Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Latest from LBN e-lert 4th June 2008


Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.

The AP tally was based on public commitments from delegates as well as more than a dozen private commitments.

It also included a minimum number of delegates Obama was guaranteed even if he lost the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana later in the day.

The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City, said the officials who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to divulge her plans.

The tally comes after Clinton officials strongly denied reports earlier Tuesday that their candidate was about to concede.


Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.

A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner.

The court also ordered Bardot to pay $1,555 in damages to MRAP. Bardot's lawyer, Francois-Xavier Kelidjian, said he would talk to her about the possibility of an appeal.


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A blogger released after weeks behind bars over deadly protests at Egypt's biggest textile plant for higher pay and controls on prices, said Monday he and his fellow detainees suffered weeks of "torture".

"We were subjected to electric shocks, to beatings and there was no food and or drink for the first few days," blogger Karim el-Beheiri told AFP a day after his release.

"We went through weeks of torture and humiliation"

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***U.S. Internet advertising will continue to "grow fast" in the face of an economic downturn, says a forecast by analyst firm IDC.

The transfer of marketing budgets from traditional to new media will accelerate, with the Internet surpassing newspapers and television "in just five years."

***Lloyd Braun, the former Yahoo entertainment czar turned Hollywood and online programmer, is said to be teaming up with Microsoft to develop a Web site aimed at aggregating celebrity and entertainment news.

The still-unnamed site will rival AOL's, Perez Hilton and others.

***Buzznet, the social network whose CEO once said that he would like to build "the next Viacom," is launching a sister site:, a community for enthusiasts of celebrity news.

Celebrity gossip fans are said to use "more than one source to get the same exact story."

***The dramatic Sunday blaze that destroyed portions of the Universal Studios Hollywood back lot was accidentally touched off by company employees using a blowtorch to heat asphalt roofing shingles, according to authorities.

Universal Studios is operated by NBC Universal.

***Variety, the Hollywood industry trade publication, is launching http : ,

a blog that promises to offer "unfiltered opinions" from editor in chief Peter Bart.

His first posts offer up his views on Sarah Jessica Parker and why Sydney Pollack never won over the press.


***Adam Sandler at 10pm walking down 42nd street in Manhattan, accompanied by 4 other guys.

***Daryl Hannah enjoying the luxurious Spa415 in Beverly Hills.

***Prominent entertainment attorney Pierce O'Donnell sitting out at the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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***He founded the disco band Chic, penned hits for Sister Sledge and Diana Ross, and produced records for Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Debbie Harry - but music wizard Nile Rodgers' weird childhood is just as fascinating.

Rodgers just inked a deal with publisher Julie Grau to write a memoir about being born to a 14-year-old mother, growing up in Greenwich Village in the '60s and dropping acid with Timothy Leary at 13.

Rodgers, who became a millionaire overnight with Chic and its hits "Le Freak" and "Good Times," will also discuss how he beat a crippling addiction to booze and drugs.

***Donna Karan, Lisa and Mehmet Oz and Wendi and Rupert Murdoch will host a party tomorrow for Kathy Freston's new health book, "Quantum Wellness," at the Stephan Weiss Studio on Greenwich Street in NYC.


***Actor Kelsey Grammer suffered a mild heart attack while vacationing with his family at their home in Hawaii.

His rep said he was paddleboarding with his wife Camille on Saturday when he fell ill.

We're told he's resting comfortably in the hospital and will be released later on this week.

***Tatum O'Neal has told a newspaper that she was distraught over the loss of her dog when she went looking to buy drugs from a Manhattan street dealer last weekend.

The 44-year-old actress says in Tuesday editions of the New York Post that she lost her Scottish terrier about three weeks ago.

She spoke to the Post in a telephone call after being arraigned Monday on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She entered no plea.

O'Neal says that her arrest Sunday "saved" her from possibly ruining her life.

Police have accused her of buying cocaine.

***Deepak Chopra has something to say about Hindu opposition to Mike Myers' new movie: Get over it.

The best-selling author and spiritual teacher is defending "The Love Guru," a comedy in which Myers plays an aspiring self-help guru who aims to achieve Chopra's level of popularity.

Chopra posted an essay online in response to those in the Hindu community who say "The Love Guru" is offensive and mocks important tenets of their faith


***Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

***No president of the United States was an only child.

***Chuck Norris does not sleep.

He waits.

***The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.


Filmmaker and comedian, Adam Christing, is reading The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When, by Ralph Keyes.


"It's hard to see what such a summit with President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad would actually gain, except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds about starting another".

-----Senator John McCain.


On June 3, 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to ``walk'' in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.

There were no "in-between" hues at Sunday MTV Movie Awards, with stars opting either for dark and dramatic, or dangerously day-glo.

Sarah Jessica Parker won the "tightest dress ever" award in microscopic black L'Wren Scott and lace-up Louboutin boots.

Charlize Theron looked like a Jean Paul Gaultier perfume in black leggings (yikes!) and nude-and-black bustier.

Rumer Willis was all grown up with side swept raven tresses and a clingy black cocktail gown.

And heiress Paris Hilton, who apparently is not gay any more, looked very Bonnie And Clyde with her dashing boyfriend Benji Madden, both of them wearing black-and-white print.

We hope Benji stuck around to take his girlfriend to jail later that night, where she will serve a 23-day sentence for violating her probation.

Anne Hathaway, who will never go to jail for violating anything, looked just about edgy enough in a pretty Sophia Kokosalaki number.

Sadly, no-one sent the "black is the new black" memo to Meghan Fox, who showed up looking as though she'd been the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Oscars of U.S. fashion,

the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, is where the hoitiest of the toitiest celebrate emerging and established fashion design.

While this year's awards brought few surprises in terms of the winners (Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein in the womenswear category, Tom Ford for menswear, Tory Burch for accessories and Rodarte for best young designers), I did choke on my zero-carb kelp noodles at the sight of so many MC Hammer-style genie pants being worn by the fashionable guests.

Ashley Olsen now registers on my pop culture radar after donning a sweet tuxedo-style bolero jacket and high-waisted baggy pants ensemble, perhaps in a nod to the late Yves Saint Laurent, who was famous for his "Le Smoking" tuxedo jacket for women.

Ashley's look was simple, brave, and reminded me of waiters I made out with on summer vacations in Greece.

"Vogue" magazine's André Leon Talley showed up looking like Sinbad the Sailor's gay brother, with his sidekick, the night's MC Naomi Campbell, also opting for a very "One Thousand and One Nights" look.

Yards away was Maggie Gyllenhaal in sandals and baggy silk pants, looking very "I Dream of Jeannie". No magic carpets or actual oil lamps were sighted.

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