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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 07/ 9/2010

Mel Gibson under investigation for alleged domestic violence; Melissa Etheridge's ex files for full custody of kids; Lindsay Lohan's attorney resigns

By Jen Chaney

Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, in happier times. (AP)

Friday

Celebrity Beat: L.A. sheriffs confirm they are investigating Mel Gibson as a suspect in a domestic violence case involving ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva; Entertainment Weekly wonder how much PR damage Gibson's career can withstand ... Tammy Lynn Michaels, Melissa Etheridge's ex, seeks full custody of couple's twins... Lindsay Lohan's defense attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, resigns from case, replaced by attorney Tiffany Feder-Cohen; Lohan reportedly plans to appeal sentence; the actress also reportedly called off planned birthday bash in wake of hearing... Martin Scorsese sued over finances... Jennifer Saunders ("Absolutely Fabulous") being treated for breast cancer... Did he do that? Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel, allegedly under investigation for battery... Make plans to buy The Betty White Calendar -- featuring White and some shirtless men -- on sale, with proceeds going to the Morris Animal Foundation, in September.

Pop Culture: Brian Austin Green may join cast of "Desperate Housewives"... Michael Caine says third Christopher Nolan Batman movie will begin shooting next April... Mindy Kaling wants Dwight to be the new "Office" boss... Nicholas Hoult ("About a Boy," "A Single Man") poised to play Beast in "X-Men: First Class"... Was Conan O'Brien's Emmy nomination a sympathy vote?... Disney sells Miramax to billionaire Ron Tutor and the firm Colony Capital for estimated $650 million

By Jen Chaney  | July 9, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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Comments

Ms. Joyce Davenport, you have a defendant in the holding cell. After you see Ms. LiLo, you might stop at Mel Gibson's cell and then Urkel's cell.

Posted by: elias_howe | July 9, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"Entertainment Weekly wonder how much PR damage Gibson's career can withstand" -- HELLO. He made like a zillion dollars from that "Passion of the Christ" movie. He doesn't care about his career, even with two alimonies (I'm assuming), he's still set for multiple lifetimes. What's some PR damage?

"Michael Caine says third Christopher Nolan Batman movie will begin shooting next April" -- Guaranteeing that Michael Caine won't win a third Oscar.

"Was Conan O'Brien's Emmy nomination a sympathy vote?" -- Big duh. Of course it was, Letterman's philandering scandal, notwithstanding.

"Make plans to buy The Betty White Calendar -- featuring White and some shirtless men -- on sale." -- The original concept was to have Betty shirtless but her agent nixed the idea (Betty, however, was all for it).

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 9, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

OK, someone needs to say it and it might as well be me.

Tammy Lynn, you're (not) the only one....

Posted by: elias_howe | July 9, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

After reading that Brian Austin Green will be joining the cast of Desperate Housewives, does anyone else also find themselves wondering what he's been doing the past decade or two other than thumb-wrestling Megan Fox (we can all guess who wins those contests)...

Posted by: LTL1 | July 9, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Elias, let's be careful out there.

"Make plans to buy The Betty White Calendar" - I'll pass, thanks. I fully expect that The Betty White Backlash will be in full bloom before I've had a chance to see what she and Mr. February are doing.


From a list found in a pair of pants Conan O'Brien dropped off at his dry cleaner:

24-pk Charmin' x
Red Apple Pomade x
pick up latest installment payment of $26,000,000 settlement x
Emmy nomination sympathy vote x
return dvds to Blockbuster
Where's Max? x
car wash
dentist

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 9, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow, LiLo is smarter than Michael Vick. Who woulda thunk it. Just a side note: what a great start to Ms. Joyce Davenport's career. Only admitted in November and already a high profile client. We could be looking at the next Gloria Allred.

On a completely unrelated note, I gotta work on my marketing.

Posted by: epjd | July 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow, LiLo is smarter than Michael Vick. Who woulda thunk it. Just a side note: what a great start to Ms. Joyce Davenport's career. Only admitted in November and already a high profile client. We could be looking at the next Gloria Allred.

On a completely unrelated note, I gotta work on my marketing.

Posted by: epjd | July 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

ep, I think the lesson here is that more law schools should start building programs dedicated to celebrity law.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | July 9, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

At least Lilo is consistent. Her court case didn't get the disired result, so fire the lawyer. Must be HER fault. I hear ANNA Chapman is available (via phone).

Betty White, Michael Caine, BAG. Welcome to nostalgia Celebritology.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 9, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

ep, I think the lesson here is that more law schools should start building programs dedicated to celebrity law.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | July 9, 2010 10:09 AM

Alternatively, I bet some enterprising soul could make a buttload offering a Continuing Legal Ed series, "Criminal Law and the Celebrity Client: Law Refresher Media Management Symposium." (I assume you have to do some CE to maintain licensure?)

Posted by: northgs | July 9, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

ep, I think the lesson here is that more law schools should start building programs dedicated to celebrity law.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | July 9, 2010 10:09 AM

Alternatively, I bet some enterprising soul could make a buttload offering a Continuing Legal Ed series, "Criminal Law and the Celebrity Client: Law Refresher and Media Management Symposium." (I assume you have to do some CE to maintain licensure?)

Posted by: northgs | July 9, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

'"Criminal Law and the Celebrity Client: Law Refresher and Media Management Symposium." (I assume you have to do some CE to maintain licensure?)

Posted by: northgs | July 9, 2010 11:01 AM'

northgs, first couple times through I read that as "and Wildlife Management Symposium." Need to get a referral from Hodie for a cognition test. Or not.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 9, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Note to Mel: When you get to court, don't paint "F*&%k You" on your fingernails and flash them at the judge, even is she is Jewish, gay or female.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 9, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

So the question is not who would finance a wing in the Celebrity School of Law and Justice but who doesn't need it.

I see lots of competition for the main campus naming rights. Hmmmm. How about the Errol Flynn School for Celebrity Justice. The Johnny Be Latelies like Lilo would be only able to endow a chair.

Posted by: elias_howe | July 9, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Elias, how about the Charlie Chaplin School for Celebrity Justice? A girl died.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 9, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a Roman Polanski scholarship fund?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 9, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Nosy, Yea, just depends how big the endowment is! Hey, naming right are naming rights, after all!!!

Posted by: elias_howe | July 9, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

How about the Joe Pesci School of Law & Justice? He's not a lawyer, but he played one on TV: He got Raplh Macchio off in "Cousin Vinnie", with the invaluable help of Marisa Tomei. And, if memory serves, he got through the whole movie without saying what LieLow painted on her fingernails!

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 9, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Ooops, that's Ralph. I was trying too hard not to spell his last name "macchiato."

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 9, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Everybody knows someone who's bipolar ~ it's a genetically mediated condition that causes greater and lesser amounts of misery for its victims.

Tonight's news has it that Mel Gibson has been diagnosed with bipolar condition for a long time.

It's not news that folks with this condition do outrageous, even scandalous things. It's not news that they engage in self-medication ~ drugs, drink, strange behavior, riding through the Southern forests day after day with an entourage of the like-minded (Aaron Burr perhaps?), working day and night for months until giving up suddenly and falling into deep depression, and so on and so forth.

There are women with the condition and great booming careers and they give up the medications that seem to work so they can have children, and next thing you know they've married three guys in as many months and have kids by any number of men ~ and then they go back to the medication and get restarted on their careers.

Without some of the smarter bipolar folks we'd have almost nothing to read in our celebrity fan magazines and columns Fur Shur.

Posted by: muawiyah | July 9, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

You people need to stop being such busy-bodies. You people need to stop invading people;s privacy. Do you think everyone is perfect? Do you think no one curses, or that everyone is happy and gleeful?
Get a life. What is comforting is that Mel does not care what you think.
Let's put this man in perspective. We are talking about one of the top five greatest actors of ALL time. We are talking about one of the TOP FIVE directors of ALL time.

This man broke through HOLLYWOOD; a corrupt, nepotism-driven industry controlled byb a small group of people.

in order to make movies, you need to have MONEY. Guess what- actors, permist, props, cgi, equioemt and workers cost money. So hollywood has control over the industry( an industry they are destrying - since they do not have any original ideas anymore, hence all the sequels, and they keep driving up the ticket prices so soon it will be $20 to se a film it cost $6 15 years ago). Wake up people.

Mel was able to break through and finance his onw film, passion of the christ, a film no company in hollywood would make. why is that? why do we have to give hollywood the final say? because they have the money to finance it.

There will probably be no other man who can do what Mel did.

Go watch Braveheart, and tell me if you still think what you think.

Wake up people, and look at your own lives, look at yourself, and don;t be so evil toewartd others.

good luck,

Tha Gajonka II

Posted by: Gajonka | July 10, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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