Friday, August 29, 2008

Rob Lowe Evacuated Home Amidst 'Armageddon'-Like Wildfire

A California wildfire forced Rob Lowe to evacuate his Montecito home in a scene the actor described as "just like Armageddon."

Lowe told a local TV station he and his son were watching football Thursday night when his wife called to warn him about the raging fire, reports L.A.'s CBS 2 / KCAL 9. Lowe said he and his children exited their home only to find surrounding mountains ablaze, an inferno whipped into the sky by 70-mph winds.

The 44-year-old star said his house made it through the fire unscathed. Other Montecito residents, though, weren't as lucky. Buildings on the property of 'Back to the Future' star Christopher Lloyd took heavy damage in the fire, says the Los Angeles Times.

A second major wildfire around L.A. County is also making headlines. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Saturday morning.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Put Home Up For Sale

The country singing couple has put their home located in an exclusive Beverly Hills enclave on the market. How much will this Mediterranean mansion set you back?

The listing price for 10,500-square-foot home in exclusive Beverly Park is $14.8 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The two-story home, with six bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms, features a large entryway with limestone floors, a large skylight and wraparound staircase.

The home sits on four acres of property and has a spectacular pool area and state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchen, the Times said.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Madonna Seeks Public's Help on a Major New Project

She's a worldwide singer, actress and mega-performer -- and now Madonna is getting personal about her major new project to impact the world! And she's asking for your help!

The Material Mom announced on her website that she will be building a girls' school in Malawi, the native African country of her adopted son David.

"I'm sure you know that I'm on tour right now, and I'm having an amazing time," Madonna said on a video blog she posted on her website. "But there are other things that I'm doing that are equally important to me and that are very near and dear to my heart. One of them is a girls' school that I'm building in Malawi."

Madonna said she was inspired to build the school after witnessing the lack of opportunities given to girls in Malawi. She went on to urge the public to help in raising awareness and raising money for the cause through "The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls" organization.

For more information on the cause, please visit

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rosie Guests Revealed Ahead of New Show Premiere

Rosie O'Donnell has her own prime-time program premiering this month on NBC and two new guests have just been revealed.

Kathy Griffin (Bravo's "My Life on the D-List"), and Jane Krakowski (NBC's "30 Rock") will appear with Rosie, live from New York's Little Shubert theater on Nov 26. The comediennes join previously announced musical guests Ne-Yo and Alanis Morissette.

Catch the very first episode of "Rosie Live," Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Paula Abdul Spotted After Fan Found Dead Near Home

A brave Paula Abdul is spotted after the recent death of a young woman near Paula's California home earlier this week.

The "American Idol" judge, who seems to soldier on after the tragedy, was snapped at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Thursday.

"I am deeply shocked and saddened by what transpired yesterday," Paula said. "My heart and prayers go out to her family."

'The Bachelorette' Talks Breakup and New TV Gig

"The Bachelorette"'s DeAnna Pappas is blogging all about her new TV job -- co-hosting a wedding show -- and giving her side of the story about the breakup with Jesse Csincsak!

DeAnna says she's set to co-host the new season of Lifetime's "Get Married!," premiering January 5. "Every weekday morning I will be bringing you the latest in wedding planning tips and trends," she blogs on the show's Web site.

As for her feelings about former fiance Jesse, she blogs, "Although at the time [of Jesse's proposal], I believed that would be my happily ever after, unfortunately we have since gone our separate ways but still remain very good friends.

"He is a wonderful man and will make some woman very happy one day. As for me, I still VERY much want to be in love, GET MARRIED, and start a family of my own. I still have faith. ...I am being led to the person I am meant to be with!"

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hilary Duff Heads to NBC

Hilary Duff is making a return to series TV.

The former "Lizzie McGuire" star has signed a one-year, exclusive talent and development deal to star in her own series for NBC, as well as guest star on various current series for the network.

"Hilary is an incredibly versatile talent with a huge following whose career we know will continue to soar on NBC," said Teri Weinberg, executive vice president, NBC Entertainment. "We are confident we will develop great ideas that would feature her vast talents and are thrilled to have this opportunity."

The teen queen's last series, "Lizzie McGuire," wrapped in 2004. This year, she has been busy working in film, including John Cusack's critically acclaimed 'War, Inc.' Coming up in 2009 are the feature films 'Safety Glass,' 'Stay Cool' and 'Greta,' in which Hilary plays the title character and co-stars with Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Is Joe Jonas Explaining Break-Up With Taylor Swift?

Joe Jonas recently made news when ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift went public with details about her break-up with the teen sensation. Now, Joe is setting the record straight about a recent, widely-publicized split!

In a new blog on the Jonas Brothers' MySpace page, Joe writes to fans hoping to clear the air about a headline-grabbing break-up with an unnamed person. Joe's ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift recently talked about splitting with the famous teen -- saying on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that Joe ended their relationship with a phone call lasting less than 30 seconds. Taylor also recently told US Weekly that she and Joe split because he started dating actress Camilla Belle.

On his band's MySpace blog, Joe writes:

"I never cheated on a girlfriend. It might make someone feel better to assume or imply I have been unfaithful but it is simply not true. Maybe there were reasons for a breakup. Maybe the heart moved on. Perhaps feelings changed. I am truly saddened that anything would potentially cause you to think less of me."

He goes on to say: "For those who have expressed concern over the "27 second" phone call. I called to discuss feelings with the other person. Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation. Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk. A phone call can be pretty short when someone else ends the call. The only difference in this conversation was that I shared something the other person did not want to hear."

Joe finishes the blog by wishing the "other person" well and expressing appreciation for his fans.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Alex Rodriguez Spotted with Gwyneth Paltrow

What occasion brought the divorced New York Yankees baseball star and the Oscar-winning beauty together?

A-Rod and Gwyneth (who's married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin) both stepped out for a party celebrating the $1 billion renovation of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort.

The two stars were spotted chatting at the A-list event on Friday night.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Jennifer Hudson’s New Words After Family Tragedy

The "American Idol" alum is speaking out after the headline-grabbing tragedy that claimed the lives of her mother, brother, and nephew.

In a new blog on her MySpace page titled "Thank You All," Jennifer Hudson posted a new message expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support she has received from people in response to the tragedy.

The Oscar-winning 'Dreamgirl' writes the following heartfelt message:

"I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My sister and I take great comfort and strength from your love and concern. jhud"

The body of Hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death on Oct. 24, and her nephew's body was found three days later.