Kim Jong-Il Dies with 20,000 Movies; Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson Auctions Exceed Expectations; Lindsay Lohan Playboy Issue Breaking Records
12.19.11 by REELZ
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
Cinema lost one of its biggest fans with the death of Kim Jong-Il over the weekend. The North Korean dictator, ruthlessly parodied in 2004's Team America: World Police, owned 20,000 movies and claimed to have seen every Oscar Best Picture winner. His favorite actress was Elizabeth Taylor, his favorite actor was Sean Connery, and his two favorite movies were Friday the 13th and Rambo.
Speaking of Elizabeth Taylor, her jewelry auction had $116 million in sales, with Taylor admirer Kim Kardashian scooping up three Lorraine Schwartz bangles, paying $64,900 for the jade bracelets. In other, creepier auction news, Liz BFF Michael Jackson's belongings continue to be sold, with the rug that was under the bed he died in going for $15,360, far exceeding the $400-$600 estimate.
Hugh Hefner tweeted that the Lindsay Lohan issue of Playboy is breaking sales records, although CNN called a dozen newsstands in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta Sunday and found just one that is sold out of the issue.
Kobe Bryant's wife filed for divorce on Friday, apparently finally pushed over the edge by his repeated infidelity. It's rumored Bryant is linked to Kim Kardashian best friend Carla DiBello.
Ellen DeGeneres has purchased Brad Pitt's 4,000-square-foot Malibu home for $12 million. She and wife Portia de Rossi are downsizing, having put their 15,000-square-foot manse on the market last month for $49 million.