Monthly Archives: September 2011
J. Lo‘s got a swanky new bachelorette pad!
In late August, Jennifer Lopez, 42, purchased an $18 million mansion in the Water Mill area of The Hamptons, New York. The 14,000-square foot home features seven bedrooms and nine and half baths.
Built in 2010 by architect Richard Perrillo of East End Builders, the shingle-style home sits on two acres of land and is surrounded by water.
Other amenities include heated marble floors in the master bath, several walk-in closets, a formal dining room, a library with white oak paneling, seven fireplaces, a media room, dockage on Mecox Bay and a pool.
The property also boasts a first floor guest suite with garden views, an elevator and an attached three-car garage.
The American Idol judge — currently shooting the movie Parker in Palm Beach, Florida — won’t be settling into her new digs with three-year-old twins Max and Emme just yet.
“She is moving in in a few months,” a source tells Us Weekly.
Though she’s new to the neighborhood, Lopez has been visiting The Hamptons for years. Less than a month after announcing her split with hubby Marc Anthony, 41, in July, the “On the Floor” singer reunited with her ex at Sagg Main Beach in Southampton, New York.
While nursing Harlow, now 3, in 2008, Nicole Richie said, “I really don’t like [having big boobs].” Times sure have changed!
An insider tells the new issue of Us Weekly — that the Fashion Star mentor got implants this summer.
“In the past, she said she wanted a lift, though we never thought she was serious,” another source says of Richie.
Still, “she’s been open about it to friends,” notes the first insider.
Richie flaunted her fuller physique while vacationing with pals in Mexico September 24 — a stark contrast to the flat-chested bikini body she showed off just one year earlier.
The second source adds that the House of Harlow 1960 designer wanted to improve her bustline for hubby Joel Madden, 32. “The pregnancies took a toll. She said breast-feeding killed what boobs she did have!”
The world may have lost the iconic King of Pop, but on a day in June, 2009, his children suddenly lost their father.
Michael Jackson‘s bodyguard Faheem Muhammad testified Wednesday in the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial, saying that he entered the star’s bedroom minutes after his death and saw Jackson’s two oldest children watching in horror.
“Paris was on the ground, balled up and crying,” Muhammad testified, adding that “Prince had a really shocked, just slowly crying kind of look.”
He said that Jackson lay sprawled diagonally across his bed, his eyes open and his mouth slightly open, as Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray – who was in court for the second day of his trial – frantically tried to revive him.
“He appeared to be administering CPR,” Muhammad testified. “He appeared very nervous. He was sweaty.”
During the testimony, Jackson’s family, including sister Janet, listened intently. Jackson’s mother Katherine clutched a tissue and looked down.
Muhammad also testified he had the nanny take the children away so they wouldn’t see the paramedics carry Jackson out. Then he called security at UCLA‘s hospital to warn that paparazzi were already in the trees outside the house and would likely try to sneak in to Jackson’s hospital room.
Prosecutors say Murray was grossly negligent, administering the hospital-strength anesthetic propofol without using proper monitoring equipment or even making sure someone was always in the room.
Scarlett Johansson never meant for the world to see her naked.
Two weeks after nude photos of the actress leaked online, the 26-year-old tells CNN that despite her celebrity status, she still deserves a certain level of privacy.
“Just because you’re an actor or make films or whatever doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy,” she said. “If that is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong.”
The We Bought a Zoo actress — who recently spent time in NYC with pal Justin Timberlake — added that life in the spotlight isn’t always easy.
“It’s an adjustment,” she admitted. “But I think there are certain instances where you give a lot of yourself and finally you have to kind of put your foot down and say, ‘Oh wait, I’m taking it back.'”
Hours after the photos surfaced online September 15, Johansson’s lawyer, Marty Singer, fired off cease and desist letters to numerous websites.
“If you fail to comply, you will be acting at your own peril,” he warned. “Please govern yourselves accordingly.”
Johansson is not the first celebrity at the center of an online photo scandal: Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera had photos stolen and posted online.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore‘s six-year union may be coming to an end.
Amid new tabloid reports of infidelity on Kutcher’s behalf, the spouses have taken a break from their normally lovey-dovey tweets — a strong indicator that their relationship is on the rocks.
Moore shared a quote from Greek philosopher Epictetus on September 23, writing, “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.”
Three days later, Moore posted a forlorn picture of herself with the caption: “I see through you.”
Earlier in the month, Moore told her Twitter followers that she was “trying to find the light I lost.” On September 9, she added: “Remember…you’ve got your own back.”
Adding to speculation that Kutcher and Moore have separated? The pair spent their sixth wedding anniversary — September 24 — apart.
While Kutcher, 33, whooped it up with his former That ’70s Show costar Danny Masterson in San Diego, his wife, 48, was busy promoting the short film she directed for Lifetime’s upcoming anthology, Five.
The actors’ reps have yet to comment.
Just five months after giving birth to twins, new mom Mariah Carey is back at work.
The diva’s longtime producer Jermaine Dupri posted photos of Carey in the studio on his official website.
Mariah posted the pictures as well, and tweeted about her new endeavor: “So happy to be back in the studio with the one & only @Mr_Dupri aka Jermash!”
In an interview with Billboard, Nick Cannon confirmed that his wife is working on a new album.
“She’s been working away, and we have a studio in the crib, and [the pregnancy] has totally inspired her on so many different levels,” he said. “You’re definitely gonna see some new phenomenal music from Mariah.”
Carey, 41, and Cannon, 30, welcomed twins Monroe and Moroccan Scott on April 30 of this year.
Nick assures fans that Mariah’s latest effort will be available toward the end of the year.
Carey released her 12th studio album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” in 2009, and her second holiday album, “Merry Christmas II You,” last year.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Lil Wayne share a birthday today, which made us wonder what else these two stars have in common.
A decade apart – Paltrow blows out 39 candles today, while Weezy celebrates 29 years – this is a musically talented pair. Weezy’s made a successful career in the industry, and Paltrow sings – and occasionally raps – whenever possible.
Both know how to throw a party (dinner, or otherwise) and we’d imagine that if they ever combined their fetes, it’s basically a given Beyonce – Paltrow’s bestie, who Wayne’s also worked with – and maybe even Madonna would be in attendance. (Wayne is featured on Madonna’s 2009 song, “Revolver,” and Gwyn and Madge pal around, though they may have had a falling out. “Through thick and thin she’s a constant in my life,” Paltrow told V Magazine of Madonna in 2008.)
The one question would be if it would be at her beach house or his: Lil Wayne owns a $14 million La Gorce Island home in Miami Beach, Florida (which he’s listed for sale). Naturally, Gwynnie also has a beach mansion. She and husband Chris Martin purchased their Hamptons, Long Island home for $5.4 million in 2006.
And if they ever ran out of things to talk about, Wayne and Gwyneth could commiserate about how the media just doesn’t understand their fashion choices. The actress was skewered by many for her Emmys dress this year, and Weezy will likely never live down those animal print pants he wore to the VMAs – that presumed pair of jeggings even has its own Twitter account now.
Last but not least – they’ve both entered the 21st century, as Paltrow would put it.
“Thank you for all of my happy birthday wishes, just read so many…you guys make my life great,” Paltrow tweeted Tuesday. Wayne chimed in on Twitter, “Just kame out the booth and noticed it was my birthday…yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!now bak to work,” and then, we’re guessing after some of that work was done, “Here’s to another year! Getting older but better with time. Luv!”
Michael Jackson‘s personal physician, Conrad Murray, has gone on trial in Los Angeles, charged with involuntary manslaughter of the singer.
Prosecutors say he gave Jackson a lethal dose of the sedative propofol, which the star used as a sleeping aid, on the night he died in June 2009.
The defence says Jackson gave himself too much of the drug.
If convicted, Dr Murray, 58, could face four years in jail and the loss of his medical licence.
The proceedings will be televised and broadcast online.
Focus on final hours
Hundreds of Jackson fans gathered outside court on Tuesday for the start of the trial, which is beginning with opening statements from defence and prosecution.
ackson choreographer Kenny Ortega was set to be the first prosecution witnesses to take the stand.
Mr Ortega was expected to lead the court through some footage from Jackson’s final rehearsals as the 50-year-old star prepared for a series of comeback concerts.
That video eventually became part of a documentary, This is It, directed by Mr Ortega.
A judge has blocked some details of both Jackson and Dr Murray’s lives from being discussed at the trial.
Jackson’s history with drugs and financial troubles, as well as Dr Murray’s debts and personal affairs, will not come out in court.
Both sides were expected to focus on Jackson’s last hours.
Multiple witnesses, including security guards, paramedics and emergency room doctors are to be called.
The prosecution also plans to play a recording of Dr Murray’s police interview two days after Jackson’s death, in which the doctor says he gave the singer propofol for his insomnia.
The disclosure led to charges being brought against Dr Murray in February 2010.
Propofol is usually administered intravenously, often during surgery. Medical experts are expected to testify about the drug’s effects, as well as how a trace amount of the drug was found in Jackson’s stomach.
Defence lawyers are putting forward the theory that Jackson drank or somehow administered an extra dose of propofol after Dr Murray left.
The prosecution, meanwhile, will try to prove that Dr Murray was grossly negligent by administering too much of the drug and doing so outside of a hospital setting, without life-saving equipment nearby.
The trial is expected to last several weeks.
The jury comprises seven men and five women, one African American, six whites and five Latinos.
She’s been rocking crowds and winning the affection of Sk8er Bois for nearly 10 years now — can you believe “Complicated” was released in 2002?! — and on this fine day, Avril Lavigne is officially 27 years old.
Avril, who was born on September 27, 1984, has been belting out hits left and right over the last nine years, everything from her debut single “Complicated” all the way to her recent infectious I’m-young-and-ready-to-have-fun anthem “What the Hell?” Avril, who has been dating Brody Jenner recently, will be spending her birthday at home in her new home of Los Angeles, saying on Twitter:
“Home for a couple of days. Then off to Canada the whole month of October on my tour. First show is in Victoria on Saturday who is coming??!!”
Ten years ago, “home” was Canada, as the pop-punk crooner was born in Ontario.
That’s no laughing matter!
Comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is on the mend after being treated for chest pains Monday at the Burbank, Calif., studio where she tapes her show.
Recounting the health scare to her TV audience late Monday, DeGeneres, 53, revealed that she first felt “tightness and heaviness” in her chest Sunday, but waited until Monday morning to call paramedics.
Using her trademark humor, DeGeneres reassured fans she’s doing just fine.
“The paramedics were strippers that I had called. That’s how the rumors got started,” she joked to the audience. “I woke up in the middle of the night….[feeling] like something was heavy on my chest and it was a cat, so I moved it. I still felt the tightness and heaviness, so there was another cat under that cat. There were two cats on my chest.”
DeGeneres says she has a deep appreciation for the medical team who came to her aid.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry. Who doesn’t want to see a fireman occasionally?” the host added. “I want to say thank you to all the paramedics and the nurses who showed up…I appreciate it.”