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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/21/2014

Is It Over Between Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey?

MARIAH CAREY and NICK CANNON may be heading in the divorce direction.

The "New York Post" claims Nick is currently living out of HOTELS because they're fighting all the time. One of their issues is that Mariah doesn't TRUST him.

Sources say she has suspected him of cheating in the past, and when he hosted a series of pool parties in Vegas earlier this year, she sent a security guard with him to KEEP THE LADIES AWAY.

Another source says Nick is fed up with Mariah's, quote, "diva demands", and can't stand her anymore . . . quote, "Nick loathes that Mariah treats him like her servant. She gives him a chore list and barks orders at him."

The source says Nick is waiting for Mariah to file for divorce, and when she does, he's going to gun for a chunk of her estimated $500 million fortune.

Nick and Mariah have 3-year-old twins named Moroccan and Monroe. She's 44, he's 33.

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Have Broken Up

MEG RYAN and JOHN MELLENCAMP have broken up, after three years together. A sourse says, quote, "It was the distance. She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause."

Mellencamp recently told "Rolling Stone" he was too "sensitive" to live in New York . . . quote, "I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets . . . I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here."

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Counseling Beyonce Through Her "Split" with Jay Z?

We still don't know if rumors of a BEYONCÉ / JAY Z split are true, but if they are, then there's no reason THIS can't be true as well . . .

"Us Weekly" says Beyoncé is getting advice on how to CONSCIOUSLY UNCOUPLE by the woman who started it all, GWYNETH PALTROW. Because she wants her breakup to appear as amicable as Gwyneth's split from CHRIS MARTIN.

A source says, quote, "The day after the announcement, Bey and Jay will be spotted together. The two will be all lovey-dovey."

Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez Broke Up After a Huge Fight

ZAC EFRON and MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ are through . . . supposedly after having a big fight in Ibiza, Spain.

We don't know what the fight was about, but a source says, quote, "Michelle is going to do her own thing. Zac knew this about her when he got with her. He's very into her though, and perhaps more than she's into him."

Zac reportedly still wants to be with Michelle, and hasn't given up on her.

Is Whoopi Goldberg So Fed Up with "The View" That She Wants to Quit?

The "National Enquirer" claims WHOOPI GOLDBERG is so fed-up with "The View" that she WANTS OUT.

Sources say Whoopi just signed a four-year contract extension to remain on the show . . . but she's frustrated with all the recent changes. Supposedly, she's quote, "sick of all the drama."

One unnamed person says, quote, "[She] regrets roping herself in like that, and is trying to figure a way out." Whoopi hasn't commented.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" Soundtrack Is #1 for a Second Week

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack sold another 93,000 copies to easily hold onto the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart for a second week. Two new albums debuted in the Top 10: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM'S "Get Hurt" debuted at #4 with 33,000 copies . . . and an EP from 19-year-old YouTube singer TROYE SIVAN hit #5 with only three days of sales.

Here are this week's Top 5 albums . . .

1. The soundtrack to "Guardians of the Galaxy" . . . 93,000 copies

2. "Now That's What I Call Music 51" . . . 52,000 copies

3. The "Frozen" soundtrack . . . 43,000 copies

4. New: "Get Hurt", The Gaslight Anthem . . . 33,000 copies

5. New: "TRXYE", Troye Sivan . . . 30,000 copies

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Missouri Mall Goes Viral

The marketing folks at the East Hills Mall in Saint Joseph, Missouri might have created what Reddit.com called the “Terrible Mall Commercial” and made it terrible on purpose.

The idea: have folks from the various shops selling back-to-school items sing about their wares to a bit of a hip-hop beat. With an old-style microphone in front of them.

“Singing” is a generous term. Some of the presentations are hideous. But, they’re so bad, they’re good.

And because of that, the video has gone viral. It was posted on August 17 – last Sunday – and as of last night, it had over 1.5 million hits on YouTube.

Check it out for yourself. Add to the hit count, and see what you think…

Marketing genius, or a lightning strike?

Oh, and by the way, “boots and pants and boots and pants!”

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Ice Bucket Challenge #43

The 43rd president of the United States – some know him as George W. Bush, others simply as W – took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. First, he tried to write a check, as getting a bucket of ice water dumped on one’s head isn’t very “presidential.”

Thank goodness his wife was on hand. Great job, former First Lady! And lucky for her the Secret Service was taking a coffee break.

To W’s credit, he challenged his predecessor – Bill Clinton, aka #42 – to take the challenge. W noted that August 19 was Bill’s birthday, and “my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”

Well played indeed.

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JWoww Shaping Up?

It’s only been a month-and-a-half or so since Jersey Shore’s JWoww pushed daughter Meilani into the world.

And already, she’s back on the red carpet, this time for the premiere of her new horror comedy, Jersey Shore Massacre. Check out the interview she gave to US Weekly – printed uncensored, it would need an X rating.

She’s not happy with the way, um, “stuff” is jiggling in her post-partum body. And she says some of Meilani’s delivery will be seen on the upcoming season of Snooki & JWoww, and while no one needs to see her, um, “lady parts,” we just might. Oh yeah, she, um, let’s say “greatly” hated being pregnant.

Her body might be shaping up. Maybe she should be working on her pie hole. Um, sorry, “mouth.”
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Fifty Shades Guy Deserves Oscar?

Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t even been released yet – it doesn’t come out until Valentine’s Day, 2015 – but already, the woman who wrote the screenplay says that Jamie Dornan, the actor playing Christian Grey, Is going to get an Oscar.

She’s talking about an Academy Award, not a weiner.

That’s according to an US Weekly article yesterday, quoting an interview Kelly Marcel gave a week or so ago to Reza Aslan in his Writer’s Room series.

Here’s her best quote: "Apparently Jamie is great at being soft and hard at the same time. Which is hard to do for an actor!"

I’m thinking she knew exactly what she was saying. How about you?

Meanwhile, check out the film’s trailer again, and see if you smell Oscar…

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Beyonce Gets Divorce Advice from Gwyneth

And there’s a headline I never thought anyone would write, ever.

Not the Beyonce-getting-divorced part. That rumor’s been buzzing around for weeks, months even.

The other part: getting divorce advice from Gwyneth Paltrow.

You remember how she and Chris Martin consciously uncoupled a few months ago. And now, she’s become a consultant to celebrity splitters.

Word is that the BeyZee break up will happen in the fall, at the end of their On The Run tour dates. But according to sources, Queen Bey wants it to be as amicable as GwynChris’s.

Sorry. All this talk of uncoupling got me in the mood to couple Gwyneth and Chris just one more time…
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Mug Shot or Yearbook Photo?

Texas Governor Rick Perry – a possible presidential candidate in 2016 – was indicted by a grand jury in the Lone Star State last week on charges of abuse of power and coercion.

He showed up yesterday for his mug shot – looking like he was posing for a yearbook picture. He sure doesn’t look a bit worried, does he?

The charges allege that the governor vetoed funding of a county office that investigate public corruption because the woman who runs the office refused to resign after her DUI conviction.

You can check out the story in the video clip below.
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"Shake It Off" Offends Rapper

It’s hard to imagine, but Taylor Swift’s new video, “Shake It Off,” has been officially deemed offensive.

Yes, the celebration by dance that says everyone can survive the naysayers is getting some naysay of its own by a giant of the music industry.

That’s right, folks, none other than rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Here’s what he had to say:
  He hasn’t watched it, and yet, he’s more than happy to weigh in on its offensive.

The man’s name is Earl Sweatshirt, folks.

You couldn’t make the name sound smart if you put Professor in front of it.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/20/2014

The NFL Wants Musical Acts to Pay for the Privilege of Performing at the Super Bowl?

The NFL doesn't pay musical acts to perform on the Super Bowl halftime show . . . and now, they're reportedly trying to get musicians to pay THEM for the PRIVILEGE of taking the stage.

The "Wall Street Journal" says the league has narrowed their wish list for this year's game down to three acts: RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, and COLDPLAY.

According to sources, league reps have been checking around to see if anyone would PAY to play . . . and naturally, the people they've talked to have NOT been super receptive to that.

The NFL hasn't commented directly. A spokeswoman merely said their contracts with performers were confidential, and that their only goal was to, quote, "put on the best possible show."

The Super Bowl halftime show has become a prestige gig, but it's hard to believe anyone would pay the NFL to do it.

It's also hard to believe the NFL is apparently IGNORING THE PEOPLE . . . who obviously want to see WEIRD AL YANKOVIC get the gig. As of last night, the petition to see Weird Al perform was up to 126,000 supporters.

Casey Kasem's Family Says He Did NOT Want to be Buried in Norway

The NY Post claims Jean Kasem wants to bury Casey in Oslo because of her Norwegian roots. RADAR Online claims Casey's family wrote a letter to Norway that read:

"We just wanted to set the record straight, regarding our father Casey Kasem. As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends. In fact, it was the opposite. Casey wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, his home for over 53 years We believe the representations made to you have been perpetuated by not only Jean, but her daughter Liberty because of the ongoing investigation from local authorities of criminal elder abuse."

The family is asking the country to decline Jean's request.

Ariana Grande is "Overwhelmed" by Fame

ARIANA GRANDE is one of the hottest artists around right now and she says she's still adjusting to the fame. She tells "People" that she is overwhelmed by her success.

She says, ''There is so much attention on me that there wasn't before. I've been so overwhelmed."

So what's her secret to keeping it all in perspective? THE BEACH. "I love going to the beach really late at night. That is how I make sure I don't explode.''

Eva Longoria is Returning to TV

EVA LONGORIA is joining the cast of Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

She'll play Sophia, a defense attorney who catches the eye of Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) while in court.

Are Drake and Rihanna Back Together?

DRAKE and RIHANNA were at a club together in New York City Monday night.

They didn't arrive or leave together, but they were inside the club at the same time for about two hours. And witnesses say that they were, quote, "deep in conversation, flirtatious and whispering in each other's ears."

There's no word, official or otherwise, on the status of their relationship.

Where Are They Now: American Idol's William Hung

The most famous rejected American Idol singer has wed. WILLIAM HUNG tied the knot in Alhambra, California.

William, by the way, is no longer pursuing his musical dream. He now works as an administrative assistant for the LA County Department of Public Health.

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David Letterman Tribute to an Old Friend

Some things just stand alone. Like David Letterman’s wonderful recollection of his 38-year friendship with the late Robin Williams.

It started at LA’s Comedy Store. “We wanted to make people laugh,” said Letterman. And then Robin shows up “like a hurricane,” and soon left the others in the dust.

The tribute ends with a collection of clips of Robin’s appearances on David’s shows.

Wonderful and funny snippets from two parallel lives. 

Exactly the way that Robin should be remembered. Thanks, Dave – and thanks, Robin.

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