Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

Cheryl’s Life Can Never Be Too Perfect

Cheryl Cole continues to amaze us with her astonishing recovery from her malaria back in July. With a new album out this month, her autobiography out this week and her live X Factor shows about to explode onto our tellies, what more could a newly single career girl want? Plenty, if you’re the lady in mention. And one such wish might just include an express pass into instant American TV stardom! Although not yet officially confirmed, Piers Morgan let slip in an interview with News Of The World this week that Cheryl will indeed be joining Simon and her latest rival Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel for American X Factor. Already Cheryl has had lessons from a Hollywood linguistics coach (well, she doesn’t want to do an Ant & Dec, who need subtitles over their Geordie accents when their show aired in the US last year) and the excitement is palpable over at Camp Cole. The only thorn in the lady’s side is the Pussycat Doll, who is hugely popular in the US after her big win on Dancing With The Stars (partnering none other than Derek ‘is he really going out with her’ Hough) in May. “Nicole won a lot of new fans on that show,” says a US TV industry analyst. “She showed a vulnerable side to her and people really related to her. No one knows who Cheryl Cole is. Cheryl has a lot of work ahead of her to outshine Nicole.” Stand by hundreds of articles on backstage rivalry/bitching/rows/jealousies, but you’ll have to wait until the current crop of articles on backstage rivalry/bitching/rows/jealousies, this time between Cheryl and Dannii/Nadine/Louis, etc etc.

Catherine’s Dash To Be With Michael

Catherine Zeta Jones has cut short her trip to the UK to watch the Ryder cup sparking fears that husband Michael Douglas’s health is deteriorating. The actress had been due to stay in Wales for the three day event over the weekend but she flew back to New York yesterday instead. Catherine has also pulled out of playing Vivien Leigh in the film My Week With Marilyn which co-stars Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams to make sure that she is available to be by her husband’s side as he undergoes gruelling chemotherapy for his throat cancer. Following her departure from Britain, a spokesman for Catherine said: “She never said she was staying for the Ryder Cup and in fact made it clear she was only here for the opening night. Those were always the arrangements.” However Catherine had said earlier this week: “Michael will be glued to anything that has a golf ball and a club, especially the Ryder Cup. Usually I would be watching it with him. I just hope the weather holds up – but we can’t help any of that and we’re used to it.”

Jess Tries For A Baby But Friends Don’t Trust Beau

Jessica Simpson’s friends are worried that her new boyfriend former NFL football player Eric Johnson is using her. A source close to Jessica told US Weekly: “Eric was never that successful in the NFL, but he’s always wanted the celebrity lifestyle. She pays for most things. He doesn’t have the kind of money for first-class plane tickets or private jets. Eric doesn’t have a job, he just follows her around.” Other friends have said they don’t trust him fearing he is simply using her for fame and money. His lawyer disputed the story though saying that Eric really loves her. Meanwhile the National Enquirer claims that Jessica is so loved up with Eric that she is keen to make her baby dreams come true with him. “It looks like Jessica’s dream of having a baby is finally coming true,” a close friend told the American tabloid. “She’s crazy in love with Eric — so they’ve decided to make a baby.”

Tony Curtis: 1925-2010

“I daresay there’s a picture of mine showing somewhere in the world every day.”
Today we bid farewell to one of the originals. Heart-throb, playboy, raconteur, father of six, painter and box office legend, Tony Curtis was one of the original and genuine true movie stars. With six wives and a vast number of girlfriends, including Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood, it was said he’d slept with over a thousand women – “I ran around with a lump in my pants, chased all the girls,” he said. His matinee idol looks made him a hit in Hollywood, with starring roles in 1959’s Some Like It Hot with his on- and off-screen lover Marilyn and as an escaped convict in 1958’s The Defiant Ones, for which he earned an Oscar nomination. “I was born in and worked in a period that could be called enviable,” he once said, and never was a truer word said. In his later years, he maintained his playboy image (“I wouldn’t be caught dead marrying a woman old enough to be my wife,” he said) and in 1998 he married his sixth wife Jill, a woman 42 years his junior. The couple stayed together up until his death from a heart attack. We’ll miss you Tony – and here’s one of our favourite clips, with Tony as ‘The Great Leslie’ from the film The Great Race, co-starring yet another of your conquests, Natalie Wood.

By Justine Harkness
[picture credits: mysunshine; Wenn; ]
Justine Harkness

Justine Harkness

Now based in Los Angeles, Justine had worked for publications from Now to Look, OK! to Loaded, in the UK as well as for weekly magazines in Australia. She has written everything from in-depth celebrity interviews to covering every showbiz party, hotspot, the three ‘Fs’ (fads, fashion, fitness), awards ceremonies, travel (to Mustique, no less), you name it, for all the big magazines. A regular showbiz and lifestyle expert commentator for radio and TV, including BBC, Sky and all the terrestrial channels. There’s more, but there always is. She lives in Santa Monica with her ridiculously fluffy kitten Cookie (‘We should have called her Queen Latifah,’ she shrugs), chasing the latest celebrity stories. Justine’s mantra in life is: ‘In vodka we trust.’ She successfully out drinks many, yet is a bit of a hippy at heart. Just don’t ask her about grammar.

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