Alas, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are still broken up (or have yet to re-re-reconcile). Meanwhile, KStew's mum, Jules Stewart, has filed a restraining order against a neighbor named Sue Bemi. Seems Bemi had gone after JStew charging the Hollywood screenwriter kept dangerous wolves as pets. JStew tells Us Weekly her babies are wolf-dog hybrids.
Gossip petits fours
Hart of Dixie star Jaime King, 34, and her writer-director hub Kyle Newman ( Fanboys), 37, are expecting a baby girl, says Life & Style Weekly. . . . Leonardo DiCaprio had to work his charm extra hard to get British model Cara Delevingne, 20, to give up her phone number, Life & Style also says. . . . Congrats to Farrah Abraham, 21, who out-crassed even Kim Kardashian with her get-famous-quick plan. A week after she got $1 mil for her porn vid, Farrah tells Us Weekly she has been signed to develop her own reality show. . . . Lifetime biopic Anna Nicole, which stars Agnes Bruckner as Anna Nicole Smith, premieres June 29. . . . Paris Hilton, who is in Cannes this week, tells Showbiz411 she's recording an LP of house music. . . . Sandra Bullock's ex-, cycle-boy Jesse James, cut off the end of his right pinky in a machine shop accident. USA Today says docs should be able to sew it back on. . . . Rihanna's ex-tormentor Chris Brown has adopted a yet-to-be-named bulldog puppy. . . . American Idol winner Candice Glover, 23, will release her debut LP Music Speaks on July 16.
Honoring GIF creator
Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF, which brought you Dancing Baby and a lot of other graphics and compressions, received a lifetime achievement award at Tuesday's Webby Awards. That's where Web bigshots get recognized for having big ideas. The GIF is so important that Oxford American Dictionaries made GIF Word of the Year for 2012. But how is the word pronounced? Wilhite has put the debate to rest: "It is a soft G," he tells the New York Times, "pronounced jif. End of story." We bring this information to you as a public service.
- John Timpane
Vampiric LP owns charts
New York alt.rock act Vampire Weekend has secured the top spot on Billboard's album charts with its third LP, Modern Vampires of the City, which sold 134,000 copies in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In a shuddering reminder of the power of big biz, it's only the 19th independently distributed album ever to reach No. 1 since Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan's stats in 1991.
George Strait's Love Is Everything debuted at No. 2 with 125,000 units, while Demi Lovato's Demi captured No. 3 in its debut week with 110,000.
A depressing update
Kim Kardashian is still famous.
Gwyneth Paltrow sells smell
Women's Wear Daily says leading spiritual light Gwyneth Paltrow has been hired by Hugo Boss to shill their new scent, Boss Jour Pour Femme. "The floral-fruity scent has top notes of grapefruit flower and lime, a heart of freesia, lily of the valley and honeysuckle, and white birch and creamy amber at its base," says WWD.
The Will to Power, girl edition
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most powerful gal on the planet, topping Forbes mag's list of the world's most powerful women for the third year in a row. Brazil's prez, Dilma Rousseff, philanthropist Melinda Gates, first lady Michelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton round out the top five. Oprah Winfrey (No. 13) and Beyoncé (No. 17) are the only entertainers who make the top 20.
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