Aretha Franklin & Tina Turner Are In A Battle Royale
  • Tina Turner vs. Aretha Franklin! Last week, Tina was asked to comment about that moment when Beyoncé called her "The Queen" during the Grammys, and Aretha got upset. Tina said: "[Aretha's] the queen of soul, and I'm the queen of rock 'n' roll. There were so many kings and queens there that night. Her ego must be so big to think she was the only one. That's how queens are!" Aretha says: "I never figured her to resort to tacky press just to sell a few tickets. I really had put her in a different class — higher than that." Tina and Aretha have never met. [USA Today]
  • Angelina says Brad makes traveling with kids easy! "After the flight from Europe, we were all suffering a bit from jetlag. Although we went to bed early, [the kids] were up at 4:30 a.m. goofing around," she says. "Brad took care of things. He just said, 'Go back to sleep, you have to work tomorrow,' and then went to the living room with the kids. He's an amazing father: totally devoted." She also says of the twins: "They're totally sweet. They already have completely different personalities. Knox is more the quiet one, very relaxed, while Viv is a little more aggressive and loud. Knox looks more like Brad and Viv more like me." [People]
  • More from Angie: She talks about fate, a theme in Changeling: "When I met my son Maddox, I went to Cambodia and left feeling I'd left something behind. I went back on a humanitarian mission and I felt, 'My son's here.' It was the strangest feeling. I woke up that morning thinking, 'They're going to introduce me to my kid today and I wonder how I'm going to feel.' And the moment I saw Maddox I knew I was his mother. I can't explain it." [Pop Sugar]
  • Angelina also says Brad convinced her to get knocked up: "I think one of the life changing things that he did, one of many, is that I was absolutely never going to get pregnant. I never felt that it was the right thing to do. I suppose I just looked at him and loved him and just felt open to (getting pregnant). I suddenly wanted to. It's one of those things you can't explain." Also: "I'm with a man who's evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful, because of the journey it has taken and what it has created. He genuinely sees it that way. So I genuinely feel even sexier." [People]
  • Speaking of Brad, one Katrina survivor says: "I thank God for Brad Pitt. I told him how much I appreciate all that he's done for me and my family." [CNN]
  • That thing Britney has been working on is a documentary for MTV. Called For The Record, she uses it to talk about her past erratic behavior: "I sit there and I'll look back and I'm like: I'm a smart person. What the hell was I thinking?" The film airs Nov. 30, two days before her album drops. [People]
  • It's official: Whitney Port has her own reality show, The City. It will air in the spring. In it, she works for Diane Von Furstenberg, reunites with a best friend from her past and meets "a guy she's head-over-heels for." Where's the part about being super stressed out and living in a hideous, tiny apartment? That's sooo New York. [ONTD]
  • Whitney says: "I am thrilled and honored to be in New York City." [People]
  • Josh Brolin speaks out about his July arrest in Shreveport: "I don't know exactly what happened. I do know that there was no fight. None. Zero. I do know that I was Maced, and I do know that somebody else (Jeffrey Wright) was Tasered …. There was no defiance. There was no struggle. There was no fight. There was no resistance." He also says: "I have never ever, ever, ever, ever seen an escalation of paranoia and abuse like that…ever. And I know a lot of cops. And everybody knows I have a checkered past and I've been in situations which are kind of tough. I've never ever been treated like that by any kind of police… ever." [USA Today]
  • As previously reported, Travis Barker is eating meat for the first time in 25 years to help with his recovery. He says: "I need protein from food rather than just protein supplements. I changed my diet. I would do anything I possibly could if they said like, 'There's a possibility you might heal faster if you do eat meat or just change your eating habits.' So I did. I don't regret it at all, I feel so much better." [ONTD]
  • Great Depression survivor Jerry Stiller: "If you loved Roosevelt, you will love Obama." [NY Mag]
  • Lindsay Lohan needs to give a deposition in a case filed by Sam Ronson, but she doesn't want a transcript or videotape to be on public record. [AP]
  • Joe Son, who played shoe-tossing villain Random Task in Austin Powers is being accused in a gang-rape case going back 17 years in California after his DNA matched evidence from the file. The details are gruesome. [NY Post]
  • Breaking news: Madonna is a diva. [Page Six]
  • OMG if Guns N' Roses actually releases Chinese Democracy this year, everyone in America will get a free can of Dr. Pepper. [Page Six]
  • Charlize Theron is being sued for breach-of-contract by Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil. Charlize was paid about $20 million to be the new face of Weil watches and she was to wear its timepieces exclusively from October 2005 to December 2006. But! She was the face of Dior perfume at the same time, and wore a Dior watch to a press event in Austin, Texas on March 14, 2006. So: Weil wants their money back. [People]
  • Dancing With The Stars champ Cheryl Burke says she's endured vicious comments from tabloids and bloggers about her weight after gaining about five pounds over the summer. She still fits into her size 4 costumes and clothes, but she's cried over the harsh words. "I know I'm not fat, but when people keep telling you that you have to think about it. It's hard. I've always had that naturally curvy body since I was 11 years old." [ABC News]
  • Cheryl also says: "I want kids or women out there to realize you don’t have to be anorexic to be beautiful." [People]
  • Um, Woody Allen's Upper East Side apartment doesn't have any huge portraits of Scarlett Johansson in it, but it does have "creepy pedophile stuff": paintings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse hang in the living room. [Jossip]
  • Janet Jackson's almost recovered from her undisclosed illness and is "excited" to go back on tour. [People]
  • I don't even want to talk about Lauren Conrad's new $113,000 Audi R8 sports car or how the rich get richer. [Perez Hilton]
  • Trouble in paradise for Avril Lavigne and rocker husband Deryck Whibley? [Perez Hilton]
  • Actress Gabrielle Union and basketball star Dwyane Wade: It's on! [StereoHyped]
  • The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center will honor filmmaker Gus Van Sant for his upcoming bio-pic Milk. [UPI]
  • John Cusack's stalker refused a plea deal, so she'll stand trial. She faces four years in state prison if convicted. [CNN]
  • Ugh, in this never-ending story, Christie Brinkley has filed a restraining order against Peter Cook. [People]
  • Peter Cook says, "There was no temporary restraining order issued against me." [Us Magazine]
  • Shirley Manson says Butch Vig is working with Green Day on their new album. [Rolling Stone]
  • Everybody say hey…oh…hey! Naughty By Nature has reunited! [ONTD]
  • The MTV show in which Peaches Geldof is made editor of a new magazine sounds awesome: She makes rude comments about the editorial staff, makes assistants weep and earns the nickname Pineapple, because she is spiky and sour. [The Sun]
  • Russell Crowe wants a posse of children. He said: "I want 17 or so kids. I say to my wife, 'Imagine having a daughter! A little you running around!' She just smiles and nods and says 'Yeah, yeah... no.' " [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • According to this article, "Boy George is off the drugs, off the booze, and seeking solace in conversations with God." [Independent]
  • Celebrity Rehab is coming back: Look for Jeff Conaway, Sean "son of Rod" Stewart, Tawny Kitaen, Amber Smith, Steven Adler of Guns N Roses, Rodney King, and American Idol reject Nikki McKibbon. [Perez Hilton]
  • There's a new Black Eyed Peas CD in the works. Look for lots of digital stuff: Will.i.am thinks that this Christmas is the last year stores will actually carry physical content. [Perez Hilton]
  • Hot lunch! There's a Fame remake in the works. [Reuters]
  • Jude Law's new ladyfriend posed in a lesbian magazine. First, who knew he was dating a black model? Second, so what if she's topless in a gay mag? [This Is London]
  • America's Next Top Model spinoff called Operation Fabulous? Starring the Jays? Fierce! [Yahoo News]
  • Is Hugh Hefner gonna replace Holly Madison with 19-year-old twins? [The Sun]
  • Whoa, the twins have mug shots and rap sheets. Does Hef know? [The Sun]
  • Smarty-pants Emma Watson was seen touring Harvard and Yale. [Perez Hilton]
  • "If I am around my friends, even if they are a bit older, I am a 14-year-old, I act like a 14-year-old. [I feel] maybe 17, [when I talk about] filmmaking and all this cultural stuff, but then when I am with my friends I feel like a kid again." — Saoirse Ronan, of Atonement and the new film City Of Ember. [Yahoo News]
  • "I've been a hockey fan since I was fresh out of the womb, to be honest, It would have been hard not to be in my family since we're all hockey fans. I played street hockey a lot. Most Canadians learn how to skate when they're 2 years old. I was one of those kids, so I skated a lot on my figure skates and my hockey skates." — Alanis Morissette, who is participating in the NHL Face-Off 2008 festivities. [People]
  • "So now, in an attempt to save his campaign, they’re talking about coming back. You see what I’m saying? So we said, 'Sure, we would love you to come back.' And even on the phone, he said, 'I’ll bring…Sarah.' But they’re being squirrely. Politicians can be squirrely. Because we have a date picked. We do this show every afternoon at 5:30. He wants to do the show at 5. So one –- we have no guarantee he’s going to show up, period. And we’ve kind of already rearranged our schedule on his behalf to save the economy, right? By getting that big-headed kid in here to talk about the politics. You know what I’m driving at? I just don’t know if we can trust him. And by the way, I don’t need to remind you that the road to the White House runs right through here." — David Letterman, on John McCain. [LA Times]
  • "Tom Cruise is a maniac. I can't understand the way he conducts his life." — Lauren Bacall. [NY Post]
  • "We have a high-profile family, but I don't want my children to be scared when we have to quickly get into the car because some person is running at us with a camera or something. It is a fine line of wanting them to be aware of strangers but not making them afraid. I suppose that, like with everything with children, it's just communication and being honest with them. I'm just a mom and I'm very grounded by my family. I'm very happy, and I'm so lucky. The world can like me, hate me, fall apart around me, and at least, you know, I wake up with my little kids and I'm happy." — Angelina Jolie. [Pop Sugar]