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Pitbull Was Just Trying To Keep Lindsay Lohan “Relevant” With Those Jail Lyrics

See guys, it was all just a misunderstanding: it turns out that Pitbull’s Lindsay Lohan lyrics were actually an homage the actress, not a joke about how’s she’s spent more time behind bars than a parakeet. So if Lindsay could call off her lawsuit, that’d be great. “I was very surprised when I found out about the lawsuit … at first I read it and I thought, ”his has got to be a joke,’” the rapper explained in a video for his official fan site. “For me mentioning it … on the number one record in the world … I thought it would be helping someone’s career and keeping them relevant.” It might have made Lindsay more relevant to give a shout-out to her excellent acting abilities or impressive sobriety, but maybe he was saving that for the next album.

Lindsay Lohan’s Pitbull lawsuit focuses on the rapper’s lyric, “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” in the song “Give Me Everything,” which, to be fair, seems more like a factual statement than an insult. The suit also cites the song’s writers Ne-Yo and Afrojack, citing New York civil rights law that prevents people’s names from being exploited for commercial gain. Maybe Pitbull can pen an apology song titled “That Lindsay Lohan Sure Has Had A Legal Trouble A Lot, Am I Right?” just so Lilo can know how relevant he thinks she is.

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It’s Okay. Sean Penn Didn’t Get Tree Of Life Either

Now you can stop pretending you understood it when people bring it up at parties: Sean Penn’s Tree Of Life role was as confusing to him as it was to…any other person watching the movie. “I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read,” Penn told the French paper Le Figaro Sunday. “A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact.” Sean might disagree with this on this one, but a few more random shots of dinosaurs couldn’t have hurt either, in our opinion.

Co-starring Brad Pitt, Tree of Life was met with very mixed reviews. “Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context!” Penn explained, before throwing the film’s director Terrence Malick under the bus: “What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.” Terry! Something tells us Malick’s next movie is going to have a much more clear role for Penn, as a compelling, artfully-directed lunch for all those extra dinosaurs.

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Robert De Niro Also Has A Beef With Donald Trump

Donald Trump and his birther presidential platform isn’t doing him any favors among the Hollywood crowd. Not only has Jerry Seinfeld expressed disapproval at Trump and dropped out of a charity benefit because of Trump’s vocal anti-Obama stance, but now Robert De Niro is telling Trump to give it a rest too.

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams this weekend, De Niro said “I won’t mention any of the certain people on the news in the last couple weeks, but what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.” Williams tried to nail down who De Niro was referring to and asked “Any of those people have shows on my network on Sunday night?” and De Niro continued, “It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman, don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? That’s awful to do. To just go out there and speak and say these terrible things?”

Even though De Niro didn’t explicitly name names, Trump’s ears still perked up at the thought of someone talking about him and blasted De Niro today, calling the actor “not the brightest bulb,” and then saying “I like his acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we’re not dealing with Albert Einstein. He can say what he wants, but the fact is that this guy has not revealed his birth certificate, a lot of people agree with me.” To anyone who thinks New York City is just full of liberal elites, let this be a lesson that Trump throws that balance off completely. We’re really only two-thirds liberal elite, one third orange crazypants.

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Bill Cosby Drops The F-Bomb On Russell Simmons

We’re having a hard time imagining Bill Cosby dropping the F-bomb at all, let alone directing it at someone like Russell Simmons. Come on, it’s Russell Simmons, peaceful yogi billionaire who would never hurt a fly, right? But apparently Cosby and Simmons have been feuding ever since 2009, when Cosby began a campaign called “State of Emergency,” which sought to promote more socially conscious lyrics in rap music. Cosby is holding a grudge against Simmons, who criticized the campaign. Simmons wrote at the time, “Bill Cosby is an example of someone from the older generation who has consistently blamed the poets and asked suffering community members to bare the full burden of guilt for the struggles that they endure. …This is a call-out to all the adults who are judging more and listening less to the beautiful, progressive voices that come from our young people…Bill Cosby just happens be on the front line.”

Seems that criticism stuck with Cosby because at the recent Jackie Robinson Annual Awards Gala dinner, Simmons approached Cosby to address their disagreement and things didn’t go as planned. Simmons wrote on his blog “I wanted to find him to apologize, to tell him I was sorry about my statements and to tell him that I loved him. Suddenly I turned and he was behind the curtain and I said ‘I love you’ and he responded on some real hip-hop, ‘Get the f— out my face!’” When asked about the incident, Cosby replied via his reps, “I don’t want to discuss it.”  Simmons writes about his love for Cosby in this most recent post, and his headline is “Bill Cosby Punk’d Me When He Said: “Get The F— Out My Face,” but we can’t seem to find the punking element to the story, is their beef for real or not? This whole thing is just so out of character for Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.

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Lindsay Upset With Lorne Michaels Over SNL Parody

Delicate flower Lindsay Lohan is upset once again at the media’s portrayal of her, and this time, it’s her one-time boss and mentor Lorne Michaels that she’s unhappy with. Michaels acted as producer of Mean Girls back in 2004, which led to appearances on Saturday Night Live and back then, Lindsay seemed to be a part of the extended SNL family. TMZ reports today, however, that as a result of a few potshots on this past week’s episode, Lohan sent Michaels an email telling him she was disappointed in the parodies at her expense.

In the episode, host Miley Cyrus sang a song in her opening monologue about how she “never stole a necklace or got a DUI” and in the cold open, she appeared as Lindsay as a guest on Charlie Sheen‘s talk show. Lindsay became similarly upset with Glee and Gwyneth Paltrow when they referenced her stint in rehab, too. (They eventually made up—phew!) Not sure if Lindsay realizes that the more she gets into trouble, the more she’ll be a target for this sort of thing. You’d think that would be one more reason she should try to (pun) keep her nose clean.

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Lil’ Kim Really Wants To Keep This Beef With Nicki Minaj Alive

Last November, Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj were engaged in a little war of words. Maybe you’ll recall that Lil’ Kim’s song “Black Friday,” released the day after Thanksgiving, basically tore Minaj a new one, with lyrics calling Minaj a “Lil’ Kim Clone” among other things, and mocked her album “Pink Friday.” Kim’s diss track was a response to Minaj calling Kim a “has been” on the song “Roman’s Revenge” earlier in the year.

It seemed like in 2011, everything was copacetic and the beef had blown over, but Lil’ Kim has struck back yet again with a mixtape also called Black Friday, which will release on February 14. Kim tweeted yesterday “Black Friday the mixtape – 2/14/11- WHO THE F— WANT WAR? #ItsBlackFridayHoe LEGOOOO!!!!!” Not so subtle, that one. Minaj has yet to respond to the Tweet but she maintains that she’s got nothing but love for Kim. Love, not war, ladies! The album comes out on Valentine’s Day, can’t we all just share some UR SWEET and BE MINE candy hearts and get along?

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Kevin Smith Has A Beef With Bruce Willis

Usually these days, Kevin Smith stays on our radar because of his rants against airlines and his persistent affinity for long jean shorts. Truth be told, the last movie of his we saw in the theater was Dogma, and that was just for the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck reunion. Smith’s last movie was Cop Out, starring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis and it turns out that the film, which doesn’t really sound great on paper, was an even worse experience to make for the director.

Smith went on comedian Marc Maron‘s WTF podcast recently and said that his experience on the film, particularly with Willis, was bad. Smith said that Willis refused to cooperate or participate in promoting the film. He says “It was difficult. I’ve never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It was f—ing soul crushing.” You hear that, Bruce? You may have done this buddy cop movie for the paycheck, but you ended up crushing a soul. “I had no f—ing help from this dude whatsoever,” Smith continued. Your move, Bruce. Feel like responding? We didn’t think so.

In contrast, Smith says working with Tracy Morgan was “a dream,” and “Were it not for Tracy, I might’ve killed myself or someone else in the making of that movie.” And when Tracy Morgan is the voice of reason on-set, you know things are bad.

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Feud Of The Day: Kim Kardashian Vs. Teen Moms

Well this is quite the conundrum. Yesterday, Kim Kardashian slammed the popularity of Teen Mom and the “glamorization” of young motherhood in a blog post. Kim wrote that while filming at The Today Show, she learned about “a Memphis high school where 90 young female students were either pregnant or have given birth this year.” She followed up by writing “It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls.” Point taken, Kim, that is worrisome stuff.

But one Teen Mom in particular, Amber Portwood, isn’t taking Kardashian‘s criticism lightly, firing back to E! “There’s actually a study that shows since the original 16 and Pregnant aired, the number of teen pregnancies have gone down. Last time I checked, Kim Kardashian had a sex tape floating around on the internet and I’m pretty sure she made a lot of money off of it.” Touch, girlfriend. While Kim makes a very good point that girls need to “think very carefully before you make these kind of decisions. Talk to your family, friends, teachers, and most of all, be careful,” she is not a shining example of abstinence or even good judgment, really. But then again, even though Amber did the Wham! thing to do and chose life, she’s no shining example of motherhood. Whose opinion do we care about more??

After some thought, we decided who we’re siding with—neither of them! Lesson learned. When in doubt, don’t look to reality stars for advice, kids.

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Dr. Drew Continues To Provoke, Basically Calls Snooki An Alcoholic And A Freak

Dr. Drew Pinsky has never been shy about sharing his opinion, but lately he’s been calling out celebrities for their behavior and it can be scathing at times. Recently he predicted that Brangelina‘s relationship would end in a “nuclear eruption” and today Pinsky is targeting Snooki and the people who love her.

The good doctor, who’s publicizing his new show called Dr. Drew Pinsky, takes a dig at the Jersey Shore star, saying “Forget her behavior. She’s no different from any other alcoholic. Let’s talk about why we watch it.” While we don’t condone drinking to excess or waking up in garbage cans, as Snooki claims to do regularly, we don’t know if great to publicly call out someone you consider to be an alcoholic. To his point about why we watch, well, it’s the best of everything. A train wreck meets high comedy. Soft core porn meets your worst nightmare. It’s got something for everyone, really.

Dr. Drew followed up with another biting remark about Snooki, saying “I’ve said this before — we’ve gone from fascination with physical freaks to fascination with behavioral freaks.” Again, not the most constructive thing to say about someone if you truly believe they need help, and we’re inclined  to think he’s overstepping his bounds with his blunt critiques.  But then again, it’s certainly a great way to publicize your new show.

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MC Lyte Weighs In On Nicki Minaj Vs. Lil’ Kim

Nicki Minaj, one of the performers at the 2010 VH1 Divas Salute The Troops show tonight, hasn’t been around long, but already she has a beef with fellow rapper Lil’ Kim, whose song “Black Friday” is about as scathing as it gets.  On the track, Kim calls Minaj a “Lil’ Kim clone clown” and says “It’ll be a murder scene, I’m turning Pink Friday into Friday the 13th,” (and those are some of the more polite lyrics we can print). So, who better to weigh in on  the beef than MC Lyte, who has been around for decades and showed up herself at the Divas show?

When she was asked what she thought about who would beat who in a battle royale between the two rappers, MC Lyte actually shocked us when she replied “There’s room for everyone, but those who really need to be worried about Nicki’s record is Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado…Nicki is coming out to win…and she’s more able to handle what it takes right now to be an international star.” Didn’t see that coming, but we have to say, she has a point. As for why Kim would dis Nicki, Lyte says “It’s what an MC thrives on…it’s that competitive nature that hip hop brings to the community.” And it’s also what makes a you a VH1 Diva. Check out the full video of our interview with MC Lyte at the 2010 VH1 Divas Salute To The Troops, which aired tonight.

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