Sunday, January 28, 2007

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TARDY BLOOD DIAMOND STARS SNUBBED BY SPANISH MEDIA
Oscar-nominated BLOOD DIAMOND co-stars DJIMON HOUNSOU and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO received a hostile reception when they turned up an hour late for a press conference to promote the film’s release in Madrid, Spain on Friday. Angry photographers turned their backs on the actors as they arrived to talk about the film, titled DIAMANTE DE SANGRE in Spain.DiCaprio and Hounsou stood bemused as the camera lenses turned away from them and then made a hasty exit from the angry mob.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

SHAKIRA SICK OF FREEZING EUROPE
Latina pop star SHAKIRA can’t wait to get home after the European leg of her ORAL FIXATION tour - because she finds the continent too cold.The HIPS DON’T LIE hitmaker insists she’s enjoyed meeting with people from cultures so different to her own, but can’t stand the winter’s freezing temperatures.She says, "It is fantastic to connect with so many people on this tour."I’ve learned so much about this continent and its people but it is freezing."I do expect to have a lot of fun on stage though, just like I did last night." Shakira’s first European gig was in Hamburg, Germany, on Thursday (SOURCE PR INSIDE)

PITT PULLS OUT OF SAG AWARDS
BRAD PITT will be another no-show at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (28JAN07) - because he’s too busy shooting a new film in New Orleans, Louisiana.The movie hunk was expected to join his BABEL castmates, who are nominated for a number of awards - including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - but he can’t get away from the set of new film THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.Pitt joins MERYL STREEP among the absentees; the actress has been forced to pull out of attending the SAG Awards because she’s co-hosting the 10th annual benefit for Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment with former US Vice President AL GORE. (SOURCE PR INSIDE)

SEAGAL SLAMS COPYCAT ACTORS
Hollywood actor STEVEN SEAGAL claims he a victim of jealousy and that rival action stars are constantly copying his work.The UNDER SIEGE star doesn’t name names, but insists the industry is rife with bitterness and envy.He says, "There’s one boy who once tried to do stuff with BRUCE LEE. And there’s another person out there who’s always tried to copy me."I think among the real professionals there’s camaraderie, but with the others there is jealousy."
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BULLOCK’S HUSBAND LANDED WITH MONSTER FINE
SANDRA BULLOCK’s husband and MONSTER GARAGE host and co-producer JESSE JAMES has been fined $271,250 (£150,700) for violating California’s clean-air rules.The fine was imposed by the California Air Resources Board, which alleges 50 of James’ custom-built chopper bikes violated rules by not having state certified emissions equipment on their exhaust systems.As a result the bikes sold between 1998 and 2005, were giving off hydrocarbons at up to 10 times the state limits, said PAUL JACOBS, chief of the board’s Mobile Sources Enforcement branch.James, who also hosts and co-produces MOTORCYCLE MANIA, was not available for comment.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

JUMPER STAGEHAND KILLED
A stagehand on the Toronto, Canada set of SAMUEL L JACKSON’s new thriller JUMPER was killed on Thursday when frozen sand, earth and ice fell on him and other workers.Set dresser DAVID RITCHIE, 56, suffered serious head and shoulder injuries and died instantly. A second man was taken to hospital and a third managed to escape unharmed.Police officer JOANNE VERBEEK confirmed that sand and earth frozen to a wall for exterior design came unstuck as the set was being torn down and crushed Ritchie. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Verbeek said, "It was just an unfortunate, fluke accident." Filming in Toronto was completed on 15 January. Director DOUG LIMAN and his cast, which includes actor HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, have since moved on to Tokyo to shoot more scenes.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

STONE: ‘WE DON’T NEED MEN TO BE MOTHERS’
Hollywood star SHARON STONE is urging women to follow her lead and have children on their own.The 48-year-old actress has three adopted sons, and insists women shouldn’t have to wait for a partner if they want to be mothers.She says, "Don’t wait for a man to give you children, do it yourself."Then, if Prince Charming does come along, he’ll walk in and say, ‘Oh, just what I’ve been looking for, a family waiting for me.’" Stone has been married three times but has been single since 2004.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

ABDUL: ‘I’VE NEVER BEEN DRUNK’
AMERICAN IDOL star PAULA ABDUL has hit back at reports she was intoxicated during a recent TV interview - stating she has never been drunk in her life.The STRAIGHT UP singer behaved oddly during live regional interviews in America to promote the hit talent show earlier this month (JAN07). She has since blamed a technical glitch for her strange performance, which left her slurring her words.And now the Idol judge insists she’s always sober.She says, "I’ve never been drunk in my whole life."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

BROWN’S WIDOW ROCKS ON AT METAL SKOOL SHOW
JAMES BROWN’s widow TOMI RAE HYNIE stunned fans of rock act METAL SKOOL at the tribute group’s weekly Los Angeles showcase last week when she joined them onstage for a song.Hynie, who is contesting her late husband’s will after discovering she and her five-year-old son have been left out, waded to the front of the crowd at the Key Club and then leapt onto the stage. As security staff gathered, fearing the red head was about to misbehave, Metal Skool’s manager stepped forward to identify the special guest, who then performed GUNS N’ ROSES tune MR BROWNSTONE with the 80s rock covers band.Audience member JASON FISHER says, "No one knew who she was when she got onstage. Even the band weren’t sure who she was."I know Tomi Rae has a lot going on in her personal life right now, but she was out to have a good time." Hynie, who fronts her own band, is one of many celebrities to join Metal Skool onstage - in recent months KELLY CLARKSON, RYAN CABRERA and LINKIN PARK’s CHESTER BENNINGTON have performed with the metal act, while LISA MARIE PRESLEY and PARIS HILTON have showed up at their weekly concerts.

YOUNG BUCK ARRESTED
G-UNIT rapper YOUNG BUCK has been arrested in Tennessee after missing a court hearing last year (06) on driving charges.A warrant was issued for the 25-year-old - real name DAVID DARNELL BROWN after he was caught driving with a suspended license last July, and failed to appear in court.Officers stopped Young Buck driving his black Cadillac Escalade in Nashville yesterday (26JAN07), and arrested him when he outstanding warrant showed up on his record. He was released on $1,000 (£510) bond and will return to court on 27 February (07).(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

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