No, she wasn’t just getting fat. A few days after pictures of a decidedly voluptuous and belly-fied Salma Hayek made the rounds, an announcement has been made to explain the extra Salma: she’s pregnant. And what’s more, she’s getting married to luxury-goods fat cat Francois-Henri Pinault (click here for some pictures of Francois and some perspective on how lucky a guy he is to bag a babe like Salma). No further information, like how far along Salma’s pregnancy is or where and when the wedding will take place, has been revealed.
Whatever. Until I see a paternity test, I’m convinced that Penelope Cruz is the father.
A few shots are below from an event at Los Angeles’ ACE Gallery. These were taken before Salma blew up with child. Ah, the pre-bump days seem so long ago now. [AP/Yahoo!]
Former Idol champ looks to have shaved some weight off her shoulders… and her arms… and her… [TMZ]
‘Prison Break’ Actor Charged In Fatal Crash
Lane Garrison was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving in a car crash that killed a 17-year-old boy last year. [TMZ]
Rod Stewart Impersonator Busted
57-year-old ‘rocker mocker’ has been arrested for trying to lure a 12-year-old boy in his car. [New York Post]
Greasy Bear’s $75K Bluff
Oil heir and social butterfly Brandon Davis is being sued for ripping off a Bahamian casino for a barrel of cash. [TMZ]
Trump, Oprah, Spielberg, and other celebs made Forbes’ prestigious list. [MSN]
Kim Kardashian huffed and puffed but wasn’t able to blow down adult-film company Vivid’s plans to release a three-year-old sex tape made with former boyfriend Ray J. Despite her pending lawsuit and a Wednesday meeting with Vivid honcho Steven Hirsch, Vivid is going ahead with its plans to release Kim Kardashian, Superstar. The DVD now is set to hit stores March 21. Let’s see if Kim’s notoriety can extend into April or if her career will be tossed under the proverbial mattress and brought out only for, ahem, special occasions. [TMZ.com]
It’s hard to imagine how Antonella Barba spent Thursday night after finally getting voted off American Idol. Unless, of course, you factor in a fake ID, 2-for-1 Bud Light specials, girl-on-girl dance floor action, skinny-dipping, the LA Holocaust Memorial, and a digital camera. Then it becomes a little easier.
Impossible to say what’s on the docket for Ms. Barba, who’s apparently more popular than Youtube and Myspace combined. Maybe she should shoot another calendar – just throwing it out there. I mean, we’ve yet to see Sexy Easter Bunny, Sexy Pilgrim, Sexy Santa Claus. And then there’s Co-ed Naked Lacrosse Team Captain. Soft-core Cheerleader Chick, Sexy Beer Pong Referee, Saucy Catholic Schoolgirl. Nothing but options ahead. And her fantonellas (yep, that’s what they’re calling themselves) would lap it up.
One thing’s for sure: how awesome is it gonna be when some lucky guy, maybe on Valentine’s Day, maybe on their three-month anniversary, gets to say, "Antonella, do you still have those thigh-high black boots from your finale performance?" And she’s gonna say, "Yes, yes I do still have those boots. Want me to put ‘em on and meet you in the bathroom?"
Are John Mayer songs hipper than Pearl Jam songs? That’s one of the questions you might want to ask when deciphering why Sanjaya Malakar and his wan vocals moved to American Idol’s final 12 while the robust growls of Sundance Head were left in the dust. Malakar bounced through Mayer’s "Waiting On the World To Change," and Sundance roared through the grunge anthem "Jeremy." Guess America doesn’t dig the classics. Sunny got the boot, Sanj stayed, and we get to find out what Diana Ross brings to the party on Tuesday night.
In other headscratchers, Sabrina Sloan was also shelved while Haley Scarnato took a seat with her 11 pals. And yes, the mediocrity of Jared and Antonella was also rubber-stamped by voters. Some wedding band somewhere is going to have a very hot lead singer soon…
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Brash, divisive and almost ready-to-own, Dreamgirls is headed for your DVD player. The movie musical is set for home-viewing release on May 1, in two versions. A single disc will include 12 extended musical numbers and alternate scenes, as well as a never-before-seen performance from Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Bringing things crashing over the top will be a two-disc, "Showstopper Edition" release, which will feature featurettes, screen tests and 12 previously unseen musical numbers. Because, you know, if there’s anything that movie needs besides bigger hair, it’s more music. [DVDActive]
Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, the just-released The Namesake), may soon be punching in full time on TV. He’s signed on to star alongside Grey’s Anatomy‘s Kali Rocha in the ABC comedy pilot The Calling, in which he’ll play a paramedic. Maybe Kal will be more satisfied with this gig than he was with his spot on 24, in which he, an Indian-American, was drafted to play a terrorist. He says in this week’s New York magazine: "I have a huge political problem with the  role. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. I think it’s repulsive." Here’s hoping The Calling isn’t so gross. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]
- Madonna is bitchy and demanding in a commercial for her new H&M line. Why bother acting when you can just be? [Just Jared]
- Antontella Barba gets another porn offer, this time from a video-rental company. Between this and Idol, can we officially say that Antonella has the most in-demand mouth in the country? [TMZ.com]
- The Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are mad about fur. They’ve lost the ability to grow body hair, so they call on others to do it for them. [CityRag]
- Brandon Davis makes fun of Paula Abdul‘s Middle Eastern background, despite his own Turkish roots. Next, we’ll find out that he, too, possesses a fire crotch. [A Socialite's Life]
- Star Jones is an enigma: is her body getting smaller or is her head getting bigger? [Crunk + Disorderly]
Whether you’re an aspiring chief of staff or a cautionary tale of celebrity excess, Timbaland wants to help.
Hot on the heels of reports that he’s going to drum up some scrilla for Hilla, superstar producer Timbaland recently told Entertainment Weekly that he wants to help troubled pop star Britney Spears. Like, really badly.
”I feel her pain, it really bothers me,” Timba told the magazine, his voice reportedly cracking with emotion. "I just want to take her away, go overseas, and work (it) out.”
The story doesn’t end there. Supposedly, the producer would try to get closely named cohort Justin Timberlake on board to collaborate with Timber’s (not Timba’s) ex. The magazine reports that when ‘Land (not ‘Lake) posed the question to JT, Sexyback told him he was cool with it, but "she’s just gotta be serious."
So with Timba out to help all these damsels in various states of career distress, we have a few suggestions as to who some other worthy projects might be for Timothy. The short list includes:
- Whitney Houston: Is Whit bringing Bobbyback? Best step in, Tim.
- Condi Rice: Ignoring the red states is bad for business, Tim. After years of too much Bush, help this would-be pol "Say It Right." (Hey …)
- Nicole Richie: Feed Lionel Jr. some beats, Tim. Then just feed her, period.
Leave your comments as to who you think Tim should help next. A’ight? A’ight.
Ms. Barba took a stab at a Corrine Bailey Rae hit last night, but the results weren’t as spectacular as those ooh-la-la pics of her that have been ruling the InterWeb for the last few days. Maybe “Put Your Records On” would have sounded better if Antonella sang it while covered with blood red flowers or a wet t-shirt. At any rate, mediocrity was in the air, and there was a consensus from the judges’ perch.
- Randy thought the performance was a "little pitchy."
- Paula cautioned her to watch out for the "bottom notes."
- Simon, of course, cut to the chase, telling the Jersey girl “You’ve gone as far as you can go…the reality is that you’re surrounded by some pretty amazing girl singers. And I don’t know how much more you can do, because I don’t think you’re voice is going to get any better.”
- Antonella, with her 15 minutes of fame likely ticking away, stood tall, telling Ryan Seacrest, “I know I’m surrounded by really talented people, but I think I have a different style than them. I wish the judges wouldn’t compare me to anyone else.”
Click that comment link and let everyone know if Barba will be here much longer.
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper (shown left in a mugshot from a previous arrest) was arrested Wednesday in Washington after his SUV was pulled over for speeding at 111 mph and a cache of weapons was found in "hidden compartments" by some harmonica-loving police dogs. In addition to nine handguns, four rifles, a tazer, a switchblade and night-vision goggles, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphenalia were found in the car. Popper, who was riding shotgun at the time of the arrest, has made no secret of his gun advocacy and is an avid collector of weaponry, with guns, swords and knives in his collection.