Pitt eggs paparazzi on
Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt reportedly snapped at a group of paparazzi encamped outside his Beverley Hills home in Los Angeles--and bombarded them with eggs. Six carloads of photographers managed to spark rage in the Troy actor, who's currently the center of attention following his split with wife Jennifer Aniston last week after four years of marriage. The infuriated actor was so appalled at the sight of the intrusive photographers, he began launching eggs at them--catching one paparazzo on the side of the face, reports the BBC.
Fawcett and O'Neal will marry on TV
Reconciled superstar couple Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal will marry on a reality television show. The pair ended their 17-year relationship in 1997--but have been dating for the past year. And they now want to marry for the first time, with footage of the ceremony appearing on Fawcett's new show Chasing Farrah, which airs Jan. 19, according to the New York Daily News. It's been claimed the pair--who have a 21-year-old son--reconciled over O'Neal's battle with leukemia. O'Neal has previously been married twice. Fawcett has also walked down the aisle once before.
Kidman: 'I wish I loved women'
Nicole Kidman often wishes she were a lesbian, because she's convinced life would be more simple if she found women attractive. However, the Oscar-winning actress--who divorced Tom Cruise in 2001--concedes she is "hooked" on men. Kidman says, "It would be far easier to go, 'Oh, I wish I loved women!' But I don't. I mean, I love them, but physically, they just don't do it for me. I love the way a man thinks. I love the way a man smells. I love the way men look... I'm hooked on the male physique - hooked on it!"
Stamos' brief new love
Actor John Stamos has found new love following his split from wife Rebecca Romijn-Stamos--but friends don't expect it to last. A year after the couple separated, Stamos has begun dating socialite Charlotte Freund. But pals insist Stamos shouldn't get excited about any longterm relationship--because the "It girl" still hasn't got over former beau Todd Meister, who himself recently split from wife Nicky Hilton. A source tells Pagesix.com, "Charlotte is moving to Paris. She is only 20. Todd broke her heart and she has never gotten over him." Last month, Stamos complained he would "be really happy to be in love again" but has struggled to move on following his split from Romijn-Stamos, because he is "not good" at dating.
Troyer accepts he was married
Austin Powers star Verne Troyer is set to officially recognize his 30-day marriage to leggy yoga teacher Genevieve Gallen--in order to get her out of his life. Gallen sued the tiny actor last year after he denied he was legally wed to her. The two have been locked in a bitter dispute, while Gallen allegedly hoped for a reconciliation. But now legal show Celebrity Justice has learned the two are close to reaching a settlement, which would entail a divorce. Sources claim Troyer will now acknowledge he and Gallen were married and agree to a divorce.
Carradine weds for a fifth time
Kill Bill star David Carradine is hoping five is his lucky number after he welcomed in the New Year by marrying for the fifth time. The 68-year-old movie star exchanged vows with mother-of-four Annie Berman in a low-key beach ceremony late last month. Carradine's lawyer Vicki Roberts, who served as a Justice of the Peace to authenticate the vows, says, "I asked each of Annie's four kids if they'd take David to be their new daddy and protector and they did." The Carradines first public outing will come this Sunday when they attend the Golden Globe Awards, where Carradine is nominated for a best supporting actor prize.
Johansson's tonsil fears
Scarlett Johansson fears her tonsils are set to be sold on internet auction site eBay--because nurses wouldn't let her see them once they'd been removed. The actress thought she'd be able to take her tonsils home with her after undergoing a hellish operation late last year, but wasn't even allowed to look at them. She says, "I didn't realize how huge they were--they were over an inch in length and almost an inch in width. They were huge and they don't let you see them afterwards, which I was thought was lame. I've been with the bastards for 20 years and I expected to see what they look like. (The nurse) looked very strange when she told me I couldn't have them and I'm afraid they're on eBay right now."
Happy Days stars reunite
The cast members of classic comedy Happy Days are reuniting for a 30th anniversary TV reunion. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Don Most and Anson Williams will gather for ABC's Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion, which will air in the U.S. on Feb. 3. The special will feature bloopers and recollections--as well as an unseen clip of Fonzie, played by Winkler, kissing Ross' Mrs. Cunningham.
Trump to launch Apprentice-inspired Caribbean cruise
Property tycoon Donald Trump is using the success of his reality TV show The Apprentice to lure sun seekers onto his Caribbean cruise. The boat trip, which will begin in New York City on Sept. 26 after a send-off party hosted by Trump, will last for eight days and feature past contestants from the show. The vessel will be the Carnival cruise line's 1,062-cabin The Legend, which will be renamed the Trump World Legend for the week. Onboard, passengers will be able to take part in team-based tasks similar to those carried out by contenders on The Apprentice. There will also be a golf tournament on the island of St Thomas. One lucky winner will win a prize to spend a day as boss of the travel website Expedia.com, which is the commercial sponsor of the voyage. The CEO-for-a-day will receive a $15,000 paycheck, first-class airfare to New York and ground transportation by limo, plus a stay in a five-star hotel. Fares start at $1,199 per person.
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Chappelle's $50 million richer
Comedy Central's hot commodity Dave Chappelle inked a massive deal with the Viacom-owned cabler for two more seasons of his hit series Chappelle's Show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal could be worth about $50 million, catapulting Chappelle, 30, into television's top earners. He'll be paid approximately $5 million per episode with a 10-episode commitment per season, will have a chance to profit from the show's DVD sales, and has set up a multimillion-dollar deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures to star in features include an adaptation of the autobiography of Rick James, the funk veteran whom Chappelle has lampooned on his show. The ratings for Chappelle's Show have been high and have also helped to boost other longtime staples including The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and South Park."Life without Chappelle's Show would not have been very bright as far as getting or exceeding those numbers again," said Lauren Corrao, senior VP of original programming and head of development, told the Reporter. "It means a great deal to growing our schedule. We're thrilled to have him back."
MTV Music Video Awards adds more to its celeb roster
Dave Chappelle is also making an appearance at the 21st annual MTV Music Video Awards, joining other celebs including Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Jon Stewart and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, The Associated Press reports. MTV announced that hip-hop artists Lil' Jon, Petey Pablo, the Ying Yang Twins and Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe will perform, along with Usher, Kanye West, Yellowcard, Jet, Hoobastank and Jessica Simpson. The show will air live Aug. 29 in Miami, Fla. Jay-Z's jarring video for "99 Problems," which depicts his own murder as a metaphor for his retirement from rapping, leads with six nominations. Beyonce, No Doubt and OutKast received five nominations each.
VH1 to air Jackson movie
VH1 will debut its original movie on beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson Friday, AP reports. Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story traces the trials and tribulations of Jackson's life from his Motown days to his present legal woes, starring UPN's One on One's Flex Alexander as the King of Pop, who performed all the dance moves.
Franken brings radio show to cable TV
Liberal political humorist Al Franken is headed back to television next month with plans to bring his radio show to the Sundance cable TV channel, a spokesman told Reuters on Monday. Starting Sept. 7, Sundance will package the best of Franken's three-hour weekday radio program into a one-hour telecast of highlights that will air at 11:30 p.m. the same night, with repeats at 2:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. the next morning. His radio show debuted on March 31 as part of the fledgling Air America radio network, billed as a liberal antidote to the predominantly right-leaning talk-show culture whose ranks include Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.
Chris Rock releases first album in five years
Funnyman Chris Rock is preparing to release Never Scared, his first album since 1999's Bigger and Blacker, Reuters reports. The album, due Aug. 31 through Geffen, features material from his HBO special of the same name as well as a handful of music parodies and new comedy sketches including a parody of OutKast's hit "Hey Ya!" dubbed "Crackers." The album will also include a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage from the HBO special. Rock, who has been on hiatus from film for the past two years, will be heard in the 2005 animated feature Madagascar and is set to star in the remake of the football-themed The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and rapper Nelly.
Schwarzenegger settles bobblehead doll dispute
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has settled a lawsuit against Ohio Discount Merchandise Inc., the company that produces bobblehead dolls featuring a gun-toting Schwarzenegger in a business suit. Under the new agreement, the company can produce dolls, priced at $19.99, but without the gun. Ohio Discount also agreed to donate a portion of sales to Schwarzenegger's nonprofit Arnold All-Stars after-school program in Los Angeles, the AP reports. But Ohio Discount's co-owner, John Edgell, said he opposes the settlement and plans to seek an injunction. His partner Todd Bosley said he severed ties with Edgell when he sought offers for a "Groping Arnold" bobblehead, after accusations surfaced that said Schwarzenegger had groped several women during his years in Hollywood.
Valenti comments on Hollywood's changing landscape
Jack Valenti, who announced in June he was stepping down as MPAA president and CEO after nearly four decades, said in an opinion column in Monday's Los Angeles Times that his greatest achievement as head of the Motion Picture Association of America was that he survived. "To endure in a volatile, unpredictable arena populated by egos the size of small planets is not an inconsiderable achievement," Valenti, 82, wrote. Valenti also noted the vast changes in Hollywood during his 38-year tenure, including huge increases in production and marketing costs; reliance on make-or-break opening weekends; the explosion of the DVD market; and the piracy risk digital cinema presents. Dan Glickman, the former U.S. agriculture secretary under President Clinton, takes over as MPAA chief Sept. 1, while Valenti will continue to oversee the movie ratings system.
Green Day hits the road
Green Day will be touring in support of their new album, American Idiot, due Sept. 21 via Reprise, Reuters reports. The routing for the tour is not yet finalized, but is expected to get underway Oct. 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas, with rock act New Found Glory and up-and-coming rock outfit Sugarcult in tow. American Idiot is the follow-up to 2000's Warning, which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before the fall tour, Green Day will perform American Idiot in full at a handful of dates closer to the album's release.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.