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It's time for a Juice* follow-up report: CelebTV.com is reporting that Barron Hilton, the 18-year-old troublemaker brother of one overcelebrated heirhead we never write about, pleaded no contest Wednesday to his February DUI charge. His attorney, Rich Hutton, entered the plea in a Malibu courthouse, a few days ahead of the scheduled April 14 court date. Might the rich folk be trying to avoid media spectacle once again? Even if they are, the site is reporting that Barron must visit an L.A. County morgue to see what drinking and driving does, and will be lectured by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Good thing, because apparently Kathy and Richard aren't doing it. We wonder if he gave that fake ID to his brother Conrad so he, too, can get arrested for being a scofflaw.

Meanwhile, Jessica strips for mag cover

We're happy Jessica Simpson got over her kidney infection and all, so we're starting to wonder when she's going to actually, you know, work again. It seems she's starting by ripping off old covers of men's magazines. The used-to-be singer is on the cover of next month's Esquire, emulating a March 1965 cover of the same magazine in which Virna Lisi is shaving her face. It's part of a multi-page spread showing her sopping wet in a swimsuit and a flesh-colored body stocking, which would have been awesome were this 2003. This is what Jess considers generating buzz? She might as well hang a "will work for food" sign around her neck. And while then-Esquire designer George Lois meant it as a boost for women's lib, we're pretty sure it's just the latest in Esquire's inability to develop original ideas.

Some celeb breakup news

Suburbanite drug dealer Mary-Louise Parker has given das boot to fiance Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the AP reports. A friend of the couple says the 43-year-old Weeds star and the 41-year-old actor (who plays her dead husband on the show) had differing lifestyles, but she wants to remain friends. Maybe he can hug it out with Parker ex-husband Billy Crudup (who left her when she was seven months pregnant) on the set of Watchmen. Meanwhile, The Scoop is yammering about Australian reports that Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are teetering on the edge of Breakup Bluff. It apparently has something to do with hitting a "rough patch" because ScarJo "has no desire for a husband or family just yet." Also, reports she's moved into his L.A. home aren't true, either, which is supposed to be good news for anyone holding out hope that Scarlett will hit on them at the local Checkers walk-up window, we guess.

Really, who buys things because Naomi Campbell models them? Surely not security at London's Heathrow Airport, who have plenty to be PO'd about if what the U.K.'s Sun says Campbell called them is true. The tabloid says the supermodel's rage in Terminal 5 last week was accompanied by some choice nastiness. She apparently called a white, female police officer a "white ****" (whatever a **** is) and a "white s**g," which The Juice* can only assume means slag or shag, both words rendered harmless in our print by Americans' complete indifference to them. But our favorite is the report's claim that Naomi called the cop and her pals "f***ing white honkeys" after she was dragged off the flight to L.A. in handcuffs. Scotland Yard staff were apparently furious about statements Campbell allegedly made to a friend about the reason for her arrest. "It just goes to show I have to fight for who I am," she supposedly said. "It's because I'm black." Actually, Na-Na, it's because you freaked out when a bag didn't make it onto the plane, spitting on cops and making a scene. Security generally doesn't like that.

Are all you Harry Potter fans jealous that Brit stagegoers got to see Daniel Radcliffe in the buff and you did not? First, gross! Second, here's your chance to see him bare it all Stateside. Reuters says Radcliffe will reprise his role in Equus for a 22-week run on Broadway. That's a bit of a longer stretch than the eight weeks he played the role in London last year. It'll be the first revival of the Peter Shaffer play on Broadway since its 1974 debut (the show ran until 1977). Joining 18-year-old Danny will be Harry Potter cohort Richard Griffiths, who was in the London show and played Uncle Vernon in the movies. Now that the kids who grow up with Harry are old enough to see this play, we're expecting a lot more scarred psyches in the future.

Are all you Harry Potter fans jealous that Brit stagegoers got to see Daniel Radcliffe in the buff and you did not? First, gross! Second, here's your chance to see him bare it all Stateside. Reuters says Radcliffe will reprise his role in Equus for a 22-week run on Broadway. That's a bit of a longer stretch than the eight weeks he played the role in London last year. It'll be the first revival of the Peter Shaffer play on Broadway since its 1974 debut (the show ran until 1977). Joining 18-year-old Danny will be Harry Potter cohort Richard Griffiths, who was in the London show and played Uncle Vernon in the movies. Now that the kids who grow up with Harry are old enough to see this play, we're expecting a lot more scarred psyches in the future.

More 'Musical' on the way

When it comes to the High School Musical franchise, Disney is doing what it does best: exploiting the intellectual property to the fullest extent. While production to No. 3, Senior Year, is just now getting started, the Disney Channel is already working on a fourth installment, the Hollywood Reporter says. "We are writing High School Musical 4," Disney Channel Worldwide chief Rich Ross said. "Are we going to have all of the cast back? Probably not. Will we have some of them? I hope so." The Juice* thinks this smells like the gimmick on Saved By The Bell: The New Class when Dustin Diamond came back and served as a vice-crony to Mr. Belding. Will we be treated to the return of Zac Efron when Troy's basketball scholarship doesn't work out? Nah, we'll be stuck with Corbin Bleu.

Radcliffe strips for Broadway 04/09/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 10:32am]

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