Archive for December 2008

Toni Braxton’s Autism PSA

In a new Public Service Announcement, Toni Braxton urges people to learn more about the warning signs of autism.

Braxton is speaking from experience. Her 5 year old son, Diezel, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Diezel appears in the ad with his mom, as she points out that one in 150 children are now diagnosed with the developmental disorder.

“Our partnership with the Ad Council has already resulted in a remarkable increase in awareness of autism, and we are confident that Toni’s star power and her courage in participating in this campaign will lead to even greater success,” says Alison Singer, executive vice president of communications and awareness for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization. 

Visit autismspeaks.org to learn more.

Obama Most Fascinating In 2008

Barack Obama was named Barbara Walters’ most fascinating person of the year for making history as the first African-American elected president.

No. 2: Tom Cruise, who talked about wife Katie Holmes:
“She is just magic. And I really think that all men should celebrate their women. … They should all jump on couches for them. … When you find that woman, you should absolutely be unabashed about it. That’s how I feel about it.”

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took the third slot. Walters said Palin fascinated the public as she went from white-hot star to a tarnished disappointment. Palin did not talk with Walters for the special.

Actor Frank Langella ranked No. 4 for his upcoming role as President Nixon in Nixon/Frost. Walters predicts he will get an Oscar nomination. Thomas Beatie — a.k.a. the “pregnant man” — was No. 5.
The rest: Rush Limbaugh (No. 6);  Tina Fey (No. 7); Miley Cyrus (No. 8); Michael Phelps (No. 9); Will Smith (No. 10).

OJ Slapped With 15 to 33 Years

O.J. Simpson has been sentenced to 15 to 33 years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel armed robbery by a judge who rejected his apology and said, “It was much more than stupidity.”

Simpson stood stone-faced Friday when Judge Jackie Glass handed down his punishment after he pleaded with her that he didn’t mean to steal from anybody when he tried to retrieve memorabilia, the Associated Press reports.

He appeared near tears as he told that he was “sorry and confused” before going into a rambling and emotional 5-minute declaration.

“I didn’t want to steal anything from anyone … I’m sorry, sorry,” he said.

The judge said her sentence in the Las Vegas case had nothing to do with Simpson’s 1995 Read more

Boy George Guilty Of False Imprisonment

Boy George has been convicted of false imprisonment of a male escort.

Audun Carlsen said the musician beat him with a metal chain as he tried to escape from his apartment after a naked photo shoot.

The singer, real name George O’Dowd, was found guilty by a jury today.

O’Dowd did not testify but the court heard he told cops he handcuffed Mr Carlsen to his bed.

The incident occurred last year when O’Dowd claimed he was investigating alleged tampering with his computer that he believed was done by Read more

A-Rod: Madonna Is My Friend

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez commented for the first time on his relationship with Madonna.

“We’re friends,” Rodriguez says.

Asked if there is any romance between them at all, Rodriguez reiterates, “We’re friends – that’s it.”

Are the two carrying on a romantic relationship and flying around the country in order to spend time together? “I can tell you this,” Rodriguez tells People Magazine, “I have never Read more

Tom Cruise Bought Katie Engagement Ring After First Date

Tom Cruise says he bought Katie Holmes her engagement after the first date.

“I knew I wanted to marry Kate when I met her,” he says in the Dec. 7 issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, in which he and Kate split covers for the “Holiday/Reinvention” issue.

When Holmes told him that she dreamed of marrying Read more