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SO, MEL, ABOUT THAT ANGER MANAGEMENT PROBLEM... Okay, Mel Gibson hasn't had a great year. But you'd think after the DUI and the slamming of the Jewish people, he'd be making a really big effort to dial the temper tantrums down a notch. But no. Mel recently showed up at Cal State Northridge to talk to students about his movie Apocalypto. All well and good -- until a teacher on the campus needled him about historical accuracy. The blow-by-blow below is from

Alicia Estrada, an Assistant Professor of Central American Studies at CSUN, challenged Gibson, asking him if he had read about the Mayan culture before shooting the controversial film. Gibson said he had.
Estrada persisted, stating that representations in the movie that the Mayans engaged in sacrificial ceremonies and had bloodthirsty tendencies were both wrong and racist. Estrada and others tell TMZ that Gibson exploded in anger, responding, "Lady, F**k off."

The emotional Mayan members were escorted out of the room, and we're told Gibson screamed a parting shot -- "Make your own movie!"

Um, yeah. Not so good for the image rehab. I will say that, in person, he is kind of intense. He smokes LIKE A CHIMNEY, and he has a nervous energy like there's always something important he'd like to be doing. But that being said, he has a nice side. He can be really very charming and patient. So, what happened to Nice Mel? It's like Nice Mel made a kajillion dollars off The Passion of the Christ, and suddenly Angry Mel emerged to spoil everything. The guy has more money than some third world countries thanks to Passion, and that's a good reason to shrug off your critics and laugh all the way to the bank. But for some reason, he just can't walk away from a conflict without melting down. Mel, it's time for a vacation. Or seriously, try meditation. All this raging can't be good for your heart (and let's not start on how the ciggies are heading you to Strokesville, buddy).


JESSICA, ASHLEE CALLED. SHE WANTS HER OLD HAIR BACK: Okay, I was fine with it when Ashlee Simpson went back to her blond roots after her dad strong armed her into that Goth girl dye job so she wouldn't steal her sister's thunder. I could accept the fact that Ashlee had such massive plastic surgery she started looking more like Jessica than Jessica. Now, Jessica's morphing into Ashlee, version 1.0. What the hell? But the more that I look at this picture, the more I think, hey, Jess may be on to something. I honestly always liked Ashlee a lot more as a brunette. She couldn't sing, but she had a bit of a rocker chick thing going that made Jess just look like a spoiled Barbie doll in comparison. So Jess, rock the brown hair. And we'll discuss that tweed newsboy cap later.


BRANGELINA ADDS TO DIAPER BRIGADE, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?: In case you were scratching your head over Angelina Jolie's decision to snap up yet another toddler (a Vietnamese 3-year-old), ABC News has conveniently asked some "experts" to explain her seemingly unstoppable baby jones. "Certainly there is something obsessive about it," says David Kirschner, the author of "Adoption: Unchartered Waters." Multiple adoptions, says Kirschner, "might also be symptomatic of some guilt/redemption psychological dynamic. A fear of pregnancy complications and pain of childbirth may motivate some, competitive needs may motivate others to have the largest, most wonderful, most diverse family in the universe."

Or, maybe she just really likes kids. I love these sort of fake-news reports. No one knows what Angelina's really thinking, so hey, let's ask a bunch of people WHO HAVE NEVER MET HER what they think is wrong with her! Whatever. Go have fun, Angie. At least you're not still wasting your time with Billy Bob Thornton. Even a mountain of dirty diapers has got to be better than being married to that chunk of withered beef jerky.


BaldBritAIN'T SHE SWEET? LIKE, SERIOUSLY, HER BLOOD MIGHT HAVE TURNED TO SYRUP: Okay, big props to Brit for staying in rehab almost thirty days. Yes, I heard the rumors that the only thing that kept her from running willy nilly into the traffic along PCH is her mom's tearful begging, and okay, yes, she asked to skip out of her recommended stint early to go to K-Fed's 29th birthday party (too bad it was canceled, huh?). But let's focus. She's got through most of a month of rehab. So let's just heave a giant sigh of relief for the time being. I just don't know how much more drama I can take from this girl, you know?

Anyway, as glad as I am to hear that Brit's on her way to sober living, I think she's well on her way to becoming a morbidly obese diabetic. Star magazine sez the girl's drinking 2 cases (that's 24 stinkin' cans!) of Coca-Cola A DAY. According to a source: "Usually when a patient eats [a lot of] sugar, it means that they are coming down from a drug that kept them really up, like cocaine or speed." And Brit's not just a Coke fiend. "She is also constantly eating lollipops and other hard candy, and when she eats food, it's always something sweet, like danishes or donuts or cake or cookies."

Egads, I feel sick just thinking about it. If you'd like to tell Brit, hey, eat some protein or a green vegetable or something before your liver shuts down or the rehab people need to roll you from room to room, good news -- her website has been updated and is allowing people to leave encouraging messages for the recovering pop singer. Have fun!



Carmen Electra ate catwalk at the Max Factor show in New York City.

That's gotta suck.

But I'm digging the dress. I hope they let her keep it.




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Q. It's getting warm outside -- and I'm stuck with last summer's boring-ass shorts and tees. Any quick fixes?

RedSunglassesA. Sure -- try red-framed sunglasses! They're fun, they're retro, and stars like Paris Hilton and Jessica Biel have been wearing them around Hollywood. Think aviators and thin, not super chunky frames. Of course, you can drop a wad on designer frames like the stars, but personally I'd check out a thrift store in your hood -- besides, you never know what else you might find!

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Congrats to... VALENTINA GUZZO, the winner of anautographed copy of Celebrity Skin!

Here's her winning entry!

In today's pop culture world its really hard to pick one celebrity who is in dire need of some revamping. I mean with Brittany Spears opting for the bald look and Dennis Hoffman [ed. note: I think she means David Hasselhoff] going drag for his role in the the Las Vegas production of  The Producers there are so many celebs to choose from. If I had to pick a celebrity who needs one the most though, I'd chose Lindsay Lohan. This girl has gone from the sweet innocent twin in the Disney version of the Parent Trap to the pantiless party girl who claimed to have enough of the spotlight when she finally checked herself into rehab for her drinking problem. I think she's in desperate need of a personality makeover. I can sympathize with it being hard to grow up in the eye of the paparazzi and being constantly hounded by camera men waiting for you to trip or spill something on your shirt but the fact is you knew that signing up for the job. No one who has ever experienced fame has said that it is easy and as glitzy as it appears but any girl can tell you that it's probably not a good idea to wear a short dress at a public event and forget a pair of underwear. Checking herself into rehab was a good idea and showed the public eye that she is maturing as a person and perhaps even becoming an adult but the real question we should be asking ourselves is how long is this new trasnformation going to last?ShirtFeb2


And another big whoo hoo to LEAH MORALES, who receives the G-2 t-shirt!




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  1. Take a picture of yourself reading a copy of Celebrity Skin in your kitchen or living room.
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It's pretty simple, right? Just remember-- creativity counts. Stand on your head, wear a feather boa, get your jerky little brother in the picture, or just do anything FUN! I'll post the best entries (and two autographed copies of Celebrity Skin are in reserve for any awesome runner-ups!)

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