It’s tough being a gossip columnist some weeks … like the ones where you have to watch videos of Alexander Skarsgard in the nuddy … I don’t know how I cope. The item was our most popular gossip post of the week and revealed that the actor filmed a full-frontal nude scene for the finale of True Blood (beware, spoilers!). I loved Hollywood Life’s lament: “I really want to believe Eric and his penis are still alive.” Click here to see the video.
>> In what is possibly the strangest celebrity stalker story we’ve heard yet, a 49-year old former fireman – and, evidently, massive J-Lo fan – shacked up in the pool house of the singer’s Hamptons mansion earlier this month. Although John M. Dubis made no secret of the fact he’d taken up residency, reportedly sleeping on the couch, parking his car in plain view and even sharing photos of the house online, he went unnoticed by J-Lo’s security team for six days. SIX DAYS.
>> Here’s a video to put a smile on your face – celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle has united Kermit The Frog and Steve Martin on Funny Or Die having a banjo duel. It’s to promote his book, Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People, which features the two of them plus Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, “Weird” Al, Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris and more. Click here to see it.
>> Tina Fey fretted on the David Letterman show that her toddler Penelope is a sociopath: “I was giving her a bath one night, and she was overtired – in her defense – and I said, `OK, bath time over.’ She got real mad that I took her out of the bath… She looked me square in the eyes, and with two tiny little hands, choked me. It’s so funny because they’re not strong enough to kill you. Not yet. Try again in a couple of years, Penelope!”
>> Here’s a GIF of Robert Pattinson kissing his co-star Mia Wasikowska on the set of his new movie Maps to the Stars … over and over and over again. A source on the set told People magazine that the scene had to be filmed four times, at three different camera angles … Ah, it’s a tough life …
>> Prison Break star Wentworth Miller came out as “a gay man” in a letter he sent to the director of a film festival in Russia. The actor refused an invitation to attend the St Petersberg International Film Festival due to the Russian government’s views on and treatment of homosexuality. “Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes,” the 41-year-old wrote. “However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
>> In news that will shock (or disappoint) approximately nobody, David Beckham stripped to his undies for a new H&M campaign. The ads, showcasing the autumn range for the David Beckham Bodywear brand, depict the footballer wearing an array of autumnal-hued briefs – maroon, grey marle and white included. Seasonal undies, don’t you just love ’em?
>> It was revealed that more than 550 life-sized cutouts of David Hasselhoff advertising an iced coffee called Iced Hoffee have been stolen from convenience stores throughout America in the last year, with the latest incident turning ugly. The Connecticut Post reported that occupants of a black four-wheel drive cut down the advertisements from a light pole outside a store and when the clerk tried to stop the two men and one woman from escaping, the car ran him down and dragged him – he is currently in critical condition in hospital.