What was Mexican beauty queen Laura Elena Zuniga Huiza doing cruising around her Western state with seven men (including her boyfriend), a stash of pistols and semi-automatic weapons, and $53,000 in cash? That’s what Mexican cops are trying to find out by detaining her for 40 days, pending charges of “racketeering, drug trafficking, guns and money laundering.”
If hot bad girls are your thing, you’ve apparently come to the right place. Laura, 23, is the reigning beauty queen in her home state of Sinaloa, and was recently crowned Miss Hispanic America. But Sinaloa is also home to some of the country’s most powerful drug cartels, and police are accusing Zuniga’s boyfriend, Orlando Garcia Urquiza, of being a big shot in the Juarez Cartel, which supposedly smuggles drugs into Texas.
Just how Laura connects to to the dirty drug world remains to be seen, but her involvement does put a glamorous face on Mexico’s gruesome and growing drug war – in which kidnappings, torture, and constant be-headings are now frighteningly commonplace. We smell a movie in the making! Maybe Laura could star – if she ever gets out of the clink, of course. [Time]
Heather Mills has refused to settle a lawsuit issued by her former nanny, who claims she was made to work unreasonable hours and give the ex-wife of Paul McCartney weekly fake tans. Zzz, right? What makes it interesting is that a video of the nanny, Sarah Trumble, complimenting Mills, was put online soon after the suit. According to a source for The Daily Mail, the clip was recorded months ago and may have been leaked by Mills.
Sara is absolutely fuming about that video, but it’s just the sort of stunt her ladyship pulls. All Heather’s staff are ordered to film a 15-minute interview when they join, saying what a wonderful woman she is and how evil the newspapers are. She has chosen a few seconds of footage from Sara’s interview and stuck them together with pictures of the story about her court case, to make it look like she’s being interviewed today.
Mills’ rep denied the accusation, but you have to love that the lady forces her staff to give her compliments on film when they’re hired. Is she planning a documentary? To Heather Mills, Thanks For Everything. Love, Domestic Servants? Check out the video after the jump.
What have you been up to? Visiting your dysfunctional family? Driving in xmas traffic? Eating potato chips with Satsuki Mitchell in St. Barts? If you said the latter, you’re Daniel Craig and you’ve got better things to do than read blogs—unless you love checking out pap snaps of your frolicking ass. Mr. Bond spent the last few days laying around the beach, romping in the waves and giving his girl the occasional rub down. Wish you were there?
It may have been a weak Christmas for retail sales, but the box office broke a record. Thanks to a rowdy yellow Lab named Marley (plus Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson), Americans spent $204 million — the highest-grossing three-day Christmas weekend ever. Playing second fiddle to Marley & Me: Adam Sandler‘s kid-friendly flick Bedtime Stories and the Brad Pitt tearjerker The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
1. Marley & Me ($37 million)
2. Bedtime Stories ($28.1 million)
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($27.2 million)
It’s finally happened – Madonna has found herself a new play toy, and the Brazilian hottie’s name just happens to be Jesus. If there is a God out there, this is definitely his idea of an awesome prank. Madge and the model, Jesus Luz, have been spotted hanging out together discreetly (see pics above, taken in San Paulo, Brazil) and are reportedly very into each other, and a nosy source has told the world that, “they are kissing and doing other things but without obligation of being faithful or getting into a relationship.”
This new romance likely means that things are cooling between her and Alex Rodriquez, who was also spotted out recently with a new hot blond. Splash News peeped the pair getting close in Miami, and A-Rod’s new piece of meat reportedly hid when she saw the cameras. Our friendly bit of advice to the anonymous arm candy: get used to it. [Photos: INF]
Ann Savage, who developed a cult following in the ’40s after starring in the B-movie flick Detour, died on Christmas Day at 87. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, her manager explained that she and her Detour co-star helped reverse the traditional male-female roles of the time. “She’s vicious and predatory … and he’s very, very passive. It’s very unusual for a ’40s film to have a woman come on that strong.”
In addition to Detour, Savage starred in dozens of B movies in the ’40s and ’50s before fading into obscurity. But last year director Guy Maddin coaxed her out of retirement to play his mother in My Winnipeg.
“When you think of it, Savage is indeed the Garbo of the modern American independent film world,” Maddin told the U.K.’s Guardian. “She has been a woman seen only in fleeting glimpses, a little older and more shrunken with each sighting, but worshipped by generations of directors as the same 24-year-old raw matter of studio pulchritude she was in Detour.”
Savage died in her sleep following a series of strokes. [Photo: Getty Images]
In 2002, Clockers star Mekhi Phifer took the role of Dr. Greg Pratt on ER. A year later, Danny McBride made his film debut as “Bust-Ass” in David Gordon Green‘s All The Real Girls. Dr. Pratt was killed off in September of this year, a month after McBride hit the big time with starring roles in Tropic Thunder and Green’s Pineapple Express. Both actors were born on December 29th. Click on the photo to find out which is older.
Eid Mubarak! With Eid Ul-Adah behind us and Islamic New Year days away, we put together a list of some of Hollywood’s Hottest Muslim stars. These talented Qur’an toting followers of Allah sing, dance, rap, model, and just are fabulous overall. Check out our list of Hollywood’s Hottest Muslim stars!
Newlyweds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon keep up the matchy-matchy routine while vacationing in Aspen, Colorado. The couple chose white this time as they took their Jack Russell shopping. [Photo: Splash News Online]
“The most exciting woman in the world,” Eartha Kitt, died at 81 years old on Thursday. The dancer, actress and “Santa Baby” singer had been suffering from colon cancer.
Eartha Kitt endured an unhappy childhood as a mixed-race daughter of the South, but went on to success and fortune, winning two Emmys and getting nominated for several Tony awards and two Grammys. She played sexy Catwoman in the “Batman” television series, but in recent years had become turned off by the entertainment industry.
“Generally the whole entertainment business now is bland,” she said. “It depends so much on gadgetry and flash now. You don’t have to have talent to be in the business today.”
Eartha died at her home in Connecticut. [Source: Associated Press; Photo: Getty Images]