LOS ANGELES – Lindsay Lohan doesn’t want to be on camera, at least not when she’s giving a deposition. Lawyers for Lohan filed a motion on Wednesday seeking a judge’s order barring any filming of the actress’ upcoming deposition in a case filed by gal pal Samantha Ronson. Ronson sued her former lawyers in May, claiming they failed to represent her adequately when she sued bloggers, including Perez Hilton. Ronson claimed the bloggers defamed her by writing that she had planted drugs in Lohan’s car and was exploiting the actress to the paparazzi.
CLEVELAND – Slash will play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s tribute concert for his guitar hero Les Paul. Paul is expected to attend the American Music Masters series event. The lineup of guitar virtuosos for the November 15th concert includes Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, The Ventures and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill – and Daddy Yankee? The 31-year-old reggaeton star is taking a turn as moderator of a debate Thursday among candidates for governor of Puerto Rico in an effort to lure young voters to the polls on Nov. 4.
Katie Holmes and hubby Tom Cruise can count on seeing some familiar mustachioed faces when “All My Sons,” in which Holmes stars, opens on Broadway Thursday. The anti-Scientology critics of the group Anonymous are gearing up for another protest against the couple’s controversial faith outside the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Last month the group, whose members often don “V for Vendetta” masks with mustaches, heralded the play’s first preview by carrying signs that read “Scientology Kills” and “Free Katie, keep Tom.”
Diddy rocked out at Madonna’s Tuesday Garden show, despite just having rotator cuff surgery. (His arm sling sported an Obama pin.)
Heather Locklear, busted last month on suspicion of DUI, was in no mood for photos when she and daughter Ava slipped into Miley Cyrus’ Sweet 16 party at Disneyland last weekend. Heather’s bodyguards shined flashlights into the eyes of paparazzi. Guess Locklear forgot her sister Lori’s invention, Stoparazzi Spray. The greasy aerosol (sold at stoparazzispray.com) is supposed to cloud photo lenses, allowing celebs to escape.
Busta Rhymes’ 3 a.m. Marquee convoy Wednesday had two Maybachs and two Rolls-Royces.
Cancer foe Sharon Osbourne receives the Nationwide Woman of Courage award on ABC’s “Frosted Pink With a Twist” special on Sunday.
He likes to dress in costumes that make him look like Ziggy Stardust, had he been styled by the Village People. Small wonder Kevin Barnes, of the consciously out-there band Of Montreal, greatly admires the stars of glitter-rock. “I like the way they weren’t afraid to be peacocks and dress up in playful ways,” says Barnes. “Also I like the way they destroyed gender roles. That’s healthy.”
The one-named singer known as Antony has never sounded like he’s of this world. With his fey flutter of a voice, and the sparse and airy arrangements of his music, he sounds like he’s always being moved by the whims of the wind.
BACALL-ING OUT ‘MANIAC’ CRUISE
Outspoken actress Lauren Bacall unleashes on Scientology superstar Tom Cruise in a shocking new interview – taking him to task for dumping her pal Nicole Kidman and branding him a “maniac.” “Tom Cruise is a maniac. I can’t understand the way he conducts his life,” Bacall told Elle magazine in an interview for their cover story on Kidman. The 84-year Hollywood legend said Kidman was “unhappy” after her split with Cruise when the actresses filmed “Dogville” in 2003 together. In 2005, she told Time his “whole behavior is so shocking . . . inappropriate and vulgar.”
Movie studios will be allowed to buy ads during Oscar telecasts for the first time after a long-standing prohibition. Since the Oscars were first televised in 1953, studios had been banned from advertising during the show to avoid any hint of conflict of interest. But with few moviegoers identifying pictures with studios, Academy officials on Tuesday lifted the ban – with several precautions. The 2009 Academy Awards are scheduled to air on Feb. 22.
A hulking “Austin Powers” actor may be the real Dr. Evil. Joe Son, 37 – who played shoe-tossing villain Random Task in the 1997 Mike Myers comedy – was fingered in a gang-rape case going back 17 years in California after his DNA matched evidence from the file, authorities said.
Clive Davis is quietly reasserting his power at Sony Music Entertainment. Many had assumed the 76-year-old legendary producer was gently being shown the door after an executive suite shuffle in April stripped him of his chairman and CEO role at the BMG Label Group.
BECK is a stylistic chameleon whose musical colors can change from the blues to country to folk, to funk or hip-hop as easily as flipping a switch. At the United Palace Theatre on Wednesday, at the first of a three-show series concluding tonight, he showed that skill during a 20-plus song set that served as a career retrospective.
Kara DioGuardi brought the house down when she performed “New York, New York” in front of 1,000 people at the Columbus Citizens Foundation Gala Dinner when she was just 12. That night was the start of a very successful career. Come January, the Grammy winner and acclaimed songwriter – who has penned hits for Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera, among others – will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul as the fourth judge on “American Idol.”
A new series about the female mayor of a small town has jumped from the back burner to the front, thanks to Sarah Palin. The proposed show, tentatively titled “Cadillac Ranch,” comes with a big-name director attached – Adam Shankman, who choreographed and directed the movie version of “Hairspray.”
MADONNA is a demanding diva even to her peers. The Swedish pop star Robyn was psyched when the Material Mom invited her to open for a handful of her European concerts but quickly found out there are rules. Robyn told her hometown Swedish paper that she and her crew were told “not to approach Madonna, not to speak to Madonna and, above all, no pictures . . . I hadn’t expected any glamour, but it’s strange that they assume that the first thing you’re gonna do is run after Madonna and ask for an autograph. My worst nightmare would be to turn into Madonna . . . Madonna is constantly chasing the latest trends.”
LL Cool J loves buying knishes and hot dogs from street vendors but admits it can be a bit funky. “Some people think street carts are unsanitary,” the rapper, who rocks Madison Square Garden with Janet Jackson next Thursday, tells Page Six Magazine in this Sunday’s Post. “Don’t get me wrong, the guy’s gonna pull a wedgie out while he’s making your hot dog, but it’ll still be the best hot dog you’ve ever had.”
GOOD thing the Clash broke up years ago, because they’d probably be playing Vegas and sipping champagne had they carried on. In next month’s Relix, veteran publicist Susan Blond, who did press for the bad boys of punk, recalls one night when Joe Strummer admitted he’d lost his anarchic sense of rebellion after a night of lavish partying. She recalls: “At the end of the night, he said, ‘I did the three things I hated the most: I rode in a limousine, hung out with Andy Warhol and went to Studio 54 – and I had the greatest time.’ ” A new album, “The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium,” recorded on Oct. 13, 1982, hits stores this week.
THOSE who say John McCain and Barack Obama waffle on the issues should vote for gun-toting, meat-loving rocker Ted Nugent, who makes no bones about what he’d do as president. “[I’d] instruct the US military warriors to do their job – win the global war on terror right now and eliminate all threats from all sources by any means necessary,” Nugent writes in his new book, “Ted, White and Blue.”
We Hear: THAT Beyoncé was decked out in navy-blue Carolina Herrera for the cover of The New York Observer’s new glossy fashion mag, Observer Style, peering through a diamond-studded monocle . . . THAT Amy Sedaris and Jonathan Ames will toast New York magazine at its 40th-anniversary bash at the Hammerstein Ballroom tonight featuring a concert by the National.
ONE of the “bundlers” who has raised $50,000 to $100,000 for the Barack Obama presidential campaign is Terrence Bean, who once controlled the biggest producer of gay porn in America. Bean, the first gay on Sen. Obama’s National Finance Committee, is the sole trustee of the Charles M. Holmes Foundation, which owned Falcon Studios, Jock Studios and Mustang Studios, the producers of about $10 million worth of all-male pornography a year. An Obama spokesman told Page Six: “Mr. Bean does not own the company [Falcon]. He is a regular contributor to state and federal candidates, including Republican Senator Gordon Smith and Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, and has even donated to the Log Cabin Republicans – who endorsed John McCain.”
Lars Ulrich of Metallica has consigned “Untitled (Boxer),” a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, for sale by Christie’s in New York next month.
The guild’s move against a new television variety show featuring Ozzy Osbourne is part of a continuing dispute over the line between scripted shows and reality programming.
Hugh Hefner’s new gal-pals aren’t quite as innocent as they look. Um, anyway? Florida police records show that 19-year-old twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, who appear to be seeking permanent quarters in the Playboy Mansion, are currently on probation for a battery bust in St. Petersberg.
Janet Jackson is ready for more onstage escapades. A rep for the veteran pop star said Wednesday that Jackson is ready to continue the North American leg of her Rock Witchu tour after sitting out a handful of dates to recover from an unspecified ailment. Due to all the reshuffling, she has decided against playing NYC’s Madison Square Garden on Oct. 16 but will be back on the road Oct. 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. So far, the Atlanta and New York shows have been rescheduled for Oct. 19 and Nov. 1, respectively.
After remaining tight-lipped about her marriage, Beyonce is at last speaking out about her wedding to Jay-Z. “What Jay and I have is real. It’s not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It’s real,” Beyonce told Essence magazine in its November issue.
Naughty By Nature Reunites For New Album
It’s turning into a good year for Naughty By Nature. In addition to being one of the five honorees on VH1’s recent “Hip-Hop Honors” special, the hip-hop trio has reunited to record a new album set for first quarter 2009. The group last performed together in 2006 for a one-night engagement at B.B. King’s in New York. The new album is tentatively titled “Anthem Inc.” Plans are to release it independently, with the group currently shopping for distribution. A song the trio did in honor of its VH1 salute, “Hip-Hop Honors,” is featured on the VH1 site.
GNR’s ‘Chinese Democracy’ Gets Release Date
More than a decade after its conception, Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” will finally see the light of day before year’s end, sources close to the situation confirms to Billboard. As first reported here, the set will be a Best Buy exclusive and will be available Sunday, Nov. 23, rather than the usual Tuesday.
Black Eyed Peas Album Nears ‘The E.N.D.’
The Black Eyed Peas are due to complete their fifth album, “The E.N.D.,” in London next week. “I’ll be finishing the record Oct. 15,” producer and group member will.i.am tells Billboard.com. Recording sessions have been taking place at Metropolis Studios in London. The album title is not an indication that it’s intended to be the hip-hop outfit’s final record. “No, no — it stands for ‘The Energy Never Dies,'” explains will.i.am.
Franz Ferdinand Unveils New Songs In Brooklyn
Scottish rock ombo Franz Ferdinand previewed a handful of new songs from its forthcoming album to a packed house at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (Oct. 8). Frontman Alex Kapranos said the band has finished work last week on the project, dubbed “Tonight,” and will release it in January via Epic.
T.I Breaks Own Record With Hot 100 Burst
T.I. breaks his own recently set record for the largest leap to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna explodes 80-1. The track sold 335,000 downloads this, besting Mariah Carey’s prior digital debut week high-water mark of 286,000 with “Touch My Body.”
Friday, October 10
David Letterman: Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth Banks, Lou Reed
Jay Leno: Terry Bradshaw, Vanessa Hudgens, Jackson Browne
Late Late Show: Little Britain, Tom Morello
Conan O’Brien: LL Cool J, Dead Confederates
Last Call: Christian Lander, Iliza Shlesinger (R 9/15/08)
Jimmy Kimmel: Dane Cook, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Atmosphere (R 9/23/08)
The View: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tristan Rogers
Regis and Kelly: Russell Crowe, Isaac Mizrahi
Ellen DeGeneres: Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow
Tavis Smiley: Peggy Noonan, Scott Glenn
Chelsea Lately: Sharon Osbourne, Heather McDonald, Perez Hilton, Frank Nicotero
George Stroumboulopoulos: Declan Hill, Pink
Bonnie Hunt: Jon Cryer, Gloria Reuben, Tim Reid, Tom Dreesen
Saturday, October 11
SNL: Josh Brolin, Adele
Monday, October 13
David Letterman: Sarah Silverman, the Teutuls, Ra Ra Riot
Jay Leno: Selma Blair, Katt Williams, Amy Lee
Late Late Show: Jack Black, Conor Oberst, Tom Arnold
Conan O’Brien: Christian Slater, Brian Posehn, Flobots
Last Call: Eddie Izzard, Cat Power (R 9/16/08)
Daily Show: Amity Shlaes
Jimmy Kimmel: Rob Lowe, MMA heavyweight fighter Kimbo Slice, Chef Chris Bianco (R 9/25/08)
The View: T.I.
Regis and Kelly: Christian Slater, Ed Westwick, guest co-host Randy Jackson
Ellen DeGeneres: Mark Wahlberg, Cody Linley and Julianne Hough
Tavis Smiley: Diahann Carroll, Tom Brokaw
Chelsea Lately: Regina King, Matt Iseman, Loni Love, Michael Yo
George Stroumboulopoulos: Richard Branson, Alice Cooper
Bonnie Hunt: Alison Sweeney, Tyler Hilton, Elmo and Abby Cadabby
Tuesday, October 14
David Letterman: Josh Brolin, Blues Traveler
Jay Leno: Dakota Fanning, Christopher Meloni, Kings of Leon
Late Late Show: Kristen Bell, Josh Radnor, a comedy sketch with Samuel L. Jackson
Conan O’Brien: Harry Connick Jr., Richard Lewis
Last Call: Thom Beers, Serj Tankian (R 9/17/08)
Daily Show: Ari Fleischer
Jimmy Kimmel: Chris O’Donnell, the latest “Dancing with the Stars” castoff
The View: Paula Deen, Jim Cramer, Gabi Wilson
Regis and Kelly: Queen Latifah, Rusty Wallace, Nobu Matsuhisa, guest co-host Anderson Cooper
Ellen DeGeneres: Dennis Quaid, Isaac Mizrahi, Jesse McCartney
Tavis Smiley: Tim Reid, Tom Dreesen
Chelsea Lately: Lee Ann Womack, Maronzio Vance, Jo Koy, Sarah Colonna
George Stroumboulopoulos: Ricky Gervais, Tim Robbins (R)
Bonnie Hunt: Simon Baker, JoAnna Garcia, Sea World Busch Garden Animals, the latest couple eliminated from “The Amazing Race”
Wednesday, October 15
David Letterman: Martin Short, Marv Albert
Jay Leno: Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, Kenny Chesney
Late Late Show: Eva Longoria Parker, Neal McDonough
Conan O’Brien: Rob Corddry, Ray Lamontagne
Last Call: Megan McCain, Anthony Green (R 9/18/08)
Daily Show: Richard Lewis
Jimmy Kimmel: David Alan Grier, Amaury Nolasco, Jessie Baylin
The View: Tony Curtis, David Alan Grier
Regis and Kelly: James Marsden, Maura Tierney, guest co-host Anderson Cooper
Ellen DeGeneres: Dakota Fanning
Tavis Smiley: Live Post-Debate Panel
Chelsea Lately: Jodie Sweetin, Brad Wollack, Chris Franjola, Whitney Cummings
George Stroumboulopoulos: Stephen Bronfman, Finesse Mitchell
Bonnie Hunt: Katey Sagal, Jon McLaughlin
Thursday, October 16
David Letterman: Nicole Richie, Ne-Yo
Jay Leno: Sen. Joe Biden, Colin Farrell, Lenka
Late Late Show: Paulina Porizkova, Ken Tucker, Tally Hall (R 9/16/08)
Conan O’Brien: Josh Brolin, Shaun Ellis & Helen Jeffs, Nikka Costa
Last Call: Madeline Zima, Hot Chip (R 9/22/08)
Daily Show: Robert Reich
Jimmy Kimmel: Mark Wahlberg, Dania Ramirez
The View: George Hamilton, Ashley Hamilton, the latest castoff from “Dancing With the Stars”
Regis and Kelly: Edward Norton, Bernadette Peters, the winner of “Project Runway”, guest co-host Bryant Gumbel
Ellen DeGeneres: Lisa Kudrow, Natasha Bedingfield, child break-dancer Jalen Testerman
Tavis Smiley: Robert Baer, T.I.
Chelsea Lately: Josh Wolf, Natasha Leggero, Geoffrey Bara
George Stroumboulopoulos: Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjavec
Bonnie Hunt: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, War
Friday, October 17
David Letterman: Tina Fey, Frank Caliendo, Tim Montana
Jay Leno: Daniel Craig, Kevin Smith, Black Kids
Late Late Show: Will Ferrell, Jean Michel Cousteau (R 7/31/08)
Conan O’Brien: Edward Norton, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
Last Call: David Nadelberg, Bo Burnham (R 9/23/08)
Jimmy Kimmel: Mila Kunis, Ben Stein
The View: Richard Lewis, Dylan and Cole Sprouse
Regis and Kelly: Nicole Richie, Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, guest co-host Howie Mandel
Ellen DeGeneres: Queen Latifah, Kenny Chesney, Dr. Armand Dorian
Tavis Smiley: Paul Theroux
Chelsea Lately: Carey Hart, Alonzo Bodden, Chris Franjola, Margaret Cho (R 10/6/08)
George Stroumboulopoulos: James Cameron, Robin Thicke (R)
Bonnie Hunt: Melina Kanakaredes, Phil Keoghan, Ivette Soler
— Chriss Coats [Photo: WireImage]