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On the Cover of Paper Magazine, Courtney Love Looks Great

Much credit for this goes to photographer Richard Phibbs and shoot fashion director Nicola Formichetti. Together, for the September issue of Paper, they have vividly captured Courtney Love to help celebrate the publication’s 30th anniversary.

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Love will no doubt be pleased by the cover, as well as by the ethical behavior of her interviewer, Alex Scordelis. When the reporter visited Love at her Hollywood home and was told by Love’s manager to wait as she wrapped up a call with David LaChapelle, he resisted temptation:

As I wait and fidget with my iPhone, I notice a bound manuscript, The Girl With the Most Cake, on the coffee table. It’s Love’s long-awaited memoir. I’m tempted to skim for a salacious passage, but resist. From the next room, I can hear Love on the phone with LaChapelle, dishing Internet-crashing quotes that I wish I could print, but shall remain off the record. Her hyperactive white Shih Tzu, Sugar, gnaws at my shoelaces and occasionally jumps on my lap. After 15 minutes, Love reemerges, pulls a cigarette from a pack of Marlboro Lights and lights up.

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Courtney Love Drops By International Press Academy Event

ShutterstockCourtneyLoveThere was a pretty interesting moment last night in Century City at the Intercontinental Hotel, where the global group of entertainment journalists known as the International Press Academy (IPA) had gathered to hand out their annual Satellite Awards. It happened when Courtney Love surprise-presented the Pickford Award to a man who played an important role in her one-time movie career.

From a summary article by IPA vice president Mike Szymanski:

Love admitted being a troubled personality in Hollywood, and the man she was presenting an award to, Mike Medavoy, actually paid the high insurance premium out of his own pocket for her so she could do her role in The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned her lots of acting kudos.

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Frank Bruni is a Nice Person

Frank Bruni is the type of guy who will return your lost phone if he happens to find it. Our only beef with this is that he could’ve just tweeted directly to her. Instead, he let all his followers know about it.

Okay fine, we’d probably do that too.

In any case, Love saw his tweet and replied, “Frank you’re a gem, what a small world can we exchange dms?”

In this way, life will go on.

Journo Challenges Courtney Love’s Recollection of ‘Pugilistic’ Events

One of the more entertaining celebrity interviews published this week was a Q&A in LA Weekly with Courtney Love. The singer-songwriter-troublemaker was in free-wheeling form for a telephone interview with “West Coast Sound” reporter Lina Locaro, talking about her stripper days, a key early review from Robert Hilburn in the LA Times and more.

However, judging by reaction in the comments from Belissa Cohen, who once wrote the Weekly‘s influential “L.A. Dee Da” column, the Q&A should be taken with a large grain of salt. To Love’s account of how an altercation with the journalist went down, Cohen had this to say:

Courtney has always felt free to make up “truths” and history and in this interview she does it again. I never had a cousin who worked for Gloria Allred, who I had never met before (I cold-called her office) but who gladly took my case against the oft-violent Ms. Love; I never shoved Courtney (she is much taller and bigger than I am), and what she says she said to me during the altercation that she instigated is not at all what she said.

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Courteney Cox Is the New ‘Home Editor’ of Jane Pratt’s Website

Curbed is reporting that Courteney Cox has been named the new “Home Editor” of Jane Pratt‘s new website, xoJane.com, where, according to the press release, she “will be giving xoJane.com readers decorating advice and beauty tips.” Celebrities, what’s ours is yours. Including our jobs. Go on and take them!

Pratt has not only written often about her glittering circle of celebrity friends on her website, she has also been taking them on as contributors in various capacities. Courtney Love has a diary! David Arquette designed a shirt just for the site! And now Courteney Cox is an editor and a columnist! Gosh! In all seriousness though, loading up her site with celebrities doesn’t strike us as a bad move, although she may find it impossible to withstand the competition from Gwyneth Paltrow, who is turning into a media tidal wave and may be launching her own magazine. Pratt’s glory days were in the 1990s, and her celebrity friends represent that: while she’s gushing about hanging out with Michael Stipe, Paltrow, an A-List celebrity herself, is busy interviewing Jay-Z. But there is plenty of lingering 90s nostalgia, so perhaps Pratt has a niche.

Cox’s first post is on the site, in which she recommends a few beauty products that she uses, including a $9 dollar at-home hair dye, which is a nice suggestion because it’s cheap. Unlike, for example, Gwyneth Paltrow’s recommendation of giving someone a $1,400 leather weekend-getaway bag for Christmas on Goop.com.  In her author profile, Cox also answers a few hard-hitting questions like “I smell like: Orange Blossom meets Vanilla meets Coconut” and “I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Not in as many years as I can remember.” (Cox did not choose these questions.) We don’t know how much work she’ll put into the site as “Home Editor,” but we wish her luck. Editing a website can be brutal.

Documenting the History of the Sunset Strip

The makers of an upcoming feature documentary about the Sunset Strip unveiled their debut trailer this past weekend at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed by LA filmmaker and musician Hans Fjellestad, Sunset Strip features reminiscences from Johnny Depp, Pamela Des Barres, Hugh Hefner, Courtney Love, Alice Cooper, and many more recognizable faces. Fjellestad is himself a musician and current artist-in-residence at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, where he programs and hosts the monthly concert series ResBox.

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Jane Pratt’s Launch Party Features 90s Flashback

Jane Pratt held a launch party for her website – xojane.com – Tuesday night at the Jane Hotel. Aside from the clever location, the party featured appearances by Michael Stipe and Courtney Love.

Pratt told WWD that she was exhausted from all the work that she’s been doing:

It was more of adrenaline rush than Sassy, Jane or any of the TV/radio stuff that I’ve done. I don’t know why exactly. It was somehow the combination of the live aspect of it and getting the feedback so quickly. That’s why I’m crashing now because I was so high for the last two days, I couldn’t believe it.

When WWD asked Love for a comment, she repeated Pratt’s last sentence, word for word.

We kid, we kid!

Neil Strauss Shares Outrageous Courtney Love Tale

The title of Neil Strauss new tome Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, out today from It Books, is apparently something rocker Courtney Love was once willing to take very much to heart.

As part of his ongoing promotional activities for the compilation of expanded celebrity interviews, Strauss tells Radar Online that he and the singer almost came together for a once-in-a-lifetime posthumous ritual. If not for the fact that the journalist-author was saying no at the time to drugs, things might have turned out very differently:

“She was serious when she made the offer,” Strauss revealed. “She actually said she would offer his [Kurt Cobain] ashes to me first to snort and then said she would like them to. But the idea was nixed as I don’t do coke.”

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Careless Tweets Cost Courtney Love $430,000

Twitter rock star Charlie Sheen, take note.

In an arrangement being finalized today and set to be officially announced next week, Courtney Love will pay $430,000 to settle the infamous Twitter defamation lawsuit filed against her by Texas fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir (@boudoirqueen). The Hollywood Reporter this afternoon has the exclusive details:

“The amount of the settlement says it all,” Simorangkir attorney Bryan Freedman tells THR. “Her reprehensible defamatory comments were completely false and $430,000 is quite a significant way to say I am sorry. One would hope that, given this disaster, restraint of pen, tongue, and tweet would guide Ms. Love’s future conduct.”

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Twitter Forensics Expert Set for Courtney Love Trial

We thought the guaranteed highlight of the upcoming defamation lawsuit trial between Courtney Love and fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir was going to be the testimony of Love.

But per the THR, Esq. preview of proceedings set to begin in LA January 18th, that honor may very well belong instead to Jessie Stricchiola (pictured). She is the San Francisco based expert witness for hire who has been enlisted, on behalf of plaintiff Simorangkir, with quantifying the damage done by Love’s allegedly abusive torrent of spring 2009 tweets.

To aid her case, Simorangkir plans to call to the stand Stricchiola, a social media expert who was tasked with studying how many people saw the Love rants and what kind of credibility is given to statements made on a casual forum like Twitter. Stricchiola will report her findings at trial.

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