'Fault' fans searching Amsterdam for 'Stars,' miss bench

Posted: July 03, 2014


The bench upon which the star-crossed teenage lovers kiss in the hit film "The Fault in Our Stars" is missing, and the city of Amsterdam isn't quite sure whether it's the fault of a prank, star-crossed lovers or fate.

The fact is no one even missed it.

The green bench that used to sit on the Leidsegracht resembles hundreds of others around the city, and its absence went unnoticed for at least a month - probably because someone placed a large flower pot on the spot.

Suspects include the city itself, which may have simply taken the old bench away for repairs, as well as neighbors unhappy with extra tourist traffic, vandals or even fans wanting to own a small piece of film history.

"It's a bit embarrassing, because we do keep good track of them, but it's gone all right," said city spokesman Stephan van der Hoek.

He said yesterday that the bench will be replaced within weeks, assuming that the city's works department has a replacement in stock. He said that visiting fans of the "Fault" movie had begun asking where the bench was - perhaps because maps of significant sites from its 2013 filming have begun to circulate.

"Keep your eyes on eBay," van der Hoek quipped.

England has new queen

Country queen Dolly Parton made her first appearance ever this year on the main stage at the music festival at Glastonbury and by all accounts was the hit of the show.

WENN reported that organizer Emily Eavis, whose father founded the event in 1970, said that Dolly attracted the biggest crowd of the festival, greater than the fest's other headliners, Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.

Eavis said Dolly's Glastonbury crowd may have been the biggest ever.

Tattle rehab

According to WENN, the oft-inappropriate Shia LaBeouf has reportedly checked into a private rehab facility in L.A., days after making an obscene scene at a Broadway production of "Cabaret."

Auf Wiedersehen, Shia.

Shia was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment last week.

In Touch magazine reports - exclusively - that Portia de Rossi (a/k/a Mrs. Ellen DeGeneres) secretly checked into rehab in early May.

Well, it was a secret then.

An anonymous source said that Portia entered the Passages Malibu rehab facility for a 30-day treatment, so she should be out by now. More than a decade ago, Portia sought treatment for an eating disorder.

The source said that Ellen visited Portia every weekend.

Robin Williams is reconnecting with the 12-step program during a brief stay at a Minnesota facility.

A spokeswoman for Robin says that he planned the visit as a respite to recharge after more than 18 straight months of work.

Publicist Mara Buxbaum said that Robin is "taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."

Williams has been open about the challenges of maintaining sobriety. He sought treatment in 2006 when he relapsed and returned to drinking after 20 years.


* While Lou Reed was walking on the wild side, he must have been investing wisely.

The Velvet Underground frontman and longtime solo artist, who died in October at age 71, left an estate worth more than $20 million to his wife - musician Laurie Anderson - and his sister.

The sum doesn't include the East Hampton home Reed bought for about $1.5 million in 2009 or his multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartment.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is joining the cast of "Criminal Minds" this fall.

She will play Kate Callahan, a seasoned undercover agent - her last case was working in a massage parlor on "The Client List" - whose superior work at the FBI - she gave a great massage - has earned her a place in the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

CBS says her "Criminal Minds" character will be introduced in the series' 10th-season premiere, set to air Oct. 1.

* The latest addition to Amazon.com's "Pilot Season" is a thriller titled "Hysteria," to star Mena Suvari.

We mention this only so that readers don't get this show confused with the 2012 movie "Hysteria," the Victorian vibrator romantic comedy starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy and available on cable and DVD.

* Here's some advice from Megan Fox in the August issue of Cosmopolitan:

"Women don't have to be desperate and try so hard. Allow yourself to be strong and powerful and men will be crawling on their hands and knees."

Thanks, Megan.

* For those of you concerned about former Eagle Hank Baskett's marriage to Kendra Wilkinson after it was reported that Hank had been fooling around with transgender model Ava London, TMZ.com reports that the pair are "still together . . . with issues."

That's what they call it now.


- Daily News wire services

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