Posts By Liz Black


With Forthcoming Album, Jay-Z Reignites Beef With Oasis Leader

Someone give these two their own Odd Couple show already. Jay-Z and OasisNoel Gallagher have been at each other for months now and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end up. The original dispute began when Gallagher voiced his opinion that Jay shouldn’t play the Glastonbury Festival. After a guitar-playing Jay-Z blew the roof off at fest (too bad the YouTube clip was removed!), the two traded barbs. And the beef ain’t over: Leaked snippets from Jay’s forthcoming album reveal that he’s upping the ante. Read our timeline for specifics.

April 14, 2008 — Gallagher tells BBC News that the Glastonbury Festival’s choice to book Jay-Z as a headliner was a poor one. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’ I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”

June 28 — Jay-Z performs the Oasis song “Wonderwall” at Glastonbury in mock tribute to his now-nemesis in front of 75,000 fans, adding “My name is Jay-Z and I’m pretty fucking awesome.”
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Katie Holmes Not Boosting Broadway Buzz

Being one of the most talked about women in the world doesn’t always guarantee success, as Katie Holmes‘ Broadway producers are finding out. Holmes is currently rehearsing for a turn on the Great White Way in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and although previews don’t begin until September 18, ticket sales have not been boosted by her star power. You’d think that the public might consider shelling out, if only for a possible glimpse of husband Tom Cruise or baby Suri, but no dice. And despite the fact that John Lithgow and Dianne Weist also star, the hoards of 3rd Rock From the Sun and Edward Scissorhands fans just aren’t showing up either. The play has had under $1 million in ticket sales — not a lot by Broadway standards. Of course sometimes casting a star does work, in 2006 Julia Roberts‘ role in Three Days of Rain, sold out in one day.

At the very least, having Katie in NYC until January means the paparazzi will have plenty of opportunities to capture her out and about, lavishing Suri with Swarovski-encrusted binkies and taking her on pony rides down Fifth Avenue. We hope.


Pregnant Mel C. To Pop Out Her Own Spice Packet

You can finally let out that breath you’ve been holding, Sporty Spice, a.k.a. Mel C. a.k.a. Melanie Chisholm is pregnant. Chisholm and her partner Thomas Starr have been together for six years but due to the fact that she was neither Posh nor Scary, we bet you didn’t know about him. It seems going on tour last year with the Spice Girls and being with so many children (Spice Offspring Tally: Posh:3, Scary: 2, Ginger:1, Baby:1) kick-started Sporty’s desire to start a family. Also, being excluded from concert photos might have been motivation for her as well. Chisholm is also reportedly working on her sixth (!) solo album, which seems like a lot. [Photo: WireImage]


Runway Romance

Everyone loves reality TV when it’s spiced up by illicit love affairs — especially when the show doesn’t intentionally play up romance for the sake of drama. Project Runway, known for its contestants’ talent rather than their sex lives, has made a match this season. Two designers, Episode 2’s casualty, Wesley Nault, and this week’s drag-show victim Daniel Feld (elimination aside, best episode ever!), have found not only an aspiring business together — but also love. You may not have noticed the sparks between them on the air. Explains Feld to the New York Post: “We were trying to keep everything private. Every time we were holding hands, or had our heads resting on each other, and the cameras would turn towards us, we’d never let them catch us.”

It also helps that the super-secret relationship only had five days to blossom before Nault got the boot. The couple has been going strong ever since. However, patriarch of all things Runway, Tim Gunn had this to say about viewing the show as a breeding ground for love connections “If anyone looks at Project Runway as Project Hookup, they’re going to be disappointed.” Come on Tim, embrace your inner Yente! [Photo: Bravo TV]


Naming Of Romijn And O’Connell Twins A Cliffhanger

There will be no little Zuma’s (Gwen Stefani‘s new baby) or Gia’s (Matt Damon‘s latest offspring) for actor Jerry O’Connell, but he’s willing to get creative. While discussing possible names he and actress wife Rebecca Romijn might give their twins, due in four months, the expectant father had a few ideas. “We were joking about calling them Mary-Kate and Ashley,” O’Connell told Us Magazine.

We doubt that he considered the fact that, well, Mary-Kate and Ashley … Full House John Stamos, uh, that might be weird considering his wife’s name was once Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. He also said he and Romijn discussed “maybe rhyming” the names. “But then is that a little Hansel & Gretel?” he asked. Actually, if you think about it … no?

Rhyming skills aside, Jerry is thrilled that he will be having two little girls, saying: “I’m really excited about having girls. I know guys are supposed to say, ‘I want a boy,’ [but] I just have a feeling I’m going to be good with girls.” [Photo: Splash News Online]



In case you were looking for a new way to kill time at work, may we suggest Amy Winehouse: The Video Game? Its actual title is Escape From Rehab and you can “help her escape as you use your wits, your drugs, and your beehive to battle against insane enemies and rescue [husband] Blake Civil-Fielder from jail.”

Brought to you by the people who created Disaster Movie, the game follows a platform-shoe wearing Amy (although everyone knows she wears ballet flats) as she makes her way through the streets of London. Truth be told, we got as far as Amy wheezing and telling the Incredible Hulk to piss off before remembering we had real work to do – though it would have been nice to see her reunion with Blake.


Scarlett Johansson Holds Off On Wedding Plans

Her onscreen threesome in Vicky Cristina Barcelona might be dominating the news these days, but let’s not forget that Scarlett Johansson is currently engaged to Ryan Reynolds. (You know, the Alanis Morissette ex that doesn’t have a song written for him because that honor goes to Uncle Joey.) Word on the street is that while Reynolds would get married to Scarlett asap (thus making their legal name ScaRy), she wants to hold off till after the election.

No, not because she’s frought with anxiety over Obama‘s presidential bid (though she and he are rumored to be e-mail buddies) but because her twin brother Hunter is busy working on the Obama campaign and won’t be able to slip away from his duties to attend the wedding till after the election.

Coincidentally, Reynolds portrayed a Bill Clinton campaign aide in this year’s Definitely Maybe; so if Hunter ever gets involved with three women like Reynolds does in the movie, the two will really have a ton to talk about. [Photo: Splash News Online]


A Brief History Of Being Kate Moss

Though she has a reputation for being press-shy, Kate Moss opened up in this month’s Interview magazine, and they have the whole thing over at Fashionista. While she doesn’t get into the juicy details of her caught-on-film drugfest (No. 74 on Scandalist’s list of the 100 Greatest Celebrity Scandals of All Time) or her relationship with Sweatiest Man Alive, Pete Doherty, the woman does have plenty of opinions and bares her soul — and by soul, we mean breasts — in the photo spread.

On being too thin: “I didn’t eat for a long time. Not on purpose. You’d be on shoots with bad food or get on a plane, and the food would be so disgusting you couldn’t eat it. You go to a show, and there’s no food at all, so if you’re doing shows back to back, you can forget eating. I remember standing up in the bath one day, and there was a mirror in front of me, and I was so thin! I hated it. I never liked being that skinny.”

On meeting legends: “I met Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan in the space of 15 minutes. Frank Sinatra kissed me on the lips. … He kissed me on the lips. And then he gave me a filterless cigarette. And then I met Bob Dylan. I came off all lightheaded and had to go sit on his dressing-room steps.”

On breast implants: “I know only one girl who has good ones. And most of them are so hard you can knock on them like a door. I’m not into them. I mean, if I got all saggy, like the sacks some women have after they have children, I’d have them done. I’m not against them, but if you have normal ones, just to have them enlarged for the sake of having big ones … I don’t really like big tits anyway.”

On working with (Marky) Mark Wahlberg for Calvin Klein: “At the time he was such a dickhead. He wasn’t very nice.”

On her verbal vs. physical prowess: “I could talk when I was 20. I’m a lot better in the sack now.”

Bonus picture after the jump.

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Matt Damon Welcomes Baby Girl, Gia Zavala

Matt Damon and wife Luciana welcomed another baby girl, named Gia Zavala, to their family yesterday. No word on whether Damon knows the Sopranos has ended and her chances of being cast as Mob Baby #1 are nil. Gia also has two sisters, Isabella, 2 and Alexia, 10, who is Matt’s stepdaughter. It’ll be no time before she’s playing with the newest unborn Affleck.


Paris Hilton Wants London BFF

Not content to let her ubiquitous name slowly fade out of our collective consciousness, Paris Hilton is attempting yet another TV series, this time to be filmed in England. The title of the show sums up the premise: Paris Hilton’s New BFF. Paris will put up a group of aspiring pals in a hotel, and will whittle them down until she finds her ultimate bestie.

The show is based on a US-version that’s slated to air later this year on MTV, but Hilton chose to do a UK version as well. “Everyone knows I love LA,” explained Paris in a statement that was obviously written out beforehand. “But London, watch out — I’m coming to town and bringing my fast-paced life with me. I’m in the UK all the time, but of course I can’t bring all my friends, so I’ve decided to look for a new BFF across the pond.” [Photo: Getty Images]