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Amy WinehouseTroubled singer Amy Winehouse has infuriated management of the St Lucian resort where she is living after she insisted on bringing home flea-ridden stray dogs.

Winehouse, 25, who adopted several stray dogs she found on the beach in St Lucia, has worried resort managers, who have insisted on having her villa cleaned, as they fear the pooches could be carrying diseases.

“Management initially turned a blind eye to what Amy was doing. But she’s adopted about five or six dogs now. They’re all strays without the proper vaccinations and they all have fleas,” Contactmusic quoted a source as telling the Sun.

“The management did not want the risk of any of the fleas infecting any of the other rooms, so they got a firm of fumigators in to blitz Amy’s quarters and told her not to bring any more animals on site,” the source added.

DakotaActress Tatum O’Neal has been roped in to play the role of teen starlet Dakota Fanning’s mother in new film The Runaways.

The Oscar winning actress is the daughter of Ryan O”Neal and stepdaughter of Farrah Fawcett.

The Runaways also stars ‘Twilight’ actress Kristen Stewart, reports Life and Style magazine.

Fanning is will be portraying singer Cheri Currie in a biopic of the 70s all girl band called ‘The Runways’.

She has also bagged a role in the sequel of the romantic-fantasy film ‘Twilight’.

Steven SpielbergAmerican film director Steven Spielberg and actor Will Smith’s plans to remake cult Korean movie ‘Old Boy’ have been thrown into jeopardy, as the original makers of the 2003 hit are allegedly not authorised to grant a remake.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg and Smith had recently secured the rights to modernise director Park Chan-Wook’s film from producers Show East.

But Show East filmmakers have found themselves at the centre of a lawsuit from Futabasha bosses, the Japanese publishers of the original manga series, who claim the producers were in no position to negotiate with the Hollywood heavyweights and Universal studios.

Seoul-based Show East has since shut down and its executives have ceased all contact with Futabasha, further complicating legal proceedings, which began last week.

“We haven’t been able to confirm that Show East is bankrupt, and at this stage we’re not sure what effect this will have on the legal case,” the Daily Star quoted a spokesperson for Futabasha as saying.

But, Universal bosses are refusing to halt pre-production on Spielberg and Smith’s planned version and have given them the green light to continue work on the forthcoming movie.

FergieAmerican actor Josh Duhamel has been forced to wait for a baby with his new singer wife Stacy Ann Ferguson a.k.a. Fergie, as she is never home.

Duhamel, 36, and Fergie, 34, had married in January this year, and both have been open about their desire to start a family soon, and reports have even suggested that the Black Eyed Peas singer was keen to adopt.

Fergie had said that the demand of her work schedule left her with little time for a pregnancy, but Duhamel has decided to wait until she is home to try for a biological child.

“I don”t know (when we will have children). We have to be in the same (place) before we can,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

Peter AndreAussie singer Peter Andre has banned his estranged wife Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan from attending the second birthday party he is holding for daughter Princess Tiaamii.

Andre, 36, decided upon the action after Jordan told him he could not see his daughter on her birthday on June 29.

He will now hold a Barbie-themed party for Princess this weekend, but he has told Jordan she is not welcome at his new home where the party will be held.

“Peter doesn’t want her anywhere near his new home and he has made that clear to her,” the Sun quoted a source as saying.

The new tit-for-tat row comes as Andre’s lawyers try to win full custody of the children, including Harvey, seven, Jordan’s son with footballer Dwight Yorke.

Ashton KutcherAmerican actor Ashton Kutcher is said to have become the new messenger for the White House, after he took to his Twitter.com page to pass on a message.

Kutcher, 31, who is well known for his pranks, tweeted on June 28 that the White House had asked him to help get the word out about National HIV Testing Day.

“I’ve been asked by the white house to twet this,” Politico.com quoted him as having written before providing a link to a White House blog post and accompanying video noting the 14th commemoration of National HIV Testing Day.

The White House confirmed that it did, in fact, seek Kutcher’s help in promoting the blog post.

“As technology impacts how and where people are communicating online, we are constantly looking for new ways to engage with the public,” White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin said.

“Our efforts to promote National HIV Testing Day included participation from popular users of Twitter, as well as broad social media engagement by agencies across the government,” he added.

Kutcher was one part of the strategy: The White House has also provided online and text message resources to help people find a local testing site, launched a Twitter hashtag on the subject (#NHTD09) and set up e-cards that individuals can use to encourage others to get tested for HIV/AIDS.

tom cruiseTom Cruise, his wife Katie Holmes and their daughter Suri have arrived in Australia, where the actress will shoot for new movie ‘Don”t Be Afraid Of The Dark’.

The family arrived at Melbourne”s Essendon Airport in their private jet and is staying in a private suite at Crown Casino, reports Herald Sun.

Australian billionaire James Packer flew to Melbourne yesterday, reportedly to prepare the suite for their arrival.

The Cruise clan and the Packers are close friends, with a shared interest in Scientology.

Crown increased its security in readiness for the power couple”s arrival.

Holmes and her daughter Suri were offered the billionaire”s top-floor Crown Towers suite after being unable to find a home with enough security to accommodate their needs.

Holmes will star alongside Australian actor Guy Pearce in the movie.

The Docklands studio where the shooting is set to take place will be a media-free zone.

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