News, Jan. 4: Bullock Donates Money For Post-Tsunami Relief, Murray Refutes “Difficult” Label, Harrison Ford is Sexiest Grandfather, More…

Bullock donates $1 million

Sandra Bullock is encouraging Hollywood’s millionaires to give generously to the post-tsunami relief effort in Asia after donating $1 million to help support emergency groups. The actress contacted the American Red Cross last week and asked how she could help, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This is the second time the generous star has handed over $1 million to the charity–she donated a similar amount after the terrorist attacks on America in 2001. A Red Cross spokesman says, “Sandra continues to enable our lifesaving work and is a model for personal generosity.”

Fox: ‘I’m not Lil’ Jon’s wife’

Actress Vivica A. Fox has rubbished reports she’s married rapper Lil’ Jon. The Kill Bill beauty insists she’s baffled by rumors she’s tied the knot with the hip-hop star–and she’s desperate to inform her fans of the truth. She says, “I am not married to Lil’ Jon and I definitely need folks to know that.” Fox famously dated rapper 50 Cent before the pair suffered a very public break-up.

Ford is top granddad

Harrison Ford has been named Hollywood’s sexiest grandfather in new pensioners magazine Grand.
The movie star, 62, beat Goldie Hawn, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Naomi Judd to take the top spot in Grand‘s February issue.

Foxx wins the black vote

Jamie Foxx and his hit film Ray have been honored again–by the African-American Film Critics Association. Oscar-favorite Foxx was named best actor for his roles in Collateral and
Ray. Meanwhile, the Ray Charles biopic beat Hotel Rwanda and The Aviator to claim the best film honor.

Oprah is U.S top TV pick

Oprah Winfrey has been crowned America’s popularity queen after beating Michael Jackson, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez in a new TV list. Top showbiz news program Entertainment Tonight mentioned Winfrey‘s name more than anyone else during the course of 2004–thanks to her 50th birthday celebrations and $7 million car giveaways. Jackson came in second with Aniston beating her namesake to third. Socialite Paris Hilton was fifth.

Pitt’s partner lands Paramount post

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston‘s film-making partner Brad Grey is set to quit the trio’s successful company after being handed the top role at Paramount Studios. Grey set up Plan B Prods. with Pitt two years ago after formerly managing the movie star and his wife as the owner of powerful agency Brillstein-Grey. Plan B has enjoyed much success and Grey is expected to remain to complete Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and one other movie. The Hollywood heavyweight is poised to take over retiring Paramount head Sherry Lansing’s job later this year.

Jackson wanted for Pacey resurrection

Actor Joshua Jackson is being targeted by TV bosses eager to bring his Dawson’s Creek character back to the small screen. Jackson rocketed to fame playing troubled teen Pacey Whitter in the show–which ran from 1998 to 2003–about four friends in a small coastal town who help each other cope with adolescence. And now TV chiefs are offering Jackson a lucrative contract in an effort to tempt the actor–who is pursuing a film career after scoring success in movies like Cruel Intentions and The Skulls–back into the role for a spin-off series, according to British newspaper the Daily Star.

Arquette convinced psychics can help

Actress Patricia Arquette signed up to play a clairvoyant in new TV series Medium because she’s convinced psychics can help people. Far from a skeptic, Arquette admits she has called on phone psychics on four occasions to help her make life decisions and get answers to mysteries. She says, “I called once when my mom was ill and I got offered a movie and I was going to be out of town and I said, ‘I have a job opportunity out of town and I’m not sure if I should take it.’ Meanwhile, my friend had heard her ex-boyfriend had gone missing… and he said, ‘Well he’s lost at sea,’ and it turned out he drowned but nobody knew. They told me, ‘No. Don’t take that show.’ And my mom ended up getting sick at that time. Another time, someone had stolen something and they described the people who’d just been fired at this workplace.” In the new drama series, which debuted Monday night, Arquette speaks to the dead to help police solve crimes.

Sarandon refuses to discuss Robbins romance

Susan Sarandon has warned celebrities they’re heading for heartache if they continue to boast about their relationships in the media. The actress, 58, refuses to divulge the secrets of her long-running romance with actor Tim Robbins–who she’s been dating for 17 years–because she fears exposing such intimate details could have disastrous consequences. Sarandon says, “My formula for a successful relationship is never to talk about a successful formula, because it’s bound to go wrong. At a certain point you have to decide that you are going to be with this person, and not be looking towards the door to see who else is coming in, in case they’re better. I don’t know when that point comes–maybe it’s to do with age, or maybe it’s who you’re with. But you do have to decide to grow with them, and hopefully they will grow with you, too.”

Murray slams difficult reputation stories

Bill Murray has slammed accusations he is difficult to work with, insisting he only clashes with “obnoxious people”. The Lost In Translation actor has little time for those who lack consideration for others. Murray says, “If it keeps obnoxious people away, that’s fine. It makes me think of that line you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. People say this to you with a straight face, and I always say, ‘Who. Wants. Flies?'” Murray roots for the underdog and crossed swords with the location manager on his last movie over his attempts to heat a rented house where child actors were performing their scenes. Of the fracas on the untitled Jim Jarmusch flick, he says, “(I said) ‘Who are you?’ She said, ‘I’m locations.’ I said, ‘Well, if locations had done their job and made sure it was warm enough for these people, we wouldn’t be lighting a fire in the fireplace.'” At the wrap party, Murray approached the woman again, “I said, ‘You know, we had our moment, and I don’t apologize for that for a second.'” However, he congratulated her on excelling at other aspects of her job and adds, “I wanted to let her know I could see it both ways.”

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