Hoo boy. The public venom between singer Leann Rimes and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville has been a-bubblin’ and a-boiling’ for over three years now, ever since Leann stole … uh, borrowed Brandi’s husband Eddie Cibrian without asking back in 2009. While their fighting faded into background noise a long time ago, the whole saga has taken an unexpectedly dark turn this week. “I remember walking up … and there she was with my baby in her lap,” Glanville told Australian magazine NW HQ about seeing Rimes with her ex and Brandi’s children for the first time. “My blood was boiling, and I thought I was going to kill her. I really thought I was going to physically hurt her.” Hmmm, that seems like something to tell your friends or your therapist, Brandi, not an entire continent.
Meanwhile, LeAnn allegedly considered getting a restraining order against Brandi for similar sentiments. “Brandi has told LeAnn to her face multiple times that she would kill her if she could,” a source claimed to Celebuzz. “LeAnn is scared of Brandi and believes she is unstable. LeAnn’s own mother is concerned for her daughter’s safety too and regularly calls her to tell her so.” To which we say, knock if off, you guys! “You guys” meaning anyone who continues to pay attention to this drama! Three years of public insanity is too much. Note: Do we understand that we’re basically undermining our own argument by even addressing their squabbling? Yes, but today’s developments seemed so insane we had to say something. There has to be something better for these two to do. Isn’t “How Do I?” due for a remake, LeAnn? Isn’t Sydney just dying for its own RH franchise, Brandi?
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Chris Hemsworth has been traipsing the globe, promoting his one-two punch of summer blockbusters, The Avengers (which had its second week at #1 at the box office and is breaking records all over the place) and Snow White and the Huntsman, which had a weekend-long press junket in London (we were there! more soon!) and premieres there today before its June 1 release. We wonder how his wife, Spanish model Elsa Pataky, feels about that, since she just gave birth to their first child, daughter India Rose, last week. Actually, Chris must feel a little guilty about having to work this weekend, since he wouldn’t even confirm whether India was born on Friday, as Us Weekly reports.
“It’s amazing, it’s really, really exciting,” he told E! News over the weekend. “It’s tough being here and not back with her.” Luckily, it sounds like Elsa had the baby in London, so he didn’t have to go too far to be with her.
As for the name, Hemsworth didn’t have much in the way of explanation for E!’s Giuliana Rancic: “It was just a name we liked, I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy and she liked India.” So, either they’re big Harrison Ford fans, or they fell in love with my dog India.
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There are many reasons one might be hypothetically interested in maybe possibly getting one’s hands on the rumored Tyson Beckford sex tape that is being shopped around, per TMZ. Not only does this alleged tape feature 45 minutes of the model pleasuring himself during a video chat with an unidentified woman, according to “sources,” it also features the chatty 41-year-old talking about how much he hates being confused with fellow model Tyrese Gibson. Which cracks us up, but also, even though they don’t look or act alike at all, we have to admit their similar first names trip us up once in a while. And another reason we’re, um, intrigued: the hints Beckford gave VH1 News about his sex life with girlfriend and Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik in the interview above last fall.
Does this motorcycle also guest-star in the video? Is Shanina the woman he’s chatting with? Or is Tyson in even bigger doo-doo than when he told the U.K.’s Evening Standard that he “created” her.
Tyson’s rep told the site they haven’t seen the footage and won’t comment until they’ve done so.
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We have been crossing our fingers for confirmation that Demi Lovato would be taking a seat next to Britney Spears and L.A. Reid on the judges’ panel of The X Factor, and now TMZ says it’s really happening. Spears just announced her term as judge on Simon Cowell’s show last Wednesday, after months of rumors. Now, sources told the gossip site that Demi’s making an appearance with Britney at the Fox Upfront presentation for advertisers in New York today.
The outspoken “Skyscraper” star and her fellow Disney Channel alumna kind of make this the pop-starriest judging panel ever (no offense, JLo, Xtina, Paula and, er, Nicole). And at 19, Lovato is certainly the youngest judge we’ve seen on a major talent show in this country. Will Reid be able to hold his own against these ladies? We can hardly wait to see when The X Factor returns this fall. Stay tuned today for more news from the Upfronts!
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Errr, can we get a “too soon?” Just a few short months after Whitney Houston’s untimely death, the diva’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has just inked a deal with Lifetime television to star in a new reality series, The Houston Family Chronicles. According to TMZ, the show will also feature Whitney’s sister-in-law/manager Pat Houston, Pat’s daughter Rayah, Whitney’s brother Gary, and their mother Cissy. It’s rumored that Whitney’s famous cousin Dionne Warwick will also be making an appearance.
“In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow,” said Lifetime EVP Rob Sharenow in a statement. The ten hour-long episodes will follow Pat and Gary “as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother.” We can’t help but feel like it sounds like an exploitative cash-in to us. Or at least some long forgotten episode of Masterpiece Theater. No word on when The Houston Family Chronicles is set to premiere, but do you think you’ll be tuning in? Let us know in the comments section!
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Though she failed to cash in on the news that she was pregnant last fall (probably ’cause her bump revealed itself too early), it seems Jessica Simpson has found other ways to fund little Maxwell Drew’s shoe fund. According to WWD, People magazine will pay her $800,000 for the first pics of her daughter with fiance Eric Johnson. That’s not quite the millions celebs like Matthew McConaughey and Brangelina have made recently, but it’s still a nice chunk of change. Especially considering the fact that many famous parents, like Jay-Z and Beyonce, have been going the (classier?) route of posting the pics on Twitter and Tumblr for free. JSimps is also going to make a reported $4 million on a “weightloss deal” when she loses those baby pounds, according Us Weekly.
For all her Chicken of the Sea quotes, Jessica never ceases to amaze us with her business savvy. She’s never been a remarkable singer and her acting career fizzled quickly. And yet through reality TV, her still-growing fashion empire and our endless fascination with her, she is wildly successful and never far from the public eye. Already, it looks like little Maxwell’s got a chance to follow in her footsteps. You go, Mama!
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Viva l’amour, ya’ll! While we were pleased as punch to hear Vanessa Paradis deny break-up rumors about her long-time lover Johnny Depp earlier this year, we still appreciated hearing Johnny set the world straight himself. “The rumors are not true. They are absolutely not true,” Depp told the U.K.’s The Sun while on the Dark Shadows premiere red carpet in London. We are just so glad these two are holding it down 14 years and two child later; it gives us hope for our own plans to marry an eccentric millionaire. Plus if they broke up, Johnny would probably have to fork over all his boho French cred. He’d be required to give back all his necklaces and start reminding people he’s actually from Owensboro, Kentucky. Hey, that’s how break-ups work over in Europe. We don’t make the rules!
When the split rumors first popped up in January, everyone immediately drew conclusions about the fact that Paradis hasn’t joined Depp on the red carpet in over a year and a half. All we have to say is…you don’t think she’s already been on roughly 5,000 of them? Maybe Vanessa just wants to stay home in whatever the French version of the Snuggie is. The woman puts up with those blue sunglasses, after all. Blue sunglasses! If Johnny’s choice of eyewear didn’t sink this relationship, we doubt anything could.
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Quick, someone tell Laura San Giacomo that everyone in Hollywood is jacking her steez! Like all humans with eyes, we love a woman with a strong brow. If we could steal the top third of Lily Collins’ head, guys, we would. You know we would. After Lindsay Lohan showed up to the A&E Upfronts in New York with some incredibly dense brows, however, we realized that not all drawn-on eyebrows are made equal. Or rather, one insane Groucho Marx-style faux eyebrow is equal to three or four normal ones. Lilo isn’t the only one making an eyebrow statement, however. Lena Dunham kicked off the look on Girls this past week when her character Hannh got herself a pair of Joker-style eyeliner pencil brows. Coincidentally, Kate Upton also rocked some unnaturally dark numbers at this week’s Met Gala. Of course, Lena Dunham wore hers for comedic effect. Lindsay and Kate…what’s your excuse?
Get used to this look sticking around for a little while longer, thought. Based on the photographic evidence at hand, we must be on the cutting edge of something big. Need proof? Here are Lindsay’s eyebrows at the White House Correspondents Dinner two weeks ago versus the bad boys she airbrushed on last night. Were we exaggerating about them?
Reese Witherspoon always seemed a little too normal and level-headed to be a celebrity, didn’t she? She’s so perky and controlled. Mix in a dose of parental bigamy, however, and you realize that Reese is just like the rest of us: caught in the web of some crazy family drama. According to E! Online, Reese’s mother Betty Witherspoon is filing a lawsuit against husband John Witherspoon for marrying second wife Tricianne Taylor this past January. The problem? Despite separating in 1996, Mammy and Pappy Witherspoon are still very much a legally wedded couple. As if Thanksgiving wasn’t awkward enough already. Now imagine if your dad had sister wives!
As if that wasn’t enough, Reese’s mom is concerned that John Witherspoon is suffering from dementia and is being manipulated by his new wife for her own personal gain. “When I confronted my husband, he said he didn’t know who Tricianne Taylor was and that he did not remember getting married,” Betty claimed in the suit. “I also fear for my husband’s personal safety and the safety of my family.” Good god. What would you even do in this scenario? Cry in the car while pretending to be running to the store for cranberry sauce? We’re clearly still stuck on the family holidays aspect. Once your in-laws found out about this, you would never hear the end of it!
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I’m sure almost every night in New York and Los Angeles, there is a room that contains handfuls of celebrities, bankers and society ladies clinking glasses and pledging thousands to some cause or another. But, though I have been to a whole lot of those kinds of soirees, I feel like the one I went to last night, a benefit for the Joyful Heart Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC, is a little bit different from the others. I can’t imagine there are many other events where you would see Ice-T and Coco meet wide-eyed teenagers, Debra Messing loudly promising to kiss a stranger, Samantha Ronson teaching a Christie’s auctioneer how to hold a mic, and Hilary Swank dancing in her seat as Harry Connick Jr. improvised lyrics in praise of Mariska Hargitay. (I mean, it’s no Channing Tatum grinding with Elton John, but still.) And in-between it all we are moved to tears by stories of women surviving rape and abuse, and others fighting for a future where “Special Victims Unit” sounds like a quaint relic of the past on par with typewriters and scullery maids.
Variations of this scene have been going down for years, since Law & Order: SVU star Hargitay decided to make it her mission to heal the kind of victims she’d been helping onscreen as Det. Olivia Benson. And I can tell you from experience (and full disclosure, one of my BFFs works for Joyful Heart) that this isn’t some token cause for the actress. She throws herself into it, and brings her very famous friends along with her.