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Jack Sparrow is back!
Sorry: Captain Jack Sparrow is back!
At Comic-Con today, audience members were treated to a video of Johnny Depp in his most iconic role, as he appeared on screen and teased Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in this wildly popular franchise.
Due in theaters on May 20, 2011, the movie will take viewers to the fountain of youth. According to Captain Jack, it will also feature zombies, mermaids and a gorgeous actress. Watch the teaser now and just try to get the film's inspiring score out of your head afterward...
Gabriella Montez who?!?
In the upcoming movie Sucker Punch, it's safe to say that Vanessa Hudgens leaves her High School Musical character behind. Far, far behind.
As Blondie, Hudgens plays a girl that comes to life in an alternate reality. The film is directed by Zach Snyder and focuses on an institutionalized woman that gets sent to a psychiatric facility by her stepfather. It comes out in March 2011.
In an interview this week, boyfriend Zac Efron described Hudgens as someone who "loves to have fun." It certainly looks like that applies in this case, doesn't it?
What's a break-up between close friends?
While Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato ended their romantic relationship in May, the pair still talk glowingly about each other in public and will soon go on tour with one another. Might this cause tension?
No way, Joe told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show today. He said: "Demi [Lovato] has been a friend of mine for a long time. I think that our friendship is so strong that it surpasses a lot of things and I think touring will be a lot of fun."
Starting on August 7, Lovato will open for Joe and his brothers as they all travel the country together.
Jonas says everything has "definitely been cool" between him and Demi since they split, making the duo about 16 billion times more mature than Michael Lohan and Kate Major.
Joe, meanwhile, recently returned from a charitable trip to Africa. He's pretty much perfect.
The saga continues ... TMZ reports that Oksana Grigorieva told authorities Mel Gibson plotted to break the kneecaps of ... TMZ head honcho Harvey Levin.
Oksana's rep, Steve Jaffe, told Harvey earlier this week that Mel had described to Oksana a plot to kill him. The motive? Revenge against Levin - and Jews.
According to Oksana, Mel told her he was livid that TMZ broke the story about his DUI arrest and insane anti-Semitic rant way back in the summer of '06.
Jaffe said Oksana told him Mel wanted the "blood of Jews" on his hands. Guess by being Jewish and running TMZ, Levin is basically Satan in Mel's mind.
We haven't even gotten to the details. Oksana Grigorieva said Mel had someone do "surveillance" on Harvey, having him followed to the gym at 4 a.m.
The plan? To abduct the legal eagle and celebrity gossip executive, strip him, take him deep into the desert, break his kneecaps and leave him to die.
According to TMZ's report on this story, the desert/kneecap plot was investigated and is false. First off, Oksana had the wrong gym Harvey Levin frequents.
More significantly, Oksana never mentioned this to her lawyers while she tried negotiating the $15 million deal with Gibson in May during their mediation.
At the time, she was wielding one Mel Gibson tape after another as a weapon, using "every piece of ammunition imaginable" to score financially from Mel.
One would think a plot to off Harvey Levin would come up then if she really had knowledge of one. This story only makes Oksana look sketchier than ever.
Oksana claims to have told officials about the plot. Not so.
Says an L.A. Sheriff's Department spokesman: "We categorically deny that any such information was ever given to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department."
It appears to us that whatever Mel Gibson is guilty of, Oksana is clearly hurting her own cause with shady behavior attempts to tarnish his image more.
It's not the first time we've seen Katy Perry nude, nor will it be the last. But the pop star certainly made sure her new album, Teenage Dream, was aptly named.
On the just-revealed cover for her upcoming album, she reveals some serious skin, naked and flat on her belly, with a thin cloud strategically placed just right.
Katy, who recently compared Miley to Britney, certainly isn't shy about using her own sexuality to sell music. In fact, of her top two assets, neither is her voice.
According to the future Mrs. Russell Brand, the forthcoming album will "smell like cotton candy." Sounds really sweet. As sweet as her topless Esquire spread?
You'll have to be the judge of that ...
According to the latest issue of In Touch Weekly, there's a nightmare all Kardashians share.
No, it isn't that the family is in danger of falling out of the spotlight. They've already started pimping out Kendall Jenner to make sure this never happens.
Instead, everyone agrees that Kourtney should not marry Scott Disick, as this cover story conjures up quotes and rumors about an upcoming wedding between the reality stars...
This really is an example of Tabloid Journalism 101. Notice that it never says Kourtney and Scott are actually engaged. It never makes any statement that could be considered libel.
Instead, it simply capitalizes a few controversial words and teases readers with vague hypotheticals. Soon enough, Kardashian will come out and blog some response to the article, thereby garnering sympathy and attention for herself.
And the PR machine will continue to go around and around...
Is Jessica Simpson being used solely for money by new boyfriend Eric Johnson? That's what sources reportedly close to the star say, but we highly doubt it.
Having sex with her probably plays a role in his thinking as well.
In any case, Jessica has been involved in some crash-and-burn love affairs since divorcing Nick Lachey, and pals fear she's headed down that path again.
She been dating Eric Johnson for only two months, but sources say that's been plenty of time for the former tight end to swoop in, move in and cash in!
Jess' friends fear that her unemployed new boyfriend, who hasn't held a steady gig since he was cut by the New Orleans Saints in 2008, is using her.
Eric Johnson can't wait to tackle Jessica Simpson ... but is he motivated only by dollar signs? The photo above hints at some other sources of interest, most likely.
On top of living in her $5 million Redwood, Calif., mansion, he accompanied her to Italy for her 30th birthday where he lived it up in a $3,000-a-night suite.
The pair lounged aboard her $5,000-a-day chartered yacht and dined at only the finest restaurants, including Monzù in Capri’s five-star hotel Punta Tragara.
Not a bad life, although he is a Yale graduate and former NFL player, not some deadbeat with no money or potential job prospects ... in theory anyway.
"Jessica is so starved for love, she just doesn't see any of Eric's faults," an insider reports. "She's totally been paying for everything in their relationship."
"It doesn't seem like Eric intends to stop that anytime soon."
As you can tell from a new interview with Parade magazine, life is pretty good for Zac Efron.
Talking to the publication, the adorable actor dishes on his upcoming movie; his lovely girlfriend; and the unique way he wakes up each morning. Who needs coffee when you have a pool?!?
On choosing Charlie St. Cloud: "Every once in awhile, you read a script and you get that special feeling in your gut. I was touched by what the character, Charlie, goes through, and I thought it was a story worth sharing. And the fact that I have a little brother myself gave it a lot of resonance."
On how he starts each day: "The first thing I do every morning is cannonball into the pool. It’s the best way to wake up.”
On Vanessa Hudgens: "The song ‘Out Tonight’ is Vanessa in a nutshell - she loves to have fun. She’s a good partner in crime."
On his love of music: "I always have music on. The other day, I found out my biggest expense isn’t electricity or gas - it’s iTunes. I spend way too much on music, movies, apps, and games. I’ve got to get that under control."
Suddenly, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Momsen seem like mature adults, wearing clothing completely appropriate for their ages...
A couple days after new modeling shots of Kendall Jenner hit the Internet, photographer Nick Saglimbeni has released more pictures he recently took of the 14-year old.
Yes, 14-year old. That bears repeating over and over and over, as you check out the photos of Kendall below. They feature the young teenager in a string bikini, fishnet stockings and exposing cleavage that has no business being exposed...
On their blogs, half-sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian have expressed enormous pride over their sibling's shoot. Writes Kim: "The whole family is so proud of Kendall. Soooo much more to come!"
It's unclear why these photos are cause for pride. Considering the Kardashians' connections, it's easy to hire a photographer and get the pics published. Moreover, any 14-year old can stand in front of a camera. There's no talent or hard work involved here.
There's simply horrible judgment by a family that cares more about attention than appropriate behavior.