Entries from May 2010 ↓

Heroic Comeback: “Shrek” Bigger than “Sex”

 

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UPDATE – 5/30/2010

Americans like Sex but are happier when it’s ogre.

Shrek Forever After ($43.3 million) came back to beat Sex and the City 2 ($32.1 million) for the Friday-through-Sunday period this holiday weekend, taking the #1 spot at the box office after Sex had raced to a huge midnight Thursday/Friday take.

Prince of Persia placed third with around $30 million.

Unfavorably reviewed, Sex fell on Saturday and again on Sunday, according to estimates. Shrek surged, due to kid-friendly matinees, higher 3D ticket prices, and screenings in nearly a thousand more theaters.

Gossip Cop will continue to update throughout the holiday weekend.

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ORIGINAL POST – 5/29/2010

Sex and the City 2 will have a Memorial Day Weekend to remember, according to early estimates.

The latest film continuation of the hit Sarah Jessica Parker HBO series survived dismal reviews to pull in a whopping $27.2 million between Thursday and Friday, setting up a projected long weekend take of $53 million and the top spot at the box office.

SATC 2 is on pace to earn $67 million for its first five days of release.

In second place (as of now) is Shrek 4, with 3D ticket prices pushing the animated powerhouse to an estimated $50 million for the 4-day weekend.

The holiday’s other big release, video game adaptation Prince of Persia, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is projected to make $42 million for the #3 slot.

Holdovers Iron Man 2 ($18.5 million) and Robin Hood ($12.5 million) round out the current Top 5.

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Perez wrong about Jack Nicholson & Jessica Simpson

 

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“According to sources, Jack Nicholson has asked Jessica Simpson on a date!!” reads the lead of another poorly reported post by Perez Hilton.

Hilton claims Nicholson recently invited Simpson to have dinner at his home, but she declined and wondered, “How Jack got my number as we’ve never met.”

The bad blogger then editorializes, “We all know he likes the young ladies, but come on, this is getting ridiculous!”

Actually the phrase, “come on, this is getting ridiculous” could just as easily apply to Hilton and his reporting of this story.

Gossip Cop checked out this tale, and a source close to Simpson assured us it’s “not true at all.” Nicholson never invited her to his house for dinner.

The source added that Simpson laughed over Hilton’s completely fabricated story, which she thought was “hysterical.”

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Britney Spears first to hit five million followers on Twitter

 

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She’s sold millions of records, and now Britney Spears has broken a new record.

The pop princess has become the first person to break the five million followers mark on Twitter.

Earlier this week, Spears (@britneyspears) overtook reigning social media king Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) for the most followers on the site.

At present, Spears has 5,014,759 followers. Next is Kutcher with 4,985,181 followers.

Keep an eye out, though, for Lady Gaga (@LadyGaga) who currently has 4,249,607 followers.

The “Paparazzi” singer has been busily using Twitter to connect to her fans, and the speed at which her follower base is growing makes her a serious contender for the top spot in the not too distant future.

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Naveen Andrews And Barbara Hershey Split; The World Shrugs

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So once upon a time there was this lady who was famous for being in movies but she isn’t really anymore, and she met a guy who wasn’t famous for being on TV yet, and she was super-old and he was super-young, and they started dating and now they’ve stopped. The End.

Of course, some stuff went down in between, like them breaking up and him fathering a child with a different woman, who subsequently went nuts when Naveen and Barbara got back together. The couple successfully sued for custody after the baby-mama’s claims of witchcraft and poisoning attempts pretty much proved she was a loon, and they’ve been raising the kid together the past few years.

Most people are blaming the age difference for the split, because Naveen is 41 and Barbara is 62, but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence supporting that. Sometimes these things just happen. Maybe they just “Lost” interest in each other (wocka wocka wocka).

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Celebrific Lowdown — May 27, 2010

So the current Agent 007, Daniel Craig (seen above half-naked on a beach and grabbing his crotch) was supposedly spotted in Venice, California, at a gay bar and later smooching outside in the parking lot. Of course, if Craig, who has played the epitome of the ladies’ man, James Bond, in two movies is actually gay or bisexual, he wouldn’t be the first or last male to be so in Hollywood. A good 15 years ago, someone threw out a statistic that 75% of male actors are gay, though some maintain a lifestyle of being straight. At least, that was supposedly true before many actors started “coming out.”

Alexis Houston, whom Matt Lauer did not have an affair with (according to Houston), is neither related to singer Whitney Houston nor actually a she. Houston was previously known as Wellington Houston before a sex change operation, and Stuart Houston before that.

The audio of a 911 call by a hotel employee suggests that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray had a hypodermic needle and pills near his body. The employee went to Gray’s room to check on him after his mother was unable to reach him on the phone.

According to a rep, Simon Monjack, the recently deceased widower of Brittany Murphy who was scheduled for heart bypass surgery, died of a broken heart. Brittany passed away at 32 on Dec 2009, and according to the rep, Simon’s life was turned upside down after that. He’ll be buried beside her in a private service. Truly sad. It’s easy to say that’s nonsense, but friends and family have relayed similar stories over the years about someone they knew who passed on not long after their spouse did. In most such cases, the couples were senior citizens, but not always.


Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

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Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper died at his home on Saturday from complications of prostate cancer.

He was 74.

A two-time Oscar nominee whose movie career spanned more than four decades and films as diverse as Rebel Without a Cause, Apocalypse Now, and Hoosiers, Hopper was best known as the writer-director-star of countercultural classic Easy Rider.

He received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in March.

Gossip Cop’s thoughts are with Hopper’s family.

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Bret Michaels Returns to Stage and Rocks Biloxi

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Bret Michaels is back.

Just days after winning “Celebrity Apprentice” following a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and warning stroke, Michaels returned to the stage, performing for a frenzied sellout crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Miss on Friday.

“I’ve got a little bitty hitch in my left giddy-up,” Michaels told his fans, “But I think we’ll be all right.”

He showed virtually no signs of poor health, smiling and energetically ricocheting around the stage in his trademark bandana and cowboy hat.

“Tonight we’re going to throw a party,” announced Michaels. “I’m thankful to be alive.”

Michaels sang Poison hits such as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Talk Dirty to Me,” also thrilling the crowd with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”

VH1 camera crews were on hand to film for the new reality series “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” which the channel will preview on Monday.

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ESTIMATES: “Sex and the City 2″ Heats Up Box Office

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Sex and the City 2 will have a Memorial Day Weekend to remember, according to early estimates.

The latest film continuation of the hit Sarah Jessica Parker HBO series survived dismal reviews to pull in a whopping $27.2 million between Thursday and Friday, setting up a projected long weekend take of $53 million and the top spot at the box office.

SATC 2 is on pace to earn $67 million for its first five days of release.

In second place (as of now) is Shrek 4, with 3D ticket prices pushing the animated powerhouse to an estimated $50 million for the 4-day weekend.

The holiday’s other big release, video game adaptation Prince of Persia, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is projected to make $42 million for the #3 slot.

Holdovers Iron Man 2 ($18.5 million) and Robin Hood ($12.5 million) round out the current Top 5.

Gossip Cop will have revised numbers later this weekend.

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Brad Pitt’s Supposed Siberian Escape Just Another Snow Job

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“Brad Finally Takes a Stand” is the headline of a piece in In Touch, which claims that “with tension escalating between him and his partner, Angelina Jolie, [Brad Pitt’s] decided to claim his career – and his life – even if he has to go to Siberia to do it.”

Is there a chance this dramatic set-up will lead to a story any less ridiculous than the numerous lame rumors about Pitt and Jolie the tabloid has spread already?

Sigh.

Nope. This one’s just as weak.

The mag reports, “Angelina ‘went through the roof’ when she learned that Brad would be producing and probably starring in the upcoming film The Tiger, which will be shooting in Siberia in 2011.”

Pitt, according to In Touch, “thinks it’s only fair” that he go on location for a number of weeks after taking care of his and Jolie’s six children while she made a string of movies.

Fascinating.

Hate to break it to the magazine, though, but this rumor of a Russian rift between Pitt and Jolie just isn’t true.

There is no shooting schedule for The Tiger, and Pitt’s role as a star isn’t even confirmed.

Let’s also do what In Touch won’t and inject some common sense. Pitt and Jolie obviously discussed his (possible) involvement in The Tiger — and its isolated location — before any decision was made. He wouldn’t have signed to shoot the film without telling her first.

Once again, it’s a case of the tabloid looking to create strife where none exists.

Like Siberia, that’s just cold.

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Ryan O’Neal is not having a ‘Love Story’ with Cheryl Tiegs

 

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In a piece titled, “Love Story II: Ryan O’Neal looking for happy endings with Cheryl Tiegs,” the National Enquirer alleges that Tiegs “comforted grieving Ryan” at the funeral of his longtime love Farrah Fawcett, and over the past year since then, their friendship has grown into a “full-blown love affair.”

As an example, claims the Enquirer, “The pair came as a couple to the book-signing party for Raquel Welch’s new memoir, ‘Beyond the Cleavage’” on May 6.

O’Neal and Tiegs – a “full-blown love affair”?

Actually, it’s the tab just blowing more smoke.

A source, who was at the Welch party and knows the parties involved, tells Gossip Cop O’Neal and Tiegs didn’t attend the event “as a couple.”

“He came with [daughter] Tatum [O’Neal] and a couple of other friends,” says Gossip Cop’s insider, who added, “They ran into each other and chatted briefly… There is no ‘love affair’ nor has there ever been one.”

End of (love) story.

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