- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

Moore on King James

Days after LeBron James‘ trip to town for the opening night of Silverdocs and the premiere of a documentary about his high school basketball team, “More Than a Game,” it seems as if everyone’s still talking about “King James.”

After yesterday’s press conference for Save the Children, G2 had an opportunity to speak with Mark Shriver, who serves as the group’s vice president, and actress Julianne Moore. When we mentioned to Mr. Shriver that we had seen him at the premiere of “Game,” the conversation quickly turned to the NBA superstar.

Miss Moore asked, “LeBron James movie? What LeBron James movie?” Apparently she and her son are big fans. Then the two exchanged stories about how their sons met the King.

“I chased him down the court with my son. I went running, ‘LeBron LeBron!’ dragging my son behind me. He turned and said, ‘Oh, hey,’ and I said, ‘This is my son!’ We were at an all-star game in Houston. My son was just seven. LeBron was very sweet.”

Then it was the turn of the Kennedy clan’s Mr. Shriver. “We were in the theater,” he recalled. “My son ran down the aisle, and [James] walked by and gave him a high five - or actually a low five. My son couldn’t talk.”

A collective “Awwww” echoed in the room.

Top burger

Move over Ray’s Hell Burger. The prime-rib burger at Nage Bistro has beat you to the grill as one of Food Network magazine’s 50 best burgers in the United States.

The best-burger search was led by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who praises the burger’s mix of “mushroom duxelle and truffle oil.”

Priced at $13, Nage’s prime-rib burger is available at both the bistro’s locations, in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Scott Circle in the District.

Shake it up

You may need a little something to wash down your burger, and if you’re in the mood for something with a little kick, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow may be your gal.

It turns out the feisty liberal anchor is a seasoned mixologist, as she demonstrated yesterday as the first-ever guest bartender on the Web culture show “Diggnation.” Ms. Maddow looked every inch the barfly in oversized jeans and a hoodie as she hovered over a makeshift bar while dishing with hosts Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) and Alex Albrecht from NBC studios in Manhattan.

The show was filmed in the morning, so Ms. Maddow shook up her specialty, a strawberry breakfast cocktail.

As for her hidden talent, she told the hosts, “It’s the only thing I do other than be on TV.”

In fact, she suggested selling “Rachel Maddow Show” mixers in the NBC gift shop rather than the usual T-shirts and key chains.

We’ll drink to that.

The book on gossip?

(Corrected paragraph:) Don’t blame G2. Our animal instincts make us dish the dirt. That’s the idea behind a new book, “Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing,” by Dr. William Meller, an expert in evolutionary medicine who says that gabbing about ourselves, our friends, our lovers and people we don’t even know helped us evolve as a species from the Stone Age.

“Gossip has been around since the first caveman overslept in a neighbor’s bed of branches,” he says. “We all need to know whom we can trust, whom we can count on in the long run and whom we should never turn our backs on. Gossip is a great tool for conveying that information.”

The doc tells us good old-fashioned scuttlebutt can help us pass on our genes by finding the right mate. “Gossip often concerns cheating or rating a person on attractiveness and trustworthiness, essentially how good a mate he or she would be,” he says.

Dr. Meller’s Rx for our gossip-hungry culture? Embrace it, because it’s a part of who you are.

And while you’re at it, pass along your tips to your lady spies.

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