Kevin Costner has angrily rubbished reports he is the mystery star who performed a sexual act on himself during a massage at a spa in Fife, Scotland.
The revelations are part of a British court case, in which a masseuse is suing a former employer, claiming she was fired following the incident with the unnamed superstar.
The actor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of dropping his towel and pleasuring himself, just moments before his wife went in for a massage with the same therapist, in October 2004.
But Costner, who spent his honeymoon at the resort with his bride Christine, is furious his name has been linked to the case.
His representative Paul Bloch tells the New York Daily News, "We find it unfortunate that Mr. Costner's name has been brought into what is essentially a dispute between a company owned by a good friend of his and a former employee--and that it would tarnish what was a wonderful time spent at this resort with his wife."
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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are planning an Independence Day weekend wedding if changes to their marriage registry list at department store Neiman Marcus are to be believed.
The couple, listed as Katherine Holmes and Thomas Mapother—Cruise's birth name, are only asking for Neiman Marcus gift cards at this stage, but they have set the date for July 7—four days after the War of the Worlds star's 44th birthday.
Cruise's newly appointed publicist, Paul Bloch, is refusing to confirm or deny the latest development, giving a firm "no comment" to all inquiries.
Cruise proposed to Holmes at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in June and recently told TV host Barbara Walters he was planning to exchange vows with his fiancée next summer or autumn.
Details of the couple's wedding are being kept a closely guarded secret.
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Tom Cruise has parted ways with his publicist sister 20 months after giving her the job over his longtime PR Pat Kingsley.
Lee Anne DeVette has dealt with her brother's romance with Katie Holmes and his controversial comments about Scientology and psychiatry during her time as his press officer.
Cruise has replaced his sister with top Hollywood PR Paul Bloch, who also serves as co-chairman for publicity powerhouse Rogers & Cowan and represents movie stars John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Billy Bob Thornton and David and Victoria Beckham, among others.
However, DeVette will continue to work alongside her brother as the full-time caretaker of his charity work.
In a statement, the movie star says, "Lee Anne has done a wonderful job on behalf of me and Cruise-Wagner Productions over the last few years, but she has always expressed a desire to oversee and expand the day-to-day activities of my charitable endeavors."
DeVette adds, "I know how important Tom's charitable goals are to him, and I look forward to assisting in raising the profile of the good works that he does on behalf of children's health issues, mentoring, literacy and other social reforms."
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Who's the top dog in showbiz?
According to Entertainment Weekly's annual list of the 101 most powerful figures in the entertainment business in the issue on sale Friday, it's movie and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, riding high on his mega-hit feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Like Steven Spielberg or Tom Hanks, Bruckheimer's name alone attracts interest for his projects, the magazine reports.
"The man is no longer just a canny packager of talent and content with a fat back-end," Entertainment Weekly's staff writes. "Bruckheimer has become a brand."
Along with CSI, Bruckheimer's production team is also responsible for the CBS spinoff hit, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, the new series Cold Case and Fox's much-touted upcoming series, Skin. Bruckheimer's films, Pirates of the Caribbean (which grossed $299.4 million) and Bad Boys II (which grossed $138.2 million) were both summer hits.
Bruckheimer's spokesman, Paul Bloch, told AP his boss was "flattered" by the honor "but he wants everyone to know it's about the work and the great people he's fortunate to work with."
Rounding out the Top 10 of EW's 14th annual list of Hollywood's top dogs were Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Imagine Entertainment Co-Chairmen Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, author J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, director Peter Jackson, Eminem and Nicole Kidman. Last year's No. 1, Denzel Washington, fell to No. 22.
For the first time, EW also separated the list into two categories: "creatives" and "suits." CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves topped the list of most powerful executives.
Singer Diana Ross was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Monday in southern Arizona, The Associated Press reports.
The former member of The Supremes had a blood alcohol level of 0.20--more than twice the legal limit--when she was stopped in the Catalina Foothills after someone reported seeing a vehicle swerving on the road.
Ross was ticketed for three misdemeanors, including driving under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 and driving with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15, known as extreme DUI, said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a Tucson police spokeswoman.
A Jan. 13 court appearance has been scheduled.
Ross, 58, was pulled over at 12:37 a.m. after police received a call that a white vehicle was swerving on the highway. Police, who gave Ross a ride to where she was staying, said the singer was cooperative during the incident.
The singer's Los Angeles-based spokesman, Paul Bloch, had no immediate comment.
Last May, Ross entered the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center Promises in Malibu, Calif., before the start of her summer tour. At the time, her publicist said she checked into the center to deal with some personal issues.
DJ Jam Master Jay, one of the members of the rap group Run-DMC, was shot and killed Wednesday in a New York recording studio, a spokesman for the group told Reuters. Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was apparently gunned down along with another man inside the studio around 7:30 p.m. Mizell, 37, died of a gunshot wound to the head on the scene, while the other man, Urieco Rincon, was shot in the leg and taken to the Mary Immaculate Hospital in Queens. Police have made no arrests at this time. Run-DMC, which also includes founding members Run (Joseph Simmons) and DMC (Darryl McDaniels), recently finished a concert tour with Kid Rock and Aerosmith.
Jennifer Lopez admits she and beau Ben Affleck have talked about marriage and kids. According to People.com, Lopez told MTV News she and Ben Affleck have tried to keep their relationship private, but "some times it's easier than others," she said. J. Lo is still not saying whether they are indeed tying the knot but continues to sport a rather large diamond ring on her finger, People.com reports.
Actor Kevin Costner is resting comfortably in his Los Angeles area home after having his appendix removed last week. "He is recovering at his home in Los Angeles for two weeks. He has another week at home," publicist Paul Bloch told the Associated Press Wednesday.
Actor Kam Fong Chun, best known as Detective Chin Ho Kelly on the hit TV series Hawaii Five-O, died in Honolulu Oct. 18 from inoperable lung cancer. His family only just announced Kam Fong's death Wednesday to allow time for their own privacy. He was 84.
A veteran stuntman filming a scene for the Bruce Willis actioner Tears of the Sun is presumed dead after parachuting out of plane over the Pacific Ocean. Variety reports the Coast Guard was still searching for Michael Barber, 39, on Wednesday, a day after he and seven other parachutists shot a scene in which they were to land on California's Pismo Beach. The film centers on a rescue operation in the Nigerian jungle where Willis, as a Special Ops commander, is sent in to retrieve a doctor (Monica Bellucci). No details about the accident have been released.
One American Idol judge down. Rapper/disc jockey Angie Martinez has decided not to join the trio of returning judges--Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson--in the second Idol installment, after sitting through the first few auditions. AP reports Martinez said in a statement that it was "too uncomfortable for me to tell someone else to give up on their dream, especially when I realized that many of them have supported my musical career."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, VH1 has scrapped its new reality series featuring Liza Minnelli at home, citing difficulties with Minnelli's husband and co-star David Gest. "We're not moving forward with the show," a spokeswoman with the network confirmed. "We weren't given the cooperation and access we needed." VH1 production staffers of the show Liza & David claim Gest was a "control freak," who kept his wife and the production tightly under wraps.
Rocker Joan Jett is suing the producers of the low-budget film Prey for Rock & Roll, claiming she hasn't been completely paid for providing music for the film's soundtrack. Reuters reports the producers have told Jett if they pay her the full $100,000 she is owed, it will break the movie.
The Associated Press reports the producers of Barbershop have apologized for the film's off-color remarks about Civil Rights legends Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse Jackson is pleased producers Bob Teitel and George Tillman have apologized but still wants the jokes cut from the DVD and video editions. "The apology is a step in the right direction," Jackson told the AP, but added that he will "keep appealing to them" to correct the matter. In the film, Cedric the Entertainer's cantankerous character jokes that King was promiscuous and that Parks only got recognized for refusing to give a white person her seat because she was connected to the NAACP. The other characters in the film, however, admonish him for his disrespectful comments.
'N Sync's Lance Bass, who was kicked off the Russian space launch in October because his sponsors couldn't come up with the cash, reported for astronaut training in Moscow over the weekend regardless. Yuri Nikiforov, general director of Atlas Airspace, told AP "He will not go in October for sure, but he just doesn't want to interrupt the (training) program." Never say never, Lance.
Days after he was found "dazed and drooling" on a Malibu highway and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Nick Nolte voluntarily checked himself into a substance abuse center, his publicist, Paul Bloch, confirmed on Monday. The 61-year-old actor entered the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., on Sept. 14 to "receive advice and counseling that he feels he needs at this time," Bloch told Reuters. That, and hopefully a haircut.
Paramount Pictures is looking to make an updated version of their 1958 classic King Creole. The film starred a young Elvis Presley as a street punk who takes a job as a dishwasher in a New Orleans nightclub and becomes a surprise overnight success when he gets to perform one night.
And in more Paramount news, the studio's new comedy School of Rock will reunite the Orange County team of actor Jack Black, writer Mike White and producer Scott Rudin. The film, directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), is about a musician (Black) who moonlights as a substitute teacher and infects the private school where he teaches with his unorthodox, rock `n` roll ways.
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast won the Nielsen ratings Sunday night, giving NBC a boost. Coming in with an average of 19.8 million viewers, the show's numbers were a significant increase from last year's much-rescheduled Emmys but not quite as good as the 2000 telecast.
We are talking BIG news. AOL Time Warner and the Walt Disney Co. are in talks to merge CNN with ABC News to create "a stand-alone news powerhouse," the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The newspaper quoted sources as saying the discussions had been off and on for 18 months, receiving a lukewarm reception from AOL Time Warner initially, but now the merger is gaining momentum. CNN has been trying to find a network news partner for the last two years in an effort to cut costs, the Times said.
Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (The Shipping News) says he won't be in front of the camera "for a while." The hardworking actor is also a producer, and Spacey says he'd like to commit more time and attention to his production company, Trigger St. Productions, The Associated Press reports. "I've been acting nonstop for four or five years and taking a break is a healthy thing," the 42-year-old actor said. We can't believe he waited so long: we've only been working for a couple of hours this morning, and we're ready for a break.
Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) apparently has no fear of bandages. The big-screen star is set to be a guest on NBC's new hit medical comedy, Scrubs, during May sweeps. Of course, Fraser won't be playing a doctor...
Fore! Producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven) was struck in the eye by a golf ball he hit, causing a wound that took 16 stitches to close, The AP reports. The ball caromed off a rock and hit Weintraub over the right eye. Maybe there's a part for Paul Bloch, Weintraub's publicist, in Weintraub's next film: Bloch amazingly kept a straight face when he insisted to reporters that Weintraub is a "good golfer."
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is suing British tabloid The Mirror over invasion of privacy, appeared in a London court and testified that she has used illegal drugs and has had her share of tantrums. (Which drew a shocked gasp from the gallery. Not.) Campbell also admitted that she had no regrets over being photographed with her clothes off. We admit that we had no regrets over looking at those photographs.
In a move no doubt to help Regis Philbin curtail his already immense dry-cleaning bill, ABC is removing Who Wants to be a Millionaire? from its Monday night slot. Millionaire, which will be replaced Monday nights with a comedy block, will still air on Thursday nights opposite NBC's and CBS's ratings juggernauts. Good thing Regis never quit his day job.
Sony is reportedly putting up its Culver Studios for sale. The Hollywood Reporter says the 17-acre parcel of land where Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind were filmed will go to the highest bidder. Sony, which purchased the lot for $80 million in 1991, will probably have to lower its asking price once potential buyers learn that TV's most annoying show, The Nanny was also shot on the Culver lot.
Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) is interested in playing the president of the United States in ABC's new pilot set on Capitol Hill, to be helmed by Rod Lurie (The Last Castle), The Hollywood Reporter reports. (West Wing rip-off, anyone?) Hollywood.com surmises that the only thing that can save this show (other than moving off of ABC) is the addition of Dennis Hopper to the cast.
Oops, they did it again: SAG has once more messed up their elections. This time an e-mail sent by a senior exec to all members endorsing Melissa Gilbert's candidacy for president puts in jeopardy the current rerun election, the results of which will be released March 8. Embattled Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris has confirmed she had nothing to do with botching this presidential election.
New York Fashion Week started off with a wave of patriotism. Tommy Hilfiger, known for his red, white and blue logo, sent models down the runway in red, white and blue clothing. Hilfiger said of his "weekend" clothing, "The intention is you put them on Friday night and don't take them off until Sunday." Hygiene notwithstanding, such clothing will save us all time and effort, as we won't have to get undressed before going to bed Friday and Saturday night.
Macaulay Culkin and his wife Rachel Miner have separated, a publicist for the erstwhile "Home Alone" star confirmed today. News of the breakup appeared on Entertainment Tonight’s Web site today. According to the actor’s camp, the split is "very amicable" and the ex-lovebirds "remain the best of friends."
Culkin’s publicist, Paul Bloch, told Hollywood.com that the "E.T." report is "accurate" but declined further comment. The couple have been married two years.
Culkin, 19, made his mark as a child star in the wildly successful "Home Alone" flicks in the 1990s. Miner, 20, appeared in the Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and on the soap "The Guiding Light."
The two started dating in 1997 and got hitched in 1998.
It's very hard to top Michael Jackson, but Lisa Marie Presley seems to think she's done it.
Elvis' daughter, who married Jackson in May 1994 (and divorced him 20 months later), will marry again -- this time to rock singer John Oszajea, her spokesman, Paul Bloch, said Tuesday. The happy couple met in May and became engaged just before Christmas.
The story goes that Oszajea, 25, first went to Presley's mother, Priscilla Presley, to ask for her daughter's hand in marriage. After receiving her blessing, Oszajea formally proposed to Presley, 32.
For those of you keeping track, this will be Lisa's third go with a musician -- first husband Danny Keough, then the Gloved One, now Oszajea (due to release his first album this year).
All this rocker influence is finally rubbing off on her: Lisa Marie's currently recording her first album, as well.
QUICK TAKES: Jim Carrey, who won the best comedy-musical actor Golden Globe for "Man on the Moon", apparently left out a lot of people in his acceptance speech, so he made up for it with an ad in today's Hollywood Reporter. This time, he made sure to thank Andy Kaufman, the late comedian he portrayed, as well as the comic's family. Better late than never ...
...Christian Slater will wed girlfriend Ryan Haddon on Feb. 12, USA Today reports. The two have a 9-month-old son, Jaden Christopher ...
... Ralph Fiennes is angry over the rating slapped on his latest film, "The End of the Affair," by British censors. London's Daily Express quotes Fiennes as expressing concern that the rating (the U.K. equivalent of the NC-17) will scare off older audiences concerned by the (relative) threat of the sex scenes. "It is absurd. ... I don't think the sex in the film is sadistic, abusive or violent. I cannot understand the decision," Fiennes says ...
... Supermodel Naomi Campbell will no longer be strutting her stuff on the catwalk, specifically the ones in New York and London. The 29-year-old British beauty finds her schedule "very stressful" and says she would like to cut back. But rest assured: Campbell says she hasn't decided what to do about the Milan catwalk. We wait with baited breath ...
AILING: "Ally McBeal" star Lisa Nicole Carson, who plays Ally's feisty roommate Renée Radick, is recovering at home after a two-week hospital stay for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition, reps for the hit Fox show say. Carson, 30, was discharged earlier this week, but at the request of the actress' family, details of her medical condition are being kept private. Her character had been absent from "Ally McBeal" the past few weeks, but Carson plans to return once she's recovered ...
... Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, 64, was hospitalized for an allergic reaction to a drug administered after cutting his finger, his father said Tuesday. The singer, best known for the song "Great Balls of Fire," cut his finger with a knife at his home in Nesbitt, Miss., and was taken to an unidentified Memphis hospital. Lewis' reaction was a result of shots given to kill his pain and treat infection, and he was then taken to Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis, where officials refused to release information on his condition. ...
"GREEN" SMILE: Michael Clarke Duncan, the Golden Globe-nominated actor from "The Green Mile," has been named ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow. The National Association of Theater Owners will hand Duncan the honors during its convention March 6-9 in Las Vegas. Previous winners include Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Johnny Depp.
Of course, the honor also has gone to the likes of football player-turned-actor-turned-sportscaster Howie Long, whose first headlining film, "Firestorm," went up in smoke.
In other ShoWest news, composer John Williams is set to be honored with the convention's first Maestro Award. Williams, if you don't know, recently composed "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" and "Angela's Ashes."
PUDDING HEADS: Billy Crystal and Jamie Lee Curtis have been named this year's recipients of Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Man and Woman of the Year awards. No, they won't be sampling Jell-O for the masses. Rather, Curtis, 41, will lead a parade through Harvard Square on Feb. 10, and Crystal, 52, will wear a bra and wig at a roast in his honor Feb. 17. The awards are a tradition of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Organization, which counts male students dressed in drag among its members. Previous winners include Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan.
OSCAR WATCH: Defending Oscar champs Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow have been confirmed as presenters for the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. "Double Jeopardy" heroine Ashley Judd and "Anna and the King" star Chow Yun-Fat are also set to present.
But, frankly, we're more excited about the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 12 because award-show ham Roberto Benigni will be presenting the statue for Outstanding Female Lead Film Performance. Look for Benigni to make an Oscar appearance, too. Like Spielberg and Paltrow, he, too, is a defending champ. Albeit, a more effusive one.