The Daily Shuffle: Russell Brand’s Canadian Customs Issue Was A Prank

russell brandOn Saturday, Russell Brand went on Twitter to complain about how he would have to cancel his show in Canada later that day because customs officials refused to let him into the country. His tweets included remarks such as, “How do you manipulate customs officials? Wasn’t Hitler’s father a customs officer? I’m pretty sure he was,” and later added, “Tonight’s Casino Rama show postponed. I’m sorry. I can’t enter Canada. We must abolish the borders between our nations AND our minds.” Since this wouldn’t be the first time he’s had problems with customs (this year Japan refused to let him in due to his criminal record) it was easy enough to believe, but it turns out none of this was true — he was only pulling a prank on everyone. The real reason he was unable to make it to his show was because of mechanical problems with the plane. Casino Rama spokeswoman, Jenna Hunter, made a statement today to The Canadian Press, saying, “I think he’s trying to be witty about the whole thing, but it really was just a plane issue, it wasn’t a customs issue at all.” Although I wouldn’t blame them if there was a customs issue the next time he tried to visit Canada. Now that would be funny. – THR

James Marsden is back to living the single life. His wife, Lisa Linde, has officially filed for divorce from the dreamy actor, citing irreconcilable differences. A rep for Marsden stated, “This was a mutual decision. They are committed to raising their kids together and remain great friends.” The couple married in 2000 and have two children together: Jack, 10, and Mary, 6. – US

On a happier note, Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne are now engaged. Apparently he popped the question while having dinner at Dunhill in St. Andrews. A rep for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship put out a press release, stating, “Shane Warne has confirmed his engagement to actress Elizabeth Hurley after proposing at the Alfred Links Championship.” Shane made it clear though that this was not made a public event and took to Twitter, explaining, “I didn’t propose in front of 200 people at dinner. It was done privately and was very romantic — if I say so myself. Ps left knee is sore!!!” Congratulations to the happy couple! – People