Britney Throws An Alcohol-Free Circus, Iggy Pop Trashes Billy Corgan, And Jay-Z Kills Autotune

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  • VIP guests at Britney Spears' recent London gig weren't too happy when they discovered that Britney had declared the backstage to be a alcohol free area as a result of "her problems with alcohol." [TheSun]
  • Phil Spector's wife, Rachelle, is now complaining about the conditions he's being forced to live in. "He's locked in a 5-by-9-foot cell 23½ hours a day," she says. "They treat people worse than animals. I want that known." [NYPost]
  • Oh snap! Iggy Pop has singled out Billy Corgan and Fred Durst as the reasons why rock stars pretty much suck these days, calling them "idiot thugs with guitars making crappy music...Anyone from Smashing Pumpkins to - what's the one with Fred Durst?... There are a million billion of them. And people think they're gods, man. I took great pains not to think first because the thing I can't stand is a rock star who thinks he's got brains. They're always so damned dull!" [DailyExpress]
  • Peter Jackson is finally making an appearance at ComicCon, in order to support his friend Neill Blomkamp's film District 9. He will most likely spend the entire time saying, "No, we haven't cast Bilbo yet, I swear!" [NYTimes]
  • Lost star Emilie de Ravin is divorcing her husband, Josh Janowicz, after three years of marriage. [People]
  • "As you can imagine, this is very hard. All together there were five of us that had the Carradine name. David had a lot of admiration for his father as an actor, and his mother he loved very dearly. We have all been close and we all love each other."-Bruce Carradine, on the death of his brother David. [USWeekly]
  • Jay-Z released a new song, "Death Of The Autotune" on Hot97 last night. Sample lyric: "This ain't a No. 1 record/This is practically assault with a deadly weapon." R.I.P., Autotune? [HipHopGalaxy]
  • Robert DeNiro is currently starring in commercials for...Subaru? [TimesOnline]
  • Rosie O'Donnell says she's learned that screaming gets you nowhere: "I learned that when you yell, nobody hears you," she says, "The best communicators have to live and present themselves in a peaceful manner. And that's going to be a lifelong quest of mine." [CBSNews]
  • "I love Perez! Like I think it's really cool that he asked that rad question at Miss America [he quizzed Miss California on gay marriage]. Once he put a picture of that blue catsuit I used to wear next to a Teletubbie, and I could have been like, 'You're an asshole.' But I thought it was really fucking funny."- Beth Ditto [Guardian]
  • Universal has responded to allegations that Sacha Baron Cohen injured a woman on the set of Bruno by releasing this statement: "The allegations made by Richelle and Lance Olson in their complaint are completely baseless. Filmed footage of the full encounter, which took place more than two years ago, clearly shows that Ms. Olson was never touched or in any way assaulted by Sacha Baron Cohen or any member of the production and suffered no injury. If the Olsons elect to proceed with their frivolous action, we expect each of the defendants to be fully vindicated." [DeadlineHollywood]
  • Looking forward to Whitney Houston's new album? This "sizzle reel" will get you even more excited. [Popbytes]
  • Susan Boyle's brother says she's doing much better now that she's left The Priory: "She is much happier. She seems a lot more like herself," she says, "Things are becoming clearer for her now. She's now beginning to believe that, "Yes indeed, I will be a singer." [DailyMail]
  • Emma Thompson says that Britain is falling behind the rest of the world in terms of the way they treat working mothers: "It depends where you are in the world. It's not brilliant here in Britain compared to, for example, Scandinavia – maternity leave and everything is different and they're much more clued in to what parents and children need," she says, "We still have quite a lot of Victorian principles hanging on, you can see it and feel it." [DailyExpress]
  • Penn Badgely says he wants to star in a remake of Blade Runner. Cue the fanboy outrage! [DailyExpress]
  • Jon and Kate Gosselin are speaking with divorce lawyers. Can't we all just get divorced from the both of them, please? [PageSix]
  • James Franco and Robert Pattinson are reportedly fighting it out to play the lead in a Jeff Buckley biopic, which is dumb, as everyone knows that James is pretty much the spitting image of Jeff. So whatever, Sparkly Vampire! [ONTD]



Norway takes half your wages in taxes and is in possession of the world's fifth(?) largest oil field. This is how they can afford to give mothers a year of paid maternity leave and fathers half a year of paid paternity leave.

So, my dear Emma Thompson, I agree with you. I just don't see Americans or Brits ever agreeing to giving half their wages to the state, although I'm personally very very proud to be paying high taxes. I see a direct correlation between high taxes and my quality of life.