Thursday, December 25, 2003

Jackson upset with best pal Liz

Los Angeles -- Troubled pop superstar Michael Jackson is reportedly "deeply upset" that longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor didn't attend his support rally party at Neverland Ranch last weekend, reports

Taylor, 71, didn't show up for the party because she "wasn't up" for the event.

"He had hoped that a bunch of big stars would show, but there really weren't any A-list names," a source said.

Taylor's representative, Sally Morrison, said, "She was hoping to go, but she called me a couple of days before, and she just wasn't up to it. ... She has endless back problems."

Celebrities including tennis star Serena Williams and rapper MC Hammer attended the morale-raising bash for Jackson.

Jackson has been charged with seven counts of committing "lewd acts" on a boy under the age of 14.

De Niro voted best in history

London -- Robert De Niro has been voted the greatest film star of all time, reports

The 60-year-old legend beat Steve McQueen, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson to top the survey, given by Britain's Choices Video. More than 13,000 film fans voted to find the Top 50 most popular film actors and actresses.

Marilyn Monroe was the highest-ranked female at No. 7, closely followed by Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Taylor.

Sir Michael Caine was the highest-ranked Briton at No. 10.

De Niro's film credits include "The Deer Hunter," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas."

White Stripes crooner booked

Detroit -- White Stripes lead singer Jack White has been booked on a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge from a a fight with the lead singer of another band.

The 28-year-old was fingerprinted and had his mug shot snapped Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reported. He posted a $100 cash bond and will be arraigned next month.

The Dec. 13 fight between White and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer began shortly before midnight at the Majestic Theater Center, where both men were in the audience for another concert.

Leno stunt takes with cake

Detroit -- Jay Leno was warned that he may need a doctor, but went through with eating a 125-year-old fruitcake anyway.

"Is it crystalized," Leno said before eating a small bite.

"It needs more time," he said after a deliberate chew.

Morgan Ford, 83, of Tecumseh, Mich., was a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." He brought his great-grandmother Fidelia Bates' fruitcake to Burbank, Calif., to share a piece with Leno for Tuesday's night's show. Ford is the caretaker of the fruitcake, which has been handed down through generations.