Elizabeth Taylor Reaches Across The Aisle; Holly Madison Dances With The Stars

  • Elizabeth Taylor, who is Jewish, donated $100,000 to the Alliance for Christian Education. She says she gave to the charity “because our new president challenged us to break down barriers that divide us.” [AP]
  • Holly Madison is joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars. She may be replacing Jewel, who has a knee injury. [Us]
  • Holly also says of her newly single status: “I’m never dating anybody again. I don’t need a man. I’m really happy with myself and being with my friends.” [People]
  • The new issue of People features a Rihanna Cover Girl ad that seems a bit insensitive. The text says “light up your eyes.” [Guanabee]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to Austria, but just for a visit. He’s going to his mother’s grave and meeting with friends. [Yahoo]
  • Phish will reunite for the first time since 2004 on Friday, but first the band is asking a judge to block the sale of bootleg T-shirts, posters and other merchandise at their upcoming concerts. [AP]
  • French first lady Carla Bruni, who is 41, says she would like to have another child, “but I don’t know if it will be possible at my age,” she said. “If it’s not possible biologically, I will adopt one. I’m not obsessed by blood ties. I think you can form strong bonds without that.” [Yahoo]
  • Which feature of Brad and Angie’s new Long Island home is the weirdest? Two helipads, a barbershop, or a fallout shelter? [NY Magazine]
  • A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of fatally stabbing Rob Knox, 18, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, outside a bar last spring. [The Guardian]
  • George Clooney wrote a column today for The Daily Beast saying the world should bring Sudan’s president to justice for his crimes against humanity. [The Daily Beast]
  • In this interview Bryan Cranston, the dad from Malcolm in the Middle talks about playing a terminally ill chemistry teacher who cooks meth to leave some cash behind for his pregnant wife and child on AMC’s Breaking Bad. [Esquire]
  • Former Spice Girl Mel B says: “I’ve never met anybody with a higher sex drive than me ever in my entire life.” [The Sun]
  • Amy Winehouse‘s ex, Blake [Formerly] Incarcerated may be headed back to jail soon. He is reportedly dating a 16-year-old girl. [Newser]
  • Mariska Hargitay was taken to the hospital last night with chest pains. She was hospitalized twice before in recent months for a collapsed lung. [TMZ]
  • Are Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green actually broken up? She slept over at their home last week even though she’d checked into a hotel and the two went shopping together. [E!]
  • More than 50 photos of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hanging out during the years 1964-66 were found recently in the duffel bag of the bands’ former tour manager. They are on display in a New York gallery. [The Telegraph]
  • Emma Watson has not accepted a spot at Yale. She says on her official site that she does not have a Twitter page and is still deciding whether to attend school in the US or the UK. Also, Michelle Fairley has been cast as Hermione’s mother in the final Harry Potter film. [ONTD]
  • Amanda Seyfried will star in a film adaptation of the book Sucker Punch. Her character’s stepfather sends her to a mental institution to be lobotomized. While there, she imagines a fantasy world author Zack Snyder describes as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns.” [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Miley Cyrus, 16, says she’s releasing her autobiography so fans realize, “that I’m a real person just like them.” She adds: “Most of the time you see me smiling – I mean that’s how I got my name! – but that’s not what it’s all about. Everyone goes through hardships and heartbreaks.” So expect some Nick Jonas chatter. [People]
  • Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor says that Jason Mesnick should have stuck with Melissa Mesnick, the first girl he proposed to, rather than switching to runner up Melissa Rycroft. He added, “When the rumors went from how this ends to this is completely contrived and scripted, questioning not only the show’s integrity but my integrity and honesty that’s where I got a little upset.” [People]
  • The drama will continue next season on The Bachelorette with Jillian Harris, one of the last three women Jason rejected. [People]
  • On part two of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, which was filmed six weeks after Jason dumped Melissa, Jason and Molly appeared together on the show and were constantly kissing and nuzzling. He says of dumping Melissa: “It was nothing I planned on. It was not the classiest thing in the world, but I had to follow my heart. I don’t regret where I’m at; I’m really happy. Everybody is entitled to feel however they want but that’s what was going on with me. I don’t feel like my feelings were wrong either.” [People]
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