What Will Shine Brighter: Aniston's Engagement Ring Or Brangelina's Oscar Gold?

  • Tabloids continue the Brangelina/Aniston “fight”: though the golden couple were both nominated for Oscars, presenter Jennifer may upstage them by bringing (rumored ex) John Mayer, and her (rumored to be non-existent) engagement ring. [Star]
  • Supposedly Mayer advised Aniston to take the presenting gig saying, “You’ve got to go. Why do you hide in this town? You have every reason to be there. By presenting at the Oscars, you’ll tell the world: ‘I don’t care about Brad and Angie. I belong here, too.” According to John’s unidentified “friend” he added, “even if Brad and Angie both win Oscars, that won’t be the story of the night.”
  • In other Jennifer Aniston news, she pulled her car over on Sunset Boulevard when she spotted an escaped Husky running in the street. She called the dog over and held him by the collar until a paparazzi returned with the owner. [Daily Mail]
  • The FBI is getting involved in the Travolta extortion case because its voice analysis experts are needed to examine “sensitive” phone conversations that allegedly took place between the Bahamas Senator Pleasant Bridgewater (who resigned over the weekend) and the Travoltas’ lawyers. [E!]
  • Dakota Fanning has been offered the role of the vampire Jane in the new Twilight movie and says she really hopes it works out. Don’t actors usually try to transition from teenybopper movies to Oscar-worthy films, not the other way around? [People]
  • Did Tom Cruise pull strings so Katie Holmes could present the Best Actor Award at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards? Kate’s mostly a TV actress, and she was never even nominated for an Emmy or a Golden Globe for her groundbreaking work as Joey Potter. [Fox News]
  • Alec Baldwin wasn’t exactly Dad of the Year in 2008, but he’s trying to make it up in the new year. He brought his 13-year-old daughter Ireland with him to the SAG Awards and thanked her at the Golden Globes for making him “laugh while I’m at home.” [People]
  • Angelina Jolie said at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that her SAG card has special significance because though her mom didn’t get to have a big acting career, “she was so proud to be a member of SAG and so proud of her card and her union.” [People]
  • Today’s Lily Allen update: She’s having a private session with a motivational therapist to help her achieve a “positive mental attitude” and has a crush on middle-aged London major Boris Johnson. [The Daily Mail]
  • Patrick Dempsey says that even though George Clooney may return to ER fans shouldn’t expect a “scrub match” between the two doctors. Dempsy says: “There’s no competition …I’ve heard a lot about how he behaved on the set and after the show,and I think there are a lot of things to learn from him.” [People]
  • Flavor Flav is spinning off his BET movie Nite Tales into a half-hour weekend horror series. Flav will star on the show in a Cryptkeeper-like capacity. [Media Week]
  • A vandal was drawing pictures of penises in the snow in New York’s East Village this winter, and it is now believed that the “snowfitti” artist is none other than Sixth Sense star and NYU student Haley Joel Osment. [Gothamist]
  • Zoe Kravitz, the 20-year-old daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet is starring in a new movie screened at Sundance. [Just Jared]
  • ABC is benching Ugly Betty starting on March 26 and running episodes of Samantha Who? and a new Megan Mullally-Cheryl Hines show instead. It won’t be back until June at the earliest, but an ABC spokesman says, “Betty is a solid performer and there is no question that it will definitely be back to complete its season, just without repeats.” [Entertainment Weekly]
  • David Beckham is speaking in tounges. In this video, the famously squeaky-voiced footballer talks in a strange accent during a post-game interview. [The Sun]
  • A set list of songs Britney was rumored to be performing during her Circus tour is “100% bullshit” according to sources close to Brit. [Perez Hilton]
  • Amy Winehouse has moved from her secluded Caribbean hotel, to an even more private rented villa so nothing will come between her and her new lover, known only as “Andrew.” [The Sun]
  • The WWE has invited Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke to appear at WrestleMania and he says he wants to do it. [Wrestling Online]
  • Season one and two of Blossom come out on DVD this week and stars Mayim Bialik and Joey Lawrence reunited to promote it. As you can see from the video, a lot has changed in the past 18 years. [CBS]
  • Though the tabloids would have you believe otherwise, Drew Barrymore says “I’ve been single for eight months. I’m not in the wrong relationship and it’s great!” [E!]
  • Eric Idle’s song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” tops the list of “alternative” funeral songs according to a new survey, along with The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” and “Cabaret,” as sung by Liza Minnelli. [The Mirror]
  • “The whole sex symbol thing is really strange. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. I appreciate the opportunity to work, the cash it gives you, and other things it provides are wonderful … But the celebrity thing… I don’t like attention. Like anybody, it’s impossible not to feel self-conscious if someone’s looking at you all the time, everywhere you go.” – Josh Holloway of Lost. [ONTD]
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