Bruce Springsteen’s connections to Atlanta continue to deepen. Not only has the rocker recorded his last few albums here with producer Brendan O’Brien, the singer is now lending a very needed hand to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Springsteen has donated for auction a set of four choice seats for his “Working on a Dream” tour stop at Philips Arena April 26.
Oh, and did we mention that includes meeting The Boss backstage before the show?
As locals realize, the country’s current economic meltdown has resulted in bare shelves at food charities like the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Because need is now so great in the metro area, the auction’s opening bid for the tickets is $10,000. Visit www.acfb.org to enter your bid. ACFB rep Angie Clawson tells Buzz that Springsteen is so dedicated to feeding hungry folks that he’ll match up to $50,000.
One reminder for those overly eager Springsteen aficionados who are fond of instantly splashing fan-friendly items like this across the Internet universe: this offer is open only to fans residing in the metro Atlanta.
Buzz will keep you updated on auction bids as we get closer to the concert date.
Midtown’s Loca Luna, one of “Zombieland” actor Woody Harrelson’s favorite Atlanta haunts while filming here, also played host for the comic-horror flick’s wrap party.
Harrelson and his “Little Miss Sunshine” co-star Abigail Breslin finished up local work on the film this week.
Loca Luna consulting chef Ben McPherson created a vegan-friendly menu for the health-conscious, hemp-loving actor.
Among the appetizers enjoyed by the cast and crew at Amsterdam Avenue eatery: Local organic radishes with pesto and sea salt, tofu and red mole tostados, and Woodland Gardens Baby Beets with goat cheese foam and thyme vinaigrette.
A tapas station was also set up for the private party where zombies and their victims munched down on traditional vegetarian paella with mushrooms, asparagus, red peppers, beans, English peas, and saffron rice; grilled asparagu; roasted garlic; and pinenuts and fruit skewers with whipped honey.
And for the carnivorous zombies in attendance? Grilled steak skewers with smoked tomato chimichurri, and grilled lamb chops with quinoa salad, papaya, and garlic mojo were served up.
The filmmakers hit the restaurant’s liquid nitrogen bar for hits of specially concocted sangria granita and a drink called — what else? — a Zombie.
While Harrelson was a perfect gentleman for weeks on end here in Atlanta, it didn’t take long for the actor’s nerves to fray in a, um, more paparazzi-plagued metropolis like New York City.
Upon landing at New York’s La Guardia airport Wednesday night, a shutterbug for TMZ.com apparently irritated Harrelson, causing the zombie slayer to allegedly shove the camera into the photog’s eye and then trash the video equipment onto the floor.
Undeterred, the celeb cameraman then began filming the actor’s tirade with his flip phone.
Naturally, TMZ.com had the whole unseemly encounter streaming on its website Thursday. N.Y. Port Authority police were said to be investigating the incident.
Our take? Come back to Atlanta, Mr. Harrelson. About as ferocious as the paparazzi scene ever gets here is when Atlanta celebrity photographer Ben Rose is hired to politely take your picture when you step onto a red carpet.
Snellville’s own Diana DeGarmo may be sleeping a bit more soundly tonight. That Australian woman charged with stalking the “American Idol” contestant over the Internet was refused bail Thursday by a judge who said she was likely to re-offend.
As Buzz readers will recall, Tanya Maree Quattrocchi, 23, was convicted in 2007 of cyber-stalking and blackmailing DeGarmo and sentenced to serve 150 hours of community service. She was arrested again in January on six new charges of cyber-stalking the singer, her mother and her roommate in the United States.
Police allege Quattrocchi interfered with DeGarmo’s e-mails, accessed her MySpace account 700 times in eight months and sent electronic messages to the American star between last May and January this year.
Senior Sergeant Graham Banks said Quattrocchi’s victims felt they had endured a nonstop, three-year attack. He told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court that the suspect was at risk of committing further offenses and interfering with witnesses if she were granted bail.
Quattrocchi’s mother offered to quit her job and stay with her daughter 24 hours a day to ensure she did not have access to the Internet if she were released.
“Tanya is not a bad person. She might have made a stupid mistake, and I want to help her,” Lina Quattrocchi told the court Thursday. “I can’t see her surviving prison life. She just doesn’t fit in there.”
But deputy chief magistrate Dan Muling ruled that the risk of re-offending was too great and remanded Quattrocchi to custody until her next court appearance May 11.
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