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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/17/2008

Hollyweirder: Brit vs. Tom vs. Eddie

By Liz Kelly

In Hollywood, truth is often stranger than fiction. For proof, look no further than these three prime examples from the week in Celebritology.

1. Tricky Brit
That clever girl, Britney Spears. After pix surfaced yesterday of the walking disaster shopping for home pregnancy tests, close Spears pal Sam Lufti said Spears and boyfriend of a few weeks Adnan Ghalib were "just toying with the paparazzi."

See, it's like this -- Brit thought she'd do something all crazy-like to make us think she's like totally wacko when really she's just mostly wacko. I mean she'd hardly choose now as the time to play Russian roulette with the birth control, what with that pesky custody case taking up all her time and in-store appearances, like this alleged naked meet-and-greet earlier this week at an L.A. Betsy Johnson boutique.

Still, anything's possible. She's so country, y'all!

Stranger than fiction because... Spears remains a top-selling, chart-topping recording artist. Gimme more!

2. Couch Jumping is So Two Years Ago
If you haven't yet seen the creepy footage of Tom Cruise frothing about his favorite subject, please do so. (Okay,fine, here's the real link.)

Those of you who remain unconverted may be surprised to learn that the Scientology legal team is working overtime to get this thing off the Web. I don't get it. Big movie star + fanaticism + infomercial production values. What's not to like?

Stranger than fiction because... Despite some recent slippage, Cruise is still a bankable leading man and heads up his own studio (United Artists).

3. Beverly Hills Drop
Not one to be pinned down by the ladies, Eddie Murphy has declared his independence again. This time, the one-time funny -- and lately corny -- comedian split from girlfriend of a year Tracey Edmonds just two weeks after a ceremony uniting the couple in some non-binding form of marriage. Said a rep for Murphy: "After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further."

Before taking his relationship with Edmonds public, Murphy knocked up, then summarily dumped Scary Spice Melanie Brown in December 2006.

Look for Edmonds on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars." (Like that call isn't so being made.)

Stranger than fiction because... Eddie Murphy was a comic God (NSFW) at one time. Now he's no more than a low-rent lothario.

By Liz Kelly  | January 17, 2008; 10:22 AM ET
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