Ellen Barkin is turning 55 today, although she probably shouldn't expect flowers from any of her famous exes. Legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham is turning 90. Model Alek Wek is 32. Actor Lukas Haas is turning 33. Architect Ricardo Scofidio is 74. Jon Cryer is 44. So is comedian Martin Lawrence. Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is turning 62. Patriots coach Bill Belichick turns 57. And Joseph Alois Ratzinger—the man better known as Pope Benedict XVI— is turning 82 years old today.
Hollywood PrivacyWatch: 11/9 — Right before showtime at the Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant show at the Greek, MARTIN LAWRENCE and his date walked in with an entourage of people. He had some diamond-encrusted eyeglasses that look like they cost more than my car. MO'NIQUE was there really early with a guy and two women, and they were eating chicken tenders and fries. She was really nice to everyone who came up to her, even saying, "I love you, too" to the old man across the way who told her "I love you" and then kept flipping her off. She laughed. [Hollywood PrivacyWatch is written by and for Defamer readers; send your sightings to email@example.com.]