Thursday, June 12, 2003

Springer site tests political waters

Columbus, Ohio -- Television talk show host Jerry Springer launched a Web site Wednesday to test voter support for a possible U.S. Senate campaign.

T-shirts, autographed photos and compact discs of Springer playing a guitar and singing country songs will be sold on the site, said Mike Ford, his political adviser.

The 59-year-old host of "The Jerry Springer Show" wants to reach people who don't normally vote and who would be willing to make small contributions on his behalf, Ford said at a news conference at Ohio Democratic Party headquarters. Response to the Web site will help Springer decide whether to run.

"A lot of people are left out of the political system, and they're not supposed to be," Ford said Tuesday. "We're going to activate them."

J. Lo downsizing staff

Barely two weeks after she axed spokesman Alan Nierob, Jennifer Lopez has fired her longtime manager, Benny Medina, reports The New York Daily News. She also sacked her agent, Patrick Whitesell of Hollywood power firm Endeavor.

Tinseltown insiders have long complained about Medina's management style but, until now, J.Lo has been loyal to him.

Variety reported Tuesday that Endeavor gave the Lopez an ultimatum: us or Medina. Her decision was to fire both.

"Sometimes, however difficult, change can be a positive thing," J.Lo said through her new rep, Dan Klores.

Renee Zellweger upsizing self

Renee Zellweger says she's eating 20 doughnuts a day in a bid to pile on almost 30 pounds for the sequel to "Bridget Jones's Diary," reports

The svelte actress has six weeks to go from a size 6 to a size 14 before playing the neurotic character in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." She shuns any form of exercise during her 4,700-calorie-a-day diet.

Zellweger, who will earn $22.5 million for the film, added: "One doughnut doesn't do a thing -- you've got to eat 20 a day for five weeks to get results."

She put on 20 pounds in three months for the original movie.

Next on eBay: murder site for sale

Mesa, Ariz. -- Bidders on eBay have another month to buy the condominium where "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane lived before he was murdered.

The actor threw wild parties at the Scottsdale condo before he was bludgeoned to death with a tripod in a hotel room on June 29, 1978.

Real estate agent Ardy Haines said the current owners, Ron and Pat Herbst, hope to cash in on the publicity surrounding the 25th anniversary of Crane's death.

"'Hogan's Heroes' is really popular in Japan, Australia and, surprisingly, Germany. And we thought we were so close to that (the anniversary) that we would just extend it," Haines told the East Valley Tribune.

The property is for bid until July 5.