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A less-bigoted redesign?

You'll recall fashion designer John Galliano was fired, fined, and disgraced after his drunken anti-Semitic rant in a Paris bar in 2011. Well, he's back, sort of: He has now been hired to teach a four-day fashion-design master class at Parsons The New School For Design, often called New York's number one fashion college.

The school's announcement calls him a "master of tailoring, construction, research, and thematic investigation... an unparalleled living legend... a technical genius" etc. etc.

He's 52.

Hello, my name is Mud

Michael Bublé, expecting a first child with his Argentine wife Luisana Lopilato, exaggerates a little (I hope) about the name-choice process:

"My wife is killing me; we fight about names. She keeps coming up with names that she thinks sound good in Spanish, like 'Dirt.' Dirt Bublé!".

Did he pack the trunk?

Speaking at some event last week, Katy Perry said her 2011 divorce from Russell Brand is now "a very tiny elephant," the Hollywood Reporter recounted.

This is, I guess, connected with something he said last month: "Let me tell you a thing about marriage: Marriage is a bond that can last up to 14 months. This is a sacred 14-month arrangement. Begins on an elephant, ends in a newspaper. That marriage was shaky from the get-go, before I'd even got off the elephant."

You'll recall that Russ arrived at their 2010 wedding ceremony, in India, aboard an elephant. Still, the poor beast must now be groaning under the weight of this metaphor battle.

We'll pass

No, really, seriously, just shut up, right now: Gwyneth Paltrow, in The Guardian, tells the English how to speak their language:

"I've lived in England for 10 years and the accent is the most beautiful in the world, except for how you pronounce pasta as pass-ta instead of pah-sta. I'm sort of joking when I say this but I really don't want my children speaking that way."

A Hill too steep

Lauryn Hill is dancing as fast as she can to stay out of jail. So far it's working.

The R&B star was supposed to be sentenced Tuesday on charges -- she filed guilty pleas -- of omitting tax payments of almost $1 million for 2005-07. But now sentencing has been deferred to May 6.

She just signed a $1-million recording deal with Sony, see, and she'll borrow against that future income to pay part of the debt.

I doubt that will be enough to keep her out of the hoosegow, but evidently it will help ease the sentence. Her lawyer is still hoping for probation, says which had the story.

Quote of the day

I'm afraid to ask what got Rupert Everett into the mood in which he said this to The Observer, in England:

"I love death! I adore it! I've got to that age, I'm over the yardarm. I love funerals. Good hymns, nice church, funny-looking people pottering down the aisle. I hate parties and I never go to people's houses, but I love funerals".

He's only 53, for Pete's sake!

Honey Boo Boo can cut the ribbon

The airport in Little Rock, Ark., has been all spiffed up recently, and there will be a gala re-opening on May 3. But there's a problem about the name.

After $67 million in improvements, the place will now be called the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Sounds fine, except the locals are already eliding "Bill and Hillary" to "Bil-Hill" or "Billary" and then going one step further: the place is increasingly known across Arkansas as Hillbilly Airport, the N.Y. Post reports. The civic fathers are not happy.

Greedy, ungrateful -- or both

Early this year, Ellen DeGeneres ditched her manager, Eric Gold, after he refused to accept a cap on his total revenue from her. He wanted to stick with a commission, says Nikke Finke of Deadlline Hollywood, who made the story public just now.

Ellen has earned maybe $500 million over the last decade, Finke says, from her talk show, endorsements and other projects.

Now the story is public, both sides are spinning this ferociously: either he's too greedy, or else she's ungrateful. (Maybe both are true.)

Ellen's 55.

Somebody sowing Wilde oats?

Olivia Wilde has been going around talking about how right things are with Jason Sudiekis, and how happy she is, etc. etc. But now Life & Style mag says they are going to be engaged for another full year before they get around to actually tying the knot and putting on wedding rings. Hmmm.

She's 29. He's 37.

Reese goes to pieces

Reese Witherspoon is due back in court, in Atlanta, on May 22 on that disorderly conduct charge. Hubby Jim Toth is to appear, on his DUI, the next day.

You saw the story: He got busted for strange driving and she made a big fuss, asking the state trooper "Don't you know who I am?"-type questions until his patience wore out.

Reese and Jim both issued the best apologies PR money can buy. There's speculation Toth, an industrious social drinker, may go into rehab. Reese cancelled several press appearances, including a Jimmy Fallon gig Tuesday night.

The movie she's shooting in Georgia, The Good Lie, is still set for December release. Even without the Important Persons Act she'd probably avoid jail time on this charge.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 28, 2013 ??65524

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