Courteney Cox & David Arquette Split

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  • Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced today that they’ve been separated for several months. They said in a joint statement that they need, “to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.”
  • The statement continues, “We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply… We are comfortable with the boundaries that we have established for each other during this separation and we hope that our friends, family, fans and the media also show us respect, dignity, understanding and love at this time as well.” They’ve been married for 11 years and their daughter Coco is six. [E!]
  • As for why they’re announcing this now, TMZ is reporting that photos are about to surface of David Arquette and another woman. However, a source says there’s still a “real possibility” they’ll reunite. [TMZ]
  • As you’ll recall, Lindsay Lohan is telling everyone in rehab that Michael Lohan is the root of all her problems. Michael would like us to know that Dina is also a crappy parent (in case you hadn’t noticed), so he made up some story about Dina hitting his mom in the face with a phone 20 years ago. [TMZ]
  • He added, “Her entire family are drug addicts. If Dina wants to talk about abuse, she should look at her own family.” Classy as usual, Michael! [X17]
  • Oprah is upset because a South African court has acquitted the dorm matron accused of molesting students at her Leadership Academy for Girls. Oprah said in a statement, “We began this child molestation trial in 2008. More than two years later, I am profoundly disappointed at the outcome of the trial. I will forever be proud of the nine girls who testified with the courage and conviction to be heard.” [TMZ]
  • I don’t know why you’d want to listen to the 911 call make after Greg Giraldo overdosed, but here you go: [TMZ]
  • Salman Rushdie is writing a memoir about his years in hiding. [NYT]
  • GLAAD has launch a campaign to make the studio cut the gay joke from the final cut of The Dilemma. [The Wrap]
  • Jewel has recorded a video for the “It Gets Better” project. [Popdirt]
  • Kim Kardashian Goes Bowling – in Stilettos and Mini-Dress” What’s the eye-roll emoticon?[People]
  • Brooke Burke gave a deposition in a civil suit alleging she and her husband bought and received stolen property, and for some reason we can watch it on Radar. [Radar]
  • After conducting a series of scientific experiments, Esquire editors have determined that Minka Kelly is the sexiest woman alive. [Just Jared]
  • Welcome To The Rileys director Jake Scott would like to assure everyone that Kristen Stewart was totally up for filming a striptease, but, “I didn’t shoot a stripping scene. I refused to do it.” [E!]
  • In a poem on her blog, Tammy Etheridge accuses Melissa Etheridge of failing to pay her bills. She writes, “when i went to get cash / just last week / for the three of us to eat / nothing.” [Perez]
  • The website “Awkward Family Photos” is being adapted into a TV show, but there’s no word on what the show will be about. We’re guessing it will look a lot like Ken Burns’ The Civil War, but with more mullets, hideous Christmas sweaters, and awkward thank you notes to Grandma. [CNN]
  • Here are some shots of the Glee kids in their Rocky Horror Picture Show costumes. [Just Jared]
  • Rhys Ifans has been cas as the villain in the new Spider-Man reboot. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Vince Neil pled not guilty today to misdemeanor DUI and speeding charges. [E!]
  • Laura Ling, the journalist who was detained in North Korea, will host E! Investigates. Her justification: “The fact that E! is committed to this type of show – that they believe that their audience is just as interested in watching substantive programs that cover substantive issues as they are in watching the Kardashians – is thrilling to me because I’ve always been trying to reach a younger audience.” [Just Jared]
  • Doctor Who will shoot on American soil for the first time for an episode that will take place in Utah and the Oval Office. “The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually!” said Steven Moffat. [ONTD]
  • Boy George says he regrets telling Buckingham Palace he wouldn’t accept an OBE or Knighthood. “I was asked a few years ago whether I would take one and I kind of said no, but I think if I was asked again I would say yes now,” he says. “I was a bit belligerent at that point, and my mom was so upset.” [The Star]
  • Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean says of last night’s Banksy couch gag, “I’ll just say, it was even a little sadder. But I would have to say almost all of it stayed in. We were thrilled. It was funny, I watched Mad Men last night and I wondered if this was my Don Draper letter to The New York Times. I knew just how he felt. But it was great to have a secret.” [NYT]
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