John Mayer & Katy Perry: At a party in the Hollywood Hills a "bikini-clad Katy Perry" chilled out, "grabbed a beer and clung tightly to John Mayer in the swimming pool. They hugged each other and splashed around. They were all over each other, making out! Neither of them is exactly shy." The pair are not only hooking up, they are "officially dating," hence the lack of trying to hide it, or maybe they just realized they wouldn't be able to avoid being outed by paparazzi right quick. Whatever. Katy girl, get your roots-rock divorce rebound hump on. Just do us a big favor and tell John Mayer to stop wearing that Rolling Thunder Revue hat everywhere. We get the whole hipster Americana thing already. While Mayer has a reputation as a manipulatively romantic womanizer incapable of keeping his mouth shut or his pants on, the 34-year-old guitarist claims he has changed his evil ways and is ready to grow up. He recently told Rolling Stone, "I haven't had a girlfriend in a long time. Now I feel like I'm extremely open to love." I'm sure Taylor Swift is thrilled to hear that.
After Amy Winehouse passed away in July, talk turned immediately to the possibility of a posthumous album. Last week, her cause of death was finally identified (“death by misadventure" via alcohol poisoning, says the coroner) and now, coincidentally or not, her dad Mitch has officially announced her third album, holding a listening session in West London.
Elizabeth Banks has teamed up with her husband, author/producer Max Handelman, to sell the single-camera comedy Dave's Dead to Fox. The two will be non-writing executive producers on the show; also, Banks isn’t going to star, although considering her 30 Rock run, she might be up for a few appearances. There are no firm plot details, but the show is described as Shaun of the Dead meets My Name Is Earl. Slacker zombie! All potential zombie permutations must be fulfilled. Grade: B+ [HR]
What kind of fuckery is this??!!? Just when we thought the divine tragedy that was Amy Winehouse’s death could get no blacker we must now contend with the truth that it was indeed Nasir Jones who made Amy miss the Slick Rick gig.
Since Amy Winehouse died on July 23, there hasn’t been official word on the cause of death. Her father Mitch Winehouse, however, has been adamant that drug use had nothing to do with it: He’s repeatedly claimed Winehouse had been clean for three years, and that a seizure caused by alcohol detoxification was to blame. (According to the family, the toxicology reports indicated no illegal substances). It’s not really all that important if this is true: One way or the other, Winehouse’s issues with addiction did eventually lead to her death. But a lot of fans spent a lot of time hoping Winehouse would be able to bounce back, and the thought that she really was on a road to recovery before her death is hard to swallow. All this chatter is surfacing in part because Mitch Winehouse is doing interviews to promote today’s official launch of the charity founded in her name, on what would have been her 28th birthday. Along with it comes the last thing Amy Winehouse ever recorded.