Saturday, October 22, 2005

Britney Spears: Pics of Baby on Web Were Stolen 

NEW YORK (AP) - Britney Spears threatened to take legal action Friday after pictures of her newborn son popped up on the Internet, apparently stolen from a private photo shoot.

At least two Web sites showed photos of Spears embracing her child, as well as a family portrait.

A statement released late Friday by Spears' record label, Jive Records, said the photos were swiped from a private photo session.

"Anyone who publishes, sells or otherwise exploits any of these images in any way will be subject to liability and damages for willful infringement of copyright, and will be liable for invasion of privacy," the statement read.

The pop star gave birth to her first child last month.

Spears and her husband, Kevin Federline, recently made their first public appearance since the infant was born, but there have been no clear images of the baby until now.

A representative for Spears declined to comment.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Nicklaus, Player exchange words over autograph signing 

Celebrity Autographs And Celebrity Addresses

Sept. 20 GAINESVILLE, Va. — Presidents Cup captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player engaged in an animated exchange over players signing autographs during practice rounds at the Presidents Cup on Tuesday.

Nicklaus, who is captaining the U.S. team for a third time, confronted Player on the driving range and accused the International team captain of breaking an agreement to not allow players to sign autographs on the golf course.

World No. 2 Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen and the International team in general were seen signing autographs throughout the day as they practiced at the Robert Trent Golf Course. Later, some U.S. team members also signed for fans.

After talking with Player, Nicklaus told fans around the driving range — as he was signing autographs — that some of his players thought the Internationals where making them look "like jerks," said Nicklaus.

In three previous Presidents Cups played at the Robert Trent, the Internationals are without a win, including a 21½-10½ drubbing in 2000.

The European team drove the U.S. to distraction at last year's Ryder Cup in Oakland Hills near Detroit, signing autographs and mingling with American fans as part of a major charm offensive designed to help diffuse some of the hostility they might face during the event.

The plan worked as the Europeans received a mostly warm welcome from the pro-American crowd as they rolled to record-breaking 18½-9½ victory.

Celebrity Autographs And Celebrity Addresses 

Celebrity Autographs And Celebrity Addresses

Four Hall-of-Famers have agreed to sign autographs at seventh annual Iowa Cubs FanFest in January at the Drake University Knapp Center: Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Rod Carew and Luis Aparicio. FanFest will take place Friday, Jan. 20, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reggie Jackson will kick things off on Friday, signing from 4-7 p.m. for $75 per autograph. (Jackson will not sign bats or jerseys.) On Saturday, Seaver will sign from 9 a.m. to noon, Aparicio will sign from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Carew will sign from noon to 3 p.m. Autograph prices for Saturday;s signers are: Seaver, $35; Aparicio, $25; and Carew, $30. No restrictions on items have been indicated for Saturday's signers, but they reserve the right to refuse to sign any items they wish.

The FanFest First Pitch Luncheon will take place on Friday from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the 7 Flags Events Center in Clive. The speaker for the luncheon has yet to be determined.

For more details and to order tickets, call the Iowa Cubs box office at 515.243.6111. Stay tuned to www.iowacubs.com for more information on the luncheon and the luncheon speaker.

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Autographica: James Bond Meets Moon Men

Ursula Andress and Buzz Aldrin to appear together in London at Autographica 2005

For Immediate Release

LONDON/EWORLDWIRE/Oct. 17, 2005 --- On the last weekend of October a unique meeting of mind and body will take place at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London. Colonel Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, and the first and ultimate Bond girl Ursula Andress will meet at Autographica for the Worlds Largest Autograph Show.

Fans from around the globe will come together on October 28-30 in order to meet some of the greatest names from the space, film, television and sport worlds. The Radisson Edwardian Hotel at Heathrow will become the centre of attention for autograph collectors of all kinds for three days of signature heaven.

Buzz Aldrin and Charles Duke, two of the 12 men to have walked upon the surface of the moon, together with Ursula Andress and 10 other James Bond guests, plus around 25 others, will make themselves available to collectors over the three days. Guests will be signing books, photos and memorabilia, and also giving lectures or Q and A sessions.

The celebrity guests will all be attending a special Gala dinner on the Saturday evening, which will include a Charity auction to raise money for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, guest speeches and after dinner entertainment will follow.

This will be the first time that Ursula Andress has ever attended such an event, and is a rare visitor to these shores from her home in Rome, and is sure to be in high demand from Bond fans.

Col. Aldrin's visit will be the first time he has signed items at a public event outside of his native United States. This visit coincides with the recent news that NASA has announced plans to return men to the moon no later than 2020, and no doubt Col Aldrin will be asked for his thoughts on this new venture.

Ursula Andress appeared in the very first James Bond, Dr. No, as Honey Ryder and also starred in the "alternative" James Bond film, Casino Royale, which coincidentally is to be the title of the next James Bond Film due for release in November 2006. No doubt fans will want to know her thoughts on the new James Bond Daniel Craig.

Harvey Stephens, Damien from The Omen, will also be attending. This will be a very rare appearance from him, as he has shied away from publicity for over 25 years.

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Chewbacca Becomes U.S. Citizen 

ARLINGTON, Texas -- From a galaxy far, far away to Arlington, Texas, the actor who played Chewbacca in four "Star Wars" movies is now an American citizen.

Mayhew was one of 400 people who recited the citizenship oath in Arlington Monday. His presence in the audience was unmistakable.

That's because the actor is 7 feet 3 inches tall.

Mayhew is from Britain. He decided to become a U.S. citizen when he married a woman from Texas six years ago.

"I'll have a British passport, an American passport and a Wookiee passport," Mayhew joked, referring to his intergalactic travels from Chewbacca's "Star Wars" home of Kashyyyk.

Mayhew, 60, called Monday's ceremony "absolutely wonderful."

The actor signed autographs and posed for pictures after ceremonies.

Mayhew first played Chewbacca opposite Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the 1977 sci-fi classic "Star Wars," which later added the sub-title "A New Hope."

He reprised the role for the other two films in the original trilogy: "Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back" and "Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi."

Mayhew returned to the role this summer for the last film in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, "Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith."

Mayhew's days of being known as Chewbacca are far from over.

He frequently makes appearances for fans at "Star Wars" conventions and yearly makes a trip to Disney World for the theme park's annual "Star Wars Weekends" celebration

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