WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007
Britney Spears has been ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week, according to court documents in her custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
The order was issued Monday by a judge who required both parents to refrain from drinking and using drugs around their two young children and 12 hours before either cares for them. Only Spears was ordered to submit to testing.
"Based on the evidence presented, the court finds that there is a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol" by Spears, Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon said in court documents.
Messages left with attorneys for Spears and Federline were not immediately returned.
The singer married Federline in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November, and the divorce became official July 30. The two have joint custody of their sons — Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 — but Federline is seeking a greater share of custody.
The judge also said Spears must meet for eight hours a week with a "parenting coach" who will observe and report back to the court about her parenting skills.
Both parents are prohibited from "making derogatory remarks" about each other in their children's presence, and from "using corporal punishment" to discipline them. Each must complete the court's "Parenting Without Conflict" class
Source: Yahoo News
Showing off her fit, veggie-powered body, sexy Alicia Silverstone goes au naturel in a brand-new TV ad campaign promoting the health benefits of vegetarianism. The ad will make its national debut this week in Houston and Dallas--cities chosen because they repeatedly rank among the least healthy in the country.
"I'm Alicia Silverstone, and I'm a vegetarian," Silverstone says as she emerges from a swimming pool--revealing how "going veg" does a body good. "There's nothing in the world that's changed me as much as this. I feel so much better and have so much more energy."
The 30-second ad will air more than two dozen times in Houston and Dallas on the Food Network, Lifetime, and E! through the end of the week. It was directed by Dave Meyers, who has directed more than 180 music videos, including rapper Missy Elliott's groundbreaking "Work It" video, for which he won MTV's Best Video of the Year award. Meyers also directed Elliott's Grammy Award-winning video "Lose Control."
Silverstone--who also refuses to wear leather and wool for ethical reasons--says, "Like most people, I wasn't always a vegetarian, but I've always loved animals. ... Physically, the effect has been amazing. Once I went vegan, I lost the weight I wanted to lose, my nails were stronger, and my skin was glowing. I feel great!"
The ad is part of a new series of PETA vegetarian testimonials that star a growing list of celebrities, including actors Forest Whitaker, Casey Affleck, and James Cromwell and singer Joss Stone.
Source: Peta Media Center
Nicole Richie will marry fiancé Joel Madden after she gives birth. The Good Charlotte frontman says the couple will definitely tie the knot, but only after five-month pregnant Nicole has delivered their first child.
He told US radio DJ Ryan Seacrest yesterday (18.09.07): "Obviously marriage is in our future. I don't know when or how, but right now our priority is our family and the baby. That's all we've been thinking about. We are in love and we are really happy."
Joel, 28, also revealed the couple haven't found out the sex of their child and are currently referring to the baby as "it".
He said: "We are waiting to find out if it is a boy or a girl. We don't even know. So right now it's an 'it', which sounds wrong. We call it the baby. When we talk to it, it's 'you'."
"I'm excited. It's the best thing that has ever happened to us. It's awesome."
"The baby has started kicking and I already went to the store Target and got a stroller and a playpen for the nursery."
Like Grenada or St. Lucia, it’s a place nearly everyone has heard of, but few know anything about, beyond that it’s hot and beautiful. Not unlike our cover girl. But despite its size, the tiny tropical isle is the birthplace of one of the biggest pop stars in the world today.
Rihanna strides into the photo studio an hour late. No one seems to mind, and aside from relief, there is little fanfare. She scans the shoot’s rack of clothes coolly, then strolls over to the makeup table. At the point of our meeting, her latest disc, Good Girl Gone Bad, is barely a week old. It and the first single, the inescapable “Umbrella,” are doing quite well, thank you.
Prior to her arrival, I’d been surrounded by people in their 30s and 40s, all swearing to an inability to remove her album from their player. Hyperbole before the big meeting? Perhaps, but even less-than-devoted followers of pop/R&B can’t claim to have any greater resistance to her powers.
Just 19 years old, Rihanna is on her third album. Signed to the Blue Note of hip-hop, Def Jam Recordings—a label run by Jay-Z, one of the most successful artists and businessmen in music—she already has contracts with JC Penney and Nike and a recent Cover Girl campaign under her belt.
In pop terms, her age is less the exception than the rule, but from head-shaving and rehab to wardrobe choices that disdain underwear, many young stars behave in ways that make 24 ripe for a mid-life crisis.
And then there’s Rihanna. Aside from unsubstantiated rumours regarding dalliances with Jay-Z, her name is never in the tabloids. Not that she’s a wallflower. Ask about the process behind her new album, and her confidence is blunt.
“I had all the freedom I could ever ask for,” she confirms, her voice sleek with cockiness. “Not that they gave it to me. I was just taking it. That’s why it’s called Good Girl Gone Bad. I wasn’t about listening to what anyone wanted me to look like, or sound like, or act like.”
Now, in pop music, a young star taking the reins isn’t all that simple. Or even the best idea. A recent Wall Street Journal article about Rihanna’s peer, American Idol success story Kelly Clarkson, chronicled that singer’s recent fall from grace. With an underachieving single, “Never Again,” and an arena tour cancelled due to low ticket sales, most of the blame was being aimed at Clarkson’s adamant decision to write her own material for her third release, My December.
To hear her talk, Rihanna had no less need to take control over her third disc. “Before, it was kind of boring,” she intones frankly of her first two albums, 2005’s Music of the Sun and 2006’s A Girl Like Me. “It worked because, exactly, it worked. It was generic. It’s been done before. With this album, I wanted to take risks. I wanted to take chances.”
Listening to Good Girl, it’s hard to know exactly what she’s risking. If Rihanna’s idea of sticking it to the Man is collaborating with proven hitmakers like Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Ne-Yo, not many executives would complain. Maybe the key is that despite her tough talk, Rihanna has a keen sense of how the industry works and how to play to her strengths. Take the story of first single “Umbrella,” for example.
Its pseudo–dance hall refrain (“you can stand under my um-burr-ella/ella-ella/ay-ay-ay”) drips so convincingly with her native Bajan cadence that it’s kind of surprising to learn she had no hand in its composition. Maybe she didn’t write it, but she fought damn hard to get it. “It came to the label for another group,” she recalls, “and one of the executives at the label, she said, ‘I have to play this for you.’ I heard it and I loved it, and I battled to get it.”
It is easy to see why. Not only does the song suit her range and phrasing perfectly, but it’s also a definitive “summer jam”—expertly constructed with a universal theme of commitment, but just silly enough to never take itself too seriously. From someone whose most commonly stressed mandate is to “have fun,” it’s an ideal fit.
Not that Rihanna’s having too much fun right now. Our conversation stops as she tries to extract an errant eyelash, which has worked its way under her lid, without ruining her freshly applied makeup. Aside from the hustle and bustle of photographers and editors preparing for their turn with the young star, it’s completely silent. Suddenly, the key to her balanced approach is clear: The shoot is late, she’s doing an interview while getting made up, she still has to choose what to wear, and she’s unfazed by any of it.
She’s grounded. Now, every pop star from Britney to Xtina will tell you that they are grounded on some level. But to what? Childhoods spent in malls in Louisiana or Staten Island, freighted with everything that goes with North American culture—the entitlement, the desensitization, the relentless consumerism?
These things are not quite of Rihanna’s world. As she puts it, “I think it’s a few things, but part of it is being brought up in a different culture.” A culture that Rihanna literally brings with her. “My friend,” she says, pointing at one in her entourage, who looks up smiling. “She’s from Barbados. I stay in contact with my friends and my family a lot.”
Of course, she’s got money, fame and handlers, and she can list off her favourite designers (Dolce & Gabbana, Zac Posen and Balenciaga among them) in a way that makes it clear she can afford them. It’s just that you get the sense she appreciates all of this on a level that an American girl simply cannot. Confident but not arrogant, humble but not shy—has Rihanna really nailed the balance? I leave our interview feeling just that…
“You get a refreshing burst of shine without all that sticky feeling.” I look up from my laptop as, in a serendipitous moment, Rihanna dances across my TV screen while I sit trying to finish this article. It’s her Cover Girl ad for Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers. At the end of the ad, she sings the Cover Girl slogan and drops a plug for Good Girl Gone Bad. Everybody’s happy.
A few days earlier, when asked about the campaign, she brightens immediately. “When they first approached me, they said it was between me and this other girl,” she recalls. “We just prayed about it, and eventually they called and said, ‘You’re our Cover Girl.’ I was like, ‘What!?’”.
If this seems all too perfectly placed—as she says, “another dream come true”—Rihanna seems aware of the finite nature of her right now red-hot career. “I just try to think about the fun in it,” she tells me. “You have to have fun, or you will go crazy.”
I don’t think you need to be a pop star to appreciate that.
First published in FASHION Magazine October 2007
HBO has lined up a pair of big names for its movie adaptation of the 1970s documentary "Grey Gardens."
Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange have been tapped to star in the film, about the eccentric aunt and cousin of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It's based on a 1975 documentary by David and Albert Maysles, who chronicled the two women's lives in a run-down East Hampton, N.Y., mansion -- called Grey Gardens.
Alicia’s new album hits stores on November 13.
Rumors linking Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia together surface after the Emmys.
Ever since the beginning of time co-stars have been linked together. Is it the case for “Heroes” co-stars Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia? The rumors of the two coupling have been flying around the Hollywood water cooler for a while, but the two deny it. Sweet Hayden just turned 18 and Ventimglia is 30, quite an age difference there.
TMZ photogs captured a video of the two walking arm in arm outside an after-party hosted by HBO after the Emmys. When the reporter asked if they were together they denied it and Hayden said, "I'm holding onto him because I'm about to fall over in these heels!"
Scarlett Johansson has been dating Ryan Renolds since April now, but it seems she still has no intention of settling down, despite the wishes of her beau.
Reynolds had been engaged to singer Alanis Morisette, and when they broke up he started seeing Johansson with keen intentions of moving forward with her.
A source claims tells celebrity-gossip: “Ryan has been dropping hints about wedding plans but Scarlett put him in his place quickly. She feels too young to tie the knot.”
However, just because she doesn’t want to get married does not mean she isn’t keen on the relationship. She is head-over heels for the Van Wilder actor a source tells. “She really likes him and doesn’t want the relationship to fall apart.”
I would love to see her gain a few pounds.. but still beautiful and nice cleavage. They both look great and hot as always.
Angelina Jolie @ The Assassination of Jesse James NY Premiere
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