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Posted at 7:58 AM ET, 01/25/2010

Brangelina split rumor debunked; Johnny Depp victim of Internet death hoax

By Liz Kelly
Monday

Headlines: Rumors of Brangelina split not true, claims source to People mag... Johnny Depp latest target of Internet death hoax... Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges take top honors at SAG Awards | Photo Gallery... All-star telethon raises over $57 million for Haiti... Joaquin Phoenix surfaces to help promote suicide prevention... Farrah Fawcett's estate suing over cancer documentary... Actress Jean Simmons dead at 80... "Jersey Shore" cast holding out for salary bump.

Crime Watch: Gary Coleman booked on suspicion of domestic assault... Andy Dick arrested on two counts of sexual abuse in West Virginia... Judge refuses Roman Polanski's bid to be tried in absentia.

Rumor Mill: Wife visits Tiger Woods in sex rehab... British woman paid to keep quiet about Woods affair?... Jon Gosselin moving to Park City, Utah... Simon Cowell not expecting child with ex, says rep... Cher spending $2,500 a week on beauty treatments.

Pix: Young Christopher Walken... Madonna appears in new Dolce & Gabbana ads... Jessica Biel on February's Vogue cover... Rihanna on February's W.

Video: Joaquin Phoenix, who was last seen rapping with a really bad beard, surfaces to help promote suicide prevention foundation...

By Liz Kelly  | January 25, 2010; 7:58 AM ET
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Comments

RIP, Jean Simmons.

Posted by: jezebel3 | January 25, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

"Everything is fine" ... looks like Brangelina are history, although they lasted longer than I'd have bet.

Posted by: mat00 | January 25, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

"Jersey Shore" cast holding out for salary bump. I bet they would settle for Bump-its.

I can believe Cher would spend that kind of money on beauty treatments. That much work must come with a serious maintenance regimen.

Gary Coleman booked on suspicion of domestic assault. Sounds like a low blow to me.

Jon Gosselin moving to Park City. I thought Redford preferred to keep his kind out of town?

Regarding the pix: I didn't realize Madonna had that much cleavage - her bras are usually so structured it's hard to tell what's actually underneath. Christopher Walken was (kinda) creepy even as a young man, Rihanna is hot, and why is Jessica Biel wearing a guido tuxedo?

Posted by: northgs | January 25, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Man that Gary Coleman has a short fuse.


Andy Dick seems to be keeping his aptonym going.

But really, I say we solve to birds with one stone and sentence Roman Polanski to spend the rest of his days in house arrest with Andy Dick.


Cher spending $2,500 a week on beauty treatments.
-Hey, embalming fluid doesn't come cheap these days.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | January 25, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

If Brangelina splits, I hope one of the terms of the settlement is to stop saddling those kids with that hyphenated last name. Who wants to go through life as "Knox Jolie-Pitt"? Ten-to-one he drops his last name altogether once he's of age.

Who would ever have thought Sandra Bullock would be winning all these acting awards. What's next, Whoopi Goldberg with an Oscar? Oh wait. . . .

Cher's spending $2,500/week on beauty treatments isn't news. I mean, those wigs and brows alone. Not to mention that Lori Davis thing a while back.

Gary Coleman, Andy Dick, and Roman Polanski. I'm seeing either the new season of "The Surreal Life" or "I Should've Been in Jail a Long Time Ago, Get Me in Here." (I'll have to work on that title. "The Amazing Disgrace"?)

The whole Tiger Woods sex thing still floors me. Him?

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 25, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dorkus, Producer Paul, et al.! Did you see the glowing reviews this weekend for ScarJo (in the ingenue role) in the NYC revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"?

Trivia question: who played that same role in the previous revival, about a decade ago?
http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/theater/reviews/25view.html?hpw

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

What I want to know is how perverted does one have to be to merit a charge of sexual abuse in West Virginia?
Does the sheep have to press charges? Does "Baaaa!" mean "No!"?
Or does it mean trying to score outside of one's extended family?
Does it include attempted sex with Gary Coleman?
I hope that Byoolin can enlighten us on the West Virginia Code.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 25, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Roman Polanski's mistake was attempting to have sex with a 13 year-old in California. Now if he had done the deed in West Virginia....

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 25, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

And how the hell did Dolce and Gabbana get away with publishing a shot of Madonna petting her pussy?

[We'll pause for 60 seconds while Dorkus chases down this one.]

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 25, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking we see a baby bump before a salary bump on Jersey Shore.

RIP Jean Simmons.

Gary Coleman's defense -- "Whatchoo talking 'bout Judge. Look at the size difference."

How did a town smack in the most Mormon state in the country get a rep as a place for players?

Posted by: epjd | January 25, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sas
"attempting to have sex"?

Uh, sorry cryptid, but Polanski reportedly succeeded repeatedly, and it was the drugging and rape or a 13-year-old child. Nothing remotely consensual about it.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking we see a baby bump before a salary bump on Jersey Shore.

RIP Jean Simmons.

Gary Coleman's defense -- "Whatchoo talking 'bout Judge. Look at the size difference."

How did a town smack in the most Mormon state in the country get a rep as a place for players?

Posted by: epjd | January 25, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sas
And how the hell did Dolce and Gabbana get away with publishing a shot of Madonna petting her pussy?

You would've preferred Mrs. Slocombe's?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I can't decide if the picture of a young Christopher Walken is creepy in a sexy way or sexy in a creepy way. I might need a picture of a young Willem Dafoe to compare it to.

Posted by: JLF03 | January 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

[We'll pause for 60 seconds while Dorkus chases down this one.]

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot |

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I'm not sure how I should take that.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | January 25, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

See also this rave review:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/24/AR2010012402746.html
BTW, Liev Schreiber and Jessica Hecht (best known in the recurring role as Carol's wife on "Friends") are ScarJo's co-stars.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Gary Coleman booked on suspicion of domestic assault. Plaintiff has bruises on the shins to prove it.

Jersey shore cast holding out for salary bump. Well home tanning beds don't come cheap you know.

Welcome back, Joaquin!


Posted by: hodie | January 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Sorta celebrity related -- Nancy Kerrigan's brother booked on murder charges for allegedly killing their father.

10 years ago, Nancy Kerrigan was everywhere screaming "Why me" after getting her knee bashed.

Today, she is back in the news because of her brother and violence. During a domestic dispute the brother supposedly pushed dear old dad down the stairs. Dad had a heart attack and died.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: epjd | January 25, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

ep, Tonya Harding's goon attacked Nancy Kerrigan 16 years ago, not 10; Nancy's managed to move on in life, winning Olympic Silver, then pursuing a professional skating career while marrying and raising a family (living well being the best revenge). Secondly, domestic violence is a tragedy, regardless of whose household it affects. Evidently Nancy's brother Mark was drinking and got into a fight with their dad over a telephone, which caused the latter to suffer a fatal heart attack. I gather he may be charged in court re his father's death.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Christopher Walken - just creepy. And cross-eyed.

Posted by: themegnapkin | January 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Glad I'm not the only one who gets creeped out by Christopher Walken.

Posted by: hodie | January 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Whether or not the Brangelina rumour is true, we should stop for a moment and enjoy the word Gawker coined for it: breakupalypse.


"Joaquin Phoenix surfaces to help promote suicide prevention..." and he shaved off the beard to help promote career suicide prevention.


"Actress Jean Simmons dead at 80..." So that's why my local poorly-informed radio station has been playing Kiss Alive II all morning.


Andy Dick was charged with sexual abuse after he grabbed a bouncer's balls. How secure would you feel being in a club guarded by a guy unable to defend himself against Andy Dick?


"Cher spending $2,500 a week on beauty treatments." And you see what you get when you try to do things on the cheap.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Nosy, you rock today. What you said

Posted by: reddragon1 | January 25, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Re Polanski, the press keeps making the same mistake broadcasting "having sex" when the facts (and the judiciary) clearly support rape. The Fourth Estate is supposed to be guardian of the truth, not supporters of celebrity.

re Madge: the D&G ad certainly isn't the worst thing she's done, tho she still does nothing for me. Ho can sing.

Posted by: reddragon1 | January 25, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Sas
"attempting to have sex"?

Uh, sorry cryptid, but Polanski reportedly succeeded repeatedly, and it was the drugging and rape or a 13-year-old child. Nothing remotely consensual about it.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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Who woulda thunk that Roman Polamski is a redneck?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Judge refuses Roman Polanski's bid to be tried in absentia.
- Good, because I hear that in Absentia, no one honors their jury duty.

Northugs says, "I didn't realize Madonna had that much cleavage."
- You'd have that much cleavage too if you wore a dress three sizes too small.

Cher spending $2,500 a week on beauty treatments.
- She's 63 years old and starring in a movie entitled "Burlesque." If she looks even remotely decent, I'd say it's money well spent.

Posted by: mdreader01 | January 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

mdreader,

Let's all just be glad Madge is wearing a dress. Or anything.

Posted by: reddragon1 | January 25, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Kiss Alive II"! How you make me laugh, byoolin.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

RIP Jean Simmons. Hmmm, one WaPo article says she was 88 and the other says she was 80?

Posted by: Californian11 | January 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Jessica Biel looks totally different on that cover. Bigger lips, narrower face, slanted eyes -- she looks more like Tatjana Patitz.

Madonna, ew. And *very* airbrushed. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Mary-Louise Parker must be very flattered, as this sexy-50s-housewife photo shoot thing seems to be quite popular. Personally I find it *so* retro. Yawn.

Posted by: Californian11 | January 25, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I have to do some defending today--I was a figure skater in my youth training to make the Sarajevo Olympics and consequently I followed the careers of quite a few of the subsequent skaters and even knew a couple of them. That "why me?" comment was pretty mean-spirited. Nancy Kerrigan was viciously assaulted with a TIRE IRON out of the blue, don't know if any kind of assualt has ever happened to you but it's such a shock to the system I would never judge anyone for how they reacted to it. Then she was completely robbed at the olympics by a childish Bauil performance that cheated at the end by adding a combination jump after her music had stopped to add points. Silver was a travesty, but by then the olympic judges were so fed up with all the U.S. drama (remember, Harding was allowed to skate, broke a lace, was crying and carrying on?). Anyway, Kerrigan has had enough bad breaks in her life--this latest is just so sad.

On a much lighter note--Willem Dafoe is the nicest, coolest, sweetest, most delightful actor I've ever worked with. Hope that takes the edge off anyone who finds him creepy!

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | January 25, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

cat, second your comments re Kerrigan, Harding. Did you ever read "Inside Edge," by then-WaPo ice skating reporter Christine Brennan? Kerrigan had to suffer from a lot of jealousy from other skaters in Boston who resented her talent and beauty, and scorned her modest origins.

Kerrigan's not the first skater whose father was killed by a son. I recall that the doctor-father of ice-dancer Elisabeth Punsalan was brutally murdered by her certifiably insane brother some years back, soon after he got out of an institution, as I believe. So sad.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

info is suggesting kerrigan's father died of a massive heart attack. son arrested on assault charge w/$10k in bond, but that's it so far.

Posted by: frieda406 | January 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

P.S. re Tonya's conveniently broken skate lace: that also screwed over Canadian champion Josée Chouinard, who suddenly had to go on the ice to perform several minutes sooner than scheduled, which understandably flustered her, leading to a less-than-optimal performance.

Also, there were stories that some of Tonya's competitors earlier in her career suffered mysterious sabotage, like finding their skating costumes slashed in their bags or lockers, and while nothing was apparently ever proven, her victims considered her a likely suspect.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

frieda, haven't there been cases where causing someone to have a heart attack can be grounds for criminal prosecution (essentially frightening someone to death)?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Right Nosy--I'd forgotten about Chouinard. That was totally unfair too. I just was so incensed about the Oksana Baiul result it tends to overshadow everything else I remember except for the absurd dramatics by Harding. No, I never read "Inside Edge" but I did know N.K. was not particuarly well-liked among her peers. Who knows whose side to take--but frankly I don't care if she was a bit of a diva (one of the rumors) and aloof, no one deserves to get whacked across the knee with a tire iron. And yes, I recall those T.H. sabotage rumors as well. I believe it was thought to be her mother behind some of it.

Frieda: From what I read, father and son had argument, son put his hands around his father's neck, father collapsed, son claims he thought he was "faking it" (despite presence of blood at scene) and they had to pepper spray son to subdue him and haul him out of the basement.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | January 25, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

cat, my impression is that some of the wealthy skaters at Kerrigan's club resented that she had more natural talent than all their money for training could ever buy.

Did you watch the Nationals on TV these past two weekends? One good thing re the new scoring system (for all its flaws) is that at least they seem to be cracking down on under-rotated jumps and flutzes (shades of Baiul, Lipinksy).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

(ack) Lipinsky.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

cat, did you read about Nicole Bobek's fall from grace (including pock-marked meth-complexion)?
http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/figureskating/columns/story?columnist=nelson_amy&id=4389556

Well, at least unlike Bowman the Showman, she's not dead from drugs yet.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 25, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

haven't there been cases where causing someone to have a heart attack can be grounds for criminal prosecution (essentially frightening someone to death)?
****
yes, absolutely. an autopsy will likely be done to see if he suffered from serious pre-existing heart disease or if the son choked him hard enough to cause cardiac arrest. will be up to the district attorney at that point whether to pursue charges. the son sounds like he has many, many problems, including ptsd. not a good combo w/alcohol. all in all, very unhappy.
i also second sorcerer cat's comments as well as nosy's.

Posted by: frieda406 | January 25, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Domestic troubles in the Kerrigan family began well before the Olympic figure skater's older brother was accused of beating their 70-year-old father early yesterday morning. In March 2008, Nancy Kerrigan's parents sued their son to recover $105,000 they had lost paying for everything from his mortgage to food for his pets. Daniel and Brenda Kerrigan claimed in court papers that their son Mark Kerrigan had agreed to reimburse them once his house in Wilmington sold but "failed, refused and neglected to make full payment on demand." That's while Mark was serving a two-year sentence on assault, drug, and property destruction. The 47-year-old plumber was divorced by his wife in 2007 over "cruel and abusive treatment." The parents' attorney said in Dec. 2008 that the family feud "has been resolved" and the civil action was dismissed—but only after the Kerrigans laid out in excruciating detail what their son owed them (including $40 for dog food). Daniel Kerrigan collapsed and died of a massive heart attack after yesterday's incident, according to his wife, who is legally blind.

Read it at The Boston Herald
more sad info on the kerrigan deal.

Posted by: frieda406 | January 25, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I have to do some defending today--I was a figure skater in my youth training to make the Sarajevo Olympics and consequently I followed the careers of quite a few of the subsequent skaters and even knew a couple of them. That "why me?" comment was pretty mean-spirited. Nancy Kerrigan was viciously assaulted with a TIRE IRON out of the blue, don't know if any kind of assualt has ever happened to you but it's such a shock to the system I would never judge anyone for how they reacted to it. Then she was completely robbed at the olympics by a childish Bauil performance that cheated at the end by adding a combination jump after her music had stopped to add points. Silver was a travesty, but by then the olympic judges were so fed up with all the U.S. drama (remember, Harding was allowed to skate, broke a lace, was crying and carrying on?). Anyway, Kerrigan has had enough bad breaks in her life--this latest is just so sad.
http://www.tiffanyabc.com/Tiffany/Tiffany-Charms.html
On a much lighter note--Willem Dafoe is the nicest, coolest, sweetest, most delightful actor I've ever worked with. Hope that takes the edge off anyone who finds him creepy!

Posted by: snj88859206 | January 26, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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