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Winehouse husband sentence confusion


blake.jpgPity the showbiz press pack.

About 30 reporters and TV presenters packed into an east London courtroom earlier this week to hear the sentencing of Amy Winehouse’s husband for attacking a pub landlord and then trying to cover up the crime.

Blake Fielder-Civil pleaded guilty to both charges, so the story was whether he would be handed a jail term or let off with a warning. He had already spent about nine months behind bars awaiting the judge’s decision.

So when judge David Radford began reading his ruling, we all strained to hear the decision. Trouble was, no one really understood it. One colleague of mine back in the office said a leading British broadcaster rushed out the news that Fielder-Civil had been handed a suspended sentence and so would be free to go. Judging by the happy hug Fielder-Civil gave to co-defendant Michael Brown at one point, he also got the wrong end of the stick.

In actual fact, the judge gave him 27 months, which was the headline figure most reporters phoned through to their desks. But that was also misleading. Keen to get to the bottom of what this really meant, I spoke to Fielder-Civil’s lawyer who explained that the real amount of time his client had left to serve was actually nearer four and a half months. Apparently you divide the sentence by two (equals 13.5 months) and then subtract the amount of time he has already spent in prison for the crimes (equals 4.5 months).

Bail for Bale – Batman the Bizarre


bale.jpgIt’s so strange it could make the plot of a Batman sequel.

Welsh-born actor Christian Bale has issued a statement denying allegations of assault made against him by his own mother and sister while he was in London for the European premiere of “The Dark Knight”, in which he plays Batman alongside the late Heath Ledger’s Joker.

He was at a London police station for around four hours on Tuesday answering questions about the alleged incident, and apparently escaped the waiting camera crews and paparazzi by whizzing out through the back entrance in a van with darkened windows.

From blogger to Broadway — almost — for Perez Hilton


perez-hilton.jpgCelebrity blogger Perez Hilton began his rise to fame by gossiping online about the adventures — and misadventures  — of Hollywood’s bold and beautiful but now he finds himself being talked about with a musical about him set for the stage.

 From August 8-14, “Perez Hilton Saves the Universe! (or at least the greater Los Angeles area): The Musical” is running at the New York International Fringe Festival. Organizers describe the show as exploring  a normal day in Hilton’s life – well, were it not for the plans of evil terrorists and Kathy Griffin.  Throughout the day, Hilton wrestles with the demons of love, ego and celebrity, all whilst saving Los Angeles from an imminent nuclear disaster, with a pop music backing.

Holy Jolie! Those baby names are so…well…normal


angelina.jpgYou could almost hear the collective groan from reporters and commentators the world over when they learned the names of Angelina Jolie’s twins. Pencils, mine included, were sharpened for stories of outlandish celebrity baby names. OK, Jolie and partner Brad Pitt didn’t go for “Jack and Jill” exactly, but Vivienne Marcheline was remarkably restrained for the bizarre-baby-name age, and Knox Leon was only slightly more whacky.

Nicole Kidman had got people nicely warmed up with “Sunday Rose” for her recently-arrived daughter, who, incidentally, was born on a Monday.

Tom Cruise rejects “diagnosis” from Dr. Drew as Nazi garbage


cruise-and-holmes.jpgTom Cruise is no fan of psychiatry so he wasn’t too happy to get an unsolicited diagnosis from celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky — or so said his representative who compared the diagnosis to the “garbage” of the Nazis.

Pinsky, who hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “Loveline” and appears on cable TV on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” was interviewed for the July issue of Playboy, and wondered aloud why Cruise was ”drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology.”

Bob Dylan for Obama running mate?


dylan.jpgobama.jpgFan Fare humbly suggests that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama considers a rank outsider to be his running mate in forthcoming elections — Bob Dylan.

As the world’s media ponders who Obama will pick as his vice presidential candidate, we’d like to throw the 67-year-old singer/songwriter/poet into the ring. He has a name that travels across borders, is a cultural icon (surely that overused word is justified in this case) and he could come up with a mean campaign song to rally the followers.

Lily Allen: being drunk “fun” but “not cool”


lily.jpgBritish pop star Lily Allen was back in the tabloid spotlight this week with what reports described as a very drunken appearance at Glamour magazine’s awards. Her hair dyed bright pink, the 23-year-old was photographed being carried out of the venue, suggesting her condition could be fairly described as “legless”.

In a blog on her Web site shortly after the event, the singer of 2006 hit “Smile” who has a reputation for partying hard admitted she had gone too far.

Indy movie avoids critical mauling, but…


cannes20088.jpgSo, we finally saw the new Indiana Jones movie, which is the biggest show in town at the Cannes film festival this year.

There was a scramble to get into the packed press screening, with reporters waiting up to two hours to ensure a spot, and reviewers were sending out their opinions on the internet within an hour of it finishing.

Jolie, and THAT bump, hit Cannes


cannes20086.JPGcannes20087.JPGThe Jolie show is in town.

Angelina is in Cannes and Cannes has gone crazy, well, the media has, and as she graces the red carpet for two films featuring at this year’s festival, the fans will soon get their chance to join them.

Of course, public and press alike all love an A-lister, but the interest has grown along with Jolie’s bump, and she has just confirmed she is expecting twins. Her flowing white dress is a valiant attempt to keep our focus on the films, not the family, but it will be to no avail.

Panda sensation on Cannes pier


cannes20084.jpgcannes20083.jpgAround 40 extras dressed in giant panda suits waddled on to the pier outside the Carlton Hotel in Cannes with actor Jack Black on Wednesday to promote Dreamworks’ animated feature “Kung Fu Panda”.

The stunt, carefully orchestrated and watched by dozens of photographers and camera crews, underlined the importance of the world’s biggest film festival for promoting movies which have nothing to do with the main competition.