Angelina Jolie bonded with Brad Pitt’s mom in Venice. Ellen leads Out magazine’s “Power 50” list of the country’s most influential gays, beating out David Geffen, Adam Lambert, and Barney Frank. Gwen Stefani played third wheel on Kate Beckinsale’s date night with her husband in Vegas. “She was sitting there while they were cuddling and smooching.” And Oprah dropped by Pier 59 to say hello to Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Kim Cattrall in the middle of their Entertainment Weekly photo shoot. Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are splitting up. Madonna says she likes the Glee episode where her songs are featured, and adds: “I think Mr. Schuester is very cute.”
Though Lou Dobbs never said he’s running for president, he also told GQ that he’s “not ruling anything out.” The night before their big game against the Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, Courtney Lee, Tony Battie, and Bobby Simmons downed tequila shots with a slew of blondes at the Delano. Kate Gosselin thinks “everyone in America” cares more about her hair than she does. Her brother, meanwhile, says her reality-show antics have caused her children “psychological damage.” While strolling on Madison Avenue, the Sultan of Brunei bought everything in the window of the Lederer shop. Courtney Love denies claims that she chose Robert Pattinson to play Kurt Cobain in an upcoming biopic, commenting, “Who would cast him? That’s just wrong.” And Russell Brand tells Rolling Stone that the key to separating the good from the bad in the music industry is heroin. “The top of the hit parade would look very different if teenyboppers were exposed to heroin. It would weed a lot of them out. I don’t think Justin Bieber could handle Syd Barrett’s habit … A lot of people in their journey to rehab overdose, and then, perhaps, we would be spared their awful music. It’s Darwinian. It’s the law of natural selection.”
Heidi Montag is suing Hills creator Adam DiVello for sexual harassment. JWoww says she’d get breast implants every year if she could. Flo Rida came to the rescue and performed at Harrah’s Atlantic City when the slated performer, rapper Iyaz, failed to show up. Mel Gibson and the Russian mother of his baby have called it quits on their relationship. And Shannen Doherty is penning a self-help book called Badass.