Archive for December, 2008

Fametastic’s Biggest Stories of 2008

What do you think have been the biggest stories of 2008? Here’s our top five and have your say in the comments section below.

Number 5 - D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

guy ritchie and madonnaTwo big stories squished into one here - one from the start of the year and one from the end. It had been an undercurrent for all of 2007 but Paul McCartney and Heather Mills‘ divorce case only reached the High Court in February this year. Heather is said to have wanted £100million but after two weeks of hearings, it ended with Heather granted a settlement worth £24.3million - and her (already dodgy) reputation ripped to shreds by the overseeing judge. Then in July, there started to be rumblings that Madonna & Guy Ritchie were set to split but the rumours were swept back under the rug with denials until October when they finally confirmed they were done. Guy could have challenged for a fair chunk of Madonna’s estimated £300million fortune but he’s said to have settled for around £30million all in and joint custody of their kids. Imagine the court case if Madonna was divorcing Paul McCartney though…

Number 4 - Britney Spears‘ conversatorship and comeback

britney spearsBy the end of 2007, we were so bored with writing about Britney Spears. We thought one day we’d have to wake up and write about a suicide attempt overnight or an accidental overdose - and we didn’t want to face that over our cornflakes. 2008 looked like it was going to go the same way, with her custody dispute (aka the time she held Jayden hostage) at the very start of the year then two hospitalisations in less than a month on mental health holds. But then her dad Jamie Spears (and estate lawyer Andrew Wallet) were appointed her legal guardians and she started to turn her life around again. By September, she was already on her professional comeback path with three MTV VMA awards under her belt and her new album ‘Circus’ was well received earlier this month.

Number 3 - Ashley Cole cheating on Cheryl Cole

ashley cole and cheryl coleIt might not have registered much internationally since they’re pretty much only known in the UK but when Chelsea and England star Ashley Cole was outed as being unfaithful to Girls Aloud wife Cheryl Cole in January, it was huge news over here. The drunken one night stand kiss-and-tell was followed up by other similar claims but Cheryl defied expectations by returning to Ashley, determined to make their marriage of a year work.

Number 2 - Miley Cyrus‘ photo scandals

miley cyrus in her vanity fair photo shootVarious candid photos of the then-15 year old flashing her belly and her bra while posing with boys started trickling out at the start of the year but it was when she took her clothes off - albeit in a reasonably covered-up and classy way - for Vanity Fair that the fit hit the shan. She probably could have successfully argued that she wasn’t showing any more flesh than in a bikini or a backless top but instead, probably given her Hannah Montana role, she kicked off by apologising for them, which made the controversy considerably bigger than it needed to be. In terms of visitor figures, it was our biggest story of the year, but that says more about people wanting to see nudey pics than it does about the photo’s cultural impact.

Number 1 - our biggest story of 2008 - Heath Ledger’s untimely death

heath ledgerThis was the news story that hit us like a 4ft plank this year: Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment. Specific locations aside, it was like River Phoenix all over again - a very talented young actor cut down in his prime because of an accidental overdose. There was initial speculation that something iffy was afoot - not foul play exactly but questions about where the drugs had come from and why Mary-Kate Olsen was called before the paramedics but the coroner decided it was just a tragic accident and the subsequent investigation was called off. Since then, all eyes have been on his ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams and their daughter Matilda - but while Michelle has said she misses Heath more as time goes on, she is also moving on and is now dating director Spike Jonze.

Thanks to everyone who’s read Fametastic over the last 12 months and even bigger thanks to those of you who’ve commented, voted in polls and sent us emails. It’s not been an easy year for us here - our terrible twos - but we’re set to turned 3 years old at the end of January and hopefully things will be easier again after that.

Have a wonderful New Year everyone, and we’ll see you again in 2009.

Angelina Jolie warned to not get pregnant again by doctors?

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie has reportedly been told that she should wait before trying for another baby.

A source told OK magazine that doctors have advised her to wait at least a year before trying to get pregnant again because of previous pregnancy complications. The Changeling star developed gestational diabetes during her first pregnancy with daughter Shiloh and spent almost a fortnight in hospital this summer awaiting the birth of twins Knox and Vivienne - and all had to be born via Caesarian section.

The source told the publication: “Her previous pregnancies ended with emergency caesarian secions.

“Angelina is at risk of having a stroke or heart attack, and because she developed gestational diabetes, there is a high risk she’ll have it again, with the child being at risk for diabetes.

“She’s been told that, at the least, she should not get pregnant for a year after her last deliver, and it would be safer if she did not get pregnant, ever.”

Angelina and partner Brad Pitt currently have six children, ranging from seven year old Maddox to the five month old twins, and have hinted that they’ll adopt a seventh child sometime next year.

Jennifer Aniston to ring in the New Year with John Mayer

jennifer anistonAfter spending Christmas apart, it looks like Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer will ring the New Year in together in Mexico.

Jennifer arrived in Los Cabos in Mexico yesterday with fellow former Friends star Courteney Cox Arquette, her husband David Arquette and their young daughter Coco. The trio are thought to be renting a luxury villa in the town with Laura Dern and her husband Ben Harper as well as their children Ellery and Jaya.

Meanwhile, John flew down to the resort with his brothers at the weekend - after a Boxing Day meal with Jennifer in Los Angeles on Friday night. John and his brothers are said to be staying in a hotel adjacent to the villa, with the properties connected by a private beach.

A source explained: “The arrangement is perfect for them. They can see each other at New Year but still have time with their own people too and don’t crowd each other.”

The couple, who have dated off and on since early spring, spent Christmas on opposite sides of the country: Jennifer in Los Angeles (enjoying a Christmas Eve meal with Courteney and David) and John with his family on the East Coast.

Amy Winehouse gets “extremely close” to another man

amy winehouseAmy Winehouse is reportedly become “extremely close” to a member of staff at her holiday resort in the Caribbean.

Just days after the singer was rumoured to have told husband Blake Fielder-Civil she wants to give their marriage another shot, she’s been linked to the staffer, known only as Matt after being introduced to him by her twelve year old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, who is holidaying with her in St Lucia.

A source told the Sun: “He seems to be really easy going and funny, which Amy loves.

“She seems smitten. She slopes off with him whenever she can and they have been inseparable since meeting.

“They are about the same age and from what everyone has seen there is no doubt they have hit it off.

“People have asked him what is going on but he seems shy. All he says is that Amy is lovely and the two get on very well. But everyone thinks there is a lot more to the relationship and have been watching them closely.

“The problem is, whenever they get together they disappear off on their own. She seems to be extremely content at the moment and that can only be a good thing.”

Amy flew out to the Caribbean island before Christmas and has spent her holiday sunbathing, playing in the sea and enjoying the local cuisine and music scene.

Alexandra Burke: stop comparing me to Leona Lewis, we’re completely different

Alexandra BurkeAlexandra Burke has said she is annoyed by constant comparisons to Leona Lewis.

Both women were born in Islington, North London in the mid-1980s and shot to fame on The X Factor - Leona winning in 2006 and Alexandra this year - but Alex thinks the comparisons should stop there.

She told Heat magazine: “At the end of the day, Leona is a fantastic singer and a fantastic person, but people need to realise that we are completely different.

“There is enough room for both of us. Leona is a little Mariah. With me, I hope I can show I’m a little Beyonce.”

But she wouldn’t mind copying Leona’s success both here and in the US: “I hope for what Leona’s got. By next year, I’d love a Number One album and masses of support.”

Alexandra landed this year’s Christmas No1 slot after selling a record-breaking number of copies of her debut single ‘Hallelujah’ in the first week of release. The single clung onto the top spot this week - keeping Leona’s cover of ‘Run’ and Beyonce Knowles‘ ‘If I Were A Boy’ in second and third place.

Are Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis as "completely different" as she says?
View Results

Madonna donated almost £2million ($3m) to Kabbalah groups in 2007

madonnaMadonna isn’t shy about putting her money where her metaphysical beliefs are and donated almost £2million to Kabbalah groups in 2007, according to new documents.

Tax filings for the star’s Ray of Light Foundation show that she gave a total of £1.75million ($2.5million) to the Kabbalah Center of Los Angeles with additional money being given to an offshoot group, Spirituality for Kids - which partners with her other charity, Raising Malawi to help the improverished African country.

The documents show she also gave £200,000 to the Mobilization Against AIDS charity and £10,000 to the TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research.

Madonna is estimated to have a personal fortune of around £300million after nearly 25 year years in the music industry. Earlier this month, she is believed to have agreed to a package worth around £30million for Guy Ritchie in their divorce.

Madonna and Guy took their children - 12 year old daughter Lourdes, eight year old son Rocco and three year old son David - to a Kabbalah meeting in London at the weekend. The visit was the first time the former couple had seen each other since announcing their formal separation in October.