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Sean Connery Recovering From Kidney Tumor Surgery

March 13, 2006 03:38:05 GMT

The actor best known for his action as James Bond, Sean Connery, is recovering from kidney tumor surgery.

Underwent the operation in New York a few weeks ago, he is now recovering at his home in the Bahamas, his spokesman James Barron said Sunday March 12th, 2006.

Usher to Speak at Teen Leadership Seminar

March 13, 2006 03:05:46 GMT

R&B crooner Usher is intended to promote the sports and entertainment industries to teenagers, claiming the fields as valuable career paths mainly for those who are prepared.

The Grammy winning singer reportedly is slated to speak at a March 18 teen leadership seminar sponsored by the YMCA in Cleveland. There are at least more than 400 seventh- through 12th-graders expected to come at the three-day seminar dubbed Midwest Black/Hispanic Achievers Teen Leadership Summit.

Rachel Weisz Is Burberry's New Face

March 11, 2006 06:49:19 GMT

Mom-to-be Rachel Weisz is the face of Burberry's ad campaign for the new fragrance London. The Oscar winning actress, who is seven months pregnant, reportedly has shot the ads last fall.

A fashion-industry favorite, "I'm British. I grew up with Burberry being the ultimate brand in chic, elegance and history. My granny, the chicest lady I ever knew, had a Burberry raincoat. Now it's a cool and edgy fashion house, too," Weisz admitted while adding "I was thrilled to be asked (to model). There was no hesitation."

Rolling Stone's 5th Annual Top Moneymakers

March 11, 2006 06:14:38 GMT

Such music acts, as U2, The Rolling Stones, Eagles, and Paul McCartney, have all been included in the Rolling Stone's fifth-annual list of Biggest Moneymakers. Working hard through the years, embarking on world tours, Irish rock band U2 has made it to the top position on the list, taking in an estimated $154.2 million after selling out more than 100 arena and stadium shows around the world.

At No. 2 is fellow music act The Rolling Stones, earning $92.5 million followed behind by Eagles at No. 3 which collects $63.2 million. Comes in at No. 4 is British singer and songwriter Paul McCartney who taking in an estimated $56 million. Make the list at No. 5 is British singer, composer, and pianist Elton John with $48.9 million, while Neil Diamond secures the 6th rank with $44.7 million.

Lou Ferrigno Sued Brother over Family Name

March 11, 2006 05:07:29 GMT

It's no game of "Family Feud", but a real one as TV star of "Hulk" Lou Ferrigno has sued his brother Andy Ferrigno after finding out that the younger man put the family name for his gym equipment store, Ferrigno Fitness of Stewartsville, New Jersey. Alleging trademark infringement, the federal lawsuit was originally filed on January 6 in a New Jersey court, but just made into public a month later by March 10.

According to Associated Press' report, Ferrigno accused his brother of capitalizing on his Incredible Hulk fame with everything from the Ferrigno-boasting name to a Hulk-green awning to the store's Website URL, FerrignoFitness.com whereas the star in fact is not affiliated at all with the business. "On numerous occasions, Lou Ferrigno and members of his family have been contacted or approached by strangers or acquaintances who believe that Ferrigno Fitness is 'Lou's store,'" the lawsuit said, per the wire service.

Evangeline Lilly to Endorse for Karastan

March 11, 2006 04:34:34 GMT

"Lost" star Evangeline Lilly has been chosen to be the new figure for the upscale rug manufacturer Karastan. Following the footsteps of fellow actress Andie MacDowell, Lilly will be featured in four print ads which are slated to begin running in the April issues of several lifestyle magazines, like Living, House & Garden, O, Architectural Digest, and Metropolitan Home.

Representing the company, VP of Marketing David Duncan gave explanation on Karastan's decision to sign an endorsement deal with Lilly. "We've scratched beneath the surface of the public persona of Evangeline Lilly and found quite an impressive and authentic young woman who's independent, adventuresome, a goal-setter and a caring humanitarian," so he said in a statement. "She possesses extraordinary qualities and has great integrity and we already see many parallels between her and the Karastan customer who seeks out a distinctive, unapologetic lifestyle." Way to go, Lilly.

Forbes' 2006 List of Richest Americans

March 11, 2006 03:59:39 GMT

Still scoring many dollars over the past year which reached great amount of $100 million to bring $1.4 billion in total of her wealth, Oprah Winfrey certainly has succeeded in maintaining her name to be still in Forbes Magazine's list of Richest Americans this year. Acquired the 562nd rank this time, the popular host is placed along with George Lucas, who has collected $3.5 billion fortune to sit on the 194th rank, while the top position is still held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with $50 billion in his pocket, therefore making him the world's wealthiest man for a 12th consecutive time.

Other notable names mentioned in the list include David Geffen at number 140 with $4.4 billion, Ralph Lauren at number 185 with $3.6 billion, Steven Spielberg at number 245 with $2.8 billion, and Donald Trump at number 278 with $2.6 billion. The list itself is compiled based on one's private and public holdings, including those of salary, stocks, investments, and real estate holdings minus any debts the individual owed as of February 13.

Leif Garrett Extends the Rehab


March 11, 2006 03:04:32 GMT

Previously arrested for heroin possession in Los Angeles last January to then spend his time to undergo drugs treatment at the Impact House for 42 days, Leif Garrett now has to extend his stay there for another 30 days based on the result of his hearing progress held on Thursday, March 9. This proceeding of his case of violating the probation on his 2004 cocaine charge consequently crushes the '70s-era teen idol's desire to obtain an outpatient status he had asked before through his attorney, Andrew Flier, in order to spend more time with his mother, Carolyn Stellar. Garrett, who had been popular for song "I Was Made for Dancing", had been under rehab for two times that were in 1997 and 1999.


Beckhams Reached Settlement With Newspaper

March 10, 2006 04:03:41 GMT

U.K. sensational couple, David Beckham and wife Victoria Adams, has reportedly reached an out of court settlement regarding their libel case against News of the World, a British tabloid that claimed the couple's marriage was a sham. Just for everybody to know, the husband-and-wife have previously seeking libel damages against the newspaper over an article within that carried the headline: "Posh and Becks on the Rocks."

"The defamation proceedings brought by David and Victoria Beckham against the News of the World have been resolved on a confidential basis," the couple's spokeswoman, Jo Milloy, said in a statement Thursday. And so, the superstar duo received undisclosed damages from the tabloid over the September 2004 article which claimed the spouses were pretending to be happily married for the purpose of financial gain.

The King of Pop Ordered to Shut Down Neverland

March 10, 2006 03:21:29 GMT

Is Michael Jackson go bankrupt? Well at least it seems so. The king of pop has on Thursday March 9th, 2006 been ordered by California authorities to shut down his Neverland Valley Ranch for failing to pay his employees or maintain proper insurance.

The decision to close Jacko's sprawling ranch in the central California foothills was taken soon after the State Labor Commissioner office discovered that his worker's compensation policy had lapsed in January. Dean Fryer, the Department of Industrial Relations spokesman, explained "We went out there this morning and issued a stop order to the security guard at the front gate. We asked to be escorted in to meet management, but we were refused and turned away, so we gave the order to (the guard)."

The Jackass Star Bam Margera Arrested


March 09, 2006 07:59:42 GMT

Bam Margera, the star better known for his portrayal in "Jackass: The Movie", was arrested Friday March 3rd, 2006 for unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon. He was in Los Angeles that day to film a Right Guard deodorant commercial.

After finishing the shoot around 7 p.m., "I met up with some people from Island Def Jam (Records) and went to a party at the Roosevelt Hotel. At some point they ended up giving me a pair of brass knuckles as a gift. I just tossed them in my bag and then showed up drunk at the airport to catch a flight home," Margera revealed.

Stapp Avoids Charges Being Publicly Intoxicated

March 09, 2006 07:42:44 GMT

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp is free. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the singer, confirmed Wednesday evening March 8th, 2006 that the Los Angeles City Attorney's office will not be filing charges against Stapp for allegedly being publicly intoxicated hours after his Feb. 10 marriage to Jaclyn Nesheiwat.

As of Stapp, he received the good news that he wouldn't be charged on Tuesday March 7th, 2006 at an informal hearing he attended at the city attorney's office.

Boy George Avoids Jail Time for Cocaine Bust

March 09, 2006 07:00:35 GMT

Thanks God. That's maybe the words uttered by singer Boy George as he cut a deal with New York City prosecutors to avoid jail time for cocaine possession last fall.

Stemming from the Oct. 7, 2005 incident when police answered a call at his apartment and discovered 13 bags of cocaine, George could have faced 15 years in prison if convicted. However, the Manhattan District Attorney dropped the more serious drug-possession charges and instead sentenced George to five days of community service and fined him $1,000.

Kylie Minogue Plans to Write A Book for Children

March 09, 2006 03:45:49 GMT

Pop star Kylie Minogue gives hand at different direction besides singing. The Aussie star is about to be a fiction writer by publishing a children's book.

Named her first book ever "The Showgirl Princess," it is aimed at children aged six and upwards and will be released by Puffin publications in September.

It's Over, Thurman & Beau Andre Balazs Split

March 09, 2006 03:26:54 GMT

Uma Thurman and Andre Balazs is an item no more. The couple who has been dating for over than two years go separate ways, proving the long circulating rumors on their break up soon following Thurman's attendance at the Oscar alone to be right.

News on their break up was confirmed in a statement by Thurman's publicist saying "Unfortunately, it is true. But we remain close friends." Despite the bitter fact, the actress commented "It's lovely to have a man in my life who's cute, intelligent, interesting and complicated, and very supportive."
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