Brittany Murphy's Husband Found Dead; Lindsay Due In Court Today

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  • Brittany Murphy‘s husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead last night in the couple’s Hollywood home.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Brittany died just five months ago. Brittany’s mother, Sharon, was the one who found Monjack unconscious — and the one who found Brittany unconscious as well. [People, AP, AP, TMZ, LA Times]

  • A sergeant with the LAPD says “the preliminary cause of death for Mr. Monjack seems to be natural causes.” [Radar Online]
  • Congrats to Bret Michaels, winner of Celebrity Apprentice. [AP]
  • A medical staff was on hand for Bret Michaels at the live taping of Celebrity Apprentice. [TMZ]
  • Kendra has received a “secret” payment in connection with her sex tape, in the amount of $680,000. She’ll also get up to 50 percent of sales. More sex tapes may be on the way, since her ex-boyfriend, Justin Frye, sold his “library” of home videos — as many as 20 tapes. [Radar Online]
  • Last week, Courtney Love revealed that she’d had a “lesbian fling” with Kate Moss; now her boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, has dumped her. [The Sun]
  • Lindsay Lohan did not attend one of her alcohol education classes on Sunday. According to a source, the head of the program had a previous commitment — and that’s the person Lindsay sees. [Radar Online]
  • Michael Lohan is agreeing with Dina Lohan?!?! He says Dina was correct to postpone Lindsay‘s return to the US until she’d posted bail: “I stand behind whatever Dina says that will protect my daughter,” Michael says. “Dina and I are in a great place right now.”
  • A person who knows Lindsay Lohan says that if the conditions of her bail mean wearing a SCRAM anklet and not drinking or doing drugs, she will have trouble: “She can’t make it through a day without [booze]. She’s a mess.” [TMZ]
  • According to this report, Lindsay Lohan was bailed out by a “behind-the-scenes wheeler dealer” named Lou Taylor. Lou has a financial management company in Nashville, and she has a “fire and brimstone” approach to handling her clients” She pushes born-again religious views and is an “interventionalist” of sorts. She allegedly helped Britney Spears get back on track. [TMZ]
  • Lindsay Lohan is “freaked out” about appearing in court today. She was required to complete 13 alcohol education classes by last Thursday, but only attended 10; today, the judge may prohibit Lindz from drinking by ordering her to wear a SCRAM anklet. [TMZ]
  • In the video at the link, Lindsay Lohan says that she doesn’t see why she would have to go to prison or rehab. She also says that she didn’t know what was in the room when the recent photo in which there are lines of coke on a table was taken. She says that she was returning to her hotel room when people in the photo asked her to come into their room and take a picture with them. “I thought I was taking a picture with a fan,” she says. At the end of the clip, she gets emotional and teary when talking about missing her brother’s graduation to go to court. [TMZ]
  • This handy timeline should help you keep track of Lindsay‘s ups, downs, drink-throwing and legal issues. [LA Times]
  • Lady Gaga has banned her dancers from having sex on tour because she wants them to “make love on stage.” [Daily Star]
  • For the love of Zeus, can the “Lady Gaga has a penis bullshit die already? [Times Of London]
  • Lindsay had better be in Los Angeles Superior Court at 8:30am today — Judge Marsha Revel delayed the start of her vacation to deal with LL’s case. [Radar Online]
  • New rumor: Does Lady Gaga have Lupus? [NYDN]
  • Fergie, the Duchess of York, was caught on camera trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. She says she is sorry for her “lapse in judgment” and: “I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused” and “I am very sorry that this has happened.” [Reuters]
  • Kelly Bensimon says that she didn’t have a nervous breakdown on a really weird episode of Real Housewives — “It was a nervous breakthrough,” she claims. “I learned don’t do it. Don’t be around people who don’t like you. I will never engage them like that ever again. I learned my lesson, as should everyone.” She also warns the public: “This is me being a Housewife on a television show. This is not me in my real life.” [People]
  • Reese Witherspoon and her agent boyfriend, Jim Toth, have moved in together. [Gatecrasher]
  • Cameron Diaz has been staying with A-Rod while in New York to promote Shrek and getting along with Yankee “wives.” But! This column notes: “While Kate Hudson was considered to be a good-luck charm, the jury’s still out on Cameron.” [Page Six]
  • Oh, wow: Tammy Lynn Michaels is not happy about her breakup with Melissa Etheridge. She’s written on her blog: “I’d rather hear 10,000 fans screaming my name in worship than hear my wife harp on me about my family intimacy issues too, you know? You evolved, you needed to be happy— but really…you withdrew your hands from family and intimacy to pluck those [guitar] strings more.” And: “I did not go anywhere, honey. And you and I both know it. Please stop telling the press it was mutual.” [Access Hollywood]
  • Mark Salling, aka Puck from Glee, was seen having dinner and making eyes at Naya Rivera, aka Santana from Glee. It wasn’t a table for two, however: he was with his rep and a “group” of clients. [Page Six]
  • At the link, Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr., aka Mike Chang, the “Other Asian”/chorus boy, talks about the Lady Gaga episode and his 3D moment in Step Up 3: “It’s, like, my hand coming out at you. I guess, when I say it like that, it doesn’t sound that cool.” [ONTD via Vanity Fair]
  • Check out pictures of Glee‘s Lea Michele as a kid. [ONTD]
  • Orlando Bloom has signed on for The Three Musketeers; the cast includes Christoph Walz and Milla Jovovich. [Reuters]
  • Will Robert Downey Jr. be in a Wizard Of Oz film directed by Sam Mendes? [OTD]
  • Paula Abdul will be a judge on a CBS show called Got To Dance. [Just Jared]
  • Paula Abdul will appear on American Idol on Wednesday night: It’s Simon’s last show. [NY Post]
  • Elton John has turned down an offer to replace Simon on American Idol. [ONTD]
  • Kanye West made an appearance at an NYC club Saturday night, and gave the DJ four new tracks to play. Josh Hartnett and Kid Cudi were both there, and “immediately got up and started dancing,” says an eyewitness. [Gatecrasher]
  • Is Kanye West paying his ex Amber Rose millions to keep quiet about their time together? [Perez]
  • Twihards: Get your Robert Pattinson font NOW. [ONTD]
  • Prince is moving. [Star Tribune]
  • Jesse James is selling motorcycles on eBay. [Radar Online]
  • Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick: Hanging with 90210‘s AnnaLynne McCord? [Gatecrasher]
  • “Who is Kate Middleton? She’s a modern young woman who’ll make a traditional royal bride… She’s a media- savvy girl who’s never given an interview, refreshes her makeup before leaving a nightclub at 3 a.m., and has never been photographed stumbling out of a bar. She prefers to be called Catherine.” [NY Post]
  • Curious about what your fave Lost actors are doing next? Check this link. FYI: Josh Holloway has no immediate plans. [NY Post]
  • The summer camp Britney Spears founded — which had been going through financial difficulties — has raised $30,000 in donations. [TMZ]
  • Britney Spears now has more Twitter followers than Ashton Kutcher. Of course, Britney doesn’t Tweet for herself. So. [Just Jared]
  • Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are both in Fences on Broadway, and in this piece they talk about their characters and the experience of playing a married couple. [NY Times]
  • Jon Gosselin has a new girlfriend who “fits right in” with his family, whatever that means. [Radar Online]
  • John Travolta Tried To ‘Destroy The Life’ Of Accused Extortionist, Lawyer Claims.” [Radar Online]
  • Michael Madsen was hospitalized after going a nine-day booze binge; a source says he is “a little crazy” and “it is probably time for him to get help.” [Radar Online]
  • Michael Madsen was not on suicide watch, however; a “friend” says: “He would never do that.” [TMZ]
  • Michael Douglas on wife Catherine Zeta-Jones naked in Allure: Those pictures were hot.” [The Sun, Daily Express]
  • The Survivor producer wanted for questioning in connection with his wife’s death has returned to the U.S. [AP]
  • Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland says he hasn’t done heroin since 2002, but in the new issue of Spin, bandmate Robert DeLeo claims Weiland’s popping pills. [Page Six]
  • Some lady doesn’t know that Mario Cantone is gay??? [Page Six]
  • Robin Gibb, the Bee Gees singer, reportedly became enraged when asked to submit to extra security checks at an airport, swore at staff and refused to fly.” [Telegraph]
  • The Miss America pageant will be back on TV — producers have signed a three-year deal with ABC. [AP]
  • Blind item! “Which late-night TV host is having Tiger Woods-like problems? One woman has already come forward, but at least one more is looking to sell her sordid story.” [Page Six]
  • Everything But the Girl singer Tracy Thorn’s wedding to Ben Watt “literally took about four minutes,” she says. Then they “threw confetti around and had lunch.” The two were married in 2009, after 28 years together. [New York]
  • “The Oscar’s a huge mistake, a red herring. I know most people, whether they act or not, would like to set their sights at standing up in front of 3 billion people accepting a golden statue. I never have, so I feel a little sheepish about it. I’m like the person in Pass the Parcel, like the music stopped at the wrong time.” — Tilda Swinton. [New York]
  • “I will treasure every moment I’ve been on the show — from the first moment I landed on the set in Oahu, with an incredible crew – mostly local Hawaiian crew – a phenomenal crew that took me in, tremendous directors [and] obviously the cast, you know how great they are.” — Nestor Carbonell, aka Lost‘s Richard Alpert. [Mirror]
  • “Some scenes really gave me the chance to release the emotions I was going through. I had real tears. It was very draining but it helped me get through it.” — Janet Jackson on how filming Why Did I Get Married Too helped her deal with her brother Michael Jackon’s death. [Daily Express]
  • “I could understand Shrek in the first film not feeling good enough to love and then not feeling good enough to be a married father. In this one, he struggles over whether he is good enough to have a happily ever after. That kind of pain I understand.” — Mike Myers. [USA Today]
  • “I don’t blame people for only buying one track at a time rather than whole albums. I think that people are totally fed up with having garbage music. I think that’s where the record companies really went wrong, because they helped to manufacture these albums that were not full of quality. They thought they could fool the masses forever, and now they’re totally out of the game. I want every song on my albums to be incredible. I want them all to be mind-blowing.” — Alicia Keys. [Daily Mail]
  • “I’ve never been one to be too wild and crazy – I’m always pretty put together. Even back in college, I would stay home and watch old movies with my cat rather than go to a fraternity party because I just didn’t want the hassle of any trouble I might get into.” — Jenna Fischer always plays “the sensible one.” [NY Post]
  • “People ask me all the time: ‘What do you think about Sarah Silverman?’ [polite-insincere voice] ‘Hmmm. She’s nice, I guess. I really haven’t seen her.’ She’s terrific. She’s very funny and very pretty. But why should I admit it?” — Joan RIvers. [New York]
  • “It starts with growing long, long hair. Very long, gorgeous, greasy locks…wash, shampoo, then condition… Washing works the biceps and then the triceps by conditioning. And vigorously rubbing all of your body with soap really defines the abs and the pectoral muscles. And if you do squats while you’re bathing – that’s it!” — Jake Gyllenhaal, on how he got ripped for Prince Of Persia. [NY Post]
  • “I love my new nose! I could talk about my new nose all day. See, they shaved off the bump. There’s no great shame in having your nose fixed. It’s not like I’m hiding some drug problem.” — Alexa Ray Joel. [New York]
  • “I love the rumor that I have a penis. I’m fascinated by it. In fact, it makes me love my fans even more that this rumor is in the world because 17,000 of them come to an arena every night and they don’t care if i’m a man, a woman, a hermaphrodite, gay, straight, transgendered, or transsexual. They don’t care! They are there for the music and the freedom. This has been the greatest accomplishment of my life- to get young people to throw away what society has taught them is wrong. Gay culture is at the very essence of who I am and I will fight for women and for the gay community until I die.” — Lady Gaga. [ONTD]
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