Britney scoffs at $10 million for 'X Factor'
And you thought Paula Abdul was incoherent. Society must be scraping the bottom of the talent-evaluation barrel, as Rolling Stone reports that Simon Cowell has offered Britney Spears $10 million to become a judge on the second season of The X Factor. That would be more than Christina Aguilera gets for The Voice, but less than the $12 million Jennifer Lopez gets for American Idol — to say nothing of whatever Janet Jackson might also get for joining The X Factor, as has been rumored. "I'm fascinated by Britney," Cowell told the media during a recent conference call. "The fact that she's one of the most talked about — not just pop stars, but people — in the world today means that you've got this star power. She's still hot, she's still having hit records, and she's still controversial. There's a reason for that." Amazingly, Spears doesn't think a $10 million payday is worth getting out of bed for; she's holding out for $16 million, according to E! News.
'Home Alone' house sells for a bargain
Even the McAllisters can't catch a break in this real estate market. The Winnetka, Ill., house from the movie Home Alone has sold for $1.585 million — far below the owners' asking price of $2.4 million. Maybe all of Kevin's booby-trap mods put a dent in the home's market value. CBS 2 in Chicago reports that the buyers of the home, picked out by writer-producer John Hughes, were not identified.
Episode of 'Glee' will honor Whitney
The ultimate diva is getting the ultimate tribute: her own episode of Glee. Following last month's brief tribute — an Amber Riley performance of I Will Always Love You — E! News reports that Glee is currently shooting a Whitney Houston tribute episode that will include eight of her songs. "It's using Whitney's music as a way to say goodbye," a source told the site. Word is that the plot will revolve around McKinley High's graduating seniors, who have a hard time moving on.
'Disco Inferno' singer Jimmy Ellis dies
Jimmy Ellis, whose band The Trammps scored a Top 10 hit with Disco Inferno, died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer's disease, People reports. He was 74. The singer scored several hits throughout the '70s, but Disco Inferno was the Trammps' calling card.
Quaid's 3rd marriage heads for divorce
The third time wasn't a charm for Dennis Quaid. The actor's wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, has filed for divorce from the actor, according to TMZ. The divorce petition cites a "discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship," which is a five-dollar way of saying, "irreconcilable differences." The couple's 4-year-old twins — who, you might recall, nearly died in 2007 when they received an overdose of the drug Heparin at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — will remain in joint custody for now. This marks the end of Quaid's third marriage; he divorced Meg Ryan in 2001 and actress P.J. Soles in 1983.