Reese Witherspoon’s red carpet date for the Golden Globes? For the sake of fighting sexual harassment, another woman

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 28: Actress and Founder of Hello Sunshine Reese Witherspoon speaks onstage during AT&T’s celebration of the Launch of DIRECTV NOW at Venue 57 on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for DirecTV) LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Jessica Chastain attends the European premiere of “The Martian” at Odeon Leicester Square on September 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 18: Actress Meryl Streep attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) NEW YORK – DECEMBER 03: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the BAM Belle Reve Gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December 3, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 07: Actress Laura Dern attends the Premiere of The Weinstein Company’s “The Hateful Eight” at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on December 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 14: Actress Elisabeth Moss attends the FYC event for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at the DGA Theater on August 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Emma Stone arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on January 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: US actress Eva Longoria attends the “Money Monster” Continue Reading

‘I would have painted the walls with my blood so you could clean it up’: Police release chilling notes left behind by young couple in Florida cop murder-suicide case

Florida police have released a chilling series of notes left behind by the demented young lovers who allegedly shot a small-town cop and then killed themselves over the weekend.  In one of the notes, Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, rips into her mother, saying "when people compare us, I vomit on the inside."  "I could write to you for days, but I know nothing would actually make a difference to you. You are much too ignorant and self concerned (sic) to even attempt to listen or understand," the teen wrote, before going on to say her mother accused her of being anorexic for years. She went on: "If I had stayed another minute I would have painted the walls and stained the carpets with my blood, so you could clean it up. "You are a waste of space, ignorant, and a rotten [expletive]. I wish I were never born." Hollinghurst also wrote notes to her father and sister, Polk County authorities said.  In those, she struck a loving tone. "You're so much younger but you’re a better person than me, you always have been," she wrote to her sister, Hannah. "I hope you never take a wrong turn like I did, I hope you continue to grow." And in her final message to her father, she apologized for "disappointing" him.  "I love you to death, but I just couldn’t do it anymore. Everyday became harder and harder," she wrote. Meanwhile, Brandon Goode, 18, wrote one note, addressed to his "loving parents."  In it, he apologized for the "pain and misery" he brought them — in 2012, he was arrested for attacking his mother with an ax — and said he wished to die with Hollinghurst.  They were engaged, he said.  "Please don’t be sad, this is what I want now, I get to die peacefully with the woman I love, the woman of my dreams, my fiancée (yes we were engaged!)," Goode wrote. "I miss ya both so much already." In addition to the notes, the Polk County Sheriff's Office also released a Continue Reading

Sharon Stone hospitalized in Italy after migraine complaints, back on red carpet shortly after

U.S. actress Sharon Stone bounced back from a hospital admission at Milan fashion week to chair a star-studded fundraising gala on Saturday. Stone, 55, was admitted to hospital with a migraine after attending a runway show by Italian fashion house Fendi on Friday, raising questions over whether she could chair the Saturday AIDS research fundraiser as planned. The "Basic Instinct" star suffered a health scare in 2001 when she was hospitalized for a brain aneurysm - bleeding in the brain that can cause stroke - after suffering severe headaches. Dressed in a deeply plunged long black draped dress, the actress smiled at cameras and reassured reporters outside the event about her condition. "Thank you. I feel fine and I'm good and I've got a clean bill of health and I'm happy to be here," Stone told Reuters Television. "I'm totally happy to be here for something so meaningful to me." The American Foundation for AIDS Research said in a statement: "She was examined and given a clean bill of health. And as she said, wild horses couldn't keep her away." The gala was attended by Italian designers Silvia Venturini Fendi and Roberto Cavalli and Fiat heir Lapo Elkann. It featured performances by DJ Mark Ronson and rapper Theophilus London. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NYC’s new style stars: Christina Hendricks, Estelle and Becki Newton follow their own fashion path

Christina Hendricks has had our undivided attention ever since her killer curves and no-nonsense attitude took over Sunday nights. And now "Mad Men's" voluptuous master of office politics is poised for even greater fame when her movie "Life As We Know It" hits the big screen. "Christina has captured our collective imagination," says Elle magazine editor Maggie Bullock, who, along with creative director Joe Zee, authored "The ELLEments of Personal Style " (Gotham Books), which features Hendricks as one of the 25 most stylesavvy women alive. "The fact that she's so different from the standard starlet makes her really interesting to us and to our readers." In a world of scaryskinny, overexposed, hard-partying celebrities, 35-year-old Hendricks has that rarest of qualities: a glimmer of Old Hollywood glam. That may be in part because her alter ego lives in the 1960s. But while Joan Harris is a sultry secretary who dominates her ad industry bosses with stealth tactics a general would admire , Hendricks' charms are more modern — but no less compelling. "Like Joan, Christina is unapologetic," says Zee. "She celebrates her figure. She shows off everything she wears, she doesn't hide behind it." Zee cites the lavender Zac Posen boudoir gown she wore to this year's Emmy Awards, which attracted both scrutiny and praise for the frank way it framed Hendricks' stunning cleavage. Hendricks (left) is classically glam, while Estelle (right) prefers 'clean' and 'sharp' looks. (photo: Thomas Whiteside) Another role Hendricks and Joan share is that of the classic New York woman: Joan is a Big Apple career girl before her time, and Hendricks (who splits her time between L.A. and New York) embodies an individuality and fashion-forwardness that has today's NYC working women taking notice. "Christina's style is to completely do her own thing, and that's what makes her so very New York," says Zee. "She isn't crammed into a trend. She does what she wants." Continue Reading

The Oscar champ is a ticket out of poverty for two young stars

Posing with Mickey Mouse and their friends, Rubina Ali and Azhar Mohammed look like any other excited couple of kids on a carefree vacation to Disneyland. Nine-year-old Rubina snuggles into Mickey's neck, clutching him tightly, as if she never wants to let him go. Azhar, 10, smiles sweetly for the camera, savoring every moment of the fairy tale. And a fairy tale it is. Unlike the thousands of mostly privileged children visiting the world-famous theme park this week, these two youngsters have lived the life of street urchins. They come from a background of grinding poverty and unimaginable squalor. The stars of the multi-Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" were flown to California for Sunday's ceremony, quite a leap from a wretched existence in sprawling Mumbai before they were thrust into the glamorous world of movie-making. Now, after weeks of controversy about possible exploitation and concerns for their future after the spotlight has moved on, the Indian government and the film's producers are doing right by them. Yesterday it was announced that their families back home in the unsanitary, crime-ridden shantytown of Garib Nagar will be rehoused in clean, safe apartments. A trust fund has been set up in the children's names. It is a dream come true for the kids, who, without this opportunity, almost certainly would have faced the same despair and drudgery of their slum-dwelling compatriots. Ironically, their rags-to-riches story mirrors the heartrending plot of the movie itself. The surprise low-budget sleeper hit chronicles the childhood and teen years of a desperately poor orphan called Jamal who winds up competing in the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Rubina plays the adorable young girl, Latika, who grows up to become Jamal's love interest. Azhar is his headstrong older brother, Salim. Yet the two were almost not cast at all. Director Danny Boyle had serious reservations about selecting real-life slum children Continue Reading

Ne-Yo seeing green, not red, over R. Kelly

Ne-Yo would like to set the record straight. "I don't hate R. Kelly," the R&B superstar insists.Yes, Ne-Yo did sue Kelly's tour promoter, Rowe Entertainment, after he was booted off Kelly's 2007 tour (allegedly for upstaging the so-called star of the show). But, having just won $700,320 in damages, Ne-Yo can feel magnanimous."It wasn't even really a feud," he told us over dinner at Philippe. "It's all in the past. I think I'm going to use the money and open up a club or a cigar bar in Atlanta."The Grammy winner did confirm that Jay-Z and Sean (Diddy) Combs gave him a hip-hop hazing. "We were all in London a while ago, and I ended up doing so many shots of Patrón because I thought everyone else was," he recalled. "But they were just putting them down without drinking! So nine shots later, and I'm hanging out of Jay's Maybach, losing my lunch! He called and joked he was going to send me a cleaning bill for the carpeting." And Ne-Yo would've paid it. Given his new album's title, "Year of the Gentleman" - out Tuesday - he prides himself on his manners."Guys aren't as respectful or courteous as they once were," he declared, "so I want to bring that back." While his CD is stuffed with hooks and grooves, he has enough to share. He's working with Michael Jackson and Michael Bolton. And don't be surprised if he cooks up a campaign anthem for the Democrats. Jokes Ne-Yo: "Barack or die!” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Harry Potter star Emma Watson seen with bad boy rocker

"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson worked some magic on the red carpet, showing up to a celebrity-studded London party in a sleek, low-cut dress and high-heeled pumps with an interesting fashion accessory on her arm: controversial rock 'n' roller Johnny Borrell.The 17-year-old Watson looked a tad more wicked than squeaky clean Hermione Granger, her "Harry Potter" alter ego, when she showed up for the Vanity Fair and Burberry Portraits viewing party with Borrell, who is ten years her senior. The singer and guitarist for the band Razorlight has been linked to other, older starlets like Kirsten Dunst. Borrell also has a reputation for tooting his own horn more than playing his guitar. "I feel like a genius more than most people, that's for sure," Borrell once told NME Magazine.Watson was often ridiculed on the set of the "Harry Potter" movies for her straight-A grades. But her date with an older bad boy wasn't the first time the young actress was surrounded by a hint of scandal."Harry Potter" fans - and their parents - were up in arms after photos surfaced on the Internet of Watson, then age 15, drinking beer at a party.Still, compared to her American counterparts like Lindsay Lohan, Watson has managed to gracefully juggle her studies with her skyrocketing film career.Perhaps her choice of Borrell is proof that opposites really do attract. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Denise’s paradise lost

A romantic vacation in Hawaii ended in tears for Denise Richards. Months after the end of her relationship with Richie Sambora, a pal of the actress tells us she had been expecting him to propose on the island. Instead, he broke up with her. "She was devastated," says the source, "and kept up appearances as if they were still together." That may explain why news of the February split took three months to hit the media. Richards talked about their then-year-old relationship in an interview that ran in the June issue of Glamour magazine. "Recently we went to Hawaii and people came up to us and said, 'We're so happy for the two of you,'" she said. "So people are starting to accept the relationship, realizing it's not just a fling." Richards' spokeswoman denies she was anticipating a proposal during the vacation; a Bon Jovi band rep said, "No comment." It's 'London' calling for Josh & Fergie"Transformers" star Josh Duhamel has a hit movie and a great life with his famous girlfriend, Fergie.Could there possibly be a drawback?"Every night at around 11 p.m., someone pulls up in front of their home in L.A., rolls down the car windows and plays 'London Bridge' really loud," a pal of the couple laughs.'Joshua' premiere is adults onlyJosh Hartnett and David Schwimmer turned out Tuesday for the premiere of "Joshua," a creepy-kid flick set on the upper East Side (where, let's face it, they belong).But while Vera Farmiga, Dallas Roberts and Celia Weston from the film walked the red carpet, absent were Sam Rockwell and the malevolent title character, played by 12-year-old Jacob Kogan. (Spoiler warning: Stop reading now if you want to see the film!)So where was this demon child, who frames his dad, messes with his mom's medication, crushes on his gay uncle and pushes his grandmother to her death down the steps of the Brooklyn Museum of Art?"Oh, he has summer camp," shrugged a publicist. New York MinuteIt's H2O-a-go-go for the Continue Reading

Fall 101: The best things to do, see, hear, taste, buy & experience this season!

LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE Head below the George Washington Bridge to Fort Washington Park and tour Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse as part of the 15th annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival on Sept. 15. There are celebrity readings and hayrides, too. Call (212) 360-8737. SCOTT ON She's had a period of silence and a recent divorce, but Jill Scott isn't giving up her R&B crown quite yet. The tunes on her album "The Real Thing," out Sept. 25, are as soulful and sexy as ever. Also, be sure to catch her big-screen debut in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" (out Oct. 12) to see how she's shaping up for an even bigger film role - in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," currently in production. TOOTHY ENCOUNTERS They're back! (Again.) A fresh crop of blood-sucking vampires hits both big and small screens. The monsters chase Josh Hartnett in director David Slade's "30 Days of Night," out Oct. 19, in which Hartnett's efforts to enforce the law (and battle evil) in an Alaskan town are challenged by deep winter darkness that allows the fiends to roam free. On CBS' "Moonlight," premiering Sept. 28, Alex O'Loughlin smolders his way into the role of Mick St. John, a private investigator who happens to have a rather thirsty past. Still as youthful as the day he was bitten by a nasty ex-girlfriend, St. John can't stand fellow vampires who quaff human cocktails. He wiles away his infinite days trying to help the living with his acute crime-solving skills, but all could change forever when an intrepid mortal reporter (Sophia Myles) catches his eye. CELEB SMACKDOWN TMZ Gossip Web site TMZ takes its tricks to television Sept. 10 with a nightly newscast promising to be anything but tame. "We don't do red carpets, we don't do junkets," the site's mastermind, Harvey Levin, has said of its celeb coverage. "We're going to be fair, but we're not going to fear publicists." In fact, it's the publicists who should be scared. In New York, "TMZ TV" airs on WNYW/Ch. Continue Reading

PROJECT ‘SERIOUS’ KATIE. Gone is the perky look as Couric gets set to drop anchor at CBS

If we didn't suspect already that TV is about style over substance, CBS closed the case by airbrushing 3 inches off Katie Couric's waist in her new publicity shots. The touched-up pictures are just part of an extreme makeover project ahead of her historic appearance as the first solo woman anchor of a network nightly news program. Ever since her appointment was announced, an elite team of stylists and spin doctors has been working on her image, transforming the princess of frothy morning show "Today" into a serious voice who can tackle weighty issues like the Middle East, oil prices and immigration on "The CBS Evening News." Her face is more earnest, her tone more authoritative, and the giggling has been canned. As for her clothes, it's farewell to the flirty skirts that showed off her legs at Rockefeller Center while excited Midwesterners waved "Happy Birthday" banners behind her. By her debut next Tuesday, these garments will be consigned to the thrift store, joining the brightly colored shirts that complemented her perky, early-bird charm questioning the likes of Eva Mendes about Oscar parties. In their place expect more sober, fitted pieces matching the gravitas of Couric's latest role grilling world leaders. "Her choices will be different from 'Today,'" says Stacy London, co-host of The Learning Channel's fashion advice series "What Not to Wear." "We will probably see more solid colors, darker prints and pantsuits." For a preview of the transformation, take the smart black jacket and double strand of pearls she wears in the TV promos and on posters on what seems like every New York City bus. Couric's trademark smile has lost its cheekiness and channels sincerity. The blond highlights have been subtly taken a shade or two darker, and those distracting bangs are gone. Makeup is minimal, and she's ditched her favorite black eyeliner and shiny lip gloss. Back at the network, no expense has been spared, with insiders claiming her stylists have Continue Reading