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Mel Gibson is supposedly on the road to sobriety, but we had no idea that hanging out in bars is one of the 12 steps.

Maybe he's just putting his self-control to the ultimate test. The troubled actor and director was spotted in an Austin, Tx., bar Friday night hanging out until 2:30 a.m. -- and according to a witness, he was "only drinking water" and not flirting with women.


Mad Mel was in the Lone Star State making the rounds for his upcoming Mayan epic, Apocalypto, when a reporter discovered him playing pool at a local joint called the Side Bar. Even his rep acknowledged that the description was apt, saying that "sounds like Mel."

Meanwhile, the kerfuffle over Mel's remarks at a press conference down in Austin -- where the drunk-driving lunatic compared Mayan culture just before its collapse and America today -- is just scraping the surface of what he actually said.

"I just wanna draw the parallels," Gibson told MSNBC. "I just looked at it, and thought, we display that stuff here. I don't wanna be a doomsayer, but the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. So have fun!"

Yikes. Better start stockpiling booze now.

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Yesterday, we posted exclusive pictures of the upcoming Harry Potter movie, the fifth in this adored series. So it should be a time of excitement and anticipation for the cast, right?

But Emma Watson isn't sure if there's a future for her beyond Order of the Phoenix.

Red Carpet Watson

As negotiations carry on to bring back the full lot of actors - including Daniel Radclife (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) - the 16-year old who portrays Hermione Granger won't commit just yet.

"Every film is such a huge production, and it's a long time," she said.

Adding to the confusion for this talented actress is her recent grades on national exams for college: they were nearly perfect. Sort of like the father of Lindsay Lohan on the crazy scale.

But we digress (which is rare). Watson wants to make it clear that she enjoys, and is thankful for, this opportunity. However ...

"Daniel and Rupert seem so sure ... I love to perform, but there are so many things I love doing. Maybe that sounds ungrateful. I've been given such an amazing opportunity, but I'll just have to go with the flow."

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Gone from The View, Star Jones is desperate to remain in the spotlight somehow. While an attack on Rosie O'Donnell is never out of the question, the former host is focusing on the National Enquirer for now.

Indeed, Jones has given the publication an ultimatum: admit that a story calling her her marriage a "sham" is untrue, or prepare to do battle in court. Or simply suffer the wrath of hearing Star speak for any period of time.

Far From a Star

Bob Chapman, the high-powered attorney who represents Star and Al, told that the Enquirer's story that Al is gay and the marriage is falling apart is not true. Chapman insists, "They are happily married," adding that Star is "emotional and stressed out" over the story.

Yes, folks, emotional AND stressed out. In related news, Brooke Hogan is talentless AND a hack.

The article in question features the headline "Star Jones' Husband Walks Out!" In a demand letter to the Enquirer, Chapman writes the article is "false and defamatory" and has "caused them massive damage."

The letter also states, "You have also chosen to state that Mr. Reynolds is gay. While Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds believe that everyone should be free to make their own choice concerning sexual preference and that there is nothing wrong with being gay, you have nonetheless chosen to falsely state that Mr. Reynolds is gay."

Yup, you heard him say it twice: Mr. Reynolds is gay. And that's fine. A welcoming phone call should be coming from Lance Bass any day now.

Chapman also states that the Enquirer has done "grave damage to their reputations, both publicly and privately." Is is possible to have a private reputation? Discuss.

We also didn't know any more damage could be done to Star. Isn't that like saying Nicole Richie can still get thinner?

In a recent interview with Jawn Murray of AOL's Black Voices, Star said:

"I love my husband and he loves and respects me - period! People can say what they want, but Al and I share what I like to call an unbreakable bond. It's not easy being under such intense scrutiny by the media. All we're trying to do is live our lives as Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds."

And find a job. Is anyone looking for an annoying, spoiled lawyer who thinks she has something to offer society? Anyone?

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For the second time in less than a month, former Laguna Beach star and current meathead extraordinaire Jason Wahler has been arrested.

TMZ reports that "the LAPD arrested Jason Wahler on Friday for misdemeanor battery and set his bail at $20,000." He was released Saturday afternoon.

Jason Wahler and Katja Decker-Sadowski Photo

Jason and a female companion, Kristen Deluca, were evidently involved in an incident involving a Department of Transportation officer and a tow truck driver.

There was a physical altercation and the police were called to the scene. After police arrived, Wahler and Deluca were both arrested for battery.

Three weeks ago, the jackass was busted in New York and charged with one count each of disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and bribery.

According to court documents, the reality TV bad boy was obstructing traffic by standing in the street and creating a public disturbance. Officers then attempted to handcuff the 19-year-old, but he resisted.

When they performed a search on him, they allegedly found cocaine in his pants pocket. Wahler then allegedly tried to bribe officers into letting him go.

Boy, what would his ex-girlfriend, Lauren Conrad, think of all this? We have a pretty good idea, actually. Something like, "Thank God I'm no longer dating that waste."

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Apparently the father of Lindsay Lohan reads The Hollywood Gossip in jail.

Lindsay Lohan Coachella Photo

What else would inspire Michael to pen his deranged daughter a letter? Submitted to London's The Sun, Mr. Lohan must've figured that the recent dumping by Harry Morton - as well as the befriending of Paris Hilton, which could actually be worse than anyting - made this an ideal time to get in touch with his off spring.

Via an absurd, hilarious, rambling letter, of course. Here it is:

"It pains me to have to write to you like this, but it's evident that my letters never reach you. My messages never get to you and ‘people' continue to build walls between us.

"I can't even begin to tell you how very sorry I am for causing you (and our family) the heartache and embarrassment I have. (THG NOTE: The White Oprah may have something to do with said embarrassment).

"I hold you absolutely blameless for all that's been said and portrayed, as I know it has been under the advice of others, to sway both the courts and public opinion.

"I also know the pain that comes with love, especially when two hearts and lives are divided. Sometimes we run - we seek to hide or just escape from the pain.

In the meantime, people are either whispering in our ear, giving self-serving advice, or out to protect their own interests.

"Unfortunately sweetheart, while you are so talented and blessed you have become their interest! As I told you all along, this would happen.

"You are an amazingly blessed, talented, intelligent and loving person. Use it to do good! To set an example by putting God and his principles first. Your love for life and people is a gift. (THG NOTE: God ... or Madonna?)

"I trust you, I believe in you and I will love and protect you until my dying breath, and if that's what it takes so be it!

Please know how much I miss all of you. Stay strong my Angel! God bless you and stay strong!"

Wow. Crazy Joe Simpson would be proud, Mike. Write to us soon.

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The Hollywood Gossip is proud to bring you Tale of the Tape, in which we break down prospective matchups within the celebrity world that you might never have considered. Because they are pointless, and above all, not real.

Last week, we broke down a three-way fight between Sean Penn, Sean Paul and Sean Preston Federline. Our current match-up features an ex-wife of one of the above. Can you guess who? This Tale of the Tape has actually been brewing for over 2,000 years. Or at least since we thought up this idea 10 minutes ago.

Madonna at Vanity Fair After Party

When a Pop Goddess takes on the central figure of Christianity, there's no telling what to expect. Yes, you read that correctly. Let's break down the battle between Madonna and Jesus:


Madonna: Queen of Pop
Jesus: Son of Man, King of Israel, the Messiah
Edge: Jesus


Madonna: Madonna is a Roman Catholic title for Mary, mother of Jesus
Jesus: Was conceived by Mary, possibly through the Holy Spirit
Edge: Even


Madonna: Uses to create buzz, sell records
Jesus: Used to redeem sins of mortals; Later was used to spread, promote Christianity across Earth for centuries
Edge: Jesus


Madonna: The most successful female recording artist of all time, having sold over 200 million albums worldwide
Jesus: Has spawned a tremendous number of songs, gospel choirs, and rock bands, although most of them just aren't that good
Edge: Madonna


Madonna: "Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there."
Jesus: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Edge: Jesus


Madonna: Gave Britney Spears an open-mouthed kiss at the VMAs
Jesus: Walked on water, healed a cripple, rose from the dead
Edge: Madonna


Madonna: Raised Catholic in Italian-American household, now practices Kabbalah, an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism
Jesus: Come on
Edge: Jesus


Madonna: Her 1992 book, Sex, created huge publicity at the time of its release, but was not all that big a success
Jesus: The Bible is the world's most popular book
Edge: Jesus


Madonna: Was accused of blasphemy against the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II; "Like a Prayer" video, which featured a mixture of Catholic symbolism and eroticism, was banned by the Vatican
Jesus: Was condemned for blasphemy by high priests and eventually killed for claiming to be King of the Jews
Edge: Even


Madonna: Never far from the limelight, Madonna looks poised to continue rocking out and making a spectacle of herself well past age 50
Jesus: Scripture holds that at an undetermined point in the world's history, the resurrected Christ will fulfill the rest of the Messianic prophecy
Edge: Jesus

THE VERDICT: Sorry, Madonna. Impressive as your musical achievements are, you just can't hang with the big J.C., who takes this one easily, 7-3.

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Okay, she's not. The only daughter of Hulk Hogan is actually 18.

But just look at her here! Aside from sporting more make up - at a pool mind you - than most women wear to weddings, Brooke Hogan looks ancient. We know she can't sing, but can't she at least act her age?

Photograph Me, Please!

So, what makes Hogan look so close to menopause? The stress of starring on a reality show? The burden of a future with no singing prospects? Or maybe her role model is just Heather Mills.

We'll probably never know.

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So maybe a nude Winona Ryder picture isn't your style. After all, the actress did steal stuff once.

But what about Selma Blair? The Cruel Intentions co-star hos joined Ryder, and a slew of celebrities, in a new Marc Jacobs line that supports the NYU School of Medicine's Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group.

In other words: they fight skin cancer.

Blair doesn't look to thrilled, does she? Perhaps that's because - despite not being ugly by any means - Selma is aware that she doesn't exactly compare to a nude Jessica Simpson picture.

Not that we have one of those. Sorry for the tease, fellas.

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While Harry Morton has been receiving a great deal of attention recently, a younger, more magical and popular Harry is anxious to capture headlines again.

Indeed, fans, Harry Potter is almost back. The fifth installment of this franchise, Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix, hits theaters in July, 2007. But we've got a pair of exclusive pictures from the movie right here and now.

Pottermore Picture

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Forget making love in an elevator for a minute, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has more pressing matters on his mind:

He's been secretly battling hepatitis C, a serious viral infection of the blood, often associated with used needles, the New York Daily News reports.

Steven Tyler Close Up

In an Access Hollywood interview airing tomorrow night, Tyler, 58, admits that he was diagnosed three years ago, but "I've had hepatitis C for a long time, asymptomatic."

"I've been pretty quiet about this," says the admitted former drug addict. "The band took a break about three years ago. … [My doctor] said now is the time, and it's 11 months of chemotherapy" - actually, interferon, which strengthens the immune system - "so I went on that, and it about killed me."

Tyler is doing better now, though - and still looking healthier than Kate Bosworth.

As Tyler underwent interferon therapy, his marriage of 18 years to fashion designer Teresa Barrick suffered. The couple, who have two children, divorced earlier this year.

"I had a little problem at home, to say the least," he says, "and I would run upstairs at night, you know, to put the kids asleep and wake up at 3 in the morning with a nosebleed - you know, just passed out from the interferon, the treatment. It's a shot and pills and all of that. But the good news is I stood the test of time."

About 4.5 million Americans suffer from hepatitis C, which can cause lead to scarring and cirrhosis of the liver. Pamela Anderson is one of them.

And the Aerosmith front man wants to warn the public about such a disease.

"It's the silent killer," Tyler says. "I may go on Oprah and talk about this."

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