Angelina JolieThis week, the celebrity grapevine is twirling all its little tendrils around Angelina Jolie. My goodness, she's getting more news time than Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson combined. First, she and her family tried to take a rickshaw ride in India but had to stop due to excessive media coverage. Then her driver in India hit a pedestrian while trying to avoid paparazzi. (It was discovered later that she wasn't in the car at the time.) And now a photographer is claiming that he was punched and threatened at gunpoint by a bodyguard on the set of A Mighty Heart, in which Jolie is portraying Mariane Pearl, widow of journalist Daniel Pearl.

Fortunately, if you sift through the mountains of Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt news (I refuse to do that name-combining thing), you can find some other celebrity activity this week:
  • More celebrities considering adoption: Rumors have been flying that Madonna is in the process of adopting a year-old boy from Africa. She doesn't actually have the child yet, and Malawi law prohibits non-residents from adopting the country's children, so we'll see what happens.
  • Madonna not your thing? Wanna hear Barbara Streisand cussing out a concert heckler? I knew you would. [via Risky Biz Blog]
  • "A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but ..." Actress Ellen Barkin unloaded a bunch of jewelry at auction, including her wedding ring and other lavish gifts from Ron Perelman before their divorce, for a whopping $20.3 million.
  • Last time I mentioned Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, debate was raging on whether they'd broken up and whether a marketing ploy was behind it all. This week, Aniston told Oprah Winfrey that the couple is still together, although they were never officially engaged. No one lies to Oprah, for heaven's sake, so it must be true. Besides, David Arquette corroborated.
  • Scary photo time! Let's start with Grace Jones. You might remember her from such films as Conan the Destroyer and A View to a Kill. She was never the world's most conventional fashion item, but at least her outfits were bold and daring. This photo makes her look like a Goth librarian with a full-face sleep mask on her head.
  • One more scary photo, also from TMZ. If you thought Christopher Walken looked weird on the set of Hairspray, compare him with Bobcat Goldthwait at the premiere of Sleeping Dogs Lie (which is the new title for Stay). He reminds me of those childhood board books that were divided into three horizontal sections -- he's got the cowboy top, the Scotsman middle, and the slacker bottom.
  • Scariest gossip this week: Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, I lost any remaining crumbs of desire to ever eat a White Castle burger again. (Truly, you may want to avoid the link and go watch the Grind House trailer instead.)
  • Finally -- this is only tangentially related to movies, but I couldn't resist. David Bowie counts as a movie star, right? Let's not forget Labyrinth. And so does SpongeBob SquarePants, in his own way. My favorite celeb news item this week was the story that Bowie is going to voice a character on an upcoming episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Bowie's reaction: "At last. I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs." And so he has.