Emma Watson Left School

A little learning is, er, plenty: Emma Watson has packed it in with Brown University. She broke the news on her website the other day, and tucked away among the protestations of enthusiasm for term papers and Statistics 205 and 8 a.m. science classes, you can discern a movie star yearning to be free:

“I love Brown and I love studying … (but) I’ve had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible.”

“Other commitments” means the PR tour for the last Harry Potter movie, and also, she hints, some unspecified new acting gigs. She says she “will still be working toward my degree … it’s just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought.”

Suuure. That’s what I said, too. In 1971. Someday I’ll have to get back to that.

After that stupid movie where Gwyneth Paltrow played a country singer, you knew this had to happen: She is now close to signing a deal to record a country album for Atlantic Records, the New York Post says.

High School Musical starlet Vanessa Hudgens, having broken up with Zac Efron, told somebody (who told the New York Daily News) that she doesn’t currently have a boyfriend “but I’m taking numbers.”

Katy Perry has agreed to accept several big bags of money in exchange for endorsing ghd, a line of hairstyling products that styles its name in annoying lowercase letters. She’ll plug their stuff, and they’ll get publicity at her tour gigs, too.

In some interviews Perry has seemed to me to be more than just another pretty face, so I found the quote to be disappointingly mundane:

“I’m so excited to be working with ghd, especially using their tools on my California Dreams tour to get me stage ready. ghd products have a reputation of being the best products in the biz, and I like being associated with that.”

The one from the company guy was worse. Really, aren’t these people even trying?

Guy Ritchie, Madonna’s ex, is going to be a father again. His lady friend, model Jacqui Ainsley, is expecting, says England’s Daily Mail. They might even get married, Nameless Insider tells the paper.

No due date was mentioned.

You’ll recall that Ritchie and Madge have two sons. Rocco is 10, and David is 5. Jacqui is 29. Guy is 42. Madonna is 97.

At some fashion show in Paris the other day, Kanye West and Liv Tyler showed up wearing the same shirt. Well, you know, different copies. Identical shirts, I mean: A black T with a big snarling toothy mastiff head staring out. She wore it with tights and a tuxedo jacket; he had leather pants and some kind of shiny jacket.

The shirt couldn’t have been much uglier; I’m surprised either one of them even got into a fashion show. I don’t know if the two met to compare prices or anything.

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