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Alec Baldwin booted from plane for refusing to quit cellphone game. Alec Baldwin was kicked off a flight in Los Angels for playing a game on his cellphone.

The “30 Rock” star was playing a game called “Words with Friends” while the plane idled at the gate on Tuesday.

Apparently, Baldwin loves the game so much he was willing to leave the plane for it. He later boarded another American Airline flight to New York.

The actor, an avid Twitter user, later tweeted, “flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Word With Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving.”

He went on to vent that it just may be his last fight with American. Baldwin tweeted that the airline is “where Catholic gym teachers from the 1950′s find jobs as flight attendants.”

Citing customer privacy, American Airlines, currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings, refused to comment.

Ryan Seacrest could replace Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today”

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest could be a possible successor to Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show if Lauer steps down next year.

The talk are preliminary, and they may just be a negotiation tactic for NBC who will need a strong backup plan if Lauer does vacate the coveted co-anchor seat. According to people close to the matter, Seacrest is one of NBC’s top replacement choices.

Ever since Lauer hinted to “Today” executives earlier this year that he was contemplating leaving, NBC executives have been hunting for someone to fill the big shoes.

Seacrest’s deal with NBC-Universal expires in early 2012. He is a busy man. Seacrest currently hosts and produces a daily news show on E! Network, as well as E! red carpet specials.

Neither Lauer or Seacrest would comment on the matter.

Nicki Minaj always wants to ‘experiment’.

The singer is well known for her eccentric style and ever-changing hair colour.

Nicki can’t help but play around with her appearance. She finds it boring to look the same every day.

‘I’ll just wake up and feel I want to try something new and experiment,’ she told the January edition of UK magazine Glamour.

The star also revealed what she respects in her fellow woman.

Nicki likes people to remain realistic and achieve their goals, rather than aim too high and fail.

She believes it is easier to succeed by setting lots of small aims rather than having one huge aspiration.

She is also impressed by women who know their own minds.

‘I appreciate someone who knows what she wants, who sets realistic goals and achieves them,’ she said simply.

Nicki has recently released her new single Roman in Moscow. It is the first track from her upcoming album, which is due to be released next year.

Gwyneth Paltrow plugs a handset into her cell phone to minimise ‘radiation’

Gwyneth Paltrow

The actress owns a YUBZ Retro Handset which she attaches to her BlackBerry rather than hold the handset to her ear.

In an interview with Elle Decor magazine in which she lists the things she can’t live without, Gwyneth said: “A handset cuts down on cell phone radiation. I use this one (the YUBZ Retro Handset) for my BlackBerry calls.”

Gwyneth has also revealed some of the unique features of the London townhouse she shares with her husband Chris Martin and their two children, Apple, seven, and five-year-old Moses.

The ‘Iron Man’ star has a stylish Antonio Lupi Baia bathtub situated right in the centre of her and Chris’ bedroom which she loves to unwind in.

She said: “The tub is in the middle of my bedroom – perfect for a relaxing wind-down and for bathing the kids.”

Gwyneth, 38, also has a “Juxtaposed: Religion Shelf” containing several holy tomes which compliment her collection of clothbound Penguin Classic books.

She said: “My Juxtaposed: Religion Shelf has built-in slots which hold holy books – including the Qur’an, Bible, and Tao Te Ching – all at the same level (which is how I like to think about religion).

“I have gorgeous (clothbound) editions of Penguin Classics that make the books so tempting to pick up, again and again. The ultimate cure for sore muscles.”

Kano to headline Re:Definition showcase at the Hackney Empire

On Thursday 7 July, as part of the CREATE11 festival, Hackney Empire will host the third Re:Definition showcase headlined by east London rap star KANO, who recently finished touring with Damon Albarn’s GORILLAZ.

Re:Definition, a co-commision by CREATE and the Barbican, is presented by the Stratford based organisation Urban Development. It unites world-class acts with emerging talent from east London, blurring the boundaries between music hall, theatre and revolutionary underground sounds.

Alongside Kano this year’s edition will feature grime legend Ghetts, MOBO-nominated Donaeo, soul boy Mike Hough, grime MC and rising star RoxXxan (Mike Skinner’s Band of the Day for the Guardian), and more to be announced. Visuals come from music video director Jak Frsh, who has worked with Maxsta, Tinie Tempah and Wiley.

Directed by Matthew ‘Excalibah’ Xia, the night will weave together live performance and adventure on a journey that encompasses love, conflict, tradition and aspirations in east London by using lyrical content from some of Urban Development’s loyal supporters.

Pink can’t wait to be fed by her husband when she goes into labour



The 31-year-old singer is expecting her first child with spouse Carey Hart and the pair have been attending birthing classes together.

And the pop star admits she has been intrigued by some of the lessons.

She wrote on her twitter page: ‘what i learned tonight in baby class: the most helpful thing my man can do in early labor, is feed his partner. i like it already…

Pink ‘ who announced she was pregnant last November ‘ is starting to experience some difficulties as her baby bump gets bigger.

She revealed in another tweet: ‘if someone would please help me with my pedicure, I can’t reach my toes!!!!!!

Last month, Pink revealed she had been struggling to keep her balance as she reaches the final stages of her pregnancy.

She tweeted: “i am the clumsiest i have ever been in my life. fell AGAIN today! i feel like my 92 yr old grammom in a shower with oil on my feet. #dumb.

Nicki Minaj regularly gets ‘fondled’ by Rihanna

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

The 26-year-old rapper ‘ who is a close friend of the ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ hitmaker ‘ revealed the pop superstar always touches her body when they see each other. She said: “Rihanna heard my song, ‘Fly’, and loved it. She sang it beautifully, so now when I see her she of course teasingly fondles me. She fondled me at the MTV Awards and the America Music Awards. I love her.

“She’s the best fondler ever because security didn’t hem her up and she left to tell about it!”

Nicki also says she likes to compliment fellow females in her raps because she thinks it will boost their self-esteem.

In an interview with i-D magazine, she added: “The way I rap is the way I speak, it’s conversational. I try not to limit what I put in my raps. People can take from my raps whatever they want to take out of it. When I say, ‘My bad b****es’ or comment on a girl, I think I should be able to say women are beautiful and I don’t have a problem with that.

“If you want to read more into it, then that’s on you. Maybe it makes a better fantasy in your brain, but I just do what I do. That’s the way I speak. I like to compliment girls and make them feel proud and make them feel better about who they are, no matter how they look.”

Adele’s recent heartbreak inspired her new album

Adele's recent heartbreak inspired her new album

Adele's recent heartbreak inspired her new album

The 22-year-old singer – whose second record ’21′ debuted at number one in the UK album charts last month – admitted the end of her “amazing, immense relationship” helped her to write a whole host of passionate songs.

She said: “I had the most amazing, immense relationship. It didn’t last, unfortunately – it stopped being fun, but thankfully the ending wasn’t bitter. The whole thing changed me. It made me really passionate about love, life, me – pretty much everything.”

However, after the success of her debut album ’19′, Adele was unsure how she could improve her second record.

She added to Reveal Magazine: “Before I went into the studio I wondered how on earth I was going to beat the first album. But it was like a tap that’s difficult to turn off. The relationship I’d been in just consumed me, which is where the songs came from.

“It’s important to me that people believe what I write about. They’re honest and it’s quite exhausting writing them because they’re all about my emotions and me. I’d hate it if someone thought, ‘Yeah, whatever, she has made them all up’.”

Jennifer Lopez passing on her experience on ‘American Idol’

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is enjoying her judging role on ‘American Idol’ because she can pass on her experience to the pop hopefuls. The 41-year-old singer-and-actress ‘ who is joined on the panel of the TV talent show by Randy Jackson and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler ‘ says the numerous years she has spent in the music business allow her to understand the predicament of the performers in the auditions.

Speaking on the Grammy Awards red carpet in Los Angeles last night (13.02.11), she said: “I love it. Honestly, with all the experience I’ve had over the years, it’s like, what do you do with it? Steven, he’s been on the scene for 40 years touring. You have so much information, you have so much experience and so many little titbits you don’t even realise you have in your mind.

“You see someone perform, and you’re in the position to go, ‘Hey, you know what? Why don’t you think about this? You know what I see? I see this.’ ”

Jennifer ‘ who is married to musician Marc Anthony, with whom she has two-year-old twins Max and Emme ‘ also admitted she finds being a judge on the series “lots of fun”.

Miley Cyrus father, Billy Ray Cyrus is ‘scared’ for her

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus admitted the star’s recent behaviour – including smoking a legal high through a bong device and throwing her 18th birthday party in a bar ‘ have left him worried that she is being given bad advice.

He explained: “Every time the train went off the track. her people, or as they say in today’s news, her handlers, every time they’d put the blame on me. I took it because I’m her daddy. OK, nail me to the cross.

“I’m scared for her. She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm.

Billy Ray – who is currently in the process of divorcing Miley’s mother Tish Cyrus ‘ also revealed he avoided the singer-and-actress’ 18th birthday party because he didn’t want to be blamed for the fact it was held at Los Angeles bar Trousdale, even though she is three years under the legal age for drinking alcohol in the US.

He explained in an interview with America’s GQ magazine: “You know why I didn’t go? Because they were having it in a bar. It was wrong. It was for 21 years old and up. all them people, they all wanted me to fly out so that then when all the bad press came they could say, ‘Daddy endorsed this stuff.’ I started realising I’m being used.

‘After the incident with the legal high, her handlers told me it was none of my business.

“I should have said, ‘Enough is enough – it’s getting dangerous and somebody’s going to get hurt’.

Honestly, I didn’t know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere.”

Miley shot to fame on Disney TV show ‘Hannah Montana’ with Billy Ray, 49, playing her father but he admitted he wishes the programme had ‘never happened’ because of the impact it had on his family life.

He said: “The damn show destroyed my family. I hate to say it, but I’d take it back in a second.’

The singer also admitted he thinks his relationship with Miley could be improved, saying their communication is ‘good enough to know it could be a lot better.”

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