Christina Aguilera slices two tendons in arm
LOS ANGELES -- Singer Christina Aguilera accidentally cut her arm at home and has been forced to wear a cast and sling, her publicist said. Aguilera, 24, sliced two tendons in her arm two weeks ago when she picked up a piece of glass from a vase her dog knocked over and broke in her Los Angeles-area house, publicist Jill Fritzo said Friday. Aguilera, whose hits include "What a Girl Wants" and "Genie in a Bottle," has been photographed lately sporting a cast and sling. Aguilera became engaged to music executive Jordan Bratman in February, and nabbed a third Grammy last year for female pop vocal performance on the ballad "Beautiful."
Stewart pens how-to book while under house arrest
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart is using some of her time under house arrest to write a guidebook for entrepreneurs who want to follow her path to business success. The founder of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. merchandising and media empire is serving a five-month term at her home in Bedford, N.Y., after recently completing five months in a West Virginia federal prison for lying about a stock sale. "Martha's Rules," a handbook for developing a business from scratch, will be published by Rodale Inc. of Emmaus, Pa., in October, Stewart's company said Wednesday.
Village People policeman arrested by real police
DALY CITY, Calif. -- Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was arrested by real police who allegedly found a gun and drugs in his convertible. Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as "Macho Man" and "In the Navy" before leaving the Village People in the late 1970s, was taken into custody Monday after an officer stopped his Chevrolet Corvette. Police said Willis didn't have a valid license or identification and at first lied about his name and residence. Inside the car, the officer found a .45-caliber handgun as well as rock cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said. Traces of cocaine and other paraphernalia were also found in his home at a mobile home park in Daly City, just south of San Francisco, police said. Willis also had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of narcotics. Police arrested him on suspicion of six felony counts, including possession of a firearm, driving on a suspended license and transportation of cocaine. He posted $100,000 bail Tuesday and was to be arraigned Aug. 16.
Disneyland gets star near Hollywood Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES -- In honor of its 50th anniversary, Disneyland was given a star near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making it the first company to receive the entertainment industry's most enduring symbol. The star won't be on the Walk of Fame but on private property inches away. "These are not Walk of Fame stars," said Johnny Grant, the 82-year-old honorary mayor of Hollywood whose committee oversees the selection of Walk of Fame recipients. "It's an award of excellence. It will be a Walk of Fame-type star." Thursday's unveiling was attended by Grant, Disney CEO Michael Eisner and a cast of characters including Mickey Mouse. In order to receive a commercial star, a company must have a strong Hollywood presence and been around for at least 50 years, Grant said. Other companies that will soon receive a star: the Hollywood trade publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.
Carpenter heads to 'Mars'
NEW YORK -- Former "Angel" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Charisma Carpenter has been added to the cast of UPN's "Veronica Mars." "Veronica Mars" stars Kristen Bell as a smart, fearless 18-year-old apprentice private investigator who is dedicated to solving the toughest mysteries of her wealthy seaside community of Neptune, Calif. Carpenter will play Kendall Casablancas, a sexy trophy wife and stepmother to brothers Dick and Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas, two of Veronica's rival, affluent schoolmates, UPN announced Thursday. The 34-year-old actress, who played the character Cordelia Chase on "Angel" and "Buffy," will appear in at least six episodes. Steve Guttenberg is also joining the cast and will appear in at least seven episodes, the cable channel said. He will play a charismatic major league baseball team owner and leading candidate in the race for mayor of Neptune. Guttenberg, 46, stars in the upcoming TV movie "The Poseidon Adventure." His screen credits include the "Police Academy" films and "Three Men and a Baby."
TV personality Art Linkletter is 93. Comedian Phyllis Diller is 88. The former president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, is 85. Jazz singer Jimmy Scott is 80. Comedy writer Pat McCormick is 71. Actor Donald Sutherland is 70. Actress-singer Diahann Carroll is 70. Rock singer Spencer Davis is 63. Rock musician Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath) is 56. Actress Lucie Arnaz is 54. Actor David Hasselhoff is 53. Singer Phoebe Snow is 53. Television producer Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Apprentice") is 45. Actress Nancy Giles is 45. Singer Regina Belle is 42. Rock musician Lou Barlow is 39. Hip-hop singer Guru (Gang Starr) is 39. Contemporary Christian singer Susan Ashton is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stokley (Mint Condition) is 38. Actress Bitty Schram is 37. Singer JC (PM Dawn) is 34. Rapper Sole' is 32.