Celebrity news

July 01, 2004

Britney Spears engaged to dancer

NEW YORK (AP) - This time, she's marrying for love, Britney Spears said of her recent engagement to dancer Kevin Federline.

"Marrying Kevin was the last thing I was thinking about doing," Spears tells People magazine in its July 12 issue. "But then I said, 'You know what? This is my life and I don't care what people think. I'm going to get married. I'm in love with him."'

Spears, 22, and Federline, 26, began dating a few months ago, after her Las Vegas wedding to childhood friend Jason Alexander in January. That marriage was annulled 55 hours later.

"I kissed a bunch of frogs and finally found my prince," says Spears. "I feel like I've found my happily ever after."


Federline performed as a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake, Spears' former boyfriend.

Men aren't beating a path to Kidman's door

LONDON (AP) - Being a single mother makes it difficult to find a mate - even when you're Nicole Kidman.

"I'm hoping to meet someone and be happy with them. But that's not as easy as it sounds. I'm a 37-year-old woman with two children. Men aren't beating a path to my door," she said in an interview published Wednesday in the latest issue of Now magazine.

"I don't want to sound like a woman from a lonely hearts club and I don't want to advertise. The children are my priority. I take them around with me - movies or baseball games or local shows - and that's not so appealing for any new man on the scene, is it?" she said.

The Oscar-winning star of "The Hours" has been single since breaking up with rock star Lenny Kravitz earlier this year.

She denied rumors that she might get back together with ex-husband Tom Cruise, with whom she split in 2001. The pair share custody of their children, 11-year-old Isabella and 9-year-old Connor.

Lawmakers want to honor Bob Hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bob Hope was known for his overseas jaunts to entertain troops, but two congressman want to honor him for his first trip - to America.

Hope was 4 when his family left England for the United States, passing through New York's Ellis Island as millions of other immigrants did.

As the anniversary of his death approaches, the congressmen want to rename the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum as the Bob Hope Memorial Library.

"Bob Hope held a special place in his heart for Ellis Island," Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, and Elliot Engel, D-N.Y., wrote other members of Congress last week.

The lawmakers planned to announce the proposal when the House of Representatives returns to work Tuesday.

Lindsay Lohan to endorse handbags

NEW YORK (AP) - Lindsay Lohan's face, already seemingly everywhere, will now be the face of Dooney & Bourke, the handbag designer.

Dooney & Bourke announced Tuesday that Lohan will lead their national ad campaign for their upcoming new collections.

Lohan, who turns 18 Friday, starred in "Mean Girls," "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Freaky Friday." She also hosted the MTV Movie Awards on June 10.

The heart and charm handbag collections, made of waterproof canvas and trimmed in leather, will be available in August.

Howard Stern show in 9 new markets

NEW YORK (AP) - Howard Stern's radio show is expanding to nine new markets, including four where his show was taken off the air over indecency concerns.

Stern's syndicated morning program will air on stations in Houston; San Diego; Tampa, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Orlando, Fla.; Austin, Texas; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Fresno, Calif., all owned by Infinity Broadcasting.

In February, Clear Channel Communications - the nation's largest radio chain - dropped the popular shock jock from its stations in Rochester, Orlando, San Diego, Pittsburgh and two other markets after complaints by federal regulators.

Ed McMahon teaming up with Alf

NEW YORK (AP) - Ed McMahon has found the unlikeliest of talk-show hosts to replace Johnny Carson: Alf, the alien from the planet Melmac.

McMahon will be announcing "Heeeere's Alf!" on a half-hour special scheduled to air July 7 on TV Land, the cable channel said.

"Alf's Hit Talk Show" will rely on the tried and true format of a late-night talk show with monologue, banter and guests - with one significant alteration: an alien from a popular '80s TV sitcom as host.

Alf will be joined by guests Dennis Franz of "NYPD Blue" and comedian Drew Carey, with special appearances by Joan Rivers and Henry Winkler.

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