Johnny Depp is on a sexy streak. The sizzling “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, who nabbed a top 10 slot on People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive list last year, has been crowned Cosmopolitan U.K.’s sexiest man in the world.
Madonna switched gears to “Filth and Wisdom” on Monday night, hitting the red carpet for the New York premiere of her debut as a feature film director. The Queen of Pop, who is circling the globe for her Sticky & Sweet tour, arrived solo, without hubby Guy Ritchie on her arm. “I’m so happy with the finished product,” she said. “Writing it was actually my favorite part because it is so different from everything I do and deep down inside I’m really a writer.”
You can say a lot with a whisper. Just listen to singer Ray LaMontagne. Rarely does he raise his voice above a feathery hush. But that only focuses our attention on the rise and fall of every breath.
News flash: Prince has a sense of humor. Dave Chappelle once did a wicked bit on the Purple One (in which he spoofed his “Zorro outfit”). But the enigmatic entertainer still invited Chappelle to an intimate benefit show for his Love 4 One Another and Urban Farming charities. Also at the Inocente-sponsored concert, which celebrated “21 Nights,” Randee St. Nicholas’ book of Prince photos, were Spike Lee, Anderson Cooper and Howard Stern.
Resident “Jackass” star Bam Margera says that when it comes to Ashlee Simpson, Pete Wentz can have her. “I never really met her,” Margera tells Inked mag, out today. “I just saw her at some club in Miami, and she walked past like she was the coolest thing in the world. I thought, ‘I definitely don’t want to talk to her.'” Come on, Bam, don’t you have anything nice to say? “Her nose was haggard before,” Margera offers, “but now she looks pretty hot.”
PRINCE rocked the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop over the weekend, but the show was nearly KO’d by audience members who refused to turn off their cellphones. As the “Purple Rain” pop star prepared to take the stage, a panicked emcee announced the hundreds of cellphones in the room had knocked out Prince’s high-tech sound system. He begged fans to shut them or “there may not be a show.”
WHILE the rest of us are downsizing, Sean “Diddy” Combs is upgrading. The hip-hop mogul dumped one of his exotic rides last week – a 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom – but it wasn’t because he’s feeling the economic pinch. Diddy’s wheels sold for $200,000 last week at the Dancy Power Automotive Group’s showroom on Lenox Avenue in Harlem. But Puff, who has a birthday coming up, is putting that cash straight into a new Rolls convertible.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Tie-dyed T-shirts and political slogans made for a heady mixture as the four surviving members of the rock band Grateful Dead put on a concert in support of Barack Obama.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alan Jackson won songwriter/artist of the year honors for his hits “A Woman’s Love” and “Small Town Southern Man” during the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers country awards Monday.
PARIS – Hospital officials say 37-year-old French actor Guillaume Depardieu has died from complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.
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The title character of “Woyzeck,” a credulous Everyman driven to insanity by authority figures and jealousy, wouldn’t be out of place in one of Nick Cave‘s songs.
Another first for Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel! “We’ve never publicly endorsed before. But we’ve never been so inspired by one person,” Timberlake told the Las Vegas crowd Saturday at a public rally for Barack Obama, where he and his equally supportive girlfriend took the stage at the Clark County Government Center. “I’m not here as some dude who writes goofy songs,” said the pop stud, in town to helm the PGA’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which teed off today. “Me and Jess, we’re here as Americans. We’re here as humans because this is something we had to do.”
Superstar Also Makes His Directorial Debut with Before I Self Destruct, a 90-minute Original Film
NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ — 50 Cent exploded onto the music scene with his blockbuster debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. Now he’s set to deliver his fourth major label album, Before I Self Destruct (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), on December 9, 2008.
NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Palladia, MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel, has acquired the exclusive U.S. TV rights to a one-hour special showcasing performances from the “Peace One Day Supported by Ben & Jerry’s” concert held at The Royal Albert Hall on September 21 of this year, starring John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Annie Lennox, Bryan Adams and Peter Gabriel.
CENTENNIAL, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fans of Queen + Paul Rodgersa who were left screaming “I Want It All” after the band’s last world tour can now feel “A Kind of Magic” again in local movie theatres across the U.S. when the recently recorded and never-before-seen Ukraine concert Queen + Paul Rodgers: Let the Cosmos Rock lights up the big screen on Thursday, Nov. 6th at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Bon Jovi, Panic Get Touring Conference Honors
Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation and Widespread Panic will be honored with special awards at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
Fall Out Boy Album Release Date In Doubt
The Nov. 4 release date for Fall Out Boy’s “Folie a Deux” is in doubt, according to a post on the band’s Web site, which cited concerns over the planned election day tie-in. “This seemed less and less like what we intended to do and more of a gimmick,” the band said.
Neil News: Live Set Due, ‘Archives’ Delayed
There’s good news and bad news for long-suffering Neil Young fans. The good: highlights from a sought-after Nov. 9-10, 1968, run from the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be released as “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968″ Nov. 25 via Reprise. The bad: Young’s endlessly delayed “Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)” is officially pushed back to some point in 2009.
T.I., M.I.A., Hot Chip Highlight Diesel Bash
T.I. with Franz Ferdinand? Chaka Khan with Hot Chip? These unlikely combinations were on display as part of Diesel’s “rock’n’roll circus” Saturday (Oct. 11) in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of its 30th anniversary bash.
Hoobastank Eyeing January For New Album
Hoobastank is previewing its as-yet-untitled new album, due in January via Island, with the single “My Turn,” which hits U.S. rock radio outlets today (Oct. 13). The track will be available tomorrow via iTunes.
Reggae Legend Alton Ellis Dies At 70
Reggae music pioneer Alton Ellis, who enjoyed a career revival in recent years after a string of hits in the 1960s, died Friday in London. He was 70.
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 [Photo: FilmMagic]