Stop The Presses!

Mar.15-21: Katy Perry To Go Blue For Smurfette Role

Stop The Presses!


There are only a few women inmusic who could take on George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf and Hank Azaria asGaramel for the 2011 theatrical adaptation of the '80s classic cartoon The Smurfs. And it's Miss "Hot N Cold"singer Katy Perry who is the lucky vixen to reprise the voice of Smurfette, EntertainmentWeekly reports.

Earlier this month, Varietyreported that Perry was among the personalities cast for the film, but they didnot attach her name to a particular character. Considering Perry's sassyattitude in her songs "I Kissed A Girl," "Ur So Gay," and "Hot N Cold," not tomention her recent appearance as a guest judge during the audition rounds of American Idol, we can expect her to delivera fun, likeable, and no-nonsense persona for the role.

In addition to starringalongside Lopez and Azaria, the Internet MovieDatabase has listed other big name cast members. Quentin Tarantino (BrainySmurf), Neil Patrick Harris (Johan), Jayma Mays, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Winters(Papa Smurf), and Kevin James (Hefty Smurf) have also been tapped for theproject.

But Perry isn't the onlyboisterous female pop star feeling blue this week. Lady Gaga has not been castin Smurfs, though she's rumored toplay an assassin in an upcoming Tarantino film, she ran into trouble with an exproducer and love interest who filed a $30.5 million law suit against her.

Rob Fusari, who co-wroteGaga's songs "Paparazzi" and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," claims that he also gavethe Grammy award winning artist her stage name and that they formed a jointventure Team Love Child LLC in May 2006, APreports.

Fusari maintains that his cutwas 20 percent and that Gaga abandoned him when her career took off.

Gaga's attorney CharlesOrtner dismissed Fusari's claims in a formal response, referring to Fusari asan "unlicensed employment agent," AP added. Ortner said Fusari's agreement withGaga was "structured in such a way as to mask its true purpose-to provide tothe defendants unlawful compensation for their services as unlicensedemployment agents."

In an email to AP, Fusari'slawyer, Robert S. Meloni, disputed Ortner's claims. "Fusari is a PARTNER inTeam Love LLC with Gag and her father (through their company Mermaid)," Meloniwrote. "Rob was no more of an 'agent' for her than she is a Roman Catholicnun."

Since we are on the subjectof women striking back, we could not ignore Jessica Simpson's response to inappropriatecomments her ex John Mayer made about her in Playboy magazine in February.

When appearing on TheView to promote her VH1 reality TV series The Price Of Beauty, Simpson also reacted to Mayer's comments about thier past relationship. Simpson told Barbara Walters that she thought Mayerwas stupid for breaking up with her.

When Walters asked Simpson ifshe had spoken to Mayer since the controversy, Simpson said no. But she addedthat she would not consider dating Mayer again.

Though Simpson is used to beinga sex symbol, she said Mayer's comments have made her self-conscious. "I'llwalk into a restaurant or something, and I notice that more men are looking atme, but I feel like they're undressing me," she said. "So, it's a little bitembarrassing."

Marie Osmond had a difficulttime this week as well. Still coping with the tragic death of her 18-year-oldson, Michael Bryan, Osmond canceled her shows at the Flamingo Las Vegas lastweek, APreports.

Osmonds' publicist AlanNierob told AP that Osmond needed to spend more time with her family. Barelytwo weeks after Bryan'sFeb. 26 death, Osmond resumed her show with her brother Donny. Nierob said theshow will return on Tuesday.

As for this show, That'sReally Week will return next weekend.

THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 NEWS STORIES

1) FitFor A King - Jackson estate in record deal worth up to$250 mil.

2) CourtyardHound - Lady Gaga responds to $30 million law suit.

3) FeelingBlue - Katy Perry to providevoice for Smurfette in Smurfs movie.

4) Don'tBe Cruel - Jimi Hendrix tops Elvis record.

5) IWanna Rock - ABBA, Hollies, Genesis, Iggy Pop enter Rock Hall.

6) ShiningStar - Big Star front man Alex Chilton dies.

7) The Show Can't Go On - Marie Osmond cancels Las Vegas shows for the week.

8) Pay Up - Judge OKs settlement in deadly Lear jet crash.

9) Nothing But Trouble - Warrant issued for Lil Wayne in Arizona case.

10) Dropping The Bomb - Jessica Simpson talks Mayer and reality TV show.

Katy Perry photo credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage

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