Jennifer Lopez Starts American Idol Gig Next WeekS

Apparently she had been trying to get a $15 million judging paycheck, as well as a movie project to keep her film career going. Fox was all: No. [Deadline Hollywood]

  • But! This report claims that the negative stories about Jennifer Lopez are "being planted by people with a grudge against American Idol. And! J. Lo will be at the judge's table for Idol auditions next week. Because if there's one thing she knows about, it's singing. Ahem. [TMZ]
  • Confirmed: Penelope Cruz is indeed pregnant. [Hello Magazine]
  • Doctors who prescribed drugs to Lindsay Lohan are under investigation by the Medical Board of California, thanks to Michael Lohan, who hasn't even seen his daughter in person lately as far as we know. [Contact Music]
  • Awesome: This paper interviewed butchers about Lady Gaga's meat ensemble. Quoth one: "There are no expensive cuts here, no real steaks. The best you've got is the flank steak on top of her head." [NY Daily News]
  • One of the soldiers who accompanied Lady Gaga to the VMAs was interviewed by Rachel Maddow. Clip at the link! [TV Squad]
  • Britney Spears is in the studio. [Perez]
  • Apple Martin — daughter of Gwyneth — has turned into "quite an equestrian," according to her mom. The six-year-old usually rides with Stella McCartney, since Gwynnie "can't bear" horses. Gwyneth says: "I sent Stella a picture of Apple having a riding lesson wearing a PETA T-shirt and said, 'She's your child!' They have really bonded." For some reason I feel compelled to add: La di da. [Daily Mail]
  • Eva Longoria-Parker is using Twitter to raise funds for Haiti — one of her famous friends will follow you, for a fee. Not that that's something you're interested in. [Contact Music]
  • Madonna has been banned from Piers Morgan's talk show. Think she gives a shit? [Hindustan Times]
  • Here is a clip of Justin Bieber and his hair on C.S.I.. [Perez]
  • Kanye West and Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton have been dating for about two weeks, but it is "going very well." Meanwhile, Amber Rose is dating Fabolous. Allegedly. [Gatecrasher]
  • Get ready: The Chelsea Handler sex tape is on its way. [Radar Online]
  • Jennifer Grey has invited Patrick Swayze's widow to come cheer her on at Dancing With The Stars: I would be so grateful if she did, and if she didn't, I feel her support. She emailed me. She just said that she is rooting for me and proud of me." Jennifer also says she feels inspired by her Dirty Dancing co-star: "Patrick was one of the most fearless people I've ever met. He really embraced life and was all about going for it." [Daily Express]
  • If you wish you could have the jewelry Anne Hathaway received from her shyster ex, Raffaello Follieri, get out your credit card — it's all up for auction. [NYDN]
  • Jane Fonda, 72, has two new fitness DVDs! [NYDN]
  • The Situation is living in some kind of swanky L.A. apartment complex that has a zero-tolerance noise policy. So he'd better keep it down. J-Woww cannot come over. [TMZ]
  • Sneak a peek at pictures of Julia Stiles on Dexter! [PopWrap]
  • Oh, and check out the ad for Conan O'Brien's new show! [The Life Files]
  • Russell Crowe is going to be in a kung-fu movie directed by RZA from Wu-Tang? I am already lining up for tickets. [E!]
  • Here is a picture of Owen Wilson pissing on a golf course. [The Superficial]
  • Kate Gosselin was spotted in Mexico… with her bodyguard. [Radar Online]
  • Congrats to Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum, who are expecting a baby. [Telegraph]
  • 50 Cent will be on a British soap opera. No, really. [Contact Music]
  • What Sunday TV needs: an Al Sharpton show. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Ugh. Disgusting. Barf. [Contact Music]
  • Montana Fishburne is checking herself in to a facility that specializes in anger management, behavioral problems and mental illnesses. "I'm trying to get my life together," she says. [TMZ]
  • "I just don't like the title! I really don't like it at all. It's a discarded, put-away thing. Like one of those things you're given and you think, 'What the hell am I going to do with this?' You make yourself sound like a teapot, put away in a cupboard, behind a piece of glass. No, I hate that." — Judi Dench on being a "Dame." [Contact Music]
  • "My mother was so excited when I got the Twilight gig. My whole family were. Before Twilight they were like, 'Why are you doing all these Sundance movies that no one will see?'" — Kristen Stewart. [Contact Music]
  • "I'm a natural blonde. But when I started acting, I would go to auditions and they didn't know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent - but I had blonde hair. It was ignorance: They thought every Latin person looks like Salma Hayek. The moment I dyed my hair dark, it was, ‘Oh, she's the hot Latin girl.' I loved it. I'd always felt a little ‘too much' as a blonde, like a big-mouth version of Pamela Anderson. Being brunette toned me down a bit." — Sofia Vergara, who looks smokin' on the cover of Self. [ONTD]
  • "I just leave my shirt on when I'm around that guy. He was in amazing shape and he worked very hard on it and I know it was a discipline." — Jon Hamm on Ben Affleck. [Today.MSNBC.com]