Pete Wentz Probably Isn't Reading This Right Now

  • Pete Wentz, still on his anti-douchebag campaign, is done with online media: "I was letting the blogs get to me," Wentz says, "It's semi-frustrating when your name actually becomes a synonym for douche bag."[PageSix]
  • Well, Pete, if you want people to stop calling you a douchebag, you should probably stop dropping quotes about your "favorites" like this: “Watching John Mayer doing Van Halen better than Van Halen in an amphitheater in Southern California. Shirts optional, solos mandatory.” Oh COME ON! John Mayer!?! Nobody does Van Halen better than Van Halen, circa 1984. This is why people don't like you, Pete![JustJared]
  • Meanwhile, Wentz's wife, Ashlee Simpson, thinks that 2008 was the best year ever: "It was the greatest year of my life," she says. [People]
  • Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy of Dancing With The Stars are engaged—six months after Smirnoff announced her split from A.C. Slater himself, Mario Lopez. [E!]
  • In movies that might be unintentionally hilarious news: Sylvester Stallone is preparing for "The Expendables," an action film co-starring Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, and Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker. "The ragtag team of the title are a group of elite mercenary badasses - at one point described as 'totally prepared to die in a blaze of glory," Stallone says. [PageSix]
  • 26-year-old actor Matt Smith has been tapped to play the 11th Doctor in the Doctor Who series. As for Smith's babyface appearance, producers of the show say, "There is something quite old about him, so he looks old and young at the same time, which is terribly important." Meh. [DailyMail]
  • Lourdes Ciccone has apparently decided to chase her acting dreams by signing up for Manhattan's Professional Children's School, the drama school that Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johannson once attended. [DailyMail]
  • Living in L.A. has made Courteney Cox even more aware of the aging process: "I've never seen so many beautiful people walking around," Cox says, "Then as I get older, I find myself going, 'Wow, I can't believe I'm not the youngest anymore! I can't believe the guy over there wouldn't be attracted to me.' But I'm married, it's a non-issue. Let me tell you, there's a lot of pressure. Which is why I always think women should be totally open with other woman about what they do to make themselves look better."[ShowbizSpy]
  • Hugh Jackman has pulled out of Steven Soderbergh's Cleopatra film; Jackman was planning to star as Mark Antony. [DailyExpress]
  • Kate Hudson says her Hollywood upbringing wasn't as glam as you'd think: "It’s funny, because everybody thinks I was spoiled and flew first class everywhere, but it’s not true. My parents had four children and they weren’t going to pay thousands of dollars for our air fares – can you imagine the cost? They wouldn’t do that. We didn’t care – we had each other to play with at the back of the plane, while my parents were travelling in luxury at the front." Oh really? My parents were also traveling in luxury at the front...of the station wagon that we took to Friendly's on Saturday nights. Celebrities! They're just like us! [DailyMail]