Celebrity To Host ‘american Idol’ Finalists At Sea

Celebrity jewelry maker claims ex-wife sold his belongings — and kept the money

Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity to host ‘American Idol’ finalists at sea Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:34 p.m. EDT October 3, 2013 “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis will appear on a Celebrity cruise. (Photo: Handout) SHARE 8 CONNECT 44 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Celebrity Cruises is launching a series of concerts, Q&A sessions and autograph signings by finalists from past seasons of the popular Fox TV show American Idol. On the line’s Christmas cruises in the Caribbean, two American Idol singing artists will perform on each sailing. The lineup includes runner-up finalists Bo Bice (fourth season) and Blake Lewis (sixth season), as well as Elliot Yamin, who placed third in the show’s fifth season and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200. Also appearing onboard will be Kimberly Caldwell (second season), Melinda Doolittle (sixth season), Matt Giraud (eighth season) and Mikalah Gordon (fourth season). The Caribbean holiday sailings include week-long cruises on the Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Silhouette; a five-day cruise on the Celebrity Constellation; a 10-day cruise on Celebrity Equinox; and a 14-day sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse. The Reflection sails from Miami, the Summit from San Juan and the other ships from Fort Lauderdale. The cruise line scheduled the artists as part of its partnership with Las Vegas-based Nite Raiders entertainment, Celebrity officials said. Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.

Celebrity Divorce Lawyer Laura Wasser Dishes on High-Profile Breakups, Clients She Won’t Take—Watch Now!

by Rebecca Macatee Today 5:55 AM PDT Loading… Getting divorced is never easy, but when celebrities, fame and enormous bank accounts are involved, splitting up can get really difficult. Family law attorney Laura Wasser has helped many starsincluding Britney Spears , Ashton Kutcher, Christina Aguilera, Kim Kardashian , Angelina Jolie , Ryan Reynolds and Heidi Klum through the process of divorcing a spouse. She dropped by E! News on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to talk about her book,It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself, and explained why she treats every divorce “like a business transaction.” “[I tell clients] let’s do this in a way that we can keep your sanity and your bank accounts intact,” she said. “There’s no reason to turn this into some kind of a melodramaparticularly if you’re a famous person, because we know it’s all going to get played out through the media.” PHOTOS: Friendly exes As for why some celebrity divorce cases seem to take forever to play out? “It takes a while because you have to compile information and exchange it, and then you have to make a deal,” Wasser said. “I will say, when things take a long time, often it’s because one party or another is not really ready to cut the cord.” Andbrace yourselfany sort of “cheating clause” you throw into a prenup to protect yourself is “not enforceable!” She explained, “You cannot force someone to agree to certain kinds of behavior or to refrain from it.” Wasser’s handled a wide variety of divorce cases, but she won’t work with just anyone. “I would not represent someone that came to me with very unrealistic expectations,” she said. “And I have sent people away if they’ve said, ‘I don’t want my husband to have any custodial time with our kids,’ or if they say, ‘I understand I’m required to pay child support, but I’m just not willing to do that,’ and I say, ‘You know what, you should find another attorney and they can blow sunshine and they can tell you all kinds of things.'” “And in the end,” she said, “What I’m telling you Is you are going to share custody, you are going to pay child support, so let’s cut to the chase and make the best deal that we can given the circumstances we have.”

Hes seeking the profits and $1 million in damages. By Bill Hutchinson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 5:45 PM Rick Diamond/WireImage for PR Consulting The Kieselstein-Cords in happier times. Related Stories NYPD detectives charges upgraded in motorcycle assault Jewelry designer-to-the-stars Barry Kieselstein-Cord is accusing ex-wife No. 3 of taking everything but the kitchen sink. Kieselstein-Cord slammed his ex, Karen, in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, charging she stole $500,000 of his personal property from his country home in Dutchess County, auctioned it off and didnt give him a dime. Besides demanding that she fork over the dough she got for his possessions, including two rare mid-century Swedish rosewood chairs his mother gave him, hes seeking $1 million in punitive damages. RELATED: DIS-CORD HAS WIFE ON A JAG Kieselstein-Cord, 69, said the conduct of his former wife of 10 years constitutes a theft and or conversion. The designer whose baubles, handbags and eyeglasses are worn by Sharon Stone, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and other A-listers contends that his ex-wife came to his Milbrook home with her boyfriend and cleaned him out. He said the theft occurred sometime after their April 2012 divorce settlement, in which he was ordered to pay $10,800 a month. PHOTOS: STARS SPARKLE AT CHOPARD TROPHY AWARDS Kieselstein-Cord said all his missing property once filled his former Lexington Ave. five-story townhouse dubbed Crocodile Hall, which he sold in 2006 for $23 million. The suit claims the 47-year-old woman also swiped half a sculpture created by an artist friend; a pewter sundial given to his daughter by her deceased godfather; and three custom-made leather club chairs worth $20,000 apiece. Shes also accused of taking more than 200 pairs of Kieselstein-Cord designer eyewear worth $500 to $1,200 apiece. The designer claimed that when he once asked Karen what happened to his possessions, she responded, I sold them at auction, too bad. Karen Kiselstein-Cord, of the upper East Side, could not be reached for comment.