Tattle: '50 Shades of White House' in the works?

Posted: September 21, 2012

SOME DAYS, scouring the Internet like a Loofah to get the truth on some rumor - so you don't have to - gives Tattle a headache.

Take Monica Lewinsky.


The newsroom was a titter (or perhaps a Twitter) Thursday when stories started to pop up everywhere - like moles in a game of Whac-a-Mole - that Monica was going to receive many, many dollars for a tell-all book on her affair with then-President Bill Clinton and his insatiable desire for three-way sex.

Newsday said Monica was shopping a "top-secret" book.

The Washington Post said her "steamy account" could fetch $12 million.

The Los Angeles Times, Slate and Forbes said she was getting the $12 million.

The Huffington Post headline, however, over a story by Naughty But Nice Rob, said "Monica Lewinsky Not Planning Book On Clinton Affair, Say Sources."

So, to summarize our reading of about 20 articles on this very important topic:

1. Bill Clinton was a kinky hound.

2. Monica Lewinsky is going to write a tell-all about their affair for a huge payday.

3. Monica Lewinsky is not going to write a tell-all about their affair because it was 14 years ago and she's moved on.

Well, everyone seems to be able to agree on 1.

'Innocence' remains

Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appeared in the anti-Muslim film "Innocence of Muslims" that purportedly sparked violence in the Middle East, lost her legal challenge on Thursday to have the 14-minute trailer taken down from YouTube.

( Note: When Daily News film critic Gary Thompson doesn't like a movie, he gives it one star; he doesn't riot.)

Garcia on Wednesday filed suit for fraud and slander against YouTube owner Google and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the video who has since gone into hiding.

She claimed that she had been duped by Nakoula and that the script she saw referenced neither Muslims nor the Prophet Muhammad. She also said her voice had been dubbed.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin rejected Garcia's request to have the video removed because she wasn't able to produce any agreement she had with the makers of "Innocence of Muslims" and Nakoula hadn't been served with a copy of her lawsuit.

YouTube has refused requests to remove the clip, but the company has blocked users in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Indonesia and India from viewing it because it violates laws in those countries.


* Anyone who drives has heard of speed traps, but what about weed traps?

Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple has been arrested on charges of hashish possession at a west Texas town after a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog detected pot in her tour bus.

Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rusty Flemming said Apple spent Wednesday night in jail and was released Thursday on a $10,000 bond.

Fleming said Apple "had a little tiny amount of pot and hash." Hashish in any quantity is a felony in Texas.

The Sierra Blanca checkpoint inspects thousands of vehicles daily and sends the town thousands of drug cases yearly.

Roger Ebert is receiving an award from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute for his support of independent cinema.

Sundance leaders said Thursday that Ebert will receive their Vanguard Leadership Award at a benefit for the institute June 5 in Los Angeles.

Redford says Ebert was one of the institute's first supporters when Sundance was founded in 1980 to support independent film.

Ebert, 70, has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967.

Scarlett Johansson is clawing her way back onto Broadway, to play Maggie in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." It will be Scarlett's first time back since winning a Tony for Arthur Miller's "A View from a Bridge" in 2010.

( Note to tourists: This is not "Cats on a Hot Tin Roof.")

"Cat" will begin previews at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Dec. 18 and open Jan. 17.

Beyonce and Carole King are joining Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys at Keys' annual Black Ball event.

Beyonce and King will perform at the fundraising gala for Keys' charity Keep a Child Alive on Nov. 1 at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom. The night will honor Winfrey and Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo for their philanthropic efforts. Keys, Kidjo and rock group Alabama Shakes will also perform.

Whoopi Goldberg will emcee.

Ben Vereen has filed for divorce from Nancy Bruner Vereen, his wife of 36 years.

L.A. court records show that Vereen filed the petition on Thursday, citing - what else - irreconcilable differences. He is asking the court to terminate his estranged wife's ability to collect spousal support.

Demi Lovato has teamed with Secret deodorant to spearhead an anti-bullying campaign aimed at girls called "Mean Stinks."

* Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York, CBS chief exec Les Moonves said that "I Love Lucy," which hasn't aired a new episode in more than 50 years, still delivers about $20 million in revenue a year to the company's bottom line.

Sometimes content really is king.

He also talked about why online services haven't killed syndication.

According to the Los Angeles Times, CBS dramas such as "NCIS" and "CSI" have done well in syndication in part because each episode is self-contained. Serialized shows do well on DVD and services such as Netflix because viewers can can call in sick to work and spend their whole day watching "Game of Thrones."

Summing up his tenure at CBS, Moonves said, "We are the least-sexy network; we get less buzz. All we do is get more viewers and more money."

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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