October 17, 2005

GOSSIP 2 GO 10/17

BASIC N' STINK?
FOLKS in Paris are still talking about last week's opening of the new Louis Vuitton flagship store. Sharon Stone, who did the ribbon-cutting, "showed up in a Louis Vuitton coat with noth ing underneath!" said our source. "That was it — like a flasher! She wore it as a dress." Mingling with Stone was Eve, Karl Lagerfeld, Catherine Deneuve and Winona Ryder with her "friend" (accord ing to her rep) "Murderball" di rector Henry Alex Rubin, whom she met on the set of "Girl Inter rupted." Salma Hayek was also there but was guarded fiercely by her publicist. "Salma is so lovely. Shame about the publi cist," another guest laughed. "She [the publicist] is more de manding than her clients!"

THE RE-EMANCIPATION OF MIMI
Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” album has undergone an extreme makeover for a new Nov. 15th relaunch to include four new tracks and four music videos, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman, Antonio “L.A.” Reid announced Friday.
“The Emancipation of Mimi: Platinum Edition” includes all 14 tracks on the original quadruple platinum disc, plus the following new songs: "Don't Forget About Us," which was #1 most-added at Pop, Rhythm and Urban radio formats; "So Lonely (One and Only Part 2)," Mariah's collaboration with Twista (with a new extra verse written by Mariah); the remix of "We Belong Together" featuring Jadakiss and Styles P. (previously only available digitally online); and "What It Look Like," featuring Jermaine Dupri.

BET TURNS 25
BET will celebrate its 25th birthday on Oct. 26 with the event “25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Celebration,” to be taped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. The ceremony, featuring Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Earth Wind & Fire, Kirk Franklin, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams and more, will air on BET on Nov. 1 from 9 - 11 p.m. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and on the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com. General information is available at www.bet.com

THE LIGHTER SIDE OF BEYONCE
Beyonce Knowles, who appears on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, is the first African-American woman to front the glossy solo since Tina Turner flashed her gams in 1993. But RadarOnline.com reports that a high-level source at Graydon Carter's mag is alleging that they digitally altered the Destiny's Child star's image to appear several shades lighter. Read more.

ASHANTI...FOOLISH
Was Ashanti the only person in New York City not aware of her "surprise" 25th-birthday party at Glo on Thursday night? "They said they were taking me out to dinner, but with family - not on this scale," she gushed to The New York Daily News. Read more

RICKY MARTIN SAYS BEING RICH AND FAMOUS WAS BORING SO HE LEFT
Ricky Martin tells People magazine that in wake of his late '90s success with 'Livin' La Vida Loca', it left him feeling bored and embittered. "There was a moment (in 2002) when I was onstage and I was just so angry," Martin explained. "I thought, 'Something is wrong. I have the applause, I have a great band behind me, I live comfortably. ... I was starting to become a victim of fame. Everything was too serious and I wasn't enjoying it." Read more.

KIRSTIE ALLEY HAS NEW LOVE...AND FOR ONCE IT'S NOT DEEP FRIED
Kirstie Alley, who vowed she wouldn't have sex until she was skinny again, may have reached her ideal weight. Rumor has it she has a new boyfriend -- the one and only Al Pacino.

PASTOR MASON BETHA SAYS BRANDY'S A HO...NOW IS THAT IN BOOK OF GENESIS?
Mase still has them talking with his G-Unit freestyles. If you haven't heard, he has a joint that dropped a couple of weeks ago called "Check Cleared" on which he's throwing a light jab at Diddy and calling Brandy a hoe (to her on again-off again boyfriend New York Knick Quentin Richardson no less). People have been calling in to New York radio stations, calling Pastor Murda a hypocrite. The G-Unit's "Energy God," Tony Yayo, says let Mase do his thing."I feel like he felt like he was in a situation and had to get things off his chest," Yayo explained of Mase's recent hardcore freestyles. "He's around 50 and us, he's feeling good, he's in a good situation. It's just a mixtape rap."I think he wanted to see if he still had 'Murda' in him, and he did," Yayo added. "On them tracks he's spitting fire. When everybody around you is spitting like that, maybe it tempted him to spit like that a couple of times. 'Let me see if I can go toe-to-toe with some of the best artists that's out right now.' "Yayo also said he's heard new Mase material that is leaning on the more conscious side, but will be controversial nonetheless.

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