The Scandalist Scoop: Tuesday, Sept. 16


Associated Press

RIP, TRL: ‘Total Request Live’ ending in November

NEW YORK – Start the countdown clock on MTV’s countdown era: “Total Request Live” will soon shut down after 10 years on the air.

Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies age 65

LONDON – Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65. Pink Floyd’s spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member’s family did not want to give more details about his death.

Jolie, Pitt donate $2 million for Ethiopian clinic

NEW YORK – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are giving back to the country where their 3-year-old daughter Zahara was born.

Barbra Streisand headlines fundraiser for Obama

DENVER – How does Barack Obama lure wealthy donors to a big-money fundraiser in Hollywood? Bring in Barbra Streisand as the headline performer.

Lincoln Center to honor Tom Hanks in annual gala

NEW YORK – The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor Tom Hanks in its annual gala tribute, citing the actor’s talent of making “a good man compelling.”

Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies age 65

LONDON – Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65. Pink Floyd’s spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member’s family did not want to give more details about his death.

Jolie, Pitt donate $2 million for Ethiopian clinic

NEW YORK – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are giving back to the country where their 3-year-old daughter Zahara was born.

Hatfield chronicles life after spotlight fades

NEW YORK – Juliana Hatfield’s Spinal Tap moment came at a club in Eugene, Ore., in 2003. “People are in the spotlight for awhile and then they kind of go away and people forget about you,” Hatfield said over lunch one day recently.

Daily News

The light-switch romance of Leo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli is off again, we hear. The “Titanic” star and the Israeli supervixen have been partying apart over the past few weeks. Refaeli appears bereft, say spies, like she’s looking for a good time but not finding it. Leo? The good times find him. The other night, at a Chelsea club, an exquisite brunette glommed onto him. (Isn’t that disgusting, guys?) But we’re assured they did not exchange phone numbers. At least in public.

Ne-Yo would like to set the record straight. “I don’t hate R. Kelly,” the R&B superstar insists. Yes, Ne-Yo did sue Kelly’s tour promoter, Rowe Entertainment, after he was booted off Kelly’s 2007 tour (allegedly for upstaging the so-called star of the show). But, having just won $700,320 in damages, Ne-Yo can feel magnanimous.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, lunching at Ago in Tribeca and not talking much.

When Diddy’s $300,000 Maybach failed to pick up him at a Connecticut airport, he didn’t throw a fit. Instead, the rapper and his entourage – on their way to the Black & White bash at MGM Grand at Foxwoods – hopped in taxis.

The buzz about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Tina Fey portraying her, and a planned – and canceled – visit by Sen. Barack Obama helped drive up the audience for the season-opening episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Based on preliminary Nielsen figures for the country’s major markets, Saturday’s show was the best season debut since 2001, when the program’s initial show came after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Saturday’s show was up 64% from the first episode of the 2007-08 season, according to Nielsen.

Nelly gets fierce with ‘Brass Knuckles’

Four long years have passed since Nelly last released a CD – a period marked by the death of his sister, a feminist brouhaha over his randy videos, and money squabbles with his record company. But from the sound of it, you’d think little had changed for him at all. On “Brass Knuckles,” out Tuesday, the rapper continues to emphasize the flow of his vocals far more than his lyrics. Again, he keeps his music as breezy as possible and makes sure to feature more guest stars than every season of the “Love Boat” combined.

Farber: No denyin’ Dion’s strength

Celine Dion has titled her current tour “Taking Chances,” but those searching for some examples – in fact, for any – would have been hard-pressed to find them Monday night at Madison Square Garden

New York Post


Give Paul a chance. That’s what Israeli officials are saying after an Islamic extremist threatened to kill Paul McCartney if he follows through with plans to play his first-ever concert in Tel Aviv next week. But Israeli honchos also have vowed to stop the radicals at all costs if they won’t let it be.


Although the hip-hop/R&B/pop trio One Block Radius – composed of singer/founder Marty James, DJ MDA and MC Z-Man – are now happily signed to Mercury Records (under the Island Def Jam umbrella) and gearing up to release today’s self-titled album, things weren’t always so cheery.


WHEN they harmonize, accompanied by acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson sound as if they hail from a small Appalachian town – or at least Nashville, circa 1950s. But the truth is far from that – by about 9,000 or so miles. The married musicians are Australians, but you’d never know it listening to “Rattlin’ Bones,” their first album together, out today.

ELEANOR Lambert, the 15-year-old daughter of Diane Lane and Christopher Lambert, got a jolt the other night when her mom brought her to a rare screening of the 1981 flick “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains,” in which Lane and Laura Dern play high-schoolers in a punk rock band. “Eleanor was blown away. Diane made the film when she was just 15 and wanted her daughter to see how cool she was back then,” a spy said. The movie, which also stars members of the Clash and the Sex Pistols, is now out on DVD for the first time.

SISTERS Vanessa and Angela Simmons had an awkward run-in with their uncle’s ex the other night. The girls, who starred on MTV’s “Run’s House,” were walking the red carpet at the LeBron James Foundation event when they came face to face with Russell Simmons’ ex-girlfriend Porschla Coleman – on the arm of Dallas Maverick Jason Kidd. A spy relates, “They said hello, but once inside, the girls avoided Porschla all night.” James co-hosted the event with Ralph Lauren, who designed a basketball for auction which reggae artist Sean Paul bought for $1,000.

HIP-hop mogul Irv Gotti is so gangsta, he took the name of the infamous Gambino crime family. (His real name was Lorenzo.) But even a gangster can love his mother. On Friday night, Irv threw a 75th birthday party at the Tribeca Grand for mom Mary “Nee Nee” Lorenzo, and top names in the music industry came to pay homage, including Jay-Z, Diddy, Ja Rule, L.A. Reid and Lyor Cohen. “All my mom wanted for her 75th was a party,” Gotti tells us. “She considers all those huge superstars and executives her family, and she was delighted to see all her family there.”

WHO knew 1950s rockabilly icon Gene Vincent was such a big influence on 1960s psychedelic band The Doors? Former Doors drummer John Densmore, fresh from a victory in a California court forbidding his two surviving former bandmates from using the name The Doors, turned up for the opening of “Be Bop A Lula,” Rex Weiner’s play about the late Vincent and fellow rocker Eddie Cochran, at the Cat Club on the Sunset Strip last week. “Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran were as important to rock ‘n’ roll as Chuck Berry and Little Richard,” Densmore told the standing-room crowd from the same stage where The Doors got their start four decades ago, adding that Cochran’s rollicking “Summertime Blues” just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Vincent’s sister, Tina Craddock, recalled that Doors frontman Jim Morrison “had a man- crush” on Vincent.

THEY’RE a couple made in cheese-monkey heaven. Last week at the House of Hype VMA party in Laurel Canyon, perma-tanned Danity Kane singer Aubry O’Day made out with “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis in a Ciroc Vodka cabana while Robin Thicke performed onstage. Not that we expect this pairing to last – Francis goes through girls like chewing gum.

Sightings: MARIAH Carey failing to scoop up after her two tiny white dogs on the sidewalk outside the Roberto Cavalli boutique on Madison Avenue . . . MICK Jagger taking pictures of Barneys windows with a bodyguard and jumping into a black Mercedes .

LA Times

A conversation with Nick Cave

“I don’t want to write songs that are about the current state of politics… I can’t bear being told what to think, especially by musicians.”

Metromix: Back to school with Kate Voegele

Singer-songwriter Kate Voegele leads a bit of a double life. Let’s just get it out of the way: How was it to work with K-Fed? “It was great! It was just such a funny thing; just being from the Midwest in a suburb of Cleveland, I am a person that never expected to be in the music business, let alone acting alongside K-Fed. He was really friendly, and he did a great job with the role. It definitely goes to show you that you can’t believe everything you hear, because going into it of course you think, “Oh, it’s K-Fed, it’s gonna be insane or crazy or weird.” But he was so cool.”

New York Times

All They Need to Get by? Each Other and Their Fans

Unless Ashford & Simpson are wizards of fakery, their show offered evidence that for all the choreographed cheerleading, their happy chemistry is real.


Call the FCC because buxom former Monkees singer Davy Jones, 62, went topless at a concert in Staten Island this weekend. Poor Davy’s gone from the D-list to the DD-list.


KOCH Records to Release New Album by Disturbing Tha Peace Artist I-20

NEW YORK, NY–(MARKET WIRE)–Sep 15, 2008 — KOCH Records is happy to announce the release of Disturbing Tha Peace Presents… I-20: “Blood In The Water.” The album will hit stores on October 14th, 2008 and features appearances by Ludacris, Playaz Circle, Lil Keke and more.

David Cook Album Arriving Nov. 18

“American Idol” champ David Cook’s 19 Recordings/RCA debut has been penciled in for a Nov. 18 release date. The set is being produced by Rob Cavallo and will likely include co-writes with Collective Soul’s Ed Roland, Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida and Kara DioGuardi.

Silverman’s Matt Damon Ode Wins Music Emmy

I’m F*cking Matt Damon” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” won for outstanding original music and lyrics at Saturday’s ceremony for the 2008 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, rewarding a Sarah Silverman bit that became a huge viral hit.

Fame Records Relaunches With Hughes CD

Dormant for more than 30 years, Fame Records is relaunching this fall via a new distribution deal with EMI. The first release from the label, which introduced the Muscle Shoals sound to the rest of the world, will be “The Best of Jimmy Hughes,” due Oct. 28.

MacKaye, Moore Debate Indie Issues In Brooklyn

Fugazi frontman/Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore took questions from a packed audience at the Brooklyn Book Fair yesterday (Sept. 14), and while the panel was intended as a discussion of the parallel worlds of independent music and book publishing, most of the conversation centered around rock’n’roll.

TV Lineups

Tuesday, September 16:

David Letterman: Kiefer Sutherland, Rumer Willis, Phil Vassar (R 8/7/08)

Jay Leno: Shia LaBeouf, Beau Biden, Nelly

Late Late Show: Paulina Porizkova, Ken Tucker, Tally Hall

Conan O’Brien: Martha Stewart, Harland Williams, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

Last Call: Eddie Izzard, Cat Power

Colbert Report: Rick Reilly

Jimmy Kimmel: Brad Garrett, Kerry Washington, Adam Perry Lang, Buckcherry

The View: Tom Bergeron, Michelle Rodriguez

Regis and Kelly: Samuel L. Jackson, Dean Karnazes

Ellen DeGeneres: Kate Hudson, Erin Jackson

Tavis Smiley: Bernard-Henri Levy, Bing West

Chelsea Lately: Cesar Millan, Greg Proops, Giuliana Rancic, Jamie Kaler

George Stroumboulopoulos: Jeremy Hinzman, LeBron James

Bonnie Hunt: Rob Estes, Julianne Hough, Olympic Volleyball Team members Rich Lambourne, Ryan Millar and Reid Priddy

Wednesday, September 17

David Letterman: Nicolas Cage, Anna Torv, Terrence Howard (R 9/2/08)

Jay Leno: Ed Harris, Meghan McCain, George Clinton & The Gangsters Of Love All-Stars

Late Late Show: Alan Alda, Illeana Douglas

Conan O’Brien: Ray Liotta, Loudon Wainwright III

Last Call: Thom Beers

Colbert Report: Bob Lutz

Jimmy Kimmel: Alyssa Milano, Stephen Merchant, Ne-Yo

The View: Charlize Theron, Solange Knowles

Regis and Kelly: Top NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin

Ellen DeGeneres: Meg Ryan, Stephanie Meyer, Ne-Yo

Tavis Smiley: Alan Alda, Bart Gellman

Chelsea Lately: Ashley Jensen, John Caparulo, Ashlan Gorse, Charlie Viracola

George Stroumboulopoulos: Bob Lutz, New Kids on the Block

Bonnie Hunt: David Boreanaz, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Tabatha Coffey, eco-mariners Joel Paschal and Marcus Eriksen

Thursday, September 18

David Letterman: Seth Rogen, Fleet Foxes, dock-diving dogs (R 8/4/08)

Jay Leno: Dane Cook, Kristen Bell, Hawthorne Heights

Late Late Show: Jason Segel, Steve Hofstetter

Conan O’Brien: Willie Nelson, Southside Johnny with La Bamba’s Big Band

Last Call: Meghan McCain, Aushua

Colbert Report: Bernard-Henri Levy

Jimmy Kimmel: Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, Good Charlotte

The View: Jason Biggs, Dave Stewart

Regis and Kelly: Dana Delany, Dwayne Wade

Ellen DeGeneres: Benjamin Bratt, Nelly with Akon and Ashanti

Tavis Smiley: 1,000th Episode

Chelsea Lately: Daphne Zuniga, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Michael Yo

George Stroumboulopoulos: Russell Peters, Stephane Dion

Bonnie Hunt: Teri Garr, Cesar Millan, the winner of “Big Brother 10″, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones

Friday, September 19

David Letterman: Robin Williams, Shannen Doherty, Duffy (R 9/4/08)

Jay Leno: Brooke Shields, Dolly Parton

Late Late Show: Kristen Bell, Josh Radnor

Conan O’Brien: Ice-T, Dwayne Wade, Shane Mauss

Last Call: TBA

Jimmy Kimmel: Michelle Monaghan, Cold War Kids

The View: Dick Van Dyke, Perez Hilton

Regis and Kelly: Michael Chiklis, Kristy Lee Cook, guest co-host Kyle MacLachlan

Ellen DeGeneres: Neil Patrick Harris, Betty White

Tavis Smiley: Neil LaBute, Joseph Stiglitz

Chelsea Lately: Bill Engvall, Brody Stevens, Kim Coles, Heather McDonald

George Stroumboulopoulos: Tim Robbins, Ricky Gervais (R 9/15/08)

Bonnie Hunt: Alyson Hannigan, 11-year-old skateboard designer Jacob Brockhoff, Richard King, Elmo

— Chriss Coats

[Photos: Getty Images]

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