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Hillary hits Hollywood. The demise of the album? Plus: Prince Harry's drunken night.


Scott Lamb
March 26, 2007 5:30PM (UTC)

First Word

Stay tuned...: An announcement on Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy is expected later today -- Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper will hold a press conference at 10:30 EDT this morning to announce his findings. Keep an eye on TMZ for updates. (Houston Chronicle)

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Hillary in Hollywood: Jennifer Aniston may not have been there, but Hillary Clinton's weekend fundraiser in Los Angeles made up in money what it may have lacked in A-list star power. Clinton's supporters raised $2.6 million at the event, thrown by grocery magnate Ron Burkle (recently named in that Page Six-related lawsuit with Clinton), with guests like Barbra Streisand, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. The take was twice what Barack Obama made in his far more star-studded Hollywood fundraiser thrown by David Geffen last month. (Fox 411)

Tribune going with Zell? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Tribune Co. is said to be favoring a buy-out offer from real estate billionaire Sam Zell. Zell's offer for the entire company -- which would include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and Newsday, 23 television stations, the Chicago Cubs baseball team and a minority Food Network stake -- includes a plan to take the company private. As a profile in today's New York Times notes, Zell has said he's interested in media "not because he has any special affection for newspapers or wants to wield editorial control, but because he wants to make money." (Wall Street Journal)

Talker

The end of the album? Ten years ago, record companies had almost ceased putting out singles -- but with the rise of iTunes, as the New York Times writes today, the buying trend has switched so drastically that now it's the album whose days may be numbered. "Last year, digital singles outsold plastic CDs for the first time," reports the paper, and so far this year, "buyers of digital music are purchasing singles over albums by a margin of 19 to 1." Some new artists are being given contracts not to record entire records, but a few songs and perhaps a ring tone -- which might lead to an album if there's a hit. "I think the album is going to die," one media consultant tells the Times. "Consumers who have had iPods since they were in the single digits are going to increasingly gravitate toward artists who embrace that." ("The Album, a Commodity in Disfavor," New York Times)

White noise ... Britney Spears made her first public post-rehab appearance in Los Angeles on Friday night when she headed out for sushi; on Sunday, Spears was rushed to the hospital for what her P.R. rep says was a toothache. (TMZ) ... Prince Harry (right) was snapped stumbling to his car after a night of drinking on Saturday, and reportedly got into a shoving match with a paparazzo. (News of the World) ... Hollywood's newest speculative couple: Lindsay Lohan has been spotted out with British crooner James Blunt. (The Scoop) ... Michael Jackson is reportedly looking to build a 50-foot robotic effigy of himself in Las Vegas, complete with laser beams shooting out of it, if he lands a long-term show gig there. (Rush & Molloy) ... Two paparazzi are suing Denise Richards and Pamela Anderson over an incident last November in which Richards reportedly grabbed the photographers' computers and tossed them over a balcony at a Vancouver casino. The suit also claims Richards and Anderson then defamed the photogs to police. (People) ... After reportedly making nasty comments during a recent visit to Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurant in Aspen, Colo., Jeremy Piven has been banned from all Nobu restaurants. (Gatecrasher)

Bad Times

A New York Times "Editors' Note" that appeared Sunday reports, "The cover article in The Times Magazine on March 18 reported on women who served in Iraq, the sexual abuse that some of them endured and the struggle for all of them to reclaim their prewar lives. One of the servicewomen, Amorita Randall, a former naval construction worker, told The Times that she was in combat in Iraq in 2004 and that in one incident an explosive device blew up a Humvee she was riding in, killing the driver and leaving her with a brain injury. She also said she was raped twice while she was in the Navy ... Based on the information that came to light after the article was printed, it is now clear that Ms. Randall did not serve in Iraq, but may have become convinced she did." The Times explains that the Navy had confirmed to a fact-checker that Randall had received a "Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Marine Corps insignia," but the Navy now says she was given the medal because "of a clerical error," and she was actually stationed in Guam. According to a Military Times article, "The Navy, while expressing sympathy to a woman it believes is suffering from stress, is annoyed that the Times did so little to check the woman's story. A Times fact checker contacted Navy headquarters only three days before the magazine's deadline. That, said Capt. Tom Van Leunen, deputy chief of information for the Navy, did not provide enough time to confirm Randall's account of service in Iraq. Nonetheless, Van Leunen said, by deadline the Navy had provided enough information to the Times 'to seriously question whether she'd been in Iraq.' " (New York Times, Military Times)

Buzz Index

"If I know 15 billionaires, then I know 13 unhappy people. These people's lives might be filled with mansions and yachts and private jets, but their medicine cabinets are also filled with antidepressants."

-- Def jam co-founder Russell Simmons on rich friends in his new memoir, "Do You!" (Page Six)
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Numbers

The weekend box office:

Movie: Weekend total: Per-screen average:
1. "TMNT" $25.4 million $8,200
2. "300" $20.5 million $6,300
3."Shooter" $14.5 million $5,200
4. "Wild Hogs" $14.4 million $4,200
5. "Premonition" $10.1 million $3,600

(Rotten Tomatoes)

Turn On

This Monday, it's the season finale of "What About Brian" (ABC, 10 p.m. EDT), Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver con their way through another episode of "The Riches" (FX, 10 p.m. EDT), "The Party Never Stops" (Lifetime, 9 p.m. EDT) preaches the perils of binge drinking, and the basketball documentary "The UCLA Dynasty" (HBO, 10 p.m. EDT) looks back at the team's NCAA reign of the '60s and '70s.

Talk

SHOW GUESTS
Regis and Kelly (ABC, 9 a.m. EDT) "Amazing Race" castoffs David and Mary Conley, Sting, Sacha Baron Cohen as "Borat" (repeat)
The View (ABC, 11 a.m. EDT) Gene Wilder, Willow Bay
Ellen (Syndicated, check local listings) Terrence Howard, Thomas Rosati, Joely Fisher, "American Idol" castoff Stephanie Edwards
Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings) Letters to Oprah
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings) Newt Gingrich, Bill Bradley
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT) TBA
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT) Sen. John Kerry
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT) John Perry Barlow
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT) Will Ferrell, Kings of Leon
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT) Quentin Tarantino, Pete Rose, Mika
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT) Andy Dick, Ivanka Trump, Nas (repeat)
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT) Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Panic! At the Disco (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT) Joss Stone, Rainn Wilson

 

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