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‘Dancing’s’ Gilles defends Cheryl Burke’s figure

Tango titan Gilles Marini gives his “Dancing With the Stars” pro partner, Cheryl Burke, a perfect score when it comes to curves. It seems the show’s star takes exception with all the body-bashing Burke has endured.
/ Source: msnbc.com contributor

Tango titan Gilles Marini gives his “Dancing With the Stars” pro partner, Cheryl Burke, a perfect score when it comes to curves. It seems the show’s star takes exception with all the body-bashing Burke has endured.

“If women look like her, that would be the perfect world,” the smooth talker told E! News. “She doesn't need to change anything. Who likes stick-skinny girls? Where's the flavor? Whoever likes those stick-skinny girls never had sex before in their life.”

Marini’s not the first celebrity hoofer to defend Burke’s fuller figure (though he may be the first to lose the “stick-skinny girl” vote along the way). When naysayers nitpicked the two-time champ last season, her then-partner, retired Olympic sprinter Maurice Green, stood by his ballroom buddy.

“My family, my boys, everybody was calling her and telling her she looked great and don’t be worrying about that stuff,” Greene said at the time. “I think she looks great and you know what? As long as she feels good, that’s the only thing that matters really.”

Jennifer Aniston’s diva daysShe’s known for her nice and normal, girl-next-door image, but Jennifer Aniston’s acting more like a distant diva on the set of her upcoming flick, “The Baster.”

According to OK! magazine, the actress just started filming scenes on Monday, and already stands accused of giving the cast and crew the cold shoulder.

“Jen kept mostly to herself,” an insider revealed. “She didn’t talk to anyone during the breaks.”

Another on-set source claimed Aniston refused to dine with the rest of the cast, which includes “Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman, opting instead for some alone time in her trailer.

“Jen refused to walk even a step outside the restaurant (where her last scene took place) during the break for lunch,” the source said. “She had her car pull up right next to the restaurant so she could be driven less than a block to her trailer to avoid photographers.”

Bundchen’s baby claim angers Team Moynahan Newlywed Gisele Bundchen earned the anger of her hubby’s ex when she recently claimed she feels as if Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady’s 20-month-old son, John, is her own. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that while Moynahan won’t voice her outrage publicly, her friends will.

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“If Gisele loved Bridget's child like he was '100 percent her own,' then she would not talk about him in the press,” a Moynahan pal told the paper. “Discretion and respect are not either of Gisele or Tom's virtues, as was evidenced even when the child was still unborn and they publicly flaunted their relationship without any discretion whatsoever.”

In the May issue of Vanity Fair, Bundchen stated, “I understand that (John) has a mom, and I respect that, but to me it’s not like because somebody else delivered him, that’s not my child.” She added, “I feel it is, 100 percent.”

That blurb prompted Moynahan's friend to reply, “Hey Gisele — real mothers don't call their kids 'it.'”

Phoenix not faking rap career, says director
While it seems most in the media assume Joaquin Phoenix’s rap act is just that — an act, director James Gray disagrees. Gray, who worked with Phoenix on the film “Two Lovers,” told The Times of London his own frustrating experiences with the actor make him a believer. “Towards the end of the movie he kept saying, ‘I’m tired, I’m tired, I don’t want to act any more. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I can’t take it!,’” Gray recalled. “And I thought, at the time, he was just tired. But I must say, I’ve seen him in his house, and he has his own recording studio that he built right there. So if this is a hoax, then it’s the most elaborate thing that I have ever seen.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.