Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A day of Splitsville announcements ....

Seems that Christina Aguilera and her husband, music executive Jordan Bratman, have split, as have Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

A source close to Aguilera says the couple "have been separated for a few months."

Aguilera and Bratman met in 2002 and married in a lavish ceremony in 2005. The pair have not yet filed for divorce but "are now living apart, and they will see how that goes." "They were very much in love, but over the last six months, it became clear they were more like friends than husband and wife," the source explains. They remain united in their commitment to their son, Max, 2. "He is their main concern," according to the source.

After 11 years of marriage, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have decided to separate. Cox and Arquette have been living apart for a few months. The couple released a statement regarding the breakup. "We have agreed to a trial separation that dates back for some time. The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage."

It continued, "We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply."

Cox and Arquette have a daughter together, 6-year-old Coco. The actors met on the set of the 1995 film 'Scream.' They married in 1999. Ironically, they are set to appear together in 'Scream 4,' which is due out in April of next year.

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Outlaw Cancelled

This was actually a good show if you ask me but NBC has officially pulled the plug on Jimmy Smits’ struggling rookie procedural Outlaw. The Friday-night legal drama, which was already on a production hiatus, will be replaced by a second hour of Dateline. The final four episodes will air Saturdays at 8 pm beginning this week. Any questions?

Vanilla Ice - From Rapper to House Flipper Gold

Vanilla Ice was once a punch line for bad rap jokes.

These days, the rapper, who in 1990 had the hit "Ice Ice Baby," is laughing all the way to the bank.

And he's doing so by dropping hot words like "earth tones" and "travertine."

That's right. Vanilla Ice, born Robert Van Winkle, is a home remodeler and his show "The Vanilla Ice Project" launches Thursday at 9 p.m. on the DIY Network.

"I've been flipping homes for about 10 years," he says. "I enjoy it. I like to sit back and cross my arms and think, 'Look at what I've accomplished.' "

Like his outsized stage personality, Vanilla Ice doesn't take on small projects. Indeed, he tends to ply his building trade in tony neighborhoods in Florida, like Palm Beach, where Donald Trump has properties.

The show emerged after a producer noticed a mention of the rapper's home projects in a larger BIO channel profile. The deal came together quickly and just as Vanilla Ice was closing on a $1 million home that needed work.

"The house was completely gutted, like a hurricane hit it," he says. "Everything in the entire house was gone, even the carpet, which made it work perfectly for television."

Having a blank canvas, he was able to put in stuff he normally wouldn't, like an expensive home theater and a sound system.

"I actually get in there and swing a hammer with the guys, so to speak," he says. "It saves money, and I know what's going on."

Still, for some Vanilla Ice fans, seeing him painting or talking about which type of palm tree to use can be a little disconcerting.

"I do it with knowledge of our market," he says. "I do it with earth tones and I make it appeal to the masses; I make it appeal to the demographics that can afford this home. I do it with class."

That's a big step from the guy who once was the class clown of rap. He hit it big in 1990 with "Ice Ice Baby." He then got frustrated by the way his image was being manipulated by the record company. Eventually, he tried to change his image, but his records didn't do well. He struggled with drugs, attempted suicide and tried a comeback by appearing on "The Surreal Life."

"It's just a hobby," he says of the home show. "I play 100 concerts a year. I make good investments here. I've never left the music industry."

He knows there are viewers who will tune in because they're fans of the genre, while others will see the conflicting image of Vanilla Ice working on a wood floor.

The first season of the show is based around the makeover of one home in Palm Beach. They're already talking about a second season that will include a home that has a water feature that goes through the property and can ferry people floating on tubes while they're drinking piƱa coladas.

"I'm on top of the world right now," he says. "Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. I am who I am because of who I was. I basically just take it day by day. I'm enjoying myself. I have a little more wisdom now. More stability. I'm enjoying the ride right now."