- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rihanna shifts schedule

Assaulted pop star Rihanna is clearing her calendar.

The singer has postponed an upcoming concert in Malaysia and shut down a 21st-birthday bash in New York scheduled for later this month, the New York Daily News reports.

Show organizer Pineapple Concerts announced the change in concert plans Tuesday on its Web site, citing “recent events involving Rihanna.”

The singer has been MIA since Sunday after police charged her boyfriend, Chris Brown, 19, with attacking her during a lover’s spat. She reportedly is cooperating with authorities.

According to TMZ.com, Rihanna suffered “horrific” injuries during the altercation, including bite marks on her arm, a split lip and bloody nose.

Concert officials say Rihanna’s Malaysian gig will be “rescheduled to a future date,” to be revealed within two weeks. The Barbados native came under fire from Malaysia’s conservative Islamic party for her sexy onstage outfits, which she promised to tone down for the show.

Meanwhile, Rihanna’s music label has canceled a swanky birthday party it was planning to throw for the star on Feb. 20, E! Online reports. A representative for the singer wouldn’t comment on the recent cancellations, the Daily News said.

In related news, the NBA has issued a statement that Mr. Brown will not participate in its All-Star Game events in Phoenix this weekend, People.com reports.

New man for Henson?

New couple alert: District-born Academy Award nominee Taraji Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and Los Angeles Lakers power player Lamar Odom are officially an item, according to Hollyscoop.com.

The couple, who have been dating for a little more than a month now, have made several red-carpet appearances together, including the 66th Annual Golden Globes HBO After Party and Global Grind Grammy party with Russell Simmons this past weekend.

Hedging his bets

Dan Glickman, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association and former secretary of agriculture under President Clinton, is keeping his powder dry when it comes to divulging his favorite Oscar nominees.

“But I liked ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ an awful lot. That doesn’t mean I voted for it, though,” Mr. Glickman told The Washington Times at Monday night’s screening of Kevin Bacon’s new HBO film, “Taking Chance.”

First lady in Vogue

Michelle Obama will be the first first lady since Hillary Clinton to grace the cover of Vogue. Mrs. Obama was photographed for the fashion bible at the Hay Adams Hotel in Northwest. The story and pictorial will be released Feb. 17 and available online this week.

Reunited - again

Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson are back together - at least for now.

The notoriously on-again-off-again Hollywood couple reportedly have rekindled their romance.

“They’re back together,” an unnamed source tells People magazine.

The pair reportedly spent the day together Sunday at Mr. Wilson’s house in Malibu. They got together after filming the 2006 movie “You, Me and Dupree.” They split in June 2007 but reunited in February 2008 - only to break up again in May.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Stephanie Green from staff, Web and wire reports

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