Justin Bieber, the 15-year-old Canadian pop star who has spent time here working with industry titans Scooter Braun and L.A. Reid, caused a near riot at a Long Island, N.Y., mall Friday. After five people in the crowd of 3,000 were injured, authorities ordered a scheduled appearance to be called off, according to news reports.
Don't take this the wrong way, young Justin, but please stay out of Atlanta this Friday.
WXIA reported that celeb chef Paula Deen, in town Monday to deliver food to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, was smacked by a ham someone tossed her way. She wasn't hurt but gosh, talk about no good deed going unpunished.
More drama, please
Exactly when did failing marriages become entertainment? Ask Divorce Saloon. The online clearinghouse offering links to legal sites, support groups and other resources for couples calling it quits, has dubbed Usher and Tameka Raymond's recently ended union "the most boring divorce of 2009," complaining that the pair "were so mismatched and so totally uninteresting and so banal. Except for their clothes, which are cool, they both need to find mates who are more high-drama and more interesting.” Buzz might humbly suggest "more compatible" instead.
"Five years from now people are going to be sick of my chocolate Oreo truffles. But they’re still getting them."
- Atlanta actress and cookbook author Catherine Dyer, leveling a pleasant-sounding threat during a phone interview with Buzz on Monday. She plays administrator in "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock and featuring scenes shot in Atlanta, and co-authored "You Want Me to Bring a Dish?" with her four equally cooking-challenged sisters. She considers the truffles a personal culinary triumph.
Local artists at the AMAs
Atlanta and the rest of Georgia were well represented at Sunday's American Music Awards, with former local Whitney Houston honored with the international star award, Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band nominated for the country duo/group award (Rascal Flatts won) and country singer Jason Aldean up for country male artist (Keith Urban won). R&B singer Keri Hilson was in the running for the soul/R&B female award that Beyonce won, and R&B artist Ne-Yo, who was edged out of the rapper/hip-hop male award by Jay-Z, introduced Rihanna. We note with happiness that Adam Lambert, whose smutty performance set the Twittersphere aglow with comment and criticism, has no local connection. At least we hope not.
Buzz in our ear
Locals have been storming the stage over at the Ansley Park Playhouse lately. Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell starred in a special walk-on during "Peachtree Battle" the other night, and last month charity-ball fixture Melanie Boltax delivered a commanding cameo during a private presentation of "A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann's." The performance benefited Camp Kudzu, which serves kids with juvenile diabetes. It featured a catty tiff between Boltax, in real life a former model, and a character played by Lauren Kraselsky, edged aside on the runway years ago, according to the bit written just for that night's show. "I'm a socialite," purred Boltax while still in character, trumpeting her good fortune to her rival. "I have friends everywhere."
Country singer Johnny Carver is 69. Early Beatles drummer Pete Best is 68. Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. and the MG's is 68. Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 67. Singer Lee Michaels is 64. Actor Dwight Schultz ("The A-Team") is 62. Actor Stanley Livingston ("My Three Sons") is 59. Drummer Clem Burke of The Romantics and of Blondie is 54. Record producer Terry Lewis is 53. Actress Denise Crosby ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") is 52. Actress Shae D'Lyn ("Dharma and Greg") is 47. Guitarist John Squire of the Stone Roses is 47. Guitarist Gary Stonadge of Big Audio Dynamite is 47. Guitarist Chad Taylor of Live is 39. Actor Colin Hanks ("Roswell") is 32. Actress Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy," "Roswell") is 31. Actress Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family") is 19.
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