December 11, 2006

Your Dose of Celebrity Truthiness for Monday

--A new British report claims that the driver of Princess Diana's car was drunk the night of her fatal crash – and that the U.S. was bugging her phone, the BBC reports. Tests confirm that driver Henri Paul had a blood alcohol level of three times the French legal limit on Aug. 31, 1997, the night he, Diana, 36, and Dodi Fayed, 42, were killed in a Paris tunnel.

--After 12 months of naked partisanship on Capitol Hill, on cable TV and in the blogosphere, the word of the year for 2006 is ... "truthiness." The word — if one can call it that — best summed up 2006, according to an online survey by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster. "Truthiness" was credited to Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, who defined it as "truth that comes from the gut, not books."

--Elliot Yamin got some new choppers.

--Mariah Carey is threatening legal action against Mary Carey, because the adult entertainer is planning to trademark her similar-sounding stage name. The singer is worried fans might confuse the two performers if Mary Carey's application to trademark her name for audio and video recordings is successful. However, the porn star - real name Mary Cook - insists she's not intimidated by the Grammy Award winner, saying, "It's kind of funny because I'm a porn star and I've been being myself for a long time. I think she's being silly." Cook's lawyer David Beitchman insists the singer stands little chance of winning a court battle over the names. He says, "My first thought was, does Mariah Carey realize what her lawyer is comparing her to and are they seriously concerned? Do they seriously think the fans are going to be confused?"

--Bette Midler has lashed out at Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, calling the pair "wild and woolly sluts." “I’ve been on the other side to these wild and wooly sluts that we are seeing around our lives these days," Midler, 61, told the entertainment TV show "Extra," alluding to Spears' and Hilton’s recent out-on-the town antics. "I’ve taken the other side … I started my life out as pretty wild, but I have decided after much growing and living that its time that we got nicer!” Referring to the duo's penchant for going without panties, Midler joked: “And I’m wearing underwear…a lot of underwear. In fact, I’m wearing all the underwear that those girls are not wearing, at least two bras and several pairs of panties.”

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--It's my first instinct to beat them up because they're better-looking than I am." --Ashton Kutcher on male runway models.

--Tori Spelling was swamped by Beverly Hills, 90210 fans on Friday, who swarmed her Studio City, California home to buy items from her estate sale. Hordes of fans stared queuing as early as 5.30am for a chance to look through the star's personal items at her highly-publicized garage sale. A handful of news crews, several print reporters, a news helicopter and Spelling's own reality TV crew all showed up to cover the festivities. The star, who is five months pregnant told People, "This is a little weird, but I'm okay." Security guards were hired to control the crowd, who were required to sign release forms before they were allowed to enter the site. Items up for sale ranged from a used Sephora lip gloss for $1, her dog Mimi La Rue's shampoo for $20, a used pair of Marc Jacobs designer round-toe shoes for $125 and a pair of white aged Grecian urns for $7,500. Spelling sent a note to neighbors apologizing for any inconvenience, explaining she obtained the required permits and that it would take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The actress said she wanted to clean house as she enters a new phase in her life adding, "I had to break away from the past and be ready to start anew."

--Elvis Costello and his Canadian wife Diana Krall are the parents of twin boys. The new arrivals are named Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan.

--The parents of the men Paris and Nicky Hilton are dating think they are "lowbrow" and "tacky."

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