domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2008

megan fox sexy pics reveals her crush on Zac Efron

Megan Fox reveals her crush on Zac Efron



With the ongoing financial crisis even celeb parties have had to be curtailed, so it was quite surprising that American actress Megan Fox managed to get her hands on enough booze to make her confess her crush on actor Zac Efron.

Fox was at the Condé Nast bash for the GQ Men of the Year Awards when she made the confession. “I’m obsessed with him. What you don't know is that Zac and I are the same person . . . it's like Janet and Michael (Jackson), we are the same person,” the New York Post quoted her as saying.

A source revealed that like many other media companies Condé Nast was also retrenching, and that it had cancelled this year’s Christmas luncheon and holiday parties and that the GQ party had also been cut down.

“It was at the Chateau Marmont this time and there was a good turnout, with people like Leonardo DiCaprio. But there were obvious budget constraints,” the source, who attended the party every year, said.

“Whereas they used to serve dinner, this year there were only appetizers - few and far between - and there was only one bar, making it impossible to get a drink,” the source added.













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miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2008

The end of an era - Windows 3.x

The end of an era - Windows 3.x

By Mark Ward
Technology correspondent, BBC News

Windows 3 splash screen, Microsoft
Windows 3.x established the look of the operating system.

An application has expectedly quit.

Windows 3.x has come to the closing moments of its long life.

On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.

The various versions of Windows 3.x (including 3.11) released in the early 1990s, were the first of Microsoft's graphical user interfaces to win huge worldwide success.

They helped Microsoft establish itself and set the trend for how it makes its revenues, and what drives the company until the present day.

High flyer

For many computer users 3.x was the first Windows-based operating system they used, and the software established the iconography of Microsoft's flagship product.

As it was updated the software started to make PCs a serious rival to Apple machines, as it could take advantage of much improved graphics, had a broader colour palette, and could use multimedia extras such as sound cards and CD Rom drives.

Microsoft maintained support for Windows 3.x until the end of 2001, and it has lived on as an embedded operating system until 1 November 2008.
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Windows 3.x has found a role onboard some long-haul jet aircraft.

As an embedded system, it was used to power such things as cash tills in large stores and ticketing systems.

One of its more glamorous uses as an embedded operating system is to power the in-flight entertainment systems on some Virgin and Qantas long-haul jets.

Tech specs

Stefan Berka, who runs the GUI Documentation Project, said the important technical innovations in the software were its extended memory that could address more than 640KB and the improvements to hardware support.

The fact that it was 100% compatible with older MSDOS applications helped too.

Windows 3.x required an 8086/8088 processor or better that had a clock speed of up to 10MHz. It needed at least 640KB of RAM, seven megabytes of hard drive space, and a graphics card that supported CGA, EGA and VGA graphics.

By comparison, the Home Basic version of Windows Vista requires a 32-bit 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 20GB of hard drive space, and a graphics card with at least 32MB of memory.
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Many people still rely on older operating systems.

"I haven't received an e-mail about Windows 3.11 for a long time," said Andy Rathbone, author of a Dummies guide to the software. "But I wouldn't be surprised if some people still use it."

Sales of the software still pop up on eBay, he said, but not at a price that would tempt him to part with his unopened copy of Windows 3.1.

Agent Quang from home IT support firm The Geek Squad, said he regularly encountered venerable operating systems in customer's homes but it had been a long time since he saw Windows 3.x.

"The majority of machines we run see are running XP," he said, "Vista is still a bit flaky here and there and people are not comfortable with it."

But, he said, Windows 95 and 98 were still popular with some customers.

"We see them on laptops and people are unwilling to let them go," he said. "It's perhaps because in the early days laptops cost a lot more money they do now, and there's much more perceived value there."

Agent Quang's personal favourite operating system was Windows 98 because, by the end of its life, the software was so solid.

Old Iron

He said anyone running an ageing operating system might face problems as they try to find a web browser that could run on it and display the latest online innovations.

"We had a case a while ago a customer with a Windows 98 machine trying to view her website and the pictures were just not coming up," he said. "Eventually we had to install Netscape Navigator to get it working."

Stefan Berka said he had recently re-installed Windows 3.11 on a computer and was surprised at the results.

"Personally, I had fun at my last Windows 3.11 test installation to make it a useful desktop operating system again," he said.

"With patched SVGA driver for 1024x768 resolution, Internet Explorer 5, WinZIP, VfW and Video Player, it was still useful," he said. "The desktop was ready after a few seconds loading time."

Said Mr Rathbone: "Windows 3.11 would still work reasonably well today, provided it only ran software released around the same time."

He cautioned against anyone considering returning to the olden days and using it as their mainstay operating system.

He said: "I wouldn't connect it to the internet, though, as it's not sophisticated enough to ward off attackers."

Nick Nolte escapes burning home in Malibu

Nick Nolte escapes burning home in Malibu
Actor broke a window and fled the home shortly after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday

MALIBU, Calif. - Nick Nolte escaped a fire that caused an estimated $1.5 million damage to his Malibu home on Tuesday, authorities said.

The 67-year-old actor scraped his arm and inhaled some smoke but was not hospitalized, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Sam Padilla said.

“He is seeing his private physician” for the injuries, he said.

The fire was reported at 11:34 a.m. at Nolte’s secluded Bonsall Drive home. The electrical fire started in the living room, and Nolte apparently tried to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, Padilla said.

Televised reports said firefighters found Nolte outside the house with a hose but Padilla said he did not have any details. He didn’t know if anyone else was in the home.

It took firefighters about 10 minutes to douse the blaze, which damaged part of the house, Padilla said.

A statement from the county Sheriff’s Department said Nolte broke a window to escape the home but Padilla said he could not confirm that account.

The statement also said the Fire Department estimated the damage at $3.5 million but Padilla said the estimate actually was $1.5 million.

Nolte’s publicist, Arnold Robinson, said in an e-mail statement that there was an electrical fire at the house but no one was injured and there was no structural damage.

Nolte has appeared in such films as “The Prince of Tides,” “Affliction,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Tropic Thunder.”

Mark Wahlberg Not A Fan Of Andy Samberg’s ‘Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals’ SNL Sketch

Mark Wahlberg Not A Fan Of Andy Samberg’s ‘Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals’ SNL Sketch

t popped up in the wee hours of last weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” and has now become one of the hottest viral clips on the Internet. But what does the real Marky Mark think of Andy Samberg’s “Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals” sketch?

(What? You haven’t seen the sketch yet? Check it out after the jump!)

“Uh, I didn’t think it was as funny as I’d hoped,” said the rapper-turned-actor, whose new flick “Max Payne” opens October 17th. In the sketch, Samberg does a dead-on imitation of the “Boogie Nights” star, randomly approaching a dog (“I like your fur, that’s really great!”), a donkey (“You eat apples, right? I produce ‘Entourage’!”) and a goat (“I had a beard like that in ‘The Perfect Storm’!”) and ending each encounter with the same terse farewell for his interview subjects.

“Say hi to your mother for me,” the real-life Wahlberg grinned, insisting he never says that in real life. “No, no. But that’s my new catchphrase now.”

“I love when people do imitations of me; I try to get people who work with me to do it all the time,” Wahlberg explained of his ability to laugh at himself. “It’s not gonna be one of those things like [Tina Fey’s recent sketches about] Sarah Palin, where it’s a big deal.”

Wahlberg told MTV after the interview that he believed the sketch had come about because he’d been approached several times over the years to host “Saturday Night Live,” but has turned down executive producer Lorne Michaels because he didn’t think he was right for the show. The 37-year-old actor added that although he enjoyed some of the work Will Ferrell did on “SNL”, he hasn’t watched the show regularly since the ’80s and early-’90s.

Wahlberg also revealed to us that he has met Andy Samberg in the past, a meeting that may have had the funnyman secretly studying his mannerisms.

“I did meet him. I met him in Canada when he was shooting that movie ‘Hot Rod’, and I liked ‘Hot Rod’,” Wahlberg said. “’Hot Rod’ was funnier than that skit, I thought. I just wish it was a little bit funnier.”

Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, has lost his crown.

Howard Stern loses listeners -- and influence -- on satellite radio
His move left him with a fraction of his previous audience and, correspondingly, fewer top celebrities appear on his show.
Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed King of All Media, has lost his crown.

The shock jock's syndicated morning radio show once drew a national audience of 12 million, but since jumping to satellite radio three years ago, his listeners have dwindled to a fraction of that. Where once Stern routinely commanded a parade of Hollywood's hottest stars -- George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts -- today publicists are left to tout studio appearances by the likes of Chevy Chase, Joan Rivers or Hulk Hogan.

Stern, weary of fighting the Federal Communications Commission over hefty fines and charges of indecency on his terrestrial show, wanted creative independence on the unregulated airwaves of satellite. He got it -- and a lucrative five-year contract worth hundreds of million of dollars.But for a 54-year-old man who once likened his youthful craving for media attention to a heroin addiction, the move may have come with unintended consequences. Along with the loss of a massive daily radio audience, Stern has also watched as his past triumphs of a hit movie, bestselling books and huge pay-per-view television specials recede into memory.

So far, the radio personality's leap from traditional media to a niche platform has come at a heavy price -- namely, cultural relevancy. Unlike an Arianna Huffington, who vastly increased her reach on her upstart website, Stern's place in the national conversation has been reduced to a murmur in the din of the exploding entertainment universe.

"It's like Howard went from playing Madison Avenue to playing an upscale off-Broadway concert hall for a lot of money," said Tom Taylor, executive news editor at Radio-Info.com, which tracks the radio industry. "He made a Faustian bargain. He got everything he wanted in terms of money and not being bothered by the FCC, but he lost the bulk of his audience."

Even recent occurrences that only a few years ago might have driven a torrent of frenzied attention gave Stern only a momentary blip. Thanks to the Sirius-XM merger, Stern's potential satellite audience significantly broadened last week when his morning show became available to XM subscribers for the first time. And earlier this month, Stern got married for the second time, to model Beth Ostrosky.

Stern, who rarely gives interviews, and his representatives declined to comment for this article. But Sirius officials note that with their company's merger, the radio host will now be able to reach a "potential" audience of 19 million subscribers, though they would not provide exact audience numbers. (XM subscribers must pay about $4 extra per month to hear Stern.)

Radio analysts, however, estimated the actual size of Stern's daily satellite audience to be between 1 million and 2 million. (Sirius executives call those figures low because established rating services do not measure satellite radio use in each market.)

Stern's program today is much like it was. It has retained its ribald spirit and irreverent nature, and despite the enhanced autonomy, the language is only a bit more coarse and the sexual discussions slightly more explicit.

As before, the radio host and his carnival of misfit contributors riff for hours on the day's topics, which can vary from Stern's sexual appetites to sidekick Artie Lange's boorish and often out-of-control behavior. Stern's longtime radio companion Robin Quivers still delivers daily news reports, mostly about celebrities, while offbeat segments such as quizzing porn stars on current events or tickling strippers might also be featured.

"The show has a lot of sameness, though he definitely has a lot more freedom now," Taylor said. "There's a sense talking to the people who know him that he is aware that he's isolated. But he knew this would happen."

With a reduced audience, Stern's show is no longer a prime stop on the major film promotion circuit. And the A-list guests who used to submit to Stern's biting personal questions in order to hype their projects have become scarce.

Lately, his guests have been mostly fading stars, cable TV personalities and loyal friends. His summer guest list included Brad Garrett of the struggling Fox comedy " 'Til Death," Joan Rivers, Hulk Hogan, Piers Morgan ("America's Got Talent") and Ernest Borgnine. And only two stars of summer movies -- Seth Rogen of "Pineapple Express" and Verne Troyer of "The Love Guru" -- dropped by his New York City studios.

It's a far cry from previous years, when from the bully pulpit of his radio show, Stern anointed himself as "The King of All Media." Though the boast was vintage Stern and an obvious exaggeration, it was still something few could contradict. He made headlines, not to mention millions of dollars, off his bestselling books, "Miss America" and "Private Parts." "Private Parts" was adapted for the big screen, where it was a box office and critical success.

In leaving terrestrial radio, Stern also left behind an invaluable and reliable tool for self-promotion: the FCC. Over the years, the government agency hit Stern with millions of dollars in fines, generating loads of free publicity.

Without the bureaucratic foil, few of Stern's escapades generate much heat outside his specific universe.

"He's not in the news anymore, and controversies that made the news definitely helped his visibility," said Michael Harrison, editor of the talk radio trade publication Talkers. "Sometimes people equate news buzz with success."

Stern's departure didn't just cut into his cultural currency, it also hurt CBS Corp.'s bottom line.

Radio revenue for the company, which used to syndicate Stern's program to 45 major and medium markets, dropped by 10% or more in the years since Stern left. Some of the decline is due to economic conditions and increased competition, but radio analysts attribute much of the loss to Stern's absence.

Despite his diminished influence, several industry analysts warned against selling the shock jock short.

"Howard was very brave to go into a relatively new media that's still evolving," said media analyst Jeff Pollack. "It's the wave of the future, where people will find their favorite talent in a subscriber-based context."

Tom Leykis, a popular syndicated talk-radio host based in Los Angeles, maintained that Stern's historical influence outweighs his heavy drop on the buzz meter.

"I don't think you can count out Howard Stern," said Leykis, who is heard locally on KLSX-FM (97.1). "He took radio, which was akin to the used-car business, and made it a vital part of the entertainment business. Even if he does have a smaller audience in terms of his cumulative audience, that won't last forever. Terrestrial radio is hemorrhaging audience as it tries to find its place in the Digital Age, while satellite is up tremendously. Stern has defied the experts every time."

Since Stern's departure from terrestrial radio, rumors have periodically circulated that the shock jock will return to his terrestrial radio roots. Stern has dismissed the talk, but his current contract expires in 2010. What then? What if he returned to FM?

"Stations would be lining up to get him," said Harrison. "He grabbed the brass ring and is now on sabbatical from a lot of stuff that had nothing to do with his life. But if he ever wanted to return, there'd be nothing but open arms."

Victoria and David Beckham possessions stolen and sold on eBay

Victoria and David
Beckham possessions stolen and sold on eBay
David and Victoria Beckham’s servants were arrested for stealing from the couple and trying to sell the items on eBay. The housekeepers, who looked after the couple's Essex, UK, property, had worked for the couple for 10 years.Star couple David and Victoria Beckham had their personal possessions stolen and sold on eBay by their trusted housekeepers.

The soccer power couple’s housekeepers were arrested for stealing from them. The thefts were discovered when a friend of Victoria’s parents alerted them to a listing for items including soccer boots worn by LA Galaxy star David Beckham and some of the former Spice Girl’s designer clothes on the internet. David and Victoria were horrified to discover all the items up for sale on auction website eBay had been taken from their Essex property. A source said: “Tony and Jackie were tipped off about some of David and Victoria’s possessions appearing on eBay.
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"They checked it out and recognised the items as ones which had either been given to David and Victoria or bought by them and placed in their home. When they checked out the house, they discovered items matching those that were being offered for sale were missing and called in the police.” The seller claimed to be a relative of a member of staff at David’s soccer academy who had been forced to sell the items because of financial problems. Officers arrested housekeepers Eric and June Emmet on suspicion of theft before releasing them on police bail. David, 33, and Victoria, 34 – who live in Los Angeles but have flown back to the UK to deal with the incident – had employed the couple for more than 10 years.
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A friend of the Beckhams said: “David and Victoria are hugely traumatised. To think they have been betrayed by people they trusted is even more upsetting.” June, 56, insists she and her 55-year-old husband are innocent. She said: “I totally deny the allegations. This has all come as a bolt from the blue. The whole thing has taken us by surprise.”

Probe into Madonna photo complaint

Probe into Madonna photo complaint


Police are investigating after a passer-by complained of being offended by a photograph of pop star Madonna hanging in an art gallery.

Officers said they received a complaint about the photograph which shows Madonna posing on a cross and wearing a crown of thorns.

It was being displayed at the St Giles Street Gallery in Norwich as part of a feature on the work of celebrity photographer Dave Hogan.

"We are currently in the process of establishing the facts," said a Norfolk Police spokesman.

"In such circumstances we would always try and reach a solution which both upholds the principles of freedom of artistic expression and also prevent any offence being caused."

Last year police launched a similar investigation after the gallery displayed a bronze statue of Buddha next to an arrangement of a banana and two eggs.

Gallery staff agreed to turn the statue inwards so that the banana and eggs could not be seen by passers-by.

Celebrity Endorsements

I'm Sorry, But You're In The Wrong Line: The Presidential Campaign's 10 Most Surprising Celebrity Endorsements
Posted at 9:00 AM Oct 21, 2008

By Kenny Herzog

Yes, we know, you're all still reeling from NCDSUV finally throwing its support behind a presidential candidate, in the form of viral-superstar-in-the-making Eric Elvis. OK, maybe it was that whole Colin Powell bombshell that's had your jaws slacked. But fuck that guy. (What? It's not like if he wanted to hunt me down and kill me he'd be able to find the murder weapon. Ohhhh, snap.)

Even if by and large, the lines drawn amongst high-profile supporters are never as dramatic in the general election, there's been some genuinely weird-ass celebrity endorsements this campaign season, and here's the 10 that have surprised us the most.

10. Deepak Chopra
Threw His Weight Behind: Barack Obama
Should We Have Seen This Coming? You would think that the basic tenets of capitalism would appeal to a self-help guru more than most famous folks. And as such ideologies go, Obama's damn-near a Commie.
Chances He Will Swing Voters: About as likely as he and Tony Robbins squaring off for our highest office in 2012.
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9. Jon Voight
Threw His Weight Behind: John McCain
Should We Have Seen This Coming? There's a reason he and daughter Angelina Jolie have had their ups and downs. This guy's clearly got an air of humorlessness about him. Still, it no doubt hurts an entire generation's inner hippie to see the star of Midnight Cowboy ride off into his twilight years on an elephant with Sarah Palin's name. Then again, most of his fellow boomers have ballooned with self-interested glut in the ensuring years anyhow.
Chances He Will Swing Voters: Name association with his much-coveted kin might actually create a kneejerk twinge of novelty interest in McCain, which is all the more reason for Jolie to start stumping for Obama pronto.
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8. Anne Rice
Threw Her Weight Behind: Barack Obama.
Should We Have Seen This Coming? One just assumed that with her proclivity for the undead, McCain would be her kinda guy.
Chances She Will Swing Voters: The author may influence a segment of voters who happen to be swingers, but it's highly unlikely the Repubs will lose any blood over this one.
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7. Rage Against The Machine
Threw Their Weight Behind: The Troops
Should We Have Seen This Coming? Sad a commentary on our counterculture as it may be, Rage are probably commercial radio's most radical monarchs, so no one should have been bowled over by their threats to both candidates over immediate withdrawal of armed forces from Iraq.
Chances They Will Swing Voters: It's highly unlikely many Rage fans have evolved beyond surface liberal sloganeering, but this is more or less a general statement for either candidate to take into consideration post-election anyway. Or else, ya know, they'll be real mad and stuff.
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6. Wilfred Brimley
Threw His Considerable Girth Behind: John McCain
Should We Have Seen This Coming? I have no idea, but Quaker Oats will never quite taste the same again.
Chances He Will Swing Voters: Since neither candidate is really running on the incontinence platform, Brimley's effect should be drastically less culturally impacting than his moustache.
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5. Eli Roth
Threw His Weight Behind: Barack Obama
Should We Have Seen This Coming? Sure, the Hostel/Cabin Fever director may seem like a hip, teenager-friendly young member of Hollywood elite, but his films also resurrected an era of horror cinema with creepily conservative subtexts ("if you have sex and do drugs, you will die a horrible fucking death, you walking PSA shithead").
Chances He Will Swing Voters: Over a pool of shit and piss while suspended from a meathook by their necks? Very likely.
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4. Daddy Yankee
Threw His Weight Behind: John McCain
Should We Have Seen This Coming? Well, he is a fairly self-obsessed, bling-adorning reggaeton superstar, so in that regard an acknowledgment of fiscal conservatism could be understandable. But it's Daddy's whole rationale about McCain being pro-immigration and Hispanic-friendly that left his fan base befuddled.
Chances He Will Swing Voters: This will likely be moreof a self-injurious career move than a poll-booster for The Maverick.
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3. Maria Shriver
Threw Her Gaunt Frame Behind: Barack Obama
Should We Have Seen This Coming? Probably. But her history as a conscientious journalist dating back to the days when conservative cable networks weren't the norm, and her personal voting record, have been a tad bit obscured by her husband's (albeit somewhat liberally) conservative tenure over California.
Chances She Will Swing Voters: This is one for McCain to be afraid of. Very afraid. Especially since if he makes any disparaging remarks about her and makes it to office, Ah-Nuld will be back... and will terminate his $5,000 refundable tax credit's applicability on the Left Coast.
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2. Young Jeezy
Threw His Bling Behind: McCain, Er, He Meant Obama
Should We Have Seen This Coming? Which part? The dirty South rapper's eventually conclusive support of Barack or his initial sidling up to McCain on SNL, in a bizarrely misguided stab at his own cross-demographic pandering? Surely, the former would have been more readily anticipated.
Chances He Will Swing Voters: Well, it's sort of moot now, but he's just lucky his PR righted the damage-control ship in time for his album's release.
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1. Joe Eszterhas
Threw His Weight Behind: John McCain
Should We Have Seen This Coming? Yeah... all over McCain's face. Or at least that what you'd expect given the Basic Instinct/Showgirls/Jade/Flashdance scribe's resume and reputation.
Chances He Will Swing Voters: Something tells me McCain's camp is going nowhere near Eszterhas and his gesture of goodwill. Or at least not without a jizz mopper.

Michael Jackson upsets parents by moving opposite school

Michael Jackson upsets parents by moving opposite school
Michael Jackson has upset parents after moving into a mansion opposite an elementary school in Las Vegas.

The star, 50, reportedly lives just metres from the school which takes pupils aged four to 13.

Jackson was cleared of child abuse in 2005 but, despite this, parents of the 600 children at the school have complained about his choice of residence.

One parent told The Sun newspaper: "Some parents say they don't want their children near Jacko.

"They say he can see the kids getting on the school bus from his house."

Jackson moved back to Las Vegas last year with his children Prince Michael, 11, Paris, ten, and Prince Michael II, six.

According to the newspaper, Jackson is being put up by casino owner Steve Wynn who is trying to persuade the shy star to appear in a comeback show.

Those who live in the area say that the superstar has not been to the school and keeps a low profile, surrounded by a team of bodyguards.

Since the star moved, fans have been congregating outside the gates of his Spanish-style villa.

A school spokesman refused to comment.

Jackson's new compilation album King Of Pop has this week re-entered the top ten of the album chart, from 47.

The album climbed dramatically since contestants on Saturday night's TV talent show X Factor were asked to sing some of the star's hits.

King Of Pop is being released in celebration of Jackson's 50th birthday.

William Shatner lashes out at George Takei

William Shatner lashes out at George Takei
Oct. 22, 2008, 5:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- William Shatner is setting his phaser to stun against his old "Star Trek" co-star George Takei.

In a video posted on Shatner's Web site Wednesday, he lashed out at Takei for not inviting him to his wedding last month. The 77-year-old Kirk said Takei, who played Enterprise helmsman Sulu, apparently harbors a grudge against him that kept him from being invited to Takei's nuptials.

"The whole thing makes me feel badly," Shatner said in the video. "Poor man. There is such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there is a psychosis there. I don't know what his original thing about me was. I have no idea."

Takei and Brad Altman tied the knot Sept. 15. "Star Trek" alums Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig — who played Uhura and Chekhov, respectively — were among the attendees at the multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum. Takei and Altman had previously stated that Shatner was invited to their wedding, but he never RSVPed.

"It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend," Takei responded. "It is our hope that at this point he joins us in voting no on Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry in California."

Shatner said he felt he never knew Takei when they worked together on the original TV series and later in the "Star Trek" films.

The "Boston Legal" co-star also attacked Takei's decision to come out of the closet later in life, saying "Who cares? Be gay. Don't be gay. That's up to you, George."

Matt Lauer's Roast: Tom Cruise, Katie Couric, and 3 Hours of Dick Jokes

Matt Lauer's Roast: Tom Cruise, Katie Couric, and 3 Hours of Dick Jokes

Just got back from the Hilton in midtown after three hours of dick and pussy jokes from some of the biggest stars of TV and film. Over plates of rubbery chicken, with Howard Stern in the audience, with Aretha Franklin doing the most amazing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner ever (and while playing the piano herself), and with Abe Vigoda sitting on the dais and managing to stay somewhat alive, the afternoon's Friar's Roast did not disappoint.

Cameras and recording devices were not allowed, but we managed to write down the dirtiest jokes on a notepad under the table. Without further ado:

Lauer's Today buddy Al Roker was "roastmaster" (ask your parents), but before he could even get warmed up, Tom Cruise made his "surprise" entrance (which was such a surprise, it had been broken on the Internet hours earlier).

Cruise was brilliant casting, because the rollercoaster he's been on the past few years over his space-alien-worshipping religion started over two big events -- the way he jumped all over Oprah's couch expressing his love for new babe Katie Holmes, and for a confrontational interview he did in 2005 with journalistic cupcake Lauer. The Lauer interview in particular made Cruise not only appear unhinged, but it also made him look like a bully for the way he criticized Brooke Shields for turning to medication to deal with post-partum depression. (Those wacky Scientologists believe the best way to treat all maladies, particularly those of the mind, is with maximum adoration of 30's pulp fiction author, L. Ron Hubbard.)

But today, Cruise was not only a good sport for showing up to roast Lauer, he really killed. Guy was hilarious and self-deprecating. He joked about how he and Lauer were actually best buddies and went everywhere together, how they pranked Willard Scott, and how they talked on the phone four times a day (and he had slides to go with it).

"Matt has also given me some great advice," Cruise said. Things in 2005 were going great, Cruise went on. He'd just made a movie with Spielberg, and he was going to go on Oprah's show. Matt, he said, asked him what he was going to talk about. When he said he was going to talk about the movie, Matt made an "angry sigh," Tom said.

"Tom, don't be glib," Cruise said, imitating Laeur, "You're in love. Go crazy. Trust me, people will love you for it."

Tom then explained that Lauer also gave advice to Jeff Zucker (the NBC Universal CEO who was also sitting on the dais) to dump Leno, and Lauer also ran into OJ Simpson on the golf course and gave him advice as well. "Juice. Look, if those guys got your shit in Vegas... don't be a pussy, just go up to that hotel now and take it. Trust me, Juice, people will love you for it," Cruise said as Lauer, and got big laughs.

Cruise then said that his life is "going from international movie sets to amazing parties. And then from amazing parties to international movie sets. But Matt, you found happiness doing the same thing every day."

The diminutive movie idol then turned to leave, and Lauer jumped to the microphone: "Can you stay? We can get you a booster seat."

Al Roker couldn't help adding his own Cruise jab: "Tom can't stay because the space ship has to leave soon."

Cue the knowing oohs and laughter from the audience. Tom, you were lovable but we all know you belong to the wackiest of sci-fi religions.

Roker then threw out an observation that got another groan, pointing out two of the celebrities on the football-field-long dais. "Who looks more like a man, Clay Aiken or Dara Torres?"

Ouch!

"There are three things Matt and Sarah Palin have in common," Roker continued. "They each spent $150,000 on clothes in a single season. They were both screwed over by Katie Couric. And both wear women's jeans."

Roker then introduced Martha Stewart, who looked pretty out of place at a Friar's Roast. The closest she could get to raunch was saying that "I hear NBC executives call Matt the 'Cock of the Rock.'"

If she was tepid, Meredith Viera more than made up for it. Lauer's Today costar started right in with, "That motherfucker Matt Lauer," and got a big laugh.

"I am amazed that I have time for this stupidity," she said, pointing out that she does the Today show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, has three kids and a husband, and that's a lot of balls to juggle.

"Look at Katie Couric. She juggled Matt's balls for six years. That's three years per ball."

(At this point, the spectacle of a TV personality doing this kind of material had the room of 1,900 rolling.)

"She squeezed those suckers so tight, she left nothing for me. Thanks, Katie," Viera said, but she was just getting warmed up.

"People say he's so prim and proper, like he's got a stick up his ass. It's not a stick, my friends, it's Al Roker's dick."

After showing some slides from Beijing, with Lauer and Roker prancing in tights, she added: "Let' just say Al puts the 'meat' in 'meteorologist."

"I don't know if you knew this about him, but Matt is a lefty," she continued. "Which is precisely why NBC hired him." (Oh, the McCain camp is going to love that one.)

"Let's focus on Matt's numerous achievements in journalism," she said with the briefest of pauses. "OK, that's done."

She then congratulated him, and said, "I'll see you Monday, asshole."

Katie Couric was next.

"I haven't heard this much applause since CBS executives heard I was leaving," she cracked.

"There are 1900 people here, which is about the biggest audience I've had since I moved to CBS."

Also: "Al Roker, Obama's second favorite weatherman after Bill Ayers."

And: "It's great that one of Barack Obama's political advisers could make it here today. Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Williams."

And as for Sarah Palin's $150,000 on clothes? "In Eliot Spitzer dollars that's three hookers and a pony."

On that Cruise interview, and why it pained Lauer: "He wanted to be the only good-looking man in the room everyone thinks is gay."

She then did a Letterman-style Top Ten Things About Matt which were fairly funny. Some highlights:

"10. According to his wife, he's not really an early riser, if you know what I mean."

7. When Katie did the colonoscopy live on television, doctors found Matt's head.

And the best:

"2. He loves to eat Curry."

The room loved that one, and Ann Curry blanched. Great moment.

"What, Indian food! What's wrong with you people!" Katie said.

Couric was followed by Zucker, who got off a few zingers of his own. He reminisced about Bryant Gumbel leaving the Today show.

"There was the time Matt stayed for a while at Bryant's house. That must have been exciting. Two white guys talking golf."

And: "It's just good to see Matt up here and not under my desk."

And: "I don't want to say Matt is a germophobe, but he's the only guy I know who uses Purell both before and after he masturbates."

The inimitable Richard Belzer then followed Zucker, and as is his trademark, abused the audience as much as he told jokes. And the best moment came when he tried to tell his final joke and kept screwing it up.

"It's not all fluff and fluffing," he said about Lauer's lightweight reputation. Lauer had also done serious reporting, he continued. "Who could forget the time when he tracked down the exact membership..."

And that was the wrong word. So he started the joke over again. Five times. Finally, he dragged Lauer himself up to deliver the punch line:

"Who could forget the time when he tracked down the exact measurement of Ann Coulter's dick," Lauer said to a roar from the audience. Another great moment.

Comedian Jeffrey Ross was on next, and didn't disappoint. "I've never been to a show where the fat lady sings at the beginning," he said. And Aretha Franklin returned the favor with her middle finger.

Ross on Jeff Zucker: "How do you make fun of a guy who looks like his penis?"

And, to groans: "I haven't laughed this little since we roasted Terry Schiavo."

NBC anchor Brian Williams then approached the microphone after being called up by Roker -- how would he do after a killer like Ross?

"Thanks, Al. It was great to see you this morning in spandex, as it's always great to see your vagina," Williams said.

About Lauer: "I often say, a lot of the clothing you see him wear on the Today show is also available for men."

On the economy: "It's so complicated! We just say 'it's a crisis.'"

On Zucker: "He's doubled our stock. You can now buy two shares where before you could only buy one."

Williams was followed by a guy who had won some kind of roasting contest. He had one good line: "We all know Joe the Plumber, and Joe Six-Pack. Well, now we know Joe Blow. Ladies and gentlemen, Clay Aiken."

Bob Saget was next, and he noted that, like Lauer, he's 52. But Lauer is married and Saget is divorced: "Do what I'm doing, Matt. Come into the Dark Side. My next wife hasn't even been born yet.

Saget then went for the raunch. "People say if I could blow myself, I wouldn't leave the house. But if I could blow myself, I would leave the house. I'd want people to see that shit."

But for pure raunch, Saget was outdone by Gilbert Gottfried.

He had recently given Today's Asian-American cohost Ann Curry some lessons in stand-up comedy. "People ask me, does Ann Curry's pussy go sideways?" Gilbert said to gasps. But he was just getting warmed up.

Curry was dying as he started a joke, "Ann Curry told me this one. Two sisters. One sister is eating out the other sister's asshole." Curry is dying. "The first sister is eating out the second sister's asshole, and the second sister is playing the trombone with her pussy..." Believe me, the best part of that joke had already been told by that point.

He finished with: "How do you get a faggot to fuck a woman? Fill up her cunt with shit. Thank you."

Lauer finally, after a brief appearance by Pat Cooper, got his turn.

"Oh my God. I almost invited my mother."

He then pointed out that at NBC they had obituaries completed and ready to roll on 11 of the people on the dais.

And as for a December interview he has scheduled with Cruise and what happened the last time: "He pulls that shit again, I will fuck him up."

On the Friars: "They guaranteed me that nothing I said would be seen or heard, so I feel like I'm anchoring the CBS news."

As for rumors of romance with Katie: "Let me just say that I saw that colon a lot before the rest of you saw it."

And: "What's with all the small-dick jokes? It was fun to look over and see Ann Curry laughing... like she doesn't know how big my dick really is."

And finally: "As hard as I may try, I will never forget this afternoon."


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Jennifer Hudson's Mother Found Dead
UPDATE 11:26 PM ET: The suspect, William Balfour, has been taken into custody. Hudson's nephew, 7-year-old Julian King is still missing, according to WFLD-Chicago. Balfour is refusing to cooperate with cops or supply info.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jennifer Hudson's mother was one of two victims shot and killed in Chicago earlier today.

A neighbor tells TMZ the other victim was Jennifer's brother Jason. A cousin who lived nearby discovered the bodies.

We're told the two bodies were found dead on the scene at 2:44 PM. When the fire department arrived and discovered the bodies, police were brought in and the home was declared a crime scene.

A call to Hudson's rep was not immediately returned.

UPDATE 6:40 PM ET: An all points bulletin has been issued for a boy, believed to be Hudson's 7-year-old nephew (right), who may have been taken from the scene. Police are looking for 1994 white Suburban with the license plate X584859.

UPDATE 7:35 PM ET: Police are looking for William Balfour (left), who they claim could be with the missing 7-year-old. According to records, Balfour listed Hudson's mother's address as a place of residence within the last year. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, Balfour is currently on parole after serving jail time for attempted murder.

UPDATE 8:35 PM ET: Lost in all this is Jennifer's sister Julia, mother of the missing 7-year-old. We're told she works as a bus driver in Chicago. Her employer told us she worked her shift today. She hasn't been seen since.

UPDATE 9:20 PM ET: A WBBM reporter is saying that neighbors have said a family member in the Hudson household apparently tried to steal a car a few weeks ago, an argument ensued, and he vowed revenge. A photo on Julia's MySpace page (bottom) posted prior to today's events alludes to some kind of dispute with William over a car.

The 10 Most Offensive Celebrity Racist Rants

Looking to ruin your career? Follow the misguided example of these 10 loose-lipped celebs.

10. Shaquille O’Neal – “Ching chong!”

In 2002, Shaq-Fu said, “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.’” Rough translation: “I’m insecure because you’ll be the center of attention in five years.”

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9. John Wayne – “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”

The Duke dropped this bomb in a 1971 interview with Playboy. Shocking considering that manifest destiny was a plot point in half of his films.
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8. Ice Cube – “Stringy hair / no derrier / frontin’ and fakin’ with your silicone pair.”

Shocking words from the star of Are We There Yet?. Big Worm should’ve flattened Cube for his remarks about Korean-Americans (“Black Korea”) and white women (“Cave Bitch”).
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7. Michael Jackson – “[Jewish people] suck…they’re like leeches.”

MJ took narcissistic conspiracy theories to another level when he accused Jewish people of plotting his financial downfall. Certainly, his ranch, legal bills and Invincible money pit had nothing to do with it.
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6. Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder – “The black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way.”

In January 1988, the sportscaster took a stab at genetics saying, “The black athlete was bred to be the better athlete.” As far as how many drinks he’d consumed that evening? We’ll take the over.
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5. Jesse Jackson – “Hymietown.”

Rule #1 of politics: When you’re running for president, don’t insult an entire religion (Judaism) or a city of 7 million people (New York).
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4. Fuzzy Zoeller – “Tell him not to serve fried chicken next year.”

Not sure if that “little boy” Tiger Woods served chicken and collards, or if he wore the green jacket at the Masters’ Champions Dinner. But it’s a safe bet that Zoeller rocked a white hood.
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3. Axl Rose – “Immigrants and faggots / They make no sense to me.”

The lead singer of Guns N’ Roses won the Bigot Triple Crown with 1989’s “One in a Million”—xenophobia, homophobia and racism in less than four minutes.

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A Decade of Internet Superstars: Where Are They Now?
Whatever happened to the Evolution of Dance guy or that kid who loved Britney Spears so much he cried for her under his sheet? We'll fill you in on what happened to them and other Web celebrities when their 15 minutes of fame ended.

Internet Sensations: Ah, Fleeting Fame

The Internet has transformed the world -- connecting cultures, streamlining commerce and revolutionizing communication. Oh yeah, and turning dudes bawling about Britney into international celebrities. Not unlike a mosquito-infested swamp, the Web has been a rich breeding ground of viral phenomena. But no sooner do they become worldwide stars than these cicada-lived celebs cease to exist. Or so it might seem.

I tracked down some of the Internet's biggest overnight/one-night sensations to see what they've been up to since their 15 minutes on the Warhol clock expired. Some have settled into lives of quiet anonymity; others are now making grand livings off their Net-based notoriety.

But enough talk -- ninjas, dancers and a Turkish guy who just wants a kiss await. Start clicking and get caught up.

-- by JR Raphael, PC World

Sean Connery Confirms Retirement Status

Sean Connery Confirms Retirement Status
For movie fans, few things are as much fun as simply saying the name of a veteran actor and pondering all the great films they’ve given us. With that in mind, I’ll quite simply drop a name: Sean Connery.

Recently, MTV News had an extremely rare meeting with the 78-year-old actor, who hasn’t made a proper film in nearly six years and by most accounts has permanently retreated to his home in the Bahamas (ironically enough, near where Daniel Craig filmed “Casino Royale”). During an A.F.I. tribute to such all-time classic films as “The Apartment” and “American Beauty,” Connery was in attendance to present his 1975 classic “The Man Who Would Be King.”

Needless to say, it was an absolute thrill to simply share a few words with the man who gave us “The Untouchables,” “Highlander,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and all those great Bond films. But a question about “King” had Connery insisting that he doesn’t consider any of those performances to be his greatest.

“I don’t think in that way,” he explained in his famous Scottish brogue. “In any of any of the movies, you know?”

After he said no thanks (some would say wisely) to “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and had a kidney tumor removed a few years back, rumors of declining health were inevitable. But seeing Connery in person, he still seemed to be healthy and energetic enough to step in front of the camera again someday.

Unfortunately, when I asked the movie legend about his current status, he shut the door on acting once and for all. “Am I retired?” he repeated. “Oh yes.”

What will you miss most about Sean Connery’s acting? In your opinion, what is his best film?

Porn's Pied Piper: Deep Throat Director Dies

Porn's Pied Piper: Deep Throat Director Dies

The movie had no-name stars — in fact, fake-name stars: Herb Streicher was going by Harry Reems, and Linda Boreman by Linda Lovelace. The writer-director, a Bronx hairdresser who'd never done a porno feature before, called himself Jerry Gerard. This was early 1972, and the people making hardcore sex movies considered themselves lucky to exhibit their wares legally, let alone have their real names on them. All "Gerard" had was a cute idea for a porno comedy, and a leading lady with a special talent. He also wanted to change the movie's title, from The Sword Swallower. The producer objected that no one would understand the new title. "Don't worry," the director replied. "Deep Throat will become a household word."
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Every once in a while, an artist gets an inspiration that changes pop culture. Even if he's a slop artist, and the inspiration is a movie about a woman with a clitoris in her throat. Such a one was Gerard Rocco Damiano, aka Jerry Gerard, who died this weekend in Fort Myers, Fla., at 80, from complications after a stroke. With Deep Throat and his second film, Devil in Miss Jones, Damiano launched the 1970s movie craze of porno chic.

Deep Throat — whose $25,000 budget was covered by Louis "Butchie" Peraino, the son of a made man in New York City's Columbo mob family — went on to earn tens of millions of dollars. Maybe more: the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat puts the take at an extremely improbable $600 million. Anyway, it was quite a haul. One federal agent quoted a Peraino underling as saying of the Deep Throat take: "We've got so much money ... we don't even count it any more.... We weigh it."

As important as the profits were to the Mafia boys, and to FBI sleuths tracking their loot, Deep Throat did more. Long before home video, it took the recently legalized porn films out of the gutter and into the mainstream. It was the Citizen Kane of porn. Because of Deep Throat, the hardcore movie became a must-see item for the glamorati, a topic for serious debate in newspapers and magazines (including TIME; see the 1973 article "Wonder Woman") and a fun date for ordinary couples who'd never seen a sex movie.

For TV comics, Damiano's film was a grail: a Buttofuoco- or Lewinsky-like solid laugh line. "This is kinda strange country, isn't it?" asked Johnny Carson at the time when the movie was challenging Watergate as the topic du jour. "Judges can see Deep Throat but they can't listen to those [Nixon] tapes." Bob Hope said, "I went to see Deep Throat cause I'm fond of animal pictures. I thought it was about giraffes." When Bob Hope makes a joke about your porno movie, you've arrived.

What was all the fuss about? An hour-long raunch fest that was part slapstick comedy, part carnal carnival: it's a burlesque routine (Reems as a doctor, wisecracking like Groucho Marx) wrapped around a sideshow freak stunt (Lovelace's bedroom trick of controlling her gag reflex so she could perform glottal fellatio — a glo-job). "You had to be there," he said in Inside Deep Throat. "I'm thrilled that I was there. And I thank God I had a camera." Damiano gave this movie the tone of a mildly bright comedy, with an underscoring full of broadly ironic pop music, including a version of Mickey and Sylvia's "Love Is Strange" with naughtier lyrics. The movie, for which Lovelace was paid $1,200, and Reems $250, made both of them famous/notorious. Reems was found guilty of obscenity by a Memphis jury; the conviction was overturned on appeal.

Facebook Pictures Show Married U2 Singer Bono's Rendezvous With Sexy Teens

Busted: Facebook Pictures Show Married U2 Singer Bono's Rendezvous With Sexy Teens
The curse of Facebook has now hit U2 lead singer Bono.

Pictures of the 48-year-old rocker with his arm around two bikini-clad teenagers in St Tropez were posted on the popular social site complete with diary details.

Bono was on vacation with long-time friend Simon Carmody, a musician and former member of Irish band Golden Horde.

The Irishmen met up with two 19-year-olds, American fashion student Andrea Feick and her British friend Hannah Emerson.

Feick said their relationship had never crossed the line beyond friendship. "For somebody who's much older than I am ... no thank you," she said.

The images show Bono wearing his trademark hat and sunglasses while drinking with the two girls at the Nikki Beach bar in St Tropez.

Later that evening, they took a stroll along the beach, then made their way to a luxury yacht, thought to be the Cyan, a $12 million, 140ft yacht with six cabins owned by U2 guitarist The Edge.

Bono, Carmody and the girls partied into the night on the yacht.

Bono's 26-year marriage to wife Ali is famously strong

Ex-Scientologist Says Tom Cruise Bribed Judges

Back in July, Paul Barressi,

A former Scientologist named Peter Letterese is suing Tom Cruise and his favorite religion for $265 million. According to Fishbowl LA, Letterese's charges include allegations that "Cruise and Scientology bribed and improperly influenced a federal judge, a Florida state judge and a federal bankruptcy trustee to tie up his original law suit in bankruptcy court." Those are serious charges, and there's no word of proof, so you might be excused for thinking Letterese is a wacko. Then again, there was that earlier incident when Scientologists tried to convince Letterese's wife that he was gay, allegedly:

a private investigator who works for Tom Cruise, gave the Daily News court papers of Letterese's allegations, including this:

[ex-Scientologist Peter] Letterese claims a member of the church phoned his lawyer at home, and when the lawyer's wife answered, said he was her husband's homosexual lover.

Oscar-winning producer John Daly dies at 71

LOS ANGELES – John Daly, the British-born producer of 13 Oscar-winning movies including "Platoon" and "The Last Emperor" who helped launch the careers of many A-list directors and actors, has died. He was 71.

Daly, who was chairman of Film and Music Entertainment Inc., died Friday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after struggling with cancer, said his daughter, Jenny Daly.

Under Daly's stewardship, Hemdale produced more than 100 films that grossed more than $1.5 billion.

Over a career that spanned four decades, Daly helped to produce films that earned 13 Oscars for Best Picture and 21 Oscar nominations, as well as numerous Golden Globes and other awards.

Daly's companies boosted the career starts of seminal directors such as Oliver Stone ("Platoon," "Salvador"), Bernardo Bertolucci ("The Last Emperor") and Robert Altman ("Images"), as well as actors Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Julia Roberts.

"John was truly a giant in the industry who changed filmmaking for the better," said Lawrence Lotman, chief financial officer and acting chief executive officer of Film and Music Entertainment Inc., in a statement.

Oscar-winning producer John Daly dies at 71

Born in London, Daly joined with British actor David Hemmings in 1967 to form Hemdale, a company that managed rock bands such as Yes and Black Sabbath.

Hemdale later became a leading independent film producer and distributor in Great Britain with movies such as "Tommy," according to a biography issued by Film and Music Entertainment Inc.



Since 2003, Daly had been at the helm of Film and Music Entertainment Inc. In 2004, he produced, co-wrote and directed "The Aryan Couple," starring Martin Landau, which received awards at film festivals around the world.

He is survived by three sons, Michael, Julian and Timothy, and one daughter.

Holly Madison Talks Hefner Break Up, Calls Hef "High Maintenance"

Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner's girlfriend of seven years, came only to "Extra's" special correspondent Alison Waite to talk about her heartbreaking split from the Playboy mogul. "I'm just kind of sad about my breakup with Hef. I wish he would've seen it coming," Madison admitted.

Madison continued, "Everybody was surprised when it happened because even though I was unhappy for a long time, the split happened suddenly...The signs were there. I was depressed for awhile."

Madison revealed one of the reasons for the break-up saying, "I want to be with somebody I can have more of a future with eventually. Hef and I can't get married and have kids...so it was fun while it lasted but it wasn't right for my old age. I got too old for Hef."

Madison has "been staying in the guest room. Hef was kind enough not to kick me out of the house....but my condo should be finished [soon]..."

As for her current relationship with Hefner, Madison explained, "I still work for him. We're still best friends. I still call and check in on him almost everyday."

Holly Madison Talks Hefner Break Up, Calls Hef "High Maintenance"
When Waite asked about Hefners's new girlfriends,

"He does not waste any time but I'm happy for him. I want him to be busy and happy and having fun."

Madison admitted, "It might be refreshing to date someone who is not high maintenance. Sorry, Hef, you know you're high maintenance. I love you but you know you're high maintenance."


PLUS - Over the weekend, Waite caught up with Madison who was hand in hand with rumored new love, Criss Angel, at his new Cirque Du Soleil show, Believe, in Las Vegas. So, are Madison and Angel officially a couple? Angel exclaimed, "You want the exclusive? We're good friends and we love spending time with each other." Waite responded, "I hope you can get some benefits as far as being friends" Angel said, "Friends with benefits. Yeah!"

the Obama or McCain? Let a totally unqualified celebrity decide!

By Michael O'Connell, Special to Metromix

On Tuesday, November 4, your country will ask you to choose who will lead her for the next four years. It’s your privilege, it’s your responsibility, it’s… wait, celebrities already decided who we should vote for!

Yes, with a public platform comes the intoxicating thrill of standing on your soapbox and telling people exactly how you feel—whether you make sense or not. The 2008 election will probably be remembered as much for its glut of famous folks stumping for their candidates of choice as the candidates themselves, so here's a look at some of the most politically motivated celebs to come out of the partisan woodwork.

Kate Winslet 'Furious' Over Body Airbrush Claims

Just a day after Kate Winslet revealed in a Vanity Fair interview that she still feels like the "fat kid," critics in her home country are lining up to claim she still is.

But the svelte five-time-Oscar-nominee isn't having it: "Kate is furious at suggestions that her body has been airbrushed," her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The Sun ponders on its front page whether "that magic airbrush has been at work again" and the Daily Telegraph got a digital retouching expert to analyze the photos. But the closest scrutiny comes from the Daily Mail, which engaged a professional airbrush artist to perform an autopsy on Winslet, who was shot wearing heels, black stockings and nothing else.

"She is in terrific shape and what you see is how she looks or she would never have agreed to pose for those shots," adds her rep.

Kate Winslet 'Furious' Over Body Airbrush Claims

Why the British furor over the 33-year-old mom-of-two? In early 2003 Britain's GQ magazine – a stablemate of Vanity Fair – ran digitally "slimmed" photos of Winslet that drew much criticism. Within days Winslet apologized.

"I just didn't want people to think I was a hypocrite and that I'd suddenly lost 30 lbs. or whatever," the youngest ever five-time Oscar nominee said at the time. "So I just came out and said, 'Look, I don't look like that'. I'm not mad at the magazine, but I have no intention of looking like that."

Winslet's rep does admit that minor tweaks were done to the actress for the photoshoot but insists the work was confined to skin shades only.

"The only retouching was the usual work on skin tone that happens in every glamour shoot," adds the rep.

Author Michael Crichton Has 'Died Unexpectedly'

Prolific novelist and "ER" creator Michael Crichton has passed away. He was 66.

Perhaps best known for being the author of Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, which were turned into a hugely successful movie franchise, his numerous books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.

In what his family calls an unexpected death, it was revealed that he was waging a private battle against cancer.

Author Michael Crichton Has 'Died Unexpectedly'

"While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes," his family tells ET.

"He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."

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