Madonna fans in Cardiff, Wales were the first to be treated to the latest, and possibly most prepared-for tour ever from the Material Girl. In between A-Rod scandals and supposedly breaking up with Guy Ritchie and turning 50, Madonna is said to have put in over 650 hours of rehearsal time for her Sticky & Sweet world tour, though the show appears less controversial than previous ones (no crucifixions or self-inflicted bad-touching).
The opening show on Saturday was two hours long and has eight costume changes, a 12-piece band and a 50-year-old woman who is more fit than most people can ever hope to be. In addition to this theatrical firepower, there were two digital cameos by stars younger than Madge: Britney Spears and Kanye West. Britney, via video, appears trapped in an elevator and whispers “express yourself, don’t repress yourself.” Of course, she ends the video with her favorite catch phrase, “It’s Britney, Bitch.”
Oh, Madonna also managed this weekend to squash those pesky divorce rumors by squeezing in the renewal of her wedding vows. Is she a woman? Or a machine?
Singer Katy Perry is raising temperatures with the inspiration behind her summer hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Perry found her muse, Scarlett Johansson while skimming through a magazine. “I was with my boyfriend at the time, and I said to him, ‘I’m not going to lie: If Scarlett Johansson walked into the room and wanted to make out with me, I would make out with her. I hope you’re okay with that?’ she tells the latest issue of Steppin’ Out magazine. The spunky brunette has also said she wants to lock lips with teen queen Miley Cyrus, but at night she goes home to Gym Class Heroes singer Travis McCoy.
Shaquille O’Neal apparently needs to learn that “no” means “no.” Alexis Miller, an Atlanta hip-hop artist known as MaryJane, just got a restraining order against the NBA star, alleging he threatened her bodily harm and harassed her with vulgar phone calls. According to court documents Shaq threatened to “blackball” her from the recording industry and sent her violent illustrations of a man and woman having sexual intercourse.
Miller said she started to receive disturbing e-mails after their 18-month relationship ended. Shaq, pictured above partying in a Dallas nightclub last June, has been ordered to stop all contact with Miller and must stay at least 200 yards away from her and her 19-month-old baby. O’Neal is scheduled to appear before a judge on Sept. 4. No word yet from Shaq’s camp.
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Someone give these two their own Odd Couple show already. Jay-Z and Oasis‘ Noel 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.” Read more…
Let it never be said that 50 Cent doesn’t support women in media. Responding to claims that former Source editor Kim Osario is writing about their affair in a tell-all, the rapper/entrepreneur offered this chivalrous advice to would-be writers:
“I messed with Kim a while ago, she licked on my balls before the deal…when they weren’t worth much. She licked my balls once and now she’s a star. I got some advice for all aspiring women journalists, it may not make the best sellers list, but lick my balls and you are on the road to riches!”
Damn, Fiddy! Are you Alan Alda or something? That’s an even more generous offer than those vibrating replicas of your penis. Maybe you could sponsor a Take Your Daughter To 50 Cent’s Balls day. [Yo! Raps]
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.
Jessica Simpson says she’s not the jealous type, but she keeps a close eye on her man. The singer insists that her boyfriend Tony Romo isn’t calling his ex, Carrie Underwood. Carrie says in the September issue of Allure: “The phone will ring and it’ll be him [Romo], and I’ll maybe not answer.” When asked about Carrie’s claims during an interview with a Nashville radio station, Jessica said that she “looked at his call log” and that “Tony and I chuckled about it.”
Jessica also went out of her way to make it known that she’s happy with her beau. “Most of the guys I dated were captivated by my heart but they had different ways of trying to get to me,” she said. “But Tony understands me.” We’re not totally convinced it was her “heart” that captivated her ex boyfriends, but it’s nice to know that the two are going strong. [Photo: Getty Images]
It all started with rapper/actor Bow Wowplayfully challengingrapper/starf*cker The Game to a game of Madden X, suggesting that the winner would get to donate $100,000 of the other rapper’s money to their favorite charity. The Game seemed to miss the “charity” aspect in his retort, however, claiming that he has all the money he needs. What The Game needs, however, is blowjobs. Blowjobs from Bow Wow’s ex Ciara. “How about we raise the stakes…call Ciara and tell her to suck EVERYBODY on this bus’s dick.” The Game then lists the names of the would-be recipients, who nod enthusiastically. Moral of the story: rappers need to stop interacting with The Game. If you ignore him, he might go away. [Industry Finest]
Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger prances around and shows off her smokin’ hot bikini body while on vacation in Ibiza with boyfriend Lewis Hamilton and friends. All that dancing keeps this fancy feline in tip-top shape. Scandalist favorite Kim Kardashian recently performed with the Pussycat Dolls in Las Vegas. But who puts on a better show? Kim and her famous badonkadonk or Nicole and her mile long legs? These two may have to fight it out in the litterbox. Meow!