Sideshow: Not Broadway time for LaBeouf

Mumford & Sons - (from left) Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, and Winston Marshall - got a Grammy sales bump.
Mumford & Sons - (from left) Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, and Winston Marshall - got a Grammy sales bump. (AP)
Posted: February 23, 2013

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was all psyched to make his Broadway stage debut in Orphans, Philadelphia playwright Lyle Kessler's famed '83 play set in North Philly. It costars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. Well, he'll have to wait for another show: Shia has dropped out. Producers say it's due to "creative differences."

Sources tell People mag the actor clashed constantly with director Daniel Sullivan, while the New York Daily News suggests Shia also had problems with Baldwin.

"Alec is who he is, you are who you are, you two are incompatible," Sullivan told Shia in an e-mail reprinted by the News. Other e-mails suggest Shia and Alec remain on good terms.

When celebs love: Michael Bublé

"I'm more in love with my wife than I ever was," Michael Bublé, 37, tells Entertainment Tonight Canada about his wife Luisana Lopilato's pregnancy. (Did you just get goose bumps, too?) Bublé, who wrote "Haven't Met You Yet" for the 25-year-old Argentine actress, says she has cravings most carnivorous. "Some [pregnant] women crave pickles or ice cream. My wife wants blood sausages," he says. "Sausage made of congealed blood."

Bublé said his parents recently told him the secret of a successful marriage. "I asked them, 'How do [you] do it?' " says Bublé. "My dad said, 'I love your mom a lot, but the key is I like her.' "

Princess Diana gowns for sale

Be part of living history: Wear Princess Diana's gowns. (Or seal them in plastic, frame 'em, and hang 'em on your walls.)

Ten designer outfits created by the likes of Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, and Bruce Oldfield for the British royal will be put on the block March 19 at Kerry Taylor's auction house in London (

They include a Victor Edelstein-designed, midnight blue, silk velvet off-shoulder number Diana wore as she danced with John Travolta at an '85 state dinner chez Ronald and Nancy Reagan's White House. It's valued at nearly $458,000. The dresses are part of a consignment initially sold by Diana in '97 at a charity auction.

A steal for Eddie & LeAnn

Despite another volley of verbal venom spat his way this week by ex-wife Brandi Glanville, Eddie Cibrian, 39, and wife of 22 months LeAnn Rimes, seem so confident about their marriage they've put down $3 mil for a Spanish-style L.A. manse. It probably didn't hurt that the shack went for half its '06 value, says real estate site Trulia.

Post-Grammy album chart race

Sales of Brit folkies Mumford & Sons' LP Babel have soared since it won Album of the Year at the Grammys. It's No. 1 on the Billboard album charts, moving 185,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Second place goes to 2013 Grammy Nominees, a compilation album featuring the Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Gotye. It sold 87,000 units. Bruno Mars' Grammy night performance gave a helping hand to his record Unorthodox Jukebox, which is at No. 3 with 86,000.

Gossip petits fours

Preliminary autopsy results confirm that country singer Mindy McCready's death was a suicide, the Cleburne County, Ark., sheriff said in a statement. . . . Lindsay Lohan's name doesn't exactly spell confidence, so she needed Charlie Sheen's help to borrow a $1,750 metallic-beaded Theia gown to attend the amFAR fund-raiser Feb. 6. Us Weekly says it was torn to shreds when LiLo returned it. . . . Fox News rock star Bill O'Reilly, whose books include biographies of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, will release his next, Killing Jesus: A History, on Sept. 24. . . . Mike Tyson is suing Live Nation-owned financial services firm SFX Financial, claiming one of its financial advisers embezzled $300,000 from the former boxer. Live Nation has yet to comment. . . . Conan O'Brien will be the lead guest star at the White House Correspondents' Association's annual din-din with President Obama on April 27. . . . GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) will present CNN's Anderson Cooper with its Vito Russo Award, which honors openly gay media personalities who have made a difference in promoting equality. It'll be presented at GLAAD's 24th annual ceremony on March 16. . . . Glee's Jane Lynch will replace Katie Finneran as the evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the current Broadway revival of Annie.

Ja Rule: From prison to prison . . .

Ja Rule ( Jeffery Atkins), 36, on Thursday was scheduled to leave an Upstate New York prison after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession.

He won't be free, but transferred straight into federal custody, since he still has about six months left to serve in a federal tax case. But he may avoid more time behind bars. The rapper-actor's lawyer says Rule may be eligible for a halfway house.

Casting call: Be an Eagles cheerleader!

The Eagles this spring are working hard to come up with the right 38 women who'll make up their cheerleading squad, and they're ready to audition newcomers.

High-school graduates over 18 may show up for a free open-call audition at Lincoln Financial Field on March 23 at 11 a.m.

Last year a record 500 women turned up.

To help wannabes prepare, the Eagles also are holding two optional workshops, on March 5 and 13.


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