* Whitney Houston
has criticized younger singers such as Christina Aguilera
, Beyonce Knowles
and Britney Spears
for being too willing to sign up for advertising deals. While Aguilera has championed Pepsi, and Knowles has represented fast food giant McDonalds, the star insists she never sold herself commercially except as an actress and a singer. Houston says, "They are a brand. They sell everything whereas I have only ever been a singer and actress. They do too much promotion."
* Kirsten Dunst
has dismissed rumors she is romancing Maroon 5
frontman Adam Levine - insisting they are just friends. The actress was linked with the hitmaker after the pair were spotted dirty dancing at a Los Angeles nightclub. And while onlookers claimed the stars only had eyes for each other, Dunst reveals Levine is just an old pal. A spokeswoman for the star says, "Kirsten has known him for several years, and they have been friends."
* Billy Joel
is convinced he's the session musician playing piano on The Shangri-Las
classic "Leader of the Pack," but he never got paid. The Piano Man, 56, recorded the 1964 track before the girl group added their vocals and he's certain he's the man tinkling the ivories on the hit, despite being only 15 at the time. He tells music magazine Rolling Stone, "I'm pretty sure it was me. I saw an interview with Ellie Greenwich (song's co-writer) and she said it wasn't me. I never got paid, though, so it doesn't make any difference."
* Playboy founder Hugh Hefner
wants to be buried next to screen goddess Marilyn Monroe
. The 79-year-old considers Los Angeles' Westwood Cemetery the ideal final resting place, and has earmarked an ornate vault alongside the star, who he considers "the major sex icon of the 20th Century." He says, "My dear friends are buried there Mel Torme
, Buddy Rich
, Dorothy Stratton. When I found the vault next door to Marilyn was available it seemed natural."
* John Lennon
accused Rolling Stones
frontman Mick Jagger
of imitating The Beatles
during the bands' 1960s heyday in a 'lost' 1970 magazine interview. The late singer described Jagger as "a joke" in a candid recorded chat with Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner in December 1970. Eight months after the Fab Four split, Lennon said, "I'd like to list what we did and what the Stones did two months later on every album. Mick imitates us."
* Australian actress Nicole Kidman
has sparked rumors she is pregnant after being photographed talking to her parents while new love Keith Urban
pats and strokes her stomach. The star, who has two adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise
, reportedly accepted the country singer's marriage proposal just before America's Thanksgiving holiday and sent a private jet to bring her parents from Australia to the US to meet Urban's family.
An onlooker says, "They certainly had something they were smiling about as they introduced their parents to each other. "The whole time they were talking to her parents, Keith was rubbing her belly. They all had beaming smiles."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)