Top Story: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston Top Best Dressed List
Actresses Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman were all recognized for their fashion flair in People magazine’s best dressed of 2003 special issue, which hits newsstands Thursday. Singers, however, didn’t fair so well. Taking top honors in the worst dressed categories went to Britney Spears, Lil’ Kim and Mariah Carey. Almost Famous star Hudson was named “Free Spirit” tapping into her inner hippie, while Friends star Aniston was named “The Purist” for her no-frills style. Oscar-winner Berry was crowned “The Showstopper” for her ability to wow crowds with her figure-flaunting gowns, while fellow Oscar-winner Kidman was named “The Goddess” for her timeless elegance. Steven Cojocaru, People magazine’s style editor, also awarded actresses Winona Ryder, Cynthia Nixon and singer Da Brat his “Sag” awards for their revealing tops.
Schwarzenegger Does Oprah, Stern
Actor-turned-Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has booked an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show with his Democrat wife, Maria Shriver, on Monday’s season premiere of the syndicated daytime talk show. The show, which will air live from Winfrey‘s studio in Chicago, will mark Schwarzenegger and Shriver‘s first joint TV interview since he announced his campaign for California governor. According to Reuters, Schwarzenegger is also slated for a guest spot on Howard Stern‘s morning radio show.
Chong’s Bongs Land Him in Jail
Tommy Chong, of the dope-smoking comedy duo Cheech & Chong, was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison and fined $20,000 for distributing marijuana pipes over the Internet, Reuters reports. The 65-year-old Canadian-born entertainer asked U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab for a sentence of community service, saying that while he has a problem with marijuana, he had overcome dependency through constructive hobbies such as salsa dancing. But the judge ruled that jail time was appropriate for a felony charge of conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia, to which Chong pleaded guilty last May.
Bail in Diaz Photo Case Set
Superior Court Judge Ann Jones ruled Wednesday that Los Angeles photographer John Rutter, who is accused of trying to extort $3.3 million from Cameron Diaz for topless pics taken about 10 years ago, must remain jailed in place of $250,000 bail, The Associated Press reports. Rutter, 41, faces felony counts of attempted extortion, attempted grand theft, perjury and forgery. Last month, he was denied release on his own recognizance and a court commissioner ordered him to stay away from the 31-year-old actress. He was arrested Aug. 12 after authorities raided his apartment and seized the photos.
Film’s Golden Year: 1939
Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights, the John Wayne Western Stagecoach and Of Mice and Men contributed to 1939 being voted the golden year of Hollywood, according to a poll of British filmgoers. The survey, compiled from votes of 2,000 moviegoers by Internet pollster YouGov, gave second place to 1974, the year of the mob drama The Godfather, Part II and The Great Gatsby, while third spot went to 1946, which provided The Big Sleep, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Postman Always Rings Twice. None of the past 29 years made it in to the Top Five list.
Kelly Osbourne Signs With Sanctuary
Kelly Osbourne has signed a multi-album recording contract with Sanctuary Records Group. According to Billboard, the label plans to re-release her 2002 Epic debut Shut Up under the name Changes on Sept. 30. The album’s title track will feature a duet with her father, Ozzy Osbourne, a reworking of the Black Sabbath song of the same name, which appeared on the group’s 1972 album, Black Sabbath, Vol. 4. Kelly split from Sony’s Epic label shortly after the release of Shut Up, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and has sold 155,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jewel Cancels Tour
Singer Jewel has canceled her North American tour due to the death of her bass player, the AP reports. Terome “T-Bone” Hannon died Sept. 4 after suffering a stroke. The 39-year-old Detroit native had played with Jewel for three years. The tour, to support her latest album, 0304, had been set to begin Sept. 19 in North Charleston, S.C. Atlantic Records said Jewel plans to perform alone at acoustic shows in the near future.
Role Call: Queen Latifah Plans Cookout
Queen Latifah has joined the cast of director Lance Rivera‘s The Cookout for Lions Gate Films. The film also stars Quran Pender, Ja Rule, Eve, Jonathan Silverman, Tim Meadows, Farrah Fawcett and Danny Glover. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cookout revolves around a basketball star who becomes the No. 1 NBA draft pick. To celebrate, he organi