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Thanks to 300‘s ballistic opening-weekend box office, star Gerard Butler suddenly is hot property and so is the upcoming remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 cult flick Escape From New York that the actor’s attached to. A bidding war has launched for the remake, which is to be written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). Gerard will be filling Kurt Russell‘s decidedly big shoes in this decidedly risky venture, considering how beloved Carpenter’s flick is to many. "A man should remember his past," says Kurt’s character Snake in the original movie. If he’s smart, Gerard will live by those words. [Variety.com]
An onslaught of new Rick James related material is on its way, including an autobiography (Memoirs of a Superfreak, due April 15) and possibly a biopic. Not the least of it all is the inevitable posthumously released music, which the world just got its first taste of via the new single "Deeper Still." That cut is due off an as-yet-untitled album due this spring, which collaborator Danny LeMelle says will show off Rick’s rock and roll and Americana tendencies. There are at least three other Rick records in the can, which means that if you miss him now, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be sick of him. [USA Today]
– Whitney Houston reportedly gets to cracking on her comeback album. Good luck, Whit! Keep your nose clean! [A Socialite's Life]
- The monikers of Fat Joe (aka Joey Crack) hold true. [Rhymes With Snitch]
- Donald Trump speaks out on Rosie O’Donnell‘s depression. He thinks it isn’t debilitating enough. [Dlisted]
- Sandra Oh looks insane in Marie Claire. Why, Oh? Why? [Just Jared]
- Britney Spears leaves rehab to attend an AA meeting. Drop what you’re doing right now and stare. [IDontLikeYouInThatWay]
Like a true diva, Jennifer Hudson can have it her way any time she damn well pleases. The Dreamgirl has been offered a lifetime’s supply of Burger King grub after her snide, offhanded comment regarding her snub of American Idol in her Oscar acceptance speech ("If I’d been any better at my job when I was at Burger King in my middle teens, I wouldn’t be here, either, so maybe I should thank them, too."). Says BK: "Burger King Corp. is proud of Jennifer’s success…Our loss is the entertainment industry’s gain." Awww! How selfless of that huge corporation.
In another J-Hud diva moment, she reportedly wanted to pull out of the Soul Train Awards taping Saturday in Los Angeles, but a call from her label head Clive Davis nipped that in the bud. If the Oscar has gone to her head, the Burger King is definitely headed to her thighs. [New York Post]
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"They’re all these gross older men, like disgusting — scum of the earth. They follow you around with clipboards and these glossy pictures of you and a blue Sharpie. They shove it in your face when you walk out of a club, then sell it on eBay, so I went ‘F*** you, f*** you, f*** you’ on mine. Then I spit on them. And they love it. They’re all laughing — ‘Avril spit on me!’ But I’d been spitting on them for two years — and that one time it became a story." Avril Lavigne, simultaneously taking back her apology regarding an incident last fall and proving how punk rock she is. Spitting? Oi! [The Showbuzz/CBS]
Photos: Avril Lavigne
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See more pics of Avril behaving badly after the jump…
Mario Vasquez, who left the fourth season of American Idol for "family reasons" only to later sign to Arista Records, has been accused of masturbating on the set in an attempt to seduce former assistant accountant Magdaleno Olmos. Magdaleno’s lawsuit tells the salacious tale of a February 2005 incident, in which Mario came onto Magdaleno in a bathroom on the set of Idol, first groping himself, then Magdaleno and then offering the underling oral sex. Magdaleno claims that he was eventually fired after bringing the incident to the attention of a supervisor.
Two years go by and Magdaleno now decides to sue? Does Mario suffer from the O.J. Simpson syndrome of slow-moving sperm? At least this is scaring up some attention for Mario, which his self-titled album failed to do. Suddenly, the title of his most recent single, "One Shot," makes a lot more sense. [TMZ.com]
Video: American Idol Videos!
A few flashes of the bulb and Rob’s flipping out. Just another day on Surreal Life Fame Games! And, in other news…
…she’s outta here!
- If Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony‘s marriage fails behind closed doors, does it make a sound? [Sandra Rose]
- Usher begins the road to comeback via a duet with Omarion. Awww. How romantic. [CONCRETELOOP]
- Joe Simpson is shot checking out daughter Ashlee. At least someone thinks she’s hot! [MollyGood]
- Mandy Moore and DJ AM reportedly split. Which suffers more: her iPod or his career? [Just Jared]
- Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee were snapped making out over the weekend. See, this is the way it should be. Their cold sores were made for each other. [Dlisted]
Most women in Hollywood are defensive about their weight, but Kate Winslet took things to the legal realm to prove that she isn’t. The notoriously curvaceous actress has won a libel suit against the U.K.’s Grazia magazine over a story claiming that she enlisted a Chinese herbalist to help her control her weight. Kate has frequently spoken out about not bowing to the pressures women, particularly famous ones, face over their size. "I am not a hypocrite," read part of Kate’s statement "I have always been, and shall continue to be, honest when it comes to body/weight issues. I feel very strongly that ‘curves’ are natural, womanly and real." For the magazine’s part, it will print an apology and fork over a "substantial" damages payment that Kate says she’ll donate to charity. Might we suggest the Save the Manatee Club, the Ronald McDonald House and/or MoveOn.org’s Bake Sale for Democracy?
Movie Page: Kate Winslet
Michael Jackson visited troops at a U.S. Army base in Japan on Saturday. Because, really, if there are any U.S. troops who need a) brightened spirits or b) a day of diversion in the form of a freak show, it’s our freedom fighters in Japan. "Those of you in here today are some of the most special people in the world," Michael read to the crowd. But not more special than the Jacksons, right? "It is because of you in here today, and others who so valiantly have given their lives to protect us, that we enjoy our freedom." Thanks for explaining that, MJ! Now tell us what causes gravity, why the sky is blue and how babies are made. Specifically, your babies.
Michael has been in Japan for over a week on a weirdo promotional blitz that involved charging fans thousands of dollars for a few seconds of time together. It makes sense that his giving back would be just as half-assed as his taking. [AP/Yahoo!]
Photos: Michael Jackson
Video: Michael Jackson
Johnny Soto, a member of the Native American Tohono O’odham Nation, now has the distinction of revealing the most bizarre story about Anna Nicole Smith since her death (even more than O.J. Simpson’s tale of slow-moving sperm!). Johnny claims that in 2001, he and Anna had an affair that resulted in the birth of his child, Marshall Black Deer Soto. Due to, uh, fame obligations and her commitment to squeezing in as much bizarre public behavior as possible, Anna couldn’t be with Johnny and Marshall, so she sent them $10,000 a month in support. Since she’s now, you know, dead, the money has stopped coming and Johnny is stepping forward to claim what his son is entitled to. Oh, keep in mind that he plans on donating whatever
he his son receives to his tribe. Right. He says he has the birth certificates to prove her maternity.
While this is weird enough as it is, it’s the details that make the story (KFC mashed potatoes and gravy as sex aids, anyone?). After the jump, we present Johnny Soto’s best quotes.