Scoop: Swayze’s life fondly remembered

After news broke that Patrick Swayze lost his valiant battle with pancreatic cancer Monday, his Hollywood colleagues were quick to remember him with poignant remarks.

Jennifer Grey, Patrick’s co-star in “Dirty Dancing,” recalled the indelible image of the two of them doing their iconic dance move in which he lifted her overhead.

“When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see,” the actress reminisced in a statement. “Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. My heart goes out to his wife [of 34 years] and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family.”

“Ghost” love interest Demi Moore tweeted, “Patrick, you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives.”

And co-star Whoopi Goldberg said in a statement, “Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can’t ever repay. I believe in ‘Ghost’s’ message, so he’ll always be near.” We’d like to believe the same.

Brand New Romance

Kanye West may not have won any admirers at the VMAs, but it sounds like host Russell Brand had better luck making friends. As in, the kind with benefits. After joking during the broadcast about his attraction to Katy Perry, the cheeky comedian was reportedly spotted canoodling with the singer later that night.

At an afterparty hosted by Lady Gaga, “they were sitting very close together, flirting and whispering to each other with their faces very close,” a gawker recalled to Page Six. “Then Russell leaned in for a long kiss. It didn’t look like this was the first time. He was looking extremely pleased with himself.” When is he ever not?

Please Help Yourself

Apparently, Jennifer Aniston is willing to try just about anything to find happiness. The actress unabashedly admits to Parade magazine that she turns to books for self-improvement.

“I’m always going to be interested if somebody gives me a self-help book,” the former “Friends” star declares. “I’ll at least give it the first couple of pages because sometimes they speak and sometimes they don’t. But they’re worth investigating.” (We’re guessing the kind of titles that “speak” to Jen might be along the lines of “Men Who Overuse Twitter and the Women Who Love Them” and “Who Moved My Husband?”)

“I say to people who look down their noses at motivational books, ‘Screw them’,” Jennifer continues. “I’m telling you, people have got to mind their own business. It just shows, so obviously, their own fear or resentment. They put down somebody else’s choice to sort of make themselves feel superior. They could probably use a little self-help themselves.”

Jennifer, if you really want people to stop thinking of you as lonely and unlucky in love, you might want to stop sharing stuff like this.

Sorry, Kim!

Gerard Butler knows the way to keep tabloids from linking his name to random starlets’: Just say no. When one of Kim Kardashian’s lackeys approached the hunky actor at a VMAs after-party, asking if she could meet him, he responded with a polite but firm “No, thank you,” MSNBC reports.

Shrewd PR move — or did he just figure the curvy reality star didn’t have much to say? Either way: Well played, Gerard, well played.

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at kitty@media-darling.com.

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