News Roundup, Jan. 8: Anna Nicole Tops Worst Dressed List

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Hollywood fashion designer Mr. Blackwell announced his 43rd annual list of worst dressed celebs Tuesday, and former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith got top honors. “Anna‘s fashion follies are the worst of the year…don’t bother with a new designer Anna, just hire a structural engineer!” Blackwell said. The Texas native, however, was not Blackwell’s only target. Kelly Osbourne, Shakira, Cameron Diaz, Britain’s Princess Anne, Anne Rice, Donatella Versace, Meg Ryan, Christina Aguilera and Pink followed Smith on the list. Blackwell, of course, added his biting commentary to each fashion felon, sparing no one. He said Diaz “looks like she was dressed by a colorblind circus clown,” and described Ryan as “a total fashion wreck” who “looks like a Swap-Meet Fashion Queen in Beverly Hills.”


Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Sunday morning in Berkeley, Calif., The Associated Press reports. Armstrong, 30, was stopped for speeding in a black BMW convertible and failed a field sobriety test when he was booked into Berkeley county jail. He was later released on $1,053 bail.

Christa Miller, who starred as Kate O’Brien on The Drew Carey Show, gave birth Friday to a 7-pound, 6-ounce boy named William Stoddard Lawrence, the AP reports. Miller and her husband, Bill Lawrence, already have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter. Her pregnancy was written into the NBC comedy Scrubs, in which she has a recurring role. Her husband is the show’s executive producer.


Director Dwight Little (Murder at 1600) is in negotiations to helm Anaconda II, a sequel to the 1997 thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube. According to Variety, the project will be developed by Columbia’s mid-budget label Screen Gems. The original film, about documentary makers terrorized in the rainforest by a giant snake, grossed more than $136 million worldwide.

Gary Oldman, meanwhile, is in negotiations to join the cast of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as wizard Sirius Black, the escaped prisoner of Azkaban who is later revealed to be Harry’s godfather, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and produced by Chris Columbus, is set to begin production Feb. 17.

Bernie Mac is set to play a retired baseball player for the Detroit Tigers who returns to the game in Disney’s feature comedy Mr. 3000. The project is out to directors, Variety reports. In addition to his hit Fox sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show, Mac will also be seen as Bosley in Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle and in DreamWorks’ Head of State with Chris Rock.

Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is in final negotiations to star in Revolution Studios’ drama An Unfinished Life for director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules), Variety reports. The film revolves around a young, down-on-her-luck woman, who, along with her daughter, is forced to move in with her estranged father-in-law. The film would become Lopez‘s third project for the studio. She next stars in Revolution’s drama Gigli, set to debut in theaters this summer.


Fox hit pay dirt Monday with its limited-run reality series Joe Millionaire, the network’s twisted take on the ABC hit The Bachelor. According to Variety, Millionaire was the highest rated premiere of the season on any network in the coveted adults 18-49 and 18-34 demographics. With 18.61 million viewers overall, it is Fox’s best series showing in the Monday-at-9 hour slot since Melrose Place in 1995.


Two men were arrested for credit card fraud during raids last week at Murder Inc. records, a successful hip-hop label home to recording artists Ashanti and Ja Rule. According to court papers, the men, Joe Ragin and Derek Hayes, are accused of using a phony tuxedo rental business as a front for laundering proceeds from stolen credit cards. Investigators are also looking into whether the label’s founder, Irv Gotti, had financial ties to a convicted drug gang leader. The raids were part of an ongoing investigation into alleged ties between Murder Inc. and New York’s violent drug trade.