August 21, 2008

People – Jessica Simpson to Tout Stampede Light Beer

Singer/actress Jessica Simpson is now selling beer. The singer and actress has signed on as spokeswoman for Stampede Light Plus, made by Dallas' Stampede Brewing Co.

Simpson will appear in ads in stores for the beer and is taking a 15 percent stake in the brewer. The Dallas Morning News said terms were not disclosed.

Lawrence Schwartz , Stampede's president and chief executive, said Simpson is the now face of the brand.

Simpson said in a statement that as an entrepreneur she's "always looking for ways to diversify my portfolio with good ideas and good people."

Stampede Light bills itself as a beer for active people.

Ricky Martin welcomes twin boys

There won't be much "livin' la vida loca" for Ricky Martin these days - he's now the father of twin boys.

The Latin superstar had the children via a surrogate mother, and the babies were born a few weeks ago, according to a statement from his representatives.

"The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-time care," said the statement.

"Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."

There was no further information on the details of the children's birth.

Martin, 36, is a multiplatinum singer who is best known for English-language hits like "She Bangs!" and "Livin' la Vida Loca."

In recent years, the Puerto Rican star has been active in charitable efforts, including the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.

Adler enters not guilty plea

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has pleaded not guilty to drug charges and will remain in rehab for at least the next month.

Adler appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday . A judge ordered him to remain in rehab while he awaits a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of drug possession and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of drugs.

Los Angeles police arrested him last month and he was freed on $10,000 bail.

Adler's attorney says the 43-year-old musician's recovery is being monitored by celebrity rehab specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky .

Adler performed on the early Guns N' Roses albums but was later fired.

- From Our Press Services


Today's birthdays

Actor-film- maker Melvin Van Peebles , 76; singer Kenny Rogers , 70; guitarist James Burton (with Elvis Presley), 69; actor newsman Harry Smith , 57; actresses Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"), 52, and Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix" ), 38; musician Liam Howlett of Prodigy, 37; actress Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes"), 19.


Originally published by From Our Press Services .

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