People: Prince Harry, Salma Hayek, Madonna, Martin Scorsese, Howie Dorough, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Swift
August 24, 2012 8:00 AM
Prince Harry -- Handlers are being blamed for embarrassing photos.
From wire and Web reports
The Royal Family is furious over the Prince Harry naked photo fiasco, and the anger isn't directed solely at Harry. The family also is pointing the finger at the Prince's minders and personal security team, TMZ reports.
The night of the naked Vegas hotel party, Prince Harry was hanging with two male friends. After some boozing, the group decided to bring some women they had just met back to Harry's VIP suite at Encore.
That's when Harry's people dropped the ball.
When the women entered the room, they weren't asked to surrender their phones, an epic failure, considering Harry's well-documented wild side, sources told TMZ.
As the party fired up, several women began to snap pics on their cell phones and one of Harry's minders lackadaisically told the women, "Awww, come on ... no photos."
Sources who were there tell TMZ the minders were asleep at the wheel, enjoying the party more than protecting the prince from himself.
After more boozing, the clothes came off ... and more photos were taken, in plain view of the handlers, yet Harry's people did nothing.
TMZ spoke with several people in the Las Vegas VIP scene who say they see situations like this every day and it could have been easily contained, but as one source put it, "Harry's team acted like a bunch of amateurs."
Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were "lost in translation," The Associated Press reports.
The 45-year-old actress issued a statement Thursday after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she "hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican."
Hayek says she has never denied her background or culture and has taught her young daughter to speak Spanish and appreciate Mexican history, music, food and folk art. She goes on to say that she has always tried "to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride" and is saddened by the magazine's misinterpretation of her remarks.
Hayek plays the leader of a Mexican drug cartel in the Oliver Stone drama "Savages."
Is Madonna calming a commotion?
With her European tour landing back in France, the "Girl Gone Wild" singer has appeared to cave to critics in the country who have blasted her for juxtaposing a swastika over video of ultra-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen during her current MDNA tour, E! News reports.
After the party threatened to sue Madonna for the negative connotations associated with linking Le Pen to the Nazi symbol, according to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, the Queen of Pop altered the shocking image during Tuesday's performance in Nice of "Nobody Knows Me," dropping the swastika and instead projecting a question mark on Le Pen's forehead.
Gael Nofri, a National Front spokesman, was pleased with the modification.
"As far as I know, Madonna has never changed a video clip," he told Agence France-Presse. "This is proof that our arguments were valid. This is excellent news."
The montage that accompanies the song shows the faces of various political leaders along with religious insignia, dollar signs and other symbols. In the original edit, the image of Le Pen overlaid with a swastika was followed by a picture of Adolf Hitler. That enraged party members despite the fact Le Pen's father, former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been convicted of inciting racial hatred, including minimizing the Holocaust, on numerous occasions.
French newspapers subsequently described Madonna's decision "appeasement" and "giving in."
A spurned production company thinks Martin Scorsese ain't quite the good fella.
Cecchi Gori Pictures has sued the Oscar-winning auteur for breach of contract after he allegedly bailed on a project that he agreed to direct for the company 20 years ago, E! News reports.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the company claims that in 1990 the "Raging Bull" director signed on to helm an adaptation of the Japanese novel "Silence," a religion-tinged drama about the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan by its imperious emperor.
The company, which was founded by Italian magnate Vittorio Cecchi Gori, alleges that it already dropped $750,000 to kick-start the project and that Scorsese had committed to directing it after finishing work on 1997's "Kundun."
According to the suit, the director postponed "Silence" so he could direct "The Departed," "Shutter Island" and "Hugo." As part of that deferment deal, Scorsese agreed to pay what essentially amounts to a delay fee in order to work on those three films before "Silence."
The suit alleges that Scorsese failed to pay the fees -- which reportedly ran up to $1.25 million to $1.5 million per film along with a cut of the grosses -- as well as jilted Cecchi Gori Pictures again by ditching the project to work on "The Wolf of Wall Street," his upcoming flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Cecchi Gori Pictures is seeking to have its agreement with Scorsese reformed and/or rescinded and is also asking for unspecified compensatory damages, interest and court costs.
Happy, happy 39th birthday, indeed!
Kicking off his celebratory week, Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he and his wife, Leigh, are expecting their second son, People reports.
"Thanks to family, friends & fans for all the amazing birthday wishes," the singer tweeted. "This year I'm receiving the best gift from my wife: another baby boy!"
Already dad to 3-year-old son James Hoke, Dorough -- who wed Leigh in December 2007 -- is the first to admit that this week is already at the top of his charts.
"I know it's not until Wed, but I already feel like I am having an incredible bday with the baby boy news and all of the amazing bday wishes!" he writes.
Alicia Silverstone is returning to Broadway -- in a romantic comedy set in the porn industry, The Associated Press reports.
Producers of David West Read's comedy "The Performers" said Wednesday the actress will join Henry Winkler and "30 Rock" star Cheyenne Jackson in the play, which will begin previews Oct. 23 at the Longacre Theatre.
It's about two high school friends who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. Silverstone will play the girlfriend of one of the friends.
The rest of the cast includes Daniel Breaker, Ari Graynor and Jenni Barber. Evan Cabnet, director of Read's "The Dream of the Burning Boy," will direct.
Silverstone made her Broadway debut in 2002 in "The Graduate" and was last on Broadway in 2010 opposite Laura Linney in "Time Stands Still."
Amid denials from the Grammy-winning songbird's camp that she crashed a Kennedy wedding last weekend, Kathie Lee Gifford insisted on the "Today" show Thursday that Taylor Swift did, indeed, show up at the nuptials in Hyannis Port, Mass., and that she was asked to leave twice, E! News reports.
But unlike other reports, Gifford was privy to some first-hand intel: She was at the wedding and is the stepmother of Victoria Gifford Kennedy, who happens to be the mother of the bride, Kyle Kennedy.
Gifford said that Kyle's cousin Conor Kennedy had been invited to the wedding but didn't RSVP until an hour before, when he sent Victoria a text message saying that he would be coming and asked if he could bring Swift.
"[Victoria] didn't know if he was coming or not," Gifford told her "Today" cohost, Hoda Kotb. "She heard that he might be, but he got in touch with her an hour earlier, and said, basically, 'Can I bring my girlfriend?' ... She said very nicely, 'Please do not come.' Guess what? Then they came."