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New & Noteworthy: Will the riders cause a storm?

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

The Irish Independent had a peek at the potty-mouthed rapper’s “rider” — a document that spells out, in excruciating detail, the luxuries the performer requires in the offstage area. Listed among the expected amenities — Cristal Champagne, Hennessy’s brandy, and cases of Heineken beer — are buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sony Playstations, ping-pong tables and a massage table.

Attention, ladies: if you find yourself dating Billy Bob Thornton — and the way this kid gets around, it’s a safe bet that some of you will — don’t hold your breath waiting for a big, diamond ring. The “Bad News Bears” star says that he’s probably never going to get married again. Mostly because he doesn’t want to turn into Mickey Rooney.
The quirky actor, who counts Angelina Jolie among his five former spouses, told a British newspaper that he doubts he’ll make another trip up the aisle, “Simply because I don’t want to see the number in the papers.”
At the moment, Rooney is the reigning champ, with eight “I do’s” to his credit.
“I mean, if I ever catch up to [him], I’ve had it, you know,” laughed Billy Bob. “I’m not gong to do it again.”

Las Vegas-based rockers The Killers know a thing or two about long odds, which is why the band was thrilled to score the opening slot on the current leg of U2’s “Vertigo Tour.”
Just a few years ago, lead Killer Brandon Flowers was watching Bono & Co.’s “Elevation Tour” from the cheap seats in Sin City. Now, he’s opening for his idols. Oh, and he’s taking notes, too.
“They’re the best band in the world,” he told ananova.com. “It’s an amazing thing. We’ve learned so much from watching all of them. We’re just going to be good students.”

“Two and a Half men” star Charlie Sheen and his estranged wife, Denise Richards, are trying to patch up their broken marriage through couples’ counseling. The pair, who split up in March, shortly before the birth of their second child, have told friends that they’re “putting the welfare of their kids first.”

You might want to sit down before you read this next item. And if you’re already sitting, you may want to brace yourself, because I’m about to shatter one of your illusions.
Ready? Okay, here goes: Some of the members of pre-fab pop bands are only in it for the money. (Breathe. Slowly.)
This earth-shattering news comes from singer Lee Ryan, late of the British boy band Blue (oooh, nice alliteration!), and newly solo singer with — surprise! — a record to promote. Lee told an entertainment web site that after the band had achieved a level of success, “We lost that thing of singing live. We didn’t so that towards the end.”
But Lee couldn’t face compromising his artistic vision. Or something.
“I didn’t want to mime,” he said. “Doing it for the money was just too shallow.” And, as we all know, pop stars are anything BUT shallow.

It’s only rock and roll, but they like it. “They” being the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery, and “it” being U2’s monster hit single, “Vertigo.” According to U2’s official site, the crew’s wakeup call on their first day in orbit featured a big “Hello, hello . . .” The song was requested by the shuttle’s captain, Jim Kelly.

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Teen star Hilary Duff has absolutely no problem performing in front of thousands of people. But the actress/singer suffers from paralyzing stage fright when she performs for small groups.
“There’s something . . . comforting about seeing a whole sea of people with glow sticks going crazy,” she said in a recent interview. “[It’s harder] than being able to identify people I know out of a crowd of 200.”

At the ripe old age of 81, Lauren Bacall sees no reason to pull her punches when it comes to evaluating the current crop of Hollywood talent. A few months ago, she took umbrage when her “Birth” costar Nicole Kidman as a “legend,” saying that the Aussie actress hadn’t been around long enough to earn that tag. Now, the veteran actress has locked her steely gaze firmly onto Nicole’s ex, Tom Cruise.
Bacall finds Tom’s gaga, over-the-top, “shocking” expressions of love for his fianc

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