Top Story: Britney’s No Virgin
Britney Spears is no longer a virgin, despite her oath she would remain one until marriage. In an upcoming interview in the August issue of W magazine, the pop princess confessed she had sex with her former boyfriend, singer Justin Timberlake, because she believed she’d marry him someday. “I’ve only slept with one person my whole life,” she said in the interview. “It was two years into my relationship with Justin, and I thought he was the one. But I was wrong!” Spears continued, “The most painful thing I have ever experienced was that breakup. We were together so long and I had this vision. You think you’re going to spend the rest of your life together. Where I come from, the woman is the homemaker, and that’s how I was brought up–you cook for your kids. But now I realize I need my single time.”
Jolie Talks About Sex, Self-Mutilation
Angelina Jolie is admitting she’s done some pretty wild things in her past but has since changed her ways. In an interview with Barbara Walters set to air Friday on ABC’s 20/20, the Oscar-winning actress talked about her brief but passionate marriage to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton as well as her past fascination with knives and self-mutilation, Reuters reports. Describing her relationship with Thornton, Jolie said, “We’re not friends, no. It’s like we just changed.” Jolie added she has been transformed by motherhood after adopting a Cambodian-born boy last year. “I think when you make a decision to have a child, you cannot think about suicide again and you can’t be self-destructive.” The interview will air Friday on ABC’s 20/20.
Blake’s Lawyer Wants New Witness’s Testimony
Robert Blake‘s lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. has asked for a special pretrial session to question a new witness, Diane Mattson, in the murder case against Blake, The Associated Press reports. Mattson claims she overheard Christian Brando–the son of actor Marlon Brando, who had had a relationship with Blake‘s wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, before her shooting death in May 2001–tell two stuntmen that Bakely should be shot “in the head.” Mesereau Jr. told AP Mattson is “scared to death” of Brando, fearing for her life, and wants to preserve her testimony now to discourage anyone from causing her injury or trying to prevent her from testifying at the trial, AP reports. A hearing to determine the urgency of this testimony has been set for Thursday. An official trial date has not been determined.
Angels Nonchalant About Box Office Numbers
Although their new film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle hasn’t met up to expectations at the U.S. box office, having taken in only $67 million in over two weeks, money apparently doesn’t matter to stars Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. On the film’s press tour in Europe, the three best pals agreed Tuesday they didn’t really care how much the film made, just so long as they were able to make the movie together, Reuters reports. “It doesn’t mean anything to us,” Diaz said in an interview with journalists in Berlin. “I’m not interested in breaking records.” Full Throttle‘s debut weekend brought in $38 million, just below its predecessor Charlie’s Angels, which opened in 2000 with $40 million.
Former Stripper Sues Stripperella Creators
An ex-stripper from Florida is suing over new TNN animated series Stripperella, about a tough lady who strips for a living but moonlights as a superhero, claiming she was the one who came up with the original idea, AP reports. Named in the suit are actress Pamela Anderson, the voice of the character; comic legend and Stripperella creator Stan Lee and TNN. Janet Clover, 37, claims she came up with the idea during a private dance session with Lee a year ago. “I’m just trying to get this off TV because it’s not his idea,” Clover told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. “I can’t remember much about Mr. Lee, little bits and pieces come back. You know, I meet a lot of men.”
Role Call: Zellweger and Crowe in Cinderella Story, Malkovich Is Found in the Street
Renee Zellweger and Russell Crowe are set to star in Ron Howard‘s Cinderella Man for Miramax Films and Universal Pictures. Variety reports Crowe will play Jim Braddock, the Depression-era boxer who became a folk hero by winning a brutal 15-round match against heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935. Zellweger will play Braddock’s wife…John Malkovich‘s production company, Mr. Mudd, has taken on the film project Found in the Street, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the indie film will be a psychological suspense thriller about a chance encounter between several people in New York’s Greenwich Village, including a middle-aged security guard, an artist, his bisexual wife and a lesbian waitress/model. A series of events leads to murder and blame.