Angelina's Dialect Coach Denies Affair; Prince Inspired By Football

  • Shocker: Angelina Jolie's dialect coach, Howard Samuelsohn, says that story in In Touch about an affair is "total bullshit." Samuelsohn tells Radar:

"I'm 5'6, I'm 51 years old, and I've never been to The Waldorf [Astoria Hotel in New York, where the alleged affair occurred]. I would like for someone to get the word out." Samuelsohn was the only coach listed in the credits, but there were other dialect coaches on the film. Still, he says: "The thing is this is all crap. I'm sure it was not a dialect coach. If it was somebody I'm sure it was not a dialect coach." He also says that Angie is "sweet" and "great." [Radar Online]

  • Katy Perry and Russell Brand had a totally normal engagement party, and this is news. [People]
  • Susan Sarandon and her rumored beau, ping-pong club owner Jonathan Bricklin, were at a Haiti relief event on Wednesday, but "would quickly move away from each other when they noticed people were watching." [Gatecrasher]
  • Since the celebrity telethon for Haiti is happening tonight, Jay Leno's show will not air; meaning Conan O Brien's last show won't be preceded by Leno. [MSNBC Scoop]
  • Behold: Conan O'Brien topless and wearing a grass skirt in a photo from 1982. [Paco Camino]
  • NBC Universal TV entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin: "[The Conan situation] is just the cost of doing business in television and film. This is one of the Shakespearean story lines that happen over and over in television." [Reuters]
  • New York Times reporter and "late-night historian" Bill Carter on the Conan/Leno debacle: "This is worst screw-up, the worst pile-up I've seen, because it involves a network really in shambles already. And the one thing they had going for them was late night. And now they've blown that up, too." [The Wrap]
  • Jay Leno will headline the annual White House Correspondents' dinner in May. [CNN]
  • Jay Leno will go on Oprah's show next week to try and "restore" his nice-guy rep. [Page Six]
  • Donald Trump thinks Lady Gaga is "amazing." [Page Six]
  • Actress Maria Bello is in Port-au-Prince with Paul Haggis and a team from the JP Haiti Relief Organization, a private foundation created by Sean Penn and Diana Jenkins to help in the rescue efforts. They have "10 doctors, nurses and surgeons, a water specialist, logistics people and two cargo planes filled with medical supplies, food, tools, thousands of water filters and generators to help existing institutions and set up a clinic." She has written about her experiences in an essay at the link. [AP]
  • "Robert Redford kicked off the 26th Sundance Film Festival with an appeal for participants at the 10-day event to remember Haiti's earthquake victims." [AFP]
  • The "Canada For Haiti" benefit includes Celine Dion, James Cameron, Michael J. Fox, Jason Reitman, Ryan Reynolds, William Shatner, Rachelle Lefevre, Joshua Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Eugene Levy, Norman Jewison, Will Arnett and Sandra Oh. [CBS News]
  • Shakira is planning on building a school in Haiti. [Perez]
  • Why does Sharon Stone have two black eyes? [Radar Online]
  • Matt Kemp, Rihanna's new boyfriend, is clearing his name: His agent says , "Matt Kemp is a consummate Midwestern gentleman who has never displayed any act of violence towards a woman." The restraining order his ex filed against him was later dropped because the statements were false, and a rep the ex says Matt was NEVER physically abusive to her, nor did she fear for her life. [E!]
  • James Franco doesn't have a problem with Spider-Man getting a new cast and director. "It worked out well for Batman, and comics themselves have different artists and writers. I think it's perfectly fine." [E!]
  • Prince went to a football game??? And was inspired by the Minnesota Vikings??? And said, "I saw the future." and wrote a song called "Purple and Gold," about the team? I may need to lie down. [ONTD via My Fox Twin Cities, where you can hear the song]
  • Mmm. Hot hottie Jason Momoa has been cast as Conan in Conan The Barbarian. The film is NOT about the late night wars. [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Rob Lowe: Leaving Brothers & Sisters. [ONTD]
  • "Jermaine Jackson says his pop star brother Michael was close to converting to Islam before he died last June." [UPI]
  • Joaquin Phoenix's unreleased album is supposedly "brilliant" and "great." It was recorded before the beard and the incident on Letterman. Meanwhile, that documentary Joaquin was working on with Casey Affleck is in post-production, so get ready. [E!]
  • "Heidi Klum & Tori Spelling Let Their Kids See Their Naked Photos." [HuffPo]
  • Today a Los Angeles judge will hear arguments to determine if Roman Polanski could be sentenced in absentia. [AP]
  • Bristol Palin's lawyer has filed papers demanding child support from Levi Johnston. [TMZ]
  • Joan Rivers lives in New York, but has a country house in New Milford, which has been called "the ugliest house in Connecticut." She says: "It's a Frank Lloyd Wrong house… long and flat and low and ridiculous. It looked like a Denny's restaurant." Still, she and her dogs go there to relax and she loves it: "I live very formally in New York. I wanted a place where the dogs can get up on the furniture, where I can make a mess in the kitchen. My biggest thrill is making omelets for my friends. In New York I don't even know where my kitchen is." [NY Times]
  • Denzel Washington used a personal shopper in a book store. [Page Six]
  • Kanye West and Amber Rose in Paris: Fur real. [Rap Radar, Concrete Loop]
  • Annette Bening and Julianne Moore lock lips playing lesbian mothers in The Kids Are Alright. [Page Six]
  • Zig a zig ah? A Spice Girls musical is coming. [AP]
  • Here's a picture of Ronnie from Jersey Shore maybe kissing some woman who is not Sammi. [TMZ]
  • Jersey Shore porn parody: Inevitable. [Page Six]
  • Jon Cryer's hit man story: A publicity ploy?!?! [Radar Online]
  • Jon Cryer's wife has been interviewed by the FBI. [TMZ]
  • "Linda Hogan, Hulk's ex-wife, has settled the negligence lawsuit brought against her by the family of John Graziano, who was severely injured in a DUI crash that landed Nick Hogan in jail for five months." [E!]
  • Karissa and Kristina Shannon have moved out of the Playboy Mansion but are living rent-free with a bunch of other Playmates. I don't understand how or why but whatever. [E!]
  • "Linda Blair's kennel is under criminal investigation after one of her dogs escaped this weekend and attacked a pig." [TMZ]
  • "Obviously, every parent has concerns. I have promised Heidi that I will not openly speak about the situation." — Heidi Montag's father, Bill Montag, is concerned about her welfare and cosmetic surgery decisions. [Radar Online]
  • "She's a gift from heaven. Obviously she's a very beautiful woman. But she's got the biggest heart, she's got a great family, she's really close to her mother and father – they're great people." — Mickey Rourke on his Russian-born girlfriend, model Anastassija Makarenko. [People]
  • "I'm not saying every girl should brush her teeth with Jack Daniel's. I hope my record is saying you can be confident and sexy, and you don't have to wear a pushup bra and look like a whore and spend seven grand on a bag." — Ke$ha. [Gatecrasher]
  • "It's kind of like riding a bike, and it was time to come back… I felt the earning, sorry, I meant the yearning, not the earning. Was that a Freudian slip!?'" — Mel Gibson on returning to movies. [Independent]
  • "I think it was crucial [to dress-down]. It was tough because making music videos is so different with the costumes, the angles, the lighting and stuff like that. In Precious, we sat in a fluorescent dentist's office and it was the worst-lit scene of the movie. The over-lighting emphasizes the dark stuff under your eyes. One day Lee caught me trying to put blush on, and he said 'what are you doing?' I said, 'Precious has blush on,' but he would not let me do it. It was one of those things that I had to do. I guess now I'll feel better about myself when I'm dressed normally at my house and walk past a mirror and see myself. I'll be like, well I've looked worse." — Mariah Carey. [Independent]
  • "I was on her show, so I know there's documentary evidence of me having been there, but I can't even begin to remember what she said. She's such an icon, I kind of blacked out." — Gabby Sidibe on being on Oprah. [Daily Mail]
  • "Oh, it would be amazing if I got nominated, but I can't even think about that because I never even imagined that my life would be going this way… I mean, I never paid attention to the Oscars before. But one of the great things about all the attention the film has been getting is that lots of people are approaching me with dresses they want me to wear. I guess I should start paying attention to those fashion magazines a bit more now." — Gabby Sidibe. [Daily Mail]
  • "I had a lot of growing up to do. I'm still conflict-averse. I don't like to argue. But back then I couldn't have a fight. I couldn't work things out because I wasn't able to say what I needed to say. I didn't have a voice. I didn't dare to express myself. It was a huge heartbreak for me to have something fail like that. I knew that this was either an opportunity for growth or I would sink. It's easy when you're hurt and angry to just say, 'Oh, it's them.' But I had to come into my own. I thought, 'Why did this relationship not work? What part of the failure is my responsibility?' It's not like I didn't realize I had any issues until I got a divorce… I had this professional confidence that wasn't equaled by my own personal confidence in any relationship, not just with men," she says. "There was a disconnect. I realized I needed to be more like my character in Alias, who was so powerful and confident and an inspiration to me. I understood very well how to be nice and how to take care of people. I didn't know how to ask for anything that I needed. It was important to balance it out." — Jennifer Garner, talking about life after her divorce from Scott Foley, and the issues she worked through in therapy. [Star]