ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Oops! I got married
Continuing her reign as the media queen, Britney Spears rang in the new year
with what seems to have been little more than a poorly planned publicity
stunt. After a wild night of partying in the hip Las Vegas club Ghostbar,
Spears and longtime friend Jason Alexander took a trip down the aisle at
one of those all-night wedding chapels. Sound like something out of a movie?
Well, this is the life of Britney Spears, after all. However, teenage boys
across the globe need not start burning their Britney posters yet: the teen
queen is already back on the market. The couple’s wedded bliss lasted
only 55 hours as they filed for an annulment the following afternoon. So,
was it just a crazy stunt taken too far or a pathetic cry for media attention?
Only Britney knows...
Rush guitarist in legal tangle
Ahh, those crazy rock stars — always running afoul with the law. Such
was the case for Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson on New Year’s Eve, as the
rocker ended up in a fight with police after Lifeson’s son, Justin, refused
to leave the stage at a Florida hotel. Lifeson is now facing charges of aggravated
battery and resisting an officer. Umm... rock on?
Mediocre finish for Canadian Idol
Ryan Malcolm may have won the hearts of Canadian fans, but he wasn’t
able to capture the world’s heart, as was evidenced by his
sixth-place finish in the first ever World Idol competition (held
on Dec. 25, 2003). The results, which were announced on New Year’s
Day, saw Malcolm finish right smack in the middle of a group of
11 contestants. The big winner of the night was Norwegian Idol
(and potential “Middle Earth Idol”) Kurt Nilsen, who
finished with the first place vote in nine out of 10 countries
after his stunning rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day.”