Kirstie Alley Will No Longer Get Piece Of Jenny Craig Pie
Kirstie Alley and Jenny Craig may have gone their separate ways, but the one-time "Fat Actress" isn't giving up on the weight loss industry.
"After lengthy negotiations, regretfully the Jenny Craig Company and I did not come to an agreement to continue as their spokesperson," Alley said in a statement posted on People Magazine's Web site Tuesday.
Alley, 57, told People that while her experience with Jenny Craig was "extraordinary," she wants "to create something new that will help millions of people end the seemingly never ending fatty-roller coaster ride."
Alley said she intends to develop her own weight-loss brand with plans to launch in 2009.
"We are sorry that she did not accept our offer" to continue appearing in the company's ad campaign, Scott Parker, vice president of marketing for Jenny Craig, told People. "We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."
Alley, who starred on Showtime's reality-comedy series "Fat Actress," became a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig diet program in 2005. About a year later, Alley donned a bikini to show off her new shape on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." At the time, Winfrey said Alley, who is 5-foot-8, had lost 75 pounds, after hitting a high of 220 pounds.
Alley's TV credits also include "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet."
Owen Wilson Returns To Acting Since Suicide Attempt
2Owen Wilson is going back to work for the first time since his reported suicide attempt last summer.
Wilson, 39, and co-star Jennifer Aniston begin shooting March 10 on 20th Century Fox's "Marley & Me," the studio said. It tells the tale of a couple who adopt a dog to give parenthood a trial run, then find the mischievous pooch more than they bargained for.
After he was hospitalized last August, Wilson dropped out of this summer's comedy "Tropic Thunder," which already had been in production. He was replaced by Matthew McConaughey.
Due out Christmas Day, "Marley & Me" is directed by David Frankel and based on the book by John Grogan. Alan Arkin co-stars.
Prince Charles Views New Flick On Britain's Royal Family
3Prince Charles attended the London screening of a new movie about Britain's royal family in the 16th century, and met with some of its actors.
"The Other Boleyn Girl" is a film about Anne and Mary Boleyn battling to win the affections of Henry VIII. He was the king of England from 1509 until his death in 1547.
Natalie Portman stars with Scarlett Johansson as the Boleyn sisters. The actresses talked with Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, at the Odeon cinema Tuesday night.
Portman told Prince Charles, "It must be so strange to see a film version of your family."
Mary J. Blige To Share The Stage With Elton John At AIDS Benefit
4Two longtime AIDS activists are seeking to make beautiful music together on Oscar night: Mary J. Blige will join Elton John on stage for a duet at John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party Sunday.
"Elton John is one of the most inspirational musicians and philanthropists in this industry for me," Blige said in a statement Tuesday. "I respect him with all my heart, and it is truly a pleasure to be performing with him on such an important night as we look to raise awareness and vital funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS."
John's annual Oscar party has raised more than $15 million over the past 15 years. Blige's AIDS-awareness efforts date back to 2000, when she worked with MAC Cosmetics on its Viva Glam fundraising campaign.
The "queen of hip-hop soul" has also worked with John before. He played piano on her single "Deep Inside." No word yet on what song the two will perform at the Oscar party.
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911 Tape Released In Brad Renfro Death
5Brad Renfro's girlfriend tried to revive the troubled actor after finding him unresponsive at his home last month, according to the 911 call that has been released by fire officials.
On the recording released Tuesday a woman who says the 25-year-old actor was her boyfriend tells a dispatcher that Renfro had an audition later in the day and she has "been trying to wake him up to get ready and he just won't move."
The woman says Renfro's nose was bleeding and mentions the actor may have taken a couple of pills the night before. She tries to give Renfro CPR after being instructed to do so by the dispatcher before paramedics arrive.
Renfro died Jan. 15 of an overdose of heroin and morphine. He had publicly struggled with drugs and alcohol.
Pink And Hubby Carey Hart Separate
Pink and motocross racer Carey Hart have separated after two years of marriage.
"This decision was made by best friends with a huge amount of love and respect for one another," Pink's representative, Michele Schweitzer, said Tuesday in a statement. "While the marriage is over, their friendship has never been stronger."
Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, met Hart at the 2001 X Games in Las Vegas and proposed to him four years later during a race in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. They were married Jan. 7, 2006, in Costa Rica.
Pink, 28, won a Grammy for best female rock vocal performance for her song "Trouble" in 2003. Her hits include "Get the Party Started," "Stupid Girls" and "Don't Let Me Get Me."