- 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]
You can make bets on who’s the worst American Idol singer and whether Antonella will have a post-show career, so of course you can bet on whether or not Heather Mills McCartney’s’ prosthetic leg falls off when she starts to twirl and whirl on Dancing With the Stars next week. Don’t go too crazy with the wager, though; Mills looks like she knows what she’s doing. And anyway, if her alleged $56 million settlement is real, she can hire plenty of dudes to put that leg back on real quick.
Weigh in: how much $$$$ does Heather actually deserve for her stint as Mrs. McCartney?
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R.E.M. return to the studio with Bloc Party producer Jacknife Lee, hoping to capture some of the Brit band’s chart thunder, on their first album in three years.
Pop juggernauts Maroon 5 trade up labels and plan a May release for their latest It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.
Austin’s own Spoon have finished the follow-up to 2005′s Gimme Fiction, and are eyeing a July release for the as-yet-untitled record.
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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?
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Brit’s Bare Ass Exposed!
Bids for shots exposing her bare ass are currently hovering at approximately $150,000. [NY Daily News]
Snoop Busted in Sweden
The Doggfather was held overnight on suspicion of using illegal narcotics. [Yahoo!]
Boston Singer Delp Found Dead
The man who helped put Boston on the map passed away in his New Hampshire home. [E! Online]
Bloody Spartans Rule Box Office
’300′ debuted with ticket sales of $70 million over the weekend.
‘Tonight Show’ Regular Commits Suicide
Comedian Richard Jeni died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. [CNN]
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!]
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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.
The flashback-inducing psychedelia of the Flaming Lips just got an official mainstream seal of approval: Lead art-agitator Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone that he is in talks to turn his band’s last record, a concept album entitled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, into a Broadway musical. (For a band that routinely played with Justin Timberlake in a rabbit costume, this isn’t much of a stretch.) Producer Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) will help adapt the record for the stage. No word yet on whether or not the Playbill will be printed on blotter paper. Would you pay to do acid . . . we mean, see the Lips on the Great White Way?
[Via Rolling Stone]
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Sure, it’s emotionally confusing to look forward to the anniversary of the day original emo heartthrob Jeff Buckley died. But that’s precisely what I’m doing. A collection of the more famous-in-death Buckley’s work, So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley, will be released on May 22, marking a decade since the singer drowned in the Mississippi. This is the third posthumous release of the singer’s work, culling material from his albums Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk and Live at Sine. In addition to the audio component, the hour-long doc on the singer’s career Amazing Grace will be included in the package. [Billboard.com]
Disney announced at its annual shareholder meeting Thursday that it will produce a hand-drawn movie called The Frog Princess, which will feature "the very first African-American Disney princess." Gee, it only took the company, what, 70 years? Welcome to post-Jim Crow America, Disney! The flick will be set in New Orleans and should be out in 2009. So it’ll still be a while before you can say, in good faith a la Kanye West, "Disney does care about black people." [Hollywood Reporter]
They said they were going to tour. That’s not happening. They’re being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame on Monday. They’re saying "don’t expect us." The boss of the outfit is rehabbing, the old singer is in a huff, and the bassist, frozen out by the others, may or may not show. Damn. Van Halen has disintegrated right in front of our very eyes. Hope Vertical Horizon, I mean, Velvet Revolver, has fun covering the guys’ stuff that night.
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