While most folks dread their birthdays, especially in youth-obsessed Hollywood, Gwyneth Paltrow is actually looking forward to blowing out the candles on her cake come September 28 and this year, she'll be facing quite a bonfire. "I cannot believe that I'm turning 30," exclaims the big-screen scene stealer, coming off as incredulous as a teenager who has just gotten away with using a fake I.D. "It sounds so grown-up."
At the same time, hitting the three-decade mark also feels quite right to the Shakespeare in Love Oscar winner. "My 20s have been action-packed," says the tabloid favorite, whose little black book reads like a Who's Who of A-list actors. "I think I've lived more in my 20s than most people live in a lifetime, and in a way, I'm sad to let go of it. In [another] way, I'm relieved to sort of enter into the next ph read more
It should come as little surprise that women are flocking in droves to see the new Vin Diesel spy thriller XXX. Unlike Hollywood action heroes of yesteryear Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. Diesel has something more to offer than muscles and attitude. No, not neck tattoos, silly. We're talking about raw sex appeal.
"I don't know how it happened," shrugs the 35-year-old ex-bouncer of his heartthrob status. "I wasn't a pretty boy in school. It could [come from] the fact that the characters I play are representative of our culture now, [with] the angst and that rebellious tone our youth has today. [They] are anti-heroes and don't pretend to be perfect."
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What would a new season of Law & Order be without another cast change. Actor-turned-Republican senator Fred Thompson is poised to replace Dianne Wiest as the show's district attorney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thompson's term as Tennessee senator ends in January. Prior to entering the political fray, Thompson appeared in such films as The Hunt for Red October, In the Line of Fire, Die Hard 2 and No Way Out. read more
Dave Williams, lead singer of Dallas quartet Drowning Pool, was found dead on the band's tour bus Wednesday in Virginia, MTV reports. He was 30. The cause of death was unknown. Drowning Pool which is touring with Ozzfest performed at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Ind., on Tuesday. read more
The Big Apple is mourning the loss of longtime New York Post journalist-gossip columnist Neal Travis, who died Wednesday of cancer. He was 62. Travis was the first editor of the Post's famed Page Six. read more
ABC is thisclose to picking up a sitcom pilot from former Spin City star Michael J. Fox. According to Variety, Fox will write and executive produce the project, which revolves around a larger-than-life pro hockey player who gets to spend more time with his family after he is forced into retirement. It's unclear whether Fox would appear in the show. read more
American Idol fans are an unpredictable lot. In a surprise move, viewers voted off sweet Georgia underdog R.J. Helton Wednesday night. It was widely believed that Nikki McKibbin coming off of an abysmal performance Tuesday evening was a shoo-in to get the boot. Now, the contest comes down to four finalists: McKibbin, Kelly Clarkson, Tamyra Gray and Justin Guarini. Meanwhile, Fox's summer smash continues to pick up steam as it heads toward its Sept. 4 finale. Tuesday night's performance edition attracted a series-high 12.7 million viewers. read more
Reality TV's Anna Nicole Smith has ex-boyfriend trouble: According to The Associated Press, Mark Hatten whom Smith broke up with in June 2000 has been charged with battery, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats and stalking. Hatten allegedly made threatening phone calls to the ex-Playboy pinup and assaulted her neighbor. The 34-year-old, who claims he's innocent, has a pretrial hearing on Aug. 23. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison. read more
Bruce Springsteen held on to the top spot on Billboard's album chart for the second consecutive week. The Rising sold 239,000 copies a 54 percent sales drop from last week's record-setting debut. New to the top 10: Scarface's The Fix (No. 4 with 160,000 copies) and Trick Daddy's Thug Holiday (No. 6 with 130,000 copies). read more
If Emmy nominee Martin Sheen had his druthers, he'd skip TV's top awardsfest this year. It's not that The West Wing star doesn't appreciate his acting nod, but for him, it's bittersweet. Says Sheen: "Well, you know the old saying. Even a blind hog gets an acorn every now and then. I think they're setting me up for another disappointment, but that's all right.
"I've never won [an Emmy]," he adds. "The show has won, but not I personally. Frankly, I've gotten to the point where I'm 62 years old. My feelings about these awards are that they're wonderful when they happen, they're not so wonderful when they don't happen. I'm grateful for it and happy for all of the nominees. At the same time, it's not going to make the slightest difference to me. It can't. It just happens. It's somebody else's choice."