Compiled by Tony Hicks
Los Angeles police are looking into a series of death threats sent to actress Ellen Page on Twitter that coincided with calls to the L.A. Film Festival making similar pledges to kill the "Juno" star.
In one of the tweets, the suspect declares, "I'm going to murder Ellen Page. She's dead," according to a search warrant affidavit reviewed by the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
C'mon. We were all confused by "Inception" but this is going a bit far.
LAPD Threat Management Unit detectives began investigating the messages in June, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said, declining to elaborate on details of the probe.
Detectives in the case sought a search a warrant to trace the Twitter accounts of the sender.
The search warrant also indicated, in addition to the Twitter threats, organizers of the L.A. Film Festival received threatening phone calls regarding Page. Her most recent movie, "To Rome With Love," premiered at the festival in June.
According to the search warrant affidavit, the anonymous caller threatened to kill Page, who was nominated for a lead actress Oscar for her role in 2007's "Juno."
ELTON JOHN RIPS MADONNA AGAIN: Elton John should really stop beating around the bush when it comes to Madonna.
In a recent Australian TV interview, John said slammed Madonna and said her career
Oh, and he also equated her to an "(expletive) fairground stripper."
That's really low. She's no fairground stripper. If anything, she's more of an arena stripper.
John told music mogul Molly Meldrum on Australia's "Sunday Night" show "Why is she such a nightmare? Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster ... If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like 'Ray Of Light' and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly. "But no, she had to go and prove ... she looks like a (expletive) fairground stripper. She's been so horrible to Gaga."
Madonna is currently performing shows across the world as part of her MDNA tour. She has occasionally made comments -- and she's not the only one -- indicating Lady Gaga has stolen ideas from her.
Lady Gaga is the godmother of John's son Zachary.
Tune in tomorrow as there's as much chance of the sun rising in the west as there is Madonna letting this go without firing back.
AMANDA BYNES STILL DRIVING POORLY: Amanda Bynes continued her charity campaign over the weekend to make Lindsay Lohan look like a responsible driver.
A Los Angeles woman filed a police report Sunday, accusing Bynes of rear ending her and, after a brief conversation, driving away without exchanging insurance information, according to TMZ.
Kisa (whose last name was withheld by the website) said she was driving her Toyota Corolla on Ventura Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley when she was struck by a woman in a black BMW. Kisa said she didn't recognize the woman at first, because she "looked like a hot mess."
That couldn't have been Bynes. She usually looks like nothing less than a hot disaster.
Once they began talking, she realized it was Amanda Bynes. Kisa says she got out her insurance card to exchange information but -- go figure -- said Bynes "seemed nervous about that."
Here's where the story gets absolutely Lohan-esque.
The woman said Bynes then told her the damage to the Corolla didn't look that bad and proceeded to push her bumper back into place.
Well, that should've covered it right there. Problem solved.
Bynes then, according to Kisa, said they didn't need to exchange info since neither car was damaged badly. Kisa maintains, however, that Amanda's car had "significant" damage to it.
Fox could make ratings history if it convinced Bynes and Lohan to race inside a padded arena.
Kisa said she continued to try and exchange info with Bynes, who responded by getting in her car and driving off. Which, as a celebrity, is her legal right.
Kisa then called police, who responded to the scene and took a hit-and-run report. Bynes was arrested on suspicion of DUI on April 6 (she pleaded not guilty) and was also accused of hit-and-run incidents on May 5 and May 27. But, on the bright side, at least she didn't hit a police car this time.
Bynes' reps didn't return TMZ calls.
LEVI JOHNSTON WANTS CUSTODY: Levi Johnston has apparently taken out papers to obtain full custody of son Tripp from former fiancee Bristol Palin, according to TMZ.
Citing Palin's reality show "Life's a Tripp" -- during which the little boy runs wild yelling at his mother -- Johnston says Palin is a terrible parent. He said he's "disgusted" by his son's language and behavior and that the boy is on a "downward spiral" and getting "no real parenting."
Of course, he made sure TMZ had a picture of him leaving the courthouse in Wasilla, Alaska. Because the only thing that matters is his little boy.
Johnston told TMZ that Tripp "deserves a better family" than the Palins, adding, "I love my son more than anything and I will do whatever it takes to make sure he is raised the right way."
Bristol Palin -- the daughter of former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- probably didn't help her case when, during an episode in which the boy called his aunt Willow a gay slur usually targeting men, she admitted, "I'm doing a terrible job disciplining Tripp."
The Palin family hasn't publicly commented on the story yet.
NATALIE PORTMAN GOT HITCHED: Natalie Portman is officially married.
The Oscar winner formally swapped vows with "Black Swan" choreographer Benjamin Millepied in a Jewish ceremony Saturday evening in front of family and friends in Big Sur, according to E! News.
The ceremony was so secret that guests couldn't bring phones or take pictures. A source said it was "totally off the grid," and guests were transported by shuttle with incredibly tight security.
Portman and Millepied are parents to 1-year-old son Aleph, with whom Portman was pregnant while accepting the Oscar for Best Actress for "Black Swan." At the time, Portman talked about the "beautiful love" she found working on the film.
A lot of men thought the "love" she found with Mila Kunis in the film was quite beautiful.
Portman, 31, revealed in December 2010 she was both engaged to and expecting a child with the now 35-year-old French dancer. That June, Millepied had referred to her as his "girlfriend" in an interview with Details, adding, "We just want to keep things to ourselves."
JEFF ROSS MAKES MASSACRE JOKES: Comedy Central won't air jokes Jeff Ross made about last month's "Dark Knight Rises" massacre in Colorado during last weekend's taping of the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne."
Ross -- who came to the event dressed like Joe Paterno, accompanied by two young topless boys -- directed the following joke at actor Seth Green:
"Seth, congratulations. This is actually a great night for you. You haven't gotten this much attention since you shot all those people in Aurora. I'm kidding. You are not like James Holmes. At least he did something in a movie theater that people remember."
Resorting to jokes about child rape and mass murder ... no wonder Jeff Ross is a household name.
After the taping, a producer said the joke would be cut from the Aug. 12 broadcast.
Ross later admitted he crossed the line, but told NBC News, "That is what roasts are about."
AUGUST 7 IN HISTORY
Tuesday is Aug. 7, the 220th day of 2012. There are 146 days left in the year.
1782: Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.
1882: the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence.
1912: Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for president by the Progressive Party (also known as the Bull Moose Party) in Chicago. New Jersey Gov. Woodrow Wilson accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at his summer home in Sea Girt. Sergei Prokofiev premiered his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major in Moscow.
1942: U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. (Japanese forces abandoned the island the following February.)
1947: The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago; all six crew members reached land safely.
1959: The United States launched the Explorer 6 satellite, which sent back images of Earth.
1961: Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram began conducting his controversial human behavior experiments concerning obedience toward authority figures.
1962: President John F. Kennedy awarded FDA official Dr. Frances O. Kelsey the Distinguished Federal Civilian Service Medal for her diligence in blocking approval of thalidomide, a sedative found to cause severe birth defects.
1964: Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
1971: The Apollo 15 moon mission ended successfully as its command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.
1989: A plane carrying U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others disappeared over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.)
1998: Terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.
2002: Former ImClone Systems chief executive Samuel Waksal was indicted in New York on charges of obstruction of justice and bank fraud in addition to previous securities fraud and perjury charges. (Waksal later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to more than seven years in prison; he was released in February 2009.) Alvaro Uribe was sworn in as president of Colombia as guerrillas launched a mortar attack in the capital, killing 21 people.
2007: San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit home run No. 756 to break Hank Aaron's storied record with one out in the fifth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals, who ended up winning, 8-6.
Former MLB pitcher Don Larsen (83), humorist Garrison Keillor (70), singer B.J. Thomas (70), FBI Director Robert Mueller (68), former diplomat, talk show host and activist Alan Keyes (62), country singer Rodney Crowell (62), actor Wayne Knight (57), rock singer Bruce Dickinson (54), marathon runner Alberto Salazar (54), actor David Duchovny (52), country musician Michael Mahler (Wild Horses) (51), actress Charlotte Lewis (45), actor Michael Shannon (38), actress Charlize Theron (37).