- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2003

Yolk over easy

E! Online

Days after Sylvester Stallone cautioned fellow action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger about the dangers of politics, the “Terminator” was struck by a projectile egg during a campus rally Wednesday in Southern California.

Mr. Schwarzenegger, on the campaign trail for the California governorship, was yolked on the shoulder as he glad-handed his way to an outdoor platform at California State University at Long Beach. His pale yellow jacket absorbed most of the mess.

The “Running Man” didn’t break stride, and supporters immediately reached out to wipe him clean with their hands. Mr. Schwarzenegger shed the jacket, delivering his stump speech (no new taxes, no big tuition increases, etc.) in his slightly splattered shirtsleeves.

Later, to TV cameras, he shrugged off the pelting.

“This guy owes me bacon now,” he cracked.

Tattoo cover-up

Associated Press

You won’t hear Billy Bob Thornton play “Angelina” on his current tour. Or see his Angelina tattoo on his forearm.

At a performance Tuesday at Alexandria’s Birchmere Music Hall, Mr. Thornton said he isn’t performing the song he wrote about Angelina Jolie because his ex-wife’s fans might get upset to hear about how wonderful their relationship was.

“I don’t sing that song because I think it’s inappropriate,” Mr. Thornton said.

Mr. Thornton also has covered up the Angelina tattoo with another tattoo of an angel and the word “peace.”

“It’s basically my way of saying no hard feelings,” he said.

The Angelina tattoo on his leg is still there, but he said no one will ever know because he never wears shorts.

Nelly catching flack

Launch Radio Networks

Nelly introduced his new energy drink, Pimp Juice, Monday, but the rapper is already coming under fire from a North Carolina minister who believes the drink popularizes the pimp lifestyle.

The Rev. Paul Scott, founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation in Durham, N.C., took exception to a statement on the product’s Web site, which quotes Nelly’s company, Team Lunatics, as saying the new energy drink mixes well with vodka.

Mr. Scott also disliked a statement on the Web site urging the consumer to be “the first P.I.M.P. on the block to try Nelly’s new premium energy drink.”

The minister shared his concerns in a recent E-mail that said, “The black community is in danger, right now. As black men we should be building a nation of strong black leaders, not a nation of super energized, drunk pimps.”

Nelly named the energy drink after his hit song “Pimp Juice” from his 2002 multiplatinum album “Nellyville.”

CDs on the cheap

With the music industry hemorrhaging cash — despite CDs retailing at upward of $20 — Universal Music Group is going to try something novel.

Universal, whose roster includes 50 Cent, U2, Elton John and Diana Krall, will cut the price of its wholesale CDs and push for a $12.98 retail cap on its discs in an attempt to woo music fans back into record stores, according to the Associated Press.

“We are confident this pricing approach will drive music fans back into retail stores,” said Jim Urie, president of Universal Music & Video Distribution.

Salsa queen remembered

Agence France-Presse

Some of Latin America’s top stars paid a glowing musical tribute to the late salsa queen Celia Cruz Wednesday at the Latin Grammies in Miami, where Colombian crooner Juanes scored five awards.

Willie Colon, Oscar D’Leon and Marc Anthony were among the “salseros” who performed some of the songs that earned the Cuban-born Miss Cruz a reputation as the Latin diva, kicking off with one of her signature tunes, “La vida es un carnaval” (“Life is a carnival”).

Miss Cruz, who died in July, had long become emblematic for Cuban Americans who oppose Cuba’s communist President Fidel Castro.

None of the Cuba-based artists among the more than 200 Latin Grammy nominees showed up for the event, as they failed to get visas to travel to Miami.

Organizers heaved a sigh of relief as the nationally televised celebration went off without a glitch after disagreements over planned protests by Cuban exiles lost Miami the chance of hosting the music fest in previous years.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire reports. Got a tip? E-mail [email protected].

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