The Scandalist Scoop: Friday, Oct. 17


New York Post

DREW Barrymore likes younger men, but at 33, she’s not old enough to be a cougar. While sipping martinis at the Sunset Tower Hotel in LA recently, she confided to Liv Tyler, “I love dating younger guys. I’m a bona-fide cougar.” But, Life & Style magazine reports, Tyler, 31, replied, “Aren’t we pumas? I think pre-cougar is puma.” Drew – who recently hooked up with Ed Westwick, 21, and has dated Fabrizio Moretti, 28, and Justin Long, 30 – loved the new label.

We Hear: THAT while our source confirms Stevie Wonder did tell people one of his Los Angeles homes burned down, Wonder’s reps say all of his abodes are fine. We wonder why Wonder would tell people something like that

MICHELLE Williams came out of hiding to promote her new movie – and her new man. The elfin actress has been reclusive since the death of Heath Ledger, her “Brokeback Mountain” co-star and father of her daughter, Matilda. But on Wednesday night, Williams stepped out at the Cinema Society/Mulberry screening of her badly titled movie, “Synecdoche, New York,” with film producer and new beau Spike Jonze.


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is plotting a possible push into the digital-music business in the wake of MySpace’s launch of MySpace Music last month.


ALL was not always well at Wednesday’s Web ster Hall performance of the Cold War Kids, one of the better California garage bands to make it to the national stage. Their sound was muddy, the lighting murky and frontman Nathan Willett – who has a high voice even in the best of conditions – came off as screechy.


Given Madonna’s utter failure to master acting in a lengthy screen career that’s included such legendary bombs as “Shanghai Surprise” and “Swept Away,” it’s not exactly surprising that her directing debut, “Filth and Wisdom,” is thoroughly inept in just about every aspect.


The latest JFK conspiracy theory has nothing to do with a magic bullet, but it does in volve Marilyn Monroe. A Queens man named John Fitzgerald Kennedy is bizarrely suing the late president’  A Queens man named John Fitzgerald Kennedy is bizarrely suing the late president’s estate, claiming he’s his love child with the legendary sex symbol. “Plaintiff is a child of President Kennedy,” the Manhat tan federal court filing says, adding that he’s been shut out of his “father’s” fortune.


Diana Ross to headline Nobel Peace Prize concert

OSLO, Norway – Diana Ross will headline artists performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in honor of the 2008 laureate, Finnish peace mediator Martti Ahtisaari, organizers said Thursday. The list for the Dec. 11 concert also includes Canadian singer Feist, American country singer Dierks Bentley, Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas, Nigerian star Seun Kuti, and Norway’s popular singer-songwriter Marit Larsen.

Phil Spector’s case moves toward jury selection

LOS ANGELES – A witness at Phil Spector’s murder retrial will be allowed to testify that the record producer used incendiary language about women and once stated that they should be shot, a judge has ruled.

Both sides rest in Spears driving case

LOS ANGELES – Britney Spears did not appear at her driver’s license trial Thursday. Instead, her father did the talking.

Rodney Dangerfield’s widow settles video lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – A judge in Los Angeles has ordered a former friend of Rodney Dangerfield not to distribute video footage of the late comedian taken during the final years of his life.

Daily News

The actor who played Greg Brady on the classic ’70s sitcom “The Brady Bunch” says the sexy details in his former co-star’s new memoir are all true. Barry Williams, who played the eldest son, admitted he fooled around in real life with his TV sister, Marcia Brady.

Madonna will be one tough customer for estranged husband Guy Ritchie to negotiate with, if her past behavior is any indication. The prosecutor who handled the diva’s stalking case told us Madonna wouldn’t cooperate with authorities “even though her stalker, Robert Dewey Hoskins, threatened to cut her throat from ear to ear.”

Colin Farrell is admitting that he lacks gun control – and that may explain why the Irish actor has a love/hate relationship with revolvers.  “I don’t like guns much, and the reason I don’t like them is because I do like them,” Farrell told us at the NYC premiere of his latest, “Pride and Glory.” “If you put one in my hand, I feel incredibly omnipotent. And I hate that truth.”

Fabolous may have ordered a ton of bottles at Guest House the other night, but he didn’t stick around long enough to take a sip. The rapper, along with an entourage including hip-hopper Young Jeezy, headed for the door after a waitress told them that smoking joints was forbidden in the club. The rapper’s reps declined comment.

It’s a myth that Frank Sinatra was the real-life singer who got a big movie role because the Mafia put a horse’s head in a producer’s bed. In his new book, “Sinatra in Hollywood,” Tom Santopietro writes that “Godfather” author Mario Puzo said “the horse’s head was totally from my imagination.” Santopietro claims Sinatra got the role in “From Here to Eternity” because Ava Gardner, his wife and a much bigger star, demanded it.

Designer Shelton Wilder is such a Southern belle. With a 25-pounds-lighter Britney Spears wearing her Sheltini slip dress, she’s added a strip inside to button over one’s privates called the “paparazzi protector.

Katie Holmes draws celebs – and protesters – to Broadway debut

Anti-Scientology protesters mixed with Hollywood royalty who came out to see Katie Holmes make her Broadway debut Thursday night in “All My Sons.” Celebs like Blythe Danner, Barbara Walters, Patricia Clarkson and Isabella Rossellini were greeted with chants of “Save Katie, Keep Tom,” “Scientology kills” and “Katie, what has Scientology cost you?” from the group that calls itself Anonymous.

McCain shows up; tells Letterman, ‘I screwed up’

Late night funnyman David Letterman raked John McCain over the coals Thursday night for blowing off his show last month.

Psychedelic rock: What a trip!

The Secret Machines like to smear their sound into a great, hazy wash. The trio’s records ooze with distorted guitars, blistering bass and a rumbling thud of drum.

Boss, Billy Joel headline Obama cash bash

The Boss and The Piano Man raised the roof at the Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday night for the Democratic Party’s main man.

Lindsey Buckingham has ‘Gift of Screws’

The fastest fingers in the West belong to Lindsey Buckingham. The digits of this L.A.-based musician fly over the fretboard of his guitar in a furious blur. His forte remains the manic arpeggio. In fact, Buckingham kicks off his latest solo album, “Gift of Screws,” with a classic one, letting his fingers flick through the notes in a flurry that will make your head spin.

USA Today

Yusuf Islam’s boots are a threat no longer

In 2004, Yusuf Islam, widely known as pop legend Cat Stevens before his conversion to Islam in the late 1970s, was on his way from London to a Nashville recording studio when a name similar to his had popped up on the no-fly list. His flight was diverted to Maine, where he was detained by the FBI, and he was deported the next day. “I turned it into a positive,” says the unflappably sunny singer/songwriter, who encapsulated the experience in a twangy pop tune, Boots and Sand. “You’ve seen those Italian cowboy movies? It sort of turned into that genre. Life is full of surprises. I just contextualize them in music.”

After health scares, Natalie Cole forced to change breakneck pace

LOS ANGELES – Natalie Cole was worried she’d be forgettable. “I could have been dead,” the eight-time Grammy winner says, sitting in the living room of her high rise dressed in charcoal gray slacks and a matching sweater set, her hair cropped and her face made up. “The volume of work that I’ve had before, I can’t do it. Instead of 90-minute shows, maybe I’ll only do 60. Instead of dancing around the stage, maybe I’ll just walk elegantly.” 

LA Times

‘American Idol': David Cook heading to ‘SNL’

Last May David Cook made history triumphing in the greatest upset in “American Idol” history. Now the reigning Season 7 champion is about to break another sound barrier: On Nov. 1 he will become the first idol to appear as the musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” immediately upon release of his debut album.

Who’s that Romeo in Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” video?

“He was recommended by someone who had seen him on ‘Nashville Star’ and thought he was perfect,’ the ever bubbly young dynamo said during a chat at her hotel recently. “I looked at his pictures and thought ‘He is perfect for this video.'”

Review: ‘Patti Smith: Dream of Life’

Steven Sebring’s “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” is a dream of a movie; gauzy, free-associative and reverberant. Shot over 11 years by a commercial photographer who befriended the poet, rock star, activist and “godmother of punk” in the mid-’90s, when Smith returned to New York following the death of her husband, it drifts and floats between footage of her as a young woman in the ’60s and ’70s and rambling home-movie-like footage of her life today.

Why Madge Got Bored

When Madonna married Ritchie, she bought into the British package of posh country weekends and edgy London nightlife. Then Ritchie lost his edge.  “Who would have thunk it,” said Madonna somewhat presciently when discussing her marriage to Guy Ritchie a couple of years ago. “The last thing I thought I would do is marry some laddish shooting pub-going nature lover.” So too did most of her friends. I remember one of her first New York producers telling me that when he knew the Material Girl in her skanky downtown days she was a vegetarian. “Now she is out shooting birds,” he said. “I’ll give it five years before she moves on.” That pronouncement was made in 2002.

During an appearance on the Today Show Thursday, mother-of-six Angelina Jolie admitted she and Brad Pitt are-wait for it-thinking about adopting another child. “Yeah,” the Changeling star said with a smile when the subject was brought up by Matt Lauer. “I have something in mind.” As for how soon she would add to her brood, the actress, who gave birth three months ago to twins Vivienne and Knox, says, “It depends. You can’t even start the process until any new children are 6 months old…to see what you can absorb into a new family-and I think that’s a smart thing anyway, to understand when to bring another child in.” But if and when another sibling should arrive, Angie says the others-Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 2-would have no problems adjusting. “We have so many children that they’re not really stunned anymore when kids come home.”

Today on his KISS-FM radio show, Ryan Seacrest debuted a new mix of the Coldplay song “Lost” featuring a rap from Jay-Z. This version-now entitled “Lost+”-will appear on the band’s upcoming EP, Prospekt’s March.

Cypress Hill’s album “Black Sunday” came out in 1993 — but they’ve had to wait 15 years now to get their pants sued off over what one man considers stolen beats.Syl Johnson is suing Cypress (among a host of record and publishing companies) for a whopping $29 million, because he claims the beats from his 1969 song “Is It Because I’m Black” were used on Hill’s tune “Lock Down” — which was also called “Interlude.”

Diddy’s arm and his ass were in a sling Tuesday, after Miami po-po nailed the rapper for blasting music in his tricked out Jeep so crazy loud … he couldn’t hear the cops tell him to turn it down. Miami Beach PD tells us P.D. was rolling in his whip around Miami Beach, music blaring, when a cop pulled up to the car and asked him to turn the music down. When the Bad Boy CEO didn’t comply — or even acknowledge — Diddy was pulled over and ticketed. The fine will run Diddy about a Benjamin — good thing he doesn’t have to pay Aubrey O’Day anymore. FYI — We’re told Diddy was “very cooperative.”

It’s a celebrity wedding with invited guests like Tom Brady and John Travolta, and Coldplay as the houseband. So which mega-couple is getting hitched? Sara Blakely and Jesse Itzler. Um, who? Blakely was the runner-up on the short-lived Richard Branson reality series, “The Rebel Billionaire.” Jesse Itzler was once a rapper known as Jesse Jaymes. He had mild success with something called “Shake It (Like A White Girl)” — he also wrote the New York Knicks theme song, “Go New York, Go!” Both have gone on to have crazy success — Blakely owns a women’s undergarment company called SPANX and Itzler is Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Marquis Jet, a leading private jet company.  We’re told their wedding, set to go down this Saturday in the posh Florida community of Boca Grande, will have 350+ guests. We hear they booked up nearly all the rental houses around town and reserved hundreds of golf carts — because that’s how they roll in Boca Grande.

Hollywood Reporter

Ne-Yo headed to ‘Venice Beach’

Chart-topping R&B act Ne-Yo is going multihyphenate. The singer is set to star, executive produce and write the soundtrack for Fox Atomic’s “Venice Beach.” Duane Adler is penning the script for the music-driven romance. His credits include “Step Up” as well as “Save the Last Dance” and its 2006 sequel, in which Ne-Yo appeared.


MTV Networks Music Group Promotes Tom Calderone to President of VH1

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Tom Calderone has been promoted to President of VH1, managing the brand’s overall portfolio including, VH1, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul,, and all brand extensions, it was announced today by MTV Networks Music and Logo Group President Van Toffler.

Katie Lee Joel and Crest Whitestrips Premium Search for This Season’s Ultimate Holiday Hostess

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Welcome your loved ones this holiday season with the smell of deliciously baked goodies, a warm beautiful home and a whiter brighter smile. To help kick off the season, celebrity cookbook author and entertainer extraordinaire Katie Lee Joel, is teaming up with Crest Whitestrips Premium to help consumers around the country perfect their hostessing skills in the “Hostess for the Holidays” contest.

The Keep A Breast Foundation Joined by Musicians Iggy Pop, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and DEVO in Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

The auction will be live from October 18-28 at . Over 50 painted busts will be up for bid, including busts from top burlesque performers Julie Atlas (Muse Miss Exotic World 2006) and Tigger (first ever best boylesque) painted by rock stars Iggy Pop, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO. 

The Eagles Will Perform on ‘The 42nd Annual CMA Awards’

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Eagles will perform on “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards,” which airs live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Grammy-Winning Superproducer Dallas Austin Unveils First Single, “Exasperated,” from Upcoming Debut Solo LP, 8 Dazeaweakend, with Private Film Screening and Two Performances at New York’s CMJ Festival

To celebrate the release of “Exasperated,” Dallas will be active at CMJ, hosting a private screening of 8 Daze A Weakend at the Tribeca Grand on 10/21 as well as performing at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre on 10/22 and at Santo’s Party House on 10/23 in association with Afropunk

Rap Icon The Game and Polychrome Pictures Prepare to Launch Highly Controversial DVD

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hot on the heels of his instant classic, LAX, The Game is set to release what many are calling his most controversial project to date – a deeply revealing DVD entitled, The Game…Life After The Math.

Eminem Returns To Rap With ‘Relapse’

Emimem’s return to hip-hop is now official. After months of rumors, the MC announced the title for his sixth album, “Relapse,” last night (Oct. 15) during an on-air launch party for his book, “The Way I Am” via Orion Books. Eminem also introduced a new track, “I’m Having a Relapse.”

Franz Ferdinand Keeps Grooving On Third Album

Franz Ferdinand makes good on its stated desire to produce a “dirty pop” album with “rhythm- and dance-based” songs on “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand,” due Jan. 29 via Epic. It’s the Scottish band’s first album since 2005’s “You Could Have It So Much Better.”

Best Buy Posts ‘Chinese Democracy’ Track List

The track list for Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” is now up on an inactive pre-order page at Best Buy, which will release the album exclusively in the United States on Nov. 23. A small album cover image also appears there.

Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

Manilow Tackles ’80s Hits On New Album

Barry Manilow’s tour through the annals of pop music continues Nov. 25 with “The Greatest Songs of the Eighties,” his fourth decade-themed collection for Arista.

TV Lineups

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, Mike Birbiglia

Last Call: Jamie Kennedy, Panic at the Disco (R 10/8/08)

Jimmy Kimmel: Mila Kunis, Ben Stein, the Knux

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

Tavis Smiley: Diahann Carroll

Chelsea Lately: Jillian Barberie Reynolds, Jim Norton, Jo Koy, Arden Myrin (R)

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

Monday, October 20

David Letterman: Jessica Simpson, Jack Hanna (R 9/11/08)

Jay Leno: Ellen Degeneres, Robert Wagner, Jazmine Sullivan (R 9/30/08)

Late Late Show: Rachael Ray, Dee Dee Myers

Last Call: Madeline Zima, Hot Chip (R 9/22/08)

Daily Show: Eugene Jarecki

Jimmy Kimmel: Jon Favreau, “Dancing with the Stars” castoff Kim Kardashian, Rick Springfield (R 9/30/08)

The View: A day of Hot Topics

Regis and Kelly: Judge Judy Sheindlin, Corbin Bleu, cat show winner from the 2008 CFA-IAMS Cat Championship

Ellen DeGeneres: Colin Farrell, Sen. Joe Biden, Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo

Tavis Smiley: Madeleine Albright, Van Jones

Chelsea Lately: Alison Sweeney, John Caparulo, Tony Rock, Sarah Colonna

Tuesday, October 21

David Letterman: Former President Bill Clinton, Chris Rock (R 9/22/08)

Jay Leno: Dana Carvey, Zack Hemple, Marc Broussard (R 10/8/08)

Late Late Show: Cherie Blair, “Project Runway” winner Leanne Marshall, Laura Marling

Last Call: David Nadelberg, Bo Burnham (R 9/23/08)

Daily Show: Christopher Buckley

Jimmy Kimmel: Lisa Kudrow, the latest “Dancing with the Stars” castoff, Jesse McCartney

The View: John Lithgow

Regis and Kelly: Vanessa Hudgens, Jason O’Mara, Gavin Rossdale

Ellen DeGeneres: Kristin Chenoweth, Robin Thicke

Tavis Smiley: Paul Theroux

Chelsea Lately: Sally Pressman, Rachel Zalis, Ralphie May, Greg Proops

Wednesday, October 22

David Letterman: Russell Crowe, Sarah Vowell, the Pretenders (R 10/6/08)

Jay Leno: Kate Hudson, Michael C. Hall, Eric Hutchinson (R 9/15/08)

Late Late Show: Sarah Chalke, Nick Hornby

Last Call: Kat Von D, Jim Norton, Young Jeezy (R 10/9/08)

Daily Show: Tom Brokaw

Jimmy Kimmel: Amy Sedaris, Jonny Lee Miller, animal specialist Kirstin McMillan

The View: Monique Coleman, Bill O’Reilly

Regis and Kelly: Zac Efron, Shawn Johnson

Ellen DeGeneres: Christian Slater, Mila Kunis, Jason Mraz

Tavis Smiley: Randee St. Nicholas

Chelsea Lately: Josh Kelley, Conor Knighton, Heather McDonald, Scott Henry

Thursday, October 23

David Letterman: Julia Louis Dreyfus, Michael Cera, Pete Seeger (R 9/29/08)

Jay Leno: Wanda Sykes, Zachary Levi, Glen Campbell (R 9/23/08)

Late Late Show: John Malkovich, Cold War Kids

Last Call: Lester Holt, Moby (R 9/24/08)

Daily Show: Gov. John Corzine

Jimmy Kimmel: Colin Farrell, Natalie Zea, Lady GaGa

The View: Debra Messing, the latest castoff from “Dancing With the Stars”

Regis and Kelly: Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Tisdale

Ellen DeGeneres: Hayden Panettiere

Tavis Smiley: Marian Wright Edelman

Chelsea Lately: Jodie Sweetin, Brad Wollack, Josh Wolf, Whitney Cummings (R 10/15/08)

Friday, October 24

David Letterman: Bill Murray, Beck (R 10/9/08)

Jay Leno: Matthew McConaughey, T. Boone Pickens, Al Green (R 9/10/08)

Late Late Show: Mo’Nique, Lenka

Last Call: Seth McFarlane, Unwritten Law (R 9/25/08)

Jimmy Kimmel: Tom Arnold, Shea Whigham, Smashing Pumpkins

The View: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sheryl Underwood

Regis and Kelly: Gisele Bundchen, guest co-host Michael Chiklis

Ellen DeGeneres: Vanessa Hudgens

Tavis Smiley: David Wolpe, David Alan Grier

Chelsea Lately: Amy Sedaris, Ashlan Gorse, Elon Gold, Guy Branum

— Chriss Coats [Photo: WireImage]

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