Josh Brolin Cleared Of Bar Brawl Charges; Celebrates By Insulting Russell Crowe

  • Misdemeanor charges against Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright related to a bar fight last summer have been dropped, and video of police using pepper spray and tasers on the actors has been leaked. [AP, TMZ]
  • After Sean Penn introduced Josh Brolin at New York Film Critics Circle Awards last night, Brolin said, "Great actor, Sean Penn. Great actor. Not an asshole like Russell Crowe." He also said of the New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, “I hate that motherf——-. And I don’t think he’s a good writer.” [FOX News]
  • Peaches Geldof suggests that Victoria Beckham should mix some casual clothes into her wardrobe. "She looks too done these days, as if she's constantly uncomfortable," says Geldof. [The Sun]
  • In other Posh news, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole says she was "shocked" not to hear from her friend Beckham after allegations broke that her footballer husband Ashley had cheated on her, especially since Posh knows what its like when your football player husband is accused of cheating. [The Mirror]
  • Michael Jackson's representatives have denied that the star has the lung condition Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, but author Ian Halperin is so passionate about his claim that Jackson is dying, he's offered to pay for a medical exam to uncover the truth about his health. So now celebrities have to submit to medical testing just to satisfy the public's morbid curiosity? [Daily Express]
  • In the new issue of Glamour, Paris Hilton claims that she's only "done it with a couple of people" and that she plays hard to get. Paris also has some profound dating advice: "Nobody wants the fake Prada bag; they want the brand new bag that no one can get and is the most expensive," explains Paris. [Daily Express]
  • Congratulations are in order: Alyssa Milano is engaged to CAA agent David Bugliari. [Us]
  • The Bahamas' top health minister said he is "amazed" and "appalled" that mortuary officials leaked the cause of Jett Travolta's death because it is supposed to be confidential. [TMZ]
  • Lisa Marie Presley, friend of the Travolta family, has posted on her blog to say now is not the time to bash Scientology. "Whatever medical and or physical condition Jett had, I can tell you first hand that his parents were on a tireless, never ending quest to get and provide him with the absolute best care anyone could ever ask for and need," she writes. [Just Jared]
  • We must admit, this clip of Ashton Kutcher talking about his wife Demi Moore on Tyra is sickeningly adorable. Tyra asks what he finds most beautiful about his wife and he says, "the most beautiful quality that she has is just her capacity to give to others," and explains that he realized this while listening to her talk to her daughters on the phone. "The compassion she shares. To me was breathtaking," he says. [Perez Hilton]
  • Paula Abdul has been secretly developing a daytime talk show. Speaking coherently always has been Paula's strong suit. [Perez Hilton]
  • Amy Winehouse has dropped her appeal in a Norwegian drug case and will accept a fine for marijuana possession in 2007. Winehouse already paid the $428 fine, but she may have wanted to appeal because being found guilty of drug possession could prevent her from getting a U.S. visa. [AP]
  • It's not a good day for Amy. She also has one of the most annoying female celebrity voices, according to a new poll. The sexiest celebrity voices are Nigella Lawson and Sean Connery. [The Sun]
  • Add Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend to the list of celebrity couples who bickered their way into 2009. The couple was on vacation in Mexico on New Year's eve, and a source says they didn't spend any time together and Charlize was heard shouting about the lights and lack of hot water in their hotel room. [Perez Hilton]
  • Is Lily Allen engaged? She returned from her Caribbean vacation with her new 45-year-old boyfriend Jay Jopling wearing two sparkling rings on her engagement finger. We're guessing not, since the multi-millionaire art dealer is only separated, not divorced, from the artist Sam Taylor-Wood. [The Telegraph]
  • In other Lily Allen news, she is engaged in a feud with Katy Perry, who called her fat. Now, Lily is firing back via Facebook, threatening to post Katy's phone number online, and joining two anti-Katy Perry groups. If only Brangelina and Jennifer Aniston were mature enough to keep their feud on Facebook, rather than running to Oprah. [ONTD]
  • In more Lily Allen gossip than anyone could possibly want, it was revealed today that she lost two dress sizes by "hypno-dieting," taking £300-a-session hypnotherapy sessions that made her give up alcohol and favor low-fat meals. [Daily Mail]
  • Brad Pitt may be a surprise presenter at the People's Choice Awards tomorrow, sort of. If he does appear it will be in a pre-taped segment. He and Angelina need to rest up for their appearances at the more prestigious Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday and the Golden Globes on Sunday.[E!]
  • Kate Hudson has only well wishes for her ex-boyfriend Lance Armstrong, who she dated over the summer. When asked what she thought about Armstrong's announcement that he's expecting a child in June with girlfriend Anna Hansen, Hudson said, "It's amazing. Congratulations." So revealing! [People]
  • Pink says she has no hard feelings toward her ex-husband Carey Hart and plans to stay involved in his life. "I told him that I would give him away at his next wedding," said Pink. [People]
  • Carrie Underwood has been dating hockey player Mike Fisher for months, but the story has eluded the tabloids. The relationship was finally exposed when Underwood was spotted by the "Hug Cam" at one of Fisher's games, sitting in a VIP box with his family. [Perez Hilton]
  • Anne Hathaway says despite the fact that her recent films Bride Wars and Rachel Getting Married are matrimony-themed, she's never really thought about her own wedding. Why would she? That's the tabloids' job. [People]
  • "I wound up looking like a zebra. An orange zebra. And then when it came off, I started, you know, because I'm so pale underneath, I looked like a giraffe with leprosy. And I smelled like nachos and maple syrup the whole time, so it really wasn't a good idea." - Anne Hathaway on the one time she tried a spray tan in real life, like her character in Bride Wars. She says you can spot the fake bake in one of her films - which one could it be? [NY Magazine]