Happy New Year’s, everyone in Hollywood! The New Year’s Eve trailer is out, and celebs are sprinkled throughout like the beer-soaked confetti covering your carpet on January 1st. The cast includes, but is not limited to, Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Josh Duhamel, Sienna Miller, Carla Gugino and a partridge in a pear treeeeeee. Oh, and Robert De Niro for a split second at the very,very end.
Maybe we’ve just been burned before, but anyone who’s seen Valentine’s Day, director Gary Marshall’s other rom-com starring five billion A-listers, knows that more celebrities does not mean more enjoyment (unless we’re talking about a charity fundraiser or an orgy). Not that the movie doesn’t have a few high points: an incredibly schlubby Michelle Pfeiffer, a mid-custody-battle Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl and Jon Bon Jovi‘s slap-a-thon and, of course, the Hilary Swank/Ludacris coupling that we are praying is actually the movie’s main focus. If we do end up seeing this movie, it’ll be in the same way we ring in the New Year: drunk, in Times Square and wearing only a diaper and sash.
Halle Berry‘s home was broken into twice this weekend, as we reported earlier. 911 was called. Cops were radioed. Police cars swarmed. Helicopters hovered. And luckily, all the investigation has proven fruitful. The man who trespassed on her property is named Richard Franco and Halle now has a restraining order against him. He must stay atleast 100 yards away from her and her daughter, Nahla, as ordered by court.
Of the frightening events that occurred on Saturday and Sunday, Halle recalled, “I looked out the glass door leading to my enclosed and gated back yard and was shocked to see a complete stranger, carrying something in his hands and approaching us.” Franco bolted as soon as he was spotted but was back again the following night, as Halle explained, “As I opened my glass kitchen door and closed it behind me, all of a sudden I sensed someone behind me and turned to see the same intruder standing less than a foot behind me starring at me through my glass kitchen door.”
Luckily, the LAPD moves quickly. Franco was arrested on Monday itself because apparently, the guy was crazy enough to go back a third time! He was found in her yard and booked. Franco obviously isn’t the brightest, because he knew her home was under scrutiny and still couldn’t help going back. Halle, in her restraining request, also mentioned, “I am also informed that Franco has a criminal history of violence, theft and drug offenses.Ã‚Â This personÃ‚Â has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love.” We agree. This dude sounds bananas. Let’s hope he doesn’t try coming to her again.
An intruder trespassed on Halle Berry‘s property over the weekend. This happened on Saturday and she was freaked out enough to call the LAPD. Apparently, a man scaled her perimeter wall and was seen hanging about her front yard. Fortunately there were people at home at the time and when they all came running out, the man went back up the wall and bolted. The cops arrived and are said to be investigating the break-in. Could he be a paparazzo or is he really a stalker? That remains to be seen.
It was quite an eventful weekend because Halle had to call 911 again on Sunday! For the same reason — she spotted a man on her grounds again! Was it the same guy? Three cars and a helicopter responded to her call, but they seem to have nothing yet. This is truly scary though and we hope she stays safe.
In the past Halle Berry has said that court can be a helpful way for parents to work out issues. Maybe they can give her some sort of “Every 12 visit, you get one custody hearing free” card? Halle Berry’s custody battle with ex Gabriel Aubryhas her back in front of a judge today. According to TMZ, Berry is meeting over concerns about Aubry’s parenting of their daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry; the actress is allegedly “claiming there was once an incident overseas when Gabriel allegedly neglected Nahla, imperiling her safety.” If you think Berry did not immediately know about it from 2,000 miles away through some sort of mom-specific Spidey sense, you have not been paying attention to their on-going drama at all.
In addition to her rocky custody battle, Berry’s career has had it’s ups and downs recently, the actress leaving then returning to New Year’s Eve, and recently getting replaced by Angela Bassett in Broadway play The Mountaintop. Here’s hoping both parties figure out a solution soon; that bailiff sees Halle Berry roughtly ten times more than paying audiences do.
We know that the word “fifi” doesn’t really inspire sex appeal, but the Fifi Awards are a pretty big deal, whether or not they sound frou-frou—this annual show is one of the most prestigious events of the fragrance industry. Halle Berry took at up a notch at the 2011 awards, yesterday in NYC, wearing an incredibly sexy asymmetrical cut-out dress by Halston with Christian Louboutin heels! Halle won the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her scent “Reveal”, as well. So she dressed in honor of its name? Because this is pretty “reveal-ing”, no?
Don’t mind if we sound jealous. We aren’t really. We’re actually in awe of that stomach! And the rest of that body, for that matter. Halle was in good company at the show with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Kate Walsh and Padma Lakshmi around, and we have to say, everyone was spiffily dressed. Fergie especially, in a flowing canary yellow BCBG Max Azria Atelier gown with a turquoise clutch. She won New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award for her perfume “Outspoken”. We don’t know why Paz de la Huerta decided to wear no make-up and scowl throughout, so we’re just going to focus on Mary’s awesome Gucci dress. Take a look at the pictures below and give us your verdict.
Oprah Winfrey taped her some of her last shows this week (spoiler alert: there were celebrities!) and the one requirement for appearing onstage was that each star had to do their best “Oprah having an orgasmic meltdown” impression. The roster was a who’s who of ultimate Oprah BFFs, including Maya Angelou, Tom Hanks, Will and Jada Smith, Tom Cruise and his wife-bot Katie Holmes, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jordan, Maria Shriver, Patti LaBelle, Josh Groban and, randomly, Dakota Fanning.
Our favorite pics from what will surely be the world’s saddest week of TV programming, below.
Given how Halle Berry’s custody case with Gabriel Aubry threatened to go nuclear, we were both surprised and delighted when the couple declined to let things burst into publicly embarrassing flames, and Berry returned to New Year’s Eve filming. Just when you think someone is throwing gasoline on the fire, it turns out to be plain old water. Now that Halle and her ex can be in the same room with each other with flipping over tables, Berry opened up about her custody battle over her daughter Nahla, and how going to court can actually help you be a better parent. “When there’s a child involved, it’s a relief when you can resolve things in a good way,” Berry said in an interview with Extra. “Our issues were never about fighting for her. We both know a child needs both her parents.”
Earlier this year, their custody battle was awash with accusations that Halle was enraged that Gabriel Aubry went out with Kim Kardashian, as well as accusations of racial insensitivity and gold-diggery. According to Halle, taking things to the authorities is what eventually brought both parents to their senses. “But what I want to say about it is sometimes, as a couple, you reach an impasse,” Berry, currently dating Olivier Martinez, explained. “We need a court and a judge to help us work out some of the delicate issues, and I’m so happy we’ve arrived at that place — because for her sake, this is the best way. We both love her more than life.” Maybe Halle and Gabriel should just have a full-time judge around at all the family events, just in case: high school graduation, college graduation, Nahla’s wedding. Seems like paying his or her salary would be well worth fewer screaming matches.
Jordin Sparks was showing off her slimmed-down bod on the red carpet this weekend, dropping by Muhammad Ali‘s Fight Night concert in a low-cut, black, lace-accented dress with plenty of side-boob. The 21 year old’s working on her third album, so the odds are good we’ll see more flirty fashion like this in the future. Among the performers at the event were fellow Idol champ Kelly Clarkson, Bret Michaels, Reba McEntire and Kevin Costner, who must be trying to bring his country music career back stateside (2010′s Turn It On was only released in Europe). See photos of the show in the gallery below.