No ties that Bynes: Amanda bolts psych ward

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FILE - In this June 5, 2011 file photo, Amanda Bynes arrives at the MTV Movie Awards, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

 AMANDA BYNES , who's been receiving hard-core medical treatment for a serious mental illness, has reportedly left UCLA Medical Center, according to TMZ.com, and checked into The Canyon rehab facility in Malibu.

Even TMZ, which is rarely shocked by anything, is shocked by the transfer, because The Canyon is just a posh celebrity-rehab spot - the kind of place Hank Moody goes to chill out with rock stars and groupies on "Californication" - and not a psychiatric hospital.

Even more shocking, Amanda was still reportedly on a medical hold to protect her from herself.

TMZ sources, clearly a little slow on the sourcing, claim Amanda checked in to The Canyon approximately three weeks ago. She has ditched her wig and she rarely interacts with people or leaves her area, "paranoid" that paparazzi will find her.

Maybe she should have stayed in the psych ward.

 

Clinton doc docked

Charles Ferguson, who directed the documentary "Inside Job" for the Luries, has backed out of the Hillary Clinton doc he was working on for CNN because people wouldn't cooperate with him.

CNN has shelved the film.

Ferguson wrote in a column posted on the Huffington Post that "nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Republicans, not Democrats - and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons, or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration."

"It's a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become," wrote Ferguson, who, ironically, declined an Associated Press request to be interviewed through his management office. "But I don't think that it's a victory for the media, or the American people. I still believe that Mrs. Clinton has many virtues including great intelligence, fortitude and a deep commitment to bettering the lives of women and children worldwide. But this is not her finest hour."

Tattle, as regular readers know, is all for a free press and transparency, but what obligation is anyone under to appear in a documentary?

Reporters do stories all the time on people who won't speak with them.

 

TATTBITS

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who dressed Joseph in a pimp coat and turned Jesus into a Superstar, is ditching the Bible in his latest musical and turning to . . . sex.

And the Cold War.

"Stephen Ward" centers on a sensational real-life scandal, the 1963 revelation that Britain's war secretary, John Profumo, was involved with model Christine Keeler, who was also sleeping with a Soviet naval attache.

The "Profumo affair" rattled Britain's establishment and fascinated the nation.

But Lloyd Webber says the show, which opens in London in December, is about more than the scandal - it's a portrait of a "febrile time" of tumultuous social change.

As we're positive this is the first time "febrile" has ever been used in Tattle - it means "feverish."

* Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and not, alas, of Howard Gensler, announced yesterday that three more tie-in works to "Duck Dynasty" will be released in 2014. Five books from the Robertson family already are out, including such top sellers as Happy, Happy, Happy and The Duck Commander Family. Scheduled for next year are Faith in the Duck Blind, The Women of Duck Commander and Phil-Osophy.

"Duck Dynasty" follows brothers who manufacture duck calls and love to go bird hunting.

And obviously love to write books.

And make money.

* A host of stars turned out to experience Justin Timberlake's headline gig at the iTunes Festival in London.

Adele, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth McGovern, Chris Pine, Alice Eve plus TV chef Jamie Oliver watched Justin mix fresh songs from his new album, "The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2," with favorites like "Cry Me A River" and "SexyBack."

He also called London crowds the best in the world.

* New Mexico is feeling dissed by food critic Anthony Bourdain.

On CNN's "Parts Unknown," Bourdain lashed into the "World Famous" Frito pies sold at Santa Fe's well-known Five & Dime General Store's snack bar.

Bourdain says the dish tasted as if it were made with canned Hormel Chili and a "Day-Glo orange cheese-like substance." He then charged that the local favorite isn't even a New Mexico meal, but rather a Texas creation. He says New Mexicans should leave the recipe to the Texans.

Mike Collins, store manager of the Five & Dime, says Bourdain was "completely wrong" on the store's Frito pie. He says their version is made from homemade chili.

Is the Day-Glo orange cheese-like substance also homemade?

Maybe in Walter White's home.

* The BBC reports that Bridget Jones fans are furious after learning that author Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy.

In excerpts from the new Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy, which were published in the London Sunday Times magazine, Bridget reveals that husband Darcy, played by Colin Firth in the movies, died five years earlier.

Fan Mairi Thomson tweeted: "Saw the news about the Bridget jones sequel, it comes out on my birthday and Mark Darcy is DEAD!!!! Awful news #birthdayruined".

That's kind of how Tattle felt when the fictional mother of Bambi died. But we were 6.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

 

 


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