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Archive for January, 2011

Dolly Parton is back in town!

Dolly Parton was happy to snap a photo with C. David Trivino. His brother Wilson Trivino took this photo on Sunday

Dolly Parton was happy to snap a photo with C. David Trivino. His brother Wilson Trivino took this photo on Sunday

Remember when Dolly Parton made a surprise appearance at the end of “9 to 5 The Musical,” starring Snellville’s Diana DeGarmo?

This was in October and Parton strutted onstage toward the end of two performances at the Fox Theatre. Here’s a link to that story.

She said at the time that she was in town working on a possible film project. Well, she’s back working on that project now. Parton and Queen Latifah are starring in a film called “Joyful Noise,” in which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they play “a pair of ladies who work to stop the closure of a scrappy gospel choir.”

Parton was spotted Sunday at the matinee performance of “Bring it On: The Musical,” which is at the Alliance Theatre through Feb. 20.

Attorney C. David Trivino and his brother Wilson Trivino were picking up tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show when they saw the petite blonde …

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Justin Bieber spotted at the Hawks game!

The Atlanta Hawks lost 59-100 to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night at Philips. In brighter news, though, teen sensation Justin Bieber was spotted in the crowd, sporting his new giant-glasses look.

The Atlanta Hawks lost 59-100 to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night at Philips. In brighter news, though, teen sensation Justin Bieber was spotted in the crowd, sporting his new giant-glasses look.

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Falcons at four-legged fashion show

Vincent Martinez, from left, Coy Wire, Vikki Locke and Brian Finneran backstage at Doggies on the Catwalk

Vincent Martinez, from left, Coy Wire, Vikki Locke and Brian Finneran backstage at Doggies on the Catwalk

Atlanta Falcons players Coy Wire and Brian Finneran worked their off-the-field moves Friday night, at a fabulous fashion show that benefited charity and displayed the skills of some talented young people.

The fourth annual Doggies on the Catwalk event was held at the Grady High School gym and featured the creations of students at the school’s UrbanCouture program.

HLN's Richelle Carey and Stella the long-haired chihuahua were a fashionable pair!

HLN's Richelle Carey and Stella the long-haired chihuahua were a fashionable pair!

B 98.5 FM Morning Show host Vikki Locke served as the evening’s emcee, and was escorted onto the runway flanked by the hunky Falcons – Wire on one arm and Finneran on the other.

Locke was joined on the runway by UrbanCouture director Vincent Martinez and complimented his always-chic style. (Here’s a link for the awesome blog Martinez writes, with photos of his students working with the models).

Student designer Willame Boling created an elegant gold gown for Lisa Rayner Tush.

Student designer Willame Boling …

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Next Tyler Perry movie comes out in April

Here's the official movie poster for Tyler Perry's next project

Here's the official movie poster for Tyler Perry's next project

It’s been two months since Tyler Perry released a movie. Never fear, his next one hit screens in just three more.

“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” which arrives in theaters April 22, stars Perry in his famous role as the wisecracking, gun-toting Madea; along with Atlanta rapper turned actor Bow Wow; Teyana Taylor; Lorette Devine; who appeared in “For Colored Girls,” the film Perry released in November; Lauren London and Isaiah Mustafa, better known as the hunky Old Spice dude.

We saw the play from which the new movie is adapted, which Perry said he wrote and performed as a sort of therapy after his beloved mother passed away. The storyline will be familiar to “Madea” fans. A family faces a crisis that brings everyone together, but not before a bunch of petty squabbling, marital tension, and of course, lots of pearls of wisdom from Madea.

“For Colored Girls” received mixed reviews, with the New York Times praising that …

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Vivica A. Fox to speak at Georgia college convocation

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Photo from BET.com

Actress Vivica A. Fox will be the keynote speaker at Fort Valley State University’s freshman convocation next week.

Fox, who is engaged to local club promoter Omar “Slim” White, will address the young scholars at 6 p.m. Jan. 26  in the C.W. Pettigrew Center auditorium.

No word on whether White will also be making the trip to Fort Valley, a town south of Macon and west of Bonaire and Perry. The two attended the opening of R&B artist Ne-Yo’s new Buckhead boutique on Tuesday.

Fox, of South Bend, Ind., earned an associate degree in social science from Golden West College. Her many big and small-screen credits include “Independence Day,” “Set it Off,” “Kill Bill, Vol. 1,” “Ella Enchanted” and “Soul Food,” along with TV Land’s “The Cougar,” and VH1’s “Glam God.” series.

By Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Ne-Yo and girlfriend open Buckhead boutique

photo by David Barrack

photo by David Barrack

R&B artist Ne-Yo and Monyetta Shaw, his significant other, welcomed a baby daughter last fall. Now they have opened a new Buckhead boutique, called Emerlyn & Ester.

The store’s Web site is http://www.emerlynandester.com.

The address is 3209 Paces Ferry Place, NW, Suite 7. Phone: 404-848-8494

The shop celebrated its grand opening with a cocktail party Tuesday night. It had been planned for last week, but like so many other events, it was iced out and had to be postponed.

Ne-Yo and Mo, as she is known, shown at right, welcomed a fashionable crowd including actress Vivica A. Fox and her fiance, Omar “Slim” White; designer Elene Cassis; Stacey Weiss, the wife of Q100’s Bert Weiss and co-founder of Bert’s Big Adventure; Jessica Dauler, who writes the Jessica Shops blog and is married to Q100’s Jeff Dauler; Lisa Rayner Tush, business development manager with 3rd home.com; Jamahl King with the Steps Events Planning Firm who put the event together; …

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Elton John’s new baby “likes to be sung to”

1295294410_elton-furnish-290Elton John has a new singing gig – for a tiny audience of one.

John and David Furnish debuted images of their son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John in Us magazine and say they’ll donate the proceeds of the deal to charity.

“I’ve never felt anything like it in my life,” John told the magazine. “You’re so awestruck. What can you say? You take it in. The feeling, the joy, the warmth of his body, his breathing.  will never forget that experience ever.”

Added Furnish:  “He’s a content little guy. He just loves to be nurtured, cuddled, and sung to.”

If the kid likes music he’s in the right place! “Hold me closer, tiny dancer…”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Lil Jon, other “Apprentice” hopefuls owe back taxes

So, why do famous people go on shows like “Celebrity Apprentice?” Maybe it’s the fun of meeting Donald Trump and listening to him yell “You’re fired!”

Or maybe it’s to make a little money.

It seems several of the contestants on the new season are in deep hock to the feds or to their states. Here’s a list that the Detroit News compiled detailing the tax woes of “Apprentice” hopefuls.

Among the list is rapper Lil Jon. The IRS filed a $638,937 lien against him in South Carolina, the report said.

Star Jones, LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey, Dionne Warwick and Jose Canseco are also mentioned for owing back taxes in varying amounts.

But tax trouble need not keep you from following your dreams – just ask Richard Hatch. The former “Survivor” winner has been dealing with tax problems for years. He actually spent time in the klink after his trial for tax evasion, but hasn’t been one to let his troubles get between him and the cameras. He had been serving part of his sentence at his sister’s …

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Star sighting on the sidelines

dunn bon joviHappy welcome-back-to-work/school day.

Here’s a little something to get your week rolling: one bit of positive news from the Falcons game Saturday.

Jon Bon Jovi, in the house!

Here he is with former player Warrick Dunn, now a minority owner in the team.

Anyone else spot famous faces in the Dome on Saturday?

Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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NeNe Leakes joins “Celebrity Apprentice” cast

images-1Oh that multi-tasking NeNe Leakes.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member. Author. On-air celebrity interviewer for WXIA.

Now the outspoken NeNe adds another line to her resume.

She’ll join the “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show. She’ll be seeking Donald Trump’s approval, along with Gary Busey, Meat Loaf,  La Toya Jackson, Mark McGrath, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Marlee Matlin, Dionne Warwick, Jose Canseco, Star Jones,  Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor, Lil Jon, John Rich and Hope Dworaczyk.

Leakes announced the news via Twitter in her trademark sassy style: “That’s right yo girl will be on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice! Trumppppppppp!”

Jennifer Brett, The Buzz, jbrett@ajc.com

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