- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 8, 2004

Demanding diva

San Francisco Chronicle

Pop superstar Beyonce Knowles shocked organizers of Super Bowl XXXVIII with her extravagant list of backstage demands, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The sexy superstar, who sang the National Anthem before the football final commenced, insisted her dressing room be maintained at precisely 78 degrees Fahrenheit and her bathtub be thoroughly scrubbed.

Organizers were handed instructions that specified Beyonce must have “a private bathroom that’s cleaned with disinfectant & anti-bacteria products before she arrives.” And the 22-year-old singer wanted “juicy baked chicken: legs, wings and breast only” to be marinated with “fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper and Cayenne pepper heavily seasoned.”

But Beyonce’s main concern was not to be seen drinking any cola other than Pepsi, whose products she has signed a million-dollar deal to promote. The instructions continued, “Beyonce can only have Pepsi products. There cannot be any competitors products anywhere she or her entourage may be photographed.”

Smokeout

Internet Movie Database

Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones is being targeted by a radical anti-smoking group, which plans to hound her until she stops playing characters who smoke on screen. The 34-year-old beauty incurred the wrath of the Utah-based organization Phoenix Alliance — which is primarily composed of teenagers — by puffing away as screen siren Velma Kelly in “Chicago.” And in order to persuade her to change her role choices, the group is sending postcards to all of Miss Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas’ homes. They also plan to swamp other “A” listers with similar appeals. Spokeswoman Courtney Moffet says, “We’re going to send mail to every one of her properties until she stops accepting roles in which she smokes.”

Carrey-ing on

New York Post

Jim Carrey has given up nearly everything pleasurable in life and is subsisting like a Buddhist monk, he tells Playboy magazine in its upcoming March issue.

“I don’t eat wheat. I don’t eat dairy. I don’t smoke cigarettes. I don’t smoke pot. All these things I’ve enjoyed. I live very sparingly,” says Mr. Carrey, who actually resembles a monk with his head shaved for the role of Count Olaf in “Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Mr. Carrey explained his newfound asceticism to Playboy: “Heaven is the other side of that feeling you get when you’re sitting on the couch and you get up and make a triple-decker sandwich. It’s on the other side of that, when you don’t make the sandwich,” the actor-comedian said. “It’s about sacrifice. … It’s about gving up the things that basically keep you from feeling. … I’m always asking, ‘What am I going to give up next?’”

One thing he won’t give up is his private jet, “an incredible luxury, but it mainly saves me so much stress, because I travel so much … not having to deal with the airports and the paparazzi. It’s a worthwhile investment in my peace of mind.”

The suddenly serious funnyman also seems to blame Howard Stern for the drug overdose death of Sam Kinison.

“Sam was in total denial. He created a beast he couldn’t get away from. … He was always going back and forth,” Mr. Carrey said. “He’d come to me and go, ‘Hey, Jim! We’re drug-free Christians, man.’ We’d laugh because I was always trying to be straight and healthy.”

“Then he’d go on Howard Stern, and Howard would say, ‘You know, you’re not funny when you’re not stoned.’ And he’d be right back doing it again. And this is the trouble — when you create the beast, you’ve got to be the beast, you know. I’ve got enough of a beast of me, man.”

Love hurts

San Francisco Chronicle

James Brown’s wife Tomi Rae is determined to forgive and forget her husband’s reported attack on her — just a week after police hauled him away for striking her.

Mrs. Brown, who is recuperating after her husband’s attack at her mother’s home, is keen to patch things up with the Godfather of Soul.

“He hurt me bad, but I love him. I’m sorry he was arrested,” she says. “I will take him back.”

Mr. Brown faces battery charges after allegedly shoving his wife during an argument in their bedroom, but he insists he didn’t hurt her.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Brown admits she was horrified at the way police treated the music icon when they came to arrest him at their South Carolina home on Jan. 28.

“All I wanted to do when the police hauled him away was comb his hair and change him from his pajamas, but they wouldn’t let me,” Mrs. Brown said.

“When I saw that picture [mugshot] in the local paper the following day, he looked terrible — worse than that horrible arrest picture of Nick Nolte.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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