Jessica Simpson May Judge American IdolS

  • Jessica Simpson is reportedly in negotiations to judge American Idol and has met with the producers several times. Since Jess obviously won't be filling the role of the cranky Brit, "This is part of a massive overhaul of the show."
  • A source explains, "There may be more judges, more opinions." FOX is expected to make an official announcement about the new judge in September. [TMZ, X17]
  • Kate Major's lawyers have sent a cease and desist letter to Michael Lohan demanding he stop trying to sell the topless photos of her, which he took while she was sleeping. [TMZ]
  • Kristen Stewart is being considered for the lead in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but she probably won't get the role due to Twilight conflicts. [E!]
  • CSI: Miami's Emily Procter is expecting her first child with boyfriend Paul Bryan. [E!]
  • Diana Ross' sister says the woman claiming to be her lovechild with Michael Jackson is "not my daughter." [TMZ]
  • Gloria Allred is going on a solid food fast to draw attention to the need to pass an Equal Rights Amendment. [TMZ]
  • In response to GLAAD giving CBS a failing grade last week, the network will add gay characters to The Good Wife, Rules of Engagement, and Bleep My Dad Says. [N.Y. Magazine ]
  • Kanye West has joined Twitter, and he isn't writing in all caps. @KanyeWest's first Tweet: "Up early in the morning taking meetings in Silicone Valley" His second: "Lol I spelled Silicon wrong (I guess I was still thinking about the other type silicone ITS A PROCESS!! : )" [Just Jared]
  • The MPAA has given Mel Gibson's film The Beaver a PG-13 rating. Listening to Mel is still rated NC-17. [N.Y. Magazine]
  • The Tina Fey/Meryl Streep comedy Mommy & Me has been picked up by Sony and will be directed by Stanley Tucci. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • A witness in an Italian investigation into a prostitution ring being run out of nightclubs testified "I've done cocaine with other people including Elisabetta Canalis," a.k.a. George Clooney's girlfriend. [Radar]
  • Susan Lucci is working on a memoir, which will come out next year. [AP]
  • Chris Tucker owes the IRS $11 million in unpaid taxes. [Hollywood Rag]
  • Amy Fisher has signed a deal to star in four porn movies. [Radar]
  • 14-year-old Kendall Kardashian defended her bikini photo shoot saying, "Going into this shoot, it was never my intention to be provocative or too racy. It was a beach shoot, and I was wearing beachwear. I am happy with my age, and am not trying to rush into anything too soon. I look forward to all the milestones my teens have to offer–Sweet 16, turning 18, and so on." [People]
  • While promoting Salt in Seoul, Angelina Jolie said she had met with U.N. officials and, "They spoke a lot about the concerns about people being persecuted when they are sent back to North Korea...I'm very concerned about the people." [AP]
  • January Jones visits boyfriend Jason Sudeikis nearly every day on the set of Horrible Bosses according to a source who adds, "At one point, people were joking that they should give her a part in the movie because she's there so often." [E!]
  • "I would love to be in a baseball movie or a cowboy movie." - Jon Hamm [N.Y. Magazine]
  • Paris Hilton is releasing another album. She says, "I really have always loved Kylie Minogue - she's one of my favorite artists. I've just been really inspired by her. I just wanted to kind of emulate her. I just kind of love her sound and I love the way she is, so I was inspired by her and the album's going to be out in a couple of months." [Hollywood Rag]
  • When asked if he's been with a man, Inception star Tom Hardy, who is engaged to a woman, said, "Of course I have. I'm an actor for fuck's sake. I've played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I'm in my thirties, it doesn't do it for me. I'm done experimenting but there's plenty of stuff in a relationship with another man, especially gay men, that I need in my life. A lot of gay men get my thing for shoes. I have definite feminine qualities and a lot of gay men are incredibly masculine. A lot of people say I seem masculine, but I don't feel it. I feel intrinsically feminine. I'd love to be one of the boys but I always felt a bit on the outside. Maybe my masculine qualities come from overcompensating because I'm not one of the boys." [Daily Mail]