After a huge success with his first starring role in the TV adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Sean "Diddy" Combs has set his sights on another arena to conquer-Hollywood. "I'm out here looking for houses now," Combs told AllHipHop.com. "I'm going to officially be bi coastal. I feel like in order to make movies, you gotta be where they are being made." While audiences weren't sold on the casting, A Raisin in the Sun was the highest rated original TV movie since November 2005, drawing 12.7 million viewers for ABC, and Diddy's performance was well received. "This has really set a tone out there in Hollywood that I could draw, that I could bring people to the box office and put people in seats as I make this transition," Combs said. "It's one of my proudest artistic moments because I kept on working hard. I didn't give up." We know Diddy has mastered the music industry, but is there an Oscar in his future? Eh, not likely, but the guy is persistent. You never know! [Read More »from Diddy goes to Hollywood!
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Mar 20, 2008 8:17 PM EDT
Just after we told you about J.Lo's pampered twins comes news of big celeb baby birthday bash. Tom Cruse and Katie Holmes have hired British music producer Mark Ronson to DJ at Suri's second birthday party on April 18. When you're a Hollywood toddler, pizza and cake with a few other babies doesn't exactly cut it. So what made TomKat seek out a Grammy winner to spin the event? Ronson (known for recent work with Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen) DJ'd the couple's 2006 wedding in Italy and won over the groom with a remixed version of the theme to Top Gun. Good move stroking his ego-If Ronson is available, we can picture Tom wanting him to DJ when Suri loses her first tooth! Ah, being a famous baby. It must be nice. [ShowBizSpy]
Unless you were in a coma, you saw the sensation that was Lindsay posed as a naked Marilyn Monroe in New York magazine. Apparently the word spread so rapidly their website crashed from too many hits and the magazine made thousands in ad sales. Now, Hugh Hefner wants in on the action! The NY Post heard that Hef suggested La Lohan re-create a nude scene from Marilyn's unfinished movie "Something's Gotta Give" to grace the pages of Playboy. So will Linds give? Time will tell. In the mean time, the silk-robed ladies man has set his sites on an even bigger prize: the Olsen twins. "Hef thinks the twins are every young man's fantasy," a source tells Star. Mary-Kate and Ashley turned down his offer to appear in his magazine when they turns 18. Will they do it for Playboy's June issue when they turn 22? "They're all about high-end fashion these days," says the insider . "They want to do Vogue."Read More »from Lindsay and the Olsen Twins in Playboy?
Mischa was charged with four misdemeanors earlier this week including a DUI and marijuana possession stemming from a December arrest. Not too far from her hard-partying character of Marissa Cooper on The O.C. who was eventually killed off by the producers in 2006. We thought it was all but over for the ex-small screen teen queen until rumors about an upcoming role on the CW's Gossip Girl. TV Guide says she was handpicked for the role of Georgina Sparks-an old friend of troublemaking Serena van der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively). But today her rep told Usmagazine.com, "She will not be on the show. She was approached, but her reps passed." Hmm… could they be doing damage control? Barton is now in Paris promoting her upcoming drama Closing the Ring and taking in the shows at Fashion Week. While we would have enjoyed a return to the boozing and drugging Mischa we've come to enjoy watching over the years, perhaps it was a good move on the part of her camp. Fine, be boring! We'll tune inRead More »from Mischa Barton turns down Gossip Girl role
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Mar 20, 2008 8:10 PM EDT
It's all but confirmed that the twins of Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony are named Max and Emme (possibly short for Maximiano and Emelina). But it's not just their names that have been kept safe from the public. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Jenny is spending $600,000 on six baby bodyguards. Seriously? Of course the babies are precious, but that sounds beyond excessive. They also claim that the couple has installed cameras throughout the house because J.Lo is "paranoid about a possible kidnapping." Her rep tells TMZ, "This story is ridiculous and without merit," however she admits they do have a security team ready for action. Hmm… she maybe be Jenny from the Block, but we doubt she's depriving her new additions from the Hollywood treatment. Maybe there are only five bodyguards. [TMZ, Star]
Gone are the days when joining an online dating site has an desperate social stigma. But what about when you're a hot, young celebrity! 20-year-old Jesse McCartney has girls everywhere drooling over him, so why is he searching for a date on the internet? "One of my best buddies is a conservative Jew and his sister had met her boyfriend on JDate," he explains. Okay, but didn't anyone tell him the "J" stood for Jewish? "There are a lot of different people of all religious backgrounds on that site. My screen name is jbagel07." Right, but what happens when prospective suitors recognize him? "A lot of people see the pictures of me and say, 'Who are you? Why are you pretending to be Jesse McCartney?' And I say, 'It's me - I just decided to meet somebody online.' And they're still like, 'Why are you doing it?' I have to admit I have a pretty cheesy profile - I just had fun with it." After his breakup with Katie Cassidy (yes, David's daughter) we encourage him to get back on the market-onlineRead More »from Jesse McCartney seeks companion on JDate
Scarlett Johannson has been giving love advice to her pal Jessica Biel. Nothing weird there… oh, unless you consider that she's been linked to Jess's boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. So what's the deal, were they comparing notes? "Jessica knows she and Justin are happy and there are no problems," says an unnamed source. "But she wanted to get a female perspective on the best way to handle all the rumors about him with other girls." Scarlett's advice? "Ignore the speculation and concentrate on the relationship." How mature! She's experienced with high-profile relationships, namely her current romance with Ryan Reynolds. But perhaps S.J. isn't the best girl to play Dr. Romance. Today the NY Daily News claims that Ryan and Scarlett "haven't spent more than a day in the same city in months." In fact, while promoting their respective films "Fireflies in the Sky" and "The Other Boleyn Girl" at a film festival in Germany, Ryan had swarms of women around him. As a result, instead of celebratingRead More »from Scarlett coaches Jessica Biel on Love
R.E.M. singer and 90's icon Michael Stipe has come out of the closet in the current issue of Spin magazine. While we thought Stipe announced he was gay about 15 years ago (does anyone recall a story Courtney Love once told about Stipe-Frances Bean's godfather-spending a night with Kurt Cobain?), apparently his sexuality has been under wraps till now. "I recognize that to have public figures be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere out there," Stipe says in the interview. Well, now that R.E.M. are back and have just come back from some shows at SXSW, perhaps this will generate some buzz to a generation unfamiliar with "Losing My Religion."
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Mar 18, 2008 10:09 PM EDT
Court commissioner Scott Gordon ordered Britney Spears to give ex-hubby Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his legal fees in their child custody case. With K-Fed making dough just to celebrate his birthday in Vegas and a recent alleged $2000 tip on a restaurant bill, we hardly feel it's fair for her to give him money to take her kids away, but perhaps it's for her own good. Besides, no matter what happens, Britney rakes in around $700,000 a month just for being Britney. Not bad! To save up more cash, Spears' dad, Jamie, was also granted permission to sell some of her cars-she's currently got nine of them. With sometime "manager" agreeing to keep his distance for a month and an upcoming sitcom appearance on How I Met Your Mother, Brit could be on the up-and-up.
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Back in June 2002, R&B singer R. Kelly, 40, was indicted on child pornography charges and accused of filming himself having sex with an underage girl who may have been as young as 13. Kelly has denied the charges and finally is headed to trial on May 9, but some two new witnesses have surfaced and are expected to confirm prosecutors' claims about the identity of the girl. Sources say both witnesses knew Kelly and the girl during the time the tape was made and that one even worked for him! Assistant State's Atty. Shauna Boliker said the new potential witnesses "just recently came into our knowledge," while Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan called the last-minute witness addition "extraordinary." The prosecution must be jumping for joy as the female who allegedly was filmed has denied being in the tape. If Kelly is convicted he may face up to 15 years in prison. We won't admit to seeing the tape so we definitely can't tell you that the guy did look an awful lot like that guy