OK, so there’s nothing physically wrong with Dave Chappelle after all. He up and left suddenly for South Africa to hang with a Muslim family friend simply because he wasn’t happy with the way his show was going? Isn’t staying put and fixing problems what he’s being paid the $50 million dollars for? We don’t leave for South Beach every time the computer crashes. (Actually, in fairness to our tech head, our computer never crashes. But if it did, we wouldn’t take off for Florida.) There’s a whole lot more about what is essentially nothing on the Time mag site.
We hear from Jossip that Fabian Basabe has broken with his publicist R Couri Hay over Hay’s soliciting a tape showing Basabe pal Barbara Bush (the POTUS daughter) dirty dancing. Dear God, why hasn’t this caused a media circus?
Oprah Winfrey’s black-tie Legends Ball on Saturday night honoring legendary women in the arts had the kind of guest list only Oprah could assemble. In attendance at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara were Coretta Scott King, Diana Ross, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (huh?), Senator Barack Obama, Usher, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Ashanti, Maria Shriver, a trio of Wayans brothers, Janet Jackson, Ruby Dee, Della Reese, Roberta Flack, Diahann Carroll, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Barbara Walters, Dionne Warwick, Alfre Woodard, Missy Elliott, Natalie Cole, Mary J Blige, and seemingly hundreds of others! Lena Horne was a no-show and, sadly, we were not even invited, but it’s all here on USA Today.
By comparison, Tina Brown’s do tonight at her Manhattan digs, the no-men-allowed party for Candace Bushnell’s Lipstick Jungle, is a rather paltry affair. Page Six says the invited guests include Glenda Bailey, Campbell Brown, Monica Crowley, Karen Duffy, Nancy Friday, Mariska Hargitay, Geraldine Laybourne, Fern Mallis, Nicole Miller, Meryl Poster, Jane Rosenthal, Cynthia Rowley, Christine Schwarzman, Lesley Stahl, Elizabeth Vargas, and Diane von Furstenberg. Unlike Oprah’s Who’s Who list, Tina’s is a Who’s That?
The online version of Radar mag has picked up on Jon Ronson’s book, The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is the print version of Ronson’s TV series, Crazy Rulers of the World, for Channel 4 in the UK, produced by WOW. Radar picked up specifically on music that the US military uses to torture prisoners, a playlist that includes Kris Kristofferson, Matchbox Twenty, and the theme song from the kids TV show, Barney. And Radar has invited readers to suggest other sounds guaranteed to get you talking if you just make it stop! Of course, it can’t get any worse than Billy Wilder’s choice in his 1961 Cold War comedy One, Two, Three, when Horst Buchholz caved in to “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini” played at 78 rpm.