RDJ's 'Holmes' Too Gay for Studio Execs
By Rob Shuter Posted Dec 22nd 2009 07:46AM
Execs to Robert Downey Jr.: Not So Gay, OK?
Publicists for the upcoming 'Sherlock Holmes' movie are very concerned that its star, Robert Downey Jr., can't stop hinting that the great dapper detective's relationship with Dr. Watson may involve more than just solving crime. "When Robert joked with Letterman that they might be 'homos,' Warner Brother executives died," laughed one industry insider who believes Downey is messing with studio bigwigs.
During Downey's interview on Letterman, he was asked if Holmes and Watson had "a different level of relationship." Downey quickly shot back with a smirk: "That they were homos ... That is what you're saying"
A chuckling Letterman replied "In a manner of speaking, yes ... that they were closer than just out solving crimes." After further banter, Downey left it up to the people. "Why don't we observe the clip and let the audience decide if he just happens to be a very butch homosexual," he said.
"The studio wants to position this as an action-packed adventure, not 'Brokeback Mountain 2,'" my insider joked.
Yet fear not -- I have been told the film will not disappoint any hardcore Holmes fans, and if the world's sneakiest sleuth does have a secret love that dare not speak its name, he doesn't kiss and tell in this film. There is, however, a good amount of man-on-man bare-chested fighting, so make of that what you will.
Vanessa Williams Wants Kim Kardashian's Hair?
When I bumped into Vanessa Williams (photo to the right!) at the opening of my friend Greg Giannillo's salon, I couldn't resist asking her which celebrity she thought had the best hair. Her answer? Kim Kardashian.
"She has a thick, gorgeous, fancy mane of hair," Vanessa said. "I love height, I love volume, I love texture." And we love you, Vanessa, for turning up to support a friend in a time when too many celebrities are demanding $10,000 to make an appearance at events for people they don't even know! You know who you are, but thankfully, we're too nice to name you! Consider it a holiday gift. Xoxo, PopEater.
All Brittany Murphy wanted was to make people happy and be back in the public spotlight again, a friend of the star tells me. "She was devastated a few weeks ago at an event in Los Angeles where she was helping raise money for disabled children. Hardly any press bothered to turn up and it broke her heart," Murphy's friend said.
That's a far cry from 1995, when her film 'Clueless' helped Brittany became Hollywood's "it" girl overnight, with the media following her everywhere. "It's difficult to have that level of fame at an early age and watch it disappear. You spend the rest of your life trying everything you can to get it back," a one-time star who has since faded from her A-list status told me.
"I wish Brittany was around today to see how much everyone really loved her. Brittany once joked she would die to be back on the cover of People magazine," a friend told me.
I'm just sorry it took that to remind us all how much we really loved you, Brittany.
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