Though early rumors suggested that embattled actor Owen Wilson checked into rehab following his recent stay at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, In Touch Weekly reports that he did not. In a decision that went against the advice of those closest to him, Wilson, who already has two rehab stints under his belt, didn’t feel he required an in-house program this time.
“(Owen) doesn’t think he really has a problem,” an insider told the magazine. But clearly the “You, Me and Dupree” star recognizes that he still needs some help. Making an effort to stay safe, as well as on the straight and narrow, Wilson hired a $750-a-day “sober companion,” according to In Touch. The male attendant will stay by the celeb’s side around the clock, even traveling with him.
Tommy Lee strikes back
Security guards may have kept Tommy Lee from fighting back when Kid Rock knocked him for a loop at the VMAs Sunday night, but now the tattooed bad boy is ready to get his digs in.
On his Web site, TommyLee.tv, the rocker shared his side of the story. According to Lee, he was just minding his own “biz” and enjoying the show, not to mention the attentions of his ex Pamela Anderson, when “I get a tap on the shoulder from Kid Pebble ... I stand up and embrace him with a semi hug and say ‘Hey dude ... What up??’ He punches me in the face ... well if ya wanna call it that!? ... more like a bitch slap! ... Wuss!!”
Then Lee wanted to “knock this jealous no career havin country bumpkin” out. But, alas, that’s when security held him back, preventing what he claims would have been the inevitable meeting of his fist and Kid Rock’s “ugly a-- mug.”
Lee wraps it up with a note of apology to the performer at the time — Alicia Keys, the Palms owner and MTV. No, not for his behavior, but for “Kid Pebble’s” hijinks.
Alba seein’ ya, player!
Unlike her “Fantastic Four” character, super hot Jessica Alba is hardly the Invisible Woman — except maybe to her (as of now) ex-boyfriend Cash Warren. The couple split earlier this year but seemed to be patching things up a few weeks ago when they were spotted walking arm in arm on a Pacific Palisades beach, according to In Touch.
That was before Cash cuddled up with 20-year-old Vera Mishina in New York City just two days later. “Vera had a job as a promotional model at (a basket ball game), and Cash was there with some friends,” the model’s pal told the magazine. “He was staring at her all night. When the game ended, Cash walked up to her. He was saying, ‘You are so beautiful. You look so hot.’ ”
Later, they all met up at a Times Square bar, and according to Vera’s chatty pal, “Cash went straight for Vera. It seemed like he really liked her. We were all drinking and hanging out, and Cash asked us to go to his room.” Once there, Cash and Vera “started making out as soon as we got into the room,” the friend continued. “He couldn’t take his hands off her! The rest of us left, but Vera told me that she and Cash made love that night, and again the next morning.”
The insider claimed Cash attempted to continue the relationship beyond that night, sending Vera tawdry texts — until the model learned that Cash and Jessica were back together. “It really upset her. She felt so used.”
But whether it’s finally over between Jessica and Cash remains to be seen, reports In Touch. During her recent “Late Night” appearance, host David Letterman asked Jessica if she’d ever fallen in love at first sight, Jessica said, “Yeah.” But when he asked how that relationship turned out, she replied, “It’s still trying to figure itself out.” Call us, Jessica, we’ve figured it out for you!
Dish on the fly:
Team Brangelina were the paparazzi darlings at the recent Venice Film Festival. But Brad Pitt and a different Ang (director Ang Lee) got nothing but nasty from critics and reporters at the cinematic competition, Reuters reports. Both Pitt and Lee received resounding boos in the pressroom when their individual wins were announced. Lee, who took home an undisputed gold lion trophy for “Brokeback Mountain” at the 2005 festival, won this year for World War II snooze fest “Lust, Caution.” Pitt meanwhile, won best actor for his role in the western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” But according to Reuters, festival consensus says co-star Casey Affleck stole every scene he was in. Maybe Lee should stick with cowboy films, and Pitt … well, he can always play cowboy with his kids.
Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin and Ree Hines.