Anyone who’s seen Thank You For Smoking probably feels like they already know this (“The message Hollywood needs to send out is ‘Smoking Is Cool!’”), but a new report from the American Cancer Institute makes it official: “depictions of smoking in movies is causally related to youth smoking initiation.” Smoking is down to 21% of the adult population, but more than 4,000 kids pick up their first cigarette each day, with a quarter of them becoming heavy smokers. And while there has been talk of cut-downs in cigarette advertising in films, the report claims that specific brands are still visible in about 1/3 of hit movies. Nick Naylor would argue that they’re all puffed by psychopaths and Europeans, but it still seems to be doing the job. We call it…the McLovin effect.
Miley Cyrus wants cold hard cash for her birthday. The teen queen, who earned $18.2 million last year, is selling a limited amount of $250 tickets to her Sweet 16, set to take place at Disneyland. Cyrus was tight lipped about the celebration’s details, but she did say: “I love roller coasters. So this is my ultimate birthday.” Members of Youth Service America will also be honored for their charitable work at the big fiesta. The singer/actress would love a car for her birthday. We just hope Miley doesn’t pull a Lohan now that she has wheels.
Tickets for “Miley’s Sweet 16 — Share the Celebration” go on sale August 30. We can already hear piggy banks cracking open.
We don’t find this effeminate Lady Tickler befitting a man who portrays the rugged adventurer Indiana Jones. After the jump, please find the real Afternoon Snack.
Regarding reports that Kendra has already scored a reality show and will be hauling ass out of the mansion after the next season of Girls Next Door, a rep for Playboy told Scandalist: “The Girls have been very open about their plans after the mansion. A reality show is always a possibility.”
Bridget Marquardt already has definite plans for her own project: hosting her own show on the Travel Channel where the bunny explores the world’s sexiest beaches. #1 Girlfriend Holly Madison will continue her work as a photo editor at Playboy magazine. Although the girls all reportedly have plans of their own, they showed a united front last night when they had a date night with Hef at the House Bunny premiere in Los Angeles.
As for that rumored rift about new girl in town Dasha Astafeyeva stealing her man, Holly took to her MySpace blog in her defense. After the jump, read what she had to say.
In case you were looking for a new way to kill time at work, may we suggest Amy Winehouse: The Video Game? Its actual title is Escape From Rehab and you can “help her escape as you use your wits, your drugs, and your beehive to battle against insane enemies and rescue [husband] Blake Civil-Fielder from jail.”
Brought to you by the people who created Disaster Movie, the game follows a platform-shoe wearing Amy (although everyone knows she wears ballet flats) as she makes her way through the streets of London. Truth be told, we got as far as Amy wheezing and telling the Incredible Hulk to piss off before remembering we had real work to do – though it would have been nice to see her reunion with Blake.
InTouch Weekly is reporting that Gwen Stefani may be having her baby delivered via c-section this very second. “Gwen’s so excited to have this baby because she gained a lot of weight during this pregnancy,” says their source. “She is ready to meet her new baby and get her body back.” Aw, we’re sure Gavin Rossdale thinks there’s just been more of her to love! [InTouch]
Last week the tumultuous relationship of actress LisaRay and her estranged hubby/Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos Michael Misnick came to a head when the two feuding lovers allegedly bit each other after an altercation at their home. The chaotic couple subsequently aired their dirty laundry by releasing statements to the press with each one blaming the other for the incident. Now, of course, LisaRay is featured in Essence magazine showing off her alleged bite marks from her husband. Ouch!
Jessica Simpson says she’s not the jealous type, but she keeps a close eye on her man. The singer insists that her boyfriend Tony Romo isn’t calling his ex, Carrie Underwood. Carrie says in the September issue of Allure: “The phone will ring and it’ll be him [Romo], and I’ll maybe not answer.” When asked about Carrie’s claims during an interview with a Nashville radio station, Jessica said that she “looked at his call log” and that “Tony and I chuckled about it.”
Jessica also went out of her way to make it known that she’s happy with her beau. “Most of the guys I dated were captivated by my heart but they had different ways of trying to get to me,” she said. “But Tony understands me.” We’re not totally convinced it was her “heart” that captivated her ex boyfriends, but it’s nice to know that the two are going strong. [Photo: Getty Images]
Her onscreen threesome in Vicky Cristina Barcelona might be dominating the news these days, but let’s not forget that Scarlett Johansson is currently engaged to Ryan Reynolds. (You know, the Alanis Morissette ex that doesn’t have a song written for him because that honor goes to Uncle Joey.) Word on the street is that while Reynolds would get married to Scarlett asap (thus making their legal name ScaRy), she wants to hold off till after the election.
No, not because she’s frought with anxiety over Obama‘s presidential bid (though she and he are rumored to be e-mail buddies) but because her twin brother Hunter is busy working on the Obama campaign and won’t be able to slip away from his duties to attend the wedding till after the election.
Coincidentally, Reynolds portrayed a Bill Clinton campaign aide in this year’s Definitely Maybe; so if Hunter ever gets involved with three women like Reynolds does in the movie, the two will really have a ton to talk about. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Courtenay Semel, Tila Tequila‘s lesbian girlfriend, spent the night in a Las Vegas jail for allegedly smacking a security guard in the back of the head. The daughter of former Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel, who is the rumored ex-lover of Lindsay Lohan, was allegedly falling over drunk and decided to leave a lasting impression on her way out of Pure nightclub. Courtenay was immediately detained by Caesars Palace security while her pals, including Vegas showman Jeff Beacher, waited for the popo to arrive and bust her for battery.
Earlier in the night, according to the New York Post, Courtenay ate dinner at Sushi Samba in the Palazzo with Kourtney Kardashian while being filmed for Keeping Up With The Kardashians. We’re sure it was the sake’s fault!