MELTDOWN OF THE WEEK: A troubled Demi Lovato couldn't stand one more minute of being on tour with the Jonas Brothers and all of a sudden (or so it seemed) checked into treatment to deal with issues of both the emotional and physical variety. Besides the fact that no girl in her right mind would go on tour with his ex and his new girlfriend (except if you're in Fleetwood Mac, maybe), it shows a certain maturity on her--and her support system's--part to nip this thing in the bud and get help. Sonny With a Chance, indeed.
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ENGAGEMENT OF THE WEEK: Just when we thought Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo were going to run away with the title, we find out Eddie Cibrian's going to make an honest woman of LeAnn Rimes. Let's just say, our exclusive didn't go over too well with the blissfully happy couple, and then Rimes went and picked a Twitter fight! Hmph, we'll show them. Pretty soon, they'll be the "Wedding of the Week," and there won't be anything either of them can do about it! Mwahahahaha.
TRAGEDY OF THE WEEK: Discovery Channel revealed that Storm Chasers star Matt Hughes was no longer with us, which was followed by the revelation that he committed suicide in May. That news was followed by authorities finding the body of onetime Bachelorette contestant Julien Hug, who also committed suicide. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to both men's families.
COMEBACK OF THE WEEK: In response to George W. Bush shuddering with distaste at Kanye West and his implication that the 42nd president was racist, West benignly said that he now understand s George W. Bush on a human level because of all the heat he took following the Taylor Swift incident. Kanye, be glad you have no idea what you're talking about.
NONAFFAIR OF THE WEEK: Bret Michaels and Miley Cyrus' mom? The rocker and Trish Cyrus both adamantly denied rumors that an illicit hookup led to Trish's breakup with Billy Ray Cyrus. Which is a relief, because one famous teenager needing treatment for emotional issues this week is enough.
SPLIT OF THE WEEK: Charlie Sheen made it to the finish line just ahead of Brooke Mueller, blindsiding her with a divorce petition before the previously agreed upon time they had come up with to end their craptastic (of late, anyway) marriage. In related news, Charlie also cheated death this week.
ROOMIES: John Stamos has moved in with girlfriend Leah Marsh.
TEAM FOUL: No punishment for the University of Iowa after basketball recruits got to meet Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, though someone apparently considered it a major perk.
ROCKY ROMANCE: Hiatus time for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth again...Kellan Lutz and AnnaLynne McCord break up...Slash withdraws divorce petition as he and wife Perla Ferrar reconcile...Courteney Cox emphasizes that she's separated, not divorced.
X-FILE: Naked pics of Jessica Alba and Kat Dennings? What? Where?!
GET WELL SOON: Lily Allen struggling to get better following a miscarriage and ensuing complications...Aretha Franklin clears her schedule for six months while battling illness...Justin Long on the mend after car crash concussion...Kim Kardashian nursing a broken toe.
SCREENPLAY: Alien sex for Scarlett Johanssen...Miley going So Undercover...Brad Pitt's latest...Leonardo DiCaprio trying a turn-of-the-century serial killer on for size...Bond 23 is happening...Martin Sheen and maybe Sally Field in new Spider-Man... Honors for Laura Dern and family..Exclusive Harry Potter featurette....Mel Gibson's Beaver poster... A look at Steven Spielberg's Tintin...Captain America Total Coverage...Emily Browning kicks ass in the Sucker Punch trailer...Adam Sandler uses Jennifer Aniston in the Just Go With It trailer...Which movie stars are making too much money ?
TV LAND: Rick Fox the latest person to go home before Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars...Zach Galifianakis lights up on Real Time With Bill Maher...Skating With the Stars' motley lineup... First look at Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee!...Keith Olbermann kicked off MSNBC for reasons not having to do with his big mouth...New hosting gig for Billy Ray Cyrus... Two ladies dancing with the stars in Israel...Undercovers canceled...Law &Order: L.A. detects a real gun on the set...Real World: Boston guy elected to Congress...Joel McHale and Hilary Duff's Community awkwardness...Oprah and Gayle's lesbian tease...Conan O'Brien gears up for TBS premiere with "Show Zero" and Lopez Tonight appearance... No penises on Married to Rock...Ryan Reynolds joins Sesame Street's A-Team...Life Unexpected still gasping for breath...Chelsea Handler's NBC deal...Police want a sneak preview of MTV's Teen Mom footage for domestic violence investigation of Amber Portwood...Portia de Rossi discusses her issues on Ellen... SPOILER ZONE!
MUSICAL NOTES: "The Big Bang" video starring Miley Cyrus exclusively premiered on E! News. Go behind the scenes..."New" Michael Jackson album due...New Christina Aguilera track from Burlesque...Taylor Swift's Speak Now echoes through the biz...Rihanna features Eminem for a change...A Kim Kardashian album ?...MC Hammer tries to get in Jay-Z's face with diss track.
LAW &ORDER: Raising Sextuplets dad cops a plea for threatening his wife and father-in-law...Charlie Sheen somehow completed his probation without incident...Another expensive arrest warrant for Randy Quaid...Kathryn Erbe superfan convicted of stalking... Plea deal for accused Leonardo DiCaprio stalker... No more Suge Knight vs. Kanye...Bad Girls Club: Miami's Catya Washington busted for drugs...David Cassidy busted for DUI...Mario's mom lets him off the hook...Gary Collins' hit-and-run mess...Gucci Mane busted for rough ride...Keira Knightley burgled in Britain... Trial date set for Shane Sparks...Indian resort where Katy Perry and Russell Brand tied the knot accused of violating area noise regulations.
FAREWELLS: Shannon Tavarez, star of Broadway's The Lion King whose need for a bone marrow transplant prompted stars like Rihanna and Alicia Keys to take up her cause lost her battle with leukemia. She was only 11...Jill Clayburgh, Oscar-nominated actress who played matriarch Letitia Darling on Dirty Sexy Money, died of leukemia at 66...Denise Borino-Quinn, best known for playing mob wife Ginny Sacramoni on The Sopranos, died of cancer at 46...George Hickenlooper, Emmy-winning director of Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, died of apparent natural causes at 47.
SEEN: Brad, Angelina and their brood zip-lining in Budapest...Gyllenswift (really? we're doing that now?) eating ice cream in Santa Barbara...George Clooney's lady, Elisabetta Canalis, going for a dip in Cabo San Lucas...Amanda Seyfried leaving Kate Hudson's Halloween party with Ryan Phillippe...Kelly Clarkson belting the national anthem before Game 3 of the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas...Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rallying for sanity--and fear!--on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.