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Osbourne planning lavish Christmas party

12/18/2006 17:36

LONDON, Dec 18, 2006 (UPI) -- "X-Factor" judge Sharon Osbourne is set to offer 120 friends and family a lavish Christmas dinner in London that cost her nearly half a million dollars.


The Daily Mail reported that the party thrown by the 54-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne will include food from the elegant Searcy catering company and will take place in an exclusive London townhouse.


Oddly enough, despite all the glamour of the holiday dinner, one source claimed that Sharon Osbourne had originally planned a more expansive celebration for Christmas.


"Sharon had been planning a Beckham-style party at their Berkshire mansion, but decided to go for something a little more low-key," the source told the Daily Mail. "She thinks she is hosting an intimate party, although most people wouldn't consider splashing out 250,000 pounds ($487,000) as intimate."


Singer Kelly Osbourne, who will attend her mother's party with her brother Jack, told the paper that the event will still hold true to the philanthropic nature of the holiday as well.


"All the guests have been asked to bring a toy along," the 22-year-old said to the newspaper, "and at the end of the night all of the toys will be collected together and given to children's charities." 

Copyright 2006 by United Press International


Kid Rock among mourners at Ertegun funeral

12/18/2006 16:36

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec 18, 2006 (UPI) -- At the recent funeral of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, U.S. singer Kid Rock was among those paying their respects to the late music mogul.


The BBC reported the "Cowboy" rocker was but one of hundreds of attendees at the funeral in Turkey, all of whom remembered the man who helped make stars out of singers Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.


"I have met many people, been to many places and seen many things, but he was definitely the best," the 35-year-old singer said of Ertegun, who died last week at the age of 83. "He could not sing but he was music personified."


During his career in music, Ertegun not only launched such singers as Franklin through the label he helped create in 1947, but was instrumental in the careers of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington.


A spokesman for Atlantic Records said in honor of Ertegun, a memorial service will take place in New York early next year to allow others to celebrate the music icon's life and place in music history. 

Copyright 2006 by United Press International


Longoria: Opening Harrods sale an 'honor'

12/18/2006 16:34

LONDON, Dec 18, 2006 (UPI) -- Actress Eva Longoria says being asked to open this year's winter sale at London's famed Harrods department store was "an honor and a privilege."


The Daily Mail reported the "Desperate Housewives" actress said she was thrilled at the prospect of being the first to enjoy the British store's annual bargain bazaar Dec. 28.


The 31-year-old actress will be accompanied by the department store's head, Mohamed Al Fayed.


"It is such an honor and a privilege to be asked by Mr. Al Fayed to join him at the opening of the sale at the world's most famous department store," said the actress, who plays Gabrielle Solis on the popular ABC drama.


The paper said that the honorary retail invitation to the annual sale was previously given to British actress Kelly Brook and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. 

Copyright 2006 by United Press International


Lew to become Broadway's newest 'Beauty'

12/18/2006 16:29

NEW YORK, Dec 18, 2006 (UPI) -- Actress Deborah Lew is set to join the long-running Broadway production of "Beauty and the Beast" as the Disney musical's female lead. reported that beginning Sunday, Lew will take over the lrole of Belle in the production from Sarah Uriarte Berry, who will conclude her run as Belle on Friday.


That same night will also represent the last performance from singer Donny Osmond, who had been playing Gaston in the musical and will be replaced by Stephen R. Buntrock.


The Robert Jess Roth-directed musical will mark the most recent opportunity for Lew, who only recently made her Broadway debut in a revival of "The Threepenny Opera."


Buntrock has been featured in several touring productions such as "The Phantom of the Opera" and received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for his role in "Miss Saigon." 

Copyright 2006 by United Press International


Dafoe, Goldblum set to be 'Resurrected'

12/18/2006 16:01

LOS ANGELES, Dec 18, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Hollywood actors Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe are set to headline the new Holocaust drama "Adam Resurrected" from Bleiberg Entertainment.


Daily Variety reported the two veteran film actors will take on lead roles in the Paul Schrader-helmed production that focuses on a former Nazi collaborator who later becomes the head of an asylum.


Adapted by screenwriter Noah Stollman from Yoram Kaniuk's novel of the same name, "Resurrected" will also be produced by EMS/3L head Werner Wirsing.


Filming on the production, which will feature Ulf Israel as executive producer, will take place in Israel, Germany and Romania beginning next April.


Meanwhile, Dafoe is set to appear in the upcoming films "Paris je t'aime," "Anamorph" and" Mr. Bean's Holiday." 

Copyright 2006 by United Press International



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