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Nicole Is Back to Being a Famewhore

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Pose in Central Park, As He Touches Her Pregnant Belly

Man. That was a really weird few months. But now that all 82 minutes of her jail stay are behind her, Nicole Richie seems once again to have warmed to her old pals, the paparazzi.

A preggers Nicole and her rumored fiance Joel Madden just happened to be posing adorably in Central Park when some photogs wandered by. What a coincidence!

Also: it looks to me like Nicole roots are dyed again. She let them go for awhile — we all figured it was because hair dye isn’t recommended for pregnant women — but I guess now that she doesn’t have to look like a responsible mom-to-be to avoid jail time, she’s back to focusing on being a hot mom-to-be.

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Does Leonardo DiCaprio Really Need Volunteer Labor?

Leonardo DiCaprio Used Volunteer Labor, Not Union, on Documentary Film The 11th Hour

FishbowlLA editor Kate Coe has an interesting article in Grist this week, regarding total hottie Leonardo DiCaprio’s new eco-documentary, The 11th Hour. She attended an LA press conference for the event, and posed a simple, yet challenging, question to Leo and the producers: “Is this a union film?”

The filmmakers seem flummoxed by my question. “It’s a documentary,” they offer. “It’s an independent film.” “It’s so low budget.”

None of which prevents a film from having a union crew, I point out. And having a union crew would seem to fit this film’s progressive agenda.

At this point, the rest of the press seems sort of embarrassed by the exchange — it’s so rude!

Attempting to explain my question, I remind the filmmakers that they just finished talking about how people should be aware of their choices. That they are advising consumers to avoid rainforest wood, sweatshop clothing, and chemical additives. To me, that also means watching films that have been produced in an ethical way.

DiCaprio stresses that any profits he gets from the film will go into nonprofit organizations — which is nice, but Hollywood bookkeeping is notorious for ensuring that even very popular films don’t turn a profit.

The producers then explain that it was just them and the editor and Leo in his mother’s garage, and everyone else was a volunteer. They latch on to this: Volunteers! Good! People really cared! Did we mention it was in Leo’s mother’s garage? The press sheet does include a disclaimer that its long list of credits is not contractual.

Kate goes on to make an interesting point:

So what, you may be thinking. It’s a good cause, and DiCaprio seems like a good guy. If people wanted to volunteer to help him out, what’s the harm? Besides, those Hollywood types can afford to skip a paycheck or two.

That may be true. But as I see it, it’s impossible to discuss — and attack — climate change without addressing issues of social class and economy. Encouraging conscious consumerism without addressing the underlying class and labor issues is irresponsible — no matter how green the product, how progressive the process. And it is, if you ask me, irresponsible to put out an “environmental” film that doesn’t quite follow the rules.

Rules like this:

* According to Kate McGuire of California’s Department of Industrial Relations, no one may work without pay (volunteer) for any organization other than a registered nonprofit or a state agency. Nor may any volunteer take the place of any paid worker.

* The Directors Guild of America confirms that no DGA member may work without pay on any production, volunteer or not, and that the Guild was not approached by the production company to work out a low- or no-budget contract option. IATSE (the technicians’ union), the Teamsters, the Writers Guild — all have similar provisions, and none was approached by the production.

* The Screen Actors Guild is tough on members who violate the bylaws — some even get expelled. DiCaprio, as a SAG member, worked on this film under a union contract made with Eleventeen Productions, an arm of Tree Media Group, the Conners sisters’ production company. His Pension & Welfare benefits were paid, as well. Other union members may not have been so lucky.

Rihanna: Cheating on Shia Already???


Okay, okay. Sometimes I just like to be sensationalist. Okay. I always like to be sensationalist.

I refuse to learn how to spell Shia LaBuioueaf’s last name, but I will happily run this picture of his alleged new paramour, Rihanna, holding hands with someone who is most certainly not Shia LaBeeuxiouf as she leaves Avalon last night.

Tsk, tsk, Rihanna! If you haven’t heard yet, Shia LaBizioueyf is totally the next big thing. Don’t blow it, girl!

Barnes and Noble Will Carry O.J. Simpson Book

Barnes and Noble Will Carry OJ Simpson Book, If I Did It

After initially saying they would not carry the book due to lack of demand, Barnes and Noble has changed its mind, deciding that they will, in fact, stock copies of O.J.’s “fictional” account of how he “would have” killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, if he did it.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, we live in a country where censorship is, generally, frowned upon. O.J. has the right to pen this book and people have the right to read it. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean Barnes and Noble has to help distribute this guy’s message to the masses. It seems horribly disrespectful to the families of the victims — who someone definitely murdered.

What do you guys think?

No Thunder for Owen Wilson, But Darjeeling Will Move Full Steam Ahead

Owen Wilson Drops out of Tropic Thunder, Starring Ben Stiller, After Suicide Attempt

After his suicide attempt, Owen Wilson has dropped out of the film Tropic Thunder, starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr., in which he was to have a cameo appearance. The film is already six weeks into production in Hawaii.

Wilson’s most recent film, The Darjeeling Limited, in which he actually plays a character thought to have attempted suicide, will hit theaters on September 29 as planned.

“Following a discussion between the cast and filmmakers, all have agreed `The Darjeeling Limited’ will open as planned on September 29,” Fox Searchlight said in a statement Wednesday.

We haven’t heard any comment from Camp Owen since Monday’s brief statement: “I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time.”