Sideshow: Zeta-Jones treated

ROBYN BECK / AFP, Getty Images
ROBYN BECK / AFP, Getty Images
Posted: April 14, 2011

We do so like to make light of just about every piece of detritus that floats around in the galaxy where Hollywood stars like Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan live, it seems, to do the kind of high jinks that keep us feeling blessed. It is so much more entertaining than acknowledging that celebrities might face the same challenges as do we mere lowly paid humans. Then comes the news that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones recently was treated for bipolar disorder after helping her husband, Michael Douglas, survive a bout last year with advanced throat cancer. Her publicist said in a statement Wednesday that, "After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder." She gets courage kudos for seeking treatment and making her condition public - and wishes for good health for her and hubby.

Greed never sleeps

"Greed is good," Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko said in 1987's Wall Street, but the actor disagrees when it comes to his ex-wife and the sequel. He split from Diandra Douglas in 2003, but their lawyers were in a New York court Tuesday because she wants half of his cut from 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Douglas' spokesperson noted the actor's bout with throat cancer and said Diandra should "should be ashamed of herself," especially since she already is getting at least a $51 million settlement. Said the ex-Mrs. Douglas: "I've always behaved as a lady, and I always intend to do so in the future. . . . I think the facts speak for themselves." Of course, in divorces - and especially in celebrity divorces - facts can be fuzzy.

O interviews O and O, OK?

Oprah Winfrey has landed Barack and Michelle Obama as guests. The president and first lady will tape their segment April 27 in Chicago, and the show is scheduled to air May 2. Meanwhile, Winfrey is asking advertisers for oh, so very much money to buy pitch time on her daytime talk show's finale, which is scheduled for May 25. The cost? A mere $1 million for 30 seconds, more than last year's Lost and 24 finales fetched, even though her audience is smaller, says Horizon Media researcher Brad Adgate. (Hmmm, we wonder if media researchers also take industry-appropriate aliases like, well, Adgate?) Then again, the Friends finale commanded twice as much in May 2004. Funny, not even a hint yet that Winfrey is working a deal to give everyone in America a new car. Figures.

'Not!' and 'Psych!' go digital

The man who gave us truthiness, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, has created a Twitter craze while lampooning a senator. The comic's @StephenAtHome posted more than 40 outrageous "nonfacts" on Tuesday, followed by the hash tag "#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement." (A hash-tag symbol is to Twitter what a Dewey Decimal Classification number is to library books - it helps you find similar topics.)

And so Colbert tweeted: "Jon Kyl can unhinge his jaw like a python to swallow small rodents whole. #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement." The hash-tag gag then caught on, inspiring thousands of imitators and retweeters.

The Arizona Republican's office originated the "not intended to be a factual statement" phrase when it tried to brush off criticism of Kyl's recent claim that "if you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does" - a number that is actually about 3 percent, Colbert said in explaining his decision "to celebrate Jon Kyl's excuseplanation . . . by tweeting round-the-clock nonfacts about him."

The first tweet: "Jon Kyl is one of Gaddafi's sexy female ninja guards #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement." Other examples: "Jon Kyl has a shrine to Scooter from The Muppet Show" . . . "Jon Kyl once ate a badger he hit with his car" . . . "Once a year, Jon Kyl retreats to the Arizona desert and deposits 2 million egg sacs under the sand."   By Wednesday afternoon, the rate of related tweets by Colbert and others was more than 50 a minute. The rate of a response from Kyl's office to Colbert's tweetiness? As of this writing, zero per day.

Amazing, baby!

Who, besides JLo, has made People magazine's "Most Beautiful" issue, which officially hits newsstands Friday?       Other "beauties and hotties" posed and posted were actor Zac Efron, Water for Elephants star Reese Witherspoon, Jackie Kennedy impersonator Katie Holmes, Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds, Weight Watchers spokes-idol Jennifer Hudson, R&B star Bruno Mars, and Dancing With the Stars contestant Kendra Wilkinson, wife of ex-Eagles receiver Hank Baskett

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'X Factor' tryouts in N.J.

We're not sure how having "New Jersey attitude and swagger" amounts to star power, but that's what X Factor producer Simon Cowell says he hopes to see Friday at auditions in Newark. The American version of his British hit invites groups as well as solo acts, with anyone 12 or older eligible, to try out at the Prudential Center. For more details, go to http://thexfactor.blogs.fox.com. On second thought, how could we forget Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and the Four Seasons, all Jersey-bred?

Ups and downs

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard got knocked out in Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night (While we thrive on being unpredictable, periodically we cannot resist the obvious, like using a boxing term for Sugar Ray.) "That's life, and I put up a good fight," Leonard said. "I will cherish this moment - great friends, great people, great show." He was partners with pro Anna Trebunskaya, who said, "The boxer became a ballet dancer!" For the second consecutive week, actress Kirstie Alley (who is describing her DWTS experience as "really cathartic") and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, survived shoe and body-part mishaps. Also still dancing are actors Ralph Macchio and Chelsea Kane, athletes Hines Ward and Chris Jericho, model Petra Nemcova, singer Romeo, and Kendra Wilkinson.


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