Chely Wright Might Be People's Big Reveal; Gwyneth Turns Her House Into A Zoo

  • TMZ claims that Chely Wright is the female country singer set to come out on the cover of People later this week:

Wright reportedly has an album and book being released this week, and lists Howard Bragman, the man who started this whole hype machine by dropping "hints" over the last few weeks, as her publicist. Gawker has heard similar rumors about Wright, who now has apparently replaced Shelby Lynne as the celebrity that everyone is "certain" will be on the cover. [TMZ], [Gawker]

  • "She's such an incredible woman, and she's with such a powerful man. Everything she does she exudes confidence."-Jessica Simpson on Michelle Obama [People]
  • The sequel to The Dark Knight is set to hit theaters in 2012. [Yahoo]
  • For their second anniversary, Nick Cannon gave his wife, Mariah Carey a custom-made Ring-Pop made out of white diamonds and pink sapphires. [People]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is set to turn her home into a zoo for her daughter, Apple's, birthday: "I got the email from the place and it's crazy. It's literally, like, one pony to ride... a pony to pet, some goats, a bearded dragon, a tarantula, two meat rats and a descented skunk. So that's what's coming." [DailyMail]
  • Having kids has made Gwyneth change the way she eats: "I was macrobiotic for a long time and then, when I had kids, it sort of went out the window. I still believe in eating organic food and whole food but I eat cheese and wine and fried food now." [ShowbizSpy]
  • And as to the rumors that she and Iron Man 2 co-star Scarlett Johansson don't exactly get along, Paltrow says: "They're pitting you against each other and I just think, 'Why do we need to make a problem between women?'" and "I adore Scarlett. I loved having her on set. She is really funny. She swears a lot. She has a dirty sense of humor. She loves to cook. She's like a girl after my own heart." [People]
  • Meanwhile, Johansson has expressed interest in playing Courtney Love in an upcoming biopic: "I know that there is a script. That's as much as I know about it. I'm a big fan of Courtney's, and I think she's very, very talented. But I don't know anything about the project...I think the idea is interesting and intriguing, but I would have to really wrap my head around it." [MTV]
  • "When you have a girl swinging around by her ankles in a cat suit, that's innately sexy, but she's also intelligent, ambitious, motivated and calculated. I've never really seen a film of this genre where there's more than sex appeal to the female characters. I would find it boring to be just a pawn in a film about a whole bunch of men fighting it out and rolling around and getting down and dirty. I didn't want to just be the sensual vision in a tight outfit."-Scarlett Johansson, on her role as "Black Widow" in Iron Man 2. [Parade]
  • Sarah Silverman has met some interesting fans on her book tour for The Bedwetter: "There was a guy [who] had a tattoo of me on his arm! It was my face, a picture of me, inside the mouth of a serpent. I remember, because I signed his book, 'You clearly think things through!'" [People]
  • Idris Elba says he left Britain for America because he felt there was a glass ceiling for him in the UK: "To be honest with you, when I left England I was never in a position to be in a BBC drama as a lead, and so in coming back I'm going forward, you know what I mean? I was always taken seriously here, I didn't ever stop working but it was just that there was a glass ceiling." [Mirror]
  • "Just recently, I was out with Genesis in New York, where we were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Iggy Pop came over to me to pay his respects and I'm thinking, "Iggy Pop!? The Godfather of Punk! This wouldn't have happened ten years ago." I guess after all this time a lot of people are finally shaking off their prejudices about me and feeling OK about admitting they like my music. If so, that's a wonderful thing. It doesn't make me the coolest man on the planet. But it's a start. Even so, there'll always be people out there like Noel Gallagher who firmly believe I'm the Antichrist."-Phil Collins [DailyMail]
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Rafaeli are set to move in together after she allegedly gave him an ultimatum: "She virtually threatened to walk unless Leo gave up his bachelor ways. She meant it," says a source. [ShowbizSpy]
  • A source claims that Jennifer Aniston has flown her personal trainer to the set of her latest "because her costumes are so skimpy and she's worried about working with a younger model with a hot body." [DailyMail]
  • Michael Lohan claims he's ready to start seeking a conservatorship for his daughter, Lindsay. Because nobody can control her life better than a dude who has been to prison several times and can't keep his face out of the tabloids, right? [TMZ]
  • Jesus Luz and Madonna were spotted out together recently, and he was "gazing up at Madonna adoringly." [PageSix]
  • A former high-ranking Scientology member claims that the organization's leader, David Miscavige, enjoyed snooping in the records of high-profile celebrity members. [NYDN]
  • "We have to be open-minded. I'm not saying American's are narrow-minded - I've lived in New York and Los Angeles - but where I grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania… there was a small-town mindset that made me feel that sex was wrong. When my sister lost her virginity, I thought that was dirty and disgusting, and I was scared of sex. I remember I had a fight with my friend when I touched a boy for the first time and I didn't tell her. She got mad with me, not because I didn't tell her, but because I'd done it in the first place."-Amanda Seyfried [ShowbizSpy]
  • "Tacos."-Debbie Reynolds, on her guiltiest pleasure. [Guardian]