KEEPING IT REAL
Attention, Vogue magazine: Jezebel is offering you $10,000 for the unretouched cover images of Lena Dunham. Jezebel made the offer to the fashion magazine following this week’s release of its February issue in which the Girls’ creator and star graces the cover in a neck-up headshot. Jezebel writer Jessica Coen said the offer was all about keeping it real. “This is about Vogue, and what Vogue decides to do with a specific woman who has very publicly stated that she’s fine just the way she is, and the world needs to get on board with that,” Coen wrote. Within two hours of making the offer, an unknown source sent Jezebel six allegedly unaltered images from the Annie Leibovitz shoot inside the magazine. A comparison shows that Dunham’s jawline was sharpened and her cleavage significantly altered in the published photographs.
Did Conan O’Brien father an unknown son? New Jersey native Greg Keating claims the late-night talk-show host is his father in a semi-serious video he posted to YouTube last week. The 20-year-old college junior – who strongly resembles O’Brien – says his mother worked at NBC at the same time O’Brien was hosting Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in the 90s. Keating also claims his mother was mysteriously dismissed when she became pregnant with him in 1993. On Thursday, O’Brien dismissed the paternity claim on Twitter with his comment: “A kid in New Jersey is falsely claiming to be my illegitimate son. For the record I have three children: Neve, Beckett and @RonanFarrow.”
PLUCK OF THE IRISH
Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson has no problem biting the acting hand currently feeding him. The young Irish actor, who plays King Joffrey Baratheon on the HBO series, chose to unload upon his profession during a recent visit to the University of Oxford. In his address, the 20-year-old Gleeson took aim at the “religious hysteria” that accompanies celebrity worship and announced his plans to stop acting once Thrones ends. Gleeson confirmed his early retirement plans in a followup interview with the Irish Independent. “It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones, perhaps the reality was made too real for me … The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.”
American Idol judge Keith Urban could be hearing auditions from his own daughters some time in the distant future. The country star recently provided rare insight into his home life with actress wife Nicole Kidman and their two young daughters. While promoting the new season of Idol at the TV Critics Tour in Los Angeles, a reporter asked Urban if his girls were musically inclined. His reply: “I think Faith might be, our little three-year-old. She likes Fifi, so we call her Fifi now.” And what about Fifi’s five-year-old sister? “Sunday, our older one, sings all the time,” the country crooner said proudly. “So who knows?”
Who knew that Robert Downey Jr. was a terrific singer? The Iron Man star acquits himself admirably in a video in which he capably performs a duet with ex-Police frontman Sting. The duet took place way back in October, 2011, at Sting’s 60th birthday party at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The unlikely pair exhibit perfect harmony in their rendition of The Police song Driven to Tears, which was written by Sting and originally featured on the group’s 1990 album Zenyatta Mondatta.