MILEY CYRUS may be wearing her engagement ring again, but sources say she was hanging out with her ex NICK JONAS on Monday.
--They were spotted at a restaurant called Patys in Toluca Lake, California. One witness Tweeted, quote, "Miley Cyrus was at Paty's with Nick Jonas like 10 minutes ago. So cool."
--And another said, quote, "OMG, Miley Cyrus ordered some food right in front of me!! Nick Jonas was there too."
--Miley was the inspiration for Nick's Jonas Brothers song "Wedding Bells". It's about a guy who doesn't want his ex marrying someone else.
--By the way . . . the not-always-reliable British tabloids say Miley's wedding is back on, but Liam Hemsworth wants her to GROW UP.
Bruno Mars Needs Wet Wipes and Wine
A lot of celebrities have long, ridiculous riders with lists of demands that must be met in order for them to perform. BRUNO MARS is apparently NOT one of them.
--TMZ recently asked Bruno about his backstage demands. He said, "Wet wipes and a bottle of wine and I'm good to go!"
--He didn’t elaborate on why he needs wet wipes.
Are Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Teaming Up for Some Kind of CNN Show?
ANDERSON COOPER and KATHY GRIFFIN have teamed up to do some amusing New Year's Eve specials over the past few years . . . and now, there's word that they might be working together on a regular show, possibly for CNN.
--Deadline.com says Anderson and Kathy filmed a pilot at the CNN studios yesterday. All we really know about it is that it's an "hour-long project," with "a lot of humor in it" that "films in front of a live studio audience."
(--Meanwhile,Deadline.comis ALSO reporting that NBC has reached out to Anderson to talk to him about possibly replacing MATT LAUER on the "Today" show. But at this point, it's just a rumor.)
Here's the Lesson Chris Brown Learned from Beating Up Rihanna: "You Can Lose It All"
CHRIS BROWN says he learned a very important lesson after he beat up RIHANNA four years ago . . . quote, "You can lose it all."
--He adds, quote, "I'm not just saying fame or stardom because that's not what it's about. I'm talking about dignity [and] integrity. You know, you lose yourself in a way."
--Chris is NOT blaming his actions on his youth. He was a few months shy of his 20th birthday when that happened, and he says he was old enough to know better.
--He says, quote, "I can tell you I was arrogant and definitely hotheaded. Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands."
--He also says he's been working hard to earn back Rihanna's trust and prove, quote, "how remorseful and sorry I was." And he says he's, quote, "eternally thankful and grateful" for her support.
Here's the Scoop on the "Independence Day" Sequels
We heard last year that producer DEAN DEVLIN and director ROLAND EMMERICH were working on a sequel to the 1996 alien invasion classic "Independence Day".
--Well, there are actually going to be TWO sequels . . . "ID Forever Part 1" and "ID Forever Part 2" . . . and Emmerich is giving up a little bit of scoop on the plot.
--The sequels pick up 20 years after the first one, and the alien reinforcements have finally shown up, after responding to a distress call from the ones Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Randy Quaid and Jeff Goldblum whooped in '96.
--As for why it takes so long for them to show up, it's all down to sci-fi mumbo-jumbo. Emmerich says, quote, "The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back.
--"And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that's 20 or 25 years."
--As for returning characters, Pullman is coming back. It's not clear if Will Smith will be back . . . but his character's STEPSON will be one of the heroes of the new sequels, along with some other, younger characters.
--Emmerich also says the first sequel will end with a cliffhanger . . . quote, "The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens]."
KIM KARDASHIAN is as you certainly know by now, PREGNANT and so of course, people are talking about her weight gain and she’s NOT happy about it.
--In an interview with "Extra", Kim takes a shot at all the gossip rags that are claiming she weighs 200 pounds.
--Kim claims she wouldn't mind if she really DID weigh that, but the tabloids are WAY OFF. By how much, you ask? She says, quote, "You are 60 pounds off here."
Will Justin Timberlake Host the Oscars?
SETH MACFARLANE has already said he’ll never host the Oscars again despite the fact that ratings were up so organizers are moving on too. There’s now talk that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE may host next year's Oscars.
--National Enquirer gossip columnist Mike Walker says, “He has been considered before, but they always thought he was too young and not seasoned enough. Now, he’s the frontrunner for the job—after showing he knows how to sing, dance, act, host, and improvise on the spot.”
Lindsay Lohan Showed Up Early to the Set of "Anger Management"
LINDSAY LOHAN started taping her guest appearance on CHARLIE SHEEN'S"Anger Management" yesterday, and get this: She was EARLY. Lindsay was supposed to be on set at 10:00 A.M., and she showed up at 9:00.
--Meanwhile, Lindsay is defending herself against reports that she was getting hammered at a club over the weekend.
--Lindsay was photographed leaving a place called 41 Ocean over the weekend. She was there to see her alleged boyfriend AVI SNOW and his band CITY OF THE SUN.
--But on her Facebook page, she posted the following explanation . . . quote,
1) It wasn't a nightclub. 41 Ocean is a members only dining club . . . and a private event.
2) It WAS Pellegrino!
3) The most important part . . . the band City of the Sun did any amazing job last night
A “Breaking Bad” Script Is Still Missing
A man accused of breaking into Breaking Bad actor BRYAN CRANSTON's car late last year and stealing a script for the popular television show set in New Mexico has been arrested.
--Bernalillo County Sheriff's officials said Xavier Macafee, 29, was being held on suspicion of burglary.
--Macafee, of Albuquerque, was booked into jail last Friday and made his initial court appearance yesterday.
-- Other items reported taken from Cranston's car were an iPad, a shoulder bag and "miscellaneous personal items."
--A spokesman for the sheriff's department said none of the stolen items have been recovered but detectives were investigating the case.
Jay Leno "Hopes" Jimmy Fallon Replaces Him on "The Tonight Show"
JAY LENO is ALL FOR talking about his relationship with NBC on "The Tonight Show" . . . but apparently, he isn't as enthusiastic about discussing it with the paparazzi.
--When someone from "Extra" asked him if he would continue hosting "TheTonight Show" after his contract was up, Leno evaded it by making fun of how the question was asked.
--Then, when asked if JIMMY FALLON was going to replace him, Leno said, quote, "Well, I hope so!" And immediately walked away.
--Leno also ignored another question by pretending that he was talking . . . so it seemed like there was problems with the sound.
They Let Bobby Brown Out of Jail After Just Nine Hours
On Wednesday morning, BOBBY BROWN turned himself in to begin serving a 55-day sentence for DUI. They let him out 9 HOURS LATER. As usual, it was due to overcrowding in the L.A. County Jail.
--Bobby isn't totally in the clear though. He was released to HOUSE ARREST, which he has to serve for a total of 8 days. And they gave him one of those electronic ankle bracelets to keep him honest.
Lindsay Lohan Has a TV Gig Before Rehab
LINDSAY LOHAN will film an episode of Anger Management before she heads to rehab. She will play a patient, who falls for CHARLIE SHEEN.
--There’s no word when it will air.
Sorry . . . There Is No Joe Jonas Sex Tape
If you heard that there was a sex tape kicking around featuring JOE JONAS and his girlfriend using BONDAGE AND S&M GEAR like paddles and ball gags . . . would you believe it?
--Apparently a lot of people did, because the rumor started making the rounds yesterday. But it's not true. At least that's Joe's story.
--His rep says, quote, "There is no truth or validity to the story. It is completely false."
--It probably IS false, because the story is pretty ridiculous.
--A source who SUPPOSEDLY saw the tape says Joe and his girlfriend, Swiss model Blanda Eggenschwiler, made it over a period of several hours, and even had a trusted friend there to do the filming.
--They're also seen smoking pot and downing shots . . . and during the sex there's, quote, "a lot of overly dramatic screaming and moaning."
NBC May Have to Pay Jay Leno a Big Penalty If They Dump Him Early
There's been talk that NBC might dump JAY LENO before his contract is up in September of 2014 . . . so that they can hand JIMMY FALLON the reins sooner rather than later. Supposedly, it could happen as early as February.
--But TMZ says that's unlikely, because "when Leno renegotiated his contract during the CONAN O'BRIEN mess, he demanded, and got, several penalty clauses that would make NBC take an ENORMOUS financial hit if they pull the plug early."
--There's no word how much that payout would be, but supposedly Leno made sure it was an INSANE amount. That way, he could essentially guarantee that he wouldn't be replaced early.
John Mayer Has Announced the Dates for a Summer Tour
JOHN MAYER has spent most of the past two years dealing with some throat problems . . . but apparently, he's well enough to return to the road, because he's announced a big summer tour.
--For now, it's scheduled to run from July 6th at Summerfest in Milwaukee through October 5th in Hollywood. Before that, John has a few random dates next month at various events, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival on April 26th.
--"American Idol" winner PHILLIP PHILLIPS is the opening act for almost all the shows. (--You can find the whole itinerary at JohnMayer.com.)
New in Theaters This Weekend
#1.) "Olympus Has Fallen"(R)
With the White House captured by terrorists and the President taken hostage, Gerard Butler is the only secret service agent left who can fight the terrorists and try to retake the building. It's sort of like "Die Hard", but in the White House.
--Aaron Eckhart plays the President, Ashley Judd is the First Lady, Angela Bassett is the director of the Secret Service, and Morgan Freeman is the Speaker of the House . . . who steps in as the acting president once everything hits the fan.
#2.) "The Croods"(PG)Trailer
An animated Dreamworks movie about a family of prehistoric cavemen looking for a new home after the cave is destroyed. It stars Emma Stone, with Nicolas Cage as her overprotective father, Ryan Reynolds as her boyfriend, Clark Duke from "Hot Tub Time Machine" as her little brother, and Cloris Leachman as their grandma.
Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who bends the rules for an applicant who may be the son she secretly gave up for adoption. Paul Rudd plays Tina's love interest, and Lily Tomlin is in it as her mom.
#4.) "Spring Breakers"(R)
Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson from "Pretty Little Liars" fund a raunchy spring break trip by robbing a fast food joint . . . then get busted on drug charges, and bailed out by James Franco.
--He plays a drug dealer named "Alien" who convinces the four chicks to continue their crime spree for him.
#5.) "InAPPropriate Comedy"(R)
A raunchy sketch comedy that stars Adrien Brody as a cop named Flirty Harry, Michelle Rodriguez as a porn critic, and Rob Schneider in two roles . . . as both a porn critic and a horny psychologist.
--Lindsay Lohan is in it too, playing herself . . . and she gets to take out her revenge on the paparazzi who stalk her.
Bad news ladies. It might be awhile before you see the hunky RYAN GOSLING back on the big screen.
--He tells E!, "I've been doing it too much. I've lost perspective on what I'm doing. I think it's good for me to take a break and reassess why I'm doing it and how I'm doing it.
--You’ll probably disagree with this but he thinks YOU need a break from him too.
--“I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does. The more opportunities I'm given, the more I learn about how easy it is to (expletive) it up.”
Is Jon Hamm's Unrestrained Bulge So Distracting on the Set of "Mad Men" That He's Being Asked to Wear Underwear?
Actor JON HAMM has apparently been causing trouble on the set of his show all because of the bulge in his pants.
--Sources on the set of "Mad Men" say Jon's package has become a DISTRACTION.
--A so-called "insider" tells the "New York Daily News", quote, "This season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination. Jon's impressive anatomy is so distracting that they politely insisted on underwear."
--The source adds that in the past, AMC's marketing team has had to, quote, "do some Photoshop magic on promotional pictures [to hide his bulge]" . . . because it wouldn't look good on, quote, "the side of a bus or building."
--By the way, Jon's rep isn't amused . . . quote, "It's ridiculous and not really funny at all. I'd appreciate you taking the high road and not resorting to something childish like this that's been blogged about 1,000 times."
Rihanna's Tour Bus Was Stopped at a Border Crossing, and Marijuana Was Found . . . But Rihanna Is in the Clear
RIHANNA'S 10-bus caravan was stopped at a border crossing near Detroit yesterday, after an investigator caught a whiff of marijuana.
--A drug-sniffing dog was brought in, and . . . somewhat surprisingly . . . they only found a "small amount" of weed on ONE guy. Rihanna wasn't on any of the buses.
Lindsay Lohan Will Be Treated for Alcohol and Prescription Drug Addiction
When LINDSAY LOHAN enters rehab for her court-mandated 90-day stay, sources say she'll be treated for alcohol and prescription drug addiction.
--Lindsay's drugs of choice are Adderall and Xanax . . . and we all know how much she loves her vodka.
--The big question is, will she actually get clean this time? One source says, quote, "The main problem when it comes to Lindsay ever getting sober is her absolute denial that she has any substance abuse issues.
--"Once again, she is only going to rehab purely because it’s a slightly more attractive alternative than going to jail."
Miley Cyrus Is Wearing Her Engagement Ring Again
MILEY CYRUS is wearing her engagement ring again. She posted a picture of herself on Twitter yesterday, wearing a onesie with a horse's face on the hood . . . and the ring is clearly visible.
Lindsey Vonn Joked About Tiger Woods' Sex Scandal Back in 2010
LINDSEY VONN is all into TIGER WOODS now, but back in 2010, when he was pretty much at his lowest point, she was MAKING FUN OF HIM.
--It was right after Tiger had held his first press conference apologizing for nailing every white woman he could get his hands on. And Vonn was in the middle of a Winter Olympics run that resulted in one gold and one bronze medal.
--Vonn and some friends were speaking with a "Time" magazine writer, when the subject of Tiger's press conference came up. One of Lindsey's people mentioned how Tiger hugged some friends after it was over.
--And Lindsey said, quote, "They're like, 'Yeah, you're awesome, you go have that sex.'"
--Then she talked about holding her own PARODY press conference on "Saturday Night Live".
--She said she would tell the press, quote, "There's something you don't know about me. Tiger, you're like my idol, and I too have a sex problem."
--Then she added, quote, "That would be freaking funny." The whole time, Lindsey's entourage was laughing at her "jokes".
--Later, the "Time" writer asked Lindsey how she'll deal with the media in the wake of Tiger's scandal.
--She said, quote, "Well, I'm married, so I don't have that problem. But, um, I guess [Woods] is married too." Within the next few years, they'd both be divorced.
One of Tiger's Former Mistresses Has a Great Take on His New Relationship
One of TIGER WOODS' ex-mistresses has a great take on his new relationship with Olympic skier LINDSEY VONN. Obviously, it's based on the premise that Tiger can't stay faithful.
--Mattress actress DEVON JAMES says, quote, "You know when the pics came out of Tiger and his new girlfriend . . . somewhere, 15 other girls were going, 'Huh? I thought I was his girlfriend!'"
--She added, quote, "I thought he would have picked a woman who was more petite and not someone who is more muscular and has a bigger head than his."
Katy Perry and John Mayer Have Broken Up Again
KATY PERRY and JOHN MAYER have broken up for a second time. It sounds like it was a work issue.
--A source says, quote, "It's sad. It's not over until it's over. You have to see how things play out. She's leaving the window open. They have both been so focused on work."
--Katy and John first started dating last summer. They broke up in August, but got back together the next month.
--Meanwhile, during a radio show the other night, RUSSELL BRAND cracked on his brief marriage to Katy.
--He said, quote, "Let me tell you a thing about marriage. Marriage is a bond that can last up to 14 months . . . This is a sacred, 14-month arrangement. Begins on an elephant. Ends in a newspaper."
Did Lindsay Lohan Try to Hit the Clubs After Her Sentencing Monday?
Did LINDSAY LOHAN try to hit the clubs Monday night . . . just hours after being sentenced to 90 days in rehab? An SUV with the logo for Mr. Pink Energy Drink pulled up to a Hollywood club, and Lindsay was supposedly in the backseat.
--The paparazzi got a picture of SOMEBODY . . . but that somebody was covering him or herself with a blanket.
--Because of all the paparazzi, the SUV pulled away without anybody getting out.
--But Lindsay says the media got this one wrong. She Tweeted, quote, "Guys relax, that was NOT me at AV or in the @Mr. Pink SUV. I'm taking this seriously and focused on the road ahead.
--"I stayed in last night, after a pretty long day . . . and ordered sushi to my hotel. Don't believe EVERY little thing you hear, unless you hear it from me. The support I have gotten has been great and means a lot."
Lindsay Lohan's Legal Troubles By The Numbers
You already know that LINDSAY LOHAN has been in nonstop trouble but accesshollywood.com put together her criminal history and the numbers are pretty ridiculous.
--Lindsay has stepped into court over 20 times since 1997
--She has violated probation 6 times
--She has been sentenced to 9 months in jail... She's spent 2 weeks in jail.
--She has served 35 days under house arrest.
--She has spent 250 days in rehab
--She has done 67 days of community service.
Harrison Ford Says He Thinks He'll Play Han Solo Again
HARRISON FORD is the one guy who could TORPEDO a reunion of the original cast in "Star Wars 7", so this is kind of a big deal:
--During a recent interview, Harrison pretty much confirmed it's happening. He said, quote, "I think it's almost true, I'm looking forward to it. It's not in the bag yet, but I think it's happening."
Lindsay Lohan Will Spend 90 Days Locked Up in Rehab
LINDSAY LOHAN copped a plea yesterday to charges of reckless driving and lying to police. And she got a pretty stiff sentence for a change.
--Lindsay will spend 90 days in rehab . . . but it'll be a LOCKDOWN REHAB . . . not one where she can come and go as she pleases or leave early.
--She'll also do 30 days of community service and undergo psychotherapy for 18 months. She also got two years' probation, and she'll have to submit to drug testing.
--Lindsay also copped to violating her probation for her jewelry theft case and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. But that sentence was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve it if she stays out of trouble from here on out.
--The hearing was held in Los Angeles, and Lindsay showed up 48 minutes late from New York City after bagging on two commercial flights and finally taking a last-minute private jet.
(--In case you've forgotten, these latest charges against Lindsay stem from that incident last June in which she totaled a Porsche by rear-ending a truck on her way to a movie set.)
(--Lindsay was driving at the time, but she told police her assistant was behind the wheel. Police also believe Lindsay had an OPEN CONTAINER in the car, and got rid of it after the crash.)
--On her way into the courthouse yesterday, LINDSAY LOHAN was GLITTER-BOMBED . . . which is just an unnecessarily fancy way of saying somebody threw a handful of glitter at her. She pretty much ignored it.
Denise Richards Is Being Harassed Because of Charlie Sheen's Tirade Against His Daughter's School
CHARLIE SHEEN says that his wife DENISE RICHARDS is now being harassed as a result of his recent tirade against the school their 9-year-old daughter Sam used to attend.
--As you may recall, Charlie recently said that Sam had to quit the school because she was being bullied, and nobody would do anything about it.
--And his solution was to ask his Twitter followers to barrage the school with rotten eggs, toilet paper and DOG FECES.
--And now he's UPSET because parents who have kids at the school are apparently fighting back.
--Charlie told TMZ that his daughters found a threatening note pinned to a tree outside their home with a steak knife.
--Charlie said the perps WERE caught on surveillance cameras, and police are looking into it. As for what he plans to do with the knife, he said, quote, "I will return it through their heart."
--Charlie also went off on Twitter saying Denise and the girls are being harassed.
--He added, quote, "Leave them alone. This is not a threat but a promise that justice will be served. I'm not hiding. You are. Show yourselves you spineless cowards. Oh that's right; cockroaches scatter in the light."
--Oh yeah, and he claims his initial threat against the school was "metaphorical".
Are the Black Eyed Peas Replacing Fergie with Another Singer?
The not-always-reliable site PerezHilton.com claims the BLACK EYED PEAS are replacing FERGIE. A so-called "source VERY close to the situation" says the group is, quote, "secretly" auditioning female singers right now.
--However, this would just be a temporary arrangement. Fergie is pregnant now . . . and supposedly she wants to take a few years off for the kid, and to record another solo album. Then, she'd be free to rejoin the Peas whenever she's ready.
--There's no confirmation on any of this, so for now it's just a rumor.
Is Bradley Cooper Dating a 20-Year-Old Model?
When 38-year-old BRADLEY COOPER was asked if he's dating 22-year-old JENNIFER LAWRENCE, he denied it, saying, quote, "I could be her father."
--Well, it looks like he may have changed his mind about the younger ladies. . . because Bradley was spotted in Boston with a 20-year-old model named SUKI WATERHOUSE.
--A source tells E Online that they were, quote, "touching and teasing each other."
Tuesday TV Reminder
--"Splash" [Series Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. Ten celebrities go head-to-head to compete in regulation platform and springboard diving.
(--The celebrities are: "Charles in Charge's"Nicole Eggert, "The Cosby Show's"Keshia Knight Pulliam, Katherine Webb, and Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, comedian Louie Anderson, Drake Bell, Chuy Bravo, professional free skier Rory Bushfield, and Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh.)
Charlie Sheen Asks His Twitter Followers to Send Poop To His Daughter's School
CHARLIE SHEEN asked his Twitter followers to deliver a barrage of dog crap, rotten eggs and toilet paper to a school where his 9-year-old daughter Sam was allegedly bullied.
--Here's the back story in a nutshell: Sam was reportedly being bullied by another 9-year-old girl named Victoria last year at the Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California.
--Victoria was harassing Sam about everything from her looks to her dad getting fired from "Two and a Half Men".
--Sam's mom DENISE RICHARDS met with school officials several times, but nobody would do anything about it. During the final meeting last May, Victoria's parents were present . . . and they called Sam a LIAR.
--At that point, Charlie and Denise pulled Sam from the school.
--So yesterday, Charlie hit up Twitter and said the following . . . quote, "If you have a rotten egg, a roll of toilet paper or some dog [crap], I urge you to deliver it with 'extreme prejudice' to their KamPuss (campus) run by trolls and charlatans. Make me proud.
--"We will not tolerate this level of abhorrent disrespect towards the child of your favorite Warlock. And if you're feeling the 'show and tell' of it all, smear the [crap] to spell one name on the front door: VICTORIA. Eat that loser."
--A rep for Viewpoint says, quote, "Our administrators addressed the issue appropriately last year."
--But thanks to Charlie's threats, the school has some added security on the premises.
Julianne Hough Had $100,000 Worth of Jewelry Ryan Seacrest Gave Her Stolen From Her Car
JULIANNE HOUGH had $100,000 worth of jewelry her boyfriend RYAN SEACREST gave her STOLEN from her car last Friday.
--Julianne was visiting a friend at a Hollywood apartment complex, and she left three pieces of jewelry, including a $50,000 watch, in her Mercedes.
--When she came back to the car, the door was wide open and the inside had been torn through. And obviously, the bling was gone. It's not clear if Julianne left a door unlocked, or if the car was broken into.
Justin Bieber Insulted Lindsay Lohan's Financial Situation . . . Then Took it Back
It's no secret that JUSTIN BIEBER has been going through some challenging times lately. And yesterday, he decided to fight back.
--He posted a long message on Instagram, complaining about all the LIES that the media is telling about him, like how he needs rehab and how his family is disappointed in him.
--He also noted that he's already had five #1 albums and seen the whole world. He added, quote, "I'm 19 and it must be scary to some people to think that this is just the beginning."
--He said he's a "good person" with a good heart" who's "worked [his] ass off" to get where he is . . . and he doesn't think he deserves the negative press.
--And that's all well and good, but then he ended the letter by taking a jab at LINDSAY LOHAN.
--He said, quote, "And to those comparing me to Lindsay Lohan, look at her 2012 tax statements ;)"
--It sounds like Justin didn't mean to attack Lindsay . . . he just thought he was being funny. But he quickly realized he messed up and removed that part of the post.
--He said, quote, "My post was only up for a few minutes  but I realized right away that what I said at the end was wrong and distracted from what I was trying to say.
--"I immediately deleted it and rewrote it so it would show what I was really feeling and those words are up now."
--We don't know how Lindsay feels about Justin's post . . . or if she's even seen it. But according to TMZ, "sources" say she HAS seen it, and she's NOT happy.
New in Theaters: Halle Berry's "The Call" and the Steve Carell Movie "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
#1.) "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"(PG-13)
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi are best friends who've performed together as a Las Vegas magic duo for years, but who've secretly grown to despise each other. As their act grows stale and a new street magician's stunts grow more outrageous, Burt has to rediscover his love for magic or quit the business.
--Jim Carrey plays their number one rival, Olivia Wilde plays Burt's hot assistant, and Alan Arkin is the guy who inspired Steve to take up magic in the first place. David Copperfield was a special consultant for the film and also appears in it.
#2.) "The Call"(R)
Halle Berry plays a 911 operator trying to help a teenage girl who's been abducted by a serial killer. She's played by 16-year-old Abigail Breslin . . . the star of "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Nim's Island".
--And once, during a similar call, Halle made the mistake of calling the victim back, accidentally revealing her hiding spot to the killer, and costing the girl her life.
--So when she speaks to the killer THIS time, and realizes it's the same guy, she leaves the safety of the dispatch office to try to rescue the girl herself.
Dennis Rodman Showed Up at the Vatican . . . In a Flower-Print Jacket
DENNIS RODMAN did indeed show up at the Vatican yesterday . . . wearing a black jacket with brightly-colored flowers all over it.
--By the way . . . Rodman's trip was sponsored by an Irish online gambling site called PaddyPower.com. That's their hat he's wearing.
--Rodman was expected to show up in his own version of the popemobile, but he failed to make good on that promise. Supposedly, the car got delayed by snow in Northern Italy.
--Rodman wanted to meet with whomever the new pope was going to be. We're guessing Pope Francis didn't take that meeting.
Alice Cooper Has Some Advice for Justin Bieber: If You Have to Vomit Onstage, Do Not Turn Your Back to the Crowd
ALICE COOPER has some rock advice for JUSTIN BIEBER: If you have to puke onstage . . . don't turn your back to the crowd.
--He's talking about an October concert, where Justin BARFED onstage, and later blamed it on wolfing down too much milk and spaghetti bolognese before the show.
--Alice says, quote, "He came into Phoenix, comes up onstage, turns his back to the audience and throws up. I [thought], 'Justin, just as a note of professional rock 'n' roll, never turn your back when you throw up.
--"Let the audience SEE you throw up. Because that's a moment they're gonna remember.'"
--Now, Alice is NOT a Bieber hater . . . in fact, he thinks he has the talent to make it, but he warns that he's going to have to survive his 20s first.
--He says, quote, "If he rides this thing out and still makes records, he's gonna be a seasoned artist in about 10 years, 'cause he makes good records now, but he's got to survive the next 10 years. The excess is gonna come at him so quick."
Did Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Break Up Or Not?
By now, you've probably heard the rumor that MILEY CYRUS and LIAM HEMSWORTH are through. So is it true? Well, so far there's not a consensus on the World Wide Web of Unverified Celebrity Gossip.
--E! Online says they're not through just yet. A source told them, quote, "Miley and Liam have been a bit rocky, but are not giving up. They both want it to work."
--As for why things are rocky . . . well, there's no consensus on that, either. Obviously, there's the rumor that Liam hooked up with JANUARY JONES last month.
--Another source says it's a lifestyle thing . . . quote, "She likes to party really hard and can be pretty wild. It became a problem for him."
--Another source says Miley suspected that Liam had a "wandering eye." And yet another source says Liam isn't really down with Miley's new short hair.
Prince Harry Is Coming to America To Meet Hotties
Prince Harry is making a trip to New York and May and hoping to meet some Hollywood Hotties including Jennifer Lawrence.
--A source tells OK! magazine, “He has given his flunkies a list of Hollywood hotties. Harry has a thing for all of them, but Jennifer’s his number-one girl right now.”
--Harry thinks Jennifer is a girl after his own heart — very chill and out for a good time. Harry is looking for a serious relationship and is ready to settle down. And the way he’s thinking right now he could end up with a Hollywood wife.”
Fans Raised Over $2 Million in Just Six Hours . . . and a "Veronica Mars" Movie Is Now Happening
Ever since KRISTEN BELL'S UPN (slash) CW series "Veronica Mars" went off the air in 2007, fans have been begging for a movie version. Well, I'm happy to report that the movie is officially ON.
--Series creator Rob Thomas . . . (--No, not the Matchbox Twenty guy) . . . has been trying to make it happen all this time. And he and Kristen finally got the bright idea to start a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.
--First they went to Warner Brothers . . . which still owns the series . . . and floated the following offer: If the Kickstarter campaign raises $2 million in a month, Warner Brothers lets them make the movie.
--Well, the campaign went online yesterday morning . . . and had raised more than $2 million in SIX HOURS.
--As of late last night, they'd raised over $2.5 million. And they're going to keep taking donations. Obviously, the more they raise, the bigger and better movie they can make.
--The movie goes into production this summer, and will be released early next year. Warner Brothers will pay for the marketing, promotion, and distribution.
--When they started their campaign, they said their $2 million goal was already the most ever sought on Kickstarter . . . so apparently, this is now the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time.
A Bunch of Unopened Fan Mail Addressed to Taylor Swift Was Found in a Nashville Dumpster
A Tennessee woman who was recycling newspapers found hundreds of fan mail addressed to TAYLOR SWIFT. The letters were in the recycling dumpster, and many were unopened.
--The woman, Kylee Francescan, told Nashville's WKRN-TV, quote, "I didn't know if they were stolen, discarded. So I threw them in a box. And I'm like, 'Somebody needs to let Taylor know.'"
--The letters were originally delivered to a P.O. box in a strip mall in the Nashville suburb of Henderson, Tennessee. Taylor's people stop by there regularly to pick up her mail and take it to her management office where it's opened, read and recycled.
--Nobody knows why the unopened letters were accidentally tossed out . . . but I'm going to guess some lackey got lazy. I'm also going guess that that person is now unemployed.
--WKRN-TV contacted Taylor's people and her P.R. flak issued this statement:
--"The only explanation for any letters being unopened would be that a small batch of mail that was supposed to be delivered to Taylor was accidentally put with letters headed for the recycling center."
--The woman who found the letters says she wants them returned to the Taylor so they can be "responded to properly."
Steven Tyler Says Taylor Swift Is "Hot" . . . and He'd Like to Write a Song with Her
AEROSMITH singer STEVEN TYLER is totally into TAYLOR SWIFT . . . in at least ONE way, possibly more.
--Someone recently asked Steven who he'd INTERN for. It's a bizarre question, and Steven was ready with a bizarre response. He said, quote, "She's blonde with all the hits. Taylor Swift. She's hot.
--"More than that, she's beyond talented . . . I have to write a song with her."
--Steven is 64 and Taylor is 23. Not that age means anything for Steven.
--Two weeks ago, there was talk that Steven went on a DATE with CLINT EASTWOOD'S 19-year-old daughter FRANCESCA. They were photographed together outside a restaurant.
Is Lady GaGa Getting Married?
LADY GAGA and Taylor Kinney are reportedly planning to marry.
--Gaga's producer, DJ Lady Starlight, tells the Daily Star, “She’s told me he’s the one and you know that instantly when you see them together. They were made for each other. At first I thought he was too hot to be cool but now I think he’s totally awesome. From all I’ve heard, I don’t think I’m dropping a secret by saying they are ready to get hitched this year.
--He claims they'll make an announcement soon and will be married this summer.
Larry King Surprised Katie Couric Yesterday to Talk About Their Date
Back in February, KATIE COURIC revealed that she went on a date with LARRY KING in 1987 . . . and after dinner, he took her back to his apartment and LUNGED at her.
--Well, Katie was interviewing one of Larry's former producers on her show yesterday, and Larry made a surprise appearance.
--Katie was actually shocked and a little embarrassed. She said, quote, "I had no idea Larry was here! Hi Larry, are you mad at me?"
--After they hugged, Larry said, quote, "Nice to hold you again."
--Larry also said he had no recollection of taking Katie back to his place.
Will Smith Allegedly Doesn't Want His Son Dating Kylie Jenner
Pictures of JADEN SMITH and KYLIE JENNER have been popping up over the last few weeks but there’s one person who wants it to stop and that’s Jaden’s DAD, WILL SMITH.
--A source tells Showbiz Spy, “Will and Jada aren’t in favor of Jaden dating either Kylie or Kendall. So they won’t be leaving the new lovebirds alone. Kris Jenner has other ideas. She’s pushing for Kylie and Jaden to become the family’s next power couple.''
Barbara Walters Says "The View" Is Not Dumping Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Over the weekend, "Us" magazine saidELISABETH HASSELBECK was being PUSHED OUT of "The View" . . . because viewers found her "too extreme and right-wing."
--Well, BARBARA WALTERS DENIED the rumor on the show yesterday.
--Barbara called it a "particularly false story," and said, quote, "The truth is, we love Elisabeth . . . beyond that, we value and appreciate her point of view. It's important to us because Elisabeth helps give this show perspective and balance . . .
--"We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show."
--Elisabeth didn't comment . . . and multiple sites online report that she's STILL not expected to return next season. And Barbara did seem to hint at that possibility.
--She added, quote, "Having said that to all of you, [producer] BILL [GEDDIE] and I have always said that when one of you makes the choice to leave, that is your choice, and we will support your decision."
--For what it's worth, "Us" magazine is sticking with their story. They quote some "insider" saying that the denial is part of a strategy to "save face" for both Elisabeth and the show.
Several Celebrities . . . Including Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Vice President Joe Biden . . . Were Hacked and Had Sensitive Information Posted Online
Several celebrities and political figures were hacked, and sensitive financial information about them was posted online.
--The victims included Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher and Mel Gibson . . .
--Plus LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, FBI director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and even Vice President Joe Biden.
--Information posted included credit reports, Social Security numbers and bank account information. Although sources say the info on Biden and Hillary wasn't as sensitive as it was for others.
--It's not clear if the website is still online. No one in the media would publish the address, and we couldn't find it as of last night. There's no word who's responsible.
--The LAPD and the FBI are both looking into this.
Justin Bieber Went to Amsterdam This Weekend . . . Did He Get High?
After a pretty rough week in London, JUSTIN BIEBER spent some time in Amsterdam over the weekend. And I know the question that immediately came to your mind was, "Did he smoke any weed?"
--Well, one gossip website claims he went to a coffee shop called Easy Time, where he did indeed smoke a joint and eat some "space cake" . . . which is a pot-laced snack. He also went to a souvenir shop and bought himself a JOINT HOLDER.
The Notorious B.I.G.'s Kids Will Star in a Bizarre New Show Where Biggie's Ghost Helps Them Save His Recording Studio
THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. may be dead . . . but his spirit lives on.
--And in a new animated TV show, his spirit will also help his children save his recording studio from an EVIL CORPORATE TAKEOVER. Seriously.
--The show is called "House of Wallace". Biggie's real life kids . . . 19-year-old Tyanna and 16-year-old C.J. . . . will voice characters based on themselves.
--It's unclear who's voicing Biggie's ghost . . . who will appear "in spirit" to, quote, "guide them through the adversities they face when trying to keep his Brooklyn studio open and out of a larger company's hand."
--No network is attached to this insanity yet . . . but the producers say they've had some "serious" bites on it.
--Biggie's son C.J. has already done some acting by the way. He played a younger version of Biggie in the movie "Notorious". And you might remember him as the boy who befriends WILL FERRELL in the divorce drama "Everything Must Go".
Does Carrie Underwood Ask Her Crew to Call Her "Princess Carrie" On Her Birthday?
CARRIE UNDERWOOD turned 30 on Sunday . . . but she's celebrating the occasion all week. She does it every year.
--She also makes her crew address her like royalty during the week of her birthday.
--Carrie says, quote, "When we are working, like on the road, everyone calls me Princess Carrie. They're like 'Yeah, yeah, Carrie.' And I'm like 'Yeah, what?' And they're like 'Princess Carrie.'"
Is "The View" Pushing Elisabeth Hasselbeck Out . . . Because She's "Too Extreme and Right-Wing"?
Last week, JOY BEHARannounced she was leaving "The View", and now "Us" magazine reports that ELISABETH HASSELBECK won't be back either.
--But it doesn't sound like she had much of a choice.
--Supposedly, Elisabeth is being PUSHED OUT, because she isn't popular with the audience. A so-called "source" says, quote, "The viewers they polled all said she was too extreme and right wing.
--"People did not watch the show because of Elisabeth. So, they told her yesterday her contract would not be renewed."
--There's been no direct response from ABC or Elisabeth.
--Elisabeth's contract situation is a little unclear. A show rep says she has a long-term contract, but other sources say her deal is up after this season. Regardless, the show could probably dump her even if she's under contract.
--By the way, "Star" magazine says Elisabeth is being let go because they want to bring in some fresh voices. They say it's a, quote, "desperate attempt to renew interest in the show."
--Meanwhile, Showbiz411.com has the line on a potential replacement: BROOKE SHIELDS. The site says BARBARA WALTERS "really wants her," and adds, quote, "the deal isn't done yet . . . but it's THIS CLOSE."
--Brooke has appeared on "The View" a half-dozen times, and has co-hosted in the past.
--Finally, there's speculation that Barbara is also planning to leave the show . . . but if it's going to continue with at least two new co-hosts, you'd think that she'd want to stick around to help with the transition.
Justin Timberlake Took a Little Shot at Kanye West During His "SNL" Performance
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE seemed to respond to KANYE WEST'S criticism while performing "Suit & Tie" with JAY-Z on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
--A few weeks ago, Kanye dissed"Suit & Tie" during a long rant at a concert . . . saying, quote, "I got love for Hov, but I ain't [effin] with that 'Suit & Tie'."
--On "SNL", Justin changed the lyrics from, quote, "Aww, [S-word] so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit" . . . to, quote, "My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic."
--Justin also attracted a big audience. The show had its best ratings in over a year, since January 7th of 2012. That episode was hosted by CHARLES BARKLEY . . . and directly followed an NFL playoff game that went long.
Rihanna Canceled a Show Because She Has Laryngitis
RIHANNA says she's suffering from LARYNGITIS . . . and because of that, she was forced to cancel her show in Boston last night. The show will be rescheduled.
--Rihanna Tweeted, quote, "Boston: This is the hardest thing for me to deal with! I feel like we've been waiting on this day forever, and I'm hurt that I let you down.
--"I hate disappointing people that never ever let me down!! I'm so embarrassed about this! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!"
--For now, she's still scheduled to perform in Baltimore tomorrow night.
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Is Having a Daughter . . . And She Craves Pop Tarts and Naps
HILLARY SCOTT has confirmed that she's expecting a baby girl . . . and that her only two cravings are sugary treats and shut-eye.
--She told EOnline, quote, "There was one night where I looked at my husband and I'm like, 'We really have to go to the grocery store because I need a Pop-Tart right now.' That's really one of the only cravings I've had.
--"That and sleeping. That's been my biggest craving for sure . . . naps!"
"Oz the Great and Powerful" Had the Best Opening of 2013 . . . and the Third-Best March Debut Ever
"Oz the Great and Powerful" had a great weekend at the box office. The movie easily had the biggest debut of the year, making $80.3 million in its first three days of release.
--It's also the third-biggest March debut ever, behind "The Hunger Games", which opened with $152.5 million last year, and "Alice in Wonderland", which debuted to $116.1 million in 2010.
--The only other big release this weekend, COLIN FARRELL's romantic thriller "Dead Man Down", fell flat making just $5.4 million in 4th place. Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
1.) (NEW) "Oz The Great and Powerful", $80.3 million.
2.) "Jack the Giant Slayer", $10 million. Up to $43.8 million in its 2nd week.
3.) "Identity Thief", $6.3 million. Up to $117 million in its 5th week.
4.) (NEW) "Dead Man Down", $5.4 million.
5.) "Snitch", $5.1 million. Up to $31.9 million in its 3rd week.
JUSTIN BIEBER COLLAPSED during his concert in London last night . . . and it sounds like he's OK, but he still isn't sure what happened. Here's what you need to know:
--With a few songs left to go, Justin started feeling dizzy . . . so he went backstage. According to reports, he "collapsed." An emergency medical team gave him oxygen, and suggested that he go to the hospital to get checked out.
--But Justin insisted that he, quote, "had to finish the show for his fans." So, after a break, he returned . . . performed four songs . . . got a standing ovation . . . and then went to the hospital.
--Before he came back out, his manager Scooter Braun told the crowd, quote, "Justin got very light of breath. The whole show he's been complaining. He's backstage with the EMTs, and the doctor."
--Later, Justin Tweeted, quote, "Getting better. Thanks for everyone pulling me through tonight. Best fans in the world. Figuring out what happened. Thanks for the love."
--And on Instagram, he posted an unnecessarily sexy picture of himself lying in his hospital bed . . . with his gown pulled down, so he's just shirtless and in his underwear.
Kim Kardashian Thought She Was Having a Miscarriage . . . But She's Fine
KIM KARDASHIAN was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night because she thought she was having a miscarriage. But luckily, it was a false alarm.
--The doctor did order her to get some rest, though. Between work, the stress of her divorce, moving into a new house and the fact that she still works out regularly, Kim is just putting her body through too much.
--Kim was on a plane back from Paris when she started feeling severe stomach pains. A source says, quote, "Kim's not respecting her pregnancy."
--"She's running around, working out seven days a week. She's working with two different trainers to control her weight, including Tracy Anderson and a pregnancy trainer."
--"She's scared that her ass is [too big]. But she is having a very rough pregnancy, and doctors have ordered her to slow down."
Kelly Osbourne Was Hospitalized After Having a Seizure Yesterday
KELLY OSBOURNE suffered a seizure in front of a live studio audience while taping her show "Fashion Police" yesterday.
--Witnesses say Kelly turned to guest host MELISSA RIVERS and said, quote, "I don't feel good" . . . then fell out of her chair to the floor and started shaking.
--Melissa went down to the floor to help her . . . and an audience member who happened to be some kind of emergency responder jumped in as well.
--Kelly was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. But it sounds like she's going to be okay. JOAN RIVERS, who was also at the taping, told TMZ, quote, "She is fine. We just saw her."
Joy Behar Is Leaving "The View" After 16 Years
JOY BEHAR is leaving "The View" after its current season. She's been there since the beginning, which . . . believe it or not . . . was 16 years ago. (--Here's something else you may not believe: She's 70 years old.)
--Joy's contract is up in August, and she opted not to renew her deal. She says, quote, "It seemed like the right time. You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?' There are other things on my plate . . .
--"I've been writing a play, I've been neglecting my standup." Joy is also considering another, solo talk show. There are rumors it could be something on CNN, but nothing's been determined yet.
--Joy also has a show on Current TV called "Joy Behar: Say Anything", although that's expected to end in a few months, once Al Jazeera takes over the programming.
--There's no word on who may replace her on "The View".
--This makes BARBARA WALTERS the last original host . . . but there's also speculation that SHE may be on her way out, too. On top of that, ELISABETH HASSELBECK isn't signed beyond this season either.
Miley Cyrus Wasn't Wearing Her Engagement Ring Last Night
Earlier this week, MILEY CYRUS denied that she'd called off her wedding to LIAM HEMSWORTH. But last night she was spotted out in Los Angeles . . . MINUS HER ENGAGEMENT RING.
(--Miley usually wears three rings on her engagement finger . . . two bands and the diamond. Last night she was still wearing the bands, but no rock so this might not be a big deal.)
Demi Moore Wants Spousal Support . . . Even Though She's Worth More Than Ashton Kutcher
DEMI MOORE filed a response to ASHTON KUTCHER'S divorce papers, and she wants SPOUSAL SUPPORT. She's also asking that Ashton pay her legal fees.
--According to TMZ, Demi has WAY more money than Ashton. Although Ashton did make $24 million last year alone, thanks to"Two and a Half Men".
--Since Demi is already set for life, it's not likely a judge will award her any support. But it probably felt good on some level just to petition for it.
There's a rumor going around that LIAM HEMSWORTH cheated on MILEY CYRUS with JANUARY JONES after the Oscars last month. And ever since then, there's been talk that their engagement is OFF.
--Well, Miley hit up Twitter to deny it . . . and then she announced that she's QUITTING Twitter. But it didn't last.
--She said, quote, "I am so sick of L.A. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn't call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media. #draining"
--Within a few hours, she was Tweeting again. But apparently, it's going to be ALL BUSINESS from here on out.
--She said, quote, "My new music is gonna shut everyone up. Not discussing anything but my music from now on."
Taylor Swift is Scared of Being Alone
If you’re tired of TAYLOR SWIFT’s crazy dating life, don’t expect it to end any time soon. She’s frightened of ending up all by herself.
--She tells InStyle magazine, ''I don't wanna end up being awful and intolerable. Alone. Laying in a marble bathtub by myself, like sad, with a glass of wine just complaining that my life ended up alone because I pushed everyone away because I thought I was too good to hang out with anybody.
--She says she doesn’t want to be the “typical poor lonely starlet with no one because she put up all these walls and didn't trust anyone.”
--“That's my fear. And that's why I live my life the way I live my life because I'd so much rather feel everything than end up like that.''
--The latest rumor is that Taylor is dating singer ED SHEERAN.
--In other Taylor Swift news, she sold her Cape Cod home for a $942,000 profit. She owned it for 7 months and bought the house to be near CONOR KENNEDY during their brief relationship.
Did Russell Crowe Capture an Alien Spacecraft on Film?
RUSSELL CROWE installed a camera outside of his office in Sydney because he wanted to get footage of fruit bats, for some reason. But what he got instead was a UFO.
--He posted a video of some time-lapse photos that show what appears to be a brightly-lit object flying across the sky
--Along with the video, he Tweeted, quote, "UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC's Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)"
--He later said nothing was added to the pics. What you see in the video is EXACTLY what was recorded by the camera. He also said the three photos were taken over a span of about four and a half seconds.
Is NBC "Grooming" Howard Stern to Replace Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night"?
There's been some talk that NBC is secretly planning to give JIMMY FALLON"The Tonight Show" when JAY LENO'S contract is up next year, even if Leno isn't ready to step down.
--And the "New York Post" reports that NBC is "grooming" HOWARD STERN to replace Fallon on HIS show, "Late Night", which of course airs right after "The Tonight Show".
--The "Post" credits this to anonymous "sources close to" Stern.
--There's no official word from NBC or Stern . . . and there probably won't be . . . UNLESS it's a denial. NBC has already denied rumors that they're planning on moving Fallon to "The Tonight Show", and Leno's people wouldn't comment.
--The "Post" suggests that, by bringing Stern to "America's Got Talent" last year, NBC was able to show that he CAN be tamed for TV, and he can appeal to a younger audience.
(--Fallon is two decades younger than both Leno and Stern. Fallon is 38 . . . Stern is 59 . . . and Leno is 62.)
The "National Enquirer" says FERGIE and JOSH DUHAMEL are expecting twins.
--A source says, quote, "Fergie and Josh feel like they hit the baby jackpot. They waited a long time but it's all paying off because they say they're expecting twins. They couldn't be happier."
Did Jennifer Lawrence Turn Down Russell Brand?
We all know that JENNIFER LAWRENCE got hit on by JACK NICHOLSON on Oscar night. And while he may not have been entirely serious, it sounds like he wasn't the only one who put the feelers out.
--Sources say RUSSELL BRAND put the moves on Jennifer TWICE at an after-party . . . and she shot him down. Twice.
Jennifer Lawrence Wants to Punch People Who Say They Like Exercising
If you saw JENNIFER LAWRENCE ordering McDonald's on the Oscar red carpet, then you know that she's not a fan of dieting. She does exercise, though. But that doesn't mean she has to like it.
--She says, quote, "I don't diet. I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?"
--She adds, quote, "I hate saying: 'I like exercising' . . . I want to punch people who say that. But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.'"
Harrison Ford Has Officially Signed on For the Sequel to . . . "Anchorman"
HARRISON FORD has officially signed on to do a long-awaited sequel. But it's NOT "Star Wars 7". It's "Anchorman 2".
--He'll play a legendary newscaster. Shooting is in progress in Atlanta. (--Ford IS still expected to play Han Solo in "Star Wars 7", but that's not official yet.)
Barbara Walters Says a "Well-Known Actor" Gave Her the Chicken Pox
BARBARA WALTERS returned to "The View" yesterday, after a six-week absence. She was taking time off to recover from the chicken pox and a concussion.
--She blamed the chicken pox on a, quote, "well-known actor," who she gave a "New Year's hug and kiss on the cheek." She said the next day, he discovered that he was coming down with "a bad case of shingles." (--She wouldn't name the actor.)
--Barbara never had the chicken pox, and if you haven't had it, you can get it from someone with shingles. She didn't realize she had it until she felt ill one day . . . fainted . . . and hit her head on a marble floor. That's how she got the concussion.
Justin Bieber Tells His Side of the "Worst Birthday" Story
JUSTIN BIEBER explained what happened this weekend at a club in London when he tweeted he was having the worst birthday ever. He claims he did NOT try to get 14 year old JADEN SMITH or anyone else under 18 into the joint. And he says the whole thing is the fault of the club.
--He Tweeted, quote, "U think Will is letting his 14 year old in a club, I don't think so.
--"I said my 'worst bday' but that was due to dummies pushing over my fans and being overly aggressive. Btw it wasn't the worst bday, cuz all my friends from back home flew in. I was just mad in the moment."
(--Jaden WAS in London Saturday . . . because he went out to dinner with KYLIE JENNER. His dad chaperoned.)
Talk of Jimmy Fallon Replacing Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Is Heating Up
In December, we heard that NBC executives were "quietly exploring" the idea of handing "The Tonight Show" to JIMMY FALLONwhen JAY LENO'S contract expires next year. Well, that talk is heating up.
--Now, the "Hollywood Reporter" reports that "two high-level industry sources" say NBC is "moving forward" with the plan . . . and they could make it official in May, when the network announces its schedule for the 2013-2014 TV season.
--Supposedly, NBC will give Leno one last season . . . then Fallon would take over NEXT summer.
--But for now, NBC is denying it . . . and a rep for Leno says, quote, "We do not speculate on rumor."
--Of course, Leno is probably reluctant to go . . . just as he was back in 2009, when CONAN O'BRIEN was supposed to take over"The Tonight Show". (--And we know how that turned out.)
--Leno is doing fine in the ratings . . . he regularly beats DAVID LETTERMAN and JIMMY KIMMEL . . . but Kimmel is giving him a run for his money in the highly coveted demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds.
(--ABC moved Kimmel up a half-hour to 11:35 P.M. in January . . . to compete directly with Leno and Letterman.)
--A so-called "source" says, quote, "The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it [would be] for Jimmy [Fallon] to keep that audience."
--That's one reason NBC may want to have Fallon take over sooner rather than later. The other reason is that Letterman's contract is also up in 2014 . . . and if HE retires, CBS could swoop in and STEAL Fallon.
Mark Wahlberg May Reunite the Funky Bunch!
It's been 20 YEARS since MARKY MARK AND THE FUNKY BUNCH were DOMINATING the music industry . . . but as impossible as it may seem, they may have another reign in them.
--In an interview with Britain's "Heat" magazine, MARK WAHLBERG suggested that they could reunite!
--He said, quote, "Well, the Funky Bunch wants to get back out there. I've just got to find the right time. We might, though."
--It's unclear where the Funky Bunch is . . . or what they've been up to since 1993.
Heidi Klum Will Be a Judge on "America's Got Talent"
"America's Got Talent" has added a FOURTH JUDGE for its upcoming season: HEIDI KLUM. She'll join returning judgesHOWARD STERN and HOWIE MANDEL, along with MEL B from the SPICE GIRLS, who's replacingSHARON OSBOURNE as the token British judge that every reality competition show is required to have.
--The show starts taping its audition rounds TODAY in New Orleans.
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Is Coming Back . . . Without Drew Carey
The CW is reportedly bringing back "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" . . . the improv comedy show that DREW CAREY hosted 10 years ago.
--Stars WAYNE BRADY, COLIN MOCHRIE and RYAN STILES will be back, but Drew won't . . . probably because he has his hands full with "The Price Is Right".
--Somewhat randomly, AISHA TYLER from "The Talk" is hosting this time around. The show is supposed to premiere sometime this summer.
Mark McGrath's Epic '90s Music Cruise Has Been Canceled . . . Thanks to the "Poop Cruise"?
TRAGIC NEWS from the HIGH SEAS: SUGAR RAY singer MARK MCGRATH has confirmed that his epic, '90s music-themed cruise has been canceled.
--The cruise was to set sail this October, and would feature the '90s lineup, including: Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms,Cracker, Spin Doctors, Vertical Horizon, The Verve Pipe, Marcy Playground and of course Sugar Ray . . .
--Plus, there was going to be "special acoustic performances" by Ed Roland of Collective Soul and EdKowalczyk of Live.
--But it's been canceled . . . and Mark is blaming this month's infamous POOP CRUISE. (--That's the Carnival cruise ship that was forced to go a week without running water after an engine fire knocked out its power.)
--No official reason for the cancellation has been provided . . . but on Twitter, Mark suggested that the poop cruise killed ticket sales. Especially since his cruise was also on a Carnival ship.
--He told his followers, quote, "I certainly didn't pull the plug . . . my apologies, I'm really bummed as well. That poop cruise did us no favors . . . that fiasco really took us down . . . [it] sunk us, no pun intended!"
--Of course, there IS a possibility that the cruise wasn't selling on its own, and that Mark is just using the poop cruise insanity as an excuse.
Neil Patrick Harris Is Not Calling Off His Wedding
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is denying a "National Enquirer" report that he called off his wedding because he and partner DAVID BURTKA had a huge fight.
--He Tweeted, quote, "The Nat Enq is cray cray. We've never had a wedding date, just engaged (Prop 8 and all). We're on a cruise as I write. He's rad. All good."
Is Rupert Sanders Going After Kristen Stewart Again?
Now that "Snow White and the Huntsman" director RUPERT SANDERS is single, he's free to take that affair with KRISTEN STEWART all the way. Unfortunately, she doesn't feel the same way.
--RadarOnline.com says Rupert has been texting and emailing Kristen, but she's not responding. A source says, quote, "Rupert's reached out to Kristen, but she doesn't want anything to do with him.
--"In truth, she regrets ever getting involved with Rupert, because of how much it hurt ROBERT PATTINSON and the amount of public backlash she was subjected to."
Simon Cowell Has a "Brilliant" Idea: He Could Bring Katy Perry and John Mayer to "X Factor"
SIMON COWELL has a "brilliant" idea: He could bring KATY PERRY and JOHN MAYER to "X Factor" to replace departing judges BRITNEY SPEARS and L.A. REID. This is just an IDEA at this point . . . and a rumored one at that.
--Of course, Katy and John have reportedly been dating, on and off, for about six months now . . . although it's unclear what their status is right now.
--Word has it Simon is treating this like a package deal . . . and has a $20 MILLION offer on the table for them both to come onboard.
--A so-called "source" says "Simon sees it as a 'brilliant' pairing. Katy is sassy, honest and a huge star, while John's more reserved. Having them as rivals would be genius . . . if they had on-air bust-ups, it'd be un-missable."
Arnold Schwarzenegger Does Have a Girlfriend
The woman ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has been seen out with lately is indeed his girlfriend. We don't know much about her, except that her name is Heather Milligan and they've been dating since the fall.
New Movies This Weekend
#1.) "Jack the Giant Slayer"(PG-13)
This version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" is by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, and stars the guy who plays Beast in the "X-Men" movies, Nicholas Hoult.
#2.) "The Last Exorcism Part II"(PG-13)
Ashley Bell returns as Nell, who doesn't have any memory of what happened in the first movie, when she was possessed by the demon Abalam.
#3.) "21 and Over"(R)
A comedy from the writers of "The Hangover", about a pre-med student who gets drunk on his 21st birthday and is too smashed to make it to a morning interview without a lot of chaos.
Ed Harris plays the captain of a Russian submarine during the Cold War, who's fighting to take back control of his sub after it's seized by a team of rogue KGB agents led by David Duchovny.