LeBron James gave Knicks fans hope last night, looking very much at home at Madison Square Garden, waving his shirt in the air and singing along to Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin,” with Beyoncé and Diddy nearby. Meanwhile, Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire in line to buy the Nets for $200 million, lost a $53 million deposit he put down on a villa in France. Eight root canals later, Lil Wayne’s jail term was postponed again after a fire broke out at the Manhattan Criminal Court building, conveniently on the day of his sentencing. So he hopped onstage with Hova at the Garden instead. Kanye West launched a new blog, featuring pictures of men simultaneously grabbing their crotches and Fendi totes, along with links to categories like “Fresh Kids,” “Girls,” and “Extra Shit.” A woman claiming to be Diddy’s wife was arrested after trying to break into an East Hampton home that she thought was his, except that she was a mile off target. Paris Hilton’s ad for Devassa beer, in which she rubs a can of beer across her scantily clad body, was pulled off the air in Brazil after its “sensual nature” was deemed offensive. And Jermaine Jackson’s 13-year old-son ordered a Scorpion 3000 stun gun off the Internet, and used it to “try to zap” his cousin Blanket, at which point Child Services entered to confiscate the weapon.
Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier has been banned from the Oscars after sending “negative campaigning” e-mails to Academy members, urging them to vote for his film over Avatar. Mo’Nique told Barbara Walters that she wouldn’t mind if her husband cheated on her, but he wouldn’t because he loves her unshaven legs too much. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer proclaimed at Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Males of 2010” dinner that he was going commando because his underwear was never delivered to his hotel room, at which point Terrell Owens commented that he never wears underwear, and Gerard Butler said he was sporting “a woman’s G-string.” Zach Galifianakis stood out among the Boom Boom Room’s glitter Monday night, huddled in a corner sporting a North Face jacket and jeans, far from Tinsley Mortimer, Matthew Settle, and Michelle Trachtenberg, all celebrating Details’ tenth anniversary. Wyclef Jean’s now-former manager was fired because Jean’s wife supposedly found a naked photo of her on his cell phone. And much to no one’s surprise, Rachel Zoe’s “amicable” split with her assistant last year was far from friendly. Zoe fired her owing to some high-priced designer clothes going “missing.”
In a shockingly domestic confession, Ed Westwick said he wants “to make some money then buy a nice house for [Jessica Szohr].” We doubt Chuck Bass would approve. On the heels of his almost-divorce from Chynna Phillips, Billy Baldwin wrapped Gossip Girl filming and is heading back to California to be with her. Amy Winehouse is back with her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, or at least spent two hours making out with him at a Spanish restaurant in London. Brittany Murphy’s husband and mother are moving to New York. Just what our city needs. Kelly Bensimon enjoyed life as a cougar at LIV in Miami, getting hounded by “hundreds” of guys in their 20s while celebrating her March Playboy cover. Following Leno’s return to late night, Howard Stern eloquently noted to CBS, “The mere mention of Jay Leno’s name makes me wanna vomit.” And Heidi Montag’s plastic surgeon refuses to operate on her anymore. Maybe he should have thought of that ten procedures ago.