Amanda Bynes Retires; Angelina Visits Refugees In Ecuador

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  • Amanda Bynes has retired from acting — via Twitter.

“Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem,” she wrote. “If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it. I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I’ve #retired.” We’ll see her on the big screen in September, though — that’s when Easy A opens. [Us Magazine, Amanda Bynes’ Twitter]

  • Angelina Jolie was on the “rutted jungle roads” on Ecuador’s border with Colombia visiting refugees the last couple of days, highlighting the abuses suffered by women and children. Cue the adoption jokes. [Daily Express]
  • Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt‘s divorce: It’s really real. [TMZ]
  • Lady Gaga is not banned from Yankee Stadium. [ESPN]
  • A Johnny Depp record label is a convergence of awesome so powerful my mind is having trouble processing it. [The Sun]
  • Larry David watches Gossip Girl! But he doesn’t like it. [Dazed Digital]
  • Snooki would like to move to the Bronx: “There’s loads of Guidos there, and I might meet a nice one out walking the dog or something.” [Page Six]
  • JWoww was spotted arguing with her boyfriend over the weekend — and backhand-hitting him in the face. [Gatecrasher]
  • Is Jenny McCarthy the new Oprah? [NY Post]
  • Katherine Jackson reveals that Michael Jackson’s children listen to his music often, and: “I wanted to hang pictures of flowers or ballerinas in Paris’s room, the sort of things I expected a girl would like. But she went into a closet and she brought out seven or eight pictures of Michael, and she told me, ‘No, I want daddy hanging in my room’. So she goes to bed looking at him and wakes up looking at him. She said, ‘I always want to be able to see him.'” In addition, Katherine says: “Michael was so misunderstood … I treasure my memories of him and wanted to share them with his fans in my book. I remember when he brought gifts for me — a watch, a necklace and a ring. I’ll never forget how he smiled when I opened each one. He was so generous. I want the world to know that real Michael Jackson — a loving person.” [Extra, Radar Online]
  • Katherine Jackson told a British paper that Michael Jackson‘s children — who have been homeschooled in the past — will go to private school beginning in September. She would like for them to go to school because “they don’t have any friends.” [AP, TMZ]
  • Is Joe Jackson manipulating Katherine Jackson and suggesting bad business partners? [TMZ]
  • “Nearly a year after Michael Jackson‘s death, the managers overseeing his estate have stabilized its precarious financial situation, but at least one major liability still looms: a $300 million loan due at the end of this year.” [WSJ]
  • In the 12 months since his death, Michael Jackson‘s “empire” has generated about $783 million. [NY Daily News]
  • Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy have broken up? Hmm. Didn’t know they were still together. [News Of The World]
  • A couple of weeks ago, someone at ONTD dug up the website of Justin Bieber‘s dad — now the folks at People have discovered it, and also pulled together some quotes from The Beebz about his father: “He’s the one who got me into classic rock and then turned me on to stuff like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. He taught me how to drive too. He’s cool.” Jeremy Bieber was 21 when Justin was born and now lives in Canada, where he’s married and has two young children, Jazmyn and Jaxon. [People]
  • Someone hired a plane to fly a banner reading “Tiger: Are you my daddy?” over the course at Pebble Beach yesterday, while Tiger Woods was playing golf. [TMZ]
  • Leona Lewis has split with her long-term boyfriend and childhood sweetheart. [Daily Mail]
  • Jeremy London and his wife Melissa both undergo regular drug testing due to problems in the past, and have lost custody of their son. Melissa’s mom has been raising the 3-year-old boy. [Radar Online]
  • In 1992, Sinead O’Connor mentioned child abuse as she ripped up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live, which became a huge controversy. But 18 years later, the public is angry about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church —and a a Facebook page has been started called “Apologize to Sinead O’Connor NOW.” Sinead says: “A lot of people misinterpret me and think I’m somehow anti-Catholic, and I’m not. I’ve acted out of a passionate love of the Holy Spirit and what is good about Catholicism. … I have nothing but respect for any priest and nun that I’ve ever met. … They’ve been disrespected and misrepresented. I think there’s so much that’s beautiful about Catholicism, but that has been clouded by the cover-up more even than the abuse.” [NPR]
  • Kid Rock and his entourage racked up a $3,000 bill at NYC strip club Scores. [Gatecrasher]
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago has honored actor Robert Downey Jr. with its Renaissance Award. [AP]
  • Wow, Sarah Polley was supposed to play Penny in Almost Famous but turned down the part? That would have been pretty great. [BlackBook]
  • FYI: Mehcad Brooks — aka Eggs from True Blood — is a Calvin Klein underwear model. Nice. [Page Six]
  • Please stop buying Jack White taxidermied animals. Please. [Daily Express]
  • Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was asked if he thinks he exploited the young children in the movie. He said: “Yes. But you exploit everyone in a film and I think we’ve been responsible. We set up a lot for them before any fuss started. We put them into school and set in place a trust that will look after them until they are 17. When the film became a huge hit, we got money from the profits to buy houses. Rubina has still not moved into the property, but the process is ongoing. I saw them the last time I was there.” [Daily Express]
  • At the link, Adam Carolla jokes about wanting his four-year-old daughter to be the next Lindsay Lohan: “I measure the girl ’cause I want to give her an eating disorder. I just told her, you know, if you’re heavyset, daddy’s not going to love you. I mean he’ll love you. He’ll always love you. But not as much.” [Page Six]
  • Ozzy Osbourne would rather not have Johnny Depp play him in a biopic: “I want to get an English person because I’m not American. I’d like to get a guy from Birmingham you know, an unknown actor.” But The Depp is amazing! Don’t dis The Depp. [The Sun]
  • “She needs to have a nice personality, a good sense of humor, nice eyes and a brain. What’s the point of having a nice looking girlfriend if you can’t talk to her? You want to be able to sit down to dinner and be with someone who you can have a proper conversation with.” — Justin Beiber is looking for a smart lady. [Contact Music]
  • “The first novel I read was when I was in my 30s. It was a triumph – all of those words in those covers.” — Henry Winkler didn’t realize he was dyslexic until after his son was diagnosed. [Independent]
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