Remember when Courtney Love had to pay almost half a million for calling designer Dawn Simorangkir an “a–wipe nasty lying nosebag thief” (among other things) on Twitter? It looks like someone else is giving this “Twitter defamation” thing a shot. The law firm Gordon & Holmes is suing the Hole singer over her tweet that partner “Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off” and interview comments around that time where Courtney claimed a female lawyer abandoned her because they “got to her.” The firm claims that these blatant suggestions of bribery have damaged Holmes’ career and reputation, and they’re seeking unspecified punitive damages.
Seems like we’ve got a dangerous precedent here. No, we don’t think people should be allowed to hint to the media that lawyers have been bribed without proof, but as part of the gossip-entertainment complex, we’re a little worried that these legal maneuvers might keep Courtney quiet. Sure, most celebs she slams can’t say she’s hurt their career, but they could argue their reputation has been sullied—like when she recalls Kelly Osbourne’s drug problems, or her long-ago tryst with Gavin Rossdale or suggests ex Edward Norton lost her $300,000. She’s already given up Twitter…do we really want to see her give-up the tell-all interview too? Thankfully (for us), Love would probably rather be broke than not be able to talk s—.
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Considering how much time Kate Winslet has spent in front of Mario Testino‘s lens, it was only right that she was on hand to honor the legendary photographer at last night’s El Museo Del Barrio gala in New York. Not that she’s the only Kate he’s flattered. “The two other Kates, Kate Moss and Kate Middleton [Mario shot Prince William's engagement photos], were unavailable so you have to make do with me,” cracked Winslet before presenting his award. “His biggest strength without fail is making women look beautiful. So when Mario turns to you and says, ‘it’s beautiful, but I think it would work better naked, no?’ How can one refuse?” Um, can we just ask when has Kate ever refused the chance to work naked?
Also on hand to tip the hat to Testino were folks like Anna Wintour, Josh Hartnett, John Legend and Courtney Love, who somehow managed to stay clothed. See photos of from the bash in the gallery below.
The second part of Courtney Love’s interview with The Fix is out, and it has everything: insane tales of her adolescence (“At the time, I was working at a dance hall in Taiwan, trying to earn money, so I could afford an apartment in San Francisco. I was utterly broke, so I was sleeping in a bed with a bunch of Brazilian dancers…I got crabs”), insane tales of Hollywood encounters (“At Ted Demme‘s funeral, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson dared me to walk up to Harvey Weinsten and tell him off”) and insane tales of…well, insanity (“I’ve never been good with numbers, but when I was on crack I could do math really, really well. I became a f—ing whiz at calculus. But I also became kind of psychotic, unfortunately”). Needless to say the entire read is highly recommended.
Our favorite part may be Courtney’s explanation for why she hasn’t cashed in on the reality TV craze. “As Gwyneth [Paltrow] once said to me, ‘Once you’re A-list, you’re always A-list,’ and I try to remember that,” she explained. “I get offers to do a reality shows nearly every day. But I’m not going to put myself out there and whore myself out. I may be a drug addict, but I still have some self-respect.” Granted, she did appear on The Osbournes (remember when Courtney went off on Kelly Osbourne last month?) and star in the 2006 documentary The Return Of Courtney Love, but if she’d rather give the rants and public escapades away for free than save them for TV, we won’t complain.
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Eva Mendes doesn’t get a lot of roles in serious pictures (not that we didn’t love her in The Spirit, The Other Guys and Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans), so we can’t blame her for dressing in earnest at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Last Night last night, where her heavy red gown stood out from the playful party dresses and men without ties. Also attending the affair were everyone from Tribeca regulars Robert DeNiro and Liev Schrieber to rarer sights like Courtney Love and Dionne Warwick. See photos from the festival red carpet and the afterparty in the gallery below.
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Blake Lively may have brought the gown, but she wasn’t the belle of Elle UK’s Style Awards last night. Lively got a little too fashion-forward on the red carpet, with so much blue fabric pouring out of the front of her top that the Gossip Girl‘s outfit looked like flimsy maternity wear. Emma Watson had no such problem, wearing a short pink dress from Hakaan that hopefully reminded Blake that cut-outs should be flattering, not random (also, there’s “leggy” and then there’s a giant gap between the folds of your dress). Blake better hope Green Lantern is a hit—she can’t just assume she’ll be the ingenue anymore.
Get a closer look at both dresses in the gallery below.
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Courtney Love just learned the difference between talking s— and tweeting s—. The Hole singer, who’s thrown online tantrums over everyone from Lily Allen to Edward Norton to her estranged daughter Frances Bean, is headed to court over barbs she hurled at designer Dawn Simorangkir in 2009 on social media platforms like Twitter, Myspace and even Simorangkir’s Etsy account. Love has tried to strike down the suit (filed in March 2009), but the court has decided they’ll hear whether tweets like “She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!” qualify as defamation worthy of punitive fines.
Perhaps realizing she can’t play nice on the net, Love claimed she’ll abandon her Twitter feed and any other online presence. “the end.am shutting down all social media tomorrow first thing, from here on in i have NO Comment, includes FB, Just waiting to be asked!” Ironically enough, the tweet—but not her Twitter—has since been deleted. Oh, Courtney.
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Was that $17,000 date with Adrien Brody worth it? Because following the random spending spree,Ã‚Â Courtney Love is being sued by Jacob & Co, the blingiest jewelers to celebrities in New York. Courtney needs to stop throwing that cash around because the collectors are riding in on their piggy banks. Jacob & Co claim that the singer owes them close to $114,000 worth of borrowed jewelry.Ã‚Â If we were Courtney, we would have hidden under a big rock—possibly the diamonds she was loaned—instead of flaggin down Brody. George Clooney, we’d understand. He’s worth going to jail for.
The jewelry in question includes two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-design mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond pave hoop earring. So far, the jewelers allege that only the bracelets came back. And here’s the kicker: it has supposedly been explained that Love lost everything else. We totally understand because we lose thousands of dollars worth of loot every day. Courtney’s bad is that she agreed to be responsible for all the pieces “regardless of loss or damage.”
And that was her undoing. Courtney responsible for anything? Bad idea.
Welcome to The Daily Hot – our round-up of the sexiest pics and stories on the interwebs. Today’s steaming pile of hotness:
1. Courtney Love flashes her goods…again.
2. Guess the rock ‘n’ roll bikini babe!
3. Eve flaunts her sexy body for Inked Magazine.
Way to lay it down, lady. Courtney Love just bid $17,000 for a chance to have tea withÃ‚Â Adrien Brody. You read the figure correctly. That tea better have somethin’ Irish mixed in it. Strapped for cash, she is not, clearly. Love was at Paul Haggis‘ Artists for Peace and Justice fund-raiser for Haitian schools where a bid for Brody was on the roster. And what a battle for Brody it was, as sources at the event reveal that Love was having it out with Gerard Butler for the prize. The prize being Brody (seriously)… we just don’t see it, guys!
So, why does everyone suddenly want to have tea with Adrien Brody? Scratch that, what in Scotland’s good name did Gerry Butler want with him? Double scratch that, what is Courtney up to? Is “tea” a code word for something else? Was Gerry trying to save Adrien from Court’s love-hungry clutches? Does Gerry want Adrien all to himself? Does Courtney want to make Adrien her new pet? So many questions! All we know is, be afraid, Adrien. Be very afraid.
Even Courtney herself couldn’t caption this image when she posted it to her Twitter account last week. There are no words. Except maybe “WHY?”