Joaquin Phoenix Confuses Us With His Rap Career

  • Joaquin Phoenix, who recently retired from acting, officially launched his rap career this past Friday. Says Phoenix: "Are there people who think it's going to suck? Probably, but I can’t worry about that." [People]
  • Why rap? "This is me saying this is who I am," Phoenix says, "This is my story." He then added, "This is my life, this is no Mekhi Phifer." Ok, not really. But you know you were thinking it too! [People]
  • Portia de Rossi says that her marriage to Ellen Degeneres has changed her life: ""There's a peace to [being married] and a sense of togetherness that we just didn't have before. And I didn't even realize it would change as much as it has, but it's so lovely," de Rossi says. [People]
  • The Youth of America will be represented, at least in musical form, by Kanye West, Kid Rock, and Fall Out Boy, who have been asked to perform at the Youth Inaugural Ball. In related news: the Youth of America can't wait until they are old enough to vote, so that they can avoid being represented by Kid Rock and Pete Wentz once and for all. [People]
  • Anne Hathaway has a bit of Princess Mia in her after all: "I was on a first date with someone and I was so nervous I think I had crossed my legs really tight and stuck them under the table and was leaning against them and at one point I got up to go to the bathroom and my leg had fallen asleep but I didn't know it so I stood up and fell into the next table," Hathaway says, "I was laid across it and the guy was like 'Are you ok?' I was hoping somehow that he hadn't noticed. The worst part was that I had to walk to the bathroom with a kind of limp, dragging my leg."[ShowbizSpy]
  • Kendra Wilkinson is now apologizing for remarks she made about Hugh Hefner and their sex life in USWeekly: "I'm really bad at interviews, and anyone who knows me knew I meant no harm...I'm a goofball. Mostly, I'm very sorry to have hurt Hef...Playboy made me who I am, and Hef has done more for me than anyone else," Wilkinson says, "In my heart, I will always love Hef and Playboy."[E!]
  • Renee Zellweger has no plans to be a mother anytime soon: "Motherhood has never been an ambition. I don't think like that. I never have expectations like, 'When I'm 19 I'm going to do this, and by the time I've hit 25 I'm going to do that'," Zellweger says, "I just take things as they come, each day at a time, and if things happen then all well and good."[ShowbizSpy]
  • Kate Winslet has no desire to live like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: "Although I don't know them, I do think about their situation. They're like a walking soap opera, and the public wants to know what's going to happen next. I didn't choose this profession because I wanted to be famous. I come from a family of actors, who have often struggled, so I always thought I'd be lucky if I even got a job," Winslet says, "I'm grateful for my success because of the freedom it's given me as an actress. The downside is how much more publicly available you become. I don't want Mia or Joe to think being famous is about wearing beautiful dresses - if you're on a red carpet and wearing a fabulous frock, it's the result of years of hard graft."[DailyMail]
  • Amy Poehler is getting ready for the launch of her still-untitled new show: “You just try to do your best and work with talented people,” Poehler says, “Doing stuff that is a little scary, I think is good. You have to keep moving.” E!]
  • Matt Lauer will be the first to interview hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger. The interview will air on Monday's Today Show. [NYTimes]
  • You know how you saw a commercial for Paul Blart:Mall Cop and thought to yourself: Who is going to see that? Well it turns out everybody did: it's currently leading at the box office, fending off My Bloody Valentine and Notorious. [EW]