A morning mix of entertainment headlines...
Michaele Salahi — former White House party crasher and “Real Housewife” of D.C. — has ditched husband Tareq Salahi for Journey guitarist Neal Schon, the Post’s Reliable Source and other outlets have reported. Tareq Salahi initially thought his wife had been abducted, but police and Journey’s publicist say she’s on the road with the band and Schon, a former boyfriend.
So many questions about this: is it a genuine personal issue that became public or another bid for attention on the part of the Salahis? Is Tareq Salahi now unable to listen to “Open Arms,” “Send Her My Love” and “Separate Ways” without weeping? And hey, do you remember the “Journey: Escape “video game? If they update it to include Michaele Salahi, maybe you can help her, Schon and the rest of the band head off somewhere in a spaceship. (Reliable Source)
Scarlett Johansson’s attorney has confirmed that the leaked nude photos of her are real; he also is threatening legal action against any Web sites that posted the pictures. As previously noted, the FBI is currently investigating the alleged cell phone hack that led to the leaked images. (TMZ)
In other celebrity phone hacking news, photos of Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in “compromising positions” have reportedly leaked online and may have been hacked from Kunis’s cell phone. (Daily Mail)
Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano — the “Dancing With the Stars” pro and the former “American Idol” hopeful — have ended their relationship. Apparently the break-up was caused by career demands. (People)
In an interview that will air tomorrow on the “Today” show, Charlie Sheen tells Matt Lauer the whole tiger blood thing was “so silly,” suggesting his Warlock ways are behind him. He also says he’s mellowed out and trying to focus on family. “That’s where the life is, you know, it’s in those quiet moments,” he says. “It’s not the giant TV deal or the big party or the award or whatever; it’s the memory of your child’s smile at the end of the day that sort of brings that one lonesome tear.” (Associated Press)
Nicolas Cage tells a fascinating story involving a home invasion and a Fudgsicle, after the jump.
Nicolas Cage apparently told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival that, like his character in the movie “Trespass,” he was once the victim of a home invasion. “It was two in the morning. I was living in Orange County at the time and was asleep with my wife,” he said. “My two-year old at the time was in another room. I opened my eyes and there was a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle in front of my bed.” The guy was mentally ill and Cage reportedly talked him, and his Fudgsicle, out of his house. (Vulture)
The parent company of the Web site Deadline is suing The Hollywood Reporter for alleged copyright infringement, claiming that the publication stolen intellectual property that includes articles, software code and designs. The Hollywood Reporter posted a response on its Web site. In part, it says: “An initial review of the complaint shows that it is replete with examples of stories that originated from widely-released press releases from publicists, or widespread confirmations from publicists to numerous outlets, including both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com. It is not copyright infringement to report these stories, even if on occasion Deadline.com posts them first.” (Deadline; Hollywood Reporter)
Why Steven Spielberg is smarter than George Lucas: he says he regrets making digital alterations to “E.T.” “I realized that what I had done was I had robbed the people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. And I regretted that,” he said at a 30th anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” earlier this week. (Vulture)
^ Celebritology chat today at 2 p.m.: Looks like we have plenty of celebrity and pop culture fodder to discuss later today, no?