Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Today in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, March 11, 2008

It's twins. "Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expecting twins who would be their second and third biological children together," says UPI, backing an earlier piece.

And twins will be born in France. "Holywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning to fly off to France where Angelina wants to give birth to their second biological child. According to a source, the couple who had their daughter Shiloh Jolie Pitt in Namibia in 2006 is now fleeing to France," Javno reports.

No, hang on, the twins will be born in Texas. "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning to give birth to their next babies in Texas. The famous celebrity couple who already have four children and have relocated to a 270 acre ranch near the rural town of Smallsville, Texas for the birth," writes oneindia.


Angelina Jolie: Admit that you’re Pregnant Already!

Showing off an increasingly large baby bump on the red carpets of prestigious Hollywood events (SAG Awards, Santa Barbara Film Festival etc.) is a sure-fire way to get the media talking about a potential pregnancy.

Is that what Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want?

It appears that showing the public that she's pregnant is actually way easier than telling the public that she's expecting another baby with Brad Pitt (or at least we hope it's Brad's).

The Mr. and Mrs. Smith star can trot her growing figure to countless events and choose the most maternity like dresses but she can't come out and admit she's pregnant?

We could see the reasoning for a few weeks after finding out the exciting news (to make sure there were no complications with the pregnancy in the early stages) but she's got to be pushing at least six months.

Just admit that you're pregnant Angelina - nobody's buying your story anymore anyways!

Do you think it's about time Brad and Angie admit they're expecting again?


Lisa Marie Fights Back at “Vicious Personal Attack”

Lisa Marie Fights Back at “Vicious Personal Attack”

Lisa Marie Presley is frustrated and angry that her previously unannounced pregnancy has been turned into a reason of mockery at her expanding waistline and wishes to sue British newspaper the Daily Mail.

The daughter of music legend Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, is hurt that what was meant as a time of happiness for herself and her family turned into a situation where she had to defend herself against “vicious personal attack.”

Amid growing reports regarding her changing silhouette, Presley, 40, chose to reveal the real reason behind this – but she was not happy with the situation.

“After being the target all week of slanderous and degrading stories, horribly manipulated pictures and articles in the media, I have had to show my cards and announce under the gun and under vicious personal attack that I am in fact pregnant,” Presley wrote last Thursday on her MySpace Celebrity blog.

In the message titled “Confirmation under the gun,” she writes that she hopes all the tabloids will now back off and let her be. “It is unfortunate that I couldn't have announced something that is this much of a blessing and that has made us so incredibly happy under better circumstances,” the message continues.

Presley also found it within herself to apologize for the “contemptuous tone” of her writing and confessed that she had been “mortified” to see unflattering photos of herself.

Presley’s mortification also gives way to some litigation, People magazine is reporting. An article in British newspaper the Daily Mail seems to have angered her more than others, as it discusses her “unhealthy appetite” and how she “has gained weight like her father Elvis.”

Her lawyer, Simon Smith, issued a press release announcing the libel claim, saying: “My client is deeply upset and offended by this article, especially as it was widely published just as she and her family were meant to be celebrating her happy news.”

This is the first child for the singer-songwriter and her husband, guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood, 46; they married in Japan in January 2006. Presley has two children, daughter Riley, 18, and son Benjamin, 15, with ex-husband Danny Keough.


Britney Spears' lawyer says K-Fed can pay own bill

If Kevin Federline can afford to tip a waitress two grand, he can pay his own legal fees, say lawyers for Britney Spears. Monday in a Los Angeles court, K-Fed pleaded poverty, saying his ex-wife should continue to pay his hefty law bill — $405,000 to be exact. In just four months, the acrimonious exes have racked up over a million dollars in lawyers' fees, all of which Brit is currently responsible for.

But Stacy Phillips, Britney's newest legal eagle, says that the once down-and-out Federline is more than capable of paying his own bills. "He needs to take responsibility for the diligent work being done on his behalf," she said.

Phillips told the court commissioner Federline should pay between $150,000 and $175,000 and claimed he omitted his $200,000 spousal- support checks from his earning declarations. Phillips also argued that Federline recently tipped a waitress $2,000 on a $365 bill, and has blown $20,000 on jewelry, phone calls and food while listing the charges as "business expenses."

Mark Vincent Kaplan, lawyer for Federline, says that Britney should not only keep signing his checks, but that the singer is actually getting a bargain. Said Kaplan: "If the court does not order [her] to pay, there cannot be a legal playing field. Our fees are far under the market level for the package you get."

He may be right. Spears' old law firm, Trope and Trope, charged her $630,000 for four months' work, while Federline's bill from Kaplan was about $250,000 less.

Spears didn't actually attend the hearing — her dad, Jamie Spears, executor of her estate, made an appearance. The pop tart may have been home preparing for her upcoming foray into television: CBS has confirmed that Spears will be a guest star on an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" this season.


Alba has eye for the hard yard

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba learned a little something about acting “discipline” when she did that TV show that made her a star, James Cameron’s Dark Angel.

“Three-hour-long workouts, every day, for two years,” she says of the 2000-2002 sci-fi series that had her playing a super-buff super warrior, all curves and spandex.

Tough? Sure. But that was nothing compared to what she had to put herself through for her latest, The Eye.

She plays a blind violinist who has her sight restored, only to see dead people in addition to the living ones.

She had to be convincingly musical. She had to be convincingly blind.

“I've never done anything this hard in my life,” says Alba, 26.

“Every orchestra musician I talked with told me, ‘Oh, it’s the hardest instrument to play’ - and they were right.

“Everything was a challenge, from the positioning of the violin on my neck to bowing. And I’m having to learn to do this with my eyes closed!”

For the fourth Alba movie to come out in the past 12 months, she had to find a little prep time.

And not just to watch the 2002 Japanese J-horror film she was remaking, either.

“The directors (David Moreau and Xavier Palud) are huge classical music fans.

First off, they gave me all these Mozart and Beethoven CDs to listen to.

“Then, I looked at lots of tapes of (violinist) Anne-Sophie Mutter.

I picked up a lot of things from just watching her, the way she holds her head, her posture when she's holding the instrument, her bowing, the look she gets on her face. So passionate!

“Then, I took six months of violin lessons. That was the killer. Vibrato (a pulsating variation in pitch) just, oh, it gave me the hardest time.

“Then, I visited the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Braille Institute’s Los Angeles’ sight centre to learn about blindness, to observe.

“I met this great girl, Jessica, a blind student at Boston University, followed her for a long time. Blindness is not a limitation to her, not that I could tell. She was focused, meticulous, wants to be face to face with you when you talk. If she’s wearing sunglasses, you can’t even tell she’s blind. She speaks three languages and has a level of determination about her that just inspired me.”

All because she wanted to follow her thriller, Awake, and raunchy comedy, Good Luck Chuck, and superhero adventure, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, with a horror movie.

“I’m a fan of the genre,” she says.

“But not those movies where women are just victims, you know. Tortured or whatever. This is just a good old-fashioned ghost story, with a new twist. Scary!”

Alba’s frequent inclusion on lists such as People’s 50 Most Beautiful and Playboy, Maxim, E! and Stuff’s world’s sexiest and her determination to work all the time have made her an easy target of the resentful.

And critics. Many of her recent films haven’t earned the best reviews, prompting the Golden Raspberry Foundation to nominate her for three Razzies this year for her last three films.

But they - we – won’t have Alba to kick around much, soon.

She’s pregnant, and if nothing else that will cut back on her productivity.

“I don’t know if I’ll want to go straight back to work after having the baby, or not,” she says of the child she is expecting with Cash Warren.

“We really are just winging it. I have no plan, no idea how I’m going to work the career around this motherhood thing.

“I do know this, though. Whatever I choose to do, professionally, it’ll have to be something I’m so passionate about that I can’t not do it.”

The Eye opens in Australia this week.


Feisty Jessica Alba rejects sex symbol tag

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is expecting twins

SHE may look like a glowing, serene mum-to-be, but messing with Jessica Alba is not advisable. Kung fu, karate, Thai boxing, scuba diving all feature on Alba's fulsome CV.

Though her legion of male fans may beg to differ, the actress, 26, who is expecting twins, sees herself "more warrior than sex symbol".

The young star, best known for her role as Invisible Woman Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four franchise, famously insists on doing all her own stunts.

She has swum with real sharks, tumbled off bikes at high speed and, in pursuit of her craft, earned herself broken ribs, black eyes and bloody noses.

Rather worryingly, she has also said she'd rather ``slay a guy with my fists than knock him out with the way I look''.

"It makes me far more confident to know I can hold my own in a fight,'' Alba insists, "than it does to look in the mirror and think I look beautiful.''


Jessica Alba Gives Teens Advice

Jessica Alba is well on her way to becoming a new mom, but the 26-year-old actress has some advice for young girls when it comes to guys. "Boys are awful... They are made of nothing but hormones until they're 20 or 21," she says in an essay for the book If I'd Known Then: Women Under 35 Write Letters to Their Younger Selves, "It's fun to have a crush, but don't think it's forever... And use birth control and condoms please."

Though, it seems that some people are saying she's hypocritical for saying this considering she is pregnant and unmarried. But it isn't the first time Jessica's been called a hypocrite. Last year, she came under fire for saying she felt unconnected to her Latina roots. "Throughout my whole life, I've never felt connected to one particular race or heritage."

But the actress has since started singing a different tune and hopes her baby has some Latino traits. "I'm excited for my baby to be brown... I just shave to believe the dark gene is going to survive. Cash and I are like, please!"



Motherhood must suit CHRISTNA AGUILERA as since giving birth two months ago she has been propelled up FHM's sexiest women list.

The singer's post pregnancy curves have attracted 15,000 votes in the past week alone, ensuring her a place in the lists top 25.

Another yummy mummy MYLEENE CLASS has also garnered the approval of the magazine's readers and made the top 50 for the first time.

However, expectant mothers did not fare so well with glamorous mum-to-be and last year's list topper JESSICA ALBA plummeted down in the rankings alongside pregnant stars ANGELINA JOLIE and NICOLE KIDMAN.

FHM's deputy editor Chris Bell said: "There has been a huge burst in voting for new mothers. Men are obviously attracted to the benefits of a post-natal flush. If you've seen Christina Aguilera recently, you'll probably understand why."

Recently, newsstand sales for an edition of People magazine featuring Christina and her son Max were beaten by an edition bearing fellow new mum NICOLE RICHIE and her daughter on the cover.

Although official figures are yet to be confirmed, it is thought that Richie's cover was on target to sell 1.8 million copies, while the DIIRTY singer's sold far less.

A magazine insider told MSNBC's The Scoop that the controversy surrounding Nicole ensured that her cover was a bestseller.


Jessica Alba Leaves London

Finished up with promotional duties for her new movie The Eye, Jessica Alba was spotted leaving the city of London on Sunday (March 9).

Besides pushing her latest theatrical work, the pregnant Sin City actress has been doling out advice for young girls when it comes to guys.

“Boys are awful...They are made of nothing but hormones until they’re 20 or 21,” she tells in an essay for the book If I’d Known Then: Women Under 35 Write Letters to Their Younger Selves.

Continuing on, Alba tells: “It’s fun to have a crush, but don’t think it’s forever...And use birth control and condoms please.”