Sort of an emergency Pitt stop

Brad Pitt is in the market for a new motorcycle.

Pitt, in Tokyo to promote his latest movie, “Inglourious Basterds,” said he trashed his favorite bike recently while trying to escape overzealous photographers.

“I had a little mishap,” he said. “No injuries, except my ego.

“I was trying to get away from some paparazzi and instead gave them a good story. It was my favorite bike, so that is really sad.”

Pitt said that while he is in Tokyo he will be looking for a replacement.

“I will definitely be looking at motorcycles,” he said. “You’ve got some of the best builders right here.”

Two wild and crazy hosts

In case you haven’t heard, Steve Martin – fresh from his sold-out Spokane show Monday – and Alec Baldwin will team up as hosts of the 82nd Academy Awards in February.

Martin has hosted the show twice before, in 2001 and 2003, and has appeared as a presenter several times.

Baldwin was a co-presenter in 2004 and a nominee the year before for “The Cooler.”

Mario Lopez, meanwhile, will again serve as master of ceremonies for January’s Miss America pageant. He previously hosted in 2007 and this year.


Rihanna, on awakening to find helicopters circling her house and reporters swarming her street in February after photos leaked of her bruised face following an assault by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown: “I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears.”

The birthday bunch

Actress Elke Summer is 69. Singer Art Garfunkel is 68. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 66. Singer Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits) is 62. Singer Bryan Adams is 50. Actress Tilda Swinton is 49. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 46. Actress Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”) is 42. Actor Corin Nemec is 38. Singer-guitarist Ryan Adams is 35. Guitarist Kevin Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 22.

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