One of the craziest moments of last night’s Oscar ceremony was when Music By Prudence director Roger Ross Williams was cut off by producer Elinor Burkett in the middle of his emotional acceptance speech for Best Documentary Short—not that hardly anyone in the audience at home knew who these people were at the time of her “Kanye moment.” Burkett, a Salon contributor, gave her side of the story to the webmag:
What happened was the director and I had a bad difference over the direction of the film that resulted in a lawsuit that has settled amicably out of court. But there have been all these events around the Oscars, and I wasn’t invited to any of them. And he’s not speaking to me. So we weren’t even able to discuss ahead of the time who would be the one person allowed to speak if we won. And then, as I’m sure you saw, when we won, he raced up there to accept the award. And his mother took her cane and blocked me. So I couldn’t get up there very fast…I felt my role in this has been denigrated again and again, and it wasn’t going to happen this time.
According to Williams, Burkett’s determination to receive recognition is ironic, considering she removed herself from the project more than a year ago (Burkett felt the film should focus on an entire band of disabled Zimbabwean children, not just Prudence). “The academy is very clear that only one person can speak,” he told Salon. “I own the film. She has no claim whatsoever. She has nothing to do with the movie. She just ambushed me.” And as for his mom blocking Burkett with her cane, “My mother got up to hug me. And my mother is 87 years old. She was excited.” Congratulations, Elinor! You definitely got our attention—for better or worse.
oh @lilyroseallen tweeted that pic? thats just baby brat nonsense we are NOT having a” FUED” WOULDNT DEIGN TO post a pic of her thighs…but im not the one on gak every night dear, you are, and im not the one who uses the word “relevant” to reassure meselfALWAYS…your really a brat, is there anyone who you havent started a meaningless strop with? the night you did all the blow on earth…the night you home invaded me did all the blow ive ever seen in my home wouldnt leave and blamed ME for yr s— show?thighs?…But then again i dont pick fights with insanely deluded irrevelant friendless unatractive children who noone i know even close to likes.
Love then posted several unflattering pics of Allen circa 2008 (Love digs deep!), retweeted some supporters, called the 24-year-old singer a “feral woofy dog,” and said Allen doesn’t have an exclusive deal with Chanel—Love’s earlier accusation that kicked off this mess—because she’s “too plump” (that’s right, two critically hailed artists are having fight online over which one is ugly and which one is fat). Allen has yet to respond to Love’s unending-as-of-our-posting stream of bile (“whata sad baby, retire already so you can stop picking fights with everyone for no reason, ps tip, nme awards not venue to dress filmstar”) but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.
Well, if this isn’t just the saddest thing. An interview with Gary Coleman aired on The Insider last night, in which the former child star threw a tantrum and bolted the set after lawyer Lisa Bloom grilled him on his recent spousal abuse arrest (he pleaded guilty earlier this month). “You can go f— yourself! You can go f— yourself!” he shouted after Bloom’s repeated demands that he acknowledge his wife’s charges. “I don’t know you, I don’t care about you and your life doesn’t matter to me! So if you drown tonight or get hit by a bus tonight, I’m not gonna care because she’s pushing my buttons and I don’t like her now and the next thing I’m going to do is…leave! So f— all of you!”
If that wasn’t awkward enough, the hosts brought author/psychologist Charlie Sophy to give his reaction. While admitting Bloom was “provoking” Coleman (who had already said there was “no abuse” in his house), Sophy noted “he was explosive, he tries to hold it together and he blows. You’re lucky he didn’t hit somebody here…really!” Uh…really? The 4’7″ actor was going to start handing out beatdowns on air? “What I saw there needs medicine,” he continued, dismissing commentator Niecy Nash‘s suggestion of therapy. Unfortunately, the long-awaited referendum allowing TV psychologists to force medication on miserable has-beens has yet to be passed into law.
Hulk Hogan just gave Australia a taste of the brutality they can expect at his upcoming Hulkamania wrestling event in Sydney. The reality star was promoting the show at a press conference when long-time rival Ric Flair showed up to mock the Hulk’s drama with ex-wife Linda. When Hulk tried to walk away, Flair pummeled him with his belt and fist, leaving Brooke Hogan‘s dad a bloody mess. You could be forgiven for being skeptical, but TMZ swears it was real, and Aussie news shows, less familiar with the nature of pro wrestling, aren’t sure what to think. Check out the gallery and decide for yourself.
The six Jolie-Pitt children need to make room for more at that crowded dinner table, grandaddy Jon Voight is back in the picture. “We’re in touch, but not regularly,” Jon says of his daughter Angelina Jolie, from whom he has been estranged for seven years, after spilling the beans about her son Maddox’s adoption. “We love each other and that’s the most important thing,” he says.
In February, he reportedly met with the humanitarian mother of six at the urging of her babydaddy Brad Pitt. “Brad has been supportive – a key factor in her reaching out,” a source says. Well sure he’s supportive: he can’t wait to have somebody else around to help out with all those Jolie-Pitts once they become teenagers! [Source: Us Weekly; Photo: Getty Images]
Joss Stone fell out of favor in the UK a few years back when she appeared on stage at the Brit awards with a ludicrous American accent and tried to upstage Amy Winehouse by singing “Rehab.” And now about to relaunch herself with a new album, she’s doing no further favors by slating Lily Allen‘s recent attempts to clamp down on illegal file-sharing. By condescendingly stating it’s because Lily’s not a real singer. Riiiight.
“She needs to sell records because she’s not a singer, and that’s not an offence to her because I think that she knows that too… I think it’s probably harder for an artist like Lily and any other pop acts. It’s really about the track and about their personality and their celebrity and that’s how they make their money is selling those records,” she said. Lily’s not known for taking things lying down, and although she’s abandoned Twitter, we can soon see foolhardy Joss at the end of a verbal smackdown. Round two!
They may be a pair of the celeb world’s most famous enemies, but as we’ve pointed out before, we think Katy Perry andLily Allenactually share one fashion mind between them. The brunette singers both sported sexy stockings recently – Katy in a promotional shot for the EMAs (on next week), and Lily while on stage in Berlin. (Retirement, schmetirement!). OK so Lily’s was a pair of tights masquerading as some hold-ups, and Katy’s were of a revolting stripy variety, but we seresiouly think they’ve got much more in common than they think. Sort it out ladies, then Lily can be bridesmaid at Katy’s wedding to Russell Brand, and we can die happy. [Photos: Getty Images Entertainment/Redferns]
Remember when Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie et al were the ultimate Hollywood party girls, cruising around town with the air flapping around their un-knickered ladygardens, their friendships and fallings-out the hot topic on everyone’s lips? Well, as if we need further reminding, those days are over, those girls are, like, way old now, and it’s all about the next generation of bitchy starlets.
We’ve already posted our plea to save Ali Lohan some sort of normal teenage years, but sadly our words are going unheeded. And now in a full-on Twitter rant, Frances Bean Cobain lays into the wannabe star for seeking fame without credibility. Highlights from the now-deleted post included, “Your [sic] not entitled to anything simply because your sister has a recognisable name… You blatantly don’t care how your [sic] recognized, its the objective to get famous and that is what makes you replaceable and a recycled idea.
“Well, I’m ashamed to have to be grouped into the same category of person as you. I would rather die a most painful death the be associated with the kind of career your trying to make for yourself.”
Unkinder souls than ours (ahem) might point out that Frances herself is actually only well known because her parents are Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. But underneath all the brazen teenage swagger, she seems to be making the same sort of point that we are. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Some of Megan Fox‘s ruder pronouncements have come back to bite her on the ass. The outspoken star has been dissed by anonymous crew from the set of her recent Transformers movie for publicly slating the film’s director MichaelBay – and in a message posted on the director’s blog, they didn’t mince their words. Reportedly referring the “tedious experience of working with the dumb-as-a-rock Megan Fox,” the “unbearable time of watching her try to act” she was also called out for the “awful silly Marilyn Monroe tattoo plastered on her arm.” (Well, it is fairly disgusting, we’ll agree).
The open letter’s been taken down now and replaced with a message from Bay himself, defending the actress’s “crazy charm” and how he looks forward to working with her on Transformers 3. Yep, bet the crew does too, from the sounds of it. [Photo: GettyImages]
Kelly Osbourne can add Lily Allen to her growing list of verbal dissees. After reportedly slamming down Lady Gaga and (eek) Michael Jackson in recent weeks, she performed a class-A “backdoor brag” at the GQ awards at Lily’s expense. Asked about starting her own fashion line, Kelly referenced Lily’s 2007 range for Brit fashion store New Look as how not to do it.
“I don’t think I’m ready to bring out a range of clothes yet at my age. I know Lily Allen has done it but I want to do it all by myself and not just attach my name to it. That’s not fashion to me. I could do that now if I wanted to. If I were to produce a range I wouldn’t even call it my name,” she told the Evening Standard. Nice. We get the message loud and clear. [Photos: Getty Images]