Tom Cruise is set to swoop in to New York to help the city’s ongoing battle with Lex Luthor. And by "Lex Luthor," I mean "the health of city workers exposed to toxins as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." Tom’s heading up a fund-raising gala on April 19 that’s being thrown to benefit the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project. The controversial, Scientology-led initiative aims to detoxify via "a precise regimen that includes exercise, sauna bathing, and vitamin, mineral and oil supplements," according to its site. Unfortunately, x-ray vision scans don’t seem to be part of the package. But maybe lie detector tests will be employed to help purify some souls.
Tickets for the event go up to $100,000 for an eight-person table. That seems like a small price to pay to be in the presence of a real, live superhero. [New York Post]
Radar points to an interesting – if also confusing – Fox News segment about the Eighth Annual Most Foolish American poll, which this year was won by Britney Spears in a landslide. (The winner of the previous four polls? Michael Jackson.) In the Fox segment, however, something’s gone wrong: Britney’s listed at capturing 33% of the vote, while President Bush held onto 40%. Clearly something’s up here, and it’s not just foreign policy or an aversion to underpants. We want to know what you think: Does Bush beat Britney for brainlessness? And will someone at that Fox affiliate been asked to go “hunting” with Dick Cheney?
Hefner Cashes In On Anna Nicole
His bunny empire will offer three tributes for the late model, including a 10-page pictoral in the Playboy’s May issue. Disturbing? [MSN]
Johansson Won’t Talk Timberlake
Did the 22-year-old actress show her "SexyBackside" to JT? Mums the word. [CBS News]
Britney Spears Hates Her Manager
The troubled pop tart has been talking smack about her manager — and she’s stuck with him for the next five years. Maybe she’s too coked out to think straight? [Fox News]
‘Girls Gone Wild’ Czar Mocks Judge; Won’t Surrender
Joe Francis defied a federal judge, calling him a "judge gone wild" and refused to give himself up to U.S. marshals on a contempt citation. [Yahoo!]
Lauren Conrad: There’s No Sex Tape!
"The Hills" star wants to set the record straight, there is NO visual evidence of sexual activities with her ex, jailbound boy toy Jason Wahler. [Us Magazine]
We caught up with enigmatic Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock shortly after topping the Billboard charts to find out how it feels to sell thousands of records, what he’s up to next, and why the hell he cut himself.
So, um, why’d you cut yourself?
I had lost my voice in Portland, and I was drinking single malt scotch, which opens up your vocal chords. That night I was drinking coffee with single malt scotch and was having a really good time. I got hyper, got kind of punk rock on it, no crazier than Nick Cave or Iggy or anyone like that. It’s not a cry for help. If people want to make it a sad sack moment, f*ck them. I see no reason to turn my fun into their drama. After the show I was in a great mood. It wasn’t something I even thought about until a few days later when I got a text from a friend that said “Someone said you cut yourself — are you ok?” and I’m like, “Oh sh*t. Here we go. I know how this one plays out.” So now I gotta answer this question for the next year.
To find out what else Brock’s up to, check out after the jump.
The other day we blogged about how Snoop Dogg told conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly to “f**k off” and said he was going to kick his a**. After watching the segment, Bill recently bit back by questioning Snoop’s street cred.
“Yeah, like Calvin lives in the ghetto,” said O’Reilly. “What, is the pool boy going to beat me up there, Snoopy?” (Watch the video.)
O’Reilly then invited Snoop to his show, but reminded him that Fox News drug tests guests before tapings.
In more beef news, 50 Cent recently struck back at Game during a radio interview, saying that he can’t move units without 50′s help. “(The Game) sells five million records when I write his album and 800,000 when he writes it,” said 50 Cent.
50 then went on to address the G-Unit and Tony Yayo protesters in New York, saying that they should watch out for his, uh, lawyers.
“When it comes to civil, you don’t have to worry about G-Unit,” said 50 Cent. “You have to worry about the J-J-J-J-J-Jew Unit. When the lawyers come out, we gonna see what it is.”
50′s next beef? Anti-Defamation League, anybody?
…he buys it! While shooting Leatherheads on location in North Carolina on Wednesday, George Clooney came upon a lemonade stand run by a 10-year-old and two younger kids. Instead of paying the requisite $.25 for his drink, George gave the kids a big surprise when he gave them $20 for his cup and let them keep the change. The kids, in turn, gave him a big surprise when the lemonade they sold him turned out to be pee. Kidding! [AP/Yahoo!]
- Justin Timberlake had his exposed butt cut from Black Snake Moan. "SexyBack," my ass. [A Socialite's Life]
- Britney Spears shows off some nipple. It’s the perfect complement to those crotch shots of yesteryear. Finally, the world feels complete. [Dlisted]
- Hey, Uma: why the long boobs? [Gabsmash]
- Even more excerpts from Anna Nicole Smith‘s diaries have leaked. Reading them makes her feel less dead. [Just Jared]
- Shar Jackson gets plastic surgery and documents it in detail. The Internet just threw up in its mouth a little. [Crunk + Disorderly]
Speaking about her relationship with rehab rocker Pete Doherty, supermodel Kate Moss told the Interweb, “Sonny and Cher we’re not!” This is true. Late last month, style blog Fashionista reported that photographer Ryan McGinley had shot the couple naked for the June issue of W magazine. It would follow, then, that Pete and Kate think of themselves more like John and Yoko (recalling the famous Annie Leibovitz shoot on the cover of Rolling Stone).
But in terms of temperament, there are other rock ’n’ roll couples that come to mind. Not Kurt and Courtney, say, or Sid and Nancy either. More like Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg. Who would you peg them as?
It’s a sad day for reality show enthusiasts and R&B lovers alike — Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown have made their divorce official. At a hearing in an Orange County, Calif., court on Wednesday attended by Whitney but not Bobby, a judge ruled that the divorce will become final April 24. It was also ruled that Whitney will get full custody of their sole child, Bobbi Kristina. During the hearing, a tearful Whitney testified that she and Bobbi Kris did not need any sort of support from Bobby. She also called her soon-to-be ex "unreliable."
No matter what you thought of their relationship, this is undeniably the end of an era. For 13 years, up until the announcement of their separation last fall, Bobby and Whitney were a seemingly invincible force, deflecting whatever bullets of speculation that were shot at them. Regardless of what went on behind closed doors, they survived in a public forum far longer than anyone expected. In their own bizarre, maybe cracked-out way, they were a source of hope. If Bob and Whit could make it, you could, too. Or so it seemed.
After the jump is a collage of stills from their 2005 Bravo show Being Bobby Brown. Think of it as a final tribute. [AP/Yahoo!]
Rap titan Jay-Z has finally decided on a bubbly brand to endorse, after a recent falling out with French brand Cristal. After wearying months of searching, he decided on Armand de Brignac Champagne, also known as the Ace of Spades because of its gold-plated bottle and pewter label shaped like an ace. No word on whether the fermentation process involves Lemmy and mutton-chops.
Jay-Z declared war on Cristal, calling for an industry wide boycott, following disparaging remarks Cristal head Frédéric Rouzaud made, worrying about the effects the endorsement of the rap community has on the brand: "What can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business." In Jay’s video for "Show Me What You Got," he can be seen turning away a bottle of Cristal for the Ace of Spades.