R.I.P JAMES GANDOLFINI
The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini died yesterday while vacationing in Rome. Reports suggest the 51-year-old passed away from an apparent heart attack. Gandolfini won three Emmys and one Golden Globe for his portrayal of everyone’s favorite mobster Tony Soprano on the HBO hit, which ran for six years. On the big screen, Gandolfini starred in such films as True Romance, Get Shorty, The Mexican and most recently Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. ”We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,” read a statement from HBO. “He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
DAVID CHASE REMEMBERS GANDOLFINI
The Sopranos’ creator David Chase remembered his star yesterday. "[James] was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that,” said Chase. "He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone." Adds Chase, "For (James’ wife) Deborah and (his children) Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world. He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain.”
KIM’S SCARY DELIVERY
Details about Kim Kardashian’s difficult delivery are starting to come out. According to Us Weekly, when Kim checked into the hospital last Friday her blood pressure was “skyrocketing,” leading to fears she was suffering from the life-threatening condition preeclampsia. Even though she wasn’t due for another five weeks, doctors felt it was better she deliver the baby immediately. Meanwhile, People reports that after seeing Kim’s bravery during delivery, Kanye West now wants to marry her right away. “They’ll start planning their next project, a wedding, sooner rather than later,” claims a source. “He definitely wants to marry her, he hasn’t left her side.”
ETHERIDGE CLARIFIES JOLIE STATEMENT
Melissa Etheridge has clarified her comments about Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy. Etheridge now says she doesn’t “have any opinion” on what Jolie “should have” done, rather, she said, “All are free to choose. I only objected to the term ‘brave’ in describing it.”
SERENA APOLOGIZES FOR STEUBENVILLE STATEMENT
Serena Williams is now backtracking on comments she made to Rolling Stone about the Steubenville rape case. In the magazine, the tennis star seemed to blame the victim, saying “I don't know…if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don't take drinks from other people…It could have been much worse. She's lucky.” Well, now Serena has issued a statement regarding the controversy, although she never truly denies saying the things quoted in Rolling Stone. "What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy!,” she said. “For both families involved - that of the rape victim and of the accused …I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written - what I supposedly said - is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”
WOODLEY CUT FROM SPIDER-MAN 2
Shailene Woodley will not star as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as expected. Although Woodley worked three days on the sequel, the film’s director has chosen to cut her from the film. "I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone) and their relationship," said director Marc Webb. "Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.” The plan is to now have Mary Jane turn up in the third installment. Shailene tells Entertainment Weekly that she is “bummed,” but understands. It is expected the part will be recast.
DOLCE & GABBANA GET JAIL TIME
A-list designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were sentenced yesterday in Italy to 20 months in prison for tax evasion in connection with the 2004 sale of their D&G and Dolce & Gabbana brands. The pair isn’t expected to actually spend time behind bars, since under Italian law, sentences of less than three years are usually served either under house arrest or through community service. The pair must also pay $343.4 million euros (about $450 million dollars) plus interest.
NENE’S OUTRAGEOUS WEDDING DEMANDS
NeNe Leakes is remarrying her ex Gregg Leakes this weekend, and Radar reports she’s requiring guests to sign a very detailed release before they enter the ceremony. The couple’s wedding will be filmed for Bravo, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants those invited to promise they, “will not be under the influence of any medication or drugs that might impair (their) physical or mental ability to engage in the Activity or that might impair (their) judgment while engaging in the Activity.” She also wants to be assured they are “in good health and have no medical, physical or emotional condition that might interfere” with the wedding. And in the oddest bit, she also doesn’t want any aspiring politicians at her nuptials. The guests must promise they are “not currently and during one (1) year from today do not intend to be a candidate for public office.”
LAWSUIT REVEALS BRAD CHEATED ON JEN
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have always insisted they didn’t get together until after he divorced Jennifer Aniston, but a new lawsuit tells a different story. Angelina’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith stunt double Eunice Huthart is suing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp over wiretapping, and in her suit she reveals the superstar couple checked into a hotel as a married couple while doing promotion for the spy flick. At the time Pitt was still married to Aniston. Huthart claims The Sun, which is owned by News Corp, ran a story about the couple’s hotel tryst on April 1, 2005, and got the info from her voicemail. She says the details about the hotel were only known to her, the couple’s bodyguards and their personal assistants.
GUNVALSON’S BOYFRIEND DENIES CHEATING
The boyfriend of Real Housewives of Orange County’s Vicki Gunvalson is denying accusations he cheated on her with a stripper/porn star. The allegations against Brooks Ayers were made during Monday night’s episode of the Bravo show. Lauri Peterson told Tamra Barney that one of her daughter’s friends, a “stripper slash porn star,” had been dating Brooks. But Brooks took to Twitter yesterday to deny the accusation, writing, “This is another fabrication of truth. Unreal.”
DEPP PRACTICALLY BLIND
Johnny Depp is often seen wearing tinted glasses, and now we know why. The Lone Ranger star reveals in Rolling Stone that since birth he has had no vision in his left eye, explaining that he is “basically blind as a bat.” Depp says that if he’s playing a character who doesn’t wear glasses, he can only see a few inches in front of his face. “Everything is just very, very blurry,” he said. “I’ve never had proper vision.”
HAMMER NOT INTERESTED IN FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Meanwhile, Depp’s Lone Ranger co-star Armie Hammer has addressed rumors that he was up for the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey. He tells Playboy he hasn’t been offered the part of Christian Grey, although his agent did bring it up. “I said 'Nope,'” says Hammer. “I mean, come on — it's just mommy porn. I'm not going to sit on top of the laundry machine in spin cycle reading about putting a ball gag in someone's mouth. That doesn't do it for me." Incidentally, yesterday it was announced that Nowhere Boy’s Sam Taylor-Johnson had been hired to direct Fifty Shades of Grey.
BREAKING BAD CONTEST FOR CHARITY
Bryan Cranston has revealed details of a Breaking Bad contest, with proceeds going to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Entries require a small charitable donation, and the more you donate the more you’re entered. The grand prize winner will get a ride in an RV with Cranston to the Bad premiere, and a chance to meet the cast. The final episodes of Breaking Bad premiere August 11th on AMC.
BLAIR WON’T GET INTO PUBLIC WAR WITH SHEEN
Charlie Sheen’s newly fired Anger Management co-star is not going to fight him in the court of public opinion. While Charlie had a nasty public battle with Chuck Lorre after his Two and a Half Men firing, Selma Blair isn’t about to use the media to start a public war. In fact, after fans reached out to her on Twitter Tuesday, Selma would only say, “I thank you for support and love.” Later in the evening she tweeted, “Goodnight dear followers. Life is good.”
MILEY NAMED WORST ROLE MODEL
In a new poll conducted by CouponCodes4u, Miley Cyrus was voted the Worst Role Model for young girls. The 20-year-old, who got her start on the kids’ show Hannah Montana, recently shed her good girl image, with her recent single “We Can’t Stop” referencing drug use and girls who dance like they are in strip clubs. Trainwreck Lindsay Lohan came in second, followed by Kim Kardashian, Amanda Bynes and Teen Mom Farrah Abraham. On the male side, Chris Brown was named the Worst Role Model, followed by Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Charlie Sheen.
Worst Female Role Models
1. Miley Cyrus
2. Lindsay Lohan
3. Kim Kardashian
4. Amanda Bynes
5. Farrah Abraham
8. Kourtney Kardashian
9. Heidi Montag
10. Taylor Momsen
Worst Male Role Models
1. Chris Brown
2. Kanye West
3. Justin Bieber
4. Lil Wayne
5. Charlie Sheen
6. Lance Armstrong
7. Tiger Woods
8. Mel Gibson
10. Bruce Jenner