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Bassett announces SAG noms; Naomi in Miami; BET & PlayPhone; Prince to rock Obama ball?; Marbury meeting fruitless; Hendrix in Grammy Hall December 2, 2008

 

ER’s” Angela Bassett and “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack will announce the nominees for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in a live broadcast on Dec. 18. The nominees for five film and eight television categories will be revealed at 9 a.m. ET on TNT, with TBS.com carrying a live webcast, reports People.com. The 15th Annual SAG Awards Ceremony will air Jan. 25 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m.      

       *Supermodel Naomi Campbell is in Miami to attend tonight’s “In Fashion Photo,” a retrospective of more than 50 photographs and illustrations of her from the past 20 years. Campbell was expected to throw her after-party for the expo at the Cipriani sales center in the former Saxony hotel, according to the New York Daily News, but the restaurant is currently dealing with some legal issues.  Instead, the bash will be held at SET nightclub down the street.

 

       *BET Networks has partnered with PlayPhone, Inc. to build and manage its mobile entertainment and personalization business.  The new BET Mobile destination (http://mobile.bet.com) powered by PlayPhone is a place where fans can download new and exclusive mobile content directly to their mobile phones. The service is accessible on the Web or WAP deck (wap.bet.com) and is also easy to access from more than 2,000 wireless devices across all major North American wireless networks.

 

       *Spike Lee, Anne Hathaway and Susan Sarandon are reportedly confirmed to attend the Creative Coalition’s Gala Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center, where two tickets cost $10,000. According to People.com, Prince, Rihanna and Elvis Costello are in talks to perform at the event celebrating Barack Obama’s presidential election, while Mary J. Blige and Common are reportedly interested.

 

       *An attorney for New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury said nothing was resolved during their meeting Monday with team president Donnie Walsh, who suspended the player for one game without pay and docked him an additional game’s salary last week after he reportedly refused Coach Mike D’Antoni’s request to play in a loss to Detroit last Wednesday. The athlete’s representative, Hal Biagas, wouldn’t say if Marbury was reinstated or if there had been any progress toward a buyout.

 

       *Jimi Hendrix’s famous version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that opened the 1969 Woodstock Festival is among 28 new recordings added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, a featured part of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles opening on Dec. 6. Queen’s “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You” also joined the Grammy Hall. Inductee “Let The Good Times Roll” by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five will be featured in a live performance by B.B. King and John Mayer on “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!” airing tomorrow (Dec. 3) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

 

PRINCE SUED OVER HIS 3121 PERFUME November 19, 2008

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Prince and his music publisher Universal are being sued for breach-of-contract by the makers of his 3121 fragrance for failing to help market the product as both parties had agreed, reports the Associated Press.

 

      In the lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics Inc. claims it spent $2.5 million on the product and agreed to pay Universal half of profits made from sales of the perfume. According to the company, Universal and Prince have not participated in promotions since the fragrance was launched in July 2007.

 

      Universal spokesman Peter LoFrumento calls the claims “completely without merit.”

 

      In other Prince news, Monday’s “Late Show with David Letterman” featured Prince tribute band Purple Reign performing “Let’s Go Crazy,” marking the first time the show has ever invited a cover band to play.

 

      View the clip below.  

 

Prince Tribute Band Purple Reign Performs on “David Letterman”

 

‘Miracle’ in Bahamas; Prince still witnessing for Jehovah; Sacramento Kings get reality show November 18, 2008

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Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” will close the fifth edition of the Bahamas Film Festival in Nassau on Dec. 11, reports Variety. Aaron Woodley’s “Tennessee” starring Mariah Carey will also screen at this year’s event. Sean Connery is scheduled to present Laurence Fishburne with the career achievement award.

 

       *Prince is still knocking on the doors of strangers to spread the word of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His Royal Badness tells this week’s New Yorker that since he joined the Christian denomination two years ago, he’s started leaving his gated community in Los Angeles to proselytize around the neighborhood. “Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they’re totally cool about it,” says Prince. The singer adds that he sees his conversion as more of “a realization. It’s like Morpheus and Neo in ‘The Matrix.'”

 

       *Mark Burnett Productions and production company Maloof Television are teaming to produce a new reality series following NBA team the Sacramento Kings. “Rebuilding the Kingdom,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, will follow the franchise as it undergoes an overhaul to regain some winning traction. The production will follow the players and coaches, and the unique challenges in running an NBA team.

 

PRINCE REFLECTS ON ’21 NIGHT’ UK RUN October 24, 2008

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       “How old are we really?” the music superstar asked. “It’s about ascension. It’s not the other way. There’s nothing down about it. Everything is better.”

 

       As an example, he brings up his groundbreaking 21-night stand at London’s O2 Arena last year. “I couldn’t have sold out 21 nights in London in the peak of my career; it would have been an impossibility,” he says. “I look forward to these years where everything is just open sky. I wish this for every artist: freedom.”

 

      The 21 London concerts inspired his new coffee table book “21 Nights,” from publisher Simon & Schuster. The glossy not only steals glimpses of his onstage performances, but also behind-the-scenes moments of the star and his band during the unprecedented concert stint.

 

       “No one had ever sold out 21 nights in a row,” said photographer Randee St. Nicholas. “So I thought, ‘We should do a book surrounding this point in his life, because this is a great point in his life.'”

 

      “This was a landmark event,” adds Prince. “No one believed that it would do what it did. … Everyone tried to talk me out of it.”      

       There’s a reason why the CD that comes with the book contains only Prince’s classic hits and songs from one of his signature jam sessions – and not any new material.       

       “Today, it’s not realistic to expect to put out new music and profit from it. There’s no point in trying to put new music out there and keep it from being (exploited),” he says, adding that he now has disdain for the way the Internet has, in his view, subverted artists’ rights.      

       “The powers that be are abusing the copyright infringement,” he says. “You can’t sample Steven Spielberg; you don’t see his stuff up there, just old tapes of the Ohio Players, who can’t afford to defend themselves.”

 

Prince recons new club; Rodman bounces on Bounce; Colin Powell gets his groove on October 18, 2008

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The New York Post’s Page Six reported that Prince had an “advance man” canvas New York’s new hotspot Eldridge before going inside to join his friend Hill Harper of “CSI: New York.” A Page Six witness said: “Five security guards escorted him to the very back table. He sipped on water and stayed for about an hour.” Later, Prince brought his personal deejay to Butter where “they closed the downstairs for a private buffet.”

 

       *Dennis Rodman, star of Donald Trump’s upcoming “Celebrity Apprentice,” reportedly ran up a tab at New York’s Bounce Uptown and then ran out without paying the bill. “After imbibing a steady stream of champagne, the former hoopster grabbed a half-finished bottle of Veuve Clicquot – along with the champagne glasses that were on his table – and left without paying,” a source told the New York Daily News. Rodman’s rep confirms that Rodman skipped out on the bill, but added: “Dennis does not recall leaving the club with a bottle and glasses.”

 

      *Former secretary of state Colin Powell performed an impromptu dance and freestyle rhyme at London’s Africa Rising Festival, a traveling showcase for African music and culture.  Joining African rapper Olu Maintain on stage for his hit “Yahoozee,” Powell performed both the dance and the various call and response lyrics of the song. Afterward, he told the crowd: “I stand before you as an African-American. Many people have said to me you became secretary of state of the USA, is it still necessary to say that you are an African-American or that you are black? And I say yes, so that we can remind our children.”

 

 

PRINCE PERFORMS ON HOTEL ROOFTOP October 15, 2008

Prince performed before such celebs as Spike Lee, Dave Chappelle and Dennis Rodman over the weekend at New York’s Gansevoort Hotel rooftop in an event benefiting his Love 4 One Another and Urban Farming charities .

 

      Presented by Inocente Tequila, the show took place before about 100 guests to celebrate the release of “21 Nights,” his Randee St. Nicholas book of photos.  The concert was nearly cut short after interference from guests’ cell phones in the room knocked out Prince’s high-tech sound system, according to the New York Post.

 

      Before the show began, an emcee took the stage and begged guests to turn off their phones or “there may not be a show.” Some did, the Post’s Page Six reported, but many ignored the plea – including one publicist involved with the concert – claiming they had to have them on at all times.

 

       “It was so obnoxious,” one fan told the column. “To think a bunch of idiots can’t exist without their precious cells for an hour.”       

       Also among the celebrity crowd was radio jock Howard Stern and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.       

       Sitting in for Regis Philbin on Tuesday’s “Live with Regis and Kelly,” Cooper told the story of how he and Chappelle helped themselves to Prince’s guitar picks that were sitting unattended backstage. Anderson showed off his souvenir to the studio audience.      

       A source told Page Six that earlier in the evening, Prince had Gansevoort staffers working hard to meet his pre-show demands. “He’s very anal and required a humidifier in every room of his suite and the windows blacked out,” said the spy.

 

Prince rocks the roof; ?uestlove is an Obama ‘surrogate’; Cheadle in – Howard out of Iron Man 2 October 14, 2008

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MTV reports that despite the current economic crisis, folks are still willing to pay a premium for quality entertainment. Case in point: 500 fans of Prince shelled out $325 to see the enigmatic showman do his thing on the rooftop of the Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan last Friday night. The King of Purple did 2-2 hour plus shows which celebrated the release of a new multimedia book, “21 Days,” that chronicles his 21-night run last year at the O2 arena in London.

 

      *Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson has transformed himself into an active “surrogate” for the Obama campaign, making speeches and spinning records at block parties, posting flyers on both coasts and driving vanloads of volunteers, reports Rolling Stone. His activism fits with the mood of the Roots’ new album, “Rising Down,” with grooves fueled by global conflict and American cities in crisis. On the Roots’ current tour with Gym Class Heroes, he and rapper Travis McCoy are turning their joint after-parties into Obama “pow wows,” pushing registration in states where the deadline hasn’t yet passed.

 

      *Well this is a shocking development, to say the least. Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard as Robert Downey Jr’s best friend in “Iron Man 2,” the sequel to the superhero saga, says The Hollywood Reporter. The film’s production company, Marvel Studios had no comment, but sources close to the deal said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons.