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Bart Simpson a Scientologist?…

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

CELEBRITY NEWS

Scientology promoted in Bart Simpson’s voice

 

Nancy Cartwright-Bart Simpson

  Nancy Cartwright and her alter-ego, Bart Simpson

 

Nancy Cartwright recorded her robocall to boost attendance at an event

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The Associated Press
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NEW YORK – Bart Simpson is known for prank calls, but Nancy Cartwright, who provides Bart’s voice on the U.S. version of “The Simpsons,” has been heard this week in a phone message using the voice of the cartoon boy to promote Scientology.

 

Cartwright, long a member of the church, recorded her 60-second robocall to boost attendance at a Scientology event scheduled for Saturday.

 

Although she identifies herself, much of the spiel is delivered in Bart’s voice, wrapping up with, “See you there, man!”

 

The Fox network would not comment, but “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean said the message wasn’t authorized by the show, which has never “endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars” candy.

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Roddenberry’s In Space…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

CELEBRITY NEWS

Gene Roddenberry, wife to spend eternity in space

 

Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry

 

The Associated Press
January 27, 2009

 

LOS ANGELES — The creator of “Star Trek” and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in “memorial spaceflights,” said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year.

 

The couple’s cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The Roddenberrys’ remains _ and the spacecraft _ will travel ever deeper into space and will not return to earth, company spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said.

 

After Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, his wife commissioned Celestis to launch a part of his remains into space in 1997. She died Dec. 18, 2008.

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‘Big Bopper’s’ Caskett For Sale…

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

CELEBRITY NEWS

‘Big Bopper’s’ son auctioning Dad’s casket

 

Beaumont, Texas — Rock ‘n’ roll’s most macabre historical artifact will go on the block when the family of the late 1950s pop star J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson auctions his casket on eBay sometime in the next few weeks – almost 50 years after “the day the music died.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)
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A Prediction by Kenneth Anger…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Will Kenneth Anger die on Halloween?

  

 (Photo courtesy Mark Berry)

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Kenneth Anger, the controversial filmmaker, is probably best known as the author of Hollywood Babylon and its subsequent follow-up. Among his other claims, Anger has said that he was the Changeling Prince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, even publishing pictures from the film in his books. It turns out that Anger obviously exaggerated this fact (imagine that) and the role was actually played by a girl named Sheila Brown. Reportedly, costars Mickey Rooney and Olivia De Havilland have confirmed this and the Warner Bros. studio casting forms and call sheets have identified Sheila Brown as the child actress who played the Prince.

 

Much has been written about Anger and the inaccuracy of many of his stories, including the infamous (and erroneous) tale of actor Ramon Novarro and his so-called death-by-dildo. In 1992, while researching my biography of Novarro, I interviewed Anger’s friend, Samson De Brier (there is a photo of De Brier with Anger at the grave of Virginia Rappe on page 11 of Hollywood Babylon II) who met Novarro on several occasions. During our chat he mentioned Kenneth Anger and gave me his address, suggesting that I ask him about Novarro.

 

So I requested an interview but what I received was a brief response stating that he was moving and needed some cash, and would I be interested in buying a Swedish poster of Ben-Hur – for $2,000. There was no mention of an interview or an explanation of the dildo story.

 

Anger was a lifelong friend of filmmaker Curtis Harrington and both shared an interest in the occult. When Harrington died in May of 2007, Anger attended the funeral held in the chapel at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Actor Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen in the Superman television series) gave the eulogy but was constantly interrupted by Anger, who blurted out remarks to almost everything Larson said.

 

 

Curtis Harrington’s cremation niche at Hollywood Forever

 

Near the end, Anger once again interrupted and proclaimed that he was dying of prostate cancer (which Harrington also had but did not die from) and that he told Harrington he would outlive him. He then announced that his memorial would also take place at Hollywood Forever and proclaimed, “Oh yes, it’s been confirmed. I know the date of my death. On Halloween 2008. My memorial. Right here! Halloween 2008!” He then added, “Invitation only! Sorry!”

 

So will Anger’s prediction come true? Halloween is in two days. Stay tuned.

 

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Click HERE for Lisa Jane Persky’s account of Curtis Harrington’s funeral from ForteanTimes.

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O’Neal’s Charged…

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Ryan O’Neal charged with meth possession

 

 

Actor’s 23-year-old son, Redmond, has also been charged

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The Associated Press
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MALIBU, Calif.Ryan O’Neal and his son, Redmond, were charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine.

 

Both face felony drug possession charges, deputy district attorney James Garrison said. Redmond O’Neal, 23, also faces misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of pepper spray.

 

He and his 67-year-old actor father are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13.

 

The father and son were arrested Sept. 17 after deputies searched their Malibu home, part of Redmond’s probation. Police said drugs were found on Redmond and in Ryan O’Neal’s living area.

 

Ryan O’Neal’s attorney said the drugs did not belong to his client.

 

“It’s unfortunate because Ryan O’Neal didn’t possess methamphetamine, doesn’t use methamphetamine and it wasn’t his methamphetamine,” attorney Mark Werksman said. “He never should have been prosecuted for this. We intend to vigorously challenge these charges in court, where they should be dismissed.”

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Clark Gable’s Granddaughter…

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

Clark would be so proud!

 

 

Kayley Gable, granddaughter of film legend Clark Gable, had some trouble Monday night fending off gravity.

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Heather Locklear Arrested…

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

Heather Locklear arrested on DUI charge

 

 

Heather Locklear is seen here in the mug shot taken when she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance Saturday night.

 

Actress stopped after ‘driving erratically’ in wealthy area of Santa Barbara

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Access Hollywood
Sept. 28, 2008
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MONTECITO, Calif. – Heather Locklear was arrested and held in Santa Barbara County on Saturday, Access Hollywood has confirmed. A spokesman for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department told Access that the actress was arrested by the California Highway Patrol and released on Sunday.

 

According to The Associated Press, the actress, 47, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Montecito, a wealthy area of Santa Barbara that’s home to celebs including Oprah and Rob Lowe.

 

The former Melrose Place star was reportedly pulled over by a CHP officer on Saturday afternoon after she was witnessed “driving erratically” upon leaving a parking lot, a CHP spokesman told the AP.

 

Locklear was taken into custody, where she was reportedly tested for alcohol and drugs. She was reportedly booked at 7 p.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medication.

 

According to People, two months ago, Locklear was released from an Arizona facility where she spent four weeks receiving treatment for anxiety and depression.

 

“Heather’s feeling really great,” a friend told the mag at the time. “And she looks beautiful, just radiant.”

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Shia LaBeouf Update…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

DA: LaBeouf won’t be charged in crash

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shia LaBeouf will not be charged with drunken driving for his involvement in a traffic accident that badly injured his hand, but could have his license suspended because sheriff’s officials said he refused a breathalyzer test.

 

There was “insufficient evidence” to charge LaBeouf with drunken driving, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said Thursday. She said prosecutors are mulling charges against two other people involved in the July collision, but could not provide further details.

 

“Shia is most happy that he will not have to go to court,” said his attorney, Michael Norris.

 

LaBeouf was arrested July 27 after an early morning crash that injured his hand and sent him to a hospital for several days. Sheriff’s deputies said later that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident, which occurred in West Hollywood.

 

The “Transformers” actor faces a traffic hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles that could see his driver’s license suspended for up to nine months, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday.

 

That hearing was scheduled for Friday. But Norris said he doubts the hearing will take place then, and doesn’t think the actor will lose his license.

 

“I anticipate that once we do have the opportunity to litigate the matter at the DMV that his license will not be suspended,” Norris said. The DMV hearing is not a court hearing and is not open to the public, Norris said.

 

Whitmore reiterated what police said the day after the crash: that LaBeouf showed signs of being impaired the morning of the crash, but refused a breathalyzer test.

 

“The physical signs led to the arrest,” Whitmore said, adding that the department respects the district attorney’s decision.

 

A spokeswoman for LaBeouf had no comment Thursday.

 

The crash occurred during a busy summer for LaBeouf, who costarred in the fourth installment of the “Indiana Jones” films and was filming a “Transformers” sequel.

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Clay Aiken Comes Out!…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

Clay Aiken comes out: ‘Yes, I’m gay’

 

 

‘Idol’ runner-up says ‘I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things’

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The Associated Press
Sept. 24, 2008
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NEW YORKClay Aiken appears on the cover of the latest People magazine holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: “Yes, I’m Gay.”

 

The 29-year-old former American Idol runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star credits his son, conceived by in-vitro fertilization with friend and producer Jaymes Foster, with making him realize that he could no longer hide his homosexuality from the world.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Robert Wagner’s Secret Affair…

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

CELEBRITY NEWS

Robert Wagner reveals love affair with Stanwyck

 

 

Lionel Stander, Stefanie Powers, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Wagner at the Emmys in 1983

 

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 22, 2008
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NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Wagner’s marriage to Natalie Wood was known to all. His love affair with Barbara Stanwyck was a secret — until now. In his new memoir ”Pieces of My Heart,” Wagner writes of his four-year romance with the star of such classics as Stella Dallas and Double Indemnity.