Madonna's Moving On Up; Shia Discusses Gruesome Hand Surgery

  • Madonna purchased a $40 million Upper East Side townhouse equipped with 13 bedrooms, nine fireplaces, and an elevator. She’ll stay in her other NYC residence while she renovates her new fixer-upper. [New York Magazine]
  • Shia LaBeouf is having a third surgery this month to repair his hand, which he injured in a car accident. “I’ve had screws and plates put in. They put a screw in one of my knuckles. And they shaved a piece of bone off my hip and made a [bone for my] finger out of it,” he says. “My middle finger is still crooked as a fucking noodle, so they’ve gotta straighten it out and put a screw in it.” [Entertainment Weekly]
  • We already heard that Chris Brown denies having a new girlfriend. Now there are reports that he and Rihanna had an Easter weekend rendez-vous. [Perez Hilton]
  • Here’s a video of Dina Lohan dropping her daughter Lindsay Lohan off in front of a club. [Perez Hilton]
  • Kanye West‘s arraignment on charges resulting from a fight with TMZ photographers has been postponed to May 20 so his lawyers can review the police report and additional evidence. [The New York Times]
  • There’s some confusing news on the Megan FoxBrian Austin Green front. She says they are back together and are going to continue being engaged. However Megan says, “I’m not going to be married – I’m not the marrying type. I know people will say, ‘Why are you engaged if you’re not the marrying type?'” She explains, “I am impulsive and I love my boyfriend, but I have no plans of getting married any time soon.” [The Sun]
  • Though Shawn Johnson‘s stalker is currently behind bars, her family has taken out a permanent restraining against Robert O’Ryan, who will have to stay 100 feet away from her for the next three years. [TMZ]
  • Tori Spelling is denying that she has an eating disorder. “Oh my God, I’m not anorexic,” she says. “I acknowledge that I look thin in photos. I get it.” She adds: “Obviously I don’t want to lose any more weight … but people haven’t seen me not pregnant in two and a half years. I’m eating healthy, I just have a crazy lifestyle.” [People]
  • Charlize Theron says anti-gay marriage laws are like apartheid in her native South Africa. “I don’t like living in an elitist world, it bothers me. I don’t want to be part of an elitist sexual preference. It bothers me, maybe it’s because I come from a country where I lived under apartheid but this is a form of apartheid and I don’t want to be a part of that,” she says. “My ability to get married is a piece of me that I wish I could give to somebody who it would mean so much to. We should all have the chance. It’s just so caveman, I can’t believe we’re still talking about it.” [The Daily Express]
  • Showtime has only renewed The Tudors for one more season. The series will conclude with season four, which will follow Henry’s marriages to Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. [The New York Times]
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith and Rhys Ifans will star in the sequel Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang with Emma Thompson. [Variety]
  • Richard Jenkins will star opposite Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. [Variety]
  • A bench warrant has been issued for Angie Everhart. She was supposed to appear in court on April 6 to pay a $50 fine in her DUI case, but she didn’t show up. [TMZ]
  • In the new GQ Evan Rachel Wood denies that she had a relationship with Mickey Rourke once again, saying, “There was no truth to it, and it was so annoying. The friendship was intimate and nice, and this makes it weird.” There are also some shots of her with a gun. [Just Jared]
  • The late Jade Goody‘s husband, Jack Tweed, is opening a restaurant in Essex that will bear her name. [Perez Hilton]
  • Jade Goody‘s diary is being published, and in it she writes that she received a letter from the Queen‘s secretary. She wrote: ‘I have been instructed to convey the Queen’s warmest good wishes to Jade at what must be a very difficult time for her and her family.” [The Telegraph]
  • Mel B says she had a friend hypnotize her to get over her stage fright over her upcoming burlesque-style show in Las Vegas. “I was getting a bit nervous. My anxiety was getting to me,” she says. “I was hypnotized to calm me down and it worked.” [People]
  • The civil trial over the car crash involving Nick Bollea, Hulk Hogan‘s son, is set for March 2010. []
  • The woman who sent a death threat to David Caruso after writing him around 100 letters asking for his autograph has been sentenced to seven months in jail by an Austrian court. [Yahoo]
  • Nicollette Sheridan and Desperate Housewives Creator Marc Cherry are sniping over her character’s demise. She feels that he was ignoring her. “When you have a jewel, why not polish it and put it out there for all to see?” she says. Cherry says: “We will find a new kind of sexiness coming through Wisteria Lane. What I won’t do is cast another fortysomething sexy blonde. Nicollette Sheridan] performed the aging neighborhood tramp better than anyone has ever done before.” [People]
  • Rocky Hill, guitar player and brother of ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill, died last Friday. Dusty disowned Rocky about five years ago when he insulted his wife and they never made up. [Radar]
  • PETA has awarded Miley Cyrus its Compassionate Citizen Award because she took home chickens from the set of Hannah Montana: The Movie. Costar Jason Earles says: “Miley picked [the chicken] up thought it was real cute and decided she needed to save this chicken. So she put it in a cardboard box with some pine straw and got her mom to take it home. She is funny with animals – she was like ‘I have to have that chicken’. She falls in love like you wouldn’t believe.” [Just Jared]
  • Eminem poses as the comic book character Punisher on the cover of the new XXL. He says of his three year hiatus: “I stayed up on the music, and obviously I watch TV and saw what was going on. And without naming any names, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill. And it seemed like kinda fast. You know, in them three years, it was like everybody just cares about the hook and the beat; nobody really cares about substance. But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear shit and you’re like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the craft is getting cared about more.” [XXL Magazine]
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