Reese Witherspoon's Career Highlight Involves An Elephant

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  • Though she has acted alongside respected thespians such as Joaquin Phoenix, James Purefoy and Luke Wilson, working with a pachyderm for Water For Elephants was “one of the best experiences of my career,” says Reese Witherspoon.

Reese tells Total Film magazine: “I worked with her for three months, just training. I had to get in shape — I had no harnesses, no safety equipment, nothing. It was literally just me and the elephant and I had to climb onto her. She’s 10 feet tall and over 9,000 pounds and it was this exercise in trust. It’s a really beautiful thing where you learn to communicate with a creature non-verbally.” Insert your own Ryan Phillippe joke here. [Contact Music]

  • Yesterday, there was a “very, very minor incident,” and Lindsay Lohan called 911 after a “high-speed chase” with a paparazzo. One specific guy in a Prius has been “stalking” her, and she is considering getting a restraining order. [Radar Online]
  • Wait, are Scarlett Johansson and Justin Long dating??? [Radar Online]
  • Jennifer Aniston‘s publicist has shot down Star‘s most recent cover story, declaring: “Jennifer is not adopting a baby from Mexico, nor does she have a nursery in her home and she has not hired a nanny. It is all a work of fiction.” Boo! Now where will baby Margarita live? Perhaps with me, and my dear, sweet children, Gin and White Zinfandel. [Contact Music]
  • Pregnant Victoria Beckham is craving marmalade. Marmalade NOW. [Contact Music]
  • Demi Lovato will be leaving rehab next week. [Contact Music]
  • Heidi Klum is partnering with AOL in a strategy to “reach women, who are an underserved demographic online.” Ladies be using the interwebs? Tell me more! [NY Post]
  • Kelsey Grammer has invited Camille to his wedding… mostly because he wants his kids to be there. [Pop Eater]
  • Lady Gaga is creating a fragrance, which will smell like blood and semen. Suggested name: Period Sex. [Fashionista]
  • Casting Kristen Stewart as Snow White could be really interesting, since you don’t really picture Ms. White as a lip-biting awkward teen. [Deadline]
  • However! Viggo Mortensen as the Huntsman in the Snow White movie sounds hot. [Just Jared]
  • Will Ferrell has signed on to do a four-episode arc on The Office — he’ll play a branch manager in what will be Steve Carrell‘s final episodes. [Deadline]
  • 50 Cent spent Christmas sending Chelsea Handler gifts, but she sent them back, with a note reading, “I can buy my own gifts.” Now Chelsea is dating hotelier Andre Balazs, and Fiddy is “heartbroken.” Oh, girl, It’s easy to love him now. But would you love him if he was down and out? [Us Magazine]
  • Jenna Jameson is no fan of Chelsea Handler either, Tweeting: “She’s a dried up old whore.” Don’t hold back! Tell us how you really feel. [HuffPo]
  • Meanwhile, NBC has ordered a pilot from Chelsea Handler, based on her memoir. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea “is expected to follow a group of young people who are headed by an outspoken woman. Handler is not planning to star in the show but has signed up to executive produce.” [Digital Spy]
  • As mentioned yesterday, the Jersey Shore spin-off show — Snooki and JWoww Vs. The World — will feature the ladies attempting to do real-life tasks. Snooki, who makes about $30,000 per episode, will have a scene in which her father tries to teach her how to write a check. [TMZ]
  • Padma Lakshmi‘s custody battle is getting kind of ugly. [Page Six]
  • Kendra made a sex tape with a woman, and it’s gonna get released any day now. [Wonder Wall]
  • Set your DVR: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps will guest star on Law & Order SVU. [Page Six]
  • Also set your DVR for Diddy on Hawaii Five-O! [AP]
  • Here are pictures of Teen Mom‘s Maci doing what many 19-year-olds do: Guzzling from a beer bong and dancing with a Corona. What’s that? Underage, you say? [TMZ]
  • And! Here is a video in which Teen Mom‘s Gary Shirley sings a love song for Amber Portwood. Acoustic guitar! That’s how John “The Player” Mayer does it. [TMZ]
  • Oh, hmm. It seems Gary Shirley has a new girlfriend. [Radar Online]
  • For sale: Cardboard signs created by Ted “Golden Voice” Williams. [TMZ]
  • Tinsley Mortimer got her hair done for a snowboarding lesson at Sundance and then decided that snowboarding would mess up her hair and this is news. [Page Six]
  • Peter Jackson‘s in the hospital with a perforated ulcer, and filming of The Hobbit has been delayed. [Vulture]
  • “I grew to love R&B and Motown and all black music, gospel music. I never dismiss any form of music. I listen to everything. I’m on the new Kanye West record, for example. It’s a genius record. People who mock rap, and say, ‘I don’t like it,’ they should go check out Kanye in the studio rapping. Or Eminem when he’s in the studio. It’s a phenomenon. Don’t knock it until you’ve seen it. It may not be your cup of tea, but don’t ridicule. I find that so many of my peers of my age don’t listen to anything new. I love the new.” — Elton John. [Digital Spy]
  • “This campaign to get us on Glee is awesome, we’re very appreciative to the fans & we love the show! We’ve been into it since it first aired, and then met Chris [Colfer] & some of the Glee cast. Chris comes to our shows & feels a real connection with the band & I think he sees a proper fit between Glee‘s aesthetic & a lot of our music. I know this would be a blast for the band, fingers crossed!” — Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters. [Contact Music]
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