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Whitney Houston Memorabilia on Sale; Emma Watson Not a Lesbian; a 'Glee'-less Summer

Feb. 28, 2012

Lisa Gutierrez

A pair of faux-pearl earrings and a vest that Whitney Houston wore in "The Bodyguard" will be sold at auction next month along with other personal items. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said the belongings became available for sale after she died on Feb. 11 and will be included in a sale of Hollywood memorabilia that was planned long before her death.

Charlie Chaplin's cane and Charlton Heston's staff from "The Ten Commandments" will be listed in the same sale.

Asked if it was too soon to profit from her passing, Julien said: "It's a celebration of her life. ... These items are historic now that she passed."

The auction starts March 31.

Hands off!

And then, there is this stuff you'll never see for sale. ...

TMZ's sources say that Whitney's family stripped bare the room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where she died so that looters, gawkers and lookie-loos couldn't get their hands on things to sell for profit. They reportedly removed everything that wasn't bolted down in Room 434 - sheets, towels, even trash.

Good for them.

Dench's trouble

Dame Judi Dench tells U.K.'s Mirror that she is losing her eyesight. Like her mother, the 77-year-old Oscar winner has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, which damages the retina and can lead to blindness. "I can't read scripts anymore because of the trouble with my eyes," she says. "And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story."

She says she's undergone injection treatments, "and I think it's arrested." Though she can't see faces in front of her, glasses and bright lighting help her eyesight. "The most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening, I can't see the person I'm having dinner with," she says.

She appears next in "Skyfall," her seventh James Bond movie. "As long as there is a possibility of working, I'm not going to retire," she says. "If I retire, nothing will work anymore, and it's hard enough as it is."

We might watch

Lindsay Lohan will host "Saturday Night Live" on March 3, her first time back on the show since 2006.

And she's obviously excited. "SNL! I love @NBC !!!!!!!!!!!!!" she tweeted.

She was somewhat of a darling of the show back in the mid-2000s, when Tina Fey, her "Mean Girls" co-star, was head writer. But she became more of a punch line as her problems with boozin' and drugs (and taking things from jewelry stores) got out of control.

She sent "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels a letter saying she was upset at the show's digs at her. The letter came after Miley Cyrus hosted the show last year and poked fun at Lindsay in a song: "I never stole a necklace or got a DUI/Never cheated on my wife like that golfer guy/So what if you can see a little boob from the side?/I'm sorry that I'm not perfect."

Jack White will be Lindsay's musical guest.

The Colbert Report: He's back

Stephen Colbert returned to the air Feb. 20 after taking a sudden break the week before to be with his ailing mother. Fans were caught off-guard when Comedy Central substituted repeats of his shows on Wednesday and Thursday that week. The network would only say the cancellations were due to "unforeseen circumstances." Colbert's mother, Lorna Colbert, 91, is ill. Stephen used Twitter to thank those who have offered "thoughts and prayers."

Can it, Karl

German designer Karl Lagerfeld recently opened his mouth and deeply inserted his foot by calling Grammy-winning singer Adele "a little fat." He quickly apologized after getting nailed for it. But Margaret Cho isn't done with him yet.

Instead of apologizing, she says, Lagerfeld should design a new line of clothing for full-figured women.

"I am anorexic and bulimic, and I think these diseases are just as deadly as AIDS or cancer," says the comedian/actress. "It's a disease that's spread by casual ignorance and casual cruelty, like Karl Lagerfeld said. So many girls have been told, myself included, 'You would be so pretty if you lost weight.' I am sick of people casually saying things like that. I am going to do everything in my power to shame them."

A 'Glee'-less summer

Bad news for "Glee" fans: After spending the last two summers on the road in concert, the cast of "Glee" this year will take a two-and-a-half-month break.

Last year's tour was the 16th most successful concert of 2011, grossing more than $40 million and finishing just behind Justin Bieber. But show co-creator Ryan Murphy apparently wanted to give the cast, which often works 16-hour days, a break this summer.

Meanwhile, Life & Style is breathlessly reporting that "Glee" co-stars Cory Monteith and Lea Michele are as cozy off-screen as they are on the show.

According to multiple eyewitnesses - who are those people? - Lea and Cory were spotted sharing a romantic date in L.A. on Valentine's Day. "She was very happy, flirting and touching Cory a lot. He just stared at her with puppy-dog eyes."

Blaming the victims?

Attorneys for country duo Sugarland are arguing that the injuries suffered by fans in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair last summer were "their own fault."

Come again?

The band's attorneys said the fans failed to keep themselves safe before high winds blew stage rigging onto the crowd before the Aug. 13 concert. Seven people died and 58 were injured.

The claim comes in response to a civil suit filed in November that says the band was at least partly responsible for the tragedy. Sugarland's attorneys, who want a jury trial, claim in documents that the incident was "a true accident or act of God."

Hair-raising comments

Yeah, they said it.

When Emma Watson debuted her rockin' pixie cut more than a year ago, some people took it to mean more than just a new look for the "Harry Potter" star.

"I had journalists asking me if this meant I was coming out, if I was a lesbian now," Emma tells a British magazine. "That haircut did make me realize how subjective everyone's opinion is. Some people were crazy for it and some people just thought I'd lost my $%&. All I can do is follow my instincts, because I'll never please everyone."

Rats? No, it's Mousetronaut!

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has a new project: Writing a children's book about a mouse that goes to space.

"On my first space shuttle flight, we had 18 mice on board as experiments," he says. "And 17 of them, as soon as we got into zero gravity, stayed latched on to the side of the cage. But one of them seemed comfortable through the whole mission, like he was enjoying it."

"Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story" will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Source: (c) 2012 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Distributed by Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.

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