July 14th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

John Stamos considered alleged extortionist a friend

John Stamos was on the stand for three-and-a-half hours Tuesday as this complicated extortion case – with Stamos at the center of it – drags on.

According to CNN affiliate WLUC in Marquette, Michigan, Stamos was asked questions about his alleged relationship with Allison Coss, the 24-year-old woman who has been charged with attempting to extort the “Full House” star for $680,000.

(Back in December, Coss and her boyfriend, Scott Sippola, allegedly approached Stamos and said they would sell photos of the actor posing with fans, as his reps described them, to tabloids.)

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Filed under: Celebrities
July 14th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Marilyn Monroe's dog Maf to have his say

Almost 48 years after her death, yet another Marilyn Monroe biography is hitting the shelves, but this one is from her dog.

"The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe," a comic novel by author Andrew O'Hagan, is due in December. The book is written from the viewpoint of Monroe's Maltese, who lived with the star during the last two years of her life.

Maf's adventure began in England, but Natalie Wood's mother was responsible for bringing the pooch to America and selling him to Frank Sinatra, who presented the canine to Monroe as a Christmas gift.

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Filed under: Books • Celebrities
July 14th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

'The Hills' = not real. Oh, you didn't know?

Much like the episodes in the past six seasons of MTV’s “The Hills,” nothing really happened in the uber-hyped finale. But honestly, did you expect anything different?

The ending - where the camera pans out on Brody Jenner, who had just said “goodbye” to Kristin Cavallari, to reveal a Hollywood lot and a fake backdrop - was the acknowledgment that we have all been waiting for: The drama and shenanigans of the past six episodes weren't entirely true.

But again, did you expect anything different?

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Filed under: television • TV recaps
July 14th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Alan Ball keeps death alive on HBO

“Six Feet Under” and "True Blood" fans, it looks like this one is for you: HBO is putting Alan Ball featuring yet another show about dead people, “All Signs of Death.”

Much like “True Blood” – which has its literary roots in Charlaine Harris’s series of novels - “All Signs of Death” will be adapted from Charlie Huston’s crime noir novel, “The Mystic Arts of Erasing Death.”

With Ball behind the scenes as executive producer and director, and Huston as scriptwriter, “All Signs” will tell the story of a 20-something underachiever who discovers he's got a talent in cleaning crime scenes in Los Angeles, and becomes exposed to the city’s gritty underbelly.

We’re not exactly sure how Ball is going to work sex into this yet, but judging from his track record, we have no doubt he will. However, we also haven’t picked up Huston’s novel – amateur book reviewers: should we? – and if you have cracked those covers, let us know what we can look forward to.


Filed under: television
July 14th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Eva Mendes: More than just a sexy face

Between Eva Mendes’s sensual Calvin Klein ads and her sexy roles in movies like “We Own the Night,” it can be hard to see the actress as anything other than a sex symbol - but Mendes is the first to admit it.

“I’m definitely responsible for the image that I put out there,” she told Allure magazine in their August issue. “But it does become frustrating because I don’t want sexy to be my defining characteristic. I’d love for my ambition and will and intellect and sense of humor to define me as well.”

Allure points out that Mendes isn’t lacking for intellect: she name drops photographer William Eggleston and author Ayn Rand in the interview, calling “The Fountainhead” one of her favorite books.

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Filed under: Celebrities
July 14th, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Lohan takes on Joan Rivers, Dr. Drew and her dad

Looks like Lindsay Lohan is having the last laugh in her feud with Joan Rivers and all those who have a very public opinion about her recent troubles.

Yesterday, the actress took to Twitter – the preferred forum for celebrity beefs, where Rivers and Lohan’s ex, Samantha Ronson, duked it out over Lohan’s courtroom drama just days earlier – to slam the 77-year-old comedienne for ridiculing her legal woes, and took down her dad Michael Lohan and Dr. Drew Pinsky in the process.

“Joan Rivers and her ‘stargument’ make me believe that she and Michael Lohan are a match made in heaven,” 24-year-old Lohan, who begins a 90-day jail sentence on July 20, tweeted yesterday. ”[A]ll he needs is her botox doctor. ‘Dr.’ Drew- any ideas? Botox rehab reality show?”

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