Jennifer Tilly Wins Poker Tournament
Jennifer Tilly is once again our hero. This cooler-than-cool actress is now the first celebrity to win an event at the World Series of Poker. Tilly won the ladies no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event. She earned $158,625 and a (probably) tacky bracelet. She beat out 600 players in the two-day event and attributes her success to the fact that she's dating a poker player, Phil "Unabomber" Laak. "When you're living with Phil, you kinda learn by osmosis," Tilly told CardPlayer.com. "Even in the middle of the night, he wakes up screaming out poker terms. Most guys scream out other girls' names." We tried our hand at Texas Hold 'Em recently and lost about $4, so we don't see ourselves as much competition for Tilly yet!
U2 Sues Former Stylist for Memorabilia Theft
U2 is all about giving for this weekend's Live 8 concerts, but this week the band's in court with a less giving attitude. The band is trying to get 5,000 euros worth of its memorabilia from a former stylist, Lola Cashman. Cashman says she received the items (including a pair of Bono's pants and earrings) as gifts. Bono says they weren't gifts, and in fact he thought Cashman had been difficult to work with on the Joshua Tree tour. She also has about 200 Polaroid photos of the band. She's tried to auction the items and has also written an unauthorized biography of the band. Not a good way to stay friends with rock stars, Lola.
Jack the Ripper Hit the High Seas?
It's not strictly entertainment gossip, but we are always fascinated by Jack the Ripper theories, so we wanted to share the latest. Trevor Marriott's new book, Jack the Ripper: The 21st Century Investigation, claims that London's 1888 murders might have been committed by a merchant seaman. The author says similar murders of prostitutes also occurred around the same time at other foreign ports. And a second new book by Tony Williams, Uncle Jack, furthers the theory that his ancestor Sir John Williams, a royal family physician, might have been the Ripper.
Eminem isn't being so shady toward his hometown. He's supporting Detroit's annual Fourth of July fireworks by performing in a benefit show this week. No word yet if Kim is invited. "I've come downtown to watch them since I was a kid, and I'll get involved in something that helps the city any way I can," Em said. Another day, another celebrity sex tape scandal. This time it's rapper Eve, who is horrified to find out that a personal tape of her and an ex-boyfriend showed up on the Internet. AMC is so desperate to drive viewers to Cinderella Man that it's offering a money-back guarantee if patrons don't like the film. The Russell Crowe boxing biopic has been underperforming, partly because of the timing of its release, and maybe partly because of the bad behavior of its star. The BET Awards had a number of notable performers, from Stevie Wonder to Will Smith to the Fugees, but it's too bad most of the winners were no-shows.