Thursday, March 22, 2007

GossipMomma's RumorRoom

ONE celeb gets out of rehab, another goes in. On the heels of Britney Spears' release from the Promises clinic, Hollywood hunk Jesse Metcalfe checked himself in to an undisclosed rehab center for alcohol abuse this week, a rep for the star confirmed. This decision was made Monday, the day before Page Six broke the story of Metcalfe's weekend-long binge at the Mondrian hotel in L.A., where sources reported he looked like he hadn't slept in days and was acting "very angry" and "out of control." Now, Metcalfe's rep has sent us the following statement: "On Monday, March 19, Jesse Metcalfe entered a rehab facility to deal with alcohol issues. He realized he had a problem and was anxious to deal with it immediately. The actor, best known as the hunky gardener on the ABC show 'Desperate Housewives' and the star of the film 'John Tucker Must Die,' hopes that the media will allow him the privacy to deal properly with his treatment." (SOURCE NY POST)

Vivica A. Fox has been busted for DUI. It happened Tues. night on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley at 10:57 PM. We're told Fox passed a marked black and white while going approximately 80 mph. Sources say the officers went after the 2007 Cadillac Escalade she was driving. The officers administered a field sobriety test -- which Fox was unable to perform. The former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was then placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.Fox was taken to Van Nuys jail where she submitted to two breathalyzer tests. CHP spokesman Leland Tang told TMZ, "It was definitely over the .08 legal limit."
Fox was cited and released on her own recognizance and ordered to appear in court.(SOURCE TMZ)

NAOMI CAMPBELL is reportedly using her community service stint to boost her modelling career - by enlisting a celebrity photographer to document her progress.
Campbell is spending the week scrubbing floors at the Manhattan Sanitation Department in New York, as punishment for throwing a mobile phone at her maid.
And, according to reports, she is being watched through the lens by STEVEN KLEIN.
Sources say Klein is compiling shots of the star, before the pair reunite in his studio when her week is over.
Experts claim catwalk star Campbell plans to use the punishment as a publicity stunt, to raise her profile in the US.
US PR expert RONN TOROSSIAN tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "Clearly there is a business decision behind these photographs."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

Actress MICHELLE WILLIAMS’ father has won the right not to be extradited from Australia to the US on tax evasion charges.
LARRY WILLIAMS, 64 - a resident of the Virgin Islands - was arrested in Sydney in May (07), accused by America’s IRS (Internal Revenue Service) of avoiding paying more than $1.5 million (£769,200) in tax between 1999 and 2001.
After losing an initial battle to avoid an extradition hearing last year (06), Williams today (22MAR07) convinced a full bench of the Federal Court in Sydney that the notice issued authorising a magistrate to rule on his extradition was invalid.
Williams has been on AUS$1 million ($800,000/£450,000) bail since his arrest.
Government lawyers are today expected to seek to keep him on bail while they consider appealing the ruling.(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM frontman JAMES MURPHY will never forget the time he worked with BRITNEY SPEARS - because the pop superstar walked out on him.
Murphy and Spears briefly collaborated on songs the singer was planning to include on her 2003 album IN THE ZONE.
Murphy remembers, "It was very strange - we were both lying on the floor, head-to-head, working on lyrics in a notepad.
"She seemed eager to please, but it went nowhere. She went to dinner and just never came back."(SOURCE PR INSIDE)

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is set to wed his Israeli girlfriend BAR RAFAELI, according to US reports. The couple recently jetted off to Tel Aviv, Israel so the supermodel could officially introduce her beau to her family - and stage a secret engagement party.
Friends of Rafaeli’s tell American tabloid Star the couple hosted an intimate party on 11 March (07), disguised as part of the birthday celebrations for the model’s brother NEIL.
A source tells the publication the party was "for just a small group of close friends and family".
Insiders claim the couple treated guests to fine chocolates and cupcakes before announcing their engagement with a champagne toast. The source explains, "Bar said that Leo had asked her to marry him and that she had said yes." And friends claim Rafaeli, the first Israeli model to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine, could become Mrs DiCaprio by the end of the year: "They’ll probably have a private ceremony in Israel, then a big ring ceremony and party in the US toward the end of the year." The wedding will be Rafaeli’s second - she was married to longtime friend ARIK WEINSTEIN in October, 2003, but the relationship soon fell flat and the couple divorced in 2005. Rafaeli started dating DiCaprio last year (06) after he split from longtime girlfriend GISELE BUNDCHEN.(SOURCE WENN)

Another day, more alleged strife at "The View:" Now, Elisabeth Hasselbeck apparently thinks Babwa has completely lost control over the show, and she's steaming mad that Rosie had a whole show devoted to her birthday.
According to Rush & Molloy, Elisabeth is still stewing over yet another on-air verbal smackdown from Rosie two days ago, and her anger only intensified yesterday, when the entire hour was all about Rosie's 45th birthday – the show was wall-to-wall Broadway musical numbers. What's more, says a R&M source, Hasselbeck "also thinks Barbara doesn't have any control over the show anymore."
A "View" rep responds that there is "absolutely no truth or merit to any of this. Additionally, Barbara has repeatedly said on the show that she loves Rosie, and Rosie's opinions are her own." And on yesterday's show, Rosie and Elisabeth talked about making up over e-mail during Tuesday's "American Idol."(SOURCE TMZ)

Lindsay Lohan's mother compares her booze-addled daughter to Princess Diana, warning that if the paparazzi keep chasing the young actress, she'll end up dead, too.
"Look at me," Dina Lohan said in the latest Harper's Bazaar, in which she talked about her daughter's run-ins with celebrity photographers. "Diana will happen again."
The mom also worked hard to get across another message - that she's a superstar herself - as she gushed about the glamorous life she leads thanks to her troubled daughter's celebrity.
"I'm living the American dream, and you can go . . ." she exclaimed after Harper's asked her what she would say to critics of her parenting techniques.
In the interview in the April issue, the 44-year-old Lohan described how she's more like a sister to her fire-haired daughter - going out to clubs with her and even wearing her old Prada jacket and Jimmy Choo boots.
"If you can button it and clip it when you're in your 40s, you're going out," she said as she put her hand in the air to solicit a high-five from the Harper's reporter.
Lohan vamped for the magazine in a series of sexy shots in which she showed off her freckly figure and dancer's legs in some decidedly unmatronly dresses, sipping champagne in a limousine.
From a glance, she almost could be mistaken for Lindsay.
The elder Lohan said she sometimes introduces herself as her daughter's personal assistant. She even once lied about her identity to George Clooney.
"I don't want them to know I'm her mom," she said. "It's a whole 'nother demographic. People just go dark."
She also had plenty to say about the other panty-less members of the "Bimbo Summit" - Paris Hilton and Britney Spears - who have spent many nights table-dancing and tossing back libations with her daughter.
"Some of these kids are just lost," she said.
But not so lost that we shouldn't worship them, apparently.
"They're the American dream," she also said. "They're the Trumps of the little world, these kids."
She also expressed her respect for Paris Hilton's intellect.
"Paris is a really smart girl, and she's come really far," she told Harper's. "Paris' mom was wonderfully embracing to me. You know, you can't blame parents for kids."
Lohan - a Long Island resident who had Lindsey with jail-bird daddy Michael at age 23 - also asked the public to cut song siren Britney "some slack."
"I love this kid, and I feel so badly for her because I'm a mom," she said. "The girl is a beautiful kid. She married some guy just to get out of the limelight. Cut her some slack.
"Her mother, I'm surprised she didn't come forward. I'm not gonna sit back and go, 'You're gonna trash my kid?' "
She also whined about the way the press has been treating her and her daughter, who has been in rehab and AA meetings.
"We're just so misunderstood," she said, adding that her cocktail-tippling daughter is not an alcoholic. "Noooo! She is just a 20-year-old who had to reel it in," she said, apparently forgetting that the legal drinking age is 21. "And she's from an addictive personality genetically. And in that world, they give you things like candy. Hurt your ankle? 'Let's give her something.' "(SOURCE NY POST)

1 comment:

Maggie said...

Big hair, small stomach
The week after Britney Spears ended up with no hair, I ended up with twice as much. At Rodolfo Valentin’s salon in New York I have been treated to his famous “hair infusions.” They are an advanced form of hair extensions that don’t damage your hair but still make you look like a Desperate Housewife (which of course is my main aim in life). As you walk into the salon there is a big poster which reads: Come in with the hair you’ve got, leave with the hair you want.”

I had had a particularly dreadful haircut (at Harvey Nichols can you believe it?) and every time I looked in the mirror my hair made me alternately depressed, at how limp it looked, and furious at how much money it cost. Anyway Rodolfo sorted me out. I wafted out of his salon feeling like a million dollars. Even my husband (who normally hates all this sort of thing) concedes I am now more fun to be with and look better.

As I write I am tucked up in bed having had the treatment I warned you about below. This is called smart-lipo and is a much less violent form of liposuction which not only removes fat deposits but tightens the skin.

At the moment I look (and feel) like a mad-woman. I am wearing a strange black corset and my stomach (the area my new best friend Dr. LookGood treated) is swollen and slightly sore. The two pin-prick areas he used to get to my fat are turning a rather nasty shade of blue. But otherwise I feel amazingly good.

This might sound insane to you but in the interests of the book I felt I had to try it. And of course it helps that Dr. LookGood has promised me my stomach will be flat for the rest of my life. This is extremely good news for someone who has suffered from a pot belly since the age of nine and whose body has been ravaged by three children and industrial quantities of pasta.

“It’s like doing five million sit-ups,” Dr LookGood told me as I lay on his treatment bed and he manipulated a laser around my fat deposits. I will be uncomfortable for a couple of days but not nearly as uncomfortable as I would be doing five million sit-ups.
Anyway, I leave you with a brilliant quote from Bill Maher in the Los Angeles Times: “When you look at Britney [Spears], head shaved, half-naked, drunk, crying, puking, walking into walls, crazy as a loon, remember: This is the woman, back in 2003, who said, “I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes.”

And I think Tony Blair is a jolly good bloke…..

My new best friend
How often have you been to a hairdresser’s and had access to your emails? Well, New York is ideal if you’re an e-mail addict (see below blog). Here I am writing this blog from the comfort of my seat in the exclusive Rodolfo Valentin salon on Madison Avenue while my roots are being seen to by Mayer from Colombia. Rodolfo, the great man himself, has promised me some of his famous hair infusions as a welcome present.

“I am not responsible for any sexual abuse,” he tells me very seriously in his husky Argentinian accent. “If they grab you in the street afterwards, it’s your problem.”

Another hard day at the office.

I am here to research the anti-ageing book. My new best friend is the top cosmetic dermatologist Steven Victor, conveniently also located on Madison Avenue. He is known as Dr LookGood and his clients include Fergie, Jasper Conran, Jane Seymour, Sharon Osborne and soon-to-be moi. On Saturday I am going back to him for a procedure I can’t disclose now but which doesn’t involve any scalpels. I’ll keep you posted on progress. This is a man who revels in making women look good. He loves his job and is always coming up with new and less painful procedures.

While I am there I meet a sprightly 72-year-old who has just had one of his new lunch-time face-lifts. That’s not actually what he calls it, he has yet to name it, but it takes about an hour and involves small incisions in front of and behind the ear that lift the face and the neck. The patient is awake throughout and this particular one is off to a party tomorrow night. She is thrilled.
“You have to see the neck,” she says, from behind a white elasticated bandage. “it’s incredible.” Nora Ephron take note.

I ask Dr Steven who women are doing all this stuff for.

“They do it for other women,” he tells me. “It’s just like a man buying a new car and showing it off to his friends.”

Tomorrow I am off to see a New York University professor who is going to tell me how to keep my brain young. I’ve a feeling the lunch-time face-lift might be a lot easier. It’s certainly a lot quicker.