by (@hallekiefer)

Tom Cruise Is Forbes’ Highest Paid Actor…And Will Stay That Way Due To His Sweet, Sweet Pre-Nup

Tom Cruise Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actors List

On one hand, Tom Cruise‘s whole world is crashing down around him now that Katie Holmes filed for divorce, forcing him to cut short his 50th birthday festivities in Iceland and causing widespread speculation about his most intimate personal business. On the other hand, according to Forbes Cruise is still the highest paid actor in Hollywood (though if the rumor that he prevented Katie from doing a Dawson’s Creek reunion proves to be true, so help us, we will take everything from him. Everything.) Call us crazy, but one out of two ain’t bad!

Having pulled in $75 million in large part due to the success of Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol, Tom made over twice as much as the second highest paid man in Hollywood, Leo DiCaprio. The A-list…list also includes the likes of Adam Sandler, Robert Pattinson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. For those of you jawing away about how much Katie will and will not make from the divorce, we’re sorry to bust your conspiracy theory bubble. According to TMZ, the actress will receive virtually none of Tom’s money, retaining the assets she brought into the marriage, as well as probably child support. “She’s not about the money.  She’s not that girl.  She loves to work,” their source claims. “Money is not that important to her.  She makes plenty on her own.” Well, with dough like that, Tom, you can probably just buy yourself love! Hmmm, unless you can’t do that? If only there was some sort of song that explained that conclusively…

by (@hallekiefer)

Deena’s “Failing To Use The Sidewalk” Fine Just One Of Many Hilarious Jersey Shore Legal Problems

Deena Cortese Booking Photo

Having to pay a fine for “failing to use to the sidewalk” has to be the most embarrassing thing Deena Cortese has had to deal with since joining Jersey Shore (Just kidding! Here are photos of her bathing suit falling down). We’re glad Deena won’t face criminal charges after being hauled in for disorderly conduct last month, but there is something deeply funny about having to pay the government money in order to make up for your drunken street dancing. Of course, Deena isn’t the only Jersey devil who’s had a hilariously random interaction with the legal system. Here are our favorite Jersey Shore legal matters that had Snooki & Co. checking out the inside of a courtroom, not to mention breaking a penal code or two…

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Alec Baldwin And Mel Gibson: All The Things They Share … And Don’t

It looks like two celebs, Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson, who have continued to amuse us (and simultaneously terrify us) with their ridiculous public outbursts and angry rants may be teaming up together. No, this is not to plot a fight against anyone who tries to take a picture of these stars or delay their next epic film. (Though a showdown that involves both of these Hollywood tyrants could be pretty entertaining). Rather, Baldwin told Vanity Fair that he recently invited Gibson to be a guest on his biweekly WNYC podcast called “Here’s the Thing.” Baldwin claims that he wants Gibson on his podscast due to his success in the film industry, not because of his antics broadcasted in the media, “And the only thing I want to ask you about the travails in your life is: What did you learn?” Uh-huh.

In anticipation of the possible podcast, we have put together a list of some differences and similarities between these two Hollywood brawlers. They seem to share more than just their prominent acting careers. Check it out, and see if you can guess who’s who:

Different: One fantasizes about killing Harvey Levin, founder of TMZ.

Similar: Both have been caught on tape ranting angrily to a family member.

Different: One probably doesn’t believe that the Holocaust happened.

Different: One hates Alec Baldwin movies. Read more…

by (@shalapitcher)

Worst Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes Rumor Yet: He Prevented A Dawson’s Creek Reunion

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes

Forget the stories of Katie Holmes being afraid of handing Suri over to Scientology’s Sea Org, or the amusing-but-completely-unfounded story about her walking in on Tom Cruise getting it on with David Beckham (best image in our head right now!). Us Weekly has the most plausible explanation for TomKat’s split: He nixed her participation in a Dawson’s Creek reunion. The horror!

“[Producers] were begging her to sign on for a reunion movie,” a source told the magazine. “Tom said absolutely no way and thought going backward would be bad.”

This coming from a man who loves reprising his famous Risky Business dance and who’s made four Mission: Impossible movies? To be fair, his career is in a much better place than poor Katie’s is. But we think maybe the post-Dawson’s success of James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams might rub off on her if she joined them onscreen again.

This goes along with the stories that Cruise didn’t allow his wife to be in anything too “sexually compromising.” Pacey would never have dared be so controlling of Joey’s career! Anyway, now we have hope that one day, the kids will head back to the creek, and Katie will live up to the promise she once showed in movies like Pieces of April.

[Photos: Getty Images, Columbia Tri-Star Television]

by (@missmuttoo)

Relax, Internet, Those Topless Pictures Are Not Carly Rae Jepsen’s!

Carly Rae Jepsen Topless Scandal, Not Her Pictuers

We know that the interwebz loves a good scandal — heck, we all love a good scandal — but this really was a huge case of false alarm. Mostly, we’ve learned that it’s one of three things that really make people go bananas: a big divorce a la Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, a celebrity sex tape or nude photograph leaks. Yesterday’s sort-of scorcher fell into the last category. A couple of topless photographs, which people thought were of Carly Rae Jepsen, surfaced yesterday, and they quickly did the rounds. We admit the girl looked a bit like the “Call Me Maybe” singer, but on closer look, it totally wasn’t her. But the resemblance was enough for folks, it seems. Take a look at the NSFW photographs here and judge for yourselves. More so, people were abuzz about the fact that the maybe-Carly had pierced nipples!

The singer’s team has kicked into high gear and is putting the gossip firmly to bed. One of Carly’s spokespeople told TMZ, “This is 200% NOT Carly.” Her record label is even going to start handing out cease-and-desists for anyone who still insists that’s her in the pictures. But it really isn’t, guys. It’s a 21-year-old model named Destiny Benedict who herself tweeted, “egotastic being mistaken for carly Rae… Anal maybe?” And if that wasn’t perfectly clear, she also tweeted, “Well I just want to say this Carly Rae is a beautiful girl and i’m honored to have been mistaken as her.” See? Case closed.

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@hallekiefer)

Mel Gibson’s Stepmom Files For A Restraining Order Against Him, Which Is Rarely A Good Sign


We wish we could say we were surprised to hear that Mel Gibson‘s stepmother has filed for a restraining order against him, but between the anti-Semitism, the misogyny and all that talk about the rose garden, well, we’re sadly able to take it in stride. It’s not like Marion Cotillard‘s or Tom Hanks‘ stepmothers are getting a restraining order against them, is all we’re saying. Nobody’s filing a restraining order against Betty White.

According to TMZ, 78-year-old Teddy Joye Hicks Gibson claims that the actor directed numerous outbursts at her over the past two years regarding her disagreement with “controversial medical treatments” Mel and his sister Maura want for their father Hutter Gibson. Teddy says that when she objected to her husband receiving the treatments, “Mel began yelling and saying, ‘f— this and f— that’ while leveling other extremely offensive language at me,” warning her “not to f— with [Hutton's] treatments in any way.” Hmmm, that sure sounds like Mel. She also claims Gibson pressured Hutter into divorcing her and is attempting to get her kicked out of her home. Instead of giving her a temporary restraining order, a judge set a hearing for next month. Maybe Mel and Teddy will be able to work things out on their own by then, but … that’s not really his M.O. We’re always ready to be pleasantly surprised, though!

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@hallekiefer)

Alec Baldwin Leaves Twitter After Ranting To Vanity Fair, Getting Married — Well Played, Hilaria.

Alec Baldwin Gets Married, Deletes Twitter

It was a busy weekend for Alec Baldwin! First he gets married Saturday at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to his fiance Hilaria Thomas, in a ceremony attended by celebs like Tina Fey, Woody Allen and Billy Baldwin. Then this morning we find out that Alec…um…fantasizes about murdering TMZ’s head honcho in Vanity Fair. Subsequently Alec’s Twitter account is now gone! We’re not saying there is a clear connection between that sequence of events, but if there is…then good thinking, Hilaria! Way to start your life together off right!

“I wanted to stick a knife in him and gut him and kill him and I wanted him to die breathing his last breath looking into my eyes,” the 30 Rock star told VF about TMZ producer Harvey Levin as part of their August issue; Levin leaked the extremely unflattering voicemail in which Baldwin calls daughter Ireland a “pig.” Coming on the heels of his two recent paparazzi altercations, we are both unsurprised and horrified. Seeing as how Alec bowed out of his non-stop tweeting shortly after 1) getting married and 2) his humiliating comments became public, we’d like to think that the actor’s new bride is responsible for his current Twitter silence. Unlike Alec, she seems like the kind of woman who likes to maintain some shred of privacy:

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Anderson Cooper: “I’m Gay,” And Here’s Why He’s Finally Telling Us…

Anderson Cooper

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Anderson Cooper wrote to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan in a letter the columnist reprinted with permission. Of course, this “news” shocked absolutely no one, as the CNN anchor was in one of the clearest of glass closets in the history of closets. But still, we are completely fascinated and moved by the Silver Fox’s explanation of why he’d refused to discuss his sexual orientation up until now, and what made him change his mind. Here are some highlights:

  • Anderson stayed in the closet for the safety of himself and his co-workers: “Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own.”
  • He’s a very principled journalist: “I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”
  • He doesn’t want anyone to think he was ever “ashamed” of being gay: “It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

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by (@missmuttoo)

Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Divorce: Your Round-Up Of Split Rumors From The Weekend

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Divorce Rumors Round-Up

So, we weren’t the only ones thrown for a complete loop by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes‘ divorce announcement on Friday, right? That kind of blew the roof off … everything. Up till Friday, we learned that Katie was the one filing for divorce (no surprise there) in New York, and wanted sole custody of their daughter, Suri. Tom was said to be completely “blindsided” — no surprise there either. But since Friday, as expected, there have been a number of rumors and news stories doing the rounds about the reason for the split. We’ve rounded them up for you, so you can stay in the loop about what the hell is going on with those two.

• Katie may have messed things up for Tom by filing for divorce in New York, according to sources. Apparently, this could really create a massive hassle for Tom, due to tax reasons — rates are super high in NYC. Also New York courts would be way more inclined to give Katie sole custody of Suri, as the laws differ from California child-centric laws. Their New York apartment is in Katie’s name, which Tom signed over a while ago, just so he could avoid the tax fallback. This decision could bite him on the hiney now, as Kate’s now using that apartment as proof of residency, which will allow her to file in New York.

• Tom and Katie have been living separately in the weeks leading up to the divorce, even though they were in the same city. Katie stayed in the apartment, while Tom apparently, lived at The Greenwich Hotel, and never once visited. This all went down last month. The buzz is that Katie dropped by unannounced with Suri, at his hotel, twice. People in their building have told the press that Tom hadn’t been around for a while, which means the trouble had been brewing for a while then. Katie now has a new three bedroom apartment as well, that she and Suri are moving into.

• Tom has now lawyered up with the same ace attorney he used with his divorce with Nicole Kidman, back in 2001 — Dennis Wasser. His litigator, Bert Fields has said, “I would hope that it’s not a contentious matter. I know Tom is not a particularly contentious person.” “I can’t comment on that. It will all come out,” is what he countered when asked about a pre-nup. Kate is being repp’d by a New Jersey-based attorney called Jonathan Wolfe.

• Katie was “cast” to be Tom’s wife, the New York Post says, after other actresses like Erika Christensen didn’t pass muster, and Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba didn’t bite.

• This is, by far, one of the weirder ones. Supposedly, Katie is being TAILED by Scientologists! This is what sources tell TMZ. Apparently, she is now a threat to their organisation, so they’ve been following her every move, in the New York area, specifically. TMZ also reports that there are “mysterious” mean and cars around Katie’s apartment — a white Cadillac Escalade and a black Mercedes SUV in particular — over the last week, and these have been photographed. Is this the media, or Scientologists or maybe even some Tom has sicced on her? Who knows!  Read more…

by (@hallekiefer)

Flashback: A Newly Engaged Tom Cruise Swoons Over Katie Holmes, Talks Oprah Couch Jump

If you weren’t already bummed after hearing about the impending Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce (and admit it: you kind of were), you sure will be now after watching an energetic, newly engaged Cruise gush about his fiance Katie. “I love this woman. I love it and it’s fun and I don’t mind sharing it with people,” Tom says about loving his bride-to-be. “I think that more people should do that.” In an interview shot by Vh1 News back in spring 2005, Cruise also talks about his infamous Oprah couch jumping incident, which aired that May. When asked if his reaction was too over the top, Cruise laughs, “No, man, I don’t think I went hard enough.” We know we reference Tom Cruise’s couch jump way more than is necessary, but seriously, it has to be seen to be believed. We want our children to know about it. Our children’s children.

Later that year the couple announced Katie’s pregnancy; daughter Suri was born April 2006, and the two were finally wed in November 2006 in Bracciano, Italy. “When something good happens, you’ve got to share it,” Tom says with a smile. Sorry, there’s just something in our eye…it’s all these photos of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. How come no one has ever jumped on Oprah’s couch for us, huh? Why?

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