NOTEWORTHY SHORT TAKES ON THE NEWS
From Journal Sentinel wire reports
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Hotel lets guests sleep in Britney Spears’ bedroom
Guests at the Onyx Hotel can now sleep in Britney Spears’ room — if only in their dreams.
The singer’s mother, Lynne, designed a room at the Onyx, in downtown Boston, to look just like the 22-year-old pop singer’s bedroom at her home in Kentwood, La.
The minibar is stocked with some of Britney’s favorite treats — Cheetos, strawberry Pop Tarts and orange juice. Her CDs and a DVD of her 2002 movie, “Crossroads,” are also on hand.
The room is decorated in off-white, with shades of green, gold, pink and soft blue. In the bathroom, the walls are gold-speckled with fairies.
A night in the 325-square-foot room will run $349 in the high season (spring, summer, fall). In winter, it’s $259.
And to help guests rest easier, the hotel donates 10% of the room charge to the Britney Spears Foundation, which helps sick children and funds a performing arts camp in Louisiana.
Beckham intruder burned
An intruder with a can of gasoline was arrested after scaling a wall around the grounds of David and Victoria Beckham’s home, The Associated Press reports.
The Sun newspaper reported Tuesday that the former Spice Girl was at home with the couple’s young sons at the time of Sunday’s incident at the mansion. Her husband, the England and Real Madrid soccer star, was in Spain preparing for pre-season training.
The 38-year-old alleged intruder was released on bail and ordered to return to a local police station on Sept. 24.
The Sun reported that the man appeared angry and intended to burn down the house, but police would release no details.
Pitt buys historic yacht
Brad Pitt has bought wife Jennifer Aniston a piece of Hollywood history — the yacht once owned by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, reports Hellomagazine.com.
The 165-foot Kalizma was originally purchased by Burton in 1967, when he wanted to congratulate Liz on her Oscar for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The couple named it after their three children together, Kate, Liza and Marie.
Burton paid about $150,000 when he bought the yacht in the ’60s, but it’s reported to have set Pitt back $5.5 million.
Travolta may pen book
John Travolta is already an actor, singer and pilot. Now, he may add author to that list, reports MSNBC.com.
According to a source at a publishing company, it is “highly unusual” for a star who not too long ago was reportedly earning $20 million a movie to write about his life. “Usually, it’s the lesser stars or someone in the twilight of his career or country and western stars.”
Travolta’s spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment.
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