- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gaga’s antics as alter ego extend into men’s restroom

Performance artist Lady Gaga continues to outdo her own weird awards-show behavior, taking her odd antics to a new level during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards ceremony.

Lady Gaga dressed and spoke in the character of male alter ego “Jo Calderone,” a drunk, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed man. The 25-year-old “Monster” singer repeatedly referred to herself in the third person, saying, “[Gaga] left me! She said it always starts out good and then the guys - meaning me, I’m one of the guys - we get crazy.”

According to FOX411’s Pop Tarts, the peculiarity continued off-camera. An insider told the news outlet that Lady Gaga made trips to the men’s restroom throughout the day as part of her drag act.

She also tried to make out onstage with Vanguard Award recipient Britney Spears, who rejected the intense kiss and appeared uninterested in the charade.

Times have changed since the 2003 VMAs, when Miss Spears famously shared a long kiss with pop-music legend Madonna. Now a mother of two and pushing 30, Miss Spears may have outgrown her scandal-ridden past.

The VMA broadcast apparently didn’t sit well with the Parents Television Council, an organization that advocates for responsible television.

“While nobody should be surprised by MTV’s desperate attempts to maintain some veneer of being about music, this year’s VMAs were a profanity-riddled, cringe-inducing mess,” Dan Isett, PTC’s director of public policy, told the Daily Caller. “MTV hasn’t learned its lesson from the failure of ‘Skins,’ and it’s high time families aren’t forced to pay for MTV to access the quality programming on cable.”

Beyonce announcement sets a Twitter record

According to Twitter’s public relations staff, the fastest-tweeted event in the site’s history was Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Twitter’s global PR office reported that service peaked at 8,868 tweets per second at 10:35 p.m. on Sunday. For comparison, the peak tweet load after the announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden was 5,106 per second.

The previous record was set during the final match of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, which saw a peak of 7,196 tweets per second.

TMZ.com reports that Beyonce, who was scheduled to sing at the Oct. 8 Michael Jackson Tribute Concert, intends to perform at that event via satellite. TMZ quoted representatives for the concert who said the “pregnancy will not affect her performance.”

TMZ also reports that Beyonce will be about five months pregnant at the time of the concert.

Duff pregnancy nets actress $100,000 severance

After she was dumped from a remake of “Bonnie and Clyde” earlier this month, Hilary Duff scored a generous severance package because of the terms of her contract, TMZ reports. Her take? $100,000.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the film’s production company cited scheduling difficulties as the reason for Miss Duff’s termination. That statement conspicuously lacked any reference to Miss Duff’s pregnancy, but obviously a baby bump might have spoiled the hard-edged appeal of fictional gangster Bonnie Parker. Kevin Zegers (“Gossip Girl”) was also cut recently from his role as Clyde, apparently due to scheduling conflicts, leaving the film’s two lead roles unfilled.

“While production has been pushed several times due to financial, scheduling and other factors such as tornadoes devastating some of our locations, we are currently gearing up to start production later this year,” read the statement to EW. “Unfortunately this happens all the time in the world of filmmaking.”

Amanda Seyfried was considered for the role of Bonnie, but she reportedly turned down the offer.

Meanwhile, Miss Duff has been keeping her head low. “I don’t wanna give them any more press than they’ve already gotten off me. … I think [my] baby is a little bit more exciting,” she told TMZ.

The decision to find another lead may not have disappointed everyone awaiting the gangster flick. When Miss Duff was cast in the role, Faye Dunaway, the original Bonnie, reportedly lamented: “Couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?”

Emma Roberts to attend Sarah Lawrence College

“Scream 4” star Emma Roberts is taking a stab at higher education. According to celebrity news site JustJared.com, the 20-year-old niece of Julia Roberts has enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, a private liberal arts school.

“I’m leaving for New York tomorrow to attend my very first semester of college,” the “Art of Getting By” actress told the website Sunday. “I’m studying English literature and couldn’t be more excited!”

When Miss Roberts starts classes next week, she’ll join the list of famous folks who have attended the school. Television reporter Barbara Walters, “The Color Purple” writer Alice Walker, fashion designer Vera Wang and “The Family Man” actress Tea Leoni all attended Sarah Lawrence.

• Compiled by Laura Donovan, Michael Watson and Jordan Bloom 2011 The Daily Caller