LOS ANGELES – This is no spoof.
Christina Ricci has had to get steamy on set several times in her acting career, having romped with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Johnny Depp and even Charlize Theron. However, we're assuming that when she signed on to the family-friendly flick "Speed Racer," she wasn't expecting to be groped by a zoo animal on her very first day.
"The chimp jumped over and grabbed my left breast and hung off me," Ricci told Pop Tarts with a slightly embarrassed smile. "It happened in the middle of the first take on the first day of shooting — it was painful."
But in an attempt to "not upset the chimp any further," Ricci said she stood still and meekly cried "help, help, ouch" until she got the attention of the crew, who were facing the other direction.
"They thought it was hilarious and constantly reminded me the whole time we filmed," she added.
Ricci, known for being precocious and outspoken in her teenage years, seems to have changed, so much so that the 20-year film veteran almost missed out on the part of Trixie due to her inhibited nature.
"I didn't talk much in the audition; I was so nervous," she said. "They told me that they were worried about hiring me because I was so scared and quiet. For some reason, I was just terrified getting up there for this part."
Kristen Bell Set to Quit Hollywood
She stars on the hit series "Heroes" and is earning rave reviews for her role in Judd Apatow’s romantic comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." However, Kristen Bell made it pretty clear that her Hollywood life definitely has an end date.
Video: Pop Tarts Talk: Kristen Bell Wants Out
"I really want to go back to the stage full-time. I even thought about doing a play this year," Bell told us at the Hollywood premiere for the heavily marketed flick.
"I’m a businesswoman as much as I am an actress, and I feel lucky right now to be in a position so many girls would want to be in, so I’m trying to make the right decisions. But I’m itching to get back on stage; I want to go back to New York."
Miley Set to 'Reveal' Even More
Amid yet another racy pic scandal, 15-year-old screen and singing sensation Miley Cyrus has announced she's putting pen to paper to write a memoir of her star-studded life.
The book is scheduled to hit the stands in spring 2009 (as published by the Disney Group) and is believed to feature never-before-seen pics (watch out!) and family stories.
"I hope to motivate mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams," Cyrus said in a statement released Tuesday.
You go, girl.
Bon Jovi Jokes About Sambora
Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and his talented team are part way through their world tour and finally hit the Californian coastline.
Pop Tarts attended the recent sell-out show at Orange County's Honda Center just days after Richie Sambora's DUI arrest, but while driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher (with his daughter reportedly in the car) is no laughing matter, Jon Bon Jovi found the light side.
"I love being back here, I love Orange County and driving up the coast — but maybe not as much as some people," Jon told the pumped-up crowd, motioning to Sambora.
Sambora pleaded no contest on Tuesday to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, and charges of endangering minors were dropped.
The spokesperson from the district attorney's office, however, told Pop Tarts that Sambora still could face up to six months in jail if convicted.
Malin Akerman Plays Real-Life Superhero
Malin Akerman, the "27 Dresses" actress who plays a superhero in the upcoming "Watchmen," was forced to put some of those super skills to serious work at L.A.’s Farmers Market on Saturday.
Pop Tarts has confirmed that Akerman was strolling through when she spotted a shaking patron in the food court having "some kind of seizure or heart attack."
"Malin was one of the first on the scene — she immediately jumped on her cell phone and called 911," an eyewitness said. "She stayed on the line until emergency services arrived and stayed by the patron."
On a not-so-serious note, nearby at The Grove, British sexpot Katie Price (aka Jordan) made a different kind of scene as she strolled through the shopping center with her chicken pox-affected baby and her hubby, Peter Andre.
The trio was tailed by a small army of paparazzi, many of whom had to explain to curious shoppers exactly who it was they were snapping.
"Katie WHO?" passersby asked. A sheepish photog shrugged: "The photos will sell in England."
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