CELEB GOSS: Eminem to tackle Tassie Tiger?



Eminem wants to tackle Tassie Tiger

Rapper Eminem wants to tackle a Tasmanian Tiger when he tours Australia this month.

The Stan performer is bringing his Rapture tour to Australia and New Zealand in February and says he’s got big plans for his time Down Under.

‘‘A Tasmanian Tiger. I’m thinking of wrestling with it,’’ he told 2DayFM on Thursday.

The rapper refused to be deterred when informed Tasmanian Tigers were in fact extinct.

‘‘Listen, mark my words. When I’m there I’m going to find one,’’ he insisted.

‘‘That’s actually why I’m coming.’’

Eminem will be supported by Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole throughout the tour, but not frequent collaborator Rihanna.

He said he likes working with the Barbadian hit-maker because she’s ‘‘edgy’’ and the two have good chemistry.

Eminem will play Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on February 19.


Axl Rose pokes fun at Chili Peppers

Guns N’ Roses legend Axl Rose has waded into the controversy over the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl set by poking fun at the rockers for not playing live.

The band joined singer Bruno Mars for a performance during the huge football game’s half-time show on Sunday, but bassist Flea subsequently admitted that although frontman Anthony Kiedis was singing live, the rest of the musicians were not playing their instruments on stage.

Rose has now mocked the band’s performance in a comedic statement released to The Hollywood reporter, even joking that Kiedis could have set a new record for singing karaoke in front of such a huge audience.

The singer writes, ‘‘I feel it’s important to always look on the positive side of things and to give the benefit of doubt. So consider that maybe some time before their actual performance that rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his arse that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier.

‘‘Maybe they all had microchips installed in their arses... And besides... If the band wasn’t really playing or wireless or whatever and Anthony was really singing they may have set a new world record for the largest karaoke audience ever! Awesome!...


Hurley calls lawyers after Clinton claims

Elizabeth Hurley has called in her lawyers to deal with allegations suggesting she romanced former US President Bill Clinton.

The British beauty, who recently ended her relationship with Australian spin bowler Shane Warne, hit the headlines on Wednesday after editors at the gossip blog RadarOnline.com published claims suggesting Hurley had been engaged in a year-long affair with the world leader in the late 1990s.

The 48 year old, who had been dating actor Hugh Grant for 13 years until their split in 2000, has blasted the report, and says she will take legal action.

Taking to her Twitter.com page, she wrote, ‘‘Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn’’.

Representatives for Clinton, who famously engaged in a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, have yet to comment on the latest controversy.

It was sparked by actor Tom Sizemore, who claimed in a taped interview obtained by editors at the US tabloid the Globe that he helped set Clinton and Hurley up on a date at the White House.


Bieber and dad join mile high club

Justin Bieber and his father reportedly smoked marijuana and acted ‘‘abusively’’ during a recent flight.

The 19-year-old star and his dad Jeremy caught a plane from Canada to New Jersey on Friday and NBC News says it has obtained an official report.

According to the website, Justin and his father were ‘‘extremely abusive’’, causing a flight attendant to hide in the cockpit.

They also supposedly smoked so much cannabis the pilots were forced to wear oxygen masks.‘‘The captain of the flight stated that he warned the passengers, including Bieber, on several occasions to stop smoking marijuana,’’ the official report of the incident apparently states.

‘‘The captain also said he needed to request that the passengers stop their harassing behaviour toward the flight attendant and after several warnings asked the flight attendant to stay with him near the cockpit to avoid any further abuse.

Several sources claimed the flight attendant spent much of the trip near the pilots to escape the alleged bad behaviour.

According to officials the private jet was met by DEA and Customs and Border Patrol agents and police when it landed in Teterboro.

They are said to have interviewed Justin separately from other passengers, where he admitted to having consumed alcohol and cannabis.

However, he claimed not to have any additional marijuana with him.

Justin is set to appear in court on March 3 following an arrest made last month in Miami on charges of DUI, driving on an expired license and resisting arrest without violence.


James Franco to run acting school

James Franco.

James Franco.

Actor, director and writer James Franco is adding another job to his resume - acting school dean.

The 127 Hours star has already taught classes at some of America’s most prestigious film universities, including New York University, University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, and now he is ready to start a school of his own.

Franco has teamed up with bosses at Los Angeles theatre school Playhouse West to create Studio 4, where he will teach acting classes to aspiring thespians.

Studio 4 will offer classes in the Meisner technique of acting, as well as training based on Franco’s personal creative visions.

Franco is planning to utilise his celebrity connections to lure industry professionals for question and answer sessions and sit-ins during student showcases.

He is also hoping to cast roles directly from the pool of actors at the school for upcoming projects through his production company, Rabbit Bandini.