November 16, 2005
GOSSIP TO GO 11/16MY BAD...
Naomi on Tyra Banks Show is on Friday.
PARIS HILTON'S NEW PET IS BANANAS...OH AND HER MONKEY
PARIS Hilton's new pet monkey, Baby Luv, went bananas when she took the peeved primate on a lingerie shopping spree in Las Vegas last weekend. We're told that Baby Luv bit Hilton and clawed her face when she walked into the Agent Provocateur shop at Caesars on Saturday with the beast on her shoulder. Paris managed to pull Baby Luv off her and hooked his leash to a cabinet while she rang up $4,000 worth of bras and panties and a bullwhip, says our eyewitness. Later that night, when the lingerie line hosted Kelly Osbourne's 21st birthday bash at the Hard Rock, Baby Luv escaped from Hilton's clutches — delaying the start of the Agent Provocateur show until staffers found him after a 20-minute search.
Meanwhile, Hilton's boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos III, was up to monkey business of his own. In one of the Hard Rock rooms paid for by Niarchos, his bonehead buddies started a fire Sunday morning. The blaze set off the sprinkler system which flooded a dozen rooms, a hotel source says. We're told Niarchos agreed to put $25,000 in damages on his credit card, but he'll likely have to pony up a lot more cash. "The damage may be closer to $100,000," says our source.
This is her second crazy Greek Boyfriend.She's had more Greece between her legs than KFC.
BERRY BERRY NICE...
HALLE Berry is the new face of Versace. We're told that fashion photographer Mario Testino shot the sexy star in L.A. last weekend for the upcoming print campaign. "The shoot was beautiful portraits, slightly messy hair and a wind machine — very glamorous," tattles our on-set spy. Berry follows in the footsteps of Kabbalah cuties Madonna and Demi Moore as Donatella Versace's latest celebrity muse. And if anyone cares, Wilhelmina model Gabriel Aubry will reprise his role from last season as Versace's requisite beefcake.
TONI AND MARIAH DO THE NFL
Toni Braxton has been tapped to belt the National Anthem before the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, while Mariah Carey is scheduled to perform two songs during halftime.
STAR JONES IS ONE CHEAP MAMA...NO WONDER SHE ROCKS PAYLESS
The View host is constantly trying to sweet talk people into giving her freebies -- despite her generous salary. Her most recent attempt to score loot? To mark her first anniversary to her poor hubby Al, Star had her spokesperson contact NYC's Cornelia Day Spa and ask if they would provide the couple with a day of pampering -- free of charge. In exchange, Star's mouthpiece promised that the spa would be mentioned in an upcoming article about Star and Al in OK! mag.
Brilliantly, the spa wasn't interested in getting Star's publicity, turning her down flat.
MADONNA,THINKING ABOUT HER FUTURE
The Sun reports that Madonna shopped at Harrods and spent £2,600 on a vibrating Power Plate gizmo, which claims to benefit anti-aging and stave off cellulite. "She came to Harrods in person and had a private viewing and ordered the Power Plate without even checking the price," a source revealed. "She asked for the private meeting with sales staff because she was making a 'sensitive' purchase. She made it clear that there would be hell to pay if anybody uttered a word about what she was buying." Read more.
THE MOST POWERFUL BLACK PLAYERS UNDER 40
Tyra Banks, Halle Berry and Sean "Diddy" Combs are among the entertainers who grace the Black Enterprise 2005 Hot List of America’s Most Powerful Players Under 40.
The list is comprised of professionals, entrepreneurs and moguls whose influence, talent and business prowess have produced billions of dollars in revenues.
Other celebrities on the list include Jay-Z and Beyonce, Aaron McGruder, Tyler Perry and Kanye West. Members of this year's list range from BE100s CEOs and financiers to innovative scientists, politicians, entertainment moguls and hip-hop entrepreneurs.
The full list is featured in the December 2005 issue, available on newsstands Nov. 22. Here are some of the entertainers who made the cut:
Nick Cannon, 25, Actor & Producer
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, 36, President & CEO, Def Jam Recordings
Sean "Diddy" Combs, 36, Chairman & CEO, Bad Boy Entertainment
Antoine Fuqua, 39, Film Director, Producer, Fuqua Films
F. Gary Gray, 36, Film Director, Producer
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, 30, Rapper, Entrepreneur, G-Unit
Beyonce Knowles, 24, Singer, Actress
Soledad O'Brien, 39, Anchor/Reporter, American Morning, CNN
John Singleton, 38, Executive Producer & Filmmaker
Stephen A. Smith, 38, NBA Analyst, ESPN
Will Smith, 37, Producer, Actor, Overbrook Entertainment
Raven-Symone, 20, Actor, Singer, Producer
Pharrell Williams, 32, Producer, Star Trak Entertainment
Wyclef, 33, Hip-Hop Artist, Producer
ANNA ANNA ANNA ANNA ANNA NICOLE...SHE'S SO OUT THE CLOSET
ANNA Nicole Smith showed up at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood to play bingo for charity last week and took home quite a prize — a barmaid. Tracy, a pretty blonde, allowed herself to be picked up by the former Playmate and was later bragging about the night she spent with Smith, sharing pictures from her digital camera with patrons at the bar. "She wasn't keeping it a secret," a PAGE SIX source relates. "Anna Nicole put her in handcuffs and her neck was covered with hickeys." The source added, "Anna Nicole was doing that butt-slapping thing — it was just bizarre. And her son was in the house." Calls to Tracy and Smith were not returned.