COPYCATS “Four of Hollywood’s most influential thesps — George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep — are pressuring the Screen Actors Guild to launch its contract talks as soon as possible to avert a strike.”
CLOSE CALL “OJ Simpson’s girlfriend, Christy Prody, suffered bruises and head injuries on Monday — but it was because of a fall — and not at the hand of the Juice. The National Enquirer reported that OJ was being investigated after Prody was taken to a Miami hospital with head trauma and bruising. But cops tell TMZ that her injuries are ‘consistent’ with a fall she took at a gas station, that they don’t consider this a criminal case, and that OJ was never a suspect.” CONTINUED »
IT’S HARD OUT THERE FOR A MODEL “For the 26 women who take the stage each week on [Deal or No Deal], life is not all glamour and sequins and witty repartee with the host, Howie Mandel. At this taping in mid-January, for instance, there was the 14-hour workday, 8 ?? hours of which involved some or all of the models standing on an Arctic-like soundstage in short, short sleeveless dresses and four-inch heels.” How can they even stand it?
DID THEY SMELL LIKE CHEETOS? Remember that Rolling Stone tidbit about Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake that was too vulgar for Gatecrasher? Well, here’s what all the fuss was about: “They were always running in between each other’s buses, and one night Justin came back to the bus and said to me, ‘Dude, smell my fingers.’”
LUCKY LOHAN “Paris Hilton has banned Lindsay Lohan from all of her birthday celebrations after the pair squabbled during Timbaland???s pre-Grammys party in Los Angeles last Friday.”
LIKE SPOILED MONSTER LIKE SPOILED MONSTER “18-year-old Barron Hilton, Paris‘ little brother, was arrested for DUI in Malibu at 8:30 AM this morning!”
NOT EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE “Mariah Carey has set April 15 as the in-store date for her new album, E=MC2.”
HAGS REJOICE! “Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds aren’t walking down the aisle after all. A New York newspaper and Web sites reported that Johansson, 23, was seen shopping for wedding dresses at a Monique Lhuillier boutique in LA with her mother and sister recently. But her rep tells Usmagazine.com, ‘A family member is getting married, not her. She is not engaged.’”
DOLLY’S BIG PROBLEMS Country star, literacy charity founder and all around amazing person Dolly Parton has been forced to postpone her US tour due to an aching back. Apparently not one to sulk, the famously busty singer spoke cheerily when discussing her condition: “I know I have been breaking my neck and bending over backwards trying to get my new ‘Backwoods Barbie’ CD and world tour together, but I didn’t mean to hurt myself doing it!…But hey, you try wagging these puppies around a while and see if you don’t have back problems.” WE LOVE HER!
SHIRTLESS MATEO STRIKES AGAIN “Fool’s Gold, the romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, was the top film at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, garnering $22 million in ticket sales for Time Warner Inc.” What, was Meet the Spartans sold out?
DEFINITELY A NOTTIE “… [Paris Hilton’s] movie, ‘The Hottie and the Nottie,’ opened on 111 screens yesterday, and sold only $76 in ticket sales per location. That breaks down to approximately 10 people per theater. It’s anticipated that the movie will sell only $23,000 during the three-day weekend.”
IN A GODDAMN HANDBASKET “Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these ‘green’ fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded.”
THE OTHER ACTOR WHO DIED LAST MONTH “In a sad conclusion to a tragic life, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed that actor Brad Renfro died from an accidental overdose of heroin. The cause of death was ruled ‘acute heroin/morphine intoxication,’ and the drugs were injected, according to the coroner’s office. ‘The final manner of death has been ruled an accident,’ the coroner reported. The 25-year-old former child actor was found dead in his LA home on Jan. 15.”
Sorry, hippies and all the rest of you cranks clogging up the sidewalks with your guitars:
“I think that the time when music could change the world is past,” [Neil Young today] told reporters. “I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age.”
HEY, HEY, HEY, GOODBYE After spending tens of millions of Mormon bucks from his own coffer on his campaign, Mitt Romney’s dropping out of the race for the White House. Ever graceful, he called the Democrats cowards on his way out the door: “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.” Later, D-bag!
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE From Page Six’s “Sightings” section: “Two dozen wounded soldiers from Iraq, on leave from the Walter Reed military hospital in DC, at the Hustler Club, showing their appreciation to the saintly strippers by branding them with Marine Corps stickers on their breasts and derrières.”
“FEEDING FRENZY” “With optimism spreading about an imminent resolution of the writers strike, film agents, producers and development execs are bracing for a barrage of dealmaking, says The Hollywood Reporter. ‘It’s started already,’ one development exec declared. ‘Just in the last few days I’m starting to have more conversations. We’re going to see a ton of spec scripts come in pretty much the second the strike ends.’”
NO REST FOR THE DEPARTED “Photos of Heath Ledger???s dead body are being served up for sale to tabloids worldwide, according to a New York Post insider. Just one photo of the late Oscar-nominee could yield six figures. According to Post sources, photos were snapped of a dearly departed Ledger shortly after his body was discovered in a New York City loft: ‘Supposedly, his body was snapped, and $300,000 is the price on that photo.’”