Thursday, March 27, 2008
SOCIALITE heiress Paris Hilton and her rock star boyfriend Benji Madden went wild while visiting South Africa, it has been revealed.
Following the couple's departure, local media reports in South Africa's paper The Times say Hilton and Madden went on a safari adventure at the Aquila Private Game Reserve, near Cape Town.
The glamorous couple spent a few days in the honeymoon suite at the plush game reserve, and the Good Charlotte band also went along for the ride.
Sources say the group were on the lookout for the Big Five to provide some "wild adventure" on their visit to the African continent. The pair were in South Africa for the My Coke Fest music festival.
Hilton and Madden went on long game drives, viewed Khoi San rock art and got up-close-and-personal with the large herds of game at the luxury reserve.
Aquila owner Searl Derman told The Times he was pleased the resort was the chosen place for celebrities and VIPs to hide out and experience a Big Five safari while visiting Cape Town.
After Africa, Hilton and Madden touched down in Munich, where they were seen dressing like a reflection of each other.UK tabloid The Sun then reports Hilton was seen out n' about partying back in Hollywood until the early hours with girl pals from hit lesbian TV show The L Word at posh nightspot Falcon.
Hilton was snapped with an unusual hairstyle dubbed 'The Mr Whippy do'.An onlooker said: "It was a rather unusual and daring hairdo. Not many people could pull it off."
The pregnant 16-year-old sister of troubled pop star Britney Spears is engaged, it was reported Tuesday.
People magazine reported that Jamie Lynn Spears -- the star of the US television show "Zoey 101" whose pregnancy last year sparked a nationwide debate -- has been showing off an engagement ring to friends.
Her fiance is the father of her baby, boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, People said. "She's got an engagement ring," a source close to Spears told People. "She's been showing it off, talking about it."
News of Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy last year came as her more famous elder sister battled for custody of her own two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline amid allegations of being an unfit mother.
Soon after confirmation of the pregnancy, Spears' mother Lynne shelved plans for a a book on parenting.
Lynne Spears had been due to release "Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World" via publisher Thomas Nelson next month.
A guest appearance by Britney Spears gave the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" its highest viewership of the season on Monday, and assures the modest performer will be renewed for a fourth season in the fall.
"Mother" pulled in about 10.6 million viewers, a huge spike from its season-to-date average of 7.8 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Critics were relatively impressed. "Spears proved she can act every bit as well as she can sing," wrote the New York Daily News. "Brit looked slim, (OK she was behind a desk), trim and gorgeous," wrote the New York Post.
"Mother" was the fourth-highest-rated show of the evening, and CBS won the night (averaging 12.5 million viewers), even as the rest of its comedy lineup dropped slightly from last week's record-setting return to original episodes.
Spears, whose professional achievements have been engulfed by an avalanche of marital, health and legal woes in recent years, played a dermatology office secretary named Abby. She said in a statement issued two weeks ago, while shooting her scenes, that she was having "a blast."
"How I Met Your Mother," narrated through flashbacks from the future, stars Josh Radnor as a man who is joined in his quest for true love by his lecherous pal, played by Neil Patrick Harris.
Facebook's recent effort to improve user privacy controls didn't quite work.
following Facebook's deployment of improved privacy controls last week, Byron Ng, a computer technician from Vancouver, British Columbia, began testing whether the privacy controls worked.
It turns out they didn't. Ng was able to pull up private pictures of Paris Hilton at the Emmy Awards and of her brother Barron Nicholas, along with other access-restricted pictures, according to The Associated Press.
The AP said it verified Ng's claim by accessing a personal photo that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had posted in 2005.
A spokesperson for Facebook said in an e-mail that the privacy hole was a bug and that it was fixed immediately. "We take privacy very seriously and continue to make enhancements to the site," the spokesperson said.
Facebook and other social networking sites have continued to prosper despite ongoing warnings about the risks of revealing too much information online.
In a blog post over the weekend, Petko D. Petkov, founder of security consulting firm GnuCitizen, calls social networks an "extremely bad idea from a security standpoint." He warns that the proliferation of personal information in social networking profiles enables malicious identity attacks, which he calls "evil twin attacks."
Last week, the Children's Charities' Coalition for Internet Safety, a U.K.-based group, published an open letter asking U.K. government officials to make it illegal for companies and educational institutions to scan social networking profiles for information that might be used to influence hiring or admission decisions.
The group acknowledged that using the Internet to gather publicly available information can be beneficial for companies and educational institutions, but it worried that pursuing such research avenues as a matter of course might disadvantage those who don't participate online. It also expressed concern that unverified information, information taken out of context, or information intended to be private might unduly influence hiring or admissions procedures.
Social networking sites have also weathered repeated criticism for not doing enough to keep sexual predators away from their sites. In October, Facebook, in response to an investigation initiated by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, said it would implement new measures to protect against sexual predators, obscene content, and harassment.
The one thing you can say about Paris Hilton – she's consistent. If she can blow it – she will.
And if she can patronize her hosts at the same time, that's 'ok' for a girl tirelessly brushing up her reputation as the ultimate in dumb blondes.
The heiress, jailbird, porn video star, TV presenter, and socialite's latest 'Doh!' moment came on a whirlwind tour of Africa with beau Benji Madden and his band Good Charlotte.
Bad – she gushed to waiting pressmen: "I love Africa in general - South Africa and West Africa, they are both great countries."
As most 11th graders could tell her, South Africa IS a country. West Africa is not.
West Africa is a 3 billion square mile area made up of 16 countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Fortunately as the band played at My Coke Fest 2008, she was able to overcome any suggestions of her being a lightweight by visiting a local school in Johannesburg and handing out much needed photos of herself in a white bikini.
Then she was guest of honor at a VIP party she arranged to honor… Paris Hilton.
Next she is visiting Germany, Turkey, and Hungary and the Czech Republic – wherever they are.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
NBC is pumping up the return of "My Name is Earl" with a guest shot by Paris Hilton.
Hilton appears as herself in a dream sequence. Earl has been knocked unconscious and various things from his life and imagination are bleeding into his fevered mind.
Her appearance will come in the one-hour episode on April 3 that is the first new material following the writers strike settlement, NBC said.
"When we wrote the role of Paris Hilton in the script, we weren't exactly sure who to go with for the role," said Greg Garcia, the show's executive producer. "But after an exhausting search we finally settled on a relatively unknown actress by the name of Paris Hilton."
Hilton has just finished work on the movie "Repo: The Genetic Opera."
Dina Lohan took a lot of heat for managing daughter Lindsay Lohan's rise to stardom and U.S. television viewers now can watch as she shepherds 14-year-old daughter Ali into a show business career.
A new program, "Living Lohan" promises to take audiences inside the suburban New York home of Dina and Ali, starting this summer on E!, the cable TV network said on Tuesday.
The premiere date has yet to be set and the show's name is still a "working title" but E! said the program will "follow Dina as she works double duty as mom and manager to help Ali try to follow in her big sister's famous footsteps."
And those are big -- but not always glamorous -- footsteps.
Lindsay Lohan, 21, began modeling as a child and created a name for herself as an up-and-coming teenage actress in Disney movies such as "The Parent Trap," "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls."
As she entered her late teens, Lohan undertook more difficult roles and earned critical praise in films such as "A Prairie Home Companion" from legendary director Robert Altman.
But last year, Lohan's personal life took a tumble as she battled drug and alcohol abuse and was arrested twice by local law enforcement officials.
She wrecked her car in Beverly Hills in May, and two months later was involved in a car chase. In both cases, she possessed a small amount of cocaine. By August, Lohan was in treatment at a rehab facility in Utah. In recent months she has mostly stayed out of Hollywood's limelight.
Dina Lohan came under criticism for, perhaps, allowing her daughter to live a late-night life of Hollywood club-hopping, and E! acknowledged she has faced "intense scrutiny"
But Lisa Berger, executive vice president of original programming for E!, said Dina Lohan "is an incredibly hard-working, passionate mom that I think our viewers will find both relatable and highly entertaining."
E! said it had been given unprecedented access to the Lohan family.
Ali, whose real name is Aliana, also began modeling as a child and has some limited acting experience appearing in small roles in movies such as "The Parent Trap." There are also two Lohan bothers -- Cody, 11, and Michael, 20.