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alba sick of playing sex kitten

28 march


• "george clooney's old enough to be my father"

Jessica Alba is sick of playing sex kittens on screen, and would love to star in a romantic comedy.

The actress says she is tried of playing the token sexy female and wants more challenging roles.

She explains, "I'll leave the slutty girl to other people and I'll play the sweet, moral girlfriend who believes in love - roles that are more interesting than playing a vixen.

"That's where I want to go next - a romantic comedy or something like that."

The 23-year-old also has the perfect leading man in mind - George Clooney.

Alba admits she may have blown her chance to co-star with the Oscar-winning actor by telling the 44-year-old that he was old enough to be her father.

She adds, "I actually told him that. That was embarrassing, but he just laughed." back to the top

"charmed" witch switches sisters

28 march


• kaley cuoco signs up for abc comedy pilot

Kaley Cuoco, who plays young witch Billie Jenkins on The WB's Charmed, has joined ABC's untitled comedy pilot about two sistes who live together despite having grown up under different circumstances - one rich, one poor.

She will portray Gabby, the younger sister to Marisa Coughlan's character.

Cuoco joined the cast of Charmed this sister, before that she had a starring role as the late John Ritter's daughter on ABC's comedy series 8 Simple Rules. back to the top

"alias" star's new movie roles

15 march


• melissa george's latest projects

Former Alias star Melissa George is to star in a new movie with The Naked Gun's Leslie Nielsen, it has been revealed.

The Music Within is a drama based on the life of Richard Pimentel, a hearing-impaired Vietnam veteran who became an expert on disability management.

The supporting cast includes Happy Days' Marion Ross, and Michael Sheen, who recently played Kenneth Williams in BBC Four's Fantabulosa.

George, 29, rose to fame as Angel Brooks in Australian soap Home and Away. She left Summer Bay in 1996 and went on to appear in a host of other projects, including Dark City, The Limey, Monk, Charmed: Valhalley of the Dolls and Alias, where she played Lauren Reed.

Last year she featured in blockbuster remake The Amityville Horror, and was recently seen in the Clive Owen thriller Derailed.

George also has another two other movies in the pipeline.

Turistas is a mystery thriller with ex-Roswell star Desmond Askew.

It revolves around a group of young backpackers whose holiday turns into a nightmare when a bus accident leaves them stranded in the Brazilian jungle.

And George can be seen in the forthcoming comedy Three Days in Dublin. back to the top

playboy won't pull jessica alba issue

9 march


• "playboy has done nothing wrong"

Playboy won't pull its March issue over Jessica Alba's claim that she was made an unwitting cover girl to fool readers into thinking she is nude inside, the magazine has said.

"Playboy has done nothing wrong, so there is no reason to pull our issue off news stands," spokeswoman Lauren Melone said.

As we reported on Tuesday, Alba accuses Playboy of violating her rights and misleading the public by getting a publicity photo from Into The Blue from Sony Pictures and running it on the cover - complete with a bunny logo superimposed on her bikini top.

Lawyers for Alba have threatened to sue Playboy unless the issue was pulled and demanded that the actress be compensated for damage to her image.

They also accuse Playboy of duping Sony Pictures into supplying a photo of the actress wearing a multicoloured bikini and sporting a belly ring, for the cover.

Playboy said Alba was placed on the cover after being chosen "sexiest star of the year" by its readers. She was included inside the magazine in an article on the top 25 sexiest celebrities as chosen in an online poll.

The magazine added that celebrities routinely grace its cover without appearing naked inside. back to the top

jessica alba vs. playboy

7 march


• actress angry over "into the blue" cover photo

Jessica Alba has threatened to sue Playboy after the magazine ran a bikini-clad picture of her on the cover of its March issue.

As we reported last month, Jessica topped the magazine's 25 Sexiest Celebrities list, and the magazine used a photo from Into The Blue on its cover, against Alba's wishes and acquired from Sony Pictures via dubious means.

Acording to a letter sent to Playboy by Alba's lawyers:

since Playboy's inception, Playboy has established a known custom and practice (and an expectation with and among the public) that any woman whose photograph is featured on the cover appears in a nude or semi-nude pictorial in that month's issue. In featuring Ms. Alba's photograph on the cover of Playboy's March issue, it is clear that Playboy's intent was to create a false belief and/or expectation among the public that Ms. Alba voluntarily appeared in the nude or semi-nude and that a revealing pictorial of her is contained in Playboy's March issue. Also, Playboy is sold sealed in plastic whereby the public cannot view the actual contents of the magazine absent purchasing the magazine, and, therefore, must rely on Playboy's actual or implied advertising as to the contents of the magazine as presented by the magazine's cover. Consistent with Playboy's practice of displaying a "bunny" watermark logo on its cover girls (who appear nude within the magazine), Playboy has placed the "bunny" logo on the lower right breast of Ms. Alba on the bikini top in the subject photo, therby altering said photograph and undertaking a blatant and egregious affirmative action to cause the general public to conclude that Ms. Alba had consented to this use and appears nude within the magazine.

The letter can be found on the Smoking Gun website. back to the top

katherine heigl's on-set antics

1 march • people online


• "he got mad at me and locked me in the bathroom"

Though Katherine Heigl takes her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy seriously, she lets loose on the set. "T.R. Knight (who plays Dr. George O'Malley) and I mess around a lot," she says. "We got into a big wrestling water fight after work one day because we get very competitive and aggressive with each other. I think I won that won and he got mad at me and locked me in the bathroom."

Heigl admits taht if she had to have surgery, she wouldn't want her own Anatomy character to operate on her. "She's too hesitant - she doesn't come off with a lot of confidence and she's a little too emotional," the actress said at the show's first-season DVD party at Hollywood's Geisha House recently. So, who would she want treating her? "Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington) - he seems to know what he's doing." back to the top