SHEEN FIRES MANAGEMENT CO-STAR
TMZ reports that Charlie Sheen’s so mad at his Anger Management co-star Selma Blair that he’s refusing to come to the set. Sources say Blair recently complained about Charlie’s lateness and bad work ethic to show execs. Charlie apparently found out and felt she was out of line, considering he’s the star of the show. Now Charlie’s walking around telling everyone he fired her, and has told execs that if Selma shows up to the set, he won’t work. Apparently Charlie already has another female co-star in mind. Sources say he has offered Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend Mila Kunis a 10-episode arc on the show, and is willing to pay her $1 million an episode. [Remember, Ashton replaced Charlie on Two and a Half Men.]
DENISE HAS BEEN CARING FOR CHARLIE’S SONS MORE THAN BROOKE
Denise Richards has had custody Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen’s twins Bob and Max since May, when they were removed from Brooke’s care, but turns out, Denise has been taking care of them for a lot longer than that. According to Radaronline, a custody hearing is scheduled for next month and Child Protective Services asked Denise to give them a list of specific dates she’s cared for the kids, and there are a lot of them. “The boys have spent more time with Denise than with their own biological mother for the last nine months,” claims a source. “The boys are a part of Denise’s family and they are extremely happy in her care.” Sources say Brooke is “terrified” of losing legal custody because that means she’ll also lose the $55,000-a-month Charlie pays her in child support.
TV CHEF’S HUBBY TRIES TO EXPLAIN CHOKING PICS
The husband of TV chef Nigella Lawson is brushing off reports that he abused the star in public. Over the weekend, London People posted pictures of what appears to be Nigella’s hubby Charles Saatchi repeatedly choking his wife during an argument at a restaurant. The pics show Saatchi reaching over and gripping the 53-year-old TV food personality around the throat four times. She’s later seen leaving the restaurant in tears. Saatchi claims the public is misinterpreting the incident. “About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point,” he told the Evening Standard. “There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place.” He added that Nigella was crying, “because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.” Saatchi, who has been married to The Taste judge since 2003, insists the couple made up by the time they returned home. He adds that after the story broke on Sunday, the paparazzi were surrounding their home so he had Nigella take the kids away until “the dust settled.” Although no official complaint has been filed, police are reportedly investigating the incident, and are likely to question Saatchi.
AMANDA BYNES GETS INTO ANOTHER TWITTER WAR
Amanda Bynes’ recent tweet, “If you’re not hot I don’t care about you,” has sparked yet another Twitter feud. First she got into a war-of-tweets with Jason Biggs, and now her latest adversaries are Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and her boyfriend Matt Prokop. It all started when Prokop responded to the “you’re not hot” tweet by writing, “Look in a mirror… Stop getting work done. Save what’s left.” Needless to say Bynes wasn’t too happy and shot back, “Your girlfriend has an ugly face like you,” referring to Hyland. Prokop then replied, “Wow. The devil speaks. We were fans of yours,” adding, “And my girl is more successful than you ever will be enjoy the long road downhill disgusting crack head.” Bynes then shot back, “I like her ugly face! She isn’t as pretty as me! You need to put up two comparable professional photos! She’s not a model I am!!!” Meanwhile, Amanda spent the weekend enjoying the Jacuzzi at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, where TMZ claims she agreed to pose for pictures with fans. The catch – if she didn’t like the photo, she immediately deleted it.
CHAD JOHNSON RELEASED FROM JAIL
Chad Johnson was released from jail yesterday, one week after a judge sent him there for slapping his lawyer’s butt in court. The NFL star was about to land a deal for a probation violation in his domestic abuse case last week when he tapped his lawyer’s behind as a show of gratitude. But Johnson’s judge didn’t think it was funny, and threw out the deal, sentencing the former Dancing with the Stars contestant to 30 days behind bars. But yesterday the judge reversed her decision, although she berated Johnson in court for his history of disrespectful behavior. After the scolding, the judge agreed to let him go, but extended his probation for a month, until October 16th.
BRAD SAYS ANGELINA’S DOING GREAT
Brad Pitt told Good Morning America that his partner Angelina Jolie wants to do more for women who may have a genetic predisposition to cancer. Angelina revealed in a New York Times article last month that she’d undergone a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA-1 cancer gene. Brad said things with Angie are “business as usual,” adding that she’s “doing great.” “When she wrote that piece, we had already come out the other end,” he said. But now Angie wants everyone to have the same ability to get tested as she did. “Her focus now is that all people have access to the testing,” he said. “If you do your research, it doesn't have to be a scary thing... I've been moved by every stage of this.”
ETHERIDGE DISCUSSES JOLIE’S MASTECTOMY DECISION
In related news…rocker Melissa Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, is taking issue with everyone saying Angelina Jolie’s choice to have a double mastectomy was a brave one. “I have to say, I feel a little differently,” she told the gay newspaper The Washington Blade. “I have that gene mutation too, and [a preventative double mastectomy is] not something I would believe in for myself.” Melissa, who beat cancer in 2005, added, “I wouldn’t call [having a preventative mastectomy] a brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.” In fact, Melissa thinks there are better ways to prevent cancer from occurring in your body. “My belief is that cancer comes from inside you, and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body,” she claims. “It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not. …I’ve been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion.”
BRESLIN TO GET BONUS FOR AWARDS
Abigail Breslin has a lot of money riding on her next film. According to TMZ, the 17-year-old’s contract for the flick August: Osage County contains a clause that will pay her bonuses should she receive any acting awards. Abigail got paid $75,000 for the film, which also stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, but should she win a Golden Globe Award she’d get another $50,000. And if she wins an Oscar, she’ll get another $50,000 on top of that. August: Osage County opens November 8th.
HARRIS TO PLAY HEDWIG ON BROADWAY
Tony host Neil Patrick Harris may finally have his chance to win one. It was announced yesterday that next spring the How I Met Your Mother star will play the transgender fictional rocker Hedwig in a remake of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” said Harris. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.” John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book and starred in the original Hedwig, as well as the movie version, is ecstatic about Harris’ casting. “Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?” he said. Hedwig originally premiered off-off Broadway in 1997, and then moved to Off-Broadway where it ran for two years. It was turned into a movie in 2001.
TAMAR REVEALS BABY’S NAME
Tamar Braxton revealed the name of her newborn son over the weekend. On Sunday, the reality show star tweeted a Happy Father’s day note to husband Vincent Herbert that let the cat out of the bag. "Happy Father's Day to the love of my life, my best friend, my husband Vincent Herbert!,” she wrote. “Our son Logan Vincent Herbert & I are proud to share this day with you!! We love you soooooo much!!"
MIX UP AT DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
The Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out Sunday, and things didn’t go smoothly during the telecast. At one point, comedian Aisha Tyler was about to announce the winner for Best Talk Show, Informative, when she opened up the envelope to realize she’d been given the wrong one. “Oh, interestingly enough this winner is not in this category," she said. "If I read it out I'm going to give another category away." After making a few jokes to kill time, Tyler was eventually given the correct envelope, and announced The Dr. Oz Show as the winner. Among the other winners: Days of Our Lives, Best Daytime Drama; The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Best Talk Show, Entertainment; The Price is Right, Best Game Show and CBS Sunday Morning, Best Morning Show.
JOE FRANCIS’ SEX TAPE WON’T BE RELEASED
The world will never get to see Joe Francis’ sex tape. TMZ reports that as a favor to the Girls Gone Wild exec, Vivid Entertainment President Steve Hirsch stepped in and purchased the tape, but he has no intention of ever releasing it. In fact, the two porn moguls are friends, and Hirsch decided to buy the tape to take it off the market. He then gave the footage back to Joe, with a promise to Joe that he would never release it.
B-LIST CELEBRITY WEDDING NEWS
Former 90120 star Matt Lanter got hitched over the weekend. The 30-year-old married longtime girlfriend Angela Stacy at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu Friday.
Former Hills co-star Frankie Delgado married girlfriend Jennifer Acosta Saturday at Rancho Las Lomas near Dana Point, CA. Guests at the wedding included Delgado’s former MTV co-star Lauren Conrad, as well as Brody Jenner and Reggie Bush.
Hart of Dixie’s Cress Williams (Mayor Lavon Hayes) married girlfriend Kristen Torrianni in Texas on Saturday.
America’s Next Top Model cycle five contestant Kim Stolz married girlfriend Lexi Ritsch on Saturday, in the backyard of her parents’ home. Stolz is the co-owner of the New York restaurant The Dalloway, which she operates with Ritsch.