Quote of the Day "I would give him some thugged-out braids, a wife-beater, a pair of jeans and penny loafers. I'd bring him back on some next-level kind of flavor." --Missy Elliott, to Spin, on how she'd like to give Michael Jackson an extreme makeover
Courting Celebrities Kate Moss must be flying high today. Yesterday, the skinny supermodel won a substantial libel suit against the Sunday Mirror, which alleged that she collapsed into a coma after a coke binge last year. Wonder what she'll spend her winnings on. At least we can rule out Twinkies and Suzy-Qs... Covered in bruises as a result of a "rough basketball game," R. Kelly asked a Chicago judge yesterday for more time defending himself against charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old. The teen-lovin' R&B singer probably has to do some "field research" and "gather evidence" to bolster his case. The judge gave him until September 2.
Moby: Eminem Not So Bad What is the world coming to? Moby, who has had a long-running feud with Eminem, says he has a newfound respect for the rap star because Em criticized President Bush and the Iraq war on his last album. "Honestly, if he retired, I think the world of music would be a poorer place," Moby said. "He's a really fascinating public figure." Eminem famously ripped the electronic musician in his song "Without Me," calling Moby a "36-year-old bald-headed fag" - and telling Moby to perform a sexual act on him. We sorta thought that was unforgivable, but we'll go with it because we dig Moby's green tea. Speaking of Bushie, Page Six reports the commander in chief loves telling dirty jokes. We're utterly skeeved.
Ben & Jen: It's a Girl! The new issue of Us -- with Angelina and baby Zahara on the cover -- hit stands yesterday. Here are some of the juicy nuggets they dug up: Paris Hilton was complaining that her $5 million ring was making her finger hurt, so she downsized to a smaller one. If only we had such problems. " Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are expecting a girl. The newlyweds are considering the name Violet. Why not Chartreuse? Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel is not - we repeat, is not -- engaged to Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, as was reported in other mags. Thank God! We were in a (Ele)phunk about it.
Quick Hits People.com reports that Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, have adopted a baby girl. The couple, who have a 5-year-old son named Oscar, named their bundle of joy Ava Eliot. Damn, we were hoping for Grouch. Lennon, the Broadway show all about the life of Yoko Ono - oops, we mean John Lennon -- pushed its opening back another week, this time to August 14. Oprah Winfrey is putting out a 20th anniversary Oprah Winfrey Show DVD. Tom Cruise going nutso is so gonna be on it. To the delight of men everywhere, pinup Brooke Burke, who cohosts Rock Star: INXS, is divorcing her plastic-surgeon husband. Now she's gonna have to pay for those nips and tucks.
Star Sightings Ashlee Simpson and a friend coming out of a tattoo parlor on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood well past midnight ... On-again couple Jake Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst together on Martha's Vineyard.