Sunday, April 8, 2007

Hayden Panettiere Has Something to Cheer About

Hayden Panettiere rocketed to fame as the self-healing cheerleader Claire Bennet on Heroes – but the 17-year-old is just getting started.
Since becoming the focal point of the show's "save the cheerleader, save the world" plot line, Panettiere has also started filming the drama Fireflies in the Garden with Julia Roberts and is gearing up to promote her debut pop album this fall.
"With singing I get to be myself," she tells PEOPLE in its new issue.
Later this spring, Panettiere will celebrate another milestone – high school graduation. "Thank God!" says the Nyack, N.Y., native. "School was difficult; when you come and go, you miss out on a lot. Cliques are formed and you're just lingering." read more

Saturday, April 7, 2007

China 'Idol' bans vulgarity, weirdness

China's broadcasting watchdog has issued a list of rules governing the airing of its latest take on the American Idol television series, urging the singing contest "Happy Boys Voice" to uphold high moral standards.
Contestants on Happy Boys Voice must choose songs that are "healthy and ethically inspiring" in order to create a good atmosphere for China's 17th Party Congress, the Communist Party's five-yearly leadership meeting to be held later this year.
"No weirdness, no vulgarity and no low taste," said the notice seen on Friday on the Web site of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.
Happy Boys Voice is the follow-up to Super Girls, a smash hit that amassed more than 400 million viewers for its final round - an enormous figure for China's huge but fragmented television market. Both are broadcast by Hunan Satellite TV. read more

Chili Peppers to play charity event

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have confirmed that they are to headline a charity event this summer.
Along with Pearl Jam's Eddie Veder, the rock veterans are going to perform at the third annual Hullabaloo, which raises money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
The money raised from the event will go to low-income students, providing them with instruments and music lessons. read more

Reconciliation with mum was mutual: Tori

AP - Tori Spelling, who recently gave birth to her first child, says she began reconciling with her mother, Candy, in the last weeks of her pregnancy.
"It was mutual," the 33-year-old actress tells Us Weekly in its April 16 issue. "We both reached out at the same time by phone in the weeks before I had Liam."
Their 9-month estrangement was juicy gossip in the tabloids, with mother and daughter sitting apart during a tribute to famed TV producer Aaron Spelling at the Emmy Awards last August.
Spelling, who produced shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210, which starred his daughter, died last June at 83 after suffering a stroke. Other shows he created include Charlie's Angels and Dynasty. read more

Kate Beckinsale Says She Has Breast Envy

Kate Beckinsale may love her feet – at least she says her husband does – but when it comes to breasts, she'd like Queen Latifah's.
Asked by Glamour in its May issue if she could switch bodies with someone for a day, who would that be, the star of the new thriller Vacancy replies, "Someone with gigantic real breasts, like Queen Latifah."
Getting more off her chest, Beckinsale, 33, says, "I'm so fascinated by breasts because my mother didn't have them either. If I had them, I'd run up and down a flight of stairs!"
Also asked to select her favorite body part of her own, she says, "I remember being 13 and sobbing in a shoe store because I had these freakishly long feet. Now my husband thinks I've got the most attractive feet ever! They just arrived too soon." read more

Carrie Underwood: I'm 'Horrible Around Guys'

It may be hard to believe, but Carrie Underwood says she has a tough time getting a date.
The American Idol winner, 24, tells Cosmopolitan in its May issue that she's shy and "horrible around guys" – and hasn't had a serious relationship since she split with college boyfriend Drake Clark in 2005.
And her newfound fame hasn't helped.
"Guys who would never look at me twice before might ask me out now, so I guess I have better opportunities," she says. "But when I do meet a guy, there's this 'Does he just want his picture in a magazine?' factor."
Still, she's optimistic. "I'm not saying I want to get married tomorrow, but I'd like to have someone other than my mom to call when I have good news." read more

Mutya Buena hurt by Sugababes' snub

Mutya Buena has admitted that she is hurt by the lack of support she has received from her former Sugababes bandmates.
The singer releases her first solo album Real Girl later this year but is disappointed that Heidi Range and Keisha Buchanan have not been in touch to wish her well.
Buena, who left the Sugababes in December 2005 to focus on her solo career, worked with George Michael and Amy Winehouse while producing her debut album. read more


BRITAIN will be hotter and drier this Easter weekend than Athens, Malta and New York, forecasters revealed yesterday.
The weather will even be better than the Costa del Sol, the tropical Maldives and Istanbul, where rain is expected to put a dampener on festivities.
The biggest holiday so far this year will see the whole country bathed in sunshine, with temperatures set to reach a balmy 66F (19C).
Tourists and sunseekers have already begun to flock to destinations like Bournemouth on the south coast as the fine weather continues.
To beat the best of British this Easter, holidaymakers would have to head to the far west of Portugal or southern Morocco. Even there, temperatures will be similar to Brighton. read more

Friday, April 6, 2007

The Latest On 'The Invasion' Saga

Two days ago, Collider wrote up a breathless story about the results of some research they did into the situation with Nicole Kidman's long-in-production remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. When compared with the L.A. Times story from March, their report is different only in terms of the severity of the changes that Warner Bros. supposedly ordered up. To back up a bit, for those who haven't been following the story, The Invasion was originally lensed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, the much-heralded German director who directed the Hitler film Downfall a few years back. When he turned in his cut of the film in late 2005, Warner Bros. found it lacking in action beats and brought in the Wachowski brothers and their V for Vendetta director James McTeigue to re-work the film. All of that has been known for a while. read more

Keith Richards Annoys Disney, Won't Be Promoting 'Pirates 3' Much

Have you heard the one about Keith Richards snorting his father's ashes? The whole story was a joke -- at least that is the current spin, anyway. Whatever the truth, though, the story has gotten Richards into a bit of trouble with Disney's publicity department. Although the Rolling Stones guitarist is one of the main attractions of this summer's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, his inability to keep his comments family-friendly are a concern for the studio. Now Disney's senior vice president for publicity, Dennis Rice, has decided not to let Richards aid in much of the promotion of the blockbuster sequel. However, considering Rice is about to leave Disney for a new job at United Artists, we can't be sure that his replacement will agree with this decision. read more

New Coen Brothers, Scorsese, Other Pics Lining Up for Cannes

I brought you news yesterday that Martin Scorsese will be teaching a Masterclass, presenting an award, and unveiling a new film preservation foundation at the upcoming Cannes festival. Today brings more confirmation that this is going to be a pretty amazing year for Cannes, which kicks off on May 16th. Guest of honor Scorsese will also be putting his Rolling Stones documentary up for sale, and more rocking will be heard at the screening of Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington's 3D U2 documentary U2 3D. New Line will be premiering scenes from the highly anticipated The Golden Compass with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. James Gray's We Own the Night with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, (who also co-starred in Gray's last film - The Yards), will premiere. And there will also be a screening of No Country for Old Men, which is written and directed by the Coen Brothers and therefore moves it to the tippity-top of my "must-see" list. read more