PETA is now crowning its Most Beautiful VEGANS. And the awards go to BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH and AVA DUVERNAY . . . director of “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time”. Other contenders included musicians Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo, Will.I.Am, and Swizz Beatz . . . and actors Thandie Newton, Zac Efron, and Ellen Pompeo.
A dumb criminal named David Matthew Read reported DEMI MOORE’s American Express card missing . . . and then he intercept the new one when it arrived. Somehow, he managed to pull that off . . . and then he went out and dropped $169,764.73 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Why did he decid to attract so much attention to himself by shopping at department stores? Maybe he figured Demi wouldn’t notice. But she did. Her assistant alerted AmEx and the authorities were able to track the guy down using surveillance footage. Demi hasn’t commented. It’s CRAZY to think that you could steal someone’s credit card and get away with such big purchases . . . but maybe this guy is smarter than he seems. Demi is worth an estimated $150 million. So $169,000 to her is like YOU noticing false charges totaling $16.90 . . . at places you may already shop.
“Forbes” has a list of American’s richest SELF-MADE women . . . and the highest ranking celebrities are Oprah, who’s worth $3.1 billion, and Kylie Jenner, who’s worth $900 million.
The driver of the car who crashed into and almost KILLED GEORGE CLOONEY in Italy this week is blaming the sun. The 65 yr old man says he crossed over into George’s lane because he was blinded by the sun and didn’t realize he hit someone famous until George’s bodyguard ran over yelling, “You hit Clooney – Clooney – the actor.” No update on George’s condition. The Britain’s “Daily Mail” tabloid says, “He suffered trauma to the pelvis, hip, and knee which should take around 20 days to heal.” He’s recovering at home.
- CONRAD MURRAY, often blamed for MICHAEL JACKSON’s death is talking smack about Michael’s late father JOE. He says, “Joe was one of the worst fathers to his children in history.”
Some people in New Orleans are accusing BRAD PITT of abandoning his post-Katrina promise to build 150 homes there. He and his charity have built over 100, but some of them aren’t aging well, and people are upset.
Online bookies are already giving odds on the proposed TIGER WOODS / PHIL MICKELSON $10 million challenge. Tiger is the favorite with 2 to 3 odds, while Phil’s at 3 to 2. And the chance that either of them hits a hole in one is 399 to 1.
SHARON OSBOURNE is working on a movie about her relationship with OZZY, but she said, “It’s not going to be a sex and drugs movie at all. Ozzy is so much more than that. I would hate to be a cliché.”
I’m guessing JULIA MICHAELS got a nice paycheck for writing and performing on KEITH URBAN’s “Graffiti U” album. What she didn’t expect was the Steinway piano that he gave her as a gift. He had it delivered and set up in her house while she was on tour. When she got home a friend told there was something special in the house. Here’s what she said in an interview, “And then I look and I’m like, ‘Is that a piano?’ And there’s a card on top of the piano, which is a beautiful Steinway upright and it was from Keith for my housewarming present for working on the album. “I was in shock. I think I hugged it for an hour.”
CHRIS LANE says he’s not dating anyone right now. He’s been focusing on his career and taking things one day at a time. He tells Taste of Country that he would be interested in being on “The Bachelor”, providing he would have enough time to do it. “I wanna be the guy who gets to choose between all the girls.” Chris is a fan of both shows and says one guy on this season’s “Bachelorette” has really cracked him up. “The guy who calls himself the male model . . . he has me rolling. The reason it’s funny is because you’re embarrassed for him and the fact that he’s saying all this stuff and he’s real about it.”
KACEY MUSGRAVES likes to write songs that have a message, and is not going to stop. And if you don’t like that, keep it to yourself. She tells Hits Daily Double, Quote, “It bothers me when people go, ‘Shut up and sing.’ “The things I sing about are issues of humanity, not politics. Acceptance, not judgment. Simple stuff: Right and wrong, kindness, being a human being . . . because it starts there. There’s a place and time for everything.”
JUSTIN BIEBER and HAILEY BALDWIN are reportedly planning a very small, private wedding . . . probably in Canada.
The latest classic TV show to get the musical treatment has been announced: CBS’s mid-60s hit Green Acres.
THOMAS RHETT’s “Life Changes” video is filled with clips of him on tour, and it features his wife Lauren and their two daughters Willa and Ada. He goes shirtless while pumping iron and boxing.
CARLY PEARCE did a “Radio Replay at the Opry” . . . and took on a cover of Dan + Shay’s “Tequila”.
“The Gong Show” at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.
“Match Game” at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.
Kimberly Perry is 35.
Kristi Yamaguchi is 47.
Richard Simmons is 70.
Bill Cosby is 81.