GLEE CAST URGED CORY TO GO TO REHAB
TMZ reports it was Cory Monteith’s Glee family that urged him to go to rehab earlier this year. Sources tell the site the cast, along with several producers, knew the 31-year-old was dealing with a heroin addiction and sat him down and had an “open conversation” with him about his relapse. “It wasn’t met with resistance,” said the source about Cory’s reaction. “He was always so grateful and aware of how fortunate he was.” Cory then checked himself into rehab for a 30-day stint. Cory died July 13th from a lethal mixture of heroin and alcohol. TMZ reports Cory’s body was cremated Tuesday after a private viewing by his family and girlfriend Lea Michele. Cory’s dad, who is divorced from Cory’s mom Ann, was not invited and is said to be “totally devastated.”
ROLLING STONE COVER CONTROVERSY
Rolling Stone magazine is getting a lot of flak over its latest cover, which features Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. As soon as a picture of the cover was posted on Facebook, the public began to react, with one person writing, “Rolling Stone is the cesspool of magazines now. For ratings? Why don't you put the Sandy Hook Shooter on your cover next…Great job idiots.” Another added, “He had his 15 minutes... Don't you think a cover featuring some of the permanently disfigured victims would have sold just as many copies (without the backlash)????” By Wednesday, a “Boycott Rolling Stone Magazine For Their Latest Cover” Facebook page was created and had more than 56,000 “likes.” And stores are jumping on the bandwagon as well. CVS yesterday announced they will not be selling the magazine this month because of the cover. “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones,” they said in a statement.
The mag later released a statement saying, "the cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's longstanding commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage." They added, “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."
KIM THANKS FANS FOR SUPPORT
Kim Kardashian returned to the internet yesterday. The 32-year-old took to her blog to thank her fans for their support. "These past couple of weeks have been filled with the most exciting experiences of my life," Kim, who gave birth to daughter North last month, wrote. "I'm enjoying this time to fully embrace motherhood and spend time at home with my family. I've been reading all of your messages and want to thank you all for your sweet thoughts and best wishes. It truly means everything to me. I am so blessed to have the support of my family and fans in this beautiful moment."
LAMAR’S ALLEGED MISTRESS APOLOGIZES
The woman who says she had a year-long affair with Lamar Odom has apologized to Khloe Kardashian for sleeping with her husband. “I’m sorry,” Jennifer Richardson told Star magazine. “Lamar led me to believe his marriage was just a business arrangement.” Jennifer also warned Khloe she wasn’t Lamar’s only mistress. “I can tell Khloe that I’m not the only woman; there have been many,” she said. “I just happened to be around the longest.” Richardson, who met Lamar at a DC strip club, tells the tab things got so serious, Lamar wanted to start a family with her. “Lamar talked a lot about having a baby with me,” she said. “It was something that he badly wanted, and I wanted it too, because I loved him so much. I don’t know what would have happened had I gotten pregnant.” Richardson said she began feeling guilty about her relationship in February, and eventually decided to end things in March. She said, “I couldn’t continue to be a secret any longer.”
KEIBLER DENIES MARRIAGE AND BABIES CAUSED CLOONEY BREAKUP
Contrary to all the rumors, Stacy Keibler says she and George Clooney did not break up because she was looking to get married and have babies. "Actually, everyone that knows me thinks that's the funniest story," Keibler, 33, told Good Morning America. "That's the last thing on my mind. I don’t really think about that right now. We didn't discuss that."
DENISE TO SEEK PERMANENT CUSTODY OF CHARLIE’S SONS
Denise Richards currently has temporary custody of Charlie Sheen’s twin boys, Bob and Max, but she’s hoping to make the situation more permanent. Radaronline reports that a custody hearing will be held in two weeks and Denise plans to move to get permanent custody of the kids, whose mother Brooke Mueller has a history of drug problems. Explains a source, “Denise has been essentially raising the boys since last summer, and she’s loved the boys as if they were her own.” Charlie, father of Denise’s daughters Lola and Sam, fully supports Denise getting custody of the boys. He’s even offered to pay her extra child support but she’s declined.
LAWRENCE & STONE ARE TOPS WITH MEN
Men may want to date models like Kate Upton, but apparently they don’t want to settle down with them. In a new poll conducted by AskMen.com, respondents claimed they’d like to go out with a “bombshell,” but when asked what celebrity they’d want as their girlfriend, more down-to-earth stars topped the list. Coming in on top was Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, who received 32% percent of the vote, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man’s Emma Stone, who got 31%. Upton landed in third with 23%, followed by Tina Fey (10%) and Kerry Washington (4%).
MASTERCHEF JUDGE ELLIOT HAS WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY
MasterChef judge Graham Elliot announced Tuesday he has undergone weight-loss surgery. The 36-year-old had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure done, which removed about 80 percent of his stomach to create a small, banana sized sleeve-shaped stomach. Elliot says he had the procedure done for his family. “Weight is something I've battled all my life,” he told People. “It's hard to get in and out of a car, tie my shoe or play with my kids.” Elliot, who has three sons, added, “What's going to make me healthy is the most important thing right now so I can enjoy my kids and be around long enough to see them grow up.”
DOWNEY, JR. IS FORBES’ HIGHEST PAID ACTOR
Iron Man has been very, very good to Robert Downey, Jr. Thanks to the success of the Marvel franchise, as well as last summer’s The Avengers, Downey, Jr. has topped the list of Forbes’ Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood, earning $75 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Coming in at number two is Channing Tatum, who earned $60 million, followed by Hugh Jackman ($55 mil), Mark Wahlberg ($52 mil) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($46 mil).
Forbes’ Highest Paid Actors List
1. Robert Downey, Jr.
2. Channing Tatum
3. Hugh Jackman
4. Mark Wahlberg
5. Dwayne Johnson
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
7. Adam Sandler
8. Tom Cruise (last year’s #1)
9. Denzel Washington
10. Liam Neeson
MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO EXTORTING DEEN
A man accused of trying to extort money from Paula Deen was in a New York courtroom yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. Thomas George Paculis was arrested earlier this month on charges he tried to extort $200,000 from the embattled chef in exchange for not leaking information about damaging remarks she made in the past.
GUNVALSON AND BEAU BREAK UP
Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is back on the market. The 51-year-old confirmed to Radaronline that she and on-again/off-again boyfriend Brooks Ayers have called it quits. “I’m single now,” she told the site. “We have decided to remain friends but we have decided to move on and date other people.” And it sounds like Gunvalson is eager to get back in the dating pool. “My love tank is empty again,” she says. “Do you know anyone that would be good for me to date?”
REAL WORLD STAR ARRESTED
Dustin Zito, a housemate on 2011’s Real World: Las Vegas, was arrested Sunday outside Lafayette, Louisiana on charges of alleged sexual battery. The 27-year-old was “very intoxicated” when he was busted following a woman’s complaint he “reached under her dress and grabbed her genitals without consent.” On Monday, Zito tweeted a picture of what he says shows the alleged incident, with the caption, “f*** ‘em! We will get the whole story about this arrest soon!” Zito is expected back in court next week.
TINA TURNER WEDS
Tina Turner is a married woman. The “What’s Love Got To Do With It” singer wed longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach in a civil ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich in Switzerland. The 73-year-old Grammy winner and the 57-year-old record executive will celebrate the marriage Sunday with a Buddhist ceremony attended by 120 guests. This is the second marriage for Tina. She was infamously married to musical partner Ike Turner for 14 years. After years of physical abuse she finally left him in 1976.
SETH ROGEN BREAKS ELBOW
Seth Rogen is going to be out of commission for a while. The actor recently fell off his bike and broke his elbow, and was spotted in LA Tuesday in a navy and white sling. But it appears Seth hasn’t lost his sense of humor. He posted a picture of himself on Instagram, along with the caption, “You know what’s awesome about falling off your bike and breaking your elbow? Not a f***in thing.”
TOP CHEF’S SIMMONS IS PREGNANT
Gail Simmons is pregnant. The Top Chef judge and husband Jeremy Abrams are expecting their first child this winter. Simmons and Abrams have been married since 2008.