Macca A "Hit" At Wrigley
With music legend Paul McCartney wrapping up his two rocking shows last weekend at historic Wrigley Field, my music mavens were able to get their hands on Sir Paul's top secret concert rider for the Wrigley shows. The big surprise in the contract was NOT a list of extravagant food demands or outrageous luxury items. Instead, Macca's sole request was sports-related he wanted to take a few swings at Wrigley. Bring a Brit, where baseball is not a popular sport, the "cute" Beatle had NEVER swung a baseball bat or ever even tried to hit a baseball. So where better to do it for the first time than one of baseball's shining shrines? According to the contract, Paul took a private batting practice session at Wrigley at 10:30 am last Sunday before all the concert staging was set up, and former Cubs pitching great Greg Maddux threw the popster his pitches. Much to the Macca's surprise (and most of his entourage), after a few swings and misses, Paul actually hit a few in fair territory. Said Paul to a mate afterward, "Hitting a baseball was on me bucket list! I've had lots of hits on the record charts, now I can say I have a few hits on a baseball field too. I wanted to hit one in that ivy they've got over there, but it's a bit far, isn't it? But it does look cool, doesn't it?" Sure does.
Boehner's crying, Obama's trying, Congress is lying, the country is dying.
Cutler Does The Sacking For A Change
Now that it's all but official that the Bears' Jay Cutler and reality rascal Kristin Cavallari have ended their whirlwind romance and engagement, my sports scoopsters have spilled the beans as to why the quirky QB sacked his fiancé. It seems that on more than one occasion, Kristin mentioned she thought Green Bay Packer quarterback and Super Bowl hero Aaron Rogers was a "stone cold fox." And just last week, Jay found a Green Bay Packers jersey in Kristin's closet. After that discovery, Cutler called an audible and canceled the nuptials. Jay said to a pal, "I could forgive anything she might have done, but she's a Packer fan? That would have been grounds for divorce."
Going To The Chapel...
Most people have to see the elaborate Kim Kardashian wedding invitation online only, but I just had to go to my mailbox! Yep, yours truly received an invite to the Hollywood wedding of the year. I've been good pals with Kim's step father and former Olympian Bruce Jenner for years, and I'm honored Bruce added me the "A List" of invitees for the August 20 wedding in Cali.. I'm thinking of taking fellow puppetress, Lambchop, to the hip affair... but on second thought, maybe I'll give Kristin Cavallari a call. I hear she's not attached...take that Jay!
Where Everybody Knows Your Name...
The head-turning news that Ted Danson would be joining the cast of the popular CBS crime drama, "CSI" this season is only getting more shocking. I've "over-Snerd" that Danson realizes his addition to the serious show is a risk for him and the show, and to help ensure success, Ted has suggested to show producers they add a few of his former cast mates to the high-tech crime-stopper series. My Tinsel Town tipsters tell me that Ted wants "Cheers" favorites George Wendt and John Ratzenberger (who played the poplar bar stooges, "Norm" and "Cliff") to appear on the show. Ted feels if he has some familiar faces surrounding him, both he and the audience will react positively. "George and John could play a couple of lovable, wise-cracking forensic guys who hang out in the lab. It would give the show a nice change of pace. And I'm hoping there could be a sort of 'Sam and Diane' flirtation between my character and Marg Helgenberger. That would add some spice," Ted has commented to insiders. Hey Ted, why not bring Carla along too?
The "Hollywood Ball"?
It was only a matter of time before the Marine Corps Ball that both Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have agreed to attend with lucky soldiers became the "in" place for Hollywood types to invade. I'm hearing going to this party is now on the radar of many Hollywood hipsters. Even though entertainment veteran Betty White and the smoldering Scarlett Johansson both turned down requests to accompany soldiers, word is this bash, set for November 18 in North Carolina, is now the hottest ticket in La La Land. "Everyone who is anyone wants to be appearing on the finale of 'American these days. Once Justin and Mila said OK, everyone from Mariah Carey to Snooki is hoping for an invitation! It's the "it" party of the year," said my source, who also added, "I'm hearing that Paris Hilton is even calling the Pentagon to see if they can change the location of the event to Los Angeles, because she doesn't have a passport and is afraid they won't let her into North Carolina." The "cool factor" has hit such a fever pitch, that I've "over-Snerd" that heavyweights Tom Hanks and George Clooney are proposing that only stars that have appeared in recent war-oriented films like they have ( "Saving Private Ryan" and "Three Kings," respectively) should be able to attend. If that's the case, expect to see Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe ("Platoon"), and Matt Damon ("Private Ryan") partying with the troops. My pal, actress Dana Delany, hopes those who appeared in war-oriented TV shows will merit an invite too, as she starred in the war-drama, "China Beach." Who says Hollywood isn't like high school?
First, former '90s grunge great Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam released an album of songs featuring the ukulele, appropriately titled, "Ukulele Songs," and now another '90s rock superstar is turning to an unconventional instrument to dominate his next artistic effort. I've "over-Snerd" that former Smashing Pumpkin prime mover, Billy Corgan, is in the studio now laying down tracks that feature only the tingle of... the triangle. Tentatively titled, "Try Angles," Corgan thinks the triangle is a neglected instrument that deserves more mainstream attention. "The triangle is one of the most exciting, vibrant instruments around, yet no one gives it any respect. My new album will change that. I've been secretly practicing how to play the triangle for the last four years, and I've just about got it enough not to embarrass myself. This triangle album will blow away any Smashing Pumpkins album I ever made," boasted the bald rocker. "The blood will pump in your veins the first time you hear a triangle solo. Triangles rock!" Corgan crowed.
Not celebrating a birthday anymore: British R & B singer, Amy Winehouse, who is definitely not going to rehab, 27; breathless.
Until next time, keep venting!