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Rihanna To E.L. James: The Time 100′s 22 Most Influential People On This Blog

Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:

22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.

21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!

20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.

19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.

18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.

17. Raphael Saadiq:
For making old-school soul so now.

16. Tim Tebow: For being the suspected football boyfriend of every “good” girl in Hollywood. And maybe now New York, too?
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We Sort Of Hope This Biopic Won’t Be Katy Perry’s First Live-Action Movie

Katy Perry has been popping up on TV more frequently these days, on shows like Raising Hope and How I Met Your Mother, so we know it’s only a matter of time before she makes her live-action silver screen debut. Can it just please not be in this movie, Harvey Weinstein? The producer and studio chairman is reportedly pulling for Perry to star as the spouse of Britain’s Got Talent star Paul Potts in an upcoming biopic; the cell phone salesman dazzled the U.K. in 2007 with his surprisingly stellar opera singing voice. “I was talking to Katy about a new project, a possible dramatic role in the Paul Potts movie, which will be shooting in England soon,” Weinstein gushed to the New York Post. “We’d really like someone like Katy or Adele to play the role of Potts’ wife, and Katy seemed genuinely interested.” You know who isn’t so genuinely interested in this idea, though? Us. Let us explain why:

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Is Katy Perry The Next Bombshell To Play Marilyn Monroe?

So many Marilyns! Infinite Marilyns! No sooner has Michelle Williams shimmied off the subway grate to positive reviews for My Week With Marilyn, then the next Monroe has started wiggling up to the plate, this time in a proposed stage version of Williams’ film. “If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I would go to Katy [Perry] first,” Harvey Weinstein, who’s studio released Marilyn today, told E! Online. “I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage…I think she would be amazing.” Well, let’s see…Katy Perry has already played the world’s other blond bombshell (Smurfette, anyone?) and she probably already has the necessary wig collection assembled…yeah, we’re not going to pretend for one second longer that we wouldn’t buy discount tickets to a matinee showing of this. Count us in!

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The King’s Speech To Be PG-13 and F-Word Free After April 1st

If you still want to see the version of The King’s Speech that won Best Picture at the Oscars, you’ve got one week. The Weinstein Company announced that it’s going forward with plans to replace all R-rated copies of The King’s Speech with “f—”-scrubbed PG-13 versions on April 1st, a date that could leave a few attendees wondering if they’re being f—ed with that night. But will people really run with their children to see the months-old film now that Colin Firth‘s pottymouth has been wiped clean? The Weiinsteins sure think so—they got the head of the MPAA to sign a waiver last month allowing them to rush the new version out.

Previously, one would have to wait 90 days after closing the original to release a new cut in theaters, which may explain why the only other time a film has been edited and re-released in theaters with a lower rating was Saturday Night Fever (that went from R to PG when producers realized more kids could see the disco dancing if they chucked the gang-rape scene). Since Speech is already an international blockbuster, there’s little risk for the Weinsteins (who know how to milk a winner when they get one) and odds are the R cut will be available for adults again on Blu-Ray/DVD. But we’re a little disappointed the bad words are allegedly just muted, though—we’d pay to see Firth say  “In this grave hour fudge fudge fudge perhaps the most fateful in our history butter shoot shoot.”

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Cannes Worst Dressed Of 2008

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The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most glamorous events of the year, taking place in the South of France among celebrities, caviar, diamonds, and yachts, but some stars seem to slip up when it comes to working the red carpet. From Sharon Stone showing up to the amfAR benefit in an animal print gown to Natalie Portman sporting an origami-looking dress and Samantha Ronson looking like she just rolled out of bed at the Dolce and Gabbana party, some celebrities just didn’t cut it when it came to red carpet fashion at some of the most glamorous parties of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Check out our gallery of Cannes Worst Dressed of 2008!

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EXCLUSIVE Oscars Dispatch: Jen, Angelina No Shows At ‘Night Before’ Party

Guests of the exclusive pre-Oscars Night Before party at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night were sorely disappointed if they were expecting a showdown between Brad Pitt‘s babymama Angelina Jolie and his ex Jennifer Aniston. Both actresses opted out of the star-studded glitzy bash and avoided an awkward run in.

Although Brad’s ladies didn’t show, there was no shortage of celebrities at the event. Leonardo DiCaprio sat at a table with model girlfriend Bar Rafaeli and chatted with pal and Entourage star Kevin Connolly. Although Bar just graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in a teeny-weeny bikini, she certainly doesn’t starve herself to get her sleek figure. Bar was eating like she hadn’t eaten in weeks. The leggy model had almost one of every gourmet dish served at the bash — rapidly poking her fork into each dish and shoving heaping servings of food into her mouth.

In addition to Leo and crew, guests like John Malkovich wandered around the glamorous outdoor bash at the hotel’s pool area, which was covered for the party. Major Hollywood power players like Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein discussed upcoming projects while Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett cracked jokes. At one point Amy practically wailed at something that Tina said. (Apparently, she’s hilarious off-screen as well as on.)

Although the party had plenty of star power, it was remarkably more low key than last year’s event. No gift bags were handed out and decorations were pared down. The invitation noted “casual attire.” Most men showed up in sport coats or collared shirts, but the women still opted for elegant dresses.

The soiree was not without controversy, as a swarm of protesters assembled in front of the hotel who felt the glitzy bash was not an appropriate use of the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s money — especially considering it just shut down its hospital and nursing home.

(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches in our Academy Awards Blog. Plus, don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party tonight at 6:30PM EST!)

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EXCLUSIVE Hollywood Gossip Dispatch: Jen, Angelina No Shows At ‘Night Before’ Party

Guests of the exclusive pre-Oscars Night Before party at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night were sorely disappointed if they were expecting a showdown between Brad Pitt‘s babymama Angelina Jolie and his ex Jennifer Aniston. Both actresses opted out of the star-studded glitzy bash and avoided an awkward run in.

Although Brad’s ladies didn’t show, there was no shortage of celebrities at the event. Leonardo DiCaprio sat at a table with model girlfriend Bar Rafaeli and chatted with pal and Entourage star Kevin Connolly. Although Bar just graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in a teeny-weeny bikini, she certainly doesn’t starve herself to get her sleek figure. Bar was eating like she hadn’t eaten in weeks. The leggy model had almost one of every gourmet dish served at the bash — rapidly poking her fork into each dish and shoving heaping servings of food into her mouth.

In addition to Leo and crew, guests like John Malkovich wandered around the glamorous outdoor bash at the hotel’s pool area, which was covered for the party. Major Hollywood power players like Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein discussed upcoming projects while Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett cracked jokes. At one point Amy practically wailed at something that Tina said.  (Apparently, she’s hilarious off-screen as well as on.)

Although the party had plenty of star power, it was remarkably more low key than last year’s event. No gift bags were handed out and decorations were pared down. The invitation noted “casual attire.” Most men showed up in sport coats or collared shirts, but the women still opted for elegant dresses.

The soiree was not without controversy, as a swarm of protesters assembled in front of the hotel who felt the glitzy bash was not an appropriate use of the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s money — especially considering it just shut down its hospital and nursing home.

(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches and don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party tonight at 6:30PM EST!)