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Celebrity Birthdays, August 25

8/25/2006 3:00am EDT
Gene Simmons
Happy Birthday to "The O.C." actress Rachel Bilson (1981), "Kenan & Kel" star Kel Mitchell (1978), German supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1970), "All My Children" actor Cameron Mathison (1969), Powerman 5000 singer Spider One (1968), Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch (1968), Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (1967), actor Blair Underwood (1964), country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), "The Corpse Bride" director Tim Burton (1958), English musician Elvis Costello (1954), Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes (1952), Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (1951), Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons (1949), "Alien Loc...

Jude Law Could Play General Zod In 'Superman Returns' Sequel

8/8/2006 9:45am EDT
Jude Law
Jude Law could be Superman’s arch enemy. The Alfie actor is in talks to appear as the Man of Steel’s most hated foe General Zod in the Superman Returns sequel. The role of General Zod was made famous by Terence Stamp, who played the character in 1980 movie Superman 2 – and producers see a resemblance between Stamp and Law.

A source told Daily Express newspaper: “Zod is going to be the main bad guy in the second film. Some say they should use an unknown but the director Bryan Singer is looking at Jude. The similarities between him and Stamp are clear.”

The 33-year-old has so far st...

Nintendo's DS Lineup For The Fall

7/26/2006 9:26am EDT
Nintendo DS
The fourth quarter of 2006 will herald a new era for Nintendo with the launch of its remarkable new Wii home video game system. But that's not what this news item is about! How could that be, you ask? Perhaps the secret to the launch information for Wii is somehow encoded in the text of this news item. You might want to pore over it for a few hours before staying up all night to debate phraseology and comma placement with your friends online. Or maybe it's all just a scam to get you to read the other games we have launching this fall. One of the two. Full List Below.

As the weather coo...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 28

5/28/2006 3:00am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Happy Birthday to "Swimfan" star Jesse Bradford (1979), Australian singer Kylie Minogue (1968), country singer Phil Vassar (1964), "The Drew Carey Show" actress Christa Miller (1964), The Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams (1949; d. 1998), actress Sondra Locke (1947), Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty (1945), singer Gladys Knight (1944), former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani (1944), American musician Papa John Creach (1917; d. 1994), singer T-Bone Walker (1910; d. 1975), and "James Bond" author Ian Fleming (1908; d. 1964).

Halle Berry Accuses DJ Of Racism

5/19/2006 10:08am EDT
Halle Berry
Halle Berry has accused a British radio DJ of being racist. The Oscar-winning beauty took offence when Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles impersonated an African American while he was interviewing her and her X-Men co-star Hugh Jackman. The incident occurred when Moyles told Jackman he would make a good James Bond, and the actor joked the chubby presenter could act as his double.

The DJ said: "Your Bond double? I could definitely do that." He then put on an American accent and said: "Put your hands up in the air!"

Hugh asked: "Are you some kind of Brooklyn Bond?"

Moyles replied: "I'm a ...

Daniel Craig Reminded Bond Wasn't Fat

5/16/2006 9:36am EDT
Daniel Craig has been ordered to lose weight because he's in danger of bulging out of James Bond's tux. The hunky actor has reportedly been put on a strict diet after stuffing himself with calorific treats on the set of the upcoming Casino Royale. The star has developed a taste for rich dumplings and borscht soup while filming in Prague - and film bosses are terrified they'll end up with a porky 007.

Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has also hired the 38-year-old a personal trainer to help him shed the excess pounds. An insider told Daily Mirror newspaper movie chiefs got worried when Cr...

Odd Job's Hat To Be Auctioned Off

5/10/2006 9:40am EDT
The death-dealing hat worn by iconic James Bond villain Odd Job is being auctioned off. The bowler hat, made famous by actor Harold Sakata in Goldfinger, is being tipped to fetch as much as $35,000 when it is put up for sale next month.

It is believed Bond fanatics will desperately try to out bid each other for the hat - which in the film contained a razor in the rim which Odd Job used to try and kill 007. The hat is part of a host of Bond movie items to be sold at the forthcoming Julien's Auctions summer sale at New York's Planet Hollywood restaurant on June 17.

Bond's famous whi...

Activision Aquires Rights To James Bond

5/4/2006 10:30am EDT
James Bond
MGM Interactive and EON Productions Ltd. have awarded Activision Inc. the rights to develop and publish interactive entertainment games based on the James Bond license through 2014. This marriage of best-in-class intellectual property and next-generation gaming expertise continues the Bond franchise’s long legacy of providing thrills to audiences around the globe.

Since the initial release of Dr. No in 1962, James Bond films have grossed more than $3.6 billion theatrically worldwide and approximately 30 million units of video games based on the world of James Bond have been sold to da...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 5

4/5/2006 3:00am EDT
Bette Davis
Happy Birthday to Neptune Pharrell Williams (1973), Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (1965), fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (1937), British actor Nigel Hawthorne (1929; d. 2001), director/producer Roger Corman (1926), "Mr. Belvedere" star Christopher Hewett (1922; d. 2001), "To Kill A Mockingbird" star Gregory Peck (1916; d. 2003), "James Bond" producer Albert R. Broccoli (1909; d. 1996), and legendary thespians Bette Davis (1908; d. 1989) and Spencer Tracy (1900; d. 1967).

Sir Sean Connery Recovers From Surgery to Remove Tumor

3/13/2006 10:07am EST
Sean Connery
Sir Sean Connery has had surgery to remove a tumor from one of his kidneys. The former 007 made a full recovery from the operation, which took place in a private hospital in New York after doctors discovered the lump a few weeks ago. The Scottish star is now back at home in the Bahamas.

Connery, 75, said: "I was opened in five places, including a tube up my #$%^." The actor only told family and close friends about his health scare. His brother Neil said: "As far as I'm led to believe the tumour was benign. He's quite upbeat about it."

A spokesman for Connery - who played James Bon...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2006 3:00am EST
Lou Reed
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...

Pierce Brosnan Feared Kidnappers in Mexico During 'Matador'

2/17/2006 10:37am EST
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan feared he would be kidnapped while he filmed Matador in Mexico City. The heartthrob actor was so terrified he'd be targeted in the city - where abduction is rife - he used armoured cars while he was shooting the new movie. He even changed his vehicles as a precaution.

Brosnan is quoted in Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "There was a real concern. I had to swap cars three times because we had these unexplained blow-outs. What happens is they puncture the tyres right near the valve and of course you have to pull over and that's when these kidnappers can pounce."


Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Feb. 12

2/12/2006 3:00am EST
Christina Ricci
Happy Birthday to actress Christina Ricci (1980), filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips (1968), "Into the Blue" actor Josh Brolin (1968), talk show host Arsenio Hall (1955), Canadian character actor Michael Ironside (1950), Bond girl Maud Adams (1945), Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (1939), American film actor Joe Don Baker (1936), hoops legend Bill Russell (1934), "Bonanza" star Lorne Greene (1915; d. 1987), 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln (1809; d. 1865), and British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809; d. 1882).

Daniel Craig Wants to Marry Again, Someday

1/24/2006 9:37am EST
Daniel Craig wants to get married again - one day. The James Bond star insists he still believes in marriage despite his failed union to actress Fiona Loudon, who he has a 12-year-old daughter with. Craig believes his relationship with Fiona imploded because he didn't understand the importance of being a husband.

He confessed: "I do believe in marriage. I really do. I believe that getting together with somebody and making a public statement about it is a good thing. I just didn't really understand it before."

Despite his fondness for marriage, Craig - who is currently filming new ...

Bond Girl Update: Thandie Newton?

1/16/2006 2:01pm EST
Thandie Newton in Crash
Screen siren Thandie Newton is hotly tipped to be the next Bond girl in forthcoming 007 movie Casino Royale.

New James Bond Daniel Craig was "deeply impressed" by the 32-year-old's screen test, in which she had to enact a raunchy bedroom scene with the British hunk.

A movie insider says, "Thandie is a natural Bond girl. She's feisty but sexy - the perfect combination."

Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

1/8/2006 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...

Casino Royale To Explore James Bond's Past

10/27/2005 8:30am EDT
Fans of James Bond will finally get a glimpse of the dashing spy's past in the upcoming "Casino Royale". Film bosses have reportedly decided the latest instalment in the spy series will reveal 007's origins. Director Martin Campbell has also vowed to show admirers how the legendary character came to be so suave. He is quoted on the USA Today website as saying: "We're going toward a much more realistic Bond, much more From Russia with Love than we've had in the past."

Earlier this week it was revealed the new Bond, Daniel Craig, is struggling to overcome his biggest fear to play the sup...