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Archive for January, 2012

Pastor: Church sign condemning Beyonce’s baby was Internet vandalism

churchsignThe pastor of a small church in North Carolina has been besieged by the media since TMZ posted a photo of the church sign altered by some misguided soul to call the child of Beyonce and Jay-Z “Satan.”

But the Rev. Curtis Barbery told the Fayetteville, N.C. Observer that the photo was an Internet spoof, where someone apparently used Photoshop instead of physically changing the letters on the sign to post the message.

The sign, he said, has read “Jesus is the reason for the season” since Thanksgiving.

Barbery told the Fayetteville Observer that he hadn’t heard about any problem with the sign until TMZ contacted him. He disputes the TMZ account that says he changed the sign after complaints from the community. TMZ posted this update on its story about the sign: “We assure you 100%, the pastor made the claims in question … and we continue to stand by our story.”

During his interview with the newspaper Barbery worked in a little Bible lesson.

“Listen, Satan was here a long time …

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Tyler Perry needs extras for yet another Madea movie

madea_gun2Tyler Perry has another Madea movie in the works and is seeking extras.

The project, “Madea’s Witness Protection,” will be filming here through March. They need folks of all looks, all races, both men and women. You do need to be 18 or older.

The casting folks are also looking for people with professional work attire and flexible work schedules. The pay is $8 per hour for a guarantee of eight hours for extras if you are booked, or $120 for 12 hours for stand-ins who are booked.

They advise you need to be available for a 12 to 14-hour day, and note that “set etiquette” is a must. In other words do not think Tyler Perry is going to be posing with you for photos that you can post on your Facebook page. Quite the opposite. You’ll be asked to sign all sorts of confidentiality paperwork.

See TPSExtras.com and click on the label “How to Become an Extra” for more details.

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

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Report: Halle Berry is engaged

AP photo

AP photo

Here’s some sweet pre-Valentine’s Day news. Halle Berry reportedly is engaged.

Us magazine has all the lovey-dovey details, saying that Berry, 45, and Olivier Martinez, 46, became betrothed over the holidays with an emerald and diamond ring.

Berry is twice divorced, from former Atlanta Braves player David Justice and R&B singer Eric Benet. She and ex-honey Gabriel Aubry have a 3-year-old daughter.

Congrats to the happy couple.

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

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Khloe Kardashian lashes out at baby daddy allegations

AP photo

AP photo

Khloe Kardashian is not amused at tabloid reports questioning whether she’s really one of the clan.

“The audacity you have to mention my father’s name like this! Should be ashamed of yourself! I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low… YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are),” she tweeted today.

Her rant was followed by something more soothing: “Awww something to make me smile… My wedding special is on right now!!! Thank you E! :)

TMZ quotes “sources close to the family” disputing reports by the ex-wife and the widow of the late Robert Kardashian, who have both come forward to Star Magazine/Radar Online to say Khloe is actually her siblings’ sister from another mister.

“Khloe is not his kid. He told me that after we got married,” Jan Ashley, 63, the woman who married Robert after Kris Jenner, told Star.

Star also quoted Ellen Kardashian, 63, who married Robert in 2003 two months before he died, saying Khloe was pretty open about it. “She looked …

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Vandalized church sign says Beyonce’s baby is Satan

TMZ posted this photo before the vandalism was removed from the church sign.

TMZ posted this photo before the vandalism was removed from the church sign.

Someone needs prayer, y’all.

TMZ reports that vandals used a church sign in West End, N.C. to post a hideous message about the newborn child of artists Beyonce and Jay-Z:

“Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth.”

The church pastor removed the message and said the church had nothing to do with it. This was instead the work of some misguided soul with time (and perhaps a ladder) on his hands.

In other Blue Ivy Carter news, parents whose kids had the misfortune of being born at the same hospital around the same time the instant celebrity was born are raising Cain over the special treatment the Carter family received.

New dad Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn, told the New York Daily News that Beyonce’s security forces kept him out of the neonatal intensive care unit, preventing him from seeing his preemie twins.

“I know they spent $1.3 million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy, but the treatment we …

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Ne-Yo and his black AmEx hit the town

Photo courtesy of Frames Bowling Lounge

Photo courtesy of Frames Bowling Lounge

Even when Ne-Yo goes bowling, it’s an event.

The Atlanta-based R&B star and a group of 15 friends spent Monday evening in a high-end bowling alley in New York. Actually the spot, called Frames, is billed as a “bowling lounge.” The Midtown Manhattan outfit offer packages such as Champagne Bowling. Wonder if they’re consider opening an Atlanta location?

Anyway Ne-Yo and his group kept Frames open past its usual operating hours. When the night finally ended Ne-Yo picked up the entire group’s tab by slapping down his black American Express card (a private, invite-only piece of plastic American Express doles out only to the most exclusive clients!)

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

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Things that make you go … huh?

404235_2734176306200_1011078506_2840215_1239867749_nDo you ever drive by a structure that makes you think, “What is that?”

Case in point: this building on Spring Street near 14th Street. It looks like a building that’s been chopped in half, doesn’t it?

I’m told it’s a Georgia Power substation now, and that it was indeed a historic building, part of which was preserved. I’m working to find out more.

Similarly, my colleague Jill Vejnoska wrote a great article last year explaining what the 1996 Olympics Cauldron is doing these days (basically, just sitting there rusting). Here’s that story.

olympics_0731_2_1039043lSince many metro Atlanta residents moved here from elsewhere I figure there probably are other structures you might find interesting yet puzzling.

Let me know if there’s anything vexing you on your morning commute. I’ll see if I can find out what it is (or was).

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

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Star sightings: Ludacris, Vince Vaughn

AJC file photo

AJC file photo

Rapper Ludacris knows something about restaurants. With plans to open a new spot at the airport, he’s just shut down Straits after four years on Juniper Street.

(Here’s a link to an article about all the celebs who frequented Straits over the years).

Anyway, dined at BLT Steak Atlanta on Saturday night with a party of five to celebrate his cousin’s birthday.

In other news Vince Vaughn, who’s been in town filming “Neighborhood Watch,” was spotted Sunday night at the Punchline Comedy Club in Sandy Springs. He must be a fan; he’s been there before.

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

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Kasim Reed hints at marriage plans?

George Lopez and Kasim Reed, courtside at the Hawks. AJC file photo

George Lopez and Kasim Reed, courtside at the Hawks. AJC file photo

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed maintains a busy social schedule.

Since taking the reins hizzoner has made hundreds of appearances at events all over town.

He has been seen courtside at Philips Arena during a Hawks game with comedian/talk show host George Lopez.

He was seen hanging out at the Busy Bee Cafe with rapper Jay-Z.

Kasim Reed and Jay-Z. File photo, submitted to the AJC

Kasim Reed and Jay-Z. File photo, submitted to the AJC

He and a group of friends watched a Fantasia concert from a table right up front at Chastain Park.

If there’s a ribbon to be cut or a festival to kick off or a giant check for charity to be presented, Reed is likely to show up.

He was present when the 34th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival kicked off with a launch party last year at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

He joined a number of local notables joined about 150 arts patrons last year for the opening of “Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine” at the High Museum of Art.

Kasim Reed with artist Radcliffe Bailey and Bailey's wife Victoria Rowell. File photo, submitted to the AJC

Kasim Reed with artist …

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Another “Single Ladies” casting call, but first..

singleladies2My people: I want every last one of y’all to be famous, if that’s your goal.

I do NOT, however, need your badonkadonk in my in-box.

So I am posting this latest “Single Ladies” casting call with a plea. Stop sending me your booty shots!

The VH1 series needs folks for a number of different roles. First, they need a blond woman who stands 5′6″ to 5′7.” Send your specs and three photos to singleladies2atl@gmail.com. Put “blond” in the subject line.

They also need guys to play FBI agents. All ethnicities welcome. Ages 20s to 50s are ideal. You need a dark fitted suit like a G-man would wear. Send your specs and three photos to  SingleLadies2ATL@gmail.com with “MIB” in the subject line.

Again, I just write about movies. I have no pull with the casting folks. I think some people get a little confused because whenever I post casting news, here come the boudoir shots. Lawd have mercy I had no idea so many metro Atlantans own stripper poles. Oh, my aching retinas.

My annual eval is …

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