Hollywood Celebrity Buzz
Ross von Metze | August 17, 2005
Britney Spears� stalker gets shot in the leg – Just desserts or ambush?
It was the shot heard round the world – or at least laughed about round the world.
Celebrities have often pushed paparazzi, fled from packs of them in cars� in some cases, they�ve even swing purses, bags and even fists at pushy cameramen. Now, a photographer scoping out Britney Spears is nursing a pellet gun wound and pointing the finger at the pregnant pop princess herself.
While members of Britney�s camp are claiming she and her bodyguards were in no way involved (come on � what else are they going to say?), residents of the Malibu neighborhood where the �shooting� took place are saying the photog got what was coming to him and wouldn�t blame Britney and company if they had taken aim.
Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, Jude Law, Justin Timberlake – all celebs who�ve gone toe to toe with paparazzi in recent months after being stalked, chased, confronted and trapped. Now one of them gets shot and the PR folks in Britney�s camp are claiming she had nothing to do with it.
Even if you aren�t involved, I say take the fall, Brit. Your career�s in the shitter (I just saw your perfume Curious selling for $9.99 at Walgreens), you have a baby on board and, while your sex appeal dwindles somewhere between hormonal and deceased, you need this to win America over. True, aiming and firing might not be the quickest way to regain your crown as America�s pop princess, but you could do far worse. Have you tuned into an episode of Being Bobby Brown recently?
Richie Rich almost arrested at own fashion soiree
You know Richie Rich – he of Party Monster fame and that glam/trailer trash fashion line Heatherette that brought Anna Nicole Smith out of retirement after she mixed Trimspa, crack and a trip to TJ for lipo to lose 60 pounds. Pure speculation, but anyway �
It seems Richie was nearly led out of New York�s Henri Bendel boutique in cuffs Tuesday night when he set off the store�s security system at his own line launch party. Guards grabbed Richie by the wrists and led him to the basement for questioning. I know, this is all starting to sound like a porn starring mall security, but it gets better.
Silly faggot! When you spill ice cream all over your top, you�re supposed to tell someone at the store before you grab another from the rack and just slip it on. Seems Richie was prancing around his own party with a security sensor on his back.
Fear not. Security removed the tag and let Richie go – he designed the fucking thing, after all. Apparently not too distraught, he left arm in arm with the Black Eyed Peas� Fergie and tranny party hopper Amanda Lepore.
Courtney Love blows and fails
Well, at least that�s what prosecutors are saying. A Los Angeles judge ordered the rocker to appear in court later this month on charges Courtney Love violated her probation by being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Love, who did not appear in court yesterday, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge in February and has subsequently been under the watchful eye of authorities and drug counselors. In 2004, she lost custody of her daughter to her mother in law.
While prosecutors will only say Courtney�s been using a narcotic, in light of her recent moonlight through the streets of Manhattan rummaging through dumpsters for MTV camera crews, I�m guessing it�s stronger than pot but weaker than heroin. If you�d care to weigh in with your own theory, drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ian McKellen urges gay actors to come out
Remember when Sir Ian McKellen was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor for Gods and Monsters and he showed up at the ceremony with some hunky 20-something, whom he held hands with the entire time? Though the actor was previously out, for anyone who was still in the dark, that incident pretty much threw doubt out the window.
Now, the British thespian is urging young actors to come out of the closet because he feels it will help their careers and increase their abilities as actors.
�I became a better actor, and my film career took off in a way that I couldn't have expected,� McKellen said in a recent interview regarding his forthcoming film Asylum. �You can't lie about something so central to yourself without harming yourself. Acting in my case is no longer about disguise – it's about telling the truth, and my truth is that I'm gay. I'm very happy for people to know that, and then I can get on with telling the truth about the character that I'm playing.�
I�m all for honesty, and lord knows I wouldn�t mind seeing two �mainstream� hunks go at it and know it wasn�t all about the paycheck. But really, Ian! Don�t you think the moms in middle America might be a tad upset if, instead of jumping up and down on a couch for Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise was dry humping Oprah�s leg and screaming, �Nothing feels better than Colin Farrell�s dick in my hole.�?
Rosie goes old school Jew in Broadway�s Fiddler
OK, here�s the deal. I�m all for Hollywood stars giving Broadway a go. Some are good (Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz), some crash and burn (did anyone see Melanie Griffith stumble her way through Chicago?), but the fact that they�re willing to try is good for something.
Call me crazy, but when I think of Fiddler on the Roof and the role of Tevye�s wife Golde, I don�t exactly think of a loud-mouthed, Brooklyn-born lesbian. But alas, Rosie O�Donnell is returning to the Great White Way in September. The former talk show host, who did a stint in Grease and produced 2003�s miserable failure Taboo, will don a kerchief and make nice with fellow homo Harvey Fierstein. And while producers are banking on her clout to help sagging ticket sales, the first time she yauks at kids Hava and Hadel, I�m betting half the front row will make a dash for the snack cart.
Alright, enough being mean for one day. Go about your day with a few laughs on your brain, and remember, one person�s trash is another person�s rent check. – Issued by Gay Link Content
Ross von Metzke is the Editor in Chief of Xodus Magazine and a featured columnist for GayWired.com. His work has appeared in YM, Performing Arts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Instinct and Gay Web Monkey. Ross lives in San Diego.
It has been quite the catty, busy week in Hollywood [10/08/2004]