WASHINGTON – As a little boy in the Washington suburbs, Darrell Walls liked to pretend to be Lil’ Kim or a Pink Power Ranger. He felt different – like a girl mistakenly born a boy. But Walls eventually embraced that difference and today is living true, as Isis King. Now 22, King is the first transgender contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” the CW Television Network reality show hosted by super model Tyra Banks.
ATLANTA – A judge on Tuesday ordered rapper T.I. to pay more child support to the mother of two of his children after she claimed he wasn’t providing enough money.
LONDON – Several letters that Princess Diana wrote to her former nanny, including one comparing her own dancing skills to those of an elephant, will be auctioned in London next week, and they are expected to sell for thousands of dollars.
SYDNEY, Australia – Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman said swimming in Australian Outback waterfalls may promote fertility and might have contributed to her unexpected pregnancy over the past year.
LOS ANGELES – A judge has ended a long-running dispute between Tim Burton and his ex-girlfriend over whether the acclaimed director owes her more of his earnings.
LONDON – A sapphire-and-diamond brooch worn by singer Elton John in one of his music videos will go under the gavel this week.
LOS ANGELES – He is the Michelangelo of the hip-hop world, the acclaimed tattoo artist to practically every rap star seeking an elaborate, perfectly lettered, black-and-white body drawing that comes complete with an instant dose of street cred.
Lynne Spears raises a very good point about her family and the Palin family’s respective pregnancies: While Sarah and Bristol were celebrated, Lynne’s lil’ girl got “crucified.” “I just feel like it’s been a very hypocritical situation,” Lynne tells Newsweek. “Every woman in the world has applauded her strength and her convictions and poor little old Jamie Lynn, you saw how she was crucified.” And yet, we’ve been told J-L has tried to reach out to Bristol in some way.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but soul man Sam Moore sees no compliment in the parallels between his life and the new comedy “Soul Men.” Moore charges that the movie, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac as an estranged R&B duo known as the Real Deal, rips off his career with Dave Prater, who died in 1988.
A hedge-fund hottie who sued Vibe and Diddy after the mag published a topless picture of her at the music mogul’s Hamptons blowout has had her case tossed out. Maria Dominguez, a money manager for a hedge fund, filed the $3 million invasion-of-privacy suit when a shot of her with two other bare-breasted sirens ran in the November 2006 issue of Vibe next to the caption, “Mermaids gone wild.”
Charlize Theron proved Monday night she can be a fun late-night guest, really fun – especially with a drink in her hand. Theron turned up on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to promote her new film “The Battle in Seattle” and admitted to the host she “maybe” had a drink backstage.
There’s only room for one star on the set of “Hannah Montana” – and that would be Miley Cyrus, duh! The teen sensation is exhibiting diva-like behavior on the set of her Disney series, according to reports, and co-stars Emily Osment and Mitchel Musso – who play Hannah’s BFFs on the show – are said to be feeling the burn. “Things are so chilly between Emily and Miley, icicles form every time they have to speak to one another,” a production staffer told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s become increasingly clear Miley has become jealous of Emily’s rising profile and popularity.”
POSTURING has always been a big part of negotiating and now it seems Viacom and the owners of its Times Square headquarters are ratcheting up their stances. Sources close to the entertainment giant complained to us that, contrary to comments from owner SL Green Realty, the owner of MTV and Paramount Pictures has not agreed to renew. In fact, according to the Viacom camp, the media giant and SL Green are at odds over the possible rent increases, are overwhelmed by ongoing construction, are underwhelmed by the design of the renovation and – ewww – are creeped out by a sudden infestation of cockroaches.
Denzel Washington and his wife, Pauletta, will be recognized for their philanthropic efforts and receive the Brass Ring Award on Oct. 25 at the 30th anniversary Carousel of Hope gala in Beverly Hills. Among performers hitting the stage at the event, which benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes: The Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Katharine McPhee. Celebrities such as Halle Berry, Will Ferrell and Scarlett Johansson are designing and signing Carousel’s Guess green T-shirts to be auctioned on eBay starting Nov. 5.
Vanessa Williams, Richard Gere, Martha Stewart and other stars are showing their canine-loving artistic side by painting dog statues to be auctioned on charityfolks.com as part of Celebrity Dogs Unleashed, sponsored by Halo Purely for Pets brand of pet products. Proceeds will benefit Green Chimneys, a residential treatment center for children and farm for rescued animals in New York. The first wave of painted pups is already open for bids.
Wall St. Journal
When it comes to pumping out Super Bowl ads that score well with viewers, Anheuser-Busch is widely acknowledged to be the master. This year, PepsiCo has a new tactic to steal some of the brewer’s limelight. The snack-and-beverage company is offering $1 million to anyone who can create a Super Bowl commercial for its Doritos tortilla chip brand that trumps all other ads in viewer rankings during the gridiron matchup. It’s part of an effort to raise the stakes on a contest the company ran two years ago.
Trade organizations representing record labels, songwriters and online music companies reached an agreement on how to calculate certain royalties.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TENACIOUS D are gearing up to release THE COMPLETE MASTERWORKS 2 DVD on November 4 via Epic Records. This is the follow up to the five times platinum-selling Complete Masterworks DVD. In addition to a complete show, the package includes a documentary following the band as they release their first feature film, Tenacious D The Pick Of Destiny, their handling of the less-than-stellar success of that film, heading out on the road for their live tour, and tons of behind the scenes footage…all totally uncensored.
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ — American Idol winner David Cook will release his debut album on November 18th, 2008 (19 Recordings / RCA Records). The first single, “Light On,” produced by Grammy winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) is released to radio this week and will be made available on iTunes on 9/30. “Light On” was co-written by one of rock music’s most influential innovators, Chris Cornell, lead singer and songwriter for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and acclaimed producer / songwriter Brian Howes, who has worked with superstar rock bands such as Hinder and Puddle of Mudd.
Neil Diamond Extends North American Tour
Neil Diamond has added 13 new dates to his North American tour in support of the album “Home Before Dark.” The freshly added shows begin Nov. 22 in Grand Forks, N.D., and wrap Jan. 8 in Portland, Ore.
Lawyer: DMX In Hospital, ‘Should Be OK’
Rapper DMX was admitted to an Aventura, Fla., hospital yesterday (Sept. 22), according to his laywer Bradford Cohen, a day before he was scheduled to appear in an Arizona court. While Bradford wouldn’t confirm media reports alleging his admittance was due to “fear of stroke,” he did say, “It was serious enough at the time but ultimately he should be OK.”
Busta Rhymes Shifts To Universal Motown
Busta Rhymes has joined Universal Motown after quietly leaving Interscope earlier this year. His upcoming album, previously called “Blessed,” is now titled “B.O.M.B.” and is slated for Dec. 9, a label spokesperson confirms.
Gallagher Ailing, Oasis Postpones More Shows
Oasis has postponed three additional shows in the wake of injuries suffered by guitarist Noel Gallagher during a Sept. 7 onstage attack in Toronto.
Elbow Sets Sights On Kids Album, Animated Film
Elbow, recently crowned victors of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Music Prize, plans to follow its prize-winning set “The Seldom Seen Kid” (Fiction/Polydor) by working on an album of children’s music and an accompanying animated film.
Third Eye Blind Opens Up With Indaba
Third Eye Blind is inviting fans to witness — and even take part in — the completion of its next album, “Ursa Major.” The pop-rock group’s first album in five years will be promoted through an extensive online portal via Indaba Music. Through it, fans will get an insider look into the completion of “Ursa Major,” due in early 2009 via the band’s own imprint with distribution from Sony/RED.
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: Lance Armstrong, Kristen Wiig, TV on the Radio
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
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