "Housewives" for an eighth and ninth season. The show is currently in its sixth year.

Whether or not "Housewives" continues until then will now depend on the show's core cast members, who are only committed through the 2010-11 season, the show's seventh.

Also signing a two-year extension with ABC Studios is Cherry's top "Housewives" lieutenant, Bob Daily, who will also now remain with the show through those potential eighth and ninth years.

Daily will continue to take a more active role in running the show, particularly as Cherry ramps up his development at the studio. Should one of Cherry's new projects go to series, the studio noted that Daily's role would be "critical" in keeping day-to-day operations at "Housewives" running smoothly.

Cherry now has two projects in the works for the Alphabet, including a drama he's writing with "Housewives" exec producer Alexandra Cunningham. The two of them will exec produce along with another "Housewives" exec producer, Sabrina Wind.

As for the other project, Cherry is working with scribes Jeffrey Bowen and Hunter Bell (both of whom will write) on a multicamera comedy about two mismatched brothers. One sibling is gay, one straight, and the two share a gynecological practice -- but neither knows the first thing about women.

Also attached to the laffer are Wind and Michael Barresse.

Cherry "has been such a special part of the network," said ABC Entertainment Group topper Steve McPherson. "For me it's been an amazing collaboration. It's wonderful to know that he'll be around. The new stuff that he's already working on is a huge priority for us."

Daily, meanwhile, will also start developing projects for the Alphabet while focusing on his "Housewives" duties.

"Bob's such a huge part of 'Desperate Housewives' and is such an extraordinary partner for Marc," McPherson said. "It was extremely important for the network, the studio and for Marc that we secure this relationship with Bob."

Pact with Cherry has been in the works for several months. Cherry had originally hinted that he might end the show sooner, after seven seasons (when his deal was originally up).

But at a cake-cutting ceremony for the show's 100th episode last December, the exec producer let it slip that he had talked to the Alphabet brass about continuing through season nine.

"Desperate Housewives" remains a strong performer for ABC, clocking in as Sunday's most-watched entertainment program all five weeks it has been on the air so far this season. "Housewives" is also one of Disney's top DVD franchises and has been sold in more than 220 territories around the globe. Local versions of the show have also been launched in several markets.

Syfy Picks Up "Being Human" for U.S. Remake

The misfits from the popular British series "Being Human" are about to face another challenge: being American.

Syfy has handed out a 13-episode order to a U.S. version of the BBC show from RDF Media USA.

The comedy-drama revolves around three twenty something roommates, who happen to be a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf, as they help one another navigate the complexities of living double lives.

The original series, produced by RDF subsidiary Touchpaper TV, had an initial six-episode run on digital channel BBC Three. It was so successful that the show got a second window on mothership BBC One. It's slated to return in early 2010 for an eight-episode second season.

Syfy's deal for a U.S. take on the show marks the first scripted series order for the cable network since its rebranding this past summer to attract a broader audience. It also marks the first scripted series order for RDF Media USA.

The search is on for a writer to adapt the show. Syfy is targeting a launch in summer or fall 2010 and eyeing the series as a potential companion piece to breakout hit "Sanctuary," which deals with similar subject matter.

Syfy president Dave Howe stressed that the aim is not to "slavishly replicate the British version." Some of the network's core audience might already be familiar with the original series, which runs in the U.S. on BBC America.

MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection #66

Rihanna made it to the #66 spot in the "MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection" countdown with her 2007 hit "Shut Up And Drive" (The Wideboys Club Mix).



MUZO has been counting down his 100 favorite dance club mixes of this decade. Check out his blog at http://blog.muzophile.com/ for more MUZO!

Matt Damon's New Body

Matt Damon is a totally committed actor!

His commitment to his acting roles even extends to changing his body time and time again.

In The Talented Mr. Ripley, he took off all kinds of weight to appear quite thin (remember the speedo scene) as he wormed his way into the life of Jude Law. Earlier in his career, People Magazine’s 2007 Sexiest Man Alive got positively gaunt for his role in Courage Under Fire.

Then in the recent The Informant, he put on 30 extra pounds to play a mustachioed corporate vice president who becomes a government informant.

In his latest body transormation, Matt has buffed up for Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, which tells the story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) and the captain of South Africa’s rugby team Francois Pienaar (Damon) became allies to help unite the nation in the run-up to the 1995 World Cup.


Chaz Bono Talks About Becoming a Man

As the only child of the late Sonny Bono and pop culture icon Cher, there was no way Chaz Bono was going to be able to quietly transition from life as a woman to a man.

But that seems to be fine with this courageous writer and activist who has become increasingly public about his new life as a man and about what such a transition entails. Chaz gave an exclusive interview to Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart which will air Thursday and Friday.

“[I'm] trying to use my life experience to educate people,” Chaz says in the interview previewed today on Huffington Post. “I feel more like myself more than I ever felt. I feel happier and more confident. I used to live most of my life in my head because I was so uncomfortable in my body. The most important thing about this for me is that my outsides are finally starting to match my insides. I feel like I’m living in my body for the first time and it feels really good.”

About his life-changing decision, Chaz tells Mary, “It wasn’t a sudden decision. I’ve been doing therapy for a long time. It’s a long process going back almost a decade. I got clean and sober in 2004 and I couldn’t have done this before that.”

Millions of fans of the old Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour well remember the cute little blonde girl whose parents would sometimes bring out at the end of the show for a little bit of fun.

But there was more than met the eye.

“I always felt like the male from the time I was a child,” Chaz said. “There wasn’t much feminine about me. I believe that gender is something between your ears not between your legs. That is something I discovered in the early 90’s. It was just a long process of being comfortable enough to do something about it. I was turning 40 and I thought it’s now or never. I want to still feel vibrant and be able to enjoy my life in a male body and not wait until I am an old man.”

Chaz said he began taking male hormones in March which have lowered his voice and has started to shave the “peach fuzz” off of his face about once a week.

[I'm] still not anywhere near what I will look like but really for the first time I am feeling much more comfortable with how I look physically,” he said.

Reviews of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Movie

Sony Pictures debuted Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 17 cities around the world Tuesday night.

Movie reviews, for the most part, have been glowing. Here are some of them:

From MTV News:
What “This Is It” offers is something you can get nowhere else: a look at MJ’s last days and the knowledge that as much as he lost, the man was still a genius to the end. As he announced after one song and, as no one could possibly argue otherwise, “We’re sizzling! We’re sizzling!”

From Time magazine:
For a modern entertainer who dies before his time, immortality is measured in residuals — the money from commemorative projects like this. Michael Jackson will have no resurrection — in the end, that was that — but the movie does earn him a redemptive legacy. It proves that, at the end, he was still a thriller. Fans and doubters alike can look at the gentle, driven singer-dancer at the center of this up-close document and say, admiringly: This was him.

From People magazine:
What does come through is that Jackson worked hard, really hard. He looks a tad thin, but otherwise appears healthy and energetic. We see him sweat through difficult dance routines, reach again and again for high notes, and go through complicated production numbers repeatedly until he nails them. He clearly had a vision, and he gently coaxes his musicians and dancers to make it into a reality.

From the Guardian U.K.:
It’s a bit much to claim it’s any kind of viable substitute for the live show, and since Jackson avoids conversation as much as is humanly possible it’s also a bit much to claim we get to know anything more about how he ticks. But This Is It is a testament of a kind, and one that is no disgrace to his memory.

From the Telegraph:
As This Is It progresses, the focus shifts to Jackson’s struggle to stay on top of this hugely demanding show. At times, when he performs Billie Jean and Man in the Mirror, his authority and remarkable stage presence carry the day.

Even Elizabeth Taylor, who attended an early screening last week, Tweeted that This Is It was “the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen.”


"This Is It" is now showing on theatres across the world for the next two weeks!

Teri Hatcher Diagnosed with Swine Flu?

Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher has brought production on the hit TV show to a standstill after becoming the latest celebrity struck down by swine flu, according to reports.

Cast and crew on the set of the drama have been put on high alert after Hatcher notified show producers she had been diagnosed with the virus known as H1N1, reports TVGuideMagazine.com.

Hatcher's illness comes at a bad time for the production crew - she was due to join all of her co-stars to shoot an important Christmas episode said to involve a small plane crash.

The actress has joined a growing list of celebrity stars who have been crippled by the swine flu - Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint have both contracted the virus.

Star Sighting: Proud Daddy

Wolverine star Hugh Jackman shows his softer side on Tuesday, keeping daughter Ava, 4, close as they dodge the New York City raindrops.

Dancing with the Stars’ Double Elimination

It was a double elimination at Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night and actress Melissa Joan Hart was the first to go.

“I kind of went deaf when he announced my name, and then I went, ‘Oh no, was that us?’” Hart recalled after the show. “I’m going to miss the costumes, the lights, the music [and] walking down the stairs.”

And what about her partner Mark Ballas?

“I feel like I’m going to see him all the time. I’m not going to be able to get rid of this guy,” she joked.

Ballas says he was proud of her dancing, especially since she had never danced before appearing on the show. He reminded Hart about her Charleston, which earned her high marks and sent her to the top of the leader board a few weeks ago.

“You’ll always have that Charleston. You’ll always have that 10,” he told Hart. “A lot of people don’t get that.”

Hart says she will miss the other couples, including snowboarder Louie Vito and his partner Chelsie Hightower who also performed their last dance this week.

In the show’s first ever dance-off, Vito and NFL football player Michael Irvin — who had the lowest scores — were forced to compete and perform 30 seconds of their favorite style of dance. The judges decided who would stay.

“I hate losing. I hate it. It’s probably one of the worst things in the world for me,” says Vito, who danced the jive while Irvin chose the samba. “I really wish I was on the other side of this one and (Irvin) was shaking our hand and congratulating us and they were going home. That’s the competitor inside me.”

Gordon Ramsay's Newest Recipe:
Cosmetic Procedure

Gordon Ramsay might be able to take the heat in the kitchen but when Simon Cowell remarked on his deep facial lines, the celebrity chef decided enough was enough.

"My mother said they were smile lines," the Michelin-starred chef told Britain's Radio Times magazine, referring to the deep grooves on his chin. "I could deal with that at 21, but not at 42."

Furthermore, he said, "Simon Cowell suggested that now I'm a success in America, I should do something, so I had a filler put under the deep crevices."

Not that Ramsey's embarrassed to say the $650 treatment left him feeling more than a little sore, admitting: "It hurt."

In the last year, Gordon Ramsay's vast worldwide restaurant empire was hit by financial woes, while his private life came under scrutiny with reports of an alleged affair. But the British chef says the incident has only made his marriage to his wife, Tana, stronger than ever.

"She's brilliant. That hurricane made us incredibly closer with the support of friends like David and Victoria [Beckham] and our families," he says. "We stopped reading newspapers."

But the fiery chef, who has just added a cafe to his London West Hollywood restaurant in Los Angeles, isn't denying the fact that he's had a tough time. "It was a year from hell. But when I take a beating, I come back twice as strong."

Mia Michaels:
Why I Left So You Think You Can Dance

Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels, 43, exudes art and creativity in dance from her freshly shaved head to her expert toes.

On October 14th, just moments after appearing on a Vegas-week episode of So You Think You Can Dance, she shocked fans across America, announcing (via Twitter) that she was leaving the show after five years. Speculation about her departure ranged from a strife with FOX to rumors of cancer (thanks to her new haircut). On Tuesday, Michaels spoke exclusively with People Magazine and revealed the factors that drove her decision to leave, as well as what is on the horizon for a woman whose name is synonymous with dance.

Why did you decide to move on from So You Think You Can Dance?
It’s been an amazing five-year journey and I am in a place where I have all these great opportunities that have been presented to me and I am ready to take on all these challenges. So when I was working on the show, I wasn’t able to really focus on anything else. Now I’m really focusing on these other projects that I can’t pass up. I think that’s pretty much the main reason why I left the show.

What went into the decision to make the announcement the way you did? And did anyone, like close pal and fellow SYTYCD choreographer Tyce Diorio, try to talk you out of it?
No, nobody tried to talk me out of it. I’m so about my instincts. Instincts never lead you wrong and they’ve never led me wrong. It was a hard decision, actually, because I love doing the show. I love being an artist that millions of people get to see my work. I knew in that moment and we had not even talked about contracts or anything for the new season yet, so I was just ready to move while I had all this other opportunities in front of me. Before I got into the season with the dancers — you know actually getting into a room and creating on them — I just thought it was best for me to step out before I did that.

After your announcement, you appeared on the final Vegas callbacks with your head shaved. Please address all the rumors, including the ones that you have cancer.
As far as me shaving my head, I just felt the need to get rid of it. I was kind of falling into a Hollywood image thing a little bit, and I just felt like it was a cool time to just start over. And that’s why I shaved it. And I had said on the show, “It’s been a difficult time,” and it’s like the last couple months in my life personally I’ve just been going through things … And then when I read those things I went “Oh no!” I do not have cancer. You can put that to rest.

Fans may be hoping this is just a break. Will you be back?
It wasn’t a break because I came to Canada and I choreographed the finale here in Canada, and I have right now scheduled to do the U.K., and Australian [versions of the show], as well as the new Canadian season three, so it’s not like I need a break because creatively I feel like I have a lot to say right now. It was just a decision that I made. It’s just something that I needed to do. I’ve been doing this for a long time and this is just another step in my journey to now take it to the next level.

Do you have any regrets in that you’re going to miss a chance to work with this cast?
It’s not like I can’t go and see the family and support the dancers. In order for me to move forward in my career, sometimes we have to let go before other things can take off. Am I sad? There’s moments, of course, but I’m also doing these other shows that I still get my fix on SYTYCD because I’m still choreographing, I’m still judging, I’m still seeing Nigel. So it’s all a very positive thing.

What new experiences are you talking about and what are about to start working on?
I am right now in talks of doing my own choreography show. I’m also doing a dance musical that will probably be documented as a doc-reality show. And then I’m working on a clothing line for dancers as well as just everyday lifestyle. And I’m working on a book deal as well.

Since leaving, what have you had a chance to enjoy now that you may not have been able to do while maintaining the show’s schedule?
You know sometimes when you’re working on a show, it was like you had to deliver a piece every single week. And you do, you start feeling like a machine. And then you start wondering, “Where is the inspiration for real? Is it inspiration or is that you’ve got to deliver, so you just have to turn it on and do it.” Now I find myself actually more inspired and more excited about creating. I feel like this time is so crucial for me to take that next step in my life.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"This Is It" Shows that Michael Could Still Entertain

Michael Jackson's "This Is It" premiered to a star-filled crowd including Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez and four of the singer's brothers on Tuesday, winning early praise from critics and showing fans that the King of Pop could still entertain.

Culled from 80 hours of videotape taken of Jackson's final days of rehearsals for a series of London concerts planned for July, the film has been called "a story of a master of his craft" by director Kenny Ortega.

Several hundred fans, many of them wearing a single sequined glove like the one the pop star donned in the 1980s, gathered for the Los Angeles premiere and a simultaneous opening in London. Some 150,000, including fans from Brazil and Australia, watched the Los Angeles event live on the Internet.

Premieres were also held in 15 other cities including Seoul, Johannesburg, Rio De Janeiro, and Berlin.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and Jackson's brothers Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon were among those who paid tribute to Jackson, who died suddenly in June.

Ortega opened the Los Angeles premiere by describing Jackson as "a man who's heart pumped to make this world a better place. Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' is and always has been for the fans."

The movie opens with the singers and dancers Jackson had chosen to be part of the show giving testimonials on how they felt to be working with the superstar, then dives directly into his hit "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'".

What follows is nearly two hours of Jackson rehearsing to perform some of his biggest hits for the "This Is It" show. It would have been filled with dances for songs like "Beat It," a new film version of the ghostly "Thriller," rocking tunes like "Black or White" and the moving "Man in the Mirror."

Throughout the film, audiences see Jackson working with his singers and dancers to create a show that would wow his fans, and the premiere audience seemed impressed, cheering at least seven times through the show.

EARLY PRAISE

Claudia Puig, movie critic for USA Today, told Reuters after the film that it "gives you a sense of the show" and is "a window into his still powerful ability to entertain."

The Hollywood Reporter critic Kirk Honeycutt wrote that "with quiet confidence, he clearly was putting together a spectacular concert for the London stage."

Audience member Beau Franklin of Los Angeles said the film was "very moving."

"You get the feeling it isn't over, that there will be more with remixes of his songs and so on," she said.

While Jackson looks skinny, audience members said they saw little about his demeanor or work onstage that would lead them to think he was in ill health during the rehearsals.

Jackson, who grew up as one of Motown legends The Jackson 5 and still has the best-selling album of all-time with 1982's solo effort "Thriller," died suddenly on June 25 in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest at age 50.

Officials have since ruled that his heart stopped due to an overdose of sedatives and the powerful anesthetic propofol, which is used in surgery. The film does not go into his death, which could result in criminal charges against his doctors.

"It's a privileged path to observe Michael as the creative architect and mastermind behind his work," Ortega told Reuters.

The media had dubbed the shows, 50 of them planned for London's 02 arena, as a "comeback tour" for Jackson, who left the stage in the 2000s after charges of child molestation. In a 2005 trial, he was acquitted of all charges but the negative publicity took him out of the spotlight.

Jackson was said to be as much as $400 million to $500 million in debt when he died, but the value of his assets -- principally his music and his ownership of a song catalog that held rights to old Beatles tunes -- outweighed his debts.

After his death, concert promoter AEG Live, which bankrolled the London concerts, struck a $60 million deal with Sony Corp.'s Columbia Pictures movie studio to use the videos and make the film.

Star Sighting: Zachary's a Star Winner!

Zachary Quinto accepted the award on behalf of his Star Trek cast memebers for the "Movie of The Year" at the Hollywood Awards on Monday, October 26th.

Michael Jackson to Top Charts with 'This Is It'

As Michael Jackson's movie "This Is It" opens in theaters worldwide, the film's companion album of the same name is already doing brisk business.

Industry prognosticators suggest that the Epic Records set, which was released on Monday, October 26th, could shift 300,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, November 1st night, reports Billboard.

Depending on how much the movie's opening impacts the album's sales through the course of the week, the set could post a higher figure – perhaps 350,000 copies.

With numbers like that, it would seem like Jackson will be a sure thing for the No. 1 slot next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. If the King of Pop hits No. 1, it will mark his sixth chart-topper, following "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous," "HIStory" and "Invincible."

Jackson already owns the No. 1 selling album of the 2009 calendar year with "Number Ones" -- 2 million sold this year and counting. Additionally, his "Thriller" is the year's 11th best-seller (1.1 million) and "The Essential Michael Jackson" is the 15th biggest (986,000).

The "This Is It" album contains 14 studio recordings of Jackson's hits like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" and two versions of the from-the-vaults title track, which plays over the film's end credits. It also includes three demo recordings and a spoken word poem titled "Planet Earth."

Meet the Cast of ‘Glee’ During Their Mall Tour!

The first soundtrack for the hit TV show Glee is hitting stores next week.

"Glee: The Music, Volume 1" will be available this Tuesday (November 3rd) and the cast will be making appearances at in-stores in New York City and Los Angeles during release week.

Ang Lee Talks About the Heath Ledger/Jake Gyllenhaal Kiss on “Brokeback Mountain”

Ang Lee won the Oscar for directing Brokeback Mountain which somehow lost in the Best Picture race even though it was far superior to Crash. Heath Ledger was nominated for best actor for the film and co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams in supporting categories.

Currently promoting his film Taking Woodstock in the UK, Lee talked to
www.Metro.Co.UK about directing one of the kissing scenes in Brokeback: “I was directing Heath kissing [Jake Gyllenhaal] and I told him that you would never kiss a woman that hard. He needed to do it in a heroic Western way, more passionately.”

He added: “I remember seeing Michelle watching while we filmed – at that point they were already ‘friends’ – and she had a look of concentration on her face because she also thought he should be stronger with Jake.”

Here is one of the big kissing scenes where the lovers are reunited for the first time since their summer together as ranch hands:




Brokeback Mountain will always be my all-time favorite movie and we will always miss Heath Ledger.

Daniel & Hugh Sell Shirts Off Their Backs

Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman turned Sunday's performance of their Broadway show A Steady Rain into an AIDS fundraiser when they literally sold the shirts off their backs.

The Hollywood stars lent their support to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS campaign after the matinee show, raising $4,000 each by offering lucky fans the chance to buy their sweaty clothes.

After the auction, Craig and Jackman brought the winning bidders backstage and autographed the shirts for their generous devotees.

Sunday's afternoon performance was also one to remember for a whole other reason - it was the first showing of A Steady Rain which hadn't been interrupted by a noisy cellphone.

Jackman told the New York crowd, "(Today was the) first time we've done this whole show without a cellphone going off."

The X-Men star was forced to halt an early preview of the play in September to chastise a theatre-goer whose mobile phone rang repeatedly throughout their performance.

Rihanna Unveils 'Rated R' CD Cover

Rihanna's fourth CD, "Rated R" is due out November 23rd and here we are unveiling the cover.

The 'Rated R' cover was shot by famed photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who says that 'Rihanna was looking to create something a bit new for the look of the album.'

Star Sighting: A Good Sign

Hugh Jackman brings out his best threads while attending the Worldwide Orphans Foundation's 5th Annual Benefit Gala Monday night in New York City.

People Magazine's reigning Sexiest Man Alive will soon pass along his coveted titled when the newest cover star is revealed on November 18th.

Lisa Kudrow Joining Courteney Cox Arquette in Cougar Town

Courteney Cox Arquette is bringing one of her famous Friends to Cougar Town: Lisa Kudrow will make a guest appearance on the new ABC show, TV Guide reports.

"If it all works out, she'll play a dermatologist that my character can't stop going to even though the doctor is mean to me," Cox Arquette, 45, tells TV Guide. "She's the best in town at what she does and I become addicted."

So will any of her other former onscreen pals make an appearance on Cougar Town?

"I did ask Matthew [Perry] if he'd play my boyfriend on the show," she said. "He thought it was a little too much after Chandler and Monica." (On Friends, Perry and Arquette's characters got married.)

As for her real life BFF Jennifer Aniston, Cox Arquette says, "I'd love for her to be on the show, too. Obviously we can't cast her so close to Lisa’s appearance but if there’s a great part for her, I'd send it right away."

The two famously locked lips on Cox Arquette's previous show Dirt.

Andre Agassi: I Used Crystal Meth

Tennis star Andre Agassi serves up a bombshell in his new memoir: In the late '90s he began regularly using crystal meth. "I can't speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you're using anything as an escape, you have a problem," he said in a recent interview..

Agassi's book, Open, details his descent into drug use, as well as his hair loss, his troubled marriage to Brooke Shields and the love he eventually found with his current wife, Steffi Graf.

Asked how he thought his fans would react if they found out he was using drugs, Agassi, 39, says: "I was worried for a moment, but not for long. ... I wore my heart on my sleeve and my emotions were always written on my face. I was actually excited about telling the world the whole story."

For Agassi's story in his own words – including his ambivalent attitude toward the sport that made him famous – read an excerpt from his book in the new PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. An excerpt also appears in the new SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

Patrick Swayze's Widow: I Will See Him Again

Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi spoke from the heart Tuesday about losing her husband just six weeks ago, telling a women’s conference that the loss “is like an animal all of its own” and the sadness could be felt “on a cellular level.”

"When the grief takes you, it's like your body is not your own,” Niemi, who was married to the actor for 34 years, said during a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference 2009 in Long Beach, California. “I'm just going with the flow. I know I have to go through it."

Speaking for the first time since Swayze's death, Niemi says she's relied on a close group of friends to get through some of her darker hours.

"I have a few girlfriends that are just amazing. They have made themselves available to me 24/7. They say, 'We don't care if it's 2 in the morning, call me'," says Niemi, her blond hair pulled back into a loose bun and wearing an all-black dress. "I was in the middle of a full-blown panic attack one evening ... and I picked up the phone and called one, which is really hard for me to do because I'm used to being so self-sufficient and taking care of myself, but the very act of picking the phone up to call someone helped to calm me."

Final Regret

Even though Niemi told Swayze many times every day in his last months, "I love you, I love you," and never left his side, she admits, "I've spent two thirds of my life with him. ... My regret is that I didn't tell him that I loved him enough over that entire 34 years."

"I am so grateful for what I had and my connection to him, and part of me believes that I will see him again," says Niemi, her voice breaking, "and I'm just going to have to go on until then."

Niemi was joined on-stage by Elizabeth Edwards and Susan St. James, both of whom lost children in accidents. The discussion, held before a crowd of 14,000, was moderated by California First Lady and Women's Conference host Maria Shriver, who this summer lost her mother Eunice Shriver and uncle Ted Kennedy.

Tsunami of Grief

Describing her feelings about their deaths and the "tsunami of grief" that has followed, Shriver told the crowd: "Grief cracks your heart into little pieces and that hurts, big time, big time. It's hard to concentrate, it’s hard to see, its hard to feel, it's even hard to breathe."

Despite how put-together she may appear on the outside, Shriver says, "Every minute of every day I can feel my broken heart. I tell all of those close to me, 'Don't worry, I'm fine, really, I am....' The real truth is I'm not fine. The real truth is that my mother's death has brought me to my knees."

Kelly Preston had agreed to join in the roundtable discussion and talk about the death of her son, Jett, but had to drop out. "Kelly called to say it was just too painful for her to talk about Jett," says Shriver. "She said the grief was still too debilitating for her. And I totally understood."

But for Shriver, Edwards, St. James and Niemi, the Women's Conference was the ideal forum for sharing their journey with others. "We all hope that this panel will help the grief-stricken among us to see that there is light at the end of what seems like an endless tunnel," says Shriver. "It is our hope that this conversation will give anyone out there dealing with a broken heart or a shattered soul a sense that you are not alone. Because you are not."

The Women's Conference 2009, hosted by Shriver and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, gathers more than 100 newsmakers and world opinion leaders with 25,000 women from all walks of life for to be "educated, inspired and empowered to be Architects of Change in their own lives, within their communities and around the world."
Lisa Niemi, will open up to Oprah Winfrey about her life with and love for the actor – and what it was like losing him – in her first one-on-one interview since his death.
Niemi will appear on Friday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, on which she will also talk about the book she co-authored with her late husband, The Time of My Life.

Adam Lambert Unveils 'Entertainment' CD Cover

The wait is almost over. Adam Lambert's debut CD will be released in less than a month on Monday, November 23rd. Here is the recently released CD cover.

I don't know about you, but I will definitely be purchasing mine first thing that morning!

MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection #67

In the #67 spot of the "MUZOPHILE: The Decade Collection" is Nelly Furtado with "Maneater" (Rauhofer Club Mix) from 2006. MUZO is counting down his favorite 100 dance club muxes of this decade.



Visit his blog at
http://blog.muzophile.com/ for more MUZO!

Star Sighting: Why be So Grey?

After surviving a slight motorcycle mishap over the weekend, Brad Pitt looks a-Ok Monday, cheerfully running errands in Studio City, California.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Colin Egglesfield Speaks Out on Melrose Ouster

Colin Egglesfield is beginning to open up about his sudden dismissal from Melrose Place—and the story he tells differs significantly from the official party line being touted by the CW.

While the show's executive producers suggested on Thursday that Egglesfield and Ashlee Simpson's characters were slated for the chopping block all along when the "Who Killed Syndey" story line wraps up in December, Egglesfield explains to E! Online that the decision caught him completely off-guard.

Says Egglesfield: "I was slated to be in 10 of the 13 first episodes, but I had a multiyear contract."

So why did Egglesfield suddenly find himself out of a job on Thursday? The actor recounts his phone conversation with the show's producers, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer:

"They were really saddened, and you could tell it was difficult for them to break this news to me. They said it was a network decision, and they said the network thought Auggie was a little too dark, with his alcoholism. They felt like in the landscape of Melrose they wanted to change the tone of the show. So that's the explanation that they gave me."

Egglesfield adds that, prior to that phone conversation, "never any discussion that they weren't sure what they were going to do with me or my character. And it wasn't like I was getting in fights with crew members or punching people out."

Colin concludes by saying that, since his character isn't being killed off, "It keeps the door open for, potentially, my character to come back, but who knows?"

Madonna Breaks Ground in Malawi

Madonna plants a Moringa tree at the site of her future academy for girls in a village north of Lilongwe, Malawi on Monday, October 26th.

The 51-year-old entertainer was joined by daughter Lourdes, 13, at the ground breaking ceremony and planting of the “miracle tree.”

“Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted…but coming to Malawi has taught me a lot of things and (I have) learned to appreciate what life gives,” Madonna said.

“I realized how much they deserve to be educated and so for me the best thing I could do was to build a school, a unique school that will create future female leaders, scientists, lawyers, doctors and if this school is successful it will be used as a model to replicate it in other countries.”

The school will admit 500 girls, ABC News reports, and construction will cost about $15 million.

Jennifer Lopez Tries to Stop One of Her Ex-Husbands From Making a Movie About Her

Remember when J. Lo was married to a guy named Ojani Noa? Neither does anyone else, but he's a waiter and model who was married to the singer from 1997 to 1998, and Noa has been vocal about his opinion that he deserved a better divorce settlement. He also claims she cheated on him while they were married.

Now Lopez's marriage to Noa is being dredged up again, because he's trying to make a mockumentary-style movie called How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The J-lo and and Ojani Noa Story.

In Noa's mind, the film would be about his story as an immigrant and his continuing efforts to become close to Lopez (he makes a comparison to Borat and Pamela Anderson). According to The Wrap, he's currently casting for the movie and wants to start filming in February.

Naturally, Lopez wants none of this, and her attorneys have already sent over a cease and desist letter to Noa, citing an earlier injunction against writing about Lopez's personal life. Since it's a parody, the verdict's up in the air on whether he'll be able to move forward with the project.


Rosie O'Donnell Opens Up About Love Split

Rosie O'Donnell has spoken out about her split from partner Kelli Carpenter, a week after reports suggested the pair was living apart.

The actress and TV personality appeared on DJ Howard Stern's radio show on Monday to talk candidly about her personal problems, admitting she and Carpenter were "working through a lot of the stuff that we have".

She added, "We have come to a point where we are seeing (if) what will make everyone happiest is maybe to not live together, but continue to parent. We have different styles of living. I’m very messy. She’s very not."

But when Stern pried into the exact cause of the split, O'Donnell insisted the separation had nothing to do with sex, stating, "Kelli and I have a lot of issues and sex wasn't one of them."

Carpenter, who wed O'Donnell in 2004, reportedly moved out of the couple's home with the pair's youngest child.

Last week, O'Donnell released a statement about the split, which read, "We're a family, we remain a family and we're working on the issues. Kelli and I love each other very much and we are working on our issues.

"Those are the only words I am ever going to say. Ever. And that is something that has been agreed upon by all parties. But everything's fine and everybody's good and we're still both raising them (their children) together. We will both continue to parent them and we're friendly and everything's all right."

Star Sighting: Photo Finish

David Beckham shows off his fine physique – and his new facial scruff! – after a Los Angeles Galaxy game on Saturday. Beckham's team beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0.

Song Sparked Stephen Moyer's Marriage Proposal to Anna Paquin

When Stephen Moyer proposed marriage to his True Blood costar Anna Paquin, he looked to his onscreen vampire character, Bill Compton, for a little inspiration.

"There's a song Bill listens to in the car about a white sandy beach," Moyer tells British Glamour magazine in its November issue. "So we decided to go away for a break – to a white sandy beach – and that's where it happened."

Moyer, 39, and Paquin, 27, managed to keep their off-screen romance a secret on the set until an awkward love scene forced the actor to do the honorable thing and 'fess up.

"One of the cast had to do an intimate scene with Anna," says the Brit actor. "I felt it would be so wrong for him to do it, then find out down the line that we were together."

Like many of the couple's fellow costars on the hit HBO series, the cast member's reaction was one of utter shock. "So after 10 months, we had to tell him," said Moyer. "He couldn't believe it!"

Big Brother’s Jeff & Jordan to Appear on
The Bold and the Beautiful

After spending three months in a house of backstabbers, liars, and cheats, Big Brother’s dazzling duo Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder apparently haven’t had enough. The newly-minted couple will try their hand at scripted subterfuge with a pair of cameo roles on CBS’s daytime stalwart The Bold and the Beautiful. From BB to B&B. What is it about that abbreviation that these kids just can’t get enough of?

Needless to say, not even the antics of their former housemates Russell and Chima could prepare these two for their daytime debut. “Oh my God!” Jordan said in a recent interview, “I was so scared! I’ve never acted or anything like that. I only had one line, but I was like, ‘Please get this right, don’t mess up!’”

As for Jeff, cooler heads were prevailing. That is, at least until the 30-year-old got a look at the wardrobe. “It was an ’80s flashback,” he stated with a groan. “So I was wearing a vest attached to my shirt, and black pants with glitter thrown in there. I looked like a pirate, and not a cool pirate, but like a five-dollar costume you buy just before Halloween at the grocery store.”

To make matters worse was the wardrobe department’s attention to detail. “I even had to wear penny loafers,” Jeff says with a laugh, “with the pennies stuck in the front of them!”

And even though her nerves were getting the better of her, Jordan rose to the occasion in the end, just like she did in the BB house. “Part of my line was, ‘You’re big brother Storm will be so proud,’”Jordan says, “but I kept wanting to say, ‘You’re big brother Earl.’ It just sounded right to me, but I ended up nailing it in the first try.”

Not as fortunate as Jordan? Her “pirate” boyfriend, who needed a couple takes to get his line right. “Jordan was really nervous, and I wasn’t,” Jeff says, “and I’m the one that ends up flubbing his line. Go figure.”

The Bold and the Beautiful episode featuring Jeff and Jordan airs today (Tuesday, October 27th) on CBS.

Levi Johnston's Playgirl Shoot Will Show All

The countdown has begun for Levi Johnston to bare all for Playgirl.

The 19-year-old, former fiancé of Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is set to show it all to the camera come the middle of next month "in order to get the pictures out for the holidays," a Playgirl spokesperson tells the New York Post.

"We're working out the actual details day-by-day, and have come to a very happy conclusion, which we feel readers will be enthralled by," the rep reveals.

The budding media star's manager, Tank Jones, is quoted by the paper as saying he's "90 percent sure" the photo session, for which Johnston is reportedly receiving a six-figure monetary endowment, will feature full-frontal nudity.

In terms of looking buff in the buff, Johnston hired a trainer, Marvin Jones, who also advised the teen on his diet. "Moose meat is very good for you, high in protein and very lean," Jones said in a recent interview. "He's an avid hunter, so he has his own."

Rosie & Angelina were Almost an Item

Rosie O'Donnell had a chance to romance Angelina Jolie before the movie star wed Billy Bob Thornton, but she was too afraid to book a dinner date with the actress.

The gay actress and TV personality has revealed Jolie once gave her her telephone number and the odd couple chatted, but the relationship never went any further.

In a radio chat with DJ Howard Stern on Monday, O'Donnell recalled, "We talked on the phone two or three times, but that was that. There was a tentative plan to have dinner that never came through.

"I was a little afraid of her. She’s scary in a sexual kind of way."

But she has never been able to get Jolie out of her mind: "I have dreams about her a lot still."

The Changeling star reportedly experimented with her sexuality before she wed Thornton - actress/model Jenny Shimizu has often claimed she was involved in a romance with the star a decade ago.