Even The Secret Service Is No Match For Beyonce

  • After rehearsal for the pre-inauguration concert, police reportedly told Beyonce and Jay-Z the streets surrounding their theater were closed, but Beyonce informed them that divas don't walk four blocks in the cold to their car.
  • After a showdown between Beyonce and the police, the Secret Service stepped in and let their driver cross the barriers to come pick them up. [Perez Hilton]
  • Victoria Beckham is on the cover of Russian Vogue, biting her thumb at you. [Perez Hilton]
  • During last night's Huffington Post Ball, Ben Affleck went off on Newsweek's coverage of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Keynesian economics, and the challenges Obama faces. Could his next role be a CNN political commentator? [Politico]
  • Unsatisfying gossip: The legal fight over a video that shows Heath Ledger doing drugs two years before his death is over, but we don't know the outcome. An attorney for the anonymous People magazine freelancer who also appears in the tape and sued to have it destroyed simply said, "The matter has been resolved." [AP.
  • As you may have heard, Patti LuPone stopped singing mid-song during a performance of Gypsy because an audience member was taking pictures. What would she have done if she knew another audience member recorded the whole incident on audio? [The Village Voice]
  • Sad news: Marcia Cross's husband, stockbroker Tom Mahoney, has cancer. He is in treatment and her rep says he's responding well. [People]
  • Dakota Culkin, sister of Macaulay, was "more than likely impaired due to alcohol" when she was fatally hit by a car crossing the street last month, according to the L.A. County coroner. [Perez Hilton]
  • The L.A. County coroner's office has also confirmed that the Paula Abdul fan who was found dead outside Paula's home committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs. [AP]
  • Kelly Rutherford has filed papers for a hearing in her divorce trial tomorrow, saying her husband is ominous and violent, and came at her once during a fight. Her husband wants to prevent her from taking their son to New York when she returns to film Gossip Girl [TMZ]
  • In photos from Mariah Carey's new film Push she sports a more natural, realistic look. In fact, she looks more natural than she does in real life. [Perez Hilton]
  • Were you aware that in Australia Eric Bana is known as a comedic actor? The "Australian Will Ferrell" will give comedy a try in the US in the upcoming Judd Apatow/Adam Sandler movie Funny People. [E!]
  • William Balfour, the man accused killing three of Jennifer Hudson's family members, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion. [Yahoo]
  • Shia LaBeouf has had his license suspended for at least a year because he "refused chemical tests" after the car accident that left him with an injured hand. [Perez Hilton]
  • New couple: Fred Armisen (a.k.a. SNL's Barack Obama) is dating Elizabeth Moss (a.k.a. Mad Men's Peggy Olson). [NY Magazine]
  • John Travolta and Kelly Preston's lawyers say two people attempted to extort money from the couple while they were in the Bahamas. Police are investigating, but there are no further details on the case, or whether it is related to Jett's death. [UPI]
  • A TV biopic about Sophia Loren is in the works, and Loren will appear as her own mother. [Variety]
  • While in D.C. Oprah is staying at the Four Seasons as the first guest in the newly-renovated Presidential Suite, which could cost $142,000 per night. Sure, that's a lot, but if you're one of the richest women in the world, why not live it up? [Media Bistro]
  • Lily Allen says that she was so depressed after a miscarriage last year that she checked herself into a "nuthouse" or psychiatric center for three weeks. "Maybe if I had stayed pregnant and had the baby then things would have worked out between me and Ed [Simons, her ex-boyfriend]. I don't know. You could drive yourself insane thinking about it," she says. [People]
  • "I just hope I can stay famous enough for a little bit so someone rich will marry me. [laughs] That’s all I really care about these days. You should worry if you’re a boy in a band, but not if you’re a girl." —Lily Allen, in response to the question, "Do you think you’ll have to invent a future for yourself?" [Interview]
  • "If I were to be really honest, there is a homophobic voice that rises up inside me," says Jim Carrey, who is playing a gay character in the new film I Love You, Phillip Morris. "It goes 'that's kind of scary'. First of all, what will people think? And second of all, will I like kissing Ewan? How will that affect me and Jenny [McCarthy, his girlfriend]? [The Mirror]