John Travolta and Kelly Preston welcomed their new son, Benjamin, in Florida last night. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Their representative issued the following statement: "John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of their family. Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully." - People
Emmy Rossum and Counting Crows frontman, Adam Duritz, have split up. They met through Twitter...so, surprise! - People
Jennifer Grey won Dancing with the Stars last night, and Bristol Palin got third place. So go back to putting using your "white powder" to get into your Louboutins, okay? - US
Eva Longoria regrets not leaving Tony Parker sooner, because apparently, five months into their marriage, Tony cheated on her, and she kneels at the pew in the church of "once a cheater, always a cheater." - PopEater
Jennifer Jason Leigh has filed for divorce from her husband, director Noah Baumbach. She cited irreconcilable differences and she's seeking spousal support and primary custody of their son, Rohmer. - People
People think Christina Aguilera is pregnant, and some guy named Matthew Rutler, a production assistant on Burlesque, made her that way. - Superficial
Leonardo DiCaprio was aboard Delta flight 30, which was forced to make an emergency landing in New York after one of the plane's engines cracked out and started leaking fuel. After signing autographs for the pilots, he boarded another plane to Russia, where he donated $1 million towards tiger conservation. Yes, but he's still a smoker!!! - People
Jessica Simpson is already making fun of her financé, who is vegan, for what he be eating this Thanksgiving. She says, "For Thanksgiving, we have to make Tofurkey! It doesn't sound right! It's gonna be jiggly and weird." - People
The Phantom of the Opera star started dating the Counting Crows frontman last year (09) following her separation from husband Jason Siegel.
But the pair parted ways two months ago, according to USA Today.
Rossum tells the publication, "We're still very close friends."
The U.S. media has been critical of the pretty 23 year old's relationship with the 45-year-old Counting Crows frontman, and the Poseidon star decided enough was enough when radio presenter Valentine likened the romance to that of goth-rocker Manson and actress McGowan.
Rossum, who started dating Duritz this summer (09) after splitting from her husband, took exception to the comparison, stating, "No, no, no, no..." before begging the DJ to change the topic.
She said, "How about my movie...? Anything but my personal life."
And when Valentine pressed her further about the odd romance, suggesting Duritz, whose past girlfriends have included Mandy Moore and Courteney Cox, wouldn't be the obvious choice of mate for young stars, Rossum quipped, "I'm much more mysterious than you know."
EMMY ROSSUM has the internet to thank for introducing her to new lover ADAM DURITZ. The actress went on tour with the rocker after the COUNTING CROWS dared her to sing live via a message on Twitter.com.
The Poseidon star is divorcing her husband Justin Siegel and has recently been spotted getting close to Counting Crows frontman Duritz.
And the singer reveals the pair has grown close after enjoying impromptu music sessions together.
Duritz says, "She can sing her a** off. But she toured with us onstage, so I knew how she could sing.
"I sing with her all the time. I actually think she sings better onstage with us... I like to make music with her."
The Poseidon star wed Justin Siegel in February 2008 and now the unhappy husband is seeking to end the union, citing irreconcilable differences.
According to the documents, obtained by TMZ.com, producer Siegel is asking his estranged wife pay for the cost of the divorce - and he wants spousal support.
Rossum has reportedly already moved on from married life after finding romance with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz.
Actress Winona Ryder has shocked Hollywood by announcing her engagement to rocker Blake Sennett.
Ryder and Sennett revealed their news to guests at the Valentino show that marked the end of Paris Fashion Week in France on Thursday--before most of the world even knew they were dating.
Ryder and Rilo Kiley guitarist Sennett met on the set of new movie Water Pill.
It's not the actress' first fling with a rocker--Johnny Depp's former fiancée has enjoyed high-profile relationships with a number of musicians, including Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, the Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and Jamiroquai's Jay Kay.
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Despite the creators' modest intentions, the first annual Tribeca Film Festival will open Wednesday having drawn big-name films and stars to lower Manhattan in New York.
Robert De Niro and business partner Jane Rosenthal, who started the Tribeca Film Festival, couldn't have imagined that it would grow so big so fast and draw the premieres of big Hollywood movies About a Boy, Insomnia and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in its inaugural year.
And that's not to mention the coup de grace: On Sunday, the festival will close with a special charity screening of George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones with proceeds benefiting children who are either underprivileged or directly affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
The star wattage at the film fest includes jurors Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep and Barry Levinson; director Martin Scorsese showing a few of his favorite New York films; and performers Robin Williams, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Fallon and the Counting Crows.
The festival aims to stimulate the economy of TriBeCa--named for the Triangle Below Canal area of downtown Manhattan--as well as encourage new filmmakers.
The Simpsons' creator, Matt Groening, is denying a report that appeared Monday in British newspaper The Financial Times that implied he was winding up the series because it was getting harder and harder to surprise the audience. "I was misquoted and misunderstood," Groening said in a telephone interview with Reuters. "I don't want anyone to think I am predicting the demise of the Simpsons. They will live on with new adventures for years to come." The cartoonist added that his comments were ones he often made before but were taken out of context and misunderstood. "After 300 episodes, it is more difficult to remain true to the characters. We are trying to top ourselves after all those great shows, and the shows are as good now as they have ever been," he said.
Eccentric Icelandic singer Bjork and her American filmmaker boyfriend, Matthew Barney, are expecting a child in September, Reuters reports. Bjork, 36, joined the band Sugarcubes in 1987 but later quit the band to go solo. She has a teenage son from her marriage to fellow Sugarcubes band member, Thor Eldon.
Aussie darling Nicole Kidman won a spot on the cover of People magazine's "The 50 Most Beautiful People" special issue, which hits newsstands Friday. Also included in this year's list are celebs Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Denzel Washington, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Sharon Osbourne.
In the Biz
Seinfeld writer/producer Larry Charles is making his directorial debut in Masked & Anonymous, which is scheduled to go into production in Los Angeles this July, according to Variety. The film's cast so far includes Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson and Bob Dylan, with Jeff Bridges in negotiations to join.
Brett Ratner, who helmed the hugely successful Rush Hour 2 starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, is in early negotiations to direct Paycheck for Paramount Pictures, Variety reports. The film, a futuristic tale about a man who has part of his memory erased, is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.
Meanwhile, Jerry Bruckheimer and the Walt Disney Co. are in final negotiations with director Gore Verbinski to helm Pirates of the Caribbean. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film focuses on a daring attempt to rescue someone from dangerous pirates trying to reverse an ancient curse.
Steven Spielberg will be wrapping up the shoot on his thriller Catch Me if You Can in Canadian cities Montreal and Quebec City over the next few days, Reuters reports. The big-budget film stars Tom Hanks as an FBI agent who tracks down the young con artist Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is slated for a late fall release.
Fans of MTV's phenomenal reality series The Osbournes will finally be able to find out what exactly Ozzy Osbourne is mumbling between bleeps. The show is being closed-captioned for the hearing "non-impaired," Knight Ridder Newspapers reports.
Following the success of its drama Queer As Folk, the Showtime network is teaming up with MTV to launch a new gay-oriented premium service, the AP reports. The two Viacom outlets will be racing against Canada's existing Pridevision TV to reach the gay market first in the United States.
In a bid to save the recently canceled ABC series Once and Again, fans have purchased a billboard ad in West Hollywood, Calif., that reads: "Dear ABC, Bring back the magic 'Once and Again.'" The ad, which cost fans more than $12,500, will stay up for a month, according to the AP. The series, which stars Sela Ward and Billy Campbell, was canceled because of low ratings.
MTV has scheduled a free concert for 7-10 p.m. May 10 in New York's Battery Park in lower Manhattan as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, the AP reports. Performances at MTV's Rock and Comedy Concert include those by Sheryl Crow, the Counting Crows, Robin Williams and Jimmy Fallon. The festival, which is organized by Robert De Niro, runs from May 8-12.