London police have told Paul McCartney’s estranged wife to please stop calling them so much. Apparently concerned about stalkers and paparazzi, Heather Mills was abusing her 999 privileges (that’s 911 over in Britain). This is just the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of the 39-year-old amputee’s very public divorce with the former Beatle. Most recently, she claimed that McCartney was involved in a “conspiracy” to destroy her. And earlier this month, she broke into a pig farm to highlight the cruel conditions the animals were forced to live in. All the high-profile attention means that the Brits are tired of her increasingly insane shenanigans. So Mills is moving someplace more tolerant toward insane shenanigans: America. That’s right. The earlier tabloid coverage is only a prelude to the main event – her upcoming appearance on Dancing With the Stars. The ABC television program returns on Monday night. You gonna watch? Or have you already seen enough? [Via Reuters]
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How To Do It "Austin-Style"…
We got in Wednesday at 5 pm and got right down to it, Austin-style — hitting the bar, eating food, having a good time. We rallied up the troops at Manuel’s. It’s our spot every year we come here.
Angelina Jolie picked up the newest edition to her family/crayon box Thursday in Vietnam as expected — by everyone except for the kid. His caretakers at the orphanage didn’t tell him he was going to be adopted, so upon meeting Angelina, he burst into tears. She tends to have that effect.
Anyway, it’s great that Angelina wants to share her wealth with the needy children of the third world, but there’s an element of this adoption that’s a little unsavory: she changed his name (from Pham Quang Sang to Pax Thien Jolie). The kid is 3-years-old, so it’s not like he’s not going to notice. I mean, I didn’t change the name of my cat when I adopted him for fear of confusing him and he has the intellect of a shoebox. Way to colonize, Ange! [Time]
This week comedian Sinbad‘s Wikipedia entry reported that he died. Not so — he’s still with us, jingling all the way.
Now that that’s cleared up, feel free to go back to forgetting him. [AP/Yahoo!]
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Talk about the frustration . . .
I don’t have a badge. I don’t have a bracelet. And I’m playing! It’s ridiculous. Last night, when I went to go see my friends play, I couldn’t even get in because I didn’t have a pass. So I was like, "All right, I’m going down to the east side." That’s where all the real parties are going down – in the warehouses and stuff.
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Mope-rockers Interpol have wrapped recording on their third album, due out early this summer on Capitol – their first for their major label. The foursome, the rightful heirs to the suicide sounds of Joy Division and New Order, told NME about a couple of songs (“Mammoth” and “The Heimlich Manoeuvre”), explained that they’d used more keyboards this time and announced tour dates – in Canada. The reason? Speculation has it that Interpol goes down better in wintry weather, and it stays cold up north at least until August. At least. [NME.com]
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Daniel Craig‘s ice-blue eyes may be of little use to him in an upcoming role. The man best known as Bond is eying a role in the big-screen adaptation of Blindness, the book that helped nab its author José Saramago the Nobel Prize for literature. The story concerns a town whose citizens mysteriously go blind. Julianne Moore is attached, which is good because she’s awesome and bad because her hotness is totally going to waste on a bunch of blind people. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]
– Christina Aguilera enjoys role-play in the bedroom. But what she really wants to do is direct. [Yeeeah!]
- Carmen Electra falls at a fashion show. Attention hog! [In Case You Didn't Know]
- My, Fergie, what big…Photoshopping you have… [Egotastic!]
- Giselle Bundchen is photographed in a bikini with no discernable baby bump. Maybe her child-to-be is a model-in-training? [I'm Not Obsessed]
- Jessica Biel takes pictures of paparazzi. Why? Are they hot or something? [Just Jared]
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Rock Stars and In-Laws…
We saw Amy from Stars, she was on the same flight from Phoenix, so that was nice. It was so late when we got in last night, and we were so hungry, we didn’t go into the fray. Almost certainly we’ll bump into people we know. Also I’ve got family here, in-laws.
Despite their bizarre and occasionally hostile on-screen banter, Paula Abdul says she and her fellow American Idol judge Simon Cowell share a "fun relationship." "He’s actually become a good friend," says Paula. But not that good. Paula says that even though they sometimes flirt together on the show, the thought of hooking up with him is "disgusting" and that she wants him "like a cold sore." "We have fun playing up the chemistry, but there’s also times when I would cross the other side of the street so I wouldn’t have to look at him." Sounds like a great friend! Also, could the "chemistry" she’s referring to be Valtrex? [AP/Yahoo!]