Depending on the headline,
close to death
fighting for his life
ill and dying
The dire prognosis comes from investigative reporter
, author of
Shut Up and Smile: Supermodels and the Dark Side
, who tells In Touch mag that the former King of Pop suffers from the potentially fatal condition, alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.
"He needs a lung transplant but may be too weak to go through with it," says I.H. "He also has emphysema and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, which his doctors have had a lot of trouble stopping. It's the bleeding that. . .could kill him." As if that weren't horrible enough, I.H. says Michael, 50, "can barely speak" and is virtually blind in his left eye.
A rep for MJ,
, released a statement last night saying the "wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson's health are a total fabrication. Mr. Jackson is in fine health," and finalizing plans for a world tour and appearances.
's request for a restraining order against a man the actress says has trespassed at her home.
Christopher R. Smith
, 25, must stay away from Dunst, her assistant, and any location where they work.
Littrell reveals diagnosis
Backstreet Boys singer
, 33, has revealed that his 6-year-old son,
, who was hospitalized overnight on Friday, suffers from atypical Kawasaki disease, which "causes inflammation in the coronary arteries," the singer says on his Web site. (
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Brian L. says he and his wife,
, 39, appreciate prayers, e-mails and phone calls from their fans. He writes that Baylee will be "closely monitored for the next 6-8 weeks" to see if the treatment he received this weekend was effective.
Ronson's brief hospital stay
, a DJ best known for her friendship (relationship?) with
, spent about 2 minutes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. after a gig with
on Saturday night. Sam, who was apparently diagnosed as tired, thanked her fans on Sunday, writing on her MySpace blog that she "was just pretty exhausted from traveling and working too much to buy Hanukkah gifts and my Jewish mother was worried about me."
LiLo wasn't at the hospital with her girl - she had left the club before Sam finished her set.
Maria Bello signs with HBO
Norristown, Pa.-born goddess
, who truly came into her own in
A History of Violence
, has signed to develop and star in a new series for HBO, Variety reports. Written by
, the one-hour drama will feature Bello as a recently widowed mother of three who is forced into a life of crime to make ends meet. (Who isn't these days?)
Bello fans will remember that the actress did a two-season stint on
in the '90s.
Ma Seacrest: Ryan needs a girl!
, tells Momlogic.com that she wishes her boy (described by the Web site as a "media mogul") had "more time to date. That would be wonderful for him - and we'd stand a better chance for him to have a relationship."
Asked to share a surprising fact about Ryan's childhood, Ma, who is the producer of NBC's
, said, "He likes to play around in the kitchen. If I'm cooking, he tries to flip it or add something. When he was young, he learned how to make a Caesar salad from scratch."
K-Fed's volleyball star
Thanks to USAToday.com, we finally have a line on
's love life.
' ex is apparently dating former college volleyball star Victoria Prince, 26, who is almost 6 feet tall.
Hasselhoff's Arizona connection
Also from USAToday.com, TV star, singer and sex symbol
sang the national anthem Saturday at the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, featuring Arizona and Brigham Young University, in Las Vegas. The Hoff's daughter,
, attends Arizona.
Is Guy a fortune hunter?
, who, like, tripled his net worth with the reported $70 mil divorce settlement he wheedled out of
, is dating - a millionaire heiress.
So says People.com and London's Telegraph. They say that the
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
director squired 33-year-old socialite
, daughter of
Lady Annabel Goldsmith
and the late financier
Sir James Goldsmith
, to a swank London dinner party earlier this month. (Their hostess? Media magnate
Is Madonna two-timing A-Rod?
Just weeks after her alleged affair with
had gossipers gasping for air,
has been spotted carrying on with a Brazilian model named
. That's according to the New York Post and London's the Sun, which says that from the nanosecond they met on a photo shoot in Rio de Janeiro, the pair "struggled to keep their hands off each other." The tabloids point out that this is a no-obligation fling.
A spat between film giants
British film maestro
, who took
to dizzying heights of cinematic glory with
A Good Year
(well, maybe not
A Good Year
), is reportedly sick of the Aussie actor's behavior on the set of their new flick, a revisionist take on Robin Hood called
. The New York Post says Crowe is trying to replace Scott as director because the Brit won't be cowed by Crowe's temper tantrums. "Ridley is the only one who is willing to stand up to Russell and tell him he's too fat and that he can't show up four hours late to the set," says an anon source. The actor's reps tell the Post there is no on-set discord.
Got mercury? Me too!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
fame tells the New York Post that
isn't the only thesp suffering from seafood-induced mercury poisoning.
Stevens says he became mercury-critical while producing
, a docu about about the slaughter of mercury-loaded dolphins in the Far East. Even though he was making a film exposing the mercury-loaded marine wildlife, he ate fish four or five times a week.
"I started feeling really sluggish and had no energy," Stevens tells the Post.