Welcome back to Midweek Madness! Every Wednesday, we drink the Kool-Aid poured by Ok!, Us, In Touch, Star and Life & Style. This week, Katie Holmes is unofficially officially pregnant; Pippa Middleton is secretly engaged; Prince Harry has told Chelsy Davy that she's "next"; Brad's got a new tatto, inspired by Angelina; and Muse singer Matthew Bellamy got some girl pregnant right before he started shtupping Kate Hudson.
"Yes, "I'm Pregnant."
Since Katie Holmes's spokesperson recently denied that Katie Holmes is pregnant, this is an interesting cover for Ok! to print. In addition, Katie recently sued Star magazine for calling her an addict. She doesn't like lies! But Ok! notes that Katie's rep denied she was expecting Suri at first, too. The editors are basically taunting her, saying "It's Official!" when it is most certainly not official. But the entire piece reads like fiction, actually — the article begins, "There's a special glow emanating from Katie Holmes these days, and it's not a great tan or some Scientological aura." A doctor who does not treat Katie says she is probably about 18 or 20 weeks along, and the copy aks, "Will Suri be a great big sis? Or a jealous sib?" Moving on: Jenelle from Teen Mom is in rehab, and she's "actually really excited" about it. Her stay at the Malibu facility is being paid for by MTV, as it should be. Next, you may not know this, but "red is the new blonde." And finally, Kimora Lee Simmons poses in swimsuits and tells the magazine she's dropped 30 lbs. of baby weight but doesn't feel like she has to be a size 2. Brave!
Grade: F (Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide)
"Tormented Over Their Bodies."
Kim Kardashian has been "pressured to get surgery" by her mom. She has denied getting butt implants, but Kris has "encouraged Kim to go under the knife" and Kim now agrees that "getting a super-sized butt at any cost is good for her career." Kim is "terrified" of cellulite (um, didn't she pose on a magazine cover saying, "I have cellulite, so what?") so she gets injections in her booty to make sure it looks smooth. Do these shots also make her ass bigger? The mag offers up images from 2007, 2009 and 2010 for us to scrutinize. (See Fig. 1) Moving on: "The claws are out" as Pippa Middleton and Chelsy Davy fight for Prince Harry. Chelsy saw Harry flirting with Pippa at the wedding and then "sulked for most of the evening," according to a source. Harry is "obviously attracted to Pippa" and kept telling her that she looked beautiful. But all was well late in the night when Harry leaned over to Chelsy and whispered, "you're next." But! A source warns that Pippa "wouldn't hesitate" to dump her boyfriend for Harry. And Harry just might be done with Chelsy, since she showed up to the wedding "hung over and disheveled" and got "stinking drunk" at the reception. Should Harry go for the lady with a wild side (Pippa) or the perpetual party girl (Chelsy)? Decisions, decisons. Next: Demi Moore is "losing control of her kids" now that 17-year-old Tallulah was busted for alcohol possession. In 2007, Rumer was arrested for having marijuana, and Scout, a student at Brown, is "a drinker, too." The piece titled "Sandra Takes The High Road" is about how Ms. Bullock isn't responding when Jesse James trashes her, and comes with a handy sidebar called "Jesse's Most Hurtful Remarks," in case you haven't heard them all. Lea Michele had a "red carpet meltdown" before the Met Gala, where she behaved "like a wicked witch" and "just kept saying that she hated everything — she was crying and having a fit!" Bristol Palin "had liposuction of her neck area" and a breast reduction, says a plastic surgeon who hasn't treated her. Last, but most certainly not least, Kingston Rossdale is a "Superman in training," with an alter ego and everything! (See Fig. 2)
Grade: D- (Hawaiian punch with hemlock)
Life & Style
"Another Royal Wedding!"
Here, the copy reads, "After seeing his brother walk down the aisle, Prince Harry can't wait to make girlfriend Chelsy Davy a bride!" At William and Kate's reception, Harry snuggled close to Chelsy and whispered in her ear, "You're next." Not in a serial killer way. In a "I'm gonna marry you" way. And somehow tabloid editors heard it. Since Kate and William got engaged in Kenya and Chelsy is from Zimbabwe, Prince Harry MIGHT propose to Chelsy somewhere on the continent of Africa. And he MIGHT choose an aquamarine stone to match her eyes. But since Harry is the spare and not the heir, he is "not under the same pressure as his brother to have a big public wedding." This theoretical ceremony will most likely be low-key and take place at the queen's country castle at Windsor. Meanwhile, Pippa Middleton is secretly engaged. She and broker boyfriend Alex Loudon "have been virtually living together in London" and MIGHT announce their engagement once the royal wedding hoopla has died down. Moving on: Sandra Bullock's "new man" is a new employee: A bodyguard, who is married, but with whom she has a "wonderful friendship." The piece titled "Angelina Talks Adoption" is not about Angie bringing a new kid into the family, but instead about how she explains the concept of orphanages to Pax, Zahara and Maddox. Katie Holmes is "not ready for another baby," and when she and Tom Cruise were at a humanitarian award dinner, they "barely spoke" to each other. Maybe because that would be rude to do while there was a presentation going on? Also: "There was a definite chill between them. They looked like they weren't even friends." Ashlee Simpson was spotted wearing her wedding ring again, which we are meant to take as a sign that she and Pete Wentz "haven't given up on their marriage." Finally, Bristol Palin "seems to have had some liposuction on her entire neck," according to a plastic surgeon who does not treat her. She may have also have a "buccal fat extraction, which removes fat from the cheeks. Fun!
Grade: D (Diet Coke & Dexatrim)
"Stars Without Makeup!"
What we have here are eight pages of celebrities without foundation, mascara or lipstick, along with snide comments. Katy Perry is "pale in comparison" to how she looks on the red carpet. Lady Gaga is "Lady NoNo" without her eyeliner and fake lashes. Madonna's face is "bland ambition"; Maria Shriver is "bad news." Iman "should know how to beautify herself — or, at the very least, cover those eye bags." And so on. Let's push ahead. Zoë Saldana has been suffering from a "really bad case of the blues for months now," and her moods are "all over the place." She's barely eating and her bank account is dwindling, because she's "blown through what she earned." Sniffle. Brad Pitt has a new tattoo — and it's Angelina Jolie's autograph! "They were in bed once day last sumer when Angelina signed her name on Brad's stomach in pen," says a source. "Brad absolutely loved it and secretly had their tattoo artist ink him." (See Fig. 3) Love! David Arquette has a plan to win Courteney Cox back, and it involves couples therapy and being a great dad to Coco. Janice Dickinson is in love. The lucky man is a 33-year-old Brit who served in Iraq as an Elite forces officer. Janice loves him because he's hot. Also, "he's sober, and so am I." The two like to go on long hikes and take photos, sometimes of each other. A lady who slept with Muse singer Matthew Bellamy right before he hooked up with Kate Hudson says Matt betrayed her. Sophia Bloxam claims that she met Matt via MySpace (?!?!) and they had an intense email relationship. Finally, she saw him in the flesh at a show, after which the twosome "shacked up" in a hotel for a "two-night, three-day sex marathon. Sophia says they had unprotected sex at least eight times, and that Matt knew she was not on birth control, but was "fine with that." Later he texted her, "There is a good chance you could be pregnant, as we used no contraception." She texted back that everything would be fine, and that whatever the outcome was "we would be ok." WTF does that mean? She wanted to get knocked up? Anyway. Sophia found out she was pregs and tried to call and text Matt, who refused to return her messages. She wanted to see him at Cochella and tell him the news in person, but felt too ill. Later she found out that he met Kate Hudson at Coachella. Soon after that, Sophia suffered a miscarriage. It doesn't seem like Sophia and Matt were dating —- sounds more like a one-night-stand gone cuckoo, but Sophia warns Kate: "He has an issue with fidelity." Next, Kim Kardashian is planning her wedding — shopping for rings and hoping for a big ceremony to rival the royal wedding — with close to 1,000 people invited. American Idol's James Durbin (who has Tourette's) used to have "uncontrollable episodes of violence" and once held a knife to his own throat and threatened to commit suicide before turning the blade on his 8-year-old stepbrother. Or so says James's ex-stepfather, who seems to have sold this story to Star. Lastly, Bristol Palin had neck lipo and a chin implant, plus Botox to get her eyebrows arched, says (all together now) a doctor who does not treat her.
Grade: C (Tang and Tylendol)
What we learned from this cover story is that Carole Middleton is an "aspirational mother" who always wanted to best for her children. Subtext: scheming social climber! Pippa — who prefers to be called Philippa, thank you very much, never slept around, but did always flirt with "the most well-connected men." Before the broker boyfriend she has now, Pippa dated a Scottish aristocrat and a diamond heir. In 2008, she was Tatler magazine's "No. 1 Society Singleton." But! Another source says Pippa and her boyf will get married soon. "It's all hush-hush because of Kate's wedding. But soon it will be Pippa's time to shine." Moving on! In a poll, 89% of Us readers would rather watch General Hospital than Katie Couric's talk show, which might be pushing GH off the air. Jennifer Aniston shot a topless scene for the flick Horrible Bosses, but the producers aren't sure if they'll use it. Angelina Jolie shot ads for Louis Vuitton with photographer Annie Leibovitz in Cambodia along the banks for the Siem Reap river, but took time out from the job to visit the orphanage where Maddox once lived. Finally: It's weird that Bristol Palin isn't on the cover of Us, because she actually spoke to the magazine and explained that her new face is the result of "corrective jaw surgery" and was "necessary for medical reasons." She swears: "I don't obsess over my face!" And also adds: "I really didn't think people would ever care or notice." Babe, you thought wrong.
Grade: C+ (Aranciata and Airborne)
Fig. 1, from In Touch
Fig. 2, from In Touch
Fig. 3, from Star