* Reese Witherspoon
insists awards are less than impressive in her household - her five-year-old daughter simply uses the coveted awards as dolls. Witherspoon, who is nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Walk the Line
, admits Ava’s nonchalant attitude keeps her feet on the ground. She says, "My daughter sneaks them off to her room and dresses them up. She's becoming quite jaded about the whole thing."
* Al Lewis
, who played Grandpa in hit 1950s comedy The Munsters
, has died. He was 95. Lewis, who had suffered years of failing health, passed away with his wife Karen at his bedside in New York on Friday night. The much-loved actor hosted a weekly programme on New York radio station WBAI-FM after a long career in TV and film. He is survived by Karen, three sons and four grandchildren.
* Roseanne Barr
feels vindicated by George Clooney’s
Academy Awards nominations, because she was furious when producers on her hit sitcom
fired the hunky actor. The actor played Roseanne's boss, Booker Brooks, during the show's first season - before producers decided to fire him. Barr says, "I went to the producers and I said, 'What are you doing? This guy is gorgeous! He's going to be huge!' and they said, 'Nah, we're not that impressed.' Can you believe that?"
* Robert Blake
has filed for bankruptcy following last year's civil court case which found he "intentionally caused" the death of his wife. The star was ordered to pay Bonny Lee Bakley’s children $30 millionin damages, despite being acquitted in a criminal court in March of murdering his late wife. Blake listed the $30 million in damages, a $1.3 million federal tax bill and a $334,337 (£185,742) state tax assessment as his major debts when he filed for bankruptcy at a Los Angeles court yesterday. Legal papers estimate Blake's assets amount to $600,000.
* Sarah Jessica Parker
has lashed out at American culture's obsession with celebrity for diverting the public away from pressing political and social issues. The actress believes people idolize screen stars because they want to share in their wealth and beauty - but the trend is destroying the imagination of a generation.
She says, "I think this insatiable appetite for the shallow tidbits of celebrity culture is just a distraction from getting involved politically and questioning our leaders. All we talk about now are 'celebrities'. They call themselves actors, they get paid as actors and sometimes, they're paid more than me. But often these people have done absolutely nothing."
* Ralph Fiennes
has been branded a "cheat" by a Romanian singer who claims the actor has been enjoying a two year affair with her behind the back of his long-term love Francesa Annis. Annis and Fiennes, who have been together for over a decade, have often been heralded as one of the closest couples in Hollywood. But brunette Cornelia Crisan, 31, claims the screen star has been using her to alleviate his loneliness and sexual frustration.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "He wanted me to be there for him whenever he needed to talk, wanted a cuddle or to make love. Twice he told me he loved me... He was already with someone. He was a cheat." Fiennes allegedly left a message for Crisan two weeks ago, saying, "I want some physical contact. I might be able to see you. I may come to London in the next couple of weeks."
The 43-year-old star started dating Annis, 61, in 1994, despite at the time being married to ER
actress Alex Kingston
* Brigitte Bardot
has blasted the Romanian government for condoning a cull of stray dogs after a Japanese businessman was bitten to death by one in Bucharest. The actress-turned-animal rights activist launched her attack on a Radio France show, slamming Bucharest mayor Adriean Videanu’s move to cut the time stray animals are detained in shelters before being put down as sickening. She said, "When I think that the only way that has been found is to kill them, I tell you it's not nice what the government is doing."
The 68-year-old Japanese tourist bled to death in the city last Sunday after a stray dog - one of up to 100,000 in the capital - bit him in the leg. Bardot previously pledged to donate $150,000 to fund a mass sterilization program designed to reduce strays on the street, but Romanian President Traian Basescu abandoned the venture after just a month in favor of further culls.
* Christopher Lee
insists his signature role as Count Dracula has put women off him for most of his life. The 83-year-old actor, who first appeared as the infamous vampire in 1958, claims women could never separate him from his sinister onscreen personas. He says, "Women have always been quite scared of me. Although they realized I was acting, something in me made them uneasy. They've never made passes at me in the past - and they're not likely to now at my age - because I've never got the girl in the picture."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)