December 30, 2008

What do the two David’s (Cook and Archuleta) say was the best part of their incredible 2008? Can either David even begin to choose a highlight of the year? Well, yes. Both mention the American Idol tour as one of their greatest experiences of the past year -- especially Cook, who got off on the fact that he played two sold-out shows in his Kansas City hometown to an audience that included former girlfriends and people who said he'd never amount to anything. For Archie, actually being offered a record deal just hours after he lost the competition pretty much blew him away. He says, "It was just like, 'Whoah!''s really crazy to see how much has happened this year that I wasn't expecting to happen." I know, David Archuleta said “Whoah.” Shocking :)

Big news coming out late yesterday – Sarah Palin’s 18 year-old daughter Bristol has welcomed a baby son with her boyfriend Levi Johnston. The baby came into the world Saturday at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s name? Yes, just as peculiar as Bristol, Piper, Willow or Trig. The new son’s name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. According to a family member, "The baby is fine, and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited."

Speaking of babies...
Tom Cruise wants to have more kids with Katie Holmes. How many more? How about seven? He told me, "I want ten children. I love kids. I feel really fortunate to have the teenagers and a two-and-a-half-year-old. It's a great dynamic." He also told me he’s done talking publicly about Scientology. “That's it, no more - go to the Scientology website."

Speaking of even MORE babies...
Angelina Jolie has reportedly been told she should not have any more biological babies for health reasons. However, it's doubtful such a threat will deter the paparazzi from stalking her belly.

Woody Harrelson tied the knot with Laura Louie, his girlfriend of 20 years, in Maui on Sunday. Congrats you two!

Kate Winslet isn't afraid to show skin on the big screen, Titanic being one example. She currently appears nude in the drama The Reader, which is playing in limited release. Kate told me nudity sometimes is part of an actor's job description, but she adds that she's only naked in the first third of the movie. In the movie she plays a former SS officer who has an affair with a 15-year-old boy in 1950s Germany. Ralph Fiennes also stars in the movie.

STAR Artist Timbaland's new CD “Shock Value 2” will reportedly hit stores February 14th. According to sources, the first single, "Meltdown," features STAR Artists Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake, and will be released next week. The other guest stars who are reported to be included on the album are The Jonas Brothers, Usher, Keri Hilson, STAR Artist Jordin Sparks, Madonna, Rihanna, T.I., Linkin Park, Jay-Z and Akon.

I would imagine there’s not a lot of stuff that makes STAR Artist U2’s Bono nervous. He’s been lots of places, seen lots of terrible things, helped impoverished nations… But he recently told me he’s shaking in his boots about one specific thing in his life: U2’s new CD. The guys in U2 still worry whether or not people are going to like their music, "Sure, you're always nervous, but we've gone at it as if it was our first." Bono added that, with this new CD, U2 is, "going after the younger audience this time." has released its year-end list of the best-selling products of 2008, and it's no surprise that STAR Artist Coldplay’s album "Viva La Vida" was the online retailer's top-selling music item of the year.

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