Sideshow: Sir Paul on approach to 70

Paul McCartney performing Sunday during the Grammy Awards.
Paul McCartney performing Sunday during the Grammy Awards. (MATT SAYLES / Associated Press)
Posted: February 16, 2012

Paul McCartney turns 70 in June, yet the Beatle rocks on.

He says he has already beaten the odds. "You really don't want to go beyond 50," a former manager once told him. "It's going to get embarrassing." So recounts Sir Paul in the March issue of Rolling Stone, a mag founded by kids who thought it was all over at 30.

"I'm never going to believe I'm 70, I don't care what you say," Paul says. "There's a little cell in my brain that's never going to believe that." The singer, who plans to continue recording and touring, says it's simple: "If you're enjoying it, why do something else? And what would you do?" Can Paul see himself jamming onstage at 80? "I can imagine it . . . rocking on until a grand old age. . . . The only thing would be when it's not pleasant anymore," he says.

"But it's way too pleasant at the moment. And it pays. Good gig, man. But I know exactly where you're coming from, though. How long can this go on?"

Lindsay Lohan, who last month was hit with a tax lien of $93,701.57 for failing to pay her 2009 federal taxes, has been bitten again by the jaws of the IRS. E! News reports that the IRS has filed a second lien against LiLo, for failing to pay 2010 taxes.

Already in a hole for the $93 grand, LiLo now owes an additional $140,203.30.

"Lohan's business manager," Lindsay rep Steve Honig tells E! News, "is working out an acceptable arrangement with the IRS."

Sienna Miller engaged to Sturridge?

Sienna Miller's baby bump has been noted on various Fashion Week red carpets in New York. But the Factory Girl star won't confirm - or deny - that she's engaged to the baby's papa, the sweetly intense Brit thesp Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio). Sienna did give away one tantalizing clue: She has been sporting a diamond-and-platinum engagement ring.

Jennifer Aniston: 'I'm not knocked up'

"I'm not having triplets. Not having twins. Nor am I having one baby," Jennifer Aniston tells GQ mag in response to rumors she is carrying beau Justin Theroux's babies. Adds Jen: "I did not elope. . . . You heard it here. I'm not knocked up." Jen, who turned 43 on Saturday, says the public seems fixated on the idea of her becoming a mom. (Makes sense, she was so maternal on Friends.) "I still kind of go with, if it happens, it happens. I'm calm and peaceful with whatever the plan is." Jen costars with Paul Rudd in Wanderlust, opening Feb. 24.

Justin Theroux: 'I am happy'

For his part, Justin tells New York mag he'd rather not discuss his private life with lover Jen. "I understand the curiosity, but other than saying I am happy, I am not going to indulge it," he says. "That's building your own torture device."

The duchess and the Barbie . . .

Anyone can be memorialized with a statue: London's streets are gagging with 'em. A greater honor has been showered upon Britain's young royals with the release of Mattel's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge versions of Barbie and Ken dolls.

Released just in time for their one-year wedding anniversary, the half-pint-size Prince William and Kate Middleton are dolled up in their wedding outfits, including a teeny version of Kate's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown.

Whitney Houston sales skyrocket

 The death of beloved diva Whitney Houston has given the public a hankering to listen to her sounds, and sales of her music have gone through the roof.

Last week saw sales of Houston's albums go up 6,000 percent, with digital downloads leading the way, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The New York Times says Houston sold 101,000 albums in America, up from 1,700 the week before.

Meanwhile, the top 10 album sales on Amazon.com features seven Houston titles  .

Adele again? She rules the charts

Adele's 21 got a gargantuan Grammy's boost this week, selling 237,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard album charts. It's her 20th week in the top 10. The re-formed, David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen debuted at No. 2 with A Different Kind of Truth, which sold 187,000 units, while hits compilation Now 41 enters at No. 3 with 142,000.

'Cougar Town' loses under any name

Courteney Cox may have been onto something when she told USA Today she wished her sitcom Cougar Town could be renamed to better reflect its non-salacious, adult nature. The ABC show returned Tuesday night after a nine-month break to miserable ratings: It drew 4.8 mil viewers, its worst ever.

Rebecca Romijn aims low

Climb Mount Everest? Canoe the entire length of the Amazon? What is the hardest thing you've ever done?

Things are different in Celebdom.

Just ask Rebecca Romijn (who seems naked without the dash-Stamos hyphenate, doesn't she?). RR, 39, has faced untold difficulties since she and hub, Jerry O'Connell, welcomed their twins, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, three years ago. RR has managed, with great heroism, to lose 60 pounds of baby fat.

It was "probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," she tells Fitness mag. Her secret? "I cut out starch, dairy, fat, red meat, alcohol, and sugar."

She costars with Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, and Eddie Cibrian in Tyler Perry's Good Deeds. Despite her svelte upgrade, RR says she'll never pose for Playboy.

Crystal Renn defeats those pounds!

Speaking of weight-battling heroines, People reports that one-time plus-size model Crystal Renn, 25, lost so much weight that she made the cut to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. (A dream for us all.) "I have been a [size] double- zero to a 16, even, for a bit," Renn tells People about the range of body sizes she has inhabited. "Now to settle at a 6 or an 8, it's a really interesting place to be, because there are very few 6's or 8's."

Kate Upton? Not hot enough

Speaking of SI, a Victoria's Secret rep tells the New York Times that Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton isn't good enough to be a Victoria's Secret model.

Her look is "too obvious," says the rep, "with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy." Ouch!


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