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M.I.A. furthers her attack on NYT journalist with angry new song

Mia lynn hirschbergM.I.A.'s anger over Sunday's New York Times magazine profile certainly isn't hard to find -- the controversial rapper and activist has released a diss track noting her recent conflict with journalist Lynn Hirschberg.

At website N.E.E.T., M.I.A. posted a profanity-laden song called "I'm A Singer," in which she aurally accuses Hirschberg of being "thick" and says the writer's story was manipulated to establish M.I.A. as a hypocrite. A recording of the interview also can be heard.

The Times' profile presents the outspoken British rhymer as something of a dichotomy -- promoting the tragedy of human rights abuse in Sri Lanka in her work but living the high life  as the fiance of  Ben Bronfman, son of Warner Music chief Edgar Bronfman and an heir to the Seagram's fortune. Also setting her off: a mention of the singer sampling truffle-flavored French fries during the interview. 

Earlier, M.I.A., a.k.a. Maya Arulpragasam, tweeted Hirschberg's cellphone number and fired off numerous angry missives blasting the validity of the story.

Of the number blasting, Hirschberg responded "it's a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don't think it's surprising. She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative."

What do you think of the track? Tell us in comments.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: M.I.A. at GQ's Men of the Year bash. Credit: Associated Press

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Celebs hit Britain's National Movie Awards [pics]

Gwyneth Paltrow

It's always nice to see Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes squeeze in a date night -- and if they've got to multitask with an award show, so be it. 

That's precisely what the pair did this week in London, attending Britain's National Movie Awards ceremony where Cruise won a Screen Icon Award.

National-Movie-Awards The actor was praised by presenter Gwyneth Paltrow, in a constructed pink Prada dress, who said for over two decades Cruise has had "a bold eagerness to take risks, engaging and enthralling audiences.”

While Tom stole the spotlight inside, Holmes commanded the red carpet in a slinky dress of her own design (a collaboration with pal Jeanne Yang). 

DIane Kruger and Joshua Jackson turned up, as well as "Harry Potter" beauty Emma Watson in Karl Lagerfeld, "Sex and the City"'s Chris Noth and Orlando Bloom.

Never to be forgotten when an awards fete comes around, "The Twilight Saga" sent  Peter Facinelli to represent. "New Moon" scored best fantasy movie, and Robert Pattinson won the year's best male performance.

Check out the view on the red carpet by clicking on the photo gallery.

-- Matt Donnelly

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PREACH IT! Kate Gosselin's 'DWTS' trauma: She does it for the kids

Kate Gosselin Poor Kate Gosselin. She really wishes she didn’t have to be famous, but she must be. The mother of eight has no choice, she insists, but to endure "Dancing With the Stars," and her upcoming reality show, and the absolutely mandatory five-figure makeovers, and the book tours. But not because she craves the attention. No. Make no mistake. Every second she suffers in the spotlight -- in the makeup chair, in a lonely green room filled only with gourmet bottled water and freshly catered food -- is all for the love of the children.

“I don't see another option,” Gosselin told Meredith Vieira in what has become a familiar refrain. “I have eight kids to provide for.”

Sure, at first glance, Kate is dealing with a pretty pricey litter of rug rats. According to one analysis, it could cost her and her ex, Jon, about $300,000 to raise each of their eight children to college age -- roughly $2.4 million total. If each of the kids also attends college, that’s at least another mil. So, Jon and Kate are facing, if the pundits are to be believed, at least $3.4 million in total costs to raise their kids.

But keep on crunching the numbers, and Kate’s Mother Theresa motives start to crumble. These are ...

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PREACH IT! Sigourney Weaver oughtta shut her pie hole! And we wrote that all by ourselves!

Cameron-weaver Sigourney Weaver: She not only fights the forces of anti-rain-forest evil but she can also read minds! Hundreds of them! And all at the same time!

For example: She knows why James Cameron, her director in "Avatar," didn’t take home the best picture trophy this year.

"Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason," Weaver told Brazilian news site Folha Online over the weekend. "He should have taken home that Oscar."

Which brings us to the introduction of a brand-new category here at the Ministry of Gossip: Yeah, No.

No, honey. Kathryn Bigelow didn’t get the Oscar just because she has boobies, although that likely was a large factor. (Actually, to be fair, we don’t know if it was a large factor; we don’t know Bigelow’s bra size.) No, Cameron didn’t get the Oscar because: (a) he already has one for best picture, and that sort of thing does tend to sway the academy, and (b) more important, he can’t write. At all. Even a little bit.

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PREACH IT! Spencer Pratt is either very patriotic, or very angry

Spencer prattWe’re shocked, just shocked, at reports that Spencer Pratt may not have come completely clean with the media this week.

Pratt, that shy violet and the husband of natural beauty Heidi Montag, claimed that he was quitting the reality show “The Hills” to pursue the life of a digital anti-terror warrior. The statement, which came via People magazine, indicated that Pratt was taking engineering classes at USC and that he would soon start working with a company called American Defense Enterprises.

Turns out, maybe, not so much.

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Gordon Lightfoot's death hoax: a post-game wrap-up, with an apology to Twitter

Lightfoot Gordon Lightfoot is not dead. And his "death," such as it was, was not Twitter's fault.

I feel I need to make both of those things clear in the wake of the Ministry's "Gordon Lightfoot: This is your death on Twitter" post Thursday.

[Updated at 7:08 p.m.: To be even more clear, for readers who didn't see the Thursday post and didn't click on the link above: Neither this blog nor latimes.com reported at any time that Lightfoot had died. The only thing reported was that there had been a hoax, and that he was safe and sound./cdz]

So please forgive the lack of glittery celebrities in what follows as I revisit how the celebrity death hoax happened, and clarify how it didn't happen.

That MoG post, by me, was intended to a) report to anyone who might think otherwise that Lightfoot had not died and b) show non-Twitter types examples of the interesting and amusing comments that get tweeted in the wake of this kind of fiasco. (I love that aspect of Twitter -- the wit you can stumble across.) I wrote the headline not to imply Twitter was the root of the hoax, but to say, literally, this is what you are seeing now "on Twitter."

That said, commenter Steve Faguy, who's a blogger and freelance journalist out of Montreal, took issue -- rightly so, in my opinion -- with the details I'd presented to set up the links to the aftermath:

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Gordon Lightfoot: This is your death on Twitter

Lightfoot Welcome to another chapter of life and death at broadband speed.

If we could read his mind, we'd know that singer Gordon Lightfoot is alive and well, despite reports to the contrary that bounced around Thursday afternoon online -- bouncing that included mainstream Canadian media websites and a Canadian news service. The singer was on his way home from the dentist, he told news station CP 24, when he heard word over the radio that he'd died.

(Click on the next link to see the first tweets mentioning Lightfoot's death -- MediaStyle has done a good report that we can't improve upon, so check it out. But come back here after you read it, OK?)

Now, before we all pile on poor, misunderstood Twitter, know that there was also an offline component to the hoax. [Updated at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 19: If you're coming to this post and haven't seen today's follow-up clarifying how the hoax started -- with phone calls, not with Twitter -- make sure you click here to get the details.]

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Perez Hilton, Black Eyed Peas manager settle civil suit

Perez hiltonA settlement has been reached in a civil lawsuit filed by Perez Hilton against Liborio Molina, the Black Eyed Peas manager who allegedly punched the blogger in a Toronto nightclub last year, and a judge is dismissing the case.

Terms were not discussed, but TMZ reports that the money will be given to charity.

Perez, meanwhile, continues his good works on the interwebs: His "Quote of the Day" today is from Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman -- a quote highlighted presumably because, out of context, it's titillating, and it actually includes the word "titillating." Perez's website attributes the "Quote of the Day" to a Details magazine article.

Seems Team Perez has slow readers, however ...

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Robert Pattinson won't play John Lennon in a 3-D 'Yellow Submarine' remake

Patprem

Did you hear the one about Robert Pattinson and the "Yellow Submarine"? 

Insert your own punch line here, because the story's accuracy is a joke, according to Gossip Cop. The Cop confirmed today exclusively that the "Twilight" heartthrob is not in talks with Robert Zemeckis to play John Lennon in Disney's 3-D animated remake.

This news pleases the Ministry (not to mention, most likely, the members of Team Edward).

Because, well, Lennon did many things, but sparkling? Meh, not so much. 

In related "Twilight"-ish news, the plagiarism suit against Stephenie Meyer for "Breaking Dawn" has been dismissed.

Bully for her.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Yeah, Robert Pattinson is British. So was John Lennon. The man who will not play the musician in a cartoon movie did, however, show up in Westwood on Nov. 16 for the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."  Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Related dispatches from the Ministry's temporary Office of Never-Ending Twilight:

PREACH IT! Enjoy the 'Twilight' while it lasts, Edward Cullen -- the witches are coming for you!

'New Moon' nearly blindsided -- should Robert Pattinson zip it about abstinence?

'New Moon' shatters records, scores third-best film opening ever

Fans decide once and for all: Edward Cullen or Jacob Black?

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Update: Steven Tyler says no, his Aerosmith job is not available

Tyler

"New York, I want you to know I'm not leaving Aerosmith. Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors. But I ... am the rainbow." 

-- Steven Tyler, Tuesday night on stage in New York

Alas, the Ministry of Disinformation elves have been up to their tricks, and it's time to set the record straight: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler surprised the Joe Perry Project onstage in New York on Tuesday night, MTV reports, getting it on the record that any search to replace him is definitely premature.

Guess we should've parsed guitarist Perry's original quote to the Las Vegas Sun a little more closely, instead of being swayed by the certainty of the "Joe Perry: Steven Tyler Has Quit Aerosmith" headline.

Here's what Joe told the Sun last week:

“Steven quit as far as I can tell,” Perry said from his Boston home. “I don’t know anymore [sic] than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven said that he was going to leave the band. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.”

With the benefit of hindsight, we're now banging our head on the table.

Drummer Kramer told a radio station shortly afterward that Perry had been misquoted and that the band wasn't breaking up. Hmm. Misquoted? Don't know about that, but misinterpreted, yes, definitely.

And in fairness to the gossips in the audience, the word wasn't that the band was breaking up, but rather that Tyler was leaving the band and that he'd be replaced.

We're going to go beat up on the elves now.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Joe Perry and Steven Tyler perform in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 1, 2009. Credit: AFP / Getty Images.

After the jump, a video that hints at what Aerosmith might be like with another singer at the flamboyant frontman's mike stand.

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