Celebritology Weekend: Angelina Jolie biography arrives; Heidi Montag files for divorce
Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend...
Angelina, unauthorized: “Angelina Jolie: The Unauthorized Biography,” Andrew Morton’s largely anonymously sourced story based on the allegedly real life of the “Salt” star, hits book stores today, three days earlier than originally planned. Why the rush? Because, according to USA Today, publisher St. Martin’s Press wanted to get the gossipy 336-page tome into the marketplace before any more juicy tidbits leak into the blogosphere. In other words, you can read about Jolie’s supposedly traumatic early childhood separation from her mother, her shared-shower moment with Leonardo DiCaprio and the fact that her now-faded Billy Bob Thornton tattoo was etched in Helvetica font by paying the $26.99 cover price, or you can just track down those details on the Web. The choice is yours'.
Butler to become “The Butler”: After struggling to find funding for his Civil Rights epic “Selma,” Academy Award-winning writer-director Lee Daniels (“Precious”) is moving on with a D.C.-centric project. Daniels plans to make “The Butler,” a drama based on the life of Eugene Allen, a Virginia native who worked as a butler in The White House for several decades, performing his duties mere feet from where multiple presidents were making key civil rights decisions. Deadline.com reports that Daniels has approached Denzel Washington about playing Allen, who died earlier this year at the age of 90. The screenplay, to be re-worked by Daniels, is based on a series of stories written by The Washington Post’s own Wil Haygood.
Montag and Pratt, almost legally over: Forget those rumors that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have secretly resumed their relationship. The plastic-surgery-altered Montag, 23, filed for divorce Friday from her husband of less than two years, citing irreconciliable differences in a petition filed in Santa Monica, Calif., Superior Court. Montag and Pratt met the way most young couples do: via their involvement in the now-defunct MTV reality series “The Hills.” Pratt, 26, commented on the split on the People magazine Web site -- the outlet that broke this “shocking” news -- with his trademark sense of humility. “Some say if you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen,” he said. “Well, Heidi couldn’t handle King Spencer’s fame so she got out of the marriage.”
Pop Culture Pulse: Wookieeleaks
In the space where international news and “Star Wars” geekery meet, there is Wookieeleaks, an Internet meme inspired by the recent WikiLeaks release of classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan. For the past several days, the Twitter hash tag #wookieeleaks has been associated with the dispersal of such top-secret, nerd-larious information as “Disturbing new intelligence indicates that Han may have shot first,” and “Rebel leaders ignore report titled ‘It’s A Trap: The Death Star Is Quite Operational.’” No report of a book deal yet, but we won’t be shocked if it happens.
Poll of the Week: “Dragon Tattoo’s” female lead
With Daniel Craig now confirmed to star in the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” even more blogosphere attention is focused on who will be cast as Lisbeth Salander, the nose-ringed hacker and “girl” of the thriller’s title. We asked readers which of the alleged leading contenders they would most like to see in the role.
You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...
Comment: “Spoiler alert: she gets killed by a giant red peg.” -- byoolin1
Comment: “How is it possible that someone who I’ve never heard of has amassed enough money to owe eleven million dollars worth of taxes?” -- 7900rmc
This is an online version of the Celebritology column that appears in print in Saturday's Style section.
| July 31, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Celebritology Weekend
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