Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sean 'Diddy' Combs changes name

May 21, 2011

Justin Bieber to launch women's fragrance

Justin Bieber knows what he wants his female fans to smell like: fruit.

The 17-year-old teen singing superstar is adding a women's perfume to his burgeoning beauty resume. The pop star has already launched a nail polish line and a unisex fragrance, "My World."

The new fragrance, which is called "Someday," is described as a "fruity gourmand" and is scheduled to hit department and specialty stores in June. All proceeds of the $35 scent will be donated to charity.

"Let's be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy," Bieber told Women's Wear Daily. "I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world."

See photos of: Justin Bieber

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge return from honeymoon

They're back! And they had a fabulous and "memorable" time.

Prince William and Ka -- er, Catherine -- have returned from a 10-day honeymoon in the luxe Seychelle islands. While the location of their secluded honeymoon destination had leaked upon their departure, the trip remained paparazzi free and has been declared a success. A spokesman for St James's Palace said in a statement: '''The couple thoroughly enjoyed their time together, and they are grateful to the Seychelles Government for their assistance in making the honeymoon such a memorable and special ten days."

"They left happy and clearly content with their stay," the head of the Seychelles tourism board, Alain St Ange, told the AP. He said he saw the couple, who married in a spectacular royal affair on April 29, leave on Friday.

It wasn't the first time the pair had visited the Seychelles, which are comprised of a collection of 115 islands off the east coast of Africa set in the Indian Ocean. In 2007, they enjoyed a week-long break on the island of Desroches.

See photos of: Royal Wedding, Prince William, Kate Middleton

Sean 'Diddy' Combs changes name

Yep, it's been awhile since Sean "Diddy" Combs has changed his name -- but this time around, it's only temporary.

Just call him "Swag." The rapper/entrepreneur announced the change via his official Twitter account. He explained the decision in a YouTube video:

"I decided that I'm gonna change my name for a week in honor of my comeback. I've gone as Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, King Combs ? my real name is Sean Combs ? and for a week, this week only, you can call me by my new name, Swag."

His new moniker even has its own Twitter account. Obviously.

See photos of: Sean "Diddy" Combs

Ginnifer Goodwin and fiance split

It looks like Big Love star Ginnifer Goodwin isn't going to make it down the aisle with Joey Kern. The actress and the Super Troopers actor have ended their engagement, reports People. A source tells the magazine that Goodwin, 32, and Kern, 34, "broke up a few weeks ago." The pair, who were orginally set up by a mutual friend, became engaged last December.

See photos of: Ginnifer Goodwin

May 20, 2011

Taylor's love letters fetch $47K at auction

Apparently, you can put a price on love. At least on the love of Elizabeth Taylor, who died in March.

A trove of more than 60 of the screen legend's unpublished love letters were sold at a Vintage Hollywood auction hosted by RR Auction for $47, 652 this week.

The letters in the batch were written in 1949 when Taylor was just 17 years old and engaged to William Pawley Jr., the son of a wealthy businessman.

Bobby Livingston, RR Auction's VP of sales and marketing, says the success of the sale was to be expected since it involved a lesser known portion of the film icon's life.

"International media coverage was phenomenal," Livingston said in a statement. "The world recognized and embraced Taylor and her legacy through this beautiful, untold story."

Taylor and Pawley were engaged for less than a year and never married.

See photos of: Elizabeth Taylor

Bono: Bad 'Spider-Man' reviews were right

As everyone knows, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark just returned to Broadway after its cast and creative team spent three weeks revamping a musical that had been savaged by the press ? before even opening.

But U2's Bono, who wrote the music and lyrics with bandmate the Edge, isn't sore at the pundits who helped create extra work for them.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that in an interview airing on Nightline tonight, the U2 frontman tells Cynthia McFadden he "(doesn't) disagree" with a particularly snarky review that ran in The New York Times: "That's the sort of stuff we were saying backstage."

Original director Julie Taymor, since deposed, did disagree, but Bono says that Taymor ? whom he and Edge praise ? "got very close to it, so close, perhaps, that she didn't see?what we thought were the problems."

Edge adds of the show ? set to officially open June 14, with a considerably revised book ? "If it's a big success, I think it serves everybody involved and Julie as well, because, you know, this show is so much about the contributions she made."

See photos of: Bono, U2, The Edge

Wrestler Randy Savage dies in car crash

It's a sad day in the professional wrestling world, as family and friends mourn the death of Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

Florida Highway Patrol officials confirmed that the wrestler died after sustaining injuries in a crash today in Seminole, Fla. that caused his Jeep to cross a median and hit a tree head-on. TMZ reports that Savage suffered a heart attack behind the wheel, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. A woman, thought to be his wife, was also in the vehicle with him and suffered minor injuries.

Wrestling fans and friends are grieving Savage, whose real last name was Poffo. The WWE released a statement about his death, calling him "one the greatest superstars of his time."

"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of ... Randy Poffo, aka Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans."

Fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan also grieved on Twitter writing, "I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate. He had so much life in his eyes & his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him."

Judge orders Gosselin to pay therapist $10K

Reality TV star Kate Gosselin must pay a marriage therapist more than $10,000, a Pennsylvania judge ruled yesterday.

Marriage therapist Sylvia Lafair says she flew to L.A. on her own dime in 2009 to counsel Gosselin and her then-husband Jon Gosselin, but hasn't seen travel reimbursement or payment for services since.

Gosselin contends that she never agreed on a contract with Lafair and shouldn't have to pay. The Kate Plus 8 star's lawyer has filed an appeal.

Shriver tweets about daughter's award

Maria Shriver hasn't said much since news broke Wednesday about husband Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair with one of their household staffers.

The proud mom did take to Twitter last night, however, to gush about daughter Katherine's achievements. "Congrats to my beautiful & brilliant daughter, @kschwarzenegger, for receiving the GirlPower Award from A Place Called Home today," Shriver tweeted.

Shriver attended a special luncheon in Beverly Hills yesterday where Katherine, 21, received the GirlPower Award from the nonprofit organization, A Place Called Home.

The eldest Schwarzenegger child, who is a junior at USC, penned a book last year aimed at helping girls with self-esteem and body issues, called Rock What You've Got.

See photos of: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver

Anna Paquin talks 'Blood,' love and working out

A new season of True Blood is just around the corner, which means it's time for the HBO series' legion of beautiful stars to hit the promo trail.

First up: Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin, who stars as country-fried waitress Sookie Stackhouse on the out-there vampire/werewolf/fairy series. She had plenty to tell Health magazine about exercise, Hollywood and her co-star -- and real-life husband -- Stephen Moyer. The highlights from the June issue, which is on newsstands now:

On working and living with Moyer: "I miss him when he leaves. That's nauseating, I know. My me-time requirements are quite small."

On Sookie's skimpy wardrobe: "If you're going to be spending literally every single day of your working life wearing clothes that barely cover your body, you're gonna be extra-diligent. ... There's just a little extra motivation of, 'Hmmm, teeny white shorts and a bikini top? I think I will go to Pilates this morning.'"

Her favorite TV show: "I re-watch ? and when I say the entire series, I literally mean the entire series of ? The West Wing every year. I'm sort of secretly stalking Aaron Sorkin. I'm obsessed with his work. I think he's a genius."

How she handled being a child star: "I have a really, really, really normal family. And by normal I mean we're all nuts on some level. I think you've gotta be a little nuts to pursue any kind of creative job. I was also a really good kid?I didn't rebel in the traditional sense."

Looking healthy vs. being healthy: "People in this town have a weird tendency to say, if someone's lost weight, 'Oh my God, you look amazing.' And you're like, 'I just had my tonsils out and didn't eat for three weeks,'?But it's not healthy."

See photos of: True Blood, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

MGM planning 'Carrie' remake

Get ready to scream again for Carrie, horror fans.

MGM and Screen Gems are coming together for a remake of the classic 1976 bloodfestCarrie, which launched the careers of actress and Sissy Spacek and author Stephen King.

Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been tapped to write the new Carrie script.

See photos of: Sissy Spacek

Chaka gets her star; Cotillard welcomes a son

R&B legend Chaka Khan gets some help christening her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from her friends Stevie Wonder and music exec Benny Medina.

Inception star and Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard is now a m�re. She and boyfriend Guillaume Canet are parents to a son, whom they've named Marcel, says People. ... Janet Jackson tried out colorblocking with a bold ensemble on the amfAR gala red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival. Kanye West was there, too with former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld on his arm.

British newcomer Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) is already building a reputation as a bad boy, but he's says he's simply "the most misunderstood boy in America." ... Another Jennifer Anistonromance rumor is swirling, just in time for the promo trail to begin for her outrageous comedy Horrible Bosses. This time, she's being linked to actor-writer Justin Theroux.

Pirates star Penelope Cruz plays a fierce swashbuckler in the latest installment of the franchise, and that ferocity certainly carries over into motherhood. "I'm very determined to keep the privacy of my son, to keep that as intact as possible because he has that right," she tells USA TODAY.

See photos of: Kanye West, Jennifer Aniston, Janet Jackson, Cannes International Film Festival, Stevie Wonder, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Chaka Khan, Alex Pettyfer

May 19, 2011

Sarah Palin's son marries

Sarah Palin's eldest son, Track, has wed his high school sweetheart, reports People.

The 22-year-old tied the knot with Britta Hanson, 21, in a small ceremony in Hatcher Pass, Alaska. "Our families couldn't be happier!" the Hansons and Palins tell the magazine in a joint statement. "These are two hard working, humble, active, studious young adults who grew up together. We're tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed."

A bigger bash to accommodate extended family and out-of-town guests will be held this winter at Alaska's Alyeska Ski Resort.

Track, an Army Reservist, spent a year deployed in Iraq and has plans to study at the University of Alaska after the commercial fishing season. Britta is a nursing student at the University of Alaska.

See photos of: Sarah Palin

Capt. Sullenberger lands job at CBS

Former US Airways pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, III has a new job -- it's not in the air, but on air.

CBS has named Sullenberger, famous for his 2009 emergency water landing in New York's Hudson River, their News Aviation and Safety Expert. In a statement, the network calls him "an American treasure" who will "help our viewers better understand the stories involving safety and air travel that seem to pop up all of the time."

Sullenberger has enjoyed a hero's welcome ever since that fateful January day in 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York's Hudson River. His actions saved the lives of all 155 people aboard.

Sullenberger documented the heroic act in his book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.


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