The Scandalist Scoop: Tuesday, Sept. 23


Wanna Clean Courtney Love’s Toilets?

Are you a “non thieving non freaky housekeeper” in the Malibu area? Courtney Love could use your help! Sick of using agencies who supply her with “PIGS who steal,” the always crazy Courtney turned to the ever-reliable MySpace to find a new maid. She makes it very clear she doesn’t want any “superfans” — a little ironic for a posting on a fan site, don’t cha think?

New York Post

Sweet Tart Singer Puckers Up

LENKA, the pretty Australian singer, doesn’t say she’s 30 years old. Instead, she says, “I’m not as young as I look, and I’m wiser than you think.”

Let’s Deal – Travels With Music Mogul Irv Gotti

You’re a big poker player. Where are your favorite places to play? “I like to go to a lot of the televised poker tournaments. My brother Chris and I play in the World Series of Poker at the Rio every year. If you’re a poker player, it’s just a huge thrill walking into that room and seeing thousands of players taking their shot.”

Daily News

Lindsay Lohan may want to live at the Dakota, but it’s doubtful that the co-op’s tony residents will put out the welcome mat.  The 22-year-old actress wants to buy a $4.6 million pad for her and galpal Samantha Ronson at the swanky Upper West Side building, the News of the World reported.

Pussycat Dolls still a guilty pleasure on ‘Doll Domination’

Celebrity culture couldn’t find a more strident anthem than the first single from the new Pussycat Dolls CD. In “When I Grow Up,” the girls bray: “I want to be famous!/I want to be a star!/I want to be in movies!/I wanna be on TV!” And so the Dolls have done most of those things.

Colby O’Donis: The New Kid on the Block

At 19, singer-songwriter Colby O’Donis is not only breaking into the pop charts, he’s being billed as the Latino answer to Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown. “I think it’s great,” says O’Donis of the comparison. “My dad loves it too, because getting into R&B, typically you have to be either black or white.


Run-D.M.C., Metallica nominated for Rock Hall

CLEVELAND – Run-D.M.C. could “Walk This Way” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges are among the nine nominees for next year’s hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday. The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4, 2009, in Cleveland.

Judge rules in McMahon’s favor in hospital lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – Ed McMahon’s lawsuit against a hospital and doctors he claims failed to properly diagnose and repair his broken neck has passed a key legal hurdle.

NY judge lets part of Rather’s CBS lawsuit proceed

NEW YORK – A New York City judge says news anchor Dan Rather can proceed with his $70 million lawsuit accusing CBS of violating its contract with him when the network fired him. No causes of action remain in the lawsuit against Viacom.

Part of paparazzo’s suit against Reeves tossed

LOS ANGELES – Keanu Reeves may have pulled off some daredevil stunts on-screen with a speeding bus, but a judge ruled Monday that his driving didn’t warrant assault and battery claims by a photographer.

Plain White T’s try to conquer ‘Big Bad World’

LOMBARD, Ill. – The Plain White T’s, whose tender song “Hey There Delilah” was one of last year’s big hits, had already finished recording their new album when lead singer Tom Higgenson started feeling the pressure. “A couple weeks ago there was a night when I couldn’t sleep,” says Higgenson as he sits at a basement bar at the home of guitarist Dave Tirio’s parents in suburban Chicago. “These songs are so good, but that night I was thinking, ‘They are good? We’re not just crazy?'”

Isaac Hayes leaves part of estate to foundation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Isaac Hayes has left his estate to his wife, Adjowa, his children and the Isaac Hayes Foundation, which promotes literacy, music and nutrition, according to his will.

Robert Wagner reveals love affair with Stanwyck

NEW YORK – Robert Wagner’s marriage to Natalie Wood was known to all. His love affair with Barbara Stanwyck was a secret – until now. In his new memoir “Pieces of My Heart,” Wagner writes of his four-year romance with the star of such classics as “Stella Dallas” and “Double Indemnity.”

Baldwin book rails against family court system

SAN FRANCISCO – Alec Baldwin blamed the bitter custody battle between him and ex-wife Kim Basinger in part for the anger and frustration he was feeling when he berated his daughter in a phone message leaked to the media last year.

USA Today

The 60th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday night honored low-rated cable series and earned low ratings to match: ABC’s three-hour broadcast averaged 12.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, slightly below the record low set in 1990, when Fox averaged 12.3 million. Last year’s broadcast, then the second-lowest and also on Fox, earned 13 million.

Il Divo’s fifth CD, The Promise, arrives Nov. 18 (pre-order on at $14). The singing group, which has a new long-term deal with concert promoter Live Nation, will launch a world tour in February.

Hootie’s Rucker tops country chart

Before this week, only two black singers had topped the country singles charts: Ray Charles and Charley Pride.  Now, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker joins that exclusive list, as his Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It goes No. 1 on USA TODAY’s country singles airplay chart.  Rucker says he’ll continue to perform with Hootie, “but as far as gigs and touring, I’m concentrating on this.” At some point, Hootie will record another album, “and I’m down for that, if the timing’s right. But I’m a country singer. That’s what I am now.”

New York Times

Red Roof Inns Teams Up With Country Music Artists

The budget lodging chain seeks to capitalize on the popularity of country music among its customers. THE latest recordings by a couple of popular country music acts will never hit the Billboard charts but, to paraphrase the title of a song from the movie “Nashville,” it don’t worry them. That’s because the recordings – by the singer Phil Vassar and the group Little Big Town – were made on behalf of Red Roof Inn, a leading budget lodging chain. As part of a multimedia campaign, the voices of Mr. Vassar and the members of Little Big Town can be heard when guests at Red Roof motels ask for wake-up calls or potential guests are placed on hold when calling to book rooms.

Reunited, Loud and Finding the Love

My Bloody Valentine headlined the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello, N.Y.

Wall Street Journal

When She Blows the Alphorn

It’s Not All Mountain Music The alphorn hasn’t exactly been the inspiration for many rock stars. But Eliana Burki is on the cutting edge of the instrument’s newfound chic.

Hollywood Reporter

Kanye West has hand in puppet pilot

Comedy Central has teamed with Kanye West for a project described as hip-hop meets the Muppets. A half-hour pilot has been shot for the project, tentatively titled “Alligator Boots.” It’s from Jackhole Prods., the production company founded by Jimmy Kimmel, Daniel Kellison and Adam Carolla that also was behind Comedy Central’s puppet-centric “Crank Yankers.”

Janet Jackson Parts Ways With Island Def Jam

After just 14 months on Island Def Jam, Janet Jackson announced today (Sept. 22) her departure from the label. According to Jackson’s publicist, the label agreed to dissolve their relationship with the artist at her request.

Swift Lands New Song On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Country star Taylor Swift’s “White Horse,” a song from her forthcoming sophomore album, “Fearless,” will be featured in the two-hour season premiere of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” on Thursday (Sept. 25).

TV Lineups

Tuesday, September 23

David Letterman: Julianne Moore, Tom Dreesen, Tim Reid, Kings of Leon

Jay Leno: Wanda Sykes, Zach Levi, Glen Campbell

Late Late Show: John Krasinski, Dr. Lisa Masterson

Conan O’Brien: Billy Bob Thornton, Aasif Mandvi, Kenny Shopsin

Last Call: Bo Burnham

Daily Show: Former President Bill Clinton

Colbert Report: Jackson Browne

Jimmy Kimmel: Dane Cook, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Atmosphere

The View: Robert Wagner, Aaron Eckhart

Regis and Kelly: Diane Lane, Poppy Montgomery

Ellen DeGeneres: Allison Janney, Simon Baker, the Pussycat Dolls

Tavis Smiley: Thomas Frank, Ed Harris

Chelsea Lately: Sugarland, Loni Love, James Aguiar, Shayma Tash

George Stroumboulopoulos: Pink, Declan Hill

Bonnie Hunt: Benjamin Bratt, Mekhi Phifer

Wednesday, September 24

David Letterman: Sen. John McCain, Usain Bolt

Jay Leno: Dr. Phil McGraw, Kevin Farley, Plain White T’s

Late Late Show: Michael Clarke Duncan, Shirley Manson, Jamie Lidell

Conan O’Brien: Jamie Pressly, Little Britain, Lenka

Last Call: Lester Holt

Daily Show: Aaron Eckhart

Colbert Report: Dr. Cornel West

Jimmy Kimmel: Sandra Oh, the first “Dancing with the Stars” castoff, Foals

The View: Alec Baldwin

Regis and Kelly: Richard Gere, America Ferrera

Ellen DeGeneres: Sharon Osbourne, Michelle Monaghan, Wolfgang Puck

Tavis Smiley: Helene Cooper, Charlize Theron, Martin Henderson

Chelsea Lately: Alan Silva, Chris Franjola, Natasha Leggero, Guy Branum

George Stroumboulopoulos: Buzz Hargrove, Greg Kinnear

Bonnie Hunt: Jamie Lee Curtis, 8-year-old golf phenom Elizabeth Wang, Dave Annable

Thursday, September 25

David Letterman: Paris Hilton, Morningwood

Jay Leno: The Hives

Late Late Show: Tim Gunn, Elizabeth Reaser

Conan O’Brien: Julianne Moore, Zachary Levi, Jakob Dylan

Last Call: Seth McFarlane

Daily Show: Bob Schieffer

Colbert Report: Nick Carr

Jimmy Kimmel: Rob Lowe, MMA fighter Kimbo Slice, Chris Bianco

The View: Chandra Wilson

Regis and Kelly: Chris Rock, Vanessa Williams

Ellen DeGeneres: Eric Dane, Kid Rock

Tavis Smiley: Dionne Warwick

Chelsea Lately: Emily Procter, Alex Reymundo, Ben Gleib, Ken Baker

George Stroumboulopoulos: Howard Zinn, Damon Albarn

Bonnie Hunt: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Ingrid Hoffman, Matt Grant

Friday, September 26

David Letterman: Chris Rock, Kristen Wiig, Darius Rucker

Jay Leno: Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Hudson

Late Late Show: Drew Carey, Tony Parker, Lady Antebellum

Conan O’Brien: Brooke Shields, Amos Lee

Last Call: Miranda Kerr, Rachael Harris, Seether (R 5/8/08)

Jimmy Kimmel: Martin Short, Solange Knowles (R 9/10/08)

The View: Julianne Moore, Candace Bushnell

Regis and Kelly: Victoria Beckham, Usain Bolt, guest co-host Nick Lachey

Ellen DeGeneres: Shia LaBeouf, Mario Lopez, Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle

Tavis Smiley: Geoff Canada, Paul Tough

Chelsea Lately: Finesse Mitchell, Gary Valentine, Erin Foley

George Stroumboulopoulos: Russell Peters, Spike Lee

Bonnie Hunt: Allison Janney, Thom Beers, Michael Clarke Duncan

Saturday, September 27

Saturday Night Live ANNA FARIS / DUFFY All New

— Chriss Coats

[Photo: Courtney Love’s MySpace]

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