Rihanna Gets Some R&R

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  • Rihanna is currently on a beach in Mexico, and this picture on the cover of the NY Daily News is the first we’ve seen of her in a long while. [NY Daily News]
  • Chris Brown’s March 5 arraignment may be postponed because the LAPD is still investigating the case. A source told E! News, “The D.A. is being even more thorough than usual with this case. They don’t want to mess it up.” [E!]
  • Kevin Federline is starting his own children’s clothing line because he doesn’t want to pay a lot for jeans. He says: “It’s a really tough business, I’m trying to take it seriously and make a quality product for kids but not have parents pay like $500 or something ridiculous for a pair of jeans. You buy your kids a pair of True Religions, then they roll around in the dirt like kids do and a $200 pair of jeans is gone. With this economy, I’m looking to do something much more reasonable.” Uh… All you have to do is shop at The Children’s Place or Old Navy or Target or somewhere they don’t sell True Religion for children. [MSNBC Scoop]
  • Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are suing baby buggy company Silver Cross, claiming the manufacturer unlawfully used a picture of the celebrity parents pushing twins Emme and Max in their strollers. Don’t you know if you want J. Lo and Marc to endorse your product, you have to pay? [E!]
  • It’s hard to focus on this story about how Lily Allen likes naked lapdances and partying with Lindsay Lohan because the picture of Lily and Lindsay wearing black masks and showing off their “shh” tattoos is oddly mesmerizing. Question: Did we ever figure out what LL meant when she said the “shh” tattoo was a “woman empowerment thing”? [The Sun]
  • Katie Holmes may be working on a flick in New York, but she plays “fourth fiddle” behind Kevin Kline, Paul Dano and John C. Reilly. Fox’s Roger Friedman calls her movie career “over.” [Fox 411]
  • Slumdog‘s Dev Patel is in talks to appear on the real Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to raise cash for kids living on the streets. [The Sun]
  • What’s next for the stars of Slumdog? Lots more movies. [NY Daily News]
  • Madonna is helping Rosie O’Donnell get through menopause. [MSNBC Scoop]
  • Dita Von Teese signed a record deal. She will be singing now. Of course, she won’t be warbling “All The Single Ladies” or anything: She plans to cover Irving Berlin’s “Lazy.” [E!]
  • Keira Knightley was to play Cordelia in a £25 million film version of King Lear, but it’s been scrapped. [Telegraph]
  • Peaches Geldof was not allowed to drink at the NME awards; she placed an alcohol ban on herself. [Daily Mail]
  • Jay Leno was questioned by a Writers Guild panel yesterday; they are trying to determine if he violated strike rules by delivering a monologue last year (during the strike). [Variety]
  • LOL: Ever since Kellogg’s dumped Michael Phelps, there have been oodles of negative stories about the brand. [Silicon Alley Insider]
  • DMX is in jail, where he is not behaving himself: He stole a tray of food from the dining hall and threw it at a corrections officer. How would they handle this on Oz? [Perez]
  • Chris Isaak has his own talk show, The Chris Isaak Hour, on the Bio channel. It starts tonight! Guests play songs and chat and hang out with Chris’s dog. [USA Today]
  • If you get divorced, the guys you date afterward, who put a “spark” back in your heartbroken life — Jennifer Aniston calls them “defibrillator men.” [Daily Mail]
  • “Big Poppa” has moved in with Real Housewives‘ Kim Zolciak. Yeah, he’s married. [NY Daily News]
  • In case you’ve been wondering what the hell she’s been up to, Kate Bosworth is producing the film based on a book called Lost Girls and Love Hotels. [Gatecrasher]
  • What the world needs now: A Jerry Seinfeld marriage-oriented reality show. Celebs, comedians and athletes will “judge couples in the midst of marital disputes while recommending various strategies to resolve their problems.” I thee dread! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Brenda Blethyn opened a new library in her hometown and paid a fine for a book she borrowed 50 years ago. Bet Hortense loves this one. [The Sun]
  • Clint Eastwood is the second person ever to received a lifetime achievement honor from the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival; he hot the Palme D’Or yesterday. Ingmar Bergman got one in 1997. [Reuters]
  • The James Brown museum may be on hold, but there is a James Brown exhibit at South Carolina State University. See glittering suits and glossy shoes and the comb he used to neatly sculpt his hair. [AP]
  • Star Jones’s ex, Al Reynolds, is maybe getting engaged again, if you care. [Gatecrasher]
  • Blind item! “Which sleazy reality star is going to have a cow when he finds out there’s a sex tape of him floating around? In it, he’s having a threesome with his very best friend.” [Gatecrasher]
  • “I’m probably a little bit shocked but I remember the overwhelming thing was feeling like I was just floating on a cloud. I went into that event knowing that was my last rally but no one else knew that. So when I crashed and I realised we were both OK, it was a massive relief.” — Eric Bana, on crashing his race car during a Tasmanian rally. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • “I sincerely hope that this tragedy will make people realize that great apes should never be kept as pets or exploited for films, television, or advertising. Their lives are miserable from the day that they are taken from their mothers… until they are cast off to roadside zoos or meet a violent end, as Travis did in this tragic case.” — Anjelica Huston, on the chimpanzee attack. [Daily Express]
  • “I think that at 12:30, either you’re awake or you’re not. I don’t think the 10 p.m. will affect me at all. If we can do decent ratings, hold on to Conan’s numbers, I’ll be happy. It’s a marathon, not a race. It’s a long, long thing if it’s going to work.” — Jimmy Fallon. [USA Today]
  • “The stars made by television who were once so big you just couldn’t believe it-Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, people like that, Sid Caesar-they were enormous stars made by television, but there were lots of real stars in America. Now everything is so vitiated because there is so much media, if we want to dignify a lot of it, it begins to just all run together. At least when you said “Clark Gable” or “Elizabeth Taylor” or “Katharine Hepburn,” you knew exactly who you were talking about, you didn’t have to explain them. Now you have to talk about people like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears and the people on the American Idol. I mean, it’s very diminished in quality, I guess is what I’d say, the quality of stardom. Because I don’t know who most of those people are. I’m not kidding! I read Page Six mystified every day, and everybody I talk to agrees with me. They don’t know who anybody is.” — Liz Smith. [The Daily Beast]
  • “A real gossip story is Lana Turner’s daughter killing Johnny Stompanato. It had all kinds of tragic ramifications-celebrity, sex, a little girl involved and so forth. I mean, who cares if somebody you’ve never heard of is sniffing cocaine in a bathroom down in Soho? That’s the level of gossip today. There seems to me to be no real stories and the real ones all appear in the headlines-A-Rod taking steroids, though why anybody gives a shit I don’t understand. You know, the real story of this year is Bernie Madoff, and betrayal, disaster and everything else, lives being smashed and ruined by somebody’s criminal activity. But gossip? Even the ‘90s are beginning to look good.” — Liz Smith. [The Daily Beast]
  • “I thought that was something that you could use for humor, like any other comedian or someone else would utilize current events. After I saw the photographs of Rihanna, that wasn’t funny anymore. There’s a point you’re already past a woman fighting you back. You look at (the photograph), and it obviously went past that point, so there’s some issues there that definitely gotta be addressed. Not to take any shots at Chris or Rihanna or to take sides in any way, but it’s really not cool. It’s not funny at all anymore. That’s why there won’t be no more references to that from me in any way.” — 50 Cent, who initially mocked the Rihanna/Chris Brown incident with a “Street Fighter”- like characters in an animated video. [MSNBC]
  • “I was average. I had a lot of friends but I was not in that ultra cool circle. I was a bit of a class clown. I guess to get through the tedium of the quadratic formula, I thought everyone was fair game. Between self-discovery and the social hierarchy, high school can be the most confusing time of your life.” — Zac Efron. [Mirror]
  • “I’m so negative against her. She just shouldn’t have any of those children as far as I’m concerned. I know that’s going to get me in a whole mess of trouble, but I don’t know where her mind is. She says the strangest things. I don’t think she’s doing drugs, but she acts like someone who is not of this world. It’s like, ‘hello, come down to Planet Earth with the rest of us!'” —Cher, on Nadya Suleman. [USA Today via ET]
  • “My mom is like this hard-core, liberal feminist. She’s a professor in Boston, and she’s been teaching women’s studies for 30 years and international politics. So I’ve traveled, and I’ve heard so many women’s stories, and I’ve heard stories of really, really hard lives. And I just feel like there are so many stories to be told, and it’s hard to find someone who can sort of intertwine them with the right kind of action and suspense and use genius metaphors … while striking a chord with the universal theme of the search for one’s true identity. I asked Joss [Whedon] to create it with me and for me, and it was really special to me.” — Eliza Dushku, star of Dollhouse. [USA Today]
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