May 31st, 2010
03:07 PM ET

'DWTS' winner is a good luck charm

Nicole Scherzinger wasn't behind the wheel at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, but she may have helped secure boyfriend Lewis Hamilton's big win.

The newly-minted “Dancing with the Stars” champ was in Istanbul over the weekend to support her race car driving boyfriend, Lewis Hamilton, in the Turkish Grand Prix.

And what do you know: Hamilton took the race on Sunday, his first win since September. Did Scherzinger bring any leftover winner’s luck to the race?

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Filed under: Celebrities
May 31st, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Could Bret Michaels be the new Simon Cowell?

Bret Michaels has proven he’s not adverse to hard work, so why not give him a really demanding gig?

Fans responding to a TVGuide.com poll think the formerly ailing rocker would make an ideal replacement for Simon Cowell on “American Idol.”

The site reports that 68 percent of the voters would like to see the Poison front man occupy the Brit’s judge’s chair now that Cowell is gone.

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May 31st, 2010
01:12 PM ET

Gary Coleman will live on in 'Avenue Q'

Following Gary Coleman’s death from a brain hemorrhage on May 28, “Avenue Q” writer Jeff Whitty was faced with a dilemma: Should he keep the vital character based on Coleman in that evening’s performance of the off-Broadway musical, or cut him altogether?

His decision? The show must go on! “From the very beginning,” Mr. Whitty told the New York Times, “when we wrote the show, he represented a certain spunkiness and attempting to overcome life’s disappointments.”

The question of bringing on a new character did come up, Whitty told the Times, acknowledging that audiences at the off-color puppet show might now find the “Avenue Q” Gary Coleman - portrayed as a former child star who works as the superintendent of a tenement and sings about how “It Sucks to Be Me” - just a wee bit offensive.

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Filed under: Celebrities • theater
May 31st, 2010
12:03 PM ET

'Tropic Thunder's' Les Grossman on grooming

Tom CruiseTom Cruise gets down and dirty with Robert Pattinson in a hilarious new promo for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

Reprising his role as “Tropic Thunder’s” foul-mouthed media mogul Les Grossman, Cruise takes a meeting with Pattinson and tells the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” star that the network is thrilled he’ll be appearing at the June 6 event.

“I’m thinking about cleaning myself up a little bit,” a flattered Pattinson tells Grossman. “Maybe get a suit, have a shave. Maybe wash my hair.” (All kidding aside, 24-year-old Pattinson has gone on the record many times about having filthy follicles.)

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May 31st, 2010
12:01 PM ET

CW actress engaged to New York Yankee

Here’s some news worthy of a "Gossip Girl" blast: Joanna Garcia – who starred in the CW’s “Privileged” and “Gossip Girl” after playing Cheyenne on "Reba" for years – is engaged to New York Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher, CNN confirmed.

The baseball player hasn’t been quiet about his relationship: The 29-year-old told Jimmy Fallon on his late-night talk show in September that Garcia is “amazing,” and was upfront with Sports Illustrated that same month that the two were dating, according to PEOPLE.

Swisher is certainly not the only Yankee player tied up with Hollywood. Derek Jeter is dating “Friday Night Lights” actress Minka Kelly, and Alex Rodriguez has been spotted with Cameron Diaz.

Garcia, 30, will be back on the small screen this fall in ABC’s “Better Together.”


Filed under: Celebrities • television
May 31st, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Dennis Hopper remembered in celebrity tweets

The past few days have been rough for celebrity news. One day after “Diff’rent Strokes’" star Gary Coleman passed, another death made the headlines: Dennis Hopper died at the age of 74 at his home in Venice, California.

Twitter, clearly one of the top methods of choice for celebrities to offer their reactions nowadays, was once again filled with “R.I.P.” messages, this time for the “Easy Rider” actor.

“R.I.P. Dennis Hopper. Man, I’m getting tired of typing those three letters,” wrote actor/comedian Michael McKean. Tom Green chose to remember Hopper by tweeting a remark he made in an interview: “Somewhere in my strange career, someone has liked something.”

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