Al Pacino Works Broadway

March 22nd, 2006 10:35am EST
Al Pacino
Al Pacino is to take to the stage in a production of Oscar Wilde's 'Salome'. The legendary actor is set to play King Herod in the Los Angeles stage show, which will run from April 14 to May 14 at the Wadsworth Theatre. 'The Godfather' star worked with director Estelle Parsons for two years developing the 2003 Broadway version of the play - a one-act biblical drama.

And Parsons has now been lined up to direct the production. Pacino will play the king who lusts after his wife's daughter, Salome, played by Jessica Chastain. Actor Kevin Anderson plays John the Baptist, Salome's object of a...

Barbra Streisand Will do Another Farewell Tour

March 22nd, 2006 10:29am EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is to do another farewell tour. The singer-turned-actress - who last said 'goodbye' to fans in 2000 - will kick the 20 date run off in the autumn. An insider told New York Post newspaper "Barbra will perform 'in the round' from the middle of arenas. She'll be paid $2 million per show, with the best tickets retailing for $1,500 a pop."

They added: "Organizers are trying to find a suitable opening act. "They've tried unsuccessfully for Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond and Andrea Bocelli as opening acts. Now they're trying to get Il Divo."

Although this latest tour has yet ...

Portia de Rossi Says 'Ally McBeal' Drove Her to Anorexia

March 22nd, 2006 10:22am EST
Portia de Rossi
Former 'Ally McBeal' star Portia de Rossi says the hit show drove her to anorexia. But the lesbian actress - who is dating Ellen DeGeneres - admits she's "not proud" of her struggle with the eating disorder. She revealed to Vogue magazine: "I've often wondered if I wasn't on that show if [anorexia] may not have happened.

"I didn't really know at that point what it was like to be a celebrity, and the only people I knew at the time who had a similar experience were these women whom I worked with. They became my role models."

The 33-year-old says she's discussed her problem with DeGe...

No Birthday Kiss for Bruce Willis

March 22nd, 2006 10:16am EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was left red-faced during his 51st birthday party when his alleged supermodel girlfriend snubbed his advances for a kiss. The 16 Blocks star celebrated the special occasion, at New York's trendy G2 lounge on Saturday night, with rumoured lover Petra Nemcova and star friends Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes and Clive Owen, among others.

Later in the evening, Willis was seen moving in for a birthday smooch with Petra, but the catwalk beauty - who the actor reportedly stood up at the US premiere of 'V For Vendetta' last week - spurned his efforts. An insider told New York Post new...

Kelly Osbourne Thinks Kate Moss is a Good Mom

March 22nd, 2006 10:09am EST
Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne thinks Kate Moss is an ideal candidate for the 'Celebrity Mother of the Year' award - regardless of her cocaine shame. Kate has been short listed for the prize, despite being exposed as a drug user and checking into rehab over the last twelve months. Confused Kelly - whose mom Sharon is also up for the award - is quoted in Daily Express newspaper as saying: "I can understand Kate Moss being nominated - she always puts her babies first."

Kate actually only has one child, three-year-old Lila Grace, whom she reportedly faced losing custody of after the drug scandal. Despite...

Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz are "Citijogging"

March 22nd, 2006 9:50am EST
Penelope Cruz
Matthew McConaughey and lover Penelope Cruz are going sightseeing in Rome - while running. The stars have reportedly signed up for 'citijogging' - a bizarre new craze that allows stars to see tourist attractions while running so fast fans won't spot them.

An insider is quoted in Daily Star newspaper as saying: "They'll be heading off to the Eternal City after she has finished promoting her latest film, 'Volver'.

"Celebrities like these tours because they're unlikely to be recognised. Most people just think they're local joggers."

Kylie Minogue Starting Work on Comeback Album

March 22nd, 2006 9:46am EST
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue is planning to launch her pop comeback with a new album. The sexy star - who was recently given the all-clear after battling breast cancer for almost a year - has already started "playing around with lyrics". The diminutive singer is now keen to get back in the studio to record some new tracks.

An insider told Daily Mirror newspaper: "She is feeling better than ever. The past year has been incredibly tough but she is determined to get back to what she loves best - singing.

"It would be the perfect way to thank her fans for all their support."

Meanwhile, it's be...

Prince Evades House Painting Lawsuit

March 22nd, 2006 9:36am EST
Prince was slapped with a lawsuit - for painting his rented mansion with bright purple stripes. The 80s superstar reportedly customised the $70,000-a-month Hollywood home by covering it with purple lines and his personalised 'Prince' symbol. He was also accused of daubing '3121', the title of his new album, on the house and installing a monogrammed carpet - also in his beloved purple - in the master bedroom.

His landlord, NBA star Carlos Boozer, lodged a lawsuit against the singer in January. But the star's lawyers insisted Boozer had collected his rent without complaining about the c...

Pink Plans Pole-Dance for Party

March 22nd, 2006 9:25am EST
Pink is set to surprise her husband with an X-rated pole-dance when she performs in London tonight. The singer has reportedly asked that a 12ft pole is installed in her dressing room - because she wants to give hubby Carey Hart a sexy pre-show treat.

The star - who has allegedly been taking lessons for her erotic show - has also flown in four lapdancers from top Los Angeles club, The Body Shop. An insider told Daily Mirror newspaper: "Pink wants a party all of her own before the show for her fans begins.

"Pink plans to have a lot of fun with the lapdancers both on stage and off. B...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 22

March 22nd, 2006 3:04am EST
Reese Witherspoon
Oscar-winner ("Walk the Line") Reese Witherspoon (1976), "Into the West" star Matthew Modine (1959), actress/singer Stephanie Mills (1957), Swedish actress Lena Olin (1956), British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), jazz guitarist George Benson (1943), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (1941), British singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker (1936), character M. Emmet Walsh (1935), "Star Trek" captain William Shatner (1931), American composer Stephen Sondheim (1930), French mime Marcel Marceau (1923), "The Streets of San Francisco" star Karl Malden (1912), and Marx Brother Chico Marx (1887; d. 1961).