"Singers don't get the chance to talk very often," the Maroon 5 frontman tells EW. "I like that I'm not perceived as just a bimbo. I get to use my brain on the show."
The best thing about being a rock star, Levine says, is that it allows him "to spend my whole life fighting to make sure that I could stay a kid as long as possible."
They're taking Halle Berry from us!
The nation's ongoing cultural war with France is about to go nuclear: Halle Berry is going over to the other side. TMZ says Halle has filed court papers in her custody dispute with her baby Nahla's daddy, Gabriel Aubry, declaring her intention to pull up stakes and take Nahla with her to live in France.
She's not going for the escargots: Halle wants to follow her hottie beau, Olivier Martinez, to his homeland. (Could there be a better honey trap than Olivier?) Aubry demands the court not allow Halle to take their daughter with her.
Roland Martin to parley with GLAAD
Suspended CNN news analyst Roland Martin, accused by the gay advocacy org GLAAD of inciting homophobia with his tweets on a certain Super Bowl ad, is making nice. Martin says he wants to set up a parley with the group. "I look forward to meeting with GLAAD in the near future and having a productive dialogue," he says on Twitter. GLAAD replies, "We look forward to a productive dialogue and to working together as well."
'Dr. House' has left the house . . .
Jeeves and Wooster genius Hugh Laurie can finally go back to making more quality (ahem) comedies in his home country. After eight years, 177 episodes, and about 500,000 tabs of Vicodin, Fox is axing House, M.D., which features Laurie as a crankier-than-thou misanthrope doctor with a fierce disposition, a fiercer intellect, and a fiercerest on-and-off Vicodin addiction. USAToday.com says the popular show, which will go out in May, had its biggest season in 2006-07, when it ranked No. 5 and drew nearly 20 mil viewers a week.
A Vegas birthday for Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali's 70th b'day will be celebrated by a gaggle of stars Feb. 18 at the 16th annual Power of Love Gala. The do, which will air as an ABC special on Feb. 25, will feature performances and tributes by Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Common, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Combs, David Beckham, and Larry King. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. Info: www.keepmemoryalive.org
Clothes for the (Sonic) Youth generation
Sonic Youth goddess Kim Gordon, 58, has used her talent for rhythmic dissonance (not to mention her yen for dissonant rhythms) to create a new fashion line for France's Surface to Air brand, reports the New York Times. Gordon, who has a 17-year-old daughter, Coco, with bandmate and estranged hub Thurston Moore, tells the Times, "I'm a mom, but I don't always want to look just like that." Her design philosophy, she says, is based on "the idea of finding things that work and are comfortable, but in which you can still feel like you have an identity."
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Taran Noah Smith, 27, who played Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson's baby-faced youngest son Mark on Home Improvement, has been charged with driving under the influence and possession of hash stemming from an arrest earlier this month in Los Angeles County, says TMZ. . . . Point Break actor Gary Busey has filed for bankruptcy in Los Angeles, saying he owes more than $500,000 in personal debts. . . . Filmmaker-poet James Franco has filmed a moving short filled with music and sentiment and a topless girl in hot jeans (she covers her naked bits with her arms). An entry for arty film fests? Nah, just an ad for a jeans design label, 7 for All Mankind, says celeb blog JustJared.com.
Just two he-men in hospital beds
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 64, has posted a picture showing the former Govinator and fellow madly-manly action hero Sylvester Stallone, 65, lying in adjacent hospital beds with bandaged shoulders. The thesps are palling around after having similar shoulder surgeries, brought on, it seems, by the strain of their latest action flicks.
"After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune-up on my shoulder," Arnold writes.
"Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery. . . . Now we're ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb." Does that attempt at casual humor read as klunky, awkward, and forced to anyone?
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