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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/29/2013
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Have Separated
 
 
The rumors were true:  MICHAEL DOUGLAS and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES have separated.  Although their rep didn't quite use that language.
 
 
He said, quote, "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage."
 
 
They've been married for 13 years. 
 
 
They have a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter.  Michael is 68 . . . Catherine is 43.
 
 
Between Michael's cancer and Catherine's bipolar disorder, they've dealt with quite a bit of stress over the last few years.
 
 
 
Is Katie Holmes Hooking Up With Jamie Foxx?
 
 
Are JAMIE FOXX and KATIE HOLMES a new item?  That's what some people are wondering after seeing photos of them arm-in-arm at a benefit in the Hamptons on Saturday.
 
 
The pictures don't necessarily suggest they're anything but friends having a good time but some sources are saying it's more than that.
 
 
One source says Jamie and Katie are just old friends.  Jamie starred with Katie's then-future husband TOM CRUISE in the movie "Collateral" in 2004.  
 
 
But another source says they've been dating for a few months.  Jamie is 45 . . . Katie is 34.
 
 
 
Justin Bieber Was Pulled Over for Running a Stop Sign and Ticketed for Not Having a Valid License
 
 
JUSTIN BIEBER was pulled over yesterday for running a stop sign . . . and ended up being ticketed for not having a valid California driver's license.
 
 
The incident occurred near Justin's home in Calabasas.  Justin had to let his passenger drive the rest of the way home. 
 
 
(We don't know WHY Justin doesn't have a valid license.  It doesn't seem likely he has one from another state, since he LIVES in California.  Maybe he has a Canadian license.  But he's supposed to have a Cali license, since he's a permanent resident there.) 
 
 
 
Justin Timberlake Stopped His Press Tour to Meet a Teenage Brain Cancer Survivor
 
 
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE interrupted the schedule for his current "press tour" to meet a 13-year-old brain cancer survivor.
 
 
Justin and his entourage were at a New York City office building for some press event.  He didn't have time to interact with the fans outside . . . but then he heard a woman say that her kid was a brain cancer survivor, and a "Make-A-Wish" kid.
 
 
Justin immediately stopped . . . walked over to the woman . . . and said, quote, "Where is she?"  The woman brought her daughter inside, and Justin chatted with her.
 
 
The girl, Giana DiLascio, says, quote, "I thought it was a joke.  I couldn't believe it.  I'm still in shock.  We talked about the 'VMAs', which I thought he was great in . . .
 
 
"Security was saying no pictures.  [But Justin] looked at them, and then my phone, and said, 'I'm going to take a photo."
 
 
 
The 'N Sync Reunion Has Ignited Interest In a JC Chasez Solo Comeback
 
 
The big 'N SYNC reunion at the "MTV Video Music Awards" doesn't sound like it'll lead to any more appearances or a tour . . . at least, not at this point.  But one thing has come out of it:
 
 
A HUGE demand for a JC CHASEZ solo comeback!!!
 
 
E! News says the performance, quote, "sparked interest in reigniting JC's singing career" . . . and that JC and his "camp" have been, quote, "receiving non-stop phone calls about getting him into the studio to record his own music or to team up with other artists."
 
 
A "source" adds, quote, "Everyone saw that he can sing his ass off still.  He looks great, and he can dance.  They remembered that he has an amazing voice, and that he was 'N Sync's 'soul' guy."
 
 
Speaking of 'N Sync, there was a rumor going around online about JOEY FATONE and his wife splitting up . . . but he's denying it.  Sort of.
 
 
He says, quote, "We're still married . . . kids are great . . . I'm deeply upset about that.  We're fine."
 
 
 
The Latest "Dancing with the Stars" Rumors Include 74-Year-Old Valerie Harper, Who Has Terminal Brain Cancer
 
 
VALERIE HARPER from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda" was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, and in March, she said her doctors had given her as little as three months to live.
 
 
But last week, she celebrated her 74th birthday . . . and now, there's speculation that she's joined the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars".  (!!!)
 
 
TMZ claims she's been paired with TRISTAN MACMANUS, and they've been practicing for two weeks.  Sources say Valerie is "surprisingly good," and "doesn't need any special assistance, at least so far."
 
 
Meanwhile, TMZ is also reporting that the cast will include:  "Showgirls" superstar Elizabeth Berkley, Snooki, Leah Remini, Amber Riley from "Glee", and singer Christina Milian . . . who is more famous these days for being the social media correspondent on "The Voice".
 
 
"Star" magazine says JACK OSBOURNE is also doing it . . . despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year.  An "insider" says, quote, "[Jack] has been through a rough time . . . [but] is anxious to prove that nothing can stop him."
 
 
E! News says former NFL wide receiver KEYSHAWN JOHNSON is onboard . . . and "In Touch Weekly" added two other names to the mix:  JC CHASEZ from 'N SYNC and "Backdoor Teen Mom" FARRAH ABRAHAM.
 
 
There have been less-reliable rumors about "Family Guy" creator SETH MACFARLANE dancing . . . plus, JOHN STAMOS, and 15-year-old BELLA THORNE, who stars on the Disney Channel show "Shake It Up".
 
  
 
As usual, ABC wouldn't comment on any of the rumors.  The official cast announcement will be made next Wednesday on "Good Morning America".
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/28/2013
Justin Timberlake Has Miley's Back
 
One person who has MILEY CYRUS' back is JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.  In an interview yesterday, he said, quote, "It's the 'VMAs'.  What did you guys expect?"  
 
 
"I like Miley.  I like her a lot.  I think, you know, she's young.  She's letting everybody know that she's growing up . . . It's not like she did it at the Grammys.  Let her do her thing, you know?" 
 
 
Justin says his favorite part was the picture of Will Smith and his kids reacting to Miley's performance.  But we heard yesterday that photo was actually taken during Lady Gaga's performance.
 
 
 
Did Beyonce Yell at Diddy for Fighting at a "VMA" After-Party?
 
 
DIDDY and rapper J COLE reportedly got into it at a "VMA" after-party Sunday night, after Cole said, quote, "inappropriate things" to Diddy and his girlfriend CASSIE.
 
 
Sources say some pushing and shoving ensued, and a few bottles were knocked over before order was restored.  One of the people who helped restore that order was BEYONCÉ.  A source says she was YELLING at both Diddy and J Cole to cut the crap. 
 
 
Diddy later Tweeted, quote, "I usually don't address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro J Cole.  We are friends.  We just yell in public sometimes.  LOL" 
 
 
 
Demi Lovato Is Playing Naya Rivera's "Love Interest" on "Glee"
 
 
DEMI LOVATO is coming to "Glee" this season. She'll be playing the love interest of cheerleader Santana Lopez.
 
 
It's unclear if there will be any ACTUAL love scenes, but that's certainly possible.
 
 
NAYA RIVERA says, quote, "She's playing my love interest, so I'm very, very excited about that . . . we're bringing her to the dark side.  Demi comes in in a BEATLES episode, [and we're singing] a Beatles song together.  I'm excited."
 
 
It's still unclear how long Demi will stick around, but it's going to be a "multiple-episode" guest spot.  The Beatles episode will be the second of the season, which is scheduled to air on October 3rd.
 
 
If you care, rumor has it Demi and Naya will be singing "Here Comes the Sun".  
 
 
 
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Are Not Getting Divorced
 
 
The "National Enquirer" has a cover story claiming TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL are in the midst of a $135 million divorce.  And to increase the star factor, they dragged TAYLOR SWIFT into the mix.
 
 
The story is filled with statements from "sources" but there are no actual facts.  At one point they claim the 16-year marriage has, quote, "hit rock bottom amid furious clashes and suspected infidelities." 
 
 
And then there's this, quote, "Faith thinks she has Tim under her thumb, but she may be in for a big surprise.  The couple's life has turned into a battlefield, and now Tim is threatening to walk for good."
 
 
They also claim there's too much "sexual chemistry" between Tim and Taylor.
 
 
GossipCop.com decided to do some actual reporting.  They asked Faith's people about it and they, quote, "scoffed" at the idea.  Then they reached out to Tim's rep who said the claims are, quote "totally false and ridiculous."
 
 
 
Here We Go Again: Alec Baldwin Attacked Another Photographer
 
 
ALEC BALDWIN attacked ANOTHER photographer yesterday in New York City.  Alec and his wife, Hilaria were being followed by at least two paparazzi scumbags.  Their newborn daughter wasn't with them but that didn't stop Alec from losing it.
 
 
Alec was NOT cool with his wife being photographed just days after giving birth, so he grabbed one of them, put him in a hammerlock and pinned him against the hood of a car.  
 
 
There were witnesses who say the photographer was being too aggressive.  But HE says, quote, "I was doing my job asking him normal questions and he flipped.  That's all."
 
 
However, after the scuffle, Hilaria went into a store, and this same guy followed her in there.  Things almost got physical again, but someone convinced the photographer to leave.
 
 
Both he and Alec called the cops, but when they got there, neither one of them was interested in pressing charges.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/27/2013
Miley Cyrus: The Universe Reacts
 
 
The universe is still up in arms about MILEY CYRUS' "VMA" performance Sunday night.
 
 
Here's what people are saying . . .
 
 
Kelly Clarkson:  "Just saw a couple performances from the VMAs last night.  2 words . . . #pitchystrippers."  (So who else was she talking about?  Gaga?  Katy Perry?  'N Sync?  Discuss.)
  
 
James Van Der Beek:  "Things I learned watching the [VMAs]:  There's nothing you can do with a foam finger that you can't air on MTV."
 
 
Nick Cannon:  "Remind me to never let my kids into showbiz . . . Thanks."
 
 
Billy Ray Cyrus is in silent mode so far.  All he's been Tweeting about since the VMAs is making new music and . . . Syria. 
 
 
In fact, hours after the VMAs he Tweeted, quote, "Thanking God for so many blessings tonight.  Continue to pray for world peace.  More love . . . less hate."
 
  
One last note on Billy Ray:  As you would expect, the Parents Television Council went DOG NUTS over Miley's performance.  And Billy Ray just happens to be on the PTC's advisory board.  
 
 
Meanwhile BROOKE SHIELDS . . . who played Miley's dead mother on "Hannah Montana" . . . had this to say on the "Today" show:  "I was Hannah Montana's mother. I do not approve.
 
 
"Where did I go wrong? . . . I just want to know who's advising her, and why it's necessary? . . . [Our children] can't watch that.  I feel like it's a bit desperate."  
 
 
Yesterday, Miley was BRAGGING about her performance to her Twitter followers.  She said, quote, "Smilers!  My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute.  That's more than the blackout or Superbowl!  #fact."
 
 
She also posted some compliments "Rolling Stone" gave her, like this one . . . quote, "Miley was the one star in the room who truly understood what the MTV Video Music Awards are all about!"
 
 
As for ROBIN THICKE . . . he seemed cool with it.  Before the VMAs were even over, he Tweeted, quote, "That was dope", and gave a shout-out to Miley.
 
 
There are reports that he was, quote, "bummed" because he thought this was going to be his big night and she HIJACKED his moment.  But his own Tweet doesn't bear that out.
 
 
There are also reports that Robin's wife, actress PAULA PATTON, was LIVID.  One source even claims she had to be physically held back from raining blows down upon Miley for rubbing up and down her man.
 
 
But then there are counter-reports that the performance was exactly what Paula expected and she was totally cool with it.
 
 
But Robin Thicke's mother GLORIA LORING made her feelings known.  She said, quote, "I don't understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do . . . I didn't get what her point was.  It was so over the top as to almost be a parody of itself."   
 
 
 
Are Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Separated?
 
 
KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM are reportedly separated.  It's not really an official separation, but Khloe did kick Lamar out of their house . . . supposedly because of his refusal to understand that CRACK IS WHACK.
 
 
And she's refusing to take him back until he cleans up his act.  And by the way . . . Khloe does believe that Lamar cheated on her, but she thinks his drug addiction is the root of all their problems.
 
 
A source says Lamar is threatening to file for divorce if Khloe doesn't let him back into the house.
 
 
The agent for Lamar refuted a TMZ report Sunday that said Odom had been missing for 72 hours after a dispute with Khloe, reports ESPN.com.
 
 
ESPN is also reporting that Odom is in a Los Angeles hotel where friends are trying to get him help for an undisclosed drug problem.
 
 
 
Will Bryan Cranston Be Lex Luthor in the Next Superman Movie?
 
 
This still hasn't been officially announced, but a lot of people are reporting that "Breaking Bad" star BRYAN CRANSTON will indeed play the villain Lex Luthor in the next Superman movie.
 
 
That's the one that will also star BEN AFFLECK as Batman.  And sources say Cranston signed a deal to make at least SIX appearances as Luthor, meaning he'll pop up in several movies set within the DC Comics universe.
 
 
 
Madonna Tops a List of the Highest-Paid Celebrities
 
Forbes.com has released its annual list of The Highest-Paid Celebrities . . . and this year, MADONNA tops it, thanks to her highly profitable tour.  She banked $125 million over the past year.
 
 
This breaks OPRAH WINFREY'S four-year run at the top of Forbes' list.  Oprah dropped to #13 this year.
 
 
Here's the Top 10, along with their earnings over the past year:
 
 
1.  Madonna,  $125 million
 
2.  Steven Spielberg,  $100 million
 
3.  A three-way tie between Simon Cowell, Howard Stern and "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James, who all made $95 million
 
6.  Author James Patterson,  $91 million
 
7.  Glenn Beck,  $90 million
 
8.  Director Michael Bay,  $82 million
 
9.  A tie between Lady Gaga and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who both made $80 million
 
Bruckheimer is best-known for producing the "CSI" shows . . . and a ton of blockbuster action movies, including "Top Gun", "Armageddon", "Black Hawk Down", "Pearl Harbor" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/26/2013
The VMAs: What You Need To Know
 
 
During his performance last night at the VMAs , JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE did indeed get back together with 'N SYNC briefly for a little "Girlfriend/Bye Bye Bye" mash up.  It was cool but not nearly long enough.  Then, while accepting his Video Vanguard Award, he thanked them, saying that half the Moonmen he's won were with the group.
 
 
For some reason, the VMA producers decided to cut to TAYLOR SWIFT about once every 60 seconds or so throughout the night.  There was only one time when it was actually worth it.
 
 
ONE DIRECTION . . . which includes Taylor's ex-boyfriend HARRY STYLES . . . was onstage talking about how awesome their fans are.
 
 
The camera cut to Taylor, who was sitting next to SELENA GOMEZ . . . and she APPEARED to be saying, "Shut the [EFF] up." 
 
 
 
MILEY CYRUS made the biggest impression at last night's "MTV Video Music Awards", but for all the wrong reasons.  Her performance included twerking, crotch-gesturing and a lot of bad singing.  When she wasn't sticking her tongue out, that is.
 
 
 
LADY GAGA opened the show with "Applause" . . . and by the end of it, she was in a seashell bra and thong.  Based on her amazing performance, she's recovered well from her hip injury.
 
 
 
ED SHEERAN and ELLIE GOULDING looked kind of like a couple.  
 
 
Oh, and some people won some awards.  
 
 
The Complete VMA Winners List
 
 
Video of the Year:  Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
 
Best Male Video:  Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
 
Best Female Video:  Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
 
Best Song of the Summer:  One Direction, "Best Song Ever"
 
Best Hip-Hop Video:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Can't Hold Us"
 
Best Pop Video:  Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"
 
Taco Bell's Artist to Watch:  Austin Mahone, "What About Love"
 
Best Collaboration:  Pink featuring Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
 
Best Video with a Social Message:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"
 
Best Rock Video:  Thirty Seconds to Mars, "Up in the Air"
 
Best Art Direction:  Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N."
 
Best Choreography:  Bruno Mars, "Treasure"
 
Best Cinematography:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Can't Hold Us"
 
Best Direction:  Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"
 
Best Editing:  Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
 
Best Visual Effects:  Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound"
 
 
 
Lamar Odom is Missing???
 
 
TMZ is reporting that LAMAR ODOM has been missing for three days.
 
 
According to the site, KHLOE KARDASHIAN's husband vanished suddenly and his family believes he may be on a drug binge. Allegedly, no one has been able to contact him for nearly 72 hours.
 
 
TMZ first reported that multiple sources familiar with the situation said Odom, 33, has been facing a drug problem for two years. Reportedly, he went to a rehab facility in San Diego last August, but left after three weeks. The site also reports that Odom stayed clean once he left treatment and was able to play well for the Los Angeles Clippers this past season. But once the season was over, insiders say he slipped back into using "hardcore recreational drugs."
 
 
Sources tell TMZ that within the last few days Odom's family tried to stage an intervention, but he wouldn't have it. On Wednesday, Kardashian, 29, allegedly kicked him out of the house and he hasn't been seen since. 
 
 
Khloe denied the allegations on Twitter saying, "Really hard to sit here and listen to people talk sh*t about my family! F*#k you and shame on you! I'm too protective for this sh*t!"
 
 
This is not the first time Odom has faced drug accusations. He was suspended in 2001 when he violated NBA drug policy twice in eight months, admitting to smoking marijuana.
 
 
 
Alec Baldwin Has Another Daughter
 
 
ALEC BALDWIN'S wife HILARIA gave birth to a baby girl on Friday.
 
 
As for the name, Hilaria Tweeted, quote, "We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter Carmen Gabriela. She is absolutely perfect."
 
 
Alec's 17-year-old Ireland Baldwin, posted a welcome note to Carmen on her Tumblr page, that includes several tips for her as she grows up.
 
 
There's even a section on "Alcohol, Weed and Parties".  She tells Carmen that SHE wants to be the one to give her her first drink.  But she says, quote, "Don't be that girl that gets wasted at parties and crawls on bathroom floors.  It ain't cute."
 
 
Here's a more practical bit of advice Ireland gave Carmen . . . quote, "Grown ups yell.  I don't know why, but they do.  No matter what your mom or Dad says or does, simply remember that they love the [crap] out of you.  NEVER forget it."  
 
 
 
Ben Affleck is Signed Up for Multiple Appearances as Batman
 
 
If you're still FREAKING out about BEN AFFLECK playing Batman . . . then your life is about to get worse . . .
 
 
Because the "Hollywood Reporter" says Ben is signed up to play Batman in MULTIPLE movies.  We don't know WHAT those movies will be, other than the "Man of Steel" sequel.
 
 
Meanwhile, someone actually started a petition on Change.org, asking Warner Brothers to recast the role.  As of last night it had over 65,000 signatures.
 
 
 
Robin Thicke Tried to Buy Out Marvin Gaye's Family, Before Suing Them
 
 
When ROBIN THICKE sued MARVIN GAYE'S family . . . as a preemptive strike to a possible copyright infringement showdown . . . he seemed sure "Blurred Lines" was NOT a rip-off of Marvin's "Got to Give It Up".
 
 
But maybe Robin DID recognize that he could be in trouble . . . because he supposedly offered the family a "six-figure settlement" BEFORE he sued them.  They turned him down, and that's when he went ahead with his lawsuit.
 
 
No one has commented on this report . . . but Marvin's son has told TMZ, quote, "We're not happy with the way that he went about doing business, let alone suing us for something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least."
 
 
Earlier this year, Robin had this to say about "Blurred Lines" in an interview with "GQ" magazine:  Quote, "PHARRELL and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up'.
 
 
"I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.'  Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it.  The whole thing was done in a couple hours."
 
 
 
"The Butler" Is #1 at the Box Office Again
 
 
"The Butler" was the #1 movie at the box office for a second straight week, bringing in $17 million . . . while all the new releases failed to get off the ground.
 
 
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" finished in 3rd place with a disappointing $14.1 million since its Wednesday opening . . . "The World's End" earned $8.9 million in 4th place . . . and "You're Next" opened at #7 with just over $7 million.
 
 
Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
 
 
1.  "Lee Daniels' The Butler", $17 million.  Up to $52.3 million in its 2nd week.
 
2.  "We're the Millers", $13.5 million.  Up to $91.7 million in its 3rd week.
 
3.  (NEW)  "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones", $9.3 million.  Up to $14.1 million since Wednesday.
 
4.  (NEW)  "The World's End", $8.9 million.
 
5.  "Planes", $8.6 million.  Up to $59.6 million in its 3rd week.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/23/2013
Ben Affleck Is Your New Batman
 
 
It's official:  BEN AFFLECK will play Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel . . . which may or may not be called "Batman vs. Superman".
 
 
Director ZACK SNYDER says, quote, "Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to HENRY CAVILL'S Superman.
 
 
"He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne."
 
 
Affleck SORT OF played Superman before.  He was in the 2006 movie "Hollywoodland", in which he played GEORGE REEVES . . . the guy who played Superman on TV in the 1950s.
 
 
But everyone remembers what happened the last time Ben played a proper superhero . . . we ended up with "Daredevil".  That was in 2003.  And even though it made $180 million worldwide, NOBODY liked it.
 
 
 
Ben Affleck as Batman: Amusing Celebrity Reactions
 
 
Not surprisingly, celebrities are reacting to the casting of BEN AFFLECK as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel.  And completely out of nowhere, one of the best Tweets came from RICHARD DREYFUSS.
 
 
He said, quote, "You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."
 
 
Ben's buddy KEVIN SMITH Tweeted, quote, "Holy [crap] . . . BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!!  Do you know what this means?  It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!"
 
 
PATTON OSWALT has been riffing on the whole Boston thing.  He said, quote, "WOW, Ben Affleck is gonna play Batman.  I hope he fights the Joke-ah! #wickedpissah"
 
 
He also tossed in some "Good Will Hunting" humor . . . quote, "'You like apples, Riddl-ah?'  You can totally use that one."
 
 
WIL WHEATON sounds like he's not cool with this at all.  He Tweeted, quote, "Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to 'Daredevil' and 'Gigli'.
 
 
The folks at Comedy Central Tweeted, quote, "Casting Ben Affleck as Batman sounds like something The Joker would do to create a distraction at the nerd bank."
 
 
"Daily Show" head writer TIM CARVELL adds, quote, "Spend ten years working your way back into everyone's good graces.  Win an Oscar.  Then you get cast as Batman, and BAM!  You're Gigli again."
 
 
 
A Squatter Lived in One of J-Lo's Houses for a Week
 
 
A 49-year-old man from Rhode Island named John M. Dubis was squatting in the pool house of JENNIFER LOPEZ'S Hamptons estate.  And he lived there for a full WEEK before he was caught.
 
 
The guy was actually living LARGE . . . walking around the estate in full view of the neighbors and even posting pictures of himself all over the grounds on Facebook.  And the whole time, J-Lo's SECURITY was on duty.
 
 
Someone finally figured out he wasn't supposed to be there and called the cops.  He was charged with stalking and felony burglary.
 
 
 
A "Law & Order: SVU" Episode Will Feature a Paula Deen-Like Character Killing a Black Teen
 
 
The "Law & Order" franchise loves its "ripped from the headlines" episodes and this one is definitely going to get some attention. 
 
 
Here's all the plot synopsis you need:  A very high profile female celebrity chef thinks she's being pursued by a rapist . . . so she turns around and shoots him.  Turns out he was just an innocent black kid.
 
 
If that sounds a little like PAULA DEEN will kill TRAYVON MARTIN to you, you're not alone.
 
 
And just in case there's ANY doubt that they're referencing Trayvon Martin, Buzzfeed.com has some photos from the set, where you can see RICHARD BELZER holding a card with an actual photo of Trayvon on it.
 
 
There are also photos of protesters holding posters of the kid wearing a hoodie.
 
 
CYBILL SHEPHERD is playing the Paula Deen character . . . and JEFFREY TAMBOR from "Arrested Development" is playing her attorney.
 
 
An executive producer says the episode will pose questions like, quote, "Is racial profiling justifiable?  Can self-defense involve racial profiling?"  The episode will air sometime in October.
 
 
 
Simon Cowell and His Baby-Mama Are Together in the South of France
 
 
SIMON COWELL and his pregnant girlfriend LAUREN SILVERMAN reunited Wednesday in the South of France.  And they're supposedly talking about their FUTURE.
 
 
A source says, quote, "He is very pleased that her divorce is finalized, and he is excited about spending time with Lauren.  He wants to make sure that she and the baby are doing okay. He is getting more and more excited about the baby."
 
 
Another source adds, quote, "They are definitely an item.  They are making plans together for the future for themselves and the baby."
 
 
Meanwhile . . . have you ever wondered why Lauren's ex-husband ANDREW SILVERMAN isn't going after Simon?  Well, according to the "New York Post", it's because Simon asked him not to.
 
 
Sources say Simon called a SUMMIT with Andrew a few weeks ago, before the divorce was settled . . . in order to clear the air and make sure Andrew doesn't take their issues public.  Apparently, it worked.
 
 
 
Nick Cannon Says Changing Diapers With Mariah is Romantic
 
 
Anyone who's ever changed a baby's diaper could probably come up with some pretty descriptive words for it but I'm not sure ROMANTIC would be at the top of that list.
 
 
But NICK CANNON gets to change diapers with MARIAH CAREY and according to him, it is indeed romantic. 
 
 
He tells Life & Style Weekly, "Waking up in the middle of last night to change a diaper! It actually was romantic. The moonlight was coming through the room. It doesn't smell too great, though. Our kids [2-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe] sleep in our bed and that's the only time they wear diapers now…is at night. Otherwise, that could be huge problems, but that's really the only time I get to spend with them on AGT nights. So that's a special family moment."
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/22/2013
Kelly Clarkson Is Scrapping Her Big Wedding and Eloping Instead
 
 
KELLY CLARKSON and Brandon Blackstock have decided to elope instead of going through the nightmare of planning a big wedding. 
 
 
She said, quote, "We are so busy that we finally just came to terms the other night and were like, 'So, we change our minds and we want to elope.'  We just got so overwhelmed by it . . . all the decisions."
 
 
They'd already sent out invitations for an October 20th wedding . . . so she had to update all the guests first, before telling the rest of the world about the change.
 
 
She said, "I sent out an engagement photo to everyone and said, 'Thank you so much for understanding, but it's just going to be me and Brandon and his two kids and the minister."  (Brandon's two children are from a previous marriage.)
 
 
At least there's still going to be a blowout.  She says, quote, "Our friend is throwing us a huge 'stock the bar party,' so all of the people who were going to be at our wedding will be there."
 
 
 
Is Robert Pattinson Dissing "Twilight" Fans?
 
 
Now that the "Twilight" movies are over, ROBERT PATTINSON is free to speak his mind about the fan base.  And it sounds like that's exactly what he's doing.
 
 
In an interview with a German magazine, he said, quote, "The real odd thing about this 'Twilight' target group is that they aren't really teenagers.  Most of them are older.
 
 
"'Twilight' has its own parallel world, its own fan culture that has been forming on the net since day one.  And in an intense way that has never existed before.
 
 
"Sometimes I ask myself what these masses of people do the whole day.  They sit in front of their computers and comment on anything having even remotely to do with 'Twilight'."
 
 
(Keep in mind that this was supposedly taken from a German magazine . . . which means the translation could be bad . . . or the quotes could be TOTALLY FABRICATED.)
 
 
John Mayer May Propose to Katy Perry Soon


KATY PERRY may turn out to be the girl JOHN MAYER settles down with.


A source tells "Life & Style" magazine, “John has been asking Katy’s friends tons of questions, like what kind of engagement ring she would want and what the best way to propose would be. 


The source adds, "They’ve been so serious about each other ever since they got back together [in June]. John wants to do something special."




Did Brandy Walk Out After Trying to Perform in Front of a Nearly-Empty Stadium?
 
 
BRANDY may be at the point in her career where she can't fill stadiums . . . with any more than 100 people.  Because supposedly, that's exactly what she did this past weekend.
 
 
Brandy was in South Africa on Saturday to perform at an event in Johannesburg called the Mandela Sports and Culture Day.  It included a soccer game and several performers.
 
 
But by the time Brandy took the stage, the stadium, which had been packed with 90,000 people earlier in the day, was almost completely vacant.
 
 
A South African musician named KABOMO Tweeted, quote, "I have no words for what I just witnessed.  Brandy performed to an EMPTY stadium.  With the stadium lights on.  She sulked after two songs and walked off."
 
 
But he added, quote, "It was late . . . [and] people didn't know there was a concert after the games.  No one knew Brandy was around.  Maybe a 40 people audience.  There are more people there on a random Tuesday."
 
 
Brandy hasn't commented.
 
 
 
"Prison Break" Star Wentworth Miller Has Come Out
 
 
Former "Prison Break" star WENTWORTH MILLER has come out of the closet.  He's 41 years old.
 
 
He did it while DECLINING an invite to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia.  As you probably know, Russia is a very GAY-UNFRIENDLY country.
 
 
In a letter to the Festival, Miller said, quote, "As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.  However, as a gay man, I must decline."
 
 
He also said he's, quote, "deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government." 
 
 
 
A "Rambo" TV Show Is in the Works . . . and Sylvester Stallone May Be Involved
 
 
Word has it that there's a "Rambo" TV series in the works . . . and SYLVESTER STALLONE is "in talks" to be involved. 
 
 
Supposedly, he'd at least be a part of the show on a, quote, "creative level" . . . although, he COULD possibly star.  Stallone hasn't commented.
 
 
The "Rambo" movie franchise consists of four movies . . . the three original ones from the '80s, and that fourth one that they did in 2008.
 
 
There's been on-and-off talk of a possible FIFTH movie . . . but it's been on hold ever since Stallone got preoccupied with the "Expendables" movies.
 
 
About a year ago, Stallone said, quote, "I'm dying to do another Rambo.  He's in Arizona on the border.  It'll involve him going into Mexico.  I don't think Rambo likes Mexicans."  
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt 8/21/2013
Is 'N Sync Reuniting for a Performance at the "VMAs" This Weekend?
 
 
Rumor has it there could be an 'N SYNC reunion at the "MTV Video Music Awards" on Sunday night.  And yeah, it WOULD include JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE . . . and they WOULD perform.
 
 
MTV has already announced that Justin is performing, but now the "New York Post" is reporting that the rest of 'N Sync . . . LANCE BASS, J.C. CHASEZ, JOEY FATONE and CHRIS KIRKPATRICK . . . will join him for a short set.
 
 
Meanwhile, a so-called "MTV source" tells "Us" magazine that the producers are "trying to make it happen" . . . and that the reunion is, quote, "coming together."
 
 
There's no official word from MTV or any of the members of 'N Sync, but Lance did Tweet, quote, "Thank you to all the 'N Sync fans for all the kind words!  Y'all truly are the best.  So proud of Justin getting the ['VMAs'] Vanguard Award!"
 
 
For what it's worth, the "Post" adds that the other four 'N Sync members were spotted together in the V.I.P. section at Justin's concert with JAY Z in Miami on Friday night.
 
 
'N Sync last performed together back in 2004 . . . when they sang the National Anthem at a children's charity event.   Their last televised performance was at the Grammys in 2003, during a tribute to the BEE GEES.
 
 
 
Dr. Oz Rushed to Help During that New York City Cab Accident Yesterday
 
  
A woman's leg was severed below the knee yesterday morning when a cab jumped a curb in Manhattan and barreled into her.
 
 
The 23-year-old woman was one of three people struck when the taxi ran off the road while trying to make a turn.
 
 
The accident occurred right near the studio where DR. OZ tapes his talk show.  He heard the commotion and ran to the scene.  But he says the situation was already well in hand when he got there.
 
 
In a Facebook post, he said, quote, "David Justino, a plumber from New York, took action, removing his belt and using it as a tourniquet.
 
 
"With the help of NYC first responders, who are the best in the world, the woman was treated and rushed to a local hospital."
 
 
"I applaud the quick thinking and heroic actions of David and the first responders.  My prayers are with the victim for a speedy recovery."  
 
 
 
Kanye West Will Show Off a Picture of His Daughter on Friday's Episode of Kris Jenner's Talk Show
 
 
Anyone who thought KRIS JENNER wouldn't use her newborn granddaughter to juice ratings for her garbage talk show . . . WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???
 
 
KANYE WEST will show a picture of his daughter NORTH on Friday's episode of "Kris".  The show was actually taped on Monday, and an audience member says they took everyone's phone, so nobody could smuggle out a picture.
 
 
The source says, quote, "She looks like Kanye.  She has his cheeks and she is almost as dark as him and she has big eyes like Kim . . . too cute."
 
 
In related news, cyber thieves reportedly stole $70,000 from Kris, and targeted other celebrities before getting caught. 
 
 
 
Simon Cowell Says He's "Happy and Excited" About Being a Dad
 
 
SIMON COWELL is finally starting to talk about his impending fatherhood.  Yesterday he said he's, quote, "happy and excited" about becoming a dad.  He added, quote, "It's a great time in my life."
 
 
Even though Simon has said in the past that he didn't want kids, he now says, quote, "Now I know I feel good about it" . . . adding, quote, "I'm proud to be a dad."
 
 
He also called his baby mama LAUREN SILVERMAN, quote, "a very special girl."
 
 
 
TV's Highest Paid Stars . . . According to "TV Guide"
 
 
The upcoming issue of "TV Guide" magazine has their annual report on TV's Highest Paid Stars.  The big earners include JON STEWART, who makes $25- to $30 million a year on "The Daily Show" . . . and JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN, who pulls down an INSANE $47 million a year.
 
 
The full list of 150 stars is only available in the magazine, which comes out TOMORROW.
 
 
But some highlights have already hit the Internet.  Here's a rundown:
 
 
DRAMA (per episode):
 
Mark Harmon ('NCIS'):  $525,000
Claire Danes ('Homeland'):  $250,000
Michael Weatherly ('NCIS'):  $250,000
Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones'):  $150,000
Tatiana Maslany ('Orphan Black'):  $50,000
 
 
COMEDY (per episode)
 
Ashton Kutcher ('Two and a Half Men'):  $750,000
Jason Segel ('How I Met Your Mother'):  $225,000
Amy Poehler ('Parks and Recreation'):  $200,000
Robin Williams ('The Crazy Ones'):  $165,000
Max Greenfield ('New Girl'):  $75,000
 
 
REALITY
 
Howard Stern ('America's Got Talent'):  $15 million per year
Keith Urban ('American Idol'):  $5 million per year
Blake Shelton ('The Voice'):  $4 million per cycle
RuPaul ('RuPaul's Drag Race'):  $50,000 per episode
Reza Farahan ('Shahs of Sunset'):  $18,000 per episode
 
 
LATE NIGHT (per year)
 
Jon Stewart ('The Daily Show'):  $25-30 million
Jay Leno ('The Tonight Show'):  $20 million
David Letterman ('Late Night'):  $20 million
Jimmy Kimmel ('Jimmy Kimmel Live'):  $10 million
Andy Cohen ('Watch What Happens Live'):  $2 million
 
 
NEWS (per year)
 
Matt Lauer (NBC):  $22-25 million
Rachel Maddow (MSNBC):  $7 million
Megyn Kelly (Fox News Channel):  $6 million
Scott Pelley (CBS):  $5 million
Chris Cuomo (CNN):  $2.5 million
 
 
DAYTIME / SYNDICATION (per year)
 
Judy Sheindlin ('Judge Judy'): $47 million
Katie Couric ('Katie'):  $10 million
Michael Strahan ('Live with Kelly and Michael'): $4 million
Sharon Osbourne ('The Talk'): $1 million
Aisha Tyler ('The Talk'): $1 million
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/19/2013
Lindsay Lohan Opens Up On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’
 
 
Oprah Winfrey sat down with LINDSAY LOHAN, where she asked about all six trips to rehab, her time in jail, and even her scary drug use.
 
 
“My intention is to just, you know, be me — be open and honest,” Lindsay started the interview with. 
 
 
She admitted that in the beginning she didn't take rehab seriously.  Oprah asked why, after five times in rehab from 2007-2013, the sixth time was different, as Lindsay claims.
 
 
“I’ve just hit a wall,” Lindsay explained.   “I’m not taking Adderall – that’s a big deal,” Lindsay revealed, telling Oprah that she began taking it for ADD and became addicted. 
 
 
However, now Lindsay is not using any drugs, she claims — only vitamins and medicine for acid reflux disease. 
 
 
As far as the future of her acting career, she told Oprah, “I have to regain the trust of people in my career that have their doubts, and I fully respect that,” she said. “I hate that label and that title [of child star gone bad]. That’s not what I ever aspired to be." 
 
 
It appears that now is the start of something new for her.
 
 
“I haven’t felt the way I feel now in a very long time,” Lindsay said. “I feel whole again. I have such a desire to want to keep this feeling and want to stay this way. I’m willing to do whatever it takes . I really want to be on set again, that’s what feeds me!”  (HollywoodLife.com)
 
 
 
Chris Brown Has to Do 1,000 More Hours of Community Labor
 
 
Earlier this year, the L.A. District Attorney accused CHRIS BROWN of FAKING some of the community service he supposedly did to atone for assaulting RIHANNA.  Well, the judge agreed.
 
 
And so on Friday, Chris was ordered to complete 1,000 MORE HOURS.  And he specified that this had to be community LABOR, which could include beach clean-up, graffiti removal or similar work. 
 
 
 
Tom Cruise Wears Thongs During His Stunt Scenes
 
 
At 51, TOM CRUISE is in ridiculously good shape.  And he STILL does a lot of his own stunts.  He's one of the few actors of ANY age who can say that.
 
 
So what's his secret?  Maybe it's the THONGS.  Sources say he DEMANDS them for his stunt scenes . . . and he has to wear a new one every time.  There have been times when the wardrobe department has been asked to stock as many as 50 of them.
 
 
One source says, quote, "He's pretty insistent about having a new thong every time.  We do have a laugh but he sees it as dedication to his craft."
 
 
Another adds, quote, "He was embarrassed at first but he sees it as a way of improving his flexibility as he gets older."
 
 
 
It's On! Between Kim Kardashian and Katie Couric
 
 
Last week KATIE COURIC said she didn't understand why the Kardashians were famous. 
 
 
During an interview, Katie was discussing the Kardashians and she said, quote, "I don't understand . . . why are they so famous?  I think it's mostly teenage girls that are interested."
 
 
On Friday, Kim responded by posting a picture of the pajamas that Katie had recently sent Kim and KANYE WEST as a BABY GIFT.
 
 
She also posted Katie's note, which congratulated them on the birth of the baby, and added, quote, "And may I humbly suggest you continue the K tradition."  
 
 
 
Robin Thicke Has Sued Marvin Gaye's Family for Claiming "Blurred Lines" Is Similar to Marvin's Music
 
 
ROBIN THICKE has sued MARVIN GAYE'S family and FUNKADELIC . . . for entertaining the notion that "Blurred Lines" rips off Marvin's song "Got to Give It Up", and Funkadelic's "Sexy Ways".
 
 
PHARRELL WILLIAMS and T.I. . . . who collaborated on the song . . . are also collaborating on the lawsuit.
 
 
The three of them say they have, quote, "the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies . . . [but must] reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims."
 
 
The suit argues Gaye's family is broadly laying claim to, quote, "an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."
 
 
It goes on, quote, "The basis of the Gaye defendants' claims is that [they] 'feel' or 'sound' the same.  Being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement.  The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era . . .
 
 
"There are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements.  Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."
 
 
For the record, nobody has threatened to sue Robin over the song . . . he's doing this as a preventive measure because he's worried they might.
 
 
There's been no comment from Gaye's family . . . or anyone from Funkadelic.  
 
 
 
Jennifer Lopez's Boyfriend Says J-Lo Is Returning to "American Idol"
 
 
There's still no official word on whether or not JENNIFER LOPEZ is returning to "American Idol" next season . . . but her boyfriend CASPER SMART appears to have let the cat out of the bag.
 
 
E! News recently asked Casper if J-Lo was coming back to "Idol", and he responded, quote, "Yes."
 
 
 
A Plane Carrying Hair Bands Ratt and Dokken Almost Crashed
 
 
'80s Hair Metal Crisis Alert:  Over the weekend, we almost lost both RATT and DOKKEN when a plane carrying both bands was forced to make an emergency landing.
 
 
Dokken bassist Sean McNabb says that smoke appeared in the plane's cockpit when they reached 7,000 feet . . . so the pilots put on oxygen masks, and turned it around.  He said it smelled like it could've been an electrical fire.
 
 
Fortunately, they landed fine, and no one was hurt.
  
 
The bands were making a short, 170-mile trip across Illinois for a show in the Chicago area on Saturday.  After the plane mishap, they hopped in some SUVs and still made it to the gig on-time.
 
 
 
Oprah's "Butler" Beat Ashton Kutcher's "Jobs" at the Box Office
 
 
All that OPRAH publicity must have paid off because "The Butler" took the #1 spot at the box office this weekend with $25 million. 
 
 
The other new movies weren't even in the race.  "Kick-Ass 2" opened in 4th place with a disappointing $13.6 million.  (The first one made $19.8 million in 2010.)
 
 
ASHTON KUTCHER'S "Jobs" finished in 7th place with just $6.7 million.  And the LIAM HEMSWORTH thriller "Paranoia" flopped with an embarrassing $3.5 million in 13th place.  Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
 
 
1.  (NEW)  "Lee Daniels' The Butler", $25 million.
 
2.  "We're the Millers", $17.8 million.  Up to $69.5 million in its 2nd week.
 
3.  "Elysium", $13.6 million.  Up to $55.9 million in its 2nd week. 
 
4.  (NEW)  "Kick-Ass 2", $13.6 million.
 
5.  "Planes", $13.1 million.  Up to $45.1 million in its 2nd week.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/16/2013
Lisa Robin Kelly from "That '70s Show" Has Died
 
 
LISA ROBIN KELLY from "That '70s Show" died in her sleep Wednesday night.  She was only 43.  The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
 
 
Lisa played Laurie Forman, the older sister of TOPHER GRACE'S character.
 
 
Making things even more tragic, Lisa died in REHAB.  She'd checked herself in voluntarily on Monday to fight her addictions, and her agent says she was determined to get clean.
 
 
A source says Lisa's most recent fall off the wagon came after a huge dispute with her estranged husband Robert Gilliam.  He spent 35 days behind bars for assaulting her this past May.  She filed for divorce from him last month.  
 
 
Lisa had been arrested multiple times over the past few years, for DUI, spousal abuse and other offenses. 
 
 
 
Kourtney Kardashian Actually Had a Paternity Test Done on Her New Baby
 
 
As you've probably heard by now, a male model named Michael Girgenti has been claiming to be the TRUE father of KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN'S son Mason.
 
 
Well, Kourtney finally put those rumors to rest by getting a PATERNITY TEST.  And as it turns out, Kourtney's boyfriend SCOTT DISICK IS the father.
 
 
She issued a statement yesterday saying, quote, "After three-and-a-half years of rumors and lies being spread by an individual I met briefly at a photo shoot, I am setting the record straight that Scott is Mason's father.
 
 
"While it saddens me to have to address these ridiculous lies . . . especially when the truth was never in doubt . . . this story must be put to rest."
 
 
 
WWE Superstar Darren Young Has Come Out of the Closet
 
 
WWE Superstar DARREN YOUNG came out of the closet to one of the paparazzi at LAX Wednesday Night.  
 
The guy asked Darren if a gay wrestler could make it in the WWE, and he said, quote, "Absolutely, look at me.  I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay.  And I'm happy.  I'm very happy."  
 
 
The WWE and several of its wrestlers have since issued statements of support. 
 
 
 
Jessica Alba Says She Has  a Muffin Top
 
 
We spend a lot of time envying Hollywood ladies for their perfect bodies but JESSICA ALBA opened up about her imperfections and insecurities recently.
 
In the latest edition of "Women's Health UK", Jessica admits "I have cellulite and stretch marks . . . and I have a muffin top."
 
 
 
 
"The Butler" and "Jobs" Are Up Against "Kick-Ass 2" This Weekend
 
 
1.  "Jobs"  (PG-13)  Trailer 1 and Trailer 2
 
 
Ashton Kutcher is Apple genius Steve Jobs, and Josh Gad from Broadway's "Book of Mormon" plays Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. 
 
 
The movie opens with them making the first personal home computer in Steve's garage, and covers their struggles to get it to market, Wozniak leaving Apple, Jobs losing his company, and his victorious return before the invention of the iPod.
 
  
2.  "Kick-Ass 2"  (R)  Trailer
 
 
Aaron Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz are back as Kick-Ass and Hit Girl, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the villain, who now calls himself Mother[Effer].  He wants revenge for the death of his father, so he puts a hit out on Kick-Ass and all the other wannabe superheroes.
 
 
Jim Carrey is one of the vigilantes, but he doesn't have a lot of screen time.  He leads a group called Justice Forever that teams up with Kick-Ass.
 
 
Don't expect to see him promoting the movie though.  He's such a big supporter of gun control that back in June, he withdrew his support for the violence in the movie because of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
 
 
3.  "Lee Daniel's The Butler"  (PG-13)  
 
 
Forest Whitaker plays a White House butler who quietly influences civil rights policy while serving under seven presidents over three decades .  . . even as his own son is endangered during the civil rights movement.  It's based on a book and inspired by a true story. 
 
 
Oprah returned to acting to play his wife.  And the rest of the cast includes Robin Williams as Eisenhower, James Marsden as JFK, Liv Schrieber as Lyndon Johnson, John Cusack as Nixon, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.
 
 
Jane Fonda got to play Nancy Reagan . . . despite their differences in politics . . . and Minka Kelly is Jackie Kennedy.  Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, and Lenny Kravitz are also in it.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/15/2013
Gia Allemand from "The Bachelor" Is Dead from an Apparent Suicide
 
 
GIA ALLEMAND . . . a Top 3 finisher on Season 14 of "The Bachelor" . . . is dead of an apparent suicide.  She was only 29 years old.
 
 
TMZ says her boyfriend RYAN ANDERSON of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans found her hanging and unconscious in her New Orleans home on Monday.
 
 
We'd heard earlier this week that she was in critical condition at a New Orleans hospital, but the reason hadn't been disclosed.  She was on life support, but she'd already lost too much brain and organ function.  The plug was pulled yesterday.
 
 
Anderson and Gia's mother were with her when she died.  There's talk that trouble in the relationship may have contributed to Gia's suicide, but we have no idea if that's true.
 
 
Anderson issued a statement yesterday, calling her, quote, "the most beautiful person I knew inside and out", and saying that she, quote, "had such an amazing impact on my life."
 
 
VIENNA GIRARDI . . . who won Season 14 . . . issued this statement . . . quote, "Gia was a beautiful girl and an unbelievable friend.  I'm shocked and can't believe what happened to her . . . I will never forget her and will miss my friend forever."
 
 
And "Bachelor" host CHRIS HARRISON Tweeted, quote, "It's with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Gia Allemand.  She will be loved and missed by all who knew her."
 
 
 
Kris Jenner Says Khloe & Lamar Are Staying Together
 
 
Kris Jenner tells TMZ that Khloe and Lamar are not divorcing. "Khloe and Lamar are absolutely not getting divorced. There's been no talk of divorce."
 
 
InTouch Weekly claims the Kardashians had private investigators follow Lamar Odom's alleged mistress Jennifer Richardson. 
 
The magazine quotes her as saying, “They had private investigators following me for weeks. I was very, very intimidated and scared. She’s (Khloe) constantly looking for Lamar and trying to find out where he is, calling him, calling his assistant. Lamar would just hit ‘ignore.’”
 
 
 
Selena Gomez Met a Fan at an Airport, and Gave Her Free Concert Tickets
 
 
SELENA GOMEZ made a young female fan's day recently . . . after bumping into her at the airport.
 
 
Selena posted a photo them together on Instagram . . . and said, quote, "Met this little [fan] at the airport.  [We] ended up on the same flight, and [I] gave her tickets to my show.  Hehe.  I kinda like my job."
 
 
 
Is Justin Bieber Ruining the Friendship Between Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift?
 
 
It's well known that SELENA GOMEZ and TAYLOR SWIFT are BFFs but all good friendships are tested and right now, it appears a boy may be the problem.
 
 
US Weekly claims JUSTIN BIEBER is coming between the ladies. 
 
 
A source tells the mag, "Taylor hates him. She thinks Selena makes a mistake every time she reconciles with him. Bieber has really come between the girls."
 
 
 
Did David Arquette Get Kicked Off a Movie for Drinking?
 
 
DAVID ARQUETTE was reportedly fired from a movie called "Something About Her" . . . because he's DRINKING again.
 
 
The official reason given for his departure was "creative differences", but sources say he showed up one day not fit to work and, quote, "The director had no choice but to fire him on the spot.  Everyone on the set was pissed and disappointed."
 
 
David was replaced by ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL.
 
 
 
Jimmy Fallon Says He Hopes He Makes Jay Leno Proud
 
 
JIMMY FALLON was on the "Today" show yesterday, and he talked about how there's been no drama between him and JAY LENO.  In fact, he said Jay has been, quote, "awesome" to him.
 
 
Jimmy added, quote, "It's a little nerve-wracking but exciting to step into his shoes.  He kept the franchise going for a long time, and I hope I make him proud."
 
 
 
Alfonso Ribeiro Refuses to Believe Michael Jackson Was a Child Molester
 
 
As a child star in the '80s and a dancer for most of his life, ALFONSO RIBEIRO goes way back with MICHAEL JACKSON.  And four years after Michael's death, he's still defending him.
 
 
Alfonso says, quote, "Quite frankly, no matter how many reports or things, or what people say, I will never believe that Michael was any of the things that they want to report about him.
 
 
"I won't believe it because being a kid and being 12, 13, and 14, knowing Michael Jackson and hanging out with Michael, it never occurred, it never seemed like it could have occurred.  There was nothing ever questionable, I simply won't believe it."
 
 
He adds, quote, "At the end of the day Michael was a kid, and kids like hanging out with other kids, not adults . . . he was a child caught in a man's body."
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/14/2013
The Good News: Justin Bieber Has Granted His 200th Wish Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation
 
 
JUSTIN BIEBER definitely isn't the most MATURE 19-year-old on the planet . . . but that doesn't mean he's TOTAL punk.  He does do SOME good . . . so let's give him some props for this:
 
 
This past weekend, Justin granted his 200th wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  That's more than ANY OTHER recording artist.
 
 
The 200th wish came from an eight-year-old girl, who got to meet Justin at his concert in Atlanta on Saturday.  
 
 
 
Lady Gaga Wears Michael Jackson's Old Clothes While Recording
 
 
LADY GAGA is starting to promote her upcoming album, "ARTPOP" and yesterday she revealed an interesting tidbit about her inspiration while recording.  (The album is due out on November 11th.)
 
 
In an interview yesterday, she kicked things off by saying that she wears MICHAEL JACKSON'S clothes while recording.
 
 
She explained, quote, "I recently bought a bunch of Michael Jackson's clothes . . . his actual clothes from his tours.  The idea was to keep them for him and I actually don't really want to wear them.
 
 
"[But] there's a couple of pieces I have to the side and I have one of his sweaters that I put on . . . I wear that when we're mixing and finishing up the record.
 
 
"I feel something from the clothing and I gave one of the sweaters to his godson Evan Ross, and he really loved that.  I just feel like through clothes you can feel things."
 
 
She also insisted that she and KATY PERRY are COOL, and that she thinks it's exciting that they're both releasing new music right now.
 
 
 
Is Lindsay Lohan Now Addicted To Shopping? 
 
 
Everything we're hearing so far is that LINDSAY LOHAN is completely clean but she may have a new addiction. RADAR Online claims Lindsay became addicted to online shopping while in rehab. 
 
 
A source tells the site, “Lindsay would shop online ALL day. It was like an addiction. She would drop $5,000 a day no problem. Mostly on clothes. The patients and the staff were so annoyed by all of the boxes being delivered to her. Eventually the clinic ran out of room to house all her purchases and told her she couldn’t order any other items. 
 
 
Sources claim Lindsay bragged about some super rich guy in New York City that let her use his credit card. 
 
 
 
Jennifer Garner Doesn't Just Want to Be Known as Ben Affleck's Wife
 
 
JENNIFER GARNER says she purposely goes to events without BEN AFFLECK so she doesn't lose her own identity.
 
 
She tells "Allure" magazine, quote, "It's a very conscious decision.  Sometimes it's a pain because my heels are so high and it would be nice to have his arm.  And he's such a great date!"
 
 
"But it can be too much.  I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become 'wife of'."
 
 
Jennifer also says she's afraid to try Botox because, quote, "I have a big forehead, and I don't want it to be like this slab, a big glacier."
 
 
 
 
Is Christian Bale Being Offered $50 Million to Play Batman Again?
 
 


Today's casting rumor says that Warner Brothers is putting MASSIVE pressure on CHRISTIAN BALE to play Batman again, for "Batman vs. Superman".
 
 
They've even offered him $50 MILLION.  (That sounds pretty insane, but it's a foregone conclusion that this movie is going to be huge.  And probably even more so with Bale.)
 
 
We've already heard some other possible candidates, including Josh Brolin, Orlando Bloom and Ryan Gosling.
 
 
 
Is Justin Timberlake Leaving Shoes All Over The Country?
 
Boston.com claims JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has been leaving his Air Jordans in each city he performs in. On purpose, not because he's forgetful.
 
After performing, he hides the shoes and then leaves clues on Instagram about where they are. Fans have been finding the shoes.
 
Justin will be in Indy on December 11th so you have time to start following him on Instagram and try to get your hands on his shoes.  Good luck. I'm going to find them first. :)
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/13/2013
Ben Affleck Met With Lindsay Lohan . . . But Not to Offer Her a Movie Role
 
 
BEN AFFLECK met secretly with LINDSAY LOHAN while she was in rehab, but it wasn't to offer her a movie role, as some sites are reporting.  Ben went to rehab himself back in 2001, so he was basically just there to offer her support and advice.
 
 
Sources say she was, quote, "touched" by the whole thing.
 
 
Meanwhile, other sources say Lindsay came out of rehab TOTALLY clean.  That means no PRESCRIPTION meds, either . . . including Adderall.
 
 
And finally, in a new preview clip for her interview with OPRAH, Lindsay says, quote, "I'm my own worst enemy, I know that."  
 
 
 
Why Did Justin Bieber Serenade His Grandmother Naked?
 
 
Some pictures just hit the web of Justin serenading his grandmother COMPLETELY NUDE . . . with just his guitar covering his bits and bobs.  
 
 
It happened at Grandma's house in Toronto last Thanksgiving.  We assume that means it was early October, since that's when CANADIAN Thanksgiving is.
 
 
A source says Justin just came out of his room like that to mess with everybody.  Then he went right up to Grandma and started serenading her with impromptu lyrics like, "I love you, grandma", and "how are you?"
 
 
Although everybody got a kick out of it, not surprisingly Grandma made Justin go back to his room and put on some clothes.  
 
 
There's no word how these photos ended up online.  
 
 
 
Paula Deen Won't Face Racial Discrimination Claims in Court
 
 
PAULA DEEN won kind of a hollow victory yesterday, when a judge dismissed the racial discrimination claims that were part of a lawsuit filed by a former employee.  These are the claims that basically destroyed her career.  At least temporarily.
 
 
The judge said that since the plaintiff is WHITE, she can't claim to be a victim of discrimination against African American employees.  Her other claims, including sexual harassment and abusive treatment, are still pending.
 
 
Unfortunately for Paula, the damage that exploded exponentially from the filing of that lawsuit is already done.  It's possible she'll never fully recover from it.  (And for the record, the judge didn't say Paula ISN'T a racist . . . just that the white defendant can't sue her for being one.)
 
 

 
Victoria Beckham Thinks Taking a Helicopter to Her Son's Parent-Teacher Meeting Is "Normal"
 
 
Celebrities always want us to think that their lives are normal like ours.  VICTORIA BECKHAM was doing a photo shoot and interview for "Vogue" magazine in London and tried to convince us of her ho-hum life.
 
 
And during the course of the conversation, she said that her family is, quote, "much more normal than people think."
 
 
As soon as she was done with "Vogue", she left for parent-teacher night for one of her kids.  In a HELICOPTER.  
 

 
 
Jennifer Lawrence Always Knew She Was Going to Be Famous
 
 
JENNIFER LAWRENCE tells "Vogue" magazine she always knew she was going to be famous . . . quote, "I used to lie in bed and wonder, 'Am I going to be a local TV person?  Am I going to be a motivational speaker?'  It wasn't a vision.  But as it's kind of happening, you have this buried understanding:  Of course."
 
 
Despite knowing it was coming all these years, Jennifer say she's, quote, "not okay" with fame . . . quote, "I'm just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo . . . I'm kind of going through a meltdown about it lately."
 
 
"All of a sudden the entire world feels entitled to know everything about me, including what I'm doing on weekends when I'm spending time with my nephew.  And I don't have the right to say, 'I'm with my family.'"
 
 
She adds, quote, "I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven't been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal.  I'm not going to find peace with it."
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/12/2013
Lea Michele Makes First Public Appearance Since Cory Monteith's Death
 
Lea Michele made her first public appearance following the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith at last night's Teen Choice Awards. 
 
Michele won Choice TV Actress in a comedy for her role on Glee and took the stage and tearfully addressed the audience while wearing a necklace that said "Cory."

She thanked the audience for the love and support she's received and said "we'll get through this together".
 
 
 
A Drunk Driver Crashed Into the Ridiculous Gold Semi Katy Perry Is Using to Promote Her New Album


KATY PERRY has a semi driving around America promoting her upcoming album, "Prism", which comes out on October 22nd.
 
 
It's pretty hard to miss . . . since the entire truck is painted a ridiculous BRIGHT GOLD . . . but apparently, if you're drunk enough, anything can happen.
 
 
On Friday afternoon, the driver of another truck slammed into it while it was parked outside a Walmart in Pennsylvania.  The collision caused some damage to the gold truck's cab.
 
 
Fortunately, Katy's driver is OK.  He was actually IN the Walmart at the time.
 
 
The other driver was arrested for DRUNK DRIVING.  He initially tried to flee the scene . . . but then he came to his senses, and returned to the parking lot.
 
 
Katy addressed it on Twitter, saying, quote, "THE #PRISM SEMI IS BUMPED & BRUISED BUT SHE IS A CHAMPION!  SHE WILL RETURN."  
 
 
 
Chris Brown Suffered a Seizure . . . Partially Because Everyone Hates Him
 
 
CHRIS BROWN is well aware that America DESPISES him.  Two months ago, he claimed he "liked" being the person everyone hates . . . because it, quote, "makes life interesting."
 
 
Then, last week, Chris threatened to RETIRE from the music industry because "mainstream America" won't forgive him for a, quote, "mistake [he] made when he was a [teenager]."  
 
 
Well, now all this is starting to take a PHYSICAL TOLL on him . . . supposedly.
 
 
Just after midnight on Friday morning, Chris suffered a SEIZURE at an L.A. recording studio.  Someone called 911 . . . but when the paramedics got there, he refused medical treatment, and was not interested in going to the hospital.
 
 
Chris' rep confirmed that it was a "non-epileptic seizure," and added that Chris has been super stressed out . . . because OUR BAD VIBES ARE GETTING TO HIM.
 
 
The rep said, quote, "His doctor attributes [it] to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity."
 
 
On Saturday, Chris Tweeted, quote, "They won't love you until you're a memory."  He's since deleted that Tweet. 
 
 
 
Amanda Bynes Will Spend Another 30 Days in the Hospital . . . And Her Mother is Her Temporary Conservator
 
 
A judge has extended AMANDA BYNES' psychiatric hold for another 30 days.  As you probably recall, Amanda was placed on a 72-hour hold after she started a fire in a woman's driveway.  That hold was extended another two weeks.
 
 
In order to keep Amanda for another month beyond that, doctors had to convince the judge that she's, quote, "gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder."  Obviously, they did.  Meanwhile, Amanda's mother has been named her temporary conservator. 
 
 
This was good news for Amanda, though:  On Thursday night, she was reunited with her Pomeranian, Sherbert.  You may recall that the dog was accidentally SOAKED WITH GASOLINE when Amanda lit that fire.
 
 
Sources say Amanda was thrilled to see Sherbert again, and it brought her a lot of comfort.
 
 
 
 
 
Jennifer Aniston Threw a Birthday Party for Justin Theroux and the Guest List Was Insane
 
 
JUSTIN THEROUX turned 41 on Saturday, and JENNIFER ANISTON threw him a party at their Bel Air mansion.  The guest list was INSANE.  Check out who showed up:
 
 
Ben Stiller, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Laura Dern, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Tobey Maguire, Lake Bell, Will Arnett, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, and Jimmy Kimmel.
 
 
 
Will Orlando Bloom Play Batman in the New "Superman" Movie?
 
 
A British tabloid claims that ORLANDO BLOOM is the odds-on favorite to play Batman in "Batman vs. Superman".  This SUPPOSEDLY comes from a source at Warner Brothers . . . but you never know.  Especially with the British tabloids.
 
 
Meanwhile, another site says that BRYAN CRANSTON from "Breaking Bad" is a leading contender to play Lex Luthor.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/7/2013
Usher's Son is In Intensive Care After Almost Drowning
 
USHER'S 5-year-old son USHER RAYMOND THE FIFTH is in intensive care at an Atlanta hospital, after almost drowning on Monday.
 
 
Usher the Fifth was at the bottom of his pool trying to get a toy out of the drain when his arm got stuck.  An aunt who was watching him at the time dove in to save him, but couldn't free his arm.  A maid then tried to help, but couldn't get him free, either.
 
 
Finally, two men working at the house dove in and got him out of the pool.  The boy was given CPR and rushed to the hospital.  Doctors say he's going to be okay.
 
 
Usher and his ex-wife TAMEKA are at the hospital with him . . . but they're not exactly putting on a united front.
 
 
TMZ says Tameka has filed legal documents asking for an emergency custody hearing for Usher the Fifth and his younger brother. 
 
 
Usher has primary custody, but Tameka says their kids are in danger because he's abdicating his parental responsibilities to other people . . . including this aunt, whom Tameka apparently has a problem with.
 
 
Tameka's anger is understandable.  This was almost the second child she had to bury.  Her 11-year-old son from a previous relationship was killed in a boating accident last year. 

 
 
Al Roker Overslept and Missed His Own Weather Channel Show "Wake Up with Al"
 
 
AL ROKER has to be in front of a camera at 5:30 in the morning, which is PRETTY early.  Still, in almost 40 years, he's NEVER been so late to work that he missed a taping . . . until yesterday.
 
 
At 5:41 A.M. yesterday morning, Al Tweeted, quote, "After 39 years, it happened.  I overslept and missed a show."
 
 
It was NOT the "Today" show.  Al hosts an even EARLIER show on the Weather Channel, which is ironically titled "Wake Up with Al".  (It airs from 5:30 to 7:00 in the morning, Eastern Time.)
 
 
Al's Weather Channel co-hosts had to cover for him . . . but Al DID make it on-time for the "Today" show, where they ranked on him during their BREAKING NEWS talk.
 
 
The co-hosts had some fun with it . . . and even Al joked that they're changing the name of "Wake Up with Al" to "Al, Wake Up!!!".
 
 
MATT LAUER said that he Tweeted, quote, "Rip Van Roker", and some of his followers initially thought he'd said "R.I.P. Al Roker."  That's when SAVANNAH GUTHRIE chimed in, quote, "It's just a deep sleep, that's all."
 
 
 
 
 
Mark Wahlberg's Advice to Justin Bieber: "Stop Smoking Weed, You Little Bastard"
 
 
MARK WAHLBERG had some advice for JUSTIN BIEBER during an interview with a British newspaper.  He said, quote, "Justin, are you listening?  Don't be so naughty, yeah?
 
 
"Be a nice boy, pull your trousers up, make your mom proud and stop smoking weed, you little bastard." 
 
 
He added, quote, "He's a nice enough kid and you're going to be a teenager, but if you're being a teen in the spotlight you're going to be criticized for it.  This career can be short-lived . . . you might as well be the best you can while you're doing it."
 
 
 
Dustin Hoffman Was Successfully Treated for Cancer
 
 
DUSTIN HOFFMAN'S rep announced yesterday that he has been successfully treated for cancer.  She said, quote, "It was detected early and he has been surgically cured.  Dustin is feeling great and is in good health."
 
 
There's no word what kind of cancer Dustin had, but his rep said he'll continue to undergo preventative treatments so it doesn't come back.  Dustin is 75 years old.
 
 
 
"Percy Jackson" and "We're the Millers" Hit Theaters Today
 
 
1.  "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"  (PG)  Trailer
 
 
Logan Lerman returns as Percy Jackson, the mortal son of the god Poseidon.  In this one, he and his friends undertake a mission to go into the Bermuda Triangle to find the Golden Fleece . . . which they need to save their home, Camp HalfBlood.
 
 
Anthony Head from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" takes over as the centaur Chiron, which was played by Pierce Brosnan in the first movie.  And "Castle's" Nathan Fillion also makes an appearance as Hermes, the messenger of the gods.
 
 
 
2.  "We're the Millers"  (R)  Trailer and the Red Band Trailer
 
 
Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time drug dealer who gets his stash stolen.  His supplier, Ed Helms, tells him that in order to set things right, he'll have to personally smuggle their latest shipment across the border from Mexico. 
 
 
Jason doesn't want to get caught so he gets a stripper, a runaway, and a horny virgin to pose as his family while he makes the trip.  Jennifer Aniston is his stripper "wife", Emma Roberts is his runaway "daughter", and Will Poulter from the Narnia movie "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the kid posing as their son.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/6/2013
Did Justin Bieber's Crew Beat a Guy Up?
 
 
Members of JUSTIN BIEBER'S crew are being investigated for allegedly beating a guy up outside the South Pointe nightclub in New York over the weekend.
 
 
Sources say Justin's bodyguards were already harassing people inside the club . . . shining flashlights on them when they tried to take Justin's picture and being, quote, "heavy-handed" with people who tried to get close.
 
 
But when a woman tried to talk to Justin and was denied, a male friend of hers confronted him.  At that point a witness says Justin, quote, "ripped his shirt off and went nuts.  He was screaming."
 
 
So Justin's people took Justin out to his SUV.  That's when something happened in the parking lot.
 
 
It's not clear exactly what went down, but a man later filed a police report claiming he was assaulted.  Justin even came out of the sunroof of the SUV and walked down the hood onto the asphalt during the chaos.  
 
 
But it sounds like he didn't get involved, because he's NOT being investigated for the alleged attack.
 
 
 
Has Robin Thicke Spent Half a Million Bucks on Pot?
 
 
ROBIN THICKE claims he's spent about HALF A MILLION BUCKS ON POT.  He says, quote, "I do smoke;  I do everything I'm not supposed to do.  Weed is my crutch, my muse, the lesser of all evil."
 
 
 
Miley Cyrus Says She's Not a "Ratchet White Girl"
 
 
MILEY CYRUS would like you to know that you have the wrong impression of her. 
 
 
She tells "Notion" magazine, quote, "People have this misconception of me that I'm just one of these kids on TV and that now I go off and party and I'm just this ratchet white girl, and I'm not.  I work really, really hard, I'm just in a different environment."
 
 
(According to the Urban Dictionary, "ratchet" describes a woman who is, quote, "a diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason to believe she is every man's eye candy.  Unfortunately, she's wrong.")
 
 
Miley adds, quote, "I'm young and living and in L.A., which is everyone's dream, you know.  I'm living it to the fullest."
 
 
 
Did Oprah Talk Lindsay Lohan Out of Going to Europe?
 
 
LINDSAY LOHAN was reportedly planning to take a three-week, post-rehab trip to Europe, but she was talked out of it by OPRAH WINFREY.
 
 
A source says Oprah convinced Lindsay that she would be too tempted to relapse . . . so she canceled the trip.
 
 
 
Could Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello or Ryan Gosling Be the New Batman?
 
 
"Batman vs. Superman" was just announced . . . and we're already speculating who'll play Batman.  We don't know how legit this list is, but supposedly, these are the names being mentioned:
 
 
Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello from "True Blood", and Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the "Hobbit" movies.
 
 
 
Elton John Is Recovering After Having His Exploded Appendix Removed
 
 
ELTON JOHN is recovering after having a successful surgery to remove his exploded appendix.  He had the operation last Thursday . . . and is currently taking it easy in France.
 
 
It's unclear when Elton might return to the road . . . however, he's scheduled to perform in London on September 2nd, when he accepts something called the "Brit Icon Award."
 
 
Last month, Elton canceled a series of European shows due to the appendicitis, which he didn't even realize he had.  He said he'd done NINE shows in "agonizing pain," before being diagnosed with a burst appendix.
 
 
 
People Are Raging That "Shark Week" Started with a Fake Documentary About an Extinct Shark
 
 
The Discovery Channel launched "Shark Week" on Sunday night with a FAKE documentary called "Megalodon:  The Monster Shark Lives", about a huge, 70-foot prehistoric shark . . . that suddenly showed up this past April.
 
 
Some scientists believe the Megalodon DID exist at one point, but that it's been extinct for one- to two MILLION years.  Obviously, the documentary about it being spotted earlier this year was just as fake as Animal Planet's staged mermaid "documentaries."
 
 
The Discovery Channel's Facebook page was LIT UP yesterday with people ANGRILY complaining about "Megalodon", and their decision to waste everyone's time with an elaborate HOAX.
 
 
Nonetheless, Discovery appears to have got the last laugh.  The network hasn't directly responded to all the hate, but they did announce that the special was the highest-rated telecast in the 26-year history of "Shark Week."
 
 
An estimated 4.8 million viewers tuned in . . . and 2.1 million viewers stuck around for the bizarre post-special talk show, "Shark After Dark". 
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/5/2013
Ellen DeGeneres Will Host the Oscars
 
 
ELLEN DEGENERES will host next year's Oscars, which will air on March 2nd on ABC.  On Friday she Tweeted, quote, "It's official:  I'm hosting the Oscars!  I'd like to thank the Academy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."
 
 
This will be Ellen's second time hosting . . . she also did it in 2007.  She added, quote, "I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time.  You know what they say:  the third time's the charm."
 
 
 
The Backstreet Boys Apologize to Chicago Fans After Their Show Was Cut Off
 
 
The Backstreet Boys were back but not for as long as their fans in Chicago had hoped.
 
 
According to the Chicago Tribune, the group was apparently cut off Friday night leaving thousands of fans without an encore or even the end to the song they were performing.
 
 
Because the venue has a strict 11 p.m. curfew, Live Nation said it worked with the performers to try and get the full show in before the curfew hit. When that became impossible, "the artist was asked to conclude the show."
 
 
Kevin Richardson offered an apology on the group's Facebook page.
 
 
"We got shut down five minutes shy of the finish line, so we're so frustrated, and we're going to figure out how to make this right," Richardson said, in a video posted hours after the show ended.
 
 
In the statement Live Nation said that "at this time, there is not word of a return date for Chicago."
 
 
In a video posted on YouTube by a concert attendee, the Backstreet Boys are shown leading the audience in chants of, "One more song!" and asking someone off-stage whether they could perform "just one more, please."
 
 
 
 
Megan Fox is Pregnant Again
 
 
MEGAN FOX and BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN are expecting their second child.  Megan's rep says, quote, "I can confirm Megan is expecting her second child with her husband Brian.  They are both very happy."
 
 
Their son Noah Shannon will be a year old in September, and Brian also has an 11-year-old son named Kassius from his relationship with VANESSA MARCIL.  Megan is 27 . . . Brian is 40.
 
 
 
 
 
Kid Rock Threatened Some Guy on Crutches Who Tried to Break Into His House . . . and Offered a Reward for His Arrest
 
 
Over the weekend, KID ROCK announced that someone tried to break into his house in the Detroit area last week . . . and the circumstances were a little bizarre.
 
 
Security footage showed a man in a big, white van RAM into the front gate, in broad daylight.  He then got out of the van, and attempted to break into the home . . . while WALKING ON CRUTCHES . . . but he was unsuccessful.
 
 
The man was able to get away, initially.  So, Kid went to his website to offer a reward for information leading to his arrest . . . and to try to scare him, or anyone else, from trying it again.
 
 
He said, quote, "Thank God I was not on the property at the time of this attempted break-in.  I'm an avid hunter and marksman, and I will not hesitate to shoot anyone who has [me] or family in fear for our lives.
 
 
"I take the invasion of my personal space very seriously regardless of who you are and YES, I do profile people.  I'm currently profiling any balding white male on crutches driving a white creeper van.
 
 
"Please contact the [police] with any information on this jackass.  I'm offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest."  Kid's post included a few photos of the man from his security cameras.
 
 
Well, a 43-year-old man has since been arrested . . . and the cops say two tips led to the man's arrest.  Kid mentioned the arrest on his site . . . but didn't say whether or not the tips qualified for his reward.
 
 
 
"2 Guns" Beat "The Smurfs 2" at the Box Office
 
 
The DENZEL WASHINGTON-MARK WAHLBERG movie "2 Guns" topped the weekend box office with $27.4 million.  "The Smurfs 2" has earned roughly the same amount, but only because it hit theaters a few days early, on Wednesday.
 
 
Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
 
 
1.  (NEW)  "2 Guns", $27.4 million.
 
2.  "The Wolverine", $21.7 million.  Up to $95 million in its 2nd week. 
 
3.  (NEW)  "The Smurfs 2", $18.2 million.  Up to $27.8 million since Wednesday.
 
4.  "The Conjuring", $13.7 million.  Up to $109 million in its 3rd week.
 
5.  "Despicable Me 2", $10.4 million.  Up to $327 million in its 5th week.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/2/2013
The Simon Cowell Baby Situation Might Get Ugly
 
It sounds like the SIMON COWELL baby situation is about to get ugly . . . and claims that the marriage of ANDREW and LAUREN SILVERMAN was over before she started hooking up with Simon were a bit exaggerated.
 
 
According to the "New York Post", Andrew's divorce papers cite ADULTERY, as well as, quote, "cruel and inhuman treatment."
 
 
And they name Simon as a "co-respondent" . . . which means he could be called to testify during the proceedings.
 
 
Whether there was trouble in the marriage or not, sources are now saying Lauren and Andrew were NOT estranged, and Andrew definitely wasn't expecting this.
 
 
Some of Lauren's other friends agree that she and Andrew weren't estranged, and add that Lauren is a GOLD-DIGGER who got pregnant by Simon ON PURPOSE.
 
 
Simon was asked about the scandal during a press conference yesterday for the upcoming season of "X Factor".  First he said, quote, "I haven't read the newspapers."  Then he added, quote, "Unfortunately at this moment I have to keep it private."
 
 
He later told "People" magazine, quote, "There are a lot of things I will eventually clear up when the time is right, but I really have to be sensitive because there's a lot of people's feelings involved here."  (Not to mention a lot of people's LAWYERS.)
 
 
 
They're Not Letting Amanda Bynes Out of the Hospital Yet
 
 
AMANDA BYNES lost her bid for freedom yesterday.  In a hearing that took place in the hospital psych ward, a judge decided that Amanda is NOT ready to be released just yet.
 
 
Mostly because she isn't totally stable yet, and her condition hasn't been formally diagnosed.
 
 
Amanda was hospitalized a week and a half ago, after starting a fire in a woman's driveway.  She was originally placed on a 72-hour involuntary hold, but doctors got a judge to extend her stay for another two weeks.
 
 
The news isn't necessarily all bad.  Sources say the meds Amanda is on ARE helping.  For instance, she's no longer talking to herself or insulting people.  
 
 
 
Lindsay Lohan Taped Her Episode of Chelsea Lately
 
 
LINDSAY LOHAN got right back to work yesterday, taping her guest-hosting stint on "Chelsea Lately".  (It airs this coming Monday night.)  Sources say she arrived on time and was great from rehearsals through the entire taping.
 
 
She even nailed her monologue in one take, and joked about herself by saying she'd just been on a "90-day court-ordered vacation."
 
 
 
New Movies This Weekend
 
 
1.  "The Smurfs 2"  (PG)  (Opened Wednesday)
 
 
In this one, the evil wizard Gargamel creates his own smurf-like creatures, called The Naughties, and orders them to kidnap Smurfette.  CHRISTINA RICCI and comedian J.B. SMOOVE do the voices of the Naughties.
 
 
KATY PERRY is back as the voice of Smurfette, and HANK AZARIA plays Gargamel. 
 
 
And even though JONATHAN WINTERS died in April, he still did the voice of Papa Smurf before he passed away.  He leads Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to our world to ask their human friends . . . Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee's" Jayma Mays . . . for help.
 
 
George Lopez is Grouchy, "Star Trek's" Anton Yelchin is Clumsy, and the "Daily Show's" John Oliver is Vanity Smurf.  Some of the other voices you might recognize in Smurf Village include Shaq as Smooth Smurf, and Mario Lopez as Social Smurf.
 
 
2.  "2 Guns"  (R)  
 
 
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are undercover agents from different agencies who've spent months hiding their identities from each other, since neither one knows the other guy is a cop.  Denzel's DEA and Marky Mark's an NCIS agent.
 
 
James Marsden and Paula Patton play their handlers, and Edward James Olmos is the leader of the Mexican drug cartel they piss off when they steal his money.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/1/2013
Simon Cowell Is Having a Kid With His Friend's Wife
 
 
SIMON COWELL is expecting a child with a 36-year-old woman, who happens to be the estranged wife of a good friend of his.
 
 
The mother-to-be is a 36-year-old "socialite" by the name of LAUREN SILVERMAN.  (Simon is 53.)
And her husband, real estate mogul ANDREW SILVERMAN, is one of Simon's close friends.  Lauren and Andrew have a 7-year-old son.
 
 
Sources say Laura is 10 weeks pregnant, and she and Simon have been seeing each other for about a year.  Although other sources suggest they're not really even together, and this kid could spark a COURT BATTLE between them.
 
 
Andrew reportedly filed for divorce from Laura last month . . . but we don't know how long they've been estranged or what caused the split.  So this COULD be a case of out-and-out HOME-WRECKING.
 
 
At least one source claims the marriage was basically over a year ago, and that's when Simon and Lauren started hooking up.  But even if Simon waited to move in on Lauren, that doesn't necessarily mean Andrew is happy about it.
 
 
Simon's U.K. rep didn't want to get involved when reached by "People" magazine . . . quote, "This is a very sensitive issue and all media enquiries are being dealt with by his U.S. attorney."
 
 
 
 
O.J. Simpson Was Granted Parole . . . In Part Because He Had No Prior Convictions
 
 
Remember O.J. SIMPSON'S parole hearing last week?  Well, it was a GREAT SUCCESS.  O.J. was granted parole on some of the charges related to that little "armed robbery" incident from a few years back.
 
 
Since he had other charges set to run consecutively, he still doesn't get out just yet.  He has to spend AT LEAST another four years behind bars before there's even a hope he breathes free air.
 
 
But this is kind of funny:  The parole board said it was siding with O.J. because of his, quote, "positive institutional conduct, participation in programs [and] LACK OF PRIOR CONVICTION HISTORY."
 
 
 
Lindsay Lohan Has to Attend Three Therapy Sessions a Week
 
 
LINDSAY LOHAN'S judge ordered her to attend three therapy sessions per week for the next 15 months, in order to make sure she stays clean.  This was actually recommended by the clinic where Lindsay just spent 90 days. 
 
 
They sent a letter to the court saying, quote, "Our entire clinical team is in unanimous agreement that if these sessions are not required by the court and attendance verified once a month to ensure accountability, it is a set up for almost certain failure."
 
 
They even put a plan in place for when Lindsay starts whining that she has to travel for "work".  They said the sessions, quote, "should be done face to face while she is in town, and via Skype or phone session if she is out of town."
 
 
The letter actually suggested 18 months, but the judge gave Lindsay credit for the three she spent in rehab.
 
 
 
Neil Patrick Harris Would Like to See More Shirtless Selfies of Nick Jonas
 
 
It's safe to say that NEIL PATRICK HARRIS enjoyed the shirtless selfie that NICK JONAS posted the other day.  He Tweeted, quote, "The more shirtless selfies Nick Jonas posts, the better my day gets."
 
 
Nick even responded, saying, quote, "Ha hope you're well." 
 
 
 
Harry From One Direction Says He's Only Had Sex With Two Women
 
 
Everywhere the guys in ONE DIRECTION go, they're confronted by screaming females . . . many of whom ARE old enough to fornicate.  So you'd think these guys' numbers would all be through the roof at this point.
 
 
But that's not necessarily the case.  HARRY STYLES was asked for his count, and he said, quote, "It's definitely less than 100 . . . Yes, lower than 50."
 
 
Then he added, quote, "Two people.  I've only ever had sex with two people.  Read into it what you will."
 
 
 
President Obama Is Coming Back to "The Tonight Show"
 
 
PRESIDENT OBAMA will be JAY LENO'S guest on "The Tonight Show" next Tuesday night.  According to the press release, Obama will be talking about his jobs initiatives and the economy.
 
 
This will be Obama's sixth time on the "Tonight Show" . . . and his fourth since taking office.  He was last on the show in October of last year, during the final weeks of his re-election campaign.
 
 
Obama became the first sitting president to appear on late-night when he went on the "Tonight Show" back in March of 2009. 
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