Savvy Juice* readers (which are all of you, natch) know that gossip goes in cycles, so sorry to lambaste you with Lindsay Lohan news, but she's defending her special, explicit manicure now. Oh, and she wants $1 million for a post-jail interview. Nice to see her making lemonade.
"@liana levi didn't we do our nails as a joke with our friend dc? it had nothing to do w/court.. it's an airbrush design from a stencil xx," she wrote to one of her known accomplices on Twitter via @lindsaylohan. Convenient she did it right before being in front of the cameras. She also complained that her 90-day jail sentence violated the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human rights prohibiting "cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment." Finally, she seemingly compared her plight to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian mother who may be stoned to death for adultery (see page 21), by tweeting a link about that case.
Meanwhile, PopEater.com's Rob Shuter says sources tell him Lilo's already trying to broker a deal to pull seven figures for a magazine interview when she gets out of the clink.
"Expect to see a major TV and magazine deal," a source said. "Lindsay might have made a lot of mistakes, but she knows how much her first interview is worth. She won't even consider offers of less than $1 million."
She won't need that money to pay attorney Shawn Chapman Holley; TMZ says that she resigned on Thursday (who wants to appeal this?). LiLo apparently has hired Tiffany Feder-Cohen to replace her, even though Tiffany only passed the bar in November. Maybe she's the only one who would take the case.
A tiny part of us feels sorry for Lindsay; She's the product of her vulture parents raising her in a fishbowl of fame since she was a kid. On the other hand, if it were any of us here in Juice*land who were addicts getting busted for violating probation, we'd have to do our time and just deal. So Lindsay, just deal.
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'Avatar' gets a bit longer
How rich is James Cameron? So rich that he expects you to fork over another $10 (at least!) to see a mere eight minutes of his work. Such is the equation apparent now that he's re-releasing Avatar with an additional eight minutes of footage. But hey, it's in 3D! "Audiences repeatedly told me they wanted more of Pandora, and wished they could have stayed there longer," Cameron told the Hollywood Reporter. "So we're making that possible." The new stuff, to be shown in about 400 theaters, will feature "new creatures and action scenes." Boy, we hope it's the one where Jake and Neytiri get it on in the garden of magic trees, although Saturday Night Live already covered that pretty well. You can see all this on Aug. 27, which is conveniently scheduled before the special edition's anticipated November release on Blu-Ray. Seeing as how this will bring the flick to a whopping 170 minutes, you may still be watching it at the cineplex when the disc comes out.
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Baldwin leaving '30 Rock'
It's been a couple of months since the last time Alec Baldwin said he was giving up on NBC's 30 Rock, so it's time to make the announcement again. This time it was to CNN's Alina Cho. We all know he's lying, of course, but at this rate we'll be crossing our fingers he'll be telling the truth come 2012. "As much as I like acting, I know that I would love to have a different life... A private life... I'd rather go do other things," Baldwin said, noting again that his contract expires the same year the Mayan apocalypse ruins us all. Coincidence? That's pretty much the only quote of note, and since it's a repeat of what he's already said, it's questionable why this is even news. But hey, two more years of 30 Rock! We'll be ready for it to end by then. Six seasons is a good run, don't you think?
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Mel admits beating Oksana
It's almost the weekend, so we've got to give you another dose of Mel Gibson's ranting on audio tape. Ready for both barrels? Not only did he admit hitting girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, he said she deserved it. Oh, and more fun racist remarks, too. "What kind of a man is that who would hit a woman when she is holding a child in her hands, hitting her twice in the face?" Oksana is heard asking Mel in tape excerpts from RadarOnline. "What kind of a man is that?" To which he responds: "You know what - you f--king deserved it." The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has officially opened a domestic violence investigation into the alleged beating, which reportedly happened in Malibu. But wait, there's more; In another excerpts, Gibson talks about turning an employee in to immigration authorities, calling the staffer a slur that seems pretty popular in Arizona. "I will report her to the f--king people that take f--king money from the wetbacks," Gibson tells Grigorieva. Note to self: Don't get a job working for Mel Gibson. All these audio clips lead The Juice* to believe Oksana is likely part of that Russian spy ring. Either that or she's so sneaky she knew Gibson was a racist, misogynist jerk who abused her, but she stuck with him and recorded everything to one day take him to the cleaners. Crafty, that one.
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Conan beats Leno to Emmys
While other media outlets oohed and ahhed over Glee's 19 Emmy nominations on Thursday, we're more interested in how Conan O'Brien, who hasn't worked on TV since getting booted by NBC in favor of Jay Leno, was nominated for The Tonight Show. Leno was not. How does that feel, NBC? The network submitted both versions of Tonight for Emmys consideration, letting the TV academy decide what to include in the category, the AP reports. They went with O'Brien, who was nominated alongside Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher for best variety, music or comedy series. O'Brien's show also got nods for best writing, art direction and directing. "Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations," he tweeted via @conanobrien. "This bodes well for the future of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." Maher must be thrilled; His two nominations are his 23rd and 24th, and he's yet to score a win. And don't feel bad for Jay - nemesis David Letterman was shut out for the first time since it began on CBS 17 years ago. There's a lot more about the Emmys, such as Modern Family, Lost and a bunch of basic cable shows getting nominated, but that show has eleventy billion categories and we only have one page. Head on over to The Feed at blogs.tampabay.com/media for more, or just wait until Jimmy Fallon hosts the show Aug. 29 on NBC and be surprised like the rest of us.
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We've got a new online home
Juice*heads rejoice! We've got a new address on the INtArWEbz, with a new look, larger photos and a much more rewarding daily dose of Schadenfreude. Head on over to tampabay.com/blogs/juice today to get the latest on the people you love to hate, plus all the old favorites like Music Monday, Trailer Trash and the infamous Daily Time Waster. Hey, it beats working on a slow afternoon, right?