George Clooney Responds to 'Daily Mail' Report About Fiancee's Mom
GEORGE CLOONEY rarely responds to tabloid rumors but going after his future mother-in-law apparently is where he draws a line.
In a statement to USA TODAY he said, "I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday's Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons."
The story cited sources who say AMAL ALAMUDDIN'S mother is upset that she's marrying outside their religion and that Amal could do better.
Jennifer Lawrence Tops a List of "The Top 100 Celebrities of the Year"
The website PopSugar.com put out its annual list of "The Top 100 Celebrities of the Year," which is based on things like: Quote, "Recent career successes, social media followings, awards and nominations, and other milestones, as well as readers' votes and reactions."
Here's the Top 20:
1. Jennifer Lawrence
2. Kate Middleton
4. Justin Timberlake
5. Matthew McConaughey
6. Sandra Bullock
7. Kerry Washington
8. Angelina Jolie
9. Leonardo DiCaprio
10. Kim Kardashian
11. Jared Leto
12. Lupita Nyong'o
13. Gwyneth Paltrow
14. Emma Stone
16. Brad Pitt
17. Shailene Woodley
18. Neil Patrick Harris
19. Taylor Swift
20. Channing Tatum
Elsewhere, Miley Cyrus is #29, Kanye West is #31, and last year's #1 Robert Pattinson is #66.
Pam Anderson Is Divorcing Rick Salomon . . . Again
PAM ANDERSON is divorcing RICK SALOMON . . . AGAIN. He's the guy who was in the PARIS HILTON sex tape from 2001.
Pam and Rick were briefly married back in 2007 . . . but it only lasted two months, and the marriage was annulled. Pam was married to TOMMY LEE and KID ROCK before that.
This time, Pam and Rick lasted longer . . . but not by much. Pam announced that they were married this past January, but didn't say when it went down.
Interestingly enough, just two days before Pam filed for divorce, Rick won $2.8 MILLION in a World Series of Poker event.
So unless they had a prenup, that could make Pam eligible for a piece of that under community property laws.
A Live-Action Version of "Dumbo" is In the Works
Disney is working on a live-action version of "Dumbo" . . . The story of a baby circus elephant with huge ears who learns to fly after being separated from his mother.
Dumbo himself will be computer-animated, and they're adding a, quote, "family story that parallels Dumbo's story." (FYI: The original 1941 animated version is only 64 minutes long.)
NBC's Miley Cyrus Concert Special Bombed in the Ratings
NBC'S two-hour "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" concert special was a bust on Sunday night. It only attracted two million viewers.
So either America is suffering from Miley Cyrus fatigue . . . or everyone was too exhausted from celebrating America all weekend to care.
Speaking of Miley, she did a video with her buddy WAYNE COYNE of THE FLAMING LIPS and MOBY. It's some sort of arty, trippy, sci-fi video . . . where Miley has a "magic brain," which Moby is trying to steal from her.
Madonna Actually Showed Up for Jury Duty . . . But Was Dismissed in Two Hours
MADONNA showed up for jury duty at a New York City courthouse yesterday . . . but they only kept her for about two hours before she was dismissed.
A court official said they already had more than enough potential jurors, and Madonna's presence was a potential distraction to the jury selection process. But he added that her appearance proves that, quote, "everyone gets called."
Madonna didn't have to hang around in the waiting room with the rest of the potential jurors. They let her wait in a clerk's office.
Mila Kunis Never Wanted to Get Married . . . Until Ashton Kutcher Came Along
Marriage was NEVER in the cards for MILA KUNIS . . . until things happened with ASHTON KUTCHER. Mila tells the new issue of "W" magazine, quote, "I never wanted to get married. From the age of 12, I prepared my parents for no marriage.
"Then things changed . . . I found the love of my life. Now my theory on weddings is: Don't invite anyone. Do it privately and secretly. My parents are okay with that. They're just excited that I said yes."
She added, quote, "We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine." And also said that she's excited about being a full-time mom.
Does the Mother of George Clooney's Fiancee Think She Could Do Better?
So your daughter becomes the woman who finally locks down GEORGE CLOONEY. You've hit the jackpot, right? Maybe not. Sources say AMAL ALAMUDDIN'S mother is upset that she's marrying outside their religion.
Amal's parents are members of the Druze sect, an offshoot of Islam. And a source says, quote, "She thinks Amal can do better. She has been telling anyone that will listen, 'There are five hundred thousand Druze. Are none of them good enough for her?'"
Still, Amal's mother recently visited Clooney's estate in Lake Como, Italy, where the wedding is supposed to take place in September. And by all accounts, it was a great visit. So even if she WISHES Amal had married in-house, there's probably no real drama here.
JESSICA SIMPSON and her fiancé, former NFL player ERIC JOHNSON, got married Saturday at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday.
They released a statement saying, quote, "We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love having made our eternal commitment. To say 'I do' in front of family, friends and, most importantly, our children has been the happiest moment of our lives."
Jessica and Eric got engaged in 2010, but ended up having two kids before making it official.
And the kids WERE a part of the ceremony. Their 1-year-old son Ace was the ring bearer, and their 2-year-old daughter Maxwell was the flower girl. She was accompanied down the aisle Jessica's sister ASHLEE'S 5-year-old son Bronx.
Obviously, Ashlee was in attendance, along with her boyfriend Evan Ross, who's the son of DIANA ROSS.
Other celebrities included Donald Faison from "Scrubs", who's married to Jessica's friend CaCee Cobb . . . Jessica Alba and her husband . . . and Topher Grace.
The wedding was preceded by a 4th of July barbecue on Friday.
Is "Call Me Maybe" Singer Carly Rae Jepsen Broke and Desperately Pawning Her Stuff for Cash?
Three years ago, CARLY RAE JEPSEN was named "Billboard" magazine's "rising star."
But since then, Carly has been fading into obscurity . . . and there's talk that she's BROKE now, and is desperately trying to unload her stuff for cash.
A questionably reliable blog claims Carly was in a New York City pawnshop recently, trying to get money for her $25,000 handbag.
Supposedly, the shop wasn't interested . . . and Carly, quote, "begged them to at least give her a couple of thousand." They turned her down . . . but she was able to sell them a piece of jewelry.
Now, there's a pretty good chance this is an exaggeration . . . assuming she was even in the pawnshop in the first place. That being said, it wouldn't be shocking if it were true. Carly hasn't commented.
Two "Glee" Star Were Hacked: Lea Michele is Not Pregnant and Chris Colfer is Not Leaving the Show
Two "Glee" stars had their Twitter accounts hacked a day apart last week.
On Friday, LEA MICHELE Tweeted that she was pregnant . . . except she it wasn't really her.
The day before that, someone hacked CHRIS COLFER'S account and Tweeted, quote, "Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations will come shortly." That one turned out to be bogus, too.
The REAL Lea Tweeted, quote, "Guess Chris Colfer and I should have known better then to make our passwords the names of our cats:)" And Chris said, "I'm just glad I wasn't killed by a fruit truck again."
"Transformers" Topped the Fourth of July Weekend Box Office
It was a pretty slow weekend at the box office this Fourth of July weekend. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" took the top spot for the second week in a row with $36.4 million. It's now made $175 million in the 10 days since it came out.
Of the new releases, the MELISSA MCCARTHY comedy "Tammy" did the best with $21.2 million in 2nd place. ERIC BANA'S horror movie "Deliver Us From Evil" was in third with $9.5 million . . . and "Earth to Echo" made $8.3 million at #6.
Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
1. "Transformers: Age of Extinction", $36.4 million. Up to $175 million in its 2nd week.
2. NEW: "Tammy", $21.2 million. Up to $32.9 million since Wednesday.
3. NEW: "Deliver Us From Evil", $9.5 million. Up to $15 million since Wednesday.
4. "22 Jump Street", $9.4 million. Up to $159 million in its 4th week.
5. "How to Train Your Dragon 2", $8.8 million. Up to $140 million in its 4th week.
Demi Lovato Unfollowed Selena Gomez on Twitter . . . Then She Posted a Meme About "Swimming Away" from Someone's Bull[crap]
It may have just BLOWN UP between DEMI LOVATO and SELENA GOMEZ. Yesterday, Demi UNFOLLOWED Selena on Twitter.
Then she posted a meme consisting of three pictures, where she's swimming. In each one, she's further away, and the caption read, "Swimming away from your bull[crap]. Bye [B-word]."
She's since deleted that post, so we actually don't know if this meme has anything to do with Selena. Demi hasn't made any specific comment about the unfollow either.
Robin Thicke Admits He Has No Idea What He's Doing . . . And Says He Hasn't Seen Paula Patton in Four Months
On "Good Morning America" yesterday, ROBIN THICKE admitted he's just, quote, "flying by the seat of my pants" when it comes to trying to get his wife PAULA PATTON back. He added, quote, "I actually have no idea what I'm doing."
Meanwhile, in a radio interview on Tuesday, Robin admitted he hasn't seen Paula in FOUR MONTHS.
He added that his new album "Paula" is, quote, "exactly what happens when you lose the love of your life and you're trying to figure it out in your head . . . We just weren't happy together anymore and I still had so much I wanted to apologize for, and things I wanted to take responsibility for, so that's pretty much what the album's about."
Jewel and Her Husband Are Divorcing . . . Or Should I say, "Thoughtfully and Tenderly Undoing" Themselves"?
Yesterday, JEWEL and her husband TY MURRAY announced that they're getting divorced. And no, Jewel didn't refer to it as a "conscious uncoupling" as Gwyneth Paltrow did but she did one of those lovely descriptions of divorce that will probably make some roll their eyes.
On her blog, she said, quote, "For some time we have been engaged in private and difficult, but THOUGHTFUL AND TENDER UNDOING OF OURSELVES. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than with malice."
Jewel and Ty got married in 2008. She's 40, he's 44. They have a 3-year-old son named Kase.
Lindsay Lohan Is Suing the Makers of "Grand Theft Auto" for Using Her Likeness
Back in December, we heard that LINDSAY LOHAN might sue the makers of "Grand Theft Auto 5" for using her likeness. And yesterday, she DID.
The character in question is named Lacey Jonas, and she DOES kind of look like Lindsay. In one part of the game, she also runs out of a building and says she's trying to get away from the paparazzi.
And there's a promotional image of her in a bikini, flashing a peace sign that's similar to a photo Lindsay had previously posted online.
Plus, the Chateau Marmont hotel . . . where Lindsay lived in 2012 . . . is also featured in the game. No word on how much Lindsay could get if a judge agrees with her. But the game did $800 MILLION in sales on its FIRST DAY back in September.
Meanwhile, Lindsay celebrated her 28th birthday in New York yesterday. There are photos of her walking around in ratty jean shorts, with a big cut and a couple bruises on her legs. For some reason, her legs ALWAYS seem to have cuts and bruises on them.
Katherine Heigl Feels Like She Was Betrayed . . . By Her Career?
KATHERINE HEIGL'S star has fallen pretty far since "Grey's Anatomy" and her early movies like "Knocked Up". And some would say it's HER fault, because she's hard to work with.
But in the new issue of "Marie Claire" in the U.K., she explains that she was actually BETRAYED . . . by her CAREER. (???)
Quote, "The thing that was my best friend for a long time [my career] suddenly turned on me, and I didn't expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me."
Just to recap, Katherine opted NOT to put her name in for an Emmy for "Grey's Anatomy" back in 2008, because she said the material she had to work with wasn't good enough to DESERVE one. She left the show two years later.
Then last year, "The Hollywood Reporter" did a story on how she constantly makes crazy demands, has issues with scripts, and won't leave her trailer. And in December, "Forbes" dubbed her the second most overpaid actor, behind Adam Sandler.
After her career started treating her like total crap, she says she almost QUIT acting. Quote, "I had my moment where it all seemed so complicated, and all I wanted to do was simplify. [But] there's a part of me that's a Hollywood animal as well."
Her new CIA drama, "State of Affairs", debuts on NBC this November.
Did Portia de Rossi Go to Rehab Because of Ellen DeGeneres?
"In Touch Weekly" says PORTIA DE ROSSI went to rehab back in May for an addiction to drugs and alcohol . . . and so-called "sources" are blaming it on ELLEN DEGENERES.
A source claims Portia was self-medicating because she wasn't happy in the relationship . . . quote, "Ellen is domineering and Portia is passive. Ellen always calls the shots, and Portia never complains . . .
"She went from sipping white wine occasionally to drinking at least a bottle or more a day and topping it off with a pill. It got to the point where she was out of it four nights a week."
The source says they got into a huge fight, prompting Portia to check herself into a 30-day program. But Ellen has been really supportive of her recovery, and they've been working on their relationship ever since.
Shia LaBeouf May Not Be in Rehab but He is Seeking Treatment
SHIA LABEOUF isn't in rehab after all, but his rep says he is, quote, "voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction."
He adds, quote, "Shia understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery."
Justin Bieber Was Partying With Johnny Manziel, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tyrese Gibson and Tyga . . . Then the Cops Showed Up
JUSTIN BIEBER was partying with some friends early yesterday morning when his neighbors called the cops because the music was too loud.
And this was an all-star party . . . which included newly-drafted Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tyrese Gibson and rapper Tyga. Oh, and Justin's "friend" Chantal Jeffries.
The cops showed up at around 1:00 A.M., told them to turn the music down and that was that. Well, sort of. Police actually had to come back later because there were female fans outside the house screaming.
Julianne Hough Says There Was Nothing Wrong in Her Relationship With Ryan Seacrest, But There Was Nothing Right
JULIANNE HOUGH spoke with "Redbook" about why her relationship with RYAN SEACREST didn't work.
She said, quote, "There was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right."
"I had one foot out because I didn't want to get hurt. And I didn't say what was on my mind because I didn't want to ruffle any feathers. I needed to be perfect."
"Once Upon a Time" Is Adding Anna and Kristoff from "Frozen" . . . Here Are the Actors Playing Them
If you hadn't heard, Disney is incorporating some of the "Frozen" characters into ABC's live-action fairytale series, "Once Upon a Time".
The actors who voiced them in "Frozen" WON'T be playing them though. Yesterday, ABC revealed that the role of Anna . . . the redheaded sister . . . will be played by newcomer ELIZABETH LAIL.
And her love interest Kristoff will be played by SCOTT MICHAEL FOSTER, who's been on a bunch of shows. But he's mostly known for playing Cappie on the ABC Family show "Greek".
The other character they're bringing in is Anna's sister, Elsa. ABC still hasn't announced who's playing her.
It looks like SHIA LABEOUF has checked himself into rehab. A celebrity gossip site found that out by STALKING him yesterday.
They said, quote, "We followed the actor from his Hollywood Hills home, just an hour ago, to a private facility where other stars have sought treatment, driven by someone believed to be from the rehab facility.
"When the car arrived at the gated drive to the center, a nurse and security guard were there to great Shia."
Earlier in the day, they saw Shia in his driveway, holding the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book".
The website adds, quote, "Shia was nervous; he didn't look good all morning. He was looking down and wasn't even talking to his driver. It looked like he didn't want to do it, but he knew he had to."
Robert Downey Jr.'s Son Was Arrested for Cocaine
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.'S 20-year-old son Indio was arrested for DRUGS on Sunday. He got pulled over in West Hollywood around 2:20 P.M., and they found cocaine in his car.
He was booked into L.A. County prison, and then released yesterday on $10,000 bail.
Indio reportedly got treatment back in October for prescription drugs. And he's been in and out of rehab for YEARS, according to sources. So this isn't out of nowhere. Obviously it's a big deal considering how serious his DAD'S issues with drugs were.
Robert was in and out of jail and rehab throughout the '90s and early 2000s because of drugs. And yes, one of the drugs he struggled with WAS cocaine. He finally kicked his habit in 2002, and he's been clean for about 12 years.
Yesterday, Robert released a statement saying that, quote, "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction, and Indio has likely inherited it."
He also said Indio's family is standing by him, and they believe he can, quote, "be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."
Indio's mother is former actress Deborah Falconer, who married Robert in 1992. They split up in 2001, and finalized their divorced in 2004. Robert also has a 2-year-old son named Exton with his current wife, Susan Downey.
Is Justin Bieber Cheating on Selena Gomez Again?
Did JUSTIN BIEBER hook back up with SELENA GOMEZ, just so he could start messing around on her again?
Justin went to a skating party thrown by CHRIS BROWN the other night, and he appeared to be getting close to a woman. At one point it even looked like he was getting her number.
He also posted some pictures of himself with two women. One of them was Chantal Jeffries, the woman who was with him when he got his DUI earlier this year.
Yesterday, Selena posted an emo-looking selfie in which her hair was covering most of her face.
It was captioned, "Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident, and it can handle whatever comes along. Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations."
We don't know if it had anything to do with Justin.
Beyonce is the Most Powerful Celebrity . . . Jay Z is Sixth
BEYONCÉ tops this year's Forbes Celebrity 100 list . . . a ranking of the 100 most powerful celebrities.
She's raked in $115 million over the past year, thanks to her music, product endorsements and her own clothing and fragrance lines.
She made an average of $2.4 million per show on her 95-date solo tour, and now she's back out on the road with her husband JAY Z. She also snuck an album onto iTunes without even telling anybody, and sales STILL went through the roof.
Jay only managed to finish SIXTH on the list, making a mere $60 million over the past year.
DR. DRE finished third, even though he earned $620 million this year. A ton of that came from the sale of his Beats empire to Apple for $3 billion.
Ranking on the Celebrity 100 isn't all about money, obviously. They also factor in how much media coverage people are getting and their influence on social media like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Here's the Top 10 and what they've earned over the past 12 months . . .
1. Beyoncé, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million. She was #1 last year.