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14It’s the Economy, Leo!

Leonardo DiCaprio in April of 2009

I find this particularly ironic since I saw a trailer for this movie when I went to see District 9 today. (Incidentally, I have never seen more people walk out of the theater during the first 20 minutes of a film than during District 9. But I digress…)

The release date of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new thriller, Shutter Island, has been pushed back from October of this year to February of 2010. Leo was getting ready to head out and promote the Scorsese film when the Paramount pulled the plug.

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey says, “Our 2009 slate was green-lit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment.

“Leonardo DiCaprio is among the most talented actors working today, and Martin Scorsese is not just one of the world’s most significant filmmakers, but also a personal friend. Following a highly successful 2009, we have every confidence that Shutter Island is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the film (and) the studio.”

Paramount has had some huge Summer box office successes this year with Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Horrible Movie, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. But huge Summer blockbusters require equally huge budgets, and the studio has spent a pretty penny promoting them.

August 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm by Kelly
Filed Under: Leonardo DiCaprio

19Love It or Leave It?

Taylor Swift in London

Taylor Swift pairs a floral headband, sky blue peep toes, and a distressed brown leather satchel with a bright blue and green taffeta silk party dress outside the Radio 1 studios in London.

August 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm by Kelly
Filed Under: Taylor Swift

20Lindsay Lohan’s House Burgled

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Lilo returned home from her stint as a guest judge on Project Runway to find that her house had been broken into. Police are currently assembled at the house, but there are no suspects in custody. According to Dina Lohan, “the safe was ripped out of the wall, and the door was off the hinges and door handles removed.”

Lindsay is understandably upset. Dina is helping her pack her things so she can move to a “safer place” immediately.

A few months ago, an attempted burglary was caught on Lilo’s surveilance cameras, but no suspects were arrested in that case either.

In both incidents, Lohan was out of town for an extended period of time.

August 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm by Kelly

28Celebrity Parenting Style

Calista Flockhart and Son Liam at Fred Segal

I was intrigued by these pictures of Calista Flockhart and Denise Richards treating their children like extra baggage while shopping at Fred Segal in L.A. on Saturday.

Denise’s little girls cling to mommy’s shopping bag handles while Flockhart attempts to do everything in her power to avoid actually holding hands with adopted son Liam while he totes her shopping bags.

Is it just me, or does it seem like Calista Flockhart would be one hellish nightmare of  a stepmother/mother? I’m basing this on absolutely no evidence whatsoever, other than pictures like those above (and below) and the fact that she is frighteningly skinny. I mean,the poor kids can’t even hug her for fear of eviscerating themselves on her clavicle.

August 23, 2009 at 11:38 am by Kelly

20‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Sued for Plagiarism

Author Stephenie Meyer at the Premiere of the Twilight Movie in November 2008

It’s a litigious Sunday here at the Beet.

Stephenie Meyer–who has way too many E’s in her name– is being sued for plagiarism by Jordan Scott, the author of an obscure tome of teenage vampire drama entitled The Nocturne.

According to Scott, she published passages of her book on the internet while she was writing it in 2003. She alleges that Meyer stole material from those passages for her book Breaking Dawn, the fourth in the Twilight series of novels.

“The Nocturne” and “Breaking Dawn,” which was published in 2008, show similarities in language, plot lines, characters and other points, Scott’s lawsuit stated. For instance, the lawsuit said both books contain a wedding passage and an after-wedding scene of sex on the beach.

Hachette Book Group, Meyer’s publisher, said the “alleged similarities” are “wholly lacking in substance,” and Meyer based “Breaking Dawn” on an earlier, unpublished sequel to “Twilight” that she wrote.

Meyer’s lawyers have released a statement calling the lawsuit a “publicity stunt to further Ms. Scott’s career,” and say they expect the lawsuit to be dismissed.

If it is a publicity stunt, it’s a brilliant one. She’s managed to inform readers of Meyer’s novels that her books are similar in style and content (hence, they might enjoy reading them) AND given diehard Meyer fans a reason to buy an read her book– to dispute her claims of plagiarism.

August 23, 2009 at 11:10 am by Kelly

14Careful What You Say on the Internet

A few months back, a woman was sued by her landlords after tweeting that the building she lived in was filled with mold. Now, a New York City fashion blogger is being sued by a model she labeled as a “skank.”

Blogger Rosemary Port posted pictures of small-time model Liskula Cohen engaging in activities that many people would consider skanky on her blog “Skanks in NYC”– which actually sounds like a fun read.

Cohen however, didn’t find the material so amusing. She filed suit and through legal wrangling was able to get a court order forcing Google (parent company of blogger.com) to reveal the until-then-anonymous identity of the blog’s author.

Does posting [a blog] give someone the right to call her ‘a psychotic, lying whore’?” asked [Cohen's lawyer]. “Her business was affected by the anonymous blogger’s site, which had many hits before a client of Liskula brought it to her attention. I know how heartbroken she was.”

Despite Cohen’s victory in prying Port’s name out of Google, the model has told her lawyer she does not want to go ahead with her $3 million defamation suit against Port.

“What this blogger did ought not to be condoned or forgiven. But my client is walking away from it,” the lawyer said. “She’s said, ‘It adds nothing to my life to hurt hers.’ Liskula has offered her forgiveness. But even after she has been forgiven, Port has no interest in redeeming her soul.”

In a final interesting twist, now that Rosemary Port has been outed as the blog’s author, she’s lobbed a $16 million lawsuit at Google for revealing her identity.

Considering all the smack I talk about celebrities on a regular basis– on this site and on Twitter– I’m a little concerned. Does this mean both you and I– in articles and in the comments on those articles– will no longer be free to label skanky behavior as such without getting sued by said skanks?

If that’s the case, Lindsay Lohan could make enough money off of this site to keep her in patchy tanner and black leggings for the rest of her life.

August 23, 2009 at 10:44 am by Kelly
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