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Randy Quaid tells 'Early Show' that 'star whackers' are out to get him

The Randy and Evi Quaid saga just gets weirder and weirder. And the Oscar-nominated-actor-turned-fugitive-turned-conspiracy theorist isn’t exactly helping his case. In an interview with CBS’ Early Show this morning, Quaid, who has been on the run from authorities on felony trespassing and vandalism charges along with his wife Evi, said that he was being targeted by “star whackers.”

The Quaids say they are convinced that unnamed nefarious people are singling out celebrities to either steal their fortunes or kill them. They claim that David Carradine, who was found hanged in a Bangkok hotel room, and Heath Ledger, who died of an accidental drug overdose, were victims of the same conspiracy. Quaid has called this cabal: “star whackers.” The couple says they are currently seeking asylum and protection in Canada. Check out the entire interview below. READ FULL STORY

'The Beaver' poster: Pay no attention to that man behind the beaver!

beaver-posterHi Beaver,

I have some good news and some bad news. There is a poster for your movie! Yup, that’s really you, front and center. You’ve made it. You are a star. Congratulations! That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is the guy behind you. (I know, you didn’t even notice him there, right?) You remember him from making the movie … Exactly, Mel Gibson. Friendly guy, funny, soft and sensitive hands. Well, he’s in the midst of another PR hiccup … Yes, yes, I know director Jodie Foster assured you those issues were behind him, but something else came out and there are these ugly voice recordings and — Look, it doesn’t even really matter. In fact, this is good thing for you — a huge opportunity. You are now the face of this movie. We’re going to have you run the media gauntlet: Leno, Matt Lauer, Kimmel, Elmo, everyone … When? Well, when the film’s released, of course … Actually, um, that hasn’t been determined yet … Well, we were hoping to get a boost from The Hangover 2, but, uh, that’s not happening now … Yes, we have every intention of releasing the movie … eventually … Hey, hey, there’s no reason to use that language! … Oh, sorry. Yes, of course: go back to your dam house and we’ll keep you posted.

PopWatchers, when do you honestly expect to see The Beaver in theaters?

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‘The Beaver’ starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster: weird yet intriguing
Mel Gibson’s ‘Hangover 2′ cameo axed
‘Hangover 2′ director speaks out about nixing Mel cameo
Did Zach Galifianakis kill Mel Gibson’s cameo in ‘Hangover 2’?
The ‘Hangover’ problem: Mike Tyson, okay; Mel Gibson, not okay?
A fifth Mel Gibson tape: Enough is enough

Eddie Cibrian on LeAnn Rimes: 'We're madly in love. And I think people are finally seeing that.'

LeAnn-Rimes-Eddie-CibrianImage Credit: Rick Rowell/ABCAt what point does an affair stop becoming tabloid fodder and start becoming a love story? Is it after a year and a half? That’s what LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are hoping. The couple sat down for their first joint interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts for Wednesday’s In the Spotlight Nashville special. Rimes started off the conversation solo, and those tears we saw in the promo came when Roberts read back to her a passage from Rimes’ memoir in which she describes being a teen star who’d wake up not wanting to perform for anybody, just wanting “to be,” and was forced to do two shows a day. When she wasn’t onstage though, she had no idea what to do with herself or who she was without it. “That’s been my life,” Rimes said, trying to hold back tears and admitting she was extra emotional because she hadn’t been able to sleep the night before the interview. “I’m learning who I am without it.”

Who that is, is someone who has made up with the father she once sued for allegedly misappropriating her earnings, and who saw acting as another form of expression — not a way to end two marriages. She said she turned down the role in the Lifetime TV movie Nora Roberts’ Northern Lights three times because she was terrified to do it. Then, of course, ABC showed the scene in which her character asks Cibrian’s “Do you want to have sex?” Classy! Rimes said the tabloid story that hurt her the most was the one in which Cibrian’s wife at the time referred to her as a “stalker.” Roberts didn’t ask Rimes (or Cibrian) if there was a time when they tried to break off their affair. Instead, she asked Rimes how she would respond to people who considered her a homewrecker who didn’t think about those she would be hurting (her husband, and Cibrian’s wife and two children). “Well, I can’t change their minds. Nothing I’m going to say is gonna change it. I do know that, and I have accepted that,” she said. “It happens every day to so many people. And if I take away my album sales, my awards, and you have just another couple — you have two couples whose marriages didn’t work, who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love. And never ever was I thinking of hurting someone.”  READ FULL STORY

'South Park' gives Brett Favre the first comic Three-Pete

Sports have a statistical term for everything, and three, in particular, seems to be a magic number. A triple-double is when a basketball player scores double-digits in points, rebounds, and assists in a single game. The Triple Crown is when a baseball player leads the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (or when a thoroughbred wins the Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont). And the Triple-Lindy, of course, is an impossibly dangerous dive last performed by Thornton Melon. So it only makes sense that there should be a similar term for when an athlete’s man-parts are featured in three of TV’s most creative comedies. Last night, South Park took their shot at Brett Favre, the star quarterback accused of romantically pursuing a former employee of the New York Jets with an embarrassing collection of texts, voicemails, and naked photographs. Captain Hindsight offered the Vikings’ star some belated advise on avoiding his current situation. READ FULL STORY

Denise Richards talks Charlie Sheen on 'Today'

Carefully skirting details of ex-husband Charlie Sheen’s apparent alcohol-fueled tirade at New York’s Plaza Hotel, actress Denise Richards briefly spoke about the incident this morning on the Today show. Richards said that her two young daughters — who were staying with her across the hall from Sheen’s hotel room — are still unaware of Sheen’s alleged tirade and hospitalization. She’d like to keep it that way — and probably can, since they’re not old enough to simply hop on the Internet.

“My concern is to keep them protected,” she said. “Thank God they’re five and six.” Sheen, Richards, and kids originally flew out together to New York for some fun on the town, catching Mary Poppins on Broadway and visiting FAO Schwartz toy store.

Richards was originally slated to appear on Today to promote her five episode stint on Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State, but she didn’t appear too bothered about the interview’s shifted subject matter — when asked if she’ll try to disconnect from him, she quickly answered, “Charlie will always be a part of my life. We are binded together forever. It was unfortunate what happened.”

Richards is definitely taking the high ride on this one. Watch the clip of the Today interview after the jump.


The 'Hangover' problem: Mike Tyson, okay; Mel Gibson, not okay?

gibson-tysonImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; PRN/PR PhotosBy now, you’ve no doubt heard all about the dust-up over Mel Gibson‘s planned cameo being yanked from The Hangover 2. First it was announced that Gibson — whose career has been unquestionably challenged by tabloid headlines stemming from his nasty split from Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, and the subsequent leak of irate and threatening phone messages he allegedly left her — would have a cameo in Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel. Then it was revealed that after objections from some members of the film’s cast and crew, Gibson had been dropped from the film. Now, the latest beat in the story is that Zach Galifianakis may have been one of the folks ticked off by the Gibson casting stunt (reps for both Gibson and Galifianakis declined comment). All of this is juicy stuff, no doubt.

But one question many are left asking is why it was okay for convicted rapist Mike Tyson to appear in the first Hangover, but not okay for Gibson to turn up in the sequel? Were Tyson’s crimes any more acceptable than the unsavory claims Gibson faces? READ FULL STORY

Vince Vaughn issues statement, non-apology about 'The Dilemma' controversy. Your thoughts?

Vince-VaughnImage Credit: Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesJust when the controversy over the forthcoming Ron Howard comedy The Dilemma seemed to have faded away, the hullabaloo over the movie’s “gay gag” has flared up again, courtesy of the actor who gives voice to the offending line, Vince Vaughn. In a statement released to the media, the Wedding Crashers and Swingers star says: “Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be. Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop.”

Vaughn’s selectively worded statement makes conspicuous use of pop culture’s hot “B” word (“bullying” — the new codeword for “Homophobia is wrong.”) and comes down solidly against bigotry, which would seem to include hatred toward homosexuals. Good for him. I’m not sure, however, if anyone ever really thought The Dilemma’s trailer was promoting intolerance or bullying or persecution. I think the issue was more about thoughtlessness and callousness — and about shoddy marketing. By being too cosmic about this whole thing, we lose sight of some real and actually fixable issues. (But sure, let’s be cosmic about this, too. I’m all for finding any excuse to spark cultural conversation about ending homophobia and cultivating a society where homosexuals feel less threatened and marginalized in any way, large or small.)

Vaughn’s statement also strongly and rather self-righteously expresses the following: Support for freedom of speech, an aversion to censorship, and an idealistic view that comedy is a redemptive force, inherently inoffensive, and beyond social criticism. Okay, I might be assuming way too much about Vaughn’s philosophy of comedy based on his statement. But his statement is certainly provocative. His defense would seem to excuse anything and everything that could possibly be said and done in the name of “comedy.” Do you agree with that?

I don’t see what Vaughn’s statement has to do with the controversial line in question. How exactly does characterizing an automobile as gay — even in a “my parents are chaperoning the dance” way, not necessarily a “homosexual way” — break tension and bring people together? Presumably the movie will explain this. Which brings us to a point that needs to be made, and frankly, I am stunned Vaughn didn’t make it himself: We haven’t seen this movie yet! READ FULL STORY

David Arquette apologizes on Twitter for his comments to Howard Stern

David Arquette took some flak yesterday for his extremely candid interview with Howard Stern, and he’s taken to Twitter to apologize. “I went on Howard Stern yesterday to provide clarity and honesty about what I’m experiencing,” he wrote, “but while doing that I shared too much….it’s alright for me to be honest about my own feelings but in retrospect some of the information I provided involved others and for that I am sorry and humbled.” Sadface for you, David Arquette. I’m so torn between loving juicy, horribly too-private details, and having a shred of dignity and human decency. It’s tough!

Admit it, PopWatchers: There’s a part of you that takes celebrity divorces a little bit personally, right?

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David Arquette talks to Howard Stern about Courteney Cox, sleeping with another woman
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David Arquette talks to Howard Stern about Courteney Cox, sleeping with another woman

david-arquetteLast night, after news broke that Courteney Cox and David Arquette had split, the pair released a classy statement about how they were ultimately best friends who were committed to being responsible parents to their daughter, Coco. How things have changed! This morning, Arquette opted to throw class out the window when he appeared on Howard Stern to talk about his relationship with Cox.

In the interview, Arquette tells Stern that the couple had not not been intimate for four months and openly admits to having sex with another woman, once — maybe even twice.

Calls to Arquette’s rep were not immediately answered, but airing out your dirty laundry on national radio — and on Howard Stern no less? What do you guys think of Arquette’s comments? Shocking? Ballsy? Both?

Photo: Todd Williamson/WireImage

Stephen Colbert talks with David Letterman about Congress (and people going apes***)

Nearly two weeks after many members of Congress and the media gave Stephen Colbert a giant wag of the finger for testifying during a congressional hearing about immigration, the Colbert Report host appeared on the Late Show last night to chat with David Letterman about the ordeal. Even more refreshing than seeing a sense of humor on Capitol Hill in late September was watching Colbert talk to the late-night host out of character. (Something that’s rarer than a Stephen Jr. sighting!) “When Congress asks you to testify, how do you say no?” said Colbert, who was invited to testify by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren after he spent 10 hours on a farm in Upstate New York, working with the United Farm Workers of America and the Take Our Jobs campaign. He also addressed the media hullabaloo surrounding his testimony: “I said … ‘I’m happy to bring attention to this issue if you think that would help in some way, but I’m going to do it the way I do it because there’s no other reason for me to go.’ And [Lofgren] goes, ‘That’s great, that’s what I want.’ And I said, ‘Now you don’t think there’s any chance that people are going to go, I don’t know, apes—?'” (See video embedded below.) READ FULL STORY

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