August 27, 2004 12:35pm EST
Paris Hilton publishes memoirs
She conquered reality TV with The Simple Life, captured the home video market with One Night in Paris and now Paris Hilton has her eyes set on the best-seller list. Hilton's 198-page memoir, titled Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose (Fireside), is hitting bookshelves Sept. 7, The Associated Press reports. According to excerpts from the book, published in the Sept. 6 issue of People magazine, Hilton writes about her youth as an heiress. "It's traditional for an heiress to be raised in a sheltered way," Hilton writes. "No one thinks that's true of me, but it actually was." But the party girl insists she wasn't spoiled. "The rumor is that I got a credit card at age 9, which is ridiculous. It was more like 19, and I had to get one myself without my parents." Hilton also explains she has come to terms with being small-chested: "It was so embarrassing being flat-chested that I wore padded bras till I was 17. Now, I'm happy to be small. It looks better in clothes." Her memoirs also reveal her plans for the future. "I don't always want the glamorous, jet-set life. Let's face it, I've done it," she points out. "Someday soon, I want to have children and a big house with a lot of animals--like my parents had."
Tommy Lee to star in reality series
Here's a reality show you won't want to tune out! Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has signed on to star in an NBC reality series centered on his enrollment at yet-to-be-named college. Reuters reports the still-untitled show is currently in development and does not yet have a premiere date. This is Lee's second try at reality TV. In 2002, the musician had a development deal with VH1, but the network declined to pick it up as a series and instead aired it as the special Tommy Lee: The Naked Truth. Lee, who is reportedly eyeing a reunion tour with Motley Crue in 2005, is also hitting bookshelves Oct. 19 with his autobiography, Tommyland (Atria Books).
Apprentice 2 cast unveiled
NBC has revealed the cast of The Apprentice 2, which premieres Sept. 9. The second season of real estate mogul Donald Trump's reality series features 18 contestants--up from the first season's 16--including four New Yorkers and four Harvard graduates. The oldest contestant is 37 while the youngest is 23. There are also a few coincidences with female contestants: There's Stacie and Stacy, two Jennifers, an Ivana and Pamela--who bears an uncanny resemblance to Trump's adviser, Carolyn Kepcher. According to the AP, the 18 contestants lived in a specially designed suite in Trump Tower with such amenities as a three-hole putting green, a basketball hoop, a $100,000 kitchen and a couch from Trump's own apartment.
Tommy Hilfiger eyes reality TV series
Like daughter, like father? Reuters reports fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is eyeing a competition-style reality series centered on the fashion world for CBS. The talks come just weeks after Tommy Hilfiger Corp. announced it was selling its building at 485 Fifth Avenue in New York and eliminating one of its four distribution centers in New Jersey. Earlier this month, the clothing and accessories company posted a first-quarter loss of $7.6 million, or 8 cents a share. Hilfiger's daughter teenage daughter Ally ventured into the world of reality TV last year with MTV's Rich Girls. The show, which wasn't exactly well received, followed Ally and her gal pal Jamie Gleicher through the course of the summer following their high school graduation.
Queer Eye for Gene Simmons?
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons says on his official Web site the producers for Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy have asked him to be on the show. "They called me and asked me if I would do it. I'm a fan of the show. We may shoot on the 28th of September," Simmons says. Bravo did not immediately return the AP's calls seeking a comment. The hit makeover show fearing the "Fab Five"--Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez--is now in its second season, airing Tuesdays on Bravo at 10 p.m. (EDT).
Charlize Theron new face of Dior fragrance
Cosmetics giant Christian Dior announced Thursday Oscar winner Charlize Theron will be the new face of the fragrance J'adore. "Ms. Theron was chosen because she represents modern femininity and embodies the spirit and energy of Dior. She is a classic beauty," Pamela Baxter, president and CEO of LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics, Dior's parent company, said in a statement. Print ads and TV commercials featuring Theron will debut next month--about the same time ads for Chanel No. 5 featuring another Oscar winner Nicole Kidman will premiere. Dior's artistic director John Galliano oversaw all aspects of the ad campaign.
Warners finally to release Matrix set
At last, Warner Home Video is releasing the 10-disc Ultimate Matrix Collection. Variety reports the set, priced at $79.92, will be released Dec. 7. The compilation includes the three films, more than 35 hours of bonus features including more than 100 old and new featurettes and previously released animated shorts. Also in the set are previous stand-alone length DVDs such as the Animatrix collection of Matrix-related animated shorts, The Matrix Revisited documentary and even audio commentaries by critics who didn't like the movies. For an extra $50, Warner will offer a limited edition set that comes with a Neo mini-bust figurine and an 80-page collector's book.
Black Eyed Peas joins forces with EA's Sims
Electronic Arts Inc., the world's largest video game publisher, announced Thursday the Black Eyed Peas will produce the soundtrack to the upcoming game The Urbz: Sims in the City, Reuters reports. Goals in The Urbz, which places characters in an urban metropolis, is to build up street credibility and become a 'player' with access to all the fashionable hotspots of the city. Along the way, virtual versions of band members Will.I.Am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap appear as musicians and teach dance moves to players. Console versions of the game will also include nine tracks from the upcoming Peas album Monkey Business recorded in Simlish, the babbling language in EA's hit Sims video franchise.
October 27, 2003 10:01am EST
There is a new celebrity breed sprouting in Hollywood: The offspring of the privileged. Over the next couple of weeks, HBO, MTV and Fox will allow TV viewers to see firsthand just how trust-fund babies live.
The first look into the lives of the rich and soon-to-be famous will come with HBO's documentary Born Rich. In the film, Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, examines the ups and downs that stem from wealth and privilege among 10 young adults, including high school classmates S.I. Newhouse IV, heir to the Conde Nast publishing empire; Ivanka Trump, daughter of real estate developer Donald Trump; and Luke Weil, heir to the Autotote online gaming empire.
Johnson, 23, spent three years working on the film, which he produced and directed. He told The Associated Press last week that his motivation for making the film was personal.
"[My father] always told me from a very early age, don't talk about money, deny being wealthy if people ask you," Johnson said. "He was seriously against it and really discouraged me from doing it. It actually encouraged me and I thought this film needs to be made."
But not everyone shared his enthusiasm. Johnson was turned down by heirs to the Rockefeller and Campbell Soup fortunes and was sued by Weil, who claimed the documentary defamed his character. A New York judge dismissed the lawsuit in October 2002.
Although the film, originally a feature, never found a buyer for theatrical distribution, it caught the attention of HBO executives at this year's Sundance Film Festival, who secured rights to the completed project and will air it tonight at 10 p.m. EDT.
In December, Fox will premiere The Simple Life, a reality show in which two wealthy individuals, heiress Paris Hilton and Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole, are pulled from the luxury they are accustomed to and thrown onto a country farm in rural Arkansas and forced to live well beneath their means.
And just in case viewers still haven't had their fill of the progeny of the insanely rich comes MTV's Tuesday premiere of Rich Girls. The reality series showcases the lifestyles of wealthy teen socialites, Ally Hilfiger and gal pal Jamie Gleicher, as they travel and shop the globe.
October 15, 2003 2:13pm EST
Top Story: Kidman Wins Damages Against Tabloid
Star Nicole Kidman, who won an Oscar for her performance in the 2002 drama The Hours, won undisclosed libel damages and an apology Tuesday from the British tabloid Sun that reported in March she had had an affair with her Cold Mountain costar Jude Law, which led to the breakup of his marriage. In London's High Court, the Sun admitted the allegations about Kidman were untrue. "The defendants are here today to publicly set the record straight and through their solicitor to personally apologize to the claimant for the distress and the embarrassment they have caused her," said the Sun's lawyer Daniel Taylor. He added that the paper vowed never to repeat the allegations and would pay fines and damages. Kidman was not in court but said in a statement: "I am glad that this has finally been resolved." According to BBC News, she will donate the balance of the damages received from the case to a charity that helps Romania's abandoned children.
Miramax To Downplay Bennifer in Jersey Girl Ads
Miramax Films has decided to spin the advertising around their upcoming film Jersey Girl around director Kevin Smith instead of its stars, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Launch.com reports that the studio decided to rethink its marketing strategy following a supposed Bennifer backlash with the bomb of Affleck and Lopez's Gigli. Jersey Girl was originally set for release this fall but was pushed back to a 2004 release date. The promotion for Smith, who has directed Clerks, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, is likely to be the biggest he has ever received.
Actors Join Screener Ban Opposition
Variety reports actors Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Frances McDormand, Rosanna Arquette, Hilary Swank, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, Ellen Burstyn, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Don Cheadle, Willem Dafoe, Olympia Dukakis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Selma Blair have all signed on to protest the Oscar screener ban. "This is an acknowledgement that actors are often the triggers for financing and distribution decisions on independent movies so it's really important their voices are heard," said IFP's executive director Michelle Byrd. "The ban creates a disadvantage for actors in films released by the studio divisions, which often are the ones that need real support campaigns."
Martha Stewart Doubtful She Will Serve Jail Time
Lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart, who is facing criminal charges in an insider trading scandal, told Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview with ABC News that although she is feeling scared about going to prison, she doubts she will end up behind bars. Stewart came under fire last year for selling shares in biotechnology firm ImClone Systems Inc. just before the company reported some bad news that sent its stock plunging. She is a close friend of former ImClone chief executive Sam Waksal. Reuters reports the interview, the first broadcast TV interview Stewart has granted since her June indictment on obstruction of justice charges, is set to air during the November ratings sweeps, but the network declined to give an exact date.
Tommy Hilfiger's Daughter Stars in MTV's Rich Girls
MTV is set to debut a new reality series tilted Rich Girls, which follows two wealthy young women as they dash around New York City mindlessly spending money. According to The Associated Press, one of the girls is Ally Hilfiger, the daughter of designer Tommy Hilfiger. "We just prance around this damn city like it's, like, our shopping haven," Hilfiger says in the first episode. But she adds, "Just because we're rich doesn't mean that we're not good people." In the premiere scheduled to air at 10:30 p.m. ET Oct. 28, cameras capture Hilfiger and her friend Jamie Gleicher riding in a limousine as they shop for prom dresses. Gleicher, however, says she has learned "money does not buy happiness."
Role Call: Wilson-Sampras Joins Shopgirl Cast
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras has joined the cast of the Steve Martin comedy Shopgirl, which is being directed by Anand Tucker and co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Claire Danes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on Martin's best-selling novella of the same name. The Shopgirl role marks a return to acting for Wilson-Sampras, who took some time off after having a baby with her tennis champ husband, Pete Sampras.