November 04, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 11/4DUFF LOOKING ROUGH
Star magazine profiled how Hilary Duff has lost her cute, perky, and wholesome look she had in her 'Lizzie McGuire' days. "Young girls adore Hilary," a Duff family friend tells Star. "So many of them are wondering where the old Hilary went. She seems down to bones and teeth." Read more.
CAM'RON CHANGING HIS TUNE...OH BOY
The day before a leaked police affidavit revealed that a D.C. Protective Service officer witnessed Cam’ron’s shooting during Howard’s homecoming weekend, the rapper said he is no longer 100 percent sure that the incident was an attempted carjacking, as he had previously thought. READ MORE
ALICIA KEYS' MOST EMBARASSING MOMENT...NO, NOT THE PRO-ACTIV ADS
OK! magazine caught up with Alicia Keys for a Q&A, and asked the singer about her last embarrassing moment. "I was in DC promoting my second album with a roomful of journalists," Keys explained. "There was this gorgeous piano, a gorgeous ice sculpture in the background, and I was playing, everything was perfect. These people in the back kept talking. They were being rude, so I kept saying, 'Hey I'm doing a show here. What's going on back there?' I'm joking, and the audience laughed, but they kept talking! So I got up - and I tripped and fell over in front of all these journalists. I had my mic in my hand, and it hit the floor. it sounded like I knocked out all my teeth! It was a bad spill. The whole room gasped. Finally, I got up, and of course, I had to say: 'I keep on fallin'...' The crowd laughed. Some of them thought it was part of the show!"
NEW JACKSON SINGLE ALMOST DONE
After weeks of announcements, Michael Jackson is now said to be close to completing his charity single for Hurricane Katrina relief as he works from his new base of operations in the Middle East.
"All that remains is for two or three more artists to do their tracks, and Michael will then add his vocals," Jackson's Los Angeles-based spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, tells the Associated Press. "He is now on the fast track, and we're happy with the progress."
Jackson, working through global satellite and phone connections with the 12 recording artists who are participating, last week coordinated recording sessions with artists visiting L.A. for the Black Entertainment Television awards. The single now is expected to be released next month. Representatives for Snoop Dogg and R. Kelly confirmed to AP that those artists have participated in the recording sessions for Jackson – who, according to Bain, has rewritten the song several times and is changing the title from the original, "From the Bottom of My Heart," to something new and undisclosed.
Jackson's plan is to provide disaster aid through three funds: the Bill Clinton-George Bush Katrina Fund, the Push-Excel Hurricane Katrina College Relief Fund and a disaster fund set up by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. Since being cleared of child-molestation charges at trial last June, Jackson, 47, has maintained a low profile and reputedly has switched his residence from his Neverland Ranch in California to Bahrain.
RHIANNA, B-LIST POP STAR WANTS TO BECOME B-LIST ACTRESS
Rihanna might be a formidable force on the music charts, but the Barbados-born beauty is learning that making the leap into acting is harder than it looks — even when you're playing yourself."It's weird, but it's also fun. I'm really enjoying it," Rihanna told MTV News of her cameo role in the third and latest installment of "Bring It On," tentatively titled "Bring It On Yet Again." In the sassy cheerleading/dance flick, which is currently filming in downtown Los Angeles, a pair of rival squads compete for a chance to appear in Rihanna's upcoming television special. It stars Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles ("Johnson Family Vacation," "The Proud Family") and Hayden Panettiere ("Ice Princess," "Raising Helen").READ MORE
FORMER STAR TREK ACTOR COMES OUT...GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE BLACK HOLE
That catch phrase will never sound the same now that George Takai has boldly gone where no Star Trek actor has gone before. Takai, who played Sulu on the original TV series and in six movies, came out last week in the pages of Los Angeles gay and lesbian magazine Frontiers. The 68-year-old Japanese-American said his current role in a production of "Equus" inspired him to discuss his sexuality publicly.