Angie & Brad's Staged Pix; Lady Gaga's Giant OctopusS

  • According to a source, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been staging photo ops in Venice.

The unnamed source claims: "They are usually very shy about being photographed, but now they're making a point of being seen in public as a happy family unit. They're making a statement. They want the world to know the reports are wrong and they are strong." I'll be honest: I have no problem with this. Working out a deal with the paparazzi seems preferable to being chased by them. Also: MOAR SHILOH MONKEY HAT PLZ. [Page Six]

  • Breaking: Justin Timberlake kissed Jessica Biel in public. [Page Six]
  • Also breaking: Leonardo DiCaprio kissed Bar Refaeli at the Shutter Island party. Bar was "excited" when Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" came on, so maybe we're supposed to think she wants Leo to put a ring on it or some such. [Page Six]
  • Prince William did a photo shoot with a previously homeless man and the proceeds from the pictures will go to helping the homeless. [CBS News]
  • Lady Gaga has a whole new show for her nine UK dates: "Not a single prop or costume from her US dates has been used." The new show has four main themes: City, Subway, Forest and the Monster's Ball. There's a green Rolls-Royce (you can see it at the link) and a huge animatronic octopus with massive teeth, and I want to go there now! [The Sun]
  • Oh, no: Lady Gaga is on the cover of the April issue of Cosmopolitan with the cover lines, "50 Things To Do Butt Naked" and "The Sex Article We Can't Describe Here." I just… want better for her. [ONTD]
  • Simon Cowell would like Lady Gaga to be a mentor on American Idol, "Because she is the most relevant pop artist in the world at the moment. So I think she should be number one (on the list). And I've met her. She is very smart. I like her." [Reuters]
  • By the by, Simon Cowell says that maybe Noel Gallagher could replace him on American Idol: "Do you think people would understand him?" [Mirror]
  • Simon Cowell doesn't think Howard Stern or Madonna will replace him but thinks — wait for it — Perez Hilton would be "funny." [NYDN]
  • Ellen Degeneres wants a $150,000 wardrobe allowance on American Idol. "She feels it's only fair because Paula [Abdul] received a hefty allowance for hair, makeup and wardrobe," says a source. This columnist asks, "But isn't $150K a bit much for, umm, jeans and flannel shirts?" Rude! [Gatecrasher via National Enquirer]
  • Dr. Ruth gave James Cameron a keychain promoting her book Sex For Dummies and he said he didn't really need it, but would pass it along. [Page Six]
  • Chris Brown was praised by a judge yesterday, since he hasn't missed a session of domestic violence counseling and completed 32 days of community labor in Virginia. The Judge said: "It looks like you're doing really, really well. That's always good to see." Chris has another court date May 11. [AP]
  • Kristen Stewart is going to the Oscars! She'll present with Buff Werewolf Taylor Lautner. "I've been looking at shoes," she says. "I'm trying to pick shoes that I know I won't fall down in." Wise. [E!]
  • When it's the Kardashians versus Jersey Shore, whose side are you on? The Kays are hosting a vodka party next week and J-Woww and Snooki are scheduled to attend. [Radar Online]
  • One of the dudes from "rap" group LMFAO attacked Mitt Romney on a plane. [TMZ]
  • Tiger Woods has asked his wife Elin Nordegren to join him for his televised statement today. Will she? (Last we heard, she won't.) [Radar Online]
  • Tiger Woods will return to golf next month, and hopefully be as boring as we thought he was before the scandal, and maybe then the gossip columns will stop covering him. [People]
  • The Golf Writers Association of America have decided to boycott Tiger's media event today, since he plans to make a statement but will refuse to answer questions. [TMZ]
  • "Tiger And Elin Leave House Together." An actual headline. [TMZ]
  • He's forbidden to appear on TV until September 1, so Conan O'Brien might do a series of live theatrical shows. Although right now he is vacationing in Hawaii. [Page Six]
  • Pamela Anderson will be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Quoth she: "Do you think I'd be good? I think it would be fun. I can't dance, but I like the challenge, and am looking forward to some of the outfits I get to wear." [Page Six]
  • Pamela Anderson showed up three hours late to Richie Rich's A*Muse show. [Gatecrasher]
  • Does Courtney Love look like Mary-Kate Olsen on the cover of Spin? [ONTD]
  • The banter about a Ghostbusters gun between Ivan and Jason Reitman in the beginning on this article is really sweet. [USA Today]
  • HOT: Actress Maggie Q is in talks to star in the CW's Nikita — based on the 1990 Luc Besson film about a kick-ass female spy called La Femme Nikita. The character was also played by Bridget Fonda in 1993, but has never been played by an Asian actress. Maggie Q was born in Hawaii but did action films in Hong Kong. if it happens, I will watch the shit out of this show. [ONTD]
  • Adam Lambert made out with Ke$ha. [TMZ]
  • Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, producer Susan Downey, have signed up for a production deal with Warner Bros. The studio also signed Zac Efron for a 2-year producing deal. [Variety]
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber might buy Abbey Road studios. [Guardian]
  • Quentin Tarantino has saved a classic movie theater in L.A. [The Hollywood Repoter]
  • There's a Facebook group called "Draft John Mellencamp For Senate Seat." 1,700 people have joined and would like the rocker to replace Senator Evan Bayh. Mellancamp has no comment. [People]
  • OUCH. Lil Wayne had eight root canals in one sitting. Kids, remember to brush behind your grills! [TMZ]
  • Ryan O'Neal is working on a sequel to his Farrah Fawcett documentary. [Radar Online]
  • Owen Wilson has signed on for a new Woody Allen movie which also stars Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. [Reuters]
  • At the link, an audio file of David Byrne talking about "the way artists create their music and other works to look and sound their best in the venue they appear in." [BoingBoing]
  • "A lot of mothers come to me and say the only reason why they watch the show is to see how I'm going to handle the situation. I've always been the integrity of the show, the moral high road." — Bruce Jenner on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. [LA Times]
  • "Here's how the offer came to me: 'Patty, Martin Scorsese has a part for you.' And I was like, 'Yee haw!' 'I''s just you and Leo in a cave.' And I said, 'Are my clothes on? Please let me be naked. Please let me be naked in a cave with Leonardo. Please.'" — Patricia Clarkson on Shutter Island, at a party for the premiere. After this statement, party guest Isabella Rossellini said, "But you're not naked in the film! Marty doesn't have much nudity in his films. He's prudish. Lots of shooting. Lots of ‘fuck's — ‘fuck you!' ‘fuck this!' — but not nudity. At that, he draws the line." [Vanity Fair]
  • "I've got about 25 Spanx on." — Emily Mortimer, who gave birth to a daughter four weeks ago, at the Shutter Island party on Wednesday. [Vanity Fair]
  • "The complexities of families are huge. I think it's far too simple to say that a child should simply be taken into care. You have to ask yourself whether the parents still have a right to love despite the abuse? … [The film] is semi-autobiographical. There are lots of elements of my life which are not in it, my mother is not in it. It's not a film about my life it is a film about the care system in the UK." — Samantha Morton, on her directorial debut, The Unloved. Much more at the link. [Dazed Digital]
  • "We've had a few years of guys winning the show, and I would say there is definitely a better chance of a girl winning the show this year, certainly, than last year." — Simon Cowell on American Idol, who adds: "I'd love to find a Taylor Swift." [AP]
  • "Not only would I not get married until everyone else can, I kind of am starting to get appalled by anybody who would get married in this day and age. Anyone who considers themselves for equal rights — to get married right now, seems very odd to me." — Sarah Silverman. [CNN]
  • "I just made the decision that I was going to try comedy, and if didn't work, then I knew it didn't work. Then I would go back and do whatever. But at least I wouldn't torture myself the rest of my life, wondering whatever would have happened." — Bob Newhart was an accountant and then a copywriter before 1959. [LA Times]
  • "I think the film is a much heavier political story than it is a commentary on Polanski's life. He really seems like a very self-assured person to me who doesn't need to make a comment on his life through his films… Polanski seems terribly private. He wasn't with us at the launch of the film [in Berlin] but quite probably, he wouldn't want to be there anyway." — Ewan McGregor, who stars in Polanski's Ghost Writer. [WSJ]
  • "[Refusing to fly] has not hindered my career at all. Miss Franklin can get around. I have been everywhere, believe me, on this bus—everywhere except across the ocean. And if it were an amphibious bus, I might do that. When I was flying, I never saw the U.S. and what it really looked like. I saw the back of the concert hall, the hotel and the airport. Now I really see America. The last time I flew was in '82. I had such a bad flight. A two-engine plane. The flight was dipsy-doodling up and down all the way home. I said, 'Oh, my God, when I get to Detroit, that's it. That is it.' And I have not flown since. But I intend to. It's been a long time." — Aretha Franklin, who also talks about doing operatic arias by Mozart on her new album, at the link. [Time]
  • "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead."— Elton John. [MSNBC Scoop]
  • "We all did this one dance number a couple of weeks ago that was extremely grueling. Now I have back spasms every so often. I'll be talking and be like, 'Excuse me a minute,' and my back will just spaz out. And then I'll be fine. But we ignore it because we're all just happy doing what we do. We don't pay attention to our injuries." — Sounds like Lea Michelle, aka Rachel on Glee, could sue! [WENN via Ok!]
  • "I never feel confident. I really don't love my body." Thus spake Pamela Anderson, right after the Richie Rich A*Muse show in which she wore a silver pretzel. [Page Six]
  • "I never thought of a particular artist or school of art in gender terms… [But] the journey for women in many venues - be it politics, business, film - is a long and difficult struggle for equity." — The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow. As you may know, if she wins Best Director at the Oscars, she will be the first woman ever to do so. [Time]