Britney Spears' divorce battle could spark new rumors about the pop star's sexuality--if her estranged husband goes public with party gossip.
Rap music producer Omar 'Iceman' Sharif, who is one of Kevin Federline's confidants, has gone public with reports about Spears' wild secret life, claiming the “Toxic” singer staged same sex parties at the mansion she shared with his pal.
Sharif tells In Touch magazine, "Britney was into threesomes and girls," adding the pop star would often invite a bunch of girlfriends over to the couple's house to party.
This comes years after bisexual porn queen Jenna Jameson revealed she and Spears had a special connection after the pop star told a mutual friend she was a fan of the actress' steamy movies.
Jameson revealed Spears invited her to the opening of her Nyla restaurant, but her handlers kept her away from the pop star.
One source tells In Touch that Federline plans to use details of his estranged wife's sexploits if his custody battle over their sons, Jayden James and Sean Preston, turns ugly.
The insider tells the publication, "He wants to show that she's not such an angel after all."
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Nicolas Cage has filed for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley after three months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences, Entertainment Tonight reported Tuesday. The couple, who wed in Hawaii on Aug. 10, attended the screening of Cage's latest film Adaptation this past weekend. Responding to the divorce filing, Presley issued a statement to ET through her spokesperson, saying, "I'm sad about this but we shouldn't have been married in the first place. It was a big mistake." In turn, Cage told ET through a spokesperson, "I did not talk about the marriage and I'm not going to talk about the divorce." Cage, 38, was formerly married to actress Patricia Arquette while Presley, 34, was previously married to musician Danny Keough and pop oddity Michael Jackson.
A Georgia judge denied a motion Monday to drop charges against singer Bobby Brown stemming from a 1996 traffic stop, Reuters reports. The charges resurfaced when Brown was arrested two weeks ago in Atlanta and charged with possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance. Brown, who appeared in court with his pop star wife Whitney Houston at his side, is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 21 and remains free on bond.
Jackass star Johnny Knoxville expressed sympathy to the family of a teen who died last week in a stunt possibly inspired by the TV show. "We've done everything we can to prevent this type of thing from happening," he told The Knoxville News-Sentinel Monday. "We don't take submissions. We never have. We have warnings at the beginning and the end. In every interview I have ever given, I have stressed: 'Don't try this at home.' We steer away from stunts that are easily imitable."
Tennis champ Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, have announced the birth of their first child, Reuters reports. A message on Sampras's official Web site says, "Congratulations to Pete and Bridgette on the new addition to their family: Christian Charles Sampras."
Animal rights activists said Monday that Italian model and animal rights defender Fabio demanded that Sam's Club retail chain pull its "Fabio Collection" of women's apparel when he found out some of the coats had fur collars. But Fabio's manager Eric Ashenberg told Reuters,"There's no flap. He was showcasing the line of apparel in Chicago and New Jersey the last two weeks and in any collection there are different styles." Turns out it was just a tryout for a nationwide collection next year. Added Ashenberg, "Based on Fabio's feelings, the collection will have no fur."
Britney Spears's Manhattan restaurant Nyla, which opened last June, has undergone a menu overhaul, the New York Post reports. Cajun-inspired dishes like fried okra and Southern sushi have been replaced with continental cuisine with an Italian flair, but says Time Out New York's restaurant critic Reed Tucker, the new Nyla is not unlike the old Nyla--"another bad Midtown New York restaurant that just [happens] to be owned by Britney Spears." The eatery is named for two of the pop singer's favorite places--"NY" for New York and "LA" for Louisiana.
Superior Court Judge Marilyn Hoffman refused to throw out a lawsuit Monday brought last year by the writer and director of The Exorcist, who accused Warner Bros., Turner Network Television and Turner Broadcasting System of cheating them out of profits. According to the AP, scribe William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin allege that AOL Time Warner, which owns the three companies, sold the license to the 1973 horror film to TNT for $110,000 when it was worth three times that.
It's still business as usual for Steven Seagal, despite his break with former business partner Julius Nasso. According to Variety, Seagal has closed deals to star in a remake of the 1975 thriller The Yakuza and as a former Vietnam veteran in The Rescue. Both projects are set up at Warner Bros.-based Franchise Pictures.
Following the success of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, Artisan Entertainment is bringing a second VeggieTales cartoon to the big screen, Variety reports. The Bob and Larry Movie, which revisits the computer-generated exploits of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, is set for a 2005 bow. The biblical backdrops of the VeggieTales franchise straight-to-video releases have made them a favorite with Christian audiences.
Leonardo DiCaprio may reunite with What's Eating Gilbert Grape director Lasse Hallstrom. According to Variety, Hallstrom has come on board to helm the A-bomb thriller Bombshell for Universal Pictures, which is eyeing DiCaprio as a potential starring lead. The film is based on former Moscow-based journalists Joseph Albright and Marcia Kunstel's novel Bombshell: The Secret Story of America's Unknown Atomic Spy Conspiracy.
Is Britney Spears not a girl, and finally a woman?
The 20-year-old pop sensation who's so successfully mixed squeaky-clean teen virtue with saucy sex appeal dropped some serious hints in the latest issue of People magazine, confessing that she no longer finds drinking, smoking or sex to be "such a big deal."
Perhaps in the interest of leaving her days as a role model for her teen fans behind her, Spears told the magazine that she has grown into a more mature, less innocent image recently--and can anyone who saw her sexy, wet-down live HBO performance in Las Vegas disagree?
"Smoking, drinking, sex--why is it such a big deal for me?" asked the pop princess. "As you get to 20, you grow up, you experiment. You feel more comfortable in your own skin."
"Who cares if I've had sex?" she added, despite the fact that's the question everyone seems to ask her these days after her 1999 pledge to remain a virgin until her wedding day. "It's nobody's business. Trust me, I'm not going to have a press conference to announce it."
Spears called her the breakup of her high-profile romance with N'Sync singer Justin Timberlake amid rumors of cheating by both parties "horrible." According to Spears, Timberlake broke up with her first, they tried to get back together, then she broke up with him, but she denied that either side had cheated on the other. She described Timberlake as "my first real love...I doubt I'll ever be able to love anyone like that ever again."
The Crossroads star also denied that her current six-month hiatus from performing was the result of a Mariah Carey-esque emotional meltdown following several turbulent months that included the breakup and the marital split between her mother Lynn and father Jamie. Instead, she insisted it's just a routine vacation after a long and exhausting stint in the spotlight.
"The first week, I was so excited I was off that I partied every night. I drink," she told People, despite the fact she's not yet of legal age to imbibe alcohol. "Everything in moderation," she added. Spears was also recently snapped by paparazzi while she was apparently smoking a cigarette on the balcony of a hotel suite during her world tour.
Spears said she needed some time off to "rejuvenate spiritually and to just play" after working virtually nonstop since bursting on the scene with the 1998 hit "...Baby One More Time." The hiatus followed a controversial end to her tour in which she was booed by fans after cutting short her final show in Mexico City and made an obscene gesture to paparazzi photographers besieging her car. Spears also took flack when she didn't stop for fans waiting for her arrival outside her new Manhattan restaurant NYLA during the grand opening.
She'll likely spend much of her hiatus hiding out at her 7.5-acre estate called "Serenity" in Kentwood, Lousiana, where she'll read scripts and consider her next big-screen role while sipping Pepsi from her personal vending machine, according to her publicist Lisa Kasteler. "She is going to travel, write music and hang out with family and friends, whom she hasn't been able to spend any real time with for a long time," Kasteler told Reuters.
As for her parents' recent divorce, the pop princess called it "the best thing that's ever happened to my family...My mom and dad, bottom line, do not get along."
Combine fame, great renown and lots--and lots-- of money, and what do you get?
To the top of Forbes magazine's latest Celebrity 100 list.
The mag's 2002 list, which includes entertainers and athletes who have earned the most in the past year, is topped by pop princess Britney Spears.
Among the many touchstones of ephemeral fame, three elements--earning power, media mentions and Web buzz--set the measure of celebrity status. According to the list, which was released Thursday, Spears has it all.
"This year's champ: Britney Spears. She doesn't have Steven Spielberg's pull but, in the last year, she arguably had a bigger impact on pop culture," Forbes said in its July 8 issue.
Indeed. The 20-year-old Louisiana native has three multiplatinum albums to her credit and recently made her feature film debut with Crossroads. Spears also opened up an eatery in New York City called Nyla.
Spears, however, was outranked by George Lucas in terms of moneymaking power. The Star Wars director led the pack on the separate list of top earners, having made $200 million during the last 12 months.
But what Spears lacked in the breadwinning department, ranking 25th with estimated earnings of $39.2 million, she made up for in terms of media coverage, television and radio appearances, magazine covers and, most of all, Web hits. Spears was 2001's most searched-for personality at AOL, Ask Jeeves, Lycos and Yahoo!.
Rounding out the top 10 in order were Spears, Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Madonna, U2, 'N Sync, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Tom Hanks.
Last year's winner, Tom Cruise, failed to make the list this year, but it's worth mentioning that his ex-wife Nicole Kidman did quite well at No. 27.
The July 8 issue of Forbes magazine hits newsstands Monday.
Britney Spears' empire is expanding. The pop diva is opening a fancy restaurant in midtown Manhattan's tony Dylan Hotel. The new eatery will be called Nyla, after the two-letter postal abbreviations for New York (Spears' current home) and Louisiana (Spears' birthplace).
Recent Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly will be joining former Oscar winner Ben Kingsley in the cast of The House of Sand and Fog. Based on the popular novel by Andre Dubus III, Connelly will play the ex-owner of a house who will do anything to get back the domicile she lost at a foreclosure auction.
After figuratively swimming with sharks on HBO's The Sopranos, James Gandolfini will now voice a "real" shark in DreamWorks' upcoming animated feature Sharkslayer. Set for a 2004 release, Gandolfini's talents will blend with the already signed Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Renee Zellweger.
American Pie's Eugene Levy has signed to Disney's In The Houze as Steve Martin's crony, who pushes the wild and crazy guy to do even crazier stunts. Rapper/actress Queen Latifah also stars.
Sci Fi Channel has signed Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) to its ensemble cast of Children of Dune. Children is the six-hour miniseries sequel of Sci Fi's Frank Herbert's Dune, which holds Sci Fi's record for largest viewing audience.
Can Geraldo's return be far behind? In this week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us, MSNBC is wooing Phil Donahue, a talk-show pioneer, to host a primetime hour-long show on the topics of the day, the Associated Press reports.
In more retro news, Baywatch's long-awaited reunion show will go on, the AP reports. David Hasselhoff reportedly has convinced 20 former members of the Baywatch and Baywatch: Hawaii series to reconvene for a two-hour special, which is scheduled to air this November on Fox.
Move over, Regis. Step aside, Anne. The granddaddy of all game shows, The Price is Right, and its septuagenarian host, Bob Barker, are coming to primetime. Buoyed by how well the 30th anniversary special performed in the ratings, CBS has ordered six more primetime episodes of the classic game show.
Paul McCartney kicked off his latest tour with a two-and-a-half-hour concert in Oakland, Calif., last night. The crowd certainly seemed pleased with Sir Paul's efforts, demanding two encores from the former Beatle, who played many of the group's greatest hits.
Who knew that they even listened to hip-hop in France? Grammy-winning rapper Eminem is being sued by French jazz fusion composer Jacques Loussier for lifting parts of his song "Pulsion" for sampling in Eminem's rap song "Kill You," the AP reports. At press time, the AP wasn't able to get a comment from Eminem's label, Interscope Records, regarding this matter.
Rising R&B star Ketara "KeKe" Wyatt was indicted by a Shelby County, Ky., grand jury on one count of second-degree assault for stabbing her husband with a steak knife on Christmas Day last year, the AP reports. The singer, whose latest hit is "Nothing in this World," could receive a sentence of 10 to 20 years if convicted.
Television lost one of its favorite grandmas, as Rosetta LeNoire passed away on March 17, at the age of 90. LeNoire, best known for playing Nell Carter's mom on NBC's Gimme A Break and Mother Winslow on ABC's Family Matters, had worked in show business and theater since the 1930s with such diverse luminaries as Orson Welles, Sammy Davis Jr. and Richard Pryor. A son, a brother, a sister, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive LeNoire.