While we were certainly impressed by how Joe Jackson made sure to use only his last name on his Michael Jackson-themed fragrance line, Bravado, the company with the rights to sell MJ’s trademark, wasn’t. Last week’s launch of “Parfum De Neverland” ground to a halt after Bravado filed suit against the superstar’s father, who coincidentally decided he wanted no contact with Julian Rouas, the sniffster behind the project. “I don’t like the way he does things,” explained Joe, shattering the last window of his glass house.
As far as the lawsuit against him, Joe’s unimpressed. “They can say whatever they want,” he told the AFP. “I am the father, he was my son and I can decide what to do on his behalf and in his honor. There are many interests around the legacy of my son, companies that want everything, but I have a foundation that allows me to launch projects with his name, the name of my son.” There’s no word when and if the stink will be released, and considering how many lawsuits Joe Jackson has floating around, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
You have to give Blake Lively credit: the girl’s got focus. While most entertainment journalists would love to discuss Blake’s alleged nude photos and her regular dates with Leonardo DiCaprio, the Gossip Girl star isn’t letting those subjects outshine her role in Green Lantern…at least in the interviews she gives. While talking on Today this morning, all she’d offer—aside from a serious appreciation for the wit of co-star Ryan Reynolds—was “You know, getting into this business, [it's] what comes into it,” she explained. “You do it for the art, for the wonderful work that we get to do and, otherwise, you keep your head down, you keep to yourself.” Maybe you keep your nude pics to yourself, too. Just saying.
Blake also stopped by Live With Regis & Kelly this morning, wearing the same blue Tibi dress. See photos of Blake in the gallery below and check out her Today interview after the jump.
Hugh Hefner probably didn’t think he’d live to see this. According to TMZ, Crystal Harris has called off her wedding to the 85-year-old Playboy founder, with multiple sources claiming she moved out of the mansion after a heated phone conversation with Hef this weekend. Hefner and Harris, a 24-year-old ex-Playmate, announced their engagement late last year, to the consternation of his ex Holly Madison.
Since the wedding isn’t scheduled until Saturday, Harris has plenty of time to change her mind…assuming she’s run off in the first place. While TMZ says the argument went down over the weekend, Crystal has been innocently tweeting away the entire time, announcing her new single “Club Queen” (which Hef retweeted!) and, in the last few hours, sharing a Funny Or Die video she made about the age difference between her and Hef. The wedding would have been—or will be!—Hugh’s third.
UPDATE: Looks like the story is legit, Hef just tweeted “The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart.” It’s amazing she’s been able to tweet through the tears.
Almost a month after the world learned about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s out-of-wedlock child, Mildred Baena, the housekeeper who gave birth to the kid after a long affair with the future California governor, has finally given an interview. Turns out that part of the reason it took so long for word of the kid to come out is that his parents never really talked about it themselves. “It was as [son] Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered—but it became more apparent as time went on,” she tells Hello! “I knew Arnold was the father, and maybe as Joseph got older and began to look like him, he [Arnold] wondered. But he never said anything to me.”
Unsurprisingly, it was Arnold’s wife Maria Shriver who pushed the subject. “She would say things like, ‘I’m here if you need to talk.’ I sensed something was up. I have so much love and respect for Maria. Finally, she asked point blank. She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. We held each other and I told her it wasn’t Arnie’s fault, that it takes two.” While Shriver was reportedly angry enough to want to reveal the child’s existence in a press conference, Baena sounds hopeful they’ll reconcile. “He’s a good man and I know he’s suffering too. He loves Maria. I hope with time they work things out.” Even if they don’t, one person seems comfortable with the situation. When told who he his real father was, 13-year-old Joseph reportedly told his mom, “Cool!”
Stars: they’re not just like us! It’s hard to imagine any regular earthling being able to relate to Christie Brinkley‘s pre-Tony adventure, as described in Page Six. The supermodel/new Chicago star was being taken to the gifting suite, where celebs pick up free crap in exchange for attending the event, when her “gift-suite escort” fainted. Though the paper says Brinkley “took on the role of doctor,” it seems Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer scored orange juice and a cookie for the poor woman, while Brinkley “fanned and reassured the dazed young victim until paramedics arrived.” Because that’s what doctors do: fan and reassure.
While it was certainly nice of Christie to not step over her ailing escort and head straight to the free shwag, the former Mrs. Billy Joel did eventually get something for her trouble—a $35,000 diamond-encrusted watch that she “won” from Audemars Piguet (presenters were given keys to try and unlock a box containing the bounty). No wonder she was so chipper during the ceremony! It’s nice to know that good deeds don’t go unrewarded…at least when you’re famous.
Is it that hard for a teen star to get a good meal? Selena Gomez’s hospitalization last week was apparently due to the singer being “malnourished,” according to the singer. “I was low on iron and exhausted,” she told reporters before her concert in Santa Monica yesterday, which had been rescheduled following her illness after appearing on the Tonight Show last Thursday. “If you guys came on Friday, I’m so sorry that I couldn’t be here,” she told the mall audience. “I love you guys very much…I do feel better!”
Selena’s resting at her Dallas home now. But will be back on the publicity grind before long—her new movie Monte Carlo comes out July 1st, and her new album When The Sun Goes Down drops just days earlier. Eat something, girl!
When the Jennifer Aniston-Justin Theroux rumors first began, one big obstacle for excited gossipmongers was the mother of one Heidi Bivens, who happened be Theroux’s longtime girlfriend. Despite mama’s attempts to contradict the bad buzz, Aniston and Theroux showed up together at an MTV Movie Awards afterparty, and now Bivens has confirmed the split. “Heidi and Justin have been together for 14 years,” said her rep. “They met when she was 20 years old and he 24, and yes, she just moved out of their home last weekend.” While the rep said Bivens had ‘no comment” on his alleged romance with Aniston, it seems unlikely the costume designer would bother mentioning their 14 years together if she wasn’t sore with Theroux about something.
Reps for the superstar and her rumored beau (who you might recognize from Your Highness, Six Feet Under, Parks And Recreation and Mulholland Dr.—he also co-wrote Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder) haven’t commented. But plenty of anonymous sources are willing to fill in the gaps. “Things are moving fast,” said one about the new relationship. “They are practically living together.” A pal of Theroux also says his previous romance was practically over—you don’t have to be Bivens’ mom to wonder why they hadn’t married after 14 years—but anyone who remembers the drama that wrought Brangelina may be raising an eyebrow at Aniston’s alleged conquest.
Does Twitter make situations like this better or worse? Fans of Tori Spelling were in for a shock today when the pregnant actress reported a car accident following a chase with paparazzi. “Paparazzi chased me w/the kids 2school. I was trying to get away from him and had a pretty big accident. Took down whole wall of school. He thn STILL got out to try to get pics. 10 school moms chased him away. Wht will it take? Someone dying for paparazzi to stop? Going to dr now to check on baby. I think its just shock.” First things first: photos on TMZ suggest that the “whole wall of school” was a chunk of a short cement boundary near the street. The school itself wasn’t damaged during the accident—just in case you were worried (TMZ denies the photographer was one of theirs).
Thankfully, a rep has come forward to soothe anyone worried about Tori’s unborn child—or the other kids for that matter. “Tori and the kids are really shaken up, but they’re OK,” they told Entertainment Tonight. “Tori is going to the doctor to get checked out but is doing fine.” So far the pap has yet to come forward, and odds are the camera squad might hang back for a bit—eyes will be on them as much as they’re on her for a while.
Cameron Diaz showed off an ostenisbly sexy scholar look in Madrid while promoting Bad Teacher earlier today, combining a pink tweed blazer with high heels and what appears to be a white pantless jumpsuit. While we find no fault in Cameron showing off her legs like this, the blazer feels a bit much. Are you giving her a passing grade or does qualify as a fashion fail?
Paris Hilton isn’t the only reality star dealing with some consumer disinterest. Page Six says the people over at People are nervous about the $1 million they allegedly paid for exclusive rights to cover Kim Kardashian’s wedding after her engagement photos—which cost $300,000—failed to fly off the shelves. It’s too bad footballer Bret Lockett admitted he never met Kim despite his claims that they “hooked up”…People could use any controversy they can get! Maybe they even get the million back if Kim and Kris Humphries call everything off.
People and Kim deny that any deal has been made for the wedding photos, and if that’s true, the ratings of last night’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiere may decide how much Kim can actually expect to pull in for exclusive pics of the festivities. But even if the ratings slip, you can guarantee the Kardashian girls won’t just blame technical difficulties like Paris did. These women aren’t afraid to work for their money…as long as it doesn’t actually mean being good at anything. How about a pre-honeymoon sex tape, guys?