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Clooney loved taking on tabloid

GEORGE Clooney is basking in the afterglow of beating up the Daily Mail over its bogus story about his mother-in-law-to-be.

With two op-ed pieces in USA Today, Clooney hammered the British paper for reporting stuff about Baria Alamuddin opposing the planned marriage.

"It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock 'em around," Clooney told Variety. The Daily Mail people "do tend to tee off on everybody... You pick your fights at a tabloid. Every day they write things that aren't true, but every once in a while they write something that is actually dangerous to your family... that's the one you pick" to deny and demolish, Clooney said.


Biebs accused of cutting queue

ANYONE who hates Justin Bieber will like this one: He may have used a wheelchair to cut the line at Disneyland last Sunday.

Some Dull Normal young female fan went all social media with a snapshot showing her with a seated Biebs. "I love how he just pretended to be a normal person on a wheelchair," the girl said.

No, no, says Bieber's people. He hurt his knee playing basketball, see, and just sat for a minute in a wheelchair that happened to be there. That's his story, and he's sticking to it.

It may be true., reporting this, says the Biebers of this world don't need to cut the line: They automatically get priority admission under the Important Persons Act.


Singer's home up for sale

EVER since February, when Paula Patton dumped him, Robin Thicke has been trying to win her back.

But it was an omen that his new album, Paula, tanked. Now their L.A. home -- she moved out in February -- is up for sale, a move widely seen as Robin giving up. Still, says Thicke won't file for divorce; he'll make her do that.

Thicke hasn't exactly denied he was fooling around -- there were also rumours about threeways with Paula and another woman -- but has said infidelity was "not why we're apart... there's a hundred different reasons, there isn't just one. There's a long list... I changed, and I got a little too selfish."

It all sounds very heartfelt, but Paula still isn't picking up. They were together for 20 years.


Radcliffe trapped in Toronto

A FATE no one deserves: Daniel Radcliffe was trapped in Toronto last week.

The actor, a Brit, was there for the premiere of his movie What If, en route to San Diego for Comic-Con, when he ran into visa trouble. As New York's Daily News explains it, he's in the process of upgrading his visa status so he can get easier and longer access to the United States, but he ended up in bureaucratic limbo until he could get something rubber-stamped by the U.S. consulate. He reached San Diego just in time for his Comic-Con panel discussion.


Another kid for Kelsey Grammer

IT'S a boy! Kelsey Gabriel Elias Grammer, son of Kelsey Grammer and his wife Kayte, was born Tuesday in Los Angeles. All are well.

In accordance with family custom, he'll be known by his second name. (The actor was born Allen Kelsey Grammer.)

Gabe is their second child. Grammer has six children in total.


Lorre takes sides in salary dispute

CHUCK Lorre, creator and executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, has taken sides in the salary squabble between the show's stars and Warner Bros. Television: He's with the talent.

The actors "should be very successful and happy and rich," Lorre told "They earned it. It's a great cast... It's their time."

Stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Johnny Galecki are holding out for US$1 million per episode, triple what they made last season. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar want big raises, too, though different sources give varying numbers.

Production is supposed to start this week. Lorre -- and CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler -- both predict a settlement by then as Warner Bros. has a track record of resolving such negotiations at the last minute.


Teen actor blasts British Airways

MAISIE Williams -- tomboy Arya Stark on Game of Thrones -- has ripped into British Airways after she was refused access to Heathrow's business-class lounge.

This was not your typical "Don't you know who I am, dammit?" celebrity tantrum. Maisie's beef is she was barred because she's 17. BA policy bars anyone under 18 unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Here's Maisie's blunt, bitter, grammar-challenged tweet: "Denied from the business lounge once again for being under 18 and without an adult. British Airways sort your (rude word) out."

BA's Twitter response was politely firm. Back came Williams: "Yes BA, fully understand that, my question is why? Why can we travel alone but not use the lounge? It makes no sense."

She's right, isn't she? Fair play for rich young teenagers, I say.


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 27, 2014 ??65524

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