HOT GOSSIP: The Stars Are Insane

MSNBC: A source close to Owen Wilson revealed to “Access” that Wilson did not overdose as other outlets have reported. While Owen did slit his wrists, his stomach was never pumped at the hospital. There were no drugs in his system, the source claims, other than the antidepressants he was taking at the time.

DAILY MAIL: Courtney Love, 43, who had an affair with Steve Coogan after he moved to the U.S. three years ago, said: “Under normal circumstances I would not comment but I care too much about Owen. I went through it with Steve. I was just out of rehab and he was right there with the drugs. I tried to warn Owen. I tried to warn his friends. I hope from the bottom of my heart that Owen stays the hell away from that guy.

Wilson has allegedly been battling an addiction to cocaine and heroin as well as struggling with depression.coogan01.jpg Rows about his wild ways were said to have contributed to the break-up with Kate Hudson two months ago. While they were dating Miss Hudson, 27, reportedly banned visits from Wilson’s friend Coogan, whose real life persona is a world away from his frumpy TV character Alan Partridge. Wilson’s friends have privately placed the blame for Owen’s problems squarely on Coogan, who has battled his own demons.

FORBES: In order for any film to be made, its stars — track record or not — must be insured. The rationale: With production costs on a typical feature film already at exorbitant sums, any delay — be it from weather, an injury courtneylove-album-americassweetheart.jpgor a star’s poor health — can set movie makers back between $100,000 and $400,000 per day. The more likely a star is to cause that delay, the more costly he or she will be to insure.

But just how much more is a decision left up to insurance or underwriting companies. With only a handful in the business, including Fireman’s Fund and the Chubb Group, these firms make it their business to understand the film industry and its players. Among other things, each has confidential files on every actor, which include everything from prior medical certificates to claims histories to newspaper or Web clippings pertaining to the star. With that information, and the medical exam and affidavit a star must complete some 30 days before the cameras roll, firms are able to assess the risk.

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