Dispatches from our Chicagoan in Hollywood Liz Crokin
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Amanda Bynes has pleaded not guilty to two counts of driving with a suspended license. The girl may want to look in the mirror because the paparazzi clearly busted her driving sans a license. Oh wait, she can’t! A source tells me that the “What a Girl Wants” star — who has exhibited increasingly bizarre behavior by locking herself in public bathrooms and dressing rooms — had a meltdown with her mirror at her L.A. pad. Bynes, who ironically played Snow White in “Sydney White,” told neighbors that she threw away her mirror because it was talking back to her. “Everybody in the building couldn’t stop talking about Amanda’s episode with her mirror,” the source said. “It was a really expensive piece of furniture and she threw it out because she said she couldn’t stop talking to it. It was then that we realized she truly has lost her mind and needs some help.” Her strange behavior is well known among her neighbors and building manager, who were told to “keep quiet” about her constant outbursts and conversations with inanimate objects. Her mirror must have told her she’s not the fairest of them all!
Kanye tightens the reins on Kim
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had a run-in with Kim’s ex, Reggie Bush, recently in Miami — and the Chicago rapper was not happy. The couple dined across the street from Reggie and his pregnant girlfriend and a paparazzi reportedly confronted Kanye about Kim’s NFL star ex. Kanye is turned off by all the press his reality TV star girlfriend attracts, so he’s laid down some ground rules with the media. “This is not the kind of stuff he wants to be known for,” the source said. “He does not want to get press for dining across the street from Kim’s ex. He wants to be known for his fashion and his music. He doesn’t need this kind of attention to be successful, unlike Kim.” Kanye told Kim and her people to stop talking to the press about their relationship or else there will be lawsuits filed. “Kanye has told Kim and her camp to back off from the press,” the source said. “Kim is listening to Kanye because she wants to make her relationship with him work.”
His hit movie has taken the top spot at the box office for two weekends in a row, and Liam Neeson’s lady fans can breathe a sigh of relief that no one has taken the No. 1 spot in his heart. The “Taken 2” star has been linked to a couple of women over the past year, but a source close to the actor tells me that he still holds a candle for his late wife, Natasha Richardson. “He’s still in love with Natasha,” the source said. “He thinks about her all the time and is very close with her family.” The source says that Liam is not ready to get serious with any women since he still is not over the tragic death of his wife. “He never talks about other women,” the source said. “He’s just not ready to be serious with anyone else. He still talks about Natasha all the time.”