Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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LiLo is really playing Liz

We've had quite enough of the sob story surrounding Heidi Klum's pending divorce from Seal, so let's get back to basics. Hey, folks, here's a photo of Heidi modeling nude for a cosmetics company! The 38-year-old on Tuesday tweeted a photo from her new campaign for Euro cosmetics brand Astor, featuring Klum in nothing but body paint. I had another fun photo shoot for Astor celebrating color! she posted on @heidiklum. Now we can all enjoy increased readership and brand awareness! Thanks, Heidi! Klum added on her blog that it took makeup artist Joanne Gair 12 hours to apply the paint for the ad, touting Astor's 60th anniversary. "This was probably close to the 13th time I've been body painted by her," Klum wrote. "You have to be good at being patient! I don't mind sitting still for such a long time, though; it's a living piece of art that I'm so honored to be a part of." It's shameless commerce, of course, but you obviously read it, so mission accomplished!

Seacrest returning to 'Idol'

Not content with taking over solo duties for New Years Rockin' Eve after Dick Clark died, Ryan Seacrest has just signed a deal to continue to host American Idol for two more seasons. Because you have to keep dancing with the date that brung ya. Seacrest is keeping the same terms as his previous, three-year deal, which netted him a cool $15 million per year, Variety reports. "For the last 11 seasons, I've had the privilege to be a part of one of television's most iconic shows. It's been a wild ride, and I'm excited for my journey with American Idol to continue," Seacrest said. Ryan is also working on a deal with NBC Universal to cover this summer's Olympics, among other things, so expect his annual income to go up even higher. It's enough to make you glad he didn't get Matt Lauer's job on the Today show.

Carano may join 'Fast 6'

We all may as well admit there's going to be a Fast & Furious 6, and that it will rake in millions in the box office, so let's just focus on how they can make it better. Getting Haywire and MMA star Gina Carano to be in it is a really good start. The Hollywood Reporter says Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson all are returning, as are director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan, but things are going to be spiced up with the addition of Carano, who is currently in negotiations. She turned out to be an audience favorite after taking on Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh's movie. Gina is also starring in action pic In the Blood, which is slated to start shooting after Fast 6. That movie's coming out May 24, 2013, so we'll be expecting twice the Carano by Christmas.

You know how Lindsay Lohan has been saying and saying and saying she's playing Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie? Of course you do, because you read this trash every day (thanks for that, by the way, because daddy has a baby Juice* to feed). Problem is, she hadn't actually been offered the job. Well, until now. LiLo now will officially play Liz in Liz & Dick, according to a network announcement to Entertainment Weekly. It will focus on Taylor's adulterous wooing of, and two marriages to, Richard Burton, and is slated to begin shooting in June. That gives Lohan plenty of time to get arrested for something else and ruin her chances at ever starring in anything ever again. "I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor," Lohan said. "She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honored to have been asked to play this role." One person not too happy about the selection, however, was outspoken Rosie O'Donnell, who freaked on the Today show Tuesday when Donny Deutsch called Lohan "our generation's Elizabeth Taylor" by shouting, "You're out of your mind! You're a crackhead! … The last thing she did good she was 16. … I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed to portray that character." Watch that clip at tampabay.com/blogs/juice. Our resident Elizabeth Taylor fan, Deal Diva Stephanie, had only one reaction: "Wow. No. … Just because they both went to Betty Ford doesn't make them duplicates."



Britney Spears may be headed to Las Vegas

While the entire world continues to wait and see if all those frantic reports that Britney Spears is going to make $15 million a year judging on The X Factor (hey, Ryan Seacrest can get it, why not Brit?), she's moving full speed ahead on other deals. Like a stint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, for example. The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Norm Clarke says Hard Rock COO Paul Pusateri has been chatting up Brit's manager Larry Rudolph about a stint at The Joint, the 4,000-person venue at the hotel. "The queen of pop will be the queen of the Hard Rock if all goes according to plan," a source told Norm. And how can a guy with an eye patch be wrong? It's all part of a plan by the hotel's management to change the feel of the place by offering more access to celebrities. "People will be able to rub shoulders with the celebs. Gone are the days of hiding them behind velvet ropes," the source said. "You'll be able to gamble with DJ Pauly D, have dinner with Britney and have drinks with Mötley Crüe." And let's not forget, the Crüe's recent two-week concert stint was pretty durn popular in those parts — although it speaks volumes about Spears that Vegas would be a target destination for her audience.

     
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