DOUGLAS & ZETA-JONES TAKING A BREAK
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have separated, according to People magazine. The pair is reportedly “taking a break” and hasn’t been seen together publicly since the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala in New York City on April 22nd. A rep for the stars confirmed the news to Us, saying, “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” People says neither side has made any moves toward divorce. Michael and Catherine wed on November 18th, 2000 in New York City. They have two children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10.
VALERIE HARPER RUMORED FOR DANCING
TMZ reports that Valerie Harper, who announced in March she had terminal brain cancer and only three months to live, has signed on for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. Valerie has been paired with Tristan MacManus and has already begun rehearsals. Other stars rumored for this season include former Scientologist Leah Remini, Jersey Shore’s Snooki, Showgirls’ Elizabeth Berkley, Glee’s Amber Riley, Christina Milian and former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson. Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, September 16th on ABC.
SIMPSON SHOWS OFF BABY ACE
Jessica Simpson sure has one adorable family. The 33-year-old poses with her 2-month-old son Ace Knute and 15-month-old daughter Maxwell Drew for the cover of the latest issue of Us Weekly. “With two kids we have our hands full, but every day is a new adventure,” said Simpson, who is engaged to former NFL star Eric Johnson. “It’s fun! I feel at peace with being a mom.” But that doesn’t mean Simpson is planning to add to her family anytime soon. “I have this huge sense of accomplishment and I feel in my heart that I am done,” she said. “But obviously, accidents do happen!”
LAMAR COMES HOME
Lamar Odom has reportedly returned home to Khloe Kardashian, but so far he hasn’t made any decisions about going into treatment for his addiction. After several days M.I.A., the NBA star was back at his LA mansion Monday, where he and his wife were said to be discussing his problems. So far, neither side is moving toward divorce, with Khloe determined to get her husband clean. A source claims Lamar is “open to reason and listening to the people who love him most.” And while TMZ insists Lamar’s problem is crack cocaine, Radaronline claims he’s been abusing OxyContin, which is why he was able to continue his drug use while playing in the NBA. Apparently Lamar had a valid prescription, so even if it was detected in a drug test it wasn’t considered a violation.
SHEEN GOES ON QUEST FOR MYTHIC CREATURE
Charlie Sheen certainly is a crazy person with money to burn. According to TMZ, the Anger Management star flew to Alaska last week to search for the mythic Kushtaka, which the actor describes as "a shape-shifting trickster who is half man, half otter.” Said Charlie, “It lures one away from the campsite with the mimicked sounds of a crying baby, then kills you, takes on YOUR form, and returns to the scene for more suckers or prey." Charlie and some friends traveled into the wilderness to search for the creature but turned up empty handed. Explained Charlie, “It obviously knew our group was far too skilled to be snowed in this fashion so it stayed hidden like a sissy." This isn’t the first time Charlie went on such a futile mission. About a month ago he and some friends traveled to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster.
DAMON SAYS AFFLECK WILL BE TERRIFIC AS BATMAN
The public is still up in arms that Ben Affleck was cast to play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, but one person who has confidence in him is his good buddy Matt Damon. “I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman!,” Damon told the Times of India. “Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.” As for suggestions that Damon should play Robin, the Bourne Identity star laughed off the idea. “I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman,” he said. “Somebody sent me a picture actually (of his face photoshopped on Robin’s body and Ben’s on Batman’s). It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”
BIEBER CAUGHT DRIVING WITHOUT VALID LICENSE
Justin Bieber is having more trouble behind the wheel. The 19-year-old was pulled over in California Wednesday for blowing a stop sign near his Calabasas, CA home. Cops then discovered Justin doesn’t have a valid California driver’s license (remember, he’s from Canada). He was cited for running a stop sign and driving without a license. The passenger in his car then had to drive them home.
FARRAH MAKES WISH LIST
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham wants you to buy her gifts. The 22-year-old porn star has created an Amazon Wish List for her and her 4-year-old daughter Sophia, hoping fans will send the items to her home in Austin, Texas. Farrah’s asking for a $1,489 bookcase, a $100 toaster, a $1089 pair of pumps, a $700 coffee table, a $900 dress and a dining table worth $1,299. Sophia’s requests are much less expensive, and include a $9 pair of pants, a $25 singing Disney Ariel bath toy and a $38 coat. All totaled, Farrah is asking for over 30 gifts worth $11,000.
CSI STAR TAKING LEAVE OF ABSENCE
CSI star George Eads is being forced to take a leave of absence from the CBS crime drama after getting into an altercation with a pregnant writer on the show over creative issues. Eads, who plays Nick Stokes, is expected to miss a portion of the 14th season. He will appear in the first three episodes, before his leave begins. The season premiere of CSI airs September 25th.
GOOD WIFE STAR SETTLES LAWSUIT
Julianna Margulies has avoided going to trial. The Good Wife star has settled a lawsuit brought by her former managers who claimed she owed them nearly half a million dollars in commissions. Deadline.com reports that Margulies and D/F Management have reached an agreement, although details of the deal were kept confidential. The civil case was due to go to trial in January.
CELEBRITY BABY NEWS
● America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille is pregnant. Marcille, who won cycle three in 2005, and boyfriend Kevin McCall are expecting their first child. She is five months along, according to BET.
● Pregnant in Heels star Rosie Pope is pregnant again. The Bravo star and husband Daron Pope are expecting their fourth child. The couple is already parents to sons J.R., 4, and Wellington, 2, and daughter Vivienne, 15 months.