Some items not worth a full paragraph
• Sean Penn, who has written articles for the San Francisco Chronicle in the past, called it an “increasingly lamebrain paper” in response to tongue-in-cheek story the publication printed about celebrity fascination with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But we keep hearing print is dead anyway, so we’ll move on.
• Foxy Brown is asking a New York judge for an early release for her year-long sentence to seek treatment for a problematic electronic implant in her ear to reverse hearing loss. If she thinks that’s a bad ear condition, try a Brokedown Palace-style cockroach invasion.
• George Michael has struck a deal with HarperCollins (numbers weren’t released, but it’s supposed to involve lots of zeros) to publish a biography in Fall 2009. Why would anyone want to read about a weed-smoking, one-time teen idol that became a platinum pop artist before devolving into a restroom-trolling gay-cruiser joke?
• Kevin Smith has cast former porn star Traci Lords to join The Office’s Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, and (of course) Jason Mewes in Porno, about a group of friends trying to raise money by making a porn flick. That’s a ridiculous plotline; no one pays for porn anymore.