Friday, August 8, 2003

Britney still talking about Justin

London -- Britney Spears, casting off the remnants of her sweet-as-pie image along with most of her clothes, says she's relieved she didn't settle down with fellow pop star Justin Timberlake.

Spears tells British Elle magazine for its September issue that the breakup made her a better artist. She also says she hated seeing Timberlake talk about their relationship and that she's actually quite shy.

On the cover, the 21-year-old singer appears in a seductive pose wearing only a pair of tiny black briefs.

"I'll always have feelings for Justin," she says. "OK, not feelings for him, but he'll always have a special place in my heart.

"He was my first love after all. I think I got way too serious, way too young. It's very healthy to not be in that relationship right now."

Hometown idol delights fans

Raleigh, N.C. -- Clay Aiken wowed a sold-out hometown crowd and bathed in an ovation that nearly brought him to tears.

Rising from below the stage, the "American Idol" runner-up opened his performance Wednesday with his single "This Is the Night." When it was over, he stood silently for several minutes as the audience screamed.

Appearing to tear up, Aiken said, "Thank you so much. There's no place like home."

The "Pop Tarts Presents American Idols Live!" tour hit the RBC Center Wednesday, featuring nine of the singers who performed earlier this year during the "Idol" competition.

Six Flags spurns Manson

Darien Center, N.Y. -- Marilyn Manson will have to sit out the Six Flags Darien Lake stop on the 2003 Ozzfest tour. The amusement park says the shock rocker's act isn't appropriate for the venue.

Manson, known for his ghastly, cadaverous look and macabre lyrics, is usually considered one of the headliners of the tour, which includes acts such as Korn, Disturbed, Chevelle and Ozzy Osbourne.

Darien Lake is the only venue on the 30-city tour so far to refuse Manson's performance, The Buffalo News reported Wednesday.

Being banned from shows is nothing new for Manson, whose suggestive, theatrical stage show has made him the target of religious and conservative groups.

Malaysia shuns 'Bruce Almighty'

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Government censors have postponed the Malaysian release of Jim Carrey's latest film, "Bruce Almighty," pending a decision on whether to ban it for trivializing the subject of God, officials said.

The comedy had been scheduled to open Thursday in this mostly Muslim country, but the state-run Film Censorship Board is reconsidering its earlier decision to approve the movie, said board secretary Lukeman Said.

"We have not decided whether to ban it, but we have instructed distributors not to show it until a decision is made," Lukeman said Wednesday.