Tattle: Brolin, Lane headed for divorce

Posted: February 22, 2013

WAS IT INFIDELITY? Was it booze? Was Barbra Streisand a pushy mother-in-law?

One of the prettiest couples in Hollywood, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin, are divorcing after eight years of marriage.

A rep for the couple confirmed the split Thursday. Brolin and Lane were married in 2004 in the second marriage for both.

They have no children . . . together. Lane was previously married to Christopher Lambert and they have a 19-year-old daughter. Brolin was previously married to Alice Adair and they have an 18-year-old daughter and a 24-year-old son.

The separation was first reported by Us Weekly.

One Scary judge

One of our great mysteries has been solved - we now know who is going to replace Sharon Osbourne as a judge on "America's Got Talent."

Of course, she has to be British.

Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown will take her seat between Howie Mandel and Howard Stern when the variety competition show returns for its eighth season this summer.

Brown has oodles of reality-TV experience. She was previously a contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." In 2010, she starred with her family in a reality series for The Style Network.

She recently completed a two-season run as judge on the Australian edition of "The X Factor" and for one season was co-host of the Australian "Dancing With the Stars."

* In other talent-show news, "Latin American Idol" winner Martha Heredia was charged with drug smuggling after police found heroin stuffed in the heels of her platform shoes, authorities said Thursday.

Heredia was arrested late Wednesday as she was about to board a plane to New York, said Frank Duran, the National Drug Control Agency's director for the city of Santiago.

He said police found 2.9 pounds of heroin in the heels of three pairs of shoes packed in her suitcase. Police interrogated Heredia to determine whether she was working as a mule for a drug-trafficking organization.

This wasn't the first brush with the law for the 22-year-old Dominican singer. In December 2010, she hit and killed a teenage Haitian boy with her car as he tried to cross a highway on foot. She was later ordered to pay his family some $275,000 as part of a lawsuit. The boy's relatives were angered that she did not meet with them to offer her condolences.

In late 2011, Heredia produced her first album, "Lose or Win," which she recorded in Mexico for Sony Music. The first single did not do well.


* According to 24/7 Molly Eich-

el, who's replaced TV-watching, cereal-eating 0/7 Dan Gross, Philly girl Amber Rose gave birth to a son Thursday. Proud dad Wiz Khalifa tweeted out the announcement, revealing the boy's name as Sebastian "The Bash" Taylor Thomaz.

(The baby's birth certificate may differ.)

* Hurry on down to Liquorville,

people. Justin Timberlake is returning to host "SNL" on March 9. The following week he'll spend five nights on Jimmy Fallon's show.

* The Asbury Park Press reports

that the 2BR cottage in Long Branch, N.J., where Bruce Springsteen wrote "Born To Run" is for sale for a mere $350,000.

Real-estate agent Susan McLaughlin says tourists stop by the house "all the time" although that may not be a selling point to any new owner.

Making the sale more complicated, the 5BR residence, which the cottage is a part of, has three owners. Two of them may be willing to keep their shares.

* Nielsen, the company that measures television viewership, will soon begin counting the TV viewing of people who watch programming through broadband - game consoles, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, etc.

Starting in September, Nielsen will begin tracking the habits of these homes.

So get all your kinky viewing habits out of the way now.

* A California judge has ruled

that Activision Blizzard did not violate an agreement with Axl Rose to prevent the inclusion of Slash in a "Guitar Hero" video game and has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Guns N' Roses frontman.

Rose sued Activision in November 2010, seeking $20 million in damages from the company. He claimed he allowed Activision to use "Welcome to the Jungle" in the game on the condition that Slash and his band, Velvet Revolver, not appear in the game.

Superior Court Judge Charles

Palmer agreed with attorneys for Activision that the gaming company never agreed to keep Slash's likeness out of the game.

Ja Rule has left an upstate New

York prison after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession. But instead of heading home, he's off to federal custody in a tax case.

Tattle keeps warning celebs - the IRS ain't messin' around.

Lady Gaga posted on her blog

late Wednesday that she had hip surgery.

She thanked her fans in the post, saying they gave her "a lot of strength."

Just not in her hip.

* "Factor" bloviator Bill O'Reil-

ly is following his best-selling books Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy with Killing Jesus: A History.

The book will be published on Sept. 24.

O'Reilly's collaborator will again be Martin Dugard.

Like O'Reilly's other books, it should be suitable for Killing Time.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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