Celeb court cases, strike effects

Jessica Simpson is public enemy number one in Dallas

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Johnny Depp

WE'LL TAKE JOHNNY DEPP OVER BRITNEY ANY DAY. Johnny Depp's Golden Globe win was overshadowed by the Writer's Guild strike. What's worse? We didn’t get to see Depp walk the red carpet looking foxy. Such a shame.

The Golden Globes’ cancellation may have cost Hollywood a cool $80 million, but at least television audiences were able to watch American Gladiators in peace without an over-the-top awards show hogging its air space.

Since no one felt up to crossing the picket lines in designer gowns and suits, the Hollywood hardware was given out in a less-than-impressive NBC news-style broadcast. Atonement picked up Best Motion Picture Drama, and Sweeney Todd won two major awards for Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical and Best Actor for Johnny Depp’s stellar performance. But seriously, does anyone really care?

• Hollywood’s latest fashion trend " giving birth " inducted two new pop star mommies into its club as both Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera welcomed their long-awaited bundles of joy into the world this past weekend. Richie and her baby-daddy, Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden, are the proud parents of a healthy baby girl. Named Harlow Winter Kate Madden, the infant’s birthday falls right on the heels of Aguilera’s baby boy, Max Liron Bratman, who was born Saturday. Here’s hoping motherhood works out better for them than it has for Britney Spears. Yikes.

• Speaking of Britney, the troubled singer turned desperately to prayer on Monday after losing custody of her kids again. Spears was seen entering a Los Angeles church after a quick trip to the courtroom, where no changes were made to her and ex-hubby Kevin Federline’s custody agreement.

Since her most outrageous meltdown to date, Spears has lost all visitation rights to her two sons. Apparently, she didn’t even step foot in the courtroom to listen to Los Angeles Police Department officers, a parenting coach, and bodyguard testify against her. With any luck, the power of prayer will be the guiding light Britney needs to get her life back on track before her next court appearance.

• Everyone in Dallas hates Jessica Simpson. After an embarrassing showing by her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the football franchise’s playoff dreams were crushed for the 11th straight year. Romo’s performance during the game was subpar. Simpson’s been pinned as a bad omen for the Cowboys, and the fact the lovebirds spent the week leading up to the big game vacationing in Cabo probably didn’t help her reputation. At least she’ll be able to comfort her man with her giant rack and great tan.

• Everyone’s favourite pervert is back in court. Six years after his infamous child porn tapes first surfaced, R. Kelly attended a pre-trial hearing on Monday concerning the planned testimony of expert witness Dr. Sharon Cooper. Dr. Cooper, a developmental and forensic pediatrician, was set to testify about only the victim’s age, and not her behaviour profile.

While prosecutors wanted this ruling reconsidered, the judge stuck to his guns and maintained his original decision. So basically, nothing was accomplished. Luckily for R. Kelly fans that means almost four whole months of new “Trapped in the Closet” chapters.

• As the writers strike drags painfully onward, late night rivals Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno decided it was time to reach out and show each other some love. Last Thursday, the two hosts appeared on each other’s show in an effort to solve their guest-booking problems. Because both hosts returned to work without the support of the Writers Guild of America, many A-List celebrities have refused to appear on their shows.

The unusual late-night ratings grab covered everything from semi-serious discussion about the strike to Leno’s childhood mail-order monkey. While the sheer novelty of the event made it worth skipping Letterman and Conan for, it was only kind of funny and, at points, kind of awkward. Lesson learned: watch Letterman.

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