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From the Los Angeles Times’ Ministry of Gossip blog:



Adele fans, rejoice: The sassy British songstress is in full control of her voice after months of silence during recovery from throat surgery.

Sitting down with Anderson Cooper, Adele opened up about her vocal timeout and even sang her hit “Rolling in the Deep” a capella. The result was casual but stunning.

Not speaking during recovery “was really hard,” she said. “I love talking … I had a notepad and an application on my phone. You type the words into it and then it speaks it. The great thing is, I love to swear … and I found one where you can swear, so I could get my point across.”

Whether it’s four-letter words or weepy ballads, we’re just glad Adele is back up to speed. We’re also glad Cooper admitted “Rolling” is on his daily jogging playlist.

Adele is nominated for six Grammy Awards, including album of the year. We suggest the Grammy producers be ready with the censor button, as any acceptance speech might be tres colorful.

—Matt Donnelly



Robert Dewey Hoskins, who served a 10-year sentence for stalking Madonna, has been found and returned to the mental hospital he escaped from last week, authorities said Friday.

Hoskins was arrested not far from the Norwalk, Calif., hospital he walked out of on Feb. 3, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The 54-year-old “is a very psychotic man when not taking his medication and has very violent tendencies,” police had said in a statement.

Hoskins in 1995 made repeated forays onto Madonna’s property and threatened to kill the pop star, her bodyguard and an assistant; he was convicted in 1996.

Homeless at the time of the multiple incidents, Hoskins was finally shot twice in the arm by one of Madonna’s bodyguards after he’d scaled a wall to get onto her property, taken a dip in her pool and lunged for the bodyguard’s gun. Previously, he had threatened to kill Madonna if she did not marry him, saying, “I’m going to slice her throat from ear to ear.”

In addition to stalking Madonna, Hoskins was convicted of threatening to kill the bodyguard and Madonna’s personal assistant, and of assaulting the bodyguard.

Madonna, who took the stand during the 1996 trial, testified that she felt “sick to my stomach…. I feel incredibly disturbed that the man who repeatedly threatened my life is sitting across the room from me. I feel we are making his fantasies come true.”

Following his release, Hoskins was arrested last summer on vandalism charges and was placed in Metropolitan State Hospital, E! News reported.

—Christie D’Zurilla



Jessica Chastain apparently has abdicated her throne, as Naomi Watts has been announced as our new on-screen Princess Diana.

Watts will lead “Caught in Flight” as the beloved, tragic figure, charting the final two years of her life. Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for his film “Downfall,” will direct.

Chastain was long reported to be taking the part, but perhaps Aussie Watts will be more comforting to our friends across the pond as she was born in England. The “King Kong” actress seems up for the task.

“It is such an honor to be able to play this iconic role,” she said in a statement. “Princess Diana was loved across the world, and I look forward to rising to the challenge of playing her on screen.”

No word on how princes Harry or William feel about the forthcoming film, nor the sentiments of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. While she may not speak on the portrayal, we know she’s a fan of portraits.

—Matt Donnelly

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