Woody, whose pics have been beautified by Scarlett Johansson, Hayley Atwell, Penélope Cruz, and Evan Rachel Wood, really digs Carla. Asked in a post on Carla's website what celeb he'd like to see act, the Dalai Lama or Queen Elizabeth II, Woody said Carla. "She has charisma. . . . I could give her any role at all."
CBS: We'll add more gay characters
CBS ent. prez Nina Tassler
said the Eye plans to add more gay characters in response to a GLAAD study that says that of CBS's 132 series regulars, none are gay. (The report says 3 percent of characters on the big five networks - NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and the CW - are gay.)
"We're not happy with ourselves," Tassler said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. She said gay dudes (and dudettes?) will be added to $#*! My Dad Says, Rules of Engagement, and The Good Wife.
Mel Report No. 908,432,034
You can't exorcise neuroses without finding the root cause, that Freud
It seems TMZ may have found one of the underground wells from which spews the acrimony between Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva. It's . . . drumroll . . . "the placenta factor." (Sounds like a sci-fi flick.)
Anon Oksana buds tell TMZ that hours before Mel chewed Oksana out during a Feb. 18 phone call, he became cross with her during a placenta-burying ritual in honor of their baby Lucia. Seems Oksana smiled at the gardener, which set Mel off.
Mel Report No. 908,432,035
RadarOnline, which has skillfully exploited the Mel-Oksana tragedy for weeks, says the audio recordings it has released came from Oksana's voicemail. Mel, the site says, called Oksana 30 times on Feb. 18, leaving eight voicemail messages. Oksana has told police Mel terrorized her with "a stream of harassing and threatening telephone calls" after she fled Mel's house that evening.
Monjack pilfered Brittany's $$$? Brittany Murphy
's former biz manager, Jeffrey Morgenroth
, tells People that, between the actress' death in December and the time her husband, Simon Monjack
, died in May, he had squandered 80 percent of her fortune. Murphy left her entire estate to her mother, Sharon Murphy
. So how did Monjack get his hands on the money? And where did it all go?
Photos that will tear them apart!
So shrieks Star mag, which has published eight !shocking!
photos of Angelina Jolie
from her !shocking!
days as an enfant terrible.
In a report excerpted by Jezebel.com, Star opines that the photos will so !shock! Brad Pitt, he'll dump the now "highly respected goodwill ambassador." The pics were allegedly taken in '99 during a (!shocking!) heroin binge. Angie sports a dog collar in one. She's topless save for two bits of duct tape placed over strategic spots. Star's report coincides with the release of Andrew Morton's tell-all Angie bio, which - surprise! - coincides with Angie's global promo campaign for Salt.
Old Spice Guy rules! Old Spice Guy
's film and TV career is booming: He's just been cast in Jennifer Aniston
's Horrible Bosses
, says the Hollywood Reporter. Who is OSG? That'd be former NFL player Isaiah Mustafa
, famed for starring in a series of Old Spice ads.
According to Nielsen data, sales of the men's toiletry line have gone up 107 percent in the last month as a result of Mustafa's ads. "It's a dream come true," says Old Spice Guy. Mustafa says he's not a ladies' man like his Old Spice alter ego: "If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out."
Waiting for his chance
Sir Paul McCartney
, who sang for President Obama
and first lady Michelle Obama
June 2 at the White House, says he'd been waiting since the 2008 election for a chance to croon for the prez. "I knew it the minute he was elected," Sir Paul tells USA Today. "I was hoping for an occasion."
Sir Paul says he already had a song picked out: "Michelle." The former Beatle says he was a bit flustered at the event.
"It was quite nerve-racking, because Obama started singing, including the French lyrics," he says. "They looked like a couple of 17-year-olds, and I was the troubadour serenading them. That was a great feeling."
Eminem is a conquering hero
Detroit rapper Eminem
's new CD, Recovery
, rules Billboard's album charts for a fifth week, having sold 187,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. To date, Slim Shady's CD has sold 1.7 mil units. Fellow hip-hop artist Rick Ross
' Teflon Don
debuted at No. 2, with 176,000 sales, becoming his first album not to debut at No. 1. Non-rapping chick-rock hero Sheryl Crow
is at No. 3 with 100 Miles From Memphis
Tidbits 'n' pieces
The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, is mounting a solo show of paintings and drawings by Rolling Stones
guitarist Ronnie Wood
, the Vindicator newspaper says. Wood, 63, will attend the Sept. 21 opening. . . . Angelina Jolie on Wednesday told reporters in Seoul, South Korea, that she was given a tutorial on the plight of defectors from impoverished North Korea. "I'm very concerned about the people," says Jolie of reports of human-rights abuses in the dictatorship. . . . CSI: Miami
's Emily Procter
, 41, is pregnant with her first child with her bf, musician Paul Bryan
, E! News reports. . . . Steven Spielberg
tells USA Today he'll jump back in the director's saddle next week for the first time since 2008. The Jaws
helmer is shooting War Horse
, a World War I-era drama about a farmhand who has a special relationship with a horse. . . . Allegedly egomaniacal mega-narcissist warbler Kanye West
has joined Twitter. . . . Christie Brinkley
has put her five-bedroom Long Island house up for sale for $15.75 mil. . . . Bachelor
alumna Melissa Rycroft Strickland
, 27, and her hubby, insurance agent Tye Strickland
, are expecting a baby in February.
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