This stoner digs Occupy Wall Street
Teen role model turned gangsta rebel Miley Cyrus, 19, who recently declared herself "a stoner" and a Bob Marley fan, has joined fellow transgressive radical artists Sonic Youth, Tom Morello, Talib Kweli, Russell Simmons, Mark Ruffalo, and Lupe Fiasco in support of the anticorporate greed protest movement Occupy Wall Street. Miley has released a new video featuring a remix of her tune "Liberty Walks" with footage of the protest. The vid opens with a dedication "to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in."
Spidey forks over $80K in winnings
Tobey Maguire has agreed to settle a lawsuit seeking to unburden him of $311,000 he won from conman Brad Ruderman, who is serving a 121-month prison term for using a Ponzi scheme to defraud friends and family members of $25 million. Maguire is one of 22 poker winners being sued by bankruptcy trustees trying to recoup money Ruderman took off his victims. The trustees argue that the card players have no right to keep what was essentially stolen money.
Maguire has agreed to cough up $80,000 to settle. Trustees say they have recouped $1.7 mil from 13 other players who have settled. The Spider-Man star stipulates in the settlement that he "strongly disputes that he violated any laws."
Ritchie: Enjoyed Madonna marriage
British Snatch helmer Guy Ritchie had a small cult following until Dec. 22, 2000, when he entered the stunning glare of global publicity by marrying history's most famous sensual diva next to Cleopatra. We speak, of course, of Madonna. After nearly eight years and two sons, it was all over. At the time, Ritchie called the marriage a "circus," saying he had a tough time dealing with Madge's preternatural fame.
His estimation of the marriage has mellowed. "I enjoyed my first marriage," Ritchie tells Details mag. "It's definitely not something I regret. . . . I love the kids that came out of it." Ritchie does admit it was tough: "I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life." Asked what he learned from the marriage, Ritchie says, "when you end up with a lot of the things you set out to chase and find that you've stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories, then you become deeply philosophical."
Justin Bieber is No. 1 Web search
Canadian teenage singing sensation Justin Bieber is the No. 1 most searched celebrity of the year, says Web search engine Bing.
The Bieb, who was in second place last year, is the only male to make the Top 10. Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga round out the top five.
Teen star: Media destroyed me
Charlotte Church, 25, the most recent star to testify at the Leveson Inquiry, the media ethics investigation of Hackergate at the High Court in London, testified on Monday that she was persuaded as a 13-year-old to waive her £100,000 ($154,930) fee to sing at Rupert Murdoch's '99 wedding to Wendi Deng in exchange for good notices in the media baron's newspapers. But Murdoch, she said, didn't really keep his word.
Instead of good press, Church said she was dogged by years of merciless coverage in the British tabloids. "Mr. Murdoch's newspapers have since been some of the worst offenders," Church said, "so much so that I have sometimes felt that there has actually been a deliberate agenda."
Church said the tabs printed lewd suggestions about her sex life when she was 17, exposed her father's infidelity and her mother's suicide attempt, and so badly caricatured her as an artist that her "credibility has been blown to bits."
Nettles weds former model
Jennifer Nettles, 37, who founded the country duo Sugarland with Kristian Bush, has founded another partnership: a marriage. The singer donned an Alexander McQueen gown on Saturday to say her I do's to former male model Justin Miller in an intimate ceremony in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, People says. Miller, who has been dating Nettles for two years, appeared in the '06 Sugarland vid of "Want To."
Any hot chili for Philly?
Red Hot Chili Peppers said Monday they will launch the North American leg of their I'm With You World Tour Jan. 25 with a show in Charlotte, N.C. Five other dates have so far been announced, all in the South. More dates will be posted on http://livechilipeppers.com.
Today in EntBiz news
Jennifer Lopez will perform at a mall opening Thursday - in Casablanca. Called the Morocco Mall, the consumer paradise will be "the first and only destination mall in Africa and the Mediterranean region," says a PR statement.
The New York Post reveals that less than a third of the $16 mil raised last year by Wyclef Jean for earthquake relief in Haiti ever made it to its destination. Jean's group, Yéle Haiti, the Post claims, paid out millions in business contracts, including more than $350,000 to a Florida company run by Jean's brother-in-law, Warnel Pierre. Jean has yet to respond.
Regis Philbin tells the New York Post he is developing a family talent show.
Hugh Laurie tells Brit tab Daily Record he will retire from acting when his House stint is over.
Christian Bale tells the Philippine Daily Inquirer that both he and director Christopher Nolan will retire from Batman pictures after The Dark Knight Rises is released.
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