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Kardashian Rehash; New Life for 'Living Dead' Chapel; Jennifer Lopez's Fiat Fiasco

Dec 7, 2011

Lisa Gutierrez

Jennifer Lopez


Justin Bieber was the most-searched person on the Internet in 2011, according to the search engine Bing.

Kim Kardashian held that title last year. Not even her made-for-Hollywood wedding over the summer, and the subsequent 72-day marriage, helped her hold onto that title.

Paternity suit apparently trumps celebrity divorce.

Justin, who ranked No. 6 last year, is the only guy in the Top 10, which includes: Kim Kardashian (No. 2), Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

Selena Gomez, Justin's girlfriend, rode his coattails up the list from No. 50 last year to No. 11 this year. Sandra Bullock, Jesse James, Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama and Kate Gosselin all fell out of the Top 10.



Kim filed for divorce from new hubby Kris Humphries, but sources say the NBA player plans to seek a legal separation instead. A separation would mean the two could have the marriage annulled.

Air ball.

Kim recently told Glamour magazine that in the future, she plans to be less idealistic about this thing called love.

"I think I need to not live in a fairytale like that. I think I maybe need to just snap out of it and be a little more realistic," she said.

Not ... holding ... our ... breath.



Kim's sister, Kourtney Kardashian, announced last week, on the cover of Us Weekly no less, that she is pregnant with child No. 2 by boyfriend Scott Disick. They are the parents of 2-year-old son Mason, one of the most adorable toddlers on the face of the planet.

Kourtney, who just launched a mommy blog, told the mag she took a pregnancy test about five weeks ago. "Now I'm nine weeks along. You're supposed to wait 12 weeks to tell people, but I feel confident," she said.



One more reason we adore Daniel Craig, known for keeping his private life, well, private.

In the January issue of British GQ - he adorns the cover - Daniel talks about why he's never led a Kardashian kind of celebrity life.

"I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel," he says. "You can't buy it back. You can't buy your privacy back. 'Ooh, I want to be alone. (Bleep) you. We've been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?'?"

(Pretty sure he was talking about Kourtney giving birth on E!)

"It's a career. What can I tell you? It is a career; I'm not being cynical. And why wouldn't you? Look at the Kardashians, they're worth millions. Millions! I don't think they were that badly off to begin with, but now look at them," he said. "You see that, and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a (bleeping) idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions?'?"



Lady Gaga pours her heart out in the January issue of Vanity Fair (she's on the cover) and sounds like she's resigned to spending the rest of her life as a single lady. (Though she's said to be dating "The Vampire Diaries" star Taylor Kinney.)

"I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man," the 25-year-old Lady Gaga confesses. "I think what it really is, is that I date creative people. And I think ... what intimidates them is not my purse, it's my mind.

"It starts out good. Then when I'm in these relationships with people who are also creative, or creative in their own way, what happens is the attraction is initially there, and it's all unicorns and rainbows. And then they hate me.

"It's a hideous place to be in when someone that you love has convinced you that you will never be good enough for anyone."

Might we suggest the new relationship video by Kim Kardashian?



There's a hot new teacher heading for McKinley High - Ricky Martin.

He's apparently signed up for a guest role on "Glee" as a Spanish teacher who shakes his bon bon in a couple of musical numbers. The episode is expected to air in late January.

One insider is calling Ricky "the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio."

So ... holding ... our ... breath.



A sound engineer who worked on George Romero's cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead," is trying to raise $50,000 to repair the chapel at Evans City Cemetery in southwestern Pennsylvania, the little stone building featured in several scenes.

The cemetery association wanted to tear down the boarded-up building. But in September, the group put those plans on hold for one year while Gary Streiner tries to raise renovation money. (He's the brother of actor Russell Streiner, who played Johnny in the movie.) He's reportedly gathered $7,000 so far.

Gary, who has launched an online campaign at, thinks the chapel can be turned into a movie museum or be rented for public events like, oh, zombie-themed weddings.

"He's come up with great ideas to raise money, but 50 grand is going to be tough to raise, I think," says Ron Volz, president of the cemetery association, who praised Gary's efforts. "But if he gets zombies from all over the United States to contribute ... he can raise it."



Jennifer Lopez found herself in PR hot water last week when someone spilled the beans that parts of her new commercial for Fiat - the one where she's supposedly rolling through the 'hood of her native Bronx - were actually filmed on an L.A. soundstage.

Now, a group of Bronx graffiti artists are mad because Fiat didn't have permission to use their mural as a backdrop in the ad.

"Everyone started congratulating us on the commercial and we're like, 'what commercial?' " says Wilfredo Feliciano, one of the artists in a group known as TATS Cru.

The group has hired a lawyer. Fiat is investigating.



Tyler Perry, who has been very open about being abused when he was growing up, is speaking his mind on the Jerry Sandusky affair. In a letter published by Newsweek, he calls the former Penn State coach a "coward and very sick individual."

And he offers hope to one of the coach's alleged victims.

"I don't know your name, but I know your face. I don't know your journey, but I know where you are. I am your brother!" Tyler writes. "I must tell you, what you have done is so courageous. The strength that it must have taken for your 11-year-old voice to speak out about such a horrible act is something that I didn't have the strength or courage to do at that age."

He adds that "millions of young boys and grown men are standing with you. Now fight on, my young friend, fight on!"

The coach, who has publicly proclaimed his innocence, has been charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against children.



Don McLean has set the record straight on the origins of "American Pie."

Legend has long held that Don wrote the 1971 anthem on cocktail napkins in a bar in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. But Don, 66, tells the Post-Star of Glens Falls that he actually wrote the song in Philadelphia and performed it for the first time at Temple University - not at a coffeehouse around the corner from the bar in Saratoga Springs.

Then he drove his Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry... .

Source: (c)2011 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Distributed by Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.

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