Oh, we wish we wouldn’t get corny about this, but it’s so easy! And no one was hurt, so it isn’t in poor taste. Gorgeous Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks‘ coat caught fire at a Tony Awards after party in the swank Empire Suite at The Carlyle hotel. She wandered a little too close to a candle without realizing it and before long, her trench coat started smoking and then caught fire! We’re going to behave ourselves and not use puns that include “flame-haired” or “smoking hot”, for your benefit.
Luckily, Ms Chrissie put out the flames, without getting hurt. The coat was curtains, though. It ended up being tossed away because it was left with a big scorched hole! All jokes aside, we’re really happy she’s okay and wasn’t burned ’cause this could’ve been nasty.
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Sources tell Page Six that Paris Hilton and Cy Waits are going through some relationship difficulties following the debut (and failure) of The World According To Paris. “He finds it hard to be in the spotlight and [deal with] the attention and stress on the relationship that comes with it,” said one, though it’s hard to understand how he started dating Paris if the “spotlight” if a problem for him. “They are done,” said another. “She doesn’t want anyone to hold her back.” Hey, maybe she can find an actual celebrity to impress us with! We might watch her show if she got one of those.
Cy denied the drama (“We’re great. I love her more than ever”), while admitting he doesn’t like to attention her show is giving their relationship. There’s some good news, though: if ratings remain weak, this undue attention to their love life may take care of itself.
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Though Dave Chappelle has performed a number of stand-up dates over the last few years, compared your usual attention-hungry star he’s been astoundingly quiet for the 6 years since he quit Chappelle’s Show in 2006. It looks like the man may be finally ready to return to the limelight, though—The Daily says he’s hard at work on a new show, though he’ll be avoiding the usual channels. “Dave Chappelle’s going back to TV,” says their source. “It’s not for a network. It’s for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service.”
It’s a logical move for a guy focused on creative control—compared to networks, subscription services are so hungry for new content that they’ll likely let him do anything he wants as long as he does it for them. So far Chappelle hasn’t given a clue as to what the show would be—maybe a cross between his old show and Louis CK‘s Louie? But you don’t have to be running a streaming service to be curious. Cross your fingers the buzz won’t make him run back to Ohio again.
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Jenny from the Block has some famous friends keeping her company. Although their idea of “the block” and ours aren’t exactly on the same scale, if you know what we mean. But celebrities, they’re normal people too. They like to watch movies and hang out. Case in point — Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham are going to watch The Hangover Part II together. They probably have movie theatre in their homes, but they’ll still go out and grace the public with their presences.
Jennifer’s currently in France doing talk show rounds, as seen in the photograph on the left. We love the whole ‘Jenny from the 70′s’ look she’s pulling off with that Farrah Fawcett flick and the white coat-dress. She appeared on the Alan Carr: Chatty Man! show and revealed that Posh and her, “saw Hangover together so now it is a tradition. So when I get back to LA we will go see [The Hangover Part II]!” They have a plan to move around without getting recognized too, those minxes. Jen said they, “go dressed down in sweats and sneakers. We sneak in through the kitchens.” And pop goes our little bubble. The thought of Jennifer or Victoria in anything other than stilettos and couture? No … we can’t accept that.
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Looks like The People won’t have the chance to shower Charlie Sheen with the millions he (feels he) rightly deserves. A judge has denied Sheen the public trial he was angling for in his $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. after they threw him off Two And A Half Men. Instead, Sheen’s lawyers will have to engage in arbitration as his contract initially stipulated. You don’t have to be a bipolar multi-millionaire sitcom star going through withdrawal to shout “BORING!” between nervous tics at that news.
This loss for Mr. #Winning could be a bad sign for his case, leading the star to take quick settlement for far less than he’s currently asking (though he’d still make more than most of us would in a lifetime). With a new sitcom for Sheen being discussed, it might be in everyone’s best interest to get this whole matter settled anyway. We can’t imagine CBS still wants this story in the headlines when Ashton Kutcher’s debut on the show comes this fall, and Charlie probably just wants a paycheck now.
If you’re skeptical about the motives of a former Playmate who skipped out on marrying Hugh Hefner at the last minute because she realized his “Playboy lifestyle” was not for her…we’re not going to stop you. Runaway bride Crystal Harris tried to explain why she left Hef at the altar on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show this morning and, well, try to give the benefit of the doubt.”Hef’s lifestyle isn’t the most normal lifestyle,” said the 85-year-old’s girlfriend of almost two and a half years. “This isn’t the lifestyle for me, multiple girls around all the time, the Playboy lifestyle. I don’t know. I just wanted to be true to myself…I’ve been having second thoughts about everything. It all happened so fast, and they were going to air a show on it. It was all happening too fast for me.” The aforementioned show, scheduled to air on Lifetime, has now been canceled.
While Harris says Hef was agreeable to her departure (“He said he was just doing this wedding for me,” she told Seacrest. “He thought that’s what I wanted. And we were both kind of relieved”), the octogenarian has got in at least one barb to his ex, retweeting a fan’s observation that Harris released her single on the same day she left him. Aside from the expense of canceling the marriage, there’s also the issue of Crystal being listed as “Mrs. Crystal Hefner” on the cover of this month’s Playboy. It’s almost enough to make you sorry for an aging multi-millionaire who surrounds himself with young, surgically enhanced women and sells naked photos of them. Almost.
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It’s a good thing W Magazine announces “Christina Aguilera Bares All” on the cover their July issue—most people who watch her on The Voice probably wouldn’t realize that de-curved body is supposed to be hers! Joining this transparent photoshopping inside the mag is an interview with Lynn Hirschberg, in which Christina opens up (at least slightly) about her split from husband Jordan Bratman. “At one time or another, we were both not angels. It got to a point where our life at home was reminding me of my own childhood. I will not have my son grow up in a tension-Ã‚Âfilled home.”
Aguilera also sheds a little light on the whole “crashing Jeremy Renner’s birthday party and crawling into his bed” escapade. “[Boyfriend] Matthew [Rutler] was the one who was Ã‚ÂinvitedÃ¢â‚¬â€I went as his girlfriend. It was an open party, and everyone was spread out all over the house. At one point I sat on the edge of a bed. It was a guest room. But it only takes one person to start the negativity, and then everyone wants to hop aboard and continue the story.” Granted, her “National Anthem” flub at the Super Bowl and Rutler’s DUI arrest made that a lot easier to do (“The police knew my recent history and wanted to jump on the bandwagon,” claims Christina. “I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t driving, and I committed no crimes, but they put me in jail. They called me a ‘political hot potato’”). But with The Voice a hit and the charges against Rutler dropped, it looks like there will be plenty of photoshop opportunities to come!
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Weston Cage may have been hospitalized after attacking a trainer reportedly sent by father Nicolas Cage to find him, but as far as dad is in concerned, it’s the 20-year-old’s mother, former girlfriend Christina Fulton, who isn’t well. “I hope Ms. Fulton will come to her senses one day and get some help,” said Nic after learning his ex was seeking conservatorship of Weston. “Weston is a man. I have complete faith he will weather this well.” Weston himself said he wanted “no contact” with his mother, stating. “[I] will never undergo the torment she put me through ever again.” The actress blamed Nic for Weston’s emotional problems when talking the media last week.
Nic’s rebuke not so coincidentally came the same day he settled a lawsuit with Fulton, who sought $13 million from the megastar after he failed to provide the promised title to her and Weston’s home, removing Weston from the property when he turned 18 and evicting her. She also accused the elder Cage of emotional and physical abuse. The details of the settlement have not been disclosed.
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Two men were arrested yesterday after traveling over 200 miles from Manchester to rural Devon, England, apparently with plans to rob and murder singer Joss Stone. Police found the duo with swords, rope, a body bag, maps and aerial photos of Stone’s property, after neighbors reported a car cruising slowly around the area. Stone did not appear to be home at the time of their arrest.
Stone, 24, achieved her commercial breakthrough with The Soul Sessions in 2003 and has remained one of the most successful women in British music. A close pal of Prince William & Kate Middleton, Stone was recently announced to be a member of Mick Jagger‘s new group Super Heavy, which also features Eurythmic Dave Stewart, producer A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley. Her next album is scheduled for release in July.
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While we were certainly impressed by how Joe Jackson made sure to use only his last name on his Michael Jackson-themed fragrance line, Bravado, the company with the rights to sell MJ’s trademark, wasn’t. Last week’s launch of “Parfum De Neverland” ground to a halt after Bravado filed suit against the superstar’s father, who coincidentally decided he wanted no contact with Julian Rouas, the sniffster behind the project. “I don’t like the way he does things,” explained Joe, shattering the last window of his glass house.
As far as the lawsuit against him, Joe’s unimpressed. “They can say whatever they want,” he told the AFP. “I am the father, he was my son and I can decide what to do on his behalf and in his honor. There are many interests around the legacy of my son, companies that want everything, but I have a foundation that allows me to launch projects with his name, the name of my son.” There’s no word when and if the stink will be released, and considering how many lawsuits Joe Jackson has floating around, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
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