The Scandalist Scoop: Monday, Oct. 13



Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to twins

LOS ANGELES – Lisa Marie Presley is a mom again. A publicist says the 40-year-old singer gave birth Tuesday to twin girls, whose names were not released. One baby weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and the other came in at 5 pounds and 2 ounces. 

Rocker Meat Loaf hospitalized for 3 days in London

LONDON – A publicist for Meat Loaf says the 57-year-old rocker was hospitalized in London for three days following an awards ceremony earlier this week.

T.I. has dual No. 1s but claims underdog status

NEW YORK – Although T.I. owns both the No. 1 album and single in the country, the platinum-selling rapper says he still feels like the underdog. “Nobody has ever given me a win and nobody has ever said, ‘T.I., you know he’s going to do this thing.’ They always (say), ‘He’s not going to do this much, he’s not going to do that good, I don’t believe he’ll do that well.’ So its always been an uphill battle for me no matter how big I get I’m always the underdog,” he said in an interview.

Donovan still a Sunshine Superman at 62

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. – Standing in the rain wasn’t going to dampen Donovan’s spirits. At a festival question-and-answer session, Donovan told how George Harrison suffered stiff knees while learning the sitar. He even sang an unrecorded verse of “Hurdy Gurdy Man” written by his old Beatle chum. He talked about leaving a private audience with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as the Grateful Dead were walking in and how he first heard the sitar music of Ravi Shankar during a wild night out. “I got very, very involved in a paisley patterned carpet, I remember,” Donovan said to laughter. “It took me a long while to come out of that carpet.”

No one gave Def Leppard the Stanley Cup instruction manual?

The Detroit Red Wings may be feeling a twinge of embarrassment after their 3-2 home-opening loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, in which the Stanley Cup champions passed the puck like a remedial-level pee-wee team. That is, until Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott redefined the concept of embarrassment during one of their NHL Face-Off Rocks segments at the Fox Theater in Detroit. This is what you get for booking a band from England: Drive on the wrong side of the road, place the holiest of holy hockey grails on a pedestal upside down as well.

Tim Robbins gets star of Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES – Tim Robbins is known in Hollywood as an Academy Award-winning actor, director, activist and hockey fanatic. On Friday, he added comedian to his repertoire while getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cloris Leachman named Rose Parade grand marshal

The actress, who has an Oscar and eight Emmys, will head the 120th Tournament of Roses on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The parade’s theme is “Hats Off to Entertainment.”

Seen here mugging with magician Criss Angel after his Friday night show in Vegas, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony reportedly worked their own magic the next evening. Sources tell E! the superstar couple completed Marc’s 40th birthday celebrations by renewing their wedding vows of four-plus years at approximately 3:15 am Sunday morning in the Forum Tower Penthouse at Caesars. Reps for the couple have yet to confirm the report to E!, but it never hurts to congratulate a happy couple anyway. Cheers!

The economic crash has made life tough all over. Stocks are sinking, jobs are scarce and folks’ retirement accounts are dwindling. Now, the downturn is even affecting the vital partying sector of the economy. According to TheLondonPaper’s blog, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z couldn’t scare up his usual $50,000 pay-to-par-tay fee this weekend in England, where he’s promoting the NBA New Jersey Nets (of which he’s a part owner). Even after the rapper dropped his price to $13,000, there were reportedly no takers, with a club source telling the rag, “At this rate he might even have to party for free.”

Check it out! Nicole Richie guest stars on Chuck Mon., Oct. 20. I’ve seen the episode and not only is Richie surprisingly good, but it’s the best Chuck ep so far this season. Richie plays Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) high school nemesis, but after a seemingly coincidental meeting at the Buy More, Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) flashes reveal that Richie’s character Heather Chandler (a Heathers reference, for sure) and her husband (Ben Savage) may be entangled in some major industrial espionage. Therefore, Sarah has every reason to kick Heather’s ass.

Box Office

1. “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” $17.5 million.

2. “Quarantine,” $14.2 million.

3. “Body of Lies,” $13.1 million.

4. “Eagle Eye,” $11 million.

5. “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” $6.5 million.

6. “The Express,” $4.7 million.

7. “Nights in Rodanthe,” $4.6 million.

8. “Appaloosa,” $3.34 million.

9. “The Duchess,” $3.32 million.

10. “City of Ember,” $3.2 million.

New York Post

IT was no secret that Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark could party hard, but in her new memoir, “Runway Runaway,” the rocker’s former model girlfriend, Lorelei Shellist, reveals his tortured side. Shellist told Page Six, “I was 24 when Steve and I met . . . he was the love of my life.” She said Clark’s death by accidental overdose at 30 in 1991 was a result of “living on the other side of glamour.


After their disastrous collaboration on “Swept Away,” which had as much sexual heat as a Larry the Cable Guy flick, you’d have thought that Madonna and Guy Ritchie would have learned to keep their film projects as far from each other as possible. But their bad timing might be all gossip hounds’ gain. Madonna’s directorial debut, “Filth and Wisdom,” arrives Friday, just nine days after Ritchie’s “RocknRolla.”

Rapper Big  Boi will play – sur prise! – a rapper from West chester named Gots Money in a November sweeps epi sode of NBC’s “Law &  Order: SVU.”


WHAT has been long suspected about bad blood among the judges on “American Idol” over money was confirmed over the weekend. Nigel Lythgoe, the former executive producer of “Idol,” says that Simon Cowell is earning $36 million a year from Fox for the show – far more than his counterparts, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson

Daily News

Pete Wentz brought a bit of the lower East Side to Barcelona last week. The Fall Out Boy front man opened a branch of his Angels & Kings bar there, climbing to the rafters and dangling above the Spanish crowd for over two minutes.

There were no tables at The Box the other night, so the guy in the baseball cap took a seat on the stairs when drag queen Ms. Rosewood took the stage. Naughty Rosie ended up pelting him with a condom filled with a questionable liquid. After wiping himself off, Leo DiCaprio laughed.

Chrissie Hynde wants to open an NYC branch of her Akron, Ohio, restaurant, The VegiTerranean. She’d love the vegan venue to be in the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero. “There’s been so much horrific blood and guts and violence there,” she tells, “that it’d be fitting to open a cool restaurant where no mangled, burnt bodies are on the menu.”

Travis Barker may be in the hospital – but he’s got a bone to pick with his ex-wife. The Blink-182 drummer expressed his “deepest thanks” to fans via his MySpace page for their support during his recovery from a deadly plane crash in September. But the 32-year-old also took a brief time-out to jab at ex-wife Shanna Moakler, who reportedly has been by his side since the ordeal. “Despite any rumors you might have heard via my EX-wife Shanna Moakler, who I have not seen since the week I checked in, I’ve been treated amazingly well, both here in LA and an Georgia,” Barker wrote.

First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus tried to get Lindsay Lohan’s gal pal to settle a $100,000 legal tab by threatening the Hollywood deejay with bad publicity, court papers say. Garbus attached a draft of a breach of contract suit to an e-mail he sent Samantha Ronson in October 2007, promising he would file it if she didn’t pay him for two months’ work.  “Please don’t force me to do it,” Garbus wrote in the e-mail. “The blogs will pick it up.”

USA Today

Everybody wants to be a 30 Rock star, it seems. Salma Hayek is the latest to add her name to the NBC comedy show’s roster of guests. She’ll have a recurring role on the NBC comedy as the love interest to Alec Baldwin’s character, Jack Donaghy. Jennifer Aniston, Steve Martin and Oprah Winfrey are to appear in November episodes.

Chesney’s album explores his ‘state of mind’

NASHVILLE – Kenny Chesney’s fans are used to hearing stadium-sized country anthems from the singer. But the songs on his new Lucky Old Sun album, out Tuesday, don’t sound as if they were built for stadiums. “It’s no secret – there are about four or five songs that are about Renee,” Chesney says, referring to his whirlwind 2005 relationship with Renee Zellweger. It began when the two met that January, were married in May and split just four months later.

LA Times

Rodney King enters ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’

ON PROMINENT display in Rodney King’s suburban Rialto home is a framed photograph — a reminder of his role in one of the most incendiary chapters in Los Angeles history. Now, although he had tried to maintain a low profile, King is again willingly putting himself — and his demons — front and center in VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which launches its second season Oct. 23. The series is billed as television’s first examination of the rehabilitation process and features Drew Pinsky, the low-key celebrity physician who is well known for his nationally syndicated radio call-in show, “Loveline.” Pinsky is head of the Department of Chemical Dependency Services at Pasadena’s Las Encinas Hospital.

Labelle’s future is ‘Now’

THE METROPOLITAN Opera House in New York was invaded by aliens on Sunday, Oct. 6, 1974. West Village drag queens sat next to Puerto Rican couples and Black Power believers from uptown. A funky band replaced the orchestra that night, and as the group played an electric groove, two women — wearing so many feathers they looked like birds — descended from the rafters to join a third onstage. This was Labelle in the mid-1970s. They were not just a pop group with one enormous hit, “Lady Marmalade,” but a phenomenon whose music helped change the very idea of what pop and the artists who made it — especially women singers previously confined to “girl groups” — could be. “People were looking for three outrageous women who might sing and say anything, and who looked like someone you had never seen before,” said Patti LaBelle in a recent interview, reflecting on the emergence of the group she’d formed with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash when they were teenagers, and which has reunited for a new album, “Back to Now,” to be released Oct. 21 on Vanguard Records.

New York Times

The BBC reported that the music producer and rapper Pharrell Williams, who helped produce and sang on Madonna’s album “Hard Candy,” made a surprise appearance onstage with the Queen of Pop on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, joining her for the song “Give It 2 Me.” As she has done throughout her current “Sticky & Sweet” tour, Madonna injected a bit of political commentary into the show. While playing a long, screeching note on her guitar at one point, she told the crowd, “This is the sound of Sarah Palin thinking.”

Rocking and Acknowledging Signs o’ the Times

A familiar if rare indulgence was available in the rooftop loft at the Hotel Gansevoort in the meatpacking district: a concert by Prince.

Ageless and Defiant, AC/DC Stays on Top Without Going Digital

Gradually, and without getting much media attention, AC/DC has become the most popular currently active rock band in the country, to judge by albums sold. “It’s like an artist who does a painting,” he added. “If he thinks it’s a great piece of work, he protects it. It’s the same thing: this is our work.” The band has said it does not want to break up its albums to sell individual songs as iTunes usually requires.

Hollywood Reporter

NA to sell $400 mil of Viacom, CBS stock

Not even media and entertainment pioneers like Sumner Redstone are immune from the current credit crisis.  His National Amusements, the company that holds his stakes in CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., said Friday it will sell about $400 million in non-voting shares of those companies to pay down debt and comply with credit covenants.


Jonas Brothers to Play Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Game

PHOENIX, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ — The red hot Jonas Brothers band will perform live at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game in a nationally televised halftime show that will air on Fox television network on November 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm CST, it was announced today. The performance will officially kick off the 2008 Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas campaign, which runs nationally through Christmas Eve, December 24th.

Trace Adkins and Lynyrd Skynyrd Headline Unprecedented New Year’s Eve Celebrations

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Two of music’s biggest names from country music and American rock and roll will race across state lines to ring in 2009 in two cities, two different time zones on one incredible night. Trace Adkins and Lynyrd Skynyrd each perform in both Pikeville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee on the same night, New Year’s Eve — switching cities and performances; opening the show in one city and closing it down in the other!

Beastie Boys Plot Star-Studded Vote Shows

The Beastie Boys have drafted Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper to join them on the Get Out and Vote tour, which will begin Oct. 28 in Richmond, Va. Shows are also set for Nov. 1 in St. Paul, Minn., and Nov. 2 in Milwaukee.

New Bjork Single: To Yorke, Or Not To Yorke?

According to the Bjork camp, the Icelandic vocalist will release a new single, “Nattura,” on Oct. 20 via One Little Indian, featuring backing vocals from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. The only problem: according to Radiohead’s management, Yorke hasn’t recorded anything new with Bjork, although the possibility remains that his contribution is a sample or was taped at some point in the past.

Beyonce Turns The Tables In ‘Boy’ Video

Beyonce will release videos for her two new singles “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” via MTV, BET, VH1 and Fuse on Monday (Oct. 13). The two songs were released to radio this week and are the first from her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album, due Nov. 18 via Music World/Columbia.

Panic At The Disco ‘Writing Non-Stop’ On Tour

After taking two-and-a-half years between its first two albums, Panic at the Disco is planning a quicker turnaround for its third — like by spring or early summer of 2009, according to frontman Brendon Urie.

The-Dream Spreads The ‘Love’ On New Album

Barely a year out from the release of his Def Jam artist debut, the-Dream returns Dec. 16 with his sophomore set, “Love vs. Money.” “In the beginning I was just having fun. I didn’t want people thinking too hard, I just wanted them to gravitate toward my lyrics,” the-Dream tells “But this time my vocals are different. I’ve definitely grown in my singing.”

Good Charlotte Goes Dance On Remix Set

Putting a club-friendly twist on the greatest hits compilation, Good Charlotte will on Nov. 25 unveil “The Greatest Remixes,” featuring new, dance-y versions of tracks like “Little Things,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “The Anthem” and “I Just Wanna Live.”

Justin Hawkins Starts Fresh With Hot Leg

The collapse of his former band, the Darkness, and an unsuccessful attempt to represent the United Kingdom in 2007’s Eurovision Song Contest have hardly dampened Justin Hawkins’ drive. But the frontman of new rock quartet Hot Leg has quite an act to follow.

DJ Babu Returns To ‘Duck Season’

L.A.-based DJ/producer DJ Babu will release the third installment of his “Duck Season” series through Nature Sounds Records on Oct 28. Babu, who maintains memberships in Dilated Peoples and the Beat Junkies, says “Duck Season 3″ falls somewhere closer to a proper album than its mixtape ancestors, as he produced and mixed all of the record’s 18 tracks.

TV Lineups

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

Colbert Report: Bethany McLean, Kathleen Parker

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: Richard Belzer, 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

Colbert Report: Joseph Stiglitz

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, Naturally 7

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

Colbert Report: Shai Agassi

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, Carson Kressley, 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

Colbert Report: Brent Glass, Robert Greenwald

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

Saturday, October 18

Saturday Night Live  – JOSH BROLIN/ADELE All New

— Chriss Coats

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