Pop star Jessica Simpson has failed to impress her new boyfriend Tony Romo's football teammates--and has been banned from attending their games.
Simpson made her romance with Romo public after showing up at the Dallas Cowboys' Sunday game wearing a miniature version of his jersey.
But members of the Cowboys have blamed Simpson's appearance for Romo's lackluster performance--and are urging her to watch the games from home--after Romo's relationship with singer Carrie Underwood earlier this year was criticized for adversely affecting him.
Star player Terrell Owens says, "Right now, Jessica Simpson is not a fan favorite in this locker room or in Texas Stadium. I think with everything that has happened, and obviously the way Tony played and the comparison between her and Carrie Underwood, I think a lot of people feel like she's probably taking his focus away.
"I've got a message for her when we make the playoffs: Just stay tuned."
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Serena Williams' romance with Brett Ratner has come to an abrupt end after the
director spent a week partying in New York with Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
The pair had been enjoying a low-key relationship for quite some time, but
tennis ace Williams became increasingly frustrated with Ratner always being
away from her.
So after meeting up with Ratner at April's Delray Beach, Florida, FedCup
tennis match between her sister Venus and German player Els Callens, Williams
inquired about what he'd been doing in the Big Apple for a week, prompting the
answer, "I was hanging out with Puffy, Jay-Z and JD, Jermaine Dupri... Give me
some love. Show me that you care."
After becoming agitated with the filmmaker's constant attempts at getting
affection, Williams blasted, "I've been home for three weeks and I've asked you
nicely and kindly not to come for [just] 24 hours. You come on Saturday and you
leave on Sunday and I'm sorry but that's just not good enough for me. I'm very
"I don't wanna be [your girlfriend]. I wanna see other people... We don't
have a relationship. It's too bad things didn't work out between us."
Acknowledging the presence of cameras - shooting footage for the Williams
sisters' new reality show Venus & Serena: For Real - Ratner asked, "Is this the
His attempts to kiss her again for a "Nick [Lachey] and Jessica [Simpson]
moment" were blocked by Williams, who had at least one happy memory from that
afternoon--her sister won the match.
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Top Story: Passion To Go Primetime?
Apparently Mel Gibson's Icon Prods. has quietly started the process of shopping for TV licensing deals for The Passion of the Christ, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It would be the first hugely successful film to come down the pike as a true free agent for pay TV and broadcast/basic cable licensing in more than five years, since Fox scooped up the rights to George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace. But sources told the Reporter Icon has made it clear to prospective buyers that the film must run in its entirety and that even some of the more graphic scenes of beatings cannot be edited down, which would make it tough for the four broadcast networks to line up advertisers for the controversial film, even if cuts were made. Others on the list include HBO, Showtime and other major cable outlets.
McGregor Turns Easy Rider
Ewan McGregor, who recently starred in Big Fish, takes to the road on his motorcycle for his next project. Reuters reports the 33-year-old Scottish actor will embark on a three-month journey around the world starting in Eastern Europe, through the hostile terrain of Mongolia, Siberia and Alaska and ending in New York. He'll be joined by friend filmmaker Charley Boorman, son of director John Boorman, who will film their adventures as a documentary. Since January, Reuters reports the pair have trained with ex-soldiers and learned how to perform emergency medical procedures to ensure they can survive any encounters with unfriendly weather, wildlife or serious accidents.
Walters Could Net Hefty Book Deal
Star interviewer Barbara Walters is close to signing a contract with Miramax Books to write her memoirs, Reuters reports, while a report in New York's Daily News speculated the deal could be worth as much as $6 million. "They were very closed mouth over at Hyperion," Publisher Weekly's editor John Baker told Reuters about Miramax's parent publisher. "But an editor there told me they expected to be able to confirm something in about 24 hours." But Baker said he was surprised at the $6 million figure. "I expected it to be a lot lower than this. It sounds phenomenally high. You'd have to sell a couple of millions of copies to get the money back. I'd be surprised if it comes down at that level."
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Billy Crystal has joined the league of celebrities who write children's books. As a "love poem" to his first grandchild, the 57-year-old actor penned I Already Know I Love You, published by HarperCollins, which details things Crystal hopes to do with his grandchild, including eating spaghetti and going to a baseball game, Reuters reports. "It's profoundly moving when your baby has a baby," Crystal said about his daughter having a child, after reading his new book to 5-year-olds at the Children's Museum in Manhattan Tuesday.
Simpson, Jackson Rate Well Over Weekend
The ABC Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey variety special, which took in 11.5 million viewers Sunday, as well as Janet Jackson's appearance on Saturday Night Live helped bolster the ratings over the Easter weekend, The Associated Press reports. CBS won the week overall with 11 million viewers, while NBC came in second with 10.2 million viewers. Fox had 8.6 million viewers followed by ABC with 7.7 million and the WB and UPN with 2.7 million each. For the week of April 5-11, the top 10 shows were: American Idol (Tuesday), Fox; The Apprentice, NBC; Survivor: All-Stars, CBS; American Idol (Wednesday), Fox; ER, NBC; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS; NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Georgia Tech vs. Connecticut, CBS; The Swan, Fox; Friends, NBC; Without a Trace, CBS.
Parton Receives "Living Legend" Award
Dolly Parton will receive "The Living Legend" award from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the AP reports. The 58-year-old singer and songwriter, whose hits include "Jolene" and "9 to 5," will perform at the ceremony for a taped special set to air in May on the cable channel Great American Country. Past recipients include musicians Johnny Cash and Ray Charles; filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese; comedian Bob Hope; and baseball player Cal Ripkin Jr.
Role Call: Affleck Joins Glory; Plummer in Our Fathers; and Beauty Shop
Ben Affleck is set to star in Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road, which aims to start production this summer. In the project, Affleck will play college basketball coach Don Haskins who led the first all-black lineup of players from Texas Western to the NCAA championship in 1966 … Christopher Plummer will star in Showtime's adaptation of David France's Our Fathers, about the sexual abuse scandal in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. Plummer will portray Boston's controversial Cardinal Bernard Law, whose repeated failure to remove abusive priests from ministry lead to his resignation in December 2002 … Andie MacDowell, Alfre Woodard and Bryce Wilson have joined the ever-growing cast of MGM's Queen Latifah comedy Beauty Shop. MacDowell will play a conservative Southern socialite, while Woodard is set to play Miss Josephine, the shop's Afrocentric stylist. Wilson will play a con/truck driver turned hairstylist.
Top Story: Grammy Performance Angers American Indians
American Indian groups across the country were offended by OutKast's Grammy performance of their hit song "Hey Ya!" Sunday, The Associated Press reports, in which singer Andre "3000" Benjamin wore Indian feathers and war paint, while women danced around a giant green teepee. The San Francisco-based Native American Cultural Center is calling for a boycott of OutKast, which won three Grammys at the show; Arista, their record company; the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that sponsors the Grammys; and CBS, the network that aired the show, AP reports. Indianz.com has also launched an online petition calling for an apology from Benjamin. "I don't think you meant to offend, but you hurt us," wrote a petition signer named Megan Jones. "Please acknowledge our feelings and apologize." AP reports CBS issued an apology on its Web site that stopped short of saying Benjamin's performance was insulting to the 2.3 million American Indians in the country. Benjamin and Antoine "Big Boi" Patton, the other half of OutKast, have not yet commented.
Ross Did Time in Connecticut
After being sentenced to two days in jail on a drunken driving conviction, Diana Ross apparently fulfilled her obligation, serving the time in upscale Greenwich, Conn., where the singer lives, AP reports. The details about when and for how long she stayed at the Greenwich Police Department were not available. It also wasn't known specifically how she was housed, AP reports.
ABC Picked Up Simpson, Stamos Pilots
ABC has picked up six comedy pilots, including untitled shows starring MTV's happy Newlywed Jessica Simpson and TV's Full House star John Stamos. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simpson will play Jessica Sampson, a fictional version of herself. The pilot revolves around a hardworking female producer of a primetime newsmagazine show whose world turns upside down when Sampson signs on to do part-time work as an on-air reporter. The Stamos project revolves around a guy on a date, with the show's entire season taking place over the course of the day's events.
Seacrest Gets Dees' Old Spot
American Idol's Ryan Seacrest is taking over the radio airwaves in Los Angeles, replacing longtime L.A. morning radio personality Rick Dees, AP reports. Seacrest will host the KIIS-FM radio show from the same Hollywood studio he uses for his new syndicated live TV talk show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, which will also be the name of the radio show. Seacrest recently replaced Casey Kasem on the syndicated "American Top 40" radio countdown.
Anthony's Paternity Claim Disputed
The attorney for Elizabeth Leyva--a Miami woman who claims singer Marc Anthony is the father of her two-month old child--believes Anthony may have cheated on a paternity test. Reuters reports Anthony's lawyers say the test has cleared their client of any paternal claims, but Leyva's attorney said that Anthony submitted his DNA sample to the lab rather than have it drawn there. Anthony's wife, Dayonara Torres, filed for divorce last month, demanding alimony and child support for the couple's two young sons. Leyva has said she only wants Anthony to "recognize that's his baby."
Dixie Chick Adds Another to the Nest
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is expecting her second child with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar, AP reports. The couple, who were married in 2000, have a 2-year-old son, Jackson Slade Pasdar. Maines didn't announce a due date but did speculate going on tour with the Grammy-winning country trio. "Can you imagine the next tour for us? Five kids (or more) backstage? Oh, the thought is just exhausting," a statement on the group's Web site said. Martie Maguire, the fiddle and mandolin player in the group, announced in November she is expecting twins. The third Chick, Emily Robison, has a 1-year-old son.
Eminem's Ex-Wife in More Trouble
Eminem's ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers, was sentenced to serve at least a month in jail Thursday for using cocaine while on probation, AP reports. Mathers, who's been the target of some of the rapper's songs, admitted a week ago to her probation agent that she was using cocaine, the Michigan Department of Corrections told AP. Mathers was sentenced Jan. 21 to two years' probation after pleading guilty to charges of possessing 25 grams or less of cocaine and failing to give adequate space to an emergency vehicle. The charges came from a June, 2003 traffic stop in Michigan.
NBC To Air Diana's Secret Tapes
Audio and videotapes that the late Princess Diana secretly recorded during her ill-fated marriage to Prince Charles--and were the basis of Andrew Morton's 1992 tell-all bestseller Diana: Her True Story--will get their first public airing next month on NBC, the network announced on Thursday. The two-hour documentary, Princess Diana: The Secret Tapes, will also feature interviews with some of Diana's closest friends and confidants, Reuters reports. The special two-part broadcast is set for Mar. 4 and Mar. 11.
Emmy-Winning Producer Colesberry Dies
Robert Colesberry, best known for co-creating and executive producing HBO's The Wire as well as producing films Mississippi Burning and The Natural, died Monday in New York from heart surgery complications. He was 57.
Members of SAG presidential candidate Valerie Harper's Actors Moving Forward slate took out a quarter-page advertisement in a Sept. 19 issue of Variety that read, "Tracey Ullman says: VALERIE HARPER...EVERYONE'S PRESIDENT." Appalled that her name was used without permission, Ullman demanded the ad be removed. "That's very rude," Ullman told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's not that I have anything against Valerie--or Melissa Gilbert, for that manner. I am totally neutral. I know both ladies, and I admire them, but you can't use somebody's name without their permission." Ullman added that the election process has become a popularity contest. Ballots for the SAG presidential elections are due by Oct. 31, with election results to be announced on Nov. 5.
French actress and supermodel Laetitia Casta, 23, gave birth to daughter Sahteene between Thursday night and Friday morning in Paris, her publicist announced on Monday, Reuters reports. Casta and her partner, Stephane Sednaoui, have asked the media to "respect this happy, private event," the statement said.
Arnold Schwarzenegger received an honorary doctorate in business administration at the Imadec University in Vienna, Italy, on Oct. 22. Imadec University President Christian Joksh praised the actor as "a living example of what a person starting from nothing can achieve," the Associated Press reports.
Mexican soap actress Gloria Trevi might have artificially inseminated herself to become pregnant to avoid being sent back to her home country, police officers told Reuters on Tuesday. Trevi is currently serving time in a Brazilian jail on sexual abuse charges. According to local police, Brazilian laws have allowed inmates to remain in the country if they have a Brazilian child, but it is still unknown if the actress will be able to stay since the identity of her father is still unknown.
The 2001 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) will be held at the Park Lane Hotel in London on Wednesday. Among the biggest nominations are the best film nominees South West Nine and Sexy Beast, which is also nominated in the best screenplay category and earned actor nominations for stars Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, BBC News reports. The World War II drama Enigma also received a nomination for best actress Kate Winslet and best director for Michael Apted.
Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman celebrates his 65th birthday on Wednesday, Reuters reports. He told British papers that he plans to spend his birthday "quietly" on holiday with his third wife, actress Suzanne Accosta, and their children, Katie, Jessica and Matilda. In the past Wyman has pondered his health, saying, "I smoke, I eat lots of red meat, have loads of sugar and loads of salt."
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates filmed a guest spot for the 200th episode of Frasier, a spokeswoman for the show's producers told Reuters on Tuesday. In the episode, scheduled to air on Nov. 13, Gates shows up at Frasier's broadcasting show and ends up talking about Microsoft and its products.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said that the advertisement for the indie group Charlatans' single "Love is the Key" was not pornographic, Reuters reports. The band's label, Universal-Island Records, said that the photograph, which showed a man kneeling in front of a woman with his head close to her crotch, actually depicted a man kissing a wall onto which the woman's image was projected. ASA added that the photo was not sexually explicit and it was not targeted to children, thereby posing no risk of widespread offense.
On Thursday, Apple Computer Inc. unveiled a portable music player that can hold up to 1,000 songs in MP3 format and has a battery life of 8-10 hours, Reuters reports. Apple's "iPod" will hit the market on Nov. 10 at a suggested retail price of $399.
According to Nielsen Media Research, NBC was the most watched network of the week ending Oct. 21. Beating Friends for the first time in three weeks, ER was the most watched television show, its comeback conciding with the return of original cast member Sherry Stringfield. NBC continues to maintain an average of 12.2 million viewers, closely followed by CBS (12.1 million) showing CSI: Crime Investigation, Everyone Loves Raymond, and Survivor: Africa.