There could be potent chemistry in the air at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions show this year. And that chemistry might incorporate both friendship and friction. It’s no secret that R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe is a massive Patti Smith fan. He’s often said that her Horses disc changed his life. Bet those two are sharing a mic by evening’s end.
But there could be some sparks between the boys in Van Halen. After titillating fans with the news of a forthcoming reunion tour that features David Lee Roth up front, the guys have hit the brakes – seems the camaraderie (or the compensation?) has yet to reach the necessary levels. Evidently “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” is a title that still has resonance.
Get the TIVO warmed up: the March 12 show will be shown live on VH1 Classic. Get psyched by watching videos and checking pics of all the inductees. And answer this question: what song do you think the group is going to jam on at the end?
Photos: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Videos: Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: 2007
Diddy has been accused of punching a man at a post-Oscars party in Los Angeles. Surprisingly, the scuffle wasn’t a result of Diddy’s pent-up rage at having to sit through the nearly four-hour awards ceremony — it was over a woman. Gerard Rechnitzer was partying at Teddy’s at the Roosevelt Hotel with his fiancee Sunday night. Allegedly, while Gerard was using the bathroom, Diddy attempted to mack on the fiancee, inviting her back to a private party. When Gerard returned and witnessed what was going on, he implored his fiancee to get out of there. Gerard and Diddy exchanged words, things escalated and Gerard ended up hit in the face, according to TMZ’s story.
If this is true, news outlets around the world will thank Diddy for never finding an economic way to uphold his reputation as both a ladies man and a jerk. (And just in case the latter isn’t clear, here is further proof.) [AP/Yahoo!]
Despite what it looks like, no animals were harmed in the making of this TV show.
Humans, however, are an entirely different matter…
NBC adds spice with Beckham
NBC is in negotiations with Victoria Beckham for a reality show that would star the former Spice Girl and hubby. [Hollywood Reporter]
Michael Jackson ‘Evaluating’ Las Vegas Offers
Deal could put the Pop King back on the mic. [CBS News]
Campbell Regrets Hitting Maid With Phone
Supermodel apologizes for throwing a tantrum over a pair of missing jeans. [Yahoo!]
Emmys Get ‘Idol’ Makeover
The executive producers of Fox’s megahit "American Idol" will work their magic on the Emmy Awards, whose ratings hit their second-lowest level in 16 years last year. [CNN]
Swimsuit Bash Turns Into Health Scare
A Caterer exposed Hepatitis A at Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Bash. Notable celebs at the event were Beyonce, former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and a slew of models. [Reuters]
The rarely readable New York Post gossip grand dame Cindy Adams is actually worth paying attention to today: Cindy claims she was given a sneak peak of Anna Nicole Smith’s diaries that span the years 1992-94. Though she can’t reveal dirt in full (excerpts from the journal are to be published in Train Wreck, the forthcoming tell-all from Anna Nicole’s sister Donna Hogan), Cindy does provide some choice nuggets. Among them:
- Anna Nicole abused pills as a kid.
- She often abused said drugs and partied with her newly martyred mother, Virgie Arthur.
- She wasn’t a very good speller (for example, "pneumonia" was written as "namonia").
- She had a pregnancy scare while married to J. Howard Marshall, for which she suspected many men could have been her potential kid’s potential father.
- On Marshall, she wrote "I love him so much."
Is the last item a revelation ("She was telling the truth all those years!") or was she just practicing living in front an audience, even back then?
In other ANS updates, Virgie met Dannielynn for the first time Tuesday. Dannielynn is so hotly pursued that she undoubtedly will have to start arranging audiences for heads of state. Also on the DL tip: a Florida family judge has ruled that no DNA will be taken from the baby for Larry Birkhead’s paternity case. Nice. Keeping this saga moving at a crawl, just the way the rubber-neckers like it. Finally, one of Anna Nicole’s friends thinks she died of lupus. You can intravenously inject lupus? [New York Post]
Rapper Redman has announced plans to open a shoe store in Staten Island. The self-confessed foot fetishist, who will sell both men and women’s shoes, claims the addition of cobbler to his resume is not monetarily motivated. "I’m not even looking at it from a money aspect, I just want to see a woman’s fine ass feet in my shoe," he told AllHipHop.com. In addition to owning the store, Redman plans to design as well.
In completely unrelated news, Redman’s Red Gone Wild: Thee Album, his first release in six years, will hit stores on March 27.
Redman Artist Page
It remains to be seen whether the latest rap beef will reach the level of Jay-Z vs. Nas (or even Shaq vs. Mad Skillz), but you can now add Scott Storch and Timbaland to the list of hip-hop-heads who officially got gripe with each other.
Timbaland apparently started the most recent round of their long-standing histrionics by taking a swipe at Scott "Piano Man" Storch on his latest single, "Give It to Me". On it, Timba raps: "I’m a real producer and you just a piano man. Your songs don’t top the charts; I heard ‘em, I’m not a fan."
Storch then countered with the track "Built Like Dat" (listen to it here), a song devoted to the art of "Timothy"-bashing. From accusing him of steroid use to saying he mismanaged Beat Club Records, Storch’s entire track — which features Nox — is a three-minute attempt at cutting down some Timba.
Final verdict? While Storch scores points for some funny lyrics — "You tryin’ to lose weight, tryin’ to gain some respect … But still ain’t lose that pack of franks out the back a ya neck" — he’s going after a guy with a nearly flawless resume, while his own C.V. is a bit checkered. Advantage: Timba. (And add Storch to the list of people who wish they hadn’t gotten in bed with Paris.)
Photos: Scott Storch’s Hottest Artists!
[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in pop culture. Everyone needs something to keep them going, you know?]
Songwriter to the stars and a boldfaced name in his own right, Ne-Yo is set to release his sophomore album, Know Me, on April 24. The set will feature production from, well, people who know Ne-Yo: previous collaborators Stargate and Ron "NEFF-U" Feemstar are on board for another round of knob twirling. Recent Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is set to be the disc’s sole guest. Things are off to a good start for Know Me — the disco-inflected first single, "Because of You," manages to be both mournful and bouncy. Let’s see if Ne-Yo can keep the pace — he admits that he isn’t "100 percent" finished with the album. Hurry, Ne-Yo, make that release date! You haven’t disappointed us yet and now isn’t the time to start. [Billboard.com]
It’s a match made in heaven for pop-culture cynics: Christopher Guest (director of Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and, most recently, For Your Consideration) has signed on to helm a comedy pilot created by Arrested Development mastermind Mitch Hurwitz. The Thick of It will be adapted from a British show of the same name that concerns a bumbling government worker and his staff. It’s being developed for ABC and written by Hurwitz and Development collaborator Richard Day. Guest hasn’t directed for TV since the early ’90s, but doesn’t even matter — Thick is about as sure a bet as the ’08 Democratic ticket. [Zap2it]
Movie Clips: For Your Consideration
- Forest Whitaker‘s ex reveals that he made her body "tingle with lust." She, in return, made his eye twitch like crazy. [Crunk & Disorderly]
- Naomi Campbell is set to find an assistant via reality TV. A word of advice: don’t let any of the Flavor of Love girls try out. They fight back. [Dlisted]
- The Kate-bot transformation is almost complete! [A Socialite's Life]
- The mom of Diddy’s 12-year-old son Justin speaks out on his recent lap dancing encounter: "This is a big problem for Justin. I don’t play that." Good thing! If she did, that would be gross. [Concrete Loop]
- Is that a bald Britney doll that hit eBay or is it a sex toy? [Best Week Ever]
"When you come to Hollywood, you choose your image. S*** happens. I’m a bad girl" – Sharon Stone proving that you can take the girl out of Basic Instinct, but you can’t take the basic instinct out of the girl. [New York Daily News]
A few more shots of Sharon being a bad girl at the Oscar parties (the fur makes her extra bad!):
Photos: Sharon Stone