Wantin' a cheeseburger real, real bad. We've all been there. I'm there right now, because I'm having falafel for lunch. Busta Rhymes was there last night, when he reportedly threw such a fit in a Miami restaurant (after his cheeseburger was served to him with ketchup on the side) that the restaurant's owner called the police.
I love Busta Rhymes on musical type of level but let's all recognize and realize that Busta Rhymes tends to give interviews where he just says different levels of words out of his mouth that go together to form the types of sentences that do not mean anything on the level of reality, okay? HuffPo has the scoop:
Governor David Paterson turns 55 today. Cher is 63. Newsweek editor Jon Meacham is turning 40. NBC chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams is turning 43. Busta Rhymes is 37. The Food Network's Ted Allen is 44. Interior designer Stephen Sills turns 58. Joe Cocker is 65. Ron Reagan, the son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, is 51. Former Yankee David Wells turns 46. And Cindy McCain is turning 55 today.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 28 today. Fox News chief Roger Ailes is turning 69. Chazz Palminteri is 57. Jasper Johns is 79. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright is turning 72. Current Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is turning 61. The founder of Essence Communications, Ed Lewis, is 69. Sportscaster Dan Patrick is 53. Ahmet Zappa is turning 35. Brian Eno is 61. Former football player Emmitt Smith is turning 40. Learning Annex founder Bill Zanker is 55. And actor David Charvet, better known as the father of Brooke Burke's kids, is 37. Weekend birthdays—including that of Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Charles Kushner—below.
1) At the New York premiere of spy thriller Traitor at the Regal Union Square last night, the film's stars Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Said Taghmaoui, and Mozhan Marno walked the red carpet along with director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Busta Rhymes, Jesse Williams, Estelle, Aubrey O'Day, and Nicole Miller. [NYO/Wireimage]
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Rapper and hip-hop mogul P Diddy's Bad Boy empire now includes a research and marketing offshoot called Blue Flame designed to help corporate marketers reach urban audiences. They're looking for ways to turn the standard brand-namedropping that's a standard feature of rap music into product placement opportunities. They point out that the P Diddy/Busta Rhymes hit, "Pass the Courvoisier" caused sales of the cognac to visibly increase. All of which begs the question: at what point has P Diddy openly sold out?
I got my swagger back [Telegraph]
· City Club hotelier Jeff Klein says, "I wholeheartedly support Leona [Helmsley]and I'm gay!...I want to start a Leona Helmsley support group." [Page Six]
· Toni Morrison on the mayor's anti-smoking provisions: "This is a one-term mayor." [Page Six]
· Graydon Carter is about to be inundated with Latino books and educational materials as part of a campaign against Dame Edna's humor column last month which suggested that the only reason to learn Spanish was to talk to your help or leaf blower. [Page Six]
· Busta Rhymes ordered a Courvoisier the other night at Sessa on West 23rd. Thinking the bar would comp the drink, he protested when the bartender asked him for $30. Said Sessa owner Stratis Morfogen, "I didn't hear you sing, 'Pass the Courvoisier for free' in your song." Ben Elliot brags that his new concierge service, Quintessentially, once delivered a drum kit to a yacht moored in Monaco harbor during a party for the Grand Prix. [NY Daily News]
Paper is launching a new downtown nightlife guide called PM. The magazine will take a different celebrity for a night on the town on a monthly basis and print the gory details. Busta Rhymes, slated for the February issue, backed out. According to the co-editor, "Busta wasn't comfortable with a writer watching him smoke pot and trying to pick up girls." MTV cameramen: fine. Writers: absolutely not.
Why is this column laughing? [TheWord]