October 31, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO...HALLOWEENTHE BEYONCE RUMORS ARE STILL ALL THE BUZZ
Those Beyonce baby rumors may have just gotten a big boost - from the lady herself. An earwitness says he heard the superstar confirm with her own words that she is expecting Jay-Z's baby.
The confession allegedly was made in a private room at the opening of Jay's 40/40 club in Atlantic City on Wednesday night.
However, the admission would jar with a report from another guest, who blabbed: I definitely saw her drinking Champagne, implying that she was unlikely to be pregnant. The gala opening drew pals of the couple, including Destiny's Children Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, Diddy, Magic Johnson and Barry Bonds.
Speculation has risen in the past few weeks, with some observers saying they can spot a telltale bump. Another source, who attended a lunch party with the singer almost a month ago, told me the table talk was all about her presumed pregnancy.
And the official word on Beyonce's confession"? A concise: This is not true.
THE BLACK NEWLEYWEDS ARE STILL GOING STRONG
Mary J. Blige says of her two-year marriage to Kendu Isaacs: Anybody that's married will know that it's work... but things are great. Any plans for a baby together? "Not right now," she tells Us Weekly.
Billboard.com reports that in additional BET backstage chatter, Tyrese Gibson said he's making the transition from R&B into rap under the moniker Black Ty. The artist is at work on an album called 'Alter Ego', a double-CD project that will feature R&B on one disc and hip-hop on the other. Among the confirmed guests artists is Kurupt. Read more
JOY BRYANT TELLS 50 TO PUT A SOCK ON IT
Joy Bryant spoke with friends about filming a nude scene with 50 Cent in Get Rich or Die Tryin, though the rapper didn't realize he wasn't supposed to be literally naked. The New York Daily News reports that the actress told friends, He came out butt-naked. I told him to go to the wardrobe department and go put a sock on. The G-Unit mainman then reappeared wearing the biggest sock anyone had ever seen.
THE HONEYMOON IS OVER...WELCOME TO MARRIAGE
Though Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson arrived hand in hand at Ashlee Simpson's I Am Me album release party at O-Bar in West Hollywood, Us Weekly reports that it was a different story once the 'Newlyweds' were inside. Nick tried to talk to Jessica, but she wouldn't give him the time of day, a partygoer revealed. When they left two hours later, they hand hands for the cameras, but once inside the car Simpson talked on her phone the entire ride home.
MADONNA HAS NO DOUBT ABOUT WHO HAS STOLEN HER STYLE
ContactMusic.com reports that Madonna believes No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has copied her appearance and followed her lead by marrying a British man. She ripped me off. We work with a lot of the same people, the Material Girl sniffed. She married a Brit, she's got blonde hair and she likes fashion. But I don't mind. I think she's very sweet and talented.
CAN WE ALL DO A COLLECTIVE... WE TOLD YOU SO?
Word is out in Los Angeles that Britney Spears is getting fed up with her hard-partying hubby, Kevin Federline. The underemployed dancer is said to love the nightlife, which he can now afford thanks to Spears, and often leaves wife and baby home in Malibu to party the night away with pals. His latest solo jaunt was Tuesday at Element, according to gossip Web site perezhilton.com, and PAGE SIX hears that Spears isn't happy, although she shouldn't be surprised. After all, Federline ditched his then-pregnant girlfriend Shar Jackson for the far wealthier Spears and then missed his son's first birthday. Federline has yet to find a career of his own, though he is trying to become a rapper — with Britney's help. A rep denied any friction between the two.
GLAM LIVING...MIND YOUR MANNERSIt's my sincere hope that every one of you get to go to a really nice restaurant at least once a month,if not you should try.Experience something more than a place that has a drive-thru or gives you a plastic bib with a picture of a lobster on it.And when you go to these fancier places, there is a certain amount of class that is expected of you.
So I've compiled a list of basic table manners for you:
GENERAL TIP #1: For all questions involving etiquette, just use your brains.
Men don't have to get all Victorian and insist on standing up every time a woman leaves or returns to the table. Just be polite. Now, if you're a guest at someone's house, don't sit until the host sits first (unless the host told you to just go sit down at the table). In fact, when dealing with hosts, remember…
GENERAL TIP #2: Never do anything until the host does it first.
This includes sit, eat, put your napkin on the table, and leave. After all, the host is paying for the shindig, so at least make him/her feel like (s)he's in charge.
OK, so we've overcome the hurdle of getting your ass into the chair. Now it's time to take inventory and figure out which stuff is yours. We've all gone to a dinner and used our neighbor's fork, glass, bread plate, or husband(Oh that's just me...). So here's a shortcut so that you can know exactly what is yours:
(1) Your plate is in the center. (2) Knives and spoons are on your right, and forks and your napkin on the left. (3) Liquids (e.g., your water) go to your right, and solids (e.g., bread plate) go on your left. Here's a funky example of what the utensil layout in front of you may look like:
OK,you know where your stuff is. But now it's time to know how to use everything properly. Take your napkin and place it in your lap right away when you sit down. (It should never be on the table.) Don't get fancy and try to snap it open. Just put it on your lap (NOT into your shirt). If you're a man, do not put your tie over your shoulder.
The first part of the meal comes: the appetizers. But what utensil should you use? You can find the answer in…
GENERAL TIP #3: Use your utensils from the outside in.
The fork furthest to the outside is the one you should use for the appetizer. When the next part of the meal comes, use the next outermost fork, and so on. Same deal goes for the spoons and knives. If you're in a fancy restaurant or a catered event at my place, you might be lucky enough to have waiters who will remove any utensils you won't need. But even if you do not have this luxury,use your brains! You won't use a knife to eat your soup. You won't use a spoon to eat your salad. But let's say that you lose track of your utensils and get lost. Then, proceed to…
GENERAL TIP #4: If you're not sure what to do, wait and see what your neighbor does. If that offers no clue, then just fake it.
Chances are, nobody's watching you closely enough to see that you're using your dinner fork instead of the salad fork (the salad fork is the smaller one). Don't draw attention to yourself. Don't make a big deal of it. Just take a guess and eat. If you used the wrong utensil, the waiter will bring you a replacement.
GENERAL TIP #5: Do not put the entire soup spoon in your mouth.
Instead, fill a soup spoon about 75% with soup, bring it up to your mouth, and sip it from the side with as little slurping as possible. When your soup runs low, it's acceptable to tip your bowl away from you so that you can capture the last bits of soup, but don't do that more than twice. And remember to lower your spoon into your soup gently so that it doesn't bang the bottom of the bowl. Imagine 20 people eating soup and banging their bowl bottoms.
GENERAL TIP #6: If you spill something, don't make a big deal of it.
ETIQUETTE 101 WILL BE CONTINUED...
October 29, 2005
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DID U SEE??KARRINE SUPERHEAD STEFFANS ON THE LATES COVER OF SMOOTH MAGAZINE
WHITNEY HOUSTON LOOKING DIVALICIOUS AT THE BET 25 CELEBRATION
SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND HUBBY AT THE ODD COUPLE PREMIERE
TYRA AS PARIS HILTON FOR HALLOWEEN...THAT'S HAWT!
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/29MIAMI VICE WASHED UP??
Sources tell PAGE SIX the screen version of the popular '80s TV series that starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas is mired in production difficulties including:
* The movie was supposed to shoot for three months, but is now six months over schedule — with no end in sight.
* According to a well-informed source, "Miami Vice" was "greenlit at $120 million, but the budget has been blown and it is now costing upwards of $180 million. And they aren't even done yet. It will likely be a $200 million tab by the end of shooting."
* Adding to the budget problems, filming has to be moved from Miami to Peru because of Hurricane Wilma damage.
* The script is "not good," according to several people who have read it. "This will bomb," said one.
* Stars Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell have become slightly bloated, with Farrell sporting "beer boobs" due to their constant partying in Miami. Farrell, in particular, has been carousing at almost every hotel bar and club in town, at times drinking VOX vodka straight from the bottle.
In addition, there have been reports of fights between Farrell and Foxx — Foxx, who won his Oscar after signing up for "Vice," was said to be upset that Farrell was being paid more than he was, so he demanded his paycheck be boosted from $7.5 million to $10 million to match his co-star.
THE RUMOR MILLS ARE CHURNING
THE best rumor to emerge from the debut of the Atlantic City outpost of Jay-Z's 40/40 sports club is that Beyoncé is pregnant with Jay's child. A tipster has been calling media outlets with the story, swearing that Beyoncé told a friend she was expecting at this week's launch party, which was attended by the likes of Magic Johnson and Diddy. However, another partygoer swears he saw Beyoncé swilling champagne at the bash. Beyoncé's rep declined to comment.
THE SIMPLE LIFE IS SO DAMN DIFFICULT
Former best friends Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie begin filming the fourth season of The Simple Life on Tuesday. PEOPLE takes a look at the ladies' plans, plus other events to watch for in the coming week: TUESDAY, NOV. 1: They don't have a network for their show and they're not speaking to each other, but that's not stopping Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie from filming another season of The Simple Life. The win-win part for the former best friends: Even if no network picks up their show (which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television), Paris and Nicole are guaranteed money because their options were renewed earlier this year. The hotel heiress is optimistic that viewers will get to see the fourth season: "All of them are fighting over it," she says of the networks "vying" for their show.
The New York Post got an earful from Mrs. Star Jones Reynolds Thursday on her ABC show “The View.” The co-host snapped over the newspaper’s account of her husband’s arrest for allegedly driving with a suspended license.
Cops pulled over Al Reynolds on Manhattan's Upper East Side shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday for changing lanes without signaling. After it was discovered he had a suspended license, he was arrested and taken into custody at the 19th Precinct.
On “The View,” Star said that when her husband called and said he was arrested and being held at the police station, “I do what a wife does. I pull my hair back into a pony tail, I put on the sweatpants and the sweat jacket and I bring all of the information down like I’m supposed to.”
Star said once she got to the precinct with the documents, the police “decide to treat it like it is, a mistake. You have to just sit here, make sure [they] get your fingerprints, make sure you’re not a child molester or have any warrants…a procedural thing. But it took longer than it was supposed to.”
A fingerprinting machine malfunction caused Reynolds to stay in custody for more than 12 hours. At some point during that time, Star says her husband suggested that she “go take care of the DMV [Dept. of Motor Vehicles] thing, which is what I did.”
Star told her “View” co-hosts and the audience that she went to the DMV and cleared up the whole mess.
“I get the license cleared, [there’s] no suspension, we don’t even have to pay a fine,” she says. “We show everything that we’re supposed to. Al stays longer than it should’ve taken. He gets out. Everything’s fine, and you think story’s over, right? No.”
The next morning, The Post reported that during those 12 hours that Al was held, Star never showed up at the police house, despite repeated calls from her husband to do so. On Thursday’s “View,” the “pissed off” former prosecutor went off.
“The sleazy New York Post – yes I said it like that – decides to write ‘Star didn’t come down to be with her husband,’” she spews. “Because I didn’t show up acting like a diva brat, an idiot down at the police station, maybe y’all didn’t recognize me. I came acting like a wife. I was down there in the morning, and then I did what I was supposed to do as a wife. But they were pissed because they didn’t get to get that tabloid photograph of me coming out in full diva mode at the police station. That’s what pissed them off, so they made up a lie; a complete and utter lie.
“And you know, I’m sorry yall, I never deal with the tabloid stuff here on the show. You know I refuse to talk about it. But don’t go after my marriage. You don’t know anything about me and my husband and how much I love him. I’m Mrs. Reynolds. I answer to him, not to the rest of you! And that pissed me off, so that’s why I said it this morning.”
When the ensuing applause died down, Star explained Al’s arrest as a misunderstanding of DMV procedure, and warned the audience: “If you sell your car, please turn in your plates. Don’t just file them. That’s where we made the mistake. When you sell your car, you don’t just get the bill of sale and the transfer and everything, you have to actually give the plates back. You think you’re supposed to file them with the documents. No. Give the plates back because [if not], the DMV thinks there’s a car driving around with no insurance, and that suspends your license.”
THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE FILTHIEST 24 HOUR HILTON
Just when I thought I couldn't get more grossed out by sleazy Paris Hilton, I find this article about how she had sex with Mary-Kate Olsen's former boyfriend Stavros Niarchos in a porta-potty.According to the story, the new couple spent the evening "kissing and groping" at a Hollywood party, then went into one of the stinky portable pots to have sex.
Couldn't the heiress spring for a hotel room? I'm sure she still has some pull at the Hilton.
And as for those claims she didn't know Tom Sizemore? You know -- the overweight, unattractive drug addict who has a prosthetic penis and beats women. Well, here's a photo of them -- together -- at his house!
HATE HIM OR LOVE HIM...OR BAIL HIM OUT
The Game has been arrested, accused of causing a scene at a mall and refusing to remove a Halloween mask.
"I got arrested for signing autographs," the 25-year-old rapper told WFMY-TV after he was released on $500 bail. "Signing a little girl's autograph got me arrested."
But police said The Game, real name Jayceon Taylor, and a group of companions behaved disruptively and swearing Friday at Four Seasons Town Centre. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. At one point, police said, his companions were sprayed with pepper spray when they surrounded officers in a threatening manner.
Mall security officers said the rapper was wearing a full-face Halloween mask and cursing loudly, and refused to leave when asked. When police arrived, Taylor continued to act up and was arrested, a police statement said.
The Game said officers overreacted.
"They thought I was Rodney King, man. It was a case of mistaken identity," he told WFMY. "It's unfair, man. Their behavior's unfair."
October 27, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/27WNBA STAR COMES OUT THE CLOSET..YES JUST ONE
WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes says her reason for finally deciding to come out as a lesbian is simple.
I'm just at a point in my life where I'm tired of having to pretend to be somebody I am not, the Houston Comet tells writer LZ Granderson in a new interview with ESPN the Magazine. I am tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about. About the person I love.
Swoopes said her partner, Alisa Scott, was probably the best friend I had when I was going through the tough times in my marriage. The 34-year-old Brownsville, Texas native, who led the Comets to four WNBA championship titles, was married to football player Eric Jackson. They had a baby boy named Jordan in 1997 before divorcing two years later. But Swoopes says the reason for the split was not because she was gay. In fact, the 2005 WNBA MVP says she did not always know she was gay.
Do I think I was born this way? No, says the three-time Olympic gold medalist. And that is probably confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are. I've been married, and I have an 8-year-old son. Being with a man was what I wanted. When I got divorced in 1999, it was not because I am gay. I am three years older than my ex-husband, and I matured a lot faster than he did.
Alisa, Swoopes says, helped her through the pain of the divorce.
She was a basketball coach, so we had a lot in common, she says. She would ask, Have you guys tried marriage counseling? Have you done everything you can possibly do to save your marriage? And I just said, You know what, I don't want to save my marriage. I don't. I'm done with it.’
And so Alisa and I continued talking as friends. The thought of being intimate with her or any other woman never entered my mind. I've had plenty of gay friends I've hung out with, but that thought never entered my mind. At the same time, I am also a firm believer that when you fall in love with somebody, you can not control that. Whether it is another woman. Whether it is another man. Whatever.
Swoopes hopes that her emergence from the closet won’t cause fans to view her any differently. My biggest concern is that people are going to look at my homosexuality and say to little girls -- whether they are white, black, Hispanic -- that I cannot be their role model anymore. I don't want that to happen. Being gay has nothing to do with the three gold medals or the three MVPs or the four championships I've won. I'm still the same person. Iam still Sheryl.
BABY MAMA DRAMA FOR YOUNG JEEZY
In his child support hearing on Tuesday, rapper Young Jeezy was ordered to turn over financial statements of his earnings to lawyers representing his baby mama, Nicole Dykes.
Dykes is seeking higher support payments for their 9-year-old son because his income has changed dramatically since 2001, when the court set the monthly amount at $178.
In court depositions, Jenkins denied owning anything expensive, including mansions, cars and jewelry. But Dykes’ lawyers, who are seeking $20,000 in expenses for their client, pointed out in a press release that he offered his mansion to displaced Hurricane Katrina victims, and wears a blinged out snowman pendant around his neck worth thousands of dollars.
The judge said Jeezy must prove that he is living on a modest income for a judgment to be made in his favor. But if he is fails to disclose an honest account of his income, the judge will assess child support based on the lifestyle of a wealthy rock star.
The judge ordered the rapper’s attorney to turn over his bank statements to Dykes’ attorneys and told the lawyers to file subpoenas for other financial information from Jeezy’s Corporate Thugs Entertainment company by Friday.
The parties are scheduled to return to court on Nov. 29 to set the amount of child support.
CHECK THIS VIDEO OUT
Mary J. Blige and American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray star in a new promotional film short titled Romeo & Juliet for Swedish apparel maker H&M. The clip, directed by Dave LaChappelle, is a contemporary twist on the classic love story. The video begins with Blige at a party singing the song Dream.” Gray shows up in the Juliet role opposite singer-dancer Gus Carr, who plays Romeo. When Romeo is shot, Gray breaks out in the Dreamgirls showstopper, And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going. The film was created to promote H&M denim, the chain’s new line of designer jeans. To watch the video, VISIT THIS SITE AND THEN CLICK DENIM
THE GAME IS SERIOUS
The Game has constructed a new recording studio in Atlantic City to house Black Wall Street East, an arm of his Black Wall Street company which has its main office in Los Angeles. The Compton-born rapper is also planning to open Black Wall Street facilities in other cities across the country, including New York, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Chicago. He also hopes to create 100 jobs when the Atlantic City facility is completed.
DOES SPIKE LEE DO THE RIGHT THING...ACTRESSES SAY NO!!
With films like Malcolm X" and Get on the Bus," Spike Lee has established himself a provocative explorer of America's racial divide. But as a young director, Spike didn't know jack about shooting a sex scene.
Rosie Perez still shivers when she remembers the very disturbing sequence in "Do the Right Thing in which Spike, playing her boyfriend, rubbed ice cubes all over her body.
"I had just lost my virginity in college, Perez recalls. "I found [the scene] much more exploitative than what I had read [in the script]. … Eventually I burst into tears and I said, Don't keep filming.
It was irresponsible to put me in that position. He was the older person, the captain of the ship.
To Spike's credit, Lee includes Perez's complaints in his new memoir, That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It.
The book also quotes Lee's sister, Joie, saying her sex scene with Denzel Washington in Mo Better Blues was nothing less than horrible. [It was] just humiliating, humiliating. I seem to experience that a lot with my brother.
Likewise, Annabella Sciorra has unpleasant memories of her Jungle Fever romp with Wesley Snipes.
I called Cut! because Wesley took off my underwear and I didn't have anything on underneath, says Sciorra.And to my knowledge that's not what we were doing.
Spike's mind may have been elsewhere. Randy Fletcher, assistant director on Jungle Fever, recalls one morning when Spike asked him a question: Why hadn't Fletcher told him that Spike's then-girlfriend, Veronica Webb, who was in the film, had gone to bed with a few people we know? (Webb wrote in her own 1998 memoir that Spike put sexual pressure on me, causing her once to swing a Louis XIV lamp at him.)
Spike found no more joy getting into bed - in a business sense - with Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein. Lee says Weinstein warned that he wouldn't make Girl 6 unless Spike cast another former Lee flame, Halle Berry. Lee finally landed her, but says he still branded Weinstein a fat bastard.
STAR'S HUBBY SPENDS A LITTLE TIME IN THE SLAMMER...A LITTLE VACATION AL?
Al Reynolds, the husband of The View costar Star Jones, was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday for allegedly driving with a suspended license, New York TV station WABC reports. Police pulled over the former Wall Street trader on Manhattan's Upper East Side for changing lanes without signaling, they said. Ultimately, Reynolds spent more than 12 hours in custody because the 19th Precinct station's fingerprinting machine malfunctioned, reports the New York Post – which claims Jones herself never appeared at the police house, despite her husband calling her. Instead, reports the Post, publicist Brad Zeifman arrived and said, "Al Reynolds was detained last night and issued a desk appearance ticket for a driving-license suspension due to incorrect DMV paperwork." When Reynolds was finally sprung, he nodded when asked if he was okay after his lengthy visit. "Yes, thank you," he replied.
FASHION AND STYLE...MODEL CITIZENIbrehem Rahman:
This week's Model Citizen you might have seen on CBS's Survivor Palau.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Ibrehem Rahman attended Tuskegee University, where he pursued a degree in mechanical engineering. He most recently attended the University of Alabama, where he pursued a degree in business. He currently works as a waiter and has done some modeling and acting in New York and Miami for the last two years.
Height: 6' 2"
October 26, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/26WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO JANET?
Well it seems that the pic of Janet's "daughter" may be fake..it happens with gossip.According to Extra, No -- "Extra" dug deep, and discovered that the woman is actually Brandy Jackson, Jackie Jackson's daughter. The picture was taken from an interview she did with ABC's "20/20" during her Uncle Michael's trial.
Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports that lawyers for Janet Jackson have been contacting websites featuring a nude video of the singer to demand they remove the unflattering clip. "I believe that she's particularly unhappy about this video because she's not in great shape," a source said. "She doesn't look that attractive. It’s not the six-pack abs Janet that we see in her videos." Read more.
CAM'RON'S CARJACKING A PUBLICITY STUNT??
D.C. police are now uncertain that Harlem rapper Cam’ron was the victim of an attempted carjacking, reports the Washington Post.
The article sparked all kinds of skepticism over the incident from radio disc jockeys and callers during the popular “Streets is Talkin” segment on local urban station WKYS – many of whom believed the whole episode was staged to create buzz around Cam’ron’s forthcoming album.
No arrests have been made in the wounding of the rapper, who was shot in both arms by would-be carjackers as he sat in his 2006 Lamborghini at a stoplight early Sunday.
Cam’ron, whose new album “Killa Season” is due in February, has made it clear that he was the victim of a “botched carjacking.” However, investigators say they are looking at other potential motives, and have not settled on one theory.
“If you are going to carjack a car, you don’t shoot first. You try to get the driver out of the car,” a police official told the Post, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case is under investigation. “You also wouldn’t do that in front of people.”
In dismissing the occurrence as a publicity stunt, callers on the radio began questioning the carjacker’s choice in vehicles to steal, an electric blue oddity that might as well have the words “Here I am, police!” spray painted along the side.
While investigators aren’t ruling out carjacking as a possibility, officials are saying Cam’ron could’ve been shot in an attempted execution, targeted in retaliation for a perceived slight or the victim of road rage, according to the Post.
According to police, Cam – born Cameron Giles – was leaving the nightclub H2O in Southwest and was driving alone when he stopped at the light on New York and New Jersey avenues NW. He became separated from the other members of his caravan, which included members of his crew in a pink SUV. A burgundy Ford Expedition pulled up beside him, a man exited and opened fire on Cam’ron, without saying one word, police said.
After the shooting, police said the gunman jumped back into the Expo, which had another man inside, and drove off. Two officers with the Federal Protective Service, who were on patrol nearby, sped after the suspects. The assailants crashed in the 600 block of U Street NW, and both were briefly trapped inside until the gunman shot out a window – allowing both to escape.
The pair left a large amount of evidence behind, police said. Authorities were also able to track down the owner of the crashed Ford Expo, who told police that he had lent the SUV to a friend.
Watch a report from WTTG's Wisdom Martin, featuring comments from the rapper, aired Monday (October 24), at CNN.com.
WHAT'S THE 411 WITH MARY J.??
Reminisce,” Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming greatest hits CD due Dec. 6, will also feature the new single “One,” a cover of U2’s classic anthem from their 1991 album, “Achtung Baby.”
Blige’s set also includes the new track “Be Without You” and last summer’s “MJB Da MVP,” which borrows The Game’s “Hate It or Love It” track.
While a full track list has yet to be announced, a rep for the label says the disc feature Mary’s hits "My Life," "Seven Days," "Not Gon' Cry" and "Family Affair."
Meanwhile, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul is also working on an album of new material to drop in February, entitled, "The Breakthrough." According to Geffen, "Breakthrough" reflects "a newfound serenity" from the artist, who dubbed her last album "No More Drama."
As previously reported, Blige will receive the Vibe Awards' VLegend honor at the Nov. 12 taping in Los Angeles.
INSECURITIES GO ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK FOR TYRA
Tyra Banks is her own toughest critic. "My eyebrows are too far apart," the talk show host told her audience. "I'd love to have longer eyelashes and a wider smile, like Julia Roberts or Cameron Diaz. My mouth is small and tight. My calves are nonexistent, so I rarely wear skirts or shorts. And I have cellulite, not just on my booty, but on my arms." No wonder she's so harsh on the candidates on her "America's Next Top Model" — she's projecting.
TONI IS TRYING TO LITERALLY UNBREAK HER HEART
Toni Braxton spoke with Us Weekly about her heath scare and her quest to get better. "Heart disease runs in my family - my grandmother's sister died of a heart attack at 26 - but pericarditis is not necessarily hereditary. I don't have to worry about passing it on to my kids. But once you've had pericarditis you can get it again, so I have to be careful. I wash my hands a lot so I don't pick up a cold, which could trigger another attack. And I want to be around for my grandchildren, so now I'm making an effort to eat healthy and exercise. No more late-night pizza!"
THE NINE LIVES OF BRANDY LIVE ON IN INK
Radar magazine reports that when Brandy was abruptly dumped by New York Knick Quentin Richardson last month, the former 'Moesha' star wasted no time blotting out memories of her ex-fiancé. The heartbroken 26-year-old singer/actress even had the tattoo of Richardson’s face on her back hastily transformed into a cat. Read more
MANDY WILL TAKE "MOORE" OF THE ROCK
Mandy Moore tells People magazine that on the first day of the filming of 'Southland Tales', the singer/actress had to kiss her on-screen husband The Rock. "I had to kiss him on the first day of work," she says. "It was okay to ease myself in by making out with someone on the first day. He's very handsome and he's the nicest guy." Read more.
BOY BAND MEMBER WANTS A PIECE OF 50
Former Blue star Lee Ryan, who often has made bizarre remarks, appears to have struck again with a challenge to 50 Cent. "I don't think much of that 50 Cent lot," the boy band singer told The Daily Star. "I met him recently and he's not really that tough. Not tough at all. They don't scare me, they want to come down my area...then they'll see what rough really is."
THE KAREN WALKER SHOW?
Megan Mullally's daytime syndicated talk-variety show has been sold in four top markets for a fall 2006 launch.
The not-yet-titled series has been picked up by NBC owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution announced this week.
Mullally has "unique talents as a host, singer and Emmy Award-winning comedic actress," Barry Wallach, president of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, said in a statement.
DESPERATE PLOT LINES
You can count Marcia Cross among the fans of "Desperate Housewives" who want the characters' stories to connect again.
"I think it would be nice if we start spending a little more time together," said Cross, who plays Bree on the hit ABC series.
"I think in the first few episodes (of the second season) we weren't, but that wasn't anything sort of set in stone, it's just sometimes things just evolve," the 43-year-old actress told AP Radio recently.
Cross said there are scenes that haven't aired yet, and she's not worried about backlash from viewers and critics.
"You know what, with a show that's successful that's bound to happen, so it'll pass," she said.
ARE WE READY FOR ROBIN WITHOUT BATMAN?
Robin Quivers' bid to come out from behind the mic is not a sure thing. Howard Stern's sidekick will go with him to Sirius Satellite Radio, but she has also been developing her own daytime talk show.FULL STORY
DID U SEE??FIRST LOOK AT BRAD PITT AS JESSE JAMES IN NEW MOVIE
CELEBS ARRIVING AT THE ROCK AND REPUBLIC FASHION SHOW IN LA
DESTINY'S CHILD AT 40/40 OPENING IN ATLANTIC CITY
Morgan Freeman jokingly wipes away the tears of his Edison costar Justin Timberlake after presenting him with an award at the Recording Academy Honors in Memphis on Saturday.
October 25, 2005
DID U SEE.. THE PIC OF JANET'S SECRET DAUGHTER??
SHE FAVORS HER TO ME..MINUS JANET'S SURGERIES.
October 24, 2005
DID U HEAR???Twenty minutes before they were due to perform to a sell-out crowd in Wembley, Nick Carter and Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys took the time to chat to Capital FM's Schooly on the phone. They talked about the excitement they had from touring the UK again and their new album 'Never Gone'. Listen to the 5-minute interview here.
Mariah Carey visited the HOT Morning Mess on WIHT 99.5 FM in Washington, DC on Friday (October 21). They talked about the success of 'The Emancipation Of Mimi' and the re-release of the disc with four new songs, her five AMA nominations, how 'Mean Girls' is her favorite movie of the moment, her dog Jack, and more. Download and listen to the interview here.
Angie Martinez of Hot 97 interviewed Notorious B.I.G.'s mother Voletta Wallace in New York on October 14th. She talked about the new book she's written about her son and her own life, the comments she made about Sean 'Diddy' Combs in the book, how she loves Puffy as a human being but sometimes she wanted to punch him as a businessman, how her relationship with Lil' Kim stinks and she's abusing his memory, and much more. Listen to the 32-minute interview here.
Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. was on Power 106 FM in Los Angeles to talk with Big Boy about his upcoming album, artists who he'd like to work with, how his collaboration with Gwen Stefani came about, his 2 million dollar beat sold to Nas, and much more. Listen to the interview here.
Angie Martinez of Hot 97 interviewed Chris Brown in New York on October 12th. They talked about the downpour in the city, being mature for 16, going back to his school for homecoming after being absent for a year, and more. He also took phone calls. Listen to the 21-minute interview here.
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/242 UNSOLVED HOLLYHOOD MYSTERIES SOLVED
THE MYSTERY 50 CENT SHOOTER
THE mystery gunman who pumped the nine bullets into 50 Cent that helped make him a rap superstar was a Brooklyn stick-up artist named Darryl "Hommo" Baum, a new book reveals.
New York magazine music editor Ethan Brown's "Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler" (AnchorBooks) reports that Baum — whose nickname was short for "Homicide" — was himself fatally gunned down three weeks after he shot 50 in June 2000.
While 50 has implied in interviews that his assailant was killed in retaliation for shooting him, Brown reports that Baum, 34, was actually offed because one of his street thug pals had killed a member of Brooklyn's notorious Cash Money Brothers crew.
50 may have cheered the news of Baum's violent demise, but Mike Tyson, a close friend of Baum, was so despondent that he stopped training for his fight against Lou Savarese. Baum's death proved not to be too much of a distraction: Tyson scored a knockout after 12 seconds of the first round.
Among the other highlights of Brown's look at the connection between hip-hop and the criminal underbelly:
* Jam Master Jay — the legendary Run DMC deejay who was fatally shot in the head in a Queens recording studio in 2002 — turned to dealing drugs when he fell on hard times. "By the mid-'90s, Jay had become so desperate that he began running small amounts of cocaine — two or three kilos at a time — down Interstate 95 from New York to Baltimore to one of the city's most well-connected distributors, according to a source who worked closely with the distributor in Baltimore," Brown writes.
* In his first public statement about the federal investigation into Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. hip-hop empire, Russell Simmons refuses to support his former friend, imprisoned Queens crack kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, whose ties to Murder Inc. are at the center of the probe.
JANET JACKSON'S SECRET BABY..
After 18 long years, the existence of Janet Jackson’s child with former husband James DeBarge has finally been validated. James’ younger brother, Young DeBarge, revealed on New York’s WQHT-FM that Janet and James have a daughter named Renee who is 18-years-old.
"James and the Jackson family kept everything real close, real tight,” said Young. “No one really knew how it was working out until things kind of surfaced."
DeBarge and Jackson eloped in 1984 when Jackson was 18-years-old. The marriage was annulled the following year, largely due to DeBarge's drug habit. In the years that followed, rumors began surfacing that Jackson and DeBarge had a baby who was given to Janet’s older sister Rebbie to raise.
Young said that Renee still lives with Rebbie. He claims the situation has caused the relationship between the sisters to be somewhat strained.
He said: "I think there's a little despondence. She hasn't really revealed that, but I'm sure that there's some feelings there. It's only natural that you wonder about what is and how it's come to be that way."
Jackson’s rep Patti Webster did not deny the claims when contacted by media outlets Friday, but said the singer had no comment.
CAMRON SHOT IN CARJACK ATTEMPT
Cam’ron says he’s okay and ready to get back into the studio after being shot in both arms outside a nightclub in Washington D.C.
In town to celebrate Howard University’s homecoming weekend, the rapper was the victim of an attempted carjacking outside of H20 nightclub at 2:10 a.m. Sunday. The Diplomat Records CEO was behind the wheel of the same electric blue Lamborghini he was rolling in last July in New York when arrested for driving with a suspended license. That car now sits at a police evidence lot with its driver’s side window blown out by gunfire.
The Harlem native said two men in a vehicle rolled up on him and demanded that he give up the ride. When he refused, several shots were fired into the vehicle, with a bullet entering each of his arms. After the shooting, the gunman and another man sped off in their own car and police chased them to U Street where they crashed, then ran off. Cam was taken to Howard University hospital where he was treated and released.
While leaving the hospital, Cam told a news reporter for NBC4: “I roll with the punches. The people who did it, they was real sloppy, so I’m lucky to be here. I’m blessed.”
When asked why he wouldn’t just give up the car, the lyricist said: “I didn’t give the car up because I paid $250,000 for it and I’m not just giving up anything to anybody because they waving a gun around.”
WHAT...THERE'S RACISM IN HOLLYWOOD???
In an e-mail sent out to entertainment industry folk on Friday from publicist Holly Shakoor of BWR Public Relations, recipients were informed of an alleged racist action directed toward her client, Gabrielle Union, by the owner of a posh L.A. nightclub, reports E! Online.
"I think you should all be aware of an incident that occurred with my client Gabrielle Union and the owner of Mood," the message began. "Mood was going to host her birthday party which is a week away. Once the owner found out she was African American he not only cancelled her party but he proceeds to say that he 'didnt' [sic] realize Gabrielle Union was black. I thought she was the white volleyball player. I don't want her kind of people in my club.' I want to make you all aware of this so you can discourage your celeb clients from going and also doing any events with him."
When reached by phone Friday, Mood owner David Judaken denied the account in the email, calling Shakoor's recounting of their conversation "completely false."
"All the statements written in her email are untrue," he told E! "To say that this event was canceled over race or creed is hurtful and slanderous."
Judaken, born in South Africa, says his decision to cancel Union's party had nothing to do with race; it was strictly financial, as a more lucrative offer came in from another party looking to do an event at the club on the same date. He claims the Union party was "never finalized in writing or otherwise."
Judaken, who also says he did not confuse Union with volleyball star/model Gabrielle Reece, is now mulling legal action against the Beverly Hills-based PR firm, citing his reputation may have already been damaged by the publicist's claims and the proposed boycott.
NICOLE RICHIE SAYS HER AND THE WHITE CHICK ARE STILL ON THE OUTS
Much has been written about the meltdown of Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton's friendship, with most of the commentary coming from Hilton's side – but now Richie is addressing the rift. "We really haven't been friends in probably about two years," says Richie in a new interview with Jane magazine. According to the Simple Life star, the duo's friendship actually failed some time ago, but she's still mum about what caused the falling out. "I know that Paris loves to talk about it and that stuff, but that's just not my style," says Richie. So is there a chance of a reconciliation? "No not at this point," she tells the magazine.
WHEN GADGETS GO GLAMSONY MEDIA CENTER
The Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System ($2,300 direct) is by far one of the coolest Media Centers out there, and also out of the ordinary. The XL1 can replace your TiVo, CD changer, DVD player/changer, DVD recorder, and any older Media Center PC you have. Designed to look like stereo equipment, you can load and rip 200 CDs or DVDs into the changer, so you can have your music or movie collection in one place. A wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad is a light and easy-to-use complement to the included MCE remote. Its 2.8-GHz dual-core Pentium D 820 processor is great for performance, but one major issue is the relatively small 200GB hard drive. Source: PCMag.com
THE NEW SKYPE PHONE
Skype and Linksys partnered together to offer a cordless phone. Priced at $129.99, this phone allows you to make calls for free using the Skype service without the inconvenience of being next to your computer. If you have not heard about it yet, Skype is an amazing Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) service allowing you to talk for free with all friends around the word. Source: TMCnet
THE LATEST IPOD DOWNLOADS
Propertycast: When real-estate industry and podcasting meet. Next time you are on the market to buy a house, you might want to use your MP3 player to save time. A la mode, a leading developer of tools for real estate professionals has launched Propertycast allowing future buyers to listen to home audio tours on their MP3 players. MP3 player is not only for music anymore…Product Page
THE $90,000 PHONE
Vertu is set to release a very expensive handset that will feature tiny diamonds, a keypad with eight carat's worth of diamonds housed in a body of white gold (or platinum), under pinned with ruby bearings and furnished with the same ceramic material that was initially manufactured for the space shuttle. The phone will set you back 88,300, and doesn't even have a camera .Vertu is producing 200 phones that will only be sold in jewelry stores, or department stores such as Harrods. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Gweneth Paltrow and David Beckham own a Vertu phone according to this article, and so does the Royal Saudi Family. [Source: Luxist]
October 21, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/21FANTASIA BARRINO NOW SAYS SHE'S NOT ILLITERATE
'American Idol' season three champ Fantasia Barrino is upset with '20/20' for claiming in commercials she cannot read or write. "In the book, I don't say that I can't read or I can't write, I say I have trouble - that I'm not a strong reader. But I can write," Fantasia told JET. "Of course I can write." Read more
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS' SHORT SHORT...ENDORSEMENT DEAL
The Houston Press caught up with Enrique Iglesias at his True Star cologne promotional visit at Foley's in the Galleria earlier this month. The singer joked, "The next product I'm gonna put my name on is extra-small condoms. I can never find extra-small condoms, and I know it's really embarrassing for people -- you know, from experience. Hopefully people won't be ashamed when I step forward." Read more.
FABULOUSLY TACKY...THAT'S MISSY FOR YA
NOTHING spells narcissism more than having your own face imprinted on your cast. At Sunday night's Mary J. Blige concert at Rose Hall at Time Warner Center, Missy Elliott went via wheelchair sporting a cast on her leg featuring her own portrait. Flanked by a small entourage, the hip-hop star arrived 30 minutes into the show "to avoid the celebrity crush on the red carpet," according to her handlers. Elliott "broke her leg dancing," spies say.
READY FOR A LEGEND?
John Legend’s DVD "Live at the House of Blues," which captures an August performance at the Los Angeles venue, will be released on Dec. 6. The disc will also be available as a package with his Columbia album “Get Lifted.” "Live at the House of Blues" features performances of "Ordinary People" and "So High," plus "Number One" and "I Can Change," during which Kanye West and Snoop Dogg reprise their guest appearances from the studio versions. The show is rounded out by such new tracks as "Do It Again," "Medley" and "Selfish." Special features on the DVD include a making-of segment, an interview with Legend and behind-the-scenes footage.
Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx remains at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart and Hot Ringtones chart for a seventh consecutive week. The single also tops the Pop 100 for a fifth week. Chris Brown’s “Run It!” moves up six spots to No. 2. The teen-aged Jive artist also holds down the chart’s greatest gainer for digital sales and airplay. Elsewhere in the top ten, The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" remains at No. 4 on the Hot 100 while Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off" falls 3-5. "Like You" by Bow Wow featuring Ciara slips 5-6 and Young Jeezy's "Soul Survivor" featuring Akon remains as No. 7. Ciara's "And I" debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 96 and Kanye West's "Hear 'Em Say" featuring Adam Levine enters at No. 100.
THE INC. ALL DRIED UP??
For those who can’t get enough of the legal drama surrounding Murder Inc.’s Gotti brothers and Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, SOHH.com is offering daily pre-trial coverage, with details on the players and commentary from reporters “working with exclusive sources to get the real/exclusive case info,” according to the site. In the latest update, prison transcripts exclusively obtained by SOHH.com reveal how Irv and Chris Gotti are going broke as their rap empire crumbles. Get the FULL STORY HERE: http://alerts.sohh.com/article.php/7703.
VICTORIA BECKHAM ADDS SPICE TO FASHION SHOW
Victoria Beckham spiced up Wednesday night's Rock & Republic fashion show in L.A. when she reportedly screamed at designer Michael Ball before being dragged away by security.
Lowdown hears that soccer god David Beckham's wife, the former Posh Spice - who designed a jean collection for the celeb-studded event - threw a backstage tantrum when Ball informed her that her signature pants, with a crown embroidered on the arse, were out of the show.
"Are you gonna put it in? You're gonna put it in!" she screamed at Ball, according to a Lowdown spy.
"No, I'm not!" he shouted back.
"I don't know why I'm even asking you," she shrieked. "I'm a part-owner in this company!" Says the spy: "He finally called security, and they escorted her out."
THE BRITNEY SPEARS WORKOUT PLAN
Just a month after Britney had little Sean Preston extracted, she's slimmed down a lot and she's looking good. (She's also wearing a bra -- big news to those of us who grew tired of seeing her boobs flopping around.) Seeing as she had a C-section and hasn't been able to work out, how exactly did she lose the baby weight? Us revealed Brit's five get-slim strategies in their latest issue:
1. She's breastfeeding: Mothers can burn 500 calories a day nursing, and it seems to be working for Brit. "Her weight is almost coming off without her working out," said her spokeswoman.
2. No nanny? No problem: From washing to wiping to walking, Britney is reportedly doing all of the baby caretaking herself. Her mother, Lynne, has also been staying with them to help out. K-Fed, presumably, is doing nada.
3. Smart snacking: Buh-bye, Cheetos. Hello, Zone diet. Britney is eating a lot healthier, though on her recent day out she did munch on a hamburger and fries, with a regular Coke.
4. Getting physical: Because she had a cesarean, Britney still can't really work out for two more weeks. That's when she plans to start 90-minute sessions with her trainer. Thus far she's been walking and swimming.
5. Staying motivated: Britney used to be a size 6. She keeps that goal in her mind and she's determined to reach it.
HOLLYHOOD DIVA MOMENTEVEN THOUGH SHE'S BEEN RETOUCHED MORE TIMES THAN A CHILD AT MICHAEL JACKSON'S HOUSE..MARY J. IS THE EPITOME OF HOLLYHOOD.GLAMOUR MEETS THE STREET AND THEN PHOTO SHOPPED TO PERFECTION!
DID U SEE??THE FIRST DUMPED CLUB-BRITNEY'S HUBBY'S EX,SHAR JACKSON AND BRITNEY'S FIRST HUSBAND JASON ALEXANDER.SHAR IS LOOKING LIKE "BITCH,I GOT YOUR OTHER BROKE MAN..WHAT!!"
FOXY BROWN AND VIDEO GIRL GLORIA VALEZ AT A RECENT FASHION SHOW
MADONNA GETS BACK ON THE SADDLE THIS WEEK ON DAVID LETTERMAN'S SHOW
IT'S QUITE NIPPLE,I MEAN NIPPY OUTSIDE FOR HALLE BERRY OUT FOR A MORNING STROLL
HOW ABOUT SOME VIDEOS??
AOL Music's 'First View' is streaming Destiny's Child's new video for 'Stand Up For Love', featured on the group's upcoming greatest hits album '#1s,' due October 25th. Watch it here.
Marques Houston is out with the video to his new single 'Sex With You', from the album 'Naked'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
CWK (Cuz we Kin) are out with the video to their new single 'Lord Knows'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Juelz Santana is out with the video to his new single 'There It Go (The Whistle Song)', from the album 'What the Game's Been Missing', due out November 22nd. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Cat5 are out with the video to their new single 'Sexy'. Watch it online at Aftonbladet.se.
GLAM LIVING...CELEBRITY DEMANDSGossip Queen,Cindy Adams got a hold of several American celebs' oversea demands.here they are for your own demands list or maybe to laugh at.either way let the divaliciousness begin.
Jennifer Lopez. "Her suite must be painted and furnished completely in white. Also lilies and roses, her favorite flowers, white. Romantic candles placed everywhere — white, of course — ideally with the Paris perfume, Diptyque. Room temperature set at exactly 25.5 degrees Celsius. And her staff must also be accommodated. The diva travels with an entourage of up to 100."
Justin Timberlake. Demands the entire floor, private fitness studio, extra-large stereo unit and, since like Eminem he's undoubtedly a voracious reader, Nintendo PlayStation. Quoting the booklet exactly: "The floor's air conditioning filters must be changed on his arrival. He insists all door handles be disinfected every few hours." And, since the man obviously worships with The Barbra Streisand Bible, "the hotel staff may under no circumstances address him."
Mariah Carey. "Suites fitted out with gold faucets." Also, "new toilet seat must be installed before her arrival." Also, "her own bed linens are flown in advance." Also, "on the two obligatory DVD players, only her own videos may be played." Also, she and her dog both bathe "in expensive French mineral water." Via a grave display of negligence, it does not delineate as to whether this eau is flat or sparkling.
Rod Stewart. "Cannot tolerate any light in the room for his afternoon nap." Sends "a special 'darkening team' to the hotel prior to his visit, whose job it is to seal all cracks of light." OK?
October 20, 2005
DID U SEE??MADONNA GIVING DANCE TIPS ON TRL THIS WEEK...SADLY SHE LOOKS LIKE AN OLD LADY TRYNA SHOW THE YOUNGIN'S SHE STILL GOT IT
THE ROCK SHOWING HOW BIG HIS PIECE IS AT THE DOOM PREMIERE
SUPERMODEL HEIDE KLUM AND SEAL SHOW OFF THEIR NEW FAMILY
ALL BABIES ARE BEAUTIFUL,ALL BABIES ARE BEAUTIFUL,ALL BABIES...
DEMI MOORE-KUTCHER GIVING DIVA IN NYC THIS WEEK
Out of rehab Diana Ross buying butter in Hollywood. The star is supposed to perform with Christina Aguilera in november.
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/20LATIFAH SETS IT OFF IN STRIP CLUB
Queen Latifah and her posse enjoyed lots of lap dances at Scores early yesterday in the topless temple's famed Champagne Room. "She is so nice," a buxom, red-headed dancer named Logan told us. "She treated me like a friend. It's great when someone who you are a fan of turns out to be a good person." Latifah — who has visited Scores several times in recent weeks — drank only mineral water, even after a high-rolling customer sent a magnum of Cristal to her table.
WANNA BUY TRUMP'S HOUSE...IT'S ONLY 125 MILLION
THE world's priciest house is about to hit the market in Palm Beach.
And the seller — who's never slept in any of its 17 bedrooms in the year he's owned it — is none other than Donald Trump.
The Post's Braden Keil reports that the real-estate mogul and TV star is asking $125 million for the estate, comprising more than 60,000 square feet of interior space, which he bought at a bankruptcy auction last year for just over $40 million.
"This is the most amazing land and house in America," Trump said with characteristic modesty after he bought the excessive estate last November.
It's not clear if he was counting his 117-room Mar-a-Lago estate, located a short distance away, much of which he's converted into a country club.
The asking price for his Palm Beach project just tops a listing of $122 million for the 103-room Updown Court outside of London.
At the time he bought it, Trump said he planned to redevelop the mansion, then sell it. "I got it for the right price, and I will fix it and make it the American dream home."
Sources say "The Apprentice" star/producer has sunk millions into the project. The estate, on North County Road, is on six acres, with 475 feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. In addition to its bevy of bedrooms, it has 16 baths, a 4,100-square-foot conservatory, a media room, a library and a 94-foot-long pool. Also on the property are two other pools and three large guesthouses.
TRASHY SIMPSON GETS LOVE AND MORE LOVE AT CD RELEASE PARTY
ASHLEE Simpson is generous with her affection. On Tuesday at P.M. lounge, where she launched her new CD, "I Am Me," the affectionate singer was seen first kissing one young man and then another. When P.M. owner Unik got up to sing "Happy Birthday" to the newly minted 21-year-old, the mike went dead so he played it on the conga drums. Singing along were record exec Jermaine Dupri, heiress/model Lydia Hearst and bleach blond designer Richie Rich of Heatherette.
NBA LEGEND ADMITS FAULTS
NBA superstar Michael Jordan admits he is a competitive junkie whose gambling has at times reached "stupid" levels, but insists he never put his career or personal life at risk.
In a rare interview, set for broadcast this weekend on CBS' "60 Minutes," Jordan, 42, acknowledged being embarrassed after losing control of his betting.READ MORE
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS?
The good news for fans of Friends is that five cast members are ready to do a reunion show. The bad news is that the TV special is in jeopardy because Jennifer Aniston refuses to be a part of it!Insiders say Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox need the reunion to give their careers a jump-start — and they're putting the pressure on Aniston to participate.But the 36-year-old — whose star has risen far higher than the others — remains the lone holdout.Said an insider: "Although the rest of the cast has been pleading with her, Jennifer has snubbed them so far. She's got so much going personally and professionally that she just doesn't have the time or inclination to think about a Friends special.
ALICIA DOES IT AGAIN...
The nine-time Grammy-winning R&B songstress--known for such hits as "If I Ain't Got You," "You Don't Know My Name" and "Fallin' "--took over the top spot on the album chart with Unplugged. The album, which features those hits along with collaborations with Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, sold 196,000 copies for the week ended Sunday, according to the latest Nielsen SoundScan numbers.
Unplugged, recorded in July at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, gives the singer her third number one debut in three tries.
IS THIS WHERE TV IS GOING??
David Arquette's brother Alexis is going to become a woman live on tv.The Arquette family - including David and actress sister Patricia - are also set to star in the two-hour special, broadcast by A&E. An A&E spokesperson saidd: 'In becoming a woman, Alexis is going through what I'd call the ultimate life transformation. 'We have exclusive access to Alexis as he goes through the process.' Friend of Alexis, Craig Chester, added: 'As far as Alexis getting his sex change, I have been hearing that for years. If he does, I want his penis surgically implanted on me. It's pretty huge.'
CUBAN LINKS WITH “LAW AND ORDER”
Rapper Cuban Link broadens his rap connections by scoring a role in NBC’s "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." On the show, Cuban plays a man bent on justice for his brother, who is injured in a racially motivated crime. The episode airs on Oct. 23.
T-MOBILE AND MISTER CARTOON BECOME “SIDEKICKS”
Mister Cartoon has tattooed the skin of 50 Cent, Eminem and Bow Wow, but now he’s taking his ink to T-Mobile’s Sidekick II. The limited edition Cartoon Sidekick features custom-made art around the screen of the popular mobile device.
"I am a gadget freak and my Sidekick II rolls everywhere with me," Cartoon said. "I was happy to partner with T-Mobile to customize a Sidekick II to reflect my style and give young art collectors the opportunity to carry a piece of my work around with them."
T-Mobile is also working with Juicy Couture, another designer that has created a pink crystal encrusted Sidekick II. Both designs will be available on Oct. 24 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami.
October 19, 2005
MY 2 CENTSOk,I may not be the best person to be making comments on leaving certain celebrities alone due to the fact I am a gossip queen but really some things have gotten out of hand.
The whole Beyonce takedown is ridiculous.What makes it ridiculous is it's her own people that do so.Why can't we ever support our own unconditionally,we have to say she's too thick,too skinny,her weaves are too long,her skin too tan,she's a bitch,she's lightened, she acts white,she's too ghetto.Can't we congratulate her on being on the cover of Vanity Fair and being the first black woman to do so in over 10 years??Whether she was lightened or not..WE KNOW SHE"S BLACK!! Some people act like she pulled a Michael Jackson.
When she was on the cover of Essence nobody said shit,now when on the white magazine she gotta be this and that.
Now I myself have recently poked fun at Fantasia for her not being able to read,but it's the nature of this site and a few others to be funny and mock certain things.But when I see real media only looking at Fantasia as the posterchild for illiteracy it's shameful...what about her being raped at 14,what about being a single mother on welfare and despite all 3 of those obstacles,making her biggest dream come true and she could have quietly got a tutor and learned to read but she went public to help others.Now her hometown wants to take down signs that read "Welcome to High Point, home of Fantasia Barrino." because she talks badly of her hometown but that hometown failed her and her family..fuck them(High Point) too.
That was my 2 cents.Researching through media of all forms to get the latest scoop or piece of gossip, I came across way too many people getting a negative light for little or no reason.Now,Paris Hilton...she deserves it!
Now let the backlash of me begin!
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/19ASHANTI WAS BLESSED WITH MANY GIFTS(JUST NOT SINGING...LOL)
ASHANTI got a lot of gifts at her 25th-birthday party at Glo the other night — but the best came from a jeweler. The singer was decked out in 15 carats of borrowed diamonds from PeachTree Jewelers on Fifth Avenue for the party. At the end of the night, she tried to return the baubles, but PeachTree owner Jack Picciotto handed Ashanti back the necklace with drop pearls and almost 4 carats in diamonds, saying: "This is yours to keep. You have been wearing our jewelry all year and have become like family."
JAMIE THINKS HE FOUND HIS DREAMGIRL...FANTASIA
I think if Fantasia does it, it's outta here," Jamie Foxx says, mulling the prospect of the “American Idol” winner portraying the role of Effie White in the upcoming film adaptation of “Dreamgirls.”
Foxx finally signed on several weeks ago to play Curtis Taylor Jr., the manager who leads a female singing group, The Dreamettes, to fame and fortune. Loosely based on the story of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Beyonce will play Deena Jones, the Ross-esque lead singer who eventually leaves the group to pursue superstardom. Anika Noni Rose, a 2004 Tony winner for the play “Caroline and Change,” will portray Dreamettes member Lorrell Robinson, while Eddie Murphy suits up as James Thunder Early, a superstar performer who hires the Dreamettes as backup singers. And if Foxx had anything to say about it, Fantasia Barrino would round out the cast as Effie, the role made famous on Broadway by Jennifer Holiday.
STICKY SITUATION FOR RAPPER
Rapper-turned-TV actor Sticky Fingaz was nabbed yesterday after checking out of a posh Manhattan hotel and leaving a loaded pistol behind, police said.
A housekeeper spotted the 9-mm. semiautomatic while cleaning the room the rapper had just left at the opulent Flatotel on W. 52nd St., where rates start at $290 a night.
The 35-year-old cast member of the FX series, "Over There," whose real name is Kirk Jones, surrendered to police yesterday morning and faces weapons possession charges for the unregistered and unlicensed firearm, cops said.
STAR JONES WRITES A BOOK ON HOW TO FIND LOVE...NO REALLY
The View" host Star Jones will release her second book, "Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love" (Collins, $24.95), on. Jan 6, 2006. The tome shares how Jones met and wed banker Al Reynolds. the couple will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 13.
SHE'S NOT THE GIRL BUT SHE'S AT LEAST A GIRL
If you were one of the 5 people that cared about TLC's reality show R U the Girl?..then you know the runner up Mirrah..well Unrated Magazine recently met with the girl,well not THE girl for an interview...read here
VANITY TOO FAIR...THE BEYONCE TAKEDOWN BEGINS
Gracing the front of the new Vanity Fair is a stunning photo of a smiling Beyonce. But did Vanity Fair make the music superstar, well, fair?
Beyonce's spokesperson says no way.
"There are very fair-skinned black people in this world and Beyonce is one of them," Yvette Noel-Schure told Access.
Vanity Fair was outraged by the claims saying the photos were "absolutely not" manipulated.
For now, fans and even some other celebs, are just happy to see Beyonce on the cover.
"If you lighten Beyonce's skin, at the end of the day it doesn't matter because she's still gorgeous and makes great records," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told us. "It would be different if you just made her white."
While Vanity Fair didn't lighten the image, the practice of retouching magazine photos is being used more and more.
Brandon Kavulla, art director for Best Life magazine, showed us how easy it is to manipulate images with the click of a button.
"If I wanted to make someone a little more tan, as you can see, as I drag this over it gets a little browner," Brandon said from his computer as he easily altered a photo within seconds.
AND NOW MORE VANITY FAIR BACKLASH
Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com has read the Beyonce Knowles feature in Vanity Fair and is taking issue with the Destiny's Child star's claims of being a songwriter. Friedman writes, "In fact, not one of the songs listed under Beyonce's name on the BMI website is written solely by her.READ MORE
50 BITES THE THE HAND THAT BLING'D HIM
"On the Radio 1 Rap Show, 50 Cent told host Tim Westwood if Dre works with The Game on his next record it will create beef between them. He said something to the effect of "Dre knows what he's in for, he saw what happened with Ja and the 'New York' joint. You stand next to Ja you get fired on, anyone who stands next to Game's gonna get it." Listen to a replay of the show, with 50 on at the beginning of the show, at BBC.co.uk. Soon after, Game called into a radio station in Cincinnati to confirm that Dre is contributing the majority of the beats for his sophmore release, 'The Doctor's Advocate'."
KANYE'S LAEL SRCEWS NEW GAY SERIES(AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY)
SOURCE VIA GROOVE VOLT
MTV Networks’ LOGO, which targets the gay community, is running into problems with record labels that do not want their music in show produced for the network. One of the new shows on the channel is comedy-drama Noah’s Arc, which includes an all-black cast and is directed by Patrick-Ian Polk. One of the most surprising aspects of taping the show is the availability of music and rejections by labels who do not want to be connected with gay-programming. Polk has tried to clear Kanye West’s music for the show, “and we got flat-out rejected by the label,” Polk said. “I'm a fair person, I get that a lot of times these requests and things don't make it to the artist. But he needs to check his people because that's not cool. The black gay community and even the white gay community are big hip hop fans, so they're missing out on a really big market by being short-sighted.” The news is more surprising when one considers West’s recent comments about homophobia in the music industry. “When I was in high school, I was called ‘Fag’ a lot because of how I walked and other little things,” West said recently. “And what happened was, it made me kind of homophobic, ‘cause it’s like I would go back and question myself , my own feelings.” He added at the time that after finding out his cousin was gay, “It was kind of like a turning point when I was like, Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I’ve been discriminating against gays. Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, Yo, stop it.” Neither West nor his label, Roc-a-Fella were available for comment at press time.
GLAM LIVING...KEEP IT COOLEvery guy wants to be cool, yet not every guy is cool and every girl wants to be around a cool guy and what guy doesn't like a cool chick.
But the truth is that there are no secrets to being cool; it's about who you are and how you behave. But there are things that you can do to bring out the cool in you.
Here are some tips that'll show you how to look and sound cool with your friends. Use them if you need them, and you'll transform yourself into one of the socially adept -- and your friends will look forward to hanging out with you.
Don't overcall-If you're always calling your friends, you're calling too much. There's no perfect ratio, but you should probably call your friends less often than they call you. That way, you'll be in high demand.Nobody wants a friend that's never doing anything except wondering what you're doing.
Have a purpose when you call-Don't call just to chat. Keep phone calls brief. Call once. Leave a message, but only if you need to. If they don't return the call, don't call them back unless it's an emergency. For example, if you're making plans for dinner and want to include them, but they don't call you back, it's their loss. You shouldn't have to run after them. Cool people don't sweat the small stuff.
Dress well-People don't like hanging out with slobs. No, you don't have to wear designer shit to hang out with the guys, but always look presentable and sharp. Remember: We're initially judged on appearances, so always try to look your best.
Be knowledgeable-Ignorance is never bliss. People like to have a buddy who knows a thing or two, especially about a range of subjects, from picking up the opposite sex(or the same) to current events to wines. But don't overdo it. Drop your knowledge when asked, otherwise you'll look like a showoff, and that is not cool.
Be funny-I'm not talking about telling knock-knock jokes or being a clown. But if you've got a sense of humor, let it rip (a little). You want to be funny, but you don't need to be the sole source of amusement. There's a balance. And please, when you tell a good joke, just bask in that accomplishment. Don't muddy the waters by going on and on -- you'll just kill it. You'll be the joker friend and not the cool one.
Don't be a downer-If you're in a bad mood, consider staying home. Guys want to have fun when they're with their friends; nobody wants to be your counselor. Yes, you can tell a close friend about a serious problem (your girlfriend dumped you), but save those talks for serious occasions, not a night out.
Associate with cool people-This one's a no-brainer. If you're always bringing losers to the group, you'll soon be labeled a loser as well. On the other hand, if you're known for bringing cool people around, your coolness stock will skyrocket.
Arrive fashionably late-Arriving early has two drawbacks: You don't get the chance to make an entrance and let others notice you, and you give the impression that you had nowhere else to be. Just don't be too late.
Keep your word-Keeping your promises will show the world that you're dependable -- a rock. But breaking your word will not only tarnish your reputation, it'll cost you some friends. You don't have to promise the world, but when you do give your word, let others know that it's your bond.
Pick up the first round-When everyone is sober, they'll remember who bought the first round. Plus, you'll have the reputation as a person who knows how to get the party started. treating you peeps is cool when you do it once in a while..not too much.This makes you the treater,not the cool one.Cool people are treated.
Organize an event-Once in a while (say two times a year), you should plan an outing, like a ballgame,concert, or dinner party. You call the guys, you get the tickets, you handle everything. Note: Making plans to go to your local strip club doesn't count.
Don't lose your cool... ever!-Nobody wants to see their friend freak out. Bad things will happen and you should react, but you don't have to get all stupid. Keep your composure at all times sweetie,we cool people do that.