Your Daily Dispatch of Celebrity Shenanigans
Shia’s Slur: After a video surfaced on YouTube on Tuesday showing Shia LaBeouf in a slapping contest with a friend where the actor hurls anti-gay slurs to encourage his friend to slap him, Shia is feeling “embarrassed,” E!‘s Marc Malkin reports. “The videotape that is currently being circulated is several years old and captures Shia playing a game among friends in which he uses a derogatory word toward a friend,” a rep for the actor tells Malkin. “He regrets having used the word in any capacity and is very embarrassed that this footage is being seen by anyone.”
David Cook’s Anthem Moment: David Cook sang the national anthem Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Boston Celtics in game three of the NBA playoffs, and the “Idol” winner was feeling the pressure. “The nerves are way worse [than on ‘Idol’],” David told People just before he took center court. “It’s the one song you don’t want to mess up. I’m going to try not to notice Jack Nicholson sitting in the front row and think about the lyrics.” Of course, when it comes to being critical, Jack makes Simon look like Paula.
Cameron & Jen’s Ex Continue To Sizzle: Cameron Diaz and Paul Sculfor, who has been linked to Jennifer Aniston, who is linked to John Mayer, who was linked to Cameron Diaz… (dizzy yet?), were spotted Sunday night at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, OK! Magazine reports. “Cam and Paul were sitting on the patio, leaning in toward each other,” an eyewitness tells the mag. “Her body language looked like she was really comfortable with him. She looked genuinely like a girl falling in love.”
Jessica Goes Country — Forever: Jessica Simpson says she is now and forever a country girl. “I’m planning on making country [music] for the rest of my life, and I don’t want to go back to that other world,” the former pop singer told The Tennessean. No word if fellow blonde bombshell country singers Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are going to show her the secret handshake and grant her membership to the peppy country club.