—Happy birthday to Kate Moss, who turns 34 today. Any age over 30 is near dead for a supermodel, but Moss remains the top dog in her field. How does she stay so skinny? Probably coke.
—The British Academy Film Award nominations were announced today, and Atonement leads the pack by far. The film garnered 14 nominations, six more than the second place tie between No Country and There Will Be Blood. There are some quizzical choices (Paul Greengrass nominated for directing The Bourne Ultimatum?), but the Brits may hold this year’s only red-carpet awards show, as they’re unaffected by the WGA strike.
—In Tom Cruise news, a nine-minute video of Cruise hyping Scientology is circulating all over the Internet. The whole thing is underscored by a creepy loop of the Mission Impossible theme song, as if Cruise himself is saving the world. Among the more memorable quotes:
“Look, I wish the world was a different place. I’d like to go on vacation and go and romp and play and just do that, you know what I mean? But I can’t, because I know. I know.”
This guy is batshit crazy.
—John Mayer made news by defending Jessica Simpson in the ongoing “Tony Romo plays worse when he bangs hot chicks” fiasco. Mayer complimented Simpson in his blog, saying that even though he doesn’t follow sports (shocker!) he knows that Jessica loves Texas. Read the whole thing here, but really, don’t.
—Oprah Winfrey, along with Discovery Communication, is launching OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. (It’s like Women’s Entertainment, but for pussies.) If this doesn’t get Barack into the White House, I don’t know what will.
—On last night’s Tonight Show, a small group of protestors started to chant during Leno’s Bill Maher interview. The incident, easily the highlight of Maher’s ten minutes, appears to be writer’s-strike related. By far, yesterday’s better interview was Don Rickles on The Late Show, who did a spot-on Letterman imitation and told stories of comic antiquity.
—Yesterday, former child actor Brad Renfro, 25, was found dead in his Los Angeles home. Known best for his role in The Client opposite Susan Sarandon, Renfro struggled consistently with drugs and alcohol in young adulthood. His latest role is in The Informers, an upcoming film starring Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton, which Renfro finished shortly before his death.
—Ellen Page’s next project will be Whip It!, a film about a female roller derby star. The good news is that the movie reunites Page and Mandate, the company behind Juno. The bad news is just about everything else: it’s directed by Drew Barrymore (her directorial debut, nonetheless); it’s written by virtual unknown Shauna Cross; and did I mention it’s about a female roller derby star? Also expect bad promos set to Devo’s only hit.
—Hollywood health has been on edge this week, with two hospital visits in the last two days. On Monday, Gwyneth Paltrow spent the night in a New York hospital with an unidentified illness. Then on Tuesday Zac Efron had his appendix removed. No word on whether it will affect his acting, singing, dancing, modeling, role modeling, touring, promoting, or general world domination.
—And in political news, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton won the Republican and Democratic Michigan primaries, respectively. Both races remain up in the air.