'Hot 'n' Cold' Katy Perry and John Mayer, now cold

Posted: February 28, 2014

ANOTHER DAY, another beautiful couple bites the dust.

Katy Perry and John Mayer have split up again.

E! News (a sort of oxymoron) says the pair parted ways over the past few days.

There are no other details, alas, so we'll speculate: Did their hectic schedules drive a wedge between them? Did they fall in love too hard, too fast and burn out like a firework? Did Katy finally tire of John's whiny warbling? Did Katy like kissing Miley Cyrus a little too much?

And to think, it wasn't long ago when the gossip mags were excited about a Katy/John engagement. Were all those rumors a lot of nonsense?

Us Magazine says the couple has been fighting as Katy prepares for a massive tour.

Katy once called John a "genius" and told E! News, "I've been a fan of John's for years before I got to actually kiss him."

Hmmm. Tattle readers are usually fans until they actually kiss us.

* A potentially bigger problem for Katy? Muslims think her new "Dark Horse" video is blasphemous.


* Vintage Books announced yesterday that sales for E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have reached 100 million copies and have spent 100 weeks on the New York Times' paperback best-seller list. The novels have been translated into 51 languages, including Hebrew, Icelandic and Korean. With a film adaptation planned for 2015, many more sales are likely.

James' books originated as fan fiction inspired by Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" books.

* TheWrap.com says Justin Long has been tapped to star in Fox's comedy pilot "Sober Companion."

He'll play Jeremy, who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean.

Jennie Snyder Urman and our old buddy David S. Rosenthal will write and executive produce.

* Busy Liam Neeson, whose career is "Non-Stop," will play himself in the "Entourage" movie.

Our guess is that when he hears Turtle is dating his daughter, he will say, "I don't know who you are, but if you don't let my daughter go, I will find you and I will kill you."

* A California jury has ordered Lisa Kudrow to pay her former manager $1.6 million in residuals from her work on "Friends."

The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury returned its verdict Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Scott Howard. He claimed he had an oral agreement with Kudrow and was owed a percentage of her earnings on the hit NBC sitcom.

Kudrow contended during the trial that she had already paid Howard more than $11 million before they parted ways in 2007.

City News Service says testimony during the trial indicated that Kudrow was earning more than $1 million per episode by the end of the show's run. Kudrow starred on "Friends" from 1994 to 2004.

Howard worked with Kudrow for 16 years, beginning in 1991.

* A 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue of Marilyn Monroe is headed to New Jersey.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the statue will be transported in April from Palm Springs, Calif., to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.

No upskirts, fellas.

* For people who want to weigh 34,000 pounds, good news: Paula Deen is opening Paula Deen's Kitchen, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Pigeon Forge is a hub for tourists visiting the Dollywood theme park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Paula Deen Ventures said it's pouring $20 million of love, concrete and clarified butter into the 20,000-square-foot restaurant. Earlier this month, Deen's company announced it's getting at least $75 million from a private investment firm.

Deen lost four buffet restaurants in casinos operated by Caesars Entertainment last year during the fallout from a controversy over some remarks about race.

But hey, a lot of people lose at Caesars.

* Producer Will Packer ("Ride Along") and director Malcolm D. Lee ("The Best Man Holiday") have teamed up for a new movie called "Girls Trip."

Neither Packer nor distributor Universal provided any details about the film's subject, but Tattle is going out on a limb to guess that some girls may take a trip and hilarity ensues.

* E! News reports that Hannah's "Girls" "boyfriend" Adam Driver is said to be in final negotiations to star as the villain in "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Proud mama Lena Dunham tweeted: "We're VERY proud of Adam Driver re: Star Wars. He's about to rip a hole in da force. Is that a thing? I guess I should see those movies?"

Gee, Lena, that's what hundreds of millions of "Star Wars" fans just said about your show.

* Independence Bowl Foundation officials say Duck Commander, the company run by the stars of the reality television series "Duck Dynasty," is the new title sponsor of Shreveport's annual college football bowl game.

Officials say Duck Commander COO Willie Robertson also has agreed to restore the word "Independence" to the bowl's name.

Last year it was called the very catchy AdvoCare V100 Bowl.

Another change? Instead of quarterbacks barking out the signals, they'll have to quack them.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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