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Archive for December, 2009

Celebrity birthdays Dec. 16: Benjamin Bratt, Lesley Stahl, Billy Gibbons

Actress Joyce Bulifant (”The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) is 72. Actress Liv Ullman is 71. Journalist Lesley Stahl (”60 Minutes”) is 68. Writer-producer Steven Bochco is 66. Guitarist Tony Hicks of The Hollies is 64. Singer Benny Anderson of ABBA is 63. Actor Ben Cross is 62. Singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is 60. Actress Alison LaPlaca (”The John Larroquette Show”) is 50. Actor Sam Robards is 48. Actor Jon Tenney (”Brooklyn South”) is 48. Actor Benjamin Bratt (”Law & Order”) is 46. Country singer Jeff Carson is 46. Singer Michael McCary of Boyz II Men is 38. Actress Anna Popplewell (”The Chronicles of Narnia” films) is 21.

−AP

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Powerful odor clouds sale of Lil Wayne condo

lilwayneSometimes celebs make things too easy for us. Really. And even though we were hoping this was a “Family Guy” skit waiting to happen, well…

According to Page Six, rapper Lil Wayne is renting a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo that the owners are trying to sell. The challenge – the Miami broker has to lead prospective buyers through the overwhelming smell of marijuana and music-video-like settings.

The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist, aka Dwayne Michael Carter, also owns a posh multi-million dollar condo in Murano Grande, according to the Miami News blog.

A house hunter told Page Six that in addition to the crushing smell of weed, “two hot, rap-video-looking girls were walking around in nothing but a bra and underwear, blasting hip-hop. We just went in and looked around and tried not to stare.”

Weezy wasn’t there at the time but seemed to be very neat and tidy.

“He had a perfectly organized closet of crisp T-shirts on hangers, neatly stacked piles of XXL magazines, …

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CD releases Dec. 15 include Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Phil Vassar

robincdIt’s a bit of a light week for new music for Dec. 15. But there are new CDs by Alicia Keys (”The Element of Freedom”), Robin Thicke (”Sex Therapy”) and country music’s Phil Vassar (”Traveling Circus”).

Get info on the AJC’s Music Scene.

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The new Funny Farm Comedy Club ’soft opening’ this weekend

The Funny Farm Comedy Club, shut down earlier this year at the now defunct Startime Entertainment in Roswell, has a “soft opening” this weekend at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, a half mile from the original site. The address: 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell.

The ticket prices this weekend are $10 for Marshall Chiles & Friends. Chiles operates both the Funny Farm and the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown. You can get free passes if you sign up on the Web site www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com.

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The first major headlining act will be “Last Comic Standing” winner Alonzo Bodden (left) on New Year’s Eve weekend, followed next month by Tom Green, Carl LaBove and Richard Lewis.

At 200 seats, the venue is smaller than the old venue, which seated 270. Chiles said he could fit up to 250 but chose to space out the tables so it’s not as cramped as, say, the Punchline. There is another room that fits up to 350 if the club needs it for bigger acts.

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Chris Brown cancels Twitter account after profanity-filled tirade

R&B singer Chris Brown canceled his Twitter account after a weekend of angry rants against the music industry.

His “MechanicalDummy” Twitter account is no longer visible (of course, it could have been record label Jive stepping in) but recently there were increasing signs of frustration. The AJC’s Buzz noticed just last week that he posted a Tweet effectively telling his haters to stop the “bulls***” (it was spelled out). He immediately followed up with a Tweet apologizing to his “young fans” for the cursing.

A few weeks before that, we saw that his Twitter account mysteriously posted a comment criticizing the performance of rapper Jay-Z (who discovered Chris’s ex Rihanna and was extremely critical of Chris after the beating earlier this year) during an awards show. Just as quickly the Tweet was removed and Chris followed up saying he didn’t write the comment.

But over the weekend Chris went on a potty-mouthed Twitter rampage against record stores, claiming they …

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 15: Tim Conway, Adam Brody, Helen Slater, Don Johnson

Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 76. Singer Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes is 70. Drummer Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five is 67. Drummer Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge is 63. Actor Don Johnson is 60. Actress Melanie Chartoff (”Rugrats,” ”Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”) is 59. Actor Justin Ross is 55. Bassist Paul Simonon of The Clash is 54. Country singer Doug Phelps (The Kentucky Headhunters, Brothers Phelps) is 49. Actress Helen Slater is 46. Actress Molly Price (”Third Watch”) is 44. Actor Michael Shanks (”Stargate SG-1″) is 39. Actor Stuart Townsend (”Queen of the Damned”) is 37. Actor Adam Brody (”The O.C.”) is 30. Actor George O. Gore II (”My Wife and Kids”) is 27.

−AP

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Celebrity birthdays Dec. 14: Patty Duke, Cliff Williams, Mike Scott

Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry is 89. Actor Hal Williams (”227,” ”Sanford and Son”) is 71. Singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson of Tony Orlando and Dawn is 63. Actress Patty Duke is 63. Actress Dee Wallace is 61. Bassist Cliff Williams of AC/DC is 60. Singer-guitarist Mike Scott of The Waterboys is 51. Singer-whistle player Peter “Spider” Stacy of The Pogues is 51. Actress Cynthia Gibb (”Fame”) is 46. Singer Brian Dalyrimple of Soul for Real is 34. Actress Vanessa Hudgens (”High School Musical”) is 21.

−AP

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Courtney Love loses guardianship of daughter

courtneyTMZ is reporting that Courtney Love has lost legal guardianship of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. We aren’t exactly sure why this is news considering Frances, the only child of Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is 17 years old.

Does she really need a guardian? Apparently so because TMZ cites court documents saying Kurt Cobain’s mom, Wendy O’Connor, and his sister, Kimberly Dawn Cobain, are now legal guardians.

The only thing that might make sense is that the new guardians have custody of Frances, whose godfather is Michael Stipe of Athens-based band R.E.M., as well as her financials – but not the trust established after Kurt’s death.

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‘Dexter’ finale leaves fans in shock

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dexterLast night’s Season 4 “Dexter” finale apparently has blown the minds of many. The Showtime series remains a trending topic on Twitter and TV blogs are all abuzz.

The showdown between Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Michell aka the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) reached a climax (for those who have not yet seen it, we won’t spill the details − just check Twitter or Google). Most of the reaction leans toward “shocking”, “intense” and well, words we can’t print on this particular blog.

Lithgow is scheduled to do a live video chat today at 3 p.m. on ustream.com . Maybe he’ll get into the gory cliffhanging details – or maybe not.

Either way, did you see the finale? What did you think?

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“Twilight” star visits Atlanta

Two hours and a lot of makeup turns Peter Facinelli into Dr. Carlisle Cullen

Two hours and a lot of makeup turns Peter Facinelli into Dr. Carlisle Cullen

Peter Facinelli is way less pasty in person.

“Do I look like this guy?” he said, holding up a publicity shot of him all done up as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the wise, compassionate head of a vampire clan in the “Twilight” series. He’s not worried, in other words, about being typecast.

“I’d be more worried if I looked like him,” said Facinelli, also starring these days as Dr. Fitch Cooper in “Nurse Jackie,” the Showtime series.

He was in town over the weekend to greet ardent fans at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia, who brought books and movie posters for him to sign.

“I enjoy interacting with the fans,” Facinelli said. “There’s an energy that just feeds me.”

(Heh heh, “feeds me.” Get it?)

On a serious note we asked Facinelli, married to actress Jennie Garth and the dad of three daughters, if he’s concerned about his girls watching “Twilight” movies or reading the books. In the most recent flick, “New …

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