Being the earnest thespian she is, Tori Spelling was understandably excited about reviving her beloved Donna Martin for the new 90210 series. Imagine, the opportunity to show how life had affected this paragon of LA innocence! Still, you can’t expect her to do it for less than what Jennie Garth is getting. According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Spelling was shocked to discover her paycheck paled to those of fellow returning cast members Shannen Doherty and Garth. When the CW refused to even out their salaries, Donna Martin was no longer “the owner of one of the coolest stores in Beverly Hills,” as the network originally claimed in a press release. Don’t expect Brenda to say she got hit by a truck, though. If the show’s a hit, there’s always sweeps week. [Deadline Hollywood Daily]
Far be it from me to suggest a young women shouldn’t talk publicly about her breasts, but when it comes to issues sexy (piercing!) and otherwise (cancer), it’s important to be informed. “Me & U” singer Cassie recently confessed that before being tested for “the cancer gene,” she worried how her mother, a breast cancer survivor, would feel about her nipple piercings. But since she doesn’t have the gene, she now feels comfortable celebrating the “positive energy” she gets from constant impalement. According to Dr. Judith Reichman, poor piercing can cause plenty of trouble (nerve damage, hematoma, even Hepatitis and HIV infection), but there is no reason to believe that piercing increases a risk of breast cancer. In fact, piercings can cause false cancer scares if the skin hardens around the intruding metal. Having a breast cancer gene (which in no way guarantees that one will suffer from breast cancer—ask the NCI) shouldn’t keep one from experiencing the same positive energy Cassie does now. Telling your mom is another issue. [ContactMusic]
Jack Black tried to steal the show with a suit covered in airbrushed lightning at the Tropic Thunder premiere in LA last night, but his antics just couldn’t compete with those of the serious thespians in attendance. Sure, Black’s a goofball, but Jena Malone‘s haircut really looked like something from a mental ward. Black’s co-star Nick Nolte showed up the Kung Fu Panda by looking like a guru with mob connections in his long black coat and love beads, and no clown can distract from TomKat. But the award for Most Ridiculous Look Of The Night goes to Robert Downey, Jr. Check out that ‘stache! Is he doing a Geraldo biopic next? Enjoy pics of these loons (and some saner celebrities) below.
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Character actor Shelley Malil, best known as Haziz in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (“Hey, Will and Grace! Back to work!”), has been arrested for violently assaulting an ex-girlfriend. The woman, suffering multiple stab wounds and cuts, was found by police in San Marcos, CA, Sunday night, after neighbors heard screams for help and breaking glass. Malil was arrested Monday night after taking a train to San Diego to meet with his lawyer. The woman’s condition was listed as critical on Monday morning, with no update since. [AP]
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time won’t be coming out till May 2010, but we’ve got a look at star Jake Gyllenhaal escorting Reese Witherspoon around the set and daaaaaaaaaaamn! We knew that Jake was buff, but this shit is getting Tarzan. If they’re spending over a year on the CGI for this movie, it’s not because Donnie Darko needs digital pec juice.
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Here’s something to help John Edwards put his sex scandal in perspective. A 41-year-old man had to call Hong Kong police after he couldn’t remove his (boing sound effect) from a steel grated bench he was humping late last Wednesday. If you’re already crossing your legs, gents, stop reading now. Despite doctors removing removing some blood from his….good lord, don’t tell me how…the man’s member remained too swollen to be pulled from the hole. Paramedics had to take the bench along with him to the hospital, where it took four hours to pry the poor guy loose. No word on if he blamed his increasing narcissism and egomania. [Weird Asia News via Best Week Ever]
Hell hath no fury like a dork scorned. Film freaks are at half mast upon learning that Megan Fox‘s promised topless scene in Jennifer’s Body—the only reason a non-Diablo Cody fan would be excited about the upcoming horror comedy—was nowhere to be seen at a recent sneak preview. A writer on JoBlo believes that a close-up lesbian kiss featuring Fox has been added as “a kind of apology” to fans “for not giving up the real goods (no Megan Fox boobage).” No boobage? Sounds like the studio is going for the same PG-13 rating that helped Cody’s Juno become such a hit. They better hope female audiences aren’t turned off by the horror, because boys may stick to internet pin-ups out of protest. [Defamer]
Following the recent tragic loss of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, there’s been a lot of tasteful talk about a Celebrity Death Trilogy. Much of the discussion revolves around Samuel L. Jackson, whose untimely passing would make the upcoming mortality-minded film Soul Men, starring Jackson, Mac and Hayes, mind-bogglingly eerie. But if there’s anyone we hope isn’t unduly superstitious, it would be retired CNN anchor Bernard Shaw. Shaw’s departure would complete a Middle-Aged Black Male Celebrity triad and put him alongside Mac and recently deceased comedy manager Bernie Brillstein in a trio of famous fallen Bernies. There’s also the unpleasant possibility that the grim reaper will get all Final Destination on Morgan Freeman for surviving his recent car accident. But that would be ridiculous.
We apologize in advance for the “shaped news,”, Richard Dreyfuss, but this case is too bizarre to ignore. The Oscar-winner is suing his father and uncle over an unpaid loan of $870,000 that the star gave back in 1984, asking for the full amount, plus interest and punitive damages. We realize that Dreyfuss probably isn’t raking it in like he was circa Jaws—or even Another Stakeout, and that the actor may have valid reasons to resent his old man. But his old man is an old man. If Richard is 60, Papa D must be past 80! Does Krippendorf really need that money or is he just seriously ticked off? [AP]
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Come on, Yung Berg, what’s the first thing you learn on the streets? “Don’t give your limo driver static.” Every rapper knows that! Berg, of the hits “Sexy Lady” and “Sexy Can I,” was arrested early Saturday for menacing, as well as criminal possession of marijuana and a firearm, after his limo driver filed a disturbance report with the NYPD. This news comes just in time to help promote his debut album, Look What You Made Me, out tomorrow. [SOHH]
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