- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 15, 2005

Disappearing acts

New York Post

David Blaine can do nifty card tricks, but only the NYPD can make a motorcycle disappear. The magic man and pal Woody Harrelson showed up at Pure Food and Wine riding motorcycles Wednesday, and Mr. Blaine soon had a bevy of beauties entranced with his prestidigitation. When the impromptu show finally wrapped up, the two men went outside and found Mr. Harrelson’s hog had vanished. “Woody was really upset,” reports the New York Post, quoting an unnamed source. “The people who gathered at the scene all suspected that Mr. Blaine had made the motorcycle disappear somehow, but it turned out it had just been towed away because it was too close to a hydrant.”

Jammin’ with Sting

Associated Press

Ever dream of rocking out on stage with Sting? All you need to do is ask.

That tactic worked for one lucky fan Saturday night, during an intimate concert at New York’s Irving Plaza jazz club to mark the end of the rock star’s “Broken Music” tour.

As he was about to start playing the song “End of the Game,” a female fan screamed out that she wanted to join him.

“You want to help me sing the song? OK, C’mon,” he said to the delight of the fan, and the crowd. “You’d better be good,” he jokingly added.

The fan did her best — dancing along with Sting and singing into a microphone brought on stage for her. But she needed to read from the teleprompter for the words.

After the song, he shook her hand and she gave him a kiss on the cheek. Then Sting shouted out, “Who’s next?”

The concert was only for a few hundred fans, who were treated to Sting’s new hits as well as old material, including “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” and the Police classic “Roxanne.”

Among those spotted in the VIP section: “Today” show co-anchor Katie Couric, who laughed and gabbed with British-born actress Naomi Watts and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman. Elsewhere, fellow Aussie actor Hugh Jackman sang along to all of the songs, while standing on a chair so he could have a clear view amid the packed, standing-room only crowd.

Lopez irked by film

MSNBC.com

Seems that Jennifer Lopez wasn’t ready for her close-up.

The diva threw a hissy fit when she saw how a behind-the-scenes documentary about her new album made her look like, well, a diva, according to an upcoming issue of Radar magazine.

Sony Music hired filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker — who helmed the critically acclaimed Bob Dylan documentary “Don’t Look Back” — to shoot something about the making of Miss Lopez’s album “Rebirth,” but a source told the magazine that J.-Lo didn’t like the way the film made her look.

“Sony was thrilled with the finished product. So too were J.-Lo’s managers, who felt it captured the Jennifer they knew so well,” Radar quotes the source as saying.

Miss Lopez, however, was not happy. “She was ‘stunned’ by her depiction, complaining angrily about the sound of her voice and about scenes showing her abusing employees.”

The documentary reportedly was scrapped, and the gentler material from Mr. Pennebaker’s shoots was combined with older footage. Mr. Pennebaker confirmed that he filmed Miss Lopez, but declined to comment further.

A ‘Dream’ cast

Philly.com

Casting the movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” continues apace with more superstars signing on. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and pop music sensation Usher are joining Beyonce in the film, based loosely on the life and times of Motown’s legendary Supremes.

Unclaimed bounty

New York Post

Attention, celebrities: There’s money waiting for you in unclaimed accounts.

According to the Web site banterist.com, countless stars are owed money from long-lost insurance payments, security deposits, royalties and other sources.

Jennifer Aniston could cash a $107 Tiffany store credit, while Clint Eastwood stands to make a cool grand from uncollected insurance payouts and Keanu Reeves can pick up an old phone-company security deposit. Other A-listers owed money include: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Tara Reid, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Ivana Trump, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld and Woody Allen.

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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