Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A passion for fashion

Among the supermodel wannabes working the catwalk at the Italian Embassy during Saturday night’s Fashion for Paws — an annual fundraiser for the Washington Humane Society — was Fox News Channel reporter Courtney Friel, who flew down from New York for the event with her husband (CBS News reporter Carter Evans) and dog, Stoli. (Her pooch was in the show, and her hubby proudly watched from the front row.)

Miss Friel told The Washington Times that she was roped into the event by Katherine Kennedy, soon-to-be star of the upcoming television reality series “Blonde Charity Mafia.”

Slated for release later this year, the show — about the philanthropic pursuits and fundraising efforts of local flaxen-tressed socialites — also features pretty young things Krista Johnson and Sophie Pyle.

So, does Miss Friel have a shot at joining the “Mafia”? She is, after all, blond and apparently charitable.

“Unfortunately she is not part of the show but a wonderful, wonderful girl,” Miss Kennedy explained.

Maybe Miss Friel can pave the way for honorary membership.

New baby for Allen, Mrs.

“Home Improvement” star Tim Allen, 55, is a father for the second time, Associated Press reports.

Publicist Marleah Leslie says Mr. Allen’s wife, Jane, gave birth to a 5-pound, 13-ounce girl, Elizabeth, on Saturday in Los Angeles. Miss Leslie says the couple is thrilled with the new arrival, and both mother and child are healthy.

Elizabeth is Mr. Allen’s second child. He has a 19-year-old daughter, Katherine, from his first marriage. This is his wife’s first child.

Kids plan Virginia stop

If you missed them the first time around, now’s your chance to catch the New Kids on the Block live onstage. The group is launching the Full Service Tour, which kicks off May 28 in Atlanta, People.com reports.

Locally, the tour will stop at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on June 7.

Tickets and VIP packages — which include a backstage barbecue with the guys — will be available starting Friday.

Joining the tour are “America’s Best Dance Crew” winners JabbawockeeZ and surprise guests, People says.

Hartnett hospitalized

Josh Hartnett‘s publicist says the 30-year-old actor has been taken to a Los Angeles hospital with gastrointestinal problems.

Publicist Susan Patricola says Mr. Hartnett was transported by ambulance at 1:45 a.m. Monday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He “is under observation but is resting comfortably,” she adds.

Miss Patricola says Mr. Hartnett had a flare-up of a gastrointestinal issue that affected him while he was starring in an onstage production of “Rain Man” in London last year.

No other details have been provided, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Hartnett has appeared in the films “Black Hawk Down,” “Sin City,” “40 Days and 40 Nights” and “The Black Dahlia.”

Vereen is not smiling

Ben Vereen is suing a company called Supersmile, TMZ.com reports.

According to a lawsuit filed Thursday, Mr. Vereen showed up at a gift suite at the TV Land Awards in 2007 and was handed some Supersmile toothpaste. The versatile performer says he had a quick interaction with a spokesmodel that was videotaped, and that was cool — or so he thought.

Then, Mr. Vereen claims, the company started using the video on its Web site and on YouTube as a product endorsement — without his permission.

Mr. Vereen is seeking damages in excess of $450,000, TMZ.com reports.

Compiled by Stephanie Green and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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