Joaquin Phoenix Was Faking It

  • So. Everything Joaquin Phoenix has been doing for the last two years has been "performance art."

The beard, the rapping, the David Letterman appearance. And it's all in the I'm Not Here "documentary." Yawn. [NY Times]

  • Despite all the buzz about how Gabourey Sidibe looks on the cover of Elle, Gabby's rep says: Gabourey is absolutely thrilled to be on the cover of Elle magazine's 25th anniversary issue." Yeah, okay, but does she think they lightened her skin??? [Contact Music via Access Hollywood]
  • Michael Douglas is planning on walking the red carpet at the New York City premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. He will be about halfway through with his radiation and chemo, and his rep says: "We're literally going day-to-day as to know how much he can do." [Pop Eater]
  • If you want Snooki to walk your red carpet, you'll have to pay her $20,000. FYI. [Us Magazine]
  • Lady Gaga is planning on suing the makers of the Lady Gag Gag love doll. [The Sun ]
  • In an homage to Lady Gaga's meat dress, Kate Walsh wore a sushi dress to Jay Leno's show. [TV Squad]
  • Oprah is planning on paying the taxes for the folks getting free trips to Australia, so don't worry about that. Although the people who won cars in 2004 — and had to pay a $7,000 gift tax — are probably really jealous. [TMZ]
  • Wait, what? Oprah might stay at fans' houses when she goes to Australia? [Contact Music]
  • Anyone planning on attending Jon Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity"? [PopEater]
  • Nicole Sherzinger is about to sing a million dollar deal to be a judge on Simon Cowell's X Factor. As this report points out, this makes her "a direct rival to Jennifer Lopez on American Idol. Except Nicole can sing! [Page Six]
  • The new panel of judges for American Idol will be announced next week; it's expected that Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and a "music industry figure," perhaps Interscope's Jimmy Iovine, will be the new people to please. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Ben Affleck on The Town: "This movie is nothing if not a long apology to the people of the North End." [Daily Express]
  • Paris Hilton has adopted 20 rabbits. She saved them from being snake food. We suspect the snake will just get more. Snakes gotta eat. [Hindustan Times]
  • Bob Barker collapsed! But he was just dehydrated. He's okay. [UPI]
  • Susan Boyle sang for the Pope yesterday, and said her dream "has come true at last." [NYDN]
  • Don't ask Ryan Gosling inappropriate questions when he's with a kid. [Socialite Life]
  • Blah blah blah Heidi and Spencer blah blah living together all along blah blah blah. [Radar Online]
  • T.I. may have been sippin' on sizzurup when he was arrested. [TMZ]
  • Sad face: Tim Curry has turned down an appearance on Glee. Sniff. [Digital Spy]
  • Glee and Modern Family have won Humanitas Prizes. [Vulture]
  • If you're going to watch Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire this weekend, you may see the actors bleed their own real blood! [Gatecrasher]
  • Get your Wonder Woman outfit out of the closet! Will Ferrell is trying to set a world record for the Largest Gathering Of Superheroes. [Daily Express]
  • Great casting? Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a film. [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Robbie Williams has a mystery illness. [News.com.au]
  • David Blaine and his ladyfriend are expecting their first child. [Page Six]
  • "My Dior suit doesn't have a big D on it." — Jay-Z says his style has evolved since the early days of Rocawear. [Page Six]