In a shocking - and unprecedented - move, the Cannes Film Festival has declared Dutch director Lars Von Trier (Breaking the Waves; Dancer in the Dark) "persona non grata" for remarks he made Wednesday about his sympathies for Adolf Hitler. (Von Trier also rambled on about how he identifies with Jews.)
Weiland: I was raped as a child
Spin mag has published new excerpts from Scott Weiland's memoir, Not Dead & Not for Sale, that add disturbing details about the rocker's early life. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman writes that when he was 12, a "big muscular guy, a high school senior" in his Ohio hometown "raped me. It was quick, not pleasant." The "dude," Weiland says, threatened to destroy his life if he reported the assault.
But I prefer her mind . . .
Now we know why Jennifer Aniston has stayed single all these - long, desperate, sleepless - years since Brad Pitt: She was courting the folks in charge of Spike TV's acclaimed award show, Guys Choice. It worked: The lads will award Jen, 42, the Decade of Hotness Award on June 10. (Jen is expected to come in person.) Previous honorees include Halle Berry and Charlize Theron
Resinking into the Titanic's sinking
It has grossed a paltry $1.2 billion worldwide in the seven times it has been released on the big screen since '97. So it's a good thing that James Cameron will re-re-re-re-re-re-re-release the undying (it won't die!) Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet love story, Titanic - and in 3D.
"There's a whole generation that's never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen," Cameron says. The film is due April 6, 2012, nine days before the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. The boat picture is the second-highest-grossing film since at least the High Middle Ages, following Cameron's Avatar, which has nabbed $2.8 billion worldwide.
If you can't get to the White House . . .
. . . bring the White House to you.
Presidential wannabe Donald Trump's political hopes were dashed this week, but not those of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal, which has nabbed the White House for itself: Legendary A.C. foodery White House Sub Shop has opened its first - and only - satellite venue on the casino's Spice Road shopping drag.
A gala for cancer-support org
The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia will mark its 18th anniversary with the celeb-studded gala An Evening in the Yard, 6:30-11 p.m. Friday at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard, 5000 S. Broad Street. The evening will honor various VIPs who have contributed to the org, which dispenses free education and support to cancer patients. Info: 215-879-7733, http://cancersupport-phila.org/
Hebert: Love is a battlefield
"It was not easy at times" to be a chick on The Bachelor, says University of Pennsylvania Dental School grad Ashley Hebert, who lost Brad Womack on the show. But the Maine native ain't done with tacky, love-is-a-commodity reality shows: She just finished taping the new season of The Bachelorette. It was all so anxiety-provoking! "I haven't dated a ton," says Ashley, ostensibly using ton temporally. (Unless she does enjoy dating Weight itself.)
"My last real relationship [with Two-Ton?] ended four years ago. I certainly made up for lost time" on the new show, she says.
A fresh, young 'Sex and the City'?
Do you want another Sex and the City movie sequel? (Will it be as lame as the last one?)
"I have no idea," Kim Cattrall tells E!Online. "I hear more prequel than sequel." Earlier this week, Sarah Jessica Parker told MTV News, "I think there is perhaps one more small, important story to tell."
So how would a prequel work? Will the gals be digitally altered to look, um, young . . . ?
ShowBiz movers 'n' shakers
Novelist, scholar, actor, and hero James Franco challenges himself with every new venture. So what's next? Will he compose a symphony?
Close. Franco will try his hand at porn, starring opposite Boogie Nights alum Heather Graham in the indie pic Cherry, says Variety. He'll play a sleazy, coked-up lawyer obsessed with an 18-year-old hardcore newbie.
USA Today says Music website Wolfgang's Vault (www.wolfgangsvault.com), known for its library of rare recordings, has launched a video vault with more than 4,000 restored concert vids from the last 50 years, including early Grateful Dead shows and the Sex Pistols' last gig.
Key figures in the world of the Beatles - including Paul McCartney, producer George Martin, John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison - will make a live appearance June 8 at the Mirage in Las Vegas to mark the five-year anniversary of the Beatles-soaked Cirque du Soleil show, Love.
Sherlock Holmes beauty Rachel McAdams, 32, and Brit thesp Michael Sheen (Unthinkable, Underworld), 42, have confirmed to People mag that they are romantically entwined.
MTV has posted pics of the Jersey Shore cast buffooning around in Italy, where the next season is set. In a bit of excitement, Sammi Giancola saved castmate Deena Cortese from tumbling into the River Arno in Florence.