SELECTED: Not only is she beautiful, she smells nice, too. Oscar winner Charlize Theron has been tapped by Christian Dior to represent the designer’s fragrance, J’adore. Theron, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in last year’s Monster, will start appearing in print and television ads next month. A spokeswoman for the company said Theron was chosen for her “classic beauty.” This is Dior’s first deal with a celebrity in an ad campaign.
BORN: Actor Brendan Fraser and his wife, Afton, have welcomed their second son, USA Today reports. The couple’s new baby, Holden Fletcher, was born Aug. 16 in Los Angeles. He weighed 10 lbs. 2 oz. The couple’s first child, Griffen, is 1.
CHARGED? The stink is growing for the Dave Matthews Band. Authorities in Chicago are now considering bringing criminal charges against the group and the driver of its tour bus following an Aug. 8 incident in which the bus allegedly dumped human waste into the Chicago River, the Associated Press reports. The bus reportedly was crossing a grated bridge when it emptied its tanks, which soaked a tour boat filled with passengers passing underneath the bridge. Surveillance photos from nearby buildings identified the bus, and the state has already filed a $70,000 lawsuit against the band, claiming it violated state water pollution and public nuisance laws.
SCHOOLED: Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Trump University? The latter may soon be a collegiate option, the Smoking Gun Web site reports. Real estate mogul Donald Trump has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain a trademark for the name. The proposed school could offer “educational services in the nature of conducting online courses in the fields of business and real estate,” according to documents filed by a law firm representing the Apprentice star.
PROTESTED: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a protest against former ally Cindy Crawford, news organization AFP reports. Crawford, a former PETA model, has come under fire for agreeing to appear in an upcoming ad campaign for fur seller Blackglama. PETA had planned a protest outside a Hollywood bar owned by the supermodel’s husband, Rande Gerber, on Thursday.
SOFTENED: Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino apparently has a soft – and fuzzy – side. The writer and director of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction will appear in a new ABC movie featuring the Muppets and based on the story of The Wizard of Oz, AP reports. The TV movie, tentatively titled The Muppets’ Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is expected to air next season, and Tarantino is reportedly playing himself. Pop star Ashanti also is expected to appear in the film.
DISAPPOINTED: The Elvis Presley Festival is not shaping up to be a hot draw. The annual event, held in the King’s hometown of Tupelo, Miss., once again suffered from sluggish ticket sales, despite the appearances of such well-known artists as B.B. King and Little Richard in recent years, AP reports. This year’s festival lost more than $5,000 – double last year’s loss. “We have to do whatever we can to make it successful next year,” the festival’s chairman said.