Moving off the strip ...
Wayne Newton is leaving the Stardust hotel-casino in Las Vegas, where he has been performing his famous "Danke Schoen" since 1999.
"The time has come after an incredible six years to move on to new challenges," the 63-year-old singer said in a statement. Newton, known as "Mr. Las Vegas," said April 20 will be his last show at the Stardust. The move wasn't a complete surprise. Newton has been playing a limited schedule at the hotel-casino, and has been busy with other obligations, including a USO tour of Iraq and "The Entertainer," his reality show on E! Television Network.
There was speculation he might move to the nearby Hilton hotel-casino to join Barry Manilow, who is under contract to perform through 2006. A Hilton spokesman couldn't confirm that report.
Ailing Osbourne ...
Aimee Osbourne, the 21-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and the only family member not to appear on MTV's "The Osbournes," is undergoing treatment in Los Angeles after a lump was removed from her breast, her mother said.
"Aimee's had a breast cancer scare. She found a lump on her breast which she's had removed," Sharon Osbourne said in a statement without saying whether the lump was cancerous or providing other details. Sharon and Aimee had been set to star in a London production of "The Vagina Monologues," but withdrew Friday, saying Aimee was ailing.
"The operation went very well on the whole but there have been a few minor complications and she will be having more treatment and lots of rest over the next few weeks," Sharon Osbourne said. "We're sure she'll make a complete recovery."
X-traordinary recovery ...
Never mind that in the last "X-Men" movie Famke Janssen's character Jean Grey was killed. Nothing's written in stone in the comic book world, or in Hollywood for that matter.
So in "X-Men 3" the psychic returns! Others back for another round of world-saving include Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. Shooting is slated to start this summer, for a May 26, 2006, release.
L'Oreal and Longoria ...
"Desperate Housewives" beauty Eva Longoria has been presented with a $1.9 million contract to be the new face of cosmetics giant L'Oreal, reports IMDB.com.
The Texas actress, 30, will join a succession of celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Imbruglia and Beyonce Knowles, who have starred in posters and ads for L'Oreal.
Throws a fit ...
Police escorted singer-actress Grace Jones off a Eurostar train after she allegedly grabbed a ticket inspector's arm in an argument over her fare, reports the Associated Press.
Jones, 52, also verbally abused the female inspector after being asked to pay for a seat upgrade on the Tuesday evening service from Paris to London, Eurostar spokesman Paul Charles said.
"We are not pressing charges but we will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse from anyone against passengers or staff on Eurostar," Charles said. Jones was traveling with a first-class ticket, which costs $564, but sat in the premium class area, where tickets cost an additional $132. No one was immediately available for comment Wednesday at the office of Jones' lawyer in New York.
Don't bug her ...
An Australian court this week ordered a photographer to provide a DNA sample to police investigating the alleged bugging of Nicole Kidman's home.
The listening device was discovered in the grass across the street from Kidman's house in Sydney by her security staff in January. The cops turned to the court to get DNA from photographer Jamie Fawcett.
Fawcett has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Kidman, though, had been granted a restraining order against him and another Sydney photographer, Ben McDonald, earlier this year. She claimed they were bothering her so much she was afraid to leave her home. Fawcett's lawyer said he would appeal the ruling.