May 31, 2006

Celebrity Sightings

As most of you know, the Indy 500 was in my city of Indianapolis last weekend. And, as most of you also know, Indy is not often a hotbed for celebrity sightings. If you want to know where Paris Hilton ate dinner last night, and you want to know within 5 minutes of her exiting the restaurant, you go visit Perez, Popsugar, Trent, etc.

However, being the dutiful editor that I am, I try to bring you insider updates on those few occasions when Indy actually plays host to some big players. And, Indy 500 weekend was one of those occasions.

Good friend to the MP&S, Iceman, has graciously granted us with a write-up of his big weekend:

As the resident hip hop expert for MP&S, I figured I'd submit a brief write-up on an encounter I had over the big weekend here in Indianapolis. After a busy night on Saturday of boozing and making friends with some of Hollywood's own at a pre-race party (and then on into the wee hours of the night at an off-site location ... names to be kept off the web for privacy purposes), yours truly was invited to a post-race party (by those same new friends) at Seven, a club here in Indy owned by Pacers star Jermaine O'Neal. Hanging with established actors and conversing like you've known each other for years is one thing, but watching one of your favorite hip hop entertainers walk in and sit down right next to you is another.

It played out as follows: Iceman sees Ludacris, Iceman thinks about introducing himself and chatting for a bit (hey, I was on a big roll in the 24 hours prior, so why not?), Iceman sees 3 personal bodyguards flanking Ludacris and forming a wall at his table, Iceman changes his mind and considers other alternatives. Ahh, but what's the best way to get to an A-list superstar? Make small talk with his buddies while standing in line waiting to use the facilties, so to speak.

I make small talk with "Jason," who "writes material for Luda," and before you know it, he's tapping a 350-pound-oversized-figure, pointing at me, and waving me in to meet the man himself, one-on-one for a few minutes of small talk.

Bottom line - Ludacris is very genuine, appreciative, and an easy to talk to superstar. We share a drink, discuss his performance in "Hustle & Flow" (one of my favorite movies in years), he tells me that he's looking to branch out into other genres (read: clothing & jewelry), and I tell him that I'm still steaming over being bumped out of "Fast/Furious" for Paul Walker (okay, kidding about that part, but everything else is legit).

So there you have it ... thank you Indy 500 for giving this city an excuse to invite celebrities to come and party for 3 days straight, and thank you Ludacris for taking the time to chat with a true fan. STAND UP!

G2 Co-Founder and Editor

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Sometimes I just wonder about a person's thought process. When picking out an outfit to meet Nelson Mandela (let me say it again, "NELSON MANDELA"), how did Fergie arrive at deciding on her "I Love Ponies" T-shirt? Seriously. Someone explain it to me.

Source: Best Week Ever

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See Ya, Matt!

Paris has been seen out and about lately w/ a random dude from her new video. Guess she's moved on from Leinart.

Source: Dlisted

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Julia Does Avon

Julia Roberts may have been dropped as the face of Christian Dior makeup, but the former "Pretty Woman" will still be the face of something.

According to Us Weekly, Roberts is about to sign on as the spokeswoman for more downmarket Avon - for a whopping $2 million-$4 million a year. Roberts will join Salma Hayek (who earns a measly $1 million- $2 million a year) in representing the company.

Source: New York Post

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Where Was Whitney?

A catfight broke out between a hot-headed hoochie in Bobby Brown's entourage and a Russian model at new lounge 83 Worth Street the other night.

A spy said that Brown - who was without wife Whitney Houston - showed up with "an entourage of women," one of whom picked a fight with the catwalking girlfriend of owner Jeff Krauss. "Brown's groupie managed to grab the Russian model by the hair and threw her against a wall before security guards escorted her out," we're told. Brown and his better-behaved gal pals were allowed to stay and made the most of it by dancing into the wee hours to DJ Uri Dalal's set.

Source: New York Post

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Sofia's Pregs

Sofia Coppola is expecting her first child with boyfriend Thomas Mars. The director of such acclaimed films as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation is three months along, Coppola’s rep confirmed.

The couple announced their pregnancy at the Cannes Film Festival where Coppola’s latest film, Marie Antoinette, premiered last week. Mars is the lead singer of the French band Phoenix, which makes a cameo serenading the French queen in Coppola’s film. Last month, the pair enjoyed a romantic weekend together in Palm Springs when Mars was in town to play at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. Coppola, 35, was seen beaming from the side of the stage as her man’s band performed.

“She seemed so into it. She went everywhere with him. They never left each other’s side!” an eyewitness told Us at the time. The parents-to-be spent the rest of the weekend poolside at the Parker hotel, strolling hand-in-hand outdoors while enjoying the desert sun.

Coppola was married for four years to director Spike Jonze. They divorced in 2003 and had no children together.

Source: Us Weekly

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Courtney's New Book

Love or hate her, Courtney Love never fails to fascinate. And just a glimpse of what will be in her forthcoming book will surely be enough to get her fans and detractors talking.

In a four-page preview of the singer's 288-page "impromptu memoir," which was researched and edited by Ava Stander, it appears "Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love" will contain letters, childhood records, poetry, journal entries, song lyrics, fan 'zines, show fliers and never-before-seen photographs, including shots of her late husband Kurt Cobain and their daughter, Frances Bean.

Notes are written next to and over the memorabilia, such as this thought: "There is no such thing as girl love, because all cool girls are competitive c---s, which is worth loving in itself, so it's okay. Just don't pretend it's otherwise! Celebrate the reality!"

Other notes are less-than-celebratory, such as her realization that she is "a public figure unhappy with my share of the American dream. There can only be one reason for this. I am on drugs, and have the morals and mentality of a cartoon character. What did I want after all??"

Source: MTV

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Did she cut up old sheets for that outfit? And, can we not put some real pants on Sean P. when we go out in public?

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Family Affair

Hollywood star Goldie Hawn has cast her long-term partner Kurt Russell to star in her directional debut Ashes To Ashes.

The Overboard co-stars will both appear in the comedy, about a New York widow who brings her late husband's ashes to rest in India. Speaking at the London premiere of his latest film Poseidon on Sunday, Russell says, "Goldie's written a picture called Ashes To Ashes, which she has asked me to star in. She's going to direct the movie and I'm going to play the lead role. He's a mystery character."

Russell insists his stepdaughter Kate Hudson will not be in the movie, but she is planning a movie with her family in the future. He explains, "Kate is not going to be involved, but she will definitely be in the next project we're doing."

Source: IMDB

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Crowe's Mouth Gets Him Booted

The reason Russell Crowe was replaced by Heath Ledger in the still-untitled Baz Luhrmann movie?

The hot-tempered Oscar winner demanded script approval for the love story with Nicole Kidman set in the Australian outback prior to the Japanese bombardment of Darwin in 1942.

The producers told Luhrmann to find another actor, and the director met several times with fellow Aussie Ledger. "Baz liked him and offered him the movie," said one source. "Then Crowe came back to Luhrmann and said he'd forego script approval and wanted to do the movie, but they told him it was too late - to buzz off." Crowe's flack had no comment.

Source: New York Post

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"I do not like the perfect little dolls that Hollywood produces most of the time these days - huge boobs and perky little faces. I like Amazonian girls like Uma [Thurman]"

--Manolo Blahnik in Footwear News

Source: New York Post

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Actress Helena Bonham Carter and her director husband Tim Burton are trying to stop a celebrity-friendly London pub from getting a late drinking license.

The couple have written a letter of complaint to the council trying to prevent The Sir Richard Steele pub, located in the plush Primrose Hill region of the city, asking the authorities not to allow the landlord to extend his opening hours.

The drinking hole is a popular haunt for a galaxy of stars who live in the area, including Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, supermodel Kate Moss and actress Sienna Miller. Helena and Tim are sick of the pub's noisy regulars and are determined to stop the extension.

The letter reportedly reads: "We live extremely near to the pub and have to endure enough noise after it has shut. "If the hours are extended we fear our quality of living is going to be severely hampered." Pub manager Paul Davies is shocked by the complaint and insists the pub is not a raucous place. A council committee will make a decision on the late license tonight.

Meanwhile, Helena is the latest addition to the 'Harry Potter' cast.

Source: AZ Central

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Van Halen To Reunite?

Van Halen's reunion is "inevitable", former frontman David Lee Roth has claimed.

The singer who hasn't seen ex-bandmate Eddie Van Halen for years says they have been talking again and their management are involved in putting the group back together.

He said: "I see it absolutely as an inevitability. It would be very simple to put together. I definitely see it happening."

The singer was the frontman for Van Halen from 1974 to 1985. He left in 1985 following a war of words with guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Subsequent attempts to reunite the group have not been successful.

Roth is planning to tour this summer performing Van Halen hits. He said: "I'm so proud of that music. The demand is amazing."

Source: AZ Central

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May 30, 2006

It's Only A Matter of Time...

On/off couple Sienna Miller and Jude Law have confirmed rumors they are giving their relationship a third attempt.

The pair ended their seven-month engagement in July 2005 after the Road To Perdition hunk admitted he had slept with his childrens' former nanny Daisy Wright the previous March. The Alfie co-stars reconciled in October, but split again in January. Miller has since been seen with her Factory Girl co-star Hayden Christensen and Argentine model Nico Malleville, while Law was linked to Australian singer/actress Sophie Monk.

When asked by the Associated Press if she had reconciled with Law, Miller says, "Well, it's pretty obvious, isn't it? We're working things out."

Source: IMDB

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Surreal Wedding?

Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, reality show TV stars who met on the set of VH1's "Surreal Life" show, have decided to take a starring role in life together, as the two reportedly wed in a Gothic style wedding on Saturday.

The Illinois wedding between former Brady child star all-grown-up to major hunk, Christoher Knight, and his co-star, sexy brunette Adrianne Curry, enjoyed the company of more that 250 guests at their Illinois wedding.

Curry, 23, won the title of "America's Next Top Model" in the first show, and her new husband, Knight, 48, originally started out on "The Brady Bunch."

Source: The Post Chronicle

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Model Janice Dickinson compares sex sessions with rocker Mick Jagger to boxing matches because the pair was so physical. The star has published a new memoir and dating guide, "Check, Please!," in which she reveals details about her steamy encounters with the Rolling Stones frontman.

She explains, "Mating with Mick for me was like a boxing match; the ring was my queen-sized mattress. He'd flip me over and then I'd flip him over - which wasn't hard because he only came up to my shoulders if we were standing. In the throes of passion, I thought about my ideal man - who was not Mick Jagger. My dream was a Jewish Jim Morrison; Mick was more like the Dutch Boy you see on paint cans ... He wasn't at all my type. But then again, it didn't matter - because he was Mick Jagger."

Source: Starpulse

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It Ain't Easy Bein' Short

"One Tree Hill" cradle-robbing star Chad Michael Murray, 24, made his first appearance in public with his teenage fiancée, Kenzie Dalton, 18, last weekend.

The duo showed up at Mansion in Miami so Dalton could compete in the "So You Want to Be a Model" contest, in hopes of winning the $50,000 contract with NY/LA Models. Dalton's family was impressed that Murray arranged VIP seating for them. When Dalton lost, the 5-foot-4 actress gracefully said: "What can you say, I can't compete with all those tall girls."

Source: New York Post

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Good Deed

New parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have marked the birth of their first biological child, by donating $300,000 to local hospitals in Namibia.

Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt at The Cottage Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia, on Saturday. The couple have given the large sum to two state-run hospitals, and also made a second donation of $15,000 for a school and community centre in the town.

A statement from the Hollywood pair reads, "We want to contribute to Namibia and the people who have been so gracious to us at this time."

Source: IMDB

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Ice Cube Says...

Voices keep growing louder to complain that Oprah Winfrey turns a deaf ear to rappers on her show.

Now joining Ludacris and 50 Cent is Ice Cube, who tells FHM magazine: "I've been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I've never been asked to participate."

The rapper-actor (real name: O'Shea Jackson), 36, says of his 2002 snub, "For Barbershop she had Cedric the Entertainer and Eve on, but I wasn't invited. Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop."

Questioning Winfrey's booking policy, Cube also says: "She's had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I'm not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?"

A spokesman for Harpo, Winfrey's production company, told the Associated Press that Winfrey would not respond directly to Ice Cube's remarks. Recently, 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson), complained that Winfrey "caters to old white women" and rarely invites rappers on her show. Ludacris (real name: Chris Bridges) told GQ magazine that the media mogul was "unfair" to him during a show he appeared on last October with costars from Best Picture Oscar winner Crash.

Source: People

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U.S. Marshal Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal isn't really at risk when he helps arrest bad guys as a U.S. marshal.

The 7-foot Miami Heat center has helped make 30 busts in his crusade against kiddie-porn pervs. "I do not have to run after the people or tackle them. They always surrender peacefully," Shaq recently told Webster Hall's Baird Jones.

"And I'm never afraid. When I arrive, they are really already under arrest." Shaq says he's not in it for the glory. "I am not a hero . . . My father was my hero growing up. He was an Army drill sergeant and an FBI agent."

Source: New York Post

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