Grim news from Italy.
Jersey Shore castmates Ronnie "Fist Pump Brah" Magro and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino have come to blows in the venerable and beautiful city of Florence, where the show has been taping its next season, reports celeb website TMZ.com.
TMZ didn't have any details about the Tuscan tussle, but did have "post-brawl pictures" strongly suggesting a second-place finish for the Sitch. His left eye is bloodshot and red-rimmed, and the forehead above looks angry as a sunburn. Meanwhile, the knuckles on Muscleman Ronnie's right hand are split and bleeding, as if from satisfying contact with a firm but yielding surface - a face, say.
TMZ describes the incident as "a MAJOR fistfight," generated by "a blowout" between Ronnie and sometime gf Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, probably over which museum to visit next.
Palin pal pans pols - and Bristol
News website the Daily Caller reports that one of Sarah Palin's top aides, Rebecca Mansour, dissed a slew of political figures - and Palin's daughter Bristol - in a series of Twitter messages last year. The online acquaintance to whom she sent them passed them on to the Daily Caller.
Mansour, a Palin speechwriter and domestic policy adviser, had unkind words for Red State editor-in-chief and CNN contributor Erick Erickson ("Greasy dumb ass with a talent for self-promotion") and Mitt Romney supporters ("wacky as hell") and California conservative Chuck DeVore, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nod for U.S. Senate last year. ("He wants to become a 'personality.' Give him a show to go away.")
As for Bristol and her brief plans to wed her child's father, Levi Johnston, Mansour wrote tartly: "Two words: Patti Davis. Okay three more: Ron Reagan Junior. Two more: Billy Carter. Doesn't your family have one?"
Mansour said she thought she was speaking privately to a friend.
Might Macs movie premiere set
The Mighty Macs, the cinematic story of the Immaculata College basketball team that won the first women's national basketball championship in 1972, will premiere on Oct. 21, according to the film's producers.
The film stars Carla Gugino as coach Cathy Rush, David Boreanaz as her husband, former NBA ref Ed Rush, and Ellen Burstyn as a nun.
The small Chester County Catholic school, now called Immaculata University, went on to win the national championship the next two years as well.
Estella's big night out
TMZ.com informs that actress and model Estella Warren is in a pickle after allegedly hitting three parked cars in her Toyota Prius on Monday night in Los Angeles and kicking the cop who pulled her over.
After being taken to the local cop shop in cuffs, she managed to wiggle loose and make a break out the back door before being quickly captured, according to TMZ.
Police tell TMZ she's on the hook for felony escape, assault, hit and run, and DUI. Bail was set at $100,000, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
A little help from his friends
Neil Patrick Harris will have an impressive array of assistants when he hosts the Tony Awards on June 12 in the Beacon Theatre in New York.
Producers of the awards show revealed the names of some of the presenters Tuesday. The roster includes Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, and Joel Grey, among others.
CBS will televise.
Rapper honored for 'Apprentice' earnings
Rapper-producer Lil Jon (né Jonathan Mortimer Smith) got fired from Celebrity Apprentice before he managed to raise the money he wanted for his selected charity.
But the object of his efforts, the United Methodist Children's Home of Decatur, Ga., thought he did just fine, and honored him Tuesday for his honorable intentions - and the $80,000 he did raise.
The proceeds will go to an endowment fund to help support educational opportunities and refurbish buildings at the sprawling 99-acre campus in suburban Atlanta.
Lil Jon's initial goal was to raise $100,000, but he was satisfied with the awareness the show brought to his cause. He was among the final four contestants, along with John Rich, Meat Loaf, and Marlee Matlin.
Rich won the competition on Sunday, taking home $250,000 for his charity.