Slumdog Dad Arrested; Lindsay May Star In Topless Vegas Show

  • Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali‘s father, Rafiq Qureshi, was arrested last night on charges that he tried to sell his daughter for £200,000. [The Sun]
  • Rubina Ali‘s father says he did not try to sell his daughter and claims it was all a trick by the UK paper News of the World. He said the offer was made in English, which he doesn’t understand, and that the whole incident is a “lie made up by foreign journalists playing games with me.” [BBC, People]
  • Lindsay Lohan is in talks to star in the topless Vegas show Peepshow. It is produced by Mel B. and Kelly Monaco, and Holly Madison and Brooke Burke are also said to be up for the role. [Fox News, Las Vegas Review Journal]
  • There are rumors that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have broken up. According to a source at Kate Hudson‘s 30th birthday party he was, “was very much acting like a single guy.” [Perez Hilton]
  • Rumors that Amy Winehouse wants to adopt a child from the Caribbean are not true. “Amy was talking about adopting in the context of looking after children on the island, perhaps through some kind of music and education-based project,” says her rep. [The Daily Express]
  • Dawne Wilson, the woman arrested for stalking Tyler Perry allegedly sent him an email last year that said, “You need to check your heart condition because it is filled with murder….your love has been but costly and deadly….Murder I say is the verdict … Why do you insist on assisting the devil?” [TMZ]
  • J.J. Abrams originally offered Matt Damon the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek but Damon turned down the role. “I actually approached Matt and we had some discussions, but everything happens for a reason. On the one hand, it would have been great to work with Matt – but at the end of the day, it was such a better move to cast the movie with unknowns,” said Abrams. [The Daily Express]
  • Though she is currently battling cancer, Farrah Fawcett is still planning to throw a big birthday party for her partner, Ryan O’Neal tonight. “There will be cake and champagne,” says Fawcett friend Alana Stewart, “Ryan has really been there for Farrah in such a wonderful way.” [People]
  • Neil Patrick Harris‘s tuxedo caught fire during rehearsals for the TV Land Awards, which he is hosting. The fire was caused by electronic devices sparking. “He just had some welts on his back,” says a source. “He didn’t have to be taken to a hospital or anything like that.” [E!]
  • Michael Caine says his family teased him when he said he wanted to be an actor because they presumed he was gay. “That’s what we thought actors were – all poofs (gay). And sometimes we were right,” he said. [The Daily Express]
  • Anna Faris says of her parents seeing Observe and Report: “They haven’t seen the whole movie yet. I’m a little nervous. I told them they needed to drink a bunch of wine – at least three bottles of wine – before they saw the movie, so maybe they would pass out before they got to any of the love-making scenarios.” [Mirror]
  • The members of Pink Floyd are suing EMI, because they claim the label miscalculated their royalty payments. [RollingStone]
  • The first pictures of Russell Crowe in Robin Hood are out and “He doesn’t have the old Robin Hood tights,” say producer Brian Grazer. “He’s got armor. He’s very medieval. He looks, if anything, more like he did in Gladiator than anything we’re used to seeing with Robin Hood.” [Just Jared]
  • Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag will get married, legally, on April 25 in Pasadena. [People]
  • Brooke Shields says when she was a teenage model, “I didn’t want to [look in the mirror]. What if I didn’t like what I saw? What if I didn’t look like I did in the magazines?” She adds: “I’m proud of my longevity more than anything else. There’s a lot to be said for endurance. I’m trying to find the beauty in the whole picture rather than the crow’s feet.” [People]
  • Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds To Mars, is working with Kanye West on a track for the band’s new album. Let says, “We had this song, and I thought it would be interesting to get a different perspective, a different voice on it. There was a serendipitous nature to the way everything unfolded with him and I. We’re friends, I think there is a bit of a mutual admiration there for each other’s work. I think he’s a really kind person, and really creative and a fellow work fiend like myself. So, it made sense.” [Rolling Stone]
  • Ben Affleck says of his Bennifer days: “The media went crazy, our relationship was selling so many magazines, and we became the first couple to fall for this huge media appetite for taking two celebrities and fusing them together into one horrible, mutated entity with one name! That amount of press attention creates resentment, which was still rumbling when Gigli came out. That said, it was an awful movie. It was like a horse’s body with a cow’s head.” [The Telegraph]
  • Colin Farrell said of his six-year-old son James, “I don’t know if I would be here if I hadn’t had him … He was a huge part of me going in and making certain changes in my life.” Farrell added that he has a “propensity for addiction” and struggled with his identity after coming out of rehab. [OK]
  • Rachel Zoe says she wants to change people’s opinion of her. “There’s really like this big laundry list of misconceptions,” she said. “I think, off the top of my head, I would say: one, that I’m anorexic; two, that I starve people; three, that I give drugs to people to make them thin. And I would say that I’m a diva or that I’m this sort of very kind of tough, kind of heartless person … I’m very vulnerable. I really am. I’m human. I’m super sensitive. I take everything personally.” [AOL]
  • Lars Ulrich says fans used to ask members of Metallica to have sex with their girlfriends. “In the early days in America back in the mid-’80s, people would often ask us to fuck their girlfriend,” Ulrich recalled. “The first time it happened to me, we were opening for Ozzy in 1986 and I was slightly taken aback. But you realise people were serious and you say to yourself, ‘So now I’m fucking your girlfriend, are you round the corner, whacking off? Are You taking pictures? Where do you fit into all this?'” [NME]
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