The week in Celebrityville

Posted: July 21, 2014

REMEMBER how exhilarating last week was with the LeBron Decision 2014, taking his talents home to Cleveland? It all stopped Thursday with the passings of notable artistic types (irrascible actress Elaine Stritch, musician Jonny Winter and lovable nerd Archie) and some unforeseen, heavy global events. Sigh. Carry on.


* Lifelong rocker Sir Mick Jagger opened up during a "Today" show interview about his late lady friend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed suicide in March. Calling 2014 a "very hard year," Jagger said he's dealing with the loss by throwing himself into touring with the Rolling Stones and producing a James Brown biopic.

"I'm doing OK. It's difficult," he said. "[I've had] a lot of support . . . and I appreciate that."

* Pop music's Dennis the Menace, that's Justin Bieber to you, has found another chance to step in it: the Biebs has been photographed allegedly drinking brews at a West Hollywood nightclub, a violation of California's strict age-limit laws. For you and me, at least. Cherry the on sundae? Dude was hanging with singer-felon Chris Brown. Both are on probation.


* Lady Gaga's former assistant, Jennifer O'Neill, may be in for a payday as much as $1 million from Simon & Schuster to dish about the flamboyant singer in a book, now titled "Fame Monster," reports.

La Gaga called O'Neill "a f---ing hood rat" after the ex-wingwoman filed suit against the singer for $393,000 in overtime plus damages, the paper said.

* Filmmaker Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles set for release in fall 2015. The doc will interview the two surviving members of the Fab Four - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.


Star magazine reported that Paige Butcher, the model girlfriend of actor/funny guy Eddie Murphy, is preggers with his ninth child, but a rep for the star denied the report. "Not true," the spokesman told WENN.


* A London woman spent $30,000 and unspecified time in surgery to look just like Kim Kardashian. "I thought she was so beautiful and I really wanted to be like her," said Claire Leeson, 24, who is $10,000 in debt. She plans on undergoing more procedures: "I'm unstoppable."

Oh god, please stop it.

* Marvel Comics has tinkered with Thor, the God of Thunder introduced in 1962, by adding tatas and deeming her a woman. So to reiterate, Thor is female.

Funny, No More

* Late night host Chelsea Handler got into some hot water with Jewish leaders after an Adolf Hitler skit on her show, "Chelsea Lately." Her sidekick Chuy Bravo was dressed as the Nazi leader and there was mention of Germany winning the World Cup.

* "Orange Is The New Black" actor Jason Biggs got into some trouble when he tweeted a one-liner about trying to sell his Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles, shortly after Flight 17 had been shot down. He quickly expressed sympathy for the victims and their families but was quickly blasted by the Twittersphere.

He refused to apologize for the joke, lashing out further on Twitter: "Hey all you 'too soon' assh---- - it's a f---ing joke. You don't have to think it's funny, or even be on my twitter page at all."

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