October 10, 2008

Here's what's hitting theaters today:
-- Body of Lies - Russell Crowe and Leonardo Dicaprio lend some serious star power to this drama about a CIA agent who's looking to bust up a terrorist group in Jordan. Rated R.

-- The Express - Based on the true story of Ernie Davis, the first black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Rob Brown plays Davis. Dennis Quaid also stars. Rated PG.

-- Quarantine - In this horror flick, a TV news crew goes to an apartment building on a routine 911 call and finds themselves quarantined and cut off from the outside world. Jennifer Carpenter (from Dexter) stars. Rated R.

-- City of Ember - Billy Murray and Tim Robbins star in this movie based on the popular children's books. The great lamps that illuminate the city of Ember are starting to flicker and two teens must race against time to help the citizens. Rated PG.

Want a sneak-peek at Oprah on 30 Rock?

STAR Artist John Mayer recently took time from being mopey about his Jennifer Aniston break-up to cheer up some of our troops. John spent the day with Marines in North Carolina where he visited soldiers wounded in Iraq, fired a machine gun and sparred (fought) with soldiers in the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. He told me over the phone, “Believe me when I say that the day was life-changing."

Apparently STAR Artist Madonna is an equal opportunity diva – she doesn’t just act like a diva to underlings, but to other musicians as well. Swedish pop star Robyn was asked to open for Madonna at a couple shows and she tells me her and her crew were told, “not to approach Madonna, not to speak to Madonna and, above all, no pictures.” Robyn told me her worst fear was she’d turn into a Madonna.

STAR Artist Janet Jackson recently scrapped a bunch of shows due to a mystery illness but now she’s back and raring to go. She’ll resume her Rock Witchu tour tomorrow night. Her publicist told me, “Janet, who has been under her doctor's care and recuperating over the last week, is excited about getting back on the road and again being able to share with her fans what she feels is one of her best stage shows ever.”

A lot of STAR Artist Lifehouse’s songs are inspired by the lead singer Jason’s personal life – but their latest hit, Broken, is inspired by the life of one of Jason’s best friends. This particular friend needs a kidney transplant and is living on a dialysis machine, which isn’t easy or pleasant. "It really was disturbing to see him in this place, but inspiring at the same time, just to see how he could continue to wake up in the morning and grin through his pain, I guess."

Angelina Jolie looks great, especially considering she just had twins. But what makes her beautiful figure even more amazing is the kind of food she eats. Apparently she LOVES junk food like pizza, French fries, ice cream and Hot Pockets and was eating so much her OB-GYN told her she had to start making better eating decisions. Angelina can eat as much junk as she wants. She loses all her weight chasing her 38 kids around the house.

Up until now, STAR Artist Colbie Caillat had been living with her parents. But that’s all changing because Colbie and her sister are buying a house together – so it’ll be Colbie, her sis and her sister’s fiancĂ© all under one roof. She told me, “I didn't want to live by myself, so we're helping each other out -- it's perfect."

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