Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

Brad’s Battle Over Shiloh
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is no daddy’s little girl. The four-year-old tomboy tot prefers to go by the name of ‘John’, insists on wearing boys’ swimming trunks and having cropped short hair, according to mum Angelina – and papa Pitt is not happy about it. In fact, Shiloh’s famous folks have reportedly had a huge falling out over it, with Brad upset at the way Ange has encouraged Shiloh to indulge her tomboy tendencies so openly. “Brad is very bothered by Angelina’s public statements,” a close friend of the couple told Life & Style magazine. “Angelina releases more telling information in a press junket than she does in conversations with friends.”
Furthermore she doesn’t respect Brad’s opinions on the matter the source reveals.  “They get into vicious fights sometimes, and Angelina can be very mean to him,” the insider says. “Even when they’re out at dinner with friends, she sometimes snaps at him, saying, ‘You’re wrong.’ She puts him in his place a lot.”

Jen Turns Cougar
Meanwhile Brad’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston’s love live is never short of something juicy. The actress, 41, seems to have followed friend Courteney Cox’s cougar lead and snagged a younger guy. She has been spotted getting cosy with Lindsay Lohan’s ex, 29-year-old Hard Rock Cafe heir Harry Morton, at Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood.  “Jen was at a cozy corner table with a good looking younger man,” an eyewitness told “She was twirling her hair a lot and flirting shamelessly. Jen looked really good. When her date left for the restroom, she took the opportunity to primp by reapplying her lipstick.” Jennifer has hinted recently that she would like to start a family of her own soon but denied she would be doing it on her own. Is this the guy that is going to finally help her to become a mummy? Watch this space.

John Travolta Gay Rumours Won’t Go Away

It’s been a tough few years for John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston after the tragic death of their 16-year-old autistic son Jet on their Bahamas holiday in January 2009. Things were looking up for the couple, who married in 1991, when 47-year-old Kelly announced she was pregnant in May this year and confirmed the unborn baby is a boy. However US tabloid The National Enquirer this week ran a story claiming John has allegedly been a regular at a top-secret celebrity gay spa. Author Robert Randolph, who is about to release a new book You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again about the “underground secret world of celebrity gay spa sex”, claims that Grease star John Travolta was a regular visitor. “I met John in 1998, after he had married Kelly,” Robert told the magazine. “I believe the marriage is a total fraud because John is totally into guys and has been having sex with them behind Kelly’s back for years. He came on to me a number of times. I always turned him down. But there was always some guy who was willing to have sex with him. And John didn’t stop cheating on Kelly after either of their children was born.” The US tabloid made Randolph sit a lie detector test before they printed his claims and he promises to blow the lid on more Hollywood actors that enjoyed a little male on male action. The swine!

Ashton & Demi Fight Back Over Cheating Claims

If the Travolta marriage scandal wasn’t enough, American Star magazine reported this week that Ashton Kutcher, 32, had being doing the dirty on wife Demi Moore, 47, with a young blonde. The tabloid alleged that the actor had been spotted openly snogging a woman that was not Demi. However the couple have been quick to respond to these allegations, with Ashton sending out a clear message to the scandal rag via Twitter: “I think Star magazine calling me a ‘cheater’ qualifies as defamation of character. I hope my lawyer agrees. Star magazine – you don’t get to stand behind ‘freedom of the press’ when you are writing fiction.” Demi was quick to back her hubby, saying: “Excellent point my love… no question.” Sounds like Star had better check their sources on this story!

Mel B’s Marriage Strife Just Publicity Stunt?
Just days after a journalist at the Daily Mirror claimed to have personally received a call from Mr Scary Spice Stephen Belafonte last week, telling the hack the marriage was over and he was consulting lawyers, friends and family of Mel B couldn’t have been more relieved. Those close to Mel were dumbfounded when she started seeing the self-proclaimed ‘movie producer’ with the dubious past nearly four years ago. And when the pair tied the knot – just six months after Mel’s acrimonious split from Eddie Murphy, father of her daughter Angel – Mel’s mum Andrea made no secret of her disappointment, calling the union a ‘mistake’. Even more worrying, it later emerged that Belafonte had kept hidden from the family his past criminal record for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. If that wasn’t enough, it emerged that Stephen’s real surname is Stansbury and he only adopted the surname Belafonte in the hope he would be mistaken for Harry Belafonte’s son. However Mel’s loved ones will be gutted to see her latest Twitters, in which she’s posted loving pictures of the couple cuddling, prompting snipes it was all just a publicity stunt. Well, she does have a new reality TV show launching shortly…

Natalie Portman Gets Sexyback For Oscar

Actress Natalie Portman is garnering a lot of positive reviews for her latest gritty film Black Swan – so much so that she is now hotly tipped to win her first Oscar for her performance. The Hollywood Reporter says the actress “bravely ventured out of her comfort zone to play a character slowly losing sight of herself. It’s a bravura performance.” The Israeli-born actress, who came close to winning the golden statue in 2005 for Closer only to lose to Oscar-magnet Cate Blanchett, plays a ballerina who starts a twisted friendship with her main competitor to become the next prima ballerina at the New York City ballet company. However it wasn’t the months of training to convince audience she was a world-class ballet dancer that has the critics talking but the steamy sex scenes. Not only does Portman have a racy lesbian scene with her co-star Mila Kulis, who plays her rival, but she also has a sex scene with herself. “Darren [Aronofsky, the director] talked to me about this scene in our first meeting eight years ago,” Portman told reporters in Venice. “He described it as: ‘You’re going to have a sex scene with yourself.’ And I thought that was very interesting, because this movie is in so many ways an exploration of an artist’s ego and that narcissistic sort of attraction to yourself and also repulsion with yourself.” Interesting, Nat? No kidding. This could be the first ballet movie that blokes will be go and see…

Have a look at the trailer for Black Swan below:

By Justine Harkness
[picture credits: mysunshine; WENN; Daniel Deme /; PNP/ WENN]
Justine Harkness

Justine Harkness

Now based in Los Angeles, Justine had worked for publications from Now to Look, OK! to Loaded, in the UK as well as for weekly magazines in Australia. She has written everything from in-depth celebrity interviews to covering every showbiz party, hotspot, the three ‘Fs’ (fads, fashion, fitness), awards ceremonies, travel (to Mustique, no less), you name it, for all the big magazines. A regular showbiz and lifestyle expert commentator for radio and TV, including BBC, Sky and all the terrestrial channels. There’s more, but there always is. She lives in Santa Monica with her ridiculously fluffy kitten Cookie (‘We should have called her Queen Latifah,’ she shrugs), chasing the latest celebrity stories. Justine’s mantra in life is: ‘In vodka we trust.’ She successfully out drinks many, yet is a bit of a hippy at heart. Just don’t ask her about grammar.

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