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Rimes sends message about recorded call

LeAnn Rimes sued two women she claims illegally recorded a phone conversation with her and posted snippets online, one day after she sought professional help for anxiety and stress.

Rimes sued Kimberly Smiley and her adult daughter Lexi on Thursday, seeking more than $25,000 in damages for recording a March phone conversation that ended up online on websites bashing the country singer.

Kimberly Smiley denied she posted the recording, saying she shared it with online acquaintances, one of whom played it for the ex-wife of Rimes’ husband, Eddie Cibrian. “The whole thing is just ridiculous,” she said. “It’s just a celebrity who’s too full of herself.”

The invasion of privacy lawsuit came one day after Rimes, 30, entered an in-patient treatment facility in what her publicist Marcel Pariseau describes an attempt to “learn and develop coping mechanisms.”

Pariseau says Rimes isn’t seeking treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse, adding that “while privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

Surgery cancels Van Halen tour

Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease and is canceling his tour in Japan to recover.

His representative said Thursday that the guitarist had a “severe bout of diverticulitis,” a painful condition that involves the formation of pouches on the outside of the colon. He is expected to recover in four to six months.

The rep added that the 57-year-old will not require more surgeries to treat the disease.

‘Childrens’ cast looks to big screen

Now that “Childrens Hospital” is in its fourth season on Adult Swim, its creator, writer, director and star Rob Corddry is looking for ways to bring its cast to the big screen. Not in a film adaptation of the satirical show, but a film using its actors.

“We have talked about doing a movie and we are committed to doing it at some point. It’s gonna take one of us to just sit down and write it but it’s not gonna be based on ‘Childrens.’ It’s not gonna have the same cast of characters but it will have the same cast,” Corddry said in a recent interview. “That’s what I’m interested in doing … putting this ensemble in other places, so we’ll probably do sort of like a parody or something.”

“Childrens Hospital” is about a TV show that’s billed as the longest-running medical drama ever in television history. It mocks dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER.” The cast includes Lake Bell, Ken Marino and Malin Akerman.

The birthday bunch

Drummer Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 73. Singer Van Morrison is 67. Actor Richard Gere is 63. Singer Deborah Gibson is 42. Bassist Greg Richling (The Wallflowers) is 42. Actor Chris Tucker (“Rush Hour”) is 40.


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