What do Sir Paul McCartney, Russell Simmons and Pamela Anderson have in common? They all want you to boycott Kentucky Fried Chicken until the company starts being nicer to their chickens. Pamela is the frontwoman in the campaign and appears on a poster wearing only lettuce leaves with the slogan "Turn over a new leaf -- Try vegetarian." Pam wrote to the KFC people: "If people knew how KFC treats its chickens, they'd never eat another drumstick." What about breasts? (CNN Money)
Hollywood marriages are just so fun to monitor. One day they're on, the next they're off, and in between you can wonder how much they've spent on flowers and dresses. The latest announcement is that the May-December match of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore will become legal on Valentine's Day in Las Vegas. Said the young groom-to-be, "I got down on one knee and proposed to Demi and she said 'Yes.' We were both so happy, we had tears in our eyes." Demi is doing for older gals what Woody Allen did (pre-Soon Yi) for short Jewish guys with funny faces. (WENN)
In movie news, word just in that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's Warner Bros.-based production company, Plan B, has secured the film rights to Danny Pearl's wife's memoir "A Might Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl." No word on who will play Pearl. (Variety) and (Ananova)
Aussie heartthrob Hugh Jackman is wowing 'em on Broadway in "The Boy From Oz" -- an homage to showman extraordinaire Peter Allen. Opening night support came from Sarah Jessica Parker, Calvin Klein, Candice Bergen, Rosie O'Donnell and Rod Stewart. But highest praise came from Allen's sister, Lynne Smith, who came from Sydney for the premiere and gushed "Hugh had everything down, exactly Peter ... the hands, the expressions, everything." Hmm ... no word on whether (Peter's ex-wife) Liza Minnelli was there. Her comments would be interesting. (Herald Sun)
Here's a collector's item almost on the level of "Dewey Beats Truman": An editorial in the New York Post today began "Looks like the Curse of the Bambino boomeranged this year. Despite holding a 3-2 lead in games over the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees couldn't get the job done at home." The paper says it prepared two columns -- one for each outcome -- and ran the wrong one. Bad call. (N.Y. Daily News)
It's hard to know what to think of Courtney Love's latest battle -- to get back custody of her 11-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Frances was placed in the custody of her paternal grandmother earlier this month after Love was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and allegedly treated for an overdose of OxyContin pills. The rocker says that, about a week after her Oct. 2 arrest, she was taken by the authorities against her will to a rehab facility. "Cops and two ladies in white coats came to my house. I got jackbooted. My mouth was taped shut," she says. "They put a Ping-Pong ball in my mouth. And, honey, you don't get to say you're sorry for that, because it wasn't in bed." Having escaped -- shoeless -- from the hospital, Love maintains that the police acted in response to fears that she might be contemplating suicide. "Yes, I was changing my will that week. I [also] left a message that was like, 'I want to die, I want to jump off the Empire State Building,'" she says, adding that she didn't really mean anything by it. "I'll be here after the cockroaches." And still in the gossip columns, no doubt. (Rush and Molloy)
New Republic senior editor Gregg Easterbrook, who's under fire for writing a column calling Michael Eisner and Harvey Weinstein "Jewish executives" who "worship money above all else," apologized on his TNR blog. "What I wrote here was simply wrong, and for being wrong, I apologize," Easterbrook wrote. (Easterblogg)
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Page Six: Connecticut Gov. John Rowland's stepson arrested for drug possession; CNN holds companywide talent search for cash prizes; Strand bookstore owner Nancy Bass says she's not at all like Meg Ryan's character in "You've Got Mail," even if she is "a pretty blonde who owns a bookstore"; Howard Dean irritates Iowans by referring to "us rural people"; Ashton Kutcher throws fundraiser for Sen. John Edwards, which will be attended by Aaron Sorkin; Morgan Fairchild, who once dated Sen. John Kerry, has donated bucks to campaigns of three of his political rivals; Hayden Christensen says he's got his light saber from "Star Wars: Episode III," adds, "It sits in my closet. I see it when I go for clothes. It hasn't come out since I got back [from filming in Australia], but give it a couple of years, and maybe I'll be out there in the backyard with it every day."
Rush and Molloy: Ashley Judd snarls and bares claws at photographer and autograph collector outside Broadway theater in which she's appearing in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; Usher throws himself 25th birthday party in L.A., requires all guests to dress as if it were 1978, the year he was born; Bill O'Reilly blocking NPR from releasing transcript of his interview with Terry Gross, (but it can be heard here); Wyclef Jean in hospital for food poisoning; Arianna Huffington on the results of the California gubernatorial election, "I remember what Ed Koch said when he lost the election: 'The people have spoken, and now they must be punished.'"
Boldface Names: Highlights from opening of "Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way" at Radio City Music Hall: 25-foot-tall puppets of Rat Packers, including Sammy Davis Jr. with pinky ring and ciggy in hand; Sylvia Miles arriving in a white stretch Hummer limo; the Rockettes, clad in orange minidresses and white go-go boots, doing a number themed around airplane safety and sliding down an orange emergency chute; and Franks daughter Tina Sinatra commenting, "A lot of [these tribute shows] aren't good enough, and we have really been so ripped off. That was part of our thinking, to stop the fifth-rate producers from making really, you know, abortions of his career and life."
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