Category: Things That Happen Overseas

Jeremy Renner escapes Thailand bar brawl that saw friend stabbed

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner got while the getting was good in the wee hours of Wednesday, stepping away from a bar brawl in Thailand before, well, before a bunch of guys allegedly attempted to kill one of the people in his bar-hopping group.

It was a scenario that sounded more "Hangover 2" than "Mission: Impossible 4": A half-dozen Rachada Pub staffers were taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, the Phuket Gazette reported, for a stabbing attack that left Vorasit Issara, general manager of the nearby Sri Panwa Resort, hospitalized with serious wounds to his stomach and the tendons of his neck.

(The neck wounds reportedly came from an axe that was home-made from a motorcycle brake rotor. Other weapons involved included knives and clubs. Youch.)

The melee in Phuket City began after 31-year-old Vorasit dropped a glass, according to the local police chief, who provided no other details and reportedly silenced one of the suspects when he tried to explain what had happened.

A source told the Gazette that Renner was one of two men and two women in the party with Vorasit and his driver, Noppadon Preechawai. The group had been seen at a couple other clubs before the after-hours incident at Rachada Pub. Vorasit allegedly had been drinking and got into a fight with bar staff before the 4:30 a.m. violence broke out, the source said.

Renner's rep confirmed the incident to several outlets, but said the actor was not involved or injured, as had been previously reported. 

"The Hurt Locker" and "M.I.: Ghost Protocol" star has been in the Philippines filming "The Bourne Legacy."


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Photo: Jeremy Renner at the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" in New York on Dec. 19. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Adam Lambert arrested for bar fight with boyfriend Sauli Koskinen

Adam Lambert and Sauli Koskinen were arrested in Finland

Adam Lambert and boyfriend Sauli Koskinen were arrested and jailed Wednesday night in Finland after brawling outside a bar in Helsinki, but Glammy on Thursday appeared to have only the slightest hangover anxiety over the incident.

"Jetlag+Vodka=blackout. Us÷blackout=irrational confusion. jail+guilt+press=lesson learned. Sauli+Adam+hangover burgers= laughing bout it," Lambert said on Twitter, capping that pithy explanation with a smiley face.

Getting released without being charged probably helped too. No need to wait for bail, then don the hoodie-and-sunglasses uniform of morning-after shame and slink around waiting for his publicist to kick into gear. Lambert had flown in from Shanghai on Monday afternoon.

Note that there's one "divided by" sign in there -- no doubt a reference to the fight that according to the Hollywood Reporter started in a back room at the DTM (Don't Tell Mama) gay bar and made its way outside.

The story gets better, mind you: A beauty queen was involved.

During the altercation, Lambert whacked a former Miss Helsinki, THR said. Sofia Ruusila, who'd been out celebrating with the boys, told a local entertainment channel she was accidentally hit by the singer when she tried to get between the two as they fought.


Koskinen, whom Lambert began dating in 2010, won the Finnish version of "Big Brother" in 2007, according to MTV News. Lambert took second place to Kris Allen on the eighth season of "American Idol," and is currently working on his second album.

The Finnish news report below comes via MJ's Big Blog.



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Photo: Adam Lambert, left, and Sauli Koskinen at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles in November. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Christian Bale manhandled during bid to visit Chinese dissident

Christian Bale was in China for "The Flowers of War"

All Christian Bale wanted to do was tell a guy thank you, he said -- but instead he got roughed up by a pack of apparent security guards and chased away from the home where a Chinese dissident has been held under house arrest for months.

"What I really wanted to do was shake the man's hand and say thank you, tell him what an inspiration he is," Bale said after the incident, which concluded with his party's van being chased down the road by guards who jumped into their own vehicle and followed for more than half an hour.

"The man" Bale referred to is Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer and activist who has worked against China's methods for enforcing its one-child policy -- think forced abortion and sterilization. According to World Now, he has been kept under unofficial house arrest with his wife, mother and young daughter since September, when he was released after four years in prison related to charges he said he was not guilty of.

It was at that house that Bale was confronted and manhandled.

The episode was captured on camera by a CNN crew that had accompanied Bale on the eight-hour trip from Beijing, where the actor had been for a premiere of his film "The Flowers of War." In the video, embedded below, he noted he was "not being brave" by attempting to visit Chen, as others had also done unsuccessfully since September.

Though the situation with Chen was clearly no laughing matter, The Times' Beijing correspondent, Barbara Demick, tracked down some online ribbing that "The Dark Knight Rises" star Bale took from fans over the incident.

"Batman couldn't do it alone," one Chinese commentator wrote on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-type service. "But if he takes Spiderman, Superman, the Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and Harry Potter, they can get it done right?"



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Photo: Fans of Christian Bale await the actor's arrival outside a screening of "The Flowers of War," directed by China's Zhang Yimou, on Monday. Photo credit: Mark Ralston / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images.

Steven Tyler was beaten up by food poisoning, not drugs, he says

Steven Tyler earned a black eye and knocked out teeth in Paraguay this week.

Steven Tyler, why you lookin' so busted? The Aerosmith singer, who appeared on stage Wednesday night with a black eye and bruises, said it was Montezuma's revenge.

A show planned for Tuesday in Paraguay had to be postponed a night after Tyler collapsed in his hotel-room shower, knocking out two front teeth and cutting his eye, among other things.

"Quite frankly, I passed out," the singer told Matt Lauer by phone Thursday on the "Today" show. "I was in the shower and I got nauseous and I started to get sick and I just, I fell on my face and I just passed out." He said he came to with the water running, wondering where he was. He tour manager called the American consulate for a hospital referral, he said, and after four stitches and some dental repair, he was back in business.

However, pictures of him looking battered onstage Wednesday sparked talk that the "American Idol" judge, who got out of rehab early last year, might be back on drugs.

Tyler told Lauer that he understands why people might think that. "It still bothers me a little bit, but that's something I have to deal with the rest of my life," but said no drugs were involved, just food poisoning. 

One thing, though: Did Steven realize he was doing a "Good Morning America" shout-out with the wrong guy? Watch the interview, below.


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Photo: Steven Tyler without bruises, in May on "American Idol." Credit: Frank Micelotta / Fox

Kate Winslet details a bra-free escape from scary fire [Video]

Kate Winslet tells the naked truth behind fire rescue

Kate Winslet is clearly alluring as a heroine, but until now few knew how very alluring she was while getting her kids and Richard Branson's mother to safety during an August fire in the British Virgin Islands.

Over the weekend, the Oscar winner fleshed out previously scant details from the night of the blaze with some scantily-clad details offered on the BBC's "The Graham Norton Show."

Upon waking in the middle of the night to shouts outside the Virgin honcho's home on private Necker Island, Winslet said she first ran toward the fire, "because clearly I thought I could put it out." Then again, maybe not this one, Kate — the lightning-sparked blaze wound up destroying the Great House.

After pausing to figure out her next move, she reached for — a bra? Well, of course. "In disastrous moments like that, you do the strangest things," she said. "I started to put on a bra and thought, 'No, that's going to take me too long,' so off came the bra, on came the T-shirt, grabbed the bag, grabbed the children and picked up granny,"

Granny was 90-year-old Eve Branson, who'd been among the 20 people staying in the eight-bedroom Great House where Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey were married in July.

So, did she really save Eve's life? "No," Winslet said. "I didn't save her life. I carried her downstairs is the truth of it." But they were in fact in the middle of a hurricane as well as a "genuinely very scary" fire, she said, not to mention at the top of some slippery stone steps.

Watch the interview below. Printed quotes don't do Winslet's story-telling skills justice.



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Photo: Kate Winslet at the Venice Film Festival in September. Credit: Frederic Nebinger / Getty Images

Madonna and those hydrangeas, the gift that keeps giving [Video]

Madonna says she loathes hydrangeas

The latest news angle in Madonna's ongoing Hydrangea Scandal? Madonna has apologized!

Actually, no she hasn't! Madonna has simply made a video that managed to turn her hatred of the puffy flowers into another 48 hours of total global supremacy!

For the record, Madonna's video -- a silent-film response, below, to people who would dare call her rude -- is not an apology, to the flowers or the fellow who presented one to her at the Venice Film Festival. La Grande Battleaxe de Photo Op has rarely, if ever, apologized for anything. In fact, a decade ago somebody made the mistake of asking Madge to regret something and all it did was generate more ink. (Madonna had been asked to present at the Turner Awards ceremony. But the organizers had refused to call her Mrs. Ritchie, per her demand. The Turner people also asked Madonna not to swear in her speech, so she did. Later, she explained, “People expect that sort of behavior from me.")

Cut to 2011, and Madge is still working the same schtick, only with subtitles. And the kids still love it.

Who are we to buck the tide? The Ministry of Gossip hereby declares this whole week to be Madonna Awareness Day -- because you can't capture all that is Madge in a mere 24 hours. And to celebrate, of course, we're encouraging fans the world over to send Madonna flowers. You guess what kind.

Given how much Madonna just loves dragging this out she's sure to love each and every hydrangea that is sent. No doubt she expects such behavior from us.


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Photos: Look, Madge! It's hydrangeas, with diamonds on top! Credits, from left: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; Jason Merritt / Getty Images

'The Great Gatsby' star Leonardo DiCaprio scaring 'em Down Under

"The Great Gatsby" star Leonardo DiCaprio

"The Great Gatsby" star Leonardo DiCaprio created a stir Thursday at a jewelry store Down Under -- not for being a movie star, but for looking as if he was part of an armed robbery about to go down.

Wearing a hoodie, cap and dark shades, DiCaprio popped into the Family Jewels in Sydney, followed by two bodyguards who positioned themselves at the doorway and in a corner of the store while owner Kane Kelfans was grabbing coffee next door. 

The lone saleswoman in the shop and a customer she was assisting got the feeling something bad was about to go down, Kelfans told the Daily Telegraph's Sydney Confidential.

"The customer sees what's happening and says, 'This doesn't look good,' " he said. "Linda sent the customer next door to get me, thinking the shop is about to be robbed by these guys."

By the time Kelfans showed, identities had been revealed and Leo was happily browsing for a gift for his mom. Though he picked out a Nepalese antique necklace set with lapis lazuli and coral, he said he'd have to come back for it later, as his car couldn't stay parked where it was. (Sorry to spoil the surprise, Mom!)

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DiCaprio is in Sydney to film Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire. Production should have the city star-spotting into December.


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Gwyneth Paltrow thrilled for parents-to-be Beyonce and Jay-Z

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Venice Film Festival

Gwyneth Paltrow is finally getting her shot at being a famous "aunt," with pals Beyonce and Jay-Z expecting their first baby.

"I think motherhood is the biggest blessing of all time and it gives your life real meaning," she said.

Paltrow, making the rounds for Steven Soderbergh's disease flick "Contagion," touched on Beyonce's baby news and how she thinks it will shape the rest of the superstar's life.

"It's always interesting when you're a woman with success and you've achieved a lot, and then you have a baby and you realize everything you thought was an achievement really is nothing until you have a kid," Paltrow told E! News. "I think that will be [Beyonce's] experience." 

The "1+1" singer announced her pregnancy by turning up at the MTV Video Music Awards rocking a baby bump. Mother-of-two Paltrow more recently joined the parents-to-be aboard a yacht at the Venice Film Festival, where they were celebrating Beyonce's 30th birthday.


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Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow with costar Matt Damon at the "Contagion" premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Credit: Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Madonna hates hydrangeas, though not to your face. Obviously.

Madonna at the Venice Film Festival

Madonna accepted a hydrangea from an admirer during a news conference at the Venice Film Festival, but despite her initial smile she obviously wasn't happy about it.

"This flower for you," said the fan, approaching the dais in front of the rest of the gathered media Thursday and presenting the purple-blue blossom. "You are my princess. Thank you so much."

The "W.E." director quickly passed off the offending flora underneath the table, rolling her eyes and making a face to those on her left and then telling actress Andrea Riseborough on her right, "I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn't know that."

Perhaps it was advance payback for Madonna presenting "W.E." to the festival crowd?

Later on, as Madge walked away, the microphone-equipped flower-giver approached, asking what had happened to the hydrangea he'd given her.

Said Madonna: "Oh, um, my assistant took them."

Well, obviously.



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Kate Winslet, kids flee fire on Richard Branson's private island

Kate Winslet escapes a fire on Richard Branson's private island

Kate Winslet and her children were among those who escaped safely from an overnight fire that destroyed the Great House on billionaire Richard Branson's private island in the British Virgin Islands.

Twenty people, including the Oscar-winning actress, Branson's mother, Eve, and his daughter, Holly, were staying in the eight-bedroom Great House. The Virgin honcho, who lost an office and thousands of pictures in the ruined building on Necker Island, was staying nearby with his wife and 25-year-old son Sam.

"We had a really bad tropical storm with winds up to 90 miles per hour. A big lightning storm came around 4 a.m. and hit the house," Branson said Monday in a statement.

"My son Sam rushed to the house and helped get everyone out."

Winslet was vacationing with her 10-year-old daughter, Mia, her 7-year-old son, Joe, and her on-and-off boyfriend, British model Louis Dowler. Winslet and husband Sam Mendes split up last year.

Necker Island sounding familiar? That's where Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo got married -- and filmed their TLC wedding special -- in July. It was also expected to be the site of Holly Branson's wedding to fiance Fred Andrews later this year.

"We want to rebuild the house as soon as we can," papa Branson said. "We have a wonderful staff here and we want them to stay in work. We'll all stay here for the time being. There's a lot of damage and we won't be able to stick it back together again right away.

"It was a beautiful house."


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Photos: Kate Winslet; Richard Branson. Credits: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times; Torsten Blackwood / AFP/Getty Images


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