Please Don't Let the Divine Dame Judi Dench Go Blind

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Your Monday morning sad: Dame Judi Dench says she's losing her vision and now needs people to read scripts to her. Diagnosed with macular degeneration, a condition that damages the retina and can lead to blindness, she can't see faces in front of her and needs lenses, glasses and bright lights to help her – at one point telling the interviewer that she couldn't make out anything but his outline. "I can't read scripts any more because of the trouble with my eyes. And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story," she said. "You get used to it. I can do a crossword if it's bright sunshine, but if a cloud comes out, the next minute I can't see anything." Though, so far the treatment she's undergoing seems to be working. "They had to do these injections and I think it's arrested." Fingers and toes. [Mirror]


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In other celebrity medical news, some charming friends of Kate Moss took it upon themselves to let the press know that the supermodel is suffering a "temporary" paralysis in her right arm. Waking up at The Ritz in Paris, she noticed something was awry and was eventually diagnosed with ulnar nerve entrapment. "Kate was at The Ritz when she woke and had no feeling in her arm, which was terrifying," tattled the pal. "She saw the hotel's doctor and when she came back, she got a second opinion." Though she's expected to make a full recovery, it could be seen as a blessing in disguise because now she doesn't have to help unpack the new house she and husband Jamie Hince are moving into. "Jamie will do most of the unpacking as Kate has been in a lot of pain," adds the source. Well played. [Daily Mail]

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So much for waiting until Lourdes was older until she started her entertainment career — Madonna is hiring her 15-year-old daughter as a backup dancer for her upcoming tour. "It is the first time Lourdes will have appeared on stage with her mum," said someone of this probably-fake-but-we-hope-it's-real news. "There are risqué dancers and some blatantly sexual dance routines – but Madonna is really excited about Lourdes making an appearance." [Daily Mail]
She can be an outright ingrate when accepting flowers at a press meet, but when it comes to club etiquette Madonna is downright decent – realizing her entourage were taking up most of the dance floor at Mister H at Mondrian SoHo she asked that they give her less space so that non-specials could dance. [Page Six]

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Because humans are the hands-down worst, Whitney Houston's family have had to completely strip the hotel room that she died in to prevent creepy, would-be looters. Sources tell TMZ: "The family has removed nearly everything from room 434 at the Beverly Hilton hotel that hasn't been bolted down — including bed sheets, towels ... even bits of trash. We're told the family is concerned about people trying to make a desperate buck off Whitney's death — raiding the singer's hotel room and trying to sell relics of her passing ... whatever it might be." [TMZ]
Though it looks like legit items are being sold nonetheless, for those who want a piece of Whit at a hefty price. [Huff Po]
Hotel guests who were staying on the same floor as Whitney when she died are pretty pissed about the ruckus and want a refund. [TMZ]
Bobby Brown has been asked to stop being such a dickbag and look after his daughter, Bobbi. [Radar]
Lauryn Hill, like everyone else, is super-bummed about Whitney's death. [The Life Files]

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It's always helpful to hear a run-down of Republican celebrities, because then you know who to feel uncomfortable watching on the silver and small screens. First up is Chuck Norris, which is no big swig because who really cares about him? Then there's Jessica Simpson, which should come as no surprise when you think about it for more than a few seconds. It's not until you start hitting Kelsey Grammer and Robert Downey Jr. that you start furrowing your brow. And, Adam Sandler, though revealed before now, still gets me every time. It just seems so unlike his parade of tedious film characters. [E!]

  • At age 10 I named my pet bird Candy Spelling. I didn't really care about her one way or the other but I was obsessed with her giant mansion and the over-the-top ridiculousness of her present-wrapping room – well, that and I was clearly an impressive turbo queen in the making. So, it's nice to see that the mansion's new owner, Petra Ecclestone, is keeping the rich craziness alive by adding a two-level closet and in-house bar. [Page Six]
  • People are pretty impressed that Reese Witherspoon isn't a total asshole and acted like a regular, non-special while taking in The Book Of Mormon – well, except for the bodyguard. [Page Six]
  • Sean Stone says he's been vilified for converting to Islam last week and is facing a Hollywood backlash. While I'm sure LA has some impressive Islamophobes, perhaps everyone is giving him the eye rolls because he converted during a press round for his upcoming horror movie Graystone in what could be seen as a desperate grab for publicity. [Page Six]
  • Tony Bennett's son, David, is mighty pissed that a biographer claims his dad has used drugs and has ties to the mob. [NYDN]
  • Making her anti-Chris Brown stance pretty clear, Miranda Lambert flashed around a sign saying as much at a concert last Thursday. [E!]
  • This account of Chris Brown unleashing his fury on a flock of seagulls is pretty good. [Radar]
  • Huzzah! Stephen Colbert is going to resume taping episodes of The Colbert Report this week. Hope his momma is okay. [E!]
  • Could the Glee empire be showing the first signs of wear and tear – the kids aren't going on their summer tour this year. Oh, well, all great civilizations must crumble eventually. [US]
  • Child-to-parent condescension has never been so cute, with Sarah Michelle Gellar revealing that her daughter Charlotte thinks that her mother's job is getting her hair and makeup done. [People]
  • Lecturing your kids about how likely they are to change their minds about getting a tattoo is nothing, according to Mark Wahlberg, who instead prefers a more hands-on approach by dragging his along to see him get them removed. [People]
  • It looks like Miley Cyrus will have completed her transformation into Kat Von D any day now because she's the proud owner of some fresh ink. [TMZ]
  • In a precursor to what will no doubt be a complete crack-fest in stripper film Magic Mike, here is Channing Tatum 's ass in The Vow. [OMG]
  • If this relationship succeeds it'll be baffling and kind of cool: Elisabetta Canalis invited Steve-O to meet her parents in Italy. [X17]
  • Finally! The mystery that kept no one guessing for longer than five minutes has been solved, with Minnie Driver revealing the identity of her son Henry's dad. Sort of.[Daily Mail]
  • Phew! This headline is misleading and there is still every chance that Coco could bless the world with a wee baby thing in her likeness. [Daily Mail]
  • For those that were curious, Jennifer Aniston was more than happy to get the girls out on the set of Wanderlust. [The Sun]
  • Drew Barrymore is making wine now? Okay, why not? [Express]



Enough with the political condecension, already. No wonder America has such a huge problem with partisan politics. The worst part is the faux-sadness, like 'it's such a shame that X Celebrity is Republican. Now I obviously can't ever really like them again, which is so sad'. Just because there are some creepy, bigoted Republicans does not mean that voting Republican is not something a creepy, bigoted minority of weirdos do. Alienating everyone whose politics do not line up with our own would leave us all rather lonely, I suspect.

Aaaanyway, poor Judi. If she needs a volunteer to come over and read her scripts to her, I'm in.