Susan Sarandon's Ping-Pong Reality Show; Courtney Love's Disastrous D.C. Concert

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  • Susan Sarandon, the self-described “Johnny Appleseed of ping-pong,” is working on a reality show about her ping-pong nightclub SPiN, and the young players trying to make it to the Olympics. “It won’t be the Jersey Shore,” says Susan.
  • She added that the show, “follows a bunch of people in this crazy little subculture,” but, “we’re just in the early filming stages now. I’m not sure where we’re going to land in terms of our home because we want the tone of it to be funny and quite different than anything else that anybody’s seen before.” [People]
  • Courtney Love played a three-hour concert last night in D.C. described as “an astonishingly awful performance that had few moments of redeeming musical value.” She forgot song titles, lyrics, and guitar chords, prompting the audience to curse at her. Her assistant stood in the middle of the stage and filmed her on an iPhone throughout the show. Oh, and at one point Courtney asked a female audience member, “Do you really like rock music? Because you’re African-American. That would be like me being into Lil Wayne.” [WaPo]
  • All of Lindsay Lohan‘s former assistants are desperate to work for her again because they’re broke. [TMZ]
  • Vince Neil of Motley Crue was arrested today for suspicion of DUI in Las Vegas. Police pulled him over after a woman reported he broke her camera after she took his picture. [People]
  • Check out his mug shot here: [TMZ]
  • Chris Klein has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI related to his June 16 arrest. Authorities say his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. [TMZ]
  • Sandra Bullock and Jesse James‘ divorce has been finalized. [Radar]
  • Oksana Grigorieva did go to the dentist the day after she fought with Mel Gibson, supporting her claim that he knocked her teeth out. [TMZ]
  • Mel Gibson‘s lawyer says that he generously bought Oksana Grigorieva a house, a car, and health insurance after the birth of their daughter, but now that she’s violated their custody agreement by not allowing him to see Lucia on Father’s Day, he’s only paying her what she’s legally entitled to, which is still “well over $10,000 a month.” [TMZ]
  • Matt LeBlanc looked drunk and disheveled after going out in London last night. TMZ notes, “It clearly was not his day, his week, his month, or even his year.” [TMZ]
  • As mentioned earlier, former teen tennis star Jennifer Capriati was rushed to the hospital earlier this morning for a possible overdose. [TMZ]
  • Jennifer Capriati‘s family says she’s, “recuperating at a South Florida hospital from an accidental overdose of medication prescribed to Jen by her personal physicians.” [TMZ]
  • Jessica Simpson Tweeted that she’s trying to lose weight by following a vegan diet and doing cupping, an acupuncture-like procedure, with someone called “Master Wang.” Jess also wrote, “When u know you are doing something good for ur body the meditation creates intense visions… Love it!” [Radar]
  • Kanye West annouced on Twitter that he’ll release his new album on September 14. [N.Y. Magazine]
  • E! wonders, “who will get an Oscar first — Rob or Kristen?” Uh, neither? [E!]
  • Steve Carell says he’s leaving The Office after the end of next season. “I think [season] 7 will be my last year,” he said. “I want to fulfill my contract. I think it’s a good time to move on.” [EW]
  • He added, “It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show. I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy…I see it as a positive in general for the show.” [E!]
  • Joe Jackson has withdrawn his request for a $20,000 a month allowance from Michael Jackson’s estate. [TMZ]
  • A South Korean newspaper wants Katherine Jackson to pay the $13 million she owes for an advance on a series of Jackson family concerts that never took place. [TMZ]
  • New stills from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows reveal Harry and Hermione have new goofy costumes. [ONTD]
  • The Entertainment Weekly writer responsible for the headline, “James Franco‘s Art Exhibit Makes Us All Feel Bad About Ourselves,” may need to address her issues with General Hospital performance art in therapy. [CNN]
  • In this bizarrely unromantic headline we learn, “Mario Lopez Plans to Wed Woman Carrying His Baby.” [Us]
  • Sean Patrick Flanery of Boondock Saints owes more than $64,000 in back taxes. [TMZ]
  • Method Man pled guilty yesterday to tax evasion charges and wrote a check for the final $40,000 payment. [AP]
  • Rob Lowe is writing a memoir called Stories I Only Tell My Friends. [AP]
  • Peter Jackson says of directing the Hobbit movies, “Nothing has really changed – I’ve always said that me directing was one option, and so that’s not really news. The studio are working out what that deal would look like, because how else do they know if it’s a viable option? But it’s honestly one of several different options – many irons are in the fire right now.” [N.Y. Magazine]
  • NeNe Leakes has split from her husband of 14 years and isn’t wearing her wedding ring. [Radar]
  • Countess LuAnn de Lesseps says of Danielle Staub‘s singing debut, “I heard a little bit of [her song “Real Close”] on Andy Cohen‘s show. It was a ballad and she sounded good. I was pleasantly surprised. It softens her to sing, I think ” [People]
  • Callie Thorne says of her upcoming sex scene with David Duchovney in Californication, “I was a big sweaty mess because it’s nerve racking enough doing a guest spot on something and then to have it be [a sex scene], but David made me feel very comfortable… By the time we situated ourselves under the covers, I took my robe off … and by the time we shot it, David was making me laugh so hard that it didn’t cross my mind that we were in this really strange situation.” [People]
  • “They couldn’t remake it because it would destroy it, but I’ve always loved The Lost Boys,” says Megan Fox. “The female character in it is not really amazing, but if you were to turn one of the male characters into a female, I would love to do that… That movie has stuck with me my whole life. There’s something magic about it for me.” [ONTD]
  • says of reports that Fergie is leaving Black Eyed Peas because he’s obnoxious and narcissistic, “Don’t believe gossip about Fergie leaving the group (we are never breaking up) – it’s all lies!!!” [The Star]
  • “Mad’s a real intellectual, which I can take no credit for genetically. He’s great at school, great at history. He feels like he could be a writer or travel the world and learn about places and things. Zahara’s got an extraordinary voice and is just so elegant and well spoken. Shiloh’s hysterically funny, one of the goofiest, most playful people you’ll meet. Knox and Viv are classic boy and girl. She’s really female. And he’s really a little dude.” — Angelina Jolie in Vanity Fair [E!]
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