BRET MICHAELS and his baby-mama Kristi Gibson have called off their engagement.
--Here's the official word from Bret's camp: "Bret Michaels and longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson have called off their engagement at this time. Although the couple have separated, they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters, Raine and Jorja."
(--I know EXACTLY what you're thinking . . . but I do NOT know if VH1 will be taking the "Rock of Love" bus off the blocks again. We can only pray.)
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Are Fighting Over Custody of Their Dog
A custody battle is brewing between KRISTEN STEWART and ROBERT PATTINSON over their DOG.
--Early in 2011, they adopted a mutt named Bear from what the story calls a “high-kill shelter” in New Orleans. And neither of them wants to give him up.
--A source says, quote, "Rob told Kristen he wanted Bear. She was heartbroken . . . they adopted Bear together and she always felt that he was their little baby.
--"But Rob was so hurt by Kristen's actions he decided that he wants the dog to help him get over what happened.
--"However, Kristen won't give up Bear in a hurry. She wants joint custody . . . and it could get a little messy."
Pitbull Went to Wal-Mart in Alaska, As Promised
PITBULL made good on his promise and traveled to Kodiak, Alaska yesterday to make a promotional appearance at their Wal-Mart.
--It started as an Internet campaign in which Pitbull would visit the Wal-Mart that got the most likes on Facebook.
--But some wise-ass journalist started his own campaign to make the Kodiak store, which is the most remote Wal-Mart in the country, the winner. He succeeded. And instead of being upset, Pitbull brought the guy along with him.
--His day included meeting with residents and performing at a local Coast Guard base.
A Fire Broke Out on the WWE "Monday Night Raw" Stage But Everyone is Okay
A fire broke out on the stage during the WWE's rehearsals for last night's "Monday Night Raw" . . . and it wasn't scripted. (--Although, you can never be sure.)
--A rep for the WWE says the fire began due to "a minor incident involving the show's pyrotechnics." No one was injured, and there was no major damage to the arena.
--"Monday Night Raw" went on as planned . . . and footage of the fire aired at the beginning of the show.
Gwen Stefani Doesn't See Herself Doing Another Solo Album
NO DOUBT went on a four-year hiatus from 2004 to 2008 when GWEN STEFANI launched a solo career. She put out two albums . . . and while they were successes, she doesn't see herself doing another one.
--She says, quote, "No, I don't think so . . .
--"I was always thinking of that as a moment in time . . . you can never say never, but these last couple of years have been overwhelming for me, with having so much going on . . . and just trying to do it all, which is not possible."
--That sounds like GOOD news for No Doubt fans, because if you read between the lines, she's inferring that the band is STAYING TOGETHER. She seems to be saying that she doesn't have time to do anything else ON THE SIDE.
--No Doubt will release "Push and Shove" . . . their first album in 11 years . . . on September 25th.
Katy Perry Has Had More #1 Pop Songs Than Anyone Else Over the Past 20 Years
KATY PERRY'S new single "Wide Awake" has moved into the Number One position on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, and that has set a new record.
--It's Katy's NINTH Number One on the Pop Songs chart, which is more than anyone else since Billboard debuted the chart nearly 20 years ago.
--That's impressive when you consider the fact that Katy didn't get her first #1 until 2008 . . . so she's achieved that mark in just four years.
--Interestingly enough, the top seven acts with the most Number Ones on the Pop Songs chart are all WOMEN.
--Rihanna has EIGHT . . . followed by Lady Gaga, Pink and Britney Spears with SEVEN . . . and Beyoncé and Mariah Careyhave SIX apiece.
The Latest "American Idol" Judge Rumors: Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams
"Us" magazine claims NICK JONAS and PHARRELL WILLIAMS are the "frontrunners" to take over the two empty judges' seats on "American Idol".
--Sources tell them that Nick and Pharrell would sit next to MARIAH CAREY . . . the only confirmed judge . . . while RANDY JACKSON would move into a "mentoring role." (--There's STILL no word what that would entail.)
Sorry ladies. MARK PAUL GOSSELAAR is a married man again.
--The former "Saved by the Bell" actor, currently starring in TNT's “Franklin & Bash," exchanged vows with advertising executive Catriona McGinn on Saturday at a winery in Santa Ynez, People reported.
--"He was so excited to have found the woman of his dreams," Neil Lane, who designed the couple's engagement rings and wedding bands, told the mag. "He couldn't wait to propose!"
--Gosselaar, 38, has two young children, Michael and Ava, from his previous, 14-year marriage to Lisa Russell.
--"Catriona's great with my kids," the actor said last August, when they got engaged. "My kids absolutely adore her."
--The newlyweds are set to jet off to Italy for their honeymoon, where they shared that they're, "going to eat our a--es off!"
And Now . . . A U-Haul in Front of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's House
A U-Haul was spotted the other day outside the house in L.A. that ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART were sharing. (TMZ)
--Last week we heard that Rob had moved out, even though the house is technically his. Now there are reports that they've BOTH moved out, and they're still not speaking.
--Rob and Kristen are supposed to be co-presenters at the "MTV Video Music Awards" in September. Something tells me that's not going to happen.
--It'll be interesting to see how they promote the final "Twilight" movie, which comes out November 16th. This is no doubt going to be a HUGE headache for the studio.)
--Meanwhile . . . a source says Rob wants to, quote, "have a man to man chat" with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director RUPERT SANDERS, to find out exactly what happened between him and Kristen.
--The source adds, quote, "He feels like he needs to know exactly what happened, how far it went and how many times, so he can figure out if this is something he can move past. He's not ready to talk with Kristen, it's too painful, so he's going to Rupert."
Does Paris Hilton Have Her Sights Set on Chris Brown?
PARIS HILTON reportedly wants to sink her claws into CHRIS BROWN. They partied together in France last week, and now Paris has her sights set on him.
--Of course, Chris does have a girlfriend . . . she's a model named Karrueche Tran.
--But Paris has figured out how to get around all that.
--A source says, quote, "Paris thinks Chris Brown is hot and really wants to hook up with him. She likes bad boys, and he is bad to the bone.
--"Paris has been pretending to be Karrueche's BFF and Karrueche is loving the attention . . . She knows how to use and manipulate other people to get what she wants."
--Supposedly, Paris doesn't want a relationship, since it would be bad PR for her. She's more interested in, quote, "a steamy hook-up or two behind closed doors."
--Paris posted some pictures of her and Chris partying in France on her website.
Did Katy Perry Refuse to Hang Out With Lindsay Lohan?
LINDSAY LOHAN isn’t going to be KATY PERRY’s BFF any time soon.
--The "National Enquirer" says that Katy threw a roller-skating party for a friend earlier this month, and Lindsay showed up and tried to get close to Katy. Katy wasn't having it.
--A source says, quote, "She started acting really weird. She refused to talk to anyone and she kept following Katy around, trying to take a photo with her. Katy told friends, 'I think she may be drunk, so PLEASE keep her away from me!'"
--The source adds, quote, "She hates to hurt people's feelings, but she's the first one to tell you she's avoiding all 'Debbie Downers' . . . and Lindsay was reeking of negativity.
--"She finally took the hint and left."
The Cast of the All-Star Season of "Dancing with the Stars"
ABC has announced this fall's "Dancing with the Stars" ALL-STAR cast.
--The question coming into this was: Were they going to go for an ACTUAL all-star cast . . . or were they going to go for all-star RATINGS. Well, it seems like they went with all-star DANCERS, for the most part.
--The cast includes SIX of the show's 14 winners . . . including the FIRST FIVE champions. And only ONE "all-star" didn't finish in the Top Three in their season. That's PAMELA ANDERSON, who came in sixth on Season 10.
--Here are the all-stars, and where they finished during their previous run:
--Kelly Monaco . . . who WON Season One
--Drew Lachey . . . who WON Season Two
--Emmitt Smith . . . who WON Season Three
--Apolo Ohno . . . who WON Season Four
--Helio Castroneves . . . who WON Season Five
--Shawn Johnson . . . who WON Season Eight
--Joey Fatone . . . who was the runner-up on Season Two
--Gilles Marini . . . who was the runner-up on Season Eight
--Kirstie Alley . . . who was the runner-up on Season 12
--Melissa Rycroft . . . who came in third on Season Eight
--Bristol Palin . . . who came in third on Season 11
--Pamela Anderson . . . who came in sixth on Season 10
--ABC will let viewers vote for a 13th contestant. Our choices are: Sabrina Bryan, who came in seventh on Season Five . . .Carson Kressley, who came in eighth on Season 13 and Kyle Massey, who was the runner-up on Season 11.
--You can vote at ABC.com/DancingWithTheStars through August 24th. The winner will be announced August 27th on "Good Morning America".
"The Dark Knight Rises" Made Another $64 Million to Top the Box Office
"The Dark Knight Rises" made $64.1 million to finish #1 at a sluggish box office. That brings its domestic total to $289 million for its first 10 days. When you add the $248 million it's made overseas, that's $537 million so far.
--Domestically, that's about $25 million behind the pace set by "The Dark Knight" in 2008. Obviously the shooting in Colorado is still on people's minds . . . and the box office was slow overall this weekend.
--As for this weekend's new releases . . . they didn't fare too well. That new BEN STILLER-VINCE VAUGHN alien comedy "The Watch" made just $13 million in 3rd place . . . while "Step Up Revolution" earned $11.8 million in 4th place.
--Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
1.) "The Dark Knight Rises", $64.1 million. Up to $289 million in its 2nd week.
2.) "Ice Age: Continental Drift", $13.3 million. Up to $115 million in its 3rd week.
3.) (NEW) "The Watch", $13 million.
4.) (NEW) "Step Up Revolution", $11.8 million.
5.) "Ted", $7.4 million. Up to $194 million in its 5th week.
--Then her big brother PRINCE finally broke HIS silence. And he really unloaded.
--He went off on the people who allegedly denied him and his siblings contact with their grandmother. And here we assume he's talking about uncles RANDY and JERMAINE and aunts JANET and REBBIE.
--He said, quote, "For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother. If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth."
--He added, quote, "As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to.
--"I'm really angry and hurt."
--Then he posted a screen shot of a group text that occurred Monday between himself, Rebbie, Janet and AUSTIN JACKSON, who's a cousin.
--Prince texted the following to them . . . quote, "This is enough so I am texting you for the simple fact that WE DEMAND TO SPEAK TO MY GRANDMA NOW!!!"
--And Janet . . . who supposedly didn't know Prince could see what she was typing . . . replied, quote, "Don't let them pls."
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Don't Like Living Near Justin Bieber
Being neighbors with JUSTIN BIEBER might not be as fun as it sounds. That's what KRISTEN BELL and her fiancé DAX SHEPARD found out.
--On "The View" yesterday, Shepard said, quote, "The music and the parties and the paparazzi, I mean, it's like living in Lebanon now."
--But Kristen added, quote, "In his defense, I will say we don't know the exact house the music is coming from. We just know since he moved in, the music has been blaring."
Russell Brand Will Get Community Service for Throwing That Photographer's Phone
As expected, RUSSELL BRAND will not spend any time behind bars for chucking that photographer's iPhone in New Orleans earlier this year.
--His attorney cut a deal yesterday that resulted in 20 hours of community service and $500 in court fees. The case will be dismissed if he finishes his community service by August 31st.
McSteamy Is Out of "Grey's Anatomy"
ERIC DANE will NOT return to "Grey's Anatomy" this season. He has played Dr. Mark Sloan . . . a.k.a. McSteamy . . . since Season Two in 2005.
--The show's creator Shonda Rhimes says, quote, "After much consideration and conversations, he and I have decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end."
--According to TVLine.com, McSteamy won't be completely gone when Season Nine premieres in September. He's expected to appear in a limited role for several episodes so the show can give him "a proper farewell."
Derek Hough Says He's Retiring from "Dancing with the Stars"
Apparently, DEREK HOUGH is RETIRING from "Dancing with the Stars" after the upcoming all-star season. He tells "USA Today", quote, "This season is kind of my swan song. It's my last hurrah."
--He says he'd like to do more movies . . . and, quote, "It's really difficult to do both, impossible really. This show is full time . . . there is zero flexibility. And I want to do other projects. I want to push myself into other areas.
--"This is my 10th season, a great benchmark." (--Derek has been with the show since Season Five. This season's all-star cast will be announced laterTODAY.)
It's True! Kristen Stewart Has Apologized for Cheating on Robert Pattinson
Sometimes the tabloids get it right. KRISTEN STEWART apologized yesterday for cheating on ROBERT PATTINSON with her"Snow White" director RUPERT SANDERS.
--She said, quote, "I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected.
--"This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."
--A source says Kristen definitely wants to stay with Rob and make things right with him.
--Kristen did NOT apologize to Rupert's wife Liberty Ross, or their two children.
--But Rupert issued his own apology, saying, quote, "I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family.
--"My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together."
--For her part, Liberty Tweeted a MARILYN MONROE quote . . . "Sometimes bad things fall apart so better things can fall together."
--Then she dropped this quote from MAYA ANGELOU . . . "If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
--Finally she Tweeted "Wow", and closed her account.
The Sordid Details of Kristen Stewart's Indiscretion
As you've probably heard, it was "Us Weekly" that broke the story about KRISTEN STEWART'S little grind session with her"Snow White and the Huntsman" director RUPERT SANDERS.
--It happened on July 17th in a few discreet areas around L.A. And not surprisingly, there was a photographer on their trail.
--The photographer followed Kristen from her house to the parking lot of an empty building. Shortly after she pulled in, Sanders arrived and got into Kristen's car . . . and they proceeded to GET IT ON.
--The photographer says, quote, "Kristen was sitting up with her back against the driver's-side window, and this guy was KISSING HER ENTIRE BODY." But once they got the feeling they were being watched, they left in Kristen's car.
--After that they went to the Pacific View Trail, which is near the Hollywood sign. They parked and started making out again.
--Then they got out of the car and started groping and making out AGAIN. The photographer says, quote, "He was all over her. It seemed like they couldn't get enough."
--But every time they heard a voice or saw someone coming, they would, quote, "split up and walk in opposite directions."
--Then they got back IN the car and made out for another 20 minutes . . . before she dropped Rupert off three blocks from his house. They kissed one more time, and he walked home.
--One thing we can't really say is if there was any COITUS between Kristen and Rupert.
--I mean, what they were getting up to last Tuesday obviously counts as CHEATING. But the furthest they went that we know of was when Rupert was kissing Kristen "all over her body."
--We also don't know if this was the only time they've been romantic. But a source says NOTHING happened while they were filming"Snow White".
--It's also interesting to note that just five days after these pictures were taken, Rob and Kristen appeared together at the "Teen Choice Awards".
--We haven't heard anything directly from Rob yet, but Radar Online says he's CRUSHED.
--A source told them, quote, "Rob is in shock that Kristen cheated on him, he is absolutely devastated. But right now he doesn’t want to say anything in public until he figures out what he’s going to do."
(--FYI: Rupert is 41 . . . his wife is 33 . . . Kristen is 22 . . . and Rob is 26.)
Where Does This Leave the "Snow White" Sequel?
Here's another question this chaos leaves us with: What'll happen to the "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel? As far as we know, it's not a 100% go yet, but it's already in the planning stages.
--KRISTEN STEWART is expected to star, obviously . . . and RUPERT SANDERS is supposed to direct again.
T.J. Jackson is Now the Temporary Guardian of Michael Jackson's Kids . . . And Katherine Says She Wasn't Kidnapped
T.J. JACKSON . . . son of TITO JACKSON . . . has been appointed temporary guardian of MICHAEL JACKSON'S kids Paris, Prince and Blanket.
--At an emergency hearing yesterday, the judge said, quote, "This is not a power play by T.J. Jackson. This is based on the allegation that KATHERINE JACKSONis being prevented from acting as guardian."
--No one is blaming Katherine for this. They think she's a victim herself.
--But Katherine is NOT okay with this.
--Yesterday, Katherine told ABC News, quote, "I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home."
--She added that the court ruling that gave T.J. temporary custody was based on, quote, "a bunch of lies."
--Meanwhile, she also refuted claims that her kids JERMAINE, RANDY, JANET and REBBIEabducted her and forced her into the Arizona resort where she's been for over a week.
--She said, quote, "There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped. I am here today to let everybody know that I am good and fine. My children would never do anything to me like that."
--As for why she had no contact with the kids for more than a week, she said, quote, "One reason I didn't call is I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here."
--Katherine was scheduled to return home YESTERDAY.
Now There Might Be a REAL Carly Rae Jepsen Sex Scandal
After two FAKE sex scandals, "Call Me Maybe" singer CARLY RAE JEPSEN might actually be involved in a real one.
--Several months ago, Carly reported to Vancouver police that she was HACKED, and someone stole some pictures from her.
--This isn't official, but several websites are reporting that they were NUDES. Police say they have a suspect, but their investigation is ongoing, so an arrest hasn't been made yet.
--Earlier this month, alleged nude photos of Carly hit the Web . . . but it turned out to be someone else.
--Then this past Monday, an alleged Carly Rae Jepsen SEX TAPE emerged. But Carly has denied that's her, too.
Lindsay Lohan Was In Another Car Accident Yesterday
When does this stop being funny and start being sad? Answer: TWO YEARS AGO.
--LINDSAY LOHAN was involved in ANOTHER CAR ACCIDENT yesterday. But at least this one wasn't bad. It was a fender-bender at a stoplight on Sunset Boulevard. Lindsay's black Porsche tapped a silver Ford Mustang.
--A photographer at the scene says, quote, "Lindsay was NOT driving dangerously . . . it was merely a minor accident in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic."
--Police weren't even called. Lindsay and the driver exchanged insurance information, and that was that.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Have Extended Their Comedy Central Contracts
JON STEWART and STEPHEN COLBERT aren't leaving Comedy Central anytime soon. Both of them have just agreed to contract extensions.
--Jon will continue doing "The Daily Show" through mid-2015 . . . and Stephen's "Colbert Report" has been renewed through 2014.
--The shows scored four Emmy nominations apiece last week.
Tito, Jackie and Marlon May Be Breaking With Their Siblings . . . And Did Janet and Paris Jackson Get Into an Actual, Physical Fight?
This situation with the Jackson family is SPIRALING out of control. Here's the latest:
--It looks like TITO, JACKIE and MARLON JACKSON are breaking with the four Jackson siblings who want to have the executors of MICHAEL'S estate removed.
--Tito told TMZ, quote, "I completely retract my signature from the July 17th letter sent to the Executors of my brother Michael's estate and repudiate all the claims made against them.
--"I don't want any part of that letter whatsoever."
--That letter was also signed by siblings JERMAINE, JANET, REBBIE and RANDY.
--Tito, Jackie and Marlon appeared on "The Insider" last night and Marlon actually broke down in TEARS.
--He said, quote, "We've been told that our mother is safe. She's doing well. But we have not spoken to her. We have not talked to her and I don't know where my mother is.
--"All I know is she is in Arizona, and whatever doctor is saying I can't talk to my mother you call ME!"
--When asked who was behind this, Marlon refused to name names. But he did say, quote, "They gotta answer to me."
--Meanwhile, Tito's son T.J. is trying to become the temporary guardian to Michael's three kids, PARIS, PRINCE and BLANKET.
--And the executors of Michael's estate, John McClain and John Branca, are supporting him.
--With all the chaos going on in the Jackson family, there's really only one name we haven't heard yet . . . and usually it's the one that's associated with trouble: LATOYA. A source says LaToya wants nothing to do with this insanity and is, quote, "not talking to anyone in the family."
--Just when you thought things couldn't get more insane, there's this: Sources are claiming there was a PHYSICAL FIGHT between Paris and her Aunt Janet.
--It was during that incident Monday night in which Janet and two of her brothers allegedly tried to take Michael's kids from their home.
--There's security camera footage of what led up to the fight. It shows three SUVs pulling into the driveway of the home where Michael's kids live. They're in one of those SUVs . . . while Randy, Janet and Jermaine Jackson are in the other two.
--Everyone gets out, and at first it looks like there's some hugging and handshaking going on. But then things get heated.
--The video switches to another area outside the house, where we see Prince walk by, followed by Randy, who's RECORDING him with his cell phone.
--Then Janet and Paris enter the frame, and Janet appears to try to snatch Paris' cell phone from her, while simultaneously recording Paris with her own phone. Then Paris walks away, and Janet tries to follow her, but Randy restrains her.
George Jefferson Has Moved On Up . . . To Heaven
SHERMAN HEMSLEY . . . THE star of "The Jeffersons" and the man who made "Honky" a household word . . . died at his home in El Paso, Texas. He was 74.
--The cause of death is unknown. Hemsley did not have a wife or kids.
--"The Jeffersons"was actually a spin-off of "All in the Family". George Jefferson and his family first started appearing on that show in 1973, before getting their own show in '75. It ran until 1985.
--Hemsley also played a preacher in the comedy "Amen", which ran from 1986 to 1991.
Christian Bale Visited Shooting Victims in Colorado
This is probably the coolest thing a celebrity has done in a long time:
--CHRISTIAN BALE went to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado to visit victims of the deadly shooting spree at a midnight showing of"The Dark Knight Rises" last week.
--Warner Brothers didn't put him up to it, either. They issued a statement saying, quote, "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing us."
--One of the victims, Carey Rottman, posted a picture of himself and Bale on Facebook.
--Bale spent over two hours visiting seven patients who were still being treated for their wounds. A hospital administrator says, quote, "The patients were really happy to meet Bale.
--"They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale."
--Bale and his wife also visited a memorial for the victims and joined a prayer circle. They didn't announce or call attention to themselves, and Bale refused to give an interview to a TV news crew that happened to be there.
Is Kanye Going to Propose to Kim After Her Divorce is Final?
If this weren't true, the tabloids would be saying it anyway . . . KANYE WEST is allegedly preparing to propose to KIM KARDASHIAN . . . as soon as her divorce from KRIS HUMPHRIES is finalized.
--A source says he's having a ring made from his late mother Donda's personal jewelry collection.
The Internet Says Kristen Stewart Cheated on Robert Pattinson with Her "Snow White and the Huntsman" Director
Pretty much every celebrity website in existence is reporting that KRISTEN STEWART cheated on ROBERT PATTINSON with RUPERT SANDERS . . . the guy who directed her in "Snow White and the Huntsman".
--A source says, quote, "Kristen is absolutely devastated. It was a mistake and a complete lapse in judgment.
--"She wasn't having an affair with Rupert. It was just a fleeting moment that shouldn't have happened. She never meant to hurt anyone. She's a good person who just made a bad choice."
--"Us Weekly"broke the story, and promises all the details in this week's issue. Apparently, it happened last week.
It's Official: Mariah Carey Will Judge "American Idol" Next Season
The rumors were TRUE . . . and now it's official: MARIAH CAREY will judge "American Idol" next season. Fox confirmed that it's a done deal yesterday.
--Mariah also released this statement: Quote, "I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol' . . . I can't wait to get started in a couple months. It's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back."
--Initial reports said it's a one-year deal worth $12 MILLION . . . the same amount JENNIFER LOPEZ got for her first season. But sources tell TMZ she's getting $18 MILLION, which trumps the $15 million BRITNEY SPEARSgot to do "X Factor".
--It's too early to say if Mariah is open to sticking around beyond one season . . . but "Idol" doesn't seem concerned with that. Producer NIGEL LYTHGOE says, quote, "I would like to see the judges change every year."
--Since the show is entering its 12th season, the revolving judges would allow for it to keep from getting stale . . . and for them to get bigger, more active celebrity judges who can't afford to step away from their careers for more than a year.
--Fox noted that RANDY JACKSON was "instrumental" in bringing Mariah to "Idol", which makes sense since he's her manager. This could mean that Randy will return as a judge . . . and not be switching to a "mentoring" role.
--For what it's worth, so-called "sources on the show" say Mariah was a, quote, "nightmare to work with" when she was a guest mentor back in Season Seven.
Jennifer Lopez Has Some Advice for Mariah Carey
JENNIFER LOPEZ has some advice for MARIAH CAREY . . . who's basically taking over her seat on "American Idol".
-- J-Lo says, quote, "Just enjoy the journey. There is pressure as far as the live shows go, but you know what? Just remember you're there at the end of the day to help those contestants grow and to get to the end and to get to that finale.
--"And whenever I thought about that it always made my job a little less pressure-filled and a little easier, because it's not about you. It wasn't about me, it was about them.
--"It was about helping them and that always made it a lot of fun for me. I'm going to miss it a lot."
--Technically, this advice was for ANY new judge. She said this over the weekend, before the news was official. However, she did comment on the rumor, and said she thought Mariah would be a good judge.
There Was Some Kind of Disturbance at the Jackson Family Home in California
The Jackson family drama continues. And things are getting weird. Yesterday, there was some kind of disturbance at the family home in Calabasas, California . . . and police were called.
--RadarOnline.com says that JERMAINE, RANDY and JANET JACKSON showed up and tried to take MICHAEL'S kids, Paris, Prince and Blanket.
--A source says, quote, "It was just total chaos . . . Randy was telling Prince Michael he had to leave with them and that he had a private jet chartered to take them all to Arizona to see Katherine.
--"Prince firmly held his ground and told Randy he wasn't going anywhere with them. The security detail prevented the three of them from taking the kids out of state. The cops had to be called.
--"Paris was absolutely hysterical and kept telling her uncles to just bring her grandmother home."
--The source claims this was going to be a PUBLICITY STUNT so Michael's siblings could get some pictures into the tabloids of the kids with their grandmother KATHERINE . . . whom they reportedly STILL haven't heard from.
--The source adds, quote, "Now that Paris and Prince are old enough, they understand why Michael didn't have much of a relationship with anyone in the family except for Katherine."
--Last night Paris Tweeted, quote, "8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn't like her at all .. i wanna talk directly to my grandmother!!"
--Now . . . X-17 Online spoke to a source who's blaming all of this on Katherine's nephew Trent. He's the guy who filed the missing persons report on Katherine Saturday night.
--This source claims that he refused to let Michael's siblings into the house . . . and seems to be manipulating the kids. He's also allegedly part of an ongoing investigation into ELDER ABUSE against Katherine.
--And he's convincing Paris to post Tweets against her aunts and uncles.
--HOWEVER . . . Trent was hired by Michael several years ago to take care of Katherine. And there are sources that say he's very loyal to her and he's doing everything he can to protect Michael's kids from their greedy aunts and uncles.
Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith Top a List of the 100 Most Valuable Stars
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. and WILL SMITH top a list of the 100 Most Valuable Stars compiled by a website called Vulture.com.
--The site actually came up with a complicated formula that took into account factors like box office grosses, magazine covers, likeability, Oscars, critical reactions and "studio value", which was determined by polling top-level studio execs.
--Here's the Top 10:
#1.) Robert Downey Jr.
#2.) Will Smith
#3.) Johnny Depp
#4.) Denzel Washington
#5.) Brad Pitt
#6.) Matt Damon
#7.) Clint Eastwood
#8.) Angelina Jolie
#9.) Meryl Streep
#10.) George Clooney
Is There a Carly Rae Jepsen Sex Tape?
A supposed SEX TAPE featuring "Call Me Maybe" singer CARLY RAE JEPSEN hit the World Wide Web of Celebrity Porno yesterday.
--Carly is denying the tape is legit though. Yesterday she Tweeted, quote, "Crazy morning. Discovered that someone put up a sex tape claiming to be me. Ridiculous. Obviously not me."
The Minions from "Despicable Me" are Getting a Spin-Off Movie
The "Minions" from the movie "Despicable Me" are getting their own spin-off movie. A 2014 release is planned.
--The Minions are those little yellow pill-shaped creatures who work for Gru, the supervillain voiced by STEVE CARELL.
"The Dark Knight Rises" Made About $160 Million . . . But the Official Figures Won't Be Released Until Later Today
"The Dark Knight Rises"made about $160 million at the box office this weekend . . . including $30.6 million from midnight screenings. But we won't know its official take until later today.
--The various movie studios decided to suspend box office results for the day out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims.
--But if that number holds, it'll give "The Dark Knight Rises" the best opening weekend ever for a 2D movie. (--"Ice Age: Continental Drift" was a distant second at the box office this weekend, with $21 million.)
--The overall record is still held by "The Avengers" with $207.4 million. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is second with $169.2 million.
--Both of those movies were in 3D, which means tickets would have cost several dollars more.
--$30.6 million is also the biggest midnight take for a 2D movie, and the second-biggest take overall, behind "Deathly Hallows - Part 2".
--"The Dark Knight" earned $158.4 million in its opening weekend four years ago.
Is Michael Jackson's Mother Missing?
Last week MICHAEL JACKSON'S siblings leaked a letter to the Internet calling the executors of Michael's will FRAUDS and asking them to step down.
--And they said the situation had stressed their mother KATHERINE out so badly that she suffered a MINI-STROKE.
--Michael's daughter PARIS denied it, and asked her family to stop, quote, "telling everyone things that aren't true."
--Well, this story is far from over, because on Saturday, Paris went on Twitter and said her grandmother is MISSING.
--She Tweeted, quote, "Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven't spoken with her in a week. I want her home now." And Katherine's nephew Trent filed a missing persons report.
--But the day before that, JERMAINE had Tweeted, quote, "I want to reassure everyone (including all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in Arizona on the orders of a doctor, not us.
--"This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period."
--The L.A. County Sheriff's Department wanted to speak to Katherine personally, and by yesterday evening, they had. A spokesman said she told them that she's, quote, "fine and with a family member."
--It's not clear if Katherine has spoken to Michael's kids yet, and police are still trying to find out why they had so much trouble getting in touch with her.
--A lawyer representing Paris says Katherine flew to New Mexico with her daughter Rebbie on July 15th to watch the Jacksons perform, and hasn't been heard from since.
--The lawyer adds, quote, "The kids haven't been able to reach her for almost a week. They are told she's unavailable . . . I'm concerned that she's not safe. She has never gone 24 hours without talking to her kids."
--There are also reports that the doctor who's caring for Katherine is a guy who testified for the DEFENSE in DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S manslaughter trial. He's not Katherine's regular doctor. He was called in by Jermaine and RANDY.
--And in 2000, he was reprimanded by the California medical board for writing fraudulent prescriptions for JANET.
--When Paris caught wind of this she Tweeted, quote, "The same doctor that testified on behalf of Dr. Murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother . . . just saying."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Were Caught Kissing
It looks like ASHTON KUTCHER and MILA KUNIS aren't hiding their relationship anymore. They went to a party together on Saturday, and they were kissing in front of everyone.
--The paparazzi even got a picture.
Mariah Carey Is Reportedly "Finalizing a Deal" to Judge "American Idol"
The MARIAH CAREY / "American Idol" rumors aren't going away.
--Deadline.com claims Mariah is, quote, "finalizing a deal" to join "Idol" as a judge. Supposedly, it's worth $17 MILLION for one season.
--For comparison, we've heardJENNIFER LOPEZ made $12 million her first season, and $20 million last season . . . although recent reports say she only made $15 million last year. And BRITNEY SPEARS signed on to do "X Factor" for $15 million.
--Last week, Mariah's husband NICK CANNONsaid, quote, "I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey . . . they gave J-Lo $20 million, they might have to double that."
Justin Bieber and "The Hunger Games" Were Winners at Last Night's "Teen Choice Awards"
"The Teen Choice Awards" went down last night . . . and JUSTIN BIEBER, ONE DIRECTION, "The Hunger Games" and"Vampire Diaries" were big winners.
--But TAYLOR SWIFT and "The Twilight Saga" also added to their collection of surfboard-shaped Teen Choice trophies.
--Taylor took home five awards, which now gives her 20 overall. That's the most ever won by a female artist.
--And the "Twilight" movies have now won 41 Teen Choice awards. This year, "Breaking Dawn - Part One", was recognized several times, including winning the "Ultimate Choice Award".
--Performers included Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt, who gave the first televised performance of their new single "Settle Down".
--DEMI LOVATO and "Glee" star KEVIN MCHALEhosted the ceremony. At one point, Demi said that over 134 million votes were cast . . . and Kevin said, quote, "Are there even that many teens?"
Did David Hasselhoff Celebrate His 60th Birthday by Having Sex 60 Times?
Yesterday was DAVID HASSELHOFF'S 60th birthday . . . and when a reporter asked him how he wanted to celebrate, he said that maybe he would, quote, "stay in bed with my girlfriend and make love 60 times."
--By the way, his girlfriend is only 32 years old.
--Hoff also said he's feeling good . . . quote, "I feel like I'm 40. My legs are the only thing, I'm having a hard time running. The best thing about 60 is that I'm 60, I'm no longer 59. My dad's 87 and he's still going."
Charlie Sheen Legitimately Wants to Judge "American Idol"?
If "American Idol" is desperate to fill its judging panel with basket cases who will get people to tune in hoping to see a train wreck, this might be the break they need.
--On Monday, "Idol's" executive producer NIGEL LYTHGOE joked that he wanted CHARLIE SHEEN. Well . . . it turns out Charlie is INTERESTED.
--Quote, "It seems so out of the blue that it almost made perfect sense. I thought this could be a lot of fun. Seriously . . . I'm genuinely interested. It's so different, it could be radical."
--He doesn't have any music experience . . . but ELLEN DEGENERES didn't either and she judged one season of "Idol".
--On Monday, on "The Tonight Show", Charlie told JAY LENO that if he was a judge, quote, "I think I could be helpful [and] give these kids some guidance without leading them to a suicide."
--Jay responded, quote, "Yeah, if I had a child that needed guidance, I would send him to Charlie Sheen."
Tom Cruise Is Spending Time with Suri in New York City
TOM CRUISE was in New York City yesterday to spend time with his 6-year-old daughter Suri for the first time since KATIE HOLMES filed for divorce.
--Sources say he picked her up at Katie's apartment . . . but didn't see Katie at all.
Viacom Has Put "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" Episodes Back On the Internet
It's been just over a week since DirecTV and Viacom couldn't reach a deal . . . which led to all of the Viacom channels including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nick, and BET disappearing from DirecTV.
--Viacom ALSO pulled streaming episodes of their shows off the Internet, including "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report". Yesterday morning, they ended THAT ban, and put the episodes back online. The fight with DirecTV is still going.
--On Monday, "The Daily Show" was back after a two-week hiatus, and JON STEWART criticized Viacom and DirecTV.
--Quote, "Viacom, DirecTV, what are you doing here? You've got ad campaigns blaming people for taking the shows away. Telling people to rise up and demand it like it's some kind of basic cable Arab Spring.
--"I've got news for you. It's not. None of this matters. None of this is indispensable."
--Viacom said their decision to put the shows back online WASN'T because Stewart blasted them . . . they did it as a promotional tool because the "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" were coming back with new episodes.
Michael Clarke Duncan is Still on a Respirator
Gargantuan "Green Mile" actor MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN is still on a respirator, since suffering a heart attack early Friday morning. But apparently, that's not as bad as it sounds.
--Sources say Michael is doing well and has, quote, "a very strong heartbeat."
Is a "Finding Nemo" Sequel Finally Happening?
"Finding Nemo" was one of Disney and Pixar's most successful films so it's only RIGHT that there's finally going to be another one.
--According to reports, "Finding Nemo 2" is finally in the works. Disney has asked Andrew Stanton to direct . . . even though his most recent movie, "John Carter", did disastrously. But you shouldn't hold that against him . . .
--Stanton is the guy who wrote the first "Finding Nemo", along with a lot of Pixar's other successes to include "Wall E", "A Bug's Life", and all three "Toy Story" movies.
--They're looking at a release in 2016. That would mean a 10-year-old who saw "Finding Nemo" when it was released in 2003 will be 23 years old when the sequel comes out.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand are Officially Divorced
KATY PERRY and RUSSELL BRAND are officially exes. Their divorce became legal yesterday. They filed in February, but had to wait six months for it to be finalized. They got married in October of 2010.
Miley Cyrus' Younger Brother Ended Up in the Hospital After an Artery Burst
MILEY CYRUS'18-year-old brother BRAISON ended up in the hospital the other day when an artery burst after a tonsilectomy.
--Yesterday he Tweeted, quote, "I got my tonsils out last week. Not sure what happened exactly but long story short my artery opened and I was bleeding a lot. All good now."
--BILLY RAY added, quote, "This was yesterday. Everything is O K now and he is home . . . but [he] was bleeding badly . . . Who said gettin' your tonsils out wasn't dangerous?"
--It's not clear where Braison was bleeding from, but it looks like his mouth and maybe his nose. Because Billy Ray Tweeted a picture of Braison in the hospital, holding a BUCKET OF BLOOD in his lap.
Nick Cannon Says "American Idol" Can't Afford Mariah Carey
STEVEN TYLER and JENNIFER LOPEZ are out at "American Idol" and the big rumor is that they're pushing hard to get MARIAH CAREY as a new judge.
--Her husband, NICK CANNON, doesn't think they can afford it. When a paparazzi cameraman asked him about it, he said, quote, "I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey . . . they gave J-Lo $20 MILLION, they might have to double that."
--In reality, they were only paying J-Lo $15 MILLION and balked at her request for $17 MILLION . . . but either way, since the word is"Idol" is trying to cut its budget, they're probably NOT going to double that.
Is "American Idol" Going to Start Only Using Judges For One Year?
STEVEN TYLER and JENNIFER LOPEZ both left "American Idol" last week . . . and if you believe they left to get back to focusing on their music careers and NOT that they were fired for budget reasons, this will sound pretty rational.
--"Idol's" executive producer NIGEL LYTHGOE says the show may just have to start using judges for one year only. Quote, "If we do want these big stars, and we do, you cannot take them away from what they do.
--"That's depriving the public of a star . . . and stopping them from earning a lot of money."
Charlie Sheen Is Giving At Least $1 Million to the USO
CHARLIE SHEEN is donating one-percent of the profits from his FX show "Anger Management" to the USO.
--He's guaranteeing the donation will be at least $1 MILLION, but there's no limit on how high it can go.
--Charlie will hand over the first installment of $250,000 in a private ceremony later this week.
--He says, quote, "It's an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us.
--"They put their lives on the line for us every day, and I'm just happy that my work on 'Anger Management' can bring a little bit of relief to the troops and their families."
Garth Brooks Is Not Dead
There was a rumor going around that GARTH BROOKS had died in a tragic jet ski accident on some exotic island. It's not true. Some humor website made the whole thing up . . . and printed an explanation at the bottom of the page.
--They wrote, quote, "This story is 100% fake. This is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes!"
Will the "Captain America" Sequel Introduce a Black Superhero?
There's a sequel to "Captain America" that will come out April 4th, 2014. And it might feature one of the first-ever BLACK SUPERHEROES joining Captain America.
--ANTHONY MACKIE is apparently in negotiations to play Falcon, who was one of the first black superheroes portrayed in U.S. comics. CHRIS EVANS will be back as Captain America.
Sylvester Stallone's Son Sage Has Died . . . The Cause of Death is Unknown
SYLVESTER STALLONE'S son SAGE was found dead in his Los Angeles home by a maid on Friday. He was only 36 years old. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
--Sylvester's rep issued a statement saying he's, quote, "devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone.
(--Sage’s mother Sasha was Stallone's first wife. They also have a son named Seargeoh who is autistic. Stallone also has three daughters with his current wife, Jennifer Flavin. )
--Sage Moonblood Stallone . . . yes, that's his real middle name . . . appeared with his dad in two movies. In 1990, he played Rocky's son in "Rocky 5". And he was in Sly's 1996 action flick "Daylight".
--He turned down the opportunity to play Rocky's son again in "Rocky Balboa" because of his other work obligations.
--Reports immediately surfaced that Sage died of a drug overdose. We're not sure yet if that's the case.
--Authorities reportedly found some prescription pill bottles, but there's no word what was in them, or if they contributed to Sage's death.
--The autopsy is complete, but of course there were toxicology tests . . . and it could be four to six weeks before we know the results of those.
Jennifer Lopez Has Also Quit "American Idol" . . . Or Were She and Steven Tyler Actually Pushed Out?
On Thursday, STEVEN TYLER announced he was quitting his job as a judge on "American Idol". On Friday, JENNIFER LOPEZ joined him.
--She announced on RYAN SEACREST'S radio show, quote, "I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do, that I put . . . on hold because I love 'Idol' so much."
--BUT . . . Steven and Jennifer's split from "Idol" might NOT be as clean and amicable as they let on.
--There are some pretty credible rumors that the two of them didn't quit on their own terms . . . they were forced out over MASSIVE BUDGET CUTS.
--Jennifer made $15 MILLION last season and was pushing for $17 MILLION this year. Steven reportedly made around $10 MILLION.
--"Idol" is still a hit TV show but it's not what it once was. Ratings were down about 25% last year, and that, obviously, hurts the show's ad revenue. So Fox is looking to cut back a little, and spending a fortune on judges is an easy cut.
--RANDY JACKSON'S status is still up in the air. There have been rumors he'll be back . . . he'll be back just as a mentor, not a judge . . . or he'll be gone from the show entirely.
--The only word from him is a statement on Steven and Jennifer leaving, quote, "[They] are truly two of the most talented and consummate professionals I've ever worked with . . . I have no doubt our friendships will continue."
--With two judges gone and one maybe gone, "Idol" is back to hunting for new replacements. There have been a lot of rumors about big names . . . but if the budget really is being cut, it could be hard to attract them.
--The rumors have included Fergie, Nicki Minaj, Will.I.Am, and Mariah Carey.
--Apparently the Mariah rumors are the strongest . . . "People" magazine has a source that told them she's in, quote, "serious talks" about joining the show.
--Randy Jackson is Mariah's manager, and she'd probably be the biggest "get" for the show. SIMON COWELL tried VERY hard to get her for "X-Factor" and failed, so if she landed on "Idol" it would be a symbolic win over Simon.
--Also . . . this probably won't happen, but ARETHA FRANKLIN has announced she'd like to be a judge. She's a legendary singer . . . plus she'd bring a variety of legendary HATS to weekly TV, so win-win.
Kim Kardashian Got Pulled Over for Not Having Any License Plates On Her Car
KIM KARDASHIAN got pulled over the other day because her $300,000 Rolls Royce didn't have license plates. She reportedly told the cop she kept the plates in the glove compartment . . . and he let her go.
Charlie Sheen Quit Twitter
As expected, CHARLIE SHEEN quit Twitter. His last Tweet read, quote, "reach for the stars everyone. dogspeed cadre. c out." It was accompanied by a picture of a bottle of Tabasco sauce on the dashboard of an airplane flying above the clouds.
The Fourth "Ice Age" Movie Topped the Box Office with $46 Million
The only new wide-release this weekend was "Ice Age: Continental Drift", which easily topped the box office with $46 million. That's almost exactly what the first "Ice Age" movie made 10 years ago, though it's much lower than 2006's "Ice Age: The Meltdown", which pulled in $68 million in its opening weekend.