Madonna Blames Thanks Ex-Husbands For Film Career

Madonna's new film about Wallis Simpson and King Edward, W.E., is in the Venice Film Festival, and her Madgesty says she has her ex-husbands to thank. "I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors," she told reporters after a screening. "They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive." Madonna also spoke about how she relate to Wallis Simpson, the American divorcée for whom King Edward the VIII gave up the throne. "I identified with her in that I think it's very common when people become celebrities or public figures or icons that we are often reduced to a soundbite and that you're given a few attributes and then you're not allowed to have anything more than that." [Reuters]

Meanwhile, the reviews for W.E. are not great. [Reuters]


Lady Gaga made a music video for "Yoü and I," but she also shot 5 "fashion films" that use the song as a soundtrack. This clip, shot by Dutch fashion photographer duo, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, features our lady of Sight Gags looking fairly understated, with rather simple hair and makeup. [Just Jared]


Madonna Blames Thanks Ex-Husbands For Film Career

Since we haven't heard anything about her in the last five minutes, here is a Kim Kardashian update: After being married for two weeks, she says, "I love being a wife." [People]


Madonna Blames Thanks Ex-Husbands For Film Career

Marcus Foster went to school with Robert Pattinson and had a song on the Twilight soundtrack, which kind of explains why Kristen Stewart is in Foster's new video, "I Was Broken." KStew doesn't do very much in the clip at the link, but she sure looks purty. [MSN Music]


Madonna Blames Thanks Ex-Husbands For Film Career

T.I. left prison and was supposed to begin filming a VH1 reality show immediately, but! Cameras are not allowed in the halfway house where he's serving the remainder of his sentence. A rep for the facility says there is "absolutely no way" VH1 can film inside and "it is just not going to happen." Now what? If a celebrity reforms and transitions back into the real world and the process is not captured on video did it even happen? [TMZ]
T.I. took a luxury bus from prison to the halfway house and officials did not like that one bit. [CNN]


  • Zig-a-zig-ah! Mel B. gave birth to a baby girl late last night in Los Angeles. She tweeted: "Finally our baby arrives,Stephen nearly passed out, [my 12-year-old daughter] Phoenix screamed, I laughed so hard the baby popped out!!! She is just sooo amazing!!" [Radar]
  • Lacey Schwimmer, who is partnered with Chaz Bono for Dancing With The Stars, says: "The fact of the matter is, he's a full man, in every shape or form. Everybody should just get over it and accept him and accept him as a human being ... he's so brave and its really good to be a part of it with him!" [Radar]
  • George Clooney does not want to run for president — he prefers being an actor. "If I make a mistake it's not going to cost 100,000 people their lives. I'm very happy telling stories. Films don't hurt people. They just get badly reviewed sometimes." And: "I have a very nice life. I get to hang out with various seductive people, so I've no interest in [running for office]." [People]
  • You guys. Justin Timberlake sang. In public. Is it possible he's interested in music again? [Page Six]
  • Steven Seagal killed a puppy. Allegedly. [NYDN]
  • Scarlett Johansson will host two "hip" fund raisers for Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer. Black frame eyeglasses for everyone! [Page Six]
  • Pippa Middleton got a parking ticket. [Radar]
  • Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, the lady who seems to hate him, are getting married at the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 1. [Page Six]
  • Salma Hayek and the horribly disfigured portrait in her attic turn 45 today. [PopSugar]
  • Taylor Lautner and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have been offered roles as David and Goliath in a "period action movie" based on the Biblical tale. Does this casting reek of homoerotic potential or is it just me and my wishful thinking? (Fans self.) [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Noted pimp cup enthusiast Bishop Don Magic Juan had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg. [TMZ]
  • NCIS actor David Fisher was arrested yesterday for allegedly choking his neighbor over hanging towels outside. Laundry rage! [TMZ]
  • "You're my hero. I'll tell you why: You beat cancer twice, your body of work is brilliant, and you're the only person who has never taken a bad picture of me. There's [bleep] in it, but it's cool, it's not like spread-eagle." — Courtney Love to Sam Taylor-Wood. (Here is a CLC photograph by Taylor-Wood; here is another.) [Page Six]
  • "Lady Gaga is the female Alice Cooper. She totally gets it."She created a character named Lady Gaga and wrote songs for Lady Gaga, just as I write songs for Alice. But when you meet her offstage, she's nothing like that person... and neither am I." — Alice Cooper. [AP]