Names & Faces: Conrad Murray, Lady Gaga, Jason Alexander and more

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Charges for MJ's doc?

Are prosecutors nearing charges related to Michael Jackson's death? Yes, if some Friday news reports are to be believed.

The Associated Press, citing a law enforcement source, reports that prosecutors will charge Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, with gross negligence and are prepared to seek the more severe charge of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson died at his Los Angeles home in June while under Murray's care. Fox News issued a similar report, also citing a law enforcement source.

But who knows for sure? The investigation is ongoing -- hence the clamors for anonymity -- and the Fox News story quotes a rep for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office denying. "Until police complete their investigation and bring it to our office, there is no way to know what charges may be filed and against whom," the rep said.

A rep for Murray and his lawyer told AP that Murray had no comment, and reiterated Murray's assertion that he neither prescribed nor administered anything to Jackson that should have killed him.

Lady Gaga's in the picture

Sounds like Lady Gaga wasn't kidding about her new "real job."

While in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday, the pop star sat for an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, fielding questions about a new creative-director gig at Polaroid -- which, Gaga says, is "not an endorsement deal or a campaign."

"It is 100 percent a partnership with me as the creative director of new products, branding nothing more than my artistic vision," Gaga said. She was wearing round sunglasses, massive shoulder pads and what can only be described as a wide-brimmed hair hat.

Gaga even gets her own Polaroid business card. On Friday, she posted a photo of it on Twitter: "Lady Gaga, Creative Director," it reads. (Her contact information, except the Minnesota state abbreviation in the company's address, was crossed out.)

Polaroid hopes to have some of Lady Gaga's ideas ready for purchase before this year's holiday shopping season, Boorstin reports.

Ladies first, then . . .

Kirstie Alley, Valerie Bertinelli, Phylicia Rashad . . . Jason Alexander? It's true: The rotund actor is the latest star spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program.

Alexander, 50, told People magazine that his New Year's resolution is to shed the 30 to 40 pounds he has gained since debuting as George Costanza on "Seinfeld" in 1989.

"No one would accuse me of being thin at that point, and I'm also 20 years older," Alexander said. "My younger son's nickname for me is 'SFB,' which stands for short, fat, bald. I have to get rid of one of them, and I can't do anything about short and bald."

Alexander says he's already getting advice from Bertinelli, who last spring announced that Jenny Craig helped her lose 50 pounds.

End Notes

Engaged: On-again, off-again couple Evan Rachel Wood, 22, and Marilyn Manson, 41, People magazine reports. The actress and shock rocker started dating in 2006, broke up in 2008, briefly reconciled before splitting again . . . and ended up getting back together. In 2007, Wood told Elle magazine that Manson is "lovely, really human and just amazing. It may surprise you just how healthy and loving our relationship is."

Quoted: "People have very often said to me that I look like Tobey, so I thought it was perfect casting. . . . In fact, to all those cab drivers out in New York, I am not Spider-Man!" -- Jake Gyllenhaal, quoted in the United Kingdom's Telegraph newspaper, on his uncanny resemblance to Tobey Maguire. The two actors play siblings in the movie "Brothers."

-- Marissa Newhall, from wire and Web reports

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