Some fun bits in this week's Popbitch update.
There's more United States of Tara with the amazing Toni Collette. But we don't need another reason to love her. Remember this story? An Australian man was driving down the freeway when he noticed the woman in the car beside him waving. When they pulled up at the lights he wound down the window. "I've just bought the new Coldplay album", she said. "Do you want it? It's crap!" The man said yes, and she chucked the CD through the open car window. It was Toni Colette.
Which washed out singer-songwriter might have overestimated the demand for his upcoming 2011 comeback? He failed to charm even a single person on the domestic violence awareness course he was ordered to attend after assaulting his partner during his time away from the spotlight. They all regarded him as a "bit of a knob."
Someone who toured with Barry Manilow tells us that his wardrobe included special underwear with "arse pads" in them. At one time on a US tour, the arse pads were lost in a hotel laundry. Barry was furious, and, quite rightly, refused to leave his hotel room and go to the gig until his pads were found and returned.
We hear that Gerard Butler likes to put on his own films in the background when he is seducing a lady.
A few years ago The Scotsman's arts editor got a phonecall, asking if he'd maybe be interested in an interview with Gerry Rafferty? The arts ed declined, confiding that, in his opinion, Gerry wasn't doing very much and had rather gone off the radar. But he did offer to check around and see if he could find a taker at the Edinburgh Evening News. And who should he say was calling? "Gerry Rafferty."
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