MARIAH & NICKI QUIT IDOL
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj yesterday confirmed what everyone pretty much already knew, they were not coming back for another season of American Idol. “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” read a tweet from Mariah’s publicist which was later retweeted by the singer. Minaj then followed, tweeting, “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!" Mariah and Nicki join Randy Jackson in saying goodbye to the Fox show and rumor has it Keith Urban will be gone as well. Former Idol contestant and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is reportedly in talks to take one of the judging slots next year.
BYNES DENIES TRAMPOLINE PARK VISIT/STARTS TWITTER WAR WITH PEREZ
NOTE CONTENT: Amanda Bynes is once again lashing out on Twitter, this time at blogger Perez Hilton. After Perez posted a blurry picture of what may have been Amanda at a Buffalo, NY trampoline park, the What a Girl Wants star unloaded on him. “THAT’S NOT ME!” she wrote. “I’m so sick of fake fans such as Perez Hilton! Send the picture to me privately first to confirm that it’s me! I’ve never been to SkyZone! That looks nothing like me! I don’t own a brown wig!” (Really? What about the one she was photographed in last week.) She then got really nasty. “@perezhilton no one wants to s**k your d**k! Stop living! Kill yourself!,” she tweeted. “I look sooooo much better than the girl you hired to look like an awful cheeky version of me! So I’d say F**k You but no one wants to! I just say keep living in your sh*tty existence leaching off of stars who you look, sound, and act nothing like!”
WITNESSES INSIST BYNES WAS AT TRAMPOLINE PARK
But it sounds like Perez Hilton wasn't lying. Folks at SkyZone insist it was Amanda at their facility Wednesday. “Amanda had to sign a waiver," Sky Zone owner Rhonda See told TMZ. "She has the same DOB and same tattoos ... she checked in using her middle name and same last name." Not surprisingly, Amanda exhibited bizarre behavior during her night out, with witnesses saying she seemed frantic and distracted. "She wasn't really listening," said one patron. "She kept leaving the group to go set stuff down and would come back. During the jumping she wasn't able to follow the rules and was even knocked over by a fitness instructor teaching a class." Other witnesses say that after about 20 minutes, she seemed to settle down and have a good time. Adding to the mystery, Bynes was spotted yesterday afternoon in Buffalo, but apparently she didn’t know where she was. TMZ got a hold of the video shot by a “fan,” who said they noticed Bynes wandering around aimlessly. When he asked why she was in Buffalo, Bynes responded, “We’re not in Buffalo.”
SIMPSON TO WED AFTER BABY NUMBER TWO
Jessica Simpson is due to give birth to baby number two next month, and then she plans to focus on another big day in her life – her wedding. Sources tell Us Weekly the Fashion Star judge has been telling friends that she and fiancé Eric Johnson don’t want to put off the wedding any longer. An insider tells the mag that at her baby shower last month she told guests “she wanted to get married a few months after the baby is born.” After delaying her wedding because of baby number two, the source said Jessica was saying, “let’s have this wedding already before I get pregnant with another one!”
GALIFIANAKIS’S DROPS OUT OF PRESS CONFERENCE DUE TO FEAR OF HEIGHTS
Zach Galifianakis pulled out of the Brazilian press conference for The Hangover Part III earlier this week because of his fear of heights. The press day was set to take place on a peak near Sugarloaf Mountain, but Zach’s phobia kept him from getting to the location. “The only way to get up there was by cable car,” a source told the New York Post. “Zach was too afraid to ride up.” A rep for Warner Bros. confirmed that Zach wasn’t able to make it, but said he did call into the press conference to explain “and made a few jokes.”
ANN CURRY HATED BY NEIGHBORS
While most of the public has felt sorry for Ann Curry because of how she was treated by the Today show, her New York City neighbors sure don’t. John Lee and his wife Lynne Lummel live next door to the Upper West Side brownstone Ann and husband Brian Ross bought in 2003. The place has been under construction for the past ten years, making John and Lynne’s life miserable. “On air, Ann comes across as caring and empathetic, a touchy-feely sort of person who wears her emotions on her sleeve,” John told The National Enquirer. “But when the cameras aren't rolling, she's far different from her public persona and not in a good way.” The constant construction has been torture for the couple, and has triggered numerous lawsuits. Worst of all, John says Ann hasn’t ever apologized for the inconvenience she has caused them. Said John, “Our quality of life was destroyed. She's an uncaring , mean-spirited person who cannot bring herself to apologize for her mistakes.”
LINDSAY TRYING TO UNITE FAMILY
Lindsay Lohan is trying to bring her family together while she’s in rehab. According to TMZ, Lindsay, her mother Dina and brother Cody all own an “anchor” necklace, as a symbol of how they are all anchors in each other’s lives, and now she’s decided to buy the same token for her father Michael, sister Ali and brother Michael Jr. She believes it will work as a symbolic gesture to reunite her disjointed family. Lindsay’s counselors think the constant fighting between Dina and Michael is a problem for Lindsay, and they are trying to get the entire family in the same room hoping it will help with rehab. And it seems the former couple may be ready to bury the hatchet for their daughter’s sake. TMZ reports Dina and Michael had dinner together at the W Hotel in Hollywood Wednesday, and seemed to get along. But the truce didn’t last long. TMZ reports that Dina and Michael butted heads yesterday while taping a segment of the conflict resolution talk show The Test. Both parties accused each other of lying about their past, and who was responsible for Lindsay’s problems.
IS MAD MEN HINTING AT MEGAN’S DEATH?
Is Mad Men’s Megan Draper doomed? That’s the speculation on the Internet, after someone on Twitter pointed out that the shirt Jessica Pare wore in Sunday’s episode was identical to one worn by actress Sharon Tate [NOTE CONTENT] in a 1967 Esquire photoshoot. Tate, a model and actress who was married to Roman Polanski, was killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969. When asked if the shirt was chosen because of the Tate connection, costume designer Janie Bryant responded, “no coincidence.” (Which could mean either “it’s no coincidence” or ”no, it was a coincidence.”) And in addition to the fact that like Tate, Megan is an up-and-coming actress, many point to this season’s ongoing theme of fear in Manhattan in the late 60s, as well as the Mad Men season six poster, which featured police officers and possibly a crime scene. They also point out the many random acts of violence this season, including Abe’s first stabbing (not by Peggy) and the Draper family home invasion. And in the home invasion episode, Sally is seen reading Rosemary’s Baby, which was made into a movie directed by Polanski.
TATUM IS A CLOSET FAT KID
Channing Tatum is known for his washboard abs, but admits his body is not always in tip top shape. “I’m a fat kid on the inside. I love food so much, and I fluctuate about 25-30 pounds between movies,” he tells Cosmopolitan. “I feel like I have to do a chess movie that requires very little movement at some point, just so I can eat pizza and play chess on the beach all day. And then eat more pizza and cheeseburgers and drink beer. That’d be amazing. I’d give anything for that. I gotta figure that movie out.”
MARK HAMILL SPOTTED SMOKING USED CIGARETTES
Star Wars’ Mark Hamill was caught by photographers Thursday searching through a public ashtray for used cigarette butts. The 61-year-old, who is expected to once again play Luke Skywalker in the upcoming new Star Wars film, picked up some half-smoked cigarettes, and proceeded to smoke them in his BMW.
AMY’S BAKING COMPANY OFFERED REALITY SHOW
Amy’s Baking Company is trying to make the most of their 15 minutes of fame. Owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo sought help for their failing business from Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, but were so difficult the TV chef walked out for the first time in series history. They then got into a Twitter war with the public, and now they want to capitalize on all the attention. According to Radaonline, Amy and Samy have received several offers from production companies who want them to star in their own reality show, which would focus on “their restaurant and their bad behavior.” Insiders say the pair is interested, “because they feel like it’s the only way to keep their restaurant open.”
BASKETBALL WIVES STAR GOES TO THE PROM
Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada went to the prom Wednesday night. The 37-year-old reality star accompanied a 17-year-old Bloomfield, MI, high schooler named Anthony to his dance, after he reached out to her on Twitter. Since she never went to her own high school prom (she was pregnant at the time), Evelyn thought it would be fun and agreed. While Anthony bought his date a corsage, she paid for the rest, including transportation, dinner and her plane ticket from LA.
VAMPIRE DIARIES STAR ENGAGED
Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola announced Wednesday that she’s gotten engaged to Joseph King, guitarist for the rock band The Fray. Accola, who plays Caroline Forbes on the CW hit, revealed the news on Instagram, posting a picture with a caption, “Cheers from the future Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Aaron King.”
PRIVATE PRACTICE STAR PREGNANT
Private Practice star KaDee Strickland is pregnant. The actress and hubby Jason Behr, star of the WB/UPN series Roswell, are expecting their first child in the fall. The couple, who met on the set of the 2004 film The Grudge, has been married since 2006.