August 12, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 8/12KARRINE'S BEAU SAY THERE'S NO COMPETITION
BILL Maher looked relieved the other night at Elaine's with the knowledge that his book was selling better than his girlfriend's memoir. Maher just released "New Rules: Polite Musings of a Timid Observer," while his new sweetheart, Karrine Steffans, is hawking her "Confessions of a Video Vixen." Amazon.com has Maher's tome No. 21 on the best-seller list, while Steffans is at No. 112. "It's not about who is beating whom," Maher said at the party thrown for his book by Men's Health. "We support each other and are happy to see others succeed — just like in Hollywood."
ESQUIRE SAYS NOBODY DOES IT LIKE PHARELL
Esquire magazine has been taking note of the outfits worn by producer Pharrell Williams in the past year. Impressed with his choices, the publication has placed the Neptune atop its second annual list of the "Best Dressed Men in the World."
Esquire notes Williams for "injecting dressed-up luxury into hip-hop style and thereby influencing a new generation of guys to consider more than just a pair of baggy jeans a reflection of their youthful vitality."
"It's never about whether I'm the best-dressed guy in the room. I never go, `Oh, I'm killin' 'em tonight!' Instead it's about comfort and the flow," Williams, 32, tells the magazine.
Last year’s inaugural winner, Andre 3000 of OutKast, drops to No. 5 for 2005. Other men gracing the list include Kanye West, Jay-Z, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, pro running back Curtis Martin and former President Clinton.
The list, compiled by a panel of fashion experts and Esquire editors, will be in the magazine's September issue.
JAMIE FOXX FEELING VERY DIVA LATELY
FoxNews.com’s Roger Friedman says that actor Jamie Foxx has “not shown a lot of loyalty to those who’ve hung in there with him” now that an Academy Award sits on his shelf.
In his column, Friedman cites sources who say that Foxx has let his longtime managers, Markus and Jamie King, take the fall when it comes to keeping Foxx's back-in-the-day friends away from him. Foxx is also reportedly upset with his partner in music ventures, Breon Prescott. According to Friedman, the two had a falling out over Foxx’s upcoming CD, which is being executive produced by Prescott.
“My sources on the West Coast say that the Kings weren't crazy about sharing the spotlight with Prescott (or anyone else for that matter), and have done a lot to separate him from Foxx,” Friedman writes. “Also suddenly out of the loop are Foxx's former personal assistant and his trainer/bodyguard.”
"He's not the Jamie Foxx you knew a few months ago," one source told the columnist.
Rumors of discontent from the “Miami Vice” set were also addressed by Friedman, who reports that Foxx has been getting second-hand treatment compared to his co-star Colin Farrell.
“The latter plays Sonny Crockett to Foxx's Ricardo Tubbs. And if you remember how the TV show went, it was not about Tubbs,” writes Friedman.
"Colin is the star of the movie," a source said. "Jamie doesn't have a lot of lines."
Meanwhile, there are also rumors that Foxx is looking to do a “Ray” sequel with director Taylor Hackford that would cover Charles’ “We Are the World” years.
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"SHOT 97" CAN'T CATCH GOOD PUBLICITY IF THEY PAID FOR IT
Hot 97 (New York) morning show host Miss Jones recently settled a slander lawsuit for an undisclosed amount shortly before the case reached court.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the suit charges that Jones, then known as Jonesy at Radio One's WPHI (The Beat) in Philadelphia, slandered a nurse on the air. In the suit Sally Brown accuses Jones of mentioning her name on-air and then insulting her and questioning her nursing skills after Brown complained about Jones' on-air tactics.
The episode is reportedly one of several incidents that occurred during Jones' brief stint at WPHI. Jones was also suspended twice during an 18-month-period for insulting a colleague and making allegations about Whitney Houston. Radio One declined to comment on Jones' settlement.
This isn't the first time Jones has landed in hot water for her comments. This past January, Jones was suspended from her current gig at NYC's Hot 97 station after pushing a parody song poking fun at the Southeast Asia Tsunami tragedy.