The Latest Episode of "Dancing With the Stars" Included Insults, an Animal Comparison & Two Nearly Perfect Performances
A heated exchange between professional dancer MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY and head judge LEN GOODMAN stole the spotlight from first-place finishers RICKI LAKE and J.R. MARTINEZ.
--Lake and Martinez tied with the top score of 29 points.
--Maxim and his partner, soccer star HOPE SOLO, landed near the bottom of the judges' leaderboard Monday. With 20 points out of 30, they finished just ahead of CHAZ BONO, in last place with 19 points.
--When Goodman called Solo's rumba "your worst dance of the whole season," Chmerkovskiy suggested the judge get out of the dance business.
--"The judges have their favorites," he said. "They always have."
--LACEY SCHWIMMER agreed. "They always have their favorites, and this season it's completely clear who they are.
--Schwimmer cried backstage during Monday's episode and was still upset after the show, when she complained about the judges' "rude" remarks about Bono.
--"Every week he gets referred to as an animal," she said. "They always comment on his personality, and last I checked, this was a dancing show."
--After the couple danced their tango, judge BRUNO TONIOLI said Bono was like "a cute little penguin trying to be a big menacing bird of prey." Tonioli has also compared Bono to an Ewok.
Demi Moore Was on the "Two and a Half Men" Set Friday
Despite everything that's supposedly going on with their marriage, DEMI MOORE visited ASHTON KUTCHER Friday on the set of"Two and a Half Men" . . . along with her 23-year-old daughter RUMER.
--They waited inside Ashton's trailer until he was done filming for the day.
--A source says that when Ashton returned to his trailer he, quote, "put his arm around Demi and they acted like a couple. They were talking and smiling at each other. Everything seemed just like normal."
Lindsay Lohan is Posing for "Playboy"
According to TMZ, LINDSAY LOHAN is posing for "Playboy". And she'll get somewhere between $750,000 and a million dollars.
--Yesterday, E! Online, reported how she was in the midst of doing a, quote, "top secret photo shoot" at a Beverly Hills mansion that started yesterday and finishes up today.
--They asked her rep if she's doing "Playboy" and he said, quote, "I can neither confirm nor deny at this time."
--"Playboy" won't talk either. A rep said, quote, "We don't comment on rumors about who may or may not be posing for the magazine . . . if anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know."
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Are Going to Work Together Again
It was 14 years ago that BEN AFFLECK and MATT DAMON launched themselves onto the A-list with "Good Will Hunting". And now, they're finally going to do another movie together.
--According to "GQ" magazine, they're doing a movie about Boston mobster WHITEY BULGER . . . who was arrested over the summer. Matt will star, and Ben will direct.
--There's no word when they'll get around to it. They each have at least one project to get to on their own first.
(--Matt and Ben won the Best Screenplay Oscar for "Good Will Hunting" in 1997 . . . in which they also starred.)
(--They've also appeared together in several KEVIN SMITH movies . . . "Dogma", "Chasing Amy", "Jersey Girl" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back".)