Elton John just loves to stir up the drama — this is his second time in the The Juice* this week! Now he's suing British newspaper the Times of London (owned by Rupert Murdoch) for alleged defamation for involving him in a front-page story about a tax-avoidance scheme, the Hollywood Reporter reports. The story, headlined "Screen Play: how movie millions are moved offshore," talked about the "secrets of tax avoiders" and how Patrick McKenna, who the Times said is John's former accountant, was a part of a scheme in the UK. John claims he doesn't know McKenna.
John's attorney then sent a letter to the paper's publisher saying that John was "outraged that you have seen fit to use his name and photograph entirely gratuitously in the paper and online in connection with these 'tax avoidance' schemes." John is demanding the paper remove his name, publish an apology and compensate him for damages.
The paper then ran a correction that stated McKenna was never John's accountant and a clarification that Ingenious Media, the company McKenna worked for, had never been involved in tax-avoidance schemes. But John didn't rest there. He filed a complaint with London's High Court stating the correction was "wholly inadequate." The filing also says the "allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant's reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising."
Wow, first Madonna and now Murdoch. Elton sure can pick his battles.
Suit: Movie ruined honeymoon
A corporate exec filed a lawsuit Wednesday after his honeymoon was canceled because the movie Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn, was being filmed at the resort where he planned to stay, the New York Post reports. Nicholas Malcomson booked six nights ($3,360 per night) at the swank St. Regis Bora Bora in 2008. The hotel then canceled his plans six weeks before the stay. What, he couldn't plan another honeymoon in six weeks? Malcomson says that Starwood Hotels and Resorts wanted "total privatization" for the movie — about four couples trying to rekindle their marriage — and didn't care that he had booked a vacation there. "Starwood was oblivious to the irony of canceling the first leg of a honeymoon of a couple madly in love, causing them stress and inconvenience at the very first moments of marriage, to film a movie about couples trying to overcome the stresses and inconveniences of real life in order to stay married," the suit says. The filing in Manhattan federal court seeks unspecified damages from Starwood on grounds including breach of contract, unjust enrichment and fraud, according to the Post. Malcomson ended up paying $42,000 to Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury travel company, for "alternative arrangements." This whole thing seems silly. He waits four years to file a suit. Not only that, we're pretty sure there's more than one beach and one luxury hotel in the world.
Affleck joining 'Justice League'?
Could Ben Affleck be the next dude to strap on Batman's codpiece? Maybe so. According to Variety, Matt Damon's buddy is in the conversation to direct Justice League (think DC Comics' version of The Avengers) after Christopher Nolan declined to do the job for Warner Bros. Affleck has asked to act in the film, which would combine Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and the Flash. We vote that Ben suit up as the Dark Knight. It's unclear whether current Batman Christian Bale would fill the role. Since directing The Town in 2010, Affleck has earned respect as a director. Most recently, Affleck directed Argo, an adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, set to debut this fall. As of now, Affleck is the only director who received a copy of the Justice League script.
Diddy could be next 'Idol' judge
American Idol must be a really lousy place to work because that show has been hiring more judges than your local McDonald's hires teenagers. Now that Steven Tyler has ditched the show, Idol has to find another celebrity in desperate need of a comeback. Sean "Diddy" Combs is in the conversation to be the next judge, E! reports. It's unclear whether Diddy is interested in the gig. Sources told E! that producers have reached out to some 20 potential judges, including Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Brad Paisley, Pink and Nick Jonas. (PLEASE no more Jonas. We can't take it anymore!) "What you've got to realize is you've got to create a panel that gels," producer Nigel Lythgoe said. "A panel that makes sense together. It's not just about three individuals." Well, Diddy is all about himself all the time, so good luck getting him to think about others for once!
Attention, Little Monsters, Lady Gaga graces the September issue of Vogue and she couldn't wait to share the news of her second cover for the magazine. Who else sees me channeling @RuPaul on the COVER of VOGUE. If only I was as fierce as you b*tch. I did try to come for you with that weave, Gaga tweeted after sharing the striking image of herself in a pink Marc Jacobs fishtail gown with poufed-out hair. Perhaps more striking: The revelation inside of how Gaga likes to anonymously let her coif down. Gaga, according to AP, tells Vogue that she likes to "feel a little irresponsible and act like I'm 19." Gaga, 26, says that she even manages to "roll into a bar" and dance topless or have sex on the beach without getting recognized." Talk about your bad romances, Miss Germanotta!
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