So Lil’ Wayne had a hearing in his weapons case in New York today — big deal. But here’s the fun part: Our guy in the courtroom says everyone got an impromptu Marijuana 101 lesson in the process. The Weez’s assistant was up on the stand today and under blunt questioning from the DA, explained in great detail how pot is “something we always have” on the tour bus. Wayne’s bud also said the star only smokes “dro” — which, as the assistant explained, is short for “hyDROponically grown” weed (i.e., the good s**t). The court was, we’re told, buzzing.
Weeks before her hubby David Duchovny checked into sex addiction rehab and two months before revealing they were already separated — Téa Leoni enjoyed some VIP treatment from rumored boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton. On August 4th, Tea was on hand for Billy Bob’s 53rd birthday to watch him record a song at Sun Studios in Memphis. Two weeks later, the 42-year-old mother of two enjoyed a beer and a cig (right) at Billy’s show with his band, The Boxmasters, in NYC.
More than two decades ago in a Queens basement, Madonna recorded music that’s never before been released. Listen to it in a Daily Beast exclusive by Andrew Morton.
LONDON – Gwyneth Paltrow is helping her friend Madonna through breakup of her marriage. “She’s a very good friend. I’m supporting her in all the ways that I can. I’m just there for her. I speak to her a lot,” Paltrow said as she attended the premiere of her film “Two Lovers” at London’s Film Festival.
LOS ANGELES – Jury selection began Monday for the murder retrial of music producer Phil Spector, who is accused of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion five years ago.
LOS ANGELES – Jurors in Britney Spears’ driving case say they can’t reach an unanimous verdict. A judge ordered the panel to resume deliberations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the father of three girls, Tim McGraw understands the challenges that face dads who want to please their daughters.
Accused album leaker pleads not guilty
A blogger accused of leaking songs from the long-delayed Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy has pleaded not guilty to violating federal copyright laws. Kevin Cogill appeared Monday morning in federal court in Los Angeles and entered the plea. Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs on his website in June. The songs were later removed. The album has been 10 years in the making. If convicted, Cogill faces up to three years in prison – possibly more if prosecutors prove the 27-year-old did it for financial gain.
Alex Rodriguez could be heading for home with Madonna. The divorced Yankees slugger is looking to buy a pad two blocks away from the divorcing singer – intensifying speculation that he’s eager to replace husband Guy Ritchie in her life. “Alex is moving closer to Madonna,” a longtime A-Rod pal told the Daily News. “I wouldn’t say they are an item, but he has a strong attraction to her.”
Eminem doesn’t really apologize to Moby in his new picture memoir for being a complete ass at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, but he does try to explain. Apparently, he was abused and moved around a lot when he was a kid. Oh yeah, and he was a mean drunk. “When I was drinking,” the rapper writes in “Eminem: The Way I Am,” “I could be in a good mood … then somebody would say the wrong s- to me, and before you knew it, there was nothing my bodyguards could do to stop me from reacting and at least punching, spitting or kicking. It would be the simplest s- that would set me off.” “All my life I’d been trained to react. … My instinct was, if someone talks about you, you see them, you fight. But MOBY? Really? I was going to fight MOBY? And I was going to fight a puppet? In hindsight, I should have handled it differently.”
SHE’S baaaack! Britney Spears is gearing up to perform live in Bryant Park on “GMA” on Dec. 2 to promote her new album and single, “Womanizer.” Sources said, “Everybody wanted her – she was the big get – but ‘GMA’ and ABC outfoxed the ‘Today’ and NBC.” While Spears has yet to decide if she’ll do an interview, she’s coming out with an MTV special in which she talks about her trying last two years. NBC suits are said to be “fuming” at losing Spears.
WHO knew Tom Cruise was such a Tina Turner fan? Cruise showed up for Turner’s Chi cago show last week – without wife Katie Holmes, but with son Connor – and told our spies, “I’m so excited to see her perform live.” After the show, Cruise went to a dinner for Turner – who had six Bob Mackie outfit changes in her show – hosted by Oprah Winfrey at the Peninsula Hotel. Winfrey was still stoked that Turner intro-duced her to the crowd as “my best girlfriend.”
Digital music service Lala.com today is set to formally unveil a new song streaming service that offers online ownership of tunes for 10 cents apiece and many albums for less than $1.
THE annual CMJ Music Marathon is officially under way today. This year’s five-day bonanza – the biggest to date – features more than 1,200 bands playing gigs all around town, nearly 24 hours a day.
Time for Gillian Anderson to file another birth certificate. The actress and boyfriend Mark Griffiths have welcomed their second child together, according to Anderson’s rep, Kelly Bush. Son Felix Griffiths was born Oct. 15 in London, Bush told People. The infant joins 1-year-old brother Oscar and 13-year-old Piper, Anderson’s daughter with ex-husband Clyde Klotz.
Rapper and MTV’s Pimp My Ride host Xzibit says 33-year-old Canadian crooner Michael Bublé is one artist with whom he’s grateful he hasn’t had to team up. “Michael Bublé and I were supposed to work together, believe it or not,” Xzibit said Saturday at the Galpin Auto Sports Grand Opening in Van Nuys. “It was supposed to happen in Australia for a little skit on some late-night talk show, but it just didn’t happen-thank god! I mean, I’m seriously an artist.”
It is an indication of the fractured state of the music industry that not only is Gang Gang Dance now identifiably a trendy New York band, it is also signifying its status in a very visible, of-the-moment way.
Sirius XM said it had retired $30.5 million of the $300 million in convertible notes it has coming due in February.
U2 Gets Live Nation Stock Payday
U2 will receive an estimated $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year deal the rock band signed with the concert promotion company earlier this year.
Lil Wayne Re-Releasing ‘Tha Carter III?’
Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” is handily the best-selling album of 2008, but the rapper has plans to make it even bigger. The set will be re-released with all brand new songs, Wayne told MTV, although Universal says there are no details confirmed at deadline.
Duffy Testing Out New Songs On Tour
In an effort to keep her wits while crisscrossing the globe in support of her gold-selling debut effort, “Rockferry,” U.K. singer/songwriter Duffy has been busy writing material for future releases. “Suddenly I was swept away by this wave, and I felt that I wasn’t actually fulfilling the role that I was meant to fulfill,” she tells Billboard.com of the frenzy surrounding “Rockferry.”
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: Rachael Ray, “Project Runway” winner Leanne Marshall, Laura Marling
Conan O’Brien: Harrison Ford, Eric McCormack, Atmosphere (R 5/21/08)
Last Call: David Nadelberg, Bo Burnham (R 9/23/08)
Daily Show: Christopher Buckley
Colbert Report: Mike Farris
Jimmy Kimmel: Lisa Kudrow, the latest “Dancing with the Stars” castoff, Jesse McCartney
The View: John Lithgow, Eve
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
George Stroumboulopoulos: David Suzuki, Alanis Morissette
Bonnie Hunt: Jimmy Kimmel, Joe Mantegna, the Wiggles
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, Chris Matthews
Conan O’Brien: Kevin Spacey, Cynthia Nixon, Brian Kiley (R 5/22/08)
Last Call: Kat Von D, Jim Norton, Young Jeezy (R 10/9/08)
Daily Show: Tom Brokaw
Colbert Report: Michelle Rhee, David Frum
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
George Stroumboulopoulos: Edward Burtynsky, Mike Holmes
Bonnie Hunt: Blair Underwood, Olivia Newton-John
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
Conan O’Brien: Kristin Davis, Ira Glass, Ryan Bingham (R 5/23/08)
Last Call: Lester Holt, Moby (R 9/24/08)
Daily Show: Gov. John Corzine
Colbert Report: Jonathan Alter
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)
George Stroumboulopoulos: Phil Town, John Legend
Bonnie Hunt: George Hamilton
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, Bill Santiago, Lenka
Conan O’Brien: Sean Hayes, Ed Helms, Tom Papa (R 7/11/08)
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, John Slattery, 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
George Stroumboulopoulos: Finesse Mitchell, Bill Maher, Larry Charles
Bonnie Hunt: Joshua Gomez
Saturday, October 25
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